Kane named England captain for World Cup

By Martyn Herman LONDON, May 22 : Striker Harry Kane will wear the captain’s armband for England at next month’s World Cup, ending speculation about who would lead Gareth Southgate’s squad in Russia. The announcement was made in a video published on Twitter in which Southgate said Tottenham Hotspur’s Kane had “outstanding leadership” qualities. England’s […]

EU agrees to start trade talks with Australia, New Zealand

By Philip Blenkinsop BRUSSELS, May 22 : European Union countries cleared the way on Tuesday for the bloc to begin free trade talks with Australia and New Zealand in a drive to forge new alliances as trade tensions with the United States increase. The European Commission, which negotiates on behalf of the 28 EU members, […]

Catholic archbishop convicted in Australia of concealing child sex abuse

By Sonali Paul MELBOURNE, May 22 : An Australian archbishop was found guilty on Tuesday of concealing child sex abuse by a priest, which Australian media said made him the most senior Catholic in the world to be convicted on such a charge. Philip Wilson, the archbishop of Adelaide and a former president of the […]

US, China nearing deal to remove US sales ban against ZTE -sources

By Michael Martina BEIJING, May 22 : Washington and Beijing are nearing a deal that would remove an existing U.S. order banning American companies from supplying Chinese telecommunications equipment maker ZTE Corp , two people briefed on the talks told Reuters. The people, who declined to be identified because negotiations are confidential, said the deal […]

“I was sent a bullet” probing 1MDB, says Malaysian anti-graft chief

By Rozanna Latiff KUALA LUMPUR, May 22 : The head of Malaysia’s anti-graft agency gave an explosive account on Tuesday of how witnesses disappeared and officers were purged and intimidated after they tried in 2015 to charge ex-premier Najib Razak for siphoning funds from a state fund. Describing the lengths taken to suppress the earlier […]