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2,000 trapped as fighting rages in Philippine city: govt

Two thousand fearful civilians were trapped on Sunday inside a southern Philippine city where troops are battling Islamist militants, authorities said, as the death toll from almost a week of fighting neared 100.

AFP 28/05/2017

BA hopes to resume most flights from London after weekend chaos

British Airways said it hopes to resume most flights out of London's major airports on Sunday after a computer systems failure caused chaos for thousands of passengers on a busy holiday weekend.

AFP 28/05/2017

Iran leader slams Saudis as America's 'milking cow'

Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei launched a fierce attack against regional rival Saudi Arabia, saying it was being pumped "like a milking cow" by "infidel" Americans.

AFP 28/05/2017

Sri Lanka rushes aid to half a million flood victims

Emergency teams rushed to distribute aid Sunday to half a million Sri Lankans displaced after the island's worst flooding in more than a decade claimed 126 lives and left scores more missing.

AFP 28/05/2017

Government ready to mediate in Australia cricket pay row

Sports Minister Greg Hunt said Sunday the federal government was prepared to provide mediation between Cricket Australia and players over the pay-dispute stalemate.

AFP 28/05/2017

Trailblazing woman football coach 'Beef Ball' Chan quits

Pioneering female coach Chan Yuen-ting has stepped down a year after making history as the first woman to lead a team to a men's top flight league title.

AFP 28/05/2017

Highlanders to test unbeaten Crusaders in Super Rugby clash

The Canterbury Crusaders will pitch their unbeaten 13-match run against the in-form Otago Highlanders in an enticing Super Rugby showdown after yet another New Zealand rampage this weekend.

AFP 28/05/2017

More sleep could unlock triple jump record for Taylor

Triple jump king Christian Taylor believes a new sleep regimen could hold the key to his dream of breaking Jonathan Edwards' 22-year-old world record.

AFP 28/05/2017

'Freak': meet Cuba's last self-infected HIV punk rebel

Like many young punks, Gerson Govea saw himself as a misfit. But few embraced the role as self-destructively as this Cuban rocker: he deliberately infected himself with HIV.

AFP 28/05/2017

Islamist militants kill 19 in south Philippines: army

Islamist militants locked in street-to-street battles with security forces in a southern Philippine city have killed 19 civilians, the military said Sunday, bringing the official death toll from nearly a week of fighting to at least 85.

AFP 28/05/2017

Penguins aim for repeat against underdog Predators in Stanley Cup

The Pittsburgh Penguins and the Nashville Predators have spent the past six weeks in a postseason battle of attrition that will culminate with them locking horns in the Stanley Cup finals.

AFP 28/05/2017

Media frenzy as Australian drug trafficker Corby returns home

Australian Schapelle Corby battled a media storm as she returned home from Bali Sunday 12 years after her conviction for drug trafficking, in a dramatic end to a saga that captivated her homeland.

AFP 28/05/2017

Better times? Hong Kong's British nostalgia trip

From its rattling trams and racecourses to its legal system and the ubiquitous consumption of Spam, Britain's colonial legacy still resonates through Hong Kong.

AFP 28/05/2017

Paris School of Economics, France's LSE, turns 10

Armed with an ever-lengthening list of prestigious names on its teaching staff and a constantly improving ranking, the Paris School of Economics -- which celebrates its 10th birthday this year -- is making its mark in the world of economics research, despite limited resources and its unusual structure.

AFP 28/05/2017

Tough times for S.Africa town blighted by mine closure

At the end of a narrow road stands the dilapidated husk of a golf clubhouse, now overrun with tall weeds and creepers.

AFP 28/05/2017

In Canada, parks thrive but conservationists cry foul

On a highway in Banff National Park in western Canada, tourists hastily park their cars to catch a glimpse of a bear at the edge of the forest.

AFP 28/05/2017

Young Chinese in the red as easy credit drives up debt

When Wu Qi and her husband traded in their Mazda 3 for a more expensive Mercedes Benz sedan, they applied for a 200,000 yuan ($29,000) bank loan to help pay for it.

AFP 28/05/2017

Hitman film and AIDS drama tipped to win at Cannes Film Festival

The Cannes film festival ends Sunday with a movie about a hammer-wielding hitman, a rousing story of AIDS activists and a parable of Putin's Russia among the favourites to lift its top prize, the Palme d'Or.

AFP 28/05/2017

Why nuclear could become the next 'fossil' fuel

A gray dinosaur statue outside south Florida's largest power plant is meant to symbolize two decommissioned fossil fuel reactors, but it also could be seen to represent a nuclear industry crumpling under mounting costs.

AFP 28/05/2017

Venus Williams set for French Open 20th anniversary

Serena Williams may be missing from this year's French Open, but big sister Venus is still going strong and marks her Roland Garros 20th anniversary on Sunday.

AFP 28/05/2017

Frustration and hope: Biafra 50 years on

Nigeria on Tuesday marks 50 years since the declaration of an independent Republic of Biafra plunged the country into a civil war, amid renewed tensions and fresh calls for a separate state.

AFP 28/05/2017

Biafra: a painful chapter in Nigeria's history

Fifty years ago, the Igbo people of southeast Nigeria seceded, declaring an independent Republic of Biafra and sparking a brutal civil war that left about one million people dead.

AFP 28/05/2017

England hope ICC Champions Trophy provides elusive title

In 42 years of trying England have never won a major global one-day international trophy but hopes are high they can finally put an end to that damning statistic as the host nation of next month's Champions Trophy.

AFP 28/05/2017

Hopes of 'Trump-o-nomics' vs slow-growth reality

President Donald Trump's economic and tax agenda assume growth in the world's largest economy will see a sustained rebound to double the current rate.

AFP 28/05/2017

North Korea leader oversees 'new' weapon system test: KCNA

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has overseen a test of a new anti-aircraft weapon system, state media said Sunday, amid mounting tensions in the region following a series of missile tests by Pyongyang.

AFP 28/05/2017

Google linking online and offline worlds in new ad challenge

Google is testing a way to tie online ads to brick-and-mortar store purchases, a move whetting marketing appetites while fueling privacy worries.

AFP 28/05/2017

India out 'to enjoy' Champions Trophy after money row

Virat Kohli says India will go out "to enjoy" their cricket as they aim to defend their Champions Trophy crown against the backdrop of a row over money with the international board.

AFP 28/05/2017

Tokyo Olympics 'too far' for Mo Farah

Mo Farah says he is unlikely to compete at the Tokyo Olympics as he prepares to wind down his glittering career.

AFP 28/05/2017

Hall of Fame pitcher, Congressman Bunning dies

Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Bunning, who went from baseball to serving in the US Congress, has died at the age of 85, the Philadelphia Phillies said on Saturday.

AFP 28/05/2017

Libya jihadist group Ansar al-Sharia announces dissolution

The Libyan jihadist group Ansar al-Sharia, which is linked to Al-Qaeda and deemed a terrorist organisation by the UN and United States, announced its "dissolution" in a communique published online on Saturday.

AFP 27/05/2017
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