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  • Republican who 'wanted to destroy' Bill Clinton during 1998 impeachment has regrets

    Republican who 'wanted to destroy' Bill Clinton during 1998 impeachment has regretsHe led the effort to impeach Bill Clinton. Years later, he sought Clinton out to apologize.


  • Argentine mystery over economy chief chills markets; three contenders lead race

    Argentine mystery over economy chief chills markets; three contenders lead raceAs Argentina's new government prepares to take power, the key role of economy chief is shrouded in mystery, with a trio of economists leading the field as the country grapples with how to fight inflation, recession and rising debt. President-elect Alberto Fernandez will announce his cabinet on Friday evening, with all eyes on who will be the new minister of Treasury when the center-left leader is sworn into office on Dec. 10. Fernandez is likely to back a sharp shift in economic approach to outgoing conservative President Mauricio Macri, whose International Monetary Fund-backed austerity helped cut fiscal deficits but hammered his popularity with voters.


  • UPDATE 1-Iraq's top Shi'ite cleric says new PM must be chosen without foreign interference

    UPDATE 1-Iraq's top Shi'ite cleric says new PM must be chosen without foreign interferenceIraq's top Shi'ite Muslim cleric said on Friday that a new prime minister must be chosen without foreign interference after the incumbent Adel Abdul Mahdi announced his resignation a week ago. Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani urged political leaders to abandon partisan politics in choosing a new head of government and said he would have no involvement in efforts to replace Abdul Mahdi. "We hope a new head of government and its members will be chosen within the constitutional deadline" of 15 days since the resignation was formalised in parliament on Sunday, a representative of Sistani said in his Friday sermon in the holy city of Kerbala.


  • Russian supply ship lifts off to International Space Station

    Russian supply ship lifts off to International Space StationAn unmanned Russian supply ship carrying tons of supplies to the International Space Station has blasted off to the orbiting laboratory. It is set to dock with the space outpost on Monday. The Progress is carrying about 3 tons (2.7 metric tons) of food, fuel and supplies to the space station, which currently has six astronauts aboard.


  • UPDATE 1-European shares rise in cautious trading, set for worst week in 2 months

    UPDATE 1-European shares rise in cautious trading, set for worst week in 2 monthsEuropean shares edged higher on Friday as comments from U.S. President Donald Trump that trade talks with China were "moving right along" injected some calm after a tumultuous week. The pan-European STOXX 600 index rose 0.4% more than an hour into trading, with banks, technology firms and retail companies leading the gains. M&A activity boosted insurers after Phoenix Group Holdings Plc said it would buy the British insurance unit of Swiss Re in a cash-and-shares deal worth 3.2 billion pounds ($4.1 billion).


  • UPDATE 1-WHO decries "collective failure" as measles kills 140,000

    UPDATE 1-WHO decries "collective failure" as measles kills 140,000Measles infected nearly 10 million people in 2018 and killed 140,000, mostly children, as devastating outbreaks of the viral disease hit every region of the world, the World Health Organization said on Thursday. In figures described by its director general as "an outrage", the WHO said most of last year's measles deaths were in children under five years old who had not been vaccinated. "The fact that any child dies from a vaccine-preventable disease like measles is frankly an outrage and a collective failure to protect the world's most vulnerable children," said the WHO's director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreysus.


  • UPDATE 1-Greece to expel Libyan ambassador over Turkey-Libya accord

    UPDATE 1-Greece to expel Libyan ambassador over Turkey-Libya accordGreece said on Friday it was expelling Libya's ambassador to the country, angered at an accord between Libya and Turkey signed on Nov. 27 that maps out a sea boundary between the two countries close to the Greek island of Crete. Mohamed Younis AB Menfi had 72 hours to leave the country, Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias told a news briefing. Dendias called the Turkey-Libyan accord a "blatant violation of international law".


