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Two dead, six injured in Finland stabbing spree

1 hour 28 min ago

Police shot and wounded a suspect after a stabbing spree in which a man killed two people and wounded six others in the Finnish city of Turku on Friday. Within hours the force had announced increased police patrols across the country. Two dead and six injured," Turku police tweeted after the assault in a market square.


Trump heads to Camp David for Afghanistan talks

1 hour 52 min ago

US President Donald Trump assembled his national security team at the Camp David presidential retreat Friday to forge a way ahead in Afghanistan, almost 16 years after the war began. Trump must decide if he wants to continue on the current course, which relies on a relatively small US-led NATO force to help Afghan partners push back the Taliban, or if he wants to try a new tack such as adding more forces -- or even withdrawing altogether. "Heading to Camp David for major meeting on National Security, the Border and the Military (which we are rapidly building to strongest ever)," Trump said on Twitter ahead of the talks.


Bannon out as Trump chief strategist

2 hours 1 min ago

Seen as the driving force behind Trump's nationalist-populist agenda -- making him a hero of the so-called "alt right" and a bete noire for centrists -- Bannon's presence at the White House has been contested from the start. With Trump under fire from all sides for insisting anti-racism protesters were equally to blame for violence stemming from a weekend rally staged by neo-Nazis and white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, the president faced renewed pressure to let go of his firebrand aide.


Spain police say suspects planned bigger attack

2 hours 9 min ago

Suspects in Spain's twin terror attacks had been planning for an even bigger assault than the deadly car rampages they carried out, police said Friday, as distressing details emerged of families torn apart in the double tragedy. A 35-year-old Italian man was among 14 killed in the attacks, mowed down in front of his wife and young children Thursday in Barcelona when a driver rammed his van through crowds on the busy Las Ramblas boulevard, before fleeing on foot. Police said they shot dead five "suspected terrorists" who had knocked pedestrians down in the Catalan seaside resort of Cambrils in a second attack in the early hours of Friday, and arrested four others as Spain reeled from the deadly violence.


British TV star Bruce Forsyth dies aged 89

2 hours 35 min ago

Bruce Forsyth, the British television presenter who was the face of primetime family game shows for decades, died on Friday at the age of 89, his manager announced. Tributes poured in for the veteran entertainer, whose catchphrases -- "Didn't he do well?" and "Nice to see you, to see you.. nice!" -- were adopted into the national discourse. "From the moment we met, Bruce and I did nothing but laugh our way through a decade of working together," said Tess Daly, his co-presenter on hit BBC ballroom dancing show "Strictly Come Dancing" from 2004 to 2013.


Venezuela pro-govt assembly seizes legislative powers

2 hours 50 min ago

Venezuela's new pro-government constitutional authority formally declared Friday it was seizing legislative power from the opposition-led legislature, tightening President Nicolas Maduro's hold on power in defiance of calls for elections. The Constituent Assembly unanimously adopted a decree authorizing it to "take over functions to legislate on matters directly concerned with ensuring peace, security, sovereignty, the socio-economic and financial systems, state assets and upholding Venezuelans' rights." The new assembly was ostensibly brought in to rewrite the constitution but has been handed sweeping powers to override all other branches of government. "All the organs of public power are subordinate to the National Constituent Assembly," said the decree, read out at Friday's session.


Bieber drops new song, still wants to be 'Friends'

3 hours 30 min ago

Justin Bieber may have canceled a world tour, been banned from China and issued a recent confessional, but he still wants to be friends, if his new song is anything to go by. "Can we still be friends? Can we still be friends?


Brad Pitt must pay 568,000 euros to French chateau decorator

4 hours 19 min ago

A French appeal court has ordered US stars Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie to pay 568,000 euros ($667,000) to a lighting designer they employed for their chateau in southern France, judicial sources said Friday. The court ruled on April 19 in favour of Odile Soudant, whose company went bankrupt, in the dispute with Chateau Miraval, the firm that manages the sprawling 17th-century property. Pitt and Jolie -- now separated -- bought the property in the southern Provence region in 2008 and the actors got married in its chapel in 2014.


Humanitarian crisis looms as Sierra Leone deaths reach 400

4 hours 19 min ago

Aid workers in Sierra Leone warned of a humanitarian crisis on Friday as the official death toll passed 400, with more than a hundred children among the victims -- and a similar number orphaned. Heavy rains that hit the capital Freetown on Monday triggered the partial collapse of a hillside that engulfed homes and caused massive destruction across the coastal capital. The agency is distributing sanitary and hygiene products in Freetown.


Froome targets historic double on Contador's Vuelta farewell

4 hours 31 min ago

Four-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome begins his quest to make more cycling history on Saturday by ending a long and arduous wait to win the Vuelta a Espana. Froome faces a huge challenge over three weeks of brutal climbs in the searing Spanish summer heat with a stellar cast of former Grand Tour winners such as Alberto Contador in his final race, Vincenzo Nibali and Fabio Aru competing for the red jersey. "It certainly feels as if I've got unfinished business at the Vuelta a Espana," said Froome.


