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British Airways pilots began a 48-hour strike on Monday, grounding most of the airline's flights and disrupting thousands of travelers' plans in unprecedented industrial action over a pay dispute. The British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA) last month gave the airline notice of three days of industrial action in September, in what is the first ever strike by BA pilots. Following the strikes on Sept. 9 and 10, another day of industrial action is scheduled for Sept. 27.
A former official in the powerful Iranian-backed Lebanese group Hezbollah was found dead in his flat in a Beirut neighborhood, the state-run Lebanese news agency said on Sunday. Security forces immediately opened an investigation and were awaiting the arrival of a forensic doctor to determine the cause of death, National News Agency said, giving only the initials of the man. Hezbollah and the Israeli army exchanged cross-border fire last Sunday after a drone attack in a Hezbollah-controlled Beirut suburb in the fiercest shelling exchange between the two adversaries since the 2006 Lebanon war.
French President Emmanuel Macron and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin spoke by phone on Sunday ahead of a meeting of the joint Franco-Russian Council on security issues scheduled for Monday in Moscow, the French presidency said in a statement.
Heatwaves in June and July caused about 1,500 more deaths than usual in France over that period, though the figure was far lower than in the summer of 2003, the country's health minister said on Sunday. The highest temperature in France this summer was 46 degrees Celsius on June 28 at Verargues in the south of France.
Francisco Toledo, who shook up the 1960s Mexican art scene with his fresh approach to painting, sculpting, printing, tapestry weaving and preserving the cultural heritage that inspired him, has died. Toledo's work, full of monkeys, insects and skeletons in earthy tones, reflected his indigenous background and love of nature.
President Ashraf Ghani's office on Sunday said real peace in Afghanistan was only possible when the Taliban stopped their violence and held direct talks with the government. U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday cancelled peace talks with the Taliban's "major leaders" at a presidential compound in Camp David, Maryland after the insurgent group claimed responsibility for an attack in Kabul last week that killed an American soldier and 11 other people. Taliban fighters, who now control more territory than at any time since the war started in 2001, launched assaults on the northern cities of Kunduz and Pul-e Khumri over the past week and carried out two major suicide bombings in the...
Hundreds of weary Bahamians, some carrying small bags of belongings and children on their hips, disembarked a cruise ship in south Florida on Saturday after fleeing the catastrophic devastation left by Hurricane Dorian. The evacuees arrived at the Port of Palm Beach after an all-night voyage on the
Following is a summary of current science news briefs. Scotland's fabled Loch Ness monster could possibly be a giant eel, scientists said on Thursday after an intensive analysis of traces of DNA in the Loch's icy waters. India lost contact with a spacecraft it was trying to land on the moon on Saturday, its space agency said, in a setback for the nation's ambitious plans to become the first country to probe the unexplored lunar south pole.
France will continue efforts to bring Iran into full compliance with a 2015 nuclear deal, French defence minister Florence Parly said, adding that U.S. and European moves to strengthen security in the Gulf must be "complementary and well coordinated". "We can only confirm our goal, which is to bring Iran to fully respect the Vienna deal," Parly told a news conference on Saturday with U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper in Paris. "We must do everything we can to contribute to ease tensions with Iran and to ensure navigation safety," she added.
The Hawaii Innocence Project says a former U.S. Navy sailor's statutory rape conviction has been overturned. The University of Hawaii's law school, where the innocence project is located, announced Friday that a state Supreme Court ruling officially sets aside the conviction of Roynes Dural. Project co-director Ken Lawson says Dural spent eight years in prison for a crime he didn't commit.
The U.S. nuclear energy industry has called for the Trump administration to revive domestic uranium mining and enrichment by unlocking funds through a Cold War-era program, in a letter sent to a Cabinet-level working group. The Aug. 18 letter from the Nuclear Energy Institute, or NEI, to national security adviser John Bolton and White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow, urges the Trump administration to authorize funds through the 1950 Defense Production Act to procure domestic fuel for defense requirements and boost federal reserves of uranium for nuclear power utilities.
