US demands tougher airline security but avoids laptop banThe Homeland Security Department is demanding that airlines around the world step up security measures for international flights bound for the United States or face the…
Pope aide Pell charged with child sex abuseCardinal George Pell, the third most powerful figure in the Vatican and Australia's most senior Catholic clergyman, was charged Thursday with child sex offences in a case that…
On The Observers
Chile beat Portugal to reach Confederations Cup finalClaudio Bravo was Chile's hero on Wednesday as they beat Portugal 3-0 in a penalty shoot-out in the Confederations Cup semi-finals.
Trump to visit France for Bastille Day paradeUS President Donald Trump on Wednesday accepted an invitation from his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron to attend the traditional Bastille Day military parade on July 14,…
Death toll rises in Grenfell fire as UK asks hard questionsThe death toll in the Grenfell Tower fire in London now stands at 80 dead or presumed dead.
Paddington Bear creator Michael Bond dies aged 91It was a last-minute Christmas gift for his wife that inspired Michael Bond to create Paddington Bear, the marmalade-loving teddy in a duffel coat and floppy hat.
Hong Kong democracy protests before Xi's visitHong Kong police arrested pro-democracy protesters today, some of whom scrambled up a monument symbolising the city's handover from British to Chinese rule, a day before Chinese…
Helicopter strafes Venezuela court, Maduro slams coup bidA Venezuelan police helicopter strafed the Supreme Court and a government ministry on Tuesday, escalating the OPEC nation's political crisis in what President Nicolas Maduro…
Battle for IS group stronghold of Raqqa still unpredictableThe Islamic State (IS) group-held city of Raqqa in Syria is nearly encircled by a US-backed, Kurdish-led coalition, but efforts to gain ground and help civilians trapped behind…
May’s DUP bribe alienates rest of UKUK Prime Minister Theresa May's deal with Northern Ireland’s ultra-conservative Democratic Unionist Party gives her minority government backing on key votes - at the cost of…
Six charged over Hillsborough football stadium crushBritain's state prosecution service on Wednesday announced criminal charges against six people over the 1989 Hillsborough soccer stadium crush in which 96 fans died, the…
GULF - DIPLOMACY
US attempts Gulf diplomacy, but Saudis ‘non-negotiable’Top Gulf diplomats were in Washington Tuesday as US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson sought to help resolve the stubborn Qatar crisis, amid concerns that Saudi Arabia's…
‘Historic’ cyber attack hits Ukraine govt and businessesA massive cyber attack caused disruption across Europe on Tuesday, but hackers appeared to target Ukrainian government offices, infrastructure and key businesses in particular.