Mexico hit by 7.2 earthquake, no deaths but power cut and homes damaged

Nearly a million homes and businesses have been left without power in Mexico following a prolonged 7.2 magnitude earthquake that hit the capital and four southwest states. So far no deaths have been reported and no buildings have collapsed. The quake caused panic though, with the region still suffering the consequences of to powerful quakes…

South Africa’s new president Ramaphosa warns tough decisions ahead

South Africa’s new President Cyril Ramaphosa has hailed a “new dawn”, but warns that there will be tough decisions ahead. Mr Ramaphosa promised to combat corruption, which has weakened state-owned enterprises in South Africa’s industrialized economy. Mr Ramaphosa has committed to “policy certainty and consistency” as part of his work to repair the stagnant economy…

FBI admits it missed warnings about Florida school shooter

The FBI has admitted it failed to follow up on a tip from someone close to Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz from “a person close” to him in a statement released on Friday. The FBI said the tip warned about Cruz’s gun ownership, desire to kill people, erratic behaviour, disturbing social media posts and the…

US charges Russians with tampering in US election, Trump claims vindication

US special counsel Robert Mueller has charged 13 Russians and three Russian companies with attempting to influence the 2016 election campaign. Three Russian companies were also charged as part of the espionage conspiracy, which utilised social media trolling and other methods in an attempt to “sow discord in the US political system, including the 2016…

Stopgap bill ends second US Government shutdown this year

A stopgap funding bill was passed by the US House of Representatives and Senate, and signed into law by President Donald Trump in order to end the second government shutdown this year. Despite holding a majority in the House, the Republicans were unable to pass the bill due to 67 dissenting Republicans, including Rand Paul,…

Former Treasurer Wayne Swan to quit politics at next election

Wayne Swan, former treasurer and deputy prime minister who helped guide Australia through the Global Financial Crisis, has announced plans to retire at the next federal election. Mr Swan served both the Rudd and Gillard governments, and served in parliament for more than two decades. “The inescapable fact is I’m approaching a stage in life…

South Korean President meets with Kim Jong Un’s sister

South Korean President Moon Jae-in has met with Kim Yo Jong, the influential sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, seeking to utilise the Olympic détente to further diplomatic relations. The pair met face-to-face for the first time at the opening ceremony, where they shook hands and cheered for Korean athletes marching under a unified…

Trump defends aide accused of domestic abuse, wishes him well

US President Donald Trump praised Rob Porter, the White House aide who resigned this week amid allegations of abuse by his two former wives. Mr Trump stressed that Mr Porter maintains his innocence, and wished him well. “He says he’s innocent, and I think you have to remember that. He said very strongly yesterday that…

90 migrants feared dead off coast of Libya

At least 90 migrants are feared to have drowned after a smuggler’s boat capsized off the coast of Libya. So far there are only three known survivors, with two able to swim back to shore and a third rescued by a fishing boat. 10 bodies have washed up on Libyan shores, including one Libyan woman…

Finsbury Park terrorist Darren Osbourne handed life sentence

Finsbury Park, London terrorist Darren Osbourne has received a life sentence in jail for vehicular attack on a crowd near a mosque. Mr Osbourne will spend a minimum term of 43 years behind bars. Osbourne, 48, deliberately drove a van into a crowd of worshippers near a mosque in June last year, killing Makram Ali…