18 January 2019 News

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Myanmar ‘too slow’ in allowing Rohingya return : UN chief

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Friday criticized as "too slow" Myanmar's efforts to allow the return of Rohingya Muslim refugees, describing...

Tesla to cut 7% of workforce amid tough profit outlook

Elon Musk's electric car manufacturer Tesla Motors announced Friday it was cutting its workforce by about seven percent in a push to keep the...

Zimbabwe blocks social media as crackdown intensifies

Zimbabwe on Friday blocked most social media as international criticism mounted of a ruthless security crackdown after anti-government protests.Police...

Trump, Kim to meet anew in February after N.Korean visits White House

President Donald Trump will meet for the second time with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in February, the White House said Friday, after a top...

DR Congo slaps down AU call to suspend final vote result

DR Congo rebuked the African Union on Friday over its calls to suspend the announcement of final results from presidential elections, insisting...

Butterflies, the unlikely victims of Trump’s border wall

In Mission, Texas, the construction of part of a long-promised wall on the border with Mexico to stem the tide of undocumented migrants is already...

Three jailed for life for deadly UK insurance scam

Three men were jailed for life in Britain on Friday for murdering five people when they blew up a shop in an attempted insurance scam.Shopkeeper...

Dutch PM says ‘no tweaks’ to Brexit plan

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte warned British counterpart Theresa May on Friday that there could be "no tweaks" to the Brexit deal that the...

British sailor acquitted in Canada gang rape case

A British Royal Navy sailor accused of taking part in the gang rape of a Canadian woman at a military barracks was acquitted Friday of sexual...

NASA and China collaborate on Moon mission

The space agencies of the United States and China are in touch and coordinating efforts on Moon exploration, NASA said Friday as it navigates...

Spain, UK agree to let citizens vote in post-Brexit local elections

Spain said Friday it had reached a deal with Britain allowing citizens living in both countries to keep voting in local elections as the prospect...

Trump giving ‘new life’ to IS, former envoy says

President Donald Trump's decision to pull US troops from Syria was made without deliberation, left allies "bewildered" and has rejuvenated the...

Victims tell of brutal Zimbabwe crackdown

The men wearing police and military uniforms came in the middle of night, forcing their way into the home where Brighton, 35, lives with his...

White House pushes back after explosive report alleges Trump told lawyer to lie

President Donald Trump's lieutenants pushed back strongly Friday at an explosive report alleging that Trump ordered his former lawyer Michael...

Colombia blames deadly Bogota car bombing on ELN rebels

The Colombian government on Friday blamed leftist ELN rebels for the bombing of a police training academy in Bogota that killed 20 people as...

Pelosi scrapped Afghan trip after Trump ‘leaked’ details

US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Friday excoriated her political nemesis, President Donald Trump, for "outing" her commercial trip to Afghanistan...

Tesla to cut 7% of workforce amid tough profit outlook

Elon Musk's electric car manufacturer Tesla announced Friday it is cutting its workforce by about seven percent in a push to keep its Model 3...

Sharapova stuns Wozniacki as ice men Nadal and Federer plough on

Maria Sharapova stunned defending champion Caroline Wozniacki to sweep into the Australian Open last 16 Friday and join ice men Rafael Nadal...

Colombia blames deadly Bogota car bombing on ELN rebels

The Colombian government on Friday blamed leftist ELN rebels for the car bomb that killed 21 people at a Bogota police cadet training academy.Defense...

EU sets out plans for ‘limited’ US trade deal

The EU on Friday published its negotiating plans for a free trade deal with the United States, part of an effort to avert a trade war with US...

Mourners rally after Sudanese protester’s funeral : witnesses

Hundreds of mourners launched a spontaneous anti-government demonstration Friday as they returned from the funeral of a protester killed in a...

Democrat vows to probe Trump lawyer’s alleged lies to Congress

A top Democrat in the US Congress has vowed to look into a report that President Donald Trump ordered his personal attorney to lie to Congress...

India’s richest man to battle Amazon, Walmart in e-commerce

Asia's richest man Mukesh Ambani announced details of a new online shopping platform Friday that will see his oil-to-telecoms conglomerate take...

Britain’s Prince Philip still driving at 97

Britain's lack of an upper age limit for driving was in the spotlight on Friday as 97-year-old Prince Philip recovered after being involved in...

‘Total internet shutdown’ in Zimbabwe : provider

Zimbabwe imposed a "total shutdown" of the internet on Friday, a major provider told customers, after protests early this week triggered a ruthless...

Myanmar army ‘kills 13’ in counterattacks on Rakhine rebels

Myanmar's army said Friday it killed 13 ethnic Rakhine fighters in counterstrikes after the well-armed group carried out deadly attacks on police...

Dhoni finishes off job to clinch ODI series for India

Master finisher Mahendra Singh Dhoni eased India to a seven-wicket victory to clinch their one-day international series against Australia in...

