Saving lives gets tougher for Med’s charity boats

Shots fired in the air, verbal threats and ships stuck at sea: life has suddenly got tougher for the charity boats trying to stop migrants drowning off Libya.Italy wants to keep tighter rein on NGOs helping the multinational search and rescue operation...

Oil producers committed to output cut deal: OPEC

Global oil producers said Tuesday they remained committed to cutting output and stemming the collapse in oil prices, OPEC said.A technical panel including members of the Saudi-led cartel and other oil producers made the statement after a two-day sessio...

Kung takes time-trial victory and overall lead

Switzerland's Stefan Kung won the second stage time-trial at the BinckBank Tour on Tuesday to claim the overall lead from world champion Peter Sagan.The Swiss national time-trial champion completed the 9km race against the clock around Voorburg near Th...

Sign language orangutan dead at 39

Chantek, a male orangutan that learned to communicate in sign language, has died at the age of 39, a US zoo announced.Veterinarians at Zoo Atlanta had been treating Chantek for heart disease, but officials were reluctant to give a firm cause of animal'...

PGA Championship moves to May in 2019, Players to March

The PGA Championship will move from its typical August date on golf's global calendar to May starting in 2019 at Bethpage Black, PGA of America chief executive Pete Bevacqua announced on Tuesday.The move comes after years of discussion about a switch, ...

Sneijder hoping Nice success will lead to World Cup

Veteran Wesley Sneijder is dreaming of playing in a fourth World Cup next summer and believes a good season with Nice can help him achieve that aim.The 33-year-old, the most capped player in the Netherlands' history with 131 national team appearances, ...

Veteran Clerc commits to extra season with Toulon

Veteran France international wing Vincent Clerc will play an extra season with Toulon, the Top 14 club confirmed on Tuesday."He was without a contract since the end of (last) season with Toulon," a club statement read.The 36-year-old arrived at Toulon ...

US startups struggle to find sufficient financing

Small startup firms, which are key to US job growth, are struggling to find sufficient financing to expand, according to a survey released Tuesday.Startups were much more likely to face financial shortfalls even though their need for funds is smaller t...

Want to learn something? Sleep on it, but not too deeply: study

Scientists fascinated by the idea that humans might be able to learn while asleep -- a new language, say, or a piece of music -- have long been coming up with clashing experimental results.On Tuesday, a team said it has finally unravelled why. The huma...

Letterman leaving retirement to host Netflix TV series

Late-night television king David Letterman is kissing retirement goodbye to bounce back onto the small screen and host a new series for Netflix, the US streaming giant said Tuesday.Six hour-long episodes in the still-unnamed series will combine in-dept...

English wine makes a splash at UK’s beer festival

English wine made its debut Tuesday at the Great British Beer Festival, a dramatic new venture for the 40th annual celebration of traditional ale.Besides the 900 types of real ale, ciders and pear-based perries at the five-day festival, a small selecti...

N. Korea has produced miniaturized nuke warhead: media report

North Korea has produced a nuclear warhead small enough to fit inside its missiles, the Washington Post reported Tuesday, a major development sure to further inflame tensions. The Post cited parts of an analysis conducted by the Defense Intelligence Ag...

S.Africa’s Zuma survives no-confidence vote: Speaker

South African President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday survived a parliamentary vote of no confidence, as ruling ANC lawmakers stuck by their leader despite divisions and fierce criticism of his rule.The no-confidence motion needed to secure 201 of the 400 vote...

Israel to permit Jerusalem Palestinians to visit Gaza

Israel will allow Palestinian business executives from Jerusalem to visit the Gaza Strip for the first time in years, a defence ministry body said Tuesday.COGAT, the Israeli agency that oversees civilian affairs in the occupied Palestinian territories,...

Iranian drone buzzes US naval jet in Gulf: US

An Iranian drone flew within 100 feet (30 meters) of a US Naval jet Tuesday as the American plane was trying to land on an aircraft carrier in the Gulf, the Navy said.The encounter unfolded in international air space as the F/A-18E Super Hornet was pre...

Deadly C. Africa clashes raise genocide fears: UN

At least 45 people have been killed in fighting in Central African Republic, aid workers said Tuesday, as the UN said it saw "early signs of a genocide" in the conflict-wracked nation.Twenty-four people including 14 civilians died in Batangafo in the n...