Billionaire Donald Trump pledged Wednesday to unify the fractured Republican Party following a bruising primary season, as he declared the battle for the White House starts now against likely Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. Trump's path to the GOP presidential nomination is clear after his command
Under pressure from Russia and the United States, the Syrian army agreed on Wednesday to respect a two-day truce in the war-ravaged city of Aleppo. The Syrian climb-down came after Washington said the United States and Russia had agreed to push the warring parties to extend their shaky ceasefire. &
Tesla on Wednesday said it was speeding the timeline for building a half million electric cars as it shrunk its quarterly loss. "Increasing production five fold over the next two years will be challenging and will likely require some additional capital, but this is our goal and we will be working
An iconic image from World War II, depicting Marines raising the US flag over Iwo Jima in Japan, is undergoing new scrutiny after it emerged one of the troops in the picture may have been misidentified. In a statement late Tuesday, the US Marine Corps said it was reviewing information provided by the
The number of Americans visiting Cuba surged 93 percent year-on-year in the first four months of 2016, the Cuban government said Wednesday. The communist island is basking in its newfound glow as a trendy tourist destination since Washington and Havana announced a historic rapprochement in December
The Canadian city of Fort McMurray remained under threat from catastrophic wildfires Wednesday, authorities warned, after more than 80,000 residents were forced to flee the raging inferno sweeping through Alberta's oil sands region. "This fire is absolutely devastating," said Prime Minister
Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) will hold an extraordinary congress this month, the CNN-Turk and NTV news channels reported Wednesday, amid growing uncertainty over the future of Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu. Davutoglu, who is also party chief, had earlier held an over 90-minute
US auto safety regulators on Wednesday ordered Japanese manufacturer Takata to recall between 35 and 40 million more airbags installed in US cars, in a push for the replacement of dangerously explosive inflators. The decision came after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration concluded that
A massive diamond valued at more than $70 million will go under the hammer in London next month, the Sotheby's auction house said Wednesday. Known as "Lesedi la Rona," it was found nine months ago in Botswana by the Lucara Diamond Corp. "It's a 1,109-carat diamond," said
Syria's army said Wednesday it will abide by a two-day ceasefire in second city Aleppo agreed between the United States and Russia. "A truce will be in place in Aleppo for 48 hours from 1:00 am on Thursday (2200 GMT on Wednesday)," a statement from Damascus's army command said, according
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday disagreed on how best to kick-start the global economy ahead of a G7 meeting this month. While Abe made a characteristic pitch for large-scale stimulus spending, Merkel suggested Germany was already doing enough, pointing
A bacterium known as Wolbachia, which is fairly common in insects, can reduce mosquitoes' ability to spread the Zika virus, researchers said Wednesday. The study in the journal Cell Host and Microbe is the first to report on the effect of Wolbachia on Zika, which can cause birth defects in babies
A Navy SEAL who was killed by Islamic State fighters died while helping rescue a team of American troops from an unexpected firefight with the jihadists, an official said Wednesday. Charles Keating IV became the third US troop to be killed in the US-led coalition campaign against the IS group when he
The European Central Bank on Wednesday said it would stop producing and issuing 500-euro banknotes, amid fears that the violet-coloured bills were favoured by criminals for money laundering and even terrorist financing. Existing bills can also be exchanged at national central banks of eurozone nations
Russia has foiled a string of plots ordered by "international terrorist organisations" active in Syria and Turkey, the FSB intelligence agency said Wednesday, adding that several suspects had been arrested. "A group of immigrants from Central Asian countries who were planning to carry
The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art reopens in mid-May after an ambitious $305 million expansion and facelift that aims to rival the world-class art spaces of New York, Paris or London.
The 1,109-carat Lesedi la Rona diamond is among the largest gem-quality diamonds ever discovered. The diamond, which will be auctioned by Sotheby's in London in June, is estimated to sell for over $70 million.
Britain will admit a limited number of child refugees who have travelled alone from Syria to Europe, Prime Minister David Cameron announced Wednesday, in a U-turn on the politically-charged issue of migration. The government's change of heart is a victory for Alf Dubs, an 83-year-old member of Britain
Scientists reported Wednesday they had grown human embryos in the lab for nearly two weeks, an unprecedented feat that promises advances in assisted reproduction, stem-cell therapies and the basic understanding of how human beings form. The research also showed for the first time that newly-forming
Police used tear gas on Wednesday to disperse protesters as they evacuated a high school under renovation in Paris that has been occupied by migrants for two weeks.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pledged support for the city of Fort McMurray Wednesday after tens of thousands of residents were forced to flee a monster wildfire sweeping through Alberta's oil sands region.
Fierce fighting raged in the war-ravaged Syrian city of Aleppo and air strikes pounded rebels east of the capital Damascus on Wednesday as diplomats scrambled to salvage a collapsing truce. Intense international efforts to bring a halt to the latest surge in Syrian fighting continued, with talks between
The feted star of an internationally-acclaimed film, Afghan actress Marina Golbahari, and her husband have been chased from their home to the brink of suicide in a filthy French asylum shelter after she was photographed without a veil. Fearing for their lives, the couple has kept a low profile since
Malta will likely become the first EU member to open an embassy in Libya, its premier said Wednesday as he visited Tripoli in a show of support for the UN-backed unity government. Prime Minister Joseph Muscat is the first head of a European government to travel to Libya since the UN-backed Government
Global stock markets extended their sell-off Wednesday as disappointing US jobs figures added to reignited concerns about weak growth. After a run of gains for equities, traders have been spooked by a string of disappointing data from China to Europe and the United States that has led them to question