Palestinians should keep security cooperation – Pompeo

Washington (AFP) US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday voiced regret at Palestinian threats to end security coordination if Israel annexes occupied territory in line with President Donald Trump's Middle East plan. Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas, playing one of his only cards, said Tuesday evening that his government was absolved of all agreements with … Continue reading Palestinians should keep security cooperation – Pompeo

Rossi not planning ‘to say ciao’ with Yamaha satellite team

Paris (AFP) Seven-time MotoGP world champion Valentino Rossi insisted Wednesday that he has no intentions of merely bidding his legions of fans "ciao" when he steps away from the Yamaha factory team. Rossi, 41, already knows he has lost his seat at the elite outfit for next season with 20-year-old Frenchman Fabio Quartararo taking his … Continue reading Rossi not planning ‘to say ciao’ with Yamaha satellite team

Football: Hip replacement forces Bilbao hero Aduriz into retirement

Madrid (AFP) Iconic Athletic Bilbao striker Aritz Aduriz announced on Wednesday that he has retired from professional football after revealing he needs a hip replacement. Aduriz, 39, will be forever remembered in Bilbao for four glorious goals he banged past Barcelona while winning the 2015-2016 Supercup, and even last season he scored the goal that … Continue reading Football: Hip replacement forces Bilbao hero Aduriz into retirement

US Senate passes Bill to bar Chinese companies from exchanges

WASHINGTON (BLOOMBERG) - The Senate approved by unanimous consent on Wednesday (May 20) legislation that could bar some Chinese companies from being listed on US stock exchanges amid increasingly tense relations between the world's two largest economies. The Bill, introduced by Senator John Kennedy, a Republican from Louisiana, and Chris Van Hollen, a Democrat from … Continue reading US Senate passes Bill to bar Chinese companies from exchanges

France’s Macron prepared to attend Trump G-7 summit in person

PARIS (AFP) - French President Emmanuel Macron is prepared to attend in person a Group of Seven (G-7) summit hosted by US counterpart Donald Trump if the coronavirus health situation allows it, the Elysee said on Wednesday (May 20). Trump had earlier said he could restore plans to hold the annual G-7 summit in person … Continue reading France’s Macron prepared to attend Trump G-7 summit in person

Angela Merkel demurs on prospect of physical G-7 hosted by Trump

BERLIN (BLOOMBERG) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel deflected questions prompted by US President Donald Trump's suggestion that he host a physical meeting of Group of Seven (G-7) leaders next month. "Let's just wait and see," Merkel said on Wednesday (May 20) at a news briefing in Berlin after talks with officials from the International Monetary … Continue reading Angela Merkel demurs on prospect of physical G-7 hosted by Trump

France’s Covid-19 deaths on the rise again, at 28,132

PARIS (REUTERS) - French health authorities reported 110 new coronavirus deaths on Wednesday (May 30), an increase of 0.4 per cent, bringing the total to 28,132, the fourth-highest in the world behind the US, Britain and Italy. The number of confirmed cases increased by 418 to 143,845, an increase of 0.3 per cent, in line … Continue reading France’s Covid-19 deaths on the rise again, at 28,132

Italian woman wins Picasso painting in French charity raffle

PARIS (REUTERS) - An Italian woman on Wednesday (May 20) won a Pablo Picasso painting worth €1 million (S$1.5 million) in a French charity raffle that raised money for African water projects. The winner - who received her lottery ticket as a gift - will acquire the Spanish master's 1921 oil-on-canvas still life "Nature morte", … Continue reading Italian woman wins Picasso painting in French charity raffle

Israel must ‘abandon threats of annexation’: UN envoy

United Nations (United States) (AFP) The UN's special Mideast envoy called Wednesday on Israel to drop plans to annex parts of the occupied West Bank, joining a growing international chorus of opposition. Envoy Nickolay Mladenov also called on the Palestinians to resume talks with the so-called Quartet, comprising the US, Russia, the EU and the … Continue reading Israel must ‘abandon threats of annexation’: UN envoy

World Cup winner Bismarck Du Plessis pens new Montpellier deal

Montpellier (France) (AFP) South African World Cup winner Bismarck Du Plessis penned a new two-year contract with Montpellier on Wednesday which will take him up to his 38th birthday. The 79-time capped hooker joined the French Top 14 team in 2015, the day after the World Cup in England, alongside his brother, prop forward Jannie. … Continue reading World Cup winner Bismarck Du Plessis pens new Montpellier deal