For US commander-in-chief, a call to order on the home front

17 Apr

Social media were buzzing Monday with the lighter side of President Donald Trump’s first Easter egg roll, where First Lady Melania Trump nudged him to national anthem form.Trump, the first lady and son Barron appeared to welcome guests at the tradition…

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Wenger sets tough target to rescue season

17 Apr

Beleaguered Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger challenged his players to win every game between now and the end of the season to keep alive faint hopes of a top-four Premier League finish.Seven league wins is the only way the Frenchman reckons that Arsenal …

Analysts try to identify N.Korean failed missile type

17 Apr

The latest North Korean missile launch may have been of a new and hitherto unknown system being developed by Kim Jong-Un’s regime, a weapons expert said Monday.The Pentagon has not discussed which missile blew up “almost immediately” after launch early…

Army declares loyalty to Maduro as Venezuela braces for giant demo

17 Apr

Venezuela’s defense minister on Monday declared the army’s loyalty to President Nicolas Maduro, who ordered troops into the streets ahead of a major protest by opponents trying to oust him.Venezuela is bracing for what Maduro’s opponents vow will be th…

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Former snooker world champ Murphy tested by Chinese teen

17 Apr

Chinese teenager Yan Bingtao’s superb comeback against former world champion Shaun Murphy fell just short on Monday as he lost 10-8 in the first round of this year’s World Championships.The 17-year-old, whose display illustrated the strength in depth i…

US court fines Brazil’s Odebrecht $2.6 billion over bribes

17 Apr

A federal court in New York on Monday imposed a $2.6 billion fine on Brazil’s scandal-plagued construction giant Odebrecht, part of what US authorities describe as a one of the largest-ever corporate settlements for international bribery.Odebrecht and …

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New York preps rat birth control test-run

17 Apr

The New York rat race is notorious — the commute and the endemic rodent population. But the city may soon have a new weapon in its arsenal: rat birth control.Rodents are one of the least savory sights in America’s largest city, spotted scurrying in an…

Paraguay president backs off re-election bid

17 Apr

Paraguayan President Horacio Cartes said Monday he will no longer seek re-election next year, after his bid to change the constitution triggered deadly riots.Cartes said in a statement he will “in no event” try to run in the April 2018 vote, seeking to…

Netflix growth misses mark despite strong earnings

17 Apr

Netflix subscriber growth missed its mark in the first quarter of this year, unsettling investors despite strong earnings figures released on Monday.The US-based on-demand television service reported a net increase of 4.95 million subscribers, most of …

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Pence visits Tokyo to reaffirm security ties as N. Korea tensions rise

17 Apr

US Vice President Mike Pence arrives in Tokyo on Tuesday bringing a renewed commitment to Japan’s security amid a growing threat from a nuclear armed North Korea.Throughout his bareknuckle election campaign, US President Donald Trump repeatedly called …

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Sanchez, Ozil strike to end Arsenal away woes

17 Apr

Goals from Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil ended Arsenal’s run of four successive away defeats with a scratchy 2-1 victory over struggling Middlesbrough in their Premier League clash on Monday.The Gunners’ performance was far from convincing but will sti…

France’s Melenchon sails against the tide

17 Apr

As Jean-Luc Melenchon, the radical leftwinger shaking up France’s presidential race, cruised into eastern Paris on a barge on Monday a chant went up from supporters on the quayside: “Resistance! Resistance!”Under ominous skies, hundreds of people flock…

Kvitova targets French Open comeback

17 Apr

Petra Kvitova is planning a surprise return at the French Open, six months after her left hand was badly injured in a knife attack, she said on Monday.The two-time Wimbledon champion suffered severe injuries to her playing hand as she fought off a knif…

Wearable sweat sensor could help diagnose disease

17 Apr

An ultra-sensitive, wearable sweat sensor may improve diagnosis and treatment of cystic fibrosis, diabetes and other conditions, researchers said Monday.Unlike previous sweat sensors, the new model requires only a trace of moisture to do its job and do…

Boeing to cut hundreds of engineering jobs

17 Apr

Boeing plans to cut hundreds of additional jobs in its civil aviation business due to slowing sales, a spokesman said Monday.”In an ongoing effort to increase overall competitiveness and invest in our future, we are reducing costs and matching employme…

LeBron pays tribute to grieving Thomas

17 Apr

LeBron James paid tribute to Isaiah Thomas on Monday, offering his condolences to the grieving Boston Celtics star following the death of his sister in a car crash at the weekend.Thomas fought through tears to score 33 points in Boston’s opening playof…

Phone app nabs Coachella festival cell phone thief

17 Apr

A thief who made off with cell phones belonging to more than 100 people at the Coachella music festival in California may want to consider a new line of work.Police said Reinaldo De Jesus Henao, of New York, was arrested on Friday with his booty in his…

