France says Bayeux Tapestry loan to Britain 'not before 2020'

The French presidency said Wednesday that it was in talks to loan the Bayeux Tapestry to Britain, but that the 11th-century embroidery would not be transferred before 2020.

Police raid France's Lactalis after baby milk scandal

French police raided the headquarters of dairy giant Lactalis on Wednesday over a baby milk salmonella scare that has sickened dozens of children and led to a major international recall.


Yabba dabba doo! Malaysian sultan gets Flintstones car

A Malaysian sultan has been given a life-size replica of Fred Flintstone's car from the classic cartoon, although the modern update has an engine so he won't tire out his regal feet.

Juncker says would like Britain to rejoin EU after Brexit

European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker said on Wednesday he would welcome any British attempt to rejoin the EU after Brexit, as Brussels jumped on speculation about a second referendum.


DR Congo is the world's leading producer of cobalt, where authorities consider the previous mining code to favour foreign investors at the expense of the economy

DR Congo revises mining code to make most of battery-driven cobalt boom

As demand for batteries drives a surge in the price of cobalt, the Democratic Republic of Congo is gearing up to overhaul its mining regulations to harvest more profit from the coveted metal.

Fake medicines flourish in Africa despite killing thousands

There's nothing covert about Roxy -- a huge market in Abidjan selling counterfeit medicine, the scourge of Africa and the cause of around 100,000 deaths annually on the world's poorest continent.

Middle East

A member of Syrian government forces stands near Jabal al-Hass looking at smoke rising on the horizon in Aleppo province as they advance towards the Abu Duhur military airport in the ongoing offensive against opposition fighters on January 14, 2018

Syria jihadist chief urges rebels to 'close ranks' against regime

The head of Syria's leading jihadist alliance called on rebels Tuesday to "close ranks" to fend off a Russian-backed government offensive in the country's northwest.

Syria Kurds say will defend enclave from Turkish 'scourges'

The head of a powerful Kurdish militia hit back on Tuesday at Turkish threats to attack its forces in northern Syria, pledging to "cleanse" the area of Ankara's "scourges".


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.

Business & Tech

Faring badly: Uber struggles to make inroads in Japan

Japan, with its wealthy customer base and megacities like Tokyo, should represent rich pickings for Uber

Social network

Facebook opens new London hub, creating 800 jobs

Social media titan Facebook will open a new office in London on Monday that is set to be its biggest engineering hub outside America, the company has announced.

Trump Administration

America First or America Alone? The withdrawal agenda

Since President Donald Trump took office in January, the US has abandoned or threatened to quit several international accords under his «America First» policy

Ex-White House advisor Flynn moves to cooperate with probe

Former White House national security advisor Michael Flynn is moving to cooperate with a special prosecutor probing possible collusion between Donald Trump's campaign team and Russia during last year's election, The New York Times reported Thursday.


Pollution stops play in India-Sri Lanka Test in Delhi

Hazardous smog interrupted the third Test between India and Sri Lanka in New Delhi on Sunday, with players wearing face masks as air quality dipped in the world's most polluted capital city

Korean crisis

North Korea blasts «dangerous» US-South joint military drill

North Korea Sunday blasted the United States and South Korea as «warmongers» on the eve of their largest-ever joint air exercise, saying it could trigger a nuclear war

North Korea holds mass celebrations for latest missile test

North Korea held mass celebrations for its latest successful long-range missile test, Pyongyang's state media said Saturday, with a propaganda-filled display of fireworks and dancing in public squares

US economy

Opioid crisis also imposes handicap on US economy

The scourge of the opioid crisis in the United States kills 90 Americans every day, but beyond the human toll it also handicaps the US economy, taking millions of people out of the workforce, economists warn

Marijuana activists arrested at US Capitol on «4/20» day

Police arrested seven pro-marijuana activists near the US Capitol on Thursday as they handed out free joints to mark «4/20 day» and highlight their effort to legalize pot.


Buy it with bitcoin in New York, but it's not cheap

At Melt Bakery, a hole in the wall that sells ice cream sandwiches in New York's upscale Manhattan neighborhood, you can pay for your guilty pleasure in bitcoin.

Bitcoin, an «Uber» currency, not without risk

Bitcoin, which this week soared to a new record high of more than $8,000, is the monetary equivalent of Uber, since it bypasses central bank regulation and could be attractive for financially fragile countries, economists say


Fear in London as acid attacks soar

Delivery rider Jabed Hussain was waiting at a traffic light one night in east London when two attackers sprayed acid in his face and stole his moped


Anemic 3rd quarter growth dissapoints in Brazil

Brazil's economy grew 0.1 percent in the third quarter of 2017, the third consecutive quarterly increase in output but below expectations, official figures out Friday showed.


Explosion at Japan chemical factory kills one, hurts 11

At least one worker was killed and 11 others injured in an explosion and fire that broke out Friday at a chemical factory just a few kilometres from Mount Fuji in central Japan

9 bodies, 2 severed heads, found in Tokyo flat

Japanese police have found nine bodies, including two with their heads severed and dumped in a cool box, in a flat in the Tokyo suburbs, media reported on Tuesday.


Asian investors tread carefully with US tax reform in the balance

Most Asian markets saw tentative gains on Friday but investors moved nervously as Donald Trump's much-hyped tax-cut plans hung in the balance after a plan to push them through hit unexpected hurdles.

Pound down in Asia as May's future uncertain, equities struggle

The pound sank against its major peers on Monday as British Prime Minister Theresa May's future looks increasingly uncertain, while Asian equities traders moved cautiously after a recent rally to multi-year highs


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

"Chamber", one of the last sculptures by US artist Dennis Oppenheim, was installed next to a beach in Busan, South Korea, but has been destroyed by local authorities

"Chamber", one of the last sculptures by US artist Dennis Oppenheim, was installed next to a beach in Busan, South Korea, but has been destroyed by local authorities

Famed US artist's sculpture destroyed in S. Korea

One of the last sculptures by US artist Dennis Oppenheim has been destroyed by local authorities in a South Korean city on the grounds that it was becoming an "eyesore".

France to loan Bayeux Tapestry to UK: reports

The Bayeux Tapestry could be displayed in Britain after France agreed in principle to the historic artwork leaving the country for the first time in 950 years, according to British media.

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.


Ex-Wallaby Smith arrested in Tokyo for 'cabbie assault'

Legendary Wallaby George Smith has been arrested in Tokyo, police said Wednesday, after he allegedly refused to pay his taxi fare and then assaulted the driver.

Mourinho faces Ibrahimovic dilemma for West Brom clash

Jose Mourinho must decide whether now is the time to recall Zlatan Ibrahimovic to his starting line-up as Manchester United prepare to visit West Brom

Kohli double ton powers India to 500-5 in third Test

Skipper Virat Kohli cracked his second successive double century to compound Sri Lanka's misery as India took lunch on 500 for five on day two of the third Test on Sunday.


Louise Nolan holds a bucket of rubbish collected from the Thames

Louise Nolan holds a bucket of rubbish collected from the Thames

Thames paddle-boarders try to turn the tide on plastic

Floating on the murky waters of the River Thames in London, activist paddle-boarders are trying to rid the waterway of a plague of plastic waste and draw attention to the problem.

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.

Elite US government hacker charged with taking secret information

A member of the US National Security Agency's elite hacking team has been charged with illegally removing top secret materials, in an embarrassing breach for the crucial electronic espionage body


"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.