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Britain and EU strike Brexit deal ahead of summit

Prime Minister Boris Johnson still has to take the accord to a sceptical British...

Trio win medicine Nobel for work on how cells adapt to oxygen

The winners will share the $914,000...

The European Union: a history marked by crises

PARIS, Since its birth in 1957, the European Union has weathered many crises and Britain's decision to leave is among the most severe. With a draft Brexit deal reached Thursday, but still requiring British parliamentary and full EU approval, here is a recap of other testing times in the history of...

China signs deal to ‘lease’ Pacific island in Solomon

Honiara, A Chinese company signed an agreement to lease an entire island in the Solomon Islands a day after Beijing recruited the Pacific nation as its latest ally in the strategically important region, according to documents obtained by AFP Thursday. The leaked documents reveal that the Solomon's Central Province made a...

Trump Twitter photo attack backfires as Pelosi owns it

WASHINGTON, President Donald Trump's Twitter attack on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, following an acrimonious White House meeting, appears to have backfired spectacularly. Trump tweeted a picture of the encounter Wednesday showing a standing Pelosi pointing at the President while he and everyone else in the room was seated, with the caption...

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte hurt in motorcycle crash

Manila, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte hurt his hip and suffered scratches in a motorcycle accident, senior aides of the 74-year-old leader said Thursday. Duterte, whose health has been the subject of intense public speculation, suffered the mishap at the Malacanang presidential palace compound late Wednesday, according to spokesman Salvador Panelo. The crash...

Trump letter to Erdogan over Turkey-Syrian war: ‘Don’t be a fool’

Washington, "Don't be a fool," Donald Trump warned his counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan in an extraordinary letter sent the day Turkey launched its incursion into northeastern Syria -- warning history risked branding him a "devil." Three days after appearing to greenlight an invasion by pulling US troops from the Kurdish-dominated...

35 foreigners dead in Saudi bus crash: state media

Riyadh, Thirty-five foreigners were killed and four others injured when a bus collided with another heavy vehicle near the Muslim holy city of Medina, Saudi state media said on Thursday. The accident on Wednesday involved a collision between "a private chartered bus... with a heavy vehicle (loader)" near the western Saudi...

Pope warns overeating is ‘avenue of personal destruction’

Vatican City, The pope on Wednesday contrasted the world's 820 million hungry people with those who turn food into "an avenue of personal destruction" through overeating, in comments to mark World Food Day. Pope Francis noted that the "distorted relationship between food and nutrition" has left almost 700 million people overweight,...

Dutch family ‘waiting for end of time’ found in secret room after nine years

The Hague, Dutch police found a father and six adult children hidden in the basement of a remote farmhouse where they had reportedly spent years "waiting for the end of time", officials said Tuesday. They discovered a man, believed to be the father of the family, and his children aged between...

North Korea Kim’s white horseback ride spurs policy shift speculation

Seoul, New pictures of Kim Jong Un riding a white horse through a winter landscape to the summit of Mount Paektu, a sacred peak for North Koreans, have fuelled speculation that the young leader may be set for a major policy announcement. The images released by the official KCNA news...

Two police killed, 20 children wounded in Afghan blast

Jalalabad, At least two police officers were killed and about 20 children wounded when a truck bomb detonated near a police station in eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday, officials said. According to Asadullah Daulatzai, the spokesman for the governor of Laghman province, the bomb outside a police headquarters building also partially...

1 in3 young children undernourished or overweight: Unicef

Paris A third of the world's nearly 700 million children under five years old are undernourished or overweight and face lifelong health problems as a consequence, according to a grim UN assessment of childhood nutrition released Tuesday. "If children eat poorly, they live poorly," said Unicef Executive Director Henrietta Fore, unveiling the...

Confessions of a cannabis farmer: The Vietnamese getting Brits high

Haiphong, Vietnam Holed up alone in a suburban British house thousands of miles from home, cannabis farmer Cuong Nguyen spent months carefully nurturing his plants, one of thousands of Vietnamese migrants working in the UK's multi-billion dollar weed industry. Cuong -- who is now 41 -- slipped into Britain illegally, hidden...

High on ease, low on nutrition: instant-noodle diet harms Asian kids

Manila A diet heavy on cheap, modern food like instant noodles that fills bellies but lacks key nutrients has left millions of children unhealthily thin or overweight in southeast Asia, experts say. The Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia have booming economies and rising standards of living, yet many working parents do not...

US slaps sanctions on Turkey as Syrian regime returns to north

Washington The United States slapped sanctions on Turkey Monday as it demanded an end to the deadly incursion against Syrian Kurdish fighters, accusing its NATO partner of putting civilians at risk and allowing the release of Islamic State extremists. The actions came hours after Syrian regime troops returned for the...

