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White Island volcano: New volcanic activity hampers recovery efforts

New Zealand’s White Island volcano is showing increased seismic activity, putting recovery efforts on hold. Authorities hoped they would be able to retrieve the eight people presumed dead on the island on Wednesday. So far, six people have been confirmed dead in the tragedy. Another 25 are in critical condition in hospital with severe burns. The volcano, also known as ... Read More »

Finnish Prime Minister Antti Rinne resigns

Finnish President Sauli Niinisto has accepted the resignation of his prime minister, Antti Rinne. Niinisto has asked the current administration to remain as a caretaker government until a new one is in place. Finland’s Prime Minister Antti Rinne is stepping down as prime minister and will tender his government’s resignation, President Sauli Niinisto’s office said on Tuesday. The Finnish Center ... Read More »

North Korea unveils town hailed as ‘epitome of civilisation’

North Korea has officially opened a new town its media is calling the “epitome of modern civilisation”. Leader Kim Jong-un cut the red ribbon at Samjiyon – hailed as one of the country’s most important construction projects. State media KCNA said the town – which is able to accommodate 4,000 families – boasts new apartments, a ski slope, and a ... Read More »

Nato summit: Trump blasts Macron ‘brain dead’ comments as ‘nasty’

US President Donald Trump has accused his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron of being “nasty” for saying Nato was “brain dead”. Mr Trump is in London for a summit marking the bloc’s 70th anniversary. At a news conference, Mr Trump said Nato served a great purpose and Mr Macron’s remarks had been “very insulting”. He also said he could see France ... Read More »

Brazil’s president claims DiCaprio paid for Amazon fires

Jair Bolsonaro falsely accuses actor of funding deliberate destruction of rainforest Brazil’s president has falsely accused the actor and environmentalist Leonardo DiCaprio of bankrolling the deliberate incineration of the Amazon rainforest. Jair Bolsonaro – a populist nationalist who has vowed to drive environmental NGOs from Brazil – made the claim on Friday, reportedly telling supporters: “This Leonardo DiCaprio’s a cool ... Read More »

Suriname court convicts president of murder

Suriname’s President Desi Bouterse has been sentence to 20 years in prison for the 1982 murder of 15 political opponents. The South American country is now on edge over what happens next. A military court in Suriname on Friday convicted President Desi Bouterse of murder for the execution of 15 opponents in 1982, plunging the South American country into political ... Read More »

Dutch police search for stabbings suspect in The Hague

Police have still not found a man suspected of stabbing three minors in a busy shopping district in The Hague. Investigators are still unclear about what the motive might have been. Dutch police on Saturday continued searching for a man who stabbed and injured three minors in the center of The Hague. Police indicated there was no immediate sign of ... Read More »

New Berlin airport to finally open next October

Germany’s long-delayed Berlin Brandenburg Airport (BER) is set to finally be operational on October 31, 2020, nine years after it was supposed to open. Berlin’s long-delayed airport has a new opening date, operators announced on Friday, following a series of scandals involving corruption and shoddy design. The problem-plagued project has become something of a laughing stock throughout Germany, particularly considering ... Read More »

Black Friday backlash: Protests against Amazon erupt across France

Activists across France have staged Black Friday protests against Amazon, decrying consumerism and its impact on the environment. Dozens of protesters gathered outside the company’s French headquarters in Clichy, north of Paris. Protesters also tried to blockade a shopping centre in Paris and a logistics centre near the eastern city of Lyon. In video from Lyon riot police can be ... Read More »

Iraq unrest: PM Abdul Mahdi to resign after bloodiest day in protests

Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi is to submit his resignation, his office says, after more than 40 people were killed on the bloodiest day since anti-government protests began. Iraq’s top Shia Muslim cleric condemned the use of force against protesters and called for a new government. About 400 people have been killed in protests since the start of October, ... Read More »

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