20 February 2017
Updated 04:30
US Politics

Demonstrators protest against President Donald Trump's travel ban as they rally outside the US Supreme Court in Washington DC, on January 30, 2017

Trump appeals but travel ban block remains in place, for now

A legal showdown was brewing Sunday after the US Justice Department appealed a temporary block on Donald Trump's contentious travel ban but the court rejected any immediate move to reinstate it.

Airplane transport

Qatar Airways launches world's longest flight

Qatar Airways launched the world's longest scheduled commercial service with its inaugural flight from Doha to Auckland taking off eight minutes early on Sunday, a company spokeswoman said.

Second Sydney airport cleared for take off

Sydney is to get its second international airport after the Australian government approved plans on Monday, ending decades of indecision over a facility that will initially handle 10 million passengers a year.

Terrorism

Trump planning stronger US effort against Islamic State

US President Donald Trump is expected to order up a new plan for defeating the Islamic State group with expanded US military involvement as he makes his first visit to the Pentagon Friday.

Egypt church bombing raises calls to uproot bigotry

Growing up in Egypt, Mina and other Copts remember all too well the anti-Christian slurs they used to hear at school and on the street.

US Politics

Since winning the presidency, Donald Trump has leaned heavily on social media as a promotional tool -- including to his 19.8 million Twitter followers

The Trump transition, tweet by tweet

Since winning the presidency, Donald Trump has exploited Twitter to make administrative announcements, weigh in on foreign policy -- and hurl barbs at anyone who crosses him.

Trump digs deep rift with crucial intelligence services

A week before he enters the White House, Donald Trump has picked a high-risk fight with the all-important US intelligence community, blaming it for an incendiary but unsubstantiated report on his alleged Moscow ties and lurid behavior in Russia.

Syrian crisis

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov at his annual press conference on January 17, 2017

Syria talks in Astana meant to «consolidate» ceasefire: Lavrov

Syria peace talks in the Kazakh capital next week are aimed at consolidating the frail truce in the war-torn country, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Tuesday.

Obama doesn't regret «red line» over Syria conflict

US President Barack Obama says he does not regret his speech drawing a «red line» over Syria's use of chemical weapons, a phrase critics say symbolizes the US failure to act over the country's conflict.

South Korea

Money and power: Samsung embroiled in South Korea scandal

Major industrial firms are so intertwined with power in South Korea that citizens joke they live in the «Republic of Samsung». Now the heart of that republic is in the eye of a political storm.

Samsung scion joins board as profits tank on Note 7

Samsung heir apparent Lee Jae-Yong took a major step towards control of the family-run conglomerate on Thursday, joining the board as the company reported a 30 percent profit dive following a highly damaging recall crisis.

Iran

Obama warns Trump not to jettison Iran nuclear deal

US President Barack Obama marked the first anniversary of the nuclear deal with Iran by emphasizing its «significant and concrete results» and warning against undoing a pact supported by the world's major powers.

CIA chief warns Trump against ripping up Iran deal

CIA director John Brennan warned Wednesday that tearing up the Iran nuclear deal, as US President-elect Donald Trump promised during his election campaign, would be «disastrous».

Tobacco

Tobacco giant BAT buys out US firm Reynolds in mega-deal

British American Tobacco agreed Tuesday to pay almost $50 billion for control of US peer Reynolds American in a move which targets the lucrative United States market and the fast-growing e-cigarette sector.

US Politics

NATO, Russia, Merkel, Brexit: Trump unleashes broadsides on Europe

NATO is «obsolete», Germany's Angela Merkel made a «catastrophic mistake» on refugees, Brexit will be «great» and the US could cut a deal with Russia: Donald Trump unleashed a volley of broadsides in interviews with European media.

Obama returns home from last foreign trip

President Barack Obama returned to the White House early Monday, ending the last foreign tour of his tenure as he prepares to hand power over to Donald Trump, amid unease about the Republican's volatility and isolationist rhetoric.

US Economy

In Detroit, Shinola is «Made in USA» success story

From the outside, there's nothing much to say about this nondescript, hulking building in downtown Detroit, once the cradle of American industry.

China retail sales growth slows in October

China's retail sales growth slowed to 10.0 percent on-year in October, government data showed Monday, missing expectations in a worrying sign for domestic demand in the world's second-largest economy.

