US denies giving Saudis ‘benefit of doubt’ over Jamal Khashoggi case | World news

The US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, has denied giving the Saudi regime the “benefit of the doubt” over the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi and claimed that the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, was satisfied with Saudi cooperation in the investigation. But Pompeo made clear that the Trump administration would take commercial ties and Saudi …

‘If we wanted beauty, we’d travel to Paris’: how Calgary resisted its iconic pedestrian bridge | Cities

“The level of hatred directed towards that piece of infrastructure was out of proportion with the cost,” says Druh Farrell as she recalls the stormy process leading to the construction of Santiago Calatrava’s pedestrian and cycling Peace Bridge in Calgary. “It was an incredibly painful process. It became so intense.” The celebrated Spanish architect was …

‘There is hope here’: Fukushima turns to tourism after nuclear meltdown | World news

Even now, almost eight years after a deadly earthquake and tsunami triggered a meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, the disaster’s physical legacy is impossible to avoid. The shells of gutted homes stand in barren rice paddies that lay in the path of waves that killed more than 18,000 people across three prefectures …

‘It was like hell’: California hotel workers break their silence on abuse | World news

Just outside of Los Angeles in Ranchos Palos Verdes, the Terranea Resort boasts fine dining, a golf course, scenic beachfront views, and accommodations ranging from luxury guest rooms to private, secluded villas. While it may be a paradise for guests, resort workers claim they are subjected to a culture that has enabled sexual harassment and …

Jamal Khashoggi: US secretary of state arrives in Saudi Arabia for crisis talks | World news

The US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, has met King Salman in Saudi Arabia to discuss the disappearance of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi, as reports emerged that Riyadh was poised to acknowledge that Khashoggi was killed in its consulate in Istanbul. Pompeo landed in Riyadh on Tuesday morning and met the king immediately to discuss …

The Mexican town that refused to become a smart city | Cities

Lupita Tecual Porquillo had heard a rumour that the plaza was going to be “remodelled”. The 51-year-old grocery store owner lives around the corner from the centre of Santa Maria Tonantzintla, a sleepy town in the state of Puebla, about three hours from Mexico City. She assumed “remodelling” meant repairing the plaza’s centuries-old cobblestone pavement. …

Offshore wealth: loopholes found in EU anti-tax evasion rules | Business

European rules designed to make it harder for wealthy individuals and companies to hide their cash offshore have loopholes that mean foreign accounts can be kept secret from tax collectors, a report has warned. Countries in the EU have exchanged financial information about accounts held by overseas residents since the introduction of the “common reporting …

Nine climbers killed in Himalayan storm | World news

Five South Korean climbers and their four Nepali guides have been killed after a storm devastated their base camp in the Himalayas, local police and hiking officials have said. The record-breaking climber Kim Chang-ho was among those killed in Nepal’s worst climbing accident for two years. Police official Bir Bahadur Budhamagar said locals had helped …

Merkel’s Bavarian allies brace for bruising in state election | World news

Angela Merkel’s Bavarian allies are heading for their worst state election result in more than 60 years in a regional vote on Sunday that is likely to increase tensions within Germany’s fragile coalition government. According to the latest polls, the Christian Social Union (CSU) should win around 34% of the vote, losing the absolute majority …

At least seven climbers killed in Himalayas after storm at Mt Gurja | World news

Seven people, including South Korean climbers, were killed and two more are missing on Gurja Himal mountain after a strong storm swept through their base camp, Nepalese police said Saturday. A storm on Friday night destroyed their camp and two rescue helicopters sent early Saturday were unable to land because of bad weather conditions on …