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British PM scrambles to sell Brexit deal to MPs

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson launched a charm offensive on Friday to sell his Brexit deal to sceptical MPs, with …

Samsung admits Galaxy S10 fingerprint access flaw

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Tech giant Samsung Electronics on Friday acknowledged a major flaw with its fingerprint system that allows other people …

'Most overrated general' Mattis takes swipe at Trump

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Former US defense secretary James Mattis said he was honored to be the "world's most overrated general" in a swipe at …

Fierce battles in Mexico as arrest of El Chapo's son goes wrong

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Heavily armed gunmen waged an all-out battle against Mexican security forces Thursday as soldiers arrested -- then …

Internet shutdown fuels Kashmir fake news battle

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A communications blackout in India's powderkeg Kashmir region is fuelling a fake news war with Pakistan, as both sides …

China demanded firing of Rockets exec: NBA chief

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China demanded that a Houston Rockets executive be sacked for supporting pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong, NBA …

Fierce gun battles as Mexico moves to arrest El Chapo's son

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Heavily armed gunmen waged an all-out battle against Mexican security forces Thursday after they moved to arrest a son …

'Industrial scale' slaughter of Australian racehorses revealed

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Thousands of retired Australian racehorses are being secretly killed on an "industrial scale", with their meat shipped …

'Sporadic' clashes in Syria border town after Turkey announces truce

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Sporadic clashes between Turkish forces and Kurdish groups were ongoing in a battleground Syrian border town on Friday, …

China's growth slows to 6% in third quarter, weakest in 27 years

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China's economy expanded at its slowest rate in nearly three decades during the third quarter as it was hit by the …

Ballet Philippines battles Disney, typhoons and poverty to endure

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From fierce typhoons and tight budgets to losing its dancers to cruise ships and theme parks, Ballet Philippines has …

'Mass slaughter' of Australian racehorses rocks industry

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Australia's thoroughbred industry was reeling Friday after an investigation revealed the mass, and sometimes inhumane, …

US imposes tariffs on EU goods, targeting Airbus, wine and whisky

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The United States imposed tariffs on a record $7.5-billion worth of European Union goods on Friday, despite threats of …

Longest non-stop flight to take off from New York to Sydney

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A plane and its passengers are set to test the mental and physical limits of long-haul aviation when Qantas operates the …

Fierce gun battles as El Chapo's son arrested in Mexico

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Mexican security forces on Thursday arrested one son of jailed drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman in an operation …

China asked NBA to fire Rockets exec over Hong Kong tweet: Silver

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China demanded that a Houston Rockets executive be sacked for supporting pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong, NBA …

British PM tries to sell Brexit deal to MPs

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will on Friday seek to sell his Brexit deal to sceptical MPs, as he returns home …

China's Q3 GDP growth slows to 6%, slowest in 27 years

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China's economy expanded at its slowest rate in nearly three decades in the third quarter, hit by cooling domestic …

Japan emperor to proclaim enthronement in ritual-bound ceremony

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Japan's new Emperor Naruhito will formally proclaim his ascension to the throne next week in a ritual-bound ceremony, …

US-French comic book tackles mass shootings with superheroes

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Two US authors have found a novel way to address the mass shootings that regularly plunge their country into mourning -- …

Fierce gun battle rocks El Chapo's bastion in Mexico

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Heavily armed gunmen in four-by-four trucks fought an intense battle with Mexican security forces Thursday in the city …

Turkey, US agree on Syria ceasefire to force Kurdish fighters' withdrawal

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Turkey has agreed to suspend its Syria offensive for five days and will end the assault if Kurdish-led forces withdraw …

Liverpool eye more misery for Man Utd as Man City, Spurs seek fresh start

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Liverpool can rub more salt into Manchester United wounds with a first victory at Old Trafford in five years on Sunday, …

Europe endorses Brexit deal and urges UK MPs to back it

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European Union leaders endorsed a hard-fought Brexit deal with Britain on Thursday, but Prime Minister Boris Johnson …

Lebanese govt faces calls to resign as austerity protests spread

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The Lebanese government faced calls to resign Thursday after thousands of furious demonstrators took to the streets …

Juul suspends US sales of some flavored e-cigarettes

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The leading American maker of electronic cigarettes, Juul Labs, announced Thursday it is suspending sales of some …

Protests in Lebanon after move to tax calls on messaging apps

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Hundreds of people took to the streets across Lebanon on Thursday to protest dire economic conditions after a government …

