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Dutch pro-EU parties surge to surprise victory as European Parliament elections kick off

Result is a blow to Eurosceptics across the continent, who had hoped for major gains in the four-day elections.

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Result is a blow to Eurosceptics across the continent, who had hoped for major gains in the four-day elections.

Dutch pro-EU parties surge to surprise victory as European Parliament elections kick off
‘American Taliban’ John Walker Lindh released after 17 years in federal prison as Afghan war still boils

Known as ‘Detainee 001’ in the US war on terror, Lindh will settle in Virginia under strict probation terms that limit his ability to go online.

24 May 2019 - 2:42AM

Known as ‘Detainee 001’ in the US war on terror, Lindh will settle in Virginia under strict probation terms that limit his ability to go online.

‘American Taliban’ John Walker Lindh released after 17 years in federal prison as Afghan war still boils
Nato chief says Western military ready to use all means necessary to respond to Russia cyberattacks

Jens Stoltenberg’s comments came amid fears of Russian interference in European Parliament elections.

24 May 2019 - 2:37AM

Jens Stoltenberg’s comments came amid fears of Russian interference in European Parliament elections.

Nato chief says Western military ready to use all means necessary to respond to Russia cyberattacks
From Singapore migrant worker to poet: Bangladeshi man’s diary shines rare light on life of struggle and heartache

From living in a crowded dorm to the heartache of missing his family, Bangladesh-born MD Sharif Uddin details the ups and downs of being a migrant worker in Singapore.

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From living in a crowded dorm to the heartache of missing his family, Bangladesh-born MD Sharif Uddin details the ups and downs of being a migrant worker in Singapore.

From Singapore migrant worker to poet: Bangladeshi man’s diary shines rare light on life of struggle and heartache
Death on Everest after Indian and American climbers become stuck in 200-person summit traffic jam

Donald Lynn Cash and Anjali Kulkarni suffer from fatal altitude sickness, as at least one guide blames 200 person long summit queue for tragedy

24 May 2019 - 1:36AM

Donald Lynn Cash and Anjali Kulkarni suffer from fatal altitude sickness, as at least one guide blames 200 person long summit queue for tragedy

Death on Everest after Indian and American climbers become stuck in 200-person summit traffic jam
Indonesia riots: police draw Islamic-State links to deadly Jakarta protests that killed seven

Two of 442 detained protesters belong to a group that sent Indonesians to fight in Syria, police said, adding that the suspects had intended to ‘carry out jihad’ during the riots.

23 May 2019 - 10:54PM

Two of 442 detained protesters belong to a group that sent Indonesians to fight in Syria, police said, adding that the suspects had intended to ‘carry out jihad’ during the riots.

Indonesia riots: police draw Islamic-State links to deadly Jakarta protests that killed seven
Democrats vs Trump: how impeachment in the US works

The push among Democrats in the US Congress to impeach Donald Trump for obstruction of justice is gaining strength.

23 May 2019 - 12:12PM

The push among Democrats in the US Congress to impeach Donald Trump for obstruction of justice is gaining strength.

Democrats vs Trump: how impeachment in the US works
Philippine city of Marawi was devastated by fight against Islamic State. Now its painfully slow recovery fuels resentment

The government does not expect rebuilding to be finished before the end of 2021. The delays have left about 100,000 residents displaced, fuelling anger and extremist sympathies.

23 May 2019 - 10:54PM

The government does not expect rebuilding to be finished before the end of 2021. The delays have left about 100,000 residents displaced, fuelling anger and extremist sympathies.

Philippine city of Marawi was devastated by fight against Islamic State. Now its painfully slow recovery fuels resentment
Panasonic insists it has not suspended business with Huawei despite earlier statement saying US ban would be enforced

Panasonic’s business with Huawei involves the supply of ‘electronic parts’. The global market for components used by Huawei is worth US$70 billion.

23 May 2019 - 3:01PM

Panasonic’s business with Huawei involves the supply of ‘electronic parts’. The global market for components used by Huawei is worth US$70 billion.

Panasonic insists it has not suspended business with Huawei despite earlier statement saying US ban would be enforced
Holiday hostage nightmare ends for Italian Alessandro Sandrini, held by kidnappers in Syria for almost three years

Alessandro Sandrini disappeared in October 2016 after going on holiday to Turkey. In August last year, he appeared in a video pleading for help with masked gunmen standing behind him.

23 May 2019 - 9:59PM

Alessandro Sandrini disappeared in October 2016 after going on holiday to Turkey. In August last year, he appeared in a video pleading for help with masked gunmen standing behind him.