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Promoted Brighton back among England’s elite

17 Apr

Brighton and Hove Albion saw their 34-year wait for a return to the top flight of English football end with promotion to the Premier League on Monday.Championship leaders Brighton beat Wigan Athletic 2-1 and their promotion was confirmed when Huddersfi…

With Georgia race, litmus test looms for Trump

17 Apr

A 30-year-old Democrat hopes to capitalize Tuesday on Donald Trump’s lackluster popularity by seizing a Georgia congressional seat held by Republicans for decades, in an election seen as a litmus test of the president’s first 100 days.Jon Ossoff is aim…

Five die as light aircraft crashes in Portugal

17 Apr

Five people died when a Swiss-registered light aircraft crashed into a supermarket warehouse in the Lisbon suburbs on Monday, rescue services said.The fatalities comprised the pilot and all three passengers — a Swiss and three French nationals — who …

Turkey urged to heal divisions after poll

17 Apr

International observers cited flaws in Sunday’s controversial referendum in Turkey while European leaders urged reconciliation in a divided country and warned Ankara of its commitments on the death penalty.The vote, whose outcome was welcomed by Ankara…

Trump family kicks off Easter egg roll

17 Apr

US President Donald Trump, First Lady Melania and their 11-year-old son Barron kicked off the annual White House Easter Egg Roll on Monday.”This is the 139th easter egg roll. Think of it, 139,” Trump said from the balcony overlooking the south grounds …

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Kenyans sweep titles at Boston Marathon

17 Apr

Geoffrey Kirui and Edna Kiplagat led a Kenyan clean sweep at the 121st Boston Marathon on Monday, both timing late bursts to perfection to claim the men’s and women’s races of the prestigious event.Kirui, 24, produced a devastating sprint with four mil…

Freefalling Tomic’s slump deepens in Monte Carlo

17 Apr

Bernard Tomic’s slump in form continued on Monday at the Monte Carlo Masters as the Australian lost a sixth straight match to exit the first major event of the clay season.Tomic, whose world ranking has plummeted to 43, went down to Argentine Diego Sch…

Blues great Terry to leave Chelsea

17 Apr

Chelsea great John Terry will leave the club at the end of the season, the Premier League leaders announced on Monday.”John Terry and Chelsea Football Club today jointly announce our captain will leave the club at the end of the season,” said a club st…

Google reaches $7.8 mn antitrust settlement with Russia

17 Apr

Google on Monday agreed to pay a nearly $8 million fine and open its Android mobiles to competing search engines in Russia in an antitrust settlement reached after two years.The deal with Russia’s anti-monopoly service (FAS) came after Yandex, the coun…

Russia detains suspected organiser of metro bombing

17 Apr

Russia’s FSB security service said Monday it had detained a suspected organiser of last month’s bombing of the Saint Petersburg metro that killed 14 people and injured dozens more.The FSB said it detained the man — named as Abror Azimov — on Monday i…

Trump to North Korean leader: ‘Got to behave’

17 Apr

US President Donald Trump took a moment at the White House Easter egg roll Monday to deliver a terse message to North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un: “Got to behave.”Trump made the off-the-cuff comment to a CNN reporter after kicking off the 139th annual Ea…

Delta to pay up to $10,000 to bumped customers

17 Apr

Delta Air Lines has increased the maximum possible payout to passengers to nearly $10,000 if they voluntarily give up a seat on an overbooked flight, the company told AFP Monday.The boost is part of the airline industry’s response to the global outrage…

Mosul op has displaced nearly half a million: UN

17 Apr

Nearly half a million people have fled their homes since Iraqi forces launched an operation to wrest Mosul back from jihadists exactly six months ago, the United Nations said Monday.Iraqi forces began the country’s biggest military operation in years o…

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Maduro orders Venezuela army into streets

17 Apr

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has ordered the army into the streets as the volatile country braces for what his opponents vow will be the “mother of all protests” on Wednesday.Maduro, who has faced violent protests over recent moves to tighten hi…

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Golan Druze march for Syrian independence day

17 Apr

Hundreds of Druze on the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights marched Monday for Syrian independence day, carrying portraits of President Bashar al-Assad and chanting anti-Israel slogans.”God save Syria!” they shouted as they rallied in the town of Masada. “…

‘Bullied’ Ronnie O’Sullivan slams snooker chiefs

17 Apr

World Snooker chairman Barry Hearn denied claims of “bullying” and “intimidation” from Ronnie O’Sullivan, saying the five-times world champion had made “unfounded” and “inaccurate” allegations.O’Sullivan slammed Hearn and snooker’s hierarchy shortly af…