President Trump denies DACA deal with Democrats

President Trump denies DACA deal with Democrats

President Donald Trump tweeted today that no deal has been reached with the Democrats over DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). This announcement comes as a direct contradiction to the joint statement made by Democratic leaders Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) who announced that...

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Juncker delivers robust State of Union Address

Juncker delivers robust State of Union Address

Jean-Claude Juncker, the President of the European Commission, announced this morning that the “wind is back in Europe’s sails” and that the economy was “bouncing back” after a difficult two years for the bloc. The atmosphere in the crowded parliamentary chamber was decidedly more upbeat than previous years as Juncker...

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Kurdish independence referendum to be held in Northern Iraq

Kurdish independence referendum to be held in Northern Iraq

On the 25th September there will a referendum on Kurdish independence in Northern Iraq. The Kurds are the biggest ethnic group without their own state. There are 30 million Kurds in Northern Iraq, South East Turkey, North West Iran and Northern Syria. Since the 1880s Kurds have been seeking independence....

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Israel to speed up construction of Gaza ‘tunnel barrier’

Israel to speed up construction of Gaza ‘tunnel barrier’

Israel is to accelerate the building of a huge barrier along its boundary with Gaza aimed at preventing militants from tunnelling under the border. The 64km (40-mile) long construction will reach a depth of 40m (131ft) below and 6m above ground, at a cost of 3bn shekels ($833m). An Israeli...

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30 killed by airstrike in Yemen hotel

30 killed by airstrike in Yemen hotel

30 people are reported dead in an airstrike on a hotel in Yemen’s capital, Sana. The bombing was part of an air campaign being carried out by the Saudi-led coalition since March 2015. They aim to restore the government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi. The conflict has killed 10,000 people,...

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Spain criticised over child migrant human rights abuses

Spain criticised over child migrant human rights abuses

Spain is holding unaccompanied child refugees in adult detention centres, in breach of their human rights, say the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ). The group has also criticised Spain for treating unaccompanied child migrants as if they were adults under the law. In many cases, minors are not able to...

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US prepares for solar eclipse

US prepares for solar eclipse

Across the US today, 21st August, Americans will huddle together in excitement looking up at the skies to watch as the moon entirely eclipses the sun. At about 5pm British time a shadow will begin to travel at 5,400 kilometres an hour across 14 American states. The journey from Oregon...

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Notes on Singapore’s Oxley Road scandal

Notes on Singapore’s Oxley Road scandal

Number 38, Oxley Road appears to be a fairly unassuming, stuccoed, gated residence in Singapore’s central River Valley area. However the old colonial bungalow’s political capital has soared in recent weeks as it has become the centre of a convoluted and heated debate surrounding Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong....

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Las Ramblas terror attack sees 14 dead and over 100 injured

Las Ramblas terror attack sees 14 dead and over 100 injured

Spain has been rocked by the brutal terror attack which took place on Thursday 17th in the popular tourist destination of Las Ramblas in Barcelona, which left at least 14 people dead and more than 100 injured. At the time of writing three men are currently in custody, with  five...

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The new White House Communications Director: Who is Hope Hicks?

The new White House Communications Director: Who is Hope Hicks?

The White house has named its new Communications Director as 28-year old Hope Hicks. Trump calls her “Hopester” and she appeared in Forbes 30 Under 30. She has carefully stayed out of the spotlight but will now take the government’s primary spokesperson role. The position was recently vacated by Anthony...

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