26 May 2017
Updated 13:00
Trump Administration

US President Donald Trump (L) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shake hands before an official dinner in Jerusalem on May 22, 2017

Israeli joy at Trump visit, but substance lacking

Israeli right-wingers celebrated US President Donald Trump's visit after he made no mention of the two-state solution, but a lack of specifics on how he would resolve the conflict with the Palestinians raised concerns.

International relations

Turkey-US: strained relations

From the 2003 US invasion of Iraq to Washington's latest decision to arm Kurdish groups in Syria, relations between Turkey and the US have been tested repeatedly.

Turkey denounces German move to accept asylum requests

Turkey on Thursday condemned Germany for granting political asylum to numerous military personnel and their families with alleged links to last year's failed coup, saying the move risked harming relations.

France | Politics

French president Macron's top quotes at inauguration

Emmanuel Macron took over as French president on Sunday, promising to heal the country's divisions and breathe new life into the European Union.

Hollande's presidency marked by terrorism, love scandal

Dogged by France's stubbornly high unemployment throughout his presidency, Francois Hollande also faced an unprecedented wave of jihadist attacks, violent protests over labour reforms and public airing of his tangled private life.

United States-Russia relations

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (R) who met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov ion May 10, 2017, said trust between the two nations was «very low»

No «clean slate» between the US and Russia, Tillerson says

Relations between the United States and Russia, at their lowest level since the Cold War, will not restart «with a clean slate,» Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Sunday.

US-China trade pact: a Trump triumph or rehashed news?

The new trade agreement unveiled Friday between China and the United States is yet another olive branch from the Trump White House to Beijing, but some skeptics wonder how long the cooperative tone will last.

Institutions «under assault»

The shock dismissal of FBI director James Comey (R) by President Donald Trump and the White House's bungling of the aftermath has triggered distress on Capitol Hill

Democrats maintain pressure on Trump over Comey firing

Democrats kept up the pressure on Donald Trump Sunday over his firing of FBI director James Comey, as members of both parties said the president must turn over any secret recordings of the two men's conversations.

Tumultuous week puts Trump presidency on perilous path

Another self-inflicted crisis has left Donald Trump's critics outraged and some of his Republican allies dismayed, but a bedrock of support for the billionaire US leader means the political endgame is far in the distance.


Trump weighs further US troops for Afghanistan

Hanging in a corridor outside the Pentagon press office, a blow-up of a Time magazine cover shows a weary US soldier drawing deeply on his cigarette. Barbed wire and snowy foothills loom behind him.

US blasts «unconscionable» Taliban attack in Afghanistan

The US State Department on Monday described last week's Taliban attack in northern Afghanistan as «unconscionable,» but stressed America has no intention of giving up on the country despite more than 15 years of brutal war.

One-way street?

China hosts summit on new Silk Road

China opens on Sunday a summit to promote its massive global trade infrastructure project, highlighting Beijing's ambitions to spearhead a new era of globalisation as Washington shifts toward inward-looking policies.

Obama cautions Trump over provoking China on Taiwan issue

US President Barack Obama warned his successor Donald Trump on Friday against provoking a «very significant» response from China by reaching out to Taiwan.


Iran's missing reformists are the real heroes at Rouhani rally

The 20,000 chanting fans might have come to support Iran's President Hassan Rouhani on Saturday but it was clear their real heroes were the ones still locked away by the regime.

Iran elections have history of dark horses

Election season is under way in Iran and the rumour mill is in overdrive as the public tries to divine the backroom machinations that have thrown up major surprises in the past.

Syrian crisis

Deal reached to evacuate rebel-held Damascus district: SANA

Syria's government has reached a deal with rebels in the Qabun neighbourhood of Damascus for the evacuation of opposition fighters, Syrian state media and a monitor said on Saturday.

Hunger and fear in Syria's Tabqa after IS defeat

When Dalal Ahmad heard that the fighters who expelled the Islamic State group from the Syrian town of Tabqa were distributing food, she began to run, desperate for any scraps.


EU could pay Brexit bill to Britain: Johnson

The European Union could end up paying a Brexit bill to Britain instead of the other way round, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson told The Daily Telegraph in an interview on Saturday.

On new EU frontier, Brexit chief tries to calm nerves

A stream runs through the land where Kevin Black used to man a checkpoint on the border between the north and south of Ireland -- now a focus of concern as Britain prepares to leave the European Union.

Ruslan Sokolovsky

Russian blogger convicted for playing Pokemon Go in church

A Russian court on Thursday convicted a video blogger of inciting hatred against believers by posting videos online showing him chasing Pokemons in a church, giving him a suspended sentence.

Top EU lawyer

Uber must get licences as ordinary taxi firm

Ride-hailing app Uber may be a pioneer in its field but at heart it is an ordinary taxi company and should be regulated as such, a top EU lawyer said Thursday.

Europe freezes air, rail links with Brussels

Airlines cancelled hundreds of flights and European railways froze links with Brussels Tuesday after a series of bombs blasts killed around 35 people in the city's airport and a metro train, sparking a broad security response.

