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Members of the Georgia Security Force militia puts targets up before the group participates in live fire training in Jackson, Georgia

In America’s South, militias prepare for battle

Jackson (United States) (AFP) – Each month, Chris Hill gets together with friends to spend a few days in a remote forest in Georgia, deep in the heart of the American South. They trade stories over a campfire, feast on

Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Joseph Dunford (C), says peace with North Korea is a "possibility"

Peace with North Korea a ‘possibility’: top US general

Beijing (AFP) – Peace with North Korea is a “possibility”, America’s most senior uniformed officer said Thursday, but warned the US has “credible, viable military options” for dealing with the errant regime. General Joe Dunford, the chairman of the US

Macron's plans to create an official status and job for his wife as first lady were shelved in the face of a hostile online petition

Brigitte Macron says will take on informal role as first lady

Paris (AFP) – Brigitte Macron, the wife of French President Emmanuel Macron, said she will adopt the role of first lady, but only in an informal capacity after opposition to plans to give her an official status. Speaking to Elle

Joshua Wong, Nathan Law and Alex Chow were sentenced to six months, eight months and seven months jail respectively in Hong Kong Thursday

Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement leaders jailed 

Hong Kong (AFP) – Joshua Wong and two other young leaders of Hong Kong’s huge Umbrella Movement rallies in 2014 were jailed Thursday for their role in the pro-democracy protests. Wong, Nathan Law and Alex Chow were sentenced to six

Fed policymakers hinted at a slower pace of interest rate hikes at their July meeting

Asia rally falters as dollar languishes

Hong Kong (AFP) – The dollar struggled to recover Thursday in the wake of dovish Federal Reserve minutes highlighting concern over low inflation and crumbling corporate support for US President Donald Trump. The greenback was hovering around 110 yen as

A newly arrived refugee child from South Sudan sleeps on a dirty floor on the Ugandan side of the Ngomoromo border post

More than one million S. Sudan refugees in Uganda: UN

Geneva (AFP) – South Sudan’s brutal civil war has forced more than one million people to flee to neighbouring Uganda alone, with another million seeking refuge elsewhere in the region, the UN’s refugee agency said Thursday. The UNHCR said additional

Unicom Group was among six SOEs chosen by Beijing last year for a pilot programme to funnel private capital into state firms

Big Chinese share-sale plan mired in confusion

Shanghai (AFP) – A plan under which big Chinese companies led by Tencent and Alibaba would invest $11.7 billion in the country’s second-largest wireless carrier was cast into confusion on Thursday — just a day after it was announced. China

Australian researchers have reported a major breakthrough in the relief of deadly peanut allergy with the discovery of a long-lasting treatment

Australian researchers in peanut allergy breakthrough

Sydney (AFP) – Australian researchers have reported a major breakthrough in the relief of deadly peanut allergy with the discovery of a long-lasting treatment they say offers hope that a cure will soon be possible. In clinical trials conducted by

Wednesday's death, the latest blow to American forces in Afghanistan, follows a Taliban suicide bomb attack in Kandahar earlier this month that killed two US soldiers

US soldier killed in Afghan operation against IS

Kabul (AFP) – A US soldier has been killed in Afghanistan in an operation targeting Islamic State group insurgents, commanders said Thursday, in the latest blow to American forces in the war-torn nation.   The death brought the number of US

A one-off episodes of "Buddy Thunderstruck" dropped recently on streaming service Netflix that brings the "choose your own adventure" format seen in 1980s novels to internet TV

TV’s next big experiment: ‘choose your own adventure’

Los Angeles (AFP) – It’s an all-too-familiar frustration for film fans — wanting to yell at the character who picks up the wrong suitcase, forgets the torch batteries or assumes wrongly the killer is dead. But the days of yelling

Former Brazilian President, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (red shirt) participates in a congress of the Unified Workers Central (CUT) in Rio in August 2017

Brazil’s Lula launches unlikely bid to retake presidency

Brasília (AFP) – Brazil’s former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has never taken the easy path but Thursday the onetime shoeshine boy turned political giant embarks on his most audacious challenge yet: to recapture the presidency — and avoid

The New Zealand All Blacks have been reviewing what went wrong in their unexpected series draw with the British and Irish Lions at home last month

All Blacks aim for post-Lions rebound against Wallabies

Sydney (AFP) – The All Blacks will be out to reassert their dominance as the wounded Wallabies look to the return of Kurtley Beale to trigger an upset in Saturday’s Rugby Championship opener in Sydney. The world champions have been

Although never charged, Iranian opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi was placed under house arrest in 2011 for his role in mass protests over the 2009 presidential election

Iran reform leader on hunger strike over 6-year house arrest

Tehran (AFP) – Iranian opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi, under house arrest for the past six years, was hospitalised Thursday after going on hunger strike a day earlier to demand a trial date, his family told local media. “His health condition

New York stocks rose despite developments in Washington, with the Dow rising above 22,000 even as Trump disbanded a pair of business advisory boards after several chief executives resigned over his response to a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville.

