16 January 2019 News

Britain, The European Union, Brexit, United States, China were the most important topics in the news of the Wednesday 16 January 2019, but also: India, Diplomacy, Attack, Afghanistan, Tennis.

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News from 16/01/2019

What next for Brexit? Three main scenarios

After rejecting Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal by a massive margin, British MPs on Wednesday evening declined an attempt to remove...

England fast bowler Stone ruled out of West Indies tour

England pace bowler Olly Stone will miss the tour of the West Indies after suffering a back injury.Stone has been hampered by stiffness in his...

De Villiers says ‘time is right’ to play in Pakistan

South Africa's AB de Villiers hopes his involvement in this year's Pakistan Super League will encourage the world's best players to return to...

Airbus chief says British gov’t ‘optimistic’ on Brexit deal

Airbus chief Tom Enders on Wednesday said he hopes Britain will not exit the EU without a deal in place, adding that British Cabinet members...

Romeo and Juliet : the last hopes to save Bolivian aquatic frog

Almost a year after conservationists sent out a plea to help save a species of Bolivian aquatic frog by finding a mate for the last remaining...

Mobile app spend soars with China a top market : report

Mobile app downloads are surging around the world with growth in smartphone use, with nearly half coming from China, a market tracker said Wednesday.Mobile...

Impact of ‘no-deal’ Brexit worries EU businesses

A no-deal Brexit would be disruptive not only for Britain but many businesses in the European Union as the free flow of goods is tripped up by...

Brits in Spain see glimmer of hope in UK Brexit vote drubbing

On the sun-drenched eastern coast of Spain where British pensioners and business-owners are uncertain for their futures as Brexit ticks closer,...

UK court battle begins over EU agency’s London lease

A Qatari-owned property giant battled in court against an EU agency's bid to break a longterm lease because of Brexit on Wednesday in a case...

US tells Taliban it must talk to Afghan government

The US envoy in Afghanistan said Wednesday that a peaceful end to the 17-year conflict requires the Taliban to engage in direct talks with the...

Pence : US will ensure ‘ISIS does not rear its ugly head again’

Vice President Mike Pence said the United States would fight to ensure the defeat of the Islamic State movement but reiterated plans to pull...

ICC halts release of Ivory Coast’s Gbagbo

The International Criminal Court on Wednesday dashed Ivory Coast ex-president Laurent Gbagbo's hopes of a swift release following his acquittal...

Kremlin rubbishes ‘stupid’ claims that Trump a Russian agent

Russia on Wednesday dismissed as ridiculous reports questioning whether US President Donald Trump has acted as an agent for Russia as controversy...

Voyeurism victim wins battle to change English law

When a man took a picture under her skirt with impunity, it was the final straw for Gina Martin -- whose campaign has produced a change in British...

Deadly IS-claimed suicide attack hits US forces in north Syria

A suicide attack killed four US personnel in northern Syria Wednesday, costing Washington its worst combat losses in the war-torn country since...

Federer, Nadal stay on track as Sharapova sets up Wozniacki showdown

Roger Federer ground out a tough three-set win to make the Australian Open third round for an incredible 20th straight year Wednesday, with long-time...

UKIP leader joins Le Pen’s far-right EU group

The head of British eurosceptic party UKIP and two more of its MEPs have joined a European parliamentary group led by French far-right leader...

Terrified civilians hide, send farewells, during Nairobi siege

When an explosion and gunfire rang out at an upmarket hotel complex in Nairobi, people hid under desks, cowered in bathrooms or hunkered down...

UK’s ‘zombie PM’ May battles on alone

Isolated British Prime Minister Theresa May once again proved her stoicism by battling on in the face of humiliating defeat for her Brexit deal,...

China firm completes $1.4bn Sri Lanka land reclamation

A Chinese state-owned company marked on Wednesday the completion of an ambitious land reclamation adjacent to Sri Lanka's capital Colombo, part...

Kenya police scour rubble as hotel attack toll jumps to 21

Kenyan police scoured the rubble of a Nairobi hotel complex for more victims Wednesday as the death toll from a jihadist attack jumped to 21...

Millions take plunge in giant Indian religious festival

More than 20 million Hindu pilgrims ritually bathed in India's holy rivers on the opening day of the Kumbh Mela, a gigantic festival billed as...

