‘Happy’ Afghan girls compete at robotics meet after US visa woes

Huddled around a small table in the halls of a cavernous Washington concert hall, a group of Afghan teenage girls tweak gears and sprockets on their radio-controlled robot, hoping to best the competition.But the six proud nerds from war-torn Afghanista…

July 17, 2017

NFL Panthers fire GM Gettleman

The Carolina Panthers sacked general manager Dave Gettleman on Monday in a surprise move just nine days before training camp for the new season gets under way.The Panthers slumped from being Super Bowl finalists in 2015-2016 to finishing last in the NF…

July 17, 2017

Japanese seaweed is welcome invader on US coasts: study

A kind of Japanese seaweed that is considered an invasive species in the United States is actually serving an important role in restoring barren and vulnerable coastlines, US researchers said Monday.In many lagoons and estuaries of the North Atlantic, …

July 17, 2017

US, Malaysia to set up bilateral trade talk shops

The United States and Malaysia will establish working groups to address trade matters such as labor, intellectual property and the environment, US officials announced Monday.The agreement came following a meeting between Malaysian authorities and offic…

July 17, 2017

Israel opposes Syria truce deal over Iran presence: official

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu opposes the southwest Syria ceasefire agreed by Russia and the US since it would enable Iran to solidify its presence there, an official said Monday.The July 9 accord creating a de-escalation zone in the Daraa,…

July 17, 2017

US fines BNP Paribas $246 mn over forex oversight

US regulators on Monday fined French banking giant BNP Paribas $246 million for poor oversight of its foreign exchange traders who manipulated trading prices.The move came six months after the Federal Reserve permanently barred former BNP trader Jason …

July 17, 2017

Russian court confirms Jehovah’s Witnesses ban

Russia’s Supreme Court Monday confirmed a ban on Jehovah’s Witnesses, labelled by authorities as an “extremist organisation”.”The Russian Supreme Court has decided to reject the appeal of the organisation against its ban,” the court, quoted by RIA-Novo…

July 17, 2017

China win ninth 3m springboard synchro gold

World champion and Olympic title holder Shi Tingmao with partner Chang Yani won China’s ninth gold in a row in the women’s 3-metre springboard synchro competition at the world aquatics championships in Budapest on Monday.”Of course I am very happy to d…

July 17, 2017

Russia stun Italy 2-1 at women’s Euro football championship

First-half goals from Elena Danilova and Elena Morozova handed Russia a surprise 2-1 win over Italy in the Group B opener at the women’s Euro in the Netherlands on Monday.Danilova struck nine minutes into the game with a low shot from outside the box t…

July 17, 2017

Mahindra plans to double investment in US

Indian conglomerate Mahindra Group plans to double its US investment in the next five years, where it is hoping to its two-wheel electric scooters will win over American millennials. “We’re very bullish,” executive chairman Anand Mahindra told reporter…

July 17, 2017

Totti confirms retirement to take Roma role

Roma legend Francesco Totti confirmed his retirement on Monday and will take a directorship role at the Serie A club.The 40-year-old played his final game for Roma in May after 24 years with the capital-city side.He had been linked with a possible move…

July 17, 2017

Mexican ex-governor Duarte extradited on graft charges

Mexican ex-governor Javier Duarte was extradited from Guatemala Monday to face corruption and racketeering charges, one of a string of scandals involving ex-governors that are threatening President Enrique Pena Nieto’s government.Duarte left the once-w…

July 17, 2017