Drake ends Sheeran's Billboard 200 reign, smashes streaming record
Drake ended Ed Sheeran's two week reign atop the Billboard 200 album chart on Monday, selling a monster 505,000 copies of his new album ''More Life,'' according to figures from Nielsen SoundScan... Read More
U.S.-backed Syrian militias say pause operations near Tabqa dam
U.S.-backed Syrian militias said they temporarily halted military operations near the hydroelectric Tabqa Dam on the Euphrates river on Monday to allow government engineers access to carry out work... Read More
Samsung Electronics says it will sell refurbished Galaxy Note 7s
Tech giant Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Monday it plans to sell refurbished versions of the Galaxy Note 7 smartphones that were pulled from markets due to fire-prone batteries. Samsung said.. Read More
Kremlin rejects U.S., EU calls to free detained opposition protesters
The Kremlin on Monday rejected calls by the United States and the European Union to release opposition protesters detained during what it said were illegal demonstrations on Sunday and accused organisers.. Read More
South Africa's Zuma recalls Gordhan from international roadshow
South African President Jacob Zuma has instructed Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan to return immediately from an investor roadshow to Britain and the United States, the presidency said on Monday, without.. Read More
Trump's son-in-law to oversee White House office to revamp U.S. government according to report
U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday is set to announce his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, will take on a White House role to oversee a broad effort to overhaul the federal government, The Washington Post.. Read More
Syrian rebels resume withdrawal from last Homs bastion
Hundreds of rebels left their last bastion in Syria's Homs city on Monday, resuming an evacuation expected to be among the largest of its kind under a Russian-backed deal with the government, state.. Read More
Philippines rescues three Malaysians held hostage by Abu Sayyaf
Philippine troops have rescued three Malaysians held captive by Abu Sayyaf rebels, the military said on Monday, the second such operation in four days as security forces step up offensives against the.. Read More
U.S. tourist killed in London would not have borne ill feelings towards attacker say family
The family of U.S. tourist Kurt Cochran who was killed in last week's assault on the British parliament said on Monday he would not have borne any ill feelings towards the attacker. Cochran, 54.. Read More
Life under Russia not all it was cracked up to be says Crimean ex-leader
The pro-Moscow Crimean politician who signed a document handing control over the Ukrainian peninsula to Russia in March 2014 said the three years since had been a time of disappointment for many people.. Read More
U.N. to host Cyprus leaders April 2, first since breakdown in February
The leaders of Cyprus's estranged Greek and Turkish Cypriot communities will meet over dinner next Sunday in a first encounter of the two since peace talks were abruptly interrupted in February, the.. Read More
United Airlines bars teenage girls in leggings from flight
Two teenage girls wearing leggings were barred from boarding a United Airlines flight on Sunday because they did not meet a dress code for special pass travellers, a company spokesman said amid a furore.. Read More
Carrie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds lauded at public memorial service
Mother-daughter-mother actresses Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher, who died in December just a day apart, were remembered by fans and friends on Saturday at a public memorial service in the Hollywood.. Read More
Sex in Thai city frustrates junta
With mascots dressed as smiling fish and a police rock band, Thai authorities launched a ''Happy Zone'' at the weekend to improve the image of a city notorious for sex tourism. Stung by foreign headlines.. Read More
Nearly 1,200 migrants picked up off Libya, heading to Italy
Humanitarian ships rescued almost 1,200 migrants who were crossing the Mediterranean Sea at the weekend on an array of small, tightly packed boats, Doctors Without Borders said on Sunday. A young.. Read More
Uber suspends self-driving car program after Arizona crash
