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02/22/2018 - 15:00

Court fines Moscow cinema that showed 'Death of Stalin'

A Russian court on Thursday slapped a $1,700 fine on a Moscow cinema which screened British comedy "The Death of Stalin" in defiance of an official ban, prompting a police raid.

Court fines Moscow cinema that showed 'Death of Stalin'

A Russian court on Thursday slapped a $1,700 fine on a Moscow cinema which screened British comedy "The Death of Stalin" in defiance of an official ban, prompting a police raid.


02/22/2018 - 14:12

Saudi Arabia to spend billions on Western-style entertainment

Saudi Arabia announced plans Thursday to spend billions on building new venues and flying in Western acts, in a total overhaul of its entertainment sector that would have been unthinkable not long ago.

Saudi Arabia to spend billions on Western-style entertainment

Saudi Arabia announced plans Thursday to spend billions on building new venues and flying in Western acts, in a total overhaul of its entertainment sector that would have been unthinkable not long ago.


02/22/2018 - 13:34

Seychelles designates huge new marine reserve

A vast new marine protected area has been created in the Indian Ocean around the Seychelle islands, the government announced Thursday.

Seychelles designates huge new marine reserve

A vast new marine protected area has been created in the Indian Ocean around the Seychelle islands, the government announced Thursday.


02/22/2018 - 12:59

Explosive device thrown into US embassy compound in Montenegro

A suicide attacker blew themself up after throwing an explosive device into the US embassy compound in Podgorica, the Montenegrin government said Thursday.

Explosive device thrown into US embassy compound in Montenegro

A suicide attacker blew themself up after throwing an explosive device into the US embassy compound in Podgorica, the Montenegrin government said Thursday.


02/22/2018 - 12:36

Chaos deepens in Syria enclave, global outcry grows

The Syrian regime rained rockets and bombs on Eastern Ghouta Thursday, killing another 19 civilians as international pressure mounted to stop the carnage in the rebel-held enclave.

Chaos deepens in Syria enclave, global outcry grows

The Syrian regime rained rockets and bombs on Eastern Ghouta Thursday, killing another 19 civilians as international pressure mounted to stop the carnage in the rebel-held enclave.


02/22/2018 - 12:09

'Some' missing Nigerian schoolgirls rescued after Boko Haram attack

The families of dozens of girls missing for several days after a Boko Haram attack on their school in northeast Nigeria on Thursday waited anxiously for their return after the state government and military said some had been rescued.

'Some' missing Nigerian schoolgirls rescued after Boko Haram attack

The families of dozens of girls missing for several days after a Boko Haram attack on their school in northeast Nigeria on Thursday waited anxiously for their return after the state government and military said some had been rescued.


02/22/2018 - 11:27

Boko Haram: Profile of a jihadist threat

Nigeria's Boko Haram, suspected of another mass kidnapping of school girls, started out as an Islamic anti-corruption group but mutated into an IS affiliate waging a lethal insurgency.

Boko Haram: Profile of a jihadist threat

Nigeria's Boko Haram, suspected of another mass kidnapping of school girls, started out as an Islamic anti-corruption group but mutated into an IS affiliate waging a lethal insurgency.


02/22/2018 - 11:16

Trump suggests arming teachers at emotional meeting with shooting survivors

US President Donald Trump suggested arming teachers to deter mass shootings as he faced broken voices, tears and demands for action at a meeting with survivors of the gun rampage that killed 17 people at a Florida high school.

Trump suggests arming teachers at emotional meeting with shooting survivors

US President Donald Trump suggested arming teachers to deter mass shootings as he faced broken voices, tears and demands for action at a meeting with survivors of the gun rampage that killed 17 people at a Florida high school.

02/22/2018 - 15:36

Koreans suffer short track misery, Hungary make history

Teenage star Choi Min-jeong crashed out on a miserable night for South Korea's short track speed skaters on Thursday, as Hungary made history with their first Winter Olympics gold.

Koreans suffer short track misery, Hungary make history

Teenage star Choi Min-jeong crashed out on a miserable night for South Korea's short track speed skaters on Thursday, as Hungary made history with their first Winter Olympics gold.


02/22/2018 - 15:32

Porter and Farrell get first Six Nations starts for Wales clash

Andrew Porter will have to fill the sizeable boots of British and Irish Lions star Tadgh Furlong when he makes his first Six Nations start against Wales at Lansdowne Road on Saturday.

Porter and Farrell get first Six Nations starts for Wales clash

Andrew Porter will have to fill the sizeable boots of British and Irish Lions star Tadgh Furlong when he makes his first Six Nations start against Wales at Lansdowne Road on Saturday.


02/22/2018 - 15:02

Mercedes chief would take chainsaw to F1's new halo

Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff said he would chop off Formula One's new halo head-protection device with a chainsaw if he had his wish as the double world champions unveiled their new F1 car for the 2018 season.

