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06/28/2017 - 17:07

Focus on defences as users scramble after global cyberattack

Thousands of computer users across the globe scrambled to reboot on Wednesday as calls grew to step up defences after a fresh wave of ransomware cyberattacks spread from Ukraine and Russia worldwide.

Focus on defences as users scramble after global cyberattack

Thousands of computer users across the globe scrambled to reboot on Wednesday as calls grew to step up defences after a fresh wave of ransomware cyberattacks spread from Ukraine and Russia worldwide.


06/28/2017 - 17:38

North Korea threatens to kill South's ex-president Park

North Korea threatened on Wednesday to impose the death penalty on the South's former president Park Geun-Hye over an alleged plot to assassinate its leader Kim Jong-Un.

North Korea threatens to kill South's ex-president Park

North Korea threatened on Wednesday to impose the death penalty on the South's former president Park Geun-Hye over an alleged plot to assassinate its leader Kim Jong-Un.


06/28/2017 - 17:29

Venezuela vows to fend off 'coup' after grenade attack

Venezuela's leader Nicolas Maduro put the military on alert Wednesday against an alleged coup after a renegade police detective claimed responsibility for a grenade attack on the Supreme Court, demanding the embattled president quit.

Venezuela vows to fend off 'coup' after grenade attack

Venezuela's leader Nicolas Maduro put the military on alert Wednesday against an alleged coup after a renegade police detective claimed responsibility for a grenade attack on the Supreme Court, demanding the embattled president quit.


06/28/2017 - 17:42

'Positive' start to crunch Cyprus peace talks

Rival Cypriot leaders resumed efforts Wednesday to solve one of the world's longest-running conflicts, as the United Nations hailed the "positive atmosphere" at talks aimed at bringing lasting peace to the Mediterranean island.

'Positive' start to crunch Cyprus peace talks

Rival Cypriot leaders resumed efforts Wednesday to solve one of the world's longest-running conflicts, as the United Nations hailed the "positive atmosphere" at talks aimed at bringing lasting peace to the Mediterranean island.


06/28/2017 - 16:35

Police among six charged in UK over 1989 Hillsborough disaster

Four former senior policemen were among six people charged Wednesday over the 1989 Hillsborough stadium disaster in England which killed 96 Liverpool football supporters.

Police among six charged in UK over 1989 Hillsborough disaster

Four former senior policemen were among six people charged Wednesday over the 1989 Hillsborough stadium disaster in England which killed 96 Liverpool football supporters.


06/28/2017 - 17:54

Up to 100,000 civilians trapped in Syria's Raqa: UN

As many as 100,000 civilians are trapped in Syria's Raqa, as US-backed fighters battle to retake the city from the Islamic State group, the UN rights chief warned Wednesday.

Up to 100,000 civilians trapped in Syria's Raqa: UN

As many as 100,000 civilians are trapped in Syria's Raqa, as US-backed fighters battle to retake the city from the Islamic State group, the UN rights chief warned Wednesday.


06/28/2017 - 17:41

Same-sex marriage push divides Merkel's ruling coalition

Germany is set to legalise same-sex marriage Friday after a heated coalition spat sealed an election-year divorce between Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and her centre-left governing partners.

Same-sex marriage push divides Merkel's ruling coalition

Germany is set to legalise same-sex marriage Friday after a heated coalition spat sealed an election-year divorce between Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and her centre-left governing partners.


06/28/2017 - 17:41

Knicks, top executive Phil Jackson agree to part ways

Phil Jackson, who won a record 11 NBA titles as a coach, announced Wednesday his resignation as New York Knicks president of basketball operations by mutual agreement with team owner Jim Dolan.

Knicks, top executive Phil Jackson agree to part ways

Phil Jackson, who won a record 11 NBA titles as a coach, announced Wednesday his resignation as New York Knicks president of basketball operations by mutual agreement with team owner Jim Dolan.

06/28/2017 - 13:10

Japan-EU trade negotiations at crucial moment: Japan FM

Japan and the European Union are at a crucial moment in their attempt to sign a free trade deal, Japan's foreign minister said Wednesday, with tariffs on European cheese a key sticking point.

Japan-EU trade negotiations at crucial moment: Japan FM

Japan and the European Union are at a crucial moment in their attempt to sign a free trade deal, Japan's foreign minister said Wednesday, with tariffs on European cheese a key sticking point.


06/28/2017 - 12:51

China's Alibaba boosts stake in SE Asia online sales

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba said Wednesday it would inject another $1 billion into Southeast Asia's Lazada, as the cashed-up company increases its stake in the region's nascent online shopping market.

