First international pact on mass migration reached between 164 nations, despite US-led objections
The first ever international deal on the refugee crisis was signed on Monday by a majority of UN states, despite vociferous objections led by the United States.
The historic, non-binding global pact seeking to better manage mass migration was approved by delegates from 164 nations following 18 months of debate and negotiation. German chancellor Angela Merkel hailed it as an “important day”.
Vyacheslav Baskakov apologises after showing off luxury slippers, shoes and bags
A Russian Orthodox priest will be punished for his Instagram posts flaunting extravagant items from Gucci and Louis Vuitton, a senior church official has said.
Vyacheslav Baskakov posted photographs featuring luxury slippers, silver-buckled shoes and Louis Vuitton handbags and luggage worth hundreds of pounds. The photos were taken offline after they began to draw attention last week.
You may have noticed Trump’s early morning tweets make use of the term “smocking gun”. Presumably Trump meant ‘smoking gun’, rather than some sort of firearm/billowy dress mash-up, but the president is yet to delete the tweet, so who knows what he’s up to.
Not sure what a Smocking Gun is, but pretty sure these aren’t the words of a Stable Genius. https://t.co/zTlIn6pRFg
Nick Ayers, currently chief of staff for Mike Pence, had been linked with the role for weeks. But instead Ayers has decided to leave the White House altogether, and is moving to Georgia.
Thank you @realDonaldTrump, @VP, and my great colleagues for the honor to serve our Nation at The White House. I will be departing at the end of the year but will work with the #MAGA team to advance the cause. #Georgia
The European Union blacklisted nine locals involved in last month's rebel elections in east Ukraine on Monday, but was unlikely to heed swiftly Kiev's call for more reprisals against Moscow over the latest flare-up of tensions in the Azov Sea.
Forensic breakthroughs helped convict Russell Bishop of killing nine-year-olds Nicola Fellows and Karen Hadaway
A convicted paedophile has been found guilty of the ”babes in the wood” murders of two schoolgirls at the end of a retrial that drew on scientific breakthroughs in forensic technology 32 years after their deaths.
Russell Bishop had been accused of sexually assaulting and strangling Karen Hadaway and Nicola Fellows in October 1986 in woods about half a mile from Moulsecoomb, the area of Brighton where both girls lived.
We’re putting commerce before victims, argue Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad
Nobel laureates Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad have called on the world to protect victims of wartime sexual violence as they angrily criticised indifference to the plight of women and children in conflict in their peace prize acceptance speeches.
Attempts to form a government in Sweden were back at square one on Monday after the Centre Party, citing policy differences, said it would vote against a second term in office for Social Democrat leader Stefan Lofven.
Public inquiry told London fire brigade failed to plan for forseeable event of a fire
Survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire have demanded “a fearless reckoning” from the public inquiry into the disaster, urging its chairman, Sir Martin Moore-Bick, to resist “obfuscation” by companies involved in the refurbishment and criticising the London fire brigade for remaining in denial about its failings.
Counsel for 200 of the bereaved, survivors and residents made closing statements to the inquiry on Monday in which they claimed the LFB breached its policies and legal duties in failing to plan or train for the foreseeable event of a fire such as that which claimed 72 lives at Grenfell.
Global team of scientists find ecosystem below earth that is twice the size of world’s oceans
The Earth is far more alive than previously thought, according to “deep life” studies that reveal a rich ecosystem beneath our feet that is almost twice the size of that found in all the world’s oceans.
Despite extreme heat, no light, minuscule nutrition and intense pressure, scientists estimate this subterranean biosphere is teeming with between 15bn and 23bn tonnes of micro-organisms, hundreds of times the combined weight of every human on the planet.
The Syrian military will demobilise some conscripted and reserve officers, the military said on Monday, following the government's recapture of much of the country from rebels and the dwindling of fighting on many fronts.
A U.N. war crimes courtroom in which a Bosnian Serb general was prosecuted for atrocities committed during the siege of Sarajevo has been moved to the Bosnian capital to preserve the legacy of the first attempt to hold war criminals to account since World War Two.
Saudi Arabia's refusal to extradite suspects in the killing of Jamal Khashoggi is very disappointing and the world should seek justice for his case under international law, the director of communications at the Turkish presidency told Reuters on Monday.
Yemen's Saudi-backed government is willing to accept a U.N. role in Hodeidah's seaport, a lifeline for millions of people during the country's war, but not a long-term presence in the city itself, Foreign Minister Khalid al Yamani said on Monday.
Harsh wintry storm leaves dangerously icy roads and hundreds of thousands of people without electricity
Authorities have urged millions of people to stay home as a lingering storm keeps dumping immobilizing snow, sleet or freezing rain across five southern states, leaving dangerously icy roads and hundreds of thousands of people without electricity.
More than 300,000 power outages were reported across the region, with North Carolina bearing the brunt of it, and nearly 270,000 remained without power Monday morning, according to poweroutage.us. South Carolina and Virginia, along with parts of Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee, also saw outages.
Highest number of sales in Hong Kong as London’s ultra-prime housing market slips amid Brexit concerns
More than 150 homes around the world changed hands for more than £20m ($25m) each in the past year, as the “relentless creation of private wealth” fuelled the global ultra-prime housing market.
The world’s richest people spent a combined £5.2bn ($6.6bn) on 153 properties that each sold for more than £20m in the year to end of August 2018, according to research by the estate agent Knight Frank.
White nationalist convicted of first-degree murder in death of Heather Heyer faces 20 years to life in prison
A man convicted of first-degree murder for driving his car into counterprotesters at a white nationalist rally in Virginia faces 20 years to life in prison as jurors reconvene to consider his punishment.
The panel that convicted James Alex Fields Jr will hear more evidence Monday before recommending a sentence for Judge Richard Moore.
EU’s security commissioner says Moscow spread false claims for at least a year before last month’s seizures
The Kremlin launched a year-long disinformation campaign to soften up public opinion before its recent seizure of three Ukrainian ships and their crews in the Sea of Azov, the EU’s security commissioner has alleged.
Julian King said Russia had paved the way for its decision to fire on and board two artillery ships and a tug boat through the dissemination of fake news.
Donald Trump on Monday defended hush money payments reported by his former lawyer a day after Democrats said the U.S. president could face impeachment and jail time if the transactions are proven to be campaign finance violations.
The anti-government protests convulsing France will slow growth to close to a standstill in the final quarter, the central bank said on Monday, complicating President Emmanuel Macron's task of finding concessions to placate the "yellow vest" movement.
Roger, the kangaroo who earned worldwide fame after a photo of him crushing a metal bucket like a paper cup went viral, has died at the age of 12. Originally adopted as a joey when his mother was killed, he grew to well over 6ft tall and was recognisable for his muscular frame
Tens of thousands of Moscow residents have taken up car-sharing to combat soaring parking costs and a dwindling number of spaces, a trend that has made the Russian capital one of the world's fastest growing markets for such schemes.
Presidential elections in Democratic Republic of Congo this month could lead to conflict if they are not free, fair and peaceful and indications show that they will not be, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Denis Mukwege said on Monday.
Talks billed as the most important U.N. conference since the Paris 2015 deal on climate change began the crucial final week in the Polish city of Katowice, capital of the country's Silesian coal mining district.
The European Union on Monday blacklisted nine locals involved in rebel elections in east Ukraine last month but signalled no further punitive measures against Moscow over the latest flare-up of tensions with Kiev in the Azov Sea.