Cutting jobs and bad debt

UniCredit doubles Q1 profit as overhaul reaps rewards

Italian bank UniCredit said Thursday that its net profit more than doubled in the first quarter as the massive overhaul embarked upon by its new chief executive begins to pay off.

Trapped civilians

Iraq forces advance in west Mosul

Iraqi forces are making swift progress in west Mosul, officers said Tuesday, retaking several neighbourhoods on their way to a final showdown with jihadists in the Old City.

IS terrorises Mosul civilians as Iraq forces advance

Iraqi forces advanced in west Mosul Tuesday, closing in on the Old City where jihadists executed civilians in a desperate bid to prevent an exodus and hold on to their stronghold.


China says it tested new missile in northeastern sea

China has recently tested a new type of guided missile in a northeastern sea near the Korean peninsula, the defence ministry said Tuesday, hours after South Korean elections and amid regional tensions.

China extends military wings with new transport plane

China's newest military transport plane entered service Wednesday, state media said, extending Beijing's ability to deploy its fighting forces around the world as it pursues a greater global role.


Donald Trump welcomed by Abu Mazen in Bethlehem

President of the Palestinian Authority, Abu Mazen, welcomed US President Donald Trump in Bethlehem. After the handshake, the hymns were executed and the two leaders withdrew to the palace of the Palestinian Authority President for a meeting, which ends with a joint press point.

The Pope's vigil at the sanctuary of Fatima

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Trump salutes NFL champs at the White House

23/04/2017 14:40:35

Ukraine, the new lives of bears saved by the circus

18/04/2017 15:59:10

Kitesurf, the stunted stunts in France

15/04/2017 16:19:01

Life & Style

«Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2», a sequel that follows a band of misfit space adventurers, logged $63 million in ticket sales over the three-day weekend

«Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2», a sequel that follows a band of misfit space adventurers, logged $63 million in ticket sales over the three-day weekend

«Guardians» dominates again, leaving 2 new films in its wake

Disney's space romp «Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2» continued its hyperspeed performance over the weekend in North America while approaching a quarter-billion dollars in ticket sales for its first two weeks, according to industry estimates.

Paris «love locks» sale raises thousands for refugees

A charity auction selling off «love locks» from Paris bridges to raise money for refugees on Saturday brought in over $270,000, though the event was briefly interrupted by protests from far-right nationalists.

Dancing in the dark: New York club turns lights out

With flashy lights and lasers increasingly the norm at concerts, a New York promoter is trying a new effect to bring the focus back to the music -- darkness.


Mercedes' British driver Lewis Hamilton celebrates on the podium after the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo on the outskirts of Barcelona on May 14, 2017

Mercedes' British driver Lewis Hamilton celebrates on the podium after the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo on the outskirts of Barcelona on May 14, 2017

Hamilton wins thrilling Spanish Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton roared back into serious contention for a fourth drivers' world title on Sunday when he drove to a well-judged victory for Mercedes in a dramatic Spanish Grand Prix.

Nadal edges out Thiem for fifth Madrid Masters

Rafael Nadal's flawless record on clay this season continued as he outgunned the impressive Dominic Thiem to win the Madrid Masters for a fifth time 7-6 (10/8), 6-4 on Sunday.

Injured Yankees closer Chapman out for month

New York Yankees star closing relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman was benched Sunday with left shoulder rotator cuff inflammation and could miss at least a month of the Major League Baseball season.


Ransomware: how hackers take your data hostage

Ransomware: how hackers take your data hostage

Ransomware, the weapon wielded in cyber attacks

A software that demands a ransom was the weapon of choice used in a wave of unprecedented global cyber attacks Friday that affected 130,000 systems in more than 100 countries.

US drone back on Earth after nearly two years in space

After a nearly two-year sojourn in space, the US military drone X-37 B is back on Earth, fueling wild ideas about its mystery mission.

Amazon's new Alexa speaker has a screen too

Amazon on Tuesday unveiled the latest member of its family of devices powered by its Alexa digital assistant -- this one with a touchscreen.


The Ebola crisis that began in December 2013 killed 11,300 people in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia and has left thousands more survivors with long-term health problems

The Ebola crisis that began in December 2013 killed 11,300 people in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia and has left thousands more survivors with long-term health problems

Next Ebola outbreak «inevitable» but world better prepared: WHO

A new outbreak of the Ebola virus is «inevitable» but a new vaccine and rapid-response measures mean it will be more effectively contained, the head of the World Health Organization said Thursday.

Indian doctors defend 500kg Egyptian's weight loss amid row

Indian doctors on Tuesday angrily rejected claims that they had lied about the amount of weight an Egyptian once believed to be the world's heaviest woman had lost following surgery.

First large-scale malaria vaccine trials for Africa

A new malaria vaccine will be tested on a large scale in Kenya, Ghana and Malawi, the World Health Organization said Monday, with 360,000 children to be vaccinated between 2018 and 2020.