Nicolas de Stael painting sold for record 20 mln euros

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A monumental painting by Nicolas de Stael was sold for 20 million euros at Christie's auction on Thursday, in what could …

Swift backlash as Trump picks own golf resort to host G7

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US President Donald Trump has awarded hosting of the next G7 summit to one of his own Florida golf clubs, the White …

United chief backs Solskjaer, hits out at 'insults', 'myths'

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Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward on Thursday backed manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to find a solution …

White House admits Trump tied Ukraine aid to political effort

Oct 17 2019

A top White House official admitted Thursday that President Donald Trump had tied military aid for Ukraine to Kiev …

Catalan separatists, police clash in fresh violence

Oct 17 2019

Catalan separatists burned barricades and clashed with police in Barcelona on Thursday in a fourth night of violence …

Catalan students rally en masse to kick off protest strike

Oct 17 2019

Catalan separatists were back out on the streets again Thursday, with students rallying as they kicked-off a two-day …

Turkey, US agree on Syria ceasefire to allow Kurdish forces to withdraw

Oct 17 2019

Turkey has agreed to suspend its Syria offensive for five days and will end the assault if Kurdish-led forces withdraw …

NBA boss Silver says losses in China row 'substantial'

Oct 17 2019

NBA commissioner Adam Silver said Thursday the league has suffered "substantial" losses following its dispute with …

Key developments in Turkey's offensive in Syria

Oct 17 2019

Here are the key developments in Turkey's deadly offensive against Kurdish forces in northern Syria, after Ankara agreed …

Turkey suspends Syria offensive, will end assault if Kurdish forces withdraw: Pence

Oct 17 2019

Turkey has agreed to suspend its Syria offensive for five days and will end the assault if Kurdish-led forces withdraw …

Cuban ballet legend Alicia Alonso dead at 98

Oct 17 2019

Cuban ballet legend Alicia Alonso, who developed a new Latin-influenced style and taught well into her 90s despite being …

UK, EU strike Brexit deal, urge MPs to back it

Oct 17 2019

European Union leaders endorsed a hard-fought Brexit deal with Britain on Thursday, but Prime Minister Boris Johnson …

35 foreigners dead in Saudi bus crash

Oct 17 2019

Thirty-five foreigners were killed and four others injured when a bus collided with another heavy vehicle near the …

US diplomat: Trump pushed for Ukraine probe of firm linked to Biden son

Oct 17 2019

A US diplomat told Congress Thursday that President Donald Trump and his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani injected US …

US pushes defiant Turkey for Syria ceasefire

Oct 17 2019

US Vice President Mike Pence met Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday to push for a ceasefire in Syria …

Belgium okays pre-parole evaluation of child killer Dutroux

Oct 17 2019

Brussels prosecutors on Thursday approved a request for a new psychiatric assessment of one of Europe's most notorious …

Berlin blames trade wars and Brexit for falling growth prospects

Oct 17 2019

Germany on Thursday slashed its growth outlook for next year, saying it expects trade conflicts, Brexit and other …

US demands Syria ceasefire but Turkey defiant

Oct 17 2019

US Vice President Mike Pence met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday to push for a ceasefire in …

HK lawmakers dragged from chamber as leader heckled for second day

Oct 17 2019

Pro-democracy lawmakers were dragged out of Hong Kong's legislature by security guards on Thursday after they heckled …

Britain and EU strike Brexit deal but MPs cry foul

Oct 17 2019

Britain and the European Union reached a new divorce deal Thursday that could allow Brexit on October 31, but faced …

Britain and EU strike Brexit deal ahead of summit

Oct 17 2019

Britain and the European Union reached a last-ditch Brexit deal on Thursday, just hours before an EU summit that is …

Northern Irish rejection threatens Brexit deal as EU leaders meet

Oct 17 2019

Britain's efforts to agree an amicable divorce from the European Union were hanging by a thread Thursday as leaders …

Aussie retailers pull #MeToo book after legal threats

Oct 17 2019

Two major retailers in Australia have removed a book on Harvey Weinstein from sale, after legal threats from a man who …

Trump Twitter photo attack backfires as Pelosi owns it

Oct 17 2019

President Donald Trump's Twitter attack on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi following an acrimonious White House meeting …

China propaganda app fraught with security concerns: report

Oct 17 2019

A widely downloaded Chinese propaganda app that quizzes users on Communist Party heroes and military achievements may be …

Syria's heroic underground female medics hailed in 'The Cave'