Asia fails to build on Wall Street lead as dollar languishes

Hong Kong (AFP) – The dollar slumped Thursday in the wake of dovish Federal Reserve minutes highlighting concern over inflation and crumbling corporate support for US President Donald Trump. The greenback was back below 110 yen as safe haven assets

Displaced Syrians sit in a house in Raqa's western al-Sabahiya district where they are taking shelter

Civilians brave dangers to wait out IS exit from Syria’s Raqa

Raqa (Syria) (AFP) – The fight to oust the Islamic State jihadist group from its Syrian stronghold Raqa has displaced thousands of civilians, but some have decided to stay on the frontlines despite the dangers. Although the US-backed Syrian Democratic

Underwater archaeologist Ibrahima Thiaw scours the seabed off Senegal's Atlantic coast for wrecks of former slave ships

Secrets of the deep: Senegal’s slave shipwreck detective

Dakar (AFP) – Staring out to sea on a flawlessly sunny day, underwater archaeologist Ibrahima Thiaw visualises three shipwrecks once packed with slaves that now lie somewhere beneath Senegal’s Atlantic waves. He wants more than anything to find them. Thiaw

Known as much as a wild party island as a place of tranquility with coves of turquoise blue water, Ibiza's popularity has increased with tourists but often to the detriment of local communities

Packed with tourists, Ibiza struggles to house locals

Ibiza Town (Spain) (AFP) – Gabriel Alberto Andrade has lived in a van for a year, unable to pay for a home in Spain’s Ibiza where rental prices have shot up as mass tourism takes its toll on locals. Known

Diana was the self-styled 'queen of people's hearts'

‘Frozen in time’: Diana’s tragic fairytale

London (AFP) – From her engagement to Prince Charles as a shy teenager to her roles as doting mother, humanitarian and global celebrity, Diana’s turbulent life still captivates people around the world. Young, beautiful and fun, she seemed refreshingly informal

Camilla: Diana's 'Rottweiler' who won grudging acceptance

Camilla: Diana’s ‘Rottweiler’ who won grudging acceptance

London (AFP) – The anniversary of Princess Diana’s death once again turns the spotlight on Prince Charles’ current wife Camilla Parker Bowles, whom the princess famously referred to as the third person in her marriage. For years Camilla was vilified

The Princess of Wales died in 1997 in a Paris car crash

Diana’s death: Week of grief shakes the monarchy

Paris (AFP) – Twenty years ago on August 31, 1997, Britain’s Princess Diana died in a high-speed car crash in Paris. For the next week, up to her spectacular funeral, Britain was plunged into an unprecedented outpouring of popular grief

Fighters from the Syrian Democratic Forces, a US-backed Kurdish-Arab alliance, battle to retake the devastated city of Raqa in northern Syria from the Islamic State group

Infamous Australian IS fighter ‘likely’ dead: minister

Sydney (AFP) – Canberra said Thursday there was a “high probability” a notorious Islamic State fighter from Australia and two of his children had been killed in a US airstrike in Syria. Reports said Khaled Sharrouf and his sons Abdullah,

The intense rhetoric on both sides has raised fears of a miscalculation leading to catastrophic consequences -- Pyongyang has vast artillery forces deployed within range of Seoul, where millions of people live

S. Korea’s Moon: There will be no war on Korean peninsula

Seoul (AFP) – There will be no war on the Korean peninsula, South Korean President Moon Jae-In said Thursday, despite high tensions over the North’s nuclear and missile programmes. “All South Koreans have worked so hard together to rebuild the

White House strategist Steve Bannon says the US is in an "economic war" with China

US in ‘economic war’ with China, says Trump strategist Bannon

Washington (AFP) – White House strategist Steve Bannon argued forcefully in an interview published Wednesday that the United States is in an “economic war” with China, and the confrontation with nuclear-armed North Korea is just “a sideshow.” “To me the

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers hails his side's outstanding display during the 5-0 thrashing of FC Astana

Rodgers hails complete Celtic performance in Astana thrashing

Glasgow (AFP) – Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers hailed his side’s outstanding display as they moved to the verge of the Champions League group stages with a 5-0 thrashing of FC Astana in Glasgow. An own goal from Evgeni Postnikov and

Pro-Confederate flag demonstrators held a protest outside the South Carolina state house in July to protest the removal of the flag from the grounds

Lee, Jackson, Davis: icons of the Confederacy

Washington (AFP) – A campaign is gathering momentum in the United States to remove monuments to the pro-slavery Confederacy. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), a civil rights advocacy group, there are more than 1,500 symbols of the

Map showing Puerto Ayucucho in Venezuela where 37 inmates have been killed in a prison riot

At least 37 die in prison riot in southern Venezuela

Caracas (AFP) – At least 37 people died in an hours-long prison riot in Venezuela’s southern state of Amazonas, officials said Wednesday. The prosecutors’ office said an investigation had been launched into “the deaths of 37 people” in the facility

UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor holds a media workout in Las Vegas, ahead of his fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. on August 26

McGregor vows fast finish against Mayweather

Los Angeles (AFP) – Conor McGregor believes he will knock out Floyd Mayweather inside two rounds but is ready for all scenarios when the two fighters clash in their eagerly anticipated superfight next week. Irish mixed martial arts star McGregor

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