30 April 2017
Updated 18:30
US Politics

US President Donald Trump signs an executive order to start the Mexico border wall project, at the Department of Homeland Security facility in Washington, DC, on January 25, 2017

Shutdown threat ebbs as Trump relents on wall funding

Donald Trump and US lawmakers inched closer to a deal on Tuesday avoiding a government shutdown, as the president, eager to showcase a win marking his first 100 days, retreated from a demand to fund a border wall.

Foreign trade

US misunderstands NAFTA, North American business body says

The US government doesn't have a clear idea of what NAFTA covers, a business body representing several big North American multinationals said on Tuesday after Washington picked a trade fight with Canada.

Trump picks trade fight with Canada

Trade tensions spiked between Washington and Ottawa on Tuesday as President Donald Trump accused Canada of being «very rough» on America and threatened to retaliate against restrictions on US dairy products.

US Politics

US judge blocks Trump order on sanctuary cities

A US judge on Tuesday blocked an executive order by President Donald Trump that could deny billions of dollars to so-called sanctuary cities as punishment for harboring illegal immigrants.

Tech firms urge court to toss Trump travel ban

Scores of technology firms including Amazon, Facebook, Google and Microsoft joined a legal filing urging a judge to toss out President Donald Trump's latest travel ban.

Korean crisis

Protesters and police gather to watch as trailers carrying US THAAD missile defence equipment enter a deployment site in Seongju, South Korea

US missile defence equipment reaches South Korea site

US troops began delivering a missile defence system that has infuriated China to a deployment site in South Korea, amid heightened tensions over the North's...

North Korea marks military anniversary with firing drill

Nuclear-armed North Korea on Tuesday marked a military anniversary with a massive conventional firing drill, Seoul said, as a US guided-missile submarine docked in South Korea amid tensions over Pyongyang's weapons ambitions.

Syrian crisis

US President Donald Trump says the future of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is up to the Syrian people to decide

Trump says Assad's future «not a deal breaker» on Syria: Russia's UN envoy

US President Donald Trump told UN Security Council ambassadors that the future of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was «not a deal breaker» in negotiations on ending the war, Russia's envoy said Tuesday.

Turkish strikes kill Kurdish fighters in Syria, Iraq

Turkish warplanes killed more than two dozen Kurdish fighters Tuesday in strikes in Syria and Iraq, where the Kurds are key players in the battle against the Islamic State group.

Airplane transport

Dragged United passenger «aggressive», officers say

Newly released reports from security officers at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport paint an unflattering picture of the man dragged from a United...

Qatar Airways chief accuses US carriers of «bullying»

The chief of Qatar Airways on Monday accused American carriers complaining over alleged subsidies to Gulf airlines of "bullying", as he announced new US routes in defiance of mounting airport restrictions.

Iraqi Conflict

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.

Frontline clinic window on hell of IS-held Mosul areas

The horrific wounds and gruesome accounts of the victims filling a frontline clinic in west Mosul in Iraq offer a window on the hell inside the last jihadist strongholds.

US Politics

Ex-Trump aide Flynn did not report Russia payments: lawmakers

Former White House national security advisor Michael Flynn never reported receiving payments from Russian entities on his top-level security clearance form, a senior US lawmaker said Tuesday.

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.

US Economy

US consumer confidence declines in April as optimism wanes

US consumer confidence retreated in April after two months of records, as optimism about the economy dwindled, the Conference Board reported Tuesday.

Upward mobility has fallen sharply in US

In a sign of the fading American Dream, 92 percent of children born in 1940 earned more than their parents, but only half of those born in 1984 can say the same, researchers said Monday.

US Economy

US new home sales see fastest pace in 8 months

Sales of new homes in the United States forged higher for the third straight month in March, hitting the fastest pace since July, the Commerce Department reported Tuesday.

News media

Wikipedia founder tackles fake news with Wikitribune

Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales is launching a project aimed at reshaping the news media -- and tackling the scourge of misinformation -- using the same collaborative principles as the revolutionary online encyclopedia.

US Economy

Coca-Cola to cut 1,200 jobs as earnings fall

Coca-Cola plans to cut 1,200 jobs as it deepens its cost-cutting initiatives in response to sluggish soda sales, the company said Tuesday.

Key US jobless benefits level hits 17-year low

New claims for US jobless benefits rose slightly in mid-April but the total number of people seeking unemployment insurance hit a 17-year low, the Labor Department reported Thursday.

Russia-Japan relations

Japan's Abe to visit Russia for Putin meet

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will visit Russia this week for a meeting with President Vladimir Putin, the Kremlin and Tokyo said Tuesday, as the two sides look to make headway on a decades-old territorial dispute.