  • Federal prosecutors add new bribery charge against R. Kelly

    Federal prosecutors add new bribery charge against R. KellyThe new charge alleges he bribed a public officer on August 30, 1994, to create a fake identification for a woman ? one day before the date listed on his marriage certificate with Aaliyah.


  • IMF approves $247 mln reform loan to Angola

    IMF approves $247 mln reform loan to AngolaThe IMF has approved a second tranche of a $247 million loan to be paid to Angola under its Extended Fund Facility following a review of the southern African oil producer's progress under the program. The International Monetary Fund originally approved the facility totalling $3.7 billion in December 2018 to help Angola manage twin budget and balance of payments crises after tanking global crude prices ripped a hole in its revenues. Angola is Africa's second biggest oil exporter and relies on sales of the fossil fuel for about 65% of total tax revenue, but a combination slack crude prices and years of mismanagement at state oil-producer Sonangol have left it struggling for funds.


  • FOREX-Euro steady as U.S. dollar set for worst week since October

    FOREX-Euro steady as U.S. dollar set for worst week since OctoberU.S. President Donald Trump remained upbeat overnight on trade and said talks are "moving right along" and that "we'll have to see" about the increase in tariffs that is scheduled to take place on Dec. 15. "My guess ? and it?s just a guess ? is that the rally in NZD may have started with a recovery in risk sentiment" driven by Trump's comments, said Marshall Gittler, strategist at ACLS Global, noting the kiwi tracked the safe-haven Japanese yen's performance on Thursday.


  • FACTBOX-Reactions, comments on killing of four men accused of rape in India

    FACTBOX-Reactions, comments on killing of four men accused of rape in IndiaIndian police shot dead four men on Friday who allegedly raped and killed a 27-year-old veterinarian in the city of Hyderabad, drawing applause from her family and many Indians outraged by a fresh series of gruesome crimes against women. Let all know this is the country where good will always prevail over evil.


  • 25 Days of Cookies: Cookie Monster's Me Double Chocolate cookie recipe

    25 Days of Cookies: Cookie Monster's Me Double Chocolate cookie recipe25 Days of Cookies: Cookie Monster's Me Double Chocolate cookie recipe originally appeared on goodmorningamerica.comWelcome to GMA 25 Days of Cookies! For 25 days, we are featuring cookie recipes that are perfect for your holiday party, cookie swap or next family gathering. Our celeb BFFs are sharing their cookie recipes with us, and we?ve gathered some seasonal standouts that are sure to dazzle on your Instagram feed and Pinterest board.Head to our full guide here all month long for the most beautiful, fun, seasonal, delicious holiday cookies worthy of your new Christmas traditions. ...


  • France says U.S. proposal on international tax reform unacceptable

    France says U.S. proposal on international tax reform unacceptableFrance rejects a U.S. proposal this week that would let companies opt out of a proposed international tax reform, Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said on Friday, urging Washington to negotiate in good faith. U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin raised serious questions about OECD international tax reform proposals in a letter made public on Wednesday, jarring international officials by floating the idea of a "safe harbor regime". Le Maire said that would mean U.S. companies could opt in or out as they pleased, which he said would be unacceptable to France and other OECD countries.


  • GLOBAL MARKETS-"Moving right along"? Shares nudge up after Trump trade talk

    GLOBAL MARKETS-"Moving right along"? Shares nudge up after Trump trade talkWorld shares ticked up on Friday, buoyed by comments from U.S. President Donald Trump that talks aimed at dialling down the damaging trade war with China were "moving right along". Trump's relatively upbeat tone in comments on Thursday was enough to encourage riskier bets by investors, despite a lack of agreement over whether existing tariffs should be dropped as part of an initial deal to ease the long standoff.


  • China waiving tariff hikes on US soybeans, pork

    China waiving tariff hikes on US soybeans, porkChina is waiving punitive tariffs on U.S. soybeans and pork while the two sides negotiate a trade deal, the Ministry of Finance said Friday. The government announced then that Chinese importers were placing orders but no details of when the tariff exemption would take effect were released. China is ?carrying out the exclusion,? the Ministry of Finance said on its website.