Uber Technologies Inc suspended its pilot program for driverless cars on Saturday after a vehicle equipped with the nascent technology crashed on an Arizona roadway, the ride-hailing company and local.. Read More
Bulgarian centre-right GERB wins most votes in election
Bulgaria's centre-right GERB party narrowly won a parliamentary election on Sunday, giving it a chance to form another government after leader Boiko Borisov resigned as prime minister in November, triggering.. Read More
Thousands of Yemenis rally in Sanaa on war's second anniversary
Thousands of Yemenis packed a square in the capital Sanaa on Sunday on the second anniversary of a war that has claimed the lives of more than 10,000 people and pushed the impoverished country to the.. Read More
Russian police detain opposition leader, hundreds of protesters
Police detained hundreds of protesters across Russia on Sunday, including opposition leader Alexei Navalny, after thousands took to the streets to demonstrate against corruption and demand the resignation.. Read More
France's Le Pen says the EU 'will die', globalists to be defeated
The European Union will disappear, French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen told a rally on Sunday, promising to shield France from globalisation as she sought to fire up her supporters in the final.. Read More
Captain James Cook waistcoat fails to sell at Sydney auction
A waistcoat owned by British explorer Captain James Cook, who claimed Australia for Britain in 1770, has failed to sell at auction, with bids far below its anticipated million dollar price tag, the.. Read More
Mexicans who help build Trump wall 'traitors,' top Archdiocese says
Mexicans who help build U.S. President Donald Trump's planned border wall would be acting immorally and should be deemed traitors, the Catholic Archdiocese of Mexico said on Sunday, turning up the heat.. Read More
Pence revives talk of U.S. moving Tel Aviv embassy to Jerusalem
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on Sunday revived talk of the possibility the United States may move its embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv, saying President Donald Trump was seriously considering the.. Read More
Gunfire in crowded Ohio nightclub kills one, wounds 15
Gunfire erupted inside a packed nightclub in Cincinnati, Ohio, early Sunday morning, killing one person and injuring 15 others, as an apparent argument that may have started earlier in the day turned.. Read More
Hong Kong leader-elect pledges smooth transfer of power amid divisions
Hong Kong's chief executive-elect Carrie Lam met with the city's incumbent and unpopular leader Leung Chun-ying on Monday, calling for a ''smooth and effective'' transition of power amidst heightened.. Read More
China and New Zealand agree to boost already-close trade ties
China and New Zealand ramped up their cooperation on Monday, pledging to expand their existing free trade agreement into what visiting Premier Li Keqiang called China's ''most advanced'' with a developed.. Read More
Vietnamese detainee dies in Japan immigration centre
A Vietnamese man held in a solitary cell at an immigration detention centre in Japan died on Saturday, raising fresh questions over the monitoring of individuals in the country's detention system... Read More
Syria's Ja'afari says U.S. action on Raqqa would be illegitimate
A U.S.- or Turkish-backed attack on Islamic State in the Syrian city of Raqqa would be illegitimate unless coordinated with President Bashar al-Assad's government, the Syrian chief negotiator at peace.. Read More
Rebooted Power Rangers return to big screen
The latest reboot of the 1990s ''Power Rangers'' children's television series held its world premiere in Los Angeles on Wednesday night. Directed by Dean Israelite, the film tells the backstories.. Read More
Free WiFi and meditation as airlines grapple with laptop ban
Turkish and Gulf airlines are touting free WiFi and better in-flight connectivity for smart phones as they scramble to mitigate the impact of a ban on laptops in plane cabins bound for the United States.. Read More
Amtrak train derails at New York Penn Station, no one reported hurt
An Amtrak Acela train derailed at New York City's Penn Station during Friday morning's rush hour but no injuries were reported immediately, according to rail officials and local media. Services were.. Read More
From crepes to cocktails - can Grand Marnier's new owner make the leap?
