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Traditional car makers like Ford face growing competition from Silicon Valley technology companies for the future of transportation

Ford shakeup underscores Detroit’s tech dilemmas

New York (AFP) – Ford’s decision to oust its CEO is the latest sign of how Silicon Valley technology firms are shaking the foundation of the American auto industry. The removal of Mark Fields after just three years at the helm

Syrian residents of Khan Sheikhun hold placards and pictures on April 7, 2017 during a protest condemning a suspected chemical weapons attack on their town

UN seeks security for Syria gas attacks investigators

United Nations (United States) (AFP) – The United Nations is working to obtain security assurances needed to dispatch an international team of experts to the site of last month’s suspected sarin gas attack in Syria, a UN official said Tuesday.

Roger Moore was known for his cheeky quips

Roger Moore’s best quotes as 007

Paris (AFP) – British actor Roger Moore played James Bond in a record seven films, more than any other man to date. He made the role truly his own by using an ironically raised eyebrow, well-timed to go with deadpan

Armed police patrol near Manchester Arena on May 23, 2017 following a terror attack the previous evening

Britain defiant as Islamic State group claims concert attack

Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – British Prime Minister Theresa May vowed Tuesday “terrorists will not prevail” after an eight-year-old girl was among 22 people killed at a packed pop concert in a suicide bombing claimed by the Islamic State group.

US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump step onto the red carpet at Israel's Ben Gurion Airport on May 23, 2017

Trump stays on script — but a few episodes raise eyebrows

Jerusalem (AFP) – US President Donald Trump’s trip to Israel and the Palestinian territories saw the unpredictable leader tightly following protocol, but a few moments provided low-scale scandal and humour. – Empty handed – Walking on the red carpet from

Director of National Intelligence Agency Dan Coats testifies during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on May 23, 2017

US intel chief mum on possible Trump pressure on Russia probe

Washington (AFP) – US Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats on Tuesday sidestepped questions about an explosive report which said President Donald Trump pressured him to help push back against the probe into Russian ties with his campaign. But amid

Tata Motors in December witnessed a 96 percent fall in quarterly profits due to India's cash ban that had rendered 86 percent of the country's cash reserves "illegal and void" overnight

Tata Motors profits fall 17 percent on pound decline

Mumbai (AFP) – Indian carmaker Tata Motors Tuesday reported a 17 percent fall in quarterly profits, as the pound depreciated against the rupee following Britain’s vote to leave the European Union. The company’s consolidated net profit for the three months

Armed police patrol near Manchester Arena on May 23, 2017 following a terror attack the previous evening

World leaders condemn Manchester concert attack

Paris (AFP) – World leaders expressed shock and horror on Tuesday after the suicide bombing in Manchester, noerthwest England which killed at least 22 people, including children. Here are some of the reactions: – Britain – Prime Minister Theresa May

Investigators have raided the home of PSG star Angel Di Maria in a tax fraud probe, according to legal sources

Di Maria, Pastore homes raided in PSG tax probe

Paris (AFP) – Investigators raided the headquarters of Paris Saint-Germain and the homes of the club’s Argentinian stars Angel Di Maria and Javier Pastore on Tuesday in a tax fraud probe, legal sources said. French prosecutors launched the investigation in

The Catalan government says its priority is still to reach an agreement with the Spanish government to hold an independence referendum

Spanish PM accuses Catalan separatists of ‘blackmail’

Barcelona (AFP) – Spain’s prime minister on Monday accused Catalonia’s separatist government of blackmail after a newspaper reported it was planning to declare independence unless Madrid allows the wealthy region to hold a referendum on secession. “The threats and blackmail

New US home sales fell 11.4% in April, cooling from the torrid pace in March, and prices also dropped.

US new home sales cool in April

Washington (AFP) – Sales of new US homes experienced a sharp slowdown in April after a record rate in March, with prices also falling, the Commerce Department reported Tuesday. The supply of new homes also showed signs of increasing somewhat

Singer Ariana Grande's "Arianator" fan base is full of young girls attending their first concerts

Ariana Grande, an anodyne teen favorite hit by tragedy

New York (AFP) – Pop star Ariana Grande, whose concert was struck by one of Britain’s deadliest attacks in years, is a favorite of pre-teens rarely known for causing a stir. The 23-year-old former child star called her last album

A picture taken on April 1, 2016, shows the golden sarcophagus of King Tutankhamun displayed in his burial chamber in the Valley of the Kings, close to Luxor

King Tut’s bed, chariot to be moved to new Cairo museum

Cairo (AFP) – The chariot of king Tutankhamun will roll through the Egyptian capital’s streets on Tuesday, only on the back of a truck as curators transport it to its new home near the Giza Pyramids. The wooden chariot will