Mercedes chief would take chainsaw to F1's new halo

Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff said he would chop off Formula One's new halo head-protection device with a chainsaw if he had his wish as the double world champions unveiled their new F1 car for the 2018 season.


02/22/2018 - 14:52

Champion Svitolina to meet Kerber in Dubai semi-finals

Angelique Kerber and Elina Svitolina will face off in a Dubai Championships semi-final on Friday after both ran down opponents in quick straight-sets wins.

Champion Svitolina to meet Kerber in Dubai semi-finals

Angelique Kerber and Elina Svitolina will face off in a Dubai Championships semi-final on Friday after both ran down opponents in quick straight-sets wins.


02/22/2018 - 14:31

The kids are alright: New Zealand ends Olympic drought

After going 26 years without a Winter Olympics medal, rugby-mad New Zealand toasted a pair of fresh-faced schoolchildren on Thursday as they captured bronze in snowboard and freestyle skiing.

The kids are alright: New Zealand ends Olympic drought

After going 26 years without a Winter Olympics medal, rugby-mad New Zealand toasted a pair of fresh-faced schoolchildren on Thursday as they captured bronze in snowboard and freestyle skiing.


02/22/2018 - 14:07

Viviani sprints to victory and into Abu Dhabi Tour lead

Elia Viviani, who rides for Quick-Step Floors, won the second stage of the Abu Dhabi Tour in a sprint finish and took the race leader's red jersey.

Viviani sprints to victory and into Abu Dhabi Tour lead

Elia Viviani, who rides for Quick-Step Floors, won the second stage of the Abu Dhabi Tour in a sprint finish and took the race leader's red jersey.


02/22/2018 - 13:13

Mourinho's cautious Man Utd tactics win few admirers

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho left Spain with a precious clean sheet but few admirers after an uninspiring 0-0 Champions League draw with Sevilla that featured a limp attacking display.

Mourinho's cautious Man Utd tactics win few admirers

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho left Spain with a precious clean sheet but few admirers after an uninspiring 0-0 Champions League draw with Sevilla that featured a limp attacking display.


02/22/2018 - 13:08

Wipe-out ends Choi's rollercoaster Olympics

Choi Min-jeong's bid for an Olympic short track treble ended in a wipe-out with fellow South Korean Shim Suk-hee on Thursday.

Wipe-out ends Choi's rollercoaster Olympics

Choi Min-jeong's bid for an Olympic short track treble ended in a wipe-out with fellow South Korean Shim Suk-hee on Thursday.

02/22/2018 - 15:00

Court fines Moscow cinema that showed 'Death of Stalin'

A Russian court on Thursday slapped a $1,700 fine on a Moscow cinema which screened British comedy "The Death of Stalin" in defiance of an official ban, prompting a police raid.

Court fines Moscow cinema that showed 'Death of Stalin'

A Russian court on Thursday slapped a $1,700 fine on a Moscow cinema which screened British comedy "The Death of Stalin" in defiance of an official ban, prompting a police raid.


02/22/2018 - 14:46

'Racist' white powder letter sent to Meghan Markle: report

A letter with white powder was sent to Prince Harry and his fiancee Meghan Markle, the Evening Standard newspaper reported on Thursday, saying it was also believed to contain a racist message.

'Racist' white powder letter sent to Meghan Markle: report

A letter with white powder was sent to Prince Harry and his fiancee Meghan Markle, the Evening Standard newspaper reported on Thursday, saying it was also believed to contain a racist message.


02/22/2018 - 14:27

Hong Kong harbour gets star attraction with sculpture park

Hong Kong's harbourfront is known for glistening skyscrapers and the sight of containerships navigating busy shipping lanes -- but a new art project has added a giant pumpkin, a map of the stars and a pair of disembodied legs to the famous skyline.

Hong Kong harbour gets star attraction with sculpture park

Hong Kong's harbourfront is known for glistening skyscrapers and the sight of containerships navigating busy shipping lanes -- but a new art project has added a giant pumpkin, a map of the stars and a pair of disembodied legs to the famous skyline.


02/22/2018 - 14:12

Saudi Arabia to spend billions on Western-style entertainment

Saudi Arabia announced plans Thursday to spend billions on building new venues and flying in Western acts, in a total overhaul of its entertainment sector that would have been unthinkable not long ago.

Saudi Arabia to spend billions on Western-style entertainment

Saudi Arabia announced plans Thursday to spend billions on building new venues and flying in Western acts, in a total overhaul of its entertainment sector that would have been unthinkable not long ago.


02/22/2018 - 13:56

UK selling Scotland to Trump... in new London musical

Donald Trump's long-awaited visit to London is happening in theatrical form in a musical whose irreverent plot involves a plan by post-Brexit Britain to sell Scotland to the US president.