Italian drinks group Davide Campari has a tall order to fulfil: take a neglected old liqueur out of the kitchen, where it is used as a dessert topping, and turn it into a hot new cocktail trend... Read More
Bombardier's CSeries jet nears approval for London City airport
Bombardier Inc said its CSeries will soon become the largest commercial aircraft capable of landing at London City Airport, a feat the Canadian planemaker expects will whet buyer interest at a time.. Read More
Mubarak, Egypt's toppled Pharaoh, is free after final charges dropped
Hosni Mubarak, the Egyptian president overthrown in 2011 and the first leader to face trial after the Arab Spring uprisings that swept the region, was freed on Friday after six years in detention, his.. Read More
Driver who sped through Antwerp shoppers faces terrorism charges
A man who sped a car down a pedestrian shopping street in Antwerp has been charged with attempted terrorist murder, Belgium's federal prosecutors said on Friday. No one was injured in the incident.. Read More
Hong Kong likely to choose Beijing's pick for leader amid economic malaise
Hong Kong on Sunday will likely select Beijing's favoured candidate for its next leader who some say will further divide a city where middle class families have become increasingly disaffected by political.. Read More
U.N. broadens inquiry into North Korea 'crimes against humanity'
The top United Nations human rights body agreed on Friday to widen its investigation into widespread violations in North Korea with a view to documenting alleged crimes against humanity for future prosecution.. Read More
Trump administration grants permit for Keystone XL pipeline
The United States has issued a presidential permit for TransCanada Corp's Keystone XL oil pipeline, the Canadian company said on Friday, ending a years-long battle between environmentalists and the.. Read More
War crimes court orders former Congo militia leader to pay victims
The International Criminal Court on Friday found Congolese former militia leader Germain Katanga liable for $1 million in damages to his victims, in a landmark ruling for the permanent war crimes tribunal.. Read More
UAE says surprised by U.S. laptop ban but will cooperate
The United Arab Emirates, one of the world's top aviation hubs, has said it was surprised by the ban on laptops in plane cabins bound for the United States because UAE security was already tight, but.. Read More
Mosul's east begins to bustle but healing a long way off
Eastern Mosul is coming back to life. In the few weeks since Iraqi forces drove Islamic State from this side of the city, markets have opened and bulldozers have begun to clear the debris left by battle.. Read More
Indian airlines push for no-fly list to ban unruly passengers
Several Indian airlines, including the country's biggest carrier IndiGo, on Friday proposed creating a no-fly list to ban unruly passengers, a day after a lawmaker admitted assaulting an official from.. Read More
Food startup Eatsa sued for not making kiosks accessible to blind
Fast food startup Eatsa is being sued by disability rights advocates for not including accessibility features for the blind. Eatsa lets customers order from tablets and pick up their food minutes.. Read More
Twitter explores subscription-based option for first time
Twitter Inc is considering whether to build a premium version of its popular Tweetdeck interface aimed at professionals, the company said on Thursday, raising the possibility that it could collect subscription.. Read More
Republican Nunes apologises over handling of Trump surveillance claim
The Republican head of the U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee apologised on Thursday for the way he handled sensitive allegations about U.S. spy agency surveillance of President Donald.. Read More
Ukraine accuses Russia of 'state terrorism' after former MP shot
Ukraine accused Russia of ''state terrorism'' after a former Russian lawmaker and key witness in a treason case against former leader Viktor Yanukovich was shot dead in broad daylight outside a hotel.. Read More
YouTube's bid to grab TV dollars imperiled by advertiser revolt
The decision by a handful of high-profile consumer brands to pull advertising from Google's YouTube over offensive content could threaten the site's long-term strategy of stealing ad dollars from television.. Read More
Washington talks end without agreement on Israeli settlements
The Trump administration reiterated its concerns about Israeli settlement activity, the two sides said on Thursday, as a round of talks ended without agreement over limiting future construction on land.. Read More
Trump demands support in do-or-die Friday vote on healthcare plan
