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Battered solo yachtswoman awaits rescue in Pacific

A British solo around-the-world sailor whose yacht was crippled in a ferocious storm as she crossed the Pacific has stabilized her battered vessel and is awaiting rescue, race organizers said Friday. Susie Goodall was briefly knocked unconscious when mountainous seas upended her yacht "DHL Starlight" early Thursday, tearing off its mast and trashing much of her equipment. Goodall was attempting to navigate the southern Pacific's notorious Roaring Forties at the time as part of the Golden Globe Race. The 29-year-old,…

British PM says her removal might affect Brexit negotiations

LONDON: British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Sunday toppling her would risk delaying Brexit and she would not let talk of a leadership challenge distract her from a critical week of negotiations with Brussels. In the days since she unveiled a draft EU divorce deal, May’s premiership has been thrust into crisis. Several ministers, including her Brexit minister, have resigned and some of her lawmakers are seeking to oust her. More than two years after the United Kingdom voted to leave the EU, it is still unclear…

British envoy wishes heartiest Eid Mubarak

ISLAMABAD: British High Commissioner to Pakistan Thomas Drew has extended Eid greetings to Muslims in Pakistan and across the world. In a video message in Urdu, he remarked: “Asalam Alaikum, a lot of my Muslim friends will celebrate Eid-ul-Azha in the next few days. I am at a cattle market in Islamabad where I am delighted to see many people purchasing their animals. "Similarly, many people in the UK, Pakistan and Muslims across the globe are celebrating Eid. On behalf of the British High Commission, I would like to…

1,800 evacuated as France defuses British WWII bomb

RENNES, France: Some 1,800 people were ordered to evacuate their homes in northwest France on Sunday as a bomb squad defused a British bomb from World War II, officials said. The 220-kilogramme (485-pound) bomb was found in late June during construction work near the centre of Rouen in Normandy. Residents living within a 270-metre (nearly 900-foot) radius of the site were told to leave the area early Sunday ahead of the operation, which wound up shortly after 11:00 am (0900 GMT). Discoveries of bombs and shells from…

Brussels Brexit fears mount after British chaos

BRUSSELS: Britain's political meltdown happened so fast that at one point even European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker didn't know what was happening. "Has he resigned?" a bewildered Juncker could be heard asking an aide at the end of a press conference, as the first reports came through that British foreign minister Boris Johnson had followed Brexit minister David Davis out of the door. But the questions now on everyone's lips in Brussels go far deeper. Can British Prime Minister Theresa May remain in power?…

British foreign secretary quits in protest over May’s Brexit plan

LONDON: Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson quit on Monday over Prime Minister Theresa May’s plans to leave the European Union, the second resignation in a day leaving the British leader’s Brexit plans all but in tatters. After a day when the foreign secretary cancelled meetings for crisis talks at his official residence in central London, Johnson decided to walk from his job - just hours after May’s Brexit minister David Davis did the same in protest at her plans. The two resignations leave May badly exposed at the top of…