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02/21/2018 - 17:13

Netanyahu confidant agrees to testify against him: reports

One of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's closest confidants has agreed to testify against him in a graft probe, Israeli media reported Wednesday, in a fresh threat to his long tenure in power.

Netanyahu confidant agrees to testify against him: reports

One of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's closest confidants has agreed to testify against him in a graft probe, Israeli media reported Wednesday, in a fresh threat to his long tenure in power.


02/21/2018 - 17:09

KFC counts its chickens as UK stores slowly reopen

Less than a third of KFC's outlets in Britain remained shut Wednesday afternoon, following a supply crisis that closed hundreds of its restaurants and left customers struggling to find their deep-fried chicken fix.

KFC counts its chickens as UK stores slowly reopen

Less than a third of KFC's outlets in Britain remained shut Wednesday afternoon, following a supply crisis that closed hundreds of its restaurants and left customers struggling to find their deep-fried chicken fix.


02/21/2018 - 16:29

Billy Graham: preacher to millions, adviser to presidents

Reverend Billy Graham, the influential Southern preacher who became a spiritual advisor to several US presidents and millions of Americans via their television sets, died Wednesday. He was 99.

Billy Graham: preacher to millions, adviser to presidents

Reverend Billy Graham, the influential Southern preacher who became a spiritual advisor to several US presidents and millions of Americans via their television sets, died Wednesday. He was 99.


02/21/2018 - 16:25

S.Africa hikes sales tax in 'tough' post-Zuma budget

South Africans were hit by the first sales tax increase since apartheid when the country's finance minister delivered a tough budget on Wednesday, dampening optimism spurred by the country's new reformist president.

S.Africa hikes sales tax in 'tough' post-Zuma budget

South Africans were hit by the first sales tax increase since apartheid when the country's finance minister delivered a tough budget on Wednesday, dampening optimism spurred by the country's new reformist president.


02/21/2018 - 13:56

Fears and outrage over bloodshed in Syria enclave

Syrian jets carried out more deadly raids on Eastern Ghouta Wednesday, as Western powers and aid agencies voiced alarm over the mounting death toll and spiralling humanitarian catastrophe.

Fears and outrage over bloodshed in Syria enclave

Syrian jets carried out more deadly raids on Eastern Ghouta Wednesday, as Western powers and aid agencies voiced alarm over the mounting death toll and spiralling humanitarian catastrophe.


02/21/2018 - 13:35

Juncker's 'monster' wins top EU job

The powerful chief of staff to Jean-Claude Juncker, Martin Selmayr, will take a top post in the European Commission in a move announced Wednesday which means he can stay on after his boss steps down next year.

Juncker's 'monster' wins top EU job

The powerful chief of staff to Jean-Claude Juncker, Martin Selmayr, will take a top post in the European Commission in a move announced Wednesday which means he can stay on after his boss steps down next year.


02/21/2018 - 13:02

Turkey says whoever helps Kurd militia in Syria is 'legitimate target'

Turkey on Wednesday said it would consider a "legitimate target" any group that comes to the aid of Kurdish militia in Afrin in northern Syria.

Turkey says whoever helps Kurd militia in Syria is 'legitimate target'

Turkey on Wednesday said it would consider a "legitimate target" any group that comes to the aid of Kurdish militia in Afrin in northern Syria.


02/21/2018 - 09:40

Trump junior says presidency is costing the family firm

Donald Trump's presidency has cost the family firm "millions of dollars" in lost business, his son told an Indian newspaper during a visit aimed at drumming up sales of new luxury apartment complexes.

Trump junior says presidency is costing the family firm

Donald Trump's presidency has cost the family firm "millions of dollars" in lost business, his son told an Indian newspaper during a visit aimed at drumming up sales of new luxury apartment complexes.

