US military confirms N. Korea fired missile into Sea of Japan

The US military confirmed Tuesday that nuclear-armed North Korea had fired a ballistic missile, finding it posed no threat to North America and vowing to work closely with its regional allies.The move came after the reclusive state warned it will retal...

UK zoos fear no Brexit deal could impact endangered species

British zoos are worried that Britain's failure to secure a Brexit deal would diminish their ability to protect and breed endangered species, the sector's head said on Wednesday."The lack of clarity from the Government at the moment is very concerning,...

Cancer study: Antibiotics linked to dangerous polyps

Long-term use of antibiotics increases the risk later in life of developing colon polyps, often a precursor of bowel cancer, researchers said Wednesday.The findings, published in the journal Gut, boost evidence that the digestive tract's complex networ...

N. Korea fires projectile into Sea of Japan: S. Korea

Nuclear-armed North Korea on Wednesday fired a suspected missile into the Sea of Japan, South Korea's defence ministry said."North Korea fired an unidentified projectile into the Sea of Japan this morning from (the eastern port of) Sinpo," the ministry...

S&P raises Argentina’s credit rating

Standard & Poor's raised Argentina's credit rating one notch Tuesday, from B- to B, saying Latin America's third-largest economy was on the verge of exiting recession.

The rating bump gives a boost to center-right President Mauricio Macri, who has launched sweeping -- often unpopular -- economic reforms aimed at reviving growth.

"Argentina is making progress in resolving several macroeconomic imbalances in the country while gradually rebuilding the country's credibility," the rating agency said in a statement.

It predicted Argentina would return to economic growth of three percent this year, with inflation -- a tricky problem for Macri -- falling by half, to 20 percent.

Many economic analysts see signs of "green shoots" in Argentina, after it posted growth of 0.5 percent in the last quarter of 2016.

S&P predicted "broad continuity" over the next two years, but also warned of "uncertainties about the pace of implementation of the government's corrective economic plan given ongoing political challenges."

Macri, who took office in December 2015, faces a key test in midterm elections this October.

Some analysts say the upcoming vote has forced him to back off his austerity reforms.

Keep strong bank capital rules: outgoing Fed governor

Federal Reserve Governor Daniel Tarullo, the central bank's point man for banking regulation, called Tuesday for keeping "strong" capital rules in place but acknowledged the so-called Volcker rule may be too complex.The remarks from Tarullo, 64, who is...

Four charged in Mali for kidnap of Colombian nun

Authorities in Mali charged four men Tuesday over the kidnapping of a Colombian nun, whose whereabouts remain unknown, judicial sources told AFP. Gloria Cecilia Narvaez Argoti, a Franciscan nun in her fifties, was seized by armed men on February 7 in t...

Germany cracks down on foreign child marriages

Germany's cabinet on Wednesday plans to agree a ban on child marriages after the recent mass refugee influx brought in many couples where one or both partners were aged under 18.The new law, set to receive parliamentary approval by July, is seen as a p...

Lazio into Italian Cup final despite Roma defeat

Lazio reached the Italian Cup final on Tuesday despite losing 3-2 in the second leg to bitter city rivals Roma, advancing 4-2 on aggregate.A double from Egyptian Mohamed Salah on 66 and 90 minutes added to Stephan El Shaarawy's goal two minutes before ...

Atletico close on Real Madrid ahead of derby

Atletico Madrid's fine form continued as Filipe Luis scored the winner in a 1-0 win over Real Sociedad to close to within seven points of La Liga leaders Real Madrid on Tuesday.Luis had scored his first goal of the season in Saturday's 2-0 win at Malag...

‘Chemical attack’ leaves US Syria policy in disarray

The United States' stumbling response Tuesday to the latest apparent chemical weapons strike in Syria underlined the disarray at the heart of its strategy for the country.After an awkward delay, Washington officials joined a global chorus of outrage af...

Brazil lambasts Israel’s new settlement approval

Brazil on Tuesday sternly criticized Israel's approval for renewed large-scale settlement building in the occupied West Bank."The settlements in (Palestinian territory) are illegal and amount to an obstacle for the two-state solution and for a fair and...

US approves ChemChina’s $43 bn takeover of Syngenta

US antitrust regulators approved ChemChina's $43 billion takeover of Swiss pesticide and seed giant Syngenta after they agreed the Chinese company must sell three products, the Federal Trade Commission said Tuesday.Under a preliminary settlement, the F...

Ibrahimovic rescues point as Man Utd misfire again

Zlatan Ibrahimovic marked his return from suspension with a 94th-minute equaliser as Manchester United were held to a 1-1 draw with Everton on Tuesday on another frustrating night at Old Trafford.Phil Jagielka's first goal in almost two years looked to...

French presidential hopefuls debate economy, Europe

All 11 candidates for the French presidency fought for the spotlight in a marathon debate Tuesday, setting out their visions for turning around a moribund economy and redefining France's place in Europe."I want to recover the optimism of the French," s...