Brazil’s top court releases testimony linking president to bribes

20 May 2017

SAO PAULO/BRASILIA – Brazil’s Supreme Court released explosive plea-bargain testimony on Friday accusing President Michel Temer, along with former presidents Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and Dilma Rousseff, of receiving millions in bribes. The testimony raises serious... Read More


Car slams into Times Square pedestrians, killing one, injuring 22

18 May 2017

NEW YORK – A former US Navy sailor slammed his car into pedestrians in New York City’s packed Times Square today, killing an 18-year-old woman and wounding 22 people, and authorities said there was no indication it was an act of terrorism. Witnesses said the motorist... Read More


EU fines Facebook 110 million euros over WhatsApp deal 

18 May 2017

European Union antitrust regulators fined Facebook 110 million euros ($122 million) on Thursday for giving misleading information during a vetting of its deal to acquire messaging service WhatsApp in 2014. Calling it a "proportionate and deterrent fine", the European... Read More


Former FBI chief Mueller appointed to probe Trump-Russia ties 

18 May 2017

WASHINGTON - The US Justice Department, in the face of rising pressure from Capitol Hill, named former FBI chief Robert Mueller on Wednesday as special counsel to investigate alleged Russian interference in the 2016 US election and possible collusion between President... Read More


Putin offers transcript to prove Trump did not pass Russia secrets

17 May 2017

SOCHI/MOSCOW – Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that US President Donald Trump had not divulged any secrets during a meeting in Washington with Russian officials and offered to prove it by supplying Congress with a transcript. But a leading US Republican politician... Read More


Cosby says he will not testify at his sexual assault trial

17 May 2017

NEW YORK – Comedian Bill Cosby does not plan to testify in his defence at his sexual assault trial in June, he said yesterday in his first extended public comments in two years. The 79-year-old told Sirius-XM radio host Michael Smerconish that the dozens of women... Read More


US: Expansion of ban on larger electronics on airlines likely

16 May 2017

WASHINGTON – United States Homeland Security chief John Kelly has not made a final decision on extending a ban on larger electronic devices on airplanes, but the department still believes an expansion is likely, a spokesman said on Tuesday. Fears that a bomb could... Read More


Venezuela death toll rises to at least 42

16 May 2017

CARACAS – The death toll in Venezuela’s six-week wave of anti-government unrest has risen to at least 42, according to the state prosecutor’s office, which announced three deaths today. A policeman was arrested for his alleged role in the killing of a 33-year-old... Read More


North Korea vows missile tests ‘any time, any place’

16 May 2017

SEOUL – North Korea said yesterday it had successfully conducted a mid- to-long-range missile test and would continue such launches “any time, any place”, defying United Nations Security Council resolutions and warnings from the United States. North Korea has accused... Read More


Trump revealed intelligence secrets to Russians: say officials

15 May 2017

WASHINGTON – United States President Donald Trump disclosed highly classified information to the Russian foreign minister about a planned Islamic State operation during their meeting last week, two US officials with knowledge of the situation said today. The intelligence,... Read More


Rare Harry Potter piece stolen

15 May 2017

BIRMINGHAM – A rare Harry Potter prequel handwritten by author J.K. Rowling on a postcard has been stolen during a burglary in central England, police said on Friday as they appealed for help from fans of the wizard across the world. The 800-word story, set three... Read More


Trump asked to turn over Comey tapes

15 May 2017

WASHINGTON – United States lawmakers on Sunday called on President Donald Trump to turn over any tapes of conversations with fired FBI chief James Comey, potentially setting up a showdown with the White House as Democrats considered a boycott of the vote on Comey’s... Read More


Heineken launches beer with no alcohol

14 May 2017

BARCELONA – Dutch brewer Heineken has launched a non-alcoholic version of its namesake beer with the aim of becoming the global leader in a part of the market growing faster than the average. The world’s second largest beer maker launched “Heineken 0.0” at the Spanish... Read More


Health experts identify two more suspected Ebola cases

14 May 2017

KINSHASA – Health experts have identified two more suspected cases of Ebola in Democratic Republic of Congo, a day after the government declared an outbreak of the disease that has killed one man, the United Nations health agency said on Saturday. Government and... Read More


Trump pledges to nominate new FBI chief quickly

13 May 2017

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump said today he will move quickly to nominate a new FBI director, after he sparked a political firestorm by firing the man investigating possible collusion between Russia and the Trump presidential campaign. Trump told reporters... Read More


Global cyber attack slows but experts see risk of fresh strikes 

13 May 2017

SINGAPORE/FRANKFURT - A global cyber attack described as unprecedented in scale forced a major European automaker to halt some production lines while hitting schools in China and hospitals in Indonesia on Saturday, though it appeared to die down a day after its launch.... Read More


Boone Isaacs steps down as Oscars chief

13 May 2017

THE DEPARTING PRESIDENT of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which organises the Oscars, said yesterday she is also stepping down from the board of governors. The announcement by Cheryl Boone Isaacs that she is not seeking re-election to the board... Read More


Pensioners clash with police

13 May 2017

CARACAS – Elderly Venezuelan protesters yesterday threw punches and yelled curses at riot police blocking the latest in six weeks of demonstrations against President Nicolas Maduro’s socialist government. Riot police with helmets and shields used pepper gas several... Read More


British hospitals, Spanish firms among targets of ‘ransomware’ attack

12 May 2017

LONDON/MADRID – A huge cyber attack leveraging hacking tools widely believed to have been developed by the United States National Security Agency brought disruption to Britain’s health system today and infected dozens of other countries around the world, security researchers... Read More


King Arthur director: Beckham great on screen

12 May 2017

DAVID BECKHAM has received some scathing reviews in the British press for his cameo in the film King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword, but director Guy Ritchie has given the former soccer star the thumbs up for his performance. “I love him and I think he’s great on screen.... Read More


US airlines meet with Homeland Security on laptop ban

12 May 2017

WASHINGTON – United States Homeland Security officials met with major US airlines and a trade group yesterday to discuss the impact of possibly expanding a ban on large electronic gadgets on planes to flights from some European airports, three sources briefed on the... Read More




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