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01/18/2017 - 18:54

Earth breaks heat record in 2016 for third year in a row

Last year, the Earth sweltered under the hottest temperatures in modern times for the third year in a row, US scientists said Wednesday, raising new concerns about the quickening pace of climate change.

Earth breaks heat record in 2016 for third year in a row

Last year, the Earth sweltered under the hottest temperatures in modern times for the third year in a row, US scientists said Wednesday, raising new concerns about the quickening pace of climate change.


01/18/2017 - 17:26

Iraq announces 'liberation' of east Mosul

Iraqi forces have retaken control of east Mosul from the Islamic State group, commanders said on Wednesday, three months after a huge offensive against the jihadist bastion was launched.

Iraq announces 'liberation' of east Mosul

Iraqi forces have retaken control of east Mosul from the Islamic State group, commanders said on Wednesday, three months after a huge offensive against the jihadist bastion was launched.


01/18/2017 - 17:51

Gambia's Jammeh clings on as tourists flee

Gambian President Yahya Jammeh looked determined to cling to power on Wednesday as his mandate came to an end, prompting neighbouring Senegal asking the UN to back regional actions against him.

Gambia's Jammeh clings on as tourists flee

Gambian President Yahya Jammeh looked determined to cling to power on Wednesday as his mandate came to an end, prompting neighbouring Senegal asking the UN to back regional actions against him.


01/18/2017 - 18:11

Key Syrian rebel group says will not join Astana talks

Key Syrian rebel group Ahrar al-Sham said on Wednesday it will not take part in peace talks between the regime and opposition factions in the Kazakh capital next week.

Key Syrian rebel group says will not join Astana talks

Key Syrian rebel group Ahrar al-Sham said on Wednesday it will not take part in peace talks between the regime and opposition factions in the Kazakh capital next week.


01/18/2017 - 18:17

Italy quake nightmare returns in deep mid-winter

Earthquakes brought an icy chill of terror to snowbound central Italy on Wednesday as four powerful shocks reverberated through an area still recovering from deadly tremors last year.

Italy quake nightmare returns in deep mid-winter

Earthquakes brought an icy chill of terror to snowbound central Italy on Wednesday as four powerful shocks reverberated through an area still recovering from deadly tremors last year.


01/18/2017 - 18:30

Obama holds farewell press conference

US President Barack Obama will give his final presidential press conference Wednesday, a traditionally mild-mannered ritual given fresh political weight by the rocky handover to Donald Trump.

Obama holds farewell press conference

US President Barack Obama will give his final presidential press conference Wednesday, a traditionally mild-mannered ritual given fresh political weight by the rocky handover to Donald Trump.


01/18/2017 - 19:01

US announces $5.3 bn settlement with Credit Suisse

US authorities on Wednesday announced a $5.28 billion settlement with the European banking giant Credit Suisse, adding to the list of loose ends being wrapped up as Washington prepares to install a new president.

US announces $5.3 bn settlement with Credit Suisse

US authorities on Wednesday announced a $5.28 billion settlement with the European banking giant Credit Suisse, adding to the list of loose ends being wrapped up as Washington prepares to install a new president.


01/18/2017 - 17:45

Goldman Sachs, Citigroup earnings confirm Trump effect on banks

Goldman Sachs and Citigroup closed earnings season on a good note Wednesday, as major US banks saw profits boosted by the election victory of Donald Trump, who promised to dismantle financial regulations.

Goldman Sachs, Citigroup earnings confirm Trump effect on banks

Goldman Sachs and Citigroup closed earnings season on a good note Wednesday, as major US banks saw profits boosted by the election victory of Donald Trump, who promised to dismantle financial regulations.

01/18/2017 - 19:01

US announces $5.3 bn settlement with Credit Suisse

US authorities on Wednesday announced a $5.28 billion settlement with the European banking giant Credit Suisse, adding to the list of loose ends being wrapped up as Washington prepares to install a new president.

US announces $5.3 bn settlement with Credit Suisse

US authorities on Wednesday announced a $5.28 billion settlement with the European banking giant Credit Suisse, adding to the list of loose ends being wrapped up as Washington prepares to install a new president.


01/18/2017 - 17:45

Goldman Sachs, Citigroup earnings confirm Trump effect on banks

Goldman Sachs and Citigroup closed earnings season on a good note Wednesday, as major US banks saw profits boosted by the election victory of Donald Trump, who promised to dismantle financial regulations.

