US offers $10 mn reward for ex-Qaeda affiliate chief

The United States is offering a $10 million reward for information to identify or locate the head of Al-Qaeda's former Syria affiliate the Fateh al-Sham Front.The State Department's Rewards for Justice reward for information on Abu Mohamed al-Jolani is...

Switzerland limits work permits for Romanians, Bulgarians

The Swiss government decided Wednesday to limit work permits issued to Romanian and Bulgarian citizens following a spike in immigration from those countries, invoking a clause in its agreement with the EU.The clause is part of a bilateral agreement wit...

Netflix hit by Cannes ‘ban’ after cinema release row

The Cannes film festival effectively slapped a ban on future Netflix-backed movies Wednesday after the streaming giant refused to screen its two films in this year's competition in French cinemas.Although "The Meyerowitz Stories" -- starring Adam Sandl...

UN warns of massive displacement in Yemen

A UN official warned Wednesday that up to half a million people could be displaced as conflict escalates and the humanitarian situation worsens in Yemen's southwestern Taez province, mainly in Hodeida."Between 100,000 and half a million people could be...

Putin acts to curb protests at Confed, World Cup

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree to prevent civil demonstrations disrupting next month's Confederations Cup and the 2018 World Cup. The decree, published Wednesday on the government's legal information internet portal, said that dem...

Ex-Qaeda branch threatens Syria rebels on safe zone deal

An alliance dominated by Al-Qaeda's former Syrian branch has warned rebel groups against implementing a deal on safe zones, saying they would be considered traitors.Tahrir al-Sham, led by the jihadist Fateh al-Sham Front, made the threat late Tuesday i...

Microsoft aims to make artificial intelligence mainstream

Microsoft on Wednesday unveiled new tools intended to democratize artificial intelligence by enabling machine smarts to be built into software from smartphone games to factory floors.Improving programs with artificial intelligence that could tap into s...

Djokovic surives scare to start new era

Novak Djokovic staved off a huge upset in his first match since splitting with his long-time coaching team to beat Nicolas Almagro 6-1, 4-6, 7-5 in the second round of the Madrid Masters on Wednesday.After a blistering start, Djokovic had to battle bac...

Suspected Qaeda suicide bombing kills Yemeni soldier

A suspected Al-Qaeda suicide bombing on Wednesday killed a Yemeni soldier in the southeastern province of Hadramawt, a security official said.Six other people, including three civilians, were wounded when the assailant detonated his explosives at a che...

Germany probes 2,000 firms over alleged Malta tax dodge

German authorities said Wednesday they had opened a probe into up to 2,000 companies registered in Malta on suspicion of tax fraud, after receiving an anonymous tip."There are branches of big German corporations on this long list," the finance minister...

Kosovo government falls, snap election to follow

Kosovo's government collapsed Wednesday after it lost a confidence vote in parliament, expected to trigger a snap election after over a year of political crisis in the tiny Balkan country.The ruling coalition had been strained by growing discord betwee...

West Virginia seeks future — without coal

Chuck Nelson spent 30 years underground in nearly every mining job available but today he is in no doubt about it: "There is no future in coal."For the fourth-generation retired miner, the politicians -- Donald Trump chief among them -- who won votes i...