Africa

Du Plessis urges Australia to keep the aggression

Australia have clearly toned down their sledging since a ball-tampering scandal broke, South Africa captain Faf du Plessis said Friday, but urged them not to totally sacrifice their confrontational approach.

S.Africa coding clubs plug township youth into future

It's Wednesday, 2:00 pm sharp in the densely-populated South African township of Ivory Park on the outskirts of Midrand -- time for about 60 11-year-olds to duel at their local coding club.

International

Khmer Rouge leaders found guilty of genocide in landmark ruling

Two top leaders of Cambodia's Khmer Rouge regime were found guilty of genocide on Friday, in a landmark ruling almost 40 years after the fall of a brutal regime that presided over the deaths of a quarter of the population.

Hockney sells for $90.3mn, smashes living artist record

A masterful swimming pool painting by British legend David Hockney sold for $90.3 million in New York on Thursday, smashing a new auction record for a living artist.

Business & Tech

Wilson said she had missed out on lucrative roles as a result of the Bauer articles

Rebel Wilson loses Australia defamation payout appeal

Hollywood actress Rebel Wilson on Friday said she was proud to "stand up to a bully" despite losing a bid to reinstate a multi-million-dollar defamation payout from an Australian publisher.

Australia takes India to WTO over sugar subsidies

Australia announced on Friday it was taking legal action against India at the WTO over sugar subsidies it said caused a "significant downturn" in world prices and hurt domestic producers.

Middle East

Head of the UN-backed unity government in Tripoli, Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj, pictured centre, was among the top Libyan invitees

Italy's Libya talks lay bare deep divisions

Italy's Libya talks this week laid bare deep divisions between the key power brokers, threatening attempts to resolve the country's ongoing crisis, analysts say.

US studying Turkey's demands to extradite preacher

The United States is studying Turkey's demands for the extradition of preacher Fethullah Gulen, who is accused by Ankara of orchestrating a failed 2016 coup attempt, the State Department said Thursday.

International

Next US House foreign affairs chief vows to check Trump, warns Russia

The incoming head of the US House Foreign Affairs Committee warned Thursday of election-related sanctions against Russia and vowed oversight of Donald Trump's diplomacy, which he said had made Americans "laughingstocks."

El Salvador posts highest rate of women murdered in Latin America

El Salvador has earned a grim distinction: it is the country with the highest rate of femicide in Latin America and the Caribbean in 2017, with more than 10 killings for every 100,000 women.

Business & Tech

Facebook to launch independent body for calls on content

Facebook announced Thursday it is creating an independent body to make potentially precedent-setting calls on what content should be yanked from the social network.

Mexico ups interest rate, citing political uncertainty

Mexico's central bank raised its key interest rate Thursday, citing a slowing global economy and political uncertainty created by the arrival of leftist President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who takes office on December 1.

Middle East

US Senate votes against blocking Bahrain arms sale

The US Senate on Thursday rejected a long-shot effort to block $300 million in arms sales to Bahrain, as the bill's opponents stressed the island nation was a critical ally hosting an American naval base.

Kuwait halts flights as torrential rains lash region

Kuwait on Thursday halted flights at its international airport after heavy rains flooded the Gulf state's capital, diverting incoming flights to neighbouring countries not affected by deadly storms.

Africa

Pentagon to trim Africa forces as focus shifts to Russia, China

The Pentagon will trim the number of US troops deployed across Africa as it concentrates more on countering threats from "Great Power" competitors Russia and China, officials said Thursday.

Three Nigerian soldiers in Boko Haram attack on military base

At least three soldiers were killed and several missing after a Boko Haram attack on a military base in Nigeria's northeastern Borno state, military and militia sources told AFP Thursday.

Business & Tech

EU will retaliate if Trump imposes auto tariffs: trade official

The European Union is prepared to retaliate if US President Donald Trump imposes new tariffs on auto imports, EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom warned on Wednesday.

Uber loss tops $1 bn as it seeks to diversify

Ride-share company Uber on Wednesday said that its net loss topped a billion dollars in the recently ended quarter as it pumped money into bikes, scooters, freight and food delivery.

International

Fiji PM on track for election win

Fiji Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama appeared set for a comfortable election victory Thursday after only the second vote in the South Pacific island nation since a military takeover in 2006.

El Chapo was co-leader, informant tells US drugs trial

Drug baron Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman co-headed the Sinaloa cartel, a drug trafficker turned cooperating witness told his US trial Wednesday, skewering defense claims that the defendant is little more than a scapegoat.

Africa

UN chief revives bid opposed by US to fund Sahel force

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is renewing his call for UN financing to shore up a regional force fighting an insurgency in the Sahel, despite opposition from the United States.

France, Russia, US wrangle at UN over C. Africa

France, Russia and the United States were locked in negotiations Wednesday to overcome differences over peace efforts in the Central African Republic ahead of a deadline for renewing the mandate of the UN peacekeeping mission there.

Middle East

Amnesty condemns Iran's 'abhorrent' executions of trader, accomplice

Rights group Amnesty International condemned Iran's execution on Wednesday of a gold trader and his accomplice as "abhorrent" and said it followed a "grossly unfair show trial".

Christian ex-warlords reconcile in Lebanon

Two rival Christian leaders in Lebanon, Sleiman Frangieh and Samir Geagea, reconciled Wednesday after four decades of enmity dating back to a massacre during the country's 1975-1990 civil war.

Life & Style

Spanish singer Rosalia accepts the award for Best Urban Fusion/Performance during the 19th Annual Latin Grammy Awards in Las Vegas

Spanish singer Rosalia accepts the award for Best Urban Fusion/Performance during the 19th Annual Latin Grammy Awards in Las Vegas

Colombian reggaeton, Uruguayan pop score at 2018 Latin Grammys

Tropical, urban Colombian rhythms and a zippy hit on love and technology topped this year's Latin Grammy Awards, which saw several stars push a message for peace but mostly shied from politics.

'Angel', 80, drives to aid of poor St Petersburg pensioners

Long retired from her job as a Saint Petersburg trolley driver, 80-year-old Galina Yakovleva still spends her days behind the wheel, but now in a mini-van distributing food to needy pensioners.

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

The match-up between US boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr and Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa was called off earlier this month

The match-up between US boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr and Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa was called off earlier this month

Japan promoter says Mayweather bout with kickboxer back on

An unprecedented match-up between boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather Jr and a Japanese kickboxer half his age is back on, according to the Japanese promoter behind the fight.

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

Authorities in India's Tamil Nadu had been warning fishermen since Sunday not to risk going out to sea as Cyclone Gaja approached

Authorities in India's Tamil Nadu had been warning fishermen since Sunday not to risk going out to sea as Cyclone Gaja approached

Cyclone batters east India coastline

Powerful winds felled trees, destroyed homes and forced thousands to flee to safety as Cyclone Gaja barrelled into India's eastern coast 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.