Business & Tech

Japan is a huge national market for taxi firms

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.

Trump Administration

America First or America Alone? The withdrawal agenda

Since President Donald Trump took office in January, the US has abandoned or threatened to quit several international accords under his «America First» policy

Ex-White House advisor Flynn moves to cooperate with probe

Former White House national security advisor Michael Flynn is moving to cooperate with a special prosecutor probing possible collusion between Donald Trump's campaign team and Russia during last year's election, The New York Times reported Thursday.

International

Sri Lanka players wear masks, as Indian captain Virat Kohli (2L) and teammate R. Ashwin look on, as air pollution hits the third Test in New Delhi

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

Five things to know about Delhi's toxic smog

India's top court Tuesday gave authorities two days to devise a plan to tackle choking levels of smog in Delhi which have prompted warnings of a health "emergency" in the world's most polluted capital.

Korean crisis

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un visits the Amnokgang Tyre Factory, where tyres for the missile launcher used in the latest test were reportedly made

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

Cannabis: the new Californian gold rush

Two years ago, the city of Adelanto, a crumbling outpost in California's Mojave desert, was facing a bleak future as it teetered on the brink of bankruptcy and struggled with double-digit unemployment.

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

International

Fear in London as acid attacks soar

Delivery rider Jabed Hussain was waiting at a traffic light one night in east London when two attackers sprayed acid in his face and stole his moped

Business

Asian investors tread carefully with US tax reform in the balance

Most Asian markets saw tentative gains on Friday but investors moved nervously as Donald Trump's much-hyped tax-cut plans hung in the balance after a plan to push them through hit unexpected hurdles.

Pound down in Asia as May's future uncertain, equities struggle

The pound sank against its major peers on Monday as British Prime Minister Theresa May's future looks increasingly uncertain, while Asian equities traders moved cautiously after a recent rally to multi-year highs

Japan

Japan emperor to abdicate on April 30, 2019

Japan's Emperor Akihito will step down on April 30, 2019, the prime minister announced Friday, the first retirement in more than two centuries in the imperial family believed to be the world's oldest.

Bangladesh

Rohingya in Bangladesh look to Pope to send them home

A group of Rohingya Muslim refugees due to meet the Pope in Bangladesh on Friday have high hopes the encounter will put them on the path back home to Myanmar.

Brexit

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

Belgium sets up English-language business court to cash in on Brexit

Belgium is setting up a new English-language court to settle international business disputes in the latest move by an EU country to try to lure companies away from London after Brexit.

International relations

US vows to help Europe repel Russian aggression

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson re-committed the United States to opposing Moscow's «aggression» against its neighbors Tuesday and vowed to help Europe wean itself off Russian oil and gas.

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.

Business

Bitcoin hits new records, heads for $10,000 as bubble fears grow

Bitcoin soared to fresh records Tuesday, putting it on course for $10,000, but the virtual currency's stratospheric rise has fuelled fears of a bubble after a 10-fold increase this year

Cricket

England deny Stokes heading to Australia

England cricket chiefs Tuesday said suspended allrounder Ben Stokes was visiting family in New Zealand and not heading to Australia after he was apparently spotted leaving London's Heathrow airport.

Germany

Merkel's conservatives, SPD gear up for «serious» coalition talks

Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and the Social Democrats geared up Monday for talks on renewing their alliance, as Germany's veteran leader warned that time is pressing as Europe faces a slew of challenges

Merkel vows «serious» coalition talks with SPD

Chancellor Angela Merkel said Monday her party was ready to hold serious talks with the Social Democrats to form a government, warning that time is pressing as Europe faces a slew of challenges.

International

Pakistan capital tense as military silent on protests

Pakistan's capital was tense Sunday after attempts to disperse anti-blasphemy protests by Islamists ended in deadly violence, as the military appeared hesitant to respond to a government call for help.

DIARIO TV

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

On the red carpet, along with director Rian Johnson, the protagonists, Mike Hamil (Luke Skywalker) and Daisy Ridley (Rey).

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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The «climbers» on the Brunelleschi dome, a spectacular fall

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Life & Style

The Gold Globe Awards are seen as a chance for Hollywood to demonstrate its intolerance of sexual misconduct following a wave of allegations that emerged after movie mogul Harvey Weinstein was accused of a career of misbehavior

The Gold Globe Awards are seen as a chance for Hollywood to demonstrate its intolerance of sexual misconduct following a wave of allegations that emerged after movie mogul Harvey Weinstein was accused of a career of misbehavior

Golden Globes: Hollywood's test of the Weinstein effect

The nominations will be unveiled Monday for the Golden Globes, kicking off an awards season expected to be overshadowed by the sexual misconduct scandal engulfing the movie industry.

Australia pitches for Prince Harry stag night, honeymoon

Australia's tourism minister has made a shameless pitch to entice Prince Harry Down Under for his stag night or honeymoon, offering a James Bond-style «helicopter crawl» or seclusion in the Outback.

Bruce Springsteen, top ticket on Broadway, extends run

Bruce Springsteen on Tuesday announced four more months of intimate concerts on Broadway after his initial run triggered massive interest -- and wide disappointment among fans who couldn't get tickets.

Sports

Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku has looked below par for the past two months, with just three goals in 15 games

Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku has looked below par for the past two months, with just three goals in 15 games

Mourinho faces Ibrahimovic dilemma for West Brom clash

Jose Mourinho must decide whether now is the time to recall Zlatan Ibrahimovic to his starting line-up as Manchester United prepare to visit West Brom

James tossed for first time in career

LeBron James was ejected for the first time in his NBA career on Tuesday, but it didn't stop his Cleveland Cavaliers from marching to a 108-97 home win against the Miami Heat.

IAAF debates bringing Russian athletes in from the cold

The world governing body of athletics will decide Sunday whether to allow Russia back into international competition after a ban that has already lasted two years following claims of state-sponsored doping.

SciTech

The 14th Dalai Lama announced a new iPhone app which will allow devotees to watch live video of his teachings to his 16.6 million Twitter followers on Thursday

The 14th Dalai Lama announced a new iPhone app which will allow devotees to watch live video of his teachings to his 16.6 million Twitter followers on Thursday

Dalai Lama turns to iPhone to spread app-iness

He already has millions of Twitter followers and has spoken of the wonders of new technology. Now the Dalai Lama has launched a new iPhone app so devotees can keep track of his travels and teachings.

Elite US government hacker charged with taking secret information

A member of the US National Security Agency's elite hacking team has been charged with illegally removing top secret materials, in an embarrassing breach for the crucial electronic espionage body

Indonesian city to citizens: stop using free WiFi for drugs, prostitution

An Indonesian city thought it was doing half a million citizens a good turn by making wireless internet free in government offices

Health

A report says the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is banning words including "fetus," "diversity" and "transgender" in budget-related documents

A report says the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is banning words including "fetus," "diversity" and "transgender" in budget-related documents

US public health 'word ban' sparks outrage

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's reported move to ban words including "fetus," "diversity" and "transgender" in budget-related documents triggered outrage, astonishment and calls for the decision to be reversed Saturday.

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.