31 January 2019 News

United States, Britain, The European Union, Donald Trump, India were the most important topics in the news of the Thursday 31 January 2019, but also: France, Venezuela, Football, China, Lifestyle.

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News from 31/01/2019

Non-league side to wear ‘rainbow’ kit in support of LGBT community

English non-league side Altrincham will wear a rainbow coloured kit in support of football's fight against homophobia.The National League North...

Amazon profit jumps while shares slip

Amazon on Thursday reported its profit in the past quarter surged on strong holiday retail sales and its soaring cloud computing business.The...

Windies on top as England collapse again

West Indies' surprising dominance of England continued on the opening day of the second Test with the home side's fast bowlers bundling out the...

Windies on top as England collapse again

West Indies' surprising dominance of England continued on the opening day of the second Test with the home side's fast bowlers bundling out the...

Almost half of Americans have heart disease : study

Almost half of Americans have heart disease, a significant increase over prior years largely because of a newly expanded definition of high blood...

Facebook takes down vast Iran-led manipulation campaign

Facebook said Thursday it took down hundreds of accounts from Iran that were part of a vast manipulation campaign operating in more than 20 countries.The...

Tomb savers : Conservationists unveil work on Tutankhamun grave

After almost a decade, a team of international experts on Thursday revealed the results of their painstaking work to preserve the tomb of Egypt's...

‘Tremendous’ progress in US-China trade talks : Trump

President Donald Trump hailed "tremendous progress" in US-China trade negotiations Thursday and Chinese leader Xi Jinping said that their relations...

US banks shifting some London staff ahead of Brexit deadline

With two months until Brexit takes effect, US banks have begun transferring some London staff to Continental Europe and drawing up contingency...

Ali, Foakes spark England revival in 2nd Test

Moeen Ali and Ben Foakes engineered a lower-order revival but England were still in trouble at 172 for six at tea on the opening day of the second...

Venezuela’s Guaido accuses security forces of threatening his family

Venezuela's self-proclaimed acting president Juan Guaido on Thursday accused socialist leader Nicolas Maduro's security forces of trying to intimidate...

US Midwest gripped by bitterly cold temperatures but relief ahead

Brutally cold temperatures gripped the US Midwest on Thursday, freezing water mains, causing power outages, canceling flights and straining natural...

Venezuela’s opposition to up pressure on Maduro with new rally

Opposition leader Juan Guaido appealed to his countrymen to take to the streets at the weekend for "the biggest march in the history of Venezuela"...

Bairstow hits fifty as England collapse against Windies again

Jonny Bairstow was fighting a lone counter-attacking hand as the West Indies fast bowlers again ripped through the England top order with the...

Sri Lanka sends bone fragments from mass grave for US analysis

Bone fragments from one of the biggest mass graves found in Sri Lanka since its civil war ended nearly a decade ago have been sent to the US...

EU accuses 8 banks of forming eurozone bond cartel

The EU's powerful anti-trust sheriff on Thursday accused eight banks of having conspired for several years to distort competition in the eurozone...

Martial signs new long-term deal at Manchester United

Anthony Martial has signed a new contract that will keep him at Manchester United until June 2024 just months after he seemed set to leave, the...

US, China hail major ‘progress’ in trade talks

The United States and China said their trade war negotiations resulted in major progress as the clock ticks on a March deadline to avert a massive...

Hidden homeless : England’s rural rough sleepers

In an idyllic stretch of countryside, Benny Clapp has made his home in a tent beside a river near Canterbury in Kent, a region known as the "Garden...

England’s Tuilagi starts against Ireland in Six Nations opener

Manu Tuilagi is set to make his first England start in more than four years after being named in Eddie Jones' run-on XV to play champions Ireland...

Waiting for a late flourish as transfer window prepares to shut

The January transfer window closes on Thursday with a late splurge from the Premier League's biggest clubs unlikely after a month in which the...

High rents and austerity swell Britain’s homeless

Homelessness in London has gone up by 300 percent over an eight-year period, according to government data published on Thursday that revealed...

Spirit of cricket needs to be protected, says outgoing ICC boss

The head of cricket's world body Thursday said the sport's "spirit" is under threat after recent scandals -- ranging from racist comments to...

UK backs ‘targeted’ sanctions on Venezuelan ‘kleptocrats’

British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said Thursday he believed sanctions against Venezuelan "kleptocrats" could be a way to pressure President...

Eurozone growth slows sharply to 1.8% in 2018

Growth in the eurozone slowed sharply to 1.8 percent in 2018, data showed Thursday, as a recovery ran out of steam on worries over the US-China...

