Federal lawsuit filed to block Alabama’s new abortion ban

Abortion providers are asking a federal judge to block an Alabama law that would ban most abortions in the state

FDA approves $2M medicine, most expensive ever

U.S. regulators have approved the most expensive medicine ever, a $2.125 million gene therapy meant to cure a disorder that rapidly destroys a baby’s muscle control and kills most within a couple years

New Trump administration rule rolls back protections for transgender people

That rule reverses the policy of the Obama administration.

Asia Breaking News

China aims to relocate 80% of toxic chemical producers after blast: Report

SHANGHAI: China aims to relocate more than 80 per cent of its hazardous chemical production capacity by the end of next year, state media reported on Friday (May 24), as it embarks on far-reaching reforms in the sector following a fatal explosion at a factory in March. Citing government officials …

Japan appeals court upholds ‘Black Widow’ death sentence

TOKYO: A Japanese court on Friday (May 24) upheld the death sentence for a woman dubbed the “Black Widow”, who used cyanide to kill a string of elderly and rich lovers and pocketed millions in insurance payouts and inheritance. The Osaka High Court rejected an appeal by Chisako Kakehi, 72, to …

Indonesian opposition set to challenge election result in court

JAKARTA: Defeated Indonesian presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto is set to lodge a challenge to the result of the Apr 17 election in the Constitutional Court on Friday (May 24) after complaining that the vote was rigged. President Joko Widodo won 55.5 per cent of votes in the poll to lead the …

Europe Breaking News

Wikipedia petitions ECHR over Turkey ban

The online encyclopaedia is taking Turkey to the European Court of Human Rights over a two-year ban.

We’re Going to Ibiza revived as protest hit in Austria scandal

The Vengaboys’ 1999 Eurodance hit enjoys a new lease of life thanks to Austria’s political crisis.

Woman of 102 suspected of care home murder in France

A 102-year-old is thought to have battered and strangled her 92-year-old female neighbour.

Africa Breaking News

Gay Refugees in Kenya Wait for Resettlement, Change in Law

For decades, Kenya has hosted refugees fleeing conflict, drought and persecution in East Africa, including sexual minorities. Most gay refugees hope to resettle outside Africa to Western countries where gay rights are better protected. But while they wait, a process that can take years, one group of gay refugees is helping inform and educate others about their situation. Rael Ombuor reports from Kiserian, Kenya.

Angola’s Record Drought Puts Millions at Food Security Risk

Southern Angola faces the worst drought in decades, says the United Nations Children’s Fund, with at least 2.3 million people facing high risk of a food security crisis and malnutrition. Elizabete Casimiro narrates this report by Herculano Coroado, who traveled to Cunene Province, Angola, for this report.

East Africa Closer to Banning Hydroquinone Skin-Lightening Products

East African countries are set to ban skin-lightening products that contain hydroquinone, a medical agent linked to health problems when used in high concentrations. The East African Legislative Assembly last week passed a resolution calling for a regionwide ban on the manufacturing and importation of products containing hydroquinone. Moses Havyarimana reports from Arusha, Tanzania.

Tech News

NASA’s first-of-kind tests look to manage drones in cities

NASA has launched the final stage of a four-year effort to develop a national traffic management system for drones, testing them in cities for the first time beyond the operator’s line of sight

Serial cyberstalker who threatened women gets prison term

A man who posted a Facebook message threatening to kill "as many girls as I see" in retaliation for years of romantic rejection has been sentenced to up to five years in prison in Utah

Tesla shares bounce on leaked memo about rising sales

Shares of Tesla, suffering one of the worst stretches in company history, are rebounding after leaked memo reveals rising sales

Canada Breaking News

Minister of Transport announces new rules protecting Canadian air travellers

Speaking at Pearson Airport outside Toronto, Transport Minister Marc Garneau released an updated version of Air Passenger Protection Regulations, first unveiled last December.

Ontario flooding task force holds closed-door meeting in Ottawa with municipal, provincial officials

Representing Ottawa at the meeting on Friday morning were Mayor Jim Watson, West Carleton-March Coun. Eli El-Chantiry, and Pierre Poirier, head of emergency management at the city.

‘It affects every area of life’: Toronto psychologist sheds light on rarely discussed binge eating disorder

Natalie Gold, a Toronto-based psychotherapist , combatted binge eating disorder for years due to parental bullying, but now at 73 she hosts private support groups for others suffering with the illness.

UK Breaking News

Man arrested after couple found dead in Kensington home

A murder investigation is launched after the bodies of a couple were found in a west London flat.

Man jailed for kicking four-month-old puppy to death

Jibriel Guled had claimed a bed had collapsed on four-month-old Staffordshire bull terrier Bibi.

London artist hosts first gallery exhibition aged 98

Luchita Hurtado has opened her first solo art exhibition at London’s Serpentine Gallery.

Australia Breaking News

Morrison visits recovering north QLD farms

Prime Minister Scott Morrison will visit a cattle stud and rodeo during a visit to outback Queensland on Friday – his first trip after being re-elected.

Russell Street bomb accused faces court over alleged rape of teen on eve of attack

A man convicted over the Russell Street bombing is due in court over 38 charges in relation to the abduction and aggravated rape of two women three decades ago.

Barnaby Joyce admits ‘zero chance’ of spot in new cabinet

Barnaby Joyce says he has "zero chance" of being given a cabinet role in the prime minister’s new ministry, and admits he may not keep his special envoy role.

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