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Japan PM sends offering to controversial shrine honouring war dead

Apo - Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga sent a ritual offering Wednesday to the controversial Yasukuni shrine that honours war dead, including perpetrators of the country's World War II atrocities on its neighbours.

Black teenager shot dead by US police in Ohio

Washington - Police in the US state of Ohio fatally shot a Black teenager who appeared to be lunging at another person with a knife, less than an hour before former officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of murdering George Floyd.

European Parliament, EU member states agree target to cut CO2

Apo - The European Parliament and EU member states have agreed a target to cut carbon emissions by "at least" 55 percent by 2030, the EU Commission said in a statement released early Wednesday.

Black Americans embraced Biden, and in Floyd trial he embraced them back

Washington - Joe Biden's emotional voice on the call to George Floyd's family told the story of his presidency: "I wish I were there just to put my arms around you.

EU unveils AI rules to temper Big Brother fears

Apo - The EU unveils a plan Wednesday to regulate the sprawling field of artificial intelligence, aimed at making Europe a leader in the new tech revolution while reassuring the public against "Big Brother"-like abuses.

Hong Kong woman, 90, loses US$32 million in phone scam

Fpo - A 90-year-old Hong Kong woman has been conned out of US$32million by fraudsters posing as Chinese officials, police said, in the city's biggest recorded phone scam.

The eight contenders for the best picture Oscar

Los Angeles - In a year that saw movie theaters boarded up due to Covid-19, eight new films that did reach our screens impressed Academy voters enough that they are in contention for Hollywood's biggest award -- the Oscar for best picture.

'I choose to go there': reggaeton's women redefine feminism on their terms

Miami - With a new single out Tuesday, two of reggaeton's most famous women are subverting the wildly popular dance genre's misogynist image, owning the style with an in-your-face ode to their sexuality.

Arab League, UN, EU and AU demand foreign forces leave Libya

New York - The Arab League, United Nations, European Union and the African Union on Tuesday demanded an immediate withdrawal of all foreign forces from Libya.

'Justice': America reacts to Floyd murderer's conviction

Washington - Politicians, rights activists and family members and even world leaders reacted with jubilation and relief Tuesday as sacked Minneapolis policeman Derek Chauvin was convicted of the murder of George Floyd, a Black man who died when the officer knelt on...

A whale chorus reveals how climate change may be shifting migration

Apo - Eerie wails, explosive trumpets and ghostly moans. The sounds from the underwater recorders had a story to tell, even without a single intelligible word: the whales had stayed put.

'Justice': America reacts to Floyd murderer's conviction

Washington - Politicians, rights activists and family members and even world leaders reacted with jubilation and relief Tuesday as sacked Minneapolis policeman Derek Chauvin was convicted of the murder of George Floyd, a Black man who died when the officer knelt on...

George Floyd: 'Gentle giant' who became symbol of fight against racism

Minneapolis - His name has been chanted by demonstrators around the globe, his face displayed on murals across America. Since his brutal death George Floyd has embodied the Black victims of police violence and racism in the United States.

White ex-policeman Chauvin convicted of George Floyd's murder

Minneapolis - Sacked police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of murder and manslaughter Tuesday in the death of African-American George Floyd in a case that roiled the United States for almost a year, laying bare deep racial divisions.

Verdict reached in George Floyd murder trial

Minneapolis - The jury reached a verdict on Tuesday in the trial of the white former police officer charged with murder and manslaughter for the death of African-American George Floyd.

US envoy targets corruption to stem Central America migration

Washington - Faced with an exodus of Central American migrants seeking to enter the United States, President Joe Biden's administration is taking aim at what it sees as one of the key causes -- corruption.

Prosecution and defense case in George Floyd murder trial

Minneapolis - As the jury deliberates in the trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin, charged with murdering George Floyd, these are the main arguments used by the prosecution and defense during the three-week trial.

UN seeks nearly $30 million in volcano aid for St Vincent

New York - The United Nations launched an appeal Tuesday for donations of more than $29 million to help Saint Vincent and the Grenadines following several devastating volcanic eruptions that have turned the landscape of the Caribbean nation "apocalyptic.

Ex-policeman Derek Chauvin found guilty of George Floyd's murder

Minneapolis - Derek Chauvin, a white former Minneapolis police officer, was convicted Tuesday of murdering African-American George Floyd after a racially charged trial seen as a pivotal test of police accountability in the United States.

Smartphone sales surge as consumer upgrades gain momentum: survey

Washington - Global smartphone sales snapped back in the first quarter of the year to show the strongest growth since 2015, a market tracker said Tuesday.
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