US military confirms N. Korea fired missile into Sea of Japan

4 Apr

The US military confirmed Tuesday that nuclear-armed North Korea had fired a ballistic missile, finding it posed no threat to North America and vowing to work closely with its regional allies.The move came after the reclusive state warned it will retal…

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UK zoos fear no Brexit deal could impact endangered species

4 Apr

British zoos are worried that Britain’s failure to secure a Brexit deal would diminish their ability to protect and breed endangered species, the sector’s head said on Wednesday.”The lack of clarity from the Government at the moment is very concerning,…

Cancer study: Antibiotics linked to dangerous polyps

4 Apr

Long-term use of antibiotics increases the risk later in life of developing colon polyps, often a precursor of bowel cancer, researchers said Wednesday.The findings, published in the journal Gut, boost evidence that the digestive tract’s complex networ…

N. Korea fires projectile into Sea of Japan: S. Korea

4 Apr

Nuclear-armed North Korea on Wednesday fired a suspected missile into the Sea of Japan, South Korea’s defence ministry said.”North Korea fired an unidentified projectile into the Sea of Japan this morning from (the eastern port of) Sinpo,” the ministry…

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S&P raises Argentina’s credit rating

4 Apr

Standard & Poor’s raised Argentina’s credit rating one notch Tuesday, from B- to B, saying Latin America’s third-largest economy was on the verge of exiting recession.

The rating bump gives a boost to center-right President Mauricio Macri, who has launched sweeping — often unpopular — economic reforms aimed at reviving growth.

“Argentina is making progress in resolving several macroeconomic imbalances in the country while gradually rebuilding the country’s credibility,” the rating agency said in a statement.

It predicted Argentina would return to economic growth of three percent this year, with inflation — a tricky problem for Macri — falling by half, to 20 percent.

Many economic analysts see signs of “green shoots” in Argentina, after it posted growth of 0.5 percent in the last quarter of 2016.

S&P predicted “broad continuity” over the next two years, but also warned of “uncertainties about the pace of implementation of the government’s corrective economic plan given ongoing political challenges.”

Macri, who took office in December 2015, faces a key test in midterm elections this October.

Some analysts say the upcoming vote has forced him to back off his austerity reforms.

Keep strong bank capital rules: outgoing Fed governor

4 Apr

Federal Reserve Governor Daniel Tarullo, the central bank’s point man for banking regulation, called Tuesday for keeping “strong” capital rules in place but acknowledged the so-called Volcker rule may be too complex.The remarks from Tarullo, 64, who is…

Four charged in Mali for kidnap of Colombian nun

4 Apr

Authorities in Mali charged four men Tuesday over the kidnapping of a Colombian nun, whose whereabouts remain unknown, judicial sources told AFP. Gloria Cecilia Narvaez Argoti, a Franciscan nun in her fifties, was seized by armed men on February 7 in t…

Germany cracks down on foreign child marriages

4 Apr

Germany’s cabinet on Wednesday plans to agree a ban on child marriages after the recent mass refugee influx brought in many couples where one or both partners were aged under 18.The new law, set to receive parliamentary approval by July, is seen as a p…

Lazio into Italian Cup final despite Roma defeat

4 Apr

Lazio reached the Italian Cup final on Tuesday despite losing 3-2 in the second leg to bitter city rivals Roma, advancing 4-2 on aggregate.A double from Egyptian Mohamed Salah on 66 and 90 minutes added to Stephan El Shaarawy’s goal two minutes before …

Atletico close on Real Madrid ahead of derby

4 Apr

Atletico Madrid’s fine form continued as Filipe Luis scored the winner in a 1-0 win over Real Sociedad to close to within seven points of La Liga leaders Real Madrid on Tuesday.Luis had scored his first goal of the season in Saturday’s 2-0 win at Malag…

‘Chemical attack’ leaves US Syria policy in disarray

4 Apr

The United States’ stumbling response Tuesday to the latest apparent chemical weapons strike in Syria underlined the disarray at the heart of its strategy for the country.After an awkward delay, Washington officials joined a global chorus of outrage af…

Brazil lambasts Israel’s new settlement approval

4 Apr

Brazil on Tuesday sternly criticized Israel’s approval for renewed large-scale settlement building in the occupied West Bank.”The settlements in (Palestinian territory) are illegal and amount to an obstacle for the two-state solution and for a fair and…

US approves ChemChina’s $43 bn takeover of Syngenta

4 Apr

US antitrust regulators approved ChemChina’s $43 billion takeover of Swiss pesticide and seed giant Syngenta after they agreed the Chinese company must sell three products, the Federal Trade Commission said Tuesday.Under a preliminary settlement, the F…

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Ibrahimovic rescues point as Man Utd misfire again

4 Apr

Zlatan Ibrahimovic marked his return from suspension with a 94th-minute equaliser as Manchester United were held to a 1-1 draw with Everton on Tuesday on another frustrating night at Old Trafford.Phil Jagielka’s first goal in almost two years looked to…

French presidential hopefuls debate economy, Europe

4 Apr

All 11 candidates for the French presidency fought for the spotlight in a marathon debate Tuesday, setting out their visions for turning around a moribund economy and redefining France’s place in Europe.”I want to recover the optimism of the French,” s…

