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12/08/2016 - 10:22

Pakistan plane issued Mayday call before deadly crash

A Pakistani aircraft carrying 47 people issued a Mayday call before losing radar contact and crashing into a mountain, killing everyone on board, authorities said, as they began collecting DNA Thursday to identify victims.

Pakistan plane issued Mayday call before deadly crash

A Pakistani aircraft carrying 47 people issued a Mayday call before losing radar contact and crashing into a mountain, killing everyone on board, authorities said, as they began collecting DNA Thursday to identify victims.


12/08/2016 - 11:56

Syria's Assad confident of victory in Aleppo

President Bashar al-Assad said victory for his forces in Aleppo would be a "huge step" in ending Syria's war, as government troops battled Thursday to retake more rebel ground.

Syria's Assad confident of victory in Aleppo

President Bashar al-Assad said victory for his forces in Aleppo would be a "huge step" in ending Syria's war, as government troops battled Thursday to retake more rebel ground.


12/08/2016 - 02:55

Deadly strike in western Iraq, fierce battles in Mosul

An air strike in Iraq has killed dozens of civilians in an area near the Syrian border still controlled by the Islamic State group, officials said.

Deadly strike in western Iraq, fierce battles in Mosul

An air strike in Iraq has killed dozens of civilians in an area near the Syrian border still controlled by the Islamic State group, officials said.


12/08/2016 - 07:49

Trump taps China ambassador, consults Obama

President-elect Donald Trump selected a political ally with close ties to China as ambassador to Beijing, stressed his determination to create US jobs and revealed he consulted with Barack Obama on his cabinet picks.

Trump taps China ambassador, consults Obama

President-elect Donald Trump selected a political ally with close ties to China as ambassador to Beijing, stressed his determination to create US jobs and revealed he consulted with Barack Obama on his cabinet picks.


12/08/2016 - 12:56

EU says nations can return migrants to Greece from March

The EU proposed Thursday that member states resume returning asylum seekers to Greece from March next year, after transfers were suspended for five years because of poor conditions there.

EU says nations can return migrants to Greece from March

The EU proposed Thursday that member states resume returning asylum seekers to Greece from March next year, after transfers were suspended for five years because of poor conditions there.


12/08/2016 - 11:07

New action in Italy to shore up top bank

UniCredit said Thursday it had agreed to sell off its holding in the Polish bank Pekao as Italy's top lender scrambles to raise funds amid rising market uncertainty.

New action in Italy to shore up top bank

UniCredit said Thursday it had agreed to sell off its holding in the Polish bank Pekao as Italy's top lender scrambles to raise funds amid rising market uncertainty.


12/08/2016 - 12:27

EU launches legal action against Germany over VW emissions scandal

The European Commission launched legal action on Thursday against authorities in seven EU nations including Germany and Britain for failing to crack down on emissions cheating exposed by the Volkswagen "Dieselgate" scandal.

EU launches legal action against Germany over VW emissions scandal

The European Commission launched legal action on Thursday against authorities in seven EU nations including Germany and Britain for failing to crack down on emissions cheating exposed by the Volkswagen "Dieselgate" scandal.


12/08/2016 - 13:00

England's Keaton Jennings scores debut ton in 4th India Test

South African-born batsman Keaton Jennings scored a stunning century on his debut as England made a solid start to their must-win fourth Test against India in Mumbai on Thursday.

England's Keaton Jennings scores debut ton in 4th India Test

South African-born batsman Keaton Jennings scored a stunning century on his debut as England made a solid start to their must-win fourth Test against India in Mumbai on Thursday.

12/08/2016 - 11:07

New action in Italy to shore up top bank

UniCredit said Thursday it had agreed to sell off its holding in the Polish bank Pekao as Italy's top lender scrambles to raise funds amid rising market uncertainty.

New action in Italy to shore up top bank

UniCredit said Thursday it had agreed to sell off its holding in the Polish bank Pekao as Italy's top lender scrambles to raise funds amid rising market uncertainty.


12/08/2016 - 12:18

Rosneft shares soar on surprise Glencore, Qatar deal

Shares in Russian oil giant Rosneft lept Thursday after the Kremlin announced the 10.5 billion euro ($11.3 billion) sale of a stake to commodities trader Glencore and Qatar's sovereign fund.

Rosneft shares soar on surprise Glencore, Qatar deal

Shares in Russian oil giant Rosneft lept Thursday after the Kremlin announced the 10.5 billion euro ($11.3 billion) sale of a stake to commodities trader Glencore and Qatar's sovereign fund.