Brexit on October 31 a ‘priority’ for British govt: Queen

London British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday set out his government's priorities at a parliamentary ceremony full of pomp and pageantry attended by the queen, with Brexit top of the agenda. But with time running out for an amicable divorce deal before EU leaders meet later this week, few of...

Spain jails Catalan separatist leaders for independence bid

Madrid Spain's Supreme Court on Monday sentenced nine Catalan separatist leaders to prison terms of between nine and 13 years for sedition for their role in a failed 2017 independence bid. The long-awaited verdicts were less than those demanded by the prosecution which had sought up to 25 years behind bars...

Kurds announce deal with Damascus as Turkey pushes deep into Syria

Qamishli Syria's Kurds have announced a groundbreaking deal with Damascus on a Syrian troop deployment near the border with Turkey, as Ankara presses a deadly cross-border offensive that has sparked an international outcry. The announcement on Sunday came as the United States ordered the withdrawal of almost its entire ground force...

Trio win Nobel Economics Prize for work on poverty

STOCKHOLM, A trio of American economists on Monday won the Nobel Economics Prize for their work in the fight against poverty, including with new approaches in education and healthcare, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said. Indian-born Abhijit Banerjee of the US, his French-American wife Esther Duflo and Michael Kremer of...

Philippine drug war chief quits amid narcotics scandal

MANILA, The Philippines' top policeman, who leads the nation's deadly drugs crackdown, quit on Monday as he faces allegations of protecting officers accused of selling a huge haul of seized narcotics. Though the scandal dates from before Oscar Albayalde's time as national police chief, it has raised fresh criticism of President...

100 IS family members escape Syria displacement camp

Qamishli Families of Islamic State (IS) group members escaped a displacement camp in northern Syria where a Turkish offensive against Kurdish forces has sparked fierce fighting, Kurdish authorities said Sunday. "The brutal military assault led by Turkey and its mercenaries is now taking place near a camp in Ain Issa, where...

Pope elevates British convert Newman to sainthood

Vatican City, Pope Francis created five new saints on Sunday, including Britain's Cardinal John Henry Newman -- one of the Catholic Church's most renowned converts -- and a nun dubbed the "Mother Teresa of Brazil". Heads of state from across the world attended the canonisation ceremony, which also raised a...

Facebook researchers use math for better translations

Paris Designers of machine translation tools still mostly rely on dictionaries to make a foreign language understandable. But now there is a new way: numbers. Facebook researchers say rendering words into figures and exploiting mathematical similarities between languages is a promising avenue – even if a universal communicator a la Star...

The arduous process of becoming a Roman Catholic Church saint

Vatican City The canonisation on Sunday of Britain's Cardinal John Henry Newman – one of the Roman Catholic Church's most renowned converts – and four others is the last stage in the Vatican's arduous process of creating saints. The Church puts candidates through meticulous vetting and in most cases two "miracles"...

Rescue efforts underway as typhoon kills 11 in Japan

Tokyo Japan's military scrambled Sunday to rescue people trapped by flooding after powerful Typhoon Hagibis ripped across the country, killing at least 11 people and leaving more than a dozen missing. The storm's heavy rain triggered deadly landslides and caused rivers to burst their banks. The destruction forced Rugby World Cup organisers...

Donald Trump again touts partial trade deal with China

Washington, President Donald Trump on Saturday touted his partial, unsigned trade deal with China as a major achievement and the best deal US farmers have ever secured. "WOW, the Farmers really hit pay dirt," Trump tweeted. Friday's initial agreement, which marks a halt in the 18-month trade war, calls for...

Six out of 10 European women suffer sexism at work: survey

Paris, Sixty percent of women in Europe have suffered gender-based or sexual violence at work, according to a study across five countries published on Saturday. French research group Ifop found 21 percent reported such attacks in the last 12 months and over 40 percent of those were under the age...

Deadly car bomb rocks Kurdish town in Syria: officials

Qamishli, Three civilians were killed Friday when an explosives-laden vehicle detonated in a busy neighbourhood of Qamishli, one of the main Kurdish towns in northeastern Syria, officials said. The attack, which wounded nine others, came as Kurdish forces pushed to hold off a massive cross-border assault by Turkey and its...

Alexei Leonov, first man to perform spacewalk dies

Moscow, Alexei Leonov, a legendary Soviet cosmonaut who was the first man to perform a spacewalk in 1965, died in Moscow on Friday aged 85 after a long illness. The Russian space agency Roscosmos said it was saddened to announce the death of "cosmonaut No 11" who was twice decorated...
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