Saturday, May 25, 2019

May offers ‘confirmatory referendum’ on her Brexit deal

British Prime Minister Theresa May says she has "compromised" ahead of a last-ditch effort to get her Brexit deal approved by parliament. On Tuesday, May attempted to win over opposition by offering the House of Commons a vote on whether to hold a confirmatory referendum on her Withdrawal Agreement - if it is pushed through…

‘Breaking the silence’: New report documents torture in Kashmir

Srinagar, Indian-administered Kashmir - Prisoners in Indian-administered Kashmir have been subjected to abuse and torture, including "water-boarding, sleep deprivation and sexualised torture", according to a report by two rights bodies. The 560-page report released on Monday mentions solitary confinement, sleep deprivation, and sexualised torture including rape and sodomy, used as torture techniques against Kashmiris. Other torture…

Exit polls show India’s Modi-led coalition likely to win majority

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ruling alliance led by right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is likely to win a majority in parliament in the mammoth Indian general elections that ended on Sunday, exit polls show. Several early exit polls released by Indian media on Sunday predicted the BJP will lose seats but with allies would still…

FM Javad Zarif: We don’t want war, and no one can confront Iran

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says he does not believe a war will break out in the region as Tehran does not want a conflict and no country has the "illusion it could confront Iran", state news agency IRNA reports. Concerns about a possible conflict have flared since the White House ordered warships and…

Taiwan’s parliament approves same-sex marriage legislation

Taiwan's parliament has legalised same-sex marriage in a landmark vote that made the self-ruled island the first in Asia to adopt such legislation. The lawmakers comfortably passed a law on Friday, allowing same-sex couples to form "exclusive permanent unions" and a second clause that would let them apply for a "marriage registration" with government agencies.…

Iran FM denounces ‘unacceptable US escalation’ of tensions

Iran has accused the United States of instigating an "unacceptable" escalation of tensions, as Washington pledged to continue a campaign of "maximum pressure" on the Islamic Republic. Speaking in Tokyo on Thursday, Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said Tehran would not hold talks with Washington but added it would act with caution following the recent deployment of US…

Houthi drone attacks in Saudi ‘show new level of sophistication’

Drone attacks on a Saudi oil pipeline west of Riyadh on Tuesday have revealed an apparent significant leap in the capabilities of the Ansar Allah fighting group, otherwise known as the Houthis. The Aramco East-West pipeline, stretching across the country to the port and oil terminal at Yenbu, was damaged in two places as pumping…

Saudi Arabia says oil stations attacked by armed drones

Armed drones attacked two oil pumping stations in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday in what Riyadh called a "cowardly" act by Yemen's Houthi rebels, two days after Saudi oil tankers were sabotaged off the coast of the United Arab Emirates. The drone strikes caused minor damage to one of the stations supplying a pipeline running from…

China to impose tariffs on $60bn worth of US goods

Deepening a trade battle and sending financial markets into a tailspin, China announced Monday it was raising tariffs on $60bn of US goods after the latest increase in American tariffs on its exports. The move comes after the United States escalated the bitter trade war with a tariff hike on $200bn of Chinese products on…

Syria’s Assad silenced dissent in secret torture prisons: Report

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government has been running a network of secret torture facilities across Syria while the country's civil war unfolded, a new report has found. In a lengthy report, the New York Times found that the rate at which people are being detained in the country is still increasing, despite Assad's military win…
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Championship play-off semi-final: Leeds United v Derby County

Championship play-off semi-final live: Leeds United v Derby County - Live - BBC Sport Summary Leeds take a one-goal lead into the second leg at Elland Road Kemar Roofe scored the only goal in Saturday's game at Pride Park Leeds without Roofe and Forshaw because of calf injuries; Bamford returns Bennett starts up front for…

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