Business & Tech

German 2017 budget surplus smaller than thought

Germany's federal statistics authority on Friday revised down its reckoning of the country's government budget surplus in 2017, but the overshoot remained at record levels.

Global disaster costs batter profits at Swiss Re

Soaring financial costs from natural disasters sent profits plummeting at Swiss Re last year, the reinsurance giant said Friday.

Africa

Dubai accuses Djibouti of illegally seizing key Africa port

Dubai has said it is seeking international arbitration against Djibouti after the Horn of Africa nation terminated its concession at a key port that is the main transit route to landlocked Ethiopia.

African migrants keep football dreams alive in Morocco camp

The rubbish had been cleared away and spectators emerged from makeshift tents: it was time for kick-off in the daily football game at the Oulad Ziane migrant camp in Morocco's Casablanca.

International

North Korea's Kim Yong Chol will head an eight-member delegation to arrives on Sunday for the Games' closing ceremony -- which will also be attended by US President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka

South Korean MPs demand execution of North's Olympic delegate

South Korean lawmakers protested Friday over a visit by a top North Korean general for the Pyeongchang Olympics, labelling him a war criminal over the 2010 sinking of a warship and calling for his execution.

Japan confirms oil from wrecked tanker hitting its beaches

Oil that has washed ashore on several southern Japanese islands is likely from an Iranian tanker that sank in the East China Sea last month, Japan's coastguard said Friday.

Middle East

Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas speaks at the United Nations Security Council on February 20, 2018 in New York

Abbas downplays health concerns after US hospital visit

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas appeared on local television Friday to downplay concerns over his health after undergoing what were described as routine tests in the United States.

US blasts Russia over strikes on Syria rebel enclave

The United States blasted Russia on Thursday over the bombing of Syria's Eastern Ghouta, saying it has a "unique responsibility" for the more than 400 deaths in the Damascus suburb.

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.

Business

China economy rebounds in 2017 with 6.9% growth

China's economy grew a forecast-beating 6.9 percent in 2017, picking up steam for the first time since 2010 despite its battles against a massive debt and polluting factories, official data showed Thursday

China economy rebounds in 2017 with 6.9% growth

China's economy grew a forecast-beating 6.9 percent in 2017, picking up steam for the first time since 2010, official data showed Thursday.

International

May, Macron meet at UK summit as migrant crisis, Brexit loom large

British and French leaders aim to deepen cooperation in tackling terrorism and the migration crisis at a bilteral summit near London Thursday, as Britain tries to strenghten ties before leaving the European Union next year

Anger in UK over reported Brexit divorce bill

Brexiteers and europhiles reacted angrily to reports Wednesday that Britain will pay up to 55 billion euros to leave the European Union, putting pressure on British negotiators ahead of key talks

Business & Tech

Bitcoin bombs, cryptocoins crash on regulation fears

Bitcoin, the best known of hundreds of «virtual» coins, slumped Tuesday to a six-week low below $12,000 as analysts blamed a rush by various jurisdictions to regulate the sector

Global stock markets upbeat after long weekend

European markets rose Tuesday following the long weekend on optimism about the French election, while the Nasdaq edged to a fresh record ahead of Apple earnings.

DIARIO TV

Aquarium of Paris, the wishes of Santa Claus sub

With a white beard of ordinance and red dress has made wishes for happy holidays making the happiness of the children who have immortalized the unusual guest

Fan in delirium in Mexico at the world premiere of «Star Wars VIII»

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Paolo Nespoli and the meteorite spotted by the International Space Station

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The timeless beauty of Claudia Schiffer

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The two Hadid and Kidman, the red carpet of «Glamor Women of the Year»

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Life & Style

Russia's Yulia Lipnitskaya won figure skating gold at Sochi 2014, before retiring last year aged 19 over health problems related to anorexia.

Russia's Yulia Lipnitskaya won figure skating gold at Sochi 2014, before retiring last year aged 19 over health problems related to anorexia.

Eating disorders, figure skating's 'dirty little secret'

Four years ago, Russia's Yulia Lipnitskaya had the world at her 15-year-old feet, before the ground crumbled beneath them.

Mata's 'Common Goal' to use football for good

World Cup winner Juan Mata is breaking the mould, challenging the general perception of spoilt, rich footballers and helping to awaken the sport's social conscience through the Common Goal project.

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

America's women's ice hockey win over Canada has rejuvenated what had been a forgettable Olympics for Team USA.

America's women's ice hockey win over Canada has rejuvenated what had been a forgettable Olympics for Team USA.

'Saving the Olympics' - women ride to rescue of Team USA

When the US women's hockey team beat Canada to win gold, they did more than just get one over their old rivals -- they helped rescue Team USA's Olympics.

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.

Topless Tongan's secret weapon against freezing cold: coconut oil

The Tongan flag-bearer's secret has been revealed: it was coconut oil that kept him warm when he paraded half-naked at the Winter Olympics opening ceremony.

SciTech

Scientists discovered that Przewalski's horses descended from the earliest-known domesticated horses, kept by the Botai people of northern Kazakhstan some 5,500 years ago

Scientists discovered that Przewalski's horses descended from the earliest-known domesticated horses, kept by the Botai people of northern Kazakhstan some 5,500 years ago

All the wild horses are extinct: study

All the world's wild horses have gone extinct, according to a study Thursday that unexpectedly rewrites the horse family tree based on a new DNA analysis of their ancestry.

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.