Americas

Obama bans oil drilling ‘permanently’ off Alaska, part of Atlantic coast

WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama on Tuesday banned new oil and gas drilling in federal waters in the Atlantic and Arctic Oceans, in a push to leave his stamp on the environment before Republican Donald Trump takes office next month. Obama used a 1950s-era law called the Outer Continental Shelf Act that allows presidents to […]

At least 31 dead, 72 injured in Mexico fireworks market blast

At least 31 dead, 72 injured in Mexico fireworks market blast

TULTEPEC: A massive explosion gutted Mexico’s biggest fireworks market on Tuesday, killing at least 31 people and injuring 72, the authorities said. The conflagration in the Mexico City suburb of Tultepec set off a quick-fire series of multicolored blasts that sent a vast cloud of smoke billowing over the capital. The market had been packed […]

Obama vows action against Russia over election hacks

Obama vows action against Russia over election hacks

US President Barack Obama has vowed to take action against Russia for its alleged interference in the US presidential election campaign. “We need to take action and we will,” he told US public radio network NPR. Russia stands accused by the US of hacking the emails of the Democratic Party and a key Hillary Clinton […]

Mexico villagers free gang boss’s mother in ‘kidnap deal’

Mexico villagers free gang boss’s mother in ‘kidnap deal’

Villagers in the Mexican state of Guerrero have freed the mother of a gang leader they were holding captive in exchange for the release of a local man the gang had kidnapped. The villagers formed a vigilante group on Sunday after local engineer Isauro de Paz Duque was taken by the gang. Mr de Paz’s […]

Trump picks Exxon chief Rex Tillerson for secretary of state

Trump picks Exxon chief Rex Tillerson for secretary of state

President-elect Donald Trump has confirmed the chief executive of Exxon Mobil, Rex Tillerson, as his choice for US secretary of state. In a statement, Mr Trump praised Mr Tillerson, 64, as among the “most accomplished business leaders and international dealmakers” in the world. Mr Tillerson is said to have a good relationship with Russian President […]

Antonio Guterres sworn in as UN secretary general

Antonio Guterres sworn in as UN secretary general

Former Portuguese prime minister Antonio Guterres was sworn in Monday as Secretary General of the United Nations, becoming the ninth UN chief in the body’s 71-year history. The former UN refugee chief was elected to the top job by acclamation in the General Assembly in October. He takes over from Ban Ki-moon on January 1. […]

Japan PM Shinzo Abe: ‘I have great confidence in Trump’

Japan PM Shinzo Abe: ‘I have great confidence in Trump’

Japan’s PM Shinzo Abe has said he has “great confidence” in US President-elect Donald Trump and he believes they can build a relationship of trust. Mr Abe described the 90-minute meeting in Trump Tower, New York, as “candid”, with a “warm atmosphere”. Some of Mr Trump’s campaign rhetoric cast doubt over long-standing US alliances, including […]

US election: Clinton wanted to curl up after Trump win

US election: Clinton wanted to curl up after Trump win

Hillary Clinton has laid bare her disappointment at her election defeat to Donald Trump in her first public appearance since she lost a week ago. The Democratic candidate said she had wanted to “curl up with a good book and never leave the house again”. But in a speech at a children’s charity she urged […]

Brazil in last-minute rush to be ready for World Cup

Brazil in last-minute rush to be ready for World Cup

SAO PAULO: With just over a week to go before the World Cup kicks off, Brazil is racing to get its stadiums, airports, roads and phone networks ready before hundreds of thousands of soccer fans descend on the country. Airports in nearly all 12 host cities are swarmed with construction workers laying parking lots, installing […]