Seven Amazonian countries on Friday signed a pact to protect the world's largest tropical forest via disaster response coordination and satellite monitoring, amid recent fires that torched thousands of square miles of the jungle. The presidents of Colombia, Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru, the vice-president of Suriname and the natural resource minister of Guyana attended the one-day summit in the jungle city of Leticia in southern Colombia. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro participated by video link, while his foreign minister, Ernesto Araujo, attended in person.
Wall Street's major indexes edged higher on Friday as investors digested mixed signals from the U.S. jobs report and bet on a Federal Reserve interest rate cut this month while China's stimulus plan helped ease some concerns around global growth. U.S. job growth slowed more than expected in August, with retail hiring declining for a seventh straight month, but this was countered by strong wage gains which are expected to support consumer spending and keep the economy expanding moderately amid rising threats from trade tensions.
Authorities had warned residents in June that a possible serial killer and rapist in Detroit was targeting sex workers in their 50s.
A decline in interest rates on long-term U.S. government bonds below the average stock dividend yield has received less attention than an inverted Treasury yield curve, but it could be a reason stocks find support after a bruising August. After the S&P 500 suffered its first monthly drop since May, in part because the Treasury curve inversion is seen by many as a harbinger of recession, equities have gotten off to a solid start in September, historically their worst month of the year. The uncommon Treasury bond/dividend yield inversion is providing a level of support.
Israeli forces shot and killed two Palestinians and wounded dozens during protests along the Gaza-Israel border on Friday, Palestinian health officials said. Seventy others were wounded, 38 of them by live fire, medical officials said. An Israeli military spokesman said that troops guarding the border were faced with more than 6,000 demonstrators at several points along the fence, some hurling explosive devices and firebombs.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Friday the United States would use the U.N. General Assembly this month to persuade countries to help "call out" China over treatment of its Uighur Muslim minority. "We are going to have this U.N. General Assembly in the third week in September.
A Turkish court on Friday sentenced a prominent opposition official to nine years and eight months in prison for insulting the president and spreading terrorist propaganda, a lawmaker from the main opposition party said. The Republican People's Party (CHP) said Canan Kaftancioglu, head of its Istanbul branch and one of the strongest opposition voices within the party, will not immediately go to jail pending appeals. The indictment also accused Kaftancioglu of insulting the government and public servants, inciting hatred and enmity, mostly on the basis of tweets posted between 2012 and 2017.
Vast swathes of land, from Africa to the Middle East, are being left useless by climate shifts and human pressures such as deforestation, mining and farming, threatening to hike migration and conflict, a senior U.N. environmental official warned. The accelerating damage could cost the global economy a staggering $23 trillion by 2050 - and rich countries as well as poor will pay the price, said Ibrahim Thiaw, executive secretary of the U.N. Convention to Combat Desertification. In poor communities, ailing land "fragments families" and causes young people to leave home, he told the Thomson Reuters Foundation in an interview.
A weakening Hurricane Dorian, downgraded to a Category 1 but still packing 90 mph (150 kph) winds, crawled north on Friday, skirting the Carolinas and flooding coastal towns a couple of days after it reduced parts of the Bahamas to rubble. It is expected to push farther out to sea before making landfall in the state later on Friday, the Miami-based National Hurricane Center said in a 2 a.m. EST advisory. The howling west flank of Dorian has soaked the Carolinas since early Thursday, flooding coastal towns, whipping up more than a dozen tornadoes and cutting power to hundreds of thousands of people.
U.S. job growth likely slowed further in August, but the pace of gains probably remains sufficient to keep the economy expanding moderately amid rising threats from trade tensions and weakness overseas that have left financial markets fearing a recession. The Labor Department's closely watched monthly employment report on Friday will come in the wake of a survey on Tuesday that showed manufacturing contracting for the first time in three years in August. The economy's waning fortunes, underscored by an inversion of the U.S. Treasury yield curve, have been largely blamed on the White House's year-long trade war with China.