12/08/2016 - 11:43

General strike in Greece over new budget cuts

Greece's leading unions launched Thursday a general strike that shut down several key sectors in protest over planned new pay cuts and taxes called for by international creditors.

General strike in Greece over new budget cuts

Greece's leading unions launched Thursday a general strike that shut down several key sectors in protest over planned new pay cuts and taxes called for by international creditors.


12/08/2016 - 09:39

China exports snap losing streak on weaker yuan

Chinese exports beat expectations in November, a positive sign for the global economy, but analysts warned on Thursday of an uncertain outlook as US President-elect Donald Trump prepares to take office, with Beijing's trade policy in his sights.

China exports snap losing streak on weaker yuan

Chinese exports beat expectations in November, a positive sign for the global economy, but analysts warned on Thursday of an uncertain outlook as US President-elect Donald Trump prepares to take office, with Beijing's trade policy in his sights.


12/08/2016 - 12:02

TUI boosts profits in face of terror threat to tourism

German tourism giant TUI on Thursday said it had defied worldwide headwinds for travel firms caused by terrorism and political instability to report solid results for 2015-16, driven by its cruises and hotels.

TUI boosts profits in face of terror threat to tourism

German tourism giant TUI on Thursday said it had defied worldwide headwinds for travel firms caused by terrorism and political instability to report solid results for 2015-16, driven by its cruises and hotels.


12/08/2016 - 12:27

EU launches legal action against Germany over VW emissions scandal

The European Commission launched legal action on Thursday against authorities in seven EU nations including Germany and Britain for failing to crack down on emissions cheating exposed by the Volkswagen "Dieselgate" scandal.

EU launches legal action against Germany over VW emissions scandal

The European Commission launched legal action on Thursday against authorities in seven EU nations including Germany and Britain for failing to crack down on emissions cheating exposed by the Volkswagen "Dieselgate" scandal.


12/08/2016 - 12:15

French ex-budget minister Cahuzac jailed for tax fraud

Former French budget minister Jerome Cahuzac, whose brief in government was to crack down on tax dodgers, was sentenced to three years in prison on Thursday for tax fraud and money laundering.

French ex-budget minister Cahuzac jailed for tax fraud

Former French budget minister Jerome Cahuzac, whose brief in government was to crack down on tax dodgers, was sentenced to three years in prison on Thursday for tax fraud and money laundering.


12/08/2016 - 12:13

European stocks steady before ECB

European stock markets steadied Thursday after a recent run higher, with all eyes on the outcome of the ECB's latest policy meeting.

European stocks steady before ECB

European stock markets steadied Thursday after a recent run higher, with all eyes on the outcome of the ECB's latest policy meeting.

12/08/2016 - 13:00

England's Keaton Jennings scores debut ton in 4th India Test

South African-born batsman Keaton Jennings scored a stunning century on his debut as England made a solid start to their must-win fourth Test against India in Mumbai on Thursday.

England's Keaton Jennings scores debut ton in 4th India Test

South African-born batsman Keaton Jennings scored a stunning century on his debut as England made a solid start to their must-win fourth Test against India in Mumbai on Thursday.


12/08/2016 - 08:48

FIFA chief says 'zero tolerance' for sex abuse

FIFA president Gianni Infantino on Thursday vowed "zero tolerance" for child sex abuse in football following an escalating scandal involving coaches and former players in England.

FIFA chief says 'zero tolerance' for sex abuse

FIFA president Gianni Infantino on Thursday vowed "zero tolerance" for child sex abuse in football following an escalating scandal involving coaches and former players in England.


12/08/2016 - 11:51

Argentina's River Plate v Boca Juniors, mother of all derbies

It is ranked as the top match to see before you die: the ferocious tie between Boca Juniors and River Plate, who meet on Sunday in the Argentine league.

Argentina's River Plate v Boca Juniors, mother of all derbies

It is ranked as the top match to see before you die: the ferocious tie between Boca Juniors and River Plate, who meet on Sunday in the Argentine league.


12/08/2016 - 08:44

New golf Asian Tour CEO praises Europe deal

The Asian Tour's strategic tie-up with the European Tour is a "great option" which will create more tournaments and opportunities for regional golfers, the body's new CEO told AFP.

New golf Asian Tour CEO praises Europe deal

The Asian Tour's strategic tie-up with the European Tour is a "great option" which will create more tournaments and opportunities for regional golfers, the body's new CEO told AFP.


