Greek flood death toll rises to 21

21 Nov

The death toll from flash floods near Athens last week has risen to 21, with one more person still missing, officials said Tuesday.The body of a truck driver was recovered at a municipal vehicle lot in Mandra, the town near Athens worst hit by the floo…

Before ‘Sweet Dreams,’ Eurythmics braced for failure

21 Nov

“Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)” has become a classic in pop music and marked a commercial breakthrough for synth-pop. But before the Eurythmics wrote it, the duo feared they were finished.”I remember that I was in a terrible mood that day. I actually…

US charges Iranian over ‘Game of Thrones’ HBO hack

21 Nov

The United States on Tuesday charged an Iranian computer whiz with hacking into HBO, stealing scripts and plot summaries for “Games of Thrones,” and trying to extort $6 million in Bitcoin out of the network.US prosecutors in New York unveiled a seven-c…

Airbus gets certification for A350-1000

21 Nov

Airbus said Tuesday that its A350-1000 widebody aircraft had received certification from US and European aviation authorities, clearing the way for its delivery and entry into service.A longer version of the Airbus A350-900, the twin-engine plane can a…

Czech president urges EU to end Russia sanctions

21 Nov

Czech President Milos Zeman on Tuesday called for an end to EU sanctions against Russia imposed over the Ukraine crisis, as well as the retaliatory measures introduced by Moscow.Zeman, a pro-Russia veteran of the left in EU member the Czech Republic, m…

Greece to confront controversy over historic sharia law

21 Nov

On Greece’s rural border with Turkey, a sizeable Muslim minority has lived for decades, regulating their family affairs under Islamic sharia law, a legacy traced back to century-old treaties.Now, the leftist government of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras …

Morocco regulator bans bitcoin payments

21 Nov

Morocco’s currency regulator has announced a ban on transactions in bitcoin and other virtual currencies, in a country where foreign exchange flows are tightly controlled.”Transactions via virtual currencies constitute a breach of regulations, punishab…

Forbidden City and Vatican try ‘art diplomacy’

21 Nov

China’s Forbidden City and the Vatican Museums are set to swap 40 works of art as part of efforts to bolster diplomatic relations between the Communist country and the seat of the Catholic Church.The works — including Chinese ceramics and paintings ke…

13 mln Syrians need aid despite violence drop: UN

21 Nov

More than 13 million Syrians are in need of aid despite a relative drop in violence in their war-torn country in recent months, the United Nations said on Tuesday.Upwards of 330,000 people have been killed since Syria’s conflict erupted in March 2011 w…

Suicide car bomb kills 21 in town north of Baghdad

21 Nov

A suicide car bomber killed at least 21 people in an attack on a busy market in a town north of Baghdad on Tuesday, a security official said.Dozens more were wounded when the attacker blew up the vehicle in the middle of the fruit and vegetable market …

PM quashes bid to make French less macho

21 Nov

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has clamped down on attempts to make French more female-friendly, issuing a ban on so-called “inclusive writing” in official texts, according to a memo seen by AFP on Tuesday.Moves to end the linguistic dominance …