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Japan 'hell' fire killed dozens trying to escape

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Details emerged Friday of a horrifying inferno that tore through a Japanese animation firm and killed dozens, with …

South Koreans boycott Japan beer in brewing trade row

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Beer-loving South Koreans angered by a trade row with Tokyo are boycotting Japanese brews in a surge of patriotism that …

Somali-born lawmaker brands Trump 'fascist' after rally taunt

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Democratic congresswoman Ilhan Omar branded Donald Trump a "fascist" on Thursday as the president sought to distance …

From Kabul to Baghdad, a tale of two 'Green Zones'

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A labyrinth of concrete blast walls, spotlights, and checkpoints are eating up ever more of Kabul, standing in stark …

Singapore returning millions linked to Malaysia scandal

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Singapore is returning almost $40 million to Malaysia seized in connection with a massive financial scandal that played …

Great Barrier Reef agency breaks with Australia gvt in climate warning

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The agency that manages the Great Barrier Reef broke ranks with Australia's conservative government to call for the …

Japan in shock after suspected arson kills 33

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Japanese police on Friday were investigating a suspected arson attack that killed 33 people in what would be one of the …

Machine-meshed super-humans remain stuff of fantasy

AFP - 29m ago

A bold vision by tech entrepreneur Elon Musk to mesh human brains with artificial intelligence remains more science …

Gulf tensions rise as US shoots down Iranian drone

Jul 18 2019

Tensions in the Gulf region mounted Thursday as US President Donald Trump said an American naval vessel shot down an …

Boeing sees billions more in MAX costs as grounding drags on

Jul 18 2019

Boeing announced Thursday some $6.6 billion in additional costs because of the 737 MAX crisis, further pressuring …

Profit soars for Microsoft fueled by cloud, business services

Jul 18 2019

Microsoft on Thursday posted quarterly earnings that trounced expectations, citing growth in partnerships with companies …

Ilhan Omar, US congresswoman in eye of political storm

Jul 18 2019

To her supporters, Ilhan Omar embodies the American dream, but to Donald Trump and his loyalists the …

McIlroy, Woods endure nightmare starts as Holmes takes Open lead

Jul 18 2019

Home favourite Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods both endured dreadful starts to the British Open on Thursday, while American …

Iran Guards seize 'foreign tanker' accused of smuggling fuel

Jul 18 2019

Iran's Revolutionary Guards said Thursday they had detained a "foreign tanker" and its 12 crew for allegedly smuggling …

At least 11 dead in Taliban attack on Afghan police HQ

Jul 18 2019

At least 11 people were killed and scores more wounded Thursday when the Taliban attacked a police headquarters in the …

Boris Johnson kicks up a stink with Brexit fish tale

Jul 18 2019

Brandishing a kipper at a packed campaign event, Boris Johnson railed against EU red tape he said was punishing the …

'Send her back!': Trump rally sets tone for toxic 2020 race

Jul 18 2019

Fired up by Donald Trump, the crowd targeted Somali-born Democratic congresswoman Ilhan Omar, one of only three Muslims …

Iran Guards seize 'foreign tanker' accused of fuel smuggling

Jul 18 2019

Iran's Revolutionary Guards said Thursday they had detained a "foreign tanker" and its crew for allegedly smuggling …

EU hits back at Boris Johnson's Brexit fish tale

Jul 18 2019

Brandishing a kipper at a packed campaign event, Boris Johnson railed against EU red tape he said was punishing the …

G7 ministers agree plan on digital tax but more work ahead

Jul 18 2019

Ministers from G7 top economies on Thursday reached consensus on steps towards an accord on taxing digital giants, an …

Italian prosecutor grills German rescue ship captain over migrants

Jul 18 2019

German charity boat captain Carola Rackete, who sparked global headlines by forcibly docking in an Italian port with …

33 dead in suspected arson attack on Japan animation studio

Jul 18 2019

A suspected arson attack at an animation production company in Japan killed 33 people and injured dozens more on …

EU fines Qualcomm 242 mn euros for 'predatory' pricing

Jul 18 2019

The EU hit US chipmaking giant Qualcomm with an antitrust fine of 242 million euros ($271 billion) Thursday, in another …

No-deal Brexit forecast to spark year-long UK recession

Jul 18 2019

Britain will slide into a year-long recession should it leave the European Union without a deal with Brussels, the …

24 dead in suspected arson attack on Japan animation studio

Jul 18 2019

A suspected arson attack on an animation production company in Japan killed 24 people and injured dozens more on …

DR Congo Ebola outbreak an emergency of global concern: WHO

Jul 18 2019

The World Health Organization on Wednesday declared the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo a "public …

