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Brussels Explosions Lead to Deaths and Recriminations

Brussels is in lockdown after three explosions killed a minimum of 34 people, leaving dozens more wounded. The first explosion occurred at Maelbeek Metro station, with two more taking place within minutes of each other at Zaventem, the city’s main airport. Embed from Getty Images Maggie de Block, the Belgian minister for health matters, confirmed 14 deaths and 81 non-fatal ...

Obama Visits Cuba

Barack Obama yesterday became the first sitting president of the United States to visit Cuba since 1928, and the only one to meet with its president on home soil since Fidel Castro came to power at the height of the Cold War. The president is accompanied by a host of American notables, including members of Congress and business leaders, despite ...

New Horizons Data Shows Pluto To Be A Beautiful But Complex World

Pluto is far more interesting than was previously believed, according to scientists. Since its discovery by humans in 1930, debate has raged about its status as a planet and its relationship with Charon, which many or may not be its moon. Now, new data has revealed Pluto to be potentially one of the most complex and diverse bodies in our ...

Trump And Clinton Win Again As Rubio Drops Out

Marco Rubio became the latest casualty of the US presidential race yesterday, whilst Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton continued their apparently inexorable marches towards the nominations of their respective parties. Trump and Clinton between them appear to have won all but one of the contests, although both parties' elections in Missouri are too close to call, with recounts still taking place at the time of writing. John Kasich, meanwhile, won his home state of Ohio to keep his campaign alive.

Despite the lack of wins, both senators and their teams spoke optimistically last night. Senator Sanders' team will be disappointed to have lost in Ohio after their big win in Michigan, but their message is that with the southern states out of the way, Mrs. Clinton's best primaries are behind her. One Sanders spokesperson even went so far as to claim they would win New York, where she served as Senator. The perceived wisdom, however, is that given her current delegate count, only a win or close second in each of the remaining states can see the Vermont man beat the former Secreta

Myanmar Elects New President

Myanmar has elected its first civilian president in over fifty years, following a parliamentary vote that saw the chosen candidate of Aung San Suu Kyi secure the necessary support to take office. Htin Kyaw, 69, was elected by the country’s parliament, winning 360 of the 752 votes available. The military candidate, Myint Swe, came second, which ensures he will become ...

Game of Thrones Author Reassures Fans Following Death of Namesake

When it was announced yesterday that George Martin – the music producer dubbed the Fifth Beatle by Paul McCartney – had died, music fans across the world expressed their sadness. For some fantasy fans, however, the response was shock and dismay. Due to a combination of not knowing who Martin was and not reading their Twitter feeds with due care ...

Morrissey for Mayor? Singer May Run For Animal Welfare Party

Morrissey has said that he is considering an offer from the Animal Welfare Party to stand as their nominee for Mayor of London. The singer, who has a long history of expressing strident political views, issued a statement to the True To You website confirming his potential candidacy, in which he spoke of Nazis, animal torture and child sacrifice. The ...

Trump and Clinton Enjoy a Super Tuesday As Rivals Fall Further Behind

Yesterday saw voters in eleven states go the polls to choose the presidential candidates of the Republican and Democratic parties. When the votes were counted at the end of “Super Tuesday”, two clear winners had emerged from the pack: Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Trump came back from a week of negative news coverage over links to white supremacists to ...

Caucus Chaos In Nevada As Trump Wins Big

Donald Trump won convincingly at the Republican caucuses in Nevada yesterday, following a night of logistic difficulties, allegations and recriminations. The billionaire businessman from New York, who continues to defy conventional wisdom by saying the unspeakable and gathering votes anyway, won the state by a large margin. He finished with 45.9 per cent; this was higher than the combined vote ...

Dealing With Protesters, Trump Style: “I’d Like To Punch Him In The Face”

A Donald Trump rally in Las Vegas, Nevada, was interrupted by a protester on Monday evening, and the interruption was not received kindly, with the businessman-cum-politician expressing a desire to “punch him in the face.” Normally, a presidential candidate threatening violent retribution against a peaceful protester would seem strange, but with Donald Trump, it is merely par for the course. ...

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