Cancer confirmed for Pirates pitcher Taillon

17 May

Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Jameson Taillon is fighting testicular cancer, according to medical tests, the Major League Baseball club’s trainer said Wednesday.Pirates trainer Todd Tomczyk said tissue removed from the 25-year-old right-handed starter in …

UK survey finds 28,000 plant species for medical use

17 May

More than 28,000 species of plants around the world have a medical use but poor documentation means people are not making the most of the health benefits, according to a survey released on Thursday.Britain’s Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew in London recor…

Special counsel to probe Trump-Russia links

17 May

The US Department of Justice Wednesday named a former head of the FBI as special counsel to lead the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, and possible collusion with Donald Trump’s team.The US president stands accused of seeking to…

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Derby winner Always Dreaming made 4-5 Preakness favorite

17 May

Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming was made the 4-5 favorite Wednesday for the 142nd Preakness, being drawn into the fourth starting spot in Saturday’s 10-horse field at Pimlico.The dark colt, ridden by John Velazquez, captured the first leg in Amer…

Pumas mission takes edge off Robshaw’s Lions rugby loss

17 May

Chris Robshaw is determined not to let the fact he has missed out on selection for the British and Irish Lions cloud his enjoyment of England’s upcoming two-Test tour of Argentina.The long-arranged fixtures against the Pumas have been given added signi…

Washington’s UN envoy to travel to Jordan, Turkey

17 May

US Ambassador Nikki Haley will make her first trip overseas this week as Washington’s envoy to the United Nations, traveling to Jordan and Turkey to focus on the plight of Syrian refugees. Haley will meet with government officials and representatives …

Golf: Judge says Singh case against PGA should go to trial

17 May

A New York State Supreme Court judge has ruled that a lawsuit by former world number one Vijay Singh of Fiji against the US PGA Tour should go to trial.Judge Eileen Bransten partially denied the tour’s request for a summary judgment on the case filed b…

Cisco cuts 1,100 jobs as earnings disappoint

17 May

Network equipment maker Cisco Systems said Wednesday it was cutting 1,100 jobs after reporting weaker-than-expected financial results in the past quarter.Following the announcement Cisco shares slumped more than five percent in after-hours trading.Cisc…

Monaco claim first French football title in 17 years

17 May

Teenage star Kylian Mbappe helped Monaco secure their first Ligue 1 title in 17 years with his 15th goal of the season in Wednesday’s 2-0 victory at home to Saint-Etienne.The 18-year-old raced clear of the visiting defence to nervelessly roll in the op…

Treble-chasing Juventus beat Lazio to Italian Cup

17 May

Dani Alves and Leonardo Bonucci struck one apiece as treble-chasing Juventus secured a record third successive Italian Cup with a 2-0 victory over Lazio at the Stadio Olimpico on Wednesday.Juventus, who won a league and Cup double the past two seasons,…

Ronaldo double puts Real Madrid within point of title

17 May

Real Madrid moved to within one point of winning La Liga as Cristiano Ronaldo struck twice to down Celta Vigo 4-1 on Wednesday.The European champions lead Barcelona by three points at the top of the table and now need to just avoid defeat at Malaga on …

In battle of digital assistants, Google heads to Apple turf

17 May

Google announced Wednesday it was bringing its digital assistant to Apple iPhones as part of its effort to win the battle with tech rivals on artificial intelligence.At its annual developers conference at an outdoor concert-venue near its main campus i…

Heart-shaped diamond sells for record $15 million

17 May

The largest flawless heart-shaped diamond has sold for nearly $15 million in Geneva Wednesday, breaking a world record in its category, auction house Christie’s said.The 92-carat diamond forms the centre-piece of a necklace of cultured pearls.The sale …

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Mavericks owner says team tanked late-season games

17 May

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said Wednesday he made moves to lower his team’s chances to win in order to “tank” gamaes after being eliminated from NBA playoff contention.The famously outspoken owner said on “The Dan Patrick Show” he made the moves…

Romero at the ready in Manchester United stalemate

17 May

Sergio Romero displayed some eye-catching pre-Europa League final form by saving a penalty as Manchester United drew 0-0 at Southampton in their penultimate Premier League game on Wednesday.United manager Jose Mourinho has confirmed Romero will start a…

Solar power brings relief to Syrian refugees in Jordan

17 May

Before solar power came to the Jordan desert camp she now calls home, life was tough for Syrian refugee Racha Hadar and her eight children.”Imagine life in this desert without a fan or cold water,” she says, as the temperature outside her makeshift hom…

Owners expected to trim NFL OT from 15 to 10 minutes: report

17 May

NFL club owners are expected to vote next week to reduce regular-season over-time periods from 15 to 10 minutes even though it could produce more draws, the NFL Network reported WednesdayThe 32 team owners discussed the idea but tabled a proposal at me…

Hit sitcom ‘Roseanne’ returns to US screens in 2018

17 May

It was the smash-hit sitcom that entertained millions in the 1980s and 1990s and now it’s back: “Roseanne” will again grace US television screens in 2018, ABC has announced.Returning for a limited season of eight episodes, the revival will reunite the …

Mexico president vows to protect journalists

17 May

Mexico’s President Enrique Pena Nieto promised Wednesday to better protect journalists after the killing of a renowned reporter who wrote about drug gangs sparked international outrage.In his first public speech on the subject, Pena Nieto vowed to dedi…

