Britain's May to hold parliamentary Brexit vote on Jan. 15

Britain's battle over Brexit resumes on January 7, 2019 when parliament returns from its Christmas break to debate and -- most likely -- defeat Prime Minister Theresa May's unpopular EU divorce deal. (AFP)
Updated 07 January 2019

Britain's May to hold parliamentary Brexit vote on Jan. 15

  • May was forced to pull the vote on her deal in December after she said it would be defeated by a large majority
  • May said on Sunday that Britain would be in uncharted territory if her Brexit deal is rejected by parliament

LONDON: Prime Minister Theresa May will hold a delayed parliamentary vote on her Brexit deal on Tuesday, January 15, the BBC reported on Monday, citing government sources.
May was forced to pull the vote on her deal in December after she said it would be defeated by a large majority. The government had previously said the vote would be held in the week of January 14.
May said on Sunday that Britain would be in uncharted territory if her Brexit deal is rejected by parliament, despite little sign that she has won over sceptical lawmakers.


Houston building explosion shakes city, scatters debris

Updated 24 January 2020

Houston building explosion shakes city, scatters debris

  • The Houston Fire Department said one person was taken to a hospital because of the blast
  • The explosion appeared to be centered on an industrial building and some nearby homes were damaged
HOUSTON: A large explosion at an apparent industrial building in Houston early Friday was felt for miles (kilometers) away, left rubble scattered in the area and damaged nearby homes.

The Houston Fire Department said one person was taken to a hospital because of the blast.

The explosion shook other buildings about 4:30 a.m., with reports on Twitter of a boom felt across the city. A fire burned following the explosion smoke was seen hanging over the area.

The explosion appeared to be centered on an industrial building and some nearby homes were damaged.

Houston police tweeted that they were responding and officers were blocking off streets in the area.

As the fire burned, a firefighter asked a KTRK-TV reporter to move away because of potential hazards.