U.S. President Donald Trump warned House Republican lawmakers that he will leave Obamacare in place and move on to tax reform if they do not get behind new healthcare legislation and support it in a.. Read More
ECB's Nouy says some banks may need to be shut
Some euro zone banks may need to be shut if they become unviable, the European Central Bank's top supervisor said on Thursday, as the Italian government seeks to bail out two regional lenders. Daniele.. Read More
Empty offices, wary lenders - China's faltering bid for AC Milan
The paper trail for an $800 million bid by little-known Chinese investors for AC Milan, the seven-time European soccer champions, leads via Luxembourg, Hong Kong and a network of shell companies to.. Read More
Trump fights for healthcare bill, makes headway with conservatives
U.S. President Donald Trump and House of Representatives leaders pushed on Wednesday for votes for their plan to overhaul Obamacare and said they were making progress in their efforts to win over conservative.. Read More
Sunken South Korean ferry slowly emerges three years after disaster
A South Korean ferry that sank nearly three years ago, killing 304 people, most of them children on a school trip, slowly emerged from a grey sea on Thursday, a sombre reminder of a tragedy that traumatised.. Read More
Poland warns it may not adopt EU's Rome declaration
Poland may not accept the Rome declaration, which will chart the European Union's course after Britain leaves, if the document does not touch upon issues Warsaw considers crucial, the country's prime.. Read More
Centrist Macron seen winning French presidential vote
Centrist Emmanuel Macron is projected to come out on top in the first round of France's presidential election next month ahead of far-right leader Marine Le Pen before going on to win in a runoff, a.. Read More
Verizon, AT&T suspend ads from Google over offensive videos
U.S. wireless carriers Verizon Communications Inc and AT&T Inc said on Wednesday they have suspended digital advertising on Google's YouTube and other advertising platforms not related to search.. Read More
Russia's foreign minister says ready to discuss reducing nuclear arms
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Thursday Russia was willing to discuss reducing nuclear weapons, news agency RIA reported. ''We are ready to discuss the possibility of further reducing.. Read More
Ukraine says saboteurs blow up arms warehouse in east
The Ukrainian military said unknown saboteurs blew up a warehouse storing tank ammunition at a military base in the east of the country early on Thursday, but nobody was hurt. The base, which contained.. Read More
Pakistan seeks Facebook meeting, threatens action over blasphemy
Pakistan will punish social media companies that fail to take action against online blasphemy, the interior minister said on Wednesday, adding that he had requested a meeting with Facebook. Pakistan.. Read More
Portuguese PM leads calls for Dijsselbloem to quit over
Portugal's prime minister on Wednesday led calls for the head of the euro zone's finance ministers to resign after he refused to apologise for suggesting that southern European countries had squandered.. Read More
EU's Vestager says analyzing Facebook reply to WhatsApp probe
EU antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager said on Wednesday she was reviewing Facebook's response to charges the U.S. social network provided misleading information during its bid for messaging service.. Read More
Twin baby ring-tailed lemurs latest addition to Vienna zoo
Vienna's Schoenbrunn Zoo has welcomed two new additions to its enclosures - twin baby ring-tailed lemurs. The park said in a statement on Wednesday the babies were born on Saturday and will be suckled.. Read More
Islamic State shells recaptured areas in west Mosul
Islamic State militants shelled areas recaptured by Iraqi forces in western Mosul, hitting civilians fleeing the fighting early on Wednesday as troops edged their way through the narrow, dangerous streets.. Read More
Pope to visit war and famine hit South Sudan in October
Pope Francis will visit South Sudan in October if the security situation in the country stricken by civil war and famine does not worsen, a bishop from the country said on Tuesday. The pope has said.. Read More
Russia underplayed losses in recapture of Syria's Palmyra
Russia's force in Syria has suffered losses since late January more than three times higher than the official toll, according to evidence gathered by Reuters, a tally that shows the fight in Syria is.. Read More
Israeli ban targeting boycott supporters raises alarm abroad
