To the strains of upbeat jazz and with a vegetable cake laid on as a special treat, Canola the Singaporean manatee celebrated her third birthday in style Wednesday. Canola is the mascot for the River Safari, a wildlife park in Singapore.Read more »
Greek police arrested a Russian man suspected of running a money laundering operation involving turning $4 billion from illicit business activities into the digital currency bitcoin, they said on Wednesday. The Russian Foreign Ministry in Moscow said it had no information on the case. Bitcoin was the
PARIS (Reuters) - France's foreign ministry on Wednesday said new U.S. sanctions against Iran, Russia and North Korea appeared at odds with international law due to their extra-territorial reach. The U.S. House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday for these sanctions, which could affect
By Andrew Cawthorne and Alexandra Ulmer CARACAS (Reuters) - President Nicolas Maduro's adversaries launched a two-day national strike on Wednesday in a final push to pressure him into abandoning a weekend election for a super-congress they say will institutionalize autocracy in Venezuela. Millions
By Andrew MacAskill, Anjuli Davies and William James LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's left-wing opposition party has held a series of meetings with top finance executives, setting out how it would levy taxes on one of the world's biggest financial trading centres if it snatched power from Prime Minister
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's government plans to abolish the agency tasked with recovering the billions of dollars plundered by late dictator Ferdinand Marcos and his allies, a cabinet member said Wednesday. The announcement was the latest development in the remarkable political rehabilitation
The European Union warned Poland on Wednesday it would "immediately" move to suspend its voting rights in the bloc if it pushes ahead with a mass sacking of supreme court judges. President Andrzej Duda's unexpected vetoing of two controversial reforms, including one targeting the supreme
The European Union's top court on Wednesday upheld the bloc's decision to put Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas on its terrorism blacklist. The European Court of Justice overturned a 2014 ruling by the bloc's second highest court, saying it "should not have annulled Hamas' retention
The United States will give Lebanon an extra $140 million to help Syrian refugees and the communities hosting them, the State Department said during a U.S. state visit by Lebanon's Prime Minister. Lebanon is hosting at least 1.5 million Syrian refugees who have fled the more than six-year conflict
Seventeen members of the same Indian family were found dead Wednesday as floodwaters receded from a village in Gujarat, officials said, as the death toll from the state-wide disaster climbed above 110. "They seem to have drowned in the floodwaters. The bodies were found buried in muck," A
World stock markets climbed Wednesday, with all eyes on the Federal Reserve's upcoming US interest rate decision and outlook. Approaching midday in London, the benchmark FTSE 100 index was up 0.6 percent compared with the close on Tuesday, as traders digested a slight improvement to British quarterly
The EU will "immediately" take steps to halt Poland's voting rights in the bloc if it pushes through with controversial reforms of the country's top court, European Commission vice president Frans Timmermans said Wednesday. Timmermans said he welcomed the fact that Polish President
ROME (Reuters) - The idea of creating a single fibre-optic telecoms network in Italy makes sense but none of the players involved have so far signaled a willingness to do so, Italian Industry Minister Carlo Calenda said on Wednesday. "You know I look favorably at the creation of a company to run
Hala Gamal looks at a pile of rubble on Cairo's Warraq island -- all that's left of her house after a police operation to evict residents accused of squatting on state land. In a cabinet report, it promised that "those who have contracts and official papers proving land ownership"
Over 10,000 people, including thousands of holidaymakers, were evacuated from campsites and homes in southern France as firefighters on Wednesday battled the latest in a string of huge blazes along the Mediterranean coast. The new fire broke out Tuesday night after France asked for Europe's help
KUALA LUMPUR, July 26 — The police have arrested a man who allegedly instigated other Muslims to behead civil rights lawyer Siti Kassim. Siti had made the announcement on her Facebook page this...
At least 26 Afghan soldiers have been killed in a Taliban attack on a military base in southern Kandahar province, the defence ministry said Wednesday, the latest blow to the country's struggling security forces. The Afghan air force said it carried out strikes backing up soldiers on the ground
Finland's tourism office has commissioned a Finnish cello metal band, geneticist, and data composer to help launch a new campaign promoting the 100th anniversary of the country's independence, and underscore the country's unique DNA.
Venezuela hurtled toward a high-stakes political confrontation with the opposition calling a general strike Wednesday in a bid to stop embattled President Nicolas Maduro from going ahead with a controversial plan to rewrite the country's constitution. The military, along with the courts, has proved
By Syed Raza Hassan and Asif Shahzad KARACHI/ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Owners of Pakistani fuel tankers ended their protest strike on its third day on Wednesday, dispelling fears of a fuel shortage that had prompted long queues of panicked fuel buyers at petrol stations countrywide. Pakistan has 10 to
A British judge will rule on Wednesday on where terminally ill baby Charlie Gard will spend his last moments before his life support system is switched off, unless a last-ditch attempt by his parents to bring him home is successful. Charlie's parents, Connie Yates and Chris Gard, wish to take him
Seven teams have been shortlisted to design a major new cultural center in Brussels that will include a new Centre Pompidou. An international architecture competition was launched in April to determine the design of the Citroën Cultural Centre, which will inhabit a plot of land at Place d'Yser,
A tense standoff was underway between Israel and Muslim worshippers at a Jerusalem holy site Wednesday despite the removal of metal detectors, with concerns of major unrest later this week if a resolution is not found. Muslims have refused to enter the site and have prayed in the streets outside for
UniCredit said Wednesday that hackers obtained informaton on about 400,000 of its Italian customers, but not data that would give them access to bank accounts.
Libya's Tripoli-based government has asked Italy to provide naval support in fighting human trafficking in Libyan territorial waters, Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni said on Wednesday. Gentiloni spoke after meeting Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Seraj, who came to Rome a day after agreeing
The Philippines tried Wednesday to reassure Southeast Asian neighbours about its proposal to partner with Beijing in oil exploration in the disputed South China Sea, promising to consult them on any plans. President Rodrigo Duterte has softened his predecessor's policy opposing China's claims