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MPs will vote on Thursday on delaying Brexit after they rejected the idea of leaving the EU without a deal. In a night of high drama in the Commons, MPs surprised the government and voted by 312 to 308 to reject a no-deal Brexit under any circumstances. The vote is not binding - under current law the UK could still leave...
Cardinal George Pell has been jailed for six years after being convicted of sexually abusing two boys in Australia. The former Vatican treasurer is the most senior Catholic figure ever to be found guilty of sexual offences against children. Pell abused the 13-year-old choir boys in a Melbourne cathedral in 1996, a jury ruled last year. The cardinal, 77, maintains his innocence...
Theresa May's planned Brexit deal has suffered a major defeat in the UK parliament, leaving the Brexit process in disarray. Mrs May began the day with renewed hope after securing last-minute changes to her withdrawal deal with the EU. But MPs roundly defeated her proposals, 391 votes to 242, weeks after her first attempt to pass the deal met the same...
MPs will vote later on whether to block the UK from leaving the EU without a deal, after they again firmly rejected Theresa May's withdrawal agreement. The deal was defeated in the Commons on Tuesday evening by 149 votes. The government will publish guidance for businesses on tariffs and proposals for the Irish border in the event of no deal on Wednesday morning....
Singapore's Civil Aviation Authority (CAAS) has temporarily suspended all Boeing 737 Max models from flying into and out of the country. The decision comes after an Ethiopian Airlines Max 8 crashed on Sunday, killing all 157 people on board. It was the second fatal accident involving that model in less than five months. Singapore is a major travel hub, with flights connecting...
A French-born jihadist, who spent a year fighting in Syria for the Islamic State (IS) group, has been given a life sentence for the murder of four people in an anti-Semitic attack in Belgium. Mehdi Nemmouche, 33, opened fire with a Kalashnikov assault rifle and a handgun at Brussels' Jewish Museum in May 2014. Three people died at the scene and...
Theresa May says she has secured "legally binding" changes to her Brexit deal, a day ahead of MPs voting on it. But European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker warned if the deal was voted down there was "no third chance". They spoke at a joint press conference in Strasbourg after a late meeting. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said the prime minister's negotiations had...
China's aviation regulator ordered local airlines to halt Boeing 737 Max 8 flights after a deadly Ethiopian Airlines crash using the same model. Airlines must suspend commercial operations of all Boeing 737 Max 8 planes before 18:00 local time (10:00 GMT). The Ethiopian Airlines flight crashed minutes after takeoff on Sunday, killing all 157 people on board. It was the second crash...
US plane maker Boeing is facing questions after an Ethiopian Airlines 737 crash on Sunday killed all 157 people on board. It was the second crash in five months involving a 737 Max 8, and comparisons are being drawn with a Lion Air accident in Indonesia last October. China's aviation regulator has ordered local airlines to ground any planes of the same...
The Indonesian woman accused of killing Kim Jong-nam, half-brother of North Korea's Kim Jong-un, has been freed after charges against her were dropped. Siti Aisyah had been accused of smearing VX nerve agent on Mr Kim's face in Kuala Lumpur airport in 2017. She and her co-accused, Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong, deny murder and say they thought they were part of...

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