Iconic US circus stages final show

The curtain has finally fallen on one of the world’s oldest and most famous circus companies. Dubbed ”The Greatest Show on Earth” the Ringling Bros and Barnum and Bailey circus performed its final three shows in New York on Sunday. It is estimated about 250 million people have seen the iconic American spectacle during its …

Protests and violence around Jerusalem

A young Palestinian has been shot dead as he ran at Israeli police officers wielding a knife at a checkpoint near the Palestinian town of Abu Dis. Donald Trump was visiting “Jerusalem’s Old City”: just a few kilometres away as the incident took place. The Palestinian prisoners’ affairs committee had previously called for a “day …

Portugal exits EU’s budget deficit watchlist

Portugal is no longer in breach of the EU’s budget rules, officials say, which cap a country’s deficit at three percent of gdp. A budget deficit is when annual government spending exceeds the money coming in. The news comes six years after an international bailout. “This notion of having a more inclusive policy, and not …

25 wounded in Bangkok military hospital bomb blast

Police in Thailand say a bomb blast at a Bangkok army hospital on Monday has wounded 25 people. Three of them were in a serious condition. The injured included retired army officers and civilians, who were promptly treated and released. Those seriously injured have remained under medical care at the hospital. It is the third …

At least 3 climbers die on Mount Everest

Three climbers have died on Mount Everest and another is missing in a busy and tragic weekend on the world’s highest mountain, according to officials and expedition organisers. An American climber died near the summit and an Indian climber is missing after heading down from the top following a successful ascent, expedition organisers said. Roland …

UK Prime Minister defends social care plan

UK Prime Minister, Theresa May, has rushed to defend the controversial social care plan contained in her party’s election manifesto. What is all the fuss about? The Conservative party’s lead in the opinion polls was cut in half after the unveiling of its proposal to make elderly people with assets of more than 115,000 euros …