Juventus make De Ligt world's most expensive defender

Jul 18 2019

Dutch central defender Matthijs de Ligt, one of the most coveted young players in world football, signed Thursday for …

Ajax's De Ligt joins Juventus for 75 mln euros: Italian club

Jul 18 2019

Dutch central defender Matthijs de Ligt signed Thursday for Juventus from Ajax for 75 million euros ($84.2 million), the …

Instagram hides 'likes' from more users

Jul 18 2019

Instagram started hiding "likes" on its platform in Australia, Brazil and several other major markets Thursday, saying …

Blood-soaked 'It' sequel jolts Comic-Con to life

Jul 18 2019

San Diego Comic-Con kicked off with a chorus of shrieks -- and gallons of blood -- as New Line Cinema unveiled …

13 dead in suspected arson attack on Japan animation studio

Jul 18 2019

A suspected arson attack on an animation production company in Japan killed 13 people and injured dozens more on …

One dead in suspected arson attack on Japan animation studio

Jul 18 2019

A suspected arson attack on an animation studio in Japan on Thursday left at least one person dead and injured dozens, …

Buzz Aldrin has landed -- for the Apollo 11 anniversary

Jul 18 2019

The suspense had been building for 24 hours: would Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the Moon, show up Wednesday …

Ghosn sues Nissan and Mitsubishi for breach of contract: report

Jul 18 2019

Former auto titan Carlos Ghosn, currently under house arrest in Tokyo, is suing Nissan and Mitsubishi in a Dutch court …

Taiwanese 'graffiti village' eases elderly loneliness

Jul 18 2019

Nestled in the mist-covered foothills of Taiwan's central mountain range, Ruan Chiao village is virtually devoid of …

Japan look to give ailing Ikee a lift at world swim

Jul 18 2019

Japan's swimmers have promised to lift their game at next week's world championships to lift the spirits of ailing team …

Ukraine's Zelensky eyes parliament renewal in early polls

Jul 18 2019

Three months after winning a landslide victory in Ukraine's presidential election, former comedian Volodymyr Zelensky is …

Trump fires up base as impeachment bid blocked in Congress

Jul 18 2019

A fired-up Donald Trump took aim once more at Democratic lawmakers who "hate" America as he hit the campaign trail …

Drug kingpin El Chapo sentenced to life in US prison

Jul 18 2019

Once one of the world's most powerful and notorious criminals, Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was sentenced …

Netflix shares slide on disappointing subscriber growth

Jul 18 2019

Netflix shares plunged in after-hours trade Wednesday after its quarterly update showed weaker-than-expected subscriber …

First US murder conviction overturned using DNA, family tree evidence

Jul 18 2019

An American man was exonerated Wednesday for a decades-old murder he did not commit, using evidence based on DNA and a …

In rebuke to Trump, US Congress blocks Saudi arms sales

Jul 17 2019

The US House voted Wednesday to block $8.1 billion in arms sales to Saudi Arabia and other allies, a rebuke of Donald …

Trump rallies base as impeachment bid blocked in Congress

Jul 17 2019

President Donald Trump moved to galvanize his core supporters Wednesday after sparking outrage with attacks on ethnic …

Henderson, Sharp lead at inaugural LPGA team event

Jul 17 2019

Canadian duo Brooke Henderson and Alena Sharp took the first round lead at the LPGA Tour's inaugural Dow Great Lakes Bay …

US bars Turkey from F-35 program over Russian missiles

Jul 17 2019

The White House confirmed Wednesday that Turkey would be excluded from NATO's F-35 stealth fighter jet program after it …

Netflix shares slide on disappointing Q2 subscriber growth

Jul 17 2019

Netflix shares plunged in after-hours trade Wednesday after its quarterly update showed weaker-than-expected subscriber …

Charges dropped in US sex assault case against Kevin Spacey

Jul 17 2019

Prosecutors dropped sexual assault proceedings against Kevin Spacey on Wednesday after the case against the Hollywood …

Pakistan arrests alleged Mumbai attacks mastermind ahead of US visit

Jul 17 2019

Pakistani authorities on Wednesday detained the alleged mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai attacks as the country faces …

Sudan protesters, army rulers ink power sharing deal

Jul 17 2019

Sudan's protesters and ruling generals Wednesday inked a deal that aims to install a civilian administration, a key …

DR Congo Ebola outbreak 'health emergency' of international concern: WHO

Jul 17 2019

The World Health Organization on Wednesday declared the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo a "public …

Trump rallies right-wing base as racism controversy rages

Jul 17 2019

President Donald Trump moved to galvanize his core supporters Wednesday after sparking outrage with attacks on ethnic …

Tour win 'almost worth leaving Australia for' says new dad Ewan

Jul 17 2019

Australian Caleb Ewan picked up his first Tour de France stage win in a mass sprint at Toulouse on Wednesday as …

Inside Notre-Dame: rubble, emptiness and an immense task ahead

Jul 17 2019

Three months after a fire ravaged Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris, a rare glimpse inside the burned masterpiece on …

Turkish diplomat among two shot dead in Iraqi Kurdistan

Jul 17 2019

The Turkish vice consul to Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region was among at least two people shot dead Wednesday in the …

Can trillion-tonne snow cannons save us from sea-level rise?

