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China-US ties plunge further over Hong Kong sanctions

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China on Saturday slammed the United States for imposing "barbarous" sanctions in response to Beijing's crackdown in …

Grief to anger as disaster-hit Beirut braces for protests

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Thousands of Lebanese prepared Saturday for a major protest against a political leadership they blame for a monster …

18 killed as Indian jet crashes at storm-hit airport

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Fierce rain and winds lashed a plane carrying 190 people before it crash-landed and tore in two at an airport in …

UN set for showdown over US Iran arms embargo push

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The UN Security Council is set next week to roundly reject a US resolution to extend an Iranian arms embargo, diplomats …

'Close to dying': Mexican lives upended by pandemic

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From the sudden loss of loved ones to brushes with death, a struggle to save others and fears for the future -- the …

China's Li leads PGA Championship by two shots

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China No. 1 Li Haotong outshone the big guns on Friday to lead at the halfway stage of the PGA Championship, but …

Lebanon president rejects global probe into port blast

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Lebanon's president has rejected any international probe into the catastrophic Beirut port blast, saying a missile or …

Coronavirus deaths in Latin America hit global high

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Latin America and the Caribbean surpassed Europe on Friday to become the region hardest-hit with coronavirus deaths, as …

Trump says readying executive orders on virus relief package

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President Donald Trump said Friday he was poised to sign executive orders to extend aid to Americans facing hardship due …

Biochemists to Bolsonaro: virus protests across the world

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As the prospect of a second virus wave fuels fears of new lockdowns in Europe and elsewhere, anger is growing in some …

Ko takes lead at LPGA Marathon Classic

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Lydia Ko produced a barnstorming finish to snatch a one-shot lead with a six under-par second round at the LPGA Marathon …

US slaps sanctions on Hong Kong leader in new offensive on China

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The United States slapped sanctions Friday on Hong Kong's leader after effectively forcing Chinese internet giants …

Windows, Gates and a firewall: Microsoft's delicate castle in China

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Microsoft, which is in talks to buy part of Chinese video app TikTok, is one of the few US tech titans that have managed …

Protest as LGBT activist jailed for 2 months in Poland

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Polish police arrested a gay rights activist in central Warsaw on Friday, implementing a court order for two months' …

Hamilton on top at Silverstone as 'victims' Mercedes make rivals sweat

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Lewis Hamilton bounced back to top the times ahead of Valtteri Bottas on Friday as Mercedes used the luxury of their …

Canada to slap Can$3.6 bln counter-tariffs on US aluminum

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Ottawa will hit American aluminum products with Can$3.6 billion (US$2.7 billion) in counter-tariffs, Deputy Prime …

TikTok, WeChat bans not crucial to US security: experts

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The US bans on Chinese apps TikTok and WeChat are not particularly valuable for US security, experts told AFP Friday, …

Trump moves on China apps may create new internet 'firewall'

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A ban by President Donald Trump's administration on Chinese mobile apps such as TikTok and WeChat risks fragmenting an …

Brazil hails reduction in Amazon deforestation in July

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Brazil on Friday hailed figures showing a reduction in July of deforestation that has spooked international investors, …

At least 17 dead as India airliner overshoots runway

Aug 07 2020

At least 17 people were killed Friday when a passenger jet was ripped in two after it overshot and skidded off the …

At least 16 dead as India airliner crashes on landing

Aug 07 2020

At least 16 people were killed Friday when a passenger jet overshot and skidded off the runway as it landed in southern …

At least 14 dead as India airliner crashes on landing

Aug 07 2020

At least 14 people were killed and 15 others were seriously injured Friday when an Indian passenger jet skidded off the …

Airliner skids off runway in India, at least two dead

Aug 07 2020

At least two people died and more than 20 others were seriously injured Friday when an Indian passenger jet skidded off …

US slaps sanctions on Hong Kong leader for 'undermining autonomy'

Aug 07 2020

The United States on Friday slapped sanctions on Hong Kong's leader Carrie Lam and 10 other senior figures, in a major …

Rescuers scour Beirut blast zone as first arrests made

Aug 07 2020

Rescuers combed through the rubble of Beirut port Friday in a search for survivors watched breathlessly by relatives of …

Afghan leader urges mega gathering to decide on 400 Taliban prisoners

Aug 07 2020

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani urged thousands of prominent citizens gathered in Kabul on Friday to decide whether to …

Trump order targets Chinese internet giants TikTok, WeChat

Aug 07 2020

US President Donald Trump has announced sweeping restrictions against Chinese-owned social media giants TikTok and …

