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09/20/2019 - 01:27

Pompeo favours 'peaceful resolution' to crisis after Saudi oil attack

The US wants a peaceful solution to the crisis sparked by attacks on Saudi oil installations, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday, after Iran raised the spectre of "all-out war".

The US wants a peaceful solution to the crisis sparked by attacks on Saudi oil installations, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday, after Iran raised the spectre of "all-out war".

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09/20/2019 - 01:27

Pompeo favours 'peaceful resolution' to crisis after Saudi oil attack

The US wants a peaceful solution to the crisis sparked by attacks on Saudi oil installations, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday, after Iran raised the spectre of "all-out war".

The US wants a peaceful solution to the crisis sparked by attacks on Saudi oil installations, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday, after Iran raised the spectre of "all-out war".


09/20/2019 - 00:33

North American bird population fell by quarter over 50 years: study

The number of birds in the United States and Canada has fallen by an astonishing 29 percent, or almost three billion, since 1970, scientists reported Thursday, saying their findings signaled a widespread ecological crisis.

The number of birds in the United States and Canada has fallen by an astonishing 29 percent, or almost three billion, since 1970, scientists reported Thursday, saying their findings signaled a widespread ecological crisis.


09/19/2019 - 22:26

Trudeau apologizes again for wearing blackface as new images emerge

A contrite Justin Trudeau publicly apologized Thursday for his "absolutely unacceptable" behavior, as decades-old images showing the Canadian prime minister in blackface makeup rocked his re-election campaign.

A contrite Justin Trudeau publicly apologized Thursday for his "absolutely unacceptable" behavior, as decades-old images showing the Canadian prime minister in blackface makeup rocked his re-election campaign.


09/19/2019 - 21:59

Amazon pledges to be carbon neutral by 2040

Amazon chief Jeff Bezos pledged Thursday to make the US technology and retail giant carbon neutral by 2040 and encourage other firms to do likewise, in a bid to help meet the goals of the Paris climate accord 10 years early.

Amazon chief Jeff Bezos pledged Thursday to make the US technology and retail giant carbon neutral by 2040 and encourage other firms to do likewise, in a bid to help meet the goals of the Paris climate accord 10 years early.


09/19/2019 - 21:45

Tunisia's ex-president Ben Ali dies in exile

Former Tunisian president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, the first leader to be toppled by the Arab Spring revolts, died Thursday in Saudi Arabia, Tunisia's foreign ministry told AFP. He was 83.

Former Tunisian president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, the first leader to be toppled by the Arab Spring revolts, died Thursday in Saudi Arabia, Tunisia's foreign ministry told AFP. He was 83.

09/20/2019 - 01:34

'Abducted' Zimbabwean doctors' union activist found alive: HRW

A Zimbabwean doctors' union leader whose suspected kidnapping sparked protests by medics in the capital Harare has been found alive, Human Rights Watch said Thursday.

A Zimbabwean doctors' union leader whose suspected kidnapping sparked protests by medics in the capital Harare has been found alive, Human Rights Watch said Thursday.


09/20/2019 - 00:15

Cuba pesticides may have caused Canada diplomats' injuries: study

Neurotoxins in pesticides used to fumigate against mosquitoes may be behind mysterious health complaints of Canadian diplomats in Cuba that had been blamed on suspected sonic attacks, according to a new study Thursday.

Neurotoxins in pesticides used to fumigate against mosquitoes may be behind mysterious health complaints of Canadian diplomats in Cuba that had been blamed on suspected sonic attacks, according to a new study Thursday.


09/20/2019 - 00:13

Vaping-related illness sickens over 500 in US

More than 500 people have been sickened in an outbreak of vaping-related illness in the United States, health authorities said Thursday, as Los Angeles became the latest city to take steps to ban flavored e-cigarettes.

More than 500 people have been sickened in an outbreak of vaping-related illness in the United States, health authorities said Thursday, as Los Angeles became the latest city to take steps to ban flavored e-cigarettes.


09/19/2019 - 22:10

Violence hinders DR Congo Ebola response amid hike in cases: WHO

The World Health Organization warned Thursday that violence in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo had halted efforts to rein in Ebola in one area, even as the spread of the deadly virus intensified.

The World Health Organization warned Thursday that violence in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo had halted efforts to rein in Ebola in one area, even as the spread of the deadly virus intensified.


09/19/2019 - 19:37

Melting snowcaps spell water trouble for world's highest capital

Water resources are running dry in the world's highest-elevation capital due to the combined effect of the Andean glaciers melting, drought and mismanagement.

Water resources are running dry in the world's highest-elevation capital due to the combined effect of the Andean glaciers melting, drought and mismanagement.


09/19/2019 - 17:50

French MPs to view acclaimed Loach film on gig economy

French MPs are to get a sneak preview of the new film by the British director Ken Loach, which shows tech giants destroying the lives of ordinary working families.

French MPs are to get a sneak preview of the new film by the British director Ken Loach, which shows tech giants destroying the lives of ordinary working families.


09/19/2019 - 17:33

Fendi lets the sunshine in with Milan show

Dawn rays transformed the habitually grey skies of Milan Thursday as luxury fashion brand Fendi sent its latest collection down the runway under a vast rising sun.

Dawn rays transformed the habitually grey skies of Milan Thursday as luxury fashion brand Fendi sent its latest collection down the runway under a vast rising sun.


