Chile, China start talks to expand trade deal

10 Apr

Chile and China launched negotiations Monday to expand trade ties in the face of protectionist threats from US President Donald Trump.The Chilean government said officials in Beijing had started discussing expanding an existing bilateral trade agreemen…

Trump Organization to close modeling agency

10 Apr

The Trump Organization, the conglomerate that unites US President Donald Trump’s disparate family business interests, announced Monday that it was closing its modeling agency after 18 years.”On the heels of the recent sale of the Miss Universe Organiza…

Amnesty hails decline in executions

10 Apr

US death penalty sentences fell to a historic low last year and executions also dropped sharply, contributing to a global slump of over a third from 2015, Amnesty International said Tuesday.The number of death sentences handed down in the US, 32, was t…

Yellen warns Fed’s independence under threat

10 Apr

The US central bank’s shield from political interference is “under some threat” from Congress, a prospect that could erode progress in the economy, Federal Reserve chief Janet Yellen warned Monday.Research shows that countries that allow the central ba…

Huge fire hits France’s Grande-Synthe migrant camp

10 Apr

A huge fire tore through at least half of the Grande-Synthe migrant camp outside the northern French city of Dunkirk on Monday night, an AFP correspondent reported.Firefighters said at least ten people had been injured in the blaze, which witnesses sai…

Barrett off the hook over red card

10 Apr

All Blacks fly-half Beauden Barrett has escaped further punishment after receiving a red card in the Wellington Hurricanes’ Super Rugby win over NSW Waratahs last week.The current World Rugby player of the year was sent off late in the match after rece…

Altice USA to file papers for IPO this week: source

10 Apr

Telecom firm Altice USA plans to take the first steps this week towards an initial public offering on the New York Stock Exchange, a person familiar with the matter told AFP Monday.Altice USA, the affiliate of Netherlands-based telecom giant Altice led…

El Nino can warn on cholera outbreaks in Africa: study

10 Apr

El Nino, the cyclical climatic phenomenon in the Pacific Ocean, is linked to shifts in cholera cases in Africa, providing an early warning that could save lives, scientists said Monday.During the years when El Nino is warming the eastern Pacific, East …

Trump, May aim to convince Moscow to end Assad support

10 Apr

A “window of opportunity” exists to convince Moscow to end its support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, British Prime Minister Theresa May and US President Donald Trump said in a phone call Monday.”The prime minister and the president agreed that …

US church shooter pleads guilty to state murder charges

10 Apr

White supremacist Dylann Roof pleaded guilty Monday to state charges in the killing of nine black churchgoers in South Carolina, three months after being handed a death sentence for the crime at the federal level.The 23-year-old was given life in priso…

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Aru out of Giro d’Italia with knee injury

10 Apr

Italian Fabio Aru has been forced out of next month’s Giro d’Italia, which starts on his native island of Sardinia as part of celebrations for the 100th edition, his Astana team said on Monday.Aru, who was set to challenge defending champion Vincenzo …

Wretched Arsenal hit new low as Palace run riot

10 Apr

Arsene Wenger’s wretched season hit a new low as Arsenal crashed to a humiliating 3-0 defeat at lowly Crystal Palace that leaves their top four bid in tatters.Wenger has been under siege in recent weeks as angry Arsenal fans demanded his resignation an…

Composer Du Yun wins Pulitzer for trafficking opera

10 Apr

Chinese-born composer Du Yun won the Pulitzer Prize for music on Monday for “Angel’s Bone,” an experimental opera that explores the psychology behind human trafficking.The one-act opera, which premiered last year at New York’s Prototype festival, takes…

Pulitzer Prizes honor US election coverage

10 Apr

Campaign reporting that exposed misleading claims by now US President Donald Trump about charitable giving and commentary about last year’s divisive US presidential campaign won Pulitzer Prizes on Monday.David Fahrenthold of The Washington Post won the…

Sweden eyes stronger terror laws after truck attack

10 Apr

After the Stockholm truck attack that killed four people and injured 15 others, Swedish Justice Minister Morgan Johansson has told AFP he is seeking to toughen the nation’s terrorism laws. The suspected truck driver who mowed down shoppers in the attac…

Philippine’s Duterte starts Gulf tour

10 Apr

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte arrived Monday night in Saudi Arabia, where economic troubles forced the repatriation of thousands of his citizens still waiting for their salaries.Filipino organisations in the Gulf kingdom, which still hosts almos…

Watchdogs allege Shell knew about Nigeria oil kickbacks

10 Apr

Corruption watchdogs alleged Monday that Shell executives knew that money earmarked for a controversial oil deal was being used to bribe senior Nigerian officials, a claim rebuffed by the petroleum giant.The allegations by Global Witness and Finance Un…

