Month: June 2019

Activists renew calls for controversial US$50 billion Nicaragua Canal project to be cancelled as Chinese tycoon’s cash runs dry

After sealing a US$50 billion deal for an ambitious canal to be built in Nicaragua, President Daniel Ortega and Chinese billionaire Wang Jing posed triumphantly in front of cameras on June 14, 2013.Wang’s Hong Kong-based HKND Group had been granted a concession to build and operate the Nicaragua Canal for 50 years – with the…

Activists renew calls for controversial US$50 billion Nicaragua Canal project to be cancelled as Chinese tycoon’s cash runs dry

After sealing a US$50 billion deal for an ambitious canal to be built in Nicaragua, President Daniel Ortega and Chinese billionaire Wang Jing posed triumphantly in front of cameras on June 14, 2013.Wang’s Hong Kong-based HKND Group had been granted a concession to build and operate the Nicaragua Canal for 50 years – with the…

North Korea nuclear talks with US to resume in ‘two or three weeks’, says Donald Trump after meeting Kim Jong-un at border with the South

US President Donald Trump said on Sunday that teams from the US and North Korea would start meetings “over the next two or three weeks” for talks on Pyongyang’s nuclear programme, but said he was in no rush for a deal.Negotiators will “start a process and we’ll see what happens”, Trump said after a historic…

‘An inspiration, a warrior, a friend’: New York City detective who fought for 9/11 compensation funding dies

A former New York City police detective who was a leader in the fight for the Sept. 11 Victims Compensation Fund died Saturday at age 53.Detective Luis Alvarez’s death from cancer was announced by Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea, who tweeted that Alvarez was “an inspiration, a warrior, a friend”.Alvarez appeared with former Daily Show…

69 containers of rubbish arrive back in Canada, six years after being dumped in the Philippines

Tonnes of garbage left rotting in the Philippines for years arrived back in Canada on Saturday, putting an end to a festering diplomatic row that highlighted how Asian nations have grown tired of being the world’s rubbish dump.A cargo vessel loaded with about 69 containers of rubbish docked in a port on the outskirts of…

Vicious heatwave ravages Europe, killing several people across the continent

Several people across Europe have succumbed to record-breaking temperatures as a ­deadly heatwave swept through the continent, sparking wildfires and pollution peaks.Britain on Saturday recorded its hottest day of the year so far, with temperatures predicted to soar as high as 35 degrees Celsius in London and southern England.Shortly before midday, the British Met Office…

‘Profiteering from corruption’: US slaps sanctions on son of Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro

The United States on Friday imposed sanctions on the son of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro for serving in his father’s “illegitimate regime”.The action freezes any assets Nicolas Ernesto Maduro Guerra has in the United States and bars American individuals or institutions from doing business with the 29-year-old.“Maduro relies on his son Nicolasito and others close…

France warns British PM hopefuls Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt that there will be no renegotiating Brexit

The French government on Friday warned the two candidates vying to become Britain’s next prime minister that the Brexit divorce deal was not up for renegotiation, echoing warnings from Brussels.Former London mayor Boris Johnson, a Brexit figurehead, faces Foreign Minister Jeremy Hunt in a run-off vote to decide who takes on the tricky task of…

British police and MI5 cleared of failing to prevent June 2017 London Bridge terror attacks

A coroner has cleared MI5 and the police of failing to prevent the London Bridge terrorist attack.The chief coroner of England and Wales, Judge Mark Lucraft QC, delivered his conclusions on Friday at the end of inquests into the deaths of eight people in the June 2017 attacks.The coroner said he “was not persuaded” that…