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Christie's online sale fetches $421 mn despite virus pandemic

New York - Roy Lichtenstein's "Nude with Joyous Painting" was the big seller as a Christie's hybrid sale fetched an impressive $421 million Friday, signaling the art market is holding firm during the coronavirus pandemic.

Britain, US denounce Russia's role in Libya conflict

New York - Britain and the United States on Tuesday urged Russia to stop sending mercenaries to the conflict in Libya, after a recent UN report confirmed the presence of Russian and Syrian fighters in the country.

Virus-hit British cruise ship docks in Cuba

Artemisa - A British cruise ship that was turned away from Barbados and the Bahamas over coronavirus infections docked in Cuba on Wednesday.

Cost of UK royals back in spotlight after Queen's year to forget

London - After a torrid 2019 in which the queen's son Prince Andrew was implicated in an underage sex abuse scandal, many in Britain are again asking if the monarchy has gotten too big -- and rich -- for its own good.

Chinese takeover marks new chapter in history of British Steel

London - A Chinese buy-out marks a new chapter in the tumultuous history of steelmaking in the United Kingdom, which has been characterised by nationalisation, privatisations and recurring crises.

Britain calls halt on fracking following government U-turn

London - The British government called a halt Saturday to the controversial process of "fracking" due to fears it could trigger earthquakes in a surprise U-turn just weeks before a general election.

British family to sue American suspected of killing their son

Washington - The family of a motorcyclist killed in a crash involving the wife of an American diplomat has announced it is planning to sue US President Donald Trump's administration over an alleged cover-up.

Tunisia sets up crisis cell for Thomas Cook fallout

Tunis - Tunisia has set up a crisis cell to deal with the fallout of British tour operator Thomas Cook's collapse on Monday, which has left around 4,500 mostly British tourists stranded in the North African country, officials said.

French customs, Eurotunnel confident of 'smooth' post-Brexit traffic

Coquelles - French customs officials and Eurotunnel said Tuesday that they were confident of maintaining a smooth flow of traffic through the Channel Tunnel at Calais after Britain leaves the EU, as they conducted a joint dress rehearsal for Brexit.

Iran says it could release UK-flagged tanker within days

Tehran - Iran on Sunday hinted that it could release "within days" a UK-flagged oil tanker it had seized in July in sensitive Gulf waters amid rising hostilities with Britain's ally the United States.

CO2 row over climate activist Thunberg's yacht trip to New York

Paris - The team behind teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg's yacht voyage to New York on Sunday fended off claims that her trip will create carbon emissions because team members will take transatlantic flights.

Frenchman achieves 'dream' of first hoverboard Channel crossing

Ringwould - A French daredevil who spent years developing a jet-powered hoverboard zoomed across the English Channel on Sunday, fulfilling his quest after pulling off a tricky refuelling manoeuvre that cut short his first attempt 10 days ago.

French 'Flyboard' inventor poised for 2nd Channel crossing bid

Paris - A Frenchman who has spent years developing a jet-powered hoverboard will again try to zoom across the English Channel on Sunday, after a first attempt last month was cut short when a botched refuelling attempt sent him into the water.

Flying Frenchman to make new Channel bid this week: team

Lille - A daredevil French inventor who last week narrowly failed in an eye-catching bid to cross the Channel on a jet-powered flyboard will make a new attempt in the next days, his team announced on Monday.

The 'populist wave' crashes over international relations

Washington - From Donald Trump to Boris Johnson, the group of world leaders with an anti-system stance bordering on populism grows ever more powerful, crashing over global diplomacy and threatening multilateralism and international cooperation.

Ex-jihadist Tania Joya now fights to 'reprogram' extremists

Washington - Tania Joya has devoted her life to "reprogramming" extremists and reintroducing them into society -- a process she understands well as a "former Islamic jihadist" herself.

Macron seeks lead EU role in Iran crisis

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron is seeking to lead European diplomatic efforts to find a face-saving solution to the latest crisis between Tehran and Washington, with the EU looking to buy time and soothe tensions, diplomats and experts say.

French leader of long-overlooked D-Day force gets his due

Ouistreham - France honoured Thursday the officer who led a small yet symbolic French force that stormed the Normandy beaches alongside Allied forces 75 years ago, a feat long overlooked in the country's standard narrative of its liberation from Nazi Germany.

Prince's climate change passion wows Trump

London - US President Donald Trump said Wednesday he was wowed by Prince Charles's passion for fighting climate change and that he also wanted a world that is "good for future generations".

Trump walks back comments on UK health care and more

London - President Donald Trump rowed back Wednesday on his comments that Britain's much-loved national health service should be opened up to US private companies in a post-Brexit trade deal.

Beaming Trumps flash visit to Buckingham Palace on Twitter, Instagram

Washington - They may have stunned the world by winning the White House, but the beaming faces of the Trumps, splashed across their social media accounts, show that the state visit to Buckingham Palace is a new high for a family obsessed with its own brand.

First the emperor, now the queen: Trump revels in royal splendor

Washington - Just a few days after returning from his visit to Japan, where he met new Emperor Naruhito, Donald Trump heads to Britain, where Queen Elizabeth II will receive him during a state visit that could be rocky.

Pompeo takes conciliatory tone in Germany amid rocky ties

Berlin - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sought Friday to paper over differences with Germany in the face of a deepening rift with one of its major NATO allies.

Does Assange indictment set dangerous precedent for journalists?

New York - Does the indictment of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange under the US Espionage Act for publishing classified military and diplomatic documents threaten the constitutional right to freedom of the press?

Manning again will not testify on WikiLeaks, risking return to jail

Washington - Former military intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning said Sunday she again plans to refuse to testify before a grand jury about her leak of classified documents to WikiLeaks -- even if it means returning to jail.

Trump golf course's Scottish neighbours demand apology

London - Residents living near a golf course built by US President Donald Trump in Scotland are demanding an apology from their local council for allowing the venture to go ahead, a meeting will hear later Thursday.

Extinction Rebellion: the green movement with global ambitions

London - Activists climb atop buses, glue themselves to buildings and block traffic as Extinction Rebellion expands its campaign of civil disobedience.

Ecuador says rethinking Assange asylum

Quito - Ecuador says it is reassessing its asylum for Julian Assange after WikiLeaks warned last week that the organization's controversial founder faced imminent expulsion from Quito's London embassy and arrest by the British authorities.

Brexit axe looms for British office-holders in France

Rennes - After Britain leaves the European Union some 900 Britons serving on local councils in France will also have to give up their seat at the table.

Unknown footage of John Lennon, Yoko Ono resurfaces after 50 years

Den Haag - Fifty years after John Lennon and Yoko Ono famously staged a honeymoon "bed-in" for peace in an Amsterdam hotel, a Dutchman has unearthed 30 minutes of colour footage of the event from his cellar.
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