Grenade kills Saudi policeman in Shiite town: ministry

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Iran vice president pulls out of election, backs Rouhani

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Venezuela death toll hits 40 as boy dies: prosecutors

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Injured Kyrgios out of Rome Masters

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Nadal can’t fault Federer for skipping clay season

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France fines Facebook for data protection breaches

France's data protection agency said Tuesday it had fined Facebook for collecting information on users without their knowledge, following a probe of the social network in cooperation with other European regulators.The CNIL agency said it had slapped a ...

US-backed fighters advance on Syria’s IS-held Raqa

The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces militia has advanced to within four kilometres north and east of the Islamic State group's Syrian bastion Raqa, a spokesperson and monitor said Tuesday.The advances bring the SDF, a Kurdish-Arab alliance, closer t...

England begin Six Nations title defence against Italy

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HP Enterprise unveils computer ‘for era of Big Data’

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Trump says he has ‘absolute right’ to share info with Russia

US President Donald Trump on Tuesday insisted he had the right to share "facts" with Russia, saying he acted to help Moscow in its "fight against ISIS and terrorism."

His Twitter message came one day after news broke that he allegedly divulged classified information to Russia's foreign minister and ambassador to Washington during their visit last week to the Oval Office.

"As President I wanted to share with Russia (at an openly scheduled W.H. meeting) which I have the absolute right to do, facts pertaining to terrorism and airline flight safety," he wrote in an early morning tweet.

In his tweet Trump wrote that he was motivated by "humanitarian reasons, plus I want Russia to greatly step up their fight against ISIS & terrorism."

The Washington Post, citing unnamed officials, had reported that Trump went off script during the meeting, describing details about an Islamic State group terror threat related to the use of laptop computers on airplanes, revealing the city where the information was gathered.

National Security Advisor HR McMaster had denied the president had revealed "intelligence sources or methods" but acknowledged that Trump and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov had "reviewed a range of common threats to our two countries, including threats to civil aviation."

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov dubbed the news "nonsense," saying it was "not an issue for confirming or denying."

The revelations are the latest in a wave of crises to hit the White House, coming just one week after Trump shocked Washington by sacking his FBI director James Comey.

Comey had been overseeing investigations into links between Trump's campaign and alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Trump's meeting with top Russian diplomats came one day after Comey's firing.

‘Massive’ boar chases British ambassador

Britain's ambassador to Austria has generally been given a warm welcome but one wild boar at least appears to have little time for diplomatic niceties.Leigh Turner, London's envoy since August, has revealed that walking earlier this month in woods near...

Man United predict record revenue for 2017

Manchester United predicted a record rise in annual revenue to between £560 million ($721.8 million, 652.4 million euros) and £570 million in their latest quarterly financial figures released on Tuesday.

United had previously told investors to expect revenue of between £530 million and £540 million for the 2016-17 financial year.

Broadcast revenue for the quarter rose by 12.9 percent to £31.4 million, largely due to the Premier League's new bumper television rights deal taking effect.

"We are forecasting better full-year financial performance than expected and as such have raised our revenue and profit guidance for the year," said United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward in a press release.

"We look forward to a strong finish to 2016-17, both on and off the pitch."

United failed to qualify for this season's Champions League, but their exploits in the Europa League have helped them to record strong financial results.

They have won the League Cup in Jose Mourinho's first season as manager and will face Ajax in the final of the Europa League, the only tournament they have never won, on May 24.

They must win the Europa League to qualify for next season's Champions League, having failed to secure a top-four finish in the Premier League.

The club's operating expenses rose 27 percent to £129.8 million, partly due to the contracts offered to new signings including Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

United also hired a significant number of new non-playing staff members.

Net debt rose by £17.6 million to £366.3 million, which the club said was due to the strengthening US dollar.

Damascus says US crematorium claims ‘totally unfounded’

US claims that Syria's regime is using a prison crematorium to destroy the remains of thousands of murdered detainees are unfounded and disconnected from reality, Damascus said on Tuesday."These allegations are totally unfounded, they are nothing but t...

Macron puts finishing touch to new-look French cabinet

French President Emmanuel Macron is set to unveil his cabinet on Tuesday, a delicate balancing act for the centrist who has promised to include faces from the left and right as well as political newcomers.On Monday, his first day in office, Macron name...