From crisis to crisis: Trump’s struggling presidency

17 May

President Donald Trump’s White House has been plunged into crisis mode — once again — by explosive claims that he tried to quash an FBI investigation, and divulged secrets to top Russian officials.The twin allegations mark the latest in a string of m…

‘Milestone’ in quest to make blood cells: studies

17 May

Scientists on Wednesday unveiled two methods for coaxing stem cells into blood cells, a long-sought goal that could lead to new treatments for blood disease, including leukaemia.In separate experiments reported in Nature — one with mice, the other tra…

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Venezuela deploys troops to stem deadly unrest

17 May

Venezuela’s government said Wednesday it was sending troops to a western region rocked by violence during anti-government protests, as the United Nations Security Council prepared to discuss the crisis.The death of a 15-year-old boy meanwhile brought t…

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Du Plessis gets rugby season-ending ban

17 May

South African lock forward Jacques du Plessis was handed a season-ending ban on Wednesday for elbowing an opponent, dealing a major blow to Montpellier’s Top 14 title hopes.The 23-year-old was handed a four-week suspension for the incident which occure…

Dow falls more than 300 points on Trump woes

17 May

Wall Street stocks fell further Wednesday afternoon on deepening worries about President Donald Trump’s economic agenda following a series of scandals and stumbles.

Near 1900 GMT, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was down more than 300 points, or 1.6 percent, at 20,654.56.

The broad-based S&P 500 dropped 1.6 percent to 2,362.91, while the tech-rich Nasdaq Composite Index tumbled 2.3 percent to 6,030.79.

The losses followed reports that Trump asked former FBI chief James Comey to stop a probe into ex-national security advisor Michael Flynn over his contacts with Russia — a request which commentators said could amount to obstruction of justice.

The Comey revelations came on the heels of widespread criticism of Trump for allegedly disclosing highly sensitive intelligence to Russian officials last week.

Analysts noted that US stocks remained near all-time highs after a strong run of corporate earnings. But they said worries about the prospects of tax cuts and other growth-spurring components of the Trump agenda prompted a wave of selling.

“The underlying concern isn’t so much ‘are stocks priced too rich here?'” said Victor Jones, director of trading at TD Ameritrade. “The concern for clients is the ability to drive that tax agenda.”

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Gay Lebanese dare to tell their stories

17 May

When they grabbed the microphone in Beirut this week, Lea boldly declared she preferred women to men, but Joseph recounted his terrifying ordeal being detained by security forces.Gay Lebanese opened up about their lives at an open mic night in the capi…

Syrian rivals weigh UN plan for new constitution

17 May

Rival Syrian delegations on Wednesday weighed a UN proposal on developing a new constitution for the war-ravaged country, but hope of a breakthrough at the Geneva talks remained dim. The sixth round of UN-backed negotiations is the latest drive to brin…

Chelsea Manning: from antisecrecy activist to transgender idol

17 May

Chelsea Manning was a meek, geeky army private who stunned the world in 2010 by leaking a massive trove of secret US diplomatic records, hoping to spark debate over the country’s role in wars.But she exited military prison Wednesday after serving seven…

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US maintains Iran nuclear deal sanctions relief

17 May

The United States decided not to reimpose sanctions on Iran’s nuclear program Wednesday despite President Donald Trump’s criticism of the deal Tehran signed with the previous US administration.But, while the waiver on the nuclear-related sanctions was …

Broom, Neesham have Kiwis on cruise control

17 May

New Zealand eased to their second successive victory in the one-day international tri-series in Ireland, beating Bangladesh by four wickets with 15 balls to spare on Wednesday.Set a modest target of 258, a fifth wicket stand of 80 between Neil Broom an…

Dutch king to spread wings with Boeing 737 training

17 May

Dutch King Willem-Alexander, who works part-time as a commercial pilot, is to start conversion training to fly Boeing 737 passenger jets, a Dutch newspaper reported Wednesday.The conversion training will mean the royal can continue to fly twice a month…

British-Norwegian ex-soldier freed from Congo jail

17 May

A British-Norwegian dual citizen who was serving a life sentence for murder and espionage in a Congolose prison was released and returned to Norway on Wednesday, authorities said. Joshua French, 35, was sentenced to life in prison in 2013 for the murde…

Embattled Trump says treated ‘unfairly’

17 May

An embattled Donald Trump complained Wednesday that no US leader had been treated “more unfairly,” as top Republican lawmakers demanded the facts on the swirling scandals convulsing his presidency.The White House has been thrown into turmoil by a succe…

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Ko unfazed by golf rankings race ahead of Kingsmill

17 May

Struggling world number one Lydia Ko said Wednesday she is unfazed by the prospect of being deposed from top spot as she heads into this week’s Kingsmill Championship in Virginia.The South Korean-born New Zealander has not posted a tournament victory i…

Defending champ Garcia tries to build on Masters win

17 May

Defending champion Sergio Garcia approaches this week’s Byron Nelson Championship trying to restore some focus on his game after the thrill of winning his first major title at last month’s Masters.Garcia, who made his breakthrough at Augusta National a…

Older Americans warm to new technology: survey

17 May

Americans over age 65 have stepped up their use of technology, with a growing number using the internet along with smartphones and other electronics, a survey showed Wednesday.The Pew Research Center survey found 67 percent of US seniors now go online,…