Emboldened Xi, weakened Trump face tough talks

8 Nov

Donald Trump and Xi Jinping will put their professed friendship to the test Thursday as the least popular US president in decades and the newly empowered Chinese leader hold tough talks on trade and North Korea.Trump will be treated to more pomp and ce…

Witch doctor spells injury hope for Tuilagi

8 Nov

England centre Manu Tuilagi revealed Wednesday that he had consulted a witch doctor in his native Samoa in a desperate attempt to cure the long-standing injury problems which have plagued his career.The 26-year-old Leicester battering ram said his moth…

Elder statesman Young relishes England return

8 Nov

After reaching a low point in his Manchester United career last season, Ashley Young is savouring the turnaround that has seen him end a four-year exile from the England squad.Young was scarcely seen at United during Jose Mourinho’s first season as man…

Egypt’s Sisi urges caution in Iran-Saudi crisis

8 Nov

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said on Wednesday his country does not support a military escalation in regional tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran, adding the region already faces enough crises.Sisi spoke at a wide ranging press conference…

Weinstein hires celebrated New York criminal lawyer

8 Nov

Harvey Weinstein has hired one of America’s most celebrated criminal defense lawyers to represent him in New York, a spokesperson for the disgraced mogul said Wednesday, as Manhattan prosecutors reportedly prepare a case against him.Adding Benjamin Bra…

AT&T may have to sell CNN to merge with Time Warner

8 Nov

US authorities have told AT&T and Time Warner they must sell the CNN news channel or satellite operator DirecTV to get the green light for their merger, a source close to the deal told AFP on Wednesday. The Justice Department, which is reviewing the $8…

UN council meets on Yemen after coalition blocks aid

8 Nov

The UN Security Council met behind closed doors Wednesday to discuss the crisis in Yemen after the Saudi-led military coalition closed the country’s borders, halting vital aid deliveries.The United Nations has raised alarm over the decision, which sinc…

Profits edge up for 21st Century Fox

8 Nov

Media-entertainment group 21st Century Fox said Wednesday profits edged higher in the past quarter, fueled by revenue growth in its television, cable networks and Hollywood film operations.Net profit in the fiscal first quarter for September 30 was up …

Apple bags rights to series starring Jennifer Aniston

8 Nov

Apple has acquired the rights to a new series starring and co-produced by American actresses Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon, a spokesperson said Wednesday.Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, the spokesperson said Apple had given the go-ahead fo…

Nicaragua deploys police to quell post-poll violence

8 Nov

Nicaragua’s government deployed riot police to a remote town on its Caribbean coast on Wednesday to put down days of violence triggered by weekend local elections.The police presence aimed to quell confrontations between members of an indigenous party,…

Turkey signs missile accord with Paris and Rome

8 Nov

Turkey on Wednesday signed a letter of intent opening the way to Ankara buying ground to air missiles from a French-Italian consortium.The letter signed by the Turkish, French and Italian defence ministers allows the Eurosam consortium to “analyse and …

Rihanna, Amal and Donatella named Met Gala 2018 hosts

8 Nov

It’s the most sought after invitation in the celebrity universe — and on Wednesday, Amal Clooney, Rihanna and Donatella Versace were named co-chairs of next year’s glittering Met Gala in New York.Held every year on the first Monday in May, the black-t…