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Trump: Saudi explanation of Khashoggi death credible

Washington - US President Donald Trump said Friday he found Saudi Arabia's explanation about the death of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi credible and termed it an "important first step.

Stock losses muted in Asia after global rout

Apo - Some Asian stock markets opened in the red Friday, but losses were relatively muted as traders took a breather after a global rout sparked by fears over higher US interest rates.

'Domino effect' hits stocks as Trump slams Fed

London - A global stock market downturn worsened Thursday as investors, spooked by a plethora of economic woes, dumped shares that suddenly looked dangerously overvalued.

Asian markets cautious after US volatility

Fpo - Asian stocks began Wednesday mixed after a volatile session for US equities and as yields on Treasury bonds retreated from a seven-year peak.

Review: Mondo Duplantis' amazing journey in the men's pole vault in 2018 Special

Digital Journal looks back at Swedish pole vaulter Mondo Duplantis' amazing year in the men's pole vault, which includes a European championship win, as well as two world junior records in the indoor and outdoor pole vault seasons respectively.

'High uncertainty' hurting global growth, OECD says

Paris - Global expansion is likely to slow as tensions kickstarted by US President Donald Trump's protectionist policies hit world trade, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development said Thursday.

Legalised pot: a rarity around the world

Montr - Canada is about to legalise recreational use of marijuana, which will make it the second nation in the world to do so after Uruguay more than five years ago.

Most big exporters failing to check foreign bribery: report

Frankfurt Am Main - Countries that strictly enforce a worldwide pact against foreign bribery are far outnumbered and outweighed by those that turn a blind eye, a report published Wednesday by watchdog Transparency International found.

The death penalty around the world

Paris - The use of the death penalty is declining: more than two-thirds of countries have abolished or ceased to use it and executions continued to decrease in 2017, Amnesty International says.

Voice assistants tool up in hope of a bright future

Berlin - Some two years after stepping into the spotlight, voice assistants are learning new languages and connecting to ever-more devices around the home -- but mass adoption and widespread ease with the new technology remain some way off.

Vienna topples Melbourne in 'most liveable city' ranking

London - Austria's capital Vienna has beaten Melbourne to be ranked the "world's most liveable city" in a new annual survey released Monday, ending the southern Australian city's seven-year reign.

Rudolf Schenker of The Scorpions talks about 'Crazy World' Tour Special

Rudolf Schenker, the guitar player, and founding member of the acclaimed German rock band The Scorpions chatted with Digital Journal about their "Crazy World" Tour.

Turkey lira crisis highlights emerging currencies plight

Paris - Much of the Turkish lira's plight may be homegrown, but it shares some key vulnerabilities with other emerging countries whose currencies are now also plunging as fear of contagion spreads, analysts say.

UN food agency sounds alarm on 'overlooked crises'

Rome - The UN's Food and Agriculture Organization on Wednesday launched a $120 million appeal for "the world's most severely underfunded crises", in Afghanistan, Syria, Sudan and elsewhere.

Protect chemical weapons ban, watchdog's chief pleads

Den Haag - The outgoing head of the world's chemical arms watchdog has urged nations not to sacrifice a century of hard-fought efforts to banish toxic weapons for the sake of short-term political disputes.

Plastic is light, versatile and here to stay — for now

Paris - Because of their role in global pollution, plastics are hugely controversial.But the resilient, supple, light and malleable materials play a key role in our lives and, according to experts, will remain crucial for a long time to come.

Business booming for plastic giants as change beckons

Paris - It's the worst enemy of environmental campaigners, but people around the world use mountains of plastic every day and business is booming for manufacturers.

World champion Joshua becomes 'fourth lion' in Wembley den

London - Britain's heavyweight world champion Anthony Joshua says Wembley just added a "fourth lion to the den" as he committed to staging his next two bouts at the historic stadium.

Anti-immigrant rhetoric: is it an echo of the 1930s?

Paris - Hardline rhetoric about immigration in Europe and the United States underlines a resurgence of nationalism and has some commentators comparing the current era to the 1930s. Is the parallel justified?

War on plastic leaves manufacturers clutching at straws

Paris - For decades, plastic straws have been essential props for cocktail makers, smoothie lovers and fast food addicts.But that may be starting to change, thanks largely to vigorous environmental campaigning.

New arms race undermining landmark nuclear control treaty: experts

Paris - Fifty years after the US, Russia and other powers reached a landmark deal to halt the spread of atomic weapons, an arms race and shifting US alliances risk triggering a new scramble for the bomb, experts say.

Democracy in decline around the world, including US: study

Paris - A third of the world's population resides in countries where democracy is in retreat, including India, Turkey, Brazil, Poland, Russia and the United States, researchers reported Thursday.

Supermarkets must help end 'brutal conditions' for farmers: Oxfam

Paris - Supermarkets in the West are using their purchasing power to force suppliers to cut their prices, contributing to exploitation and even forced labour of millions of farmers worldwide, a global charity said Thursday.

Supermarkets must help end 'brutal conditions' for farmers: Oxfam

Paris - Supermarkets in the West are using their purchasing power to force suppliers to cut their prices, contributing to exploitation and even forced labour of millions of farmers worldwide, a global charity said Thursday.

Immigration fears fuel crisis in Western politics

Washington - One issue now dominates political debate within the major Western democracies, and that one issue could now divide the West upon itself: migration.

Violence pushes world's refugees to record high of 68.5 million

Wars, persecution, and violence have driven a record 68.5 million people from their homes, worldwide, more than the population of Britain or France, the U.N. refugee agency said on Tuesday.

Lebanese PM in Moscow to meet Putin

Beirut - Lebanon's prime minister-designate Saad Hariri will meet Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Wednesday, the eve of the FIFA World Cup, Hariri's office said.

The deadliest volcanic eruptions of the past 25 years

Paris - After Guatemala's Fuego volcano erupted on Sunday killing at least 69 people, here is a list of the most deadly volcanic eruptions over the last quarter century.

City of Vancouver officially proclaims 2018 'Year of the Queer'

Vancouver - Thursday kicked off Vancouver, British Columbia's first ever "Year of the Queer" celebration, marking the anniversaries of 15 LGBTQ community organizations that have made significant contributions to the artistic, cultural and social fabric of the city.

Wall Street heads south as Trump bashes China and oil prices flare

Washington - Newly inflamed trade war fears and disappointing earnings sent US stocks lower on Thursday, running counter to gains made in European equities.
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