US says Palestine ‘not a state,’ withdraws from Vienna Convention’s ‘optional protocol’

Published time: 3 Oct, 2018 17:30 Edited time: 3 Oct, 2018 17:47 The US is withdrawing from the “optional protocol” in the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, John Bolton has confirmed. He said it follows a case brought by Palestine, challenging the US embassy’s move to Jerusalem. “I am announcing that the president has decided […]

‘Why not?’: Brazilian transsexual volleyball star runs for Congress

Following a prolific career in international men’s volleyball and just six years after completing her gender-reassignment surgery, Tifanny Abreu is hoping to become Brazil’s first transsexual MP. Under a campaign slogan of “Why not?” the 33-year old has faced criticism from the LGBT community in her home country for choosing to run for the center-right […]

‘Not my decision’: Raikkonen’s Ferrari exit

Kimi Raikkonen was hardly in the mood to talk about why he’s leaving Ferrari next season. Speaking at a news conference ahead of Sunday’s Singapore Grand Prix, he reverted to his typically monosyllabic and nonchalant style when asked about the reasons for his departure. It was announced this week that Ferrari will not be renewing […]

Martin Lewis Money Saving Expert unannounced passport change and Brexit ‘not coincidence'

Martin Lewis, the Money Saving Expert, appeared on ITV’s Good Morning Britain today. The financial expert warned of a shock change to passports which has taken members of the public unawares. Filling in presenters, the journalist seemed incensed by changes that went unannounced. The financial journalist revealed he has been contacted by people who have […]

Scott Morrison to become Australia’s next PM, Turnbull vows to resign ‘not before too long’

After the newly elected leader of the Liberal Party Scott Morrison was picked to become Australia’s new prime minister, deposed Malcolm Turnbull noted that he would be leaving politics “not before too long.” Once he resigns, his Sydney mandate would be up for grabs, which could see the ruling coalition lose its one-seat majority in […]

British Airways shuts down its ‘not commercially viable’ London-Tehran service

British Airways is to suspend its direct flights between London and Tehran, as the route is no longer “commercially viable.” The news comes as US sanctions on Iran hit foreign firms operating there. BA announced on Thursday that its last outbound flight from London to Tehran will be on September 22 and its last inbound […]

Trump says ‘not considering’ lifting Russia sanctions, still accused of ‘treason’

US President Donald Trump set tongues wagging when he admitted he could potentially “consider” lifting sanctions on Russia if Moscow ever makes concessions and does something “good” for Washington on issues like Syria and Ukraine. “I haven’t thought about it. But no, I’m not considering it at all,” Trump responded to Reuters’ question about whether […]

After employee revolt, Google says it is “not close” to launching search in China

Google’s employees and Google’s management are clashing over ethical issues again. Just two months after Google’s “Project Maven” military drone project was seemingly resolved, Google’s employees are now up in arms over company plans to create censored products for China. The internal protests resulted in the issue being addressed at an all-hands meeting, and we […]