Month: February 2019

EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier says UK ‘decision is more important than extra time’

The European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier on Thursday repeated a call for a decision from London on its withdrawal deal, rather than seeking to delay the exit date.“Today, we need above all a decision, it’s more important than extra time,” Barnier told a news conference in Vienna, adding that the Brexit process stood…

US President Donald Trump claims his former lawyer Michael Cohen ‘lied’, but was right about ‘no collusion’ with Russia

President Donald Trump sought again to discredit Michael Cohen Thursday after his former long-time lawyer’s bombshell congressional testimony in which he called Trump a racist and a con man.“He lied a lot,” Trump told a press conference in Vietnam after his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.Trump insisted Cohen’s testimony Wednesday had provided no…

Trump-Kim summit 2019: Xi could be ‘more helpful’, says US president

As talks between the United States and North Korea ended on Thursday with little to show for the effort, US President Donald Trump said his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping could have been “more helpful” in encouraging Pyongyang to give up its pursuit of nuclear weapons – even as he acknowledged Beijing’s support.“China has been very…

UN aviation agency ICAO was ‘hacked by Chinese group’ and tried conceal it, report claims

The Montreal-based United Nations aviation agency concealed for months a hack of its computers and allowed malware to spread throughout the airline industry, Canada’s public broadcaster reported.The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) had in November 2016 been the victim of the “most serious cyberattack in its history,” Radio-Canada said.Internal documents obtained by the broadcaster revealed…

Fight between drivers led to fiery train crash in Cairo that killed 25

A fight between two train drivers unleashed a speeding, unmanned locomotive that slammed into a barrier and exploded in the Egyptian capital’s main railway station Wednesday, killing at least 25 people, authorities said.Railway officials said the single railcar collided head-on with the buffer stop, causing a huge explosion and fire. At least 47 people were…

British PM Theresa May promises Brexit could be delayed, as MPs back her new strategy – and EU warns of new conditions

British MPs agreed Wednesday to give Prime Minister Theresa May more time to work on her EU withdrawal deal after she promised they could delay Brexit if necessary, but European leaders warned that any postponement would come with conditions.MPs voted by 502 to 20 to endorse May’s plan, a radical shift in strategy made only…

British PM Theresa May promises Brexit could be delayed, as MPs back her new strategy – and EU warns of new conditions

British MPs agreed Wednesday to give Prime Minister Theresa May more time to work on her EU withdrawal deal after she promised they could delay Brexit if necessary, but European leaders warned that any postponement would come with conditions.MPs voted by 502 to 20 to endorse May’s plan, a radical shift in strategy made only…

Chinese-owned video sharing TikTok app to pay US$5.7 million fine to settle US charges it illegally gathered children’s data

The fast-growing, Chinese-owned video sharing network TikTok agreed to pay a US$5.7 million fine to US authorities to settle charges that it illegally collected personal information from children, officials said on Wednesday.The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) said the penalty by the social network, which had been known as Musical.ly, was the largest in a children’s…

Dirty umbilical cord blood in ‘miraculous’ stem cell cure for back pain infected patients with E coli

After years of back pain, Timothy Lunceford decided in July to try an injection of umbilical cord blood, an unproven treatment increasingly touted by chiropractors and pain doctors as a cure for achy joints.A day after he got the shots, Lunceford’s back began throbbing. After two days, he was feverish and could hardly move.“It felt…

Dirty umbilical cord blood in ‘miraculous’ stem cell cure for back pain infected patients with E coli

After years of back pain, Timothy Lunceford decided in July to try an injection of umbilical cord blood, an unproven treatment increasingly touted by chiropractors and pain doctors as a cure for achy joints.A day after he got the shots, Lunceford’s back began throbbing. After two days, he was feverish and could hardly move.“It felt…