Goldman Sachs, Citigroup earnings confirm Trump effect on banks

Goldman Sachs and Citigroup closed earnings season on a good note Wednesday, as major US banks saw profits boosted by the election victory of Donald Trump, who promised to dismantle financial regulations.


01/18/2017 - 15:31

Deutsche Bank slashes 2016 bonuses after mammoth US fine

Troubled German banking giant Deutsche Bank said Wednesday it would cut 2016 bonus payments for a quarter of employees as it struggles to return to health.

Deutsche Bank slashes 2016 bonuses after mammoth US fine

Troubled German banking giant Deutsche Bank said Wednesday it would cut 2016 bonus payments for a quarter of employees as it struggles to return to health.


01/18/2017 - 15:55

Wall Street opens lower despite strong bank earnings

Wall Street opened lower on Wednesday despite rosy bank earnings and economic data that pointed to a pickup in inflation and industrial production.

Wall Street opens lower despite strong bank earnings

Wall Street opened lower on Wednesday despite rosy bank earnings and economic data that pointed to a pickup in inflation and industrial production.


01/18/2017 - 17:07

German carmakers warn hard Brexit 'tough and expensive'

Britain leaving the European single market will damage both the UK and EU member states' economies, the German car industry warned Wednesday, after Prime Minister Theresa May appeared to head for the exit.

German carmakers warn hard Brexit 'tough and expensive'

Britain leaving the European single market will damage both the UK and EU member states' economies, the German car industry warned Wednesday, after Prime Minister Theresa May appeared to head for the exit.


01/18/2017 - 16:24

Lagarde admits IMF's 'harsh' conversion to inequality crisis

IMF head Christine Lagarde conceded Wednesday the Washington lender had been late waking up to the widening gap between rich and poor around the world, but is now researching answers to help the middle class.

Lagarde admits IMF's 'harsh' conversion to inequality crisis

IMF head Christine Lagarde conceded Wednesday the Washington lender had been late waking up to the widening gap between rich and poor around the world, but is now researching answers to help the middle class.


01/18/2017 - 16:25

US consumer inflation continues rise at end of 2016

US consumer prices continued to rise in December, with one measure of price gains registering its biggest increase in two and a half years, the Labor Department said Wednesday.

US consumer inflation continues rise at end of 2016

US consumer prices continued to rise in December, with one measure of price gains registering its biggest increase in two and a half years, the Labor Department said Wednesday.


01/18/2017 - 15:14

Over 80% of US firms feel less welcome in China: survey

More than 80 percent of American companies feel China is less welcoming to foreign businesses than in the past, a US business lobby group reported Wednesday, as trade tensions surge between the world's top two economies.

Over 80% of US firms feel less welcome in China: survey

More than 80 percent of American companies feel China is less welcoming to foreign businesses than in the past, a US business lobby group reported Wednesday, as trade tensions surge between the world's top two economies.

01/18/2017 - 15:00

Murray magic at Australian Open but Kyrgios booed in stormy defeat

Top seed Andy Murray sped into the Australian Open third round on Wednesday but bad boy Nick Kyrgios was booed and accused of not trying as he crashed to a stormy defeat.

Murray magic at Australian Open but Kyrgios booed in stormy defeat

Top seed Andy Murray sped into the Australian Open third round on Wednesday but bad boy Nick Kyrgios was booed and accused of not trying as he crashed to a stormy defeat.


01/18/2017 - 18:52

Stade Francais handed Euro win after Timisoara call-off

Stade Francais were handed a European Challenge Cup bonus point win Wednesday when Romanian opponents Timisoara were penalised after a scheduled group game was called off.

Stade Francais handed Euro win after Timisoara call-off

Stade Francais were handed a European Challenge Cup bonus point win Wednesday when Romanian opponents Timisoara were penalised after a scheduled group game was called off.


01/18/2017 - 18:18

Habana seeks contract renewal at Toulon

South African winger Bryan Habana is in talks to extend his contract with French Top 14 club Toulon, the player said Wednesday.

Habana seeks contract renewal at Toulon

South African winger Bryan Habana is in talks to extend his contract with French Top 14 club Toulon, the player said Wednesday.


01/18/2017 - 17:04

Manchester United 'first' to appoint counter-terror chief

Manchester United have appointed a counter-terrorism manager and believe they are the first Premier League club to do so, reports said on Wednesday.

