International

11 dead as boat capsizes and sinks in Missouri lake

A tourist boat capsized and sank Thursday during a fierce storm on a lake in Missouri, killing at least 11 people, the local sheriff said.

How do the crises in Nicaragua and Venezuela compare?

The violent crisis gripping Nicaragua, where anti-government protesters are being hemmed in by an autocratic leader, could raise comparisons with Venezuela.

Business & Tech

Space, not Brexit, is final frontier for Scottish outpost

Never mind Brexit: For a remote peninsula in the Scottish highlands, the buzz is all about hi-tech rocket launchers firing satellites into space.

Chinese yuan defies Trump comments, continues slide

The Chinese currency continued its sharp decline on Friday despite US President Donald Trump's bid to rein in the dollar, as analysts pointed out that a weaker yuan aids Beijing in its trade tussle with Washington.

Africa

President of the Democratic Republic of Congo Joseph Kabila, pictured in January 2018, has received calls from the US, France and Britain to clearly state that he will step aside and allow for a peaceful transfer of power in December

UN, AU call for transfer of power in DR Congo

The top security bodies of the United Nations and the African Union on Thursday called for a peaceful transfer of power following elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo this year.

Egypt's Sisi vows to back S.Sudan peace bid

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Thursday backed an ongoing regional bid to resolve the conflict in South Sudan as he praised Khartoum for hosting peace talks between the country's warring groups.

Middle East

A handout picture released on July 8, 2015 by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) shows then Saudi deputy Crown Prince and Mohammed bin Salman looking at the flight deck during a visit to the USS aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt

Saudi signs deal for five warships with Spain's Navantia

Saudi Arabia's state-owned defence company has forged a deal with Spanish shipbuilder Navantia for a joint venture to build five warships, state media said Thursday.

Two Palestinians get life for murdering Israeli employer

Israeli judges on Thursday sentenced two Palestinians to life in jail for murdering their Jewish employer, the court said, in an October attack authorities labelled as terror.

Middle East

Jordan king heads to US for Trump meeting

Jordan's King Abdullah II set off for the United States on Thursday for talks with President Donald Trump on Middle East issues including the stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace process, the palace said.

Kerry: US worked to ensure fair Paris Mideast statement

Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday that the United States had negotiated at the Paris Middle East peace conference to prevent Israel being treated unfairly.

Business & Tech

Xiaomi lowers target as it kicks off IPO

Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi kicked off its initial public offering Thursday but the firm is likely to pull in about $6.1 billion, far less than originally expected, with investors having mixed views about its main business

Business & Tech

France air traffic responsible for third of Europe delays: report

Hindered by strikes and outdated equipment, French air traffic control is responsible for a third of aviation delays in Europe, Le Parisien said Monday, citing a senate finance committee report.

Africa

Cameroon blasts Amnesty for «crude lies» on anglophone crisis

Cameroon has accused Amnesty International of disseminating «crude lies» after it said security forces had committed summary killings, arrests and property destruction to try to crush a separatist insurgency

Business & Tech

Trump pledges to safeguard Chinese telecoms jobs

US President Donald Trump said Sunday he was working with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping to prevent telecom giant ZTE from going out of business after it was hit by an American technology sales ban.

Business & Tech

Hong Kong's «Superman» Li Ka-shing bows out

Hong Kong's richest man Li Ka-shing on Thursday brought down the curtain on a storied career, saying he had done «the best I can».

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

International

A lawless Mexican region's explosively colorful carnival

As two armored military vehicles patrol the streets of Tlaxcala, workers unload a pick-up truck full of enormous traditional masks for this lawless Mexican region's explosively colorful carnival.

International

Korean «Iron Man» Kim wins historic Olympic skeleton gold

South Korea's Yun Sung-bin made history Friday as he become Asia's first Olympic skeleton champion after completely dominating the daredevil event in Pyeongchang.

International

Dortmund bomb attack «changed my life,» Bartra tells court

Spanish defender Marc Bartra told a German court Monday of his mortal fear when bombs hit the bus of his Borussia Dortmund football team last year in an attack which he said «changed my life».

