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Don't vote for our brother, warn six siblings of US congressman

Six siblings of a Republican congressman from Arizona seeking re-election in November's midterms have publicly endorsed his Democratic opponent -- all but ensuring an awkward Thanksgiving family dinner this year.

France fountains protest against Total's Brazil oil project

Fountains were tinted black in several French towns Saturday during protests against plans by oil giant Total to drill near a coral reef at the mouth of the Amazon.

Africa

'Attack' on Swiss ship off the Nigerian coast: Bern

A Swiss-operated ship has been attacked off the coast of Nigeria, Switzerland's foreign ministry said late Saturday, amid reports that 12 crew members had been kidnapped by pirates.

Province, Sharks triumph to set up Currie Cup showdown

Western Province and the Sharks cruised to bonus-point victories Saturday and set up a top-of-the-table South African Currie Cup clash next weekend.

International

Former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon called for a campaign against traditional political parties

Bannon promises right-wing 'war rooms' to fight European elections

US President Donald Trump's former strategist Steve Bannon on Saturday said he would set up "war rooms" across Europe to help form a pan-continental right-wing movement ahead of European Parliament elections in 2019.

Indonesia kicks off presidential race as currency slumps

Campaigning for Indonesia's presidential election in April kicked off Sunday, pitting incumbent Joko Widodo against a former military general in the race to lead the world's third-biggest democracy.

Middle East

Lebanon navy rescues dozens from sinking Cyprus-bound boat

Lebanon's navy rescued dozens of people, including Syrians, from a sinking boat off the country's northern coast on Saturday, the military and a security source said, adding one child had died.

Yemeni children brave new school year as war rages on

The walls are crumbling, the windows shattered, and the boys sit three to a desk. But by being enrolled in classes at all, the pupils are among the luckiest children in war-torn Yemen.

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

US President Donald Trump asked why the woman accusing his Supreme Court nominee of sexual assault did not come forward sooner, sparking the wide-reaching Twitter hashtag #WhyIDidntReport

US President Donald Trump asked why the woman accusing his Supreme Court nominee of sexual assault did not come forward sooner, sparking the wide-reaching Twitter hashtag #WhyIDidntReport

Supreme Court nominee assault storm fans #MeToo flames

When US President Donald Trump demanded to know why his Supreme Court nominee's sexual assault accuser did not come forward sooner, he sought to cast doubt over her claims.

Badminton star Lee has cancer, in Taiwan for treatment

Malaysian badminton star Lee Chong Wei has early-stage nose cancer and is being treated in Taiwan, sports officials said Saturday, after weeks of speculation about his health.

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

Tiger Woods salutes the crowd as he closes in on victory at the Tour Championship

Tiger Woods salutes the crowd as he closes in on victory at the Tour Championship

Woods takes three-shot lead at Tour Championship

Tiger Woods is one round away from ending his five-year victory drought after storming into a three-shot lead on day three of the Tour Championship here Saturday.

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

Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield -- made ??famous for his rendition of the David Bowie song "Space Oddity" while aboard the International Space Station -- strums his guitar on the ISS in this 2012 NASA photo

Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield -- made ??famous for his rendition of the David Bowie song "Space Oddity" while aboard the International Space Station -- strums his guitar on the ISS in this 2012 NASA photo

First to red planet will become Martians: Canada astronaut

Astronauts traveling through space on the long trip to Mars will not have the usual backup from mission control on Earth and will need to think of themselves as Martians to survive, Canada's most famous spaceman half-jokingly said Friday.

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.