Oct 17 2019

Oscar-nominated Syrian director Feras Fayyad has risked his life to chronicle the atrocities of the Assad regime, and …

Spanish falcons feed Arab passion for raptor hunting

Oct 17 2019

For centuries, the art of falconry has been a prestigious tradition within Arab society. Today most of these formidable …

Surreal North v South Korea football match 'like war'

Oct 17 2019

South Korea's footballers had no idea their surreal World Cup qualifier in Pyongyang would be played in an empty stadium …

35 foreigners dead in Saudi bus crash: state media

Oct 17 2019

Thirty-five foreigners were killed and four others injured when a bus collided with another heavy vehicle near the …

Former SS guard, 93, on trial in Germany for complicity

Oct 17 2019

A 93-year-old former SS guard goes on trial in Germany on Thursday for complicity in the murder of more than 5,000 …

Swiss exhibit catalogues draw of war, desire for peace

Oct 17 2019

Hitler's "Mein Kampf" and a 4,500-year-old peace treaty -- the world's oldest -- represent opposite poles in the eternal …

Brexit deal in the balance as EU leaders gather

Oct 17 2019

British and EU negotiators worked late into the night into Thursday in the hopes of presenting a last-minute Brexit deal …

Virgin Galactic unveils commercial space suits

Oct 17 2019

The date for the world's first commercial space flight is not even confirmed yet, but future passengers' Star Trek-like …

Competitors look to free services to take on Netflix

Oct 17 2019

Video streaming upstarts are looking to a different model to take on industry leader Netflix: free-to-viewer services …

Five years after war, Gaza's little 'Iron Man' stands tall

Oct 17 2019

It was the summer of 2014, when a deluge of steel fell on Gaza. His back burned, his body covered in bandages, Yamin …

Trump defends Syria pullout, condemned by House in bipartisan vote

Oct 17 2019

President Donald Trump on Wednesday defended as "strategically brilliant" his decision to pull US troops out of Syria as …

Supreme Court to hear sentencing case for 'Washington sniper'

Oct 17 2019

Lee Boyd Malvo was sentenced to life without parole after he confessed that in 2002 he and an accomplice terrorized the …

'It was like war': S.Korea slams N.Korean players' aggression in black-out clash

Oct 17 2019

South Korea's Tottenham Hotspur star Son Heung-min said the historic World Cup qualifier in Pyongyang was a "very …

Violence 'must stop now', Catalan leader says as Barcelona burns

Oct 17 2019

Catalan president Quim Torra called for an immediate halt to the violent clashes that rocked Barcelona for a third day …

US boxer Day dies from brain injuries: promoter

Oct 17 2019

American boxer Patrick Day died Wednesday after suffering a serious brain injury during his knockout defeat to Charles …

Explorer who put Australia on the map to be reburied in UK

Oct 17 2019

The remains of the first British explorer to circumnavigate Australia are to be reburied in his home village after being …

Satanic Temple has right to gather, US Naval Academy says

Oct 17 2019

The Satanic Temple, recognized as a church in the United States, has the right to gather at the US Naval Academy on the …

Turkey defiant on Syria offensive as US demands ceasefire

Oct 16 2019

Turkey rebuffed international pressure to curb its deadly offensive against Kurdish forces in Syria on Wednesday as US …

As Barcelona heats up, Spain makes direct appeal to Catalan leader

Oct 16 2019

Clashes erupted in Barcelona late Wednesday after thousands rallied for a huge protest in the city centre, as Spain's …

After energetic debate, key questions on 2020 Democratic race

Oct 16 2019

An ascendant Elizabeth Warren seized the spotlight and faced repeated attacks in Tuesday's Democratic debate as Joe …

Brexit deal seen close as EU-UK talks go down to wire

Oct 16 2019

The EU and Britain looked to be close to nailing down an elusive Brexit deal late Wednesday, just in time to be …

Global darknet child porn probe leads to 337 arrests

Oct 16 2019

International law enforcement authorities announced Wednesday that a global investigation into child pornography sold …

UAW leaders reach tentative deal with GM to end US worker strike

Oct 16 2019

Leaders of the United Auto Workers union announced Wednesday they have reached a tentative deal with General Motors to …

Austrian man 'held Dutch farm family captive'

Oct 16 2019

Dutch investigators suspect an Austrian man held a father and five adult children against their will for nearly a decade …

Turkey defiant on Syria operation as US demands ceasefire

Oct 16 2019

Turkey rebuffed international pressure to curb its military offensive against Kurdish militants in Syria on Wednesday as …

