Japan’s ANA cancels Dreamliner flights over engine trouble

Japan's All Nippon Airways said Thursday it is cancelling some Boeing Dreamliner flights owing to a problem with the plane's engine, and warned of more groundings.The carrier, the biggest worldwide Dreamliner operator with a fleet of 50 jets, said nine...

Stormy outlook hits French wine output

Fierce storms which hit France in April will help to push wine production down almost 10 percent this year on 2015 output, the ministry of agriculture said Thursday.Unseasonally cool weather through the spring and into the summer will drag overall prod...

Bayern chairman dampens treble dreams before season start

On the eve of the new German Bundesliga season, Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has poured cold water on their fans' dreams of winning another treble."Of course, I know that the public is dreaming of the treble, but we also know well enoug...

Drinkwater signs new deal with Leicester City

Leicester City and England midfielder Danny Drinkwater signed a new five-year contract with the Premier League champions on Thursday.Drinkwater, 26, joins Jamie Vardy, Riyad Mahrez and Kasper Schmeichel in committing his future to the club since the en...

London mayor criticises burkini ban before Paris visit

London Mayor Sadiq Khan spoke out against the banning of the Islamic burkini swimsuit in France as he headed to Paris Thursday for talks with his French counterpart.Khan, the first Muslim mayor of a major Western capital, spoke out after some 30 French...

Putin: Russian Paralympic ban ‘cynical & immoral’

The ruling of the Court of Arbitration for Sport on the Russian Paralympic team ban is cynical and immoral, President Vladimir Putin has said, adding that Russia will not accept accusations of doping without proof. Read Full Article at RT...

Vietnamese woman cuts off limbs for insurance payout

A Vietnamese woman paid a friend to cut off her hand and foot in a bid to claim a handsome insurance payout, state-run media reported Thursday. The woman, identified only as L. T. N., checked into a Hanoi hospital in May with one third of her left foot...

Spain’s growth stagnates in second quarter

Spain's economic growth stagnated in the second quarter, official data showed Thursday, as the country remains mired in political limbo after two inconclusive general elections.The Ine statistics agency said that GDP expanded by 0.8 percent compared to...

Russia’s biggest bank upbeat on 2016

Russia's largest lender Sberbank on Thursday announced it almost tripled its profits in the second quarter and predicted further stabilisation of the economy this year despite credit growth slowing.The majority state-controlled bank made a net profit o...

French fashion designer Sonia Rykiel dead at 86

French fashion designer Sonia Rykiel, the so-called Queen of Knitwear, died on Thursday at the age of 86 after a long battle with Parkinson's disease, her daughter told AFP."My mother died at 5:00 this morning at her home in Paris from the effects of P...

Russia launches large snap military drills

Russia on Thursday launched large-scale snap military drills, putting its troops on full combat readiness in districts bordering Ukraine and the Baltic states, the defence minister said. "In accordance with the decision of the Supreme Commander-in-Chi...