02/21/2018 - 17:45

'No doubt' over Russell's place, says Scotland boss Townsend

Finn Russell's place in the Scotland team was in "no doubt", coach Gregor Townsend said Wednesday after announcing an unchanged starting side for this weekend's Calcutta Cup clash with England at Murrayfield.

'No doubt' over Russell's place, says Scotland boss Townsend

Finn Russell's place in the Scotland team was in "no doubt", coach Gregor Townsend said Wednesday after announcing an unchanged starting side for this weekend's Calcutta Cup clash with England at Murrayfield.


02/21/2018 - 17:33

Barca agree deal for Gremio's Arthur - reports

Barcelona have a reached an agreement in principle with Brazilian club Gremio to sign midfielder Arthur next year in a deal worth up to 40 million euros ($49.2 million), according to reports in Spain on Wednesday.

Barca agree deal for Gremio's Arthur - reports

Barcelona have a reached an agreement in principle with Brazilian club Gremio to sign midfielder Arthur next year in a deal worth up to 40 million euros ($49.2 million), according to reports in Spain on Wednesday.


02/21/2018 - 17:14

Restless Bayern wait on Rodriguez fitness

Runaway Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich hope James Rodriguez's calf injury will not sideline him for long amid grumblings of unrest in their star-studded squad.

Restless Bayern wait on Rodriguez fitness

Runaway Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich hope James Rodriguez's calf injury will not sideline him for long amid grumblings of unrest in their star-studded squad.


02/21/2018 - 16:42

Canada escapes but USA, Sweden knocked out of Olympic men's hockey

Sweden and the United States, the past two Olympic silver medallists, crashed out of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics men's hockey tournament on Wednesday while two-time defending champion Canada might have lost their starting goaltender in foiling Finland's upset bid.

Canada escapes but USA, Sweden knocked out of Olympic men's hockey

Sweden and the United States, the past two Olympic silver medallists, crashed out of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics men's hockey tournament on Wednesday while two-time defending champion Canada might have lost their starting goaltender in foiling Finland's upset bid.


02/21/2018 - 16:24

'Overwhelmed with joy'- Nigeria's bobsleigh women savour Olympic moment

Nigeria's women's bobsleigh team finished with the wooden spoon Wednesday but left with their heads held high after an emotional Olympic debut in the crackpot winter pursuit.

'Overwhelmed with joy'- Nigeria's bobsleigh women savour Olympic moment

Nigeria's women's bobsleigh team finished with the wooden spoon Wednesday but left with their heads held high after an emotional Olympic debut in the crackpot winter pursuit.


02/21/2018 - 16:23

Crash-hit Cavendish makes early exit from Abu Dhabi Tour

British sprint king Mark Cavendish made an early exit from the Abu Dhabi Tour on Wednesday after crashing before the official start of the first stage.

Crash-hit Cavendish makes early exit from Abu Dhabi Tour

British sprint king Mark Cavendish made an early exit from the Abu Dhabi Tour on Wednesday after crashing before the official start of the first stage.


02/21/2018 - 16:02

Pliskova, Kerber set up battle of former number ones in Dubai

Former top-ranked players Karolina Pliskova and Angelique Kerber advanced to set up a battle of ex-number ones in the quarter-finals of the Dubai Championships on Wednesday.

Pliskova, Kerber set up battle of former number ones in Dubai

Former top-ranked players Karolina Pliskova and Angelique Kerber advanced to set up a battle of ex-number ones in the quarter-finals of the Dubai Championships on Wednesday.


02/21/2018 - 14:19

Russell stays in unchanged Scotland XV against England

Scotland fly-half Finn Russell kept his place as coach Gregor Townsend named an unchanged starting side on Wednesday for this weekend's Six Nations international against England at Murrayfield.

Russell stays in unchanged Scotland XV against England

Scotland fly-half Finn Russell kept his place as coach Gregor Townsend named an unchanged starting side on Wednesday for this weekend's Six Nations international against England at Murrayfield.

