British FM throws weight behind Haftar-Serraj talks in Libya

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson on a visit to Tripoli on Thursday threw his weight behind efforts to establish a unified and stable government in Libya.He met Government of National Unity chief Fayez al-Sarraj and welcomed the latter’s meeting …

May 4, 2017

Noise pollution risks animals’ survival in the wild: study

Human noise is polluting more than half of natural protected areas in the United States, to such an extent that it could interfere with animals’ ability to hunt and survive, researchers said Thursday.Sounds were recorded at 492 sites meant as havens fo…

May 4, 2017

Billings happy with England glove story

Sam Billings will hope an off-season of globetrotting round the world’s top Twenty20 leagues pays dividends when he plays for England against Ireland in this week’s two-match one-day international series against Ireland.Billings will be deployed as a w…

May 4, 2017

Cautious US welcome for Russia-backed Syria safe zones

The United States gave an extremely cautious welcome on Thursday to Russia and Turkey’s plan to create safe zones to quell the Syrian civil war.The State Department said Washington hopes the agreement will help stem the violence but expressed concern a…

May 4, 2017

Trump announces trip to Saudi Arabia, Israel, Vatican

Donald Trump on Thursday announced his first foreign trip as president will include stops in Saudi Arabia, Israel and the Vatican — the spiritual centers of Islam, Judaism and Catholicism.Trump will add the three stops to an already announced visit to…

May 4, 2017

Quintana ready for double dose of Grand Tour triumph

Colombia’s Nairo Quintana is ready to attempt a rare Giro d’Italia/Tour de France double, and warned rivals the first shots in the battle for an epic pink jersey could be fired on Tuesday.Quintana, the first Colombian to win the Giro d’Italia, in 2014,…

May 4, 2017

Protesters throw eggs at Le Pen in Bretagne (VIDEO)

Protesters threw eggs and shouted slogans at French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen, who made a campaign stop in the western French town of Dol-de-Bretagne. Read Full Article at RT.com

May 4, 2017

Afghan warlord Hekmatyar returns after 20 years

A former warlord branded the “Butcher of Kabul” made a triumphant return to the Afghan capital Thursday, met by uneasy residents two decades after leaving the city where he stands accused of killing thousands of people.

May 4, 2017

Pakistan flounder against Gabriel-inspired Windies

Shannon Gabriel led a West Indies fast bowling assault that decimated Pakistan’s top-order batting and reduced them to 35 for five at lunch on the final day of the second Test.Pakistan had been set a victory target of 188 at Kensington Oval in Barbados…

May 4, 2017

Fourth-choice Baxter to coach South Africa again

England-born Stuart Baxter was named South Africa coach Thursday for a second time after a saga in which three preferred candidates dropped out of contention. Baxter, 63, who coaches Pretoria-based top-flight club SuperSport United, was hired when plan…

May 4, 2017

Half of young Europeans skeptical of democracy – survey

Only around half of young Europeans think of democracy as the best form of government, a new survey has revealed, while three-quarters see the EU as more of an economic pact rather than a group of nations sharing core European values. Rea…

May 4, 2017

Pope Francis to receive Donald Trump on May 24: Vatican

Pope Francis will receive US President Donald Trump at the Vatican on May 24, the Holy See said Thursday, ahead of a G7 summit meeting in Sicily.Trump’s audience with Francis in the morning will be followed by meetings with his Secretary of State Pietr…

May 4, 2017

Swiss spy ‘ran mole’ in German tax office: report

A Swiss spy allegedly monitoring German finance officials who hunt cross-border tax cheats also ran a mole in a state finance ministry office, media reports said Thursday.If confirmed, “the scandal has reached a new dimension”, charged Norbert Walter-B…

May 4, 2017

Next Ebola outbreak ‘inevitable’ but world better prepared: WHO

A new outbreak of the Ebola virus is “inevitable” but a new vaccine and rapid-response measures mean it will be more effectively contained, the head of the World Health Organization said Thursday.The Ebola crisis that began in December 2013 killed 11,3…

May 4, 2017

UN expert seeks urgent review of Saudi terrorism law

Saudi Arabia should urgently review its definition of terrorism under a law used to prosecute non-violent journalists and human rights defenders, a United Nations special rapporteur said on Thursday.After a visit to the kingdom, Ben Emmerson told repor…

May 4, 2017

Wolves return to Denmark for first time in 200 years

At least five wolves, including one female, have returned to Denmark for the first time in two centuries, a zoologist who has obtained DNA evidence said on Thursday. The predators came from Germany to settle in western Denmark’s agricultural region, th…

May 4, 2017

Parker faces season-ending surgery – reports

San Antonio Spurs star Tony Parker faces season-ending surgery after being carried off during his team’s NBA playoff win over the Houston Rockets, multiple US media reports said Thursday.Parker collapsed to the court in agony during the fourth quarter …

May 4, 2017

Saudi artists seen ‘pushing’ boundaries

Artists in Saudi Arabia are pushing boundaries as the kingdom undergoes rapid change and tries to boost its cultural offerings, a Saudi artist who has exhibited worldwide told AFP.Conservative Islamic traditions run deep in the country which critics sa…

May 4, 2017