US and Russia struggle to overcome rifts in Moscow

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson battled to overcome differences with his Russian opposite number Wednesday, but they remained split over an alleged chemical attack in Syria after talks in Moscow. "Despite the quantity of existing problems... the...

Aussie prospect Humphries declares for NBA draft

Australian prospect Isaac Humphries declared for the NBA Draft on Wednesday, opting to skip his final two years at the University of Kentucky to pursue his dream of professional basketball.The 19-year-old 7ft (2.1m) tall power forward confirmed his pla...

Bangladesh hangs three Islamist extremists for UK envoy attack

Bangladesh hanged three Islamist extremists including the leader of a banned militant outfit on Wednesday, after they were sentenced to death over a 2004 grenade attack on the British ambassador.The explosion at a 14th century Sufi shrine in the northe...

Noah faces shoulder surgery – Knicks

New York Knicks center Joakim Noah faces an extended period on the sidelines after failing to recover from a shoulder injury which requires surgery, the NBA team said Wednesday. A statement from the Knicks said Noah, who is serving a 20-game ban over a...

Russian 2016 Paralympic ban appeal rejected

Russia's appeal against being banned from the 2016 Rio Paralympics due to widespread doping was rejected by the Swiss federal tribunal on Wednesday in the latest foiled legal challenge."The appeal is dismissed," said a statement by Switzerland's highes...

Migrant rescuers accuse EU border agency of conspiracy

A Spanish group which has been rescuing migrants in the Mediterranean since 2016 accused the EU's border control agency Frontex Wednesday of plotting to discredit private aid organisations in order to put off donors.Allegations by Frontex that donor-fu...

Late homage for US slave from ‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin’

His life may have inspired the landmark novel "Uncle Tom's Cabin" but 150 years after the abolition of slavery in the US, Josiah Henson remains a controversial figure, and efforts to turn his onetime home outside Washington into a museum are slow at be...

Malala Yousafzai becomes honorary Canadian citizen

Nobel Peace laureate Malala Yousafzai became only the sixth person to receive honorary Canadian citizenship Wednesday, before advocating in a speech to parliament for women and girls' education -- a cause dear to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.Wearing a...

Rising protectionism, uncertainty threatens global growth: Lagarde

The growing temptation to resort to protectionism and uncertainty in Europe linked to the French elections pose "risks" to the global economy, International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde said Wednesday. In a speech in Brussels ahead of next we...

Rio’s ex-mayor denies Olympics corruption

Rio de Janeiro's ex-mayor Eduardo Paes has denied allegations that he took millions of dollars in bribes from construction giant Odebrecht in the run-up to last year's Olympic Games.Paes oversaw preparations for the hosting of South America's first Oly...