China's Alibaba boosts stake in SE Asia online sales

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba said Wednesday it would inject another $1 billion into Southeast Asia's Lazada, as the cashed-up company increases its stake in the region's nascent online shopping market.


06/28/2017 - 09:24

Toshiba faces angry shareholders as chip division sale delayed

Executives at crisis-hit Toshiba faced hundreds of angry shareholders Wednesday as the firm announced it has not yet clinched a deal to sell its prized chip business to a consortium of US, Japanese and South Korean investors.

Toshiba faces angry shareholders as chip division sale delayed

Executives at crisis-hit Toshiba faced hundreds of angry shareholders Wednesday as the firm announced it has not yet clinched a deal to sell its prized chip business to a consortium of US, Japanese and South Korean investors.


06/28/2017 - 17:53

Euro hits year-high against dollar

The euro extended its run higher versus the dollar Wednesday, hitting a year-high, following an upbeat outlook on the eurozone economy this week from ECB chief Mario Draghi.

Euro hits year-high against dollar

The euro extended its run higher versus the dollar Wednesday, hitting a year-high, following an upbeat outlook on the eurozone economy this week from ECB chief Mario Draghi.


06/28/2017 - 17:35

India approves plan to sell stake in state-owned Air India: minister

India's cabinet approved Wednesday plans to sell a stake in state-run Air India as the debt-saddled carrier struggles to compete with low-cost rivals in one of the world's fastest-growing airline markets.

India approves plan to sell stake in state-owned Air India: minister

India's cabinet approved Wednesday plans to sell a stake in state-run Air India as the debt-saddled carrier struggles to compete with low-cost rivals in one of the world's fastest-growing airline markets.


06/28/2017 - 16:00

UK supermarket Tesco axes another 1,200 jobs

Supermarket giant Tesco on Wednesday announced plans to cut 1,200 of its head office positions as part of ongoing cost-cutting at Britain's biggest retailer.

UK supermarket Tesco axes another 1,200 jobs

Supermarket giant Tesco on Wednesday announced plans to cut 1,200 of its head office positions as part of ongoing cost-cutting at Britain's biggest retailer.


06/28/2017 - 17:59

US trial of pharma bad boy Shkreli delayed over jury selection

The US securities fraud trial of Martin Shkreli, a former pharmaceutical executive who gained notoriety for jacking up the price of an HIV drug by 5,000 percent, has been delayed due to difficulties in finding impartial jurors.

US trial of pharma bad boy Shkreli delayed over jury selection

The US securities fraud trial of Martin Shkreli, a former pharmaceutical executive who gained notoriety for jacking up the price of an HIV drug by 5,000 percent, has been delayed due to difficulties in finding impartial jurors.


06/28/2017 - 14:17

Brexit to blow big hole in EU budget: commissioner

The European Union faces a 20-billion-euro hole in its annual budget due to Britain's withdrawal and rising costs in issues such as defence, a commissioner said Wednesday.

Brexit to blow big hole in EU budget: commissioner

The European Union faces a 20-billion-euro hole in its annual budget due to Britain's withdrawal and rising costs in issues such as defence, a commissioner said Wednesday.

06/28/2017 - 17:41

Knicks, top executive Phil Jackson agree to part ways

Phil Jackson, who won a record 11 NBA titles as a coach, announced Wednesday his resignation as New York Knicks president of basketball operations by mutual agreement with team owner Jim Dolan.

Knicks, top executive Phil Jackson agree to part ways

Phil Jackson, who won a record 11 NBA titles as a coach, announced Wednesday his resignation as New York Knicks president of basketball operations by mutual agreement with team owner Jim Dolan.


06/28/2017 - 16:59

Djokovic passes first grass court test at Eastbourne

Top seed Novak Djokovic passed his first grass court test of the season on Wednesday, defeating Canadian qualifier Vasek Pospisil 6-4, 6-3 to reach the quarter-finals at Eastbourne.

Djokovic passes first grass court test at Eastbourne

Top seed Novak Djokovic passed his first grass court test of the season on Wednesday, defeating Canadian qualifier Vasek Pospisil 6-4, 6-3 to reach the quarter-finals at Eastbourne.


06/28/2017 - 09:11

Soaring Olympic costs threaten future of Games, IOC warns

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Wednesday praised Japanese organisers for slashing costs for the 2020 Tokyo Games, but warned that soaring Olympic budgets could see future bids dry up.

Soaring Olympic costs threaten future of Games, IOC warns

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Wednesday praised Japanese organisers for slashing costs for the 2020 Tokyo Games, but warned that soaring Olympic budgets could see future bids dry up.


06/28/2017 - 09:12

Ex-China table tennis coach sorry for players no-show

The former head coach of China's all-conquering table tennis team has denied knowing three top Chinese players would stage a no-show at a major tournament in protest at his removal.