02/21/2018 - 09:15

Sheeran and rising star Dua Lipa set to shine at Brits

Folk-pop hit machine Ed Sheeran will go head-to-head with rising R'n'B star Dua Lipa at the Brit Awards in London on Wednesday, the country's showpiece pop-music ceremony.

Sheeran and rising star Dua Lipa set to shine at Brits

Folk-pop hit machine Ed Sheeran will go head-to-head with rising R'n'B star Dua Lipa at the Brit Awards in London on Wednesday, the country's showpiece pop-music ceremony.


02/21/2018 - 06:42

Williams says terrifying health scare almost killed her

Serena Williams says she lives in fear of blood clots, a condition that surfaced during a harrowing postnatal ordeal in September when she almost died giving birth to her first child.

Williams says terrifying health scare almost killed her

Serena Williams says she lives in fear of blood clots, a condition that surfaced during a harrowing postnatal ordeal in September when she almost died giving birth to her first child.


02/21/2018 - 04:16

Political humour thriving in Orban's 'illiberal' Hungary

"Hungarians! The world is a very dangerous place, a no-go zone!" shouts a highly-strungmustachioed man through a megaphone strapped to his car on the streets of Budapest.

Political humour thriving in Orban's 'illiberal' Hungary

"Hungarians! The world is a very dangerous place, a no-go zone!" shouts a highly-strungmustachioed man through a megaphone strapped to his car on the streets of Budapest.


02/21/2018 - 04:14

Berlin filmfest offers dark vision of E. European 'drift'

This week's Berlin film festival is turning a wary eye eastward with a series of new movies spotlighting the rise of violent extremism and anti-migrant sentiment in the ex-communist bloc.

Berlin filmfest offers dark vision of E. European 'drift'

This week's Berlin film festival is turning a wary eye eastward with a series of new movies spotlighting the rise of violent extremism and anti-migrant sentiment in the ex-communist bloc.


02/21/2018 - 03:30

'Black Panther': sign of a new inclusiveness... or one-off?

Marvel's "Black Panther" opened as the most successful movie with a primarily non-white cast of all time, industry data showed Tuesday, raising hopes for a new era of storytelling by filmmakers and actors of color.

'Black Panther': sign of a new inclusiveness... or one-off?

Marvel's "Black Panther" opened as the most successful movie with a primarily non-white cast of all time, industry data showed Tuesday, raising hopes for a new era of storytelling by filmmakers and actors of color.


02/21/2018 - 02:59

'Black Panther' toy sales fierce as film opens big

Panther claws, masks and action figures are leaping off store shelves after runaway hit "Black Panther" -- the first film in the Marvel universe focused on a black superhero -- shredded box office expectations with a massive opening weekend.

'Black Panther' toy sales fierce as film opens big

Panther claws, masks and action figures are leaping off store shelves after runaway hit "Black Panther" -- the first film in the Marvel universe focused on a black superhero -- shredded box office expectations with a massive opening weekend.


02/21/2018 - 01:50

'Black Panther' pounces to box office glory over holiday weekend

As the US kicked back for a long weekend, Disney's "Black Panther" got off to a superhero start in the North American box office, rocketing to the top spot with record-breaking earnings of $242.2 million, industry data showed Monday.

'Black Panther' pounces to box office glory over holiday weekend

As the US kicked back for a long weekend, Disney's "Black Panther" got off to a superhero start in the North American box office, rocketing to the top spot with record-breaking earnings of $242.2 million, industry data showed Monday.


02/20/2018 - 22:43

France's Jean-Marie Le Pen defends Vichy leader in memoirs

France's wartime leader Philippe Petain did not dishonour himself by signing the 1940 armistice that allowed Nazi forces to occupy the north of the country, former far-right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen says in his memoirs.

France's Jean-Marie Le Pen defends Vichy leader in memoirs

France's wartime leader Philippe Petain did not dishonour himself by signing the 1940 armistice that allowed Nazi forces to occupy the north of the country, former far-right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen says in his memoirs.