Jul 17 2019

Scientists seeking to avoid catastrophic sea-level rises from the melting West Antarctic ice sheet have come up with a …

Buzz off: breakthrough technique eradicates mosquitoes

Jul 17 2019

A breakthrough technique harnessing two methods to target disease-carrying mosquitoes was able to effectively eradicate …

Trump embraces political base as racial controversy rages

Jul 17 2019

President Donald Trump moved to galvanize his core support on the campaign trail Wednesday after sparking outrage with …

Pakistan arrests alleged Mumbai attacks mastermind again

Jul 17 2019

Pakistani authorities Wednesday detained the alleged mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai attacks, a security official said, as …

Libya extradites Manchester bomber's brother

Jul 17 2019

Libya on Wednesday extradited to Britain the brother of a suicide bomber who attacked an Ariana Grande concert in …

South Africans mourn 'White Zulu' singer Johnny Clegg

Jul 17 2019

Tributes poured in Wednesday for anti-apartheid singer Johnny Clegg, who has died aged 66, with politicians, musicians …

Turkish diplomat among two shot dead in Iraq's Arbil

Jul 17 2019

The Turkish vice consul to Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region was among at least two people shot dead Wednesday in the …

New conservative Greek parliament sworn in after election

Jul 17 2019

Greece's new parliament was sworn in Wednesday after July 7 elections, led by a conservative government that has vowed …

S.Africans mourn 'White Zulu' Johnny Clegg

Jul 17 2019

Tributes poured in Wednesday for anti-apartheid singer Johnny Clegg, who died aged 66, with politicians, musicians and …

US House votes to condemn Trump's 'racist comments'

Jul 17 2019

The US House of Representatives formally condemned Donald Trump on Tuesday for xenophobic attacks on four minority …

El Chapo awaits life in prison sentence by US judge

Jul 17 2019

After a run as one of the world's most powerful and notorious criminals, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is expected to be …

Hong Kong's expat police become focus of protester rage

Jul 17 2019

A peculiar legacy of Hong Kong's colonial past has emerged as a focal point of rage for anti-government protesters: a …

Australia calls on China to let Uighur mother and son leave

Jul 17 2019

Australia's government on Wednesday called on China to allow an Australian child and his Uighur mother to leave the …

With swords and stunts, Thai youth embrace ancient martial art

Jul 17 2019

Armed with a wooden knife and shield, a teenage girl fends off four sword-wielding boys with high-flying kicks in an …

US hopes North Korea talks will go ahead despite Pyongyang threat

Jul 17 2019

The United States said Tuesday it hoped to hold denuclearization talks with North Korea, after Pyongyang warned that …

'One giant leap': US marks Apollo mission 50 years on

Jul 17 2019

Fifty years after a mighty rocket set off from Florida carrying the first humans to the Moon, a veteran of the Apollo 11 …

Iceland tries to bring back trees razed by the Vikings

Jul 17 2019

Before being colonised by the Vikings, Iceland was lush with forests but the fearsome warriors razed everything to the …

'Arctic heat wave' hits world's northernmost settlement

Jul 17 2019

Temperatures hit a record 69.8 degrees Fahrenheit in Alert, the northernmost permanently inhabited spot on the planet …

British Open's return offers sporting relief to Northern Ireland

Jul 17 2019

The British Open's return to Northern Irish soil for the first time in 68 years this week brings some blessed sporting …

Five outsiders for the British Open

Jul 17 2019

The 148th British Open gets underway on Thursday for the first time in 68 years in Northern Ireland at Royal Portrush.

