9 January 2019 News

Britain, The European Union, Diplomacy, Brexit, Australia were the most important topics in the news of the Wednesday 9 January 2019, but also: United States, Bangladesh, France, Netherlands, China.

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Xi told Kim China hopes US, N. Korea will ‘meet halfway’ : Xinhua

Chinese President Xi Jinping told Kim Jong Un that Beijing backs the North Korean leader's possible second summit with US President Donald Trump...

Chapo’s secret messages to his wife and lover revealed

Prosecutors trying Joaquin "Chapo" Guzman opened an extraordinary window Wednesday into the intimate life of the Mexican drug lord as he plotted...

Clogs gift for EU medicines agency’s Brexit move

Dutch officials handed over a pair of clogs and the keys to the European Medicines Agency's temporary base in Amsterdam on Wednesday as the watchdog...

Dutch debacle helps propel Giles back to ‘pinnacle’ England post

Ashley Giles believes a humiliating England defeat by the Netherlands helped fuel his return to an even more senior post in the national set-upGiles...

Japan, EU working to stop no-deal Brexit : Dutch PM

Japan and EU powers are working "very hard" to prevent Britain leaving the bloc without a deal, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said Wednesday...

Sri Lanka corruption whistleblowers get ’15-day amnesty’

The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Wednesday announced a 15-day amnesty for whistleblowers who have previously failed to report corruption...

UK stops charging forced marriage victims for own rescue

Britain on Wednesday announced it would immediately end its policy of asking women rescued from forced marriages abroad to take out loans to...

More than 30,000 flee Boko Haram violence in NE Nigeria : UN

Tens of thousands of people have fled their homes in northeast Nigeria after an increase in violence in the Boko Haram conflict, the United Nations...

Trump campaign firm pleads guilty in Facebook data case

A UK consultancy working on Donald Trump's US election campaign pleaded guilty and was fined by a London court Wednesday over its refusal to...

Stranded migrants disembark in Malta after EU deal reached

Nearly 50 migrants stranded at sea for weeks aboard two rescue ships arrived in Malta on Wednesday after the island nation reached a deal with...

England cricket boss Giles targets World Cup and Ashes double

England's new director of cricket Ashley Giles said on Wednesday he believes a World Cup and Ashes double is possible for his side this year.England...

British Tory MP cleared of campaign expenses charges

British Conservative MP Craig Mackinlay was on Wednesday cleared of submitting false campaign spending returns during the 2015 general election,...

Photos banned inside India’s Golden Temple : shrine official

India has banned tourists from snapping photographs inside the Golden Temple, one of its most popular attractions, to preserve the sanctity of...

Eurozone unemployment fell to 10-year low in November : data

Unemployment in the eurozone fell in November, data showed on Wednesday, as joblessness in Europe neared pre-crisis levels.Eurostat said the...

French fishing boats targeted as migrants seek way to Britain

Laurent Merlin, a French fisherman who plies the Channel coast from his home port of Boulogne-sur-Mer, is not used to his boat being seen as...

Pakistan bans ‘bed scenes’ and ‘intimate moments’ from TV

Pakistani television channels may no longer show "intimate moments between couples" or "bed scenes", the conservative country's media regulator...

Military help UK police respond to Heathrow drone threat

Britain's armed forces were supporting police Wednesday at London's Heathrow Airport after a drone sighting led to the suspension of all departing...

Cricket star Pandya’s ‘misogynist’ comments on women spark anger

India cricket chiefs Wednesday ordered star all-rounder Hardik Pandya to explain sexist comments made on a TV chat show after the remarks sparked...

British MPs force May’s hand as Brexit vote looms

British MPs voted Wednesday to force Prime Minister Theresa May to quickly set out an alternative plan for Brexit if she loses a crucial vote...

One dead, 50 injured in Bangladesh garment workers strike

Bangladeshi police Wednesday used water cannon to disperse 10,000 striking garment workers who were blocking a major highway in a fourth day...

Suspect packages sent to diplomatic missions in Australia

Suspicious packages were sent to more than a dozen foreign embassies and consulates in major Australian cities on Wednesday in a seemingly orchestrated...

UN asks Australia to consider Saudi teen for ‘refugee resettlement’

The UN has said an 18-year-old Saudi woman who fled her family is a legitimate refugee and has asked Australia to resettle her, Canberra said...

Hordes hoping for miracle throng Philippine Catholic procession

Throngs of believers flung themselves at a historic statue of Jesus Christ as it was paraded through the Philippine capital on Wednesday in an...

Bangladesh cricket “court” expels gamblers from stadium

A special temporary courthouse at Dhaka's main cricket stadium expelled 20 punters for placing illegal bets during the first three days of the...

Japan court rejects Ghosn release bid

A Japanese court on Wednesday rejected a bid by former Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn to end his detention over alleged financial misconduct, a day...

Varanasi’s temple corridor destroys old neighbourhood

India's ancient city of Varanasi is clearing the way for a grand temple corridor by razing hundreds of houses, wiping away its oldest neighbourhood...

S. Korean Olympic champion accuses coach of sex assault

South Korea's double Olympic short track gold medallist Shim Suk-hee has accused her former coach -- already convicted and jailed for repeatedly...

Singapore eco-tourism plan sparks squawks of protest

Singapore is creating a vast eco-tourism zone in a bid to bring in more visitors, but environmentalists fear the development will damage natural...

New Myanmar unrest panics Rohingya in border limbo

Panic is gripping thousands of Rohingya Muslim refugees living in no-man's land on the Myanmar-Bangladesh border, with daily clashes between...

N. Korea’s Kim ends Beijing visit as Trump summit looms

Kim Jong Un's train left Beijing on Wednesday after the North Korean leader visited his key ally on a trip seen a strategy session ahead of his...

Building boom turning to bust as Turkey’s economy slows

Deep in a provincial region of northwestern Turkey, it looks like a mirage -- hundreds of luxury houses built in neat rows, their pointed towers...

Australian Open : Magnificent seven beckons for Federer, Djokovic

Thirtysomethings Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic share the Australian Open record with six wins, but either could make history with a magnificent...

UK parliament debates Brexit deal ahead of crucial vote

MPs will on Wednesday begin five days of debate ahead of a historic vote on Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal, which faces daunting opposition...

Pucovski gets shock Australia call-up as Marsh brothers dumped

Young batting prodigy Will Pucovski was parachuted into the Australia squad for two Tests against Sri Lanka in a shock call-up Wednesday, with...

Australian minister hints Saudi teen likely to get asylum

Australia gave its strongest hint yet on Wednesday that an 18-year-old Saudi woman in Bangkok would be granted humanitarian asylum, despite efforts...

EU hits Iran with sanctions after murder plots

The EU hit Iran's intelligence services with sanctions Tuesday after accusing Tehran of being behind plots to assassinate regime opponents on...

Pochettino ‘unhappy’ to beat Chelsea with VAR penalty

Tottenham Hotspur head coach Mauricio Pochettino said he was "unhappy" to see his side beat Chelsea 1-0 in the first leg of their English League...

New York announces $100 million universal health care plan

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Tuesday the city would spend $100 million to guarantee health care to all its residents regardless of...

DR Congo election results could be counted in ’24-48 hours’ : official

Provisional results of the much-delayed Democratic Republic of Congo's presidential election could be counted in "24 to 48 hours," a top electoral...