  • Boy's letter lifts family's holiday spirits after thief steals their Christmas display

    Boy's letter lifts family's holiday spirits after thief steals their Christmas displayThe magic of the holidays can bring people together -- but for one family, it was a little boy who helped them remember just what Christmas is all about. "People come from all over to see it!" Nickole Jones told ABC News recently. Plus, the Jones family always had a love for Christmas -- a big celebration for them.


  • UPDATE 1-China-built Tesla cars recommended for subsidies - ministry

    UPDATE 1-China-built Tesla cars recommended for subsidies - ministryChina's industry ministry has placed Chinese-built Tesla Inc. Model 3 cars on a list of vehicles recommended to receive subsidies for new energy vehicles, a move that will help the U.S. firm's push into the world's biggest auto market. Two variants of Tesla Model 3 vehicles are listed on a recommendation list for China's generous subsidies for new energy vehicles (NEV), according to a post on the website of China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology. The California-based electric vehicle maker, which is building cars in a $2 billion factory in Shanghai, aims to make more than 1,000 vehicles a week by the end of 2019 and deliver the China-made vehicles before the Chinese new year on Jan. 25.


  • Take it from Ally Brooke: 'Take it all in, girl, because you?ve come so far'

    Take it from Ally Brooke: 'Take it all in, girl, because you?ve come so far'It?s Ally Brooke?s time to shine, and she?s not stopping anytime soon. Brooke, a former member of successful pop girl group Fifth Harmony, has taken her career solo and can now add professional dancer to her resume.


  • North Korea to launch medical tourism, targeting visitors from China

    North Korea to launch medical tourism, targeting visitors from ChinaNorth Korea, one of the world's most reclusive states, plans to branch out into medical tourism next year, offering foreign visitors, most likely from China, treatments including cataract surgery, dental implants and therapy for tumours. Private tourism is one of the few remaining areas of business not blocked by sanctions imposed on North Korea over its nuclear and missile programmes. As many as 350,000 Chinese tourists have visited North Korea this year, potentially netting the authorities up to $175 million, according to some analysts.


  • Film spotlights women medics taking lead in Syria's bunker hospitals

    Film spotlights women medics taking lead in Syria's bunker hospitalsDuring the five-year siege of Syria's eastern Ghouta region, doctor Amani Ballour worked in a fortified underground hospital called The Cave where she and her team defied constant bombardments to save thousands of lives. "The Cave", to be screened in Britain from Friday, follows Ballour as she deals with everything from babies choking on building debris following Russian warplane strikes to the terrifying aftermath of a chemical weapons attack.


  • 6-story building collapses in Nairobi; some feared trapped

    6-story building collapses in Nairobi; some feared trappedA six-story building collapsed in Kenya's capital on Friday, officials said, with people feared to be trapped in the debris. Nairobi county police chief Philip Ndolo said at least 10 people had been rescued by residents of Tassia estate using their bare hands. Hundreds of people gathered to watch from nearby buildings as emergency responders prodded at the pancaked structure.


  • UPDATE 1-Activist Thunberg completes intercontinental dash to Madrid climate summit

    UPDATE 1-Activist Thunberg completes intercontinental dash to Madrid climate summitTeenage activist Greta Thunberg pulled in on the overnight train to Madrid on Friday, heading to a gathering of world leaders she says are failing to combat climate change. In just over a year, Thunberg has inspired younger protesters in a global movement demanding action to slow the atmospheric warming that climate scientists say could ultimately endanger the survival of industrial societies. Stepping off the night train Lusitania at Chamartin train station in the Spanish capital, the 16-year-old Swede completed a hastily arranged expedition, including a 21-day catamaran voyage across the Atlantic, to a U.N. conference originally planned in Santiago, Chile.