An American woman is facing human trafficking and kidnapping charges in the Philippines, authorities said, after she was caught trying to smuggle a newborn baby out of Manila's main airport on a flight bound for the United States. Jennifer Talbot, from Ohio, managed to take the 6-day-old boy through passport control by concealing him in a baby sling across her chest, according to the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), the Philippines top law-enforcement agency. Surveillance camera footage from Wednesday showed her removing the sling and revealing the infant before she passed through security checks into the departures area.
Encouraging U.S. economic data gave the dollar an edge over its peers on Friday, arresting a recent flight from the greenback while also supporting Asian currencies as investors toned down recent gloom over the global economy. U.S. service sector activity accelerated in August and private employers boosted hiring beyond expectations. It contributed to a broad risk-on shift in money, bond and stock markets stoked by news that China-U.S. trade talks would resume next month, and supported the dollar.
The city of Sacramento will pay $2.4 million to the two sons of an unarmed black man who was fatally shot by police last year, according to court documents. A quarter of the money, plus nearly $14,000 in expenses, will go to attorneys, and the rest into a trust for the sons of Stephon Clark, who was killed in his grandparents' backyard as police pursued him as a vandalism suspect. Clark's sons, 2 and 5, will be able to access the money tax-free when they are between 22 and 25.
U.S. wildlife officials rejected petitions Thursday to protect Yellowstone National Park's storied bison herds but pledged to consider protections for two other species - a tiny, endangered squirrel in Arizona and bees that pollinate rare desert flowers in Nevada. Wildlife advocates have campaigned for decades to halt the routine slaughter of bison migrating out of Yellowstone to reach their winter grazing grounds in Montana. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service rebuffed calls for special protections for Yellowstone bison in 2015 but was forced to reconsider under a U.S. District Court order issued last year.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson travels to Scotland on Friday, announcing an increase in funding for farming as he continues to promote higher public spending ahead of an expected election. With less than two months until Britain leaves the European Union, Johnson has challenged his political opponents to an election, arguing that the public should get to decide whose Brexit plan they wish to back. The main opposition Labour Party has so far refused to agree to a vote, saying they need assurances first that Britain will not leave the EU without an exit deal on Oct. 31.
Since trade negotiations between the world's largest economies broke down in May, both countries have added tariffs on billions of dollars of the others' goods, broken good faith promises and traded public insults. Washington accused Beijing of reneging on commitments to change its laws to enact economic reforms, while Beijing called U.S. President Donald Trump's tariff's "barbaric." Leaders from both countries are now vowing a long fight, despite slowing domestic economies. Deputies from the U.S. and China trade teams will talk in mid-September to prepare for negotiations between U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, and China's Vice Premier...
Trump has promised to deliver a "giant package" to U.S. farmers related to ethanol, in response to ire from U.S. farmers and biofuels advocates over a large number of exemptions regulators have given to oil refineries to free them of requirements to blend biofuels. The Renewable Fuel Standard, signed into law by President George W. Bush in 2005, requires refineries to blend increasing volumes of biofuels into their fuel each year. Small facilities under financial strain can be exempted, and Trump authorized the EPA to grant 31 waivers to small refineries in August, far more than the Obama administration had typically granted.
Italy's new government, combining the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement and centre-left Democratic Party (PD), was sworn into office on Thursday, promising to reset Rome's often fraught relations with Brussels. "The parties in this government will do their utmost not to quarrel with Brussels, not to have pointless fights or rows, but rather to put forward new ideas," said Vincenzo Amendola, a member of the pro-European PD. The PD has taken charge not just of the EU affairs ministry but also the economy ministry, which has been in the frontline of recent battles with Brussels, while former PD prime minister Paolo Gentiloni was named as Italy's next EU commissioner.
As Hurricane Dorian slogs up the Carolinas coast, forecasters are predicting high storm surges and drenching rains that could trigger flooding and unleash environmental hazards in areas still recovering from last year's Hurricane Florence. The National Weather Service issued a hurricane warning Wednesday for the Atlantic coast from northern Georgia to southern Virginia, predicting a "potentially life threatening storm surge" up to 8 feet (2.4 meters) around the North Carolina-South Carolina line. There could also be up to a foot of rainfall across much of Eastern North Carolina, raising concerns of flash flooding well inland.
