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Exxon 3rd quarter profits fall 38 percent on lower oil prices

ExxonMobil continues to suffer as the company rides out the oil slump that began in mid-2014. On Friday, the American oil behemoth said income fell 38 percent to $2.65 billion.

Syria rebels in assault to break Aleppo siege

Aleppo - Syrian opposition fighters made advances Friday in a major assault on government forces aimed at breaking a months-long siege of rebel-held districts of the battered city of Aleppo.

Iceland seeks 'closure' over stalled EU membership talks

Reykjav - A possible victory for Iceland's leftwing and centrist opposition in Saturday's snap election has brought the issue of stalled European Union membership talks back to life.

Tinder’s top yenta wants to connect the world Special

New York - Swipe left or swipe right. Reject or accept a date with someone you’ve never met. Whatever you choose, Tinder’s CEO Sean Rad still wins. Rolling Stone magazine calls Rad the biggest yenta in the world, promoting free love across the globe.

Danish editor behind Mohammed cartoons clashes with paper

Copenhagen - The Danish ex-editor who commissioned the Mohammed cartoons that triggered deadly protests a decade ago on Friday accused the Jyllands-Posten newspaper of trying to silence him, saying it had let "the jihadists" win.

Yazidi survivor of IS slavery aims to be 'voice' of her people

Stuttgart - A Yazidi teenager who escaped the Islamic State group after nearly two years of enslavement said Friday the prospect of one day becoming a "voice" for her community saw her through the nightmarish ordeal.

Russia seeks to stop jihadists from fleeing Mosul

Moscow - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Friday called for cooperation to prevent Islamic State jihadists from leaving Mosul and heading to Syria during the offensive under way to recapture the Iraqi city.

Qatar could move Summer Olympics date, says Coe

Doha - Sebastian Coe said on Friday that Qatar could move the Summer Olympics to later in the calendar year if the Gulf country ever successfully bids to host the Games.

Ban to open Cyprus land-for-peace summit in Switzerland

Nicosia - UN chief Ban Ki-moon will launch crunch Cyprus talks in Switzerland next month that could determine whether a peace deal is achievable to end decades of division on the island.

London borough opens doors to 'Jungle' migrant children

London - Horrified by the desperate plight of traumatised children in the "Jungle" migrant camp in France, one London borough is seeking to provide a new life in Britain for unaccompanied youngsters.

US man gets 18 months in 'Celebgate' nude photo hack

Washington - A US man was sentenced to 18 months in prison for hacking the accounts of Hollywood stars, which led to the online release of private nude photos of Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton and other celebrities.

Art star Basquiat showcased in Italy retrospective

Milan - New York's Eighties art scene is coming to Milan with a show dedicated to the late Haitian-American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, whose works now sell for phenomenal sums.

National Bank of Canada to slash 600 jobs in shift to digital

The National Bank of Canada has decided to cut 600 jobs and take a $175 million restructuring charge. This comes amid slow economic growth and a changing environment for Canadian banks.

Sudden spike in violence kills six in east Ukraine

Kiev - Six people died in clashes between government forces and pro-Russian insurgents in Ukraine's separatist east, officials said Friday, the highest death toll since international peace talks held 10 days ago.

Global migrant deaths up 20 percent: IOM

Geneva - Migrant deaths worldwide this year have surged above 5,200 -- a 20 percent increase on 2015 -- driven by record fatalities in the Mediterranean, the International Organisation for Migration said Friday.

Britain could hold second EU vote, says ex-PM Blair

London - Britain's former prime minister Tony Blair said Friday there was nothing preventing a second Brexit referendum and warned that the break-up would be "very, very tough" as European leaders were in an unforgiving mood.

Launch of three astronauts to ISS postponed

Moscow - The launch next month of a Soyuz spacecraft carrying three astronauts to the International Space Station has been postponed by 48 hours, Russia's space agency said Friday, reportedly to ensure better docking conditions.

Restaurant boss suspected of kidnapping Nice hotelier

Nice - The former manager of a gourmet restaurant in the French resort city of Nice is suspected of ordering the kidnapping of a hotel magnate, who was found bound in the back of a van, investigators said Friday.

Sweden refuses to suspend Assange's arrest warrant for funeral

Stockholm - The Swedish prosecutor's office on Friday said it has rejected WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's request to temporarily suspend an arrest warrant so he could leave the Ecuadorian embassy in London and attend a funeral.

Texas teen crashes into police car while taking topless selfie

Bryan - It is not a good idea to drive while intoxicated. It is also not a good idea to use a hand-held device to take a selfie to post on Snapchat while driving. Police allege a 19-year-old Texas teen was doing both when she crashed into a parked police car.
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