Chile, China start talks to expand trade deal

Chile and China launched negotiations Monday to expand trade ties in the face of protectionist threats from US President Donald Trump.The Chilean government said officials in Beijing had started discussing expanding an existing bilateral trade agreemen...

Trump Organization to close modeling agency

The Trump Organization, the conglomerate that unites US President Donald Trump's disparate family business interests, announced Monday that it was closing its modeling agency after 18 years."On the heels of the recent sale of the Miss Universe Organiza...

Amnesty hails decline in executions

US death penalty sentences fell to a historic low last year and executions also dropped sharply, contributing to a global slump of over a third from 2015, Amnesty International said Tuesday.The number of death sentences handed down in the US, 32, was t...

Yellen warns Fed’s independence under threat

The US central bank's shield from political interference is "under some threat" from Congress, a prospect that could erode progress in the economy, Federal Reserve chief Janet Yellen warned Monday.Research shows that countries that allow the central ba...

Huge fire hits France’s Grande-Synthe migrant camp

A huge fire tore through at least half of the Grande-Synthe migrant camp outside the northern French city of Dunkirk on Monday night, an AFP correspondent reported.Firefighters said at least ten people had been injured in the blaze, which witnesses sai...

Barrett off the hook over red card

All Blacks fly-half Beauden Barrett has escaped further punishment after receiving a red card in the Wellington Hurricanes' Super Rugby win over NSW Waratahs last week.The current World Rugby player of the year was sent off late in the match after rece...

Altice USA to file papers for IPO this week: source

Telecom firm Altice USA plans to take the first steps this week towards an initial public offering on the New York Stock Exchange, a person familiar with the matter told AFP Monday.Altice USA, the affiliate of Netherlands-based telecom giant Altice led...

El Nino can warn on cholera outbreaks in Africa: study

El Nino, the cyclical climatic phenomenon in the Pacific Ocean, is linked to shifts in cholera cases in Africa, providing an early warning that could save lives, scientists said Monday.During the years when El Nino is warming the eastern Pacific, East ...

Trump, May aim to convince Moscow to end Assad support

A "window of opportunity" exists to convince Moscow to end its support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, British Prime Minister Theresa May and US President Donald Trump said in a phone call Monday."The prime minister and the president agreed that ...

US church shooter pleads guilty to state murder charges

White supremacist Dylann Roof pleaded guilty Monday to state charges in the killing of nine black churchgoers in South Carolina, three months after being handed a death sentence for the crime at the federal level.The 23-year-old was given life in priso...

Aru out of Giro d’Italia with knee injury

Italian Fabio Aru has been forced out of next month's Giro d'Italia, which starts on his native island of Sardinia as part of celebrations for the 100th edition, his Astana team said on Monday.Aru, who was set to challenge defending champion Vincenzo ...

Wretched Arsenal hit new low as Palace run riot

Arsene Wenger's wretched season hit a new low as Arsenal crashed to a humiliating 3-0 defeat at lowly Crystal Palace that leaves their top four bid in tatters.Wenger has been under siege in recent weeks as angry Arsenal fans demanded his resignation an...

Composer Du Yun wins Pulitzer for trafficking opera

Chinese-born composer Du Yun won the Pulitzer Prize for music on Monday for "Angel's Bone," an experimental opera that explores the psychology behind human trafficking.The one-act opera, which premiered last year at New York's Prototype festival, takes...

Pulitzer Prizes honor US election coverage

Campaign reporting that exposed misleading claims by now US President Donald Trump about charitable giving and commentary about last year's divisive US presidential campaign won Pulitzer Prizes on Monday.David Fahrenthold of The Washington Post won the...