$6 bn man Michael Bay honored by Hollywood

Michael Bay sank his hands and feet into the forecourt of Hollywood’s TCL Chinese Theatre on Tuesday as he was honored for a money-spinning movie career that has netted almost $6 billion.The 52-year-old Los Angeles native is known for directing some of…

May 23, 2017

Ex-CIA chief warned Russia to stay out of election

Former CIA director John Brennan said Tuesday he became increasingly concerned last summer over contacts between Donald Trump’s campaign officials and Moscow, as a Russian effort to interfere with the US presidential election became evident.Brennan’s t…

May 23, 2017

Weaponized penis drives sexual ‘arms race’ (in beetles)

Evolution works in mysterious ways, especially when it comes to sex. Behold the humble and homely seed beetle, an insect that has successfully spread to every continent on the planet except Antarctica.The male of the species, it has long been known, bo…

May 23, 2017

Uber says it accidentally shortchanged drivers in NYC

Uber on Tuesday said that it accidentally shortchanged drivers in New York City and plans to pay them what they are due, plus interest.While rolling out a new pricing system in the US, the San Francisco-based, on-demand ride service uncovered the error…

May 23, 2017

After new concert carnage, industry hopes to prevail

Violence has once again struck music fans with a suicide attack on Ariana Grande’s Manchester show, but the booming concert industry hopes to withstand the new shock.The explosion Monday in the British arena, which killed 22 people moments after the US…

May 23, 2017

No. 10 Jang leaves LPGA for South Korea return

World number 10 Jang Ha-Na has dropped her LPGA Tour membership and returned home to South Korea, a decision she said Tuesday was motivated only to be nearer her family.The 25-year-old from Seoul won $2.6 million and four titles since joining the LPGA …

May 23, 2017

Patrick Drahi to unify assets into single Altice brand

French billionaire Patrick Drahi’s European telecoms giant Altice on Tuesday unveiled a new global strategy, merging many of the company’s brands under one name.”Altice is today entering a new era, following its transformation into a global leader in t…

May 23, 2017

NY’s Broadway grosses record $1.45bn ticket sales

New York’s famed Broadway grossed its highest seasonal earnings on record, yielding $1.45 billion for the 2016-17 season with its second-best attendance on record, a trade association announced Tuesday.Earnings were up 5.5 percent on the previous seaso…

May 23, 2017

UN wants to shift $40 mln to Haiti cholera fund

The United Nations is proposing that $40.5 million from the unspent budget of the UN mission in Haiti be poured into a special fund to help its cholera victims, according to a report released Tuesday.UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres made the propo…

May 23, 2017

Read signs All Black deal through to 2019 World Cup

All Blacks captain Kieran Read has signed a deal to stay in New Zealand rugby through to the 2019 World Cup in Japan.No 8 Read, a double Rugby World Cup champion and 2013 World Player of the Year, has played 97 Tests for the All Blacks since making his…

May 23, 2017

Taiwan to make landmark gay marriage ruling

Taiwan could become the first place in Asia to legalise gay marriage on Wednesday when a court makes a landmark ruling on whether to allow same-sex unions. Activists are optimistic the decision will go in their favour, with growing momentum behind the …

May 23, 2017

America First: US plans deep cuts to diplomacy and aid

The US State Department laid out plans Tuesday to put “America first” and to slash Washington’s budget for diplomacy and foreign aid by more than 30 percent.Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said President Donald Trump’s dramatic plan, which will be rev…

May 23, 2017

Anti-IS coalition trains policemen in Syria’s Raqa

Dozens of young men gathered Tuesday in a school yard in northern Syria to take the oath at a police graduation ceremony after a week’s training supervised by the US-led coalition.They were the first batch of policemen to be trained by the coalition to…

May 23, 2017

Trump budget proposes deep cut to US oil stockpile

President Donald Trump’s budget released Tuesday proposed radically downsizing the US Strategic Petroleum Reserve, arguing that America’s shale boom has lessened the need for an emergency stockpile.Trump’s proposal would sell off half the oil in the SP…

May 23, 2017

Glencore in talks with Bunge about possible combination

Commodities giant Glencore has approached US agribusiness firm Bunge about a “possible consensual business combination,” the company said Tuesday.Shares of Bunge surged on reports of the talks, which were confirmed in the Glencore statement, released i…

May 23, 2017

Former Pentagon chief Gates warns of more IS attacks

Former US defense secretary Robert Gates warned Tuesday that the West can expect further attacks like the suicide bombing in Manchester that killed at least 22 people.Gates, who served under both George W. Bush and Barack Obama, said Islamic State jiha…

May 23, 2017

James Bond star Roger Moore dead at 89

British actor Roger Moore, who played James Bond for more than two decades with a suave wit, died Tuesday aged 89, drawing tributes for his portrayal of the womanising super-spy, and for his charity work.”It is with a heavy heart that we must announce …

May 23, 2017