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British MPs vote to reject Brexit backstop

British MPs vote to reject Brexit backstop The prime minister is to return to Brussels to demand concessions on the divorce deal after securing a Commons victory last night on an amendment put forward by Sir Graham Brady, chair of the 1922 Committee of Tory backbenchers. Commission vice-president Jyrki Kateinen said it would be "a stupid thing" for the European Union to make concessions putting the remaining 27 members at a disadvantage si... [Full Article...]

China hands 4.5 year prison sentence to human rights lawyer

China hands 4.5 year prison sentence to human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang is known for defending political activists, victims of land seizures and the banned religious group Falun Gong. Trials for rights activists in China often draw out over years while the accused are held under harsh conditions that can endanger their health, including frequent accusations of torture, while being routinely denied the right to hire their own legal representation and r... [Full Article...]

El Chapo trial: Defence rests after 30 minutes

El Chapo trial: Defence rests after 30 minutes Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman told a judge Monday that he won't take the witness stand in his own defence at his USA drug-trafficking trial, ending speculation that he might go for broke and build on a notorious reputation already cemented by the sprawling government case against him. [Full Article...]

Priest accused of making advances toward nun resigns

Priest accused of making advances toward nun resigns The statement said Father Geissler chose to step down "to limit the damage already done to the congregation and to his community". "He would keep me there kneeling in front of him for hours, and he would tell me how much he liked me and that he knew that I liked him and even though we couldn't marry, there would be other ways", Wagner said at the event. [Full Article...]

Snow and ice predicted for Newbury

Snow and ice predicted for Newbury Cloud will increase across western hills with further snow showers possible. What will the temperatures be like overnight? Benton, in Oxfordshire, and Santon Downham, Suffolk, are among parts of England which could be coldest. The maximum temperature will be 4C. Saturday probably mainly dry, cold and bright. The Met Office has warned that ice and snow could disrupt travel through the len... [Full Article...]

Church bombs in Philippines kill at least 17, wound 42

Church bombs in Philippines kill at least 17, wound 42 Mindanao, a island chain in the far south of the Philippines at the borders of Malaysia and Indonesia, has always been plagued by terrorism and unrest. In Washington, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio, chairman of the U.S. [Full Article...]

US Lifts Sanctions on Rusal, Other Firms Linked to Russia's Deripaska

US Lifts Sanctions on Rusal, Other Firms Linked to Russia's Deripaska The Treasury Department said it has lifted sanctions it imposed previous year on one of the world's largest aluminum companies, Rusal, and two other firms in which Russian businessman Oleg Deripaska owns large stakes. In a statement on Sunday, the Department said that Rusal and EN+ Group, the holding company of the Russian aluminium giant, as well as energy firm JSC EuroSibEnergo had made sign... [Full Article...]

Historic friendship: France's Macron says 'won't respond' to populist Italian leaders

Historic friendship: France's Macron says 'won't respond' to populist Italian leaders While Conte has recently spoken of the "historical friendship" between France and Italy, his interior minister Salvini has been trying to organise a far-right challenge to pro-Europeans within the European Union bloc, and has said he hopes that the French people will soon be free of a " very bad president ". [Full Article...]


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