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EU proposes huge aid plan as virus hammers Latin America

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The EU unveiled a proposed 750-billion-euro recovery plan Wednesday to get the continent back on its feet after the …

Hong Kong police stamp out national anthem law protests

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Hong Kong police cast a dragnet around the financial hub's legislature on Wednesday, firing pepper-ball rounds and …

Stock markets mixed as China-US tensions return to fore

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Equities were mixed Wednesday as profit-taking and worries about deteriorating China-US relations were weighed against …

Rio Tinto admits damaging Australian Aboriginal heritage site

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Anglo-Australian mining giant Rio Tinto has admitted damaging ancient Aboriginal rock shelters in the remote Pilbara …

EU readies trillion-euro aid plan as virus hammers Latin America

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A one-trillion-euro recovery plan to get Europe back on its feet after the devastation wreaked by the coronavirus …

First virus-era Chinese expedition measures Everest

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A group of Chinese surveyors on Wednesday became the first team this year to summit Mount Everest, where they will try …

Hong Kong police clamp down on national anthem law protests

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Hong Kong police placed a dragnet around the financial hub's legislature on Wednesday and fired pepper-ball rounds in …

No screams please: Japanese funfairs prepare for virus era

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No screaming on the rollercoaster, socially distant spooks in the haunted house and please refrain from high-fiving your …

Man arrested over deadly arson at Japanese animation studio

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Japanese police on Wednesday formally arrested a man on suspicion of an arson attack on an animation studio in Kyoto …

Police swarm Hong Kong ahead of flashpoint anthem debate

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Hong Kong riot police ringed the city's legislature on Wednesday to stifle protests ahead of a debate over a law that …

After rare silence, Istanbul's Grand Bazaar prepares to reopen

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An eerie silence has fallen over Istanbul's Grand Bazaar, one of the world's oldest, largest and most visited markets, …

Stock markets in retreat as China-US tensions return to fore

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Asian equities mostly fell Wednesday as profit-taking and worries about deteriorating China-US relations outweighed …

German choirs silenced as singing branded virus risk

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When the Berlin Cathedral Choir gathered for a rehearsal on March 9, the new coronavirus was still a distant concern, …

Bushfire-hit Australians still in tents as virus slows recovery

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Victims of Australia's catastrophic bushfires are still living in tents, garages and makeshift shelters months after the …

Virus takes toll on mental health of Europe's medics

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Steve, a paramedic in northeast England, contracted the coronavirus two months ago. Then his wife fell ill. Both …

Man arrested over deadly arson at Japanese animation studio: media

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Japanese police on Wednesday formally arrested a man on suspicion of an arson attack on an animation studio in the city …

EU's Von der Leyen to unveil trillion-euro recovery plan

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European Union chief Ursula von der Leyen will on Wednesday propose a roughly one-trillion-euro post-virus recovery fund …

NHL to restart with 24-team playoff in two hub cities

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The National Hockey League announced Tuesday it will abandon the rest of the regular season and proceed directly to a …

Serie A meeting Italian Government to discover fate of season

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Serie A hopes of following Germany and Spain back onto the pitch will be decided on Thursday during a meeting with the …

From Wall Street to Bethlehem, iconic sites reopen from virus

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Iconic world sites from the New York Stock Exchange to the Church of the Nativity reopened their doors Tuesday from the …

Twitter calls Trump tweets 'unsubstantiated' for the first time

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Twitter labelled two Donald Trump tweets "unsubstantiated" and accused him of making false claims Tuesday, a first for …

Twitter labels Trump tweets 'unsubstantiated' for first time

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Twitter labelled two of Donald Trump's tweets "unsubstantiated" and accused him of making false claims Tuesday, a first …

Audi parts with Formula-E star who used ringer in virtual race

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Audi Sport on Tuesday parted ways with German racing driver Daniel Abt for cheating in a charity video game race in …

Bayern Munich down Dortmund to close on Bundesliga title

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Joshua Kimmich described his winning goal as "brutally important" after Bayern Munich took a huge step towards an eighth …

Trump sounds warning over Hong Kong's future

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US President Donald Trump on Tuesday warned that Hong Kong could lose its status as a global financial center if a …

Floor trading resumes at NYSE, with masks and plexiglas

May 26 2020

The New York Stock Exchange, the symbolic heart of Wall Street, reopened its floor Tuesday after a two-month closure due …

