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NASA picks ancient Martian river delta for 2020 rover touchdown

Tampa - NASA has picked an ancient river delta as the landing site for its uncrewed Mars 2020 rover, to hunt for evidence of past life on Earth's neighboring planet, officials said Monday.

Italy orders seizure of migrant rescue ship Aquarius over 'toxic' waste

Rome - Italy has ordered the seizure of the migrant rescue ship Aquarius for allegedly dumping potentially toxic waste, Doctors without Borders (MSF) said Tuesday, in a fresh blow for aid groups working in the Mediterranean.

Review: An evening with Josh Groban at Madison Square Garden in New York Special

New York - On November 18, internationally recognized singer Josh Groban headlined Madison Square Garden in New York City, as part of his "Bridges" Tour.

Trump plans on giving border troops 'force protection mandate'

U.S. troops on the border with Mexico are expected to get authority from President Donald Trump to protect Customs and Border Protection personnel if they come under assault by migrants, two defense officials said.

Review: Watch this 16-year-old singer nail 'Alone' by rock band Heart Special

16-year-old pop and R&B artist Nicole Michelle has covered rock band Heart's hit single "Alone," and the result is magical.

With sufi rituals and sweets, Muslims mark prophet's birthday

Ad Diwaniyah - From sufis in Iraqi Kurdistan shaking their hair to rhythmic drumbeats, to Libyan children receiving toys and Egyptians swapping sweets -- Muslims across the world celebrated Prophet Mohammed's birthday on Tuesday.

Holy row erupts over Greek PM's church salary reform bid

Atenas - A holy row has erupted in Greece after an attempt by atheist Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to overhaul historically close links between the state and the powerful Orthodox Church.

Ghosn arrest shakes fractious Franco-Japanese alliance

Apo - Carlos Ghosn's spectacular fall from grace is seen by some as a stunning corporate "coup d'etat" stoked by resentment at Japan's Nissan over a lopsided alliance with French carmaker Renault.

Trump dilemma: Preserve Saudi alliance or declare prince a murderer

Washington - The Saudi assassination of a US-based journalist has put President Donald Trump in an intractable bind.Does he preserve a close US ally and accept whatever Riyadh says about the murder?

Easter Island begs British Museum for statue return

London - The governor of Easter Island on Tuesday tearfully begged the British Museum to return one of its famous statues, saying: "Give us a chance so he can come back".

Russia, China fail to block chemical arms body's new powers

Den Haag - Russia and China lost an acrimonious bid on Tuesday to stall the global chemical warfare watchdog's new powers to attribute blame for attacks like those in Syria.

Boko Haram attacks leave 53 dead in pre-election show of force

Kano - Boko Haram jihadists have killed 53 soldiers and farmers in three days of attacks in northeastern Nigeria, security sources said Tuesday, in a new show of force ahead of February elections in the West African country.

Bitcoin crashes to a new low for over a year below $5,000 today

Bitcoin (BTC) set a new low for the year today dropping as low as $4,951 before a slight recovery. This is lower than it has been for over a year. It remains to be seen if the price has hit a bottom yet.

Jamaica seeks world heritage status for reggae

Paris - Jamaica is bidding to have reggae music admitted to a list of global cultural treasures worthy of protection, the UN's cultural agency UNESCO announced on Tuesday.

US federal judge blocks Trump asylum claim restrictions

Washington - A US federal judge on Monday temporarily blocked the government of President Donald Trump from denying the possibility of asylum to people who enter the country illegally.

Under-fire UN environment chief resigns

New York - UN environment chief Erik Solheim resigned on Tuesday after an audit questioning his huge travel expenses triggered an outcry, UN officials said.

After Airbnb, calls for Booking.com to remove West Bank listings

Jerusalem - Human Rights Watch on Tuesday urged Booking.com to follow the example of Airbnb and withdraw listings for rentals located in settlements in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.

At least 50 killed in suicide attack on Kabul religious gathering

Kabul - At least 50 people were killed in a suicide attack on a religious celebration in Kabul on Tuesday, officials said, in one of the deadliest assaults to strike Afghanistan this year.

Pot-infused beverage market could hit $600 million by 2022

With recreational cannabis already legal in Canada, and more states in the U.S. opting to legalize the product, the interest in cannabis-infused alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks is on the rise.

Gunman kills three at Chicago hospital

Chicago - An argument in a hospital parking lot escalated into a shooting that killed three people, including a police officer, in the US city of Chicago on Monday.The violence only ended when police engaged in a shootout with the gunman inside Mercy Hospital.
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