Agence France-Presse on Friday launched the 2016 Kate Webb Prize to recognise exceptional Asian journalists doing difficult and dangerous work across the region. Photo and video journalists are strongly encouraged to apply for this year's edition as part of AFP's efforts to boost visual and
Rescue workers said Friday they had seen no sign of survivors from a helicopter that crashed in western Norway with 13 people on board, but said the search was continuing.
Two people appeared in court in London on Friday accused of giving thousands of pounds to Brussels and Paris attacks suspect Mohamed Abrini when he was in Britain last summer. Briton Mohammed Ali Ahmed and Belgian citizen Zakaria Boufassil, both 26, gave £3,000 ($4,400, 3,800 euros) to Abrini, prosecutors
* Palm hits new seven-week low, weighed down by weak exports * Palm prices drop for second month this year * Export data from cargo surveyors due Saturday and Tuesday (Updates latest prices) By Emily Chow ...
Luxury fashion brand Gucci has warned Hong Kong shops selling paper handbags and other goods as offerings for the dead not to market items resembling their products. It is a tradition for Hong Kong families to purchase and burn paper replicas of everything their deceased loved ones could ever want in
South African President Jacob Zuma should face almost 800 corruption charges that were dropped in 2009, a judge said Friday, piling further pressure on the embattled leader. The charges, relating to a multi-billion dollar arms deal, were dropped by the chief state prosecutor in a move that cleared the
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday demanded a total ban on trade in ivory to end trafficking and prevent the extinction of elephants in the wild. Quite simply, we will not allow it," Kenyatta said in the keynote speech at a meeting which groups African heads of state and conservationists
Eleven towering piles of ivory rise above the savannah grasslands of Nairobi National Park, ready to be burned Saturday in a symbolic grand gesture against the trade threatening elephants with extinction. "Ivory doesn't burn," said Robin Hollister, the pyrotechnic expert responsible for
South Sudan President Salva Kiir has named his transitional unity government, sharing power with ex-rebels in a key step in a long-delayed peace process, a decree read out Friday said. Under terms of an August 2015 peace deal, the 30 ministerial posts are split between Kiir, former rebel chief turned
A planeload of 33 lions rescued from abuse in Peruvian and Colombian circuses will fly to South Africa Friday in what campaigners call the largest ever airlift of big cats. The lions, with names such as Zeus and Shakira, were freed after the use of wild animals in circuses was outlawed in Peru in 2011
HONG KONG, April 29 (Reuters) - The United Arab Emirates' International Petroleum Investment Co (IPIC) said on Friday it had paid interest due on bonds issued by 1MDB Energy (Langat) to fulfil its obligation ...
Regime aircraft pounded rebel areas of Syria's second city Aleppo on Friday, hitting a clinic just days after a strike destroyed a hospital, killing two doctors and sparking an international outcry. More than 200 civilians have been killed in Aleppo over the past week as rebels have pounded government-held
Iranians voted Friday in second round elections for almost a quarter of seats in parliament, the latest political showdown between reformists and conservatives seeking to influence the country's future. The reformists -- who want Iran to open up to foreign investment, support moves for greater diplomatic
Growth in the eurozone strengthened far beyond expectations in the first quarter of 2016, but inflation remained very low and a source of concern. The Eurostat statistics agency said growth in the 19-nation single currency bloc accelerated in January to March to 0.6 percent. Dampening the good news
She was once queen of the cabaret in Havana. Now 66, Leticia Herrera is back, along with a troupe of Cuba's forgotten stars returning to the stage from obscurity. Twelve years after being dismissed from the legendary open-air nightspot Club Tropicana, Herrera is the star of a new show performed
Large parts of Australia's Great Barrier Reef could be dead within 20 years as climate change drives mass coral bleaching, scientists warned Friday. The World Heritage-listed reef is currently suffering its worst bleaching in recorded history with 93 percent of corals affected due to warming sea
North Korea on Friday sentenced a detained Korean-American, Kim Dong-Chul, to 10 years hard labour on charges of subversion and espionage, China's official Xinhua news agency said. The announcement, which comes at a time of elevated military tensions on the Korean peninsula, followed an even harsher
South Korean and US activists on Friday launched anti-Pyongyang leaflets over the border where tensions have been running high since the isolated state's last nuclear test in January. Some 20 activists, including former defectors from North Korea, launched around 300,000 leaflets in packages tied
Britain's state-rescued Royal Bank of Scotland on Friday said net losses more than doubled in the first quarter owing to an exceptional payment back to the government. Losses after tax in the first three months of the year stood at £968 million ($1.4 billion, 1.2 billion euros), which compared with
Several dozen youth protesters clashed with police in the early hours of Friday in a central Paris square after refusing orders to disperse, police said. Police detained 24 people overnight after scenes of violence that saw protesters hurling chunks of concrete at riot police and torching vehicles.
The world's rarest parrot has enjoyed a bumper breeding season in New Zealand, raising hopes it can eventually be reintroduced to its native Fiordland, conservationists said Friday. The kakapo, a plump green parrot that nests on the ground, was once thought extinct but its numbers have slowly increased
Royal Bank of Scotland reported a sharp rise in losses in the first quarter on Friday and cautioned on the timing of a return to dividend payouts as lower income, restructuring costs and sluggish asset sales underscored the challenges still facing the lender. Results were also hit by a 1.2 billion-pound
China and Russia on Friday rapped US plans to put a missile defence system on the Korean peninsula, less than 24 hours after Pyongyang twice tested rockets thought to be capable of reaching American territory. A series of missile tests and nuclear blasts by North Korea have pushed Seoul into talks with
Russian Formula One Grand Prix free practice times here on Friday:
Protests at a California rally for Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump reportedly turned violent Thursday, with 20 people arrested after a police car window was smashed and rocks were thrown. Hundreds of demonstrators clashed with police outside the Orange County amphitheater in Costa Mesa