  • FACTBOX-Statistics on rape in India and some well-known cases

    FACTBOX-Statistics on rape in India and some well-known casesIndian police shot dead four men on Friday who were suspected of raping and killing a 27-year-old veterinarian in the city of Hyderabad, a police official told Reuters, drawing applause from her family and citizens outraged over crimes against women. Instances of brutal rape and violence against the women who report it have given India the dismal reputation of being one of the worst places in the world to be female. The crime sparked large-scale protests and led thousands of women across India to break their silence over sexual violence that often goes unreported.


  • Bulgarian Mutafova, one of world's oldest actresses, dies at 97

    Bulgarian Mutafova, one of world's oldest actresses, dies at 97Bulgarian Stoyanka Mutafova, one of the world's oldest actresses performing regularly on stage, has died aged 97. Dubbed the queen of Bulgarian comedy, Mutafova began performing in 1945, when she played a maidservant in Moliere's "Scapin the Schemer". "An extremely kind and good person has gone," Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov said on Friday.


  • Bulgarian Mutafova, one of world's oldest actresses, dies at 97

    Bulgarian Mutafova, one of world's oldest actresses, dies at 97Bulgarian Stoyanka Mutafova, one of the world's oldest actresses performing regularly on stage, has died aged 97. Dubbed the queen of Bulgarian comedy, Mutafova began performing in 1945, when she played a maidservant in Moliere's "Scapin the Schemer". "An extremely kind and good person has gone," Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov said on Friday.


  • UPDATE 1-Fears grow about Sydney after Australia fires merge into giant blaze

    UPDATE 1-Fears grow about Sydney after Australia fires merge into giant blazeBushfires fanned by winds combined into a single giant blaze north of Sydney late on Friday, blanketing Australia's biggest city in hazardous smoke, causing weekend sports games to be cancelled and prompting calls for outdoor workers to stay home. Wildfire has killed at least four people and destroyed more than 680 homes across eastern Australia since the start of November, months earlier than the usual summer bushfire season, with the authorities blaming an extended drought, strong wind and suspected arson. Smoke and flying ash has lingered over Sydney for most of the past week, turning the daytime sky orange, obscuring visibility and prompting commuters to wear breathing masks.


  • Pressure builds for Giuliani as associate enters talks over potential plea deal

