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11/18/2017 - 05:40

Russia again vetoes bid to renew Syria gas attacks probe

Russia cast a second veto in as many days at the United Nations Security Council on Friday to block the renewal of a probe to identify the perpetrators of chemical weapons attacks in Syria.

Russia again vetoes bid to renew Syria gas attacks probe

Russia cast a second veto in as many days at the United Nations Security Council on Friday to block the renewal of a probe to identify the perpetrators of chemical weapons attacks in Syria.


11/17/2017 - 18:29

Belgian prosecutors ask court to extradite Catalan ex-leader

Belgian prosecutors asked a judge Friday to extradite axed Catalan separatist leader Carles Puigdemont to Spain to face sedition charges over his region's independence drive, with the court setting a date of December 4 for the next hearing.

Belgian prosecutors ask court to extradite Catalan ex-leader

Belgian prosecutors asked a judge Friday to extradite axed Catalan separatist leader Carles Puigdemont to Spain to face sedition charges over his region's independence drive, with the court setting a date of December 4 for the next hearing.


11/17/2017 - 16:57

Belgian prosecutors ask court to extradite Catalan ex-leader

Belgian prosecutors asked a judge Friday to extradite axed Catalan separatist leader Carles Puigdemont to Spain to face sedition charges over his region's independence drive, with the court setting a date of December 4 for the next hearing.

Belgian prosecutors ask court to extradite Catalan ex-leader

Belgian prosecutors asked a judge Friday to extradite axed Catalan separatist leader Carles Puigdemont to Spain to face sedition charges over his region's independence drive, with the court setting a date of December 4 for the next hearing.


11/17/2017 - 13:06

Cambodia hits back at US over opposition party ban

Cambodia on Friday hit back at critics of its ban on the country's main opposition, calling the United States "ringleaders" of an alleged coup plot by the party and threatening to build closer ties with Russia and China.

Cambodia hits back at US over opposition party ban

Cambodia on Friday hit back at critics of its ban on the country's main opposition, calling the United States "ringleaders" of an alleged coup plot by the party and threatening to build closer ties with Russia and China.


11/17/2017 - 02:19

Japan in UN bid to save Syria gas attacks probe

The UN Security Council was expected to vote, probably on Friday, on a 30-day extension of a UN-led investigation of chemical weapons attacks in Syria to allow for negotiations after Russia vetoed a renewal of the probe.

Japan in UN bid to save Syria gas attacks probe

The UN Security Council was expected to vote, probably on Friday, on a 30-day extension of a UN-led investigation of chemical weapons attacks in Syria to allow for negotiations after Russia vetoed a renewal of the probe.


11/16/2017 - 15:36

Da Vinci painting of Christ sells for record $450mn

A 500-year-old painting believed to be by Leonardo da Vinci has sold for $450.3 million in New York, blazing a new world record for the most expensive work of art sold at auction, Christie's said.

Da Vinci painting of Christ sells for record $450mn

A 500-year-old painting believed to be by Leonardo da Vinci has sold for $450.3 million in New York, blazing a new world record for the most expensive work of art sold at auction, Christie's said.


11/16/2017 - 07:22

World anti-doping body refuses to lift Russia suspension

The World Anti-Doping Agency maintained its suspension of Russia on Thursday, raising the spectre of a possible ban from February's Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.

World anti-doping body refuses to lift Russia suspension

The World Anti-Doping Agency maintained its suspension of Russia on Thursday, raising the spectre of a possible ban from February's Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.


11/15/2017 - 21:40

Lebanon's 'detained' premier to travel to France

Lebanon's premier Saad Hariri will travel to France "in the coming days", a French presidential source said Wednesday, after Beirut accused Saudi Arabia of detaining him following his shock resignation.

Lebanon's 'detained' premier to travel to France

Lebanon's premier Saad Hariri will travel to France "in the coming days", a French presidential source said Wednesday, after Beirut accused Saudi Arabia of detaining him following his shock resignation.

11/17/2017 - 19:25

VW says will invest over 34 bn euros in cars of the future by 2022

German automaker Volkswagen on Friday said it planned to invest more than 34 billion euros ($40 billion) over the next five years in new technologies to advance its push to become a global leader in electric cars.

VW says will invest over 34 bn euros in cars of the future by 2022

German automaker Volkswagen on Friday said it planned to invest more than 34 billion euros ($40 billion) over the next five years in new technologies to advance its push to become a global leader in electric cars.


