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New Zealand’s Ardern says plight of Pacific Islanders should spur climate action

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FILE PHOTO: New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks at the Istana in Singapore, May 17, 2019. REUTERS/Feline Lim MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Climate change is having a real impact on Pacific islanders and that should spur countries to greater action to tackle the problem, New Zealand Prime Minster Jacinda Ardern said on Thursday. Ardern, speaking Read More

Renault’s Senard expects Nissan’s new board to embrace alliance

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PARIS (Reuters) – Renault (RENA.PA) is confident that alliance partner Nissan’s (7201.T) new board will work to reinforce their partnership as it struggles to turn the page on the Carlos Ghosn scandal, Renault Chairman Jean-Dominique Senard said on Thursday. FILE PHOTO: Renault Chairman Jean-Dominique Senard gestures at the end of a joint news conference in Read More

May calls Trump ‘go back’ tweet ‘completely unacceptable’

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Theresa May has called comments by Donald Trump about oppositon congresswomen from black and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds “completely unacceptable”. The US president was criticised over a series of tweets in which he said female politicians in the Democratic Party should “go back and help fix” their “broken and crime infested countries”. In a follow-up Read More

‘Go back’ tweet row: Trump hits back after accusations of racism

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Donald Trump has hit back after being accused of making “racist and disgusting” remarks about Democratic congresswomen from black and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds. The US president wrote on Twitter: “So sad to see the Democrats sticking up for people who speak so badly of our country and who, in addition, hate Israel with a Read More

Macron booed & told to ‘step down’ during Bastille Day parade in Paris

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France’s major national holiday didn’t proceed smoothly for President Emmanuel Macron, as dozens of protesters booed him and demanded his resignation ahead of a massive military parade in central Paris. Numerous people started to vent their anger at Macron moments before his motorcade – accompanied by the French horse guards – showed up at the Read More

UK sends second warship to Gulf after Iran threats over seized tanker

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By By Alistair Bunkall, defence and security correspondent The UK is to increase its military presence in the Gulf by sending a second warship to the region. HMS Duncan, a Type 45 Destroyer, will sail to the Gulf in the coming days after recently completing NATO exercises in the Black Sea, and is expected in Read More

‘This is a dangerous game’: Iran demands UK releases seized oil tanker

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Iran has demanded the immediate release of an oil tanker seized by Royal Marines off the coast of Gibraltar, warning Britain: “This is a dangerous game and has consequences.” It comes as tensions mount in the Gulf after a Royal Navy warship deterred Iranian patrol boats attempting to impede a British tanker sailing through the Read More

Hunt: Gulf tensions show we have ‘run down the navy too much’

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Britain has “run down the navy too much”, according to foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt. His words come as tensions continue to rise in the Gulf after a Royal Navy warship deterred Iranian patrol boats attempting to impede a British tanker sailing through the Strait of Hormuz. Writing in The Daily Telegraph, Mr Hunt said: “Three Read More

UK ships on ‘critical’ alert as crew of detained Iran vessel arrested

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By Deborah Haynes, foreign affairs editor Britain has raised the security alert for British-flagged ships in the Gulf to its highest level, Sky News understands. The Department for Transport lifted the security code for commercial tankers and other vessels to level three – critical – in the early hours of Tuesday. It means ships are Read More

‘Critical’ security alert for UK ships sailing near Iran

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By Deborah Haynes, foreign affairs editor Britain has raised the security level for British-flagged ships passing through Iranian waters in the Gulf to its highest level, Sky News understands. The Department for Transport lifted the security code for commercial tankers and other vessels to level three – which is “critical” – in the early hours Read More