    Pressure builds for Giuliani as associate enters talks over potential plea dealPressure to cut deal comes after revelations that Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman are ?likely? to face more charges, attorney saysTalks about a potential plea deal are under way between federal prosecutors and an attorney for Lev Parnas, a Rudy Giuliani associate indicted for making illegal campaign donations who helped Trump lawyer Giuliani?s search for dirt in Ukraine on Joe Biden, says an attorney familiar with the investigationThe talks appear to be in early stages, but the lawyer familiar with the investigation and ex-prosecutors say that pressure mounted on Parnas to cut a deal after prosecutors revealed on Monday that he and his business associate Igor Fruman, who was also indicted for making illegal campaign donations, are ?likely? to face additional charges.If Parnas strikes a deal it could put further legal pressure on Giuliani, who is facing a growing number of legal woes including some relating to his international consulting business as part of an investigation of alleged crimes including money laundering, wire fraud, campaign finance violations, making false statements, obstruction of justice, and violations of the Foreign Agents Registration Act.Parnas and Fruman, who were both born in the former Soviet Union, pleaded not guilty to illegally funneling contributions from a foreign source and three other counts. But Parnas and his lawyer have begun cooperating with the House impeachment inquiry in response to a subpoena and have turned over video and audio recordings to the House intelligence committee.As detailed in the 300-page report by House intelligence committee Democrats and other documents and reports, Parnas played a Zelig-like role in Ukraine and the US in tandem with Giuliani and several other conservatives to try and boost Trump?s political fortunes in 2020.Parnas and Fruman worked with Giuliani to help oust Marie Yovanovitch, a respected US ambassador in Kyiv who was removed this spring, and to pressure the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, to announce an inquiry into debunked allegations about former vice-president Joe Biden, a leading candidate in 2020, and his son who had worked for a Ukrainian gas company, in order to lift a secret hold on $391m in badly needed US military aid.Parnas and Fruman were arrested at Dulles airport en route to Vienna in October and charged with a complex conspiracy to funnel $325,000 to a Trump Super Pac from a Russian source using shell companies.But federal prosecutors in New York have since widened their investigation to look at Giuliani, including his business interests in Ukraine, and reportedly issued numerous subpoenas.The lawyer familiar with the investigation, who requested anonymity since he was not authorized to discuss it, said: ?There are some plea negotiations under way with regards to Parnas,? and the federal prosecutors in New York?s southern district which brought the charges; but he noted that ?a proffer by Parnas? attorney [has] not been accepted at this time?.Ex-prosecutors say a plea deal would probably require Parnas to offer more information about Giuliani and probably others he had contacts with, including possibly Trump and the Republican congressman Devin Nunes.Ex-prosecutor Paul Rosenzweig said plea deals typically require defendants to provide truthful testimony about other possible defendants which in Parnas?s case would include Giuliani. ?That prospect has to make Mr Giuliani uncomfortable,? he said. ?It might also make Representative Nunes and President Trump uncomfortable as well.?Similarly, ex-federal prosecutor Michael Zeldin said that having a prosecutor signal more charges as likely against Parnas and Fruman ?substantially increases pressure on Parnas to work out a deal?.Zeldin added that ?additional charges could include such crimes as failure to register as a foreign agent, money laundering and violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.? Convictions of these crimes carry substantial prison terms.Parnas?s lawyer Joseph Bondy declined to comment on whether plea talks were under way, but Bondy told the Guardian his client wanted to help the House of Representatives in its impeachment inquiry.In a statement, Bondy said that they are producing materials to the House intelligence committee ?? and that Mr Parnas remains fully committed to providing relevant and accurate sworn testimony?. But Parnas needs to be ?granted a level of immunity, such that his statements in the impeachment inquiry cannot be used against him in his federal prosecution?.Parnas and Fruman?s efforts to help Trump?s political fortunes go back at least to April 2018 when the duo were invited as prospective donors to a small Super Pac dinner with Trump at his DC hotel. There, Parnas talked to Trump and warned him that Ambassador Yovanovitch was hostile to his policies, to which Trump replied she should be fired, according to the Washington Post. Their $325,000 check to the Super Pac, America First Action, arrived a few weeks later.In a statement, the Super Pac indicated it has voluntarily cooperated with the federal inquiry, and the $325,000 check was put in a ?segregated bank account ? until these matters are resolved and a court determines the proper disposition of the funds?.


  • Activist Thunberg completes intercontinental dash to Madrid climate summit

    Activist Thunberg completes intercontinental dash to Madrid climate summitTeenage activist Greta Thunberg pulled in on the overnight train to Madrid on Friday, heading to a gathering of world leaders she says are failing to combat climate change. In just over a year, Thunberg has inspired younger protesters in a global movement demanding action to slow the atmospheric warming that climate scientists say could ultimately endanger the survival of industrial societies. Stepping off the night train Lusitania at Chamartin train station in the Spanish capital, the 16-year-old Swede completed a hastily arranged expedition, including a 21-day catamaran voyage across the Atlantic, to a U.N. conference originally planned in Santiago, Chile.


  • UPDATE 1-World Bank adopts $1 bln-plus annual China lending plan over U.S. objections

    UPDATE 1-World Bank adopts $1 bln-plus annual China lending plan over U.S. objectionsThe World Bank on Thursday adopted a plan to aid China with $1 billion to $1.5 billion in low-interest loans annually through June 2025, despite the objections of U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. Mnuchin told a House Financial Services Committee hearing that the Treasury's representative on the bank's board had objected on to the plan on Wednesday, adding he wanted the World Bank to "graduate" China from its concessional loan programs for low- and middle-income countries. It was published http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/902781575573489712/pdf/China-Country-Partnership-Framework-for-the-Period-FY2020-2025.pdf on Thursday afternoon after the World Bank's board "expressed broad support" for the multilateral development lender's engagement in China's structural and environmental reforms.


