National Newswatch

Police speak to Prince Philip for not wearing seat belt

Jan 20 2019 — — Norfolk Police say they have spoken to the Duke of Edinburgh after he was pictured driving without a seat belt, 48 hours after being involved in a crash near Sandringham in Norfolk. A spokeswoman said “suitable words of advice have been given to the driver”. Meanwhile, Emma Fairweather, who broke her wrist in the crash, […]

Vice-president’s wife Karen Pence to teach at anti-LGBT school

Jan 17 2019 — — Second Lady Karen Pence, the wife of the US vice-president, will return to teaching art at a school that requires employees to oppose LGBT lifestyles. The school in Springfield, Virginia, bars teachers from engaging in or condoning “homosexual or lesbian sexual activity” and “transgender identity”. Mrs Pence previously taught art at the school for more […]

Corbyn urges end of ‘zombie government’

Jan 16 2019 — — Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has called Theresa May’s administration a “zombie government” that “cannot govern” as he called for a general election. Opening a debate on a no-confidence motion, Mr Corbyn said the government “should do the right thing and resign” after Tuesday night’s record-breaking defeat on its Brexit legislation. The prime minister said an […]

Bianca Andreescu: Auckland final defeat by Julia Gorges for Canadian teenager

Jan 6 2019 — — Canadian teenager Bianca Andreescu’s dream run at the Auckland International came to an end in the final with a three-set loss to defending champion Julia Gorges. The 18-year-old world number 152 had beaten Caroline Wozniacki and Venus Williams on her way to the decider. And she looked like taking her maiden title when she won […]

President Trump ‘to pull thousands of troops’ from Afghanistan

Dec 21 2018 — — The Trump administration is planning to withdraw thousands of troops from Afghanistan, US media say. Reports, citing unnamed officials, say about 7,000 troops – roughly half the remaining US military presence in the country – could go home within months. The reports come a day after the president announced the country’s military withdrawal from Syria.

Syria’s Kurds say US pullout harms anti-IS fight

Dec 20 2018 — — A Kurdish-led alliance in Syria says President Donald Trump’s surprise decision to withdraw US troops will allow the Islamic State (IS) group to recover. A statement from the Syria Democratic Forces (SDF) warned of a military vacuum that would leave the alliance trapped between “hostile parties”. Mr Trump made the announcement on Wednesday, saying IS […]

Theresa May sets January date for MPs’ Brexit vote

Dec 17 2018 — — MPs will vote on the UK’s Brexit deal in the week beginning 14 January, Theresa May has told Parliament. The vote was due to be held last week but was put on hold after Theresa May admitted she was set to lose. Announcing a new date, Mrs May said the EU had made it clear […]

Strasbourg Christmas market attacker shot dead

Dec 13 2018 — — French police have shot dead the man said to have attacked Strasbourg’s Christmas market on Tuesday, the interior minister has said. Cherif Chekatt had been on the run since the attack. Three people have died following the shooting at the popular attraction and several more were seriously injured. Chekatt, 29, had a string of criminal […]

Ex-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen jailed for 36 months

Dec 12 2018 — — Michael Cohen, the former lawyer to Donald Trump who once said he’d take a bullet for the president, has been given a 36-month prison sentence. He is the first member of Mr Trump’s inner circle to be jailed over the special counsel’s inquiry into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election. He has pleaded guilty […]

Strasbourg shooting: France hunts gunman as alert level raised

Dec 12 2018 — — France has issued a maximum level of alert as police hunt a gunman who opened fire at a Christmas market in the eastern city of Strasbourg. Three people were killed and 13 wounded, eight of them seriously. The gunman, 29, known to authorities as having been radicalised in prison, escaped after reportedly being injured. Some […]

Theresa May calls off MPs’ vote on her Brexit deal

Dec 10 2018 — — Theresa May says she has called off Tuesday’s crucial vote on her Brexit deal because it “would be rejected by a significant margin”. She said MPs backed much of the deal she has struck with the EU but there was concern over the Northern Irish backstop. She said she believed she could still get the […]

China demands Canada free Meng Wanzhou or face consequences

Dec 8 2018 — — China has demanded that Canada release the arrested Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou or face consequences. Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng had summoned the Canadian ambassador and lodged a “strong protest”, a statement said. The ministry described Ms Meng’s arrest as “extremely nasty”. Ms Meng, Huawei’s chief financial officer and daughter of the firm’s founder, is […]

France fuel protests: PM Philippe suspends fuel tax rise

Dec 4 2018 — — France’s PM has announced a six-month suspension of a fuel tax rise which has led to weeks of violent protests. Edouard Philippe said that people’s anger must be heard, and the measures would not be applied until there had been proper debate with those affected. The protests have hit major French cities, causing considerable damage […]