Solar power brings relief to Syrian refugees in Jordan

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

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

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

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

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

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...

Venezuela deploys troops to stem deadly unrest

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...

Du Plessis gets rugby season-ending ban

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

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."

Gay Lebanese dare to tell their stories

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

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

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US maintains Iran nuclear deal sanctions relief

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 ...