Afghans begin mega gathering to decide fate of 400 Taliban prisoners

Aug 07 2020

Thousands of Afghans began a three-day gathering in Kabul on Friday to decide whether to release about 400 Taliban …

US consulate in Hong Kong calls collusion claims 'ludicrous'

Aug 07 2020

The US consulate in Hong Kong on Friday said it was "ludicrous" to suggest its diplomats meeting with pro-democracy …

Paris raves draw crowds as virus shutters nightclubs

Aug 07 2020

Unauthorised rave parties, long a fringe pastime with a hardcore techno following, have found a new fan base among young …

Saudi Arabia seeks to tame powerful cyber armies

Aug 07 2020

Online armies of self-styled Saudi patriots riding a wave of state-led nationalism attack critics and what they call …

Trump order targets Chinese internet stars TikTok, WeChat

Aug 07 2020

US President Donald Trump on Thursday ordered sweeping restrictions against Chinese-owned social media stars TikTok and …

Beatboxing for Buddha: Japan monk's musical outreach

Aug 07 2020

The music grows gradually: first a snare drum-like beat, then a throaty drone layered on top, followed by high-pitched …

US death toll soars as global virus cases top 19 mn

Aug 07 2020

Daily coronavirus deaths in the US surged to a three-month high of over 2,000 on Thursday and the number of cases passed …

Afghan gathering to decide fate of 400 Taliban prisoners

Aug 07 2020

Thousands of prominent Afghans will gather in Kabul Friday to decide whether to release about 400 Taliban prisoners, …

Argentine marshland threatened by worst fires in decades

Aug 07 2020

Ravaged by drought, the Parana Delta in Argentina, one of the largest and most biodiverse in the world, has been burning …

Lebanon's leaders face rage, calls for reform after blast

Aug 07 2020

Lebanon's leadership faced growing rage after a massive explosion laid waste to large parts of central Beirut, with …

Bucks beat Miami to clinch East top seed for NBA playoffs

Aug 07 2020

Giannis Antetokounmpo says the biggest challenge in the championship quest for the Milwaukee Bucks, who clinched a top …

US proposes tougher Wall Street rules for China firms

Aug 07 2020

US officials on Thursday proposed toughening rules for Chinese companies listed on American stock exchanges as recent …

Barca's final shot in the dark to save troubled season and Setien

Aug 07 2020

If Barcelona have been weighed down by the burden of expectation in recent years in the Champions League, they should …

Trump reimposes 10% tariff on Canadian aluminum

Aug 07 2020

President Donald Trump on Thursday announced he had ordered a 10 percent tariff on Canadian aluminum be reimposed, …

Twitter, Facebook take fresh steps to curb election manipulation

Aug 07 2020

Twitter and Facebook on Thursday announced moves to thwart efforts to deceive or divide voters as the US nears a …

Beethoven's 5th plays at Montreal airport 'drive-in'

Aug 07 2020

Music lovers streamed into an airport parking lot, socially distancing in cars to listen to the Montreal Symphony …

Uber earnings hit hard as pandemic stalls revenue

Aug 07 2020

Uber on Thursday reported a $1.8 billion loss in the recently ended quarter as the COVID-19 pandemic caused its …

Asymptomatic coronavirus carriers have high viral loads: study

Aug 07 2020

People who are infected with the coronavirus carry similar levels of the pathogen in their nose, throat and lungs …

New York seeks to dissolve NRA over financial mismanagement

Aug 07 2020

The state of New York sued the National Rifle Association and its leader Wayne LaPierre Thursday for financial fraud and …

Global virus cases top 19 mn as Europe tightens curbs

Aug 07 2020

Coronavirus cases worldwide passed 19 million Thursday, as European nations imposed new travel restrictions and …

China warns US against 'dangerous moves' on Taiwan: Xinhua

Aug 06 2020

Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe warned his US counterpart in a phone call Thursday to avoid firing up bilateral …

Lebanon's leaders face rage, reform calls after blast disaster

Aug 06 2020

Lebanon's embattled leadership, under fire after a massive explosion laid waste to large parts of central Beirut, faced …

More European nations tighten virus curbs as global deaths top 700,000

Aug 06 2020

More countries across Europe imposed new travel restrictions and containment measures on Thursday with fears growing …

Groenewegen 'sorry' after Tour of Poland crash puts Jakobsen in coma

Aug 06 2020

Cyclist Dylan Groenewegen apologised on Thursday for causing a crash in the opening stage of the Tour of Poland which …

What we know so far about COVID-19 and children

Aug 06 2020

President Donald Trump has been censored on Facebook and Twitter after saying children are "almost immune" from …

