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49 dead in New Zealand mosque shootings

International Live: Attacks on two Christchurch mosques left at least 49 dead Friday, with one gunman identified as an Australian extremist apparently livestreaming the assault that triggered the lockdown of the New Zealand city. In what appeared to be the worst attack against Muslims in a western country, witnesses spoke of victims being shot at close range, with women and children... details

US positive on N. Korea denuclearization despite

International Live: The US still believes the “fully verified denuclearization” of North Korea is possible by the end of President Donald Trump’s “first term,” a senior official said Thursday, despite warnings a key rocket launch site appears to have resumed operations. The specialized website 38 North and the Center for Strategic and International Studies used commercial... details

Pakistan, India say shot down each other’s warplanes

International Live: Pakistan and India said Wednesday they had shot down each other’s warplanes, in a dramatic escalation of the dangerous confrontation between the nuclear-armed rivals. Pakistan said it downed two Indian jets in its airspace and captured two pilots, but insisted it does not “want to go towards war” with its neighbour. India confirmed the loss of one of its planes and... details

India air strikes in Pakistan kill 300 militants

International Live: India today said its warplaneslaunched a strike on militant camps in Pakistani territory that eliminated a “very large” number of jihadis amid media reports of 300 deaths in the assault while Islamabad rejected the casualty claims. Indian foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale told a media conference that their preemptive strikes were carried out targeting militant camps when... details

UK’s May hoping for Brexit progress at Egypt summit

Live Correspondent: Prime Minister Theresa May is making headway in efforts to amend the terms of Brexit and is hoping for further progress when she meets EU leaders in Egypt, a cabinet colleague said Sunday. But Environment Secretary Michael Gove downplayed the prospect of a breakthrough that could allow the House of Commons to vote again on the withdrawal agreement this week. “I understand... details

Blaze in Aero India parking area guts 300 cars

International Live: A major fire swept through the parking area of the Aero India event at the Yelahanka Air Force station here gutting about 300 cars on Saturday, the penultimate day of Asia’s premier air show, official sources said. No casualties were reported in the blaze suspected to have been caused by dry grass fire aided by heavy winds, the sources said, adding the parking area was... details

US military intervention in Venezuela

Live Correspondent: Brazil Vice President Hamilton Mourao on Thursday dismissed US threats of military intervention in Venezuela as “premature” and said it “wouldn’t make sense.” “I think they’re more in the realm of rhetoric than action,” Mourao said, referring to the threats, in an interview with AFP. “The Venezuela question needs to be resolved by Venezuelans.”... details

Ex-FM Bishop retires in new blow to Australian government

International Live: Former Australian foreign minister Julie Bishop announced her retirement from politics Thursday, in another blow to the conservative government just months before tight general elections. Bishop, widely considered the most popular politician in the ruling Liberal Party of Prime Minister Scott Morrison, stunned her parliamentary colleagues with the decision not to re-contest... details

Travelling classroom bridges digital divide

Live Correspondent: School was out, but on an afternoon in rural Benin, 11-year-old Ambroise rushed to a tree-shaded parking lot, his day’s learning not yet done. Parked beneath the cola trees was a lorry trailer loaded with computers — the kind of technology that few students in the West African country had ever seen, much less touched. Designed by BloLab, a non-profit group based in... details

Asian shares rise as Trump boosts US-China talks

International Live: Asian stocks climbed Wednesday as US President Donald Trump said he could extend the deadline for a trade deal with China, appearing to boost the prospects of an agreement. Trump said “things are going well” at preliminary talks in Beijing, where top economic officials will gather Thursday seeking an accord to stop sharp US tariff hikes that could damage the global... details

Fast-food fan Trump in ‘very good health’

International Live: President Donald Trump, who delights in confounding health experts with his junk food cravings and disinclination to exercise, is “in very good health,” his doctor declared Friday following an annual medical checkup. “I am happy to announce the president of the United States is in very good health and I anticipate he will remain so for the duration of his presidency,... details

Sixth-grader named Trump becomes face of White House

International Live: Forced to endure months of bullying for sharing the same surname as the US president, Joshua Trump dropped out of school and told his mother he had lost the will to live. His story eventually caught the attention of First Lady Melania Trump, who has invited the 11-year-old to join her for Donald Trump’s annual State of the Union address to Congress on Tuesday. But... details

Pope Francis urges “respect” for Yemen

International Live: Pope Francis on Sunday called for urgent “respect” for a ceasefire accord in Yemen to allow humanitarian aid through in the conflict-weary country. “I appeal to all parties concerned and to the international community to allow the urgent respect of established accords to ensure the distribution of food and to work for the good of the population,” he said before... details