US B-2 bombers have struck Islamic State military camps southwest of the jihadists' former Libya bastion of Sirte, a US defense official said Thursday.
Former Volkswagen boss Martin Winterkorn said Thursday that he did not know the beleaguered German auto giant was engaging in systematic emissions cheating until shortly before the scam broke. Winterkorn told a parliamentary committee investigating the "dieselgate" scandal that "total
More than 40 percent of Syrian child refugees are missing out on education in Turkey raising the risk of a "lost generation", UN children's fund UNICEF said Thursday. Nearly 400,000 children of school-going age are not in education at present, the agency said, despite an increase of over
Prime Minister Theresa May on Thursday told the world's elite in Davos that Britain would be open for business despite Brexit, but EU leaders warned of challenges ahead and banks said they would have to shift jobs. May sought to reassure guests at the World Economic Forum that Brexit did not signal
The ultimate winners of banks deserting Brexit-bound London will not be rival financial hubs in Europe but New York and Asia, the British capital's mayor warns at Davos.
"2016 has been difficult," Jean-Daniel Pasche, president of the Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry, told AFP during the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH), which runs through January 20. "We're near the end, I think, of what has been a structural crisis," said
** French aero engine maker Safran launched a $9 billion agreed bid for seats manufacturer Zodiac Aerospace to create the world's third-largest aerospace supplier as the industry bulks up to tackle record high output plans. ** U.S. buyout firm Bain Capital has joined Key Safety Systems (KSS) in
Many firefighters were feared trapped under the rubble after Iran's oldest high-rise, the 15-storey Plasco building in downtown Tehran, collapsed live on TV on Thursday following a fire. Officials had yet to confirm if anyone had been killed, but Tehran mayor Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf told state
Prime Minister Theresa May told the world's elite at Davos that Britain would be open for business despite Brexit, but EU leaders warned of challenges ahead and banks said they would have to shift jobs.
Gambian president-elect Adama Barrow was to be sworn in Thursday at the country's embassy in Senegal, as African troops massed at the border to force incumbent Yahya Jammeh to quit after his election defeat. The United Nations Security Council was to vote later Thursday on endorsing a west African
From setting up his own charity to hanging condoms on trees, Manvendra Singh Gohil has dedicated himself to fighting the scourge of AIDS since coming out 10 years ago as India's first openly gay royal. A member of a royal warrior clan and heir apparent to the throne of Rajpipla in deeply conservative
From gorillas to gibbons, about 60 percent of primates, the closest biological relatives to human beings, are threatened by extinction due largely to human activities, a study has found. "This truly is the eleventh hour for many of these creatures," said University of Illinois anthropology
Some might describe the idea as barking mad but a shrine in Tokyo is offering blessings to pets to protect the fluffy creatures from a 'ruff' year ahead. Pet owners have been flocking to the Ichigaya Kamegaoka Hachimangu shrine since it introduced New Year ceremonies for dogs and cats in 2000
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has said peace talks next week in the Kazakh capital will focus on enforcing a cessation of hostilities to allow aid access across his war-torn country. The talks sponsored by regime allies Russia and Iran and rebel backer Turkey will begin Monday in Astana and are expected
Green groups said Thursday that one of the world's biggest pulp mills which started production on Indonesia's Sumatra island last month was causing enormous environmental damage. Woro Supartinah, whose NGO was among the groups protesting the mill, called on the Indonesian government to "
After his coming out as India's first gay prince, Manvendra Singh Gohil has established himself as a crusader through his charity that works with members of the gay and transgender communities to fight the spread of AIDS.
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The dollar rallied against high-yielding currencies and cemented gains versus its major peers Thursday as dealers took a speech by Federal Reserve boss Janet Yellen as a hint that US rates will rise further this year. A weaker yen helped Japanese stocks lead a broad advance across Asian markets as optimism
Several children were among more than 25 people unaccounted for, feared dead, Thursday after an avalanche engulfed a mountain hotel in earthquake-ravaged central Italy. The national civil protection agency said the Hotel Rigopiano had suffered a direct hit by a two-metre (six-feet) high wall of snow
Rescuers reached an Italian mountain hotel engulfed by a powerful avalanche in the earthquake-ravaged centre of the country, by skis and helicopters.
Gambia's president-elect Adama Barrow will be sworn in at the country's embassy in Dakar, Senegal, his spokesman told AFP on Thursday. "It is going to take place at the Gambian embassy in Dakar, they have changed the venue, at 4:00 pm (1600 GMT)," spokesman Halifa Sallah said. Organisers
Iraqi forces battled the last holdout jihadists in east Mosul Thursday after commanders declared victory there and set their sights on the city's west, where more tough fighting awaits. The announcement that the left bank of the Tigris River that divides Mosul had been retaken was a key milestone
Steeper cuts in OPEC oil production are likely this month as producers increasingly implement a recent key deal aimed at stabilising oil prices, the IEA said Thursday. "Initial indications are that a steeper (month-on-month) decline may be on the way in January," said the International Energy
The Philippines expressed hope Thursday of securing a permanent ceasefire deal with communist rebels waging one of Asia's longest insurgencies, as peace talks resumed in Italy. The communists have been waging a "national democratic revolution" since 1968 to overthrow a capitalist system
Hong Kong's former finance chief John Tsang announced Thursday his bid to run for leader, promising to resolve conflict after a tumultuous period which has seen major anti-Beijing protests. The city has become sharply divided under outgoing chief executive Leung Chun-ying, who opponents cast as