Summit set to boost links with Central Asia
The upcoming China-Central Asia Summit, to be chaired by President Xi Jinping, will further elevate ties between China and the five Central Asian countries, bring economic and trade cooperation to a higher level and deliver more tangible benefits to the people, officials and analysts said, according to chinadaily.com.cn ...
French court upholds three-year sentence for ex-president Sarkozy in wiretapping case
A French appeals court on Wednesday upheld a prison sentence of three years, including two suspended, against former president Nicolas Sarkozy for corruption and influence peddling, according to France 24. The court ruled he should serve a one-year detention sentence at home ...
New Zealand police say hostel fire that killed 6 was arson, launch homicide investigation
New Zealand police said Wednesday they believe a fire that killed at least six people in a Wellington hostel was arson and launched a homicide investigation, according to AP. Police Inspector Dion Bennett said they haven’t yet arrested anybody but they have a list of people ...
Erdogan, Putin may soon discuss extension of grain deal — source
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin may soon discuss over phone the extension of the grain deal, which is set to expire on May 18, a source in Ankara told TASS on Wednesday ...
Australia: Truck driver charged after 7 children seriously injured in collision with school bus VIDEO
A truck driver was charged Wednesday after seven children were hospitalized with serious injuries when he rear-ended a school bus on the outskirts of Melbourne in southeastern Australia, officials said, according to ABC News ...
Serbian school shooting death toll rises to 10 after wounded girl dies
The death toll in a Serbian school shooting earlier this month rose to 10 after a wounded girl died, according to New York Daily News. The victim, who had been in critical condition at a children’s clinic with head injuries since the May 3 attack ...
Inflation up from 7.6% to 8.2% in April
Italy's annual inflation rate rose to 8.2% in April, up from 7.6% in March to end several months of falls, ANSA reported citing Istat on Tuesday. The national statistics agency said that acceleration was mainly due to an upswing in the prices of non-regulated energy products, which went from ...
Ford to scale back China investments amid EV competition from local rivals
Ford plans to scale back future investments in China, as the US carmaker’s chief executive warned there was “no guarantee” western carmakers could win against local electric-vehicle rivals, FT reported ...
Cyclone Mocha may have killed ‘hundreds’ in Myanmar’s Rakhine
Rescue and relief efforts are under way in northwestern Myanmar and neighbouring Bangladesh after Cyclone Mocha crashed ashore, with one humanitarian group working in the affected area saying hundreds had been killed and some Rohingya camps destroyed ...
Self-driving bus starts taking passengers in U.K. trial
Organizers are calling it a first for autonomous transportation: computer-driven buses operating on a real route with real passengers navigating through real traffic, according to NBC. But don’t call Edinburgh’s new autonomous buses, which begin their service today ...
Peru extends health emergency after registering 73,000 cases of dengue fever
Peru has extended a health emergency as it faces a record outbreak of dengue fever that has killed more than 80 people so far this year, mainly in its Amazon area and on the country’s northern coast, according to Anadolu Agency ...
Elon Musk said George Soros reminds him of 'X-Men' mutant Magneto in a bizarre tweet about the oft-maligned billionaire
Elon Musk on Monday bizarrely compared George Soros to the "X-Men" mutant Magneto, claiming without substantiation that the billionaire "hates humanity," according to Insider. His tweet on Monday, which offered no context for his comparison, simply stated ...
Pelé’s mausoleum in Brazil opens to public
The mausoleum built for the golden casket of Pelé was opened for visitors on Monday, according to AP. On the second floor of a vertical cemetery in Santos, outside Sao Paulo, the mausoleum welcomes fans with two golden statues of Pelé; the floor is artificial grass; the walls are images of fans ...
Fire at New Zealand hostel kills at least 6 people, officials say
A fire ripped through a hostel in New Zealand’s capital overnight, killing at least six people and forcing others to flee the four-story building in their pajamas in what a fire chief on Tuesday called his “worst nightmare,” according to AP ...
Finnish air force training jet crashes; pilots eject
A military training jet crashed in central Finland and Monday, the Finnish Air Force said, adding the pilots ejected, according to AP. The British made single-engine Hawk aircraft crashed south of Keuruu, which sits some 290 kilometers (180 miles) north of Helsinki ...
Türkiye to hold presidential runoff on May 28, election authority announces
Türkiye will hold a second-round runoff on May 28 to elect the president after no candidate won an outright majority in Sunday's poll, the head of the nation’s election authority announced on Monday, according to Anadolu Agency ...
Six million Italians go to polls in local elections
Over six million Italians are called to the polls in local elections across the country Sunday and Monday, ANSA reported. Some 6.3 million Italian voters are called to the polls in the first electoral test after last September's general election which ended in a crushing victory for the centre right ...
Erdogan gets 49.35% after 100% of ballots counted
Almost 100 percent of the ballots have been counted thus far in the May 14 presidential election in Turkiye, AZERTAG reported citing TRT. Erdogan secured 49.35% of the vote, compared to 45% gained by Kilicdaroglu. The third candidate, the leader of the ATA Alliance, Sinan Ogan, stood at 5.22% of vote ...
26 people die in fiery crash of freight truck and passenger van in northern Mexico
A fiery highway crash involving a passenger van and a freight truck killed 26 people in northern Mexico on Sunday, AP reported citing authorities. Prosecutors and police in the northern border state of Tamaulipas said the death toll was a preliminary count ...