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EU may drop English as official language

By Reuters - Tuesday, 28 June 2016.

BRUSSELS: English, the world’s second language and the main working tongue of EU institutions, may no longer be an official language of the European Union once Britain leaves the bloc, a senior EU lawmaker said on Monday.

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'I'm still alive' jokes Queen Elizabeth on N. Ireland visit

By AFP - Tuesday, June 28, 2016 - 10:46

LONDON: ‘I’m still alive,” quipped the British monarch Queen Elizabeth on Monday when asked about her health, in her first round of public engagements since Britain voted to leave the European Union.

Colombian army says 17 dead in crash of military helicopter

By AP - Tuesday, June 28, 2016 - 09:33

BOGOTA: All 17 people aboard a military helicopter that crashed in a mountainous area over the weekend were found dead when searchers reached the site in western Colombia, the army said Monday.

EgyptAir black box flight recorder 'has been repaired'

By AFP - Tuesday, June 28, 2016 - 09:23

CAIRO: One of the two black box flight recorders from the EgyptAir plane that plunged into the Mediterranean last month has been repaired, Egypt’s investigation commission said Tuesday, prompting hopes it could provide clues on why the aircraft went down.

Germany, France and Italy: No informal negotiations on Britain before triggering Article 50

By Reuters - Tuesday, June 28, 2016 - 01:47

BERLIN: The leaders of Germany, France and Italy agree there can be no informal negotiations on Britain leaving the European Union before London triggers the formal application process to leave the bloc, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday.

Supreme Court strikes down Texas restrictions on abortions

By AP - Tuesday, June 28, 2016 - 01:22

WASHINGTON: The Supreme Court struck down Texas’ widely replicated regulation of abortion clinics Monday in the court’s biggest abortion case in nearly a quarter century.

France opens manslaughter inquiry into EgyptAir crash

By AP - Tuesday, June 28, 2016 - 00:49

PARIS: The Paris prosecutor’s office has opened a manslaughter inquiry into the May crash of an EgyptAir plane that killed 66 people, saying there is no evidence so far to link it to terrorism.

Police kill Texas woman who fatally shot her two daughters

By NYT - Tuesday, June 28, 2016 - 00:22

Texas: The small Texas city of Katy was left shaken after a woman fatally shot her two grown daughters and was then killed by a police officer, according to the authorities.

New British PM to be in place by September 2

By AFP - Monday, June 27, 2016 - 22:02

London: Prime Minister David Cameron’s replacement as Conservative Party head and British leader should be in place by September 2, the party’s committee in charge of the leadership election said Monday.

Fake monks? Buddhist leaders warn NYC tourists to be wary

By AP - Monday, June 27, 2016 - 13:27

NEW YORK: They wear orange robes and carry shiny medallions, stopping people in New York City to offer greetings of peace. The men identify themselves as Buddhist monks and solicit donations for a temple in Thailand.

11-year-old bitten by shark at Atlantic Beach

By AP - Monday, June 27, 2016 - 11:02

ATLANTIC BEACH: Officials say an 11-year-old boy was bit by a shark off the coast of North Carolina, the second incident in as many weeks.

Two killed, 80 wounded in Madagascar 'terror blast'

By AFP - Monday, June 27, 2016 - 09:35

ANTANANARIVO: Two people were killed and more than 80 wounded in a grenade attack in Madagascar’s capital Sunday during the country’s national day celebrations, in what the president called “an act of terrorism.”

[VIDEO] Singapore Airlines flight returns to Changi, catches fire, no casualties

By Reuters - Monday, June 27, 2016 - 09:30

SINGAPORE: A Singapore Airlines Ltd (SIA) flight to Milan caught fire early on Monday after returning to Singapore’s Changi airport following an engine oil warning message but all passengers were safe, the airline and airport officials said.

Air pollution to kill millions more without change of energy policy: IEA

By Reuters - Monday, June 27, 2016 - 09:20

LONDON: Premature deaths from air pollution will continue to rise to 2040 unless changes are made to the way the world uses and produces energy, the International Energy Agency said on Monday.

Seven hospitalized in California stabbing at neo-Nazi rally

By AFP - Monday, June 27, 2016 - 09:10

SAN FRANCISCO: Seven people were hospitalized with at least two in critical condition after a stabbing spree broke out during a neo-Nazi rally Saturday at California’s state capitol building, officials said.