SpaceX readies for blast-off with NASA astronauts aboard

May 26 2020

Gray skies loomed over Florida's Atlantic coast Tuesday, just one day before two astronauts were set to blast off aboard …

Iconic sites reopen as world eyes life after lockdown

May 26 2020

The Church of the Nativity and the ruins of ancient Pompeii reopened to pilgrims and tourists on Tuesday, as countries …

UK PM Johnson faces growing rebellion over aide's lockdown trip

May 26 2020

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday faced a mounting internal rebellion, including a ministerial …

Even mild coronavirus illness may confer some immunity: study

May 26 2020

Even people with minor illness from the coronavirus can develop antibodies that could leave them immunised for several …

UK minister quits over Cummings lockdown trip

May 26 2020

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government was hit by its first resignation on Tuesday over the controversy …

NYSE floor reopens as world tries to kickstart post-virus economy

May 26 2020

From the floor of the New York Stock Exchange to the Church of the Nativity, numerous iconic world landmarks reopened on …

Dino-dooming asteroid hit Earth at 'deadliest possible' angle

May 26 2020

This much we knew: some 66 million years ago an asteroid roughly twice the diameter of Paris crashed into Earth, wiping …

Singapore warns of worst economic contraction since independence

May 26 2020

Singapore's virus-hit economy could shrink by as much as seven percent this year -- the worst reading since independence …

Hong Kong leader tries to reassure investors rattled by China law

May 26 2020

China's plans to impose a new security law on Hong Kong will not erode freedoms, the city's leader said Tuesday, as she …

Macau casino tycoon Stanley Ho dies aged 98

May 26 2020

Stanley Ho, the Hong Kong-born tycoon who made billions transforming neighbouring Macau from a sleepy Portuguese outpost …

Latin America's largest airline LATAM files for bankruptcy in US

May 26 2020

Latin America's largest airline LATAM filed for bankruptcy in the US on Tuesday, the company said in a statement, …

WHO stops hydroxychloroquine trials over safety concerns

May 26 2020

The WHO suspended trials of the drug that Donald Trump has promoted as a coronavirus defence, fuelling concerns about …

Australian media to be tried for contempt over Pell reporting

May 26 2020

Dozens of Australian journalists and news organisations will go on trial in November for allegedly violating a gag order …

China's mask boom takes fabric away for nappy makers

May 26 2020

China's ramp-up of mask production to counter the coronavirus outbreak has claimed unlikely victims -- nappies, wet …

Galaxy of African stars hold virtual coronavirus concert

May 26 2020

Senegalese superstar Youssou N'Dour and Grammy-winner Angelique Kidjo were among a galaxy of African talent brought …

Top Brazil media end coverage of presidential doorstop

May 26 2020

Two of Brazil's top media groups said Monday they were suspending coverage of President Jair Bolsonaro's informal news …

UK PM's top aide Cummings defies calls to quit

May 26 2020

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's top aide Dominic Cummings defied calls to resign on Monday over allegations that …

'Bada... Bing... Bang'? HBO throws out rulebook with streaming launch

May 26 2020

Decades before glossy Netflix and Amazon shows began luring Hollywood A-listers to the small screen, cable network HBO …

Top 14 rugby clubs' financial 'bubble bursts' due to COVID-19

May 26 2020

Some of French rugby's leading agents have warned the big spending power of the Top 14 clubs in attracting global …

Scientists fight online virus misinformation war

May 26 2020

With cat photos and sometimes scathing irony, Mathieu Rebeaud, a Swiss-based researcher in biochemistry, has nearly …

South Sudan: an unexplored Eden of biodiversity

May 26 2020

The light plane banked sharply to circle back over the plains. The pilot had spotted something below: antelope, first …

Unease in Greece as restaurants, cafes reopen

May 26 2020

Restaurants and cafes across Greece opened ahead of schedule Monday as the country prepared to launch a shortened …

Partygoers celebrate as Iceland's nightclubs reopen

May 26 2020

Iceland's dancefloors once again pulsed to the beat as the country's nightclubs reopened on Monday after a nine-week …

NHL targets return to practice in early June

May 26 2020

National Hockey League teams could be able to hold training sessions for small groups of players in early June in the …

Suriname votes in poll crucial for convicted president

May 26 2020

People in Suriname went to the polls on Monday with strongman President Desi Bouterse seeking a third term, battling to …