  • UPDATE 2-Hong Kong police chief calls for peace ahead of weekend protest march

    UPDATE 2-Hong Kong police chief calls for peace ahead of weekend protest marchHong Kong's police chief has urged citizens to demonstrate peacefully ahead of an expected large turnout on Sunday for a pro-democracy march that organisers said aimed to show the movement retained strong momentum. Police have given a rare green light to the demonstration, organised by the Civil Human Rights Front (CHRF), the group that called the largely peaceful million-strong marches in the summer. "We hope our citizens can show the whole world (that) Hong Kong people are capable of holding a large scale rally in an orderly and peaceful manner," new police commissioner Chris Tang said before departing on a "courtesy visit" to Beijing.


  • UPDATE 1-Russia, Turkey working on new S-400 missile contract -Ifax

    UPDATE 1-Russia, Turkey working on new S-400 missile contract -IfaxRussia and Turkey are working on a contract for the delivery of a new batch of Russian S-400 missile systems, the Interfax news agency cited a senior official at a Russian military cooperation agency as saying on Friday. Such a deal would be likely to further strain Ankara's relations with Washington which has suspended Turkey from the U.S. F-35 stealth fighter jet programme, in which it was a producer and buyer, to penalise it for buying S-400 batteries this year. The official, Dmitry Shugaev, said he thought there was a "fairly high likelihood" Turkey and Russia would sign a contract for the delivery of an additional batch of S-400s next year.


  • Nigerian activist Sowore released on bail -Sahara Reporters

    Nigerian activist Sowore released on bail -Sahara ReportersA Nigerian activist and former presidential candidate whose continued detention prompted protests by rights groups was released on bail late on Thursday, the news organisation that he founded said on Twitter. Omoyele Sowore, who ran for president in the February election in which former military ruler President Muhammadu Buhari secured a second term in office, was arrested in August and in September pleaded not guilty to charges of treason, money laundering and harassing the president.


  • Euro zone bond yields steady, set for biggest weekly rise in a month

    Euro zone bond yields steady, set for biggest weekly rise in a monthEuro zone government bond yields were little changed on Friday, but set for their biggest weekly rise in a month, with investors continuing to take their cue from U.S.-China trade talks. Discussions are "moving right along", U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday, striking an upbeat tone even as Chinese officials held fast to their line that existing tariffs must come off as part of an interim deal to de-escalate the 17-month trade war between the world's two biggest economies. The ups and downs of negotiations and some mixed signals from Trump have set the tone for bond markets in recent weeks.


  • China-made Tesla cars recommended for Chinese subsidies - ministry

    China-made Tesla cars recommended for Chinese subsidies - ministryChina's Industry Ministry has placed Chinese-built Tesla Inc. Model 3 cars on a list of vehicles recommended to receive subsidies for new energy vehicles, according to a document published on Friday. It was not immediately what level of subsidy China would grant the Tesla car, which is built in the U.S. firm's Shanghai car plant. A Tesla representative confirmed the company's vehicles had been recommended for subsidies.


  • 4 dead after police chase ends in shootout

    4 dead after police chase ends in shootoutPolice swarmed the UPS vehicle after it was stopped by traffic.


  • Greta Thunberg reaches Madrid for climate activists' march

    Greta Thunberg reaches Madrid for climate activists' marchClimate activist Greta Thunberg arrived in Madrid Friday to join thousands of other young people in a march to demand world leaders take real action against climate change. The Spanish capital is hosting a two-week, United Nations-sponsored talks aimed at streamlining the rules on global carbon markets and agreeing on how poor countries should be compensated for destruction largely caused by emissions from rich nations. The talks come as scientific evidence mounts about disasters that could ensue from further global warming, including a study commissioned by 14 seafaring nations due to be published Friday that predicts that unchecked climate change could devastate fishery industries and coral reef tourism.