A law barring foreigners from entering Israel if they back boycotts against the country is causing alarm among liberal American Jews and others who perceive an attempt to suppress critical political.. Read More
Yemen orphanage braves nearby air strikes
After two years of war, orphans in the Yemeni capital Sanaa have only one dream - to survive. The al-Shawkani Foundation for Orphan Care is located around 100 meters (yards) from the al-Nahdain mountain.. Read More
LinkedIn tries to hook more users with business news section
LinkedIn on Wednesday plans to launch a section on its network dedicated to business news, seeking to draw users onto the service more frequently to read and talk about current events, company officials.. Read More
Daring designs lead looks on Tokyo catwalks
Colorful embroidery, creative batik designs and fearless facial jewelry brightened the catwalks at Tokyo Fashion Week where Asian designers presented their Autumn/Winter 2017-18 collections this week.. Read More
Google allows users to share their locations in mapping app
Alphabet Inc's Google announced on Wednesday that it will revamp its popular maps app to allow users to share their locations, in order to boost engagement on a product of increasing strategic importance.. Read More
One in three U.S. Muslims fear for safety in Trump presidency
More than one in three U.S. Muslims fear they could be targeted by white supremacist groups following President Donald Trump's election and 42 percent say their children have been bullied in school.. Read More
World has just months to stop starvation in Yemen, Somalia says Red Cross
The world has got three to four months to save millions of people in Yemen and Somalia from starvation, as war and drought wreck crops and block deliveries of food and medical care, the International.. Read More
Barber-turned-rapper crowned 'Afghan Star' in talent show
A barber-turned-rapper has been crowned the winner of an Afghan talent show that offered its audience some relief from daily stories of insurgents and suicide bombs. Sayed Jamal Mubarez, from Afghanistan.. Read More
Scorched earth - If Islamic State can't have it, no one can
As Islamic State loses ground in Iraq and Syria, the Sunni militant group which once held territory amounting to a third of those countries is turning to sabotage to ensure its enemies cannot benefit.. Read More
Egypt camel racers hope desert sport will spread to fresh pastures
On a desert track in eastern Egypt camels race across the sand, urged on by their young jockeys and a convoy of cars speeding alongside them. The race is part of an annual camel festival outside.. Read More
North Korea missile test fails, U.S. and South Korea say, as tensions simmer
A North Korean missile appeared to have exploded on Wednesday just after it was launched, the U.S. and South Korean militaries said after detecting the latest in a series of weapons tests by the nuclear.. Read More
Former Chilean leader Pinera to seek return to presidency
Sebastian Pinera, who was Chile's president from 2010 to 2014, officially declared on Tuesday his intention to seek the office again this year, betting that widespread disillusion with the governing.. Read More
Trump to attend NATO summit in Brussels May 25
U.S. President Donald Trump will attend a summit of leaders of NATO nations on May 25 in Brussels, the White House said on Tuesday. Trump's visit will give him an opportunity to press his case for.. Read More
Idina Menzel happy to 'Let It Go' for world tour
Broadway star Idina Menzel says she has not yet grown tired of singing her big hit ''Let It Go,'' even as she embarks on a 50-city world tour. Menzel, the star of musicals ''Wicked'' and ''Rent,''.. Read More
Trump administration hosting first meeting of anti-ISIS coalition
Foreign ministers from 68 countries meet in Washington on Wednesday to agree on the next steps to defeat Islamic State, the first such gathering of the U.S-led military coalition since the election.. Read More
Australia's Rinehart children cleared to sue billionaire mother
The children of mining billionaire Gina Rinehart, Australia's richest person, have been cleared by a court to sue their mother for what they describe as mismanagement of a multi-billion dollar family.. Read More
South Koreans could raise sunken ferry if test of lift goes well
Salvage experts in South Korea could on Wednesday begin raising a ferry that sank nearly three years ago, killing more than 300 people, most of them children on a school trip, finally meeting the demands.. Read More
Girl born with four legs is separated from parasitic twin in Chicago surgery
