Golf: Sweden’s Lingmerth seizes lead at US PGA National

Sweden’s David Lingmerth birdied four of his first six holes on the way to firing a five-under par 65 and grabbing a one-stroke lead after Thursday’s opening round of the US PGA National.The 29-year-old Swede, whose uncle played for the 1987 NFL Clevel…

June 29, 2017

At UN, US accuses Iran of flouting resolution

The United States on Thursday accused Iran of “repeatedly and deliberately” violating a UN resolution that endorsed the landmark 2015 nuclear deal and said the Security Council had failed to respond.US Ambassador Nikki Haley pointed to “repeated ballis…

June 29, 2017

‘Star Wars’ droid R2-D2 auctioned for $2.8 million

An R2-D2 unit used in the filming of several “Star Wars” movies has sold for almost $3 million, a southern California auction house said on Thursday.Luke Skywalker’s droid sidekick was put together from parts used in the filming of the original 1977-19…

June 29, 2017

Trump ‘proud’ of leaving Paris climate deal

US President Donald Trump on Thursday strongly defended his decision to pull out of the Paris climate accord, declaring himself “proud” of the move.”In order to protect American jobs, companies and workers, we’ve withdrawn the United States from the on…

June 29, 2017

Nike to sell limited number of items on Amazon

Nike reached an agreement to sell a limited number of items directly on Amazon, executives said Thursday, in a sign of the growing importance of the e-commerce platform.Nike executives described the venture as a “pilot” project to sell some shoes, appa…

June 29, 2017

US sanctions Chinese bank for laundering N.Korean cash

The United States slapped unprecedented sanctions Thursday on a Chinese bank accused of laundering North Korean cash after President Donald Trump said Beijing’s efforts to put the brakes on Pyongyang’s nuclear drive had failed.As South Korea’s new pres…

June 29, 2017

Blood doping doesn’t work, at least not in amateurs – study

Use of the EPO hormone to boost athletic performance did nothing for amateur cyclists in a road-race trial, according to a study Friday that questioned whether blood doping is worth the risk.While they gained a bit of power on stationary bikes in lab t…

June 29, 2017

New study links common pesticide to bee deaths

Two of the most extensive field studies conducted to date in Europe and Canada have confirmed the hypothesis that neonicotinoid insecticides are harmful to bees and other pollinating species.The results, published Thursday in the US journal Science, al…

June 29, 2017

Sarin used in deadly attack on Syria town in April: OPCW

A fact-finding mission by the UN’s chemical watchdog, the OPCW, concluded that sarin was used as a chemical weapon in the April 4 attack in the Syrian town of Khan Sheikhun, a confidential report said Thursday.The findings by the Organization for the P…

June 29, 2017

Washington approves $1.3 bn arms sale to Taiwan

Donald Trump’s administration has approved $1.3 billion worth of arms sales to Taiwan, a US government official said Thursday, in a move likely to provoke the ire of Beijing which considers the island a rebel province.The US official emphasized that th…

June 29, 2017

Hoax or not, Venezuela chopper caper spells trouble

Venezuelans disagree on whether a helicopter grenade attack claimed by rogue cops was a coup or a hoax. Either way, it shows security forces risk turning against the government.Authorities said they were still hunting the man accused of piloting the he…

June 29, 2017

From Trump, provocative tweets and taunts are nothing new

US President Donald Trump’s brutal personal attack Thursday on television host Mika Brzezinski drew sharp and instant condemnation from politicians across the political spectrum. It was hardly the first time.Trump has targeted those he sees as his oppo…

June 29, 2017

Trump, Mexico’s Pena Nieto to meet at G20 — at last

US President Donald Trump and Mexico’s Enrique Pena Nieto will meet on the sidelines of the G20 summit next week, officials said Thursday — five months after their first official meeting was aborted in a diplomatic spat.”The two leaders will review ad…

June 29, 2017

Ex-bosses stand trial over 2011 Fukushima crisis

Three former executives at the operator of Fukushima’s power plant start their trial Friday on the only criminal charges brought over the 2011 disaster, the worst nuclear accident in a generation.The hearing in Tokyo comes more than a year after ex-Tok…

June 29, 2017

Court says NY skyscraper linked to Iran can be seized

A New York court on Thursday ruled a 36-story skyscraper said to be controlled by Iran may be seized by the US government, in what prosecutors called the biggest civil forfeiture linked to terrorism in the country’s history.Proceeds from the sale of th…

June 29, 2017

US warns China over Hong Kong freedoms

The United States urged China Thursday to respect civil liberties in Hong Kong, including press freedom, as the territory marked the 20th anniversary of its handover to Beijing’s rule.The State Department said the success of Hong Kong, which was given …

June 29, 2017

Mexico spying also targeted opposition party: report

Leaders of one of Mexico’s top opposition parties were targeted with spyware sold to the government, researchers said Thursday, adding to a snowballing scandal over spying on journalists, activists and other public figures.The leader of the conservativ…

June 29, 2017

US sanctions Chinese bank for laundering North Korean cash

The United States slapped unprecedented sanctions Thursday on a Chinese bank accused of laundering North Korean cash after Donald Trump said Beijing’s efforts to put the brakes on Pyongyang’s nuclear drive had failed.As South Korea’s new president visi…

June 29, 2017