Barbados to remove Queen Elizabeth II as head of state Sep 17, 2020 0 1477 12345 ST JOHN’S: Barbados has announced its intention to remove Queen Elizabeth II as head of state and become a republic by November next year, as the Caribbean island nation seeks to move fully beyond its colonial past.The decision was formalised in the so-called Throne Speech, delivered on behalf of Prime Minister Mia Mottley by the island’s Governor-General Sandra Mason to mark the state opening of parliament on Tuesday.More than half a century after attaining independence from Britain, “the time has come to fully leave our colonial past behind,” Mason said. (AFP) RELATED ARTICLES Yoshihide Suga named Japan’s new PM Sep 17, 2020 0 328 EU chief pledges to defend Cyprus rights in Turkey standoff Sep 17, 2020 0 686 Belarusian protest leader charged with endangering country’s national security Sep 17, 2020 0 706 Taiwanese FM calls for global defence against China ‘threat’ AFP Paris Taiwan’s foreign minister Joseph Wu urged the international community on Wednesday to help defend his country and region against “expansionist” Chinese moves, saying Taipei feared Beijing would resort to .. Venezuela president behind crimes against humanity: UN probe GENEVA: Venezuela’s president and top ministers are responsible for probable crimes against humanity including extrajudicial killings and the systematic use of torture, UN investigators said on Wednesday. In their .. Hurricane Sally slams into US Gulf Coast AFP Mobile, US Sluggish Hurricane Sally was dumping torrential amounts of rain on the US Gulf Coast on Wednesday and threatening “historic and catastrophic” flooding in parts of Alabama and Florida. The slow-moving .. US announces charges against Chinese, Malaysian hackers AFP Washington The US Justice Department on Wednesday announced charges against five Chinese nationals and two Malaysians who ran global hacking operations for at least six years to steal identities and video game .. Trump posts faked video of Biden playing anti-police song AFP Washington US President Donald Trump, who is trying to persuade voters that his challenger Joe Biden will encourage violent crime, retweeted a faked video on Wednesday purporting to show the Democrat playing a .. UK G7 presidency will try to unite post-Covid world: PM AFP London Britain will use its presidency of the G7 next year to heal divisions caused by the global coronavirus pandemic, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Wednesday. “One of the things the UK is going to do with the G7 ..