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Asian markets mixed as dealers await trade news, Hong Kong rises

Fpo - Asian markets were mixed in early trade Tuesday with investors keeping tabs on the latest developments in the China-US trade talks, while Hong Kong staged a minor recovery after the previous day's steep losses.

Protesters march across the world for 'a better future'

Paris - Protests have flared around the world, with citizens rallying for the last few weeks demanding change in their countries. Here are the reasons seven of them from Catalonia to Chile are taking to the streets.

30 years after Berlin Wall fell, hard borders are back

Berlin - The fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, when thousands of Germans joyfully danced atop its graffiti-covered remains, to some heralded the "end of history" in a globalised world.

Gay rights across the globe

Paris - Thirty years after the first-ever gay civil unions in Denmark, same-sex marriages are today allowed in 28 countries, but homosexuality remains illegal in some parts of the world.

New IMF chief Georgieva says world suffering 'synchronized slowdown'

Washington - Grinding trade disputes are undermining the global economy, which is set to see its slowest growth in nearly a decade, the new IMF chief said Tuesday.

Sterling sinks as Merkel downbeat on Brexit deal outlook

London - The British pound dived Tuesday after German Chancellor Angela Merkel reportedly warned that a Brexit deal was "overwhelmingly unlikely", further stoking fears of a disorderly and costly departure from the EU.

Extinction Rebellion plans fortnight of worldwide climate action

London - Extinction Rebellion climate protesters are planning to bring disruption to 60 cities around the world from Monday in a fortnight of civil disobedience, warning of an environmental "apocalypse".

Empty seats present major headache to Qatar and Coe

Doha - Qatar confidently promised there would be "no empty seats" when it first bid for the World Athletics Championships -- three days into the 2019 championships that promise rings as hollow as the Doha stadium.

Heat is on Coleman and world championships organisers

Doha - Controversial US sprinter Christian Coleman's bid for 100 metres gold took centre stage at the World Championships on Saturday as endurance athletes prepared for another battle with Doha's punishing heat and humidity.Coleman romped to a 9.

Environmental activists pluck plastic from world's beaches on mass cleanup day

Paris - Thousands of volunteers wielding nets and bin bags scoured coasts, parks and riverbanks across the globe Saturday, in a litter-picking drive highlighting the vast quantity of trash dumped worldwide, a day after mass international climate protests.

Review: McKenzie Coan triumphs at 2019 World Para Swimming Championships Special

American swimmer McKenzie Coan has a major reason to be proud. She was the winner of the women's 400 meter freestyle at the 2019 Para Swimming Championships.

World tourism numbers up 4% in first half of 2019: UN

Madrid - International tourist arrivals rose by 4.0 percent in the first half of 2019, but trade tensions and Brexit uncertainty could hinder growth, the UN World Tourism Organization said Monday.

Op-Ed: Sam Kendricks and Mondo Duplantis are the 'Ones to Watch' in Doha

Doha - The 2019 IAAF World Athletics Championships will take place later this month in Doha, Qatar. Two male pole vaulters to "watch out for" include American Sam Kendricks and Swedish athlete Mondo Duplantis.

Global stocks tumble on tariff moves as Chinese yuan sinks

London - World stock markets plunged Monday after the Chinese yuan fell sharply in what analysts said was Beijing's riposte to US President Donald Trump vowing to impose fresh tariffs on Chinese goods in the latest trade war flare-up.

Asia markets down after mixed messages from Fed

Fpo - Asian markets fell on Thursday, tracking losses on Wall Street, after the US Federal Reserve cut rates for the first time in more than a decade but failed to offer a clear signal on future easing.

Accused Hungarian swimmer allowed to leave S. Korea: prosecutors

Seoul - Hungarian swimmer Tamas Kenderesi has been charged with a sexual harassment offence following the world championships in South Korea but has been given permission to leave the country, prosecutors said Wednesday.

Review: Greece wins silver medal at the 2019 FINA World Championships Special

Gwangju - On July 27, Greek swimmer Kristian Gkolomeev won Greece a silver medal at the 2019 FINA World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea.

Two dead in Korean nightclub balcony collapse at world swim

Gwangju - Two people died and many more were injured, including two American athletes at the world swim championships, after a balcony collapsed in a South Korean nightclub, local police said Saturday.

Review: Lilly King wins gold for Team USA in the 100 meter breaststroke Special

Gwangju - On July 23, American swimmer Lilly King has a major reason to celebrate. She won the gold medal for Team USA in the women's 100 meter breaststroke final.

World reacts to Britain's PM to-be Johnson

London - Britain's main allies congratulated Boris Johnson on Tuesday after he won a party leadership vote that will see him become Britain's next prime minister, but the EU warned of challenging times ahead over Brexit.

IMF downgrades world growth, warns of 'precarious' 2020

Washington - Global trade tensions, continued uncertainty and rising prospects for a no-deal Brexit are sapping the strength of the world economy, which faces a "precarious" 2020, the International Monetary Fund warned on Tuesday.

'Wow, wow, wow!' Philippines goes wild for 'force at 40' Pacquiao

Manila - Fans in the Philippines roared their approval and rose to their feet Sunday, imitating the punches of Manny Pacquiao, as they declared that their idol was still a boxing force at the age of 40 with his stunning victory over American Keith Thurman.

Western allies back UK over tanker seizure

Paris - Iran's seizure of a UK-flagged tanker in the Strait of Hormuz has ramped up tensions in the Gulf region after the US military claimed it had downed an Iranian drone.

Water system of medieval German city gets world heritage status

Berlin - The German city of Augsburg was Saturday granted World Heritage status by UNESCO for its over 800-year-old water management system boasting an aquaduct, water towers, ornate fountains, canals and hundreds of bridges.

Natalie Coughlin returns to swimming, to compete for DC Trident

12-time Olympic medalist swimmer and world champion Natalie Coughlin recently announced her return to competitive swimming.

Oil jumps 6% on Trump threat after Iran downs spy drone

London - World oil prices spiked more than six percent Thursday on President Donald Trump warning Iran made "a very big mistake" after it boasted of downing a US spy drone.

How cities around the globe fight rising rents

Berlin - Berlin has become the latest anti-gentrification battleground, with authorities poised Tuesday to freeze rents for five years in a bid to halt skyrocketing costs.Other capitals have taken different approaches. Here is an overview of some of them.

World's worst serial killers

Paris - Former German hospital nurse Niels Hoegel, who was handed a life sentence Thursday for murdering 85 patients in his care, is believed to be the most prolific serial killer in the country's post-war history.

Nathan Adrian talks USA Swimming Foundation, health and success Special

New York - Eight-time Olympic medalist Nathan Adrian sat down and chatted with this journalist at a hotel in New York City about the USA Swimming Foundation, the 2019 "Make A Splash" Tour. He also opened up about his health and shared his definition of success.

Asian markets tick up after Trump tweets but uncertainty remains

Fpo - A series of tweets by Donald Trump playing up the chances of a trade deal with China provided a much-needed boost to Asian equities Wednesday but investors trod cautiously as analysts warned of more volatility to come.
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