Germany

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has an intimidating to-do list once she begins her fourth term in power

Merkel 4.0: centre stage in a turbulent world

Chancellor Angela Merkel heads into a fourth term with no shortage of global challenges in her in-tray, as a world beset by crises increasingly looks to Europe's most powerful woman to take centre stage.

Business

More US business economists see «downside» economic risks

Amid uncertainty over President Donald Trump's growth agenda, US economists increasingly are worried about risks to the economy, though they see little chance of a recession near term, according to a survey released on Monday.

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.

Business

Airbus opens first plane-completion centre in China

Airbus on Wednesday inaugurated its first completion centre for large aircraft in China, a new asset for the European manufacturer in heated competition with American rival Boeing.

Made-in-China jet takes maiden flight

The first large made-in-China passenger plane took off on its maiden test flight Friday, marking a key milestone on the country's ambitious journey to compete with the world's leading aircraft makers.

German

The latest poll shows German Chancellor Angela Merkel's (L) CDU/CSU party has a lead of 36 percent over main rival Social Democrats led by Martin Schulz (R) with 22 percent.

Coalition wrangling looms for Merkel after German poll

Chancellor Angela Merkel may be on track to win a fourth term in Sunday's election, but exactly what Germany's next government will look like is anyone's guess as thorny coalition talks loom.

High-stakes election for Germany's long-term unemployed

Dozens of unemployed people troop into a church in the working-class Garath district of Duesseldorf, western Germany each Friday to load up on donated food, a small gesture towards those left by the wayside in a booming economy.

Automotive

China rises at Frankfurt car show

Traditional heavyweights Fiat, Peugeot and Volvo may have shunned this year's Frankfurt auto show (IAA), but for Chinese and Taiwanese carmakers looking to make inroads in Europe the chance to step into the limelight was not to be missed.

A man with no plan?

Trump's fiery UN address redefines US role in the world

President Donald Trump's debut speech at the United Nations featured saber-rattling aplenty, but it also showed glimmers of a Trump doctrine that could transform America's place in the world.

Trump vows to right «self-destructive» tax code

President Donald Trump hit the road to sell reform of America's «self-destructive» tax code Wednesday, a major campaign pledge that remains short on detail and a long way from becoming law.

War on terrorism

Afghanistan mulls plan to arm 20,000 civilians to fight insurgents

Afghanistan is considering training and arming 20,000 civilians to defend territories where Islamic militants have been driven out, officials say, sparking fears the local forces could become another thuggish militia.

Bomber attacks foreign military convoy in Afghanistan

A suicide attacker driving an explosives-filled vehicle slammed into a convoy of foreign troops in southern Afghanistan on Friday, officials said, with reports of several soldiers wounded.

Korean crisis

Moon, Trump vow stronger pressure against North Korea

US President Donald Trump and his South Korean counterpart have pledged "stronger pressure" on Pyongyang, Seoul said Sunday, after North Korea defied tough new sanctions with a missile test and said it wanted to match American nuclear strength.

Chinese banks halt transactions for North Koreans

Branches of China's biggest banks have suspended financial transactions for North Koreans, employees told AFP, suggesting that Beijing has pursued stronger measures against its nuclear-armed ally than previously thought.

Terrorism

«Wall of fire» in London bucket bomb attack

Eyewitnesses heard a loud bang and saw a «wall of fire» when a bomb went off on a packed London Underground train on Friday, with some commuters badly burned and others stampeding to the exit.

Migrants

Number of migrants arriving in Spain soars

The number of migrants arriving in Spain so far this year has soared more than 88 percent from the same period in 2016, Interior Minister Juan Ignacio Zoido said Tuesday.

Austria

Austria president makes pro-EU plea ahead of key vote

In an impassioned pro-EU plea, Austria's president Alexander Van der Bellen urged voters Tuesday to «carefully consider» their choice in October elections, which look set to return the far-right to power.

US Politics

Clinton says «no doubt» Trump team intersected with Russia

Hillary Clinton, who on Tuesday released her tell-all memoir about the 2016 presidential campaign, said she has «no doubt» that Donald Trump's associates helped Russia interfere in the US election.

Clinton plays blame game in new book

Hillary Clinton takes responsibility for her devastating loss to Donald Trump in her tell-all book about the 2016 presidential race, but she also blames Barack Obama, Bernie Sanders, Vladimir Putin and others, published excerpts show.

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma

Economic cost of Harvey, Irma could be $290 bn: forecaster

The combined economic cost of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma could reach $290 billion, equivalent to 1.5 percent of the US gross domestic product, US forecaster AccuWeather said in a report Sunday.

What we know about flooded Texas chemical plant

Explosions at a flooded Texas chemical plant -- which prior to Hurricane Harvey had a clean safety record -- sent a plume of toxic smoke spewing from the site Thursday, triggering concerns about the impact on local residents.