US hopes N.Korea talks go ahead despite Pyongyang threat

Jul 17 2019

The United States said Tuesday it hoped to hold denuclearization talks with North Korea, despite a warning from …

GM, Fiat Chrysler warn workers auto industry facing tough future

Jul 17 2019

With plant closures hanging over the start of contract negotiations, General Motors chief Mary Barra on Tuesday warned …

Mixed earnings at large US banks as Fed rate cut looms

Jul 17 2019

JPMorgan Chase reported record quarterly profits on Tuesday behind strong consumer businesses on a day of mixed bank …

US bans Myanmar army chief over Rohingya 'ethnic cleansing'

Jul 16 2019

The United States on Tuesday banned visits by Myanmar's army chief and three other top officers due to their role in the …

French minister resigns after lobster dinner scandal

Jul 16 2019

A senior French cabinet minister and close ally of President Emmanuel Macron resigned on Tuesday after reports accused …

Trump declines to criticize Turkey's Russia missile purchase

Jul 16 2019

President Donald Trump declined Tuesday to criticize Turkey's acquisition of a Russian missile system assailed by the …

'Game of Thrones' breaks record with 32 Emmy nominations

Jul 16 2019

The divisive final season of "Game of Thrones" smashed the record for most Primetime Emmy nominations by a drama series …

MEPs narrowly elect von der Leyen to EU top job

Jul 16 2019

German defence minister Ursula von der Leyen was narrowly elected president of the European Commission on Tuesday after …

Trump denies racism charges as House prepares rebuke

Jul 16 2019

President Donald Trump denied accusations of racism on Tuesday as the House of Representatives moved to rebuke him for …

At 82, NASA pioneer Sue Finley still reaching for the stars

Jul 16 2019

Sue Finley began work at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory as the US prepared to launch its first satellite into orbit in …

R. Kelly denied bond on federal charges including child porn

Jul 16 2019

A Chicago judge ordered R&B superstar R. Kelly to be held without bond on sweeping federal charges linked to child …

Monsoon rains wreak flood havoc across South Asia

Jul 16 2019

Survivors scrambled for higher ground as torrential monsoon rains swept away homes and triggered landslides across South …

Member states' nominee von der Leyen wins EU top job

Jul 16 2019

German defence minister Ursula von der Leyen was narrowly elected president of the European Commission on Tuesday after …

Ebola patient in DR Congo city of Goma has died: governor

Jul 16 2019

The first patient to be diagnosed with Ebola in the eastern DR Congo city of Goma has died, the governor of North Kivu …

EU parliament votes on German nominee to fill Brussels top job

Jul 16 2019

German minister Ursula von der Leyen's fate hung in the balance Tuesday as sceptical European lawmakers voted on whether …

'The world was watching': US commemorates Apollo mission 50 years on

Jul 16 2019

Fifty years after a mighty Saturn V rocket set off from Florida carrying the first humans to the Moon, a veteran of the …

Trump says does not have 'racist bone' in his body

Jul 16 2019

US President Donald Trump strongly denied accusations of racism on Tuesday after launching a xenophobic attack on a …

EU nominee von der Leyen makes her final case to lawmakers

Jul 16 2019

Ursula von der Leyen's fate hung in the balance Tuesday after she gave the most important speech of her career to …

N. Korea warns US-S. Korea drills will affect nuclear talks

Jul 16 2019

North Korea on Tuesday said looming US-South Korea military drills could impact the proposed resumption of nuclear talks …

Italy seizes missile from far-right sympathisers

Jul 16 2019

Italian police seized an air-to-air missile, machine guns and rocket launchers during raids sparked by an investigation …

Democratic congresswomen hit back after 'racist' Trump tirade

Jul 16 2019

Democratic congresswomen targeted in a xenophobic tirade by President Donald Trump hit back Monday, saying he was trying …

Chinese diplomats take to Twitter to defend Beijing

Jul 16 2019

Chinese diplomats are increasingly turning to Twitter to defend Beijing's policies to the international community, …

Monsoon rains wreaking flood havoc across South Asia

Jul 16 2019

Torrential monsoon rains swept away homes and triggered landslides across South Asia, affecting millions of people and …

Fifty years after Moon mission, Apollo astronauts meet at historic launchpad

Jul 16 2019

Fifty years ago on Tuesday, three American astronauts set off from Florida for the Moon on a mission that would change …

Training journalists in the era of fake news

Jul 16 2019

As uncannily realistic "deep fake" videos proliferate online, including one recently retweeted by Donald Trump, …

First woman to referee in Australia's scandal-plagued NRL

Jul 16 2019

Australia's National Rugby League will make history with its first female referee on Thursday night, as the NRL …

Trump under fire for attacks on Democratic congresswomen

Jul 16 2019

US President Donald Trump came under fire from Democrats and even some members of his own Republican Party on Monday …

McIlroy looks to end drought on Open's return to Northern Ireland

Jul 16 2019

The British Open returns to Northern Ireland for the first time in 68 years this week at Royal Portrush, giving Rory …