UK government backs plans for new cross-London rail line

By Emma Rumney LONDON, Jul 24 : Britain’s government backed a new 30 billion-pound ($39 billion) passenger rail project in and around London today but told the capital it will have to provide more up-front funding for it to get off the ground. Crossrail 2 would add much-needed capacity to a transport system that carries […]

UN warns of escalation if no Jerusalem mosque solution by Friday

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS, Jul 24 : United Nations Middle East envoy Nickolay Mladenov warned on Monday that a solution was needed by Friday to the Jerusalem mosque crisis, which he said threatens to have “potential catastrophic costs well beyond the walls of the Old City.” Israel installed metal detectors at entry points to […]

Massachusetts cannot hold immigrants so US can detain them -state top court

By Scott Malone BOSTON, Jul 24 : Massachusetts police do not have the authority to detain illegal immigrants solely to buy time for federal law enforcement officials to take them into custody, the state’s top court ruled today. The decision amounts to a rejection of requests by the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency for […]

Italy upset over French diplomatic intervention in Libya

By Crispian Balmer ROME, Jul 24 : A French diplomatic initiative aimed at resolving Libya’s long-running crisis angered Italian officials today, who saw it as another example of newly elected President Emmanuel Macron snubbing Rome. Earlier, France confirmed reports that it would host talks tomorrow between Fayez al-Serraj, head of Libya’s U.N.-backed government in Tripoli, […]

Polish president blocks judiciary reforms after days of protests

By Marcin Goclowski and Agnieszka Barteczko WARSAW, Jul 24 : Polish President Andrzej Duda today said he would veto two of three bills passed by parliament in a judicial reform that has triggered nationwide protests and raised EU and U.S. concerns about a politicisation of the courts. Duda is an ally of the ruling right-wing, […]

Parents of UK baby Charlie Gard agree to let him die

By Michael Holden LONDON, Jul 24 : The parents of Charlie Gard dropped their legal battle to give the terminally ill British baby further treatment today and will now hold discussions with his London hospital about how he should be allowed to die. Charlie’s mother, Connie Yates, who won the support of US President Donald […]