Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Foreign

Former Sinochem manager sentenced to 12 years for graft

A Chinese court has sentenced the former general manager of Sinochem Group to 12 years in prison. According to state TV, Cai Xiyou, who headed one of the world’s largest chemical conglomerates, was put under...

Syria's Kurds say Trump US troop pullout harms anti-IS fight

A Kurdish-led alliance in Syria says President Donald Trump's surprise decision to withdraw US troops will allow the Islamic State (IS) group to recover. A statement from the Syria Democratic Forces (SDF) warned of a...

May's government survives no-confidence vote after Brexit defeat

Jeremy Corbyn has failed to force a general election after rebel Tories and Democratic Unionist MPs backed Theresa May’s government in a vote of confidence just a day after rejecting her Brexit deal. Labour’s motion of no...

Vehicle plows into New Year's crowd in Tokyo, injures eight people

At least eight people were injured, one seriously, when a vehicle plowed into crowds celebrating New Year’s Day in Tokyo early on Tuesday. A police spokesman said the driver had been detained and national broadcaster...

Venezuela’s Guaido says intelligence agents detained his chief of staff

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido said on Thursday intelligence agents had detained his chief of staff following a pre-dawn raid, signalling that President Nicolas Maduro may be cracking down on the...

Venezuela crisis: European states recognise Guaidó as president

The UK, France, Germany, Spain and other European countries have officially recognised opposition leader Juan Guaidó as interim president of Venezuela. It comes after President Nicolás Maduro defiantly rejected a deadline they set for Sunday...

IMF, CEOs sound warnings as leaders gather in Davos

The International Monetary Fund trimmed its global growth forecasts on Monday and a survey showed increasing pessimism among business chiefs as trade tensions and uncertainty loomed over the world’s biggest annual gathering of the...

Swedish prime minister ousted after losing confidence vote

Sweden's Prime Minister Stefan Lofven will have to stand down after losing the support of parliament. The anti-immigration Sweden Democrats (SD) backed the vote to remove him, weeks after a general election that delivered a...

Blast kills three policemen in Cairo

Three policemen were killed by a suicide bomber on Monday night in Egypt's capital, Cairo, near the famous Khan el-Khalili bazaar, AFP news agency reports citing the country's interior ministry. Two other officers were wounded...

'China's Jack the Ripper' has been executed

A Chinese serial killer convicted of assassinating eleven girls and women between 1988 and 2002 has been executed. Gao Chengyong, dubbed "Jack the Ripper" by Chinese media, followed his victims home before robbing, raping and...