• French Riviera braces for Saudi royals after beach lockdown

    AFP News - Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    King Salman of Saudi Arabia arrived in France on Saturday for a Riviera holiday, with the closure of the beach in front of his villa incensing local residents. While the king's three-week visit with an entourage of nearly 1,000 is a boon for the local economy, the closure of a public beach for the privacy and security of the royal party -- along with illegal construction work -- has sparked anger. The king's inner circle will be put up at the family's private villa, while some 700 other members of his entourage will be accommodated at top hotels on the promenade in Cannes. More »French Riviera braces for Saudi royals after beach lockdown

  • More than 1,300 migrants brought to Sicily

    AFP News - Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    More than 1,300 migrants, mostly from sub-Saharan Africa and Syria, arrived in Sicily on Saturday, after having been picked up in the Mediterranean, the Italian coastguard said. Some 785 migrants -- including 133 women and 27 children -- arrived in Palermo after being picked up off the Libyan coast by the Norwegian cargo ship Siem Pilot, which is part of EU border security operation Triton. Italy and Greece have been hard pressed to handle a massive increase in migrants fleeing conflicts and poverty in Africa and the Middle East. More »More than 1,300 migrants brought to Sicily

  • Warsaw hosts rival pro- and anti-migrant protests

    AFP News - Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    Two demonstrations were held in Warsaw Saturday, with participants in one welcoming migrants into their country while rival protesters chanted "no to migrants." More »Warsaw hosts rival pro- and anti-migrant protests

  • Saudis declare Yemen truce to allow in aid

    AFP News - Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    Announcing the unilateral truce to begin from midnight Sunday, a statement on the official Saudi Press Agency said the coalition also reserved the right to respond to "military activity or movement" by the Shiite Huthi rebels during the ceasefire. SPA said the ceasefire decision came at the request of Yemen's President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi, who has taken refuge in the Saudi capital with much of his government. Anti-rebel fighters including Hadi loyalists have recaptured most of the southern port of Aden from the rebels after four months of war. More »Saudis declare Yemen truce to allow in aid

  • Typhoon Halola cancels dozens of flights in Japan

    AFP News - Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    A strong typhoon brought travel misery to Japan on Saturday as fierce winds and heavy rain caused the cancellation of dozens of domestic flights to the country's southwest island chain, Okinawa. Winds of almost 160 kilometres per hour (100 miles per hour) were recorded early Saturday in remote islands west of Naha, the regional capital, while rain deluged the area as Typhoon Halola moved northward, the Kyodo news agency reported. As a result, Japan's All Nippon Airways (ANA) cancelled 56 flights, mostly to Naha, while Japan Airlines (JAL) was forced to ground 17 scheduled departures, Kyodo said. More »Typhoon Halola cancels dozens of flights in Japan

  • Diver killed by shark in Australia as daughter watches

    AFP News - Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    A diver was killed by a shark Saturday while hunting scallops off the coast of Australia as his daughter watched helplessly, shocking locals in an area not known for such attacks. "My understanding is the daughter returned to the boat and the father returned to get some more scallops," Tasmania Police Inspector David Wiss told reporters. "His daughter became worried and went down and checked on her father, she saw a very large shark, she saw her father being attacked by the shark." The woman, who is in her 20s, according to the Australian Associated Press, scrambled back on board their dingy and set off a flare to attract attention. More »Diver killed by shark in Australia as daughter watches

  • India court clears Sreesanth, others over IPL fixing

    AFP News - Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    A New Delhi court on Saturday cleared Test fast bowler Shanthakumaran Sreesanth and two other players of spot-fixing during the Indian Premier League, a lawyer and media reports said. Indian prosecutors had filed charges of cheating and conspiracy against the players over their alleged links to an organised crime syndicate during the 2013 edition of the Twenty20 competition. Two of Sreesanth's teammates from the Rajasthan Royals franchise, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan, had also been charged along with bookmakers and underworld figures. More »India court clears Sreesanth, others over IPL fixing

  • French retailer apologises for insulting its 'stupid' customers

    AFP News - Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    French high-tech retailer Boulanger apologised Saturday for vitriolic comments about its customers in its computer files and promised an internal investigation. France's CNIL privacy and data protection agency found 5,828 instances of "inappropriate" comments about clients in the company's files, including: "stupid" "fat bitch", "ball-breaker", "retard", "Jew", "strong African accent", "alcoholic" and "nutcase". After a public upbraiding by the watchdog, which gave the company three months to ensure its files contain only pertinent information about clients, Boulanger apologised. More »French retailer apologises for insulting its 'stupid' customers

  • Egypt completes first trial run of 'new Suez canal'

