Israel eases restrictions on Gaza fishermen

Israel said Wednesday it had eased restrictions on Gaza fishermen, allowing them to travel up to nine nautical miles off the coast of the blockaded territory instead of the previous six.COGAT, the Israeli defence ministry agency responsible for civilia...

Europol probing IS setting up of social network

European police are probing whether the Islamic State group and other extremists are setting up a social network to spread propaganda, gain funding and avoid security crackdowns, an official said Wednesday."We are investigating the possibility that IS ...

Top-ranked Johnson returns after back injury layoff

World number one Dustin Johnson, who withdrew from the Masters after injuring his back on the eve of the year's first major, returns to competition Thursday at the Wells Fargo Championship.The 32-year-old American, who defends his first major title at ...

Puerto Rico seeks bankruptcy protection: governor

The governor of Puerto Rico announced Wednesday that the US territory would seek a form of bankruptcy protection to restructure its $70 billion debt, the largest municipal restructuring in US history.By declaring bankruptcy, the territory can prevent a...

US Federal Reserve keeps key lending rate unchanged

The US Federal Reserve on Wednesday made no change in the benchmark interest rate and downplayed recent weak economic growth, a signal it likely will remain on course for gradual rate hikes.The Fed's policy-setting Federal Open Market Committee voted u...

Ruthless Traore sparks Ajax rout of Lyon

On-loan Chelsea forward Bertrand Traore scored twice and grabbed an assist as Ajax trounced Lyon 4-1 in the first leg of Wednesday's Europa League semi-final.The Burkina Faso international nodded Ajax ahead after 25 minutes at the Amsterdam Arena befor...

Wild dolphins are sicker than captive ones: US study

Wild dolphins are exposed to more pollutants than their captive counterparts, which could explain why they face higher rates of illness and disease, US researchers said Wednesday.The study in the journal PLOS ONE analyzed the health of two wild dolphin...

Fancied Classic Empire draws post 14 for Kentucky Derby

Oddsmakers favorite Classic Empire drew the number 14 post on Wednesday for the 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby, the leadoff race in America's Triple Crown thoroughbred horse racing series.Classic Empire is a 4-1 favorite in the field of 20 for Sat...

Alonso starts ‘the real deal’ at IndyCar

Two-time Formula One champion Fernando Alonso made his first IndyCar test at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Wednesday, getting a taste of the famed oval ahead of his appearance in the famed May 28 race.The 35-year-old Spaniard is skipping this year...

Former NBA star Roy recovering after shooting

Former Portland Trail Blazers star Brandon Roy is recovering after being injured in a shooting in Los Angeles, reports said Wednesday.KING-TV in Seattle said Roy was treated for wounds following the shooting before returning to Washington state, where ...

Strike-delayed European rocket launch to go ahead

A satellite launch delayed since March 20 due to a crippling general strike in French Guiana, will go ahead on Thursday, launch firm Arianespace said.An Ariane 5 rocket is set to hoist two telecommunications satellites, one South Korean and the other B...

Egypt’s Sisi in UAE for talks

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi arrived in the United Arab Emirates on Wednesday for talks with top officials, state media said.Sisi's visit comes 24 hours after the UAE brokered a meeting between Fayez al-Sarraj, head of Libya's UN-backed Gove...