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Pope defends migrants, calls for peace in Christmas message

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis urged the world to let the light of Christmas pierce the “darkness in human hearts” that leads to religious persecution, social injustice, armed conflicts and fear of migrants. In his “Urbi et Orbi” (to the city and the world)...

Wednesday, December 25, 2019, 2:00 PM

Bank robber throws cash in air, shouting 'Merry Christmas'

A man with a white beard was being held on $10,000 bond for allegedly robbing a Colorado bank and throwing the stolen cash into the air while shouting, “Merry Christmas” to passersby, police and local media reported on Tuesday. David Wayne Oliver, 65, was arrested at a nearby...

Wednesday, December 25, 2019, 10:03 AM

Saudi court sentences five to death over Khashoggi murder

Five people have been sentenced to death over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, but two top figures investigated over the killing have been exonerated, Saudi Arabia's public prosecutor said Monday. Khashoggi, a Washington Post contributor, was murdered in October last year in what...

Monday, December 23, 2019, 1:54 PM

Saudi Arabia sentences five to death over Jamal Khashoggi murder

Saudi Arabia has sentenced five people to death for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the kingdom's public prosecutor said Monday. Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist and a Washington Post columnist, was critical of Saudi Arabia and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's policies. He...

Monday, December 23, 2019, 1:12 PM

West Africa takes a step away from colonial-era currency

A bloc of West African states took a step away from a French-backed regional currency that dates back to the colonial era, making a significant symbolic break from the past. The president of Ivory Coast, Alassane Ouattara, speaking at a joint news conference with the visiting president...

Sunday, December 22, 2019, 12:25 PM

Rwanda’s electric motorcycle company marks 250,000km

Africa’s first electric vehicle company, Ampersand, celebrated 250,000 kilometers traveled by its 20 motorcycle taxis in Rwanda. The distance—equal to circling the Earth more than 6 times!—is proof that electric motorcycles work in Africa and are ready to be scaled. In...

Friday, December 13, 2019, 12:00 AM

Top British model backs climate change hunger strikers

British model and actress Lily Cole recently visited two elderly climate change activists from the Extinction Rebellion group, who have been on hunger strike outside Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party headquarters for 22 days. Peter Cole, 76, and Marko Stepanov, 67, began...

Tuesday, December 10, 2019, 8:25 AM

Key film nominees for the 2020 Golden Globe awards

Nominations were announced on Monday for the 2020 Golden Globe awards for movies and television. The 77th Golden Globes, organized by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, will be presented at a gala dinner hosted by British comedian Ricky Gervais in Beverly Hills, California, on Jan. 5...

Tuesday, December 10, 2019, 8:12 AM

Tanzanian Industrialist Ali Mufuruki dies in South Africa

One of Tanzania’s dollar millionaires and chairman for Infotech Investment Group, Ali Mufuruki, has died in South Africa. Mr Mufuruki, who founded CEO Roundtable of Tanzania (CEOrt) and Africa Leadership Initiative (ALI) East Africa died on Saturday night at Montnigside Hospital in...

Sunday, December 8, 2019, 11:45 PM

Chelsea cleared to sign new players after transfer ban appeal

Chelsea can sign players in January after having their Fifa transfer ban reduced following an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. The Premier League side were given a two-window ban by Fifa in February for breaching rules on signing young players. Cas halved the ban to one window,...

Friday, December 6, 2019, 1:57 PM

French Montana finally out of the hospital, but one month bed rest ahead

French Montana is finally out of the hospital after a nearly 2-week stay, and while he still has a long road to recovery, he also has a new album to help motivate him. Sources close to French say he was released from West Hills Hospital in the San Fernando Valley earlier this week. It's a...

Friday, December 6, 2019, 12:34 PM

Leonardo DiCaprio responds to bizarre claim that he bankrolled Amazon fires

Leonardo DiCaprio has responded to the extraordinary comments made by the President of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, who recently accused the actor of bankrolling the Amazon rainforest fires. Bolsonaro made the bizarre and seemingly unsubstantiated claim on November 29, reportedly telling supporters...

Tuesday, December 3, 2019, 11:31 AM

Unai sacked as Arsenal manager

Unai Emery has been fired as Arsenal manager after 18 months in charge. The Spaniard, who previously led Paris St-Germain to the French league title and won three Europa Leagues with Sevilla, was appointed Gunners boss in May 2018, succeeding Arsene Wenger. He is to be replaced on a temporary...

Friday, November 29, 2019, 12:54 PM

Healthy juice: Fruit juices with health benefits

Orange juice: Prevents inflammation Drinking a couple of glasses of orange juice prevents the inflammation that can be triggered by a high-fat meal, notes 2017 research in the journal Food & Function. Fifty-five women ate a fatty meal and drank either orange juice or water. A few hours later...

Thursday, November 28, 2019, 2:00 PM

My life, my choice: ‘Why I chose not to have children’

Motherhood is not mandatory, and these two women agree. They share with us the reasons, experiences and stories behind their choice. “Congrats on the wedding! When are you planning to have a kid?” Sound familiar? These are just some of the many casual statements made by...

Thursday, November 28, 2019, 9:00 AM

Jack Ma encourages Africa's young entrepreneurs with cash prize

ACCRA – Jack Ma, founder of China's Internet giant Alibaba, says his foundation has dedicated a support package to young entrepreneurs across the African continent. The Jack Ma Foundation gave a total cash prize of one million dollars to support the enterprises of 10 young African...

Monday, November 18, 2019, 12:03 AM

Harmonisation pushes up intra-East African Community trade over 10%

Intra-regional trade within the East African Community (EAC) bloc rose by 10.3 per cent last year, courtesy of harmonisation of cross-border rules and procedures. “Reforms taken under the Customs Union has also boosted intra-regional trade,” Christophe Bazivamo, EAC deputy secretary...

Friday, November 15, 2019, 12:00 AM

People's Choice Awards 2019 winners: The complete list

The people have spoken! The 2019 E! People's Choice Awards were a night to remember as Hollywood's biggest celebrities from TV, movies, music and pop culture took to the stage to accept their trophies. You, the fans, submitted over one billion votes during this year's PCAs voting...

Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 9:54 AM

John Legend named People magazine's 'sexiest man alive'

Multi-talented singer and actor John Legend was named People magazine’s “sexiest man alive” on Tuesday, but said he wondered whether he could live up to the title. Legend, 40, is married to model Chrissy Teigen with whom he has two children and is the first black man to have...

Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 9:49 AM

Oscars Academy disqualifies Genevieve Nnaji’s ‘LionHeart’

Nigeria’s hopes of earning its first Oscar nomination have been cut short after the academy disqualified Genevieve Nnaji’s directorial debut, ‘Lionheart’, from consideration in the ‘Best International Feature Film’ category. The Oscars organisers on Monday,...

Friday, November 8, 2019, 12:00 AM

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