Category: International news

Brexiteers discuss leadership challenge

Reports say Conservative MPs opposed to Theresa May’s Brexit plan have met to discuss how and when they could force her to stand down as prime minister. About 50 members of the European Research Group (ERG) openly discussed “how best you game the leadership election rules,” a source said. Eurosceptic MPs are to unveil what they say is a solution to the Irish border. Environment Secretary Michael Gove said leadership speculation was “loose talk” and urged MPs to unite behind the PM. Mr Gove said he wanted Mrs May to stay in Downing Street “as long as possible” and...

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Trump blasted over hurricane ‘success’ claim

President Donald Trump has been criticised for hailing the US response to the deadly Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico last year as “tremendous”. The mayor of its capital tweeted: “If he thinks the death of 3 000 people is a success God help us all.” Puerto Rico only finished restoring full power last month, 11 months after the hurricane hit. A recent report says 8 percent left the island after the hurricane and many died due to poor health care and other services. The island’s Governor Ricardo Rossello issued a statement on Tuesday night, describing Maria as “the worst...

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Ex-Brazilian president withdraws from poll

Former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has pulled out of next month’s presidential election to allow his running mate to stand in his place. The move comes days after a far-right candidate was stabbed at a rally. Lula had been the front-runner despite being in jail for a corruption conviction and despite the top electoral court barring his candidacy. He has now thrown his weight behind his Workers’ Party colleague Fernando Haddad. The decision comes after a lengthy legal battle which culminated on the 1st of September when the superior electoral court ruled that he was “ineligible”...

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Libya airport hit by rocket attack

The only working airport in Libya’s capital, Tripoli, has diverted flights after it came under rocket fire. There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties at Mitiga International Airport after the attack on Tuesday night.  The airport had only reopened on Friday following clashes between rival militias. A UN-backed government is nominally in power in Tripoli but militias occupy much of the rest of the country.  The rocket attack forced a Libyan Airlines flight from Alexandria in Egypt to divert to Misrata, some 200km east of the capital. Other flights would also be diverted and plans are under way to move other planes at Tripoli to Misrata. Libyan Airlines is the only operator, running internal flights and international ones to a limited number of countries. It is barred from EU airports on security grounds. -BBC                              ...

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Scores of migrants drown off Libyan coast

Reports say more than 100 migrants died in a shipwreck off the Libyan coastline earlier this month. Two rubber boats set off on 1 September but one of the vessels deflated and sank. The 276 survivors were eventually taken to the Libyan port city of Khoms, around 100 km to the south-east of the capital Tripoli. The survivors, including pregnant women, children and infants, have been treated by Medecins Sans Frontieres for pneumonia or burns from leaked fuel. According to the International Organisation for Migration, over 1 500 migrants have died while attempting to cross the Mediterranean so far...

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