England win toss, to bat first in first Ashes test

By Ian Ransom BRISBANE, Nov 23 : England captain Joe Root won the toss and chose to bat first in the opening Ashes test against Australia in Brisbane on Thursday, with the hosts confirming opener David Warner and batsman Shaun Marsh were fit to play. Australia’s vaunted pace attack will therefore have first crack at […]

PNG police enter abandoned Australian-run detention camp

By Tom Westbrook and Swati Pandey SYDNEY, Nov 23 : Police entered an officially-shuttered Australian-run detention camp in Papua New Guinea on Thursday and ordered some 380 asylum seekers occupying it to leave as they carried away food and water the men had stockpiled, three of the men told Reuters. Asylum seekers said they climbed […]

U.S. judge strikes down Texas law to limit second-trimester abortions

By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas, Nov 23 : A U.S. district judge in Austin on Wednesday struck down parts of a Texas law that would restrict the most common type of second-trimester abortions in the state, after plaintiffs argued the procedure was safe, legal and necessary for women’s health. U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel issued […]

Waiting for May, Brussels eyes December Brexit deal

By Alastair Macdonald and Jan Strupczewski BRUSSELS, Nov 23 : When Theresa May visits Brussels on Friday, EU negotiators will be listening intently for signs the British prime minister is preparing to risk a domestic backlash and raise her offer to secure a Brexit deal in December. European Union officials and diplomats from the other […]

U.S. Senate candidate Moore’s spokesman resigns as allegations roil campaign

By Joseph Ax Undated, Nov 22 : The communications director for U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore has resigned amid the Alabama Republican’s efforts to combat allegations of sexual misconduct that have roiled his campaign. News of the departure of John Rogers came a day after U.S. President Donald Trump defended Moore from accusations by multiple […]

Pressure mounts on U.S. Rep. Conyers after sexual harassment allegations

By Amanda Becker WASHINGTON, Nov 22 : U.S. Representative John Conyers faced additional fallout on Wednesday related to sexual harassment accusations made by former staffers, as two fellow Democrats suggested he give up a prominent committee post. The House of Representatives Ethics Committee said on Tuesday it was investigating the allegations, first reported on Monday […]