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UN slaps North Korea with toughest-ever sanctions

The United Nations Security Council unanimously imposed its toughest-ever sanctions on North Korea, placing a cap on its key coal exports after the state’s defiant nuclear tests. The new sanctions resolution on Wednesday, which was spearheaded by the United States and came after three months of tough negotiations with fellow veto-wielding council member China, passed by a 15-0 vote. The ...

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Michelle will never run for office – President Obama

President Obama says both he and first lady Michelle Obama will be “very active” in working with people at the grass-roots level to support progressive causes once he leaves office. But despite her popularity and natural public speaking ability, Michelle isn’t interested in a career in politics. “Michelle will never run for office,” the president told Rolling Stone in an ...

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Colombia plane crash: Jet may have run out of fuel

As air safety officials begin their investigation into the deadly crash of LAMIA flight 2933 near Medellin, Colombia, the final resting place of the jet’s wreckage may prove to be a central clue in determining why the airplane crashed. The crash killed at least 71 people during a charter flight to Medellin, including members of the Brazilian Chapecoense soccer squad ...

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Schoolchildren killed in Turkey dormitory blaze

At least 12 people, almost all of them schoolchildren, have been killed after a fire broke out in a girls’ dormitory in Turkey’s southern province of Adana, according to the local governor. The fire, which officials said was likely caused by an electrical fault, spread rapidly through the building’s wooden interior late on Tuesday, as panicked victims tried to jump ...

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Trump wins final state to declare

President-elect Donald Trump wins Michigan’s 16 electoral votes, the secretary of state’s office announced on Monday. This brings the final electoral tally for Trump 306, while former Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton has 232 electoral votes. 2016 election results Trump has won the state of Michigan by a 10,704 vote margin, with the President-elect earning 2,279,543 votes (47.5%) and Clinton earning ...

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Haiti presidential election ‘won by Jovenel Moise’

Businessman Jovenel Moise has won Haiti’s presidential election in the first round, preliminary results show. Mr Moise polled 55.67%, well ahead of his closest rival Jude Celestin’s 19.52%, provisional electoral council chief Uder Antoine said. Jean-Charles Moise secured 11.04% and Maryse Narcisse 8.99%, he added. The election was held on 20 November, more than a year after the previous poll ...

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China detains nine for collapsed power plant disaster that killed 74

Chinese police have formally detained nine people involved in a power plant construction project in the east of the country which collapsed last week killing 74 people, state news agency Xinhua said on Monday. The accident happened on Thursday morning in Fengcheng, in Jiangxi province, during work on a cooling tower for a coal-fired power plant. A tower crane collapsed, ...

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Millions voted illegally in presidential poll – Trump claims

US President-elect Donald Trump has asserted he won the popular vote on 8 November “if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally”. The Republican, who won the all-important electoral college count, offered no evidence to back his claim. It comes after the camp of Democratic rival Hillary Clinton said it would support a vote recount in Wisconsin initiated ...

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Trump’s team to raise millions for Jan. 20 events

The scramble to shape his administration underway, President-elect Donald Trump’s team has simultaneously begun turning its attention to raising tens of millions of dollars for festivities related to his Washington inauguration. Trump, who vowed during the campaign to “drain the swamp” of special interests corrupting Washington, has set $1 million donation limits for corporations and no limits for individual donors, ...

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French terror suspects ‘were planning attack on Paris’

Five men arrested last weekend in raids in France were planning a terror attack next Thursday in the Paris area, the city’s chief prosecutor says. Francois Molins said the suspects were receiving orders via encrypted mobile apps from a commander of the so-called Islamic State based in Iraq or Syria. The raids, in Strasbourg and Marseille, also turned up automatic ...

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