Brexit-voting town urges British MPs to grow up

In the Brexit-voting town of Redcar in northeastern England, residents voiced dismay at the political infighting that threatens to delay Britain's...

EU needs May to drop her red lines to save Brexit deal

The British parliament's crushing rejection of the Brexit withdrawal deal will not force Europe to renegotiate its terms, but will almost certainly...

How Europe reacted to Brexit deal defeat

The EU and European governments warned that the British parliament's rejection of a Brexit deal heightens the risk of a disorderly withdrawal...

US citizen among dead in Kabul truck bomb attack

A US citizen was among those killed in a powerful truck bomb attack against a heavily fortified foreign compound in Kabul this week, officials...

Sri Lanka asks IMF to revive $1.5-billion bailout

Sri Lanka has appealed to the International Monetary Fund to revive a $1.5-billion bailout suspended during the island nation's political crisis...

India hails Dhoni the finisher

India's Mahendra Singh Dhoni won plaudits on Wednesday for a match-winning knock against Australia that raised expectations the veteran will...

Hundreds sacked after Bangladesh garment strikes

Bangladesh factories making clothes for Western brands have sacked hundreds of workers after more than a week of strikes and clashes over wages,...

Dozens injured on day one of Indian bull-wrestling festival

Dozens of young men were injured on the first day of a traditional bull-wrestling festival in southern India that has attracted the ire of animal...

Cows walk on fire in India’s harvest festival

Indian devotees led decked-up cows over burning hay to celebrate the Hindu harvest festival in a ritual seeking good fortune and protection from...

Japan’s only homegrown sumo champ bows out in tears

The only Japanese-born grand champion or "yokozuna" in sumo tearfully insisted he had "no regrets" as he announced his retirement Wednesday after...

‘Three Billboards’ campaign targets gay conversion therapy in China

A Chinese artist and a gay policeman have launched an unusually bold public protest campaign in which bright-red trucks bearing slogans denouncing...

China’s growth data may mask economic risks : research group

China's GDP growth may be significantly slower than official estimates suggest and its economy more vulnerable to external shocks than widely...

Chinese dissidents in Taiwan airport limbo for over 100 days

Chinese dissident Liu Xinglian marked his 64th birthday on Wednesday at Taiwan's Taoyuan airport, one of two refugees who have been trapped in...

India’s transgender community takes first Kumbh Mela dip

For decades Laxmi Narayan Tripathi has fought India's conservative laws and beliefs to put her transgender community on a par with the rest of...

‘Naive, reckless’ tourists couchsurfing in war-torn Afghanistan

Seeking an "authentic" experience as he backpacked through war-torn Afghanistan, Dutch tourist Ciaran Barr searched the Couchsurfing website...

‘Pig’ British tourists to be deported from New Zealand

Members of a British family have been branded "worse than pigs" and face deportation from New Zealand after a spree of bad behaviour that left...

‘God knows’ : Brexit vote leaves Irish border in limbo

In the town of Dundalk near the Irish border, locals reacted with exasperation and concern at news that the British parliament had rejected a...

UK PM May reaches out to rivals in Brexit deadlock

British Prime Minister Theresa May faces deadlock Thursday over a new Brexit plan, after narrowly surviving a no-confidence vote sparked by the...

Federer and Wozniacki stay on track as Anderson crashes

Roger Federer ground out a tough three-set win to make the Australian Open third round for an incredible 20th straight year Wednesday and stay...

One in three UN employees have been sexually harassed : survey

A third of United Nations employees have reported experiencing sexual harassment at the world body over the last two years, according to the...

Close shave : Gillette ad sparks online controversy

A commercial for the Gillette razor brand that supported the #MeToo movement and called on men to change their behavior has triggered a heated...

Newcastle survive Blackburn scare, Wednesday earn Chelsea clash

Newcastle survived an FA Cup scare at Blackburn as they blew a two-goal lead before hitting back to win 4-2 after extra time in Tuesday's third-round...

Fired up Federer resumes hunt for seventh Aussie title

Roger Federer says his serve is as good as it's ever been and his body is in top shape going into round two of the Australian Open Wednesday,...

‘Humiliated’ : World media react to British PM’s Brexit defeat

Britain is in "uncharted waters" after Prime Minister Theresa May was "humiliated" by the "crushing defeat" of her Brexit deal in parliament,...