Ex-China table tennis coach sorry for players no-show

The former head coach of China's all-conquering table tennis team has denied knowing three top Chinese players would stage a no-show at a major tournament in protest at his removal.


06/28/2017 - 17:50

Former England midfielder Scott Parker retires

Former West Ham United and England midfielder Scott Parker announced his retirement on Wednesday.

Former England midfielder Scott Parker retires

Former West Ham United and England midfielder Scott Parker announced his retirement on Wednesday.


06/28/2017 - 12:57

Mexico wary of Germany's young guns in Confederations Cup semi

Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio warned against underestimating a youthful Germany in Thursday's Confederations Cup semi-final because of the wealth of experience many of them have already gained.

Mexico wary of Germany's young guns in Confederations Cup semi

Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio warned against underestimating a youthful Germany in Thursday's Confederations Cup semi-final because of the wealth of experience many of them have already gained.


06/28/2017 - 14:46

Germany confident ahead of Confederations Cup Mexico semi

Germany are the kings of the penalty shoot-out -- but the world champions hope to see off Mexico in Thursday's Confederations Cup semi-final without needing dreaded spot kicks.

Germany confident ahead of Confederations Cup Mexico semi

Germany are the kings of the penalty shoot-out -- but the world champions hope to see off Mexico in Thursday's Confederations Cup semi-final without needing dreaded spot kicks.


06/28/2017 - 10:47

Qatar says Garcia report 'vindicates' 2022 World Cup bid

Qatar World Cup organisers said on Wednesday that the surprise publication of FIFA's Garcia report "vindicated the integrity" of its successful bid to host the 2022 tournament.

Qatar says Garcia report 'vindicates' 2022 World Cup bid

Qatar World Cup organisers said on Wednesday that the surprise publication of FIFA's Garcia report "vindicated the integrity" of its successful bid to host the 2022 tournament.

06/28/2017 - 11:55

Bollywood's 'Dangal' sets new benchmarks for success abroad

Bollywood star Aamir Khan's hit wrestling movie "Dangal" has become the first Indian film to make 20 billion rupees, analysts said Wednesday, as it takes China's cinemas by storm.

Bollywood's 'Dangal' sets new benchmarks for success abroad

Bollywood star Aamir Khan's hit wrestling movie "Dangal" has become the first Indian film to make 20 billion rupees, analysts said Wednesday, as it takes China's cinemas by storm.


06/28/2017 - 04:54

In a Norwegian Wood, a 22nd century library grows

Some will never know if their books were appreciated by readers, many of whom aren't born yet. Every year for 100 years, a different author will contribute to the "Future Library", a collection of works to be published only in the next century.

In a Norwegian Wood, a 22nd century library grows

Some will never know if their books were appreciated by readers, many of whom aren't born yet. Every year for 100 years, a different author will contribute to the "Future Library", a collection of works to be published only in the next century.


06/26/2017 - 08:06

Epic struggle of film about Cairo on eve of revolution

Everyone thought Tamer El Said had gone mad in the decade it took him to make his film "In the Last Days of the City".

Epic struggle of film about Cairo on eve of revolution

Everyone thought Tamer El Said had gone mad in the decade it took him to make his film "In the Last Days of the City".


06/28/2017 - 14:29

Paddington Bear author Michael Bond dies aged 91

British children's writer Michael Bond, the creator of the much-loved fictional character Paddington Bear, has died at the age of 91, his publisher HarperCollins said on Wednesday.

Paddington Bear author Michael Bond dies aged 91

British children's writer Michael Bond, the creator of the much-loved fictional character Paddington Bear, has died at the age of 91, his publisher HarperCollins said on Wednesday.


06/26/2017 - 05:09

Iceland, an open-air Hollywood studio

Crystal clear ice caves, glacial lakes, spewing volcanoes and crashing waterfalls framed by dark lava columns: Iceland's breathtaking landscapes have become a magnet for Hollywood moviemakers looking to conjure up otherworldly scenery.

Iceland, an open-air Hollywood studio

Crystal clear ice caves, glacial lakes, spewing volcanoes and crashing waterfalls framed by dark lava columns: Iceland's breathtaking landscapes have become a magnet for Hollywood moviemakers looking to conjure up otherworldly scenery.


06/28/2017 - 16:44

Steve Earle, country outlaw turned Renaissance man, refinds roots

Steve Earle is a country rocker who has distinguished himself far beyond music, a Texan who long ago left the state, and an artist whose passions drive him to left-wing activism.

Steve Earle, country outlaw turned Renaissance man, refinds roots

Steve Earle is a country rocker who has distinguished himself far beyond music, a Texan who long ago left the state, and an artist whose passions drive him to left-wing activism.


