England rushes to discharge patients to free up hospital beds

       

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak speaks with a patient as he visits Croydon University Hospital on Oct 28, 2022, in London, Britain. (LEON NEAL / POOL / REUTERS) LONDON – England's National Health Service (NHS) aims to begin discharging thousands of patients into care homes and other settings in the next few weeks in an effort to free up desperately needed beds during one of …

Seeking N. Ireland solution, UK foreign minister hosts EU talks

       

Britain's Foreign Secretary James Cleverly arrives in Downing Street to attend a cabinet meeting in London, Dec 13, 2022. (KIRSTY WIGGLESWORTH / AP) LONDON – British Foreign Minister James Cleverly will on Monday seek to inject fresh momentum into talks with the EU on resolving disputes over a post-Brexit trade relationship when he hosts the European Commission Vice-President Maros Sefcovic in London. There is growing …

Biden visits US-Mexico border as immigration issue heats up

       

President Joe Biden talks with US Border Patrol agents as they walk along a stretch of the US-Mexico border in El Paso Texas, Jan 8, 2023. (ANDREW HARNIK / AP) EL PASO, Texas – President Joe Biden visited the US-Mexico border on Sunday for the first time since taking office, tackling one of the most politically charged issues in the country as he prepares for …

Bolsonaro backers ransack key Brazilian government buildings

       

Brazil's President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva walks in Planalto Palace after it was stormed by supporters of Brazil's former president Jair Bolsonaro in Brasilia, Brazil, Jan 8, 2023. (ERALDO PERES / AP) BRASILIA – Supporters of Brazil's far-right former president Jair Bolsonaro invaded and defaced the country's Congress, presidential palace and Supreme Court on Sunday, in a grim echo of the US Capitol invasion …

Pardoned Ivorian soldiers arrive home after Malian captivity

       

Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara (left) speaks with some of the 46 Ivorian soldiers who were arrested in July and then pardoned in Mali at Abidjan airport on Jan 07, 2023. (SIA KAMBOU / AFP) ABIDJAN – Forty-six Ivorian soldiers recently pardoned by Mali's junta flew home to Cote d'Ivoire's Abidjan airport on Saturday after around six months in captivity, state television showed. Their return signals …

Storm in California leaves over 330,000 without power

       

Capitola Wharf damaged by heavy storm waves is seen in Santa Cruz, California, US, Jan, 2023, in this screen grab obtained from a social media video. (KELLY POUND / REUTERS) Torrential downpours and damaging winds left hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses without power in California late on Sunday as the area braced for the next onslaught of severe weather. More than 330,000 homes …

One dead, 57 injured in accident on Mexico City metro

       

Paramedics assist a woman after two subway trains collide head-on at a subway station, in Mexico City, Mexico, Jan 7, 2023. (Quetzalli Nicte-Ha / REUTERS) MEXICO CITY — At least one person was killed and 57 were injured in a train collision on Mexico City's metro early on Saturday, local authorities said. The person killed in the morning accident was a young woman, city security …

Benin holds parliamentary election set to test democracy

       

Motorcyclists drive past banners of the Republican Bloc party in Abomey Calavi, Benin on Jan 6, 2023. (YANICK FOLLY / AFP) COTONOU – Voters in Benin go to the polls on Sunday for a parliamentary election seen as a test of democracy as opposition parties are back on the ballot after boycotting or being excluded from the most recent presidential and legislative votes. Benin's image …

Prince Harry set to deliver more broadsides at UK royals

       

In this March 09, 2020 photo, Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex (center) is introduced to performers as he leaves after attending the annual Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey in London. (Ben STANSALL / POOL / AFP) LONDON – Days after Prince Harry's memoir accidentally went on sale early with new allegations of discord and conflict within the British royal family, a series of TV …

Colombia, Venezuela presidents discuss investment, trade

       

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro (right) and his Colombian counterpart Gustavo Petro (left) shake hands before a private meeting at the Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas, on Jan 7, 2023. (YURI CORTEZ / AFP) CARACAS – Colombian President Gustavo Petro and his Venezuelan counterpart Nicolas Maduro discussed binational investment and trade at a meeting in Caracas on Saturday, the Colombian government said. The countries have renewed …

At least 29 killed in Mexico capture of Chapo’s son

       