11/17/2017 - 10:03

Moody's raises India rating, citing reforms

Moody's on Friday upgraded India's credit rating for the first time in more than a decade, citing economic reforms introduced under Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Moody's raises India rating, citing reforms

Moody's on Friday upgraded India's credit rating for the first time in more than a decade, citing economic reforms introduced under Prime Minister Narendra Modi.


11/16/2017 - 23:48

Creditors rule Venezuela state oil firm PDVSA in default

A committee of creditors on Thursday ruled that Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA has defaulted on its debt, a decision that triggers payment of default insurance to investors and deals another blow to the oil-rich but cash-poor nation.

Creditors rule Venezuela state oil firm PDVSA in default

A committee of creditors on Thursday ruled that Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA has defaulted on its debt, a decision that triggers payment of default insurance to investors and deals another blow to the oil-rich but cash-poor nation.


11/16/2017 - 17:12

Qatar sets $200 minimum wage as part of labour overhaul

Qatar has set a temporary minimum wage for migrant workers worth around $200 a month, its labour minister said Thursday, a benchmark reform following widespread criticism of Doha's preparations for the 2022 World Cup.

Qatar sets $200 minimum wage as part of labour overhaul

Qatar has set a temporary minimum wage for migrant workers worth around $200 a month, its labour minister said Thursday, a benchmark reform following widespread criticism of Doha's preparations for the 2022 World Cup.


11/16/2017 - 07:10

China imposes new rules on policy banks to curb risks

China has set new rules to curb risks at its policy banks, stepping up oversight of the country's financial system as Beijing looks to address a ballooning debt crisis that threatens the world's number two economy.

China imposes new rules on policy banks to curb risks

China has set new rules to curb risks at its policy banks, stepping up oversight of the country's financial system as Beijing looks to address a ballooning debt crisis that threatens the world's number two economy.


11/16/2017 - 06:22

US giant CBS completes takeover of Australia TV network Ten

US broadcasting giant CBS is the new owner of Australia's third-largest commercial television network, the station's administrators said Thursday, ending a bidding war with media mogul Lachlan Murdoch.

US giant CBS completes takeover of Australia TV network Ten

US broadcasting giant CBS is the new owner of Australia's third-largest commercial television network, the station's administrators said Thursday, ending a bidding war with media mogul Lachlan Murdoch.


11/15/2017 - 20:04

US chemical plants must prepare for more Harveys: official

A Texas chemical plant explosion during Hurricane Harvey underscores the need for industrial plants to rethink emergency preparedness for more serious storms, US investigators said Wednesday.

US chemical plants must prepare for more Harveys: official

A Texas chemical plant explosion during Hurricane Harvey underscores the need for industrial plants to rethink emergency preparedness for more serious storms, US investigators said Wednesday.


11/15/2017 - 20:01

NAFTA negotiators open 5th round of talks -- early

Negotiators from Canada, Mexico and the United States working to update the North American Free Trade Agreement began their discussions on Wednesday -- two days before the fifth round of talks was formally due to begin.

NAFTA negotiators open 5th round of talks -- early

Negotiators from Canada, Mexico and the United States working to update the North American Free Trade Agreement began their discussions on Wednesday -- two days before the fifth round of talks was formally due to begin.

11/17/2017 - 23:55

Dortmund sink at Stuttgart

Borussia Dortmund suffered another setback in their bid to challenge for the Bundesliga title as they lost 2-1 at VfB Stuttgart on Friday.

Dortmund sink at Stuttgart

Borussia Dortmund suffered another setback in their bid to challenge for the Bundesliga title as they lost 2-1 at VfB Stuttgart on Friday.


11/17/2017 - 20:29

Japan face Tongan test of size and strength

Japan will use Saturday's game against Tonga to match up against bigger and stronger opponents on their difficult road to hosting the 2019 Rugby World Cup, coach Jamie Joseph said.

Japan face Tongan test of size and strength

Japan will use Saturday's game against Tonga to match up against bigger and stronger opponents on their difficult road to hosting the 2019 Rugby World Cup, coach Jamie Joseph said.


11/17/2017 - 19:14

Africa's Nations Cup qualifiers moved to October

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) have agreed to move next year's Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers to October to allow the continent's World Cup finalists play friendlies in March.

Africa's Nations Cup qualifiers moved to October

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) have agreed to move next year's Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers to October to allow the continent's World Cup finalists play friendlies in March.


11/17/2017 - 19:11

'Exceptional' Vermeulen return delights Springboks

South Africa captain Eben Etzebeth lauded the return of powerful back rower Duane Vermeulen for Saturday's international Test against France.

