Giant bird-like dinosaur species found in China: study

9 May

Researchers have discovered a new species of giant, bird-like dinosaur that made nests larger than monster truck tires in what is now central China, a study said.Measuring about eight metres (26 feet) long and weighing up to 3,000 kilograms (6,600 poun…

Disney earnings up but ESPN struggles continue

9 May

Disney reported higher second-quarter profit Tuesday despite lower earnings at its ESPN sports network, which has been under pressure with the rise of online streaming.Net income for the quarter ending April 1 came in at $2.4 billion, up 11.4 percent f…

Pastor jailed for 36 years over Nicaragua exorcism death

9 May

A pastor and several followers were sentenced on Tuesday to 36 years in prison for a fatal exorcism in a remote part of Nicaragua in which a woman was thrown naked onto a fire.Pastor Juan Rocha, 23, and four others received the maximum 30-year term for…

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Trump fires FBI director Comey

9 May

US President Donald Trump on Tuesday fired his FBI director James Comey, the man who leads the agency charged with investigating his campaign’s ties with Russia — a move that sent shockwaves through Washington.The surprise dismissal of Comey, who play…

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France keep Ice Hockey world bid alive in Paris thriller

9 May

France overcame continental rivals Switzerland 4-3 in a dramatic penalty shootout at the world ice hockey championships on Tuesday.A day after defeating world runners-up Finland 5-1, Stephane da Costa sealed victory for France on front of a 6,000-plus …

Digital subscriber gains help News Corp results

9 May

Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp on Tuesday reported some positive signs for its global newspaper operations, as the number of digital subscribers for the Wall Street Journal topped one million.The New York-based media group reported a net loss for the quart…

US to press Cuba on human rights

9 May

President Donald Trump’s administration will press Cuba on human rights progress, a top US official said Tuesday.The White House is carrying out a “comprehensive policy review,” said Francisco Palmieri, a senior regional official in the State Departmen…

UPS announces Dubai venture, eyes Middle East growth

9 May

UPS announced a partnership Tuesday to provide logistics at the 2020 World’s Fair in Dubai, a venture it sees as a springboard to a bigger presence in the Middle East.UPS expects to hire 1,000 people to work at “Expo 2020” and will manage more than 27,…

US will aggressively enforce trade rules: Ross

9 May

The Trump administration will enforce trade rules more aggressively than any previous government in its efforts to reduce the trade deficit, but does not seek a dispute, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said Tuesday.Ross also said he hopes this week to r…

Marine Le Pen’s niece quits French politics – for now

9 May

Two days after her aunt Marine Le Pen suffered a resounding defeat to centrist Emmanuel Macron in the French presidential election, National Front (FN) lawmaker Marion Marechal-Le Pen said Tuesday she was quitting politics — for now.

Marine Le Pen’s niece, who became the youngest member of France’s national assembly aged just 22 in 2012, told Vaucluse Matin daily in a letter to appear Wednesday that she was leaving politics “for some time.”

She explained she “wishes to work … (in) the business world” while also spending more time with her family, being the divorced mother of a young child.

Known in the party simply as Marion, she said she did not want “to hang on at all costs” to the status afforded by her parliamentary seat, dealing a blow to the National Front ahead of parliamentary elections next month.

But she insisted that she was not definitively turning her back on political struggle. “I shall never be able to remain indifferent to the suffering of compatriots,” she said in her letter to the paper.

As well as leaving parliament, Le Pen is stepping down as opposition leader on the council for the southern region of Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur.

Her grandfather is Jean-Marie Le Pen, who stood for the presidency five times. He reached the second round run-off vote in 2002, where his losing margin to the centre-right Jacques Chirac was even greater than the 66 percent to 33 percent margin which Macron earned over Marine Le Pen on Sunday.

Marion had previously hinted at dissatisfaction with the internal party politicking and her relationship with both Marine Le Pen and the party’s deputy chairman Florian Philippot, who has taken the FN in a more “social” direction to the chagrin of its more conservative wing.

– ‘Alone and isolated’ –

Marine had suggested her niece was too “inexperienced” for a ministerial post in the event of victory over Macron while Philippot described her in December as “alone and isolated” in the party.

Marion urged the party to “reflect” on her aunt’s presidential defeat and future strategy. Despite garnering a record for the FN of some 10 million votes, Marine Le Pen was unable to secure enough support from the traditional right or undecided voters.

In another development on the French right, Eric Woerth, tasked by the centre right Les Republicains (LR) with strategy for next month’s legislatives, said he hoped to see “co-existence” with Macron and the latter’s centrist movement founded only last year.

Woerth said co-existence would be the byword for relations with Macron supporters rather than “opposition” or “hard co-habitation” — that being an allusion to scenarios in the late 1980s and the mid-1990s which saw a leftist president twice forced to coexist with a conservative dominated parliament.

The reverse then happened between 1997 and 2002 when Chirac, having served as prime minister under socialist Francois Mitterrand, had to contend with a leftist government.

For Woerth, “Macron brought oxygen and freshness” into a presidential contest which saw the candidates of the traditional parties bite the dust in the first round of voting, before Sunday’s runoff.

