Africa

Chad set to postpone November vote: election panel

Legislative elections in Chad planned for November are set to be postponed to May, a member of the electoral panel organising the vote told AFP Monday.

Fighting wars and disease, smartphones on the frontlines

At the sharp end of conflict in Syria, in a schoolchild's bag in Kenya, whether fighting deadly diseases or studying forestry, the smartphone has become ubiquitous in just over a decade.

Business & Tech

Bayer confirms forecasts as Monsanto integration grinds on

German chemicals and pharmaceuticals giant Bayer confirmed its full-year forecasts Tuesday, after a solid performance in the firm's first full quarter of integrating US seeds and pesticides maker Monsanto.

Magritte painting fetches $26.8 million in NY

A painting by Rene Magritte sold for $26.8 million Monday at a Sotheby's auction in New York, setting a record for a work by the Belgian surrealist.

International

US National Security Advisor John Bolton has vowed to maintain pressure on Iran over its nuclear programme

US security chief Bolton vows to 'squeeze' Iran

US National Security Advisor John Bolton vowed Tuesday to "squeeze" Iran "until the pips squeak", a week after a tough new round of sanctions came into force.

Still alive in Paradise after fire, but then what?

Some plan to travel far away, while others are determined to rebuild their lives here, but most of the survivors of the deadly fire that ravaged the California town of Paradise are still in shock.

Middle East

Deadly Gaza flare-up threatens to derail peace efforts

Renewed violence in Gaza threatened to thwart efforts to end months of unrest as Israeli air strikes killed four Palestinians and destroyed a Hamas TV building while a barrage of rocket fire from the enclave left one dead on Tuesday.

Business & Tech

Wall Street dives into the red while oil prices continue to slide

Wall Street crumbled Monday as fears for demand in the tech sector turned into a broader retreat from stocks while oil prices slid to an 11th straight day of losses despite a Saudi offer to limit output.

Facebook back up after Americas service interruption

Facebook users in the Americas were able to get back onto their profiles Monday afternoon, after the social media network went down briefly across some parts of the region.

Africa

UN report finds violations of South Sudan arms embargo

A UN panel of experts has found violations of the arms embargo imposed on South Sudan, reporting to the Security Council that there are "alarming levels" of sexual violence, hunger and human rights abuses in the war-scarred country.

Chad set to postpone November vote: election panel

Legislative elections in Chad planned for November are set to be postponed to May, a member of the electoral panel organising the vote told AFP Monday.

International

British PM eyes Brexit endgame, but not at any cost

British Prime Minister Theresa May said Monday that negotiators were working through the night to get a Brexit deal with the EU but vowed it would not be "an agreement at any cost".

Rights commission 'concerned' by Brazilian police violence

The president of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights criticized Brazil's president-elect Jair Bolsonaro's policies toward tackling violent crime Monday, following a weeklong visit to the South American giant.

Middle East

Israeli air strike destroys Hamas TV building in Gaza: AFP

An Israeli air strike destroyed Hamas's Al-Aqsa TV building in the Gaza Strip on Monday after a series of warning shots, AFP journalists reported, drawing threats of a harsh response from Palestinian militants.

Lebanon passes landmark law to find civil war missing

Lebanon for the first time Monday passed a law to investigate the fate of thousands of people missing since its civil war and to hold those responsible to account.

International

Clash erupts during Israel operation in Gaza, six dead: officials

An exchange of fire erupted during an Israeli military operation in the Gaza Strip on Sunday, leaving six Palestinians dead, officials said, while potentially dashing hopes that a recent agreement would restore calm.

Cash pours in for homeless 'trolley man' who battled terror attacker

Donations poured in Monday for a homeless man dubbed "trolleyman" for his attempt to use a shopping cart to halt last week's deadly lone wolf terror attack in Melbourne.

Business & Tech

Alibaba hits another 'Singles Day' record but growth slows

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba filled a record $30.7 billion in orders on Sunday during its annual "Singles Day" shopping frenzy, but growth slowed from previous years.

Oil producers see oversupply, call for new strategies

Major oil producers said Sunday that crude supply next year would outstrip demand, calling for new strategies based on production adjustments.

Middle East

Clash erupts during Israel operation in Gaza, six dead: officials

An exchange of fire erupted during an Israeli military operation in the Gaza Strip on Sunday, leaving six Palestinians dead, officials said, while potentially dashing hopes that a recent agreement would restore calm.

Supporters of murdered Saudi journalist gather in Istanbul

Around 200 people on Sunday gathered in Istanbul to honour the memory of murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Africa

Martin Fayulu, DR Congo's fiery opposition presidential pick

Martin Fayulu, picked Sunday by the DR Congo opposition as its nominee in the race to succeed Joseph Kabila, was among the most vociferous voices against the president's efforts to cling to power.

Nigerian opposition candidate says 'intimidated' by govt agents

The presidential nominee of Nigeria's main opposition party alleged Sunday that he was "intimidated" by armed government agents who searched his private plane at the Abuja airport.

Life & Style

Believed by Christians to be where Jesus walked on water, the Sea of Galilee has been shrinking mainly due to overuse

Believed by Christians to be where Jesus walked on water, the Sea of Galilee has been shrinking mainly due to overuse

Shrinking Sea of Galilee has some hoping for a miracle

It was not so long ago when swimmers at Ein Gev would lay out their towels in the grass at the edge of the Sea of Galilee.

Mimi Marchand: From nightclub boss to Macron advisor

Nightclubs, paparazzi photos and several spells behind bars: Michele Marchand, better known as Mimi, has carved an unusual route to a role advising French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte.

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

Kevin Durant led the scoring with 33 points but could not prevent Golden State falling to the Los Angeles Clipppers in an overtime loss

Kevin Durant led the scoring with 33 points but could not prevent Golden State falling to the Los Angeles Clipppers in an overtime loss

Williams sparks Clippers over Warriors in overtime upset

Lou Williams scored 25 points from the bench as the Los Angeles Clippers upset the league-leading Golden State Warriors 121-116 in a wild overtime thriller at the Staples Center on Monday.

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

Alameda County Sheriff coroner officers search for human remains in Paradise, California

Alameda County Sheriff coroner officers search for human remains in Paradise, California

Deadliest fire in California history kills 42 people

The death toll from a huge blaze in northern California rose to 42 on Monday, making it the deadliest wildfire in state history.

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.