Boeing crisis, trade tensions cast pall over Paris Air Show

Mon, 17 Jun 2019 06:08:41 GMT

Safety concerns, trade wars and growing security tensions in the Gulf are dampening spirits at the world’s largest planemakers as they arrive at this week’s Paris Airshow with little to celebrate despite bulging order books.

Hong Kong 'Umbrella Movement' activist Joshua Wong released from prison

Mon, 17 Jun 2019 04:01:16 GMT

Joshua Wong, a leading figure in Hong Kong's 2014 Umbrella Movement demonstrations, was released from prison on Monday and vowed to soon join the latest round of protests.

Israeli court convicts, fines Netanyahu's wife for misusing public funds

Sun, 16 Jun 2019 10:18:40 GMT

An Israeli court Sunday convicted the wife of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of fraudulently using state funds for meals, under a plea bargain which saw her admit to lesser charges.

Argentina, Uruguay restoring electrical power after huge blackout

Mon, 17 Jun 2019 01:04:48 GMT

Electricity services have been restored to more than 70 percent of Argentina and Uruguay following a massive blackout that left around 48 million people without power on Sunday, authorities said.

British PM candidates clash over Brexit in Johnson-less debate

Sun, 16 Jun 2019 23:40:25 GMT

Candidates to become Britain's next prime minister clashed over Brexit strategy at their first debate on Sunday but the frontrunner, Boris Johnson, dodged the confrontation.

Ousted Sudanese leader transferred to prosecutor's office to face corruption charges

Sun, 16 Jun 2019 16:49:03 GMT

Fallen Sudanese leader Omar al-Bashir was Sunday seen in public for the first time since being ousted, as he was driven in an armed convoy to the prosecutor's office.

Istanbul mayoral candidates face off in rare TV debate

Sun, 16 Jun 2019 20:49:48 GMT

The two leading contenders for Istanbul mayor faced off in a political debate Sunday, a week before the city is set to hold a repeat of the election an opposition candidate won and Turkey's governing party successfully challenged.

US, Sweden book last 16 spots with decisive victories

Sun, 16 Jun 2019 16:50:47 GMT

Sweden produced a breathtaking display of attacking football to thrash Thailand 5-1 on Sunday and book their place in the last 16 of the women's World Cup, while the US entered the next stage with similar aplomb, dispatching Chile 3-0.

Thousands rally against extradition, prompting apology from Hong Kong leadership

Sun, 16 Jun 2019 05:26:16 GMT

Thousands rallied on Sunday to demand the full retraction of a controversial extradition bill, with organisers saying almost 2 million attended the march. Official estimates of the size of the protest were expected later in the day.

Polls close in Guatemalan presidential elections

Mon, 17 Jun 2019 03:19:38 GMT

Voting in Guatemala's presidential election ended on Sunday, following a tumultuous campaign that saw two leading candidates barred from running and the top electoral crimes prosecutor flee the corruption-weary country.

Nigerian women's team hoping for World Cup revenge against France

Sun, 16 Jun 2019 19:51:59 GMT

The Nigerian women’s football team are training hard in preparation for their match against the French hosts on June 17 – hoping that they won’t undergo a repeat of their 8-0 drubbing at the hands of Les Bleues last year.

Two AFP journalists beaten, detained in Central African Republic

Sun, 16 Jun 2019 15:00:44 GMT

Security forces in Central African Republic beat and detained two journalists working for French news wire Agence France-Presse (AFP) covering a banned opposition protest in the capital Bangui, the reporters said Sunday.

Saudi Arabia blames Iran for tanker attacks but does not want war

Sun, 16 Jun 2019 05:50:22 GMT

Saudi Arabia’s crown prince blamed Iran for attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman and called on the international community to take a “decisive stand”, but said that the kingdom does not want a war in the region.

Dorsaf Ganouati, the first woman to referee a top division match in Tunisia

Sun, 16 Jun 2019 12:06:00 GMT

Dorsaf Ganouati made history on Saturday when she became the first female to referee a top-level football match in Tunisia, overseeing a Tunisian league match in the city of Rades.

France begins trial of compulsory civic service for teens

Sun, 16 Jun 2019 13:16:25 GMT

Nearly two decades after France phased out conscription for men, some 2,000 teenagers on Sunday began a pilot programme for a new national civic service, a pet project of French President Emmanuel Macron.

Maurizio Sarri leaves Chelsea to take charge of Juventus

Sun, 16 Jun 2019 14:26:19 GMT

Maurizio Sarri left Chelsea on Sunday after one season to return to Italy to manage Juventus.

Worshippers don hard hats for first Notre-Dame mass since devastating fire

Sun, 16 Jun 2019 09:34:49 GMT

The Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris hosted its first mass on Saturday exactly two months after a devastating blaze that shocked the world, with priests and worshippers wearing hard hats to protect themselves against possible falling debris.

Small donors are rebuilding Notre-Dame as French billionaires delay

Sat, 15 Jun 2019 15:50:44 GMT

As Notre-Dame holds its first mass Saturday since a devastating fire two months ago, billionaire French donors who pledged hundreds of millions for rebuilding have "yet to pay a penny", a spokesman for the cathedral said.

Video of alleged arms trafficking stokes tensions in Guinea and Ivory Coast

Sat, 15 Jun 2019 09:36:31 GMT

Art by French artist Saype on the Champs de Mars honours migrant rescuers

Sat, 15 Jun 2019 13:34:38 GMT

A 600-metre-long, biodegradable work of graffiti by French artist Saype on the Champs de Mars in Paris honours migrant rescuers, in the first of a series of works on this park next to the Eiffel Tower.