12/08/2016 - 07:41

Antetokounmpo triple-double fuels Bucks

It wasn't always pretty, but Giannis Antetokounmpo posted his second triple-double of the season to help the Milwaukee Bucks to a 115-107 NBA victory over the Portland Trail Blazers.

Antetokounmpo triple-double fuels Bucks

It wasn't always pretty, but Giannis Antetokounmpo posted his second triple-double of the season to help the Milwaukee Bucks to a 115-107 NBA victory over the Portland Trail Blazers.


12/08/2016 - 10:39

Asia backs 48-team World Cup, says FIFA boss

FIFA chief Gianni Infantino on Thursday said Asian countries backed his plan to expand the World Cup to 48 teams -- and added that up to three countries should be allowed to co-host the tournament.

Asia backs 48-team World Cup, says FIFA boss

FIFA chief Gianni Infantino on Thursday said Asian countries backed his plan to expand the World Cup to 48 teams -- and added that up to three countries should be allowed to co-host the tournament.


12/08/2016 - 03:36

All top tennis stars confirmed for Australian Open

Every player in the world's top 99 bar pregnant Victoria Azarenka has confirmed for the Australian Open, including Roger Federer and Serena Williams as they return from injury, organisers said Thursday.

All top tennis stars confirmed for Australian Open

Every player in the world's top 99 bar pregnant Victoria Azarenka has confirmed for the Australian Open, including Roger Federer and Serena Williams as they return from injury, organisers said Thursday.


12/08/2016 - 11:29

Jess Varnish 'upset' by British Cycling sexism findings

Former Olympic cyclist Jess Varnish said she was "shocked and upset" after it emerged only one of her nine complaints against British Cycling's former technical director Shane Sutton was upheld.

Jess Varnish 'upset' by British Cycling sexism findings

Former Olympic cyclist Jess Varnish said she was "shocked and upset" after it emerged only one of her nine complaints against British Cycling's former technical director Shane Sutton was upheld.

12/08/2016 - 03:40

'Star Wars' fans get early Christmas gift with 'Rogue One'

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, fans had to wait years between "Star Wars" movies -- but the space saga is back with the most hotly-anticipated spin-off in cinema history.

'Star Wars' fans get early Christmas gift with 'Rogue One'

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, fans had to wait years between "Star Wars" movies -- but the space saga is back with the most hotly-anticipated spin-off in cinema history.


12/08/2016 - 02:53

Diane Rehm, 80-year-old radio star, hangs up the mic

She never went to college and a neurological disorder almost silenced her, yet Diane Rehm persevered to find her voice again as the celebrated host of one of America's longest running radio programs.

Diane Rehm, 80-year-old radio star, hangs up the mic

She never went to college and a neurological disorder almost silenced her, yet Diane Rehm persevered to find her voice again as the celebrated host of one of America's longest running radio programs.


12/08/2016 - 00:57

Gibson and Hacksaw Ridge dominate Aussie film awards

Mel Gibson and his new movie Hacksaw Ridge have swept the board at the Australian film awards in a return from the wilderness for the "choked up" Oscar-winner.

Gibson and Hacksaw Ridge dominate Aussie film awards

Mel Gibson and his new movie Hacksaw Ridge have swept the board at the Australian film awards in a return from the wilderness for the "choked up" Oscar-winner.


12/07/2016 - 23:46

Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone immortalized in Hollywood cement

Oscar-nominated Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling were lauded as a modern-day "Fred and Ginger" as they sunk their hands and feet into the cement at Hollywood's TCL Chinese Theater Wednesday.

Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone immortalized in Hollywood cement

Oscar-nominated Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling were lauded as a modern-day "Fred and Ginger" as they sunk their hands and feet into the cement at Hollywood's TCL Chinese Theater Wednesday.


12/07/2016 - 20:24

Kirk Douglas at 100, still in love with soulmate Anne

Kirk Douglas, whose illustrious career has taken in some of cinema's landmark roles, turns 100 on Friday -- attributing his remarkable longevity to his "wonderful marriage" of more than six decades.

Kirk Douglas at 100, still in love with soulmate Anne

Kirk Douglas, whose illustrious career has taken in some of cinema's landmark roles, turns 100 on Friday -- attributing his remarkable longevity to his "wonderful marriage" of more than six decades.


12/07/2016 - 23:31

Original Madame Butterfly in Milan, 112 years later

Milan's La Scala opened its 2016-17 season Wednesday with a performance of Madame Butterfly in its original version for the first time since the famous opera's controversial 1904 premiere.

Original Madame Butterfly in Milan, 112 years later

Milan's La Scala opened its 2016-17 season Wednesday with a performance of Madame Butterfly in its original version for the first time since the famous opera's controversial 1904 premiere.


