Pope ‘won’t judge’ Trump before hearing him out

Pope Francis said Saturday he was hopeful of finding common ground with US President Donald Trump at their upcoming Vatican meeting, despite the leaders being starkly at odds over issues from migration to climate change."I have never judged anyone with...

China hosts summit on new Silk Road

China opens on Sunday a summit to promote its massive global trade infrastructure project, highlighting Beijing's ambitions to spearhead a new era of globalisation as Washington shifts toward inward-looking policies.President Xi Jinping will host leade...

Four civilians killed in Ukraine ahead of Eurovision: Kiev

A top Ukrainian official said on Saturday that "Russian occupying forces" had killed four civilians in the war-torn east just hours before the Eurovision Song Contest final kicked off in Kiev.The Kiev-appointed head of the conflict-riven Donetsk region...

Tietjens drives Samoa into Blitzbokke quarter

Defending champions Samoa, coached by sevens guru Gordon Tietjens, set up a Cup quarter-final against series leaders South Africa after both finished undefeated on the first day of the World Rugby Sevens Series on Saturday.Samoa belied their current 13...

Deal reached to evacuate rebel-held Damascus district: SANA

Syria's government has reached a deal with rebels in the Qabun neighbourhood of Damascus for the evacuation of opposition fighters, Syrian state media and a monitor said on Saturday.The deal comes after similar evacuations from neighbouring rebel-held ...

Tunisians protest over corruption amnesty bill

More than 2,000 Tunisians protested Saturday in the capital against a bill that would allow officials being prosecuted for alleged corruption to be amnestied in exchange for reimbursing embezzled funds."Corruption will not pass!" shouted demonstrators ...

Dancing in the dark: New York club turns lights out

With flashy lights and lasers increasingly the norm at concerts, a New York promoter is trying a new effect to bring the focus back to the music -- darkness.In an experiment Friday night, more than 300 electronic music fans surrendered their smartphone...

From awkward to icy: Eight French presidential handovers

French President François Hollande will hand over power Sunday to President-elect Emmanuel Macron in a solemn ceremony full of tradition. FRANCE 24 takes a look back at notable incidents in the transfers of power over the past 60 years.

Goode seals Saracens back-to-back European Cups

Alex Goode struck the decisive blow as title-holders Saracens retained the European Champions Cup with a 28-17 win over Clermont in a dramatic final at Murrayfield on Saturday.The London club were just a point in front at 18-17 when the ex-England full...

Kings sink Sharks for historic triumph

Southern Kings defeated a fellow South African side for the first time in Super Rugby when they edged Coastal Sharks 35-32 Saturday after a thriller in Port Elizabeth. It was also the first time the Port Elizabeth outfit have won three consecutive matc...

Ransomware, the weapon wielded in cyber attacks

A software that demands a ransom was the weapon of choice used in a wave of unprecedented global cyber attacks Friday that affected 130,000 systems in more than 100 countries. The attacks have raised questions about how this so-called ransomware works...

France’s Macron meets supporters ahead of inauguration

French president-elect Emmanuel Macron met party supporters Saturday on the eve of his inauguration and told candidates contesting key parliamentary elections next month that they had an "immense responsibility".The 39-year-old, who beat far-right cand...

Hunger and fear in Syria’s Tabqa after IS defeat

When Dalal Ahmad heard that the fighters who expelled the Islamic State group from the Syrian town of Tabqa were distributing food, she began to run, desperate for any scraps.After more than a month of heavy fighting, and a siege that left the city in ...

Windies hit back after Abbas five-wicket haul

Pakistan's Mohammad Abbas claimed his first five-wicket haul in Test cricket to trigger a West Indies first-innings collapse to 247 all out before lunch on the fourth day of the third and final Test at Windsor Park in Dominica on Saturday.However the t...

Izagirre dashes Italian hopes, Jungels defends pink

Spain's Gorka Izagirre kept the hosts waiting for a win at the 100th Giro d'Italia after capturing a thrilling eighth stage victory on Saturday.Luxembourg's Bob Jungels retained the race leader's pink jersey with a six-second lead on Britain's Geraint ...

Pakistani, child killed in Saudi Shiite town gunfire

Saudi authorities blocked roads in a flashpoint Shiite town Saturday, residents said a day after security officials reported that gunmen killed a two-year-old boy and a Pakistani man.The gunfire targeted a redevelopment site in a neighbourhood of the S...

Robben hits Bayern’s winner in nine-goal thriller

Arjen Robben scored a superb solo goal in the 95th-minute to seal Bayern Munich's dramatic 5-4 comeback win at RB Leipzig in the Bundesliga's electric top-of-the-table clash on Saturday.Carlo Ancelotti's star-studded Bayern, who were already confirmed ...