MH17 team hopes emotional videos will bring new leads

28 Jun

International investigators and relatives of victims of flight MH17, shot down over eastern Ukraine almost three years ago, renewed efforts Wednesday to push the probe forward, issuing videos appealing for witnesses.It is hoped the videos of family mem…

Pope Francis injects new blood into cardinals club

28 Jun

Pope Francis on Wednesday created five new cardinals in a Vatican ceremony that, while deeply traditional in form, also reflected his vision of a reshaped Church for the 21st century.Four of the five new cardinals come from countries that have never ha…

Obama on temple sojourn during Indonesia holiday

28 Jun

Barack Obama took his wife and daughters to the ancient Borobudur temple on Java on Wednesday on a family vacation to Indonesia, where the former US president spent part of his childhood.The Obamas arrived in the city of Yogyakarta in central Java and …

Deal reached on cuts to UN peacekeeping: diplomat

28 Jun

A tentative deal on nearly $600 million in cuts to the UN peacekeeping budget has been reached following weeks of tough negotiations over US demands for a sharp cost reduction, a Security Council diplomat said Wednesday.The United Nations will spend $7…

Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong detained by police 

28 Jun

Hong Kong student pro-democracy campaigner Joshua Wong was detained by police on Wednesday after an anti-China protest ahead of a visit by President Xi Jinping.Wong was among around 30 protesters who had staged a three-hour sit-in at a harbourfront sta…

Madrid metro drivers go on strike during WorldPride

28 Jun

Madrid metro drivers began a five-day strike Wednesday, threatening to create travel chaos during WorldPride, one of the biggest celebrations of lesbian, gay and transsexual rights.The drivers began their protest at 1:00 pm (1100 GMT), just seven hours…

Turkey remembers Istanbul airport attack blamed on IS

28 Jun

Turkey on Wednesday marked one year since the triple suicide bombing and gun attack on its main international airport in Istanbul that left dozens dead and was blamed on Islamic State jihadists.Late in the evening on June 28, 2016 three attackers shot …

Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong detained by police 

28 Jun

Hong Kong student pro-democracy campaigner Joshua Wong was detained by police on Wednesday after an anti-China protest ahead of a visit by President Xi Jinping.Wong was among at least 20 protesters who had staged a three-hour sit-in at a harbourfront s…

Poland charges protest leader with embezzlement

28 Jun

Polish prosecutors said Wednesday that they had charged the founder of the Committee for the Defence of Democracy (KOD), a movement focusing on mass anti-government protests, with embezzlement and faking invoices.The KOD and its founder, Mateusz Kijows…

Hong Kong protesters stage sit-in ahead of Xi visit

28 Jun

Pro-democracy protesters climbed a statue in Hong Kong Wednesday and staged a sit-in ahead of a visit by President Xi Jinping to mark 20 years since the city was handed back to China by Britain.Xi’s visit this week comes at a time when fears are growin…

EU extends Russia economic sanctions

28 Jun

The European Union on Wednesday formally rolled over damaging economic sanctions against Russia for another six months, saying Moscow had failed to live up to its Ukraine ceasefire commitments.EU leaders endorsed the move last week, charging that Russi…

NATO says non-US 2017 defence spending to rise 4.3%

28 Jun

European NATO allies and Canada will increase defence spending this year by 4.3 percent, alliance chief Jens Stoltenberg said Wednesday, amid pressure from President Donald Trump to spend more.”In 2017 we foresee an even greater annual real increase of…

Myanmar govt defends detention of journalists

28 Jun

Myanmar’s civilian government on Wednesday defended the detention of three journalists who were reporting on an armed ethnic group, an incident that has fuelled alarm at the erosion of press freedom. The journalists were among seven people detained by …

Tiny bay makes waves in Slovenia-Croatia border row

28 Jun

Tourists tucking into their cuttlefish risotto have little idea that the local seafood delicacy was caught in waters subject to one of the EU’s longest-standing border feuds opposing Slovenia and Croatia.Nestled on a craggy peninsula, the southwestern …