Spain mulls response to violent Catalan protests

Oct 16 2019

Spain's government was on Wednesday preparing a response to the violent protests which have rocked Catalonia over the …

EU and UK scramble for Brexit deal on eve of key summit

Oct 16 2019

British and European negotiators ploughed on with Brexit talks Wednesday hoping that at least an outline deal can be …

Hong Kong chief abandons policy speech; protest leader hospitalised

Oct 16 2019

Hong Kong's embattled leader abandoned a State of the Union-style speech on Wednesday after she was shouted down by …

Spain PM holds emergency talks over violent Catalan protests

Oct 16 2019

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez held emergency talks with opposition leaders on Wednesday about violent protests by …

Europe must brace for new refugee wave: Greek PM

Oct 16 2019

Europe must be ready for the possibility of a new refugee influx, Greece's Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said …

Austrian man held in Dutch cellar family case

Oct 16 2019

Dutch police were holding an Austrian man after the discovery of a father and his adult children who were believed to …

Sterling stands firm as Brexit hopes build, equities rise

Oct 16 2019

The pound held most of its gains Wednesday after hitting a five-month high on growing hopes that Britain and the …

Hong Kong leader abandons policy speech after heckles from lawmakers

Oct 16 2019

Hong Kong's embattled leader abandoned a State of the Union-style speech on Wednesday after she was heckled by rowdy …

Kim's horseback ride spurs policy shift speculation

Oct 16 2019

New pictures of Kim Jong Un riding a white horse through a winter landscape to the summit of Mount Paektu, a sacred peak …

Crunch Brexit talks resume as EU and UK close in on possible text

Oct 16 2019

British and European negotiators resumed intense negotiations on a draft Brexit deal Wednesday after late-night talks …

NASA unveils flexible, one-size-fits-all space suits

Oct 16 2019

Bye bye to bunny hops: when US astronauts next touch down on the Moon, expect them to walk almost as they do on Earth, …

EU and UK close in on possible Brexit text

Oct 16 2019

British and European negotiators return to intense negotiations on a draft Brexit deal Wednesday after late-night talks …

Sterling holds ground as Brexit hopes rise, equities rise

Oct 16 2019

The pound held most of its gains Wednesday after hitting a five-month high on growing hopes that Britain and the EU are …

Rising star Warren weathers attacks at Democratic White House debate

Oct 16 2019

Surging White House hopeful Elizabeth Warren faced a barrage of attacks from fellow Democrats at the party's fourth 2020 …

Far out: Myanmar's first surfing team to take off at SEAsia games

Oct 16 2019

Competitive surfing was barely known in Myanmar a few years ago but one local beach town is riding a wave of enthusiasm …

'Ignorance and panic': Jordan Spieth opens up on his epic golfing fall

Oct 16 2019

A few years ago it all came so easy to Jordan Spieth.

Macron, Merkel meet to harmonise positions before EU summit

Oct 16 2019

France's Emmanuel Macron will hold talks Wednesday with Germany's Angela Merkel for the second time in a week to chart a …

US House passes Hong Kong 'Democracy Act'

Oct 16 2019

The US House of Representatives passed a bill Tuesday sought by pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong that aims to …

China's GDP growth slows to 6% in third quarter: AFP poll

Oct 16 2019

China's economy expanded at its slowest rate in nearly three decades during the third quarter, held back by cooling …

EU, UK seen closing in on 'possible' Brexit text

Oct 16 2019

Brussels hopes to wake up to a Brexit breakthrough Wednesday as EU and British negotiators worked hard through the night …

Dancing in the streets: performers gather for K-pop festival

Oct 16 2019

On the streets, in parks and garages, seven Cuban youngsters spent seven months practising K-pop moves to secure a spot …

Debating Democrats blast Trump, demand impeachment

Oct 16 2019

Democratic White House hopefuls united in searing condemnation of Donald Trump during their fourth debate Tuesday, …

Scientists shed light on how brains turn pain up or down

Oct 16 2019

Pain perception is essential for survival, but how much something hurts can sometimes be amplified or suppressed: for …

Aussie cricketer Watson apologies for 'illicit' social media posts

Oct 16 2019

Australian cricketer Shane Watson has apologised to fans after his social media accounts were flooded with "illicit" …

Spain make Euro 2020 with late Sweden draw, beaten Ireland forced to wait

Oct 15 2019

Rodrigo Moreno fired Spain into Euro 2020 with a last-gasp equaliser in Sweden while the Republic of Ireland's chances …