A jury found Muhammad Arif, 61, of Katy, Texas, guilty of one count of conspiracy to unlawfully distribute and dispense controlled substances, and three counts of unlawfully distributing and dispensing controlled substances, the Department of Justice said. Arif was accused of conspiring with the owner of Aster Medical Clinic, an unregistered pain clinic in Rosenburg, Texas, where prosecutors said workers illegally prescribed "hundreds of thousands of doses" of opioids and other controlled substances, according to a statement.
International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Yukiya Amano died in July as he was preparing to step down early because of an unspecified illness that had visibly weakened him over the previous year. Slovakia's government has also approved a run by the head of its Nuclear Regulatory Authority, Marta Ziakova, a former chairwoman of the IAEA's two top decision-making bodies, the Board of Governors and the General Conference. After weeks of speculation about a possible bid, Lassina Zerbo of Burkina Faso, who heads the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban-Treaty Organization (CTBTO), told staff in a meeting at CTBTO headquarters in Vienna that he is running with the support of "his country...
Hundreds of Palestinians demonstrated in the West Bank on Wednesday to demand legal protection for women after a 21-year-old woman died last month in what rights groups say was a so-called honour killing. A Palestinian Authority investigation is underway into the death of Isra'a Ghrayeb, a make-up artist who activists say was beaten by male relatives after a video posted on Instagram allegedly showed a meeting between her and a man who had proposed to her. At least 18 Palestinian women have been killed this year by family members angered at perceived damage to their honour, which may involve fraternising with men or any infringement of conservative values regarding women, according to...
A man has died in Indian Kashmir nearly a month after he was injured in a protest, the first such death that authorities have confirmed since India revoked the disputed region's special autonomy last month. News of the death came as Pakistan warned that its old rival India was sowing the seeds of war with its action in the divided Himalayan region. Muslim-majority Kashmir has long been a flashpoint between nuclear-armed India and Pakistan.
Song Min-su, a Japanese major in his final year at Hannam University, south of Seoul, has watched in dismay as a spat between South Korea and Japan over wartime forced labour has spiralled into a damaging political and economic row. Song, 25, has been pursuing his dream of working in Japan.
Pope Francis is opening a three-nation pilgrimage to southern Africa with a strategic visit to Mozambique, just weeks after the country's ruling party and armed opposition signed a new peace deal and weeks before national elections. Thirty years after St. John Paul II begged Mozambicans to end their civil war, Francis is expected to endorse the new Aug. 1 accord and urge its full implementation when he meets with government authorities on Thursday, his first full day in the region.
Details emerged early Wednesday, but officials do not know why the boy took a gun and shot his father, stepmother and three siblings late on Monday, and then threw the gun away before calling police to report that he heard gunshots. The boy is accused of shooting his father, John Sisk, 38, a automobile repairman, stepmother Mary Sisk, 35, a teacher in Huntsville, Alabama, and three siblings who were not named by the sheriff's office. The shootings happened at the family home in Elkmont, Alabama, about 100 miles north of Birmingham, at about 10:30 p.m. Monday, officials said.
Democratic presidential candidates are releasing their plans to address climate change ahead of a series of town halls on the issue as the party's base increasingly demands aggressive action. New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and former Obama Cabinet member Julián Castro laid out their plans Tuesday. Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar released hers over the weekend.
Rescue efforts are underway in New Zealand where several people, including Chinese tourists, are feared dead after a bus carrying more than 20 people rolled over on a highway in North Island. New Zealand police said in a statement that there have been fatalities in the crash, but could not confirm how many were killed. A police spokeswoman did not confirm the nationality of the passengers on the bus.
S tanding near an ancient monastery perched on a rocky ridge in southeast Georgia, armed border guards keep a watchful eye over tourists visiting the site, stopping those who venture too far uphill. "This is one of the most important religious centres in Georgia," said Davit Katsarava, a 42-year-old Georgian sportsman and actor protesting the site closure. "It's our territory, our history but unfortunately Azerbaijani (people) think otherwise," he told the Thomson Reuters Foundation during a visit to the monastery.
