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'America's pastor' Billy Graham, counsel to presidents, dies at 99

Washington - Reverend Billy Graham, the influential Southern preacher who became a spiritual advisor to several US presidents and millions of Americans via their television sets, died Wednesday. He was 99.

Archbishop Tutu quits Oxfam role over charity's sex scandal

Johanesburg - Retired archbishop and Nobel laureate Desmond Tutu announced Thursday that he had quit his role as an ambassador for Oxfam after the British charity was hit by sexual misconduct allegations.

Sea level rise is accelerating: study

Miami - Sea level rise is accelerating and could reach 26 inches (66 centimeters) by century's end, in line with United Nations estimates and enough to cause significant problems for coastal cities, a study said Monday.

Sirleaf wins prestigious Ibrahim Prize for African leadership

London - Former Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on Monday won the rarely-awarded Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership -- the world's biggest individual prize.

Racing: Brazilian jockey bags world record 12,844th win

Rio De Janeiro - For years, Brazilian jockey Jorge Ricardo battled for one of the least heard-of, yet toughest titles in sport -- most horse races won -- and on Monday he got there with a 12,844th victory.

Spain's king celebrates 50th birthday amid Catalan crisis

Madrid - Spain's King Felipe VI will celebrate his 50th birthday Tuesday as the royal house seeks to drum up public support for the monarchy amid a crisis over Catalonia's separatist push.

Germany's oldest bookseller, 95, packs suspense in last chapter

Salzwedel - When Helga Weyhe began work at her beloved bookshop, the Red Army was on the march towards her east German town, Hitler still clung to power and Sartre had just published "No Exit".

Rare 'super blood blue moon' visible on Jan 31

Miami - A cosmic event not seen in 36 years -- a rare "super blood blue moon" -- may be glimpsed January 31 in parts of western North America, Asia, the Middle East, Russia and Australia.

Assange lawyers ask UK court to lift arrest warrant

London - Lawyers for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has been living in Ecuador's embassy in London for five years, asked a court on Friday to remove the arrest warrant hanging over him.

Nuclear concerns push 'Doomsday Clock' closer to midnight

Washington - Mounting concerns about the possibility of a nuclear war, along with US President Donald Trump's "unpredictability" have pushed the symbolic "Doomsday Clock" to two minutes before midnight, the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists said Thursday.

Nuclear concerns push 'Doomsday Clock' closer to midnight

Washington - Mounting concerns about the possibility of a nuclear war along with US President Donald Trump's "unpredictability" have pushed the symbolic "Doomsday Clock" to two minutes before midnight, the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists said Thursday.

Bollywood star urges Davos set to fight sexism

Davos - Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan on Monday urged the economic elite to break down barriers of discrimination against women as they gathered for the Davos forum.

Italy cruise ship hero among populist party hopefuls

Rome - The man hailed a hero in Italy after ordering the captain of a stricken cruise ship to return aboard was on Thursday one of the anti-establishment Five Star Movement's parliamentary hopefuls.

Boris Becker's son to press charges over MP's 'racist' tweet: report

Berlin - Noah Becker, son of German former tennis star Boris Becker, plans to press charges against a deputy from the far-right AfD party who called him a "little half-negro" on Twitter, Bild daily reported Thursday.

Arise, Sir Ringo: Starr and Barry Gibb knighted in UK honours list

London - Beatles drummer Ringo Starr and sole surviving Bee Gee Barry Gibb were each awarded a knighthood in Britain's traditional New Year Honours, announced late on Friday.

Brigitte Bardot, announcing book, slams Macron on animal rights

Paris - French screen icon Brigitte Bardot will next month publish a book on her decades-long campaign for animal rights, she told AFP on Tuesday, taking a swipe at President Emmanuel Macron on the issue.

Lotte Group founder: rags to riches to prison term

Seoul - The nonagenarian founder of South Korean retailer Lotte Group went from rags to riches but faces the prospect of ending his days in prison after being convicted of embezzlement and other offences on Friday.

Global warming may boost asylum-seekers in Europe: study

New York - Climate change is forecast to massively boost the number of asylum seekers in Europe by century's end if warming trends continue, US researchers said Thursday.

Case dismissed: Trump judicial nominee calls it quits

Washington - President Donald Trump's nominee for the federal court in Washington withdrew from consideration after a video that showed him admitting a lack of experience and ignorance of basic legal concepts went viral.

Case dismissed: Trump judicial nominee calls it quits

Washington - President Donald Trump's nominee for the federal court in Washington withdrew from consideration after a video that showed him admitting a lack of experience and ignorance of basic legal concepts went viral.

Sonia Gandhi: Power behind Congress throne

New Delhi - Sonia Gandhi stepped down as head of India's opposition Congress party Saturday after an extraordinary odyssey that transformed her from a shy housewife into the country's most powerful politician and a torchbearer for the iconic Gandhi-Nehru dynasty.

Polish Holocaust survivor who escaped Auschwitz dies aged 98

Warsaw - Polish Holocaust survivor Kazimierz Piechowski, who spectacularly escaped Auschwitz by stealing the car of a Nazi SS officer, died on Friday aged 98, the state Institute for National Remembrance (INR) said.

France grieves for 'king of rock' Johnny Hallyday, dead at 74

Paris - France mourned on Wednesday its most famous rocker Johnny Hallyday, whose power ballads and colourful personal life made him a national treasure, loved by everyone from rebellious teens in the 1960s to modern-day presidents.

Time names sexual abuse 'Silence Breakers' as Person of the Year

New York - Time magazine named as Person of the Year Wednesday "the silence breakers" who triggered a national reckoning by revealing the pervasiveness of sexual harassment, assault and abuse in US life.

France's king of rock Johnny Hallyday dies aged 74: wife

Paris - France's best-known rock star Johnny Hallyday has died aged 74 after a battle with lung cancer, his wife Laeticia told AFP on Wednesday.

India's reluctant leader Rahul Gandhi takes party helm

New Delhi - He has never held public office, once likened power to "poison", and saw his politician father and grandmother assassinated. Now Rahul Gandhi is poised to take over as leader of the party that has ruled India for much of its history.

Sharapova named in India luxury housing fraud probe

New Delhi - Five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova is under investigation in India for cheating and criminal conspiracy after the collapse of a luxury housing project that she endorsed, police and a lawyer said Tuesday.

Blake Shelton named 'Sexiest Man Alive' by People Magazine

Country star and judge on the NBC reality singing competition, "The Voice," Blake Shelton was named "Sexiest Man Alive" of 2017 by People Magazine.

French rocker Johnny Hallyday released from hospital

Paris - Veteran French rocker Johnny Hallyday, who has been battling lung cancer for several months, returned home Saturday after being hospitalised for days with breathing problems, a family member said.

New Orleans abuzz over 'secret' Serena wedding

New Orleans - The fiance of tennis superstar Serena Williams was spotted arriving at the New Orleans museum where the couple are expected to wed Thursday, in a ceremony reportedly drawing dozens of A-listers to the city known for its jazz and party atmosphere.
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