Alves special sends ruthless Juventus into final

9 May

A stunning Dani Alves volley helped Juventus stroll into their second Champions League final in three years on Tuesday as a 2-1 win on the night completed a 4-1 aggregate victory over outclassed Monaco.Brazilian wing-back Alves’s 25-yard strike followe…

New York luxury loos are a hit after $254,000 makeover

9 May

Classical music, framed watercolors and vases overflowing with fresh flowers — welcome to New York’s poshest public toilets refitted with a $254,000 upgrade, where tips are banned and the facilities are free.Gutted and re-decorated before re-opening i…

South Sudan president sacks controversial army chief

9 May

South Sudan President Salva Kiir sacked his powerful, hardline army chief Paul Malong on Tuesday, a government spokesman said.General Paul Malong, long regarded as an ethnic nationalist of Kiir’s majority Dinka tribe, was replaced by General James Ajon…

US mulling extending carry-on computer ban to Europe

9 May

US authorities are considering banning carry-on computers on European flights to the United States, widening the security measure introduced for flights from eight countries in March, an official said Tuesday.The Department of Homeland Security is clos…

FIFA delays decision on Israel West Bank clubs

9 May

FIFA said on Tuesday it was “premature” to take any final decision on the controversial issue of Israeli clubs in the West Bank, according to a statement.The communique came after a five-hour long FIFA Council meeting in Bahrain, ahead of the issue bei…

Trump delays decision on Paris climate deal

9 May

President Donald Trump delayed a decision to honor or walk away from the Paris climate accord until he returns from Europe late this month, leaving global partners in limbo Tuesday.Divisions within Trump’s administration have left in doubt the particip…

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Safety concerns for one in three US drugs

9 May

Almost one in three newly approved drugs in the United States turns out to have a safety issue after it is allowed on the market, US researchers said Tuesday.While these issues are rarely serious enough to get the drug pulled from the marketplace, rese…

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Chelsea Manning thanks Obama ahead of impending release

9 May

Chelsea Manning, the transgender army private jailed for one of the largest leaks of classified documents in US history, said Tuesday she can finally imagine a future for herself, as she prepares to walk free.Manning had served seven years of a 35-year…

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FIFA to investigate Pogba’s world-record Man Utd transfer

9 May

FIFA are to investigate the world-record transfer of Paul Pogba to Manchester United, a source at world football’s governing body told AFP on Tuesday.

French midfielder Pogba was transferred for more than £89.3 million ($111 million, 105.2 million euros) in August 2016 from Italian club Juventus.

Mexico fireworks warehouse blast kills 14, including 11 children

9 May

An explosion at a fireworks warehouse in Mexico killed 14 people, including 11 children, authorities said Tuesday.The blast struck Monday night in a rural area of central Puebla state, Diodoro Carrasco, a senior official in the state government, told r…

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Quintana keeps cool as Movistar counter Nibali

9 May

Colombian race favourite Nairo Quintana said he remains on schedule for the next climbing stage at the Giro d’Italia after cruising through his first high-altitude test on Mount Etna Tuesday.Quintana, the 2014 Giro champion, saw Italy’s defending champ…

FIFA to replace Blatter ethics judge

9 May

FIFA bosses on Tuesday recommended replacing the ethics judge who helped bring down Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini, sources at football’s governing body told AFP.A five-hour long meeting of the all-powerful FIFA Council in Bahrain, chaired by presiden…

Nibali teammate Moreno expelled from Giro d’Italia

9 May

Vincenzo Nibali’s bid to defend his Giro d’Italia crown was dented Tuesday after Bahrain teammate Javier Moreno was thrown off the race for violent conduct during the fourth stage.Before the second and last climb to Mount Etna in Sicily, television ima…

Canada floods force thousands from their homes

9 May

Floods in Canada have forced the evacuation of more than 2,000 people from their homes and into emergency centers, officials said on Tuesday.The Saint Lawrence and other rivers burst their banks from the area around Lake Ontario, in the center, to the …

Luxemburger Jungels beats big guns to Giro’s pink jersey

9 May

New race leader Bob Jungels hopes to keep little Luxembourg’s flag flying on the Giro d’Italia after claiming the pink jersey for the second year in succession on Tuesday.On a drama-filled fourth stage to the wind-hit summit of Mount Etna, the 24-year-…

US alerted France to Russia hack targeting Macron: NSA

9 May

The head of America’s National Security Agency said Tuesday that Russia was behind the 11th-hour hack of French President-elect Emmanuel Macron’s campaign team, and that US officials had informed France a cyber-attack was underway.The hacking attack on…

Bahrain sends first civilian case to military court

9 May

Bahrain has referred its first civilian case to a military court following a constitutional amendment approved by the king last month, Amnesty International said on Tuesday.Inspired in part by Arab Spring uprisings, Bahrain has since 2011 witnessed reg…

Workers at US nuclear site take cover after tunnel collapse

9 May

Hundreds of workers at a nuclear site in the US state of Washington were ordered to take cover on Tuesday after a tunnel filled with contaminated material collapsed near the facility, federal officials said.Employees at the Hanford Site plant, located …

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US small businesses worry about trade policy, too

9 May

Small business owners trying to break into international markets say US trade policies and the strong dollar affect their ability to export, states a report released Tuesday.The exchange rate “has been a big one,” said Jamie Deering, whose parents star…

NFL: Judge vacates Hernandez murder conviction

9 May

A US judge on Tuesday overturned the 2015 murder conviction of former American football star Aaron Hernandez, three weeks after he committed suicide in prison.Hernandez, 27 — a former tight end for the New England Patriots — hanged himself with a bed…