Month: April 2019

Celebrities respond to proposed boycott of Eurovision Song Contest in Israel

Public figures including Stephen Fry, Sharon Osbourne, Marina Abramovic and pop mogul Scooter Braun have signed a letter speaking out against a proposed boycott of this year’s Eurovision song contest, which is to be held in Tel Aviv in May.Their letter claims the event’s “spirit of togetherness” across the continent is “under attack by those…

US President Donald Trump wants migrants to pay to apply for asylum

US President Donald Trump has called for charging migrants fees to apply for asylum.In a memorandum released on Monday afternoon, Trump instructed the attorney general and Homeland Security secretary to come up with regulations that would make several changes in the asylum system, including requiring those submitting asylum applications to pay fees “not to exceed…

Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi says ‘long battle’ ahead as he appears in video for first time in five years

The shadowy leader of the Islamic State group appeared for the first time in five years in a video released by the extremist group’s propaganda arm on Monday, acknowledging defeat in the group’s last stronghold in Syria but vowing a “long battle” ahead.The SITE Intelligence group said Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, in the video, also discussed…

Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi says ‘long battle’ ahead as he appears in video for first time in five years

The shadowy leader of the Islamic State group appeared for the first time in five years in a video released by the extremist group’s propaganda arm on Monday, acknowledging defeat in the group’s last stronghold in Syria but vowing a “long battle” ahead.The SITE Intelligence group said Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, in the video, also discussed…

Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi says ‘long battle’ ahead as he appears in video for first time in five years

The shadowy leader of the Islamic State group appeared for the first time in five years in a video released by the extremist group’s propaganda arm on Monday, acknowledging defeat in the group’s last stronghold in Syria but vowing a “long battle” ahead.The SITE Intelligence group said Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, in the video, also discussed…

Abducted, shot and bitten by a snake: how Freddy Krueger the parrot found his way back to a zoo in Brazil

An Amazonian parrot called Freddy Krueger has made headlines in Brazil after managing to find its way back to the zoo from which it was stolen while recovering from a four-year nightmare that saw it shot in a gun battle, abducted by armed thieves and bitten by a snake.The turquoise-fronted Amazon parrot – whose Nightmare…

France moves to stem surge in police suicides by opening prevention unit

The French government on Monday opened a suicide prevention unit for police officers after a sharp rise in the number taking their own lives since the start of this year.The move comes as prosecutors are investigating chants by some “yellow vest” anti-government protesters in recent weeks urging the police to “commit suicide,” which have prompted…

US investors ‘confidently’ pouring money into China despite trade war, says commerce minister

Increasing investment from the United States highlights a “confidence in China’s economic growth”, said vice-commerce minister Wang Shouwen, after final data showed that US capital inflows increased by 65.6 per cent in the first quarter of 2019 despite the ongoing trade war.Total foreign investment in the world’s second largest economy hit 242.28 billion yuan (US$36…