Middle East

Northern Syria

Turkey hits Syria Kurd militia again after ground attack threats

The Turkish army on Saturday launched new strikes against Kurdish militia in northern Syria as preparations intensified for a cross-border ground operation that has alarmed the United States.

International

What's next for Germany after coalition green light?

Germany cleared a major obstacle on the road to a new government Sunday after the centre-left Social Democrats gave a cautious thumbs-up to starting formal coalition talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives.

Turkey stifles anti-Syria operation protests after Erdogan warning

Turkish anti-riot police on Sunday blocked protests in Istanbul and the Kurdish-majority southeast against Ankara's military operation inside Syria.

Africa

Tunisia kills senior Al-Qaeda member

Tunisian security forces have killed a senior member of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb who was wanted by Algeria for two and a half decades, officials said.

Liberia's Sirleaf: Africa's first elected female leader

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who shared the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize as a champion of women's rights, is stepping down after making history as Africa's first elected female president in Liberia.

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Puigdemont fled to Belgium after Madrid sacked his cabinet over their breakaway attempt, but he is eyeing a return to power after secessionists turned in a strong showing in December's regional election

Spain wants exiled ex-Catalan leader arrested if he travels to Denmark

Spain wants ex-Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont arrested if he travels to Denmark for a university debate from his Belgian exile, Madrid prosecutors said Sunday.

Airbus to get '10 years of visibility' from Emirates deal: CEO

A $16 billion deal with Emirates airline for A380 superjumbos will give Airbus "at least 10 years of visibility", the European manufacturer's CEO Tom Enders said in an interview published Sunday.

Middle East

A handout picture provided by the office of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani show him (R) meeting Nechirvan Barzani, prime minister of Iraq's Kurdistan Regional Government in Tehran on January 21, 2018

Iran to support efforts by Iraq, Kurds to resolve dispute

Iranian officials on Sunday voiced support for efforts to end a dispute in neighbouring Iraq sparked by a Kurdish referendum on independence last year and underscored the need for Iraqi unity.

France urges UN meeting as Syria fighting escalates

France on Sunday called for an urgent meeting of the UN Security Council as fighting escalated in Syria, pressing Turkey to halt its offensive against the Kurdish militia who have been battling jihadists.

US-China relations

China says US warship «violated» its sovereignty

Beijing on Saturday said it had dispatched a warship to drive away a US missile destroyer which had «violated» its sovereignty by sailing close to a shoal in the disputed South China Sea

China slams US aluminium foil tariff ahead of Trump visit

China has criticised new United States anti-dumping duties on aluminium foil, saying it was "extremely dissatisfied" with the new measures, just days before President Trump visits Beijing.

Africa

Zimbabwe elections in «4 to 5» months: president

Zimbabwe will hold elections in four to five months, the country's new president has said, pointing to an earlier date than expected following the ousting of long-time ruler Robert Mugabe

Zimbabwe first lady flies home, leaving S. Africa assault case

Zimbabwe's first lady Grace Mugabe flew home from South Africa on Sunday, state media said, ending a week of confusion over her whereabouts after she allegedly assaulted a model.

Business

China economy rebounds in 2017 with 6.9% growth

China's economy grew a forecast-beating 6.9 percent in 2017, picking up steam for the first time since 2010 despite its battles against a massive debt and polluting factories, official data showed Thursday

China economy rebounds in 2017 with 6.9% growth

China's economy grew a forecast-beating 6.9 percent in 2017, picking up steam for the first time since 2010, official data showed Thursday.

International

May, Macron meet at UK summit as migrant crisis, Brexit loom large

British and French leaders aim to deepen cooperation in tackling terrorism and the migration crisis at a bilteral summit near London Thursday, as Britain tries to strenghten ties before leaving the European Union next year

Anger in UK over reported Brexit divorce bill

Brexiteers and europhiles reacted angrily to reports Wednesday that Britain will pay up to 55 billion euros to leave the European Union, putting pressure on British negotiators ahead of key talks

International

A year of Trump fails to improve US-Russia ties

Donald Trump said during his election campaign he wanted to improve relations between the US and Vladimir Putin's Russia. But a year on from his inauguration, ties between Washington and Moscow are at Cold War lows

China, Russia slam US «imperialist» and «Cold War mentality»

China and Russia on Tuesday decried President Donald Trump's first National Security Strategy as a «Cold War mentality» with an «imperialist character»

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.

Business & Tech

Faring badly: Uber struggles to make inroads in Japan

Japan, with its wealthy customer base and megacities like Tokyo, should represent rich pickings for Uber

Social network

Facebook opens new London hub, creating 800 jobs

Social media titan Facebook will open a new office in London on Monday that is set to be its biggest engineering hub outside America, the company has announced.