UK selling Scotland to Trump... in new London musical

Donald Trump's long-awaited visit to London is happening in theatrical form in a musical whose irreverent plot involves a plan by post-Brexit Britain to sell Scotland to the US president.


02/22/2018 - 10:21

Billy Graham: the pastor who went in to the North

The staunchly anti-communist Billy Graham had a record of engaging with Communist leaders in Asia as he pursued his global evangelistic mission -- most notably North Korea's Kim Il Sung.

Billy Graham: the pastor who went in to the North

The staunchly anti-communist Billy Graham had a record of engaging with Communist leaders in Asia as he pursued his global evangelistic mission -- most notably North Korea's Kim Il Sung.


02/22/2018 - 09:59

Saudi Arabia to invest $64 bn in entertainment in next decade

Saudi Arabia is to invest $64 billion in its entertainment sector over the coming decade, an official said Thursday, as the kingdom pursues a programme of social and economic reforms.

Saudi Arabia to invest $64 bn in entertainment in next decade

Saudi Arabia is to invest $64 billion in its entertainment sector over the coming decade, an official said Thursday, as the kingdom pursues a programme of social and economic reforms.


02/22/2018 - 07:59

'Justice will come': jailed critic of Philippines' Duterte

A year after being jailed on charges she insists were concocted to silence her, a top critic of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says she believes justice is coming.

'Justice will come': jailed critic of Philippines' Duterte

A year after being jailed on charges she insists were concocted to silence her, a top critic of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says she believes justice is coming.

02/22/2018 - 15:07

EU court says Poland broke air quality laws

The EU's top court on Thursday found Poland guilty of violating air quality laws, in the latest clash between the bloc's authorities and the rightwing government in Warsaw.

EU court says Poland broke air quality laws

The EU's top court on Thursday found Poland guilty of violating air quality laws, in the latest clash between the bloc's authorities and the rightwing government in Warsaw.


02/22/2018 - 13:34

Seychelles designates huge new marine reserve

A vast new marine protected area has been created in the Indian Ocean around the Seychelle islands, the government announced Thursday.

Seychelles designates huge new marine reserve

A vast new marine protected area has been created in the Indian Ocean around the Seychelle islands, the government announced Thursday.


02/22/2018 - 12:41

Taiwan to ban disposable plastic items by 2030

Taiwan is planning a blanket ban on single-use plastic items including straws, cups and shopping bags by 2030, officials said Thursday, with restaurants facing new restrictions from next year.

Taiwan to ban disposable plastic items by 2030

Taiwan is planning a blanket ban on single-use plastic items including straws, cups and shopping bags by 2030, officials said Thursday, with restaurants facing new restrictions from next year.


02/22/2018 - 10:40

Thai junta under pressure to tackle pollution 'crisis'

Environmental activists presented the Thai junta with an hourglass filled with dust on Thursday as part of a plea to tackle the hazardous levels of air pollution that have hung over the capital in recent weeks.

Thai junta under pressure to tackle pollution 'crisis'

Environmental activists presented the Thai junta with an hourglass filled with dust on Thursday as part of a plea to tackle the hazardous levels of air pollution that have hung over the capital in recent weeks.


02/22/2018 - 09:23

Scientists recreate virtual copy of Mexican underwater cave

Scientists from all over the world will soon be able to dive into a virtual 3-D replica of a vast underwater cave off Mexico's Yucatan peninsula, where the oldest skeleton in the Americas was found seven years ago.

Scientists recreate virtual copy of Mexican underwater cave

Scientists from all over the world will soon be able to dive into a virtual 3-D replica of a vast underwater cave off Mexico's Yucatan peninsula, where the oldest skeleton in the Americas was found seven years ago.


02/22/2018 - 04:40

Judges to rule on diesel bans in choking German cities

Judges are to rule Thursday on whether German cities can ban old diesel cars to reduce air pollution, with potentially dramatic consequences for a key industry and transport policy in Europe's largest economy.

Judges to rule on diesel bans in choking German cities

Judges are to rule Thursday on whether German cities can ban old diesel cars to reduce air pollution, with potentially dramatic consequences for a key industry and transport policy in Europe's largest economy.


02/22/2018 - 04:14

Somalia's first forensic lab targets rape impunity

The new freezers at Somalia's only forensic laboratory can store thousands of DNA samples, although for now there are just five.

Somalia's first forensic lab targets rape impunity

The new freezers at Somalia's only forensic laboratory can store thousands of DNA samples, although for now there are just five.


02/22/2018 - 03:51

Cobalt prices soar, but Congo's small miners see little of the gain

In global markets the price of cobalt, a mineral used in batteries for high-tech products from iPhones to Tesla electric cars, has nearly tripled to $81,500 a tonne in two years.

Cobalt prices soar, but Congo's small miners see little of the gain

In global markets the price of cobalt, a mineral used in batteries for high-tech products from iPhones to Tesla electric cars, has nearly tripled to $81,500 a tonne in two years.

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