Mexico's Secretary of Defense Luis Cresencio Sandoval speaks during a news conference after the arrest of Mexican drug cartel leader Ovidio Guzman, a son of incarcerated kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, in Culiacan, in Mexico City, Mexico, Jan 5, 2023. (HENRY ROMERO / REUTERS) MEXICO CITY – Nineteen suspected gang members and 10 military personnel were killed in a wave of violence surrounding the arrest …

Study: Flexible work arrangements beneficial to biz and workers

       

In this Nov 11, 2018, file photo, workers use their laptops at the command center at the headquarters of an e-commerce retailer in Beijing. (MARK SCHIEFELBEIN / AP) Flexible working-time arrangements and reduced working hours like those adopted during the height of the COVID-19 crisis can benefit economies, businesses and workers, laying the ground for healthier work-life balance, according to a new study published by …

McCarthy elected Republican US House speaker

       

Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy bangs the Speaker's gavel for the first time after being elected the next Speaker of the US House of Representatives in a late night 15th round of voting on the fourth day of the 118th Congress at the US Capitol in Washington, US, Jan 7, 2023. (EVELYN HOCKSTEIN / REUTERS) WASHINGTON – Republican Kevin McCarthy was elected speaker of …

McCarthy suffers 14th loss in US House leadership bid

       

Kevin McCarthy, reacts after losing the 14th vote in the House chamber as the House meets for the fourth day to elect a speaker and convene the 118th Congress in Washington, Jan 6, 2023. (ALEX BRANDON / AP) WASHINGTON – Republican Kevin McCarthy suffered yet another embarrassing defeat as he failed late on Friday by a single vote to be elected speaker of the US …

Peru protesters clash with police in airport takeover attempt

       

Demonstrators block the Desaguadero Border Crossing Point between Bolivia and Peru during a protest following the ouster of Peru’s former President Pedro Castillo, in Desaguadero, Peru, Jan 6, 2023. (CLAUDIA MORALES / REUTERS) LIMA – Dozens of protesters attempted to take over an airport near Peru's border with Bolivia Friday as part of anti-government protests, prompting police to use tear gas to disperse them. Protesters …

Bulgaria anti-graft party drops bid to form government

       

Kiril Petkov and Assen Vassilev, leaders of the centrist "We Continue The Change" (PP) party, speak to the media after the first exit polls during a general election, in Sofia, Bulgaria Oct 2, 2022. (SPASIYANA SERGIEVA / REUTERS) SOFIA — Bulgaria's second largest party, the anti-corruption We Continue the Change (PP), gave up plans on Friday to form a government after failing to win backing …

Divided Venezuela opp faces unity challenge ahead of primary

       

People raise a new Venezuelan flag on the dome of the Federal Legislative Palace before a session for the installation of the National Parliament for the legislative period 2023-2024 at the Federal Legislative Palace in Caracas, on Jan 5, 2023. (FEDERICO PARRA / AFP) CARACAS — Venezuela's splintered opposition, which appointed new leadership this week, faces enormous short-term challenges as it chooses a presidential candidate …

Morocco complains of ‘harassment’ over EU corruption scandal

       

In this file photo taken on Dec 16, 2022, Morocco's Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita holds a press conference with France Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna as she starts an official visit to Rabat, Morocco. (PHOTO / AP) RABAT – Morocco's ties with the European Union must be protected against harassment at the European parliament, foreign minister Nasser Bourita said on Thursday, following a European probe into …

No speaker in US House elected as voting drama drags on

       

US Congressman Kevin McCarthy arrives at the House chamber as the House meets for a second day to elect a speaker in Washington, DC, the United States, Jan 4, 2023. (LIU JIE / XINHUA) WASHINGTON – The US House of Representatives hasn't elected a new speaker as the election entered the third day on Thursday.US Congressman Kevin McCarthy from California, the House Republican leader, fell …

Mexico arrests son of ‘El Chapo,’ sparking wave of violence

       

Mexicans soldiers stand guard near burning vehicles on a street during an operation to arrest the son of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, Ovidio Guzman, in Culiacan, Sinaloa state, Mexico, on Jan 5, 2023. (JUAN CARLOS CRUZ / AFP) MEXICO CITY – Mexican security forces captured on Thursday drug cartel leader Ovidio Guzman, a son of jailed kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, triggering a wave of …