Holiday hostage nightmare ends for Italian Alessandro Sandrini, held by kidnappers in Syria for almost three years
Qatar World Cup: Fifa abandons plans for 48-team tournament in 2022 amid Gulf blockade

The 2022 tournament in Gulf state will be played with 32 nations taking part as Fifa says ‘such a proposal could not be made under current circumstances’.

23 May 2019 - 10:09AM

The 2022 tournament in Gulf state will be played with 32 nations taking part as Fifa says ‘such a proposal could not be made under current circumstances’.

Qatar World Cup: Fifa abandons plans for 48-team tournament in 2022 amid Gulf blockade
Yuan Renguo, former head of Chinese liquor giant Kweichow Moutai, expelled from Communist Party over ‘family-style corruption’

Anti-graft agency says Yuan Renguo used his position for political gain and money, facilitating illegal sales of Mao-tai for unscrupulous dealers.

23 May 2019 - 5:57AM

Anti-graft agency says Yuan Renguo used his position for political gain and money, facilitating illegal sales of Mao-tai for unscrupulous dealers.

Yuan Renguo, former head of Chinese liquor giant Kweichow Moutai, expelled from Communist Party over ‘family-style corruption’
May implores parliament in final bid to save Brexit deal ahead of crucial European elections

May outlined a package of ‘compromise measures’ aimed at securing the support of MPs from the main opposition Labour Party.

22 May 2019 - 11:27PM

May outlined a package of ‘compromise measures’ aimed at securing the support of MPs from the main opposition Labour Party.

May implores parliament in final bid to save Brexit deal ahead of crucial European elections
North Korean media lashes Joe Biden as an ‘imbecile’ and ‘fool of low IQ’ after he ‘slandered’ Kim Jong-un

Biden had criticised Donald Trump’s approach to the leaders of North Korea and Russia, accusing the president of embracing ‘tyrants’.

22 May 2019 - 8:47PM

Biden had criticised Donald Trump’s approach to the leaders of North Korea and Russia, accusing the president of embracing ‘tyrants’.

North Korean media lashes Joe Biden as an ‘imbecile’ and ‘fool of low IQ’ after he ‘slandered’ Kim Jong-un
Washington legalises human composting as alternative to burial and cremation in US first

People who die in Washington will have the option to have their bodies transformed into soil suitable for use in a garden.

22 May 2019 - 8:21PM

People who die in Washington will have the option to have their bodies transformed into soil suitable for use in a garden.

Washington legalises human composting as alternative to burial and cremation in US first
Theresa May promises British MPs a vote on second referendum if they sign off on new Brexit deal

Parliament will also get to decide whether to remain temporarily in the customs union.

22 May 2019 - 1:53AM

Parliament will also get to decide whether to remain temporarily in the customs union.

Theresa May promises British MPs a vote on second referendum if they sign off on new Brexit deal
Nepal bans Chinese digital wallets Alipay and WeChat Pay to prevent loss of foreign currency earnings

A spokesman for the country’s central bank said Nepal was losing out since the actual transactions took place in China.

21 May 2019 - 11:18PM

A spokesman for the country’s central bank said Nepal was losing out since the actual transactions took place in China.

Nepal bans Chinese digital wallets Alipay and WeChat Pay to prevent loss of foreign currency earnings
Kremlin warns new Ukraine’s new President Volodymyr Zelensky against calls for more Russia sanctions

Statement from Putin comes after US said Washington intended to impose sanctions on companies involved in the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project.

22 May 2019 - 3:16AM

Statement from Putin comes after US said Washington intended to impose sanctions on companies involved in the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project.

Kremlin warns new Ukraine’s new President Volodymyr Zelensky against calls for more Russia sanctions
EU leaders sound alarm over likely surge in support for nationalists in coming elections

Warning against an ‘existential threat’, French President Emmanuel Macron called the vote the most important European parliamentary election since the first.

21 May 2019 - 8:17PM

Warning against an ‘existential threat’, French President Emmanuel Macron called the vote the most important European parliamentary election since the first.

EU leaders sound alarm over likely surge in support for nationalists in coming elections
Catalan separatists temporarily released from prison to take seats in Spanish parliament

Five are on trial for their role in an October 2017 Catalonian secession attempt.

21 May 2019 - 6:10PM

Five are on trial for their role in an October 2017 Catalonian secession attempt.

