Boko Haram releases girls

06 May 2017

ABUJA – Boko Haram militants have released dozens of schoolgirls out of a group of more than 200 whom they kidnapped from the north-eastern town of Chibok in April 2014, officials said. A government minister, asking not to be named, said 82 girls had been released.... Read More


Miley Cyrus changes image

06 May 2017

LOS ANGELES – Miley Cyrus says she is steering away from marijuana, alcohol and nipple pasties and rolling out a new sound that could help people take her more seriously after she was dubbed one of pop music’s bad girls. Speaking to Billboard Magazine in an interview... Read More


Email hack hits French presidential election

06 May 2017

PARIS – France sought to keep a computer hack of frontrunner Emmanuel Macron’s campaign emails from influencing the outcome of the country’s presidential election with a warning on Saturday it could be a criminal offence to republish the data. Macron’s team said... Read More


Macron’s French presidential campaign emails leaked online

06 May 2017

PARIS – Leading French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron’s campaign said on Friday it had been the target of a “massive” computer hack that dumped its campaign emails online one and a half days before voters choose between the centrist and his far-right rival Marine... Read More


Young protester dies, taking Venezuela unrest death toll to 37

05 May 2017

CARACAS – A 20-year-old Venezuelan protester died today after being shot in the head, authorities said, taking fatalities from a month of anti-government unrest to at least 37 as the opposition geared up for more demonstrations. Hecder Lugo was hurt during fighting... Read More


The Eagles sue Hotel California

05 May 2017

LOS ANGELES – The Eagles have filed a lawsuit accusing the owners of a Mexico hotel of using the name “Hotel California”, arguably the band’s most famous song, without permission. In a complaint filed late Monday, the Eagles said owners of the 11-room Todos Santos... Read More


Trump and Pope to meet on May 24

05 May 2017

VATICAN CITY – United States President Donald Trump will meet Pope Francis on May 24, the Vatican said on Thursday, a potentially awkward encounter given their diametrically opposing positions on immigration, refugees and climate change. Trump will be coming from... Read More


US House repeals Obamacare; bill faces higher hurdles in Senate

04 May 2017

WASHINGTON – The United States House of Representatives narrowly approved a bill to repeal Obamacare today, handing Republican President Donald Trump a victory that could prove short-lived as the healthcare legislation heads into a likely tough battle in the Senate.... Read More


Britons vote in local elections

04 May 2017

LONDON – Britons began voting on Thursday in local and regional elections expected to give a taste of how far Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May’s dominance extends before next month's national election. Thousands of local-level government seats will be up for... Read More


Prince Philip retiring from royal duties

04 May 2017

LONDON – Prince Philip, the 95-year-old husband of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, joked on Thursday about no longer being able to “stand up much” as Buckingham Palace announced he would retire later this year from active public life. Philip, who is also known as the... Read More


House to vote on healthcare bill

04 May 2017

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump’s effort to roll back Obamacare gained momentum on Wednesday as Republican leaders scheduled a vote in the House of Representatives on Thursday on newly revised legislation. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy expressed confidence... Read More


Senators moving to address issues on Venezuela

03 May 2017

WASHINGTON – An influential group of Republican and Democratic U.S. senators will file sweeping legislation on Wednesday to address the crisis in Venezuela, including sanctioning individuals responsible for undermining democracy or involved in corruption, Senate aides... Read More


Train jumper electrocuted in Paris

02 May 2017

PARIS – A man believed to be a migrant was electrocuted and died at a Paris railway station on Tuesday after climbing on top of a high-speed Eurostar train due to leave for London, disrupting rail services from the busy terminal, officials said. The man “probably... Read More


Glammed up for the Met Gala

02 May 2017

NEW YORK – On a night when celebrities can let loose on their fashion choices, pop princesses and Hollywood actress took it up a notch in the avant-garde department at New York’s Met Gala on Monday. The 2017 Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute ball was... Read More


US issues travel alert for Europe, citing threat of terrorist attacks

02 May 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The United States State Department issued a travel alert for Europe yesterday, saying US citizens should be aware of a continued threat of terrorist attacks throughout the continent. In the alert, the State Department cited recent incidents in France,... Read More


On May Day, workers of the world unite – and protest

01 May 2017

LONDON – Europeans took to the streets today, celebrating the international workers' holiday of May Day with an assortment of rallies and demonstrations, which in France turned violent as protesters threw petrol bombs at police. One Paris police officer was seriously... Read More


Trump blasts media

30 April 2017

HARRISBURG – United States President Donald Trump hit the road on Saturday to celebrate his first 100 days in the White House with cheering supporters at a campaign-style rally, touting his initial achievements and lashing out at critics. Trump told a Pennsylvania... Read More


Russians, in peaceful protest, call for Putin to quit

29 April 2017

MOSCOW – Several hundred Russians lined up in central Moscow today under the gaze of riot police to hand over handwritten appeals for President Vladimir Putin to quit, as similar protests took place in other cities. Putin, who has dominated Russian politics for 17... Read More


North Korea test-fires ballistic missile in defiance of world pressure

29 April 2017

SEOUL, South Korea – North Korea test-fired a ballistic missile on Saturday shortly after United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned that failure to curb Pyongyang’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs could lead to “catastrophic consequences”. US and... Read More


Pope Francis denounces barbarity during Egypt visit, preaches tolerance

28 April 2017

CAIRO – Pope Francis, starting a two-day visit to Egypt, urged Muslim leaders on Friday to unite in renouncing religious extremism at a time when Islamist militants are targeting ancient Christian communities across the Middle East. Francis’ trip, aimed at improving... Read More


Trump: I thought it would be easier

28 April 2017

WASHINGTON – He misses driving, feels as if he is in a cocoon, and is surprised how hard his new job is. President Donald Trump on Thursday reflected on his first 100 days in office with a wistful look at his life before the White House. “I loved my previous life.... Read More




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