    AFP News - Sat, Jul 25, 2015

    Egypt on Saturday completed the first trial run of its "new Suez canal", officials said, ahead of the formal inauguration of the shipping route next month. Dubbed the Suez Canal Axis, the new 72-kilometre (45 mile) project built by the Egyptian army is aimed at speeding up traffic along the existing waterway by reducing the waiting period for vessels, as well as boosting revenues. "Today, we made sure that vessels with a draught of 66 feet" are able to use the new waterway, said Captain Mohamed Fawzi of the Suez Canal Authority, dubbing the first trial run a "success". More »Egypt completes first trial run of 'new Suez canal'

  • Obama says 'Africa on the move' in landmark Kenya visit

    AFP News - Sat, Jul 25, 2015

    US President Barack Obama declared Saturday that "Africa is on the move", praising the spirit of entrepreneurship at a business summit on landmark visit to Kenya. Obama arrived in Kenya late on Friday, making his first visit to the country of his father's birth since he was elected president. "I wanted to be here, because Africa is on the move, Africa is one of the fastest growing regions in the world," Obama said, drawing cheers and applause from delegates. More »Obama says 'Africa on the move' in landmark Kenya visit

  • Chinese pair win mixed synchro diving gold

    AFP News - Sat, Jul 25, 2015

    Si Yajie and Tai Xiaohu of China won the mixed synchro 10-metre diving gold at the World Swimming Championships in Kazan on Saturday with a points total of 350.88. More »Chinese pair win mixed synchro diving gold

  • Boko Haram blamed for killing 'at least 25' in NE Nigeria

    AFP News - Sat, Jul 25, 2015

    At least 25 people were killed in new suspected Boko Haram attacks in northeastern Nigeria, with many villagers also forced to flee their homes, residents said Saturday. "The terrorists stormed Maikadiri around 9:00 am (0800 GMT Friday) and opened fire on hapless citizens," resident Simon Templer said. "They laid siege in daylight because there are no soldiers or police nearby," said another survivor, Markus Ali, adding: "We counted 21 corpses." The attackers "killed, destroyed and then fled," Ali said. More »Boko Haram blamed for killing 'at least 25' in NE Nigeria

  • Kurds 'gain ground in Syria's Hasakeh' in IS fightback

    AFP News - Sat, Jul 25, 2015

    Kurdish militia have expanded their control over portions of a major Syrian city in their fightback against the Islamic State group, to the detriment of government forces there, a monitor said Saturday. "The Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) are advancing in Hasakeh city against IS and at the expense of the regime," said Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The YPG and government forces have both been defending the city from an IS assault, which began last month. More »Kurds 'gain ground in Syria's Hasakeh' in IS fightback

  • Rains, flood kill 36 in Pakistan: official

    AFP News - Sat, Jul 25, 2015

    Torrential rains and floods in Pakistan have left 36 dead and affected more than 250,000 people, disaster management officials said Saturday, with swollen rivers and water channels damaging hundreds of villages. Severe weather has caused havoc in the north and south of the country, sweeping away dozens of roads and bridges in Chitral district in the northern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province while floods have inundated villages in south Punjab, according to government authorities. Livestock and people have also been swept away in the southwestern Baluchistan province and in the northeastern Kashmir region, officials said. More »Rains, flood kill 36 in Pakistan: official

  • Flare-up in tensions as Armenian troops kill Azerbaijani soldier

    AFP News - Sat, Jul 25, 2015

    Azerbaijan on Saturday accused arch-foe Armenia's troops of killing its soldier in a new clash amid a Western-mediated push to cauterise the protracted conflict in the South Caucasus. Azerbaijan and Armenia have been locked in a dispute over the separatist Nagorny Karabakh region since a bloody war in the early 1990s following the breakup of the Soviet Union. "On July 24, Armenian army units shelled Azerbaijani positions" at the Karabakh frontline and the Azerbaijani-Armenian state border, the defence ministry in Baku said in a statement. More »Flare-up in tensions as Armenian troops kill Azerbaijani soldier

  • Turkey strikes IS in Syria, Kurdish militants in Iraq

    AFP News - Sat, Jul 25, 2015

    Turkey's military Saturday carried out a new wave of air and artillery strikes against Islamic State (IS) jihadists in Syria and Kurdish militants in northern Iraq, in an escalating campaign Ankara says is aimed at rooting out terror. The two-pronged operation against IS and the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) -- two groups who are themselves bitterly opposed -- came after a week of deadly violence in Turkey the authorities blamed on both organisations. The PKK blasted the air raids on its northern Iraq mountain stronghold, saying a fragile ceasefire that had been in place since 2013 with Ankara "no longer has any meaning". More »Turkey strikes IS in Syria, Kurdish militants in Iraq

  • Guyana says Venezuelan claim is threat to its survival

    AFP News - Sat, Jul 25, 2015

    Guyana's territorial dispute with neighboring Venezuela represents a threat to its very survival, President David Granger warned Friday in Washington. After a recent offshore oil find, the row between the two countries has escalated, with Venezuela laying claim to a huge swathe of Guyana's territory. "Guyana at the moment is facing a challenge to its survival by a larger state," Granger told guests at the William Perry Center of Hemispheric Defense Studies. More »Guyana says Venezuelan claim is threat to its survival

