Business & Tech

Mining giant BHP's annual net profit slumps 37%

BHP posted a 37 percent slump in annual net profit Tuesday, hurt by impairment charges related to the sale of its US shale assets and costs associated with the Samarco disaster in Brazil.

Argento not under investigation over sex abuse claims: police

Italian actress and sexual abuse campaigner Asia Argento is not under investigation over bombshell allegations that she had sex five years ago with an underage teen, police told AFP on Monday.

International

Chinese national kidnapped in US, held for $2 million ransom

A Chinese national has been missing for five weeks after being abducted in California by three men demanding a $2 million ransom, the FBI revealed on Monday.

Venezuelans keep coming over Brazilian border despite attacks

Venezuelans desperate to leave their collapsing country continued to flow into Brazil on Monday despite fear of anti-migrant violence in the tense border town of Pacaraima.

Africa

Map of Mali showing its main ethnic groups, refugees and conflict zones

Mali's top court declares Keita president after contested vote

Mali's Constitutional Court on Monday declared Ibrahim Boubacar Keita president after the 73-year-old incumbent won elections that his opponent, former minister Soumaila Cisse, said were marred by fraud.

Ebola death toll in DR Congo rises to 50

The Ebola outbreak in eastern DR Congo has now claimed 50 lives since the start of the month, the authorities said Monday, as the government announced free treatment against the disease for the next three months.

Middle East

A Blackhawk helicopter during a training mission at Fort Drum, New York

US service member killed in Iraq chopper crash

A US service member was killed and several other troops injured when their helicopter crashed during anti-jihadi operations in Iraq, officials said Monday.

Iran nuclear deal: developments since US walkout in May

Key developments since the United States quit the 2015 Iran nuclear deal three months ago and reimposed sanctions:

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

Actress Jennifer Garner has appeared in more than 30 films over two decades but is just as famous for a television career that has seen her garlanded with some of the industry's top awards

Actress Jennifer Garner has appeared in more than 30 films over two decades but is just as famous for a television career that has seen her garlanded with some of the industry's top awards

Jennifer Garner honored with Hollywood star

Jennifer Garner received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Monday to honor a glittering career that has included roles in acclaimed movies from "Juno" to "Dallas Buyers Club."

Church urges followers to drop the Mormon name

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is urging its followers to drop the use of the word "Mormon" to refer to the church or its members, according to new directives issued by its leader.

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

Adrian Peterson joins Washington after being released by the Arizona Cardinals

Adrian Peterson joins Washington after being released by the Arizona Cardinals

Redskins sign running back Peterson

Veteran running back Adrian Peterson signed for the Washington Redskins on Monday, joining the franchise on a one-year deal as he attempts to reignite a career blighted by recent injuries.

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 $12-million rhino horn bust at Kuala Lumpur airport is the biggest ever in Malaysia's history

The $12-million rhino horn bust at Kuala Lumpur airport is the biggest ever in Malaysia's history

Malaysia makes record $12-mn rhino horn seizure

Malaysia has made a record seizure of 50 rhino horns worth an estimated $12 million at Kuala Lumpur airport as they were being flown to Vietnam, authorities said Monday.

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.