Manchester United 'first' to appoint counter-terror chief

Manchester United have appointed a counter-terrorism manager and believe they are the first Premier League club to do so, reports said on Wednesday.


01/18/2017 - 18:59

Over 200 football clubs 'impacted' in sex abuse scandal

The number of football clubs who have been brought up in the historic sex abuse inquiry which has rocked the sport has risen by 100 in the past month to 248 in figures released on Wednesday.

Over 200 football clubs 'impacted' in sex abuse scandal

The number of football clubs who have been brought up in the historic sex abuse inquiry which has rocked the sport has risen by 100 in the past month to 248 in figures released on Wednesday.


01/18/2017 - 16:06

Alex Thomson forces global race into thrilling finish

Alex Thomson pushed to less than 40 nautical miles of Vendee Globe solo-round-the-world race leader Armel Le Cleac'h as they head toward the finish on Thursday.

Alex Thomson forces global race into thrilling finish

Alex Thomson pushed to less than 40 nautical miles of Vendee Globe solo-round-the-world race leader Armel Le Cleac'h as they head toward the finish on Thursday.


01/18/2017 - 15:37

Foreign players wear out China welcome

China is cracking down on the use of pricey foreign players by its domestic league teams just as sides are gearing up for the coming season. Here's how it happened:

Foreign players wear out China welcome

China is cracking down on the use of pricey foreign players by its domestic league teams just as sides are gearing up for the coming season. Here's how it happened:


01/18/2017 - 15:03

Andy Murray wary over ankle after quick win at Australian Open

Top seed Andy Murray remained wary about his right ankle on Wednesday after he rolled it painfully during a straight-sets win over Andrey Rublev at the Australian Open.

Andy Murray wary over ankle after quick win at Australian Open

Top seed Andy Murray remained wary about his right ankle on Wednesday after he rolled it painfully during a straight-sets win over Andrey Rublev at the Australian Open.

01/18/2017 - 16:50

Metallica, John Legend to perform at Grammys

Chart-topping singer John Legend and metal legends Metallica will be among the performers at this year's Grammy Awards, the Recording Academy announced Wednesday.

Metallica, John Legend to perform at Grammys

Chart-topping singer John Legend and metal legends Metallica will be among the performers at this year's Grammy Awards, the Recording Academy announced Wednesday.


01/18/2017 - 16:37

Rock supergroup Audioslave reunites for anti-Trump show

The rock supergroup Audioslave on Wednesday announced its first concert in more than a decade as part of protests against Donald Trump's presidential inauguration.

Rock supergroup Audioslave reunites for anti-Trump show

The rock supergroup Audioslave on Wednesday announced its first concert in more than a decade as part of protests against Donald Trump's presidential inauguration.


01/18/2017 - 15:25

Families duel in decadent era in Met's 'Romeo et Juliette'

In an era of intense political division, the new production of "Romeo et Juliette" at New York's Metropolitan Opera brings the classic tale of warring families to a universe of palpable power and ostentation.

Families duel in decadent era in Met's 'Romeo et Juliette'

In an era of intense political division, the new production of "Romeo et Juliette" at New York's Metropolitan Opera brings the classic tale of warring families to a universe of palpable power and ostentation.


01/18/2017 - 08:02

Afghanistan's first female orchestra set to take Davos

In the face of death threats and accusations they are dishonouring their families by daring to perform, the women of Afghanistan's first all-female orchestra are charting a new destiny for themselves through music.

Afghanistan's first female orchestra set to take Davos

In the face of death threats and accusations they are dishonouring their families by daring to perform, the women of Afghanistan's first all-female orchestra are charting a new destiny for themselves through music.


01/17/2017 - 23:33

Red Hot Chili Peppers to head new Lollapalooza Paris

The Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Weeknd and the Pixies will play the inaugural Paris edition of Lollapalooza as the longstanding US alternative culture festival expands.

Red Hot Chili Peppers to head new Lollapalooza Paris

The Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Weeknd and the Pixies will play the inaugural Paris edition of Lollapalooza as the longstanding US alternative culture festival expands.


01/17/2017 - 23:20

'My mother didn't love me enough' says French writer Houellebecq

Controversial French novelist Michel Houellebecq admitted Tuesday that the bleakness at the heart of his work was because his mother didn't love him enough.

'My mother didn't love me enough' says French writer Houellebecq

Controversial French novelist Michel Houellebecq admitted Tuesday that the bleakness at the heart of his work was because his mother didn't love him enough.


