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North Korea's Kim to meet Putin as tensions rise with US

Moscow - North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un will visit Russia for talks with Vladimir Putin this month, the Kremlin said Thursday, as tensions between Washington and Pyongyang spiked higher.

Trump took no action to thwart Mueller probe: attorney general

Washington - US Attorney General Bill Barr said Thursday that President Donald Trump took no action to thwart the special counsel's probe into Russian election interference, ahead of the long-awaited release of the final investigation report.

Fake news war: in Libya, battles also rage on social media

Tripoli - On Libya's front lines, fighters often hold a gun in one hand and a smartphone in the other, using their cameras in the propaganda war.

Scientists unearth 220 million-year-old dinosaur fossils in Argentina

Buenos Aires - A site containing the 220-million-year-old fossilised remains of nearly a dozen dinosaurs has been discovered in western Argentina, researchers said Wednesday.

South Dakota's emerging biotech ecosystem

Pierre - South Dakota – a state with a population of less than a million people – is anchoring a large biotech ecosystem, focused on tackling global issues with innovations from disease-fighting cows, to light-activated drugs that help repair blood vessels.

Paris honours 'exemplary' firefighters for saving Notre-Dame

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday hailed as "exemplary" hundreds of firefighters who saved Notre-Dame in the devastating blaze, as efforts intensified to ensure there was no further damage to the still fragile cathedral.

In Iraq, tribal traditions rob women, girls of rights

Amarah - Two weeks into Mariam's forced marriage to her cousin according to Iraqi tribal custom, she desperately doused herself in fuel, flicked on a lighter and attempted suicide by self-immolation.

Holiday island mourns after bus crash kills 29 German tourists

Ribeirinha - Portugal and Germany mourned on Thursday after 29 German tourists died when their bus tumbled down a slope and crashed into a house on the tourist island of Madeira.

Hatred of journalists turning to violence, watchdog warns

Paris - Hatred of journalists whipped up by populist and authoritarian leaders is degenerating into violence across the world, media watchdog Reporters Without Borders (RSF) warned Thursday.

Op-Ed: Huawei said to offer Germany a 'no-spy' agreement

Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei offered Germany a "no-spy agreement" designed to address security concerns that Germany has over Huawei's involvement in building Germany's next generation 5G mobile infrastructure, a German magazine has reported.

One week after Bashir ouster Sudan 'revolution' unfinished

Khartoum - Sudan on Thursday marks one week since the army ousted president Omar al-Bashir after protests against his 30-year rule, but the "revolution" remains unfinished as demonstrators campaign against their new military leaders.

Rich vs poor: Donations row shatters French unity over Notre-Dame

Paris - France's culture minister pleaded Thursday for an end to the controversy over the 850 million euros (950 million dollars) pledged to restore Notre-Dame cathedral, which critics have suggested would be better spent on the poor.

Trump declares victory on Mueller report D-Day

Washington - President Donald Trump, backed by his attorney general, declared himself fully vindicated Thursday in the investigation into Russian election meddling and alleged collusion with his campaign -- even before the American people and lawmakers see the full...

Researchers discover ancient giant 'lion' in Kenya

Paris - A giant lion with enormous fangs that roamed the Kenyan savannah more than 20 million years ago was one of the largest ever meat-eating mammals, researchers said Thursday.

Migrant camps in Mexico overflowing as large caravan moves north

More than 5,000 migrants left Tapachula, Chiapas, Mexico Tuesday morning to begin the long journey through Mexico to the United States. Amid pressure from the Trump Administration, Mexico is leaving hundreds of migrants stranded in unsanitary camps.

Iran's Rouhani calls on Mideast states to 'drive back Zionism'

Tehran - Iran's President Hassan Rouhani called on Middle East states on Thursday to "drive back Zionism", in an Army Day tirade against the Islamic republic's archfoe Israel.

Amazon to pull plug on China retail operations: report

Shanghai - Amazon plans to close down its online retail operations that cater to consumers in China in an apparent admission of defeat to local e-commerce rivals such as Alibaba and, a report said on Thursday.

Sudan's Darfur refugees wonder when their turn will come

Geneina - "When we arrived here, there were TV crews and photographers, but now nobody comes," said Abdallah, amazed to see a journalist turn up at his Sudanese refugee camp in Chad.

Kakapow! Rare world's fattest parrot has record breeding season

Wellington - The world's fattest parrot, the critically endangered kakapo, has enjoyed a record breaking breeding season, New Zealand scientists said Thursday, with climate change possibly aiding the species' unique mating spree.

First-generation solar electric car to be built in Sweden in 2020

Munich - The first-generation Sion, an solar electric vehicle (SEV) developed by the German mobility provider Sono Motors will be manufactured in Sweden, the company announced on Wednesday.
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