09/19/2019 - 17:02

Huawei in public test as it unveils sanction-hit phone

Chinese tech giant Huawei launched its latest high-end smartphone in Munich on Thursday, the first of its mobile devices not to carry popular Google apps because of US sanctions.

Chinese tech giant Huawei launched its latest high-end smartphone in Munich on Thursday, the first of its mobile devices not to carry popular Google apps because of US sanctions.


09/19/2019 - 16:16

Among the believers in North Korea's 'holy land'

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's father and predecessor is said to have been born in a simple wooden hut on the slopes of a sacred mountain, and guide Kim Un Sim has no doubts: "Welcome to our holy land."

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's father and predecessor is said to have been born in a simple wooden hut on the slopes of a sacred mountain, and guide Kim Un Sim has no doubts: "Welcome to our holy land."


09/19/2019 - 13:17

Philippines hit by first polio case since 2001

The Philippines has detected its first case of polio since 2001, officials said Thursday, putting some of the blame on mistrust stoked by a dengue fever vaccine scandal.

The Philippines has detected its first case of polio since 2001, officials said Thursday, putting some of the blame on mistrust stoked by a dengue fever vaccine scandal.


09/19/2019 - 11:26

Selfies banned at Dutch museum's Nazi design expo

A Dutch museum has banned visitors from taking photos at a controversial exhibition of designs from Hitler's Nazi regime to stop them being "interpreted the wrong way".

A Dutch museum has banned visitors from taking photos at a controversial exhibition of designs from Hitler's Nazi regime to stop them being "interpreted the wrong way".


09/19/2019 - 09:40

Twickenham-to-Tokyo cyclists hand over Rugby World Cup whistle after 20,000km ride

After cycling more than 20,000 kilometres (14,000 miles) through 27 countries from Twickenham to Tokyo, two rugby-mad fans finally arrived Thursday with a crucial item: the referee's whistle for the opening World Cup game.

After cycling more than 20,000 kilometres (14,000 miles) through 27 countries from Twickenham to Tokyo, two rugby-mad fans finally arrived Thursday with a crucial item: the referee's whistle for the opening World Cup game.


09/19/2019 - 08:24

South Africa struggles with surge of sexist violence

Broken, cream-coloured tiles form a mosaic of a woman's face in the entrance hall of a South African shelter for abused women. Branches extending from her head are painted across the wall, decorated with colourful leaves.

Broken, cream-coloured tiles form a mosaic of a woman's face in the entrance hall of a South African shelter for abused women. Branches extending from her head are painted across the wall, decorated with colourful leaves.


09/19/2019 - 06:38

South African star soars in 'La Traviata' for social media age

South African opera singer Pretty Yende, who has enjoyed a meteoric rise over the last years, has hit new heights in a Paris production of "La Traviata" where the heroine is a social media influencer destroyed by the same society that propelled her to fame.

South African opera singer Pretty Yende, who has enjoyed a meteoric rise over the last years, has hit new heights in a Paris production of "La Traviata" where the heroine is a social media influencer destroyed by the same society that propelled her to fame.


09/19/2019 - 06:36

Reduce waste, save money: France's poorest city goes green

At her home in Roubaix, a former industrial centre in northern France that is now the country's poorest city, Magdalene Deleporte is making her own deodorant.

At her home in Roubaix, a former industrial centre in northern France that is now the country's poorest city, Magdalene Deleporte is making her own deodorant.


09/19/2019 - 06:35

Spy thriller 'Raazi' steals show at Bollywood's Oscars

Spy thriller "Raazi" stole the night at Bollywood's answer to the Oscars, taking best film and best actress for its young star Alia Bhatt in Mumbai where the glitzy awards gala was held for the first time since being established two decades ago.

Spy thriller "Raazi" stole the night at Bollywood's answer to the Oscars, taking best film and best actress for its young star Alia Bhatt in Mumbai where the glitzy awards gala was held for the first time since being established two decades ago.


09/19/2019 - 05:45

Giant art project transforms East German housing blocks

An enduring reminder of the communist era, the vast, concrete "Plattenbau" tower blocks that surround cities in eastern Germany are usually considered eyesores rather than works of art.

An enduring reminder of the communist era, the vast, concrete "Plattenbau" tower blocks that surround cities in eastern Germany are usually considered eyesores rather than works of art.


09/19/2019 - 04:20

No German, no benefits: new rules hurt Austria's immigrants

Austria's rightward drift, expected to be confirmed in elections late this month, is already affecting immigrants in one region, where those with poor German proficiency are losing their benefits.

Austria's rightward drift, expected to be confirmed in elections late this month, is already affecting immigrants in one region, where those with poor German proficiency are losing their benefits.


09/19/2019 - 04:03

After ditching catwalk calendar, Alexander Wang feels 'liberated'

American designer Alexander Wang is showing his line when he wants, not when Planet Fashion schedules a series of catwalk shows. He has launched a new handbag collection with luxury label Bulgari.

American designer Alexander Wang is showing his line when he wants, not when Planet Fashion schedules a series of catwalk shows. He has launched a new handbag collection with luxury label Bulgari.


09/18/2019 - 22:24

First vaping hospitalization reported in Canada

Canada reported its first hospitalization for severe respiratory illness linked to vaping on Wednesday, following an outbreak in the US that has killed seven people and sickened hundreds.

Canada reported its first hospitalization for severe respiratory illness linked to vaping on Wednesday, following an outbreak in the US that has killed seven people and sickened hundreds.