Italian city refuses to register baby born to lesbian

Milan: A councilwoman in the Italian city of Turin says authorities have refused to register her newborn, conceived abroad by artificial insemination, due to Italian laws that make fertility treatments available only to heterosexual couples. In a Facebook post, Chiara Foglietta said she and partner Micaela Ghisleni tried to register their son, Niccolo Pietro, after his birth last Friday. But she said she was told: “You must declare you had union

Parliament summons Mugabe for missing diamonds

Harare: A Zimbabwe parliament committee has summoned former president Robert Mugabe to give evidence on 9 May over diamond corruption costing billions of dollars, underlining his dramatic fall from power after 37 years of autocratic rule. Mugabe, now 94, ruled Zimbabwe from 1980 until he was ousted last year when the military took over briefly and his once-loyal ZANU-PF party lawmakers turned against him. “We have set May 9 as

Trump: Will walk out if talks with Kim not fruitful

Washington: US President Donald Trump has warned that if his planned talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un are “not fruitful” he will “walk out”. Trump said he will be meeting Kim in the coming weeks to discuss de-nuclearisation of the Korean peninsula. At a joint news conference, Trump and Japanese PM Shinzo Abe yesterday said maximum pressure must be maintained on North Korea over nuclear disarmament. “If we don’t

'All lawyers deflated by FBI raid on Michael'

Washington: President Donald Trump said today that all lawyers are now “deflated and concerned” by the FBI raid on his personal attorney Michael Cohen, who is under criminal investigation for personal business dealings. “Attorney Client privilege is now a thing of the past,” he tweeted. “I have many (too many!) lawyers and they are probably wondering when their offices, and even homes, are going to be raided with everything, including

China, Japan resume economic talks after 8-year hiatus

Tokyo: China and Japan have resumed high-level economic talks after a hiatus of nearly eight years in a sign of improving ties in their often-frosty relationship. The Japan-China High-Level Economic Dialogue was being held Monday in Tokyo for the first time since August 2010. The Chinese side was led by Foreign Minister Wang Yi, the first visit by a Chinese foreign minister for bilateral talks since 2009. Asia’s two largest

Large bushfire near homes on Sydney outskirts

Sydney: Hundreds of firefighters were today battling a large bushfire that was raging near Sydney suburbs, with authorities saying it was “miraculous” no houses had been damaged and no-one had been injured. New South Wales state police are investigating the cause of the bushfire in south-western Sydney, which started on Saturday afternoon amid unseasonably warm autumn weather and strong winds, with suspicions it was deliberately lit. The blaze has burnt