China’s elderly live longer, but are less fit: study

The number and proportion of people in China over 80 is growing, but their mental and physical fitness appear to be declining, scientists reported Friday.Comparing medical data and surveys from 1998 and 2008 of nearly 20,000 people aged 80 to 105, rese...

America will meet its climate goals: Bloomberg

The United States will meet its climate agreement goals, UN special envoy for climate change Michael Bloomberg said in Paris on Thursday."They have given us a roadmap of what we must do to save this planet. And I can only tell you that in America we wi...

Amal Clooney urges Iraq to allow probe of IS crimes

Human rights lawyer Amal Clooney on Thursday urged Iraq to agree to a UN investigation of atrocities committed by the Islamic State group and bring those responsible for crimes to justice.Clooney, who represents Yazidi women who escaped from IS enslave...

Romo’s fate remains in limbo as free agency opens

Tony Romo said goodbye to the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday even though the team had yet to release him as free agency deal signings began for the NFL's 2017 season.Romo, the Cowboys quarterback who has struggled with injuries in recent campaigns, was dem...

Dutch left-wing election rally draws thousands

Dutch left-wing political hopeful Jesse Klaver on Thursday staged one of the largest campaign rallies seen in The Netherlands in recent times, as political parties scramble for last-minute votes ahead of next week's crunch elections.Some 5,000 people p...

Green groups vexed by Canada PM’s award from oil sector

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will receive an environmental award from oil companies at a conference in Texas on Thursday, raising the ire of activists back home.Trudeau will accept the energy and environment leadership award and also deliver ...

US deploys more troops in Syria, turning up heat on IS

The United States turned up the heat on the Islamic State group Thursday, sending an additional 400 US troops into Syria to support an offensive to retake Raqa, the jihadists' de facto capital.The administration also announced a high level meeting on M...

Muhammad Ali Jr helps punch back on Trump immigration order

The son of the late boxing icon Muhammad Ali, who claims he was detained by US officals last month because he is Muslim, joined Democrats Thursday in their fight against President Donald Trump's immigration policies."I felt that my human rights were ju...

Iran successfully tests naval missile: reports

Iran has successfully test-fired a naval missile which hit its target 250 kilometres away, local news agencies reported Thursday."We have this week tested the Hormuz-2 missile," the Fars and Tasnim agencies quoted the commander of the air wing of the e...

May warns on EU budget bill as Brexit start looms

Prime Minister Theresa May warned EU leaders Thursday that Britain would not keep paying "huge sums" into the EU budget after Brexit, as she expressed impatience to start the divorce.At her last Brussels summit before her deadline to trigger the Articl...

EU concerned over Russian meddling in W Balkans

The EU voiced concern Thursday about "external influences" fueling division in the western Balkans, as Britain announced a summit to focus efforts on stabilising a key region vulnerable to Russian meddling."Today I can announce that the UK will lead th...

Trump assails CIA after hacking materials leak

President Donald Trump's administration levelled fresh criticism at the CIA Thursday after WikiLeaks published a trove of documents describing the US spy agency's cyber espionage operations.Hours after WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange accused the Centr...

South Africa try to extend Rugby Sevens streak in Canada

With titles in four of five tournaments so far and 28 wins in 30 matches this season, South Africa's Blitzboks rank as heavy favorites for the World Rugby Sevens event starting Friday in Vancouver.Coming off a triumph over Fiji in last week's final at ...

Half-centurion Tipuric to go for gold with My Girl

Wales forward Justin Tipuric has endured an often frustrating career, but the mobile openside flanker will finally win his 50th cap against Ireland on Friday.Having made his debut in 2011, Tipuric's international career coincided with that of Sam Warbu...

Tributes 20 years after death of The Notorious B.I.G.

The rap world paid tribute Thursday to one of its defining figures, The Notorious B.I.G., 20 years after he died in a still-murky shooting.Diddy, a fellow New York rapper who was one of the slain rapper's proteges, marked the anniversary with an Instag...

Five injured in axe attack at German station: police

Several attackers wielding axes injured around five people at the main train station in the west German city of Duesseldorf late Thursday, local police told AFP.Two suspects were arrested, said police, who warned that others may have fled the scene.