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UN chief asks Russia, Turkey to 'stabilize' Syria's embattled Idlib

New York - UN chief Antonio Guterres called on Russia and Turkey Tuesday to "stabilize the situation" in the Syrian province of Idlib, rocked by intense fighting that the UN body warned is creating a humanitarian disaster.

Historic US drug bust nets 16 tonnes of cocaine

New York - US authorities said Tuesday they had seized around 16 tonnes of cocaine with an estimated street value of over $1 billion in a historic drug bust aboard a ship at the port of Philadelphia.

US hospital ship on mission to aid Venezuela refugees

Miami - US Navy hospital ship the USNS Comfort sets out this week to the Caribbean and Latin America as part of a mission to help Venezuelan migrants, Vice President Mike Pence announced Tuesday.

Ecuador to allow US military planes to use Galapagos airport

Reports claim that the Lenin Moreno administration of Ecuador has agreed that US military planes can operate from an airport in the Galapagos Islands.

IBM technology detects breast cancer risk before it happens

IBM has taken a step forward in disease prevention by designing an artificial intelligence technology that can predict the risk of breast cancer developing up to one year before the first signs of cancer appear.

UN chief calls on Russia, Turkey to 'stabilize' Syrian province

New York - UN chief Antonio Guterres called on Russia and Turkey Tuesday to "stabilize the situation" in the Syrian province of Idlib, rocked by intense fighting between pro-government and jihadist-led forces.

Pompeo: US must be able to respond to any Iranian attack

Washington - The United States must have the capability to respond to any Iranian attack on US interests, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Tuesday.

Japan tsunami advisory lifted following strong quake

Apo - A strong 6.4-magnitude earthquake rocked Japan on Tuesday, sparking an tsunami advisory that was later lifted with no reports of major damage or injuries.

Trump-Xi meeting at G20 raises hope for trade truce

Washington - US President Donald Trump and China's Xi Jinping said Tuesday they plan to meet next week at the Group of 20 summit in Japan, raising hopes for a truce in an increasingly damaging trade war between the world's top two economies.

Trump says attacks on oil tankers 'very minor'

Washington - President Donald Trump downplayed recent attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman that Washington blames on Iran and noted that the United States is less dependent on energy supplies from the region.

US announces $250 million in military aid to Ukraine

Washington - The United States announced Tuesday a $250 million military aid package for war-torn Ukraine to strengthen the former Soviet republic's naval and land capabilities. The amount is part of a series of Pentagon payments now totaling $1.

Trump's Pentagon nominee quits, Iran targets CIA network

Washington - President Donald Trump lost his nominee for Pentagon chief on Tuesday, adding to the volatility in a tense standoff with Iran, which claimed to have dismantled a CIA network.

Trump says having 'extended meeting' with Xi at G20 summit

Washington - US President Donald Trump said Tuesday he had a positive phone conversation with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping and the two leaders will hold an "extended meeting" next week at the Group of 20 summit in Japan.

Summit faces stalemate as Europe haggles over top jobs

Apo - European leaders are expected to clash over Brussels' top jobs on Thursday, as rifts between France and Germany and between the EU parliament and national capitals deepen.

HK leader apologises for extradition crisis, vows to stay on

Fpo - Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam apologised Tuesday for the political unrest that has shaken Hong Kong, but the pro-Beijing chief executive refused to bow to demands for her resignation.

How cryptocurrencies can replace other pay options

San Francisco - Cryptocurrencies live in a volatile, roller-coaster world, which Facebook is seeking to change with its new Libra digital money.

Facebook takes on the world of cryptocurrency with 'Libra' coin

San Francisco - Facebook unveiled plans Tuesday for a new global cryptocurrency called Libra, pledging to deliver a stable virtual money that lives on smartphones and could bring over a billion "unbanked" people into the financial system.

New York OKs driving licenses for undocumented migrants

New York - New York State Monday passed a law allowing undocumented migrants to obtain their driving license, a controversial move by the Democratic stronghold intended to thwart the Trump administration's restrictive immigration policy.

Domino's experiments with self-driving pizza robo-car

Houston - Domino's, the pizza chain, is experimenting with a self-driving pizza delivery system in the U.S. city of Houston. This takes the form of a temperature controlled robo-car, which takes the pizza directly to the customer.

Trump launches 2020 reelection campaign, calling US 'envy of the world'

Orlando - President Donald Trump launched his 2020 reelection campaign Tuesday, whipping up a crowd of at least 20,000 with a nationalist boast about the US economy being the "envy" of the world and warning that opposition Democrats want to "destroy" the country...
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