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Rights court mulls claims CIA secretly held suspects in E. Europe

Strasbourg - The European Court of Human Rights on Wednesday opened hearings into the cases of two former Guantanamo Bay inmates, who claim to have been held by the CIA in secret prisons in Romania and Lithuania before being transferred to the notorious US prison ...

Brazil delays impeachment until after Olympics: report

Bras - A vote on whether to remove Brazil's suspended president Dilma Rousseff from office will be postponed until after the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, a report said Wednesday.

Outlook bleak for Turkey tourism after airport blasts

Istanbul - Turkey's already limping tourism industry is suffering a fresh grievous blow after the latest in a series of attacks targeted at tourists claimed dozens of lives, analysts said Wednesday.

Is Pacquiao v. Broner done deal? Trainer Roach says watch for KO

It is beginning to sound like a fight between Manny Pacquiao and Adrien Broner is a done deal. And judging from the comments of Pacquiao trainer, Freddie Roach, a KO from the Pacman may also be a done deal.

FDA seeking information on hand sanitizers to 'fill in the gaps'

Hand sanitizers are everywhere we go today, from disposal wipes at the grocery store to little plastic bottles we carry in our purse or pocket. But just how safe and effective are they? That is what the FDA wants to know.

Apple patents tech to disable iPhone cameras at concerts

Apple has been awarded a patent for a technology that could automatically deactivate your iPhone's camera while at a concert or other public event. It would prevent people from inconveniencing others by taking photos and illegal recordings.

Norway to extradite Kurdish preacher to Italy

Oslo - A Norwegian court gave the green light on Wednesday for the extradition to Italy of a controversial Kurdish Iraqi cleric accused of belonging to the Islamic State group.

Op-Ed: UN Libyan envoy meets with speaker of HoR in Oman

Muscat - The Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG), Martin Kobler, met with the speaker of the Tobruk-based House of Representatives (HoR) Ageelah Salah in Oman.

Albanian PM calls for European revival

Tirana - Albania's Prime Minister says his resolve to join the European Union has not been shaken by Brexit but has called for a "substantial change" in the nature of the bloc's leadership to ensure its survival.

Facebook changing the News Feed again, putting friends at the top

Facebook has announced it is changing the algorithm used for News Feed posts once again, this time to place your friends' status updates above those of publishers and groups. It said it wants to make Facebook a more personal place, emphasising closeness.

Florida sees its first microcephaly birth from Zika virus disease

Florida's governor announced on Tuesday a woman from Haiti gave birth to a child with microcephaly, a first for Florida, bringing to five the number of babies born in the U.S. with the birth defect related to Zika virus disease.

Argentine court probes president's tax returns

Buenos Aires - An Argentine judge Thursday ordered a probe into suspected irregularities in President Mauricio Macri's tax returns after the leader was named in the Panama Papers offshore accounts scandal, a source said.

France's Hollande says Brexit won't change Channel migrant deal

Brussels - French President Francois Hollande said Wednesday that Britain's vote to leave the EU should not change a deal to stop migrants crossing the Channel, which led to many being stuck at camps in Calais.

Windows 10's 'innovative' Anniversary Update is coming August 2

Microsoft has announced it will release the Windows 10 Anniversary Update to consumers on August 2, marking one year since Windows 10's launch with a substantial delivery of new features. It includes productivity, entertainment and security improvements.

Obama to campaign with Clinton, Trump shrinks gap

Washington - President Barack Obama will campaign with presumptive Democratic White House nominee Hillary Clinton for the first time next Tuesday, as a new poll shows a tightening race with Republican Donald Trump.

Putin extends Western food embargo to end of 2017

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday extended to the end of 2017 Moscow's embargo on food items from the West imposed in retaliation for sanctions over Ukraine.

Review: Magician pays emotional tribute to late brother via magic trick

Magician Darcy Oake pays tribute to late brother with an emotional magic trick, which he performed in front of a live audience.

Yemen peace talks to take two-week break: UN envoy

Kuwait City - Yemen's warring parties are taking a two-week break in peace talks, the UN special envoy said on Wednesday, after more than two months of negotiations that made little headway.

Review: This week’s releases constitute a way-back throwback Special

This week’s releases include a beloved sitcom starring “before he was a star” Ryan Reynolds; a ridiculous slapstick comedy; a depiction of life as a war correspondent; and an anticipated sci-fi revival featuring the original actors.

UN to beef up Mali peace mission

New York - The UN Security Council on Wednesday decided to strengthen peacekeeping operations in Mali following a spate of attacks targeting blue helmets serving in the UN's deadliest mission.
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