National Newswatch

Murder inquiry over Russian’s London death

Mar 16 2018 — — UK police have launched a murder investigation after the death of Russian businessman Nikolai Glushkov in south-west London. Mr Glushkov was found dead at his home in New Malden on 12 March. A post mortem revealed Mr Glushkov, whose family has been informed, died from “compression to the neck”.

Heather Locklear: Actress charged with four counts of battery

Mar 13 2018 — — US actress Heather Locklear has been charged with several counts of battery against a sheriff’s officer. She was arrested last month on domestic violence charges. Those charges have been dropped, but four misdemeanour counts of battery were upheld. Her brother dialled 911 after seeing the actress and her boyfriend fighting at her home in California.

90 migrants feared dead after boat capsizes off Libya

Feb 2 2018 — — Ninety migrants are feared drowned after a boat capsized off the Libyan coast, says the UN’s migration agency. Three survivors said most of those who drowned were Pakistani nationals. Libya has for years been a major transit route for migrants trying to reach southern Europe by sea. But last year the EU reached a controversial […]

Cuba: Fidel Castro’s son ‘takes own life’

Feb 2 2018 — — The 68-year-old son of Cuba’s former leader Fidel Castro has killed himself in Havana, according to Cuban state media. Fidel Ángel Castro Díaz-Balart was found on Thursday morning and is said to have suffered from depression. The first-born son of the late president was nicknamed “Fidelito”, or Little Fidel, because of the family resemblance.

Reports of gunfire and explosions at Kabul military academy

Jan 28 2018 — — Heavy gunfire and explosions have been heard at a military academy in the Afghan capital Kabul, media report. Reports say the Marshal Fahim National Defense University came under attack early Monday morning. It comes days after the deadliest bombing for months hit Kabul when an ambulance packed with explosives killed at least 100 people.

Elton John to make statement on future

Jan 24 2018 — — Sir Elton John is set to make an announcement about his future career at a press conference on Wednesday. The star is expected to reveal plans for a new venture after his Las Vegas residency ends in May after six years. British newspaper The Mirror has reported the 70-year-old will announce his final world tour. […]

Did President Trump forget the words to the national anthem?

Jan 9 2018 — — US President Donald Trump was greeted with a mixture of cheers and boos as he took to the field for the national anthem during a college football game in Atlanta. But as The Star-Spangled Banner began to play, social media users turned their attention to his anthem etiquette. Mr Trump’s supporters said they were proud […]

North Korea to send team to Winter Olympic Games

Jan 9 2018 — — North Korea is to send a delegation to the 2018 Winter Olympic Games taking place in South Korea in February, officials from the South say. The breakthrough announcement came as the countries met for their first high-level talks in more than two years. The delegation will include athletes, officials and a group of cheerleaders. A […]

Iran protests: Supreme leader Khamenei blames ‘enemies’

Jan 2 2018 — — Iran’s supreme leader has accused the country’s enemies of stirring days of protests that have claimed at least 22 lives. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei was speaking for the first time since people protesting at Iran’s economic troubles clashed with security forces last Thursday. Nine people, including a child, died overnight in violence in central Iran, state […]

Jerusalem: Guatemala follows US in planning Israel embassy move

Dec 25 2017 — — Guatemala says it plans to move the country’s embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, following a similar announcement from Donald Trump. Its president, Jimmy Morales, said the decision was taken after speaking to Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu. Guatemala was one of only nine nations to vote against a UN resolution urging the US to reverse its […]

Meghan Markle joins royals for Christmas service

Dec 25 2017 — — Prince Harry’s fiancee Meghan Markle has joined the Royal Family for the Christmas Day service at the Queen’s Norfolk estate. The couple arrived at a carol service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham along with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The Queen returned after missing last year’s service due to a heavy cold. […]

UN imposes fresh sanctions on North Korea over missile tests

Dec 22 2017 — — The United Nations Security Council has voted unanimously to impose tougher sanctions on North Korea in response to its recent ballistic missile tests. The US-drafted resolution includes measures to reduce the nation’s petrol imports by up to 90%. China and Russia, North Korea’s main trading partners, voted in favour of the resolution. The country is […]

Dick Enberg, award-winning US sports broadcaster, dies at 82

Dec 22 2017 — — US sports broadcaster Dick Enberg, famous for his cries of “Oh my!” while covering events over a career spanning almost 60 years, has died aged 82. He was found dead at his family home in San Diego after suffering a suspected heart attack, his family has said. Enberg received several awards for his sports coverage […]

Brexit: EU leaders agree to move talks onto next stage

Dec 15 2017 — — EU leaders have agreed to move Brexit talks on to second phase, says European Council president Donald Tusk. This mean talks can move on to the long-term relationship between the UK and EU, including trade and security. The first issue to be discussed, as early as next week, will be the terms of a transition […]

EU’s Federica Mogherini rebuffs Netanyahu on Jerusalem

Dec 11 2017 — — The EU’s foreign policy chief says there is “full EU unity” in support of Jerusalem becoming the capital of both Israel and a future Palestinian state. Federica Mogherini said the bloc’s member states would not recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital before a final status peace agreement. She spoke after meeting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, […]