Qatar slams Saudi refusal to negotiate

28 Jun

Qatar on Wednesday condemned Saudi Arabia’s refusal to negotiate the demands of the kingdom and its allies for ending a crippling embargo on the emirate.Speaking from Washington, where he held talks with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Tuesday, …

Hong Kong’s allure fading in mainland China

28 Jun

When Naomi Wu was a teenager, she and her friends would ride the train from mainland China to Hong Kong several times a year to shop for clothes and designer handbags.But the 23-year-old computer programmer, who lives across the border in Shenzhen, now…

Race is on to turn flying car into reality

28 Jun

Aeronautics giants are treating the idea of a flying car with caution, as such a project raises more questions than it answers, experts say — it’s a child’s dream, a millionaire’s toy.But is it really the next big thing in transport? At this year’s Pa…

UN refugee cash card scheme boosts Lebanese grocers

28 Jun

In three years, Lebanese grocer Ali Khiami hired six staff, invested in property and funded his children’s university education. Business is booming — thanks to Syrian refugees using UN debit cards.Displaced Syrian families in Lebanon are using electr…

Relatives hold on to missing in war-torn east Ukraine

28 Jun

In August 2014, Anastasiya Chub could not wait to share wonderful news with her husband — that she was pregnant with the couple’s second child.But her joy quickly turned to grief and despair when she learned that Sergiy, who was fighting Russian-backe…

In a Norwegian Wood, a 22nd century library grows

28 Jun

Some will never know if their books were appreciated by readers, many of whom aren’t born yet. Every year for 100 years, a different author will contribute to the “Future Library”, a collection of works to be published only in the next century.So far, …

Are asteroids humanity’s ‘greatest challenge’?

28 Jun

Throughout its 4.5-billion-year history, Earth has been repeatedly pummelled by space rocks that have caused anything from an innocuous splash in the ocean to species annihilation.When the next big impact will be, nobody knows. But the pressure is on t…

N. Korea conducts rocket engine test: report

28 Jun

North Korea recently tested a small rocket engine, a monitoring group said Wednesday, after a US official had reportedly suggested the test could be a step to develop an intercontinental ballistic missile.The respected 38 North analysis group however s…

Fugitive Mexican ex-governor accepts extradition

27 Jun

A Mexican former governor wanted on corruption charges agreed on Tuesday to be extradited from Guatemala back to his country.”I accept the extradition” requested by the Mexican government, former Veracruz state governor Javier Duarte, 43, said in a cou…

Venezuela president claims coup, harangues Trump

27 Jun

Venezuela’s embattled president Tuesday repeated claims of a US-backed coup attempt against him and angrily warned President Donald Trump that Venezuela would fight back against such a move.President Nicolas Maduro’s comments came a day after he announ…

Darwin’s ‘strangest animal ever’ finds a family

27 Jun

Charles Darwin, Mr. Evolution himself, didn’t know what to make of the fossils he saw in Patagonia so he sent them to his friend, the renowned paleontologist Richard Owen. Owen was stumped too. Little wonder.”The bones looked different from anything he…

Merkel backs restarting TTIP talks

27 Jun

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Tuesday she wanted to resume talks between the European Union and the United States on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).”I am in favour of resuming negotiations on such a free trade accord -…

Dali’s ‘daughter’ says she wants her identity

27 Jun

Pilar Abel, the woman claiming to be Salvador Dali’s daughter, said Tuesday she wanted to recover her identity more than anything else, a day after the artist’s exhumation was ordered.For a decade, the 62-year-old who long worked as a psychic in the no…

Slain Mexican journalist’s family demands new probe

27 Jun

Family and colleagues of slain Mexican journalist Salvador Adame demanded a new investigation Tuesday, insisting authorities examine his reporting as a possible motive.The demand came a day after the prosecutor for the state of Michoacan announced poli…