Judge blesses $1 bn compensation deal in VW diesel case

A federal judge in California on Thursday said he would approve a $1.2 billion settlement between Volkswagen and the US authorities over the last 80,000 cars in the company's emissions-cheating scandal.The development brought the scandal-plagued German...

NFL rejects Gordon’s reinstatement request

NFL officials have denied a reinstatement petition by Cleveland Browns receiver Josh Gordon, who has not played since 2014 after banishment under the NFL substance-abuse policy, a league website report said on Thursday.NFL commissioner Roger Goodell re...

Design breakthrough kickstarts Dutch ocean clean-up plan

A Dutch inventor aiming to clean up vast ocean "garbage patches" of plastic Thursday unveiled a radical design breakthrough, enabling his ambitious project to start two years early.Boyan Slat's innovative scheme seeks to use ocean currents to help gath...

Myth busted: People smell as well as dogs

People's sense of smell is just as sharp as those of rats and dogs, a US researcher said Thursday, calling for an end to a century-old "myth" to the contrary.Rutgers University neuroscientist John McGann reviewed research and historical writings he say...

World’s tallest building delayed to 2019: Saudi prince

The completion date for the world's tallest tower has been pushed back to 2019, a Saudi Arabian billionaire said Thursday, almost six years after launching the record-breaking project.Jeddah Tower is to rise more than a kilometre (almost 3,300 feet), p...

Egypt cleric suspended, faces trial for non-Muslim remarks

An Egyptian Muslim cleric has been barred from preaching and is set to appear before a court for saying Christians and Jews followed corrupt religions and would not go to heaven.Salem Abdel Galil, a former religious endowments ministry official, had ma...

Penguins face Ottawa and Ducks meet Predators in NHL semis

Sparked by goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, the Pittsburgh Penguins continue their quest to become the NHL's first back-to-back champions since 1998 when they meet Ottawa in the Stanley Cup playoff semi-finals.The Penguins host the Senators to open the be...

Father of Fatima ‘miracle’ boy recounts recovery

The father of a Brazilian boy who recovered at lightning speed after a serious fall on Thursday recounted what he called a "miracle" brought about by two child shepherds in Portugal's Fatima.This reported miracle is what prompted the Church to decide t...

Uneasy compromise found for France’s ex-PM Valls

France's embattled former prime minister Manuel Valls escaped fresh humiliation on Thursday, with president-elect Emmanuel Macron's party saying it would not field a candidate against him in June's general elections.Valls' announcement Tuesday that he ...

Tillerson hosts Arctic forum in shadow of Russia spat

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was in Alaska to play host to the eight nations of the Arctic Council on Thursday, trailed by burning questions about Russia and climate change.The policy forum for the countries of the great white north got underway in...

Miley Cyrus transforms anew with lo-fi ballad

Miley Cyrus, whose young career has already undergone marked transformations, on Thursday released a lo-fi rock ballad in a departure from her previous sound."Malibu," the first single of an album expected later this year, is driven by a lo-fi, jam-roc...

Dior to show cruise collection in Los Angeles

The glamour of France's fashion industry hits Los Angeles Thursday as Dior lures a bevy of stars including Charlize Theron and Brie Larson to the Santa Monica mountains for its latest runway show.The couture house's 2018 cruise collection presentation ...

Trump says he was always going to fire FBI director

Donald Trump claimed Thursday he always intended to fire FBI director James Comey, undercutting the initial White House explanation that he acted on the recommendation of top justice officials."I was going to fire him regardless of recommendations," Tr...