Swedish centre-left PM wins second term after months of wrangling

Sweden ended a four-month political vacuum Friday when lawmakers elected Prime Minister Stefan Lofven to a second term, after he elbowed out...

Solskjaer warns Man Utd players over complacency

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has warned Manchester United of the dangers of complacency as they prepare to face Brighton after beating Tottenham to extend...

West Ham open to selling Arnautovic if price is right

West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini says the club are open to selling star forward Marko Arnautovic this month, but only if the price is right.Arnautovic...

Swine flu kills 40 in western India

At least 40 people have died and more than 1,000 have tested positive for swine flu since the beginning of this year in a western Indian state...

French actress Deneuve to auction personal YSL clothing next week

French screen legend Catherine Deneuve's personal clothing collection designed by her friend Yves Saint Laurent will be auctioned in Paris next...

Swedish lawmakers elect PM Lofven to second term

Sweden ended a four-month political vacuum Friday when lawmakers elected Prime Minister Stefan Lofven to a second term, after he elbowed out...

India court orders security for women who entered flashpoint temple

India's Supreme Court on Friday ordered southern Kerala state to provide "round-the-clock" security to two women who enraged conservatives by...

Fast Federer excited by Tsitsipas clash after Fritz blitz

Ageless Roger Federer marked his 100th Rod Laver Arena match Friday by storming past Taylor Fritz, then looked forward to a "high quality" last-16...

China growth hit slowest pace in decades in 2018 : AFP survey

China's economy grew at its slowest pace in almost three decades in 2018, analysts in an AFP poll said, as the government struggles to contain...

Oxford says no to additional Huawei funding

Oxford University has decided to forgo further funding from Chinese tech giant Huawei as scrutiny grows in Europe over the telecom company's...

Chelsea clash vital in Arsenal’s need for Champions League cash

The need for the riches as much as the prestige of a return to Champions League football leaves Arsenal little room for error when Chelsea visit...

Regretful Brexit backers lobby for another vote

Britons who have changed their minds since voting to leave the European Union in 2016 are among those uniting to call for another chance to reverse...

UK’s Prince Philip ‘shocked and shaken’ after car crash

Queen Elizabeth II's 97-year-old husband Prince Philip emerged "shocked and shaken" but unhurt from a car crash that flipped his Land Rover on...

Brothers in arms : S. Korea debates military service exemptions

Despite generating almost $4 billion a year for the South Korean economy, the seven floppy-haired members of K-pop boyband BTS will still have...

After 600 years, night watchman still keeps vigil over Lausanne

Every evening, the night watchman clambers to the top of the Lausanne cathedral bell tower and gets to work: he shouts out the time each hour,...

Tesla recalls 14,000 cars in China over Takata airbags

Electric-vehicle maker Tesla will recall over 14,000 Model S cars in China as part of the global automotive sector's effort to replace potentially...

Chinese elderly jump on live streaming bandwagon

In public squares across China, it is not unusual to see retirees practicing dance, tai chi, or even singing.Wang Jinxiang is no different --...

Japan satellite blasts into space to deliver artificial meteors

A rocket carrying a satellite on a mission to deliver the world's first artificial meteor shower blasted into space on Friday, Japanese scientists...

British pound runs Brexit gauntlet

The British pound shrugged off fast-paced political drama this week, but faces sterner tests in the coming weeks and months as Brexit takes shape,...

US officials to ask Ecuador embassy staff about Assange visitors

US investigators will on Friday begin to question diplomatic staff who were stationed at the Ecuadorian embassy in London during WikiLeaks founder...

Flexible Fabinho eases burden on Liverpool’s injury-hit defence

An untimely series of injuries to defenders has left Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp short-handed at the back as he tries to keep the Premier...

Chelsea, Spurs search for striking solutions as Man Utd crank up pressure

Chelsea and Arsenal clash in the Premier League this weekend, with both managers looking nervously over their shoulders at a charging Manchester...

Boxer Frampton fighting to help religious integration in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland's former two-weight world boxing champion Carl Frampton grew up as a boy watching the riots that flared up between Protestants...

WADA say ‘successfully retrieved’ doping data from Moscow lab

WADA said Thursday that they have "successfully retrieved" data from the Moscow laboratory at the heart of Russia's state-sponsored doping scandal...

Saturn’s rings are younger than the planet itself

Saturn's rings are younger than scientists thought and appeared within the last 10 to 100 million years, according to research published Thursday...

‘Like five people stabbing me’ : Aussie Price takes second Dakar moto crown

Australia's Toby Price clinched his second Dakar motorcycling title despite riding the 5,000km route with a broken wrist and feeling like "five...

Divers spot giant white shark off Hawaii coast

An enormous great white shark -- believed to be one of the biggest on record -- has been spotted off the coast of Hawaii by divers who took a...

Trump grounds House speaker, scraps Davos trip amid shutdown

US President Donald Trump forced the cancellation Thursday of a trip to Afghanistan by his Democratic opponent Nancy Pelosi, and scrapped administration...