International

Trump says he turned down Time’s ‘Person of the Year’

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — US President Donald Trump on Friday said he turned down being named Time’s “Person of the Year” after the magazine asked him for an interview and photo shoot but did not confirm he would be chosen. He tweeted: “Time Magazine called to say that I was PROBABLY going to be named ‘Man (Person) of the Year,’ like last year, but I would have to agree to an interview and a major photo […]

16 hurt fleeing false terror alert in London’s Oxford St

LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) — Police rushed to London’s busy Oxford Street shopping district on Friday after reports that shots had been fired, sparking fears of a terror incident and leaving 16 people hurt in the panic. Armed officers locked down the area for more than an hour before the Metropolitan Police said it had not found “any trace of any suspects, evidence of shots fired or casualties.” British Transport Police said they believed the security scare […]

Incident at London’s Oxford Circus station over: police

LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) — Police rushed to London’s Oxford Circus on Friday, sparking fears of a terror attack, but they have now stood down after finding no evidence to support reports of shots fired, the Metropolitan Police said. “Our response on #OxfordStreet has now been stood down. If you sought shelter in a building please now leave, and follow the direction of police officers on the ground if you need assistance,” the force said on Twitter. […]

Attack on mosque in Egypt’s Sinai kills at least 235

By Samer Al-Atrush Agence France Presse Armed attackers on Friday killed at least 235 worshippers in a bomb and gun assault on a packed mosque in Egypt’s restive North Sinai province, in the country’s deadliest attack in recent memory. A bomb explosion ripped through the Rawda mosque frequented by Sufis roughly 40 kilometers west of the North Sinai capital of El-Arish before gunmen opened fire on those gathered for weekly Friday prayers, officials said. Witnesses […]

Oscar Pistorius: The ‘broke and broken’ Olympian

by Ben Sheppard Agence France-Presse JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (AFP) — At the 2012 London Olympics, before 80,000 roaring fans and a constellation of camera flashes, it took Oscar Pistorius 45.44 seconds to become a global icon. The South African’s sprint around the 400-meter track was the first time in history that a double-amputee had raced at the Olympic Games. The race capped an Olympian triumph over adversity for Pistorius. His journey from disabled child to […]

China probes new daycare scandal after ‘needle marks’ on toddlers

by Becky Davis Agence France-Presse BEIJING, China (AFP) — Chinese police have launched an investigation into alleged child abuse at a Beijing pre-school after parents said toddlers had apparent needle marks and were given mysterious pills, sparking outrage days after another daycare scandal. Security personnel installed a cordon at the gate of the RYB Education New World kindergarten on Friday after dozens of curious onlookers had crowded outside the nursery, which was still operating. A […]

Woman trapped on train track saved by police in Australia

MELBOURNE, Australia (Reuters) — Victoria Police released CCTV footage on Thursday (November 23) showing a woman being pulled out from train tracks seconds before a train arrives at a Melbourne’s suburban station. The woman wearing black can be seen trying to climb on the platform. A male commuter and three Protective Service Officers at the station managed to pull the woman from the track just in time. The woman was drunk, according to local media. […]

Massive virtual reality theme park offers new growth vision for one of China’s poorest provinces

GUIYANG, China (Reuters) — In the outskirts of Guiyang, the capital of one of China’s poorest provinces, giant robots and futuristic cyberpunk castles rise out of the lush surrounding mountainscape — a vision of what could be driving local economic growth in years to come. This is China’s first virtual reality (VR) theme park that is looking to ride a boom in demand for virtual entertainment and a domestic VR market that is set to […]

US to send F-22 jets to South Korea in show of force for Pyongyang

SEOUL, South Korea (AFP) — The US will send F-22 Raptor stealth fighter jets to South Korea for a joint drill, reports said Friday, in a new show of force aimed at Pyongyang. Six fighter jets, normally based in Okinawa, Japan, will be deployed to the South for a five-day joint military exercise, Vigilant Ace, starting December 4, local media reported. A South Korean Air Force spokesman said an “unspecified number” of F-22s would take […]

British PM in crunch Brexit deal talks with EU chief

by Danny Kemp Agence France Presse BRUSSELS, Belgium (AFP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May holds a crunch meeting with European Union President Donald Tusk on Friday as hopes mount that she will offer compromises to secure a Brexit deal in December. The talks, on the sidelines of a summit with ex-Soviet states in Brussels, come a week after Tusk gave May until the start of December to make “much more progress” on divorce terms […]

US ends search for sailors after Philippine Sea air crash

TOKYO, Japan (AFP) — The US Navy on Friday called off its search for three American sailors missing since their plane crashed in the Philippine Sea. A C-2A “Greyhound” aircraft with 11 people on board went down Wednesday afternoon around 930 kilometers (500 nautical miles) southeast of Okinawa. Eight sailors were rescued shortly after the accident. All eight “are in good condition at this time,” the navy said in a statement. The decision to abandon […]

Mnangagwa to be sworn in as Zimbabwe president

by Reagan Mashavave Agence France Presse HARARE, Zimbabwe (AFP) — Zimbabwe’s Emmerson Mnangagwa was set to be sworn in as president on Friday, marking the final chapter of a political drama that toppled his predecessor Robert Mugabe after a military takeover. Mnangagwa, until recently one of Mugabe’s closest allies, will take the oath of office at the national sports stadium on the outskirts of Harare before thousands of supporters, dignitaries and foreign diplomats. Mugabe, who […]