Defence spending boost

A permanent structured cooperation on defence -- or PESCO -- aims to deepen defence cooperation between European Union members

EU takes step towards closer defence cooperation

The EU will move towards closer defence ties Monday with more than 20 states signing a landmark pact that aims to boost cooperation after Brexit and counteract Russian pressure.


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

Asian markets track US retreat

Asian markets mostly dipped in early trade on Tuesday, tracking a retreat in New York as anticipation builds ahead of major earnings reports and a Federal Reserve policy meeting.


Six months on, Macron unpopular but in control

In his first six months in power, French President Emmanuel Macron has chalked up one reform after another in a whirlwind that has nevertheless seen his poll numbers plummet.

Brigitte Macron to work on charities as unofficial «first lady»

The wife of French President Emmanuel Macron will represent the country and carry out charity work but not have the official status of First Lady, following opposition to giving her such a title, the presidency announced on Monday.

US-Russia relations

Russian lawmakers say registration of US media groups is retaliation for a similar demand by Washington for the state-controlled Russia Today television

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.

Anatoly Antonov: Russia's tough-but-pragmatic new US ambassador

Veteran diplomat Anatoly Antonov, appointed Russia's new ambassador to the US Monday at a time when ties are at dangerously low ebb, has the reputation of being a tough negotiator with a deep suspicion of Washington.

US Politics

Senator John McCain, the 2008 Republican presidential nominee, immediately declared the allegations 'disqualifying' for Moore

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.

Clinton says «no doubt» Trump team intersected with Russia

Hillary Clinton, who on Tuesday released her tell-all memoir about the 2016 presidential campaign, said she has «no doubt» that Donald Trump's associates helped Russia interfere in the US election.


Opel's 2020 vision: Profit, finally

Opel unveiled Thursday a plan to jump start its financial performance with a return to profit in 2020 thanks to savings its new owner French auto giant PSA is to help it achieve without plant closures or forced job cuts.

China rises at Frankfurt car show

Traditional heavyweights Fiat, Peugeot and Volvo may have shunned this year's Frankfurt auto show (IAA), but for Chinese and Taiwanese carmakers looking to make inroads in Europe the chance to step into the limelight was not to be missed.

US-China relations

Xi gives Trump a Chinese history lesson

As President Xi Jinping led his US counterpart Donald Trump around Beijing's Forbidden City on Wednesday, he made time to teach the American billionaire a bit of Chinese history.

Tillerson in new bid to ease Gulf crisis

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is to launch a fresh bid Sunday to ease a crisis between Riyadh and Doha, both allies of Washington, but without high hopes of a breakthrough.


North Korea denies involvement in WannaCry cyberattack

North Korea has slammed Britain for accusing it of being behind a global ransomware attack that hit the National Health Service, calling the allegation a «wicked attempt» to further tighten international sanctions against Pyongyang.

Mattis says US goal is «not war» over North Korea

Washington's goal «is not war» as it seeks to ease high military tension with Pyongyang, US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis said Friday, standing at the heavily-fortified border between the two Koreas.


Thailand revokes passports of exiled former PM Yingluck

Thailand has revoked the passports of ousted premier Yingluck Shinawatra, who has yet to publicly emerge since she slipped out of the country two months ago ahead of judgement day in her negligence trial, officials said Tuesday.

Rama X: Thailand's new monarch making his mark

With the funeral of late king Bhumibol Adulyadej underway, his untested and unpredictable heir has taken centre stage.


Singapore opens new, high-tech airport terminal

Singapore's Changi Airport opened a cutting-edge terminal Tuesday with a fully automated check-in system including facial scanning and computerised baggage drop points, but some passengers struggled with the new technology.


Men still killing women for «honour» in Pakistan, despite new law

A year since new laws came into force aimed at stemming the flow of «honour killings», scores of young women in deeply conservative Pakistan are still being murdered by relatives for bringing shame on their family.

International relations

South Korea, China to hold talks: Seoul

South Korean President Moon Jae-In will hold talks with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping on the sidelines of next week's APEC summit, Seoul said Tuesday, with the neighbours' relationship strained by a US missile defence system.

Syrian crisis

Assad regime wins ground, but political fights ahead

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad has regained the upper hand after six years of conflict, but his regime faces a tough diplomatic fight against international isolation and negotiations with newly powerful Kurds.

Fresh Syria talks open in Astana

A fresh round of peace talks seeking to end Syria's war opened in the Kazakh capital Astana on Monday, as part of a Moscow-led push supported by Iran and opposition backer Turkey.

Double dividend

Samsung Electronics posts record Q3 profits of $10 bn

South Korean tech giant Samsung Electronics logged a record profit of 11.2 trillion won -- $10.0 billion -- in the July to September period, it said Tuesday, its best for any quarter.