02/21/2018 - 17:38

Gaza to pump sewage straight into sea as crisis worsens

Municipalities in Gaza announced Wednesday they will pump sewage straight into the sea from the Palestinian coastal enclave due to fuel shortages and the desperate humanitarian situation in the strip.

Gaza to pump sewage straight into sea as crisis worsens

Municipalities in Gaza announced Wednesday they will pump sewage straight into the sea from the Palestinian coastal enclave due to fuel shortages and the desperate humanitarian situation in the strip.


02/21/2018 - 16:34

Weah's promised land: Liberia confronts age-old disputes

Morris Kidir gestures at a wide expanse of dark-green land he says was earmarked for a school or clinic in his northern Liberian village, now covered in young oil palm trees.

Weah's promised land: Liberia confronts age-old disputes

Morris Kidir gestures at a wide expanse of dark-green land he says was earmarked for a school or clinic in his northern Liberian village, now covered in young oil palm trees.


02/21/2018 - 16:22

Kin of 'world's ugliest animal' among fish hauled off Australia abyss

More than 100 rarely seen fish species were hauled up from a deep and cold abyss off Australia during a scientific voyage, researchers said Wednesday, including a cousin of the "world's ugliest animal" Mr Blobby.

Kin of 'world's ugliest animal' among fish hauled off Australia abyss

More than 100 rarely seen fish species were hauled up from a deep and cold abyss off Australia during a scientific voyage, researchers said Wednesday, including a cousin of the "world's ugliest animal" Mr Blobby.


02/21/2018 - 16:03

Scientists set off to explore new Antarctic ecosystem

A team of international scientists led by the British Antarctic Survey set off on Wednesday to explore a mysterious marine ecosystem that has lain hidden under an ice shelf for up to 120,000 years.

Scientists set off to explore new Antarctic ecosystem

A team of international scientists led by the British Antarctic Survey set off on Wednesday to explore a mysterious marine ecosystem that has lain hidden under an ice shelf for up to 120,000 years.


02/21/2018 - 09:56

Delhi's 'lost' Mughal garden reopens as public park

A once-forgotten Mughal garden in the heart of New Delhi will reopen on Wednesday after years of painstaking conservation work, creating a new public park in India's sprawling and smog-choked capital.

Delhi's 'lost' Mughal garden reopens as public park

A once-forgotten Mughal garden in the heart of New Delhi will reopen on Wednesday after years of painstaking conservation work, creating a new public park in India's sprawling and smog-choked capital.


02/21/2018 - 09:44

Rash of forest fires breaks out in Indonesia

Indonesia was battling a rash of forest fires Wednesday as it raised an alert over the blazes which occur every year and emit choking smog that can envelop neighbouring Singapore and Malaysia.

Rash of forest fires breaks out in Indonesia

Indonesia was battling a rash of forest fires Wednesday as it raised an alert over the blazes which occur every year and emit choking smog that can envelop neighbouring Singapore and Malaysia.


02/21/2018 - 05:37

Top experts warn against 'malicious use' of AI

Artificial intelligence could be deployed by dictators, criminals and terrorists to manipulate elections and use drones in terrorist attacks, more than two dozen experts said Wednesday as they sounded the alarm over misuse of the technology.

Top experts warn against 'malicious use' of AI

Artificial intelligence could be deployed by dictators, criminals and terrorists to manipulate elections and use drones in terrorist attacks, more than two dozen experts said Wednesday as they sounded the alarm over misuse of the technology.


02/21/2018 - 05:36

French WWI soldier identified by DNA to be laid to rest

A century after the Battle of Verdun a French soldier who was left behind on the battlefield will get a proper burial Wednesday after being identified by DNA samples from his relatives.

French WWI soldier identified by DNA to be laid to rest

A century after the Battle of Verdun a French soldier who was left behind on the battlefield will get a proper burial Wednesday after being identified by DNA samples from his relatives.

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