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Amazon rainforest burning at a record rate

The fires are burning at the highest rate since the country’s space research center, the National Institute for Space Research (known by the abbreviation INPE), began tracking them in 2013, the center said Tuesday. There have been 72,843 fires in Brazil this year, with more than half in the Amazon region, INPE said. That’s more […]

The man who’s the real brains behind Brexit

He is widely regarded as a political genius. His name is in the papers every day. Some believe he was the single most important figure behind the country’s decision to leave the European Union. And after three years of Brexit paralysis, he has promised to spend every waking hour in a herculean effort to make […]

Cardinal George Pell loses appeal against conviction for child sex abuse

The most senior Catholic official to be convicted of child sexual assault, Pell was sentenced in March to six years in prison, with a non-parole period of three years and eight months, for an attack described by Chief Judge Peter Kidd as “breathtakingly arrogant.” Lawyers for the 78-year-old cardinal immediately appealed his conviction, and in […]

Rape victim at center of controversial abortion trial acquitted

Evelyn Hernández, 21, was found innocent after the judge said there was not enough evidence to convict her, according to Hernández’s defense team. In April 2016, Hernández was found on the floor of her bathroom drenched in blood. She was taken to a local emergency room in her hometown of El Carmen, roughly 40 kilometers […]

How will a no-deal Brexit hit travel in UK and Europe?

UK border delays. (Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images) (CNN) — The prospect of Britain crashing chaotically out of the European Union seems increasingly likely as time goes on. Such a scenario could turn the travel plans of millions of people into a misery of delays, cancellations and bureaucratic nightmares. Travelers seeking to head in or out of […]

Governor reveals dead politician’s affair at his funeral

After Member of Parliament Ken Okoth died from cancer at the age of 41 last month, Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko, publicly detailed an alleged affair between the late MP, who was a friend of his, and a woman who was nominated for Nairobi’s County Assembly. Sonko, 44, declared at a memorial service broadcast on local […]

Huge crowds defy police in peaceful Hong Kong protest

Protesters defied torrential rain, a police ban and menacing threats from the Chinese government to come back out for the 11th consecutive weekend of mass demonstrations. Organizers claimed as many as 1.7 million people joined the rally, with protesters thronging westwards from Victoria Park through the downtown areas, transforming much of the city center into […]

US makes last-ditch attempt to stop Iranian supertanker setting sail

The warrant comes just a day after a judge in Gibraltar said the Grace 1 supertanker — which is reportedly carrying 2.1 million barrels of oil — was free to set sail. The tanker was seized by authorities while passing through Gibraltar’s waters in early July on suspicion of taking oil to Syria — which […]

What a mysterious explosion tells us about Russia’s ‘doomsday weapon’

These are the fingerprints of what appears to have been Russia’s latest failed bid to test its Burevestnik missile, also known as Skyfall. It’s claimed by its owner, Russian President Vladimir Putin, to have unlimited range and be able to outflank all US air defenses. But this month, it proved, for a Kremlin keen to […]

London Stock Exchange hit by delay

The opening of the FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 indexes was delayed by what the exchange described as a “trading services issue.” While other parts of the market opened as usual, trading in FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 stocks did not begin until 9:40 a.m. in London. Barclays (BCS), BP (BP), HSBC (HSBC) and Rio […]