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Obama urges Americans to reject leaders who stoke hatred

Former US President Barack Obama has called on Americans to reject language from any of their leaders that feeds hatred or normalises racism. Mr Obama did not name anyone but his rare comments came after President Donald Trump sought to deflect criticism that his anti-immigrant rhetoric had...

Tuesday, August 6, 2019, 9:42 AM

Messi banned from international football for three months

Argentina captain Lionel Messi has been banned from international football for three months after claiming the Copa America was “corrupt”. Barcelona forward Messi, 32, was sent off in Argentina’s 2-1 third-place play-off win over Chile and later said the “cup was fixed for...

Sunday, August 4, 2019, 12:00 AM

Tunisia’s president, 92, dies in hospital

Tunisian media are reporting the country’s 92-year-old president has passed away after being hospitalized for the third time in recent weeks. Radio station Mosaique and state broadcaster Wataniya have reported Beji Caid Essebsi was hospitalized Wednesday night for unspecified health trouble...

Thursday, July 25, 2019, 12:35 PM

Boris Johnson makes first Commons statement as prime minister

The new prime minister is making a Commons statement, after holding his first Cabinet meeting. Speaking to MPs, Boris Johnson said his government would throw itself into Brexit negotiations with energy. He said other arrangements for the Northern Ireland backstop were "perfectly compatible...

Thursday, July 25, 2019, 9:44 AM

Mueller defends inquiry's integrity, says he did not exonerate Trump

Former U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller on Wednesday defended the integrity of his Russia investigation during a dramatic congressional hearing and reiterated that he had not cleared President Donald Trump of obstruction of justice or, as the president has said, totally exonerated Trump....

Thursday, July 25, 2019, 12:00 AM

Boris Johnson becomes UK’s new prime minister

Boris Johnson has said he wants to “change the country for the better” after he became the UK’s new prime minister. Speaking outside Downing Street, he said the UK would leave the EU on October  31”no ifs, no buts”, adding: “The buck stops with me....

Wednesday, July 24, 2019, 11:30 PM

WHO says investigators conclude Ebola victim did not enter Rwanda

GENEVA – A Congolese woman who may have spread the deadly Ebola virus in Uganda did not go to Rwanda or the Congolese city of Goma while contagious, the World Health Organization said on Friday. On Thursday, a report written by Uganda’s Health Ministry and published by the WHO’s...

Saturday, July 20, 2019, 12:00 AM

South African musician Johnny Clegg dead at 66

South African singer and songwriter Johnny Clegg, one of the few white artists to openly confront the apartheid government in the late 1970s and 1980s, died on Tuesday aged 66, his agent said. He had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2015. A Grammy nominee and Billboard music award winner...

Wednesday, July 17, 2019, 10:00 AM

Christine Lagarde resigns as head of IMF

Christine Lagarde has said she will step down as managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). It comes ahead of a decision on her nomination to become head of the European Central Bank (ECB). Ms Lagarde said she would leave the IMF on 12 September. "With greater clarity now...

Tuesday, July 16, 2019, 7:10 PM

New 'Lion King' movie lands with a critical whimper

The much-anticipated new version of animated movie classic “The Lion King” landed with a whimper rather than a roar recently, with critics hailing it as visually impressive but tame in terms of character and storytelling. “The Lion King,” Walt Disney Co’s latest...

Monday, July 15, 2019, 9:13 AM

Singer R. Kelly charged in sex scheme of kidnapping and payoffs

Singer R. Kelly, already charged with sexual assault in Illinois, was indicted in federal courts in New York and Chicago over the weekend, with transporting women and girls across state lines for sex, forcibly keeping them under his control and buying their silence. In indictments unsealed in...

Monday, July 15, 2019, 9:11 AM

Where does Turkey’s S-400 missile deal with Russia leave the US?

After months of signals and threats the moment has finally come. The first elements of the Russian-supplied S-400 surface-to-air missile system have arrived in Turkey. Now Washington must decide what it is going to do. On the face of it the American decision has already been taken. Washington...

Saturday, July 13, 2019, 12:00 AM

Benefits of yoga

Derived from the Sanskrit word “yuji,” meaning yoke or union, yoga is an ancient practice that brings together mind and body. It incorporates breathing exercises, meditation and poses designed to encourage relaxation and reduce stress. Practicing yoga is said to come with many...

Monday, July 1, 2019, 12:00 AM

Trump steps into North Korea, agrees with Kim to resume talks

SEOUL, South Korea — US President Trump became the first sitting American commander in chief to set foot in North Korea on Sunday as he greeted Kim Jong-un, the country’s leader, at the heavily fortified Demilitarized Zone and the two agreed to send their negotiators back to the table...

Sunday, June 30, 2019, 11:17 AM

NBA: Antetokounmpo named MVP

Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo has been named the NBA's most valuable player of the 2018-19 season. The 24-year-old made an emotional acceptance speech after becoming the youngest MVP in eight years. The 2019 All-Star team captain averaged 27.7 points and 12.5 rebounds over 72...

Tuesday, June 25, 2019, 11:43 AM

Ethiopia Amhara 'coup ringleader killed'

The suspected ringleader of Saturday's failed coup attempt in Ethiopia's Amhara region has been shot dead, police say. Brig Gen Asaminew Tsige was killed as he attempted to escape from his hideout in Amhara's capital, police added. Ethiopia's army chief Gen Seare Mekonnen was...

Tuesday, June 25, 2019, 9:48 AM

US-Iran: Trump 'pulls back after approving strikes' after drone downing

President Donald Trump approved retaliatory military strikes against Iran on Thursday before changing his mind, US media report. The New York Times, citing senior White House officials, says strikes were planned against a "handful" of targets. They say the operation was allegedly under...

Friday, June 21, 2019, 1:53 PM

Horns are growing on young people’s skulls. Phone use is to blame, research suggests

Mobile technology has transformed the way we live — how we read, work, communicate, shop and date. But we already know this. What we have not yet grasped is the way the tiny machines in front of us are remolding our skeletons, possibly altering not just the behaviors we exhibit but the...

Thursday, June 20, 2019, 8:09 PM

Study: Facebook profile can indicate if you have medical condition

Your social media could reveal a lot more about you than you think. Say, for example, whether you have a medical condition. In a new study, researchers were able to predict 21 types of medical conditions -- ranging from pregnancy to skin disorders -- by analyzing people's Facebook profiles....

Tuesday, June 18, 2019, 10:00 AM

Former Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi dies in court

Egypt's former president Mohammed Morsi, who was ousted by the army in 2013, has died in court, state TV says. Morsi, a top figure in the Muslim Brotherhood who was the first democratically elected president in Egypt’s modern history, had been in jail since he was toppled by the military...

Monday, June 17, 2019, 7:08 PM

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