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Take back jihadists, Trump tells Europe

Washington - European nations must take back hundreds of Islamic State group fighters captured in Syria, President Donald Trump said late Saturday, after a delay in announcing what he said would be the end of the "caliphate.

No decision made on spending for Trump's wall: Pentagon chief

Washington - Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said Saturday that no decision has been taken on funding President Donald Trump's border wall with Mexico, a project that may come partly from redirected military funds.

Ex-Fox News host ends bid to be next US ambassador to UN

Washington - Former Fox News anchor and State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert on Saturday withdrew from consideration to be the US ambassador to the United Nations amid criticism that she lacked the gravitas for one of the top diplomatic posts.

With 'Roma,' Alfonso Cuaron reinvents how he makes films

Los Angeles - Mexican filmmaker Alfonso Cuaron has experimented before with styles and genres, from space epic "Gravity" to road trip coming-of-age tale "Y Tu Mama Tambien" to fantasy flick "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

Trump briefed in Florida on 'productive' China trade talks

Washington - US President Donald Trump said Saturday he was briefed at his Florida resort by negotiators working to reach a trade deal with Beijing after their return from "very productive" meetings with Chinese officials.

Bernie Sanders recorded presidential campaign video: report

Washington - US Senator Bernie Sanders has recorded a video announcing a 2020 run for president, Politico reported Saturday, an indication that he plans to enter the already crowded field of candidates.

Q&A: Top four FinTech trends driving financial inclusion Special

Financial inclusion is on the rise globally as 69 percent of adults – 3.8 billion people – now have a bank account or mobile money provider. Key to achieving this have been fintechs, according to Steve Smith of Finicity

Egyptian troops hit by deadly jihadist attack in Sinai: army

Apo - An attack Saturday on an Egyptian army checkpoint in the restive Sinai Peninsula left 15 soldiers dead or wounded and seven of the suspected jihadist assailants killed, the military said.

Sacked US man kills five co-workers, wounds five police

Chicago - A US man being fired from his job shot dead five co-workers at a factory on the outskirts of Chicago and wounded five police officers before being gunned down himself, in the country's latest mass shooting.

A black prince evoking migrant suffering at the ballet

Apo - Fernando Montano was once a migrant who fled poverty, prejudice and the daily threat of violence from Colombia's drugs gangs before becoming a star at the Royal Ballet in London.

Trump's border wall 'emergency' faces tough legal hurdles

Washington - President Donald Trump's declaration of an emergency Friday to build a border wall immediately drew legal challenges that could easily escalate into a landmark test of the balance of power between the White House and Congress.

Popular dating app announces major data breach Special

On this Valentine’s Day, Cupid Meets Bagel users were met with an unhappy surprise. Users were greeted with an email informing them that their data was affected by a recent breach. Two experts analyse the implications.

US factory output drops last month as auto sales fall sharply

Washington - US manufacturing output dropped sharply in January as motor vehicle production wracked up its worst decline since back in 2009. There were also declines in a broad range of goods. This could stoke fears of a sharp slowing of factory activity.

Vape pen overheats on aircraft, causing fire

A fire started on-board a SkyWest flight after the battery within a vape pen overheated.. Fortunately, the incident happened just prior to take-off and the fire was put out. The issue raises new safety concerns with vaping devices.

US military to ship Venezuela aid to Colombia

Washington - The US military will transport some 200 tons of humanitarian aid to Colombia to help relieve the crisis in neighboring Venezuela, a US defense official said Friday.

Trump hails China's use of death penalty for drug dealers

Washington - President Donald Trump on Friday praised China's use of capital punishment for drug dealers, suggesting that the United States would deal better with narcotics trafficking if it put offenders to death.

Trump declares 'emergency' to build wall, Democrats cry foul

Washington - President Donald Trump, citing an "invasion" of drugs and criminals, declared a national emergency at the US-Mexico border on Friday to fund construction of his long-sought wall, a move slammed by Democrats as an unlawful "power grab.

Trump to sign 'emergency' to build wall, Democrats cry foul

Washington - President Donald Trump announced Friday that he will declare a national emergency in order to build a wall on the US-Mexico border without funding from Congress, a rare step immediately slammed by Democrats as an unlawful "power grab.

Trump promises announcement on IS 'caliphate' within '24 hours'

Washington - President Donald Trump on Friday said the United States would be announcing the end of the Islamic State group's once-sprawling "caliphate" within the next day.

EU parliament cancels Catalan separatist's event

Apo - The European Parliament on Friday cancelled an event that was to be attended by Catalan separatist leader Carles Puigdemont, citing "security threats".
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