  • UPDATE 2-German industry slump sparks renewed economic growth fears

    UPDATE 2-German industry slump sparks renewed economic growth fearsGermany's industrial output unexpectedly dropped in October, reviving worries about its economic growth outlook as its manufacturing backbone takes a blow from global trade conflicts and disruptions in the auto sector. Industrial output dropped 1.7% on the month against expectations for a 0.1% rise, Statistics Office figures showed on Friday. "Now the trepidation starts again about GDP growth in the final quarter," said Jens-Oliver Niklasch, economist at Landesbank Baden-Wuerttemberg.


  • No Riyadh rush as many global investors steer clear of Aramco IPO

    No Riyadh rush as many global investors steer clear of Aramco IPOThe Saudi Aramco IPO was supposed to be a cornerstone of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's ambitious plan to open the gates to foreign investment in the kingdom. The state oil giant confirmed on Thursday that its initial public offering would be the biggest in history, raising $25.6 billion. The offering will surpass Alibaba's 2014 New York flotation and value Aramco at $1.7 trillion - still short of the prince's $2 trillion goal.


  • Europe must do more to protect its rivers and lakes - scientists

    Europe must do more to protect its rivers and lakes - scientistsMore than 5,500 scientists have signed an open letter saying that Europe is facing a severe threat to its freshwater biodiversity and must do more to protect its rivers and lakes. The letter follows the release of a report by the EU's own environment agency, EEA, which said that nearly two thirds of freshwater bodies across the continent are unhealthy. The scientists call on the European Union to intensify its efforts to ensure freshwater diversity.


  • INSIGHT-No Riyadh rush as many global investors steer clear of Aramco IPO

    INSIGHT-No Riyadh rush as many global investors steer clear of Aramco IPOThe Saudi Aramco IPO was supposed to be a cornerstone of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's ambitious plan to open the gates to foreign investment in the kingdom. The state oil giant confirmed on Thursday that its initial public offering would be the biggest in history, raising $25.6 billion. The offering will surpass Alibaba's 2014 New York flotation and value Aramco at $1.7 trillion - still short of the prince's $2 trillion goal.


  • UPDATE 2-Transport chaos as strike against Macron reforms enters day two

    UPDATE 2-Transport chaos as strike against Macron reforms enters day twoFrance faced a second day of travel chaos and understaffed schools and hospitals on Friday as unions said there would be no let-up in a strike against Emmanuel Macron's pension reforms until the president backed down. Much of France ground to a halt on Thursday as transport workers went on strike - joined by teachers, doctors, police, firemen and civil servants. Smoke and tear gas swirled through the streets of Paris and Nantes as protests turned violent.


  • China stocks log biggest weekly gain in nearly 2 months on upbeat data, trade hopes

    China stocks log biggest weekly gain in nearly 2 months on upbeat data, trade hopesChina stocks ended higher on Friday, posting their biggest weekly advances in nearly two months, buoyed by a series of upbeat economic data and hopes of a proposed Sino-U.S. trade deal. ** That came after official data showed factory activity in China unexpectedly returned to growth in November for the first time in seven months, as domestic demand picked up on Beijing's accelerated stimulus measures to steady growth. ** On Wednesday, a private survey showed activity in China's services sector accelerated to a seven-month high in November, as new business, especially export related, picked up.


  • Britain's Phoenix to buy Swiss Re's ReAssure business for $4.1 billion

    Britain's Phoenix to buy Swiss Re's ReAssure business for $4.1 billionLONDON/ZURICH (Reuters) - Phoenix Group Holdings has agreed to buy the British business of Swiss Re for 3.2 billion pounds ($4.1 billion) in cash and shares, the UK insurer's biggest deal to date, driving the two companies' shares higher. The deal is the latest in a rapidly consolidating industry as many insurance companies, hit by tougher capital rules since the financial crisis, seek to sell legacy books of business to free up capital to invest in high-growth areas. By consolidating the legacy books of business together, Phoenix aims to run them more efficiently.