Former James Bond actor Roger Moore pictured at Hanoi airport on October 26, 2003 during a  goodwill ambassador visit for the United Nations Children's Funds (UNICEF)

James Bond star Roger Moore dies aged 89: family

London (AFP) – British actor Roger Moore, who will forever be remembered for playing James Bond, died Tuesday aged 89, his family announced in a statement on Twitter. “It is with a heavy heart that we must announce our loving

Ginger bread on sale in Wittenberg: from burgers to rubber duckies to liquor the town is cashing in on its association with Martin Luther

From rubber ducks to sausages, Luther mania sweeps German town

Wittenberg (Germany) (AFP) – Carrying an armful of “Luther Brodt” gingerbread to the cashier, Mikael Byrial Jensen admits sheepishly that Martin Luther would probably not have been impressed by the flood of souvenirs bearing his name. Luther “said himself that

British actor Sir Roger Moore has died at the age of 89

Roger Moore: from Saint to 007

London (AFP) – British actor Roger Moore was never one to boast about his acting ability but then the facts spoke for themselves — he played James Bond in more films than any other man. Known for his ironically raised

The three candidates for director-general of the World Health Organization (from L) former Ethiopian foreign minister Tedros Adhanom, Pakistani cardiologist Sania Nishtar and British doctor David Nabarro

WHO elects new chief to lead reform

Geneva (AFP) – The World Health Organization was set to choose its new leader Tuesday, with the three finalists promising reform of the powerful agency experts say needs a massive shake-up.  The race to succeed Hong Kong-born Margaret Chan as

Armed police patrol near Manchester Arena on May 23, 2017 following a terror attack the previous evening

Islamic State claims Manchester concert attack that killed 22

Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – The Islamic State group claimed responsibility Tuesday for a suicide bombing at a packed Manchester pop concert, killing at least 22 people including an eight-year-old girl in Britain’s deadliest terror attack for more than a

Chile forwards Arturo Vidal (left) and Alexis Sanchez stretch during a 2014 training session in Belo Horizonte

Vidal urges Bayern to sign Arsenal’s Sanchez

Berlin (AFP) – Arturo Vidal has urged Bayern Munich’s bosses to sign his Chile international team-mate Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal after the Gunners missed out on a Champions League place next season. Sanchez scored 24 league goals for the Gunners

This NASA TV video grab shows astronauts Jack Fischer(top) and Peggy Whitson(below) as they make repairs outside the International Space Station

US astronauts on ‘critical’ spacewalk to replace power box

Miami (AFP) – Two US astronauts embarked Tuesday on what NASA described as a “critical” spacewalk to repair a failed piece of equipment that helps power the International Space Station. The spacewalk by NASA’s Peggy Whitson and Jack Fischer began

Football star David Beckham spoke of his "heartbreak" after 22 people including children were killed in a suspected suicide bombing in Manchester

Beckham ‘heartbreak’ as Manchester clubs pay tribute to victims

Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Football star David Beckham spoke of his “heartbreak” as former club Manchester United and local rivals Manchester City came together Tuesday to pay tribute after 22 people including children were killed in a suspected suicide

Guatemala's dying Lake Atescatempa is a conspicuous victim of climate change

Merkel vows to convince climate change ‘doubters’

Berlin (AFP) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel vowed Tuesday to work to convince climate change “doubters” as the world waits to see whether US President Donald Trump will endorse the Paris agreement. “Protecting the climate matters to all of us,”

Spanish director Pedro Almodovar heads the jury who will pick the Palme d'Or top prize Sunday, closing the 70th edition of the Cannes film festival

AIDS drama, Sandler comedy among breakout hits at Cannes

Cannes (France) (AFP) – A wrenching French AIDS drama, a cinematic indictment of Putin’s Russia and a bittersweet Adam Sandler comedy are among the 70th Cannes film festival contenders that have captured critics’ hearts. The race for the Palme d’Or

Spanish ski mountaineering and trail champion Kilian Jornet a poses on March 9, 2017 at Areches

Spanish climber sets new Everest record: team

Kathmandu (AFP) – Spanish mountaineer Kilian Jornet has set a record for the fastest ascent of Mount Everest without fixed ropes or supplementary oxygen, climbing the world’s highest peak in just 26 hours, his team said Tuesday. Jornet scaled Everest’s

In Morocco's northern port city of Al-Hoceima, fishermen are clamouring for state support for a struggling sector which they say is under attack from dolphins

Morocco fishermen decry ‘El Negro’ dolphin attacks

Al Hoceima (Morocco) (AFP) – In Morocco’s northern port city of Al-Hoceima, fishermen are clamouring for state support for a struggling sector which they say is under attack from dolphins. In the harbour, fishermen can often be seen mending nets