Europe lifts virus shutters as Japan ends emergency

May 26 2020

Europeans flocked to parks, gyms and pools on Monday as more countries eased coronavirus restrictions, while Japan …

First test of Virgin Orbit rocket fails to accomplish goal

May 26 2020

The first test launch of a rocket that is released from a jumbo jet at 35,000 feet and then propels itself into orbit to …

World needs 'green recovery', health experts tell G20 leaders

May 26 2020

Trillions of dollars, euros and yuan pouring into post-pandemic economies must build a "healthy and green recovery", 200 …

Suriname votes in poll crucial for convicted-killer president

May 25 2020

Suriname went to the polls on Monday with strongman President Desi Bouterse seeking a third term, battling to hold onto …

Joe Biden makes first public appearance since March 15

May 25 2020

Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, emerged from more than two months of seclusion Monday, …

UK PM's top aide Cummings defies calls to resign

May 25 2020

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's top aide Dominic Cummings defied calls to resign on Monday over allegations that …

Russian prosecutors seek 18 years for ex-US marine in spy trial

May 25 2020

Russian prosecutors on Monday called for a former US marine charged with spying to be sentenced to 18 years in prison, …

Polls open in Suriname vote crucial for convicted-killer president

May 25 2020

Polls opened early on Monday as Suriname's convicted-murderer president Desi Bouterse seeks to hold onto power despite a …

Russian prosecutors seek 18-year sentence for ex-US marine in spy trial

May 25 2020

Russian prosecutors on Monday called for an 18-year sentence against a former US Marine charged with spying, after a …

UK PM defiant as political scandal rages over aide

May 25 2020

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday failed to draw a line under a scandal over his top aide Dominic Cummings …

Top German court grants buybacks for VW diesel car owners

May 25 2020

A top German court ruled Monday that Volkswagen must buy back a diesel car it modified to appear less polluting, a …

Europe keeps easing as US bans travellers from Brazil

May 25 2020

Europe inched up its coronavirus shutters a little further Monday as nightclubs, museums and swimming pools re-opened in …

Top German court to rule on VW 'Dieselgate' compensation

May 25 2020

Almost five years after Volkswagen's admission to cheating on emissions tests involving millions of diesel engined cars, …

Melon-aires not required as Japan premium fruit prices plunge

May 25 2020

A pair of premium Japanese melons sold Monday for just a slice of the five million yen ($46,000) reached at auction last …

China space programme targets July launch for Mars mission

May 25 2020

China is targeting a July launch for its ambitious plans for a Mars mission which will include landing a …

US bans Brazil travel over virus surge as Europe keeps easing

May 25 2020

The United States suspended travel from Brazil over an explosion of coronavirus infections in the South American nation, …

Qatar virus tracing app stirs rare privacy backlash

May 25 2020

Privacy concerns over Qatar's coronavirus contact tracing app, a tool that is mandatory on pain of prison, have prompted …

Suriname votes with convicted-killer president's future at stake

May 25 2020

Suriname's convicted-murderer president Desi Bouterse says he is confident of holding onto power despite polls …

Moscow espionage trial of ex-US marine Whelan to wrap up

May 25 2020

The trial in Moscow of ex-US marine Paul Whelan on espionage charges is set to conclude Monday, ending a court …

Woods-Manning prevail in star-studded match, raised $20m for charity

May 25 2020

Tiger Woods says while his surgically repaired back may never be 10-out-of-10 again, it won't stop him from being …

Germany's top court to rule on compensation for VW diesel cheating

May 25 2020

Almost five years after Volkswagen's admission to cheating on regulatory emissions tests involving millions of cars, …

'It's kind of glum': US farmers worry as crop prices dip

May 25 2020

Dave Burrier steered his tractor through a field, following a GPS map as he tried to plant as much corn as possible amid …

Rocketman (and woman): Elon and Gwynne, the pair who made SpaceX

May 25 2020

Space Exploration Technologies Corp. -- commonly known as SpaceX -- is slated to send two astronauts into space on …

New Zealand PM unruffled as quake hits mid-interview

May 25 2020

A moderate 5.6-magnitude earthquake rattled New Zealand's North Island early Monday but failed to crack Prime Minister …

Football clubs forced to rethink recruitment strategy as virus impacts transfer market

May 25 2020

Around Europe, football is waking up from the coronavirus shutdown, but it is different to before for players and …

China says virus pushing US ties to brink of 'Cold War'

May 25 2020

China said Sunday that its relations with the United States were "on the brink of a new Cold War," fuelled partly by …