Italian resort evacuated over risk of falling Mont Blanc ice

Aug 06 2020

An alpine resort in Italy was on high alert on Thursday and dozens of people were evacuated over fears a huge chunk of a …

Macron's moment amid cheering crowds in devastated Beirut

Aug 06 2020

White shirt sleeves rolled up, Emmanuel Macron waded through cheering crowds in the devastated streets of Beirut …

Macron visits traumatised Lebanon to offer help, urge reform

Aug 06 2020

French President Emmanuel Macron visited shell-shocked Beirut Thursday, pledging support and urging change after a …

Macron visits traumatised Lebanon after deadly mega-blast

Aug 06 2020

French President Emmanuel Macron visited shell-shocked Beirut Thursday, pledging support and urging change after a …

Canadian pastor jailed in Myanmar for defying coronavirus ban

Aug 06 2020

A Canadian preacher who claimed Christians were safe from coronavirus was on Thursday jailed for three months in Myanmar …

France's Macron heads to Lebanon after deadly mega-blast

Aug 06 2020

French President Emmanuel Macron was expected in Lebanon Thursday, two days after a monster blast sowed unfathomable …

'State, what state?' Lebanese together in solidarity and rage

Aug 06 2020

In Beirut's beloved bar districts, hundreds of young Lebanese ditched beers for brooms on Wednesday to sweep debris in …

Jakobsen 'serious but stable' after Tour of Poland crash

Aug 06 2020

Dutch cyclist Fabio Jakobsen is in a serious but stable condition, doctors said on Thursday, a day after a horrifying …

California sues Uber, Lyft for driver wage theft

Aug 06 2020

California has filed lawsuits against Uber and Lyft for alleged wage theft by misclassifying their drivers as …

Toyota warns of 64% drop in full-year net profit

Aug 06 2020

Toyota on Thursday warned of a 64 percent drop in full-year net profit and reported a slump in quarterly earnings, as …

Virus-hit Philippine economy plunges into recession

Aug 06 2020

The Philippines plunged into recession after its biggest quarterly contraction on record, data showed Thursday, as the …

Europe fears second virus wave as Trump takes heat for 'misinformation'

Aug 06 2020

While Europe tightened virus restrictions to face the threat of a second wave of COVID-19, US President Donald Trump on …

LeBron brushes off Trump blast: 'We could care less'

Aug 06 2020

Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James hit back at Donald Trump on Wednesday after the US President branded NBA stars …

Emergency aid lands in Lebanon as world offers support

Aug 06 2020

Countries dispatched emergency medical aid, field hospitals, rescue experts and tracking dogs to Lebanon Wednesday as …

Facebook, Twitter take aim at Trump 'misinformation'

Aug 06 2020

Facebook and Twitter took aim at US President Donald Trump and his campaign Wednesday over a video post in which he …

'Unspeakable horror': the attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Aug 06 2020

Japan on Thursday marked 75 years since the world's first atomic bomb attack, which killed around 140,000 people in …

Japan marks 75th anniversary of Hiroshima atomic bombing

Aug 06 2020

Japan on Thursday marked 75 years since the world's first atomic bomb attack, with the coronavirus pandemic forcing a …

TikTok grab could extend -- or undermine -- US online dominance

Aug 06 2020

A tie-up of TikTok with Microsoft could extend American dominance of the online and social media world. But it may have …

Coronavirus pandemic leaves Amazon more vulnerable than ever

Aug 06 2020

The indigenous peoples of the Amazon have already seen their homelands ravaged by illegal deforestation, industrial …

Mom who lost son to virus seeks grace in Brazil's tragedy

Aug 06 2020

COVID-19 snuck up on Regina Evaristo as unexpectedly as it did the rest of Brazil.

Dinosaurs got cancer too, say scientists

Aug 06 2020

Dinosaurs loom in the imagination as forces of nature, but a new study that identifies the first known case of cancer in …

Brazil adrift as virus toll approaches 100,000

Aug 06 2020

Five months after confirming its first case of the new coronavirus, Brazil is fast approaching the bleak milestone of …

Hamilton forcing rivals to 'count sheep' at Silverstone

Aug 06 2020

Lewis Hamilton returns to Silverstone this weekend knowing he faces another "serious challenge" with even softer tyres …

Brazil environment minister vows results on deforestation

Aug 06 2020

Fending off accusations of using his post to dismantle protections of the Amazon rainforest, Brazil's environment …

Samsung upgrades folding smartphone in move to rev up sales

Aug 06 2020

Samsung on Wednesday unveiled a second-generation folding smartphone along with other new gadgetry aiming to jump-start …

Jakobsen in coma after Tour of Poland crash branded 'criminal act'

