Paisley Park to open to fans as Prince museum

Paisley Park, Prince's state-of-the-art studio complex that held a mythic status for fans who entered it during the pop legend's life, will open to the public as a museum.The "Purple Rain" star's estate said it was teaming up for the project with the c...

Lacazette, Fekir return to France squad

Lyon duo Alexandre Lacazette and Nabil Fekir have been recalled to the France squad as the Euro 2016 runners-up begin their qualifying campaign for the 2018 World Cup in Belarus next month.Lacazette was not included by coach Didier Deschamps for the Eu...

Exoplanets

The revelation of an Earth-like planet orbiting the star closest to our Sun is the most recent -- and among the most stunning -- in a string exoplanet discoveries going back 20 years.VIDEOGRAPHIC

Scottish police become latest in Britain to allow hijab

Scotland's police this week became the latest force in Britain to allow the hijab as an optional part of the uniform in an effort to encourage more ethnic minority recruits.London's Metropolitan Police gave Muslim women on duty the option of wearing th...

Brazil president’s Senate impeachment trial begins

The impeachment trial of Brazil's first woman president, Dilma Rousseff, got underway Thursday with high expectations that the suspended leader of Latin America's biggest economy will be sacked within days.The Senate session was opened by the Supreme C...

Poland first in Europe to issue Chinese ‘Panda bonds’

Poland on Thursday said it became the first European country to issue government bonds on the Chinese market, opening the door to new sources of financing as Warsaw plans to run a record deficit next year.The Polish finance ministry said it had issued ...

US nominates Kim for World Bank second term

The United States on Thursday threw its support behind World Bank chief Jim Yong Kim for a second term at the helm of the multilateral development lender."I am proud to announce that today the United States has nominated World Bank President Jim Kim fo...

Turkey opposition chief unharmed after convoy fired on

Turkey's main opposition leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu said on Thursday his convoy came under attack from gunfire in the northeastern region of Artvin but he was unharmed.Kilicdaroglu, leader of the Republican People's Party (CHP), said he was safe and wel...

Iraq forces retake key town south of Mosul

Iraqi forces backed by coalition air strikes on Thursday pushed the Islamic State group from Qayyarah, a northern town considered strategic for any future offensive against the jihadists' last stronghold of Mosul."We control all parts of the town and m...

Kerry in Saudi talks on Yemen, Syria, Libya

US Secretary of State John Kerry was holding talks with his Gulf counterparts and a British minister in Saudi Arabia on Thursday on the conflicts in Yemen, Syria and Libya.The coordination with Washington's major Middle East allies came on the eve of S...

Broadcaster ITV axes bid for Peppa Pig owner

British television broadcaster ITV has axed its £1.0-billion ($1.3-billion, 1.2-billion-euro) bid for the London-listed company behind popular children's cartoon series Peppa Pig, it said Thursday.

ITV said in a statement that it has decided to withdraw its informal approach for Canada-based Entertainment One, which had unanimously rejected the offer as too low earlier this month.

"ITV continues to believe in the strategic logic and potential benefits of acquiring Entertainment One, but has a clear view of the value of the business, recognising that this value would need to be verified by appropriate due diligence," it said.

"It appears this value is different to the level at which the board of Entertainment One would currently engage in a more formal process."

The group is listed on the London Stock Exchange, owns rights to television shows including Peppa Pig and holds more than 40,000 film and television titles.

Assange warns of ‘significant’ Clinton leaks

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has warned that his anti-secrecy campaign will release new documents concerning Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, which could be "significant" for the election.Speaking to Fox News on Wednesday, Assange...

Singapore trials driverless taxis in world first

The world's first driverless taxis went into operation on Thursday in Singapore in a limited public trial, beating giants like Uber in the race to roll out the revolutionary technology.The "robo-taxi service" is being tested at a small research campus ...