International

Leaders back climate change urgency in New York

Heads of state and government on Monday kicked off "Climate Week," held every year on the margins of the UN General Assembly, by urging world leaders to act urgently to reduce global warming.

With genetic tweak, mosquito population made extinct

Scientists said Monday they had succeeded for the first time in wiping out an entire population of malaria-carrying mosquitos in the lab using a gene editing tool to programme their extinction.

Business & Tech

In shift to general wellness, Weight Watchers becomes 'WW'

Global weight loss giant Weight Watchers is changing its name to WW as it moves toward promoting healthy living in general, the company announced Monday.

US CEO sentiment dips on trade angst

Although CEOs for large US companies remain broadly confident on the economy, corporate sentiment took another hit in the third quarter, according to a survey released Monday.

Africa

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian (C), seen here at an independence ceremony in Mali September 22, has called for stronger sanctions against Libyans blocking a political solution in that country

France seeks tougher sanctions on Libyans who block political solution

France on Monday called for stronger UN sanctions on Libyans who stand in the way of a political solution in the conflict-ridden country.

Aid groups halt Ebola work as Congo raid toll hits 21

The death toll from a weekend attack in DR Congo's restive east rose to 21 on Monday, with the violence prompting aid groups to suspend their Ebola work in the area.

Middle East

Palestinians are seen behind the closed gate of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) during a strike by employees in the Gaza Strip on September 24, 2018

Gaza staff at UN agency for Palestinians strike over job cuts

Staff at the United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees went on strike in the Gaza Strip on Monday to protest against job losses and US funding cuts.

Asian markets fall on new trade worries in thinned business

Hong Kong led a sell-off in Asian markets during holiday-thinned business Monday as trade tensions burst back on the scene with China and the US preparing to impose fresh tariffs and reports saying Beijing has pulled out of planned talks.

Business

Earthmover tyres, the pattern matters

Earthmovers tyres allow these big industrial vehicles designed to operate in challenging conditions, moving smoothly anytime. Tyre pattern and features are essential in order to ensure maximum control and stability for high productivity while keeping safety at the highest level

Business

China box-office back to strong growth in 2017

China's box-office revenues surged in 2017 after slowing sharply the preceding year, official media reported, as the world's second-largest movie market edges closer to overtaking the US.

China's Ant Financial drops MoneyGram deal as US approval fails

Ant Financial, an affiliate of Chinese internet titan Alibaba, has been forced to abandon a $1.2 billion deal to buy US remittances firm MoneyGram after failing to get approval from regulators in Washington.

US-Russia relations

Russia to make US media register as «foreign agents»

Russian lawmakers raced Friday to draft measures requiring US media outlets to register as foreign agents, saying they could be adopted as early as next week.

US Politics

Republicans run from Senate hopeful accused of sexual contact with minor

Several Republicans on Thursday urged their party's candidate for a vacant US Senate seat to quit the race if an explosive report that he had a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old girl is true.

US-Russian relations

Putin refuses to expel US diplomats, Trump applauds

President-elect Donald Trump praised President Vladimir Putin for refraining from tit-for-tat expulsions of Americans in response to US punitive measures over alleged Russian interference in the November election.

US economy

New US home construction tumbles in November

New US home construction fell precipitously in November after a spike in October, but a big drop in condos and apartments helped drive the move, the Commerce Department reported Friday.

Emergency migrants

Tired of waiting in Greece, Syrians bid to return home

«I want to go back to Syria. There is war in my country, but we've been living for seven months in Greece like prisoners.» Adan, from Aleppo, has abandoned his dream of building a new life in Europe, like thousands of other Syrians trapped in Greece.

Life & Style

Designer Maria Grazia Chiuri said using dance was "an act of liberation" to break free from the catwalk corset

Designer Maria Grazia Chiuri said using dance was "an act of liberation" to break free from the catwalk corset

Dior leads Paris fashion in a sensual dance

Dior led Paris fashion week on a sensual dance Monday with a spectacular show woven around a new modern dance piece by choregrapher Sharon Eyal to kick off the nine-day extravaganza.

All-video Turner Prize nominees take political stance

A turbulent global political environment has helped inspire the finalists in this year's Turner Prize for contemporary art, which includes only video submissions for the first time.

BBC drop football pundit Trevor Sinclair after racial abuse

Former England international Trevor Sinclair has been dropped as a football pundit by the BBC after he racially abused a policeman who arrested him for drink-driving.

Sports

World's best golfers arrive in France for Ryder Cup showdown

American golfers are hungry for their first Ryder Cup victory on European soil in 25 years. The Europeans simply want to take the trophy back by winning for the seventh time in nine attempts.

Britain's Joshua to defend heavyweight title against Molina

Britain's Anthony Joshua will defend his International Boxing Federation (IBF) world heavyweight title against Eric Molina of the United States in Manchester on December 10, it was announced Tuesday.

SciTech

Drum lines have been deployed at the Whitsunday Islands after two tourists were mauled by sharks in separate attacks

Drum lines have been deployed at the Whitsunday Islands after two tourists were mauled by sharks in separate attacks

Conservationists slam Australia shark policy as more killed

Conservationists on Monday slammed the baiting and killing of sharks at a popular Great Barrier Reef tourist spot after two swimmers were attacked, saying the policy was brutal and indiscriminate.

US Library of Congress backtracks on complete Twitter archive

The US Library of Congress has scaled back plans to archive every message ever sent on Twitter, sparking debate on the importance of social media in historical records.

Health

"An ability to detect sick people would allow people to avoid being close to sick people, and hence minimise the risk of becoming sick if the person is a carrier of contagious disease," study co-author John Axelsson of Stockholm University

"An ability to detect sick people would allow people to avoid being close to sick people, and hence minimise the risk of becoming sick if the person is a carrier of contagious disease," study co-author John Axelsson of Stockholm University

That's sick! Humans identify infected peers from a photo

Human beings can spot a sick person, on a photo, a mere two hours after he or she was infected by a germ, researchers said Wednesday.