• Stocks rebound in Deutsche Bank-led volatile trading

    US and eurozone shares pushed higher Friday in volatile trade driven by Deutsche Bank's negotiations to settle US charges over its sale of toxic mortgage bonds before the financial crisis. News that Deutsche Bank was close to a much lower settlement than expected -- $5.4 billion instead of $14 billion

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  • Gunmen ambush Mexican military convoy, kill 5 soldiers

    The sons of imprisoned drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman were probably behind a grenade attack on a military convoy in northern Mexico on Friday, killing five soldiers, authorities said. The gunmen, who also fired several rounds from assault rifles, freed a wounded suspect who was being

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  • Deutsche Bank pressure eases as US fine looks smaller

    Heavy market pressure on Deutsche Bank eased Friday as a knowledgeable source told AFP the US fine over toxic debt it sold would be only $5.4 billion, not the $14 billion originally demanded. A person familiar with the talks between Deutsche Bank and the Department of Justice said an agreement could

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  • Chinese yuan set to join IMF's elite currency basket

    China's yuan is poised to enter the International Monetary Fund's elite SDR basket of currencies, elevating Beijing's banknotes into a family long exclusive to global reserve assets. A symbolic coup for policymakers in Beijing, the move represents a milestone in raising the economic profile

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  • Pentagon chief reassures ASEAN ministers over future US commitments

    Pentagon Chief Ashton Carter met Friday with Southeast Asian defense ministers to discuss regional security issues and reassure them America's "rebalance" to Asia will continue under the next US administration. The rebalance -- or "pivot," as it is sometimes called -- has been

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  • Trump vs Miss Universe: White House race hits new low

    Donald Trump urged voters on Friday to check out the supposed "sex tape" of a former Miss Universe backing his rival Hillary Clinton, provoking the Democrat to label him "unhinged" in a surreal new turn to the White House race. In a pre-dawn tweet-storm guaranteed to grab attention

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  • Crisis-hit Socialists prepare for leadership showdown

    Spain's crisis-hit Socialists geared up for a key meeting on Saturday that could help end the country's prolonged political deadlock and decide the fate of embattled party leader Pedro Sanchez. The roughly 300 members of the party's federal committee -- its de-facto parliament -- have been

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  • Pope calls for 'coexistence' at start of Caucasus tour

    Pope Francis called Friday for respect of national sovereignty and "coexistence" as he arrived in Georgia but seemed to dodge potential Russian ire at the start of a visit to the volatile Caucasus region. The pontiff was greeted warmly by President Giorgi Margvelashvili and the leader of the

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  • Syria regime advances in Aleppo, MSF decries 'bloodbath'

    Syrian regime forces advanced in the battleground city of Aleppo Friday, backed by a Russian air campaign that a monitor said has killed more than 3,800 civilians in the past year. The Doctors Without Borders (MSF) charity accused Syria's government and its ally Moscow of provoking a "bloodbath

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  • Dutch summon Russian ambassador over MH17 comments

    Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders has summoned Russia's ambassador over "unacceptable" comments by Moscow criticising a report into the downing of flight MH17, officials said on Friday. "Responding to the presentation of the initial findings... spokespersons for the Kremlin and

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  • US: Talks with Russia on Syria 'on life support'

    Two days after threatening to suspend talks with Russia on the crisis in Syria, the United States confirmed Friday that negotiations continue but insisted they are "on life support." US Secretary of State John Kerry called Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov for the third day in a row

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  • Oil rises in New York, buoyed by OPEC cheer

    Oil prices finished higher in New York on Friday, two days after producing countries reached the consensus needed for a production cut. On the New York Mercantile Exchange, a barrel of West Texas Intermediate for November delivery gained 41 cents to close at $48.24. In London, North Sea Brent fell

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  • Bulgaria bans full-face Islamic veil

    Bulgaria banned on Friday face-covering Islamic veils in public, joining a small number of EU countries as the debate rages across Europe about religious freedoms. Parliament approved the law that "bans wearing in public clothing that partially or completely covers the face", referring to

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  • Comic writer confirms Wonder Woman is 'queer'

    The writer of the Wonder Woman comic series has confirmed the superhero is bisexual, putting an end to a long held debate on whether she'd had relationships with other women. Greg Rucka, who returned to DC Comics this year to craft the "Rebirth" series commemorating Wonder Woman's

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  • UN chief offers to mediate over Kashmir tensions

    UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday offered to act as mediator between India and Pakistan to defuse rising tensions over disputed Kashmir. The offer came after Pakistan's ambassador met with the UN chief and urged him to personally intervene, while India said it did not want to aggravate

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  • Chiuri raises banner of feminism in first Dior show

    She is the first woman ever to lead the legendary French fashion house of Dior. In her first show for the label, she went into battle in Paris on Friday under the banner: "We should all be feminists." In the high point so far of Paris fashion week, the Italian designer -- who wore a Superman

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  • Thousands protest Hungary referendum on migrant quota

    Thousands of people in Budapest protest against upcoming referendum in which Hungarians are poised to reject the EU's troubled refugee quota plan, potentially further boosting the European clout of fiercely anti-migrant Prime Minister Viktor Orban.

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  • Disgruntled customer runs amok at Apple store in France

    French prosecutors said Friday they would seek a fast-track trial against a young man -- apparently an unsatisfied customer -- who ran amok in an Apple store, smashing phones and tablets with a metal ball. The scene, captured on camera and posted on the Internet, has gone viral in France. In it, the

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  • Sony closes on Michael Jackson's stake in music publisher

    Sony said Friday that it had closed its $750 million purchase of Michael Jackson's stake in a music venture behind a vast trove of hit songs. The Japanese company announced in March that it was buying the Jackson estate's 50 percent stake in Sony ATV Music Publishing, which owns the rights to

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  • Chinese yuan set to join IMF's elite currency basket

    China's yuan is poised to enter the International Monetary Fund's elite SDR basket of currencies, elevating Beijing's banknotes into a family long exclusive to global reserve assets.

    AFPTV
  • Clinton seeks to cement lead in pivotal Florida

    Hillary Clinton embarks on a two-stop Florida swing, looking to strengthen a fresh lead in the pivotal swing state and capitalize on a spasm of setbacks for her presidential opponent Donald Trump.

    AFPTV
  • No need for a clipboard: Babes still an item at Paris Motor Show

    A sultry blonde in a black mini-dress with a plunging neckline smiles through scarlet lipstick as she leans fetchingly against a bright red Kia Rio at the Paris Motor Show. "This sexualisation of the car, associated with male power, is intolerable," said Florence Montreynaud of the feminist

    AFP News
  • Colombia police arrest 238 suspected drug dealers

    A nationwide police raid nabbed 238 suspected narcotics dealers and hitmen, dismantling 15 criminal gangs suspected of enlisting minors and homeless people to sell illegal drugs, authorities in Colombia said Friday. During the counter-narcotics operation, authorities also allegedly found the suspects

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  • Spain's Abengoa posts 3.7-bn-euro first half loss

    Spain's debt-laden energy giant Abengoa on Friday posted a 3.7-billion-euro ($4.2-billion) net loss in the first half of 2016, as it seeks to seal a deal with creditors to ward off bankruptcy. The world player in solar and wind power, biofuels and water management announced last year that it was

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  • Moscow accuses US of sparing Syria jihadist group

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Friday accused the United States of protecting a jihadist group in Syria in its effort to overthrow the beleaguered regime of President Bashar al-Assad. In an interview aired Friday on BBC World News, Lavrov said Washington had vowed to "take as a priority

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