World’s first floating nation to launch by 2022

World’s first floating nation to launch by 2022

World’s first floating nation that will launch in the Pacific Ocean in 2022 will have its own government and ‘Vayron’ cryptocurrency The £37m ($50m) Floating Island Project is a pilot program in partnership with the government of Polynesia  The project, bankrolled by…

NHS to stop sharing patient data with Home Office to catch out illegal immigrants after Government U-turn

NHS to stop sharing patient data with Home Office to catch out illegal immigrants after Government U-turn

Ministers have suspended the arrangements in a major backtrack on its "hostile environment" approach to immigration. The move comes in the wake of the Windrush scandal, which exposed major failings in the Home Office and sparked a national debate about the treatment…

Armenia protest leader: ‘We will not give up’

Armenia protest leader: ‘We will not give up’

YEREVAN (Reuters) – Nikol Pashinyan, leader of an Armenian protest movement locked in a standoff with the ruling elite, told Reuters on Wednesday he and his supporters would not give up, and would continue their campaign of civil disobedience. “My only power…

Armenian opposition leader fails to win selection as PM

Armenian opposition leader fails to win selection as PM

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Armenian opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan failed to secure a majority of votes in parliament to become prime minister on Tuesday after weeks of protests forced the previous holder of the post to step down. Pashinyan, who was the only…

Saudi government to hand over 25 schools to private sector

Saudi government to hand over 25 schools to private sector

RIYADH (Reuters) – Saudi Arabian authorities on Tuesday ordered the handover of 25 state-run schools to be run by private sector companies as part of economic reforms designed to ease pressure on the state’s finances. Riyadh announced last week that it aimed…

Morocco severs ties with Iran over support for West Sahara…

Morocco severs ties with Iran over support for West Sahara…

RABAT (Reuters) – Morocco will sever ties with Iran over Tehran’s support for the Western Sahara independence Polisario front, the Moroccan foreign minister said on Tuesday. Morocco will close its embassy in Tehran and will expel the Iranian ambassador in Rabat, Nasser…

Pakistan PM inaugurates long-delayed new airport in capital Islamabad

Pakistan PM inaugurates long-delayed new airport in capital Islamabad

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Tuesday inaugurated the long-delayed new airport in the capital, Islamabad, replacing the cramped Benazir Bhutto airport often criticized by travelers. A general view of the newly-built Islamabad International Airport building during a…

Morning rush hour blasts kill 25 in Afghan capital

Morning rush hour blasts kill 25 in Afghan capital

KABUL (Reuters) – Twin blasts in the Afghan capital Kabul killed 25 people on Monday, including journalists who had arrived to report on the first explosion and who were apparently targeted by a suicide bomber in a second attack, officials said. Afghan…

Afghan capital hit by morning rush hour blasts, 21 killed

Afghan capital hit by morning rush hour blasts, 21 killed

KABUL (Reuters) – Two blasts hit the Afghan capital Kabul on Monday, killing at least 21 people, including a photographer for French news agency AFP, but there was no immediate claim of responsibility, officials said. Afghan security forces are seen at the…

France’s CFDT union urges Air France staff to accept pay offer

France’s CFDT union urges Air France staff to accept pay offer

PARIS (Reuters) – France’s CFDT union on Sunday urged striking Air France workers to accept a management pay offer, blaming the airline’s main pilots’ union for “taking everyone hostage” and threatening the company’s future. Air France logo is pictured at the Air…

Armenian opposition leader says assured Russia won’t intervene in…

Armenian opposition leader says assured Russia won’t intervene in…

YEREVAN (Reuters) – Armenian opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan said on Wednesday he had met a Russian official and got reassurance that Moscow would not intervene in Armenia’s political crisis. Armenian opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan attends a news conference in Yerevan, Armenia April…

Armenian protest leader, president met to discuss way out of…

Armenian protest leader, president met to discuss way out of…

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Armenian protest leader Nikol Pashinyan said he had met with President Armen Sarkissian to discuss a way out of the political crisis in the country, the Interfax news agency reported on Friday. Armenian opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan (C) takes…

Armenian foreign minister meets Russian counterpart for talks: Russia

Armenian foreign minister meets Russian counterpart for talks: Russia

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov held talks in Moscow on Thursday with his Armenian counterpart Eduard Nalbandian, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told reporters. Armenia is a close Russian ally and a political crisis there has seen tens…

Armenian opposition bloc to nominate protest leader Pashinyan as PM

Armenian opposition bloc to nominate protest leader Pashinyan as PM

YEREVAN (Reuters) – Armenia’s opposition bloc said on Wednesday it would nominate protest opposition leader, Nikol Pashinyan, to be the country’s next prime minister, one of its members, Edmon Marukyan, told Reuters. “Pashinyan has the people’s trust. I don’t think there will…

Armenians protests as acting leader suggests new elections

Armenians protests as acting leader suggests new elections

YEREVAN (Reuters) – Armenia’s acting prime minister, Karen Karapetyan, on Wednesday suggested holding a new parliamentary election to end a political crisis which has gripped the country for almost two weeks. A policeman stands guard as supporters of Armenian opposition leader Nikol…