EU extends sanctions over Ukraine crisis for six months

The European Union on Monday prolonged by another six months sanctions against Russian and Ukrainian individuals over their role in the Ukraine crisis.

Iranian nuclear

Iran nuclear deal under review as uncertainty grows

Iran and major powers met Tuesday in Vienna to review adherence to their 2015 nuclear deal as uncertainty grows about the landmark accord's future under US President Donald Trump.

Iran FM mocks US claims it is violating nuclear deal

Iran's foreign minister mocked US President Donald Trump's claim Tehran was «not living up to the spirit» of the nuclear deal on Friday, saying Washington was flouting the accord.

US Banks

With execs in hot seat, Wells Fargo gets OK for bankruptcy plan

Retail banking giant Wells Fargo has fixed problems in its 2015 bankruptcy plan and will now be allowed to open new international branches, US banking regulators said Monday.

Goldman Sachs shares fall as profits up less than expected

Goldman Sachs reported sharply higher first-quarter profits Tuesday, but they lagged analysts' expectations following a sluggish performance in trading, in contrast with other large banks that saw trading boom.


Trump salutes NFL champs at the White House

Absent for family reasons Tom Brady's quarterback and superstar. At the ceremony there were no other six companions among them, some have stated that their absence is due to Trump.

Ukraine, the new lives of bears saved by the circus

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Kitesurf, the stunted stunts in France

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Ancient rituals and rave in Burma for the Buddhist New Year

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The Luzhniki stadium refurbished to Moscow 2018

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Life & Style

John Boyega and Daisy Ridley attends the Star Wars Celebration day on April 14, 2017 in Orlando, Florida

John Boyega and Daisy Ridley attends the Star Wars Celebration day on April 14, 2017 in Orlando, Florida

Disney sets summer 2019 release for «Star Wars IX»

Disney announced Tuesday it had set the date of May 24, 2019 for Colin Trevorrow's «Star Wars: Episode IX» and is delaying the next "Indiana Jones" a full year.

Madonna angered by unauthorized biopic

Madonna voiced anger Tuesday over news that a Hollywood studio plans an unauthorized biopic of her early years in New York struggling to break into the music business.

Trump-era «Handmaid's Tale» presages totalitarian future

Decades after the release of «The Handmaid's Tale,» Margaret Atwood's dystopian sci-fi fable and foundational feminist text arrives on television -- with critics noting its enduring resonance in Donald Trump's America.


John Coates is seen as one of the most powerful figures in world sport, courtesy of being IOC vice-president and chairman of the co-ordination committee of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics

John Coates is seen as one of the most powerful figures in world sport, courtesy of being IOC vice-president and chairman of the co-ordination committee of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Bitter rift rocks AOC as Coates fights for job

Powerful Australian Olympic Committee head John Coates is facing a bitter campaign to oust him after 27 years, with his media chief stepping down Wednesday amid bullying claims rocking the organisation.

NFL star Peterson set for Saints switch

Former Minnesota Vikings star Adrian Peterson could launch the next phase of his NFL career against his old team after signing for the New Orleans Saints on Tuesday.

Dale Earnhardt Jr to retire at end of NASCAR season

US motorsport legend Dale Earnhardt Jr. said Tuesday he will retire from racing at the end of the 2017 NASCAR season.


Scientists believe that humpback whale mothers and calves communicate by «whisper» to avoid predators

Scientists believe that humpback whale mothers and calves communicate by «whisper» to avoid predators

Baby whales «whisper» to mothers to avoid predators

Newborn humpback whales and their mothers whisper to each other to escape potential predators, scientists reported Wednesday, revealing the existence of a previously unknown survival technique.

NASA's Cassini poised to plunge beneath Saturn's rings

An unmanned NASA spacecraft, Cassini, is poised to plunge into the gap between Saturn and its rings, a pioneering journey that could offer an unprecedented view of the sixth planet from the Sun.

Google tweak aims to curb fake, misleading search results

Google on Tuesday announced changes to how it delivers and ranks internet searches, the latest effort by the tech giant to weed out «fake news» and offensive content.


Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty, who was once believed to be the world's heaviest woman, has suffered several strokes and faced a series of other serious ailments owing to her weight

Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty, who was once believed to be the world's heaviest woman, has suffered several strokes and faced a series of other serious ailments owing to her weight

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.

Alphabet's Verily to embark on health-mapping study

Alphabet's life sciences unit Verily on Wednesday announced a study to track people for years, right down to their genetics, in a quest for insights into staying healthy.