Venezuelan’s opposition calls new strike, violence flares

23 July 2017

CARACAS – Venezuela’s opposition called a two-day national strike against President Nicolas Maduro after another day of violent clashes on Saturday where the injured included a violinist famous for his musical protests. The opposition coalition – which organised... Read More


World Bank orders Argentina to pay $320 million over seized airline: newspaper

23 July 2017

BUENOS AIRES – The World Bank’s arbitration tribunal has ordered Argentina to pay $320 million plus interest and legal fees to Spanish travel group Marsans for expropriating its airline Aerolineas Argentinas SA AERA.UL in 2008, a local newspaper reported on Saturday.... Read More


Samples taken from Salvador Dali’s body to resolve paternity suit

23 July 2017

FIGUERAS, Spain – Forensic scientists and legal experts began taking DNA samples from the embalmed body of Spanish surrealist artist Salvador Dali on Thursday to try to resolve a paternity claim. Maria Pilar Abel, who was born in 1956 in the northern Spanish town... Read More


Israeli raid, Jerusalem clashes ratchet tensions higher

22 July 2017

JERUSALEM – Israel sent extra troops into the occupied West Bank on Saturday and its police broke up a crowd of stone-throwing Palestinians in Jerusalem as international concern mounted over the deadliest outbreak of violence between the two sides for years. The... Read More


ANC must return to its roots

22 July 2017

JOHANNESBURG - South African housing minister Lindiwe Sisulu launched her bid on Saturday to succeed scandal-hit President Jacob Zuma as leader of the African National Congress (ANC) by vowing to help save the ruling party from infighting and corruption. Sisulu,... Read More


Members of Burundi robotics team disappear in U.S.

21 July 2017

WASHINGTON – United States law enforcement authorities on Friday were seeking six teenagers from Burundi who went missing after a robotics competition in Washington, two of whom had been spotted crossing the border into Canada. The teens, aged 16 to 18, were last... Read More


Sean Spicer resigns as White House spokesman

21 July 2017

WASHINGTON – White House spokesman Sean Spicer resigned on Friday, ending a brief, turbulent tenure that gained global notoriety, after President Donald Trump named adviser and Wall Street financier Anthony Scaramucci as his top communications official. A White House... Read More


FTC investigating Amazon pricing

21 July 2017

WASHINGTON – As part of its review of Amazon’s agreement to buy Whole Foods, the Federal Trade Commission is looking into allegations that Amazon misleads customers about its pricing discounts, according to a source close to the probe. The FTC is probing a complaint... Read More


Venezuelans respond to anti-Maduro shutdown

21 July 2017

CARACAS – Many Venezuelan streets were barricaded and deserted on Thursday for a strike called by foes of President Nicolas Maduro to demand elections and the scrapping of plans for a new congress they fear would consolidate dictatorship in the OPEC country. From... Read More


US ends controversial laptop ban on Middle East carriers

20 July 2017

DUBAI - The United States has ended a four month ban on passengers carrying laptops onboard US bound flights from certain airports in the Middle East and North Africa, bringing to an end one of the controversial travel restrictions imposed by President Donald Trump's... Read More


McCain recovering after brain surgery

20 July 2017

WASHINGTON – United States Senator John McCain, the 2008 Republican presidential nominee known for political independence during more than three decades in the Senate, has been diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer, his office said on Wednesday. The 80-year-old... Read More


London fire survivors cry shame on council

20 July 2017

LONDON – Furious survivors of the London tower block fire that killed at least 80 people booed the new leader of the local authority during chaotic scenes on Wednesday at the council’s first meeting since the blaze. About 70 survivors of last month’s fire at the... Read More


Trump chides Republican senators on healthcare, tells them to keep working

19 July 2017

WASHINGTON – US President Donald Trump scolded Senate Republicans on Wednesday for failing to reach agreement on repealing or overhauling Obamacare, demanding they not leave Washington for a planned August recess until they can find common ground on healthcare. Trump's... Read More


Venezuela opposition plots 'zero hour,' government calls vote a 'fraud'

17 July 2017

CARACAS — Venezuela's opposition vowed on Monday to escalate protests after a massive vote against President Nicolas Maduro in an unofficial plebiscite that the leftist government mocked as a "gigantic fraud." After months of demonstrations that have led to nearly... Read More


Brexit talks start in Brussels

17 July 2017

BRUSSELS – Brexit Secretary David Davis launches a first round of negotiations on Britain's withdrawal from the European Union on Monday when he meets the Eurpean Union’s (EU) Michel Barnier for four days of talks between their teams in Brussels. A month after a... Read More


Call for probe into Amazon purchase of Whole Foods

16 July 2017

WASHINGTON – The top Democrat on the United States House of Representatives’ antitrust subcommittee has voiced concerns about Inc.’s $13.7 billion plan to buy Whole Foods Market Inc. and is pushing for a hearing to look into the deal’s impact on consumers.... Read More


Pope: No whining

16 July 2017

VATICAN CITY – If anyone had any doubts how Pope Francis feels about people who always complain, the answer is now tacked to the door of his frugal suite in a Vatican residence: “No Whining”. Under the explicit warning, the red-and-white Italian language sign goes... Read More


Merkel committed to strong EU

15 July 2017

ZINGST – German Chancellor Angela Merkel told voters on Saturday that Britain’s decision to leave the European Union (EU) and France’s election of President Emmanuel Macron had changed her view on the bloc, adding it was worth fighting for a stronger Europe. Merkel’s... Read More


House backs increase in defence budget

15 July 2017

WASHINGTON – The United States House of Representatives passed its version of a massive annual defence bill on Friday, leaving out controversial amendments on transgender troops and climate policy but backing President Donald Trump’s desire for a bigger, stronger military.... Read More


Egyptian kills two tourists, wounds four others on beach

15 July 2017

CAIRO – An Egyptian man stabbed two German tourists to death and wounded four others on Friday at a popular seaside vacation spot on the Red Sea, after apparently searching out foreigners to attack, officials and witnesses said. The knifeman killed the two German... Read More


Trumps mark Bastille Day in Paris

14 July 2017

PARIS – President Donald Trump watched United States and French soldiers march together through the Paris sunshine on Friday in a double celebration marking 100 years since the United States entered World War One and France’s annual Bastille Day holiday. Also featuring... Read More





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