International

NZealand PM makes UN history with first baby

New Zealand's prime minister has been proclaimed a history maker for taking "first baby" -- daughter Neve -- into the United Nations General Assembly hall, shaking up what is still a boys' club of world leaders.

Mexican military takes over Acapulco police force

Mexico's military arrested three top police officers in the resort city of Acapulco on Tuesday and took control of the entire police force in the scenic but violent port.

Business & Tech

US-EU rift cracks wide open over Iran sanctions

Tensions between the United States and the European Union over Iran soared into the open Tuesday after the Europeans announced plans for a legal framework to preserve business with Tehran and evade new US sanctions.

US, EU, Japan jointly denounce unfair trade

Washington, Tokyo and Brussels said Tuesday they were making common cause against unfair trade, jointly denouncing industrial practices long pinned on China but refraining from naming that country explicitly.

Africa

In power for nearly two decades, Kabila (r) this year bowed to international pressure and agreed to step aside, allowing a new candidate to stand in the December 23 vote in the Democratic Republic of Congo

At UN, Kabila vows 'peaceful, credible' DR Congo vote

Congolese President Laurent Kabila pledged at the United Nations on Tuesday that elections planned for December will go ahead, promising to take steps to ensure the vote is peaceful and credible.

Mbeki slams ANC over S.Africa land redistribution plan

Former South African president Thabo Mbeki on Tuesday accused the ruling ANC of abandoning its multiracial principles and becoming a "black party" due to its new land redistribution policy.

Middle East

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting at the Prime Minister's office in Jerusalem on September 16, 2018

Israel to keep fighting Iran in Syria, coordinating with Russia: Netanyahu

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged Tuesday to continue combatting Iranian "entrenchment" in Syria and coordinating with Russia after the downing of one of Moscow's planes.

May to press Rouhani to free jailed UK-Iranian woman

British Prime Minister Theresa May will meet Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in New York Tuesday, where she will press him to release a British-Iranian women imprisoned in Tehran, a senior government official told reporters.

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

Cher, pictured at the world premiere of the film "Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again" in London, has picked up numerous awards in film and music

Cher, pictured at the world premiere of the film "Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again" in London, has picked up numerous awards in film and music

Dancing queen: Abba-period Cher has a new army of devotees

Cher has a stately air as she receives a steady line of journalists in a West Hollywood hotel room with the studied equanimity of Catherine the Great addressing her subjects at the Winter Palace.

Saint Laurent walks on water at Paris fashion week

Anthony Vaccarello made a splash by having his models walk on water for his Saint Laurent Paris fashion week show Tuesday.

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

Los Angeles Angels star Shohei Ohtani will undergo Tommy John surgery, likely ruling him out of pitching until 2020

Los Angeles Angels star Shohei Ohtani will undergo Tommy John surgery, likely ruling him out of pitching until 2020

Angels ace Ohtani opts for Tommy John surgery

Los Angeles Angels two-way star Shohei Ohtani will undergo Tommy John surgery in the first week of the off-season, the team confirmed Tuesday.

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

Hunts of the Yellowstone grizzly bear were canceled

Hunts of the Yellowstone grizzly bear were canceled

Judge restores protections for Yellowstone grizzlies, hunts canceled

A US federal judge has restored endangered species protections to the Yellowstone grizzly bear a year after it was taken off the list by the Trump administration, preventing the animal from being hunted for the first time in decades.

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.