Syria an ‘unwinnable’ war: UN chief Guterres

The Syrian conflict is "unwinnable", Antonio Guterres said on Wednesday in his first speech in Britain since taking over as UN Secretary General."It is high time to understand that this is a war where nobody is winning and this is a war which is becomi...

US-backed forces seize Syria’s Tabqa, dam from IS: monitor

A US-backed alliance of Syrian Arab and Kurdish fighters on Wednesday captured the key city of Tabqa and its nearby dam from Islamic State group jihadists, the force and a monitor told AFP."The Syrian Democratic Forces seized control of Tabqa and the a...

Pink for Jungels as Pibernik bungles

Luxembourg's Bob Jungels kept Britain's Geraint Thomas at bay to retain the Giro d'Italia pink jersey Wednesday after a "crazy" fifth stage that saw two riders celebrate victory.Jungels, who took the race lead from Quick Step teammate Fernando Gaviria ...

G7 finance ministers to avoid trade spat, US official says

Finance ministers from the G7 countries meeting in Italy will focus on inclusive growth but avoid a quarrel over protectionism, a senior US Treasury official said Wednesday.But even if concerns about the Trump administration's trade stance are not on t...

Barclays to pay $97 mn for overcharging investors

British banking giant Barclays has agreed to repay nearly $100 million to investment clients it overcharged for services, US financial regulators said Wednesday.The bank overbilled investment clients by nearly $50 million, US Securities and Exchange Co...

Baby deaths soar 30% in Venezuela: ministry

Deaths of babies soared by 30 percent last year in Venezuela, hit by shortages of food and medicine in an economic and political crisis, the health ministry said on Wednesday.Deaths of mothers in childbirth soared by two thirds meanwhile, according to ...

Pakistan frustrate Windies in opening session

Pakistan negotiated a potentially tricky first session, reaching 70 for one on the first day of the third and final Test against the West Indies at Windsor Park in Dominica on Wednesday.After they were put in to bat, Shan Masood was the tourists' only ...

Facebook takes aim at ‘low quality’ websites

Facebook said Wednesday it was making changes designed to keep its users from linking to "low-quality" websites, part of an effort to fight spam and misinformation.The world's biggest social network said it is updating its ranking algorithm with the he...

EBRD sees oil price rebound boosting economic growth

Europe's development bank predicted Wednesday a pick-up in economic growth this year in most of the regions where it operates as rebounding oil prices boost Russia and other commodity exporters.The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, at i...

Puerto Rico drinking water is worst in US: report

The US territory of Puerto Rico has the worst drinking water in the nation, and the majority of the island's water supply is in violation of federal standards, a report said Wednesday.Nearly every person in Puerto Rico -- 99.5 percent of the population...

Billionaire Czech finance minister under fire

The Czech Republic's finance minister found himself under heavy fire in parliament Wednesday over his business dealings and leaked conversations that led the prime minister to try to sack him last week.Andrej Babis, the second wealthiest Czech, leads t...