'Exceptional' Vermeulen return delights Springboks

South Africa captain Eben Etzebeth lauded the return of powerful back rower Duane Vermeulen for Saturday's international Test against France.


11/16/2017 - 18:58

Hooker Taylor comes in for Scotland clash

Codie Taylor is the only change to world champions New Zealand's starting XV to play Scotland on Saturday (kick-off 1715GMT) from the one that eased past France last weekend.

Hooker Taylor comes in for Scotland clash

Codie Taylor is the only change to world champions New Zealand's starting XV to play Scotland on Saturday (kick-off 1715GMT) from the one that eased past France last weekend.


11/16/2017 - 18:29

Unchanged France deserve second chance, says Noves

France coach Guy Noves on Thursday said his players deserved a "second chance" after naming an unchanged XV for Saturday's Test against South Africa at the Stade de France (kick-off 1945GMT).

Unchanged France deserve second chance, says Noves

France coach Guy Noves on Thursday said his players deserved a "second chance" after naming an unchanged XV for Saturday's Test against South Africa at the Stade de France (kick-off 1945GMT).


11/16/2017 - 07:22

World anti-doping body refuses to lift Russia suspension

The World Anti-Doping Agency maintained its suspension of Russia on Thursday, raising the spectre of a possible ban from February's Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.

World anti-doping body refuses to lift Russia suspension

The World Anti-Doping Agency maintained its suspension of Russia on Thursday, raising the spectre of a possible ban from February's Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.


11/16/2017 - 06:25

Neuville-Tanak battle grips Rally Australia

Frenchman Sebastien Ogier has wrapped up the 2017 World Rally Championship but the battle for second remains alive heading into this week's final Rally Australia leg in Coffs Harbour.

Neuville-Tanak battle grips Rally Australia

Frenchman Sebastien Ogier has wrapped up the 2017 World Rally Championship but the battle for second remains alive heading into this week's final Rally Australia leg in Coffs Harbour.

11/18/2017 - 07:22

Katy Perry triumphs in case over convent home

Pop superstar Katy Perry on Friday was awarded nearly $1.5 million as she prevailed anew in her drawn-out bid to move into a former convent in Los Angeles.

Katy Perry triumphs in case over convent home

Pop superstar Katy Perry on Friday was awarded nearly $1.5 million as she prevailed anew in her drawn-out bid to move into a former convent in Los Angeles.


11/18/2017 - 04:07

Online exhibit shows hidden depths of Picasso's 'Guernica'

Spray-painted in murals, wielded on anti-war banners, and even once hung as a tapestry at the United Nations, Pablo Picasso's "Guernica" might be the world's most famous political artwork.

Online exhibit shows hidden depths of Picasso's 'Guernica'

Spray-painted in murals, wielded on anti-war banners, and even once hung as a tapestry at the United Nations, Pablo Picasso's "Guernica" might be the world's most famous political artwork.


11/17/2017 - 20:31

Cantona the artist ponders sex, life and death in new book

Football legend Eric Cantona was a brooding artist on the field. Now he is proving that he is also one off it as a book of his drawings is published.

Cantona the artist ponders sex, life and death in new book

Football legend Eric Cantona was a brooding artist on the field. Now he is proving that he is also one off it as a book of his drawings is published.


11/17/2017 - 01:21

New Orleans abuzz over Serena Williams wedding

Star wattage abounded in New Orleans on Thursday as A-list celebrities gathered for the wedding of tennis superstar Serena Williams and Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian.

New Orleans abuzz over Serena Williams wedding

Star wattage abounded in New Orleans on Thursday as A-list celebrities gathered for the wedding of tennis superstar Serena Williams and Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian.


11/16/2017 - 21:41

'Star Wars' composer writes Bernstein work for Boston

John Williams, the prolific film composer who has scored "Star Wars" and other blockbusters, will premiere a new work dedicated to Leonard Bernstein, the Boston Symphony Orchestra said Wednesday.

'Star Wars' composer writes Bernstein work for Boston

John Williams, the prolific film composer who has scored "Star Wars" and other blockbusters, will premiere a new work dedicated to Leonard Bernstein, the Boston Symphony Orchestra said Wednesday.


11/16/2017 - 19:22

Coldplay tops $500 million on third richest tour ever

Coldplay generated more than $500 million on the rockers' just completed global tour, the band's promoters said Thursday, making it the third highest-grossing in history.

Coldplay tops $500 million on third richest tour ever

Coldplay generated more than $500 million on the rockers' just completed global tour, the band's promoters said Thursday, making it the third highest-grossing in history.