International

Pollution stops play in India-Sri Lanka Test in Delhi

Hazardous smog interrupted the third Test between India and Sri Lanka in New Delhi on Sunday, with players wearing face masks as air quality dipped in the world's most polluted capital city

Korean crisis

North Korea blasts «dangerous» US-South joint military drill

North Korea Sunday blasted the United States and South Korea as «warmongers» on the eve of their largest-ever joint air exercise, saying it could trigger a nuclear war

North Korea holds mass celebrations for latest missile test

North Korea held mass celebrations for its latest successful long-range missile test, Pyongyang's state media said Saturday, with a propaganda-filled display of fireworks and dancing in public squares

US economy

Opioid crisis also imposes handicap on US economy

The scourge of the opioid crisis in the United States kills 90 Americans every day, but beyond the human toll it also handicaps the US economy, taking millions of people out of the workforce, economists warn

Marijuana activists arrested at US Capitol on «4/20» day

Police arrested seven pro-marijuana activists near the US Capitol on Thursday as they handed out free joints to mark «4/20 day» and highlight their effort to legalize pot.

Business

Buy it with bitcoin in New York, but it's not cheap

At Melt Bakery, a hole in the wall that sells ice cream sandwiches in New York's upscale Manhattan neighborhood, you can pay for your guilty pleasure in bitcoin.

Bitcoin, an «Uber» currency, not without risk

Bitcoin, which this week soared to a new record high of more than $8,000, is the monetary equivalent of Uber, since it bypasses central bank regulation and could be attractive for financially fragile countries, economists say

DIARIO TV

Aquarium of Paris, the wishes of Santa Claus sub

With a white beard of ordinance and red dress has made wishes for happy holidays making the happiness of the children who have immortalized the unusual guest

Fan in delirium in Mexico at the world premiere of «Star Wars VIII»

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Paolo Nespoli and the meteorite spotted by the International Space Station

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The timeless beauty of Claudia Schiffer

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The two Hadid and Kidman, the red carpet of «Glamor Women of the Year»

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Life & Style

French-born designer Hedi Slimane is one of fashion's biggest and most enigmatic names

French-born designer Hedi Slimane is one of fashion's biggest and most enigmatic names

Designer Hedi Slimane is to take over at Celine: LVMH

Hedi Slimane, the designer who pioneered the skinny look at Dior and Saint Laurent, is to take over at Celine, the brand's owners LVMH said Sunday.

Motor City not just for cars: Detroit boasts world's 1st sneaker exchange

Detroit remains synonymous with cars, but "Motor City" is also home to a virtual marketplace for a much smaller consumer item: sneakers.

«Fire and Fury» to get TV adaptation

«Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House» -- the tell-all President Donald Trump has said is «full of lies» -- is to be adapted for television, US media reported on Wednesday

Sports

Real Madrid's forward Cristiano Ronaldo (R) celebrates with Gareth Bale during the Spanish league football match against Deportivo on January 21, 2018

Real Madrid's forward Cristiano Ronaldo (R) celebrates with Gareth Bale during the Spanish league football match against Deportivo on January 21, 2018

Real Madrid defy crisis talk with Deportivo hammering

Real Madrid moved back into the top four of La Liga by thumping lowly La Coruna 7-1 at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday, with Cristiano Ronaldo ending a miserable run of league form with a late double.

Cycling: Impey steals surprise Tour Down Under lead

South Africa's Daryl Impey will take a surprise lead into the final stage of the Tour Down Under after finishing second to Richie Porte on Saturday's iconic stage to Willunga Hill

Warriors equal team record with 14th road win in a row

Klay Thompson scored 38 points and Stephen Curry added 30 to spark defending NBA champion Golden State over Chicago 119-112 Wednesday

SciTech

Jeanette Epps, (L) would have made the first long-duration stay by an African-American at the International Space Station. She is pictured during an inspection of the launch pad for the Soyuz MS-07 rocket, on December 17, 2017

Jeanette Epps, (L) would have made the first long-duration stay by an African-American at the International Space Station. She is pictured during an inspection of the launch pad for the Soyuz MS-07 rocket, on December 17, 2017

Black NASA astronaut is replaced in sudden crew shuffle

Jeanette Epps, 46, a former CIA agent turned astronaut, was about to become the first African-American to embark on a mission lasting several months at the International Space Station.

Nintendo thinks inside the box with cardboard Switch accessory

Nintendo sparked fierce debate Thursday with a new line of cardboard DIY accessories for its smash-hit Switch console, delighting some fans, but leaving others bemused by the low-tech offering.

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.

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.

Australia's «compassionate» Victoria first to legalise euthanasia

An Australian state Wednesday became the first in the country to legalise assisted dying, or euthanasia, with lawmakers voting to allow terminally ill patients the right to request a lethal drug to end their lives.