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Analysts said sentiment remains strong in New York even after disappointing earnings from Apple and some other technology companies weighed on shares last week. Bourses in Paris and Frankfurt also climbed, while Tokyo's Nikkei index tumbled 3.1 percent as the strong yen continued to weigh on Japanese
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Security forces on Monday launched raids on one of the biggest gangs in Guatemala, arresting 72 suspected members of a cell specializing in extortion, officials said. More than 120 raids were carried out by nearly 300 law enforcement officers and prosecutors in the south, center and northeast of the
New Zealand's former prime minister Helen Clark was in Paris on Monday at the start of a tour of key world capitals in her campaign to head the United Nations. Although Clark would become the first woman to hold the top job at the world body, she told AFP she had "never asked for supporters
Venezuela's opposition presented reams of signatures to election authorities Monday calling for a referendum to remove President Nicolas Maduro, whom it blames for the country's crushing economic crisis. Venezuelans fed up with food shortages, soaring inflation and now a paralyzing electricity
Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams apologised Monday for using a racial slur on Twitter while seeking to compare the treatment of African Americans with Catholics in Northern Ireland. Adams, an avid Twitter user who has more than 100,000 followers, spent most of Monday backpedalling furiously over the issue
Intimate letters, personal photographs and rare manuscripts that once belonged to French writer Marcel Proust will go under the hammer in Paris, Sotheby's auction house said Monday. The collection of some 120 items from the "Remembrance of Things Past" author's personal archives even
Off the tourist trail and loved by few but its residents, Leicester was a sleepy place until a king who died over 500 years ago and footballing triumph roused it from its torpor. Some people even believe that the discovery of the skeleton of Richard III and Leicester City's astonishing Premier League
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Three movie releases failed to best Disney's "The Jungle Book," which trounced the competition at the US box office during its third weekend with $43.7 million, industry data showed Monday.
Some 80 countries so far are planning to attend the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul this month to re-think how to confront global crises, the UN aid chief said Monday. Among those, 45 will represented by their heads of state or heads of government who will be asked to pledge funds and
Brazil's chief prosecutor asked the Supreme Court Monday to authorize a corruption investigation of opposition leader Aecio Neves, one of embattled President Dilma Rousseff's top rivals. Chief prosecutor Rodrigo Janot wants to investigate Neves over allegations he took bribes from a corruption
US Secretary of State John Kerry launched a desperate push Monday to salvage a ceasefire in Syria, as the country's second city of Aleppo reeled from a week of fighting that killed hundreds of civilians. With the two-month old truce brokered by the United States and Russia under severe threat, Kerry
Cuban Americans wept with joy Monday as they stepped onto their parents' homeland off the first US cruise ship to sail to the island in half a century. A handful of Cuban Americans born in the United States or taken there as children were among 700 passengers on the cruise, a new milestone in the
The White House on Monday said it is still weighing a possible first presidential visit to Hiroshima, one of two Japanese cities bombed by a US nuclear weapon. "We're obviously hard at work planning that trip," White House press secretary Josh Earnest said of a potential visit that could
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When Mysore performed in the Ringling Brothers' traveling circus, she waltzed, she hooked her trunk onto another elephant's tail, and she stood on her hind legs in a line for a trick known as the long mount. Now at the age of about 70 -- and one of the oldest Asian elephants in the world --
Republicans Donald Trump and Ted Cruz made last-minute appeals to Indiana voters Monday, as the billionaire looks to crush his rival for the White House nomination and pivot towards presumptive Democratic standard-bearer Hillary Clinton. The "stop Trump" movement faces a moment of truth in
Admiral John Richardson, the US Navy's top officer, said Monday he hopes for a "normalization" of relations with Moscow in the Baltic Sea, where Russian jets have buzzed US planes and ships. The latest incident came Friday, when a Russian SU-27 intercepted a US RC-135 reconnaissance plane
Norway announced Monday that it would deploy 60 soldiers to train Syrians fighting the Islamic State (IS) group, boosting its involvement in the international coalition against the jihadists. The soldiers belonging to the Norwegian special forces would conduct the training in Jordan, Prime Minister
The UN said Monday it had enlisted Oscar winning Australian actress Cate Blanchett to help raise awareness about the plight of refugees, amid a massive global displacement crisis. The United Nations refugee agency said it had appointed Blanchett as its newest Goodwill Ambassador, a role long famously
Swiss authorities have arrested two Kosovans wanted by Serbia for suspected war crimes, but the question of where to extradite them to is stirring up diplomatic tensions, Swiss media said Monday. The men, whose names were not given, were both arrested last week and are suspected by Belgrade of committing
Danish artist Olafur Eliasson, who wowed New Yorkers with his 10-storey urban waterfalls and Londoners with his giant trippy sunset at Tate Modern, said Monday he wanted to "make dreams come true" with his latest project in France.
Iran and South Korea have decided to triple their annual trade volume to $18 billion, President Hassan Rouhani announced on Monday after meeting his South Korean counterpart Park Geun-Hye. "The two sides decided to increase by three times the current trade volume of around $6 billion (5.2 billion
The EU is set this week to allow countries to extend border controls in the passport-free Schengen area as a result of the migrant crisis and recent terror attacks following a request by five countries, European sources said Monday. Germany, France, Austria, Denmark and Sweden wrote to the European
Venezuela's opposition presented 1.85 million signatures to election authorities Monday calling for a referendum to remove President Nicolas Maduro, a spokesman said.
Norwegian authorities said Monday there was no indication that a helicopter that crashed last week killing all 13 aboard had sent a distress signal. "We are not aware of any distress signal sent by the helicopter," an official from the Norwegian accident investigation board, Koare Halvorsen