11/16/2017 - 17:52

UK theatre cites 20 'inappropriate behaviour' claims against Spacey

The Old Vic theatre said Thursday that it had received 20 claims of "inappropriate behaviour" against US actor Kevin Spacey, who was artistic director at the prestigious London venue for over a decade.

UK theatre cites 20 'inappropriate behaviour' claims against Spacey

The Old Vic theatre said Thursday that it had received 20 claims of "inappropriate behaviour" against US actor Kevin Spacey, who was artistic director at the prestigious London venue for over a decade.


11/16/2017 - 15:42

Novel on legacy of Algerian war wins France's richest prize

A powerful account of what happened to an Algerian "harki" family who sided with the French during the country's war of independence won France's most lucrative book prize Thursday.

Novel on legacy of Algerian war wins France's richest prize

A powerful account of what happened to an Algerian "harki" family who sided with the French during the country's war of independence won France's most lucrative book prize Thursday.

11/18/2017 - 05:07

Trump reverses elephant trophy decision, keeps ban

President Donald Trump said Friday he will uphold a ban on importing trophies of elephants hunted and killed in Zimbabwe, pending further review, reversing his own administration's decision from just a day earlier after a public outcry.

Trump reverses elephant trophy decision, keeps ban

President Donald Trump said Friday he will uphold a ban on importing trophies of elephants hunted and killed in Zimbabwe, pending further review, reversing his own administration's decision from just a day earlier after a public outcry.


11/17/2017 - 09:19

Delhi half-marathon to go ahead despite smog, court rules

The Delhi half marathon is to go ahead on Sunday despite dire health warnings from doctors after a court in the heavily polluted city refused to order a delay.

Delhi half-marathon to go ahead despite smog, court rules

The Delhi half marathon is to go ahead on Sunday despite dire health warnings from doctors after a court in the heavily polluted city refused to order a delay.


11/16/2017 - 13:44

Greece in mourning, several still missing in deadly flood

Greece was in mourning Thursday as rescue crews tried to locate several people missing in a flood that killed 15 people near the capital, as rain continued to fall.

Greece in mourning, several still missing in deadly flood

Greece was in mourning Thursday as rescue crews tried to locate several people missing in a flood that killed 15 people near the capital, as rain continued to fall.


11/16/2017 - 09:32

Indonesia smugglers stuffed exotic birds in pipes: police

Smugglers who allegedly stuffed 125 exotic birds into drain pipes have been arrested in Indonesia, officials said Thursday, as part of a bid to clamp down on a lucrative illegal trade in wildlife.

Indonesia smugglers stuffed exotic birds in pipes: police

Smugglers who allegedly stuffed 125 exotic birds into drain pipes have been arrested in Indonesia, officials said Thursday, as part of a bid to clamp down on a lucrative illegal trade in wildlife.


11/16/2017 - 05:08

Pakistan indifferent as smog kills more people than militancy

The toxic smog that has covered parts of Pakistan for weeks has exposed official torpor over rampant pollution that has killed thousands more people than have died in years of militancy.

Pakistan indifferent as smog kills more people than militancy

The toxic smog that has covered parts of Pakistan for weeks has exposed official torpor over rampant pollution that has killed thousands more people than have died in years of militancy.


11/16/2017 - 04:41

Climate change and neglect threaten Senegal's Saint Louis

The echo of Koranic verse from a religious school in Senegal's Saint-Louis is familiar, but just metres down the beach classes have fallen silent in another building abandoned to the ravages of climate change.

Climate change and neglect threaten Senegal's Saint Louis

The echo of Koranic verse from a religious school in Senegal's Saint-Louis is familiar, but just metres down the beach classes have fallen silent in another building abandoned to the ravages of climate change.


11/15/2017 - 17:30

Fossil fuel investment spells 'unsustainable future': UN chief

Continued investment in fossil fuel would deliver "an unsustainable future", UN chief Antonio Guterres warned Wednesday, saying time was running out to prevent calamitous climate change caused by atmosphere-fouling emissions.

Fossil fuel investment spells 'unsustainable future': UN chief

Continued investment in fossil fuel would deliver "an unsustainable future", UN chief Antonio Guterres warned Wednesday, saying time was running out to prevent calamitous climate change caused by atmosphere-fouling emissions.


11/15/2017 - 12:12

New planet could support life: ESO observatory

A new extrasolar system planet can be added to a handful of fellow exoplanets which could theoretically support life, the European Southern Observatory said Wednesday.

New planet could support life: ESO observatory

A new extrasolar system planet can be added to a handful of fellow exoplanets which could theoretically support life, the European Southern Observatory said Wednesday.

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