Money and power: Samsung embroiled in South Korea scandal

Major industrial firms are so intertwined with power in South Korea that citizens joke they live in the «Republic of Samsung». Now the heart of that republic is in the eye of a political storm.


Four held in Belgium over 2015 Thalys train attack

Belgian police held four people Monday over the 2015 attack on a high-speed Thalys train to Paris in which an Islamic State extremist shot and seriously wounded a passenger before being overpowered.

Paris attacks suspect Abdeslam «wanted to blow himself up» at stadium

Captured fugitive Salah Abdeslam initially planned to blow himself up outside the Stade de France during the Paris attacks but changed his mind, a prosecutor said Saturday, after Europe's most wanted man was charged with «terrorist murder» for his role in the November assaults.


Paolo Nespoli and the meteorite spotted by the International Space Station

The Italian astronaut of Esa in orbit on the ISS for the space mission Vita dell'Asi, has released a video in which, in the upper right hand, a meteorite is seen rapidly swirling the Earth's sky and disappearing into the clouds

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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The «climbers» on the Brunelleschi dome, a spectacular fall

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London skyline is turned «Martian» red by Hurricane Ophelia

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Life & Style

Tycho Vermeulen founded The Hague Urban Vineyard

Tycho Vermeulen founded The Hague Urban Vineyard

From grape to table, Dutch community toasts urban vines

As a high-speed train rattled past their heads, amateur Dutch winemakers were busy gathering the last of the season's grapes under a warm autumn sun in the heart of The Hague

Fashion rental offers top labels for price of pizza

Fancy hitting the town in the latest Dior dress with an outrageously expensive Louis Vuitton bag on your arm -- but haven't the cash to afford even the clasp?

Melania Trump meets China's furry diplomats: pandas

US First Lady Melania Trump spent some time with a couple of China's most prominent diplomats on her last day in Beijing on Friday: the pandas Meng'er and Gu Gu.


Sweden's Ola Toivonen (up-R) heads the ball over Italy's Leonardo Bonucci during their FIFA 2018 World Cup qualification first leg match, in Solna, Sweden, on November 10, 2017

Sweden's Ola Toivonen (up-R) heads the ball over Italy's Leonardo Bonucci during their FIFA 2018 World Cup qualification first leg match, in Solna, Sweden, on November 10, 2017

«Apocalypse» now as Italy face World Cup humiliation

Four-time champions Italy face missing out on the World Cup for the first time since 1958, a potential national humiliation likened to the «apocalypse» by the team's fanatical supporters

Tour Finals fair for all, says Federer amid Nadal's clay talk

Roger Federer has dismissed Rafael Nadal's claim that it would be fairer if the ATP Tour Finals were played on clay courts.

Celtics snap NBA losing streak to injury-hit Spurs

Al Horford delivered 14 points and 13 rebounds as the Boston Celtics won their fifth straight and snapped an 11-game losing skid to the San Antonio Spurs with a 108-94 win on Monday.


Solar Team Eindhoven's «Stella Vie» was hailed as the future of sun-powered motoring as the 3,000-kilometre World Solar Challenge wrapped up

Solar Team Eindhoven's «Stella Vie» was hailed as the future of sun-powered motoring as the 3,000-kilometre World Solar Challenge wrapped up

Futuristic solar-powered Dutch family car hailed «the future»

A futuristic Dutch family car that not only uses the sun as power but supplies energy back to the grid was hailed as «the future» Sunday as the World Solar Challenge wrapped up.

Smartphone app for migrants gets trial in Central America, Mexico

A smartphone app designed to help migrants safely move through countries is being tested in Central America and Mexico from this week, ahead of a wider roll-out elsewhere in the world, the UN Migration Agency said Friday.

Israeli firms seek hi-tech help -- in Gaza

When Dan Leubitz needed a contractor for a project with his Israeli tech firm, one address in the list of tenders caught his eye: Gaza.


Tracking where eggs come from

Tracking where eggs come from

Tainted eggs scandal reaches Italy

Two of 114 egg samples tested in Italy have shown traces of the insecticide fipronil, Italy's health ministry said Monday, making the country the latest to become embroiled in a Europe-wide scandal.

Opioid drug maker settles US lawsuit for $4.5 million

Opioid drug maker Insys agreed to pay $4.5 million Friday to end a lawsuit in which it was accused of deceptive marketing, one of the first settlements of civil suits that drug manufacturers face over a US overdose epidemic.

Death rates far higher for «alternative» cancer cures

People who choose alternative cures for common cancers are up to five times more likely to die compared to those opting for standard treatments, the lead scientist of a new study told AFP Friday.