December 12, 2019

New Zealand authorities have recovered 6 of at least 8 bodies from volcanic island

dan_prat/iStock(LONDON) -- New Zealand authorities said they've recovered the bodies of six tourists who were stranded on White Island, where a volcano erupted earlier this week. "Six bodies have been prepared for air lifting off Whakaari / #WhiteIsland and the process to transport them to HMNZS Wellington by helicopter has begun," New Zealand Police said in a tweet Friday, local time. Authorities began the dangerous task of retrieving the bodies at first light Friday morning. The major ope..
December 12, 2019

Early exit polls indicate huge victory for Conservatives in UK election

iStock(LONDON) -- If early exit polls are any indication, Conservatives have won a huge victory in U.K.'s closely watched general election. Britain went to the polls for the third time in five years Thursday to determine whom the public wants to resolve the stalemate over Brexit. In an exit poll released at 10 p.m. local time, with the Conservative Party winning 368 seats and the Labour Party taking 191. The victory would mean a clear vindication for Brexit-champion Boris Johnson, who would..
December 12, 2019

New Zealand authorities face risks as they prepare to recover bodies from volcanic island

dan_prat/iStock(LONDON) -- At first light on Friday, New Zealand authorities plan to begin the dangerous task of retrieving the bodies of tourists left stranded on White Island where a volcano erupted earlier this week. The major operation will include helicopters, boats and several ground searchers who will recover the victims' bodies as quickly as possible. But the plan is contingent on numerous risk factors beyond their control, such as the weather and the conditions on the volcanic isla..
December 12, 2019

Brexit hangs in the balance as polls open in Britain’s general election

oversnap/iStock(LONDON) -- Britain goes to the polls for the third time in four years Thursday to determine whom the public wants to resolve the stalemate over Brexit. Polling booths in the historic election opened at 7 a.m. local time and will close at 10 p.m. -- which is five hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time in the United States. The results are expected to be announced Friday morning. Boris Johnson, the prime minister and leader of the Conservative Party, called the election to secure the..