01/17/2017 - 23:08

Long-awaited Tupac biopic set for 2017 release

A long-awaited biopic on slain rap legend Tupac Shakur is set for release in mid-2017, the film production company said Tuesday.

Long-awaited Tupac biopic set for 2017 release

A long-awaited biopic on slain rap legend Tupac Shakur is set for release in mid-2017, the film production company said Tuesday.


01/17/2017 - 20:01

UK's Tate art galleries get first female chief

Britain's prestigious Tate institution, which runs four of the country's best known art galleries, announced Tuesday it would have its first female director with the appointment of Maria Balshaw.

UK's Tate art galleries get first female chief

Britain's prestigious Tate institution, which runs four of the country's best known art galleries, announced Tuesday it would have its first female director with the appointment of Maria Balshaw.

01/18/2017 - 18:54

Earth breaks heat record in 2016 for third year in a row

Last year, the Earth sweltered under the hottest temperatures in modern times for the third year in a row, US scientists said Wednesday, raising new concerns about the quickening pace of climate change.

Earth breaks heat record in 2016 for third year in a row

Last year, the Earth sweltered under the hottest temperatures in modern times for the third year in a row, US scientists said Wednesday, raising new concerns about the quickening pace of climate change.


01/18/2017 - 18:44

Trump environment pick admits to human impact on climate change

US President-elect Donald Trump's controversial pick to run the Environmental Protection Agency acknowledged Wednesday that human activity affects climate change, but he insisted the extent of that impact remains subject to debate.

Trump environment pick admits to human impact on climate change

US President-elect Donald Trump's controversial pick to run the Environmental Protection Agency acknowledged Wednesday that human activity affects climate change, but he insisted the extent of that impact remains subject to debate.


01/18/2017 - 13:18

Atomic clocks 'failed' onboard Galileo navigation satellites

Europe's beleaguered Galileo satnav has suffered another setback, with clocks failing onboard a number of satellites in space, the European Space Agency said Wednesday.

Atomic clocks 'failed' onboard Galileo navigation satellites

Europe's beleaguered Galileo satnav has suffered another setback, with clocks failing onboard a number of satellites in space, the European Space Agency said Wednesday.


01/18/2017 - 07:09

Study forecasts balmier England, even hotter Mumbai

Northern Europe, Canada and Russia will enjoy balmier winters by century's end even as the average number of mild days per year declines worldwide, a climate study said Wednesday.

Study forecasts balmier England, even hotter Mumbai

Northern Europe, Canada and Russia will enjoy balmier winters by century's end even as the average number of mild days per year declines worldwide, a climate study said Wednesday.


01/18/2017 - 12:59

Baby elephant rescued near Indonesian palm oil plantation

A baby elephant found terrified and malnourished near a palm oil plantation is being nursed back to health at a conservation centre on Indonesia's Sumatra island.

Baby elephant rescued near Indonesian palm oil plantation

A baby elephant found terrified and malnourished near a palm oil plantation is being nursed back to health at a conservation centre on Indonesia's Sumatra island.


01/18/2017 - 12:22

Firms push hydrogen as top green energy source

Over a dozen leading European and Asian firms have teamed up to promote the use of hydrogen as a clean fuel and cut the production of harmful gasses that lead to global warming.

Firms push hydrogen as top green energy source

Over a dozen leading European and Asian firms have teamed up to promote the use of hydrogen as a clean fuel and cut the production of harmful gasses that lead to global warming.


01/18/2017 - 05:19

China tells local meteorological bureaus to stop smog alerts

China is suspending local meteorological bureaus from issuing smog alerts, media reported Wednesday, raising suspicions the government is attempting to suppress information about the country's air pollution as public anger over the issue grows.

China tells local meteorological bureaus to stop smog alerts

China is suspending local meteorological bureaus from issuing smog alerts, media reported Wednesday, raising suspicions the government is attempting to suppress information about the country's air pollution as public anger over the issue grows.


01/18/2017 - 00:56

US contributes $500 million to UN Green Climate Fund

The outgoing Barack Obama administration announced Tuesday a contribution of half a billion dollars to the UN Green Climate Fund, just three days before Donald Trump takes over the White House.

US contributes $500 million to UN Green Climate Fund

The outgoing Barack Obama administration announced Tuesday a contribution of half a billion dollars to the UN Green Climate Fund, just three days before Donald Trump takes over the White House.

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