A baby girl from the Ivory Coast born with four legs and two spines has been successfully separated from a parasitic twin in a rare and complex surgery at a Chicago hospital. Ten-month-old Dominique.. Read More
Restoration work completed on Jesus tomb site in Jerusalem
A team of scientists and restorers has completed work on the purported site of Jesus's tomb in Jerusalem's Old City, and it will be re-opened to the public on Wednesday. The group has worked.. Read More
Migrant rescues increase on sea route to Italy
Some 6,000 migrants have been rescued on the central Mediterranean between North Africa and Italy in the last few days, as greater numbers take that route in warmer weather, the International Organization.. Read More
Two killed, nine wounded in attacks on Guatemalan police
Two police officers were killed and eight wounded in attacks on police across Guatemala on Monday night, authorities said, hours after a bloody riot in a juvenile detention centre was put down in the.. Read More
UK wants to be China's leading Western financial partner
The United Kingdom wants to be China's leading Western partner as the Asian power regains its place as the world's biggest economy, a top official at Britain's finance ministry said on Tuesday. ''.. Read More
Ex-U.S. Attorney Bharara joins NYU law school
Preet Bharara, the former U.S. Attorney in Manhattan who was fired this month by President Donald Trump, will join New York University's law school on April 1 as a distinguished scholar in residence.. Read More
Apple unveils updated iPad with lowest-ever price
Apple Inc unveiled an updated version of its iPad tablet with a brighter screen on Tuesday, available to order from Friday and with a $329 starting price that is the lowest ever for a full-sized tablet.. Read More
Trump seeks backing of Republican lawmakers in latest healthcare push
U.S. President Donald Trump met briefly with Republicans in Congress on Tuesday to consolidate support for a plan to overhaul the Obamacare healthcare law with a partial replacement, the biggest legislative.. Read More
Czech zoo saws off rhino horns to thwart poachers
A Czech zoo has started sawing off the horns of its 21 rhinos to protect them from poaching after the killing of a rhinoceros in France earlier this month. The zoo in Dvur Kralove, some 150 km (90.. Read More
Good luck coins prove fatal for Thai 'piggy bank' turtle
A 25-year-old Thai sea turtle died from blood poisoning on Tuesday, never recovering from an operation to remove 915 coins from her stomach, thrown into her pool for good luck, veterinarians said... Read More
Australia again denounced for treatment of Aborigines as U.N. investigates
Australia came under fresh criticism over its treatment of its indigenous population on Tuesday as a UN investigator examined the impact of a government takeover of remote communities and as Canberra.. Read More
India farmers switch crops as lentil prices plunge
Millions of Indian farmers look set to switch from growing pulses and oilseeds after a government campaign to boost output became a victim of its own success by flooding markets with the crops, used.. Read More
Democrats set to grill Trump's Supreme Court nominee
U.S. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch faces a gruelling day of questioning from Democrats on Tuesday on how he might rule on contentious social issues like abortion and whether he is sufficiently.. Read More
In Serbian election, the comedy candidate is no joke
It started as a joke, a way to poke fun at a discredited political class in elections last year for the local assembly in this rundown town in central Serbia. Communications student Luka Maksimovic.. Read More
South Korea's Park apologises, promises cooperation in graft probe
Ousted South Korean president Park Geun-hye apologised to the country on Tuesday as she arrived at prosecutors' offices for questioning as a criminal suspect in a corruption scandal that has gripped.. Read More
Rosie the Riveter finally gets national day of recognition
They welded pipes. They drew blueprints. And, of course, they fastened munitions and machine parts together with rivets. Now, seven decades after World War Two ended, a surviving handful of the women.. Read More
Stolen Van Gogh paintings back in Amsterdam after 14 years
Two paintings by Vincent Van Gogh were unveiled, barely damaged, at an Amsterdam museum on Tuesday, 14 years after they were stolen in a mafia heist. The works, 1882's ''View of the Sea at Scheveningen.. Read More
Google sister company Jigsaw offers free security tools to election groups
Google and its sister company Jigsaw, are stepping up efforts to help keep elections free of online interference after helping to defend one of two important voter information websites that came under.. Read More