Italy slides into recession after economy shrinks

The Italian economy contracted in the fourth quarter of 2018, dragged down by slowing European growth and global trade tensions, plunging the...

Asia Bibi still in Pakistan, but free to go : foreign office

Asia Bibi, the Christian woman whose acquittal was upheld this week in a blasphemy saga which has made her a prime target for vigilantes, is...

UK says may have to delay Brexit to pass necessary laws

Britain may need to delay Brexit to pass legislation to implement the split with the European Union, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said Thursday.As...

Dozens of ex-graft convicts running for office in Indonesia polls

Dozens of Indonesians who served jail time for corruption are running for public office, the electoral agency said Thursday, as the world's third-largest...

Foxconn ‘adjusting’ Wisconsin factory plans hailed by Trump

Taiwanese electronics giant Foxconn said Thursday it was reassessing plans to build a cutting-edge factory in Wisconsin, which Donald Trump once...

Foxconn ‘adjusting’ Wisconsin factory plans hailed by Trump

Taiwanese electronics giant Foxconn said Thursday it was reassessing plans to build a cutting-edge factory in Wisconsin, potentially dealing...

Australia river agency pilloried amid mass fish deaths

The authority that oversees Australia's largest river system was accused of "maladministration", "gross negligence" and ignoring climate science...

‘They always come back’ : French Guiana battles illegal gold hunters

A soldier stealthily emerges from the dense undergrowth of French Guiana's jungle, grabbing the shoulder of a man blasting gaping holes into...

Pope Francis : reaching out to Muslims

Pope Francis has made dialogue with Islam a cornerstone of his papacy, which began in 2013, and visited several countries with large Muslim populations.In...

Ghosn : Bail refusal ‘would not be normal in any other democracy’

Former Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn slammed his ongoing detention in Japan Thursday, telling AFP and a French newspaper the decision to refuse him...

India police arrest ‘Love Commandos’ chief for extortion

The head of Love Commandos, an organisation which offers shelter to runaway lovers, has been arrested in Delhi for extortion and abuse of desperate...

Sri Lanka look to shrug off injuries, off-field dramas

Sri Lanka were working to shrug off a series of injuries and off-field dramas, captain Dinesh Chandimal said Thursday, as they look to avoid...

Sharma shocked as New Zealand humble India

Stand-in captain Rohit Sharma warned against complacency ahead of India's World Cup fight Thursday after a resurgent New Zealand inflicted one...

Toiling in Delhi’s toxic smog

Delhi is the world's most polluted major city, its toxic cocktail of vehicle fumes, dust and smoke choking the chaotic metropolis and taking...

Muse : Myanmar’s militia-run, billion-dollar gateway to China

With tinted windows and their militia name emblazoned on the side of their Ford truck, "Pan Say" fighters cruise the sleazy streets of Muse,...

New Zealand skittle Kohli-less India

New Zealand defeated India by eight wickets Thursday in the fourth one-day international after the tourists crumbled without talisman Virat Kohli,...

Three burning issues in world rugby

The Six Nations kicks off when France entertain Wales on Friday. AFP Sport looks at three current issues in world rugby.Tackles, concussionFour...

Wales bid to extend streak in 6 Nations opener against France

Wales will bid to equal their longest winning sequence since 1999 when they take on France in Friday's opening game of the Six Nations, Warren...

Muezzin muscled out : Israeli mosque fires bodybuilder

Ibrahim Masri has been calling Muslims to prayer for nearly 15 years in an Israeli city but his voice is now being silenced because he took part...

Feng shui masters say Trump secrets could be nosed out in Year of Pig

As the Chinese zodiac turns into the Year of the Pig next week, feng shui masters are predicting turbulence and division for world leaders at...

Grams of gold fuel French Guiana’s ruthless jungle economy

Honda all-terrain vehicles have replaced mules as the beast of burden of choice, but the wildcat mining camps of French Guiana are governed by...

Ice instruments melt musical boundaries in Italian Alps

When Tim Linhart started making instruments from ice they were more likely to explode with a bang than produce music, but things have come a...

Pressure on Ireland as World Cup adds extra edge to Six Nations

Ireland's status as one of the favourites to win this year's World Cup in Japan will be put to the test with the defence of their Six Nations...

Irish rugby schooled for success

Ireland's rise to number two in world rugby on the back of a Six Nations Grand Slam, and a historic home win over world champions New Zealand,...

From Rings to Ringo : Peter Jackson helms Beatles documentary

Acclaimed "Lord of the Rings" director Peter Jackson announced Thursday he is working on a documentary detailing the making of The Beatles' classic...