Brexit: ‘Irresponsible’ to threaten Welsh refusal of consent to EU bill

Brexit: ‘Irresponsible’ to threaten Welsh refusal of consent to EU bill

Image caption Carwyn Jones has claimed the terms of Brexit could result in Wales losing power to Westminster Carwyn Jones is “irresponsible” to suggest the Welsh Assembly could refuse to back the EU Withdrawal Bill, a former Brexit minister has said. The first minister called the bill “a fundamental assault on devolution” because powers would […]

Kabul: Afghan forces end Intercontinental Hotel siege

Kabul: Afghan forces end Intercontinental Hotel siege

Media captionGuests tried to escape by using bed sheets to climb down from balconies An overnight siege of a luxury hotel by gunmen in the Afghan capital has come to an end, security forces say. Six civilians, including a foreign woman, died at the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul, along with three attackers, the interior ministry […]

Syria: Turkey says ground troops moved in on Afrin

Syria: Turkey says ground troops moved in on Afrin

Image copyright AFP Turkish ground troops have crossed into northern Syria as part of Ankara’s campaign to rid the border area of Kurdish fighters, Turkey’s PM says. Binali Yildirim said the aim was to establish a 30km (19-mile) “safe zone” inside Syria, Turkish media report. Turkey launched its operation against the Kurdish YPG militia in […]

North Korea Moranbong girl band leader heads Olympic inspection team

North Korea Moranbong girl band leader heads Olympic inspection team

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Hyon Song-wol, pictured centre, was the star attraction during the visit to South Korea A North Korean delegation has arrived in South Korea for a landmark visit to inspect cultural venues for next month’s Winter Olympics. It is headed by Hyon Song-wol, leader of the popular Moranbong girl band […]

Persian shallot ‘could help fight TB antibiotic resistance’

Persian shallot ‘could help fight TB antibiotic resistance’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A type of shallot used in Iranian cooking could help “reverse the tide” of drug-resistant TB, researchers found A type of onion could help the fight against antibiotic resistance in cases of tuberculosis, a study has suggested. Researchers believe the antibacterial properties extracted from the Persian shallot could increase […]

US shutdown: Senate in bid to end impasse

US shutdown: Senate in bid to end impasse

Media captionMajority Republican Leader Senator Mitch McConnell accuses the Democrats of “irresponsible political games” The US Senate is due back in session to try to end a budget impasse before the start of the working week when the shutdown of many federal services will be felt around the country. Hundreds of thousands of federal staff […]

Net firms ‘better’ at removing hate speech, says EU

Net firms ‘better’ at removing hate speech, says EU

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The firms have improved since the scheme was introduced in 2016 Net firms are getting better at removing illegal hate speech, according to the European Union. Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Microsoft all took place in a voluntary EU scheme to monitor their platforms for a six-week period at the […]

Data-stealing spyware ‘traced to Lebanon’

Data-stealing spyware ‘traced to Lebanon’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Malware in messaging apps has been stealing data from activists, lawyers and military personnel A security bug that has infected thousands of smartphones has been uncovered by campaign group the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF). Working with mobile security firm Lookout, researchers discovered that malware in fake messaging designed to […]

Kabul: Afghan forces ‘end Intercontinental Hotel siege’

Kabul: Afghan forces ‘end Intercontinental Hotel siege’

Media captionGuests tried to escape by using bed sheets to climb down from balconies A 12-hour siege of a luxury hotel by gunmen in the Afghan capital has come to an end, security forces say. Six civilians, including a foreign woman, died at the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul, along with three attackers, the interior ministry […]

PM to stop private sector ‘pension abuse’

PM to stop private sector ‘pension abuse’

Image copyright Getty Images The government will stop workers’ pensions being put at risk from “executives who try to line their own pockets”, the prime minister has said. In the Observer, Theresa May said a government white paper would set out “tough new rules” for company bosses. It comes as construction firm Carillion’s collapse could […]