Aug 06 2020

Dutch cyclist Fabio Jakobsen was in a coma, fighting for his life on Wednesday after he was thrown into and over a …

Porn video interrupts US court hearing for accused Twitter hacker

Aug 06 2020

A court hearing held via Zoom for a US teenager accused of masterminding a stunning hack of Twitter was interrupted …

NBA team owners commit $300 million to black empowerment

Aug 06 2020

NBA team owners will contribute $300 million over the next decade to establish a charitable foundation dedicated to …

US wants to eliminate Chinese apps from US app stores

Aug 06 2020

The US is expanding its China-targeted Clean Network program to include Chinese-made cellphone apps and cloud computing …

Facebook removes Trump post over 'false' virus claims

Aug 06 2020

Facebook said Wednesday it had removed a video post by US President Donald Trump in which he contended that children are …

Japan marks 75th anniversary of Hiroshima atomic bomb

Aug 05 2020

Japan on Thursday marks 75 years since the world's first atomic bomb attack, with the coronavirus pandemic forcing a …

Biden, Trump scramble to replan nomination speeches

Aug 05 2020

The US election plunged deeper into unprecedented territory Wednesday when challenger Joe Biden announced he would …

Europe ramps up controls fearing second virus wave

Aug 05 2020

Europe on Wednesday tightened virus restrictions as fears of a second wave of infections spurred by the holiday season …

Anger mounts as Lebanon's 'Armageddon' death toll tops 113

Aug 05 2020

Anger mounted in Lebanon on Wednesday as rescuers searched for survivors of a cataclysmic explosion at Beirut port that …

US plan for 'highest level' Taiwan visit in decades angers China

Aug 05 2020

The United States announced Wednesday its highest-level visit to Taiwan since it switched diplomatic recognition to …

What we know about the Lebanon explosions

Aug 05 2020

The mega-blast that tore through Lebanon's capital Tuesday with the force of an earthquake, killing at least 113 people …

Awaiting disaster, ammonium nitrate was stored at Beirut port for years

Aug 05 2020

For at least six years, hundreds of tonnes of ammonium nitrate, which Lebanese authorities say caused Tuesday's massive …

Modi writes 'golden history' launching Hindu temple on Kashmir anniversary

Aug 05 2020

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said "golden history" was written Wednesday as he launched construction of a new …

'Armageddon' at Beirut hospitals after blast hurt medics, patients alike

Aug 05 2020

His head bandaged just like his patients, Dr Antoine Qurban said Tuesday's enormous blast brought "Armageddon" to …

At least five dead in US as downgraded Isaias reaches Canada

Aug 05 2020

Tropical storm Isaias left at least five people dead as it pounded the US eastern seaboard with driving winds and heavy …

Nadal still preparing to play Roland Garros despite US Open withdrawal

Aug 05 2020

Rafael Nadal on Wednesday said he still intends to play at the French Open next month and remains hopeful it will go …

Beirut reels from huge blast, deaths top 100

Aug 05 2020

Rescuers searched for survivors Wednesday after a cataclysmic explosion at Beirut port sowed devastation across entire …

Countries tighten measures as global virus death toll tops 700,000

Aug 05 2020

France and the Netherlands imposed stricter mask-wearing rules Wednesday amid signs that the coronavirus pandemic is …

Beirut reels from monster blast, deaths top 100

Aug 05 2020

Rescuers searched for survivors in Beirut Wednesday after a cataclysmic explosion at the port sowed devastation across …

Modi enjoys twin triumphs for India's Hindu nationalists

Aug 05 2020

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi took centre stage Wednesday at a ceremony laying the foundations for a temple at a …

Rajapaksa brothers seek to consolidate power in virus-delayed Sri Lanka vote

Aug 05 2020

Sri Lankans turned out in large numbers to vote in parliamentary elections Wednesday despite the coronavirus pandemic, …

Virus-hit Indonesian economy shrinks for first time in two decades

Aug 05 2020

Indonesia's coronavirus-hit economy contracted in the second quarter for the first time in more than two decades, with …

Utter devastation as toll from Beirut monster blast tops 100

Aug 05 2020

Rescuers searched for survivors in Beirut Wednesday after a cataclysmic explosion at the port sowed devastation across …

Four dead as tropical storm Isaias pounds US east coast

Aug 05 2020

Tropical storm Isaias left four people dead as it pounded the US eastern seaboard with driving winds and heavy rain, …

Koepka aims for rare three-peat on the PGA's big stage

Aug 05 2020

Brooks Koepka will be chasing history at the PGA Championship on Thursday as the two-time defending champion attempts a …