12/08/2016 - 01:24

Actor Russell Crowe won't be charged for scuffle with rapper

Los Angeles prosecutors have decided not to file charges against actor Russell Crowe over a scuffle earlier this year with rapper Azealia Banks.

Actor Russell Crowe won't be charged for scuffle with rapper

Los Angeles prosecutors have decided not to file charges against actor Russell Crowe over a scuffle earlier this year with rapper Azealia Banks.


12/06/2016 - 18:42

Anoushka Shankar's refugee album vies for Grammy

Sitarist Anoushka Shankar was nominated for a Grammy Award on Tuesday for her album inspired by the global refugee crisis, vying with veteran winners in the world music category.

Anoushka Shankar's refugee album vies for Grammy

Sitarist Anoushka Shankar was nominated for a Grammy Award on Tuesday for her album inspired by the global refugee crisis, vying with veteran winners in the world music category.

12/08/2016 - 12:22

Giraffes 'threatened with extinction'

Wild giraffe numbers have plummeted by 40 percent in the past three decades and the species is now "vulnerable" to extinction, a top conservation body said Thursday.

Giraffes 'threatened with extinction'

Wild giraffe numbers have plummeted by 40 percent in the past three decades and the species is now "vulnerable" to extinction, a top conservation body said Thursday.


12/08/2016 - 07:46

Egyptian mummies virtually unwrapped in Australia

The hidden secrets of Egyptian mummies up to 3,000 years old have been virtually unwrapped and reconstructed for the first time using cutting-edge scanning technology in a joint British-Australian exhibition.

Egyptian mummies virtually unwrapped in Australia

The hidden secrets of Egyptian mummies up to 3,000 years old have been virtually unwrapped and reconstructed for the first time using cutting-edge scanning technology in a joint British-Australian exhibition.


12/07/2016 - 21:20

Greenland's ice-free past exposes sea level rise danger

The massive Greenland ice sheet has melted away at least once during the last 1.4 million years, according to a study published on Wednesday, raising fears that manmade climate change could provoke dangerous sea levels.

Greenland's ice-free past exposes sea level rise danger

The massive Greenland ice sheet has melted away at least once during the last 1.4 million years, according to a study published on Wednesday, raising fears that manmade climate change could provoke dangerous sea levels.


12/07/2016 - 17:19

Paris choked by worst winter pollution in a decade

Paris was smothered Wednesday by its worst winter pollution in a decade, with commuters enjoying free public transport and half of all cars ordered off the road to try to clear the air.

Paris choked by worst winter pollution in a decade

Paris was smothered Wednesday by its worst winter pollution in a decade, with commuters enjoying free public transport and half of all cars ordered off the road to try to clear the air.


12/07/2016 - 16:47

Swiss unveil stratospheric solar plane

Just months after two Swiss pilots completed a historic round-the-world trip in a Sun-powered plane, another Swiss adventurer on Wednesday unveiled a solar plane aimed at reaching the stratosphere.

Swiss unveil stratospheric solar plane

Just months after two Swiss pilots completed a historic round-the-world trip in a Sun-powered plane, another Swiss adventurer on Wednesday unveiled a solar plane aimed at reaching the stratosphere.


12/07/2016 - 23:03

American space legend John Glenn hospitalized in Ohio

John Glenn, who made history twice as the first American to orbit the Earth and the first senior citizen to venture into space, has been hospitalized, a spokesman at the Ohio State University college bearing his name said Wednesday.

American space legend John Glenn hospitalized in Ohio

John Glenn, who made history twice as the first American to orbit the Earth and the first senior citizen to venture into space, has been hospitalized, a spokesman at the Ohio State University college bearing his name said Wednesday.


12/07/2016 - 21:02

Mars One puts back planned colonisation of Red Planet

A British-Dutch company planning to install a community of humans on Mars admitted on Wednesday that it's project will be delayed by several years.

Mars One puts back planned colonisation of Red Planet

A British-Dutch company planning to install a community of humans on Mars admitted on Wednesday that it's project will be delayed by several years.


12/07/2016 - 22:27

Environmentalists mobilize for battle with Trump

Environmentalists are gearing up to battle President-elect Donald Trump, who promised on the campaign trail to roll back laws and regulations that protect the environment and fight global warming.

Environmentalists mobilize for battle with Trump

Environmentalists are gearing up to battle President-elect Donald Trump, who promised on the campaign trail to roll back laws and regulations that protect the environment and fight global warming.

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