US nominates Kim for World Bank second term

The United States on Thursday threw its support behind World Bank chief Jim Yong Kim for a second term at the helm  of the multilateral development lender."I am proud to announce that today the United States has nominated World B...

Habitable planet found in solar system next door

Scientists Wednesday announced the discovery of an Earth-sized planet orbiting the star nearest our Sun, opening up the glittering prospect of a habitable world that may one day be explored by robots.Named Proxima b, the planet is...

[Graphic News] The deadliest earthquakes since 2000

A magnitude 6 earthquake shook central Italy early on Wednesday, followed hours later by a magnitude 6.8 temblor in Myanmar. The death toll from a powerful earthquake that shook central Italy rose to 247 on Thursday and an earthqu...

Italy earthquake kills at least 159, reduces towns to rubble

Rescue crews using bulldozers and their bare hands raced to dig out survivors from a strong earthquake that reduced three central Italian towns to rubble Wednesday. The death toll stood at 159, but the number of dead and missing w...

Strong quake rattles central Italy: 'The town isn't here'

A magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck central Italy early Wednesday, levelling buildings in several towns as residents slept. The mayor of hard-hit Amatrice said people were trapped under debris and that, "The town isn't here anymore....

[Newsmaker] Omran, one child of millions scarred by Syria war

BEIRUT (AP) -- Syrian opposition activists have released haunting footage showing a young boy rescued from the rubble in the aftermath of a devastating airstrike in Aleppo.The image of the stunned and weary looking boy, sitting in...

[Newsmaker] Trump picks media provocateur as campaign CEO

NEW YORK (AFP) - Donald Trump on Wednesday shook up his campaign team for a second time in just two months, fending off suggestions that his presidential run is in crisis as polls show Hillary Clinton cruising toward victory.The R...

Italy swim star's nod to girlfriend hailed as gay landmark

Open water swimming star Rachele Bruni was hailed Wednesday as the first Italian athlete to publicly declare her homosexuality.   Bruni, who won silver in the 10km swim in Rio on Monday, dedicated her medal to her family, her co...

German who plotted to attack Americans gets early release

A lawyer says a German convert to Islam who was convicted over a thwarted plan to attack American soldiers and civilians in Germany has been granted early release from prison.    Fritz Gelowicz was one of four men arrested in 2...

Grandfather: Man killed by police was just trying to survive

The man killed in a police shooting that sparked two nights of violence in Milwaukee suffered from cognitive and mental health issues, and he carried a gun because he had been shot more than once in the past, his grandfather said....

Three held in Belgium anti-terror raids: prosecutor

Anti-terror police detained three people for questioning following raids overnight in the Belgian capital Brussels, prosecutors said Friday.The arrests took place as Belgium remains on high alert following deadly jihadist bombings...

Trump says comment on Obama founding IS was sarcasm

Donald Trump backtracked Friday from his assertion that President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton founded the Islamic State group, saying he was just being sarcastic.As he often does, the Republican presidential nominee accused t...

Veteran sports photographer honored

Kim Min-jae, a veteran sports photographer well known in the international sports community, has received a government medal for his contributions to the development and promotion of Korean sports. Sports photographer Kim Min-jae...

Delta Airlines says worldwide flight grounding lifted

WASHINGTON (AFP) -- Delta Airlines said Monday a worldwide grounding of its flights has been lifted and its planes will resume taking off on a limited basis.The airline said cancellations and delays will continue because of the mo...

Japan military on alert to destroy N. Korea missile: media

TOKYO (AFP) -- Japan‘s newly appointed defence minister on Monday ordered the nation’s military to be ready to destroy any missiles fired by North Korea that threaten the country, local media reported. Tomomi Inada issued the o...