  • Lightning kills seven from same Mexico family

    AFP News - Sat, Jul 25, 2015

    Four children were among seven people from the same family killed in a devastating lightning strike in rural Mexico on Friday, authorities said. Another child and a 26-year-old woman were also injured as the group worked in a field during a violent storm in the town of Mesa Cuata, in the central Guanajuato state. More »Lightning kills seven from same Mexico family

  • India PM promises billions to Bihar as elections loom

    AFP News - Sat, Jul 25, 2015

    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday took his political campaign to the impoverished state of Bihar, promising billions of dollars for infrastructure projects as he seeks to win support ahead of crucial elections there. Modi's right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) swept to power last May, pledging to reform and revive a flagging economy. While the BJP has a majority in the lower house of the parliament, it has only about a quarter of the 245 members in the upper house, where seats are distributed based on the strength of political parties in state assemblies. More »India PM promises billions to Bihar as elections loom

  • Turkey strikes IS in Syria, Kurdish militants in north Iraq

    AFP News - Sat, Jul 25, 2015

    The Turkish military on Saturday carried out a second wave of strikes against targets controlled by Islamic State (IS) jihadists in Syria and embarked on a new air campaign to bombard camps of Kurdish militants in northern Iraq. The two-pronged operation against IS and militants from the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) -- two groups who are themselves bitterly opposed -- came after a week of deadly violence in Turkey the authorities blamed on the organisations. The raids against IS, which had begun before dawn Friday, marked a major shift in policy towards the group by key NATO member Turkey, which has faced severe criticism from its Western allies for not doing enough to combat the jihadists. More »Turkey strikes IS in Syria, Kurdish militants in north Iraq

  • US President Obama says 'Africa is on the move'

    AFP News - Sat, Jul 25, 2015

    US President Barack Obama said Saturday "Africa is on the move", as he praised the spirit of entrepreneurship at a business summit in Kenya during his first visit to the country of his father's birth since his election as president. "I wanted to be here, because Africa is on the move, Africa is one of the fastest growing regions in the world," Obama said. "People are being lifted out of poverty, incomes are up, the middle class is growing and young people like you are harnessing technology to change the way Africa is doing business." The US embassy itself warned the summit could be "a target for terrorists", but President Uhuru Kenyatta said the event showed a different side to Africa than that often portrayed in the media. More »US President Obama says 'Africa is on the move'

  • French defence minister visits Cairo after warplane deal

    AFP News - Sat, Jul 25, 2015

    French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian began a two-day visit to Cairo Saturday, just days after France delivered the first batch of 24 Rafale warplanes Egypt bought in a multi-billion-euro deal. Le Drian, who is on a tour of Africa, is to hold talks with Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and other Egyptian officials during his trip. The visit comes after Egypt took delivery of three of 24 Rafale fighter jets it bought from France in a 5.2-billion-euro ($5.6-billion) deal. More »French defence minister visits Cairo after warplane deal

  • Five Roma footballers denied entry to Indonesia

    AFP News - Sat, Jul 25, 2015

    Five players from Italian club AS Roma will miss Saturday's friendly match in Jakarta after they were refused entry to Indonesia and forced to fly home. The Serie A team touched down in Jakarta on Friday evening for the first time in the club's history but ran into trouble at customs, Roma chief executive Italo Zanzi said. Seydou Doumbia, Gervinho, Victor Ibarbo, Adem Ljajic and Antonio Sanabria were denied entry for not possessing valid visas, an Indonesian immigration official told AFP. More »Five Roma footballers denied entry to Indonesia

  • Opposition press Maldives to honour deal on dissidents

    AFP News - Sat, Jul 25, 2015

    The main opposition in the Maldives Saturday demanded the immediate release of their leader and former president Mohamed Nasheed, a day after the government announced the unusual step of appealing his controversial conviction. The Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) said the government of President Abdulla Yameen must honour commitments made during their closed-door talks earlier this month aimed at ending political unrest in the honeymoon islands. "Government officials, negotiating on behalf of President Yameen, made a number of promises during the talks," the MDP said in a statement. More »Opposition press Maldives to honour deal on dissidents

  • Eritrea calls for UN probe into 'abhorrent' people smuggling

    AFP News - Sat, Jul 25, 2015

    Eritrea on Saturday called on the United Nations to investigate the "abhorrent" flood of refugees from its borders to Europe, an exodus attributed to gross human rights violations in the hermit state. A UN report last month detailed how the Horn of Africa nation, under Isaias Afwerki's iron-fisted regime for the past 22 years, has created a repressive system in which people are routinely arrested on a whim, detained, tortured, killed or disappeared. Eritreans make up the second-largest number of people risking the dangerous crossing of the Mediterranean Sea, after Syrians, running the gauntlet of ruthless people smugglers and dangerous waters in the hope of reaching the European Union. More »Eritrea calls for UN probe into 'abhorrent' people smuggling

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