International

Trump team claims Russia investigator 'unlawfully' got emails

A lawyer for Donald Trump's transition team has alleged special counsel Robert Mueller unlawfully received tens of thousands of emails, in the latest attack on the credibility of the probe into Russian meddling in the US election.

Saakashvili supporters storm Kiev arts centre

Several hundred protesters led by former Georgian leader Mikheil Saakashvili stormed Kiev's performing arts centre on Sunday, some hurling rocks, smoke bombs and firecrackers at the windows and doors.

business-and-tech

Irish pilot union agrees Ryanair talks ahead of planned strike

The union representing Ireland-based Ryanair pilots said on Sunday it had agreed to talk with the no-frills airline but warned that the meeting could be too late to avert a strike set for Wednesday.

Lauda says Lufthansa wants to 'destroy' Niki airline

Austrian former racing driver Niki Lauda on Sunday accused German carrier Lufthansa of trying to "destroy" the Niki airline which he founded.

Middle East

Love but above all peace: year end wishes in Damascus

In a cozy Damascus coffee shop, university student Solaf Hammoud scribbles a heartfelt New Year wish on a yellow card then hangs it on a twinkling Christmas tree.

Saudi-led strike 'kills at least three Yemen civilians'

A Saudi-led air strike has killed at least three civilians in Yemen's Marib province, a local official said on Sunday, but a rebel news agency gave a higher death toll.

Africa

A handout picture released by the Tunisian Presidency Press Service shows Libyan General Khalifa Haftar speaking during his meeting with the Tunisian president on September 18, 2017 at Carthage Palace in Tunis

Libya strongman says UN-backed government's mandate expired

Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar insisted Sunday that the mandate of the country's UN-backed government has run out after what he said was the expiration of a tattered 2015 political deal.

Gabon arrests dozens in knife attack that wounded two Danes

Police in Gabon arrested dozens of people on Sunday over a knife attack in the capital apparently committed in retribution for "US attacks against Muslims", officials said.

Trump Administration

Under Donald Trump, the United States has been disengaging from an increasing number of multilateral commitments

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.

International

Sri Lanka players wear masks, as Indian captain Virat Kohli (2L) and teammate R. Ashwin look on, as air pollution hits the third Test in New Delhi

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

Five things to know about Delhi's toxic smog

India's top court Tuesday gave authorities two days to devise a plan to tackle choking levels of smog in Delhi which have prompted warnings of a health "emergency" in the world's most polluted capital.

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.

International

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

Japan

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.

Japan

Japan emperor to abdicate on April 30, 2019

Japan's Emperor Akihito will step down on April 30, 2019, the prime minister announced Friday, the first retirement in more than two centuries in the imperial family believed to be the world's oldest.

Bangladesh

Rohingya in Bangladesh look to Pope to send them home

A group of Rohingya Muslim refugees due to meet the Pope in Bangladesh on Friday have high hopes the encounter will put them on the path back home to Myanmar.

Top Stories

Japan is a huge national market for taxi firms

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

Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku has looked below par for the past two months, with just three goals in 15 games

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

The 14th Dalai Lama announced a new iPhone app which will allow devotees to watch live video of his teachings to his 16.6 million Twitter followers on Thursday

Dalai Lama turns to iPhone to spread app-iness

He already has millions of Twitter followers and has spoken of the wonders of new technology. Now the Dalai Lama has launched a new iPhone app so devotees can keep track of his travels and teachings.

The Gold Globe Awards are seen as a chance for Hollywood to demonstrate its intolerance of sexual misconduct following a wave of allegations that emerged after movie mogul Harvey Weinstein was accused of a career of misbehavior

Golden Globes: Hollywood's test of the Weinstein effect

The nominations will be unveiled Monday for the Golden Globes, kicking off an awards season expected to be overshadowed by the sexual misconduct scandal engulfing the movie industry.