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  • LA teacher strike enters third day as school chiefs seek talks

    16 January 2019 07:39 189

    Los Angeles school administrators are urging a union to resume talks as tens of thousands of teachers plan to walk picket lines for a third day. Striking teachers vowed to take to the streets again on Wednesday despite a forecast for heavy rain across the US city. There have been no plans for the two sides to re-start negotiations after talks broke down last week. Teachers

  • How Jeremy Corbyn’s no confidence motion will work

    15 January 2019 22:16 198

    Jeremy Corbyn has tabled a motion of no confidence in the UK Government in an attempt to force a general election. It is the first time the procedure has been used under the provisions of the Fixed Term Parliaments Act passed by the coalition government under David Cameron. Mr Corbyn will move the motion tabled in his name as Leader of the Opposition

  • Records broken by British Government’s Brexit defeat

    15 January 2019 20:56 203

    The decision by British MPs to reject the Withdrawal Agreement by 230 votes represents the largest UK government defeat on the floor of the House of Commons in modern political history. It easily beats the previous record of 166 votes, which was set almost 100 years ago on October 8 1924, and which saw the minority Labour government of Ramsay MacDonald

  • 'Time is almost up': European leaders react to landslide Brexit vote

    15 January 2019 20:28 180

    European Council president Donald Tusk has goaded British MPs to push for a second referendum or cancel Brexit entirely, asking "who will have the courage to say what the only positive solution is" to the crisis. In an historic landslide vote on Tuesday evening, the House of Commons tore British prime minister Theresa May's existing Brexit deal to shreds

  • SNP warn May’s Brexit deal will put ‘workers on the dole’

    15 January 2019 15:48 157

    Theresa May’s Brexit deal will put “workers on the dole”, the SNP’s Ian Blackford has warned. Mr Blackford also told ministers his party would not allow Scotland to be “dragged out of the European Union against its will” on the final day of debate on the British Prime Minister’s EU exit plan. He made the comments after successfully securing approval

  • Former SNP MP guilty of professional misconduct

    15 January 2019 14:12 159

    Former Scottish MP Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh has been found guilty of professional misconduct over her handling of a trust at a law firm where she was a partner. The SNP member was brought before a tribunal along with fellow solicitor Alan Mickel, with whom she ran the now defunct Hamilton Burns. The case centred on a trust set up in May 2012 on behalf of Mr Mickel’s

  • China criticises ‘irresponsible’ Trudeau comments in death penalty case

    15 January 2019 11:11 139

    China has expressed “strong dissatisfaction” with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau over his criticism of a death sentence given to an alleged Canadian drug smuggler at a retrial. Mr Trudeau should “respect the rule of law, respect China’s judicial sovereignty, correct mistakes and stop making irresponsible remarks”, foreign ministry spokeswoman

  • Trump says US will hurt Turkey economically if it hits Kurds

    14 January 2019 08:37 86

    President Donald Trump has warned that the United States will “devastate Turkey economically” if it attacks US-backed Kurdish forces in Syria. Mr Trump’s decision to pull American troops out of Syria has left the United States’ Kurdish allies vulnerable to an attack from Turkey. Ankara views the Kurdish forces as terrorists aligned with insurgents inside

  • Three German skiers killed in Austrian avalanche

    13 January 2019 09:29 80

    Three German skiers have been killed in an avalanche in the Austrian Alps – and a fourth is missing, police have said. The bodies of the men – aged 57, 36 and 32 – were recovered on Saturday evening near Lech, a few hours after the wife of one of the skiers reported them missing. Police in Vorarlberg, Austria’s western-most province, said on Sunday they had to call off the search

  • Dozens feared dead in Nigeria as leaking oil tanker explodes

    12 January 2019 14:10 89

    Many people are feared dead after an oil tanker overturned and exploded in Nigeria while people were scooping up leaking fuel. Police spokeswoman Irene Ugbo told reporters that 12 people are dead and 22 badly burned in the blast on Friday evening in Odukpani in Cross River state. Witness Richard Johnson said many people were burnt to ashes, leaving little