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Aid groups need access to Yemen airports: UN

Aid groups need access to Yemen airports: UN

​Aid groups require “safe and reliable” access of to Yemen’s airports in order to deliver critical supplies to the war stricken country, a UN relief official says. “Without access to the airports, aid agencies are unable to bring in staff, vital supplies of medicines and other critical life-saving assistance, or undertake medical evacuations of their [&hellip

Merkel under pressure over spy allegations

Merkel under pressure over spy allegations

​The latest intelligence service scandal to seize German attention has turned the spotlight on Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière. Fairly or unfairly – that is the question the country would like answered. Because he was chief of the Chancellery between 2005 and 2009, and therefore responsible for the BND, and is billed as a potential [&hellip

Italy parliament passes Renzi’s electoral reform

Italy parliament passes Renzi’s electoral reform

​Italy’s parliament has approved a radical new election law aimed at ending to the country’s notorious history of revolving-door governments. Prime Minister Matteo Renzi won the vote with a comfortable majority. The piece of legislation, described by Renzi as central to his reform agenda, was approved by the National Assembly with 334 votes in favor [&hellip

Germany facing major rail strike

Germany facing major rail strike

​Commuters, travelers and companies depending on Germany’s railway network brace for transportation disruption as drivers with Germany’s Deutsche Bahn announced a week-long strike amid failed negotiations on wage. The German engine drivers’ union, GDL, has called on more than 19,000 train drivers, switch-yard engineers and conductors to halt work through May 10 for a total [&hellip

Van Persie off penalty duties

Van Persie off penalty duties

​Louis van Gaal has relieved Robin van Persie of penalty-taking duties for Manchester United following his miss in Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to West Brom. Van Persie had the chance to grab a valuable point for United 11 minutes later when referee Anthony Taylor ruled Saido Berahino had handled Antonio Valencia’s cross in his own box. [&hellip

Obama unveils NGO for US men of color

Obama unveils NGO for US men of color

US President Barack Obama has unveiled a nonprofit focused on the rights of men of color amid ongoing Black Lives Matter protests demanding equal rights for African Americans. “That sense of unfairness, and of powerlessness, of people not hearing their voices, that’s helped fuel some of the protests that we’ve seen in places like Baltimore, [&hellip

German train drivers to stage strike

German train drivers to stage strike

The union representing German train drivers has called for a nearly week-long strike in a long-running dispute over low wages, unsatisfactory working conditions, and a stronger union representation. On Sunday, the German Train Drivers’ Union (GDL) announced that its members would launch the strike from 3:00 pm local time on Monday (1300 GMT) for freight trains and [&hellip

Czech president raps anti-Russia bans

Czech president raps anti-Russia bans

​Czech President Miloš Zeman says the Western sanctions imposed on Russia over the crisis in Ukraine are counterproductive and provoke tensions. “The sanctions are not merely inefficient; on the contrary, they are counterproductive. They only whip up tensions instead of promoting de-escalation,” Zeman told Russia’s TASS news agency on Sunday. The Czech president called for [&hellip

Thousands rescued from Mediterranean Sea

Thousands rescued from Mediterranean Sea

Around 5,800 migrants seeking to reach the European Union have been rescued in the Mediterranean Sea over the weekend. The stepped-up rescue operation is ongoing. The Italian coast guard said that more than 2,150 people seeking to start a better life in the European Union had been plucked from unseaworthy vessels in the Mediterranean Sea [&hellip

Nepal closes int’l airport to big jets

Nepal closes int’l airport to big jets

​Nepal has shut its only international airport to big airplanes bringing in relief supplies and aid workers to help the survivors of last week’s devastating earthquake. On Sunday, earthquake-stricken Nepal was forced to close Tribhuwan International Airport, located on the outskirts of the capital, Kathmandu, as the runway cannot handle the strain of the stream [&hellip