International

Peru moves Shining Path ex-rebel from prison to house arrest

Osman Morote, the ex-deputy leader of Peru's once feared Shining Path guerrillas, was moved from prison to house arrest Friday after 30 years behind bars, his attorney said.

Peru's ex-president Fujimori in court over 1992 massacre

Peruvian ex-president Alberto Fujimori, just four months out of prison under a controversial pardon, was in court Friday facing charges linked to the killing of seven farmers in 1992.

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Shooting at Florida school as students stage walkout

Students demanding tougher gun laws walked out of classes across the United States on Friday, the 19th anniversary of the shooting at Columbine High School which left 13 people dead.

US-China trade tension dominates IMF gathering

Trade tensions between the United States and China, which threaten to spill over into the global economy, are dominating a gathering of world finance officials even as the Group of 20 avoided the topic Friday.

Africa

A picture taken on April 16 shows damage at the entrance of the UN international troops' "Super Camp" neighbouring Timbuktu's airport following an attack claimed by the Sahel's main jihadist alliance

Al-Qaeda-linked jihadist group claims attack on UN camp at Timbuktu

The main jihadist alliance in Africa's Sahel region with links to Al-Qaeda on Friday claimed an attack last weekend on the UN camp of international troops in northern Mali's historic city of Timbuktu.

Minister's ouster unlikely to slow Sudan's push to get off US 'terror' list

President Omar al-Bashir's dismissal of Sudan's foreign minister, Khartoum's top negotiator with Washington, is unlikely to affect efforts to have Khartoum removed from a US "terrorism" blacklist, experts say.

Middle East

Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said the inspectors from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), who arrived in Damascus last Saturday, needed "full, immediate and unhindered access" to the site in the town of D

France urges immediate access for Syria chemical inspectors

France urged the Syrian regime and its ally Moscow on Friday to grant weapons inspectors immediate access to the site of an alleged chemical attack, accusing them of "obstruction" aimed at eroding the quality of the evidence.

US offers $1 mn reward to locate journalist missing in Syria

The United States is offering a reward of $1 million for information about Austin Tice, an American journalist missing in Syria since 2012.

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.

Business & Tech

Trump wins Davos raves for «landmark» tax cut

Instead of a chilly reception from globalisation's defenders, US President Donald Trump may find a warm welcome in the posh ski resort of Davos, from global executives delighted with his controversial tax reform

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

International

Spain on guard 24/7 to stop Puigdemont return: minister

Spain's interior minister said Tuesday that troops were on alert 24/7 to prevent sacked Catalan president Carles Puigdemont from sneaking home from exile even «in the boot of a car»

Business & Tech

Dutch turning off quake-zone gas for 200 firms

The Dutch government has ordered more than 200 of the country's biggest businesses to stop using gas from the quake-prone northern Groningen region, Europe's largest gasfield, officials confirmed Tuesday

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.

Life & Style

Avicii had stunned fans by announcing his retirement from performing when he was just 26, saying he wanted to leave the high-flying electronic music lifestyle

Avicii had stunned fans by announcing his retirement from performing when he was just 26, saying he wanted to leave the high-flying electronic music lifestyle

Music world shocked by Avicii's death

The death Friday of 28-year-old Avicii, one of the world's most successful DJs, stunned his fans and the music world.

Organic tampons, cups no safer against toxic shock: study

Organic cotton tampons are often advertised as safer alternatives, but a study Friday said they are not better than regular tampons at preventing toxic shock syndrome.

Oprah on presidential bid: «Not for me»

Chat show icon Oprah Winfrey has brushed off speculation she might run for US president in 2020, saying in an interview published Thursday she lacks «the DNA for it»

Sports

Rafael Nadal thrashed Dominic Thiem for the loss of just two games

Rafael Nadal thrashed Dominic Thiem for the loss of just two games

Demolition man Nadal thrashes Thiem to ease into Monte Carlo semis

Rafael Nadal crushed fifth seed Dominic Thiem 6-0, 6-2 to romp into the Monte Carlo Masters semi-finals on Friday as he stepped up his bid for an 11th title in style.

New Zealand seek All Black magic against England

New Zealand's cricketers are drawing inspiration from images of Richie McCaw leading the All Blacks to Rugby World Cup glory as they head into their first home day-night Test against England on Thursday.

Eubank Jr says super middleweight win vs Groves would silence doubters

Chris Eubank Jr believes victory over George Groves in Saturday's all-British super middleweight world title bout would finally silence the doubters who say he has been living off his famous father's name.

SciTech

A Bajau diver of Indonesia hunts underwater using a traditional spear in this photo provided by researcher Melissa Llardo

A Bajau diver of Indonesia hunts underwater using a traditional spear in this photo provided by researcher Melissa Llardo

First genetic adaptation to diving discovered in 'Sea Nomads'

Researchers have discovered the first evidence that people can genetically adapt to deep diving, as shown by the unusually large spleens in indigenous people of Indonesia known as the "Sea Nomads," a study said Thursday.

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.

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.

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.