EU chief says Brexit delay possible if MPs approve deal

The EU could approve Britain’s request for a short delay to Brexit but only if British MPs next week vote through the withdrawal deal they have twice rejected, European Council president Donald Tusk said Wednesday.

"I believe a short extension will be possible but it will be conditional on a positive vote on the withdrawal agreement in the House of Commons," Tusk told reporters, a day before leaders were to gather in Brussels for a crucial summit.

EU chief says Brexit delay possible if MPs approve deal
EU chief says Brexit delay possible if MPs approve deal

EU chief says Brexit delay possible if MPs approve deal

The EU could approve Britain’s request for a short delay to Brexit but only if British MPs next week vote through the withdrawal deal they have twice rejected, European Council president Donald Tusk said Wednesday.

Criticising Britain and Germany, Trump tears up diplomatic rules

Criticising Britain and Germany, Trump tears up diplomatic rules

President Donald Trump is once again tearing up the diplomatic norm of treading lightly in allies’ domestic politics, with his team attacking Britain’s beleaguered leader over Brexit and irritating Germany.
Pakistan student kills professor over mixed-gender reception

Pakistan student kills professor over mixed-gender reception

A Pakistani student was arrested Wednesday after stabbing his professor to death for organising a mixed-gender reception at a government college, police said.
Kazakhstan renames capital as new president takes office

Kazakhstan renames capital as new president takes office

Kazakhstan’s new interim president was sworn in Wednesday following the shock resignation of the country’s long-time ruler and in his first official act renamed the capital after his predecessor.
Lions, other animals to be saved from Gaza zoo – welfare group

Lions, other animals to be saved from Gaza zoo – welfare group

Forty animals including five lions are to be rescued from squalid conditions in the Gaza Strip, an animal welfare group said on Wednesday.
Early celebrations as Syria war on IS holdout wraps up

Early celebrations as Syria war on IS holdout wraps up

Their battle against the last jihadists holding out in the besieged Syrian village of Baghouz hasn’t quite ended but Kurdish-led fighters have already started celebrating.
British PM seeks Brexit delay from hesitant EU

British PM seeks Brexit delay from hesitant EU

Prime Minister Theresa May asked EU leaders Wednesday for a three-month delay to Brexit amid continued political deadlock in London, but Brussels warned the postponement carried ‘serious legal and political risks’.
Man fired and deported from UAE for praising New Zealand attacks

Man fired and deported from UAE for praising New Zealand attacks

An Australian white supremacist shot dead 50 Muslims praying at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand on Friday.
Vietnam man fined R115 for elevator sexual assault

Vietnam man fined R115 for elevator sexual assault

Unlike rape, sexual assault is not a criminal offence in Vietnam, but is considered an administrative violation falling under the category of ‘indecent speech and behaviour’.
Trump hosts ‘Trump of the Tropics’ Bolsonaro at White House

Trump hosts ‘Trump of the Tropics’ Bolsonaro at White House

Finally, Trump of the Tropics — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro — is meeting the Bolsonaro of the North — Donald Trump himself.
Exasperated EU powers demand Brexit clarity from London

Exasperated EU powers demand Brexit clarity from London

EU powers on Tuesday demanded London tell them clearly what it wants from Brexit, warning they had no appetite to sign off on vague plans to delay Britain’s departure from the bloc.
Two dead, dozens trapped, in India building collapse

Two dead, dozens trapped, in India building collapse

At least two people have died and dozens are feared trapped under rubble after a building site collapsed Tuesday in India’s southern Karnataka state, officials told AFP.
NZ premier Ardern vows never to utter mosque gunman’s name

NZ premier Ardern vows never to utter mosque gunman’s name

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern promised on Tuesday that the man responsible for last week’s deadly mosque massacres would face ‘the full force of the law’.
Dutch police arrest tram attack suspect after huge manhunt

Dutch police arrest tram attack suspect after huge manhunt

The father of the suspect, Mehmet Tanis, said his son should be punished if found responsible.
Team to trek miles through jungle to reach lone Indian voter

Team to trek miles through jungle to reach lone Indian voter

A team 15 to 18 strong would have to proceed on foot for six kilometres carrying a ballot box through tough terrain to reach Malogam’s only registered voter.
One dead in possible terror attack on Dutch tram

One dead in possible terror attack on Dutch tram

The gunman involved in a suspected terror attack on a tram in the Dutch city of Utrecht is still on the run.
Trump shares conspiracy theory about New Zealand mosque attack being a ‘hoax’

Trump shares conspiracy theory about New Zealand mosque attack being a ‘hoax’

This was just one of several conspiracy theories seemingly embraced by the US President on Sunday.
Trump slammed for ‘silence’ on white supremacist threat

Trump slammed for ‘silence’ on white supremacist threat

Democrats led by an Arab-American lawmaker attacked President Donald Trump’s “silence” on the rise of white supremacy Sunday as reaction to the New Zealand mosque massacre spilled into a heated US debate over religious and racial bigotry.
Funerals for Ethiopia crash victims but little to bury

Funerals for Ethiopia crash victims but little to bury

Ethiopians were holding funerals Sunday for friends and relatives who perished in last week’s Ethiopian Airlines crash, which killed all onboard and saw the worldwide grounding of the Boeing aircraft involved.
Scores dead after cyclone hits Mozambique, Zimbabwe

Scores dead after cyclone hits Mozambique, Zimbabwe

At least 48 people have been killed in Mozambique and 39 in neighbouring Zimbabwe after tropical cyclone Idai tore through the two southern African countries, officials and media said Sunday.
Hero refugee chased gunman away from NZealand mosque

Hero refugee chased gunman away from NZealand mosque

When Afghan refugee Abdul Aziz saw a man brandishing a gun outside his mosque in Christchurch, he ran towards the attacker armed with the only weapon he could find — a hand-held credit card machine.
Husband of slain woman says forgives NZ mosque gunman

Husband of slain woman says forgives NZ mosque gunman

A man whose 44-year-old wife was killed in the Christchurch mosque attack as she rushed back in to rescue him said he harbours no hatred toward the gunman, insisting forgiveness is the best path forward.
‘Horror and anger’ in Christchurch hospital as medics battle to save lives

‘Horror and anger’ in Christchurch hospital as medics battle to save lives

In a city battered by quakes, Christchurch’s medics were tragically well-schooled in tackling mass casualty events — but none could have prepared for the injuries unleashed by a white supremacist with assault rifles bent on mass murder.
May warns of long Brexit delay if MPs do not back her deal

May warns of long Brexit delay if MPs do not back her deal

British Prime Minister Theresa May has issued a stark warning to lawmakers that if they do not back her Brexit deal, there is the possibility the country “will not leave the EU for many months, if ever”.
New Zealand mosque survivor says Koran bookshelf saved him

New Zealand mosque survivor says Koran bookshelf saved him

As the bullets tore into worshippers during Friday prayers, taxi driver Abdul Kadir Ababora threw himself to the floor and wedged himself under a bookshelf used to hold Korans, praying he would see his wife and kids again.
Paris stores looted in new ‘yellow vest’ riots

Paris stores looted in new ‘yellow vest’ riots

Demonstrators looted stores on the Champs-Elysees avenue in Paris on Saturday, on the 18th week of “yellow vest” protests, characterised by an uptick in violence after dwindling participation in recent weeks.

 

today in print