06/28/2017 - 00:42

'Dragon Tattoo' star Michael Nyqvist dead at 56

Michael Nyqvist, the Swedish star of the original "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" films, died at the age of 56 on Tuesday after battling lung cancer, his manager said.

'Dragon Tattoo' star Michael Nyqvist dead at 56

Michael Nyqvist, the Swedish star of the original "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" films, died at the age of 56 on Tuesday after battling lung cancer, his manager said.


06/27/2017 - 21:57

Facebook hits two billion user mark

Facebook said Tuesday it now counts two billion active monthly users, as the social giant's founder Mark Zuckerberg highlighted his new mission -- not just connecting people, but helping them find common ground.

Facebook hits two billion user mark

Facebook said Tuesday it now counts two billion active monthly users, as the social giant's founder Mark Zuckerberg highlighted his new mission -- not just connecting people, but helping them find common ground.

06/28/2017 - 14:57

Bird-like dinosaurs hatched eggs like chickens: study

Feathered dinosaurs that walked on two legs and had parrot-like beaks shared another characteristic with modern birds -- they brooded clutches of eggs at a temperature similar to chickens, a study showed Wednesday.

Bird-like dinosaurs hatched eggs like chickens: study

Feathered dinosaurs that walked on two legs and had parrot-like beaks shared another characteristic with modern birds -- they brooded clutches of eggs at a temperature similar to chickens, a study showed Wednesday.


06/28/2017 - 04:54

In a Norwegian Wood, a 22nd century library grows

Some will never know if their books were appreciated by readers, many of whom aren't born yet. Every year for 100 years, a different author will contribute to the "Future Library", a collection of works to be published only in the next century.

In a Norwegian Wood, a 22nd century library grows

Some will never know if their books were appreciated by readers, many of whom aren't born yet. Every year for 100 years, a different author will contribute to the "Future Library", a collection of works to be published only in the next century.


06/28/2017 - 04:02

Are asteroids humanity's 'greatest challenge'?

Throughout its 4.5-billion-year history, Earth has been repeatedly pummelled by space rocks that have caused anything from an innocuous splash in the ocean to species annihilation.

Are asteroids humanity's 'greatest challenge'?

Throughout its 4.5-billion-year history, Earth has been repeatedly pummelled by space rocks that have caused anything from an innocuous splash in the ocean to species annihilation.


06/27/2017 - 12:18

China lowers number of missing in landslide to 73

The number of people missing from a huge landslide that buried a mountain village in southwest China last weekend has been revised down from 93 to 73, authorities said Tuesday.

China lowers number of missing in landslide to 73

The number of people missing from a huge landslide that buried a mountain village in southwest China last weekend has been revised down from 93 to 73, authorities said Tuesday.


06/27/2017 - 10:47

Hong Kong shark art protests at fin trade

A towering shark fin sculpture is the latest addition to Hong Kong's harbourfront as part of an artistic push against the infamous trade.

Hong Kong shark art protests at fin trade

A towering shark fin sculpture is the latest addition to Hong Kong's harbourfront as part of an artistic push against the infamous trade.


06/27/2017 - 18:01

Greenland ice sheet meltoff quickens sea levels rise: study

Ocean levels rose 50 percent faster in 2014 than in 1993, with meltwater from the Greenland ice sheet now supplying 25 percent of total sea level increase compared with just five percent 20 years earlier, researchers reported Monday.

Greenland ice sheet meltoff quickens sea levels rise: study

Ocean levels rose 50 percent faster in 2014 than in 1993, with meltwater from the Greenland ice sheet now supplying 25 percent of total sea level increase compared with just five percent 20 years earlier, researchers reported Monday.


06/27/2017 - 13:54

Spain fire near World Heritage site 'under control'

A wildfire that threatened a nature reserve in southern Spain designated as a World Heritage site has been brought under control, officials said Tuesday after evacuating over 2,000 people including tourists.

Spain fire near World Heritage site 'under control'

A wildfire that threatened a nature reserve in southern Spain designated as a World Heritage site has been brought under control, officials said Tuesday after evacuating over 2,000 people including tourists.


06/27/2017 - 19:34

Paint-stripping chemical poses new ozone risk: study

Earth's protective ozone layer, on a slow path to recovery since the 1987 Montreal Protocol banned chemicals that erode it, may be in danger anew, scientists warned Tuesday.

Paint-stripping chemical poses new ozone risk: study

Earth's protective ozone layer, on a slow path to recovery since the 1987 Montreal Protocol banned chemicals that erode it, may be in danger anew, scientists warned Tuesday.

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