Spain hunts suspect over Barcelona carnage

Spanish police expanded a manhunt Saturday for a Moroccan national believed to be one of the perpetrators of twin terror attacks in Barcelona and another seaside resort that killed 14 and wounded around 100.

Business & Tech

P&G profits drop as it fights teen abuse of laundry pods

Procter & Gamble reported lower quarterly earnings Tuesday due in part to costs from US tax reform, and said it was amplifying efforts to counter teen abuse of its Tide detergent

More US business economists see «downside» economic risks

Amid uncertainty over President Donald Trump's growth agenda, US economists increasingly are worried about risks to the economy, though they see little chance of a recession near term, according to a survey released on Monday.

Life & Style

Members of professional eSports team 'Afreeca Freaks' prepare to compete in a 'League of Legends' competition in Seoul, on July 11, 2018

Members of professional eSports team 'Afreeca Freaks' prepare to compete in a 'League of Legends' competition in Seoul, on July 11, 2018

From high school drop-out to Korean gaming superstar

A high school drop-out dubbed the "Michael Jordan of eSports" has helped make South Korea a major power in video-gaming -- and is now leading its push to be recognised by the mainstream.

Suspect held over Kazakh Olympic figure skater's murder

Police in Kazakhstan's largest city Almaty have detained a suspect after the murder of Olympic figure skating hero Denis Ten, who won bronze at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, the city prosecutor said.

Sacred snappers: The village where crocodiles are welcome

Crocodiles may be one of the deadliest hunters in the animal kingdom, but in a small village in Burkina Faso it is not unusual to see someone sitting atop one of the fearsome reptiles

Sports

Tim Cahill scored 50 times in 107 appearances for Australia —- including five times at the World Cup

Tim Cahill scored 50 times in 107 appearances for Australia —- including five times at the World Cup

Ex-Socceroo Cahill looks to US and coaching career

Australia's all-time leading goal-scorer Tim Cahill said Friday he intends to continue playing at club level and is also interested in a coaching career following his retirement from international football.

Belgium face Tunisia at World Cup with eye on England

Belgium take on Tunisia on Saturday with their eyes set on the knockout round of the World Cup but fearful that star forward Eden Hazard is set for another bruising encounter

Weakened Pinot announces he will mis the Tour de France

French cycling hope Thibaut Pinot said on Friday that he would miss the Tour de France next month

SciTech

The Endangered Species Act is credited with saving dozens of key species from extinction, including bald eagles

The Endangered Species Act is credited with saving dozens of key species from extinction, including bald eagles

US proposes roll back of endangered species protections

The US administration of President Donald Trump on Thursday proposed sweeping changes to the 45-year-old Endangered Species Act which would roll back protections for threatened animals, sparking alarm by environmentalists.

US leaks 60 percent more methane than government says

The US oil and gas industry leaks 60 percent more methane than official government estimates, a report said Thursday, warning of this potent greenhouse gas's effect on the environment

Palestinians get 3G internet after decade-long row

Palestinians in the occupied West Bank began receiving 3G mobile telecommunications services on Tuesday, after years of wrangling with the Israeli authorities.

Health

Despite yoga's global success, proponents concede there is little consensus on what might constitute specifically therapeutic stretches and poses

Despite yoga's global success, proponents concede there is little consensus on what might constitute specifically therapeutic stretches and poses

Fans of yoga therapy have yet to win over doctors

Yoga practitioners often tout the unique health benefits of the ancient discipline -- from relieving stress and pain to improving vascular health -- but most doctors remain sceptical in the absence of hard proof

After tests, WHO rules out return of polio to Venezuela

Tests carried out by the World Health Organization following a suspected case of polio in Venezuela have ruled out any return of the crippling childhood disease, the UN agency has said.

Marriage can make you crazy, but it deters dementia too

Marriage may test one's sanity, but living into old age with a partner also lowers the risk of dementia, researchers said Wednesday.