Road salt runoff threatens US, Canada lakes: study

10 Apr

Salting of roads in winter helps drivers navigate snow and ice, but the runoff may be irreparably damaging freshwater lakes in the United States and Canada, researchers warned Monday.Most of the 371 North American freshwater lakes in the US Northeast a…

Chinese tech firm LeEco ends bid to buy TV maker Vizio

10 Apr

Cash-strapped Chinese tech firm LeEco on Monday abandoned its effort to buy US television maker Vizio, citing “regulatory headwinds.”Tech giant LeEco led by billionaire Jia Yueting last year announced a deal to buy Vizio for $2 billion, but the acquis…

US regulator reverses course on in-flight calling

10 Apr

A top US regulator moved Monday to roll back efforts to allow cellphone use in aircraft, reversing course on relaxing a long-standing ban on in-flight calls.Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai said he circulated a order, which would req…

White House warns Syria on chemical, barrel bomb use

10 Apr

The White House on Monday warned Syria that further use of chemical weapons or barrel bombs could bring US military retaliation.Broadening its warning to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, White House spokesman Sean Spicer indicated that such attacks we…

Metallica bassist’s son, 12, goes on tour with Korn

10 Apr

Rock music has long centered around youth but metal band Korn is going to a new extreme — the 12-year-old son of Metallica’s bassist is joining them on tour.Korn said that Tye Trujillo, a bassist like his father Robert Trujillo, will play with the ban…

Pope opens launderette for the homeless

10 Apr

The “Pope Francis Launderette” opened its doors Monday offering the poor and homeless to wash their clothes and bedding for free, the Vatican announced.The laundry service is in Rome’s Trastevere tourist district, which already has as homeless shelter …

Sweden attack suspect demands Sunni lawyer

10 Apr

The prime suspect in the Stockholm truck attack has demanded that his state-appointed lawyer be replaced with a Sunni Muslim — a request that was refused, according to court documents seen Monday.Rakhmat Akilov, a 39-year-old Uzbek national believed t…

US, Mexico, Canada in joint bid for 2026 World Cup

10 Apr

The United States, Mexico and Canada announced a joint bid to stage the 2026 World Cup on Monday, aiming to become the first three-way co-hosts in the history of FIFA’s showpiece tournament. The bid was announced at a press conference in New York atten…

Future strikes on Syria a ‘possibility’– White House

10 Apr

The US leaves open the possibility to conduct new missile strikes on Syria in case of chemical attacks on civilians, White House spokesman Sean Spicer has said at a news conference. Read Full Article at RT.com

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Mosul zoo lion and bear flown out of Iraq

10 Apr

Simba the lion and Lula the bear, the ailing last two residents of Mosul zoo, were flown out of Iraq Monday to receive emergency care from an animal welfare group.A group of veterinarians from the Four Paws International charity took the animals out of…

Vampire greens: dead bat found in Florida prepackaged salad

10 Apr

US health authorities on Monday studied the remains of a dead bat discovered inside a prepackaged salad mix sold in Florida for possible traces of the deadly rabies virus.The Fresh Express company, a subsidiary of Chiquita Brands, announced a “precauti…

Permafrost more vulnerable than thought: scientists

10 Apr

Frozen, sub-Arctic wastelands loaded with planet-heating greenhouse gases are more susceptible to global warming than previously understood, scientists warned on Monday.Even stabilising the world’s climate at two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit…

New Venezuela clashes as Maduro seeks help in Cuba

10 Apr

Venezuela erupted into the fifth day of violent protests in a week Monday, as President Nicolas Maduro traveled to Cuba seeking support from fellow leftist leaders at a regional gathering.Riot police in Caracas fired tear gas at stone-throwing demonstr…

Albanian opposition slams PM, threatens poll delay

10 Apr

Albania’s opposition stepped up pressure Monday on Prime Minister Edi Rama, calling for him to resign and agree to a transitional government to prepare free and fair elections.The Democratic Party will not stand in legislative elections scheduled for J…

United passenger dragged off overbooked flight

10 Apr

United Airlines found itself in the middle of a social media storm on Monday, after the US carrier forcefully removed a passenger from a flight due to overbooking. The airline said it had asked for volunteers to give up their seats on a Sunday flight b…

IMF, WTO, OECD vow to defend free trade against protectionism

10 Apr

The chiefs of the IMF, WTO and OECD vowed Monday in a joint statement to defend free trade against creeping protectionist trends, amid growing global alarm over US President Donald Trump’s “America First” call.”Disappointing trade growth figures and th…

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100 days: UN chief pushes change in Trump-era turmoil

10 Apr

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres marks his first 100 days in office on Monday, facing a long list of worsening conflicts worldwide and still many unanswered questions about where US foreign policy is headed.The former prime minister of Portugal an…

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