Pacific trade talks fail to end in TPP deal

WASHINGTON -- Delegates negotiating a huge Pacific free-trade agreement failed to reach a final deal Friday after several days of intense talks in Hawaii, in a setback to US President Barack Obama.   But US Trade Representative ...

Egypt court delays verdict in Al-Jazeera reporters' retrial

A Cairo court on Thursday postponed the final verdict in the retrial of three Al-Jazeera English reporters for next week, in a blow to the defendants and human rights activists who had expected a resolution to the long-running cas...

China, Russia to hold joint naval, air drills

China and Russia will hold joint military drills in the waters and airspace of the Sea of Japan, Beijing said Thursday, the latest defense cooperation between the countries.    The exercises will take place August 20 to 28 in th...

EU 'very much regrets' Russian veto of UN MH17 resolution

The EU said Thursday it regretted as a "setback" a Russian veto of a UN resolution for a tribunal to prosecute those responsible for downing Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over Ukraine last year."We very much regret that the UN Sec...

Investigators scramble to analyze wreckage for MH370 link

Investigators scrambled Thursday to study plane wreckage that washed up on a tiny Indian Ocean island, fuelling hopes that one of aviation's greatest enigmas could finally be solved:  the mystery of missing flight MH370.The two-m...

[Newsmaker] Mullah Omar: Taliban’s one-eyed supremo

KABUL ― Taliban chief Mullah Omar has cast a long shadow over Afghanistan ever since he led a young band of zealots to power almost two decades ago, imposing brutal Islamist rule over the country.Afghanistan on Wednesday confirme...

Afghanistan examining claim Taliban leader Mullah Omar died

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- An Afghan official said Wednesday his government is examining claims that reclusive Taliban leader Mullah Omar is dead. The Taliban could not be immediately reached on the government's comments about Oma...

[Newsmaker] Thirty-five of Cosby's alleged victims speak out

NEW YORK -- Thirty-five women who allege they were sexually assaulted by US comedy legend Bill Cosby were united Monday on a magazine cover to tell startlingly similar stories of abuse.   They include models, waitresses, Playboy...

[Newsmaker] Pearson in talks to sell 50% Economist stake

British publishing company Pearson said Saturday it was in talks to sell its 50-percent stake in The Economist Group, owner of the prestigious magazine of the same name.The Economist magazine (Bloomberg)"Pearson confirms it is in ...

Gunman opens fire in US movie theater killing two

A gunman opened fire in a crowded US cinema killing two people and injuring several before turning the gun on himself Thursday, shortly after President Barack Obama deplored the nation's weak gun controls.More than 100 people were...

Kerry says Iran nuclear deal grew out of failure with N. Korea

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday the recent landmark deal on Iran's nuclear program grew out of "the failure of the North Korea experience."  Kerry also said that Iran and North Korea are different, defending the...

Promise seen for drug in patients with early Alzheimer’s

WASHINGTON (AFP) ― A new kind of drug to fight Alzheimer’s has shown promise when given to people in the early stages of the disease, drug-maker Eli Lilly said Wednesday.Known as solanezumab, the drug is a monoclonal antibody th...

[Newsmaker]Rivals scramble to adjust to ‘Trumpism’

AIKEN, South Carolina -- Donald Trump was on his way to the Mexican border Thursday, the latest event in a presidential campaign some of his Republican rivals would like to dismiss as a sideshow -- a “carnival act,” as one puts ...

China starts anti-dumping probe into electrical steel imports

China's commerce ministry said Thursday that it has started an anti-dumping investigation into imports of grain-oriented electrical steel from South Korea, Japan and the European Union.   The Chinese authorities will investigate...

U.S. woman found dead in jail after confrontation with police

HEMPSTEAD, Texas (AP) - Authorities have released dashcam video of a white Texas police officer stopping a black motorist later found dead in a jail cell in what has become the latest case to cast national attention on the interac...