Real Madrid beat Gremio 1-0 to win FIFA Club World Cup
Cristiano Ronaldo scored with a free kick which went through the defensive wall to break Gremio’s brave resistance and...
Facebook defends itself against critics of social media
Facebook Inc on Friday struck back against scientific researchers and tech industry insiders who have criticized the world’s biggest...
Rahul Gandhi takes over as president of Congress party
India’s Rahul Gandhi took over Saturday as president of the main opposition Congress, becoming the sixth member of the...
Wildfires scorch homes of the rich and famous in Los Angeles
 Replica Tuscan castles, minimalist mansions and country cottages in the rarefied Bel-Air neighborhood of Los Angeles could soon be reduced to ashes, their owners’ fame and wealth providing little immunity against California’s latest raging wildfires. “We’re evacuating the street you must leave!” a police officer barked into a bullhorn,... Read more
Lebanon’s Hariri rescinds resignation, drawing line under crisis
Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri rescinded his resignation on Tuesday, drawing a line under a month-long crisis triggered when he announced from Riyadh that he was stepping down and remained outside Lebanon for weeks. His coalition government, which includes the Iran-backed Hezbollah group, reaffirmed a state policy of staying... Read more
Abbas asks Pope, world powers, to intervene against US Embassy move: spokesman
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday urged the Pope and the leaders of Russia, France and Jordan to intervene against Trump’s declared intention to move the US Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, Abbas’s spokesman said. “President Abbas spoke after his call with President Trump with the presidents of Russia... Read more
Russia registers nine US media outlets as ‘foreign agents’
Russia´s justice ministry on Tuesday named nine US media outlets including Voice of America as “foreign agents” after President Vladimir Putin signed a law last month allowing international media to be slapped with the controversial label. The ministry on its website posted a statement saying that US-funded Voice of... Read more
Nissan to begin field tests for ‘robo-taxis’ in Japan
Nissan said Tuesday it would begin field tests for driverless “robot taxis” early next year as its rivals around the world step up self-driving technologies. The car giant and Japanese mobile game company DeNA have jointly developed the new driverless vehicle services, dubbed Easy Ride. They plan to carry... Read more
Emir of boycott-hit Qatar to attend Gulf summit: minister
Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani will attend a crucial summit of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) this coming week, Doha’s foreign minister said on Sunday. Speaking at a forum, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani said Qatar’s leader had accepted the invitation to attend, amid the region’s worst... Read more
CIA chief Pompeo says he warned Iran’s Soleimani over Iraq aggression
US Central Intelligence Agency Director Mike Pompeo said on Saturday he sent a letter to Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani and Iranian leaders expressing concern regarding Iran’s increasingly threatening behaviour in Iraq. Speaking during a panel at the annual Reagan National Defense Forum in Southern California, Pompeo said he... Read more
Lebanon will only survive if Hezbollah disarms: Saudi minister
Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister said on Friday that Lebanon had been “hijacked” by Hezbollah and could only flourish if the Iranian-backed group disarmed. The militia was set up by the powerful Iranian Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) in the 1980s and has grown steadily in influence, sharing power in the Beirut... Read more
Flynn pleads guilty on Russia; reportedly ready to testify on Trump
Former US national security adviser Michael Flynn pleaded guilty on Friday to lying to the FBI about contacts with Russia and agreed to cooperate with prosecutors delving deeper into the actions of President Donald Trump’s inner circle before he took office in January. Flynn became the first member of... Read more
Pope Francis takes a rickshaw ride in Bangladesh
Pope Francis at the Apostolic Nunciature enjoyed a rickshaw ride during a visit to St Mary´s Cathedral in Dhaka, Bangladesh on Friday. Around 100,000 Bangladeshi Catholics crammed into a park in central Dhaka, cheering and chanting “viva il papa” (“long live the pope”) as Francis was driven through the... Read more
Ambassadors of Western nuclear powers to snub Nobel ceremony
Breaking with tradition, nearly all ambassadors of the world’s nuclear powers will not attend this year’s Nobel Peace Prize ceremony which honours efforts to ban atomic weapons, the Nobel Institute said Thursday. “We are disappointed that the ambassadors from the United Kingdom, the United States and France won’t be... Read more
The thinking behind Kim Jong Un’s ‘madness’
On an icy December day in 2011, North Korea’s new leader Kim Jong Un was accompanied by seven advisers as they escorted the hearse that carried his father, Kim Jong Il, through the streets of Pyongyang. None of the men remain with the young Kim. This October, he demoted... Read more
North Korea tests most advanced missile yet; US mainland in range
North Korea test fired its most advanced intercontinental ballistic yet on Wednesday, putting the US mainland within range and increasing pressure on US President Donald Trump to deal with the nuclear-armed nation. Trump, who has vowed to halt North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs, spoke with Chinese President Xi... Read more
North Korea fires ICBM, splashes in Sea of Japan: Pentagon
North Korea fired what the US Pentagon said appeared to be an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) that landed close to Japan on Wednesday, Pyongyang’s first test launch since sending a missile over its neighbour in mid-September. North Korea fired the missile a week after US President Donald Trump put... Read more