National Newswatch

Prince Andrew interview: Jeffrey Epstein stay was ‘wrong thing to do’

Nov 16 2019 — — The Duke of York has said he “let the side down” by staying at the home of convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, adding it was the “wrong thing to do”. Answering questions about his links to Epstein for the first time, Prince Andrew said his stay was not “becoming of a member of the Royal […]

Canada refuses visas to over a dozen African AI researchers

Nov 15 2019 — — For the second year in a row, Canada has refused visas to dozens of researchers – most of them from Africa – who were hoping to attend an artificial intelligence (AI) conference in Vancouver. The hassles have caused at least one other AI conference to choose a different country for their next event.

39 Found Dead in Truck in U.K.

Oct 23 2019 — — The bodies of 39 people have been found in a lorry container in Essex. Police were called by the ambulance service shortly before 01:40 BST after the discovery at Waterglade Industrial Park in Eastern Avenue, Grays. The lorry driver, a 25-year-old man from Northern Ireland, has been arrested on suspicion of murder. Essex Police said […]

MPs reject Brexit bill timetable

Oct 22 2019 — — MPs have rejected a proposal to examine Boris Johnson’s Brexit bill in the Commons in three days. The Commons supported the Withdrawal Agreement Bill earlier, but have now voted against the short timetable. Earlier, the PM warned he would seek an election if MPs dismissed the plan and the EU granted an extension to 31 […]

Prince William ‘worried’ about Harry after ITV interview

Oct 21 2019 — — Prince William is concerned for his brother Harry and his wife Meghan after the couple said they were struggling, a Palace source has told the BBC. The Duke of Cambridge is said to be “worried” about Prince Harry and hopes he and Meghan “are all right” after the admission in an ITV documentary. The Palace […]

Brexit: MPs’ vote on deal ruled out by Speaker John Bercow

Oct 21 2019 — — The Commons Speaker has refused a government request to hold a vote on its Brexit deal. John Bercow said a motion on the deal had already been brought before MPs on Saturday, and it would be “repetitive and disorderly” to debate it again. Saturday’s sitting saw an amended motion nodded through by MPs, which withholds […]

UK PM sends unsigned request for Brexit delay

Oct 19 2019 — — Boris Johnson has sent a request to the EU for a delay to Brexit – but without his signature. The request was accompanied by a second letter, signed by Mr Johnson, which says he believes that a delay would be a mistake. The PM was required by law to ask the EU for an extension […]

Turkish president Erdogan ‘threw Trump’s Syria letter in bin’

Oct 17 2019 — — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan put US President Donald Trump’s letter “in the bin”, the BBC has been told. In the letter dated 9 October, and sent after US troops were pulled out of Syria, Mr Trump told Mr Erdogan: “Don’t be a tough guy. Don’t be a fool!” Turkish presidential sources told the BBC […]

New Brexit deal agreed, says Boris Johnson

Oct 17 2019 — — A Brexit deal has been agreed between UK and EU negotiating teams before a meeting of European leaders in Brussels. Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted: “We’ve got a great new deal that takes back control.” The two sides have been working on the legal text of a deal, but it will still need the approval […]

Rugby World Cup 2019: Canada players help recovery effort after Namibia match cancelled

Oct 13 2019 — — Canada players helped with recovery efforts in Kamaishi after their World Cup match against Namibia on Sunday was called off because of safety concerns. At least 18 people have died as torrential rain and tornado-like winds from Typhoon Hagibis are affecting large parts of Japan. Japan has deployed tens of thousands of troops and rescue […]

Brexit: Special sitting for MPs to decide UK’s future

Oct 9 2019 — — MPs will be called to Parliament for a special Saturday sitting in a decisive day for the future of Brexit. Parliament will meet on 19 October after a crunch EU summit – seen as the last chance for the UK and EU to agree a deal ahead of 31 October deadline. If a deal is […]

Brexit: Deal ‘essentially impossible’ after PM-Merkel call – No 10

Oct 8 2019 — — A No 10 source says a Brexit deal is “essentially impossible” after a call between the PM and Angela Merkel. Boris Johnson spoke to the German chancellor earlier about the proposals he put forward to the EU – but the source said she made clear a deal based on them was “overwhelmingly unlikely”. They also […]

North Korea tests submarine-capable missile fired from sea

Oct 3 2019 — — North Korea has confirmed it test-fired a new type of a ballistic missile, a significant escalation from the short-range tests it has conducted since May. The missile – which was able to carry a nuclear weapon – was the North’s 11th test this year. But this one, fired from a platform at sea, was capable […]

Supreme Court: Suspending UK Parliament was unlawful, judges rule

Sep 24 2019 — — Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend Parliament was unlawful, the Supreme Court has ruled. Mr Johnson suspended – or prorogued – Parliament for five weeks earlier this month, saying it was to allow a Queen’s Speech to outline his new policies. But the UK’s highest court said it was wrong to stop Parliament carrying out its […]

Israeli elections: Arab parties back Gantz to oust Netanyahu

Sep 23 2019 — — Israeli-Arab lawmakers have recommended that the former army chief Benny Gantz should become prime minister. Last week’s election put the incumbent leader Benjamin Netanyahu neck and neck with Mr Gantz, and the two are now vying to build a governing coalition. The Joint List, the bloc of Arab parties that came in third, says it […]