Syrian crisis

US-backed Syria force says seizes Raqa Old City from IS

US-backed Syrian fighters ousted the Islamic State group from Raqa's Old City on Friday, bringing them closer than ever to the jihadist bastion's well-defended and densely populated heart.

Where does IS stand after Iraq, Syria losses?

The Islamic State group has suffered a string of defeats on the battlefield that have left its «caliphate» straddling Iraq and Syria in tatters, three years after it was declared.

Monetary policy

US dollar losing its luster as safe haven investment

In times of uncertainty or crisis, investors typically take refuge in «safe» options like the Swiss franc, gold or the US dollar, but under President Donald Trump the greenback has lost its luster, especially to the euro.

Caution expected as Draghi, Yellen head to Jackson Hole

Central bank chiefs from the world's wealthiest economies will face pressing policy questions when they address an annual economists' confab in Wyoming on Friday.

DIARIO TV

Basket Nba, unveil the new jerseys of all teams

So many NBA stars from Travis Scott to Kevin Durant at Paul George for the evening that kicked off the new partnership with Nike. During the presentation, rapper Travis Scott also performed.

Miss Transgender 2017 in India, wins a 26-year-old from Calcutta

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Recorded Samosa: Indian appetizer from 153.1 kg

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Bono at Eliseo received from Macron

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Returns the Minions, in Los Angeles the first of «Despicable Me 3»

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Life & Style

New South Wales state government stepped in with enough cash to fund the removal of the decomposing humpback whale from Nobbys Beach, where it was buried after washing up dead

New South Wales state government stepped in with enough cash to fund the removal of the decomposing humpback whale from Nobbys Beach, where it was buried after washing up dead

Whale carcass dug up from Australian beach over shark fears

A massive humpback whale buried on a popular Australian beach after it washed up dead was being exhumed Monday because locals feared its rotting carcass was attracting sharks.

Hot new talent to light up Milan Fashion Week

Fashion week roars into Milan on Wednesday with hotly anticipated shows from fresh talent as well as from luxury titans including Moschino and Armani, who are battling for their share of a rebounding market.

Stars flock to Emmys for television's big night

Television's biggest stars were dusting off their designer frocks and getting suited and booted Sunday for their chance to snag the biggest prizes for the small screen.

Sports

Peter Sagan (C), Alexander Kristoff (L) and Michael Matthews pose with their medals after the UCI Cycling Road World Championships in Bergen, on September 24, 2017

Peter Sagan (C), Alexander Kristoff (L) and Michael Matthews pose with their medals after the UCI Cycling Road World Championships in Bergen, on September 24, 2017

Matthews rues «wasted energy» as Sagan wins

Australia's Michael Matthews was left ruing a tactical blunder as he had to settle for bronze at the world road race championships won for the third year in a row by Peter Sagan.

Confident Vettel leaves Hamilton needing «miracle»

Sebastian Vettel heads into Sunday's Singapore Grand Prix brimming with confidence after a blistering run in qualifying while championship leader Lewis Hamilton is praying for a «miracle».

England's Billy Vunipola warns tired players could strike

England's Billy Vunipola has warned that players could go on strike if rugby bosses fail to reduce the number of matches played over the gruelling season.

SciTech

In Gaza, which has seen three wars with Israel since 2008, it is almost unheard of for companies to work with Israelis

In Gaza, which has seen three wars with Israel since 2008, it is almost unheard of for companies to work with Israelis

Israeli firms seek hi-tech help -- in Gaza

When Dan Leubitz needed a contractor for a project with his Israeli tech firm, one address in the list of tenders caught his eye: Gaza.

Facebook revamps policy after report on anti-Semitic targeting

Facebook said it was revising its advertising policies to prevent «discriminatory» targeting after a news report showed marketers could aim messages at categories of people such as «Jew haters.»

Ancient whales were predators not gentle giants

Ancient whales had extremely sharp predator teeth similar to lions, Australian scientists said Wednesday in a discovery they believe debunks theories the mammals used their teeth to filter feed like today's gentle giants.

Health

Tracking where eggs come from

Tracking where eggs come from

Tainted eggs scandal reaches Italy

Two of 114 egg samples tested in Italy have shown traces of the insecticide fipronil, Italy's health ministry said Monday, making the country the latest to become embroiled in a Europe-wide scandal.

Opioid drug maker settles US lawsuit for $4.5 million

Opioid drug maker Insys agreed to pay $4.5 million Friday to end a lawsuit in which it was accused of deceptive marketing, one of the first settlements of civil suits that drug manufacturers face over a US overdose epidemic.

Death rates far higher for «alternative» cancer cures

People who choose alternative cures for common cancers are up to five times more likely to die compared to those opting for standard treatments, the lead scientist of a new study told AFP Friday.