Benchmark 10-year U.S. Treasury yields fell on Tuesday to their lowest since July 2016 and all three major U.S. stock indexes lost ground in a risk-off session driven by heightened trade worries and an unexpected contraction of U.S. factory activity. European shares also dipped over global economic slowdown worries and uncertainties surrounding Britain's chaotic exit from the European Union.
Venezuela's opposition leader Juan Guaido on Tuesday backed the use of satellites to help locate guerrilla groups that have crossed into Venezuela from neighboring Colombia, days after dissident rebels launched a new offensive. Former FARC guerillas on Thursday announced a rearmament in a video that Colombian authorities believe was filmed in Venezuela, spurring concern of a worsening of the Colombian armed conflict and expansion of armed groups in Venezuela.
Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey said Tuesday that she should not have worn blackface in a college skit decades ago, but she does not plan to resign over something that happened so long in the past. In her first public appearance since issuing a public apology last week, Ivey reiterated that she was wrong to appear
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Tuesday the public should have the right to choose whether ex-presidents should face trial once a bill has passed Congress making it easier to hold referendums. Speaking after an official said an investigation had been opened on a 2014 scandal that battered the reputation of his predecessor, Enrique Pena Nieto, Lopez Obrador said he did not want to pursue former presidents in court. "And once (the constitution) has been reformed and these referendums can be held, if the people ask for it and want ex-presidents to stand trial, that right is guaranteed," Lopez Obrador said at his regular morning news conference.
For Joshua K. Love, recovering from beatings and sexual abuse he says he suffered at a Catholic grade school 20 years ago is a matter of day-to-day survival. Often, you can find him in the shotgun shack he calls home in Greenwood, Mississippi, giving discount haircuts to friends and family members. Or you might find him in his front yard, teaching his 11-year-old son, Joshua K. Love Jr., how to spar with a makeshift punching bag hung on a string from the branch of a tree.
Two years of higher-than-expected losses from natural catastrophes are likely to prompt average reinsurance rate renewal rises of up to 5% in January, ratings agencies said. After several years of falling rates due to competition and fewer natural disasters, steep losses from hurricanes, typhoons and wildfires in 2017 and 2018 are driving a reversal.
Earlier in the day, the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement and centre-left Democratic Party (PD) unveiled a shared policy agenda to serve as the basis of a new ruling coalition, setting aside years of political hostility. "The criticism dates back to the first version of the Rousseau platform and, like all innovations of this type, it can be improved.
A Russian court on Tuesday sentenced a man to three years in jail after convicting him of attacking a policeman during an unauthorised political protest in Moscow in July, the RIA news agency reported. Ivan Podkopayev was one of thousands of protesters who took part in a series of opposition protests this summer calling for free elections in the Russian capital. Earlier on Tuesday, a court sentenced a blogger to five years in jail after convicting him of inciting violence against the children of police officers, and charged two Kremlin critics with organising an illegal protest.
South Korean workers fed up with bullying are being increasingly emboldened by a new tougher labour law to secretly record alleged abuse or harassment by their bosses, boosting sales of high-tech audio and video devices. Several incidents have made international headlines, most notoriously the 2014 Korean Air "nut rage" case in which the airline's vice president Heather Cho assaulted a crew member over the way she was served macadamia nuts in first class. Jang Sung-Churl, chief executive of electronics firm Auto Jungbo Co. Ltd., told Reuters that covert recording devices "have been selling like hotcakes" since the government flagged changes to the labour laws late last year.
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence drew criticism from Democrats on Tuesday when he began a two-day visit to Ireland with meetings in the capital, Dublin, but stayed at a hotel owned by President Donald Trump almost 300 kilometers (180 miles) away. Pence flew to Dublin on Tuesday after spending the night at the Trump International Golf Club in Doonbeg on the west coast of Ireland.