Liga boss wants June 11 Seville derby to restart season

May 25 2020

La Liga president Javier Tebas said Sunday he hopes the resumed season will start on June 11 with the Seville derby, …

'Should I continue racing?': Hamilton reveals lockdown low

May 25 2020

Six-time world champion Lewis Hamilton admitted Sunday that he questioned his future in Formula One during the …

UK PM Johnson backs key aide over lockdown breach claims

May 25 2020

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Sunday defied pressure from within his own party and backed top aide Dominic …

Afghan president to free up to 2,000 Taliban prisoners after ceasefire offer

May 24 2020

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani began a process Sunday to release up to 2,000 Taliban prisoners as a goodwill gesture …

Thousands protest in Hong Kong over China security law proposal

May 24 2020

Police fired tear gas and water cannon at thousands of Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters who gathered Sunday against a …

Netanyahu attacks 'fabricated' graft charges as trial begins

May 24 2020

A combative Benjamin Netanyahu stood in court Sunday for the start of his long-anticipated corruption trial, after …

Netanyahu lashes out at 'ludicrous' graft charges as trial begins

May 24 2020

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrived at a Jerusalem court Sunday for the start of his long-delayed …

China warns US pushing relations to 'brink of new Cold War'

May 24 2020

The United States is pushing relations with China to "the brink of a new Cold War", China's foreign minister said …

Netanyahu to face court in 'unprecedented' corruption trial

May 24 2020

Israel's veteran Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was set Sunday to become the country's first sitting premier to face …

Hong Kong hit by fresh protest after China security proposal

May 24 2020

Police fired tear gas and pepper spray at hundreds of Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters who gathered Sunday in …

Virus challenge looms as Muslims, Christians set to gather

May 24 2020

Muslims and Christians around the world gathered Sunday to celebrate their faith as Eid al-Fitr begins and churches …

NYTimes marks grim US virus milestone with front page victim list

May 24 2020

As the United States approached 100,000 coronavirus deaths, The New York Times on Sunday marked the grim milestone with …

Silicon Valley perks up its ears for buzzy audio chat startup

May 24 2020

It's a secret, almost. But Silicon Valley is buzzing over a new audio-chat social network which is struggling to keep …

Netanyahu's 'unprecedented' corruption trial to open

May 24 2020

A new page in Israeli history opens Sunday as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu becomes the first sitting premier to …

SpaceX ready to launch astronauts into space for the first time

May 24 2020

In the beginning, everyone was skeptical. But Elon Musk's SpaceX defied expectations -- and on Wednesday hopes to make …

Hong Kong activists plan new protests over proposed security law

May 24 2020

Hong Kong's pro-democracy campaigners called for fresh protests on Sunday, their first test after China sparked outrage …

Trump hits the golf course as US kicks off summer season

May 24 2020

President Donald Trump kicked off the start of the American summer season on Saturday with his first golf outing in two …

N. Korea discusses new policies for increasing 'nuclear war deterrence': KCNA

May 24 2020

North Korea discussed new policies for increasing its "nuclear war deterrence" during a military meeting presided over …

Virus lockdowns stifle Eid celebrations as infections rise

May 24 2020

Muslims around the world began marking a sombre Eid al-Fitr Sunday, many under coronavirus lockdown, but lax …

What coronavirus? Brazil cabinet video triggers outcry

May 24 2020

On April 22, Brazil was fast becoming a new coronavirus flashpoint, but President Jair Bolsonaro and his cabinet barely …

Spain to reopen to tourists as South America named virus hotspot

May 24 2020

Spain said on Saturday it would let in foreign tourists and restart top league football in the coming weeks, …

Croquet, bowls players hope grass is greener after virus lockdown

May 24 2020

The peculiarly British sports of croquet and bowls are taking baby steps to return from the coronavirus lockdown, away …

Bayern's Mueller expects sparks to fly in Dortmund showdown

May 24 2020

Bayern Munich striker Thomas Mueller expects sparks to fly in Tuesday's behind closed doors, top-of-the-table clash at …

La Liga can resume week of June 8 - Spanish Prime Minister

May 24 2020

Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez announced on Saturday that La Liga can resume from its coronavirus lockdown in the …

NBA in 'exploratory' talks to restart season at Disney in Florida

May 24 2020

The National Basketball Association confirmed Saturday that they are in "exploratory" talks with The Walt Disney Co. …