Murdoch son donates $1 million to anti-hate crime group in Trump rebuke

4 hours 50 min ago

James Murdoch, the chief executive of 21st Century Fox whose father Rupert has been a Donald Trump ally, criticized the US president's response to recent violence in Virginia and pledged to donate $1 million to countering hate. The unusual political intervention from an executive who has cultivated a more low-key persona than his father, was notable, coming from the top echelons of a media empire that includes Fox News. The US president has come under blistering attack across the political spectrum for saying anti-racism protestors deserved equal blame for violence at a neo-Nazi and white supremacist rally that left one woman dead last Saturday.


Hong Kong activists fear more jailings after Wong imprisoned

5 hours 35 min ago

Hong Kong democracy campaigners raised fears Friday that they too would be jailed after the city's Beijing-backed government succeeded in putting Joshua Wong and two other prominent young activists behind bars. Supporters and rights groups said the sentencing Thursday was further proof that Beijing is tightening its grip on the semi-autonomous city and that rule of law is being compromised. Around a hundred protesters gathered at the jail where two of the trio are being held on Friday night chanting "Civil disobedience!" Hong Kong enjoys freedoms unseen on the mainland after being handed back to China in 1997 under a "one country, two systems" deal, but there is increasing concern those rights are disappearing.


NASA launches satellite to help astronauts talk to Earth

6 hours 20 min ago

NASA on Friday launched the latest in a series of satellites aimed at ensuring astronauts at the International Space Station can communicate with Earth. The $408 million Boeing-made Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS-M) soared into space atop an Atlas V rocket that launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida at 8:29 am (1229 GMT). The satellite will "support critical space communication into the mid-2020s," NASA said in a statement.


'Islamic terrorism' must stop, Trump says after Spain attacks

6 hours 22 min ago

US President Donald Trump on Friday said the world must use "whatever means necessary" to stop "radical Islamic terrorism," after twin attacks in Spain killed at least 14 people. The Islamic State propaganda agency Amaq claimed one of its "soldiers" carried out a van rampage on a crowded street in Barcelona, though the suspect was still at large. "Radical Islamic Terrorism must be stopped by whatever means necessary! The courts must give us back our protective rights.


Mourinho backs early close to transfer window

6 hours 33 min ago

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has backed calls for the Premier League to close its transfer window before the season starts, rather than at the end of August. It would put the Premier League at odds with the rest of Europe, but Mourinho played down the threat of European clubs poaching players without the selling clubs having time to sign replacements. "My opinion is we have to adapt to the situation, it doesn't matter what," Mourinho told his weekly press conference at United's Carrington training base on Friday.


Brad Pitt must pay 568,000 euros to French chateau decorator

7 hours 13 min ago

A French appeal court has ordered US stars Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie to pay 568,000 euros ($667,000) to a lighting designer they employed for their chateau in southern France, judicial sources said Friday. The court ruled on April 19 in favour of Odile Soudant, whose company went bankrupt, in the dispute with Chateau Miraval, the firm that manages the sprawling 17th-century property. Pitt and Jolie -- now separated -- bought the property in the southern Provence region in 2008 and the actors were married in its chapel in 2014.


People are comparing Trump's response to Barcelona terror attack versus Obama's

7 hours 58 min ago

Americans are turning to the their president at a time of terror abroad – though that just happens to be Barack Obama rather than Donald Trump. Following the deadly events in Barcelona, many are pointing out the difference in the responses of the former US president and the one who replaced him. While Obama responded to the attack saying the US would “always stand with our Spanish friends”, Trump found yet more controversy.


World leaders voice solidarity with Spain after terror attack

9 hours 47 min ago

As Spanish police on Friday hunted for the driver who rammed a van into pedestrians on an avenue crowded with tourists in Barcelona, world leaders have condemned the attack, expressing outrage and solidarity with the victims. - Spain - The Spanish royal family issued an unusually strongly-worded statement: "They are assassins, criminals who won't terrorise us. All of Spain is Barcelona." FC Barcelona said it was "deeply saddened" by the tragedy and the team's talismanic striker Lionel Messi said separately that people must reject "any act of violence".


Samurai sword attack outside Taiwan presidential office

10 hours 23 min ago

A samurai sword-wielding attacker carrying the national flag of China slashed a military police guard outside Taiwan's presidential office Friday, authorities said. The presidential office in the centre of the capital Taipei is the headquarters of Taiwan's Beijing-sceptic President Tsai Ing-wen. Relations with Chinese authorities have deteriorated since she took office last year as she has refused to agree to Beijing's stance that Taiwan is part of "one China".


₱227-Billion Mega Manila Subway Touted as the Country’s ‘Project of the Century’ 

10 hours 28 min ago

It’s a $227 billion project that needs to live up to the hype of being the Philippines’ first subway system. It will also become the fifth subway system in the ... The post ₱227-Billion Mega Manila Subway Touted as the Country’s ‘Project of the Century’  appeared first on Carmudi Philippines.