Catalan separatists temporarily released from prison to take seats in Spanish parliament
‘I was just working’: Nepali mountain guide summits Mount Everest for the 23rd and 24th time in the same week

A Nepali mountain guide who made his 24th Everest summit after guiding a team of Indian police officers to the peak says he was just doing his job.

21 May 2019 - 9:48PM

A Nepali mountain guide who made his 24th Everest summit after guiding a team of Indian police officers to the peak says he was just doing his job.

‘I was just working’: Nepali mountain guide summits Mount Everest for the 23rd and 24th time in the same week
Asylum seekers at Australia’s Pacific detention camps attempt suicide in wake of shock election result

Around 800 would-be refugees had been praying for a Labor victory, which might have ended Canberra’s current hardline detainment policy. But Morrison’s surprise victory dashed hopes and set off a wave of self-harm.

21 May 2019 - 4:51PM

Around 800 would-be refugees had been praying for a Labor victory, which might have ended Canberra’s current hardline detainment policy. But Morrison’s surprise victory dashed hopes and set off a wave of self-harm.

Asylum seekers at Australia’s Pacific detention camps attempt suicide in wake of shock election result
Australians flock to New Zealand migration website after election

While normally quick to joke about their neighbours, the prospect of three more years under conservative Scott Morrison appears to have many contemplating a dash across the sea.

21 May 2019 - 11:02PM

While normally quick to joke about their neighbours, the prospect of three more years under conservative Scott Morrison appears to have many contemplating a dash across the sea.

Australians flock to New Zealand migration website after election
Niki Lauda, former F1 champion, dies at 70 – ‘peacefully passed away with his family’

‘Niki will forever be in our hearts and enshrined in our history’ say his former team McLaren.

21 May 2019 - 10:52AM

‘Niki will forever be in our hearts and enshrined in our history’ say his former team McLaren.

Niki Lauda, former F1 champion, dies at 70 – ‘peacefully passed away with his family’
Indonesia’s Joko Widodo wins second term as president, as elections commission releases final tally early amid fears of unrest

Widodo and running mate Ma’ruf Amin won by 55.5 per cent 44.5 per cent margin over Prabowo Subianto and Sandiaga Uno.

21 May 2019 - 11:52PM

Widodo and running mate Ma’ruf Amin won by 55.5 per cent 44.5 per cent margin over Prabowo Subianto and Sandiaga Uno.

Indonesia’s Joko Widodo wins second term as president, as elections commission releases final tally early amid fears of unrest
Eiffel Tower climber grabbed after sparking evacuation, six-hour stand-off

Firefighters rappelled down from third-floor observation deck near the top of landmark to talk man down.

21 May 2019 - 6:33AM

Firefighters rappelled down from third-floor observation deck near the top of landmark to talk man down.

Eiffel Tower climber grabbed after sparking evacuation, six-hour stand-off
‘Clean up or clear out’: BP headquarters in London blockaded by Greenpeace activists urging stop to oil and gas exploration

Abseilers set about installing letters spelling out ‘Climate emergency’ on the building’s windows.

21 May 2019 - 4:46AM

Abseilers set about installing letters spelling out ‘Climate emergency’ on the building’s windows.

‘Clean up or clear out’: BP headquarters in London blockaded by Greenpeace activists urging stop to oil and gas exploration
French doctors begin switching off life support for man who has been in a vegetative state for a decade

Vincent Lambert, 42, was left with severe brain damage after a traffic accident in 2008.

20 May 2019 - 9:40PM

Vincent Lambert, 42, was left with severe brain damage after a traffic accident in 2008.

French doctors begin switching off life support for man who has been in a vegetative state for a decade
Japan seeks arbitration against South Korea over wartime forced labourers

Relations between the two US allies have been increasingly strained after South Korea’s top court last year ordered a Japanese steelmaker to compensate wartime victims

20 May 2019 - 8:00PM

Relations between the two US allies have been increasingly strained after South Korea’s top court last year ordered a Japanese steelmaker to compensate wartime victims

Japan seeks arbitration against South Korea over wartime forced labourers
Palestinians say they were ‘not consulted by any party’ on Bahrain peace conference that claims to be designed to boost its prosperity

Secretary general of the Palestine Liberation Organisation says ‘attempts at promoting an economic normalisation of the Israeli occupation will be rejected’.

20 May 2019 - 7:16PM

Secretary general of the Palestine Liberation Organisation says ‘attempts at promoting an economic normalisation of the Israeli occupation will be rejected’.

Palestinians say they were ‘not consulted by any party’ on Bahrain peace conference that claims to be designed to boost its prosperity