Friday, 15 December 2017


12/15/2017 - 09:41

EU leaders have agreed to move Brexit talks on to the second phase but called for "further clarity" from the UK about the future relationship it wants.

The first issue to be discussed, early next year, will be the details of an expected two-year transition period after the UK's exit in March 2019.

Talks on trade and security co-operation are set to follow in March.

12/15/2017 - 09:39

A Moscow court has sentenced Russia's former Economy Minister Alexei Ulyukayev to eight years in a harsh-regime prison for bribery.

He was also fined 130m roubles ($2.2m; £1.6m). He is the first minister to stand trial in Russia's recent history.

12/03/2017 - 23:02

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has announced the creation of a new virtual currency in a bid to ease the country's economic crisis.

He said the Petro would be backed by Venezuela's oil, gas, gold and diamond wealth.

Opposition MPs, however, poured scorn on the plan.

12/03/2017 - 22:59

The Electoral Court in Honduras has begun a partial recount of votes cast in the disputed presidential ballot.

It was requested by the opposition coalition after initial results showed the incumbent, Juan Orlando Hernandez, winning by a few thousand votes.

But the opposition is boycotting the process because the tribunal is only examining around 6% of the vote.

11/26/2017 - 23:24

Pope Francis has arrived in Myanmar on the first papal visit to the country that has this year been widely accused of ethnic cleansing.

Focus will likely be on whether he uses the term "Rohingya" to describe the country's Muslim minority.

11/26/2017 - 23:22

Fears of an imminent major eruption of Bali's Mount Agung have increased and the evacuation zone around the volcano has been widened.

Indonesian authorities have raised the state of alert to its highest level.

The island's airport has now closed, leaving thousands stranded in the tourist hotspot.

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