Middle East

Rocket fired on Israel from Gaza: Israeli army

A rocket was fired on Israel from the Gaza strip early Wednesday, the Israeli army and police said, causing damage in a southern city.

Iran women attend international football match

Some 100 Iranian women were allowed to watch their country take on Bolivia in a friendly football match at the national stadium on Tuesday, an AFP journalist said, an extremely rare step in the Islamic republic.

Business & Tech

Film lifts lid on Austria's secretive Glock pistol empire

From Hollywood to hip hop, it's the weapon that is wielded by cops and outlaws alike. The Glock pistol has achieved global cult status but the business is still shrouded in mystery in its native Austria.

China's economic growth slows in Q3: AFP poll

China's growth downshifted in the third quarter as investment slowed and the widening trade conflict with the United States weighed on sentiment, according to analysts surveyed by AFP.

International

UN Special Envoy for Myanmar Christine Schraner Burgener arrives at Sittwe airport on October 15, 2018 after visiting Maung Daw Township at the Bangladesh-Myanmar border area in Rakhine State. The US and eight other countries asked for a UN Security

UN Security Council asked to hear from UN mission on Myanmar atrocities

The United States and eight other countries on Tuesday requested a UN Security Council meeting on Myanmar to hear from a UN fact-finding mission that has accused the country's military of atrocities against Muslim Rohingyas.

Suspects in Saudi journalist case tied to top prince: report

A suspect identified by Turkey in the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was a frequent companion of the kingdom's powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, The New York Times reported Tuesday.

Africa

The Inga 3 hydroelectric station is expected to complement the Inga 1 (rear) and Inga 2 (front) power plants, built between 1972 and 1982 on the Inga falls of the Congo River 260 kilometres (160 miles) downstream from the capital Kinshasa

DR Congo signs $14 bn dam development deal with China, Spain

The Democratic Republic of Congo on Tuesday announced a deal with Chinese and Spanish partners for the development of a much-delayed $14 billion hydroelectric project.

US strike in Somalia killed 60 militants: Pentagon

The United States conducted its largest air strike in nearly two years against militants in Somalia, killing about 60 Al-Shabaab fighters, the US military said Tuesday.

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

Workers at Japan's Sagami Rubber Industries perform quality tests for randomly picked condoms at the company's testing site in Atsugi, Kanagawa prefecture

Workers at Japan's Sagami Rubber Industries perform quality tests for randomly picked condoms at the company's testing site in Atsugi, Kanagawa prefecture

Self-lubricating latex could boost condom use: study

A perpetually unctuous, self-lubricating latex developed by a team of scientists in Boston could boost the use of condoms, they reported Wednesday in the journal Royal Society Open Science.

Dennis Hof, US brothel owner, aspiring politician, dies

A colorful Nevada brothel owner who was running for the state legislature as a Republican has died unexpectedly but his name will remain on the ballot for the November election, officials said.

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

Boston's Jayson Tatum warms up before Tuesday's NBA season-opening victory over Philadelphia

Boston's Jayson Tatum warms up before Tuesday's NBA season-opening victory over Philadelphia

Tatum leads Celtics over 76ers in NBA season opener

Jayson Tatum scored 23 points and grabbed nine rebounds while reserve Marcus Morris added 16 points as the Boston Celtics ripped Philadelphia 105-87 in the 2018-19 NBA season opener on 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

The presidential helicopter Marine One is seen flying along with Osprey planes over the areas destroyed by Hurricane Michael, in Mexico Beach, Florida on October 15, 2018

The presidential helicopter Marine One is seen flying along with Osprey planes over the areas destroyed by Hurricane Michael, in Mexico Beach, Florida on October 15, 2018

At least 30 killed by Hurricane Michael, according to estimates

Hurricane Michael killed at least 30 people in four states, as the storm made its way through the southeastern United States last week, new local estimates showed Tuesday.

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.