Aguero fires Man City to win as Southampton climb table

London (AFP) Sergio Aguero fired Manchester City to a 1-0 victory against Sheffield United on Tuesday as Southampton climbed into the top half of the Premier League table with a win at Crystal Palace. Pep Guardiola's team, with defender Aymeric Laporte back in the side, looked as though they might rue Gabriel Jesus's squandered first-half … Continue reading Aguero fires Man City to win as Southampton climb table

EU announces funding for Ariane 6 and other space-tech

Paris (AFP) The European Union on Tuesday announced 200 million euros ($222 million) of funding for the Ariane 6 rocket launcher and for small and medium-sized space technology companies. Half the money is in the form of a loan for the new Ariane 6 heavy launcher programme, a collaboration between the European Space Agency programme … Continue reading EU announces funding for Ariane 6 and other space-tech

British royal satire featuring ‘modern Aunt Meghan’ coming to HBO Max

Los Angeles (AFP) A British royal family satire featuring a cartoon Prince George and his "modern Aunt Meghan" is coming to HBO Max, the streaming platform announced Tuesday. The animated comedy will be based on a popular Instagram parody account which imagines a young George's scathing reactions to news stories about Meghan and the wider … Continue reading British royal satire featuring ‘modern Aunt Meghan’ coming to HBO Max

Boeing says 737 MAX return delayed until mid-2020

New York (AFP) Boeing on Tuesday officially pushed back the timeframe for the 737 MAX to return to the skies, sending shares plunging and overshadowing an earlier announcement of a first flight of the delayed 777X plane. Boeing said it is now targeting the return of the grounded MAX "during mid-2020," the latest delay in … Continue reading Boeing says 737 MAX return delayed until mid-2020

The spectacular fall of anti-Trump lawyer Michael Avenatti

New York (AFP) He became famous as the celebrity lawyer of a porn star who sued Donald Trump and even touted himself for president, but today Michael Avenatti sits in a notorious New York jail. The 48-year-old was brought Friday to the city's Metropolitan Correction Center (MCC), a high-security prison that housed Mexican drug lord … Continue reading The spectacular fall of anti-Trump lawyer Michael Avenatti

Lebanon caps dollar exchange rate

Beirut (AFP) Money changers in protests-hit Lebanon agreed Tuesday to cap the dollar exchange rate at 2,000 pounds as part of efforts to curb the local currency's devaluation on the parallel market. The Lebanese pound is officially pegged to the greenback at a rate of 1,500 to the dollar but the country's sharp economic downturn … Continue reading Lebanon caps dollar exchange rate

US confirms first case of China virus on American soil

Washington (AFP) US health authorities on Tuesday announced the first case of a person on American soil sickened by a new virus that emerged in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, and intensified airport health screenings. The man, a US resident in his 30s who lives near Seattle, is in good condition, according to federal … Continue reading US confirms first case of China virus on American soil

Vale, auditor charged over deadly Brazil dam collapse: official

Belo Horizonte (Brazil) (AFP) State prosecutors in Brazil on Tuesday charged mining giant Vale, its German auditor and 16 individuals over a massive dam collapse that killed 270 people last year. The January 25 tailings dam rupture in the mineral-rich southeastern state of Minas Gerais spewed millions of tons of mining waste over houses and … Continue reading Vale, auditor charged over deadly Brazil dam collapse: official

On impeachment day, Trump sees only ‘joy and optimism’ in Davos

Davos (Switzerland) (AFP) From his mountain perch at the Davos conference on Tuesday, US President Donald Trump saw only a perfect world. Back in Washington, the Senate was about to enter the heart of the impeachment trial threatening his presidency. In the Swiss Alps, campaigners warned that climate change threatened the future of the planet … Continue reading On impeachment day, Trump sees only ‘joy and optimism’ in Davos

Pamela Anderson weds for fifth time to Hollywood mogul

Los Angeles (AFP) Former "Baywatch" star Pamela Anderson has tied the knot for a fifth time, to "Batman" producer Jon Peters, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The actress-turned-animal rights campaigner reportedly wed Peters at a private Malibu ceremony on Monday, more than three decades after the pair first met. "There are beautiful girls everywhere. I … Continue reading Pamela Anderson weds for fifth time to Hollywood mogul

Panamanian village sleepless with fear after ritual killings

Altos del Terrón (Panamá) (AFP) A week after six children and a pregnant woman were sacrificed in a brutal religious ritual, the inhabitants of a remote village in northwestern Panama fear they might be next. "No-one can sleep. As soon as they hear a cricket or a cockroach everyone's on high alert," said Pacifico Blanco. … Continue reading Panamanian village sleepless with fear after ritual killings

FIFA chief spots new top athlete… Trump

Davos (Switzerland) (AFP) As head of world football, Gianni Infantino knows a thing or two about athletes and on Tuesday he talent-spotted one he said was world class: President Donald Trump. "President Trump is made of the same sort of fibre. He is competitive..., he wants to win," Infantino quipped at a dinner in the … Continue reading FIFA chief spots new top athlete… Trump