Leicester heap more misery on Moyes

4 Apr

Leicester City moved within touching distance of Premier League safety and piled more misery on Sunderland manager David Moyes with a 2-0 victory over the strugglers on Tuesday.Craig Shakespeare now has five wins in five games as Leicester manager afte…

Iceland to make equal pay the law for men and women

4 Apr

Iceland’s parliament on Tuesday presented a bill that would require public and private businesses to prove they offer equal pay to employees, in what would be the first such requirement in the world.”The bill entails that companies and institutions of …

Hoffenheim end Bayern’s 20-match unbeaten run

4 Apr

Runaway Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich had their 20-match unbeaten run in all competitions ended at Hoffenheim on Tuesday as striker Andrej Kramaric’s winner sealed the hosts’ 1-0 victory.Bayern’s run came to an end a week before their mouth-watering…

Johnson tipped to don Masters green jacket

4 Apr

World number one Dustin Johnson, the first player in 41 years to enter the Masters on a three-event win streak, is an oddsmakers’ favorite in this year’s first major championship.But the 32-year-old American knows it will take far more than his tradema…

Ovechkin to play Olympics despite NHL snub

4 Apr

Russian star Alex Ovechkin said Tuesday he will play in next year’s Winter Olympics despite the NHL’s decision not to participate in the Games.The NHL announced on Monday that it would not restructure its season to accommodate the Winter Olympics, effe…

Trump son-in-law, top US officer meet Iraq Kurd leaders

4 Apr

President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and the US’s top military officer met with Kurdish leaders in Arbil on Tuesday, the second day of their visit to Iraq.His inclusion in the US delegation is a sign of the influence wielded by Jared Kushner, a 36-year-…

Amazon drops appeal, to pay $70 mn for kids app buys

4 Apr

Amazon has dropped its appeal of a US regulator’s order and will pay refunds up to $70 million for app purchases by children on its tablet computers, officials said Tuesday.The Federal Trade Commission announced it filed a joint request with Amazon to …

Leftist Moreno wins Ecuador presidency: election body

4 Apr

Socialist Lenin Moreno won Ecuador’s presidential election, the electoral authority confirmed Tuesday, bucking a trend in Latin America to extend a decade of leftist rule in the major oil exporter.National Electoral Council chief Pablo Pozo said on tel…

Sakamoto releases album as ‘imaginary soundtrack’

4 Apr

Ryuichi Sakamoto, the pioneering Japanese electronic composer, has announced his first studio album in eight years which is inspired by the Russian film master Andrei Tarkovsky.The 65-year-old artist — who has scored films including “The Last Emperor,…

Demonstrators occupy French space station in Guiana

4 Apr

Around 30 protest leaders in French Guiana attempted to occupy a rocket-launching space centre Tuesday as part of demonstrations that have crippled the territory in South America for 10 days.Workers have launched protests and strikes demanding pay rais…

Luck just out for a good time at Masters

4 Apr

Australian amateur Curtis Luck insists he is just out for a good time at the Masters, his last tournament before he turns professional.Luck, 20, from Perth, is one of five amateurs in the Masters draw but is unique in that he managed to qualify twice, …

One in 10 US women with Zika had deformed fetus or baby

4 Apr

About one in 10 women in the United States who were infected with Zika virus while pregnant had a fetus or baby with deformities last year, US government scientists said Tuesday.The study released by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (C…

Web pioneer slams UK, US calls to weaken encryption

4 Apr

British web pioneer Tim Berners-Lee on Tuesday slammed as a “bad idea” recent calls in Britain and the United States to weaken cyber encryption.”I know that if you’re trying to catch terrorists it’s really tempting to demand to be able to break all tha…

Canada posts February trade deficit

4 Apr

Canada’s recent trade rally faded in February, resulting in a Can$972 million (US$723 million) deficit with the world, the government statistical agency announced Tuesday.The result ran counter to expectations, as economists had forecast a surplus of C…

JPMorgan chief sees higher risk of EU breakup

4 Apr

The odds of a breakup of the European Union have increased after Brexit, an outcome that could have “devastating” economic and political effects, JPMorgan Chase’s chief executive said Tuesday.JPMorgan chief executive Jamie Dimon, in an annual letter to…

IOC leads condemnation of NHL’s 2018 snub

4 Apr

The IOC and hockey stars past and present condemned the National Hockey League on Tuesday, a day after it said it would not let its players compete at the 2018 Winter Olympics.The highly contentious decision likely means many top players, such as Pitts…

Clashes as Venezuelans protest in political crisis

4 Apr

Protesters clashed with police in Venezuela Tuesday as the opposition mobilized against moves to tighten President Nicolas Maduro’s grip on power.Protesters hurled stones at riot police who fired tear gas as they blocked the demonstrators from advancin…

Charles and Camilla meet Pope Francis at Vatican

4 Apr

Britain’s Prince Charles and his wife Camilla had a private audience with Pope Francis on Tuesday as part of a tour designed to shore up Britain’s ties with the continent as it prepares to leave the European Union.The brief meeting — just under half a…

Brexit 1.0: How Britain became an island

4 Apr

A giant waterfall tens of kilometres (miles) wide broke down a ridge which connected modern-day England to mainland Europe nearly half a million years ago, unleashing a mega-flood that gouged out the Channel and created the island of Britain, scientist…

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