  • Indian fugitive holy man creates new 'cosmic' nation for Hindus

    Indian fugitive holy man creates new 'cosmic' nation for HindusA holy man wanted by Indian police on sex assault charges has said he has created a new country for Hindus that will fight global warming, offer free healthcare and promote gender equality and vegetarianism. Nithyananda Swami, who once had thousands of followers that included film stars and politicians in India and abroad, was arrested in 2010 over a sex scandal.


  • Italy's Atlantia interested in relaunch not rescue of Alitalia: paper

    Italy's Atlantia interested in relaunch not rescue of Alitalia: paperItaly's Atlantia is still interested in supporting the relaunch, and not the rescue, of ailing carrier Alitalia [CAITLA.UL], the chairman of the infrastructure group said in an interview on Friday. "The government asked to draw up an actual relaunch plan and not one to rescue Alitalia, and that is what we are interested in.. With Delta not available to manage the airline it was unthinkable to launch a true industrial plan," Fabio Cerchiai told daily Il Messaggero. Alitalia, which has been run by administrators since May 2017 is expected to run out of money at the end of this year.


  • Indonesia fines Garuda after CEO fired over smuggled Harley Davidson

    Indonesia fines Garuda after CEO fired over smuggled Harley DavidsonIndonesia will fine flag carrier PT Garuda Indonesia for violating aviation rules after its chief executive was accused of smuggling a Harley Davidson motorcycle onboard a new plane, state news agency Antara cited the transport minister as saying. A day earlier, State-Owned Enterprises Minister Erick Thohir said CEO Ari Askhara would be dismissed over the allegations. "We have sent a letter to fine Garuda because it carried items without including them in the cargo list," Transportation Minister Budi Karya was quoted as saying on Friday.


  • UPDATE 2-Kenya arrests gold-loving Nairobi governor on suspicion of corruption

    UPDATE 2-Kenya arrests gold-loving Nairobi governor on suspicion of corruptionKenyan police arrested the Nairobi County governor, known for his chunky gold jewellery and impromptu raps, on Friday on corruption charges, a high profile move in the government's much trumpeted anti-graft push. Chief public prosecutor Noordin Haji told a news conference the Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko and his associates were accused of conspiracy to commit corruption, failure to comply with laws related to procurement, unlawful acquisition of public property and laundering the proceeds of crime. Sonko and his assistants did not respond to calls seeking comment.


  • WIDER IMAGE-Fires in the Amazon: a barrier to climate change up in smoke

    WIDER IMAGE-Fires in the Amazon: a barrier to climate change up in smokeFire is not natural in the Amazon. Virgin rainforest, no matter how fierce the sun, is too wet to catch alight. In August, around the peak of the so-called "queimadas" as the burning season here is known, the number of fires in Brazil's Amazon jumped to its highest since 2010.


  • Russia, Turkey working on new S-400 missile contract -Ifax citing official

    Russia, Turkey working on new S-400 missile contract -Ifax citing officialRussia and Turkey are working on a contract for the delivery of a new batch of Russian S-400 missile systems, the Interfax news agency cited a senior official at a Russian military cooperation agency as saying on Friday. Moscow hopes to seal a deal to supply Turkey with more S-400 systems in the first half of next year, the head of Russian state arms exporter Rosoboronexport said last month.


  • UPDATE 2-China to waive tariffs on some U.S. soybeans, pork

    UPDATE 2-China to waive tariffs on some U.S. soybeans, porkChina said on Friday it will waive import tariffs for some soybeans and pork shipments from the United States, as the two sides try to thrash out an agreement to defuse their protracted trade war. The tariff waivers were based on applications by individual firms for U.S. soybeans and pork imports, the finance ministry said in a statement, citing a decision by the country's cabinet. China imposed tariffs of 25% on both U.S. soybeans and pork in July 2018 as a countermeasure to tariffs levied by Washington over allegations that China steals and forces the transfer of American intellectual property to Chinese firms.