Trump downplays reported injuries to US troops in Iranian attack, as more are flown out for checks

DAVOS, Switzerland/WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - US President Donald Trump on Wednesday (Jan 22) said he did not consider the brain injuries suffered by 11 US service members in Iran's recent attack on a base in Iraq to be serious, as the American military moved more troops out of the region for potential injuries. In a statement … Continue reading Trump downplays reported injuries to US troops in Iranian attack, as more are flown out for checks

Trump to add a ‘couple of countries’ to US travel ban

DAVOS, SWITZERLAND (AFP) - US President Donald Trump said on Wednesday (Jan 22) his administration was preparing to add a "couple of countries" to the controversial list of states whose citizens are subject to travel bans or severe restrictions on entry to the United States. Trump during opening remarks at the World Economic Forum in … Continue reading Trump to add a ‘couple of countries’ to US travel ban

Britain’s Parliament ratifies Brexit divorce law

LONDON (AFP) -After years of acrimonious debate, British lawmakers on Wednesday (Jan 22) finally approved the terms of their country's historic departure from the European Union - due in just nine days time. A video grab shows British Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaking during Prime Minister's Questions at the House of Commons in London, Jan … Continue reading Britain’s Parliament ratifies Brexit divorce law

Monty Python star Terry Jones dies aged 77 after a long battle with dementia

London (AFP) Monty Python star Terry Jones has died at the age of 77, his family said Wednesday, after a long battle with a rare form of dementia. He died late Tuesday with his wife Anna Soderstrom at his side at his home in north London. "We have all lost a kind, funny, warm, creative … Continue reading Monty Python star Terry Jones dies aged 77 after a long battle with dementia

Wuhan virus: Trump says US in ‘good shape’ with plan for coronavirus

DAVOS, SWITZERLAND (REUTERS) - President Donald Trump said on Wednesday (Jan 22) that the United States has a plan in place to contain the coronavirus outbreak. US President Donald Trump arriving at the Congress Centre during the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos, on Jan 22, 2020. PHOTO: AFP Speaking on the sidelines of the … Continue reading Wuhan virus: Trump says US in ‘good shape’ with plan for coronavirus

Iran’s Rouhani: nation ‘will never seek nuclear weapons,’ with or without 2015 deal

"We have never sought nuclear weapons ... With or without the nuclear deal we will never seek nuclear weapons ... The European powers will be responsible for the consequences of violating the pact," said Rouhani, according to his website President.Ir. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks during the Kuala Lumpur Summit roundtable session in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia December … Continue reading Iran’s Rouhani: nation ‘will never seek nuclear weapons,’ with or without 2015 deal

Women’s Olympic football qualifiers moved from China virus epicentre

Beijing (AFP) Women's football qualifiers for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will be moved from the Chinese city at the centre of a virus outbreak to another location in the country, the Asian Football Confederation said Wednesday. Wuhan was supposed to host China, Taiwan, Thailand and Australia for the Group B qualifiers February 3-9, but they … Continue reading Women’s Olympic football qualifiers moved from China virus epicentre

Hong Kong reports first ‘preliminary positive’ case of new virus

Hong Kong (AFP) Hong Kong reported its first suspected case of the new SARS-like virus Wednesday in a man who arrived in the city from Wuhan via the cross-border high-speed railway. Health secretary Sophia Chan said the 39-year-old man was "preliminarily positive", but a final test result would only be known on Thursday. "We decided … Continue reading Hong Kong reports first ‘preliminary positive’ case of new virus

Style legend Jean-Paul Gaultier takes his last bow

Paris (AFP) Legendary French designer Jean-Paul Gaultier will retire from fashion after a typically spectacular show in Paris on Wednesday. The maverick creator stunned fans on Friday by announcing that the haute couture show in a theatre in the French capital would be his last. The provocateur who changed pop history by putting Madonna in … Continue reading Style legend Jean-Paul Gaultier takes his last bow

China’s recent history of deadly epidemics

Paris (AFP) China has been the origin of several major viral epidemics over recent decades, with the current outbreak of a new deadly coronavirus emerging in the central city of Wuhan. A recap of the main epidemics: - 2003: SARS - The Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome emerged in November 2002 in the southern Guangdong province. … Continue reading China’s recent history of deadly epidemics

Laporte surprised to be back in action for Man City

London (AFP) Manchester City defender Aymeric Laporte admits he has returned from his serious knee injury earlier than he expected. The Frenchman was a surprise inclusion in Pep Guardiola's starting line-up against Sheffield United on Tuesday, having not been involved with the first team for almost five months. He required surgery after suffering a knee … Continue reading Laporte surprised to be back in action for Man City

‘Stalker’ Osaka and Netflix Novak: Australian Open briefs

Melbourne (AFP) Brief stories from the Australian Open on Wednesday: - 'Stalker' Osaka - After beating Zheng Shuai, reigning champion Naomi Osaka used her victory speech to name-check one of her 500,000 followers on Twitter. "I know there's a person sitting in the ninth row named Marcus, who I stalk on Twitter, and I see … Continue reading ‘Stalker’ Osaka and Netflix Novak: Australian Open briefs