Christians should apologise to gay people: Pope Francis

By AFP - Monday, June 27, 2016 - 09:00

ROME: Pope Francis said Sunday that Christians and the Roman Catholic Church should apologise to gay people and seek their forgiveness for the way they have been treated.

American dream turns to nightmare for undocumented immigrants

By AFP - Monday, June 27, 2016 - 08:10

PERRIS: Every weekday, year-round, Esteban Yanez rises at the crack of dawn and heads to his job as a construction worker near the largely Hispanic desert town of Perris, south of Los Angeles.

'Silver tsunami' threatens to wipe out S. Korean rural communities

By AFP - Monday, June 27, 2016 - 08:00

GUNWI: It’s lunch break at Seoksan Elementary School and the entire student body has taken to the vast playground for a game of football – with just three players on each side.

Scotland rollercoaster crash injures 11

By AFP - Monday, June 27, 2016 - 02:01

London: Eleven people including nine children were injured Sunday when a rollercoaster crashed at a theme park in Scotland, police and media reports said.

Scotland welcome to join EU, says Merkel

By Reuters - Monday, June 27, 2016 - 00:00

BERLIN: An independent Scotland would be welcome to join the European Union, a senior German lawmaker and ally of Chancellor Angela Merkel has said after Britain’s vote to leave the bloc.

Scotland could block Brexit

By Reuters - Sunday, June 26, 2016 - 23:41

LONDON: Scotland’s parliament would consider blocking legislation on Britain’s exit from the European Union if that were necessary to protect Scottish interests, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said on Sunday.

France and Germany should take lead after Brexit: Hollande

By AFP - Sunday, June 26, 2016 - 21:46

Dun-les-Places: France and Germany should “take the initiative” after British voters decided their country should quit the EU, French President Francois Hollande said Sunday.

European Parliament urges Britain to begin EU exit Tuesday

By AFP - Sunday, June 26, 2016 - 17:49

BERLIN: The European Parliament’s chief called Sunday for British Prime Minister David Cameron to begin formal proceedings to leave the EU at a summit this week.

Buyer's remorse as Brexit sinks in

By AFP - Sunday, June 26, 2016 - 17:43

LONDON: As the markets crashed, sterling hit a 31-year low and Prime Minister David Cameron resigned, it dawned on some of those who voted for Britain to leave the EU that they may have got it wrong.

Bus fire kills 30 in central China: Xinhua

By AFP - Sunday, June 26, 2016 - 16:51

BEIJING: At least 30 people were killed when a large bus burst into flames after crashing into the side of a road in central China on Sunday, state media said.

Student killed in attack at Papua New Guinea university

By AFP - Sunday, June 26, 2016 - 15:44

SYDNEY: One man was killed and several buildings torched in violence at a university in Papua New Guinea, its vice-chancellor said Sunday, some two weeks after police opened fire on students in the capital.

Australian prime minister urges stability after Brexit vote

By AP - Sunday, June 26, 2016 - 14:21

CANBERRA: Australia’s prime minister used his official campaign launch on Sunday to warn against a change of government during the economic fallout from Britain’s decision to leave the European Union.

Father, girlfriend arrested in 2-year-old girl's death

By AP - Sunday, June 26, 2016 - 12:10

FORT LAUDERDALE: Authorities have charged a South Florida man and his girlfriend in the death of his 2-year-old daughter in November.

Florida mayor carjacked at gunpoint outside his home

By AP - Sunday, June 26, 2016 - 12:00

SANFORD: Police say a central Florida mayor was carjacked early Saturday while standing outside his home.

U.S. Coast Guard suspends search for Florida family lost at sea

By Reuters - Sunday, June 26, 2016 - 11:30

The U.S. Coast Guard on Saturday said it had suspended its search for a family whose sailboat disappeared off the Florida coast six days ago.

Obama declares disaster as US flood death toll climbs to 24

By AFP - Sunday, June 26, 2016 - 11:25

WASHINGTON: Th e death toll from flooding in the US state of West Virginia rose to 24 Saturday, as President Barack Obama declared a major disaster, releasing federal aid for some of the hardest-hit areas.