Thousands evacuated as 27 UK high-rise towers fail safety test

London: Thousands of residents were on Saturday evacuated from four housing towers as the UK government in the wake of the deadly Grenfell Tower blaze found 27 high-rise residential blocks across Britain unsafe.

At center of Qatar crisis, a $1 billion ransom

The crisis over Qatar that is gripping the Middle East hinges on an alleged $1 billion ransom that was reportedly paid to release members of Qatar’s royal family and others who were kidnapped in Iraq. 

Yemen cholera cases pass 200,000 – BBC News

The number of suspected cholera cases in Yemen has now exceeded 200,000, the United Nations says.

Suicide bomber blows himself up as Saudis foil Mecca plot

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — A suicide bomber blew himself up near the Grand Mosque in Mecca as police disrupted a plot to target the holiest site in Islam just as the fasting month of Ramadan ends, Saudi security forces said Saturday.

France to ban all new oil and gas exploration

France is to stop granting licences for oil and gas exploration as part of a transition towards environmentally-friendly energy being driven by Emmanuel Macron’s government.

Surge in wildlife killings is wiping out giraffes

SAMBURU NATIONAL PARK, KENYA—For conservationists stationed in politically volatile regions, life can be harrowing.

Professor says N. Korea detainee got what he ‘deserved’

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — The University of Delaware is distancing itself from comments made by an adjunct professor after she said a college student who died after being held by North Korea "got exactly what he deserved."

Jeremy Corbyn draws ‘biggest Glastonbury crowds in years’ for rousing speech

Jeremy Corbyn took to the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury Festival where he addressed thousands of revellers before Run The Jewels performed.

72 firefighters tackle blaze at block of London flats

Seventy-two firefighters have been sent to a flat fire in east London.

Toddler added to terror blacklist used by major banks

Innocent people, including human rights campaigners and a three-year-old girl, have been named on a blacklist of terrorists and criminals used by governments and major banks, it has been reported. 

Exeter academy skirt boys win right to wear shorts – BBC News

Boys who wore skirts to school in a protest have won the right to wear shorts to lessons from next year.

Selling miracles in Zambia | Africa | DW | 19.06.2017

On a recent Sunday morning in Chibolya Secondary School, in the Zambian capital of Lusaka, more than ten churches conducted services in several classrooms.

Putin ordered Russian hackers to help elect Trump, says explosive new report

A new report indicates that Russian President Vladimir Putin personally ordered election hacking to help elect Donald Trump.

Saudi Arabia is trying to make Qatar shutter Al Jazeera — and transform its...

Saudi Arabia and its allies have sent Qatar a list of 13 demands that it must comply with in order for them to end the crippling economic and diplomatic blockade they’ve subjected the tiny Gulf country to for more than two weeks.

US-led coalition kills nearly 500 civilians in one month in Syria in record high

  Some 470 civilians, including 137 children, died in air strikes on the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil)-held cities of Raqqa and Deir Ezzor in eastern Syria between May 23 and June 23. 

Arconic knowingly supplied flammable panels for use in tower: emails

LONDON Six emails sent by and to an Arconic Inc (ARNC.N) sales manager raise questions about why the company supplied combustible cladding to a distributor for use at Grenfell Tower, despite publicly warning such panels were a fire risk for tall buildings.

Turkish water park: Children and adults electrocuted – BBC News

Three children and two adults who tried to rescue them have been electrocuted in a water park in north-western Turkey, local media say.

Prem STADIUM now checked for cladding as 4,000 evacuated from tower blocks

A PREMIER league stadium is now being examined after 4,000 were evacuated from tower blocks – amid fears of "another Grenfell".