US Politics

Outgoing CIA chief warns Trump to watch his words

Outgoing CIA chief John Brennan launched a scathing attack on Donald Trump, warning him to watch what he says and suggesting the president-elect doesn't understand the challenges posed by Russia.

Trump angrily rejects «phony» Russia dossier claims

President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday berated the media and US intelligence agencies as he denied explosive allegations about his ties with Russia -- while admitting for the first time that Moscow had likely meddled in the US election.

Energy

Not enough investment in renewables: IRENA

Money invested in renewable energy is not enough to reach a climate goal of limiting global warming to 2.0 degrees Celsius, an Abu Dhabi-based green energy organisation said Sunday.

Middle East

Kerry: US worked to ensure fair Paris Mideast statement

Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday that the United States had negotiated at the Paris Middle East peace conference to prevent Israel being treated unfairly.

Israel arrests 35 Palestinians in raids after violence spikes

Israeli authorities have arrested at least 35 Palestinians over the last few days in raids following a spike in violence ahead of upcoming Jewish holidays, officials said Thursday.

DIARIO TV

Snowboarding, spectacular descent of Anne-Flore Marxer freeride

The spectacular performance of Anne-Flore Marxer, the Franco-Swiss snowboarder who won the first stage of the Freeride World Tour 2017 in Andorra. A daredevil downhill at full speed from the top of the mountain, avoiding trees and rocks, in deep snow.

France, Amnesty activists demanding clemency for Snowden

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The sight of deer in the fog of London

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India, a train derails near Kanpur: At least two dead and 38 wounded

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Russia, the black box of the Tupolev brought to the surface

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Life & Style

A tourist in Yibin, China tries wuliangye, a white spirit injected into live bamboo trunks as an unconventional ageing technique

A tourist in Yibin, China tries wuliangye, a white spirit injected into live bamboo trunks as an unconventional ageing technique

In China, alcohol aged in bamboo for a new flavour

A manufacturer of Chinese liqueurs, Chen Chao wanders through the bamboo-covered mountains of southwestern China's Sichuan province to his 'cellar', where he will check on this year's prize blend.

«Troubled times»: Green Day takes on Trump again

Punk rockers Green Day renewed their attack Monday on Presid...

In playing Madoff, De Niro finds fraudster «beyond» comprehension

Robert De Niro may play the role of Bernie Madoff, the man b...

Sports

Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors goes up for a shot against the Cleveland Cavaliers, at ORACLE Arena in Oakland, California, on January 16, 2017

Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors goes up for a shot against the Cleveland Cavaliers, at ORACLE Arena in Oakland, California, on January 16, 2017

Warriors humble Cavaliers 126-91

The Golden State Warriors crushed the Cleveland Cavaliers 126-91 on Monday, snapping a four-game losing streak against the reigning NBA champions.

Obama fetes world-champion Chicago Cubs, his (wife's) favorite

Barack Obama, the man once known as the «hope candidate,» on...

Serena, Nadal make sizzling starts at Australian Open

Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal made light of scorching con...

SciTech

Amazon's virtual assistant Alexa was the surprise star of CES, with dozens of new products and services integrating the voice-accessed machine smarts

Amazon's virtual assistant Alexa was the surprise star of CES, with dozens of new products and services integrating the voice-accessed machine smarts

Highlights of 2017 Consumer Electronics Show

Here are some key highlights of the 2017 International Consumer Electronics Show, which concluded Sunday.

Google's Waymo to expand self-driving partnerships

Waymo, the autonomous car subsidiary of Google's parent comp...

Streaming subscription boom boosts US music sales

Song streaming on subscription services more than doubled in...

Health

Ayahuasca concoction is prepared and consumed as part of a shamanic ritual

Ayahuasca concoction is prepared and consumed as part of a shamanic ritual

Hallucinogenic plant ayahuasca gains foothold in US

Dominique was hooked on cocaine and smoked two packs of cigarettes a day until she stumbled onto ayahuasca, a hallucinogenic concoction that she says has changed her life.

Japan culling 210,000 birds amid spreading avian flu

Japan has begun slaughtering about 210,000 farm birds in nor...

Study suggests statins linked to lower dementia risk

Some cholesterol-lowering drugs, known as statins, appear to...