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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.

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

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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.

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.

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.

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 - 12:16

Saudi 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 been unthinkable not long ago.

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 been unthinkable not long ago.


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.

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 - 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.

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 - 13:07

Germany nabs Russian hooligan over Euro 2016 attack on England fan

A Russian football hooligan wanted for savagely attacking an England fan during Euro 2016 in France has been arrested, German police said Thursday.

A Russian football hooligan wanted for savagely attacking an England fan during Euro 2016 in France has been arrested, German police said Thursday.


02/22/2018 - 11:56

BAE profits fall, counts on government defence spend

BAE Systems, the British maker of military equipment, announced a drop in annual net profit on Thursday but said it expected government defence spending to remain a priority.

BAE Systems, the British maker of military equipment, announced a drop in annual net profit on Thursday but said it expected government defence spending to remain a priority.


02/22/2018 - 11:55

UK economy grows less than expected on Brexit unease

Britain's economy expanded last year less than first thought, official data revealed on Thursday, adding to concerns that Brexit uncertainty was impacting growth.

Britain's economy expanded last year less than first thought, official data revealed on Thursday, adding to concerns that Brexit uncertainty was impacting growth.


02/22/2018 - 10:22

Hughes returns for England against Scotland in Six Nations

Nathan Hughes was recalled by England coach Eddie Jones on Thursday in the only change to the Six Nations champions' starting side for this weekend's Calcutta Cup clash away to Scotland.

Nathan Hughes was recalled by England coach Eddie Jones on Thursday in the only change to the Six Nations champions' starting side for this weekend's Calcutta Cup clash away to Scotland.

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.

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


02/22/2018 - 13:33

French supermarket behind Nutella frenzy was selling 'at a loss'

French fraud authorities on Thursday accused supermarket chain Intermarche of illegally selling Nutella below cost, after heavy discounts sparked a shopping frenzy that made international headlines.

French fraud authorities on Thursday accused supermarket chain Intermarche of illegally selling Nutella below cost, after heavy discounts sparked a shopping frenzy that made international headlines.


02/22/2018 - 13:27

Russian opposition leader Navalny detained over illegal protest

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny said he was briefly detained Thursday for organising illegal protests as Russia prepares to hold presidential polls next month.

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny said he was briefly detained Thursday for organising illegal protests as Russia prepares to hold presidential polls next month.


02/22/2018 - 13:24

Baltic presidents to visit Trump on April 3

US President Donald Trump will welcome his counterparts from the three Baltic states in Washington on April 3 to discuss security and economic ties, the Estonian presidency said Thursday.

US President Donald Trump will welcome his counterparts from the three Baltic states in Washington on April 3 to discuss security and economic ties, the Estonian presidency said Thursday.


02/22/2018 - 13:16

Trump's nominee to lead UN agency rejects anti-Muslim charge

President Donald Trump's controversial nominee to lead the United Nations migration agency dismissed allegations of anti-Muslim bias on Thursday, telling AFP he "never" considers the faith of those in need.

President Donald Trump's controversial nominee to lead the United Nations migration agency dismissed allegations of anti-Muslim bias on Thursday, telling AFP he "never" considers the faith of those in need.

02/22/2018 - 12:16

Saudi 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 been unthinkable not long ago.

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 been unthinkable not long ago.


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.

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 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.

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 - 04:27

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.

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.

02/22/2018 - 13:29

Champion Svitolina seals return to Dubai semi-finals

Elina Svitolina edged closer to defending the second title of her career as the Ukrainian held off Japan's Naomi Osaka 6-2, 6-4 on Thursday for a semi-final place at the Dubai Championships.

Elina Svitolina edged closer to defending the second title of her career as the Ukrainian held off Japan's Naomi Osaka 6-2, 6-4 on Thursday for a semi-final place at the Dubai Championships.


02/22/2018 - 13:15

Mercedes chief would take chainsaw to F1's new halo

Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff criticised Formula One's controversial new halo head-protection device as the double world champions unveiled their new F1 W09 car for the 2018 season on Thursday.

Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff criticised Formula One's controversial new halo head-protection device as the double world champions unveiled their new F1 W09 car for the 2018 season on Thursday.


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.

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.

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 - 13:03

Carrasco negotiating move to China, says Atletico president

Atletico Madrid winger Yannick Carrasco is negotiating an exit to China, the president of the Spanish club, Enrique Cerezo, said on Thursday morning.

Atletico Madrid winger Yannick Carrasco is negotiating an exit to China, the president of the Spanish club, Enrique Cerezo, said on Thursday morning.