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Ex-FBI chief Comey’s book sells 600,000 in first week

WASHINGTON: Former FBI chief James Comey’s book “A Higher Loyalty,” which details his soured relationship with US President Donald Trump, sold 600,000 copies in its first week, publisher Flatiron Books told AFP on Tuesday (Apr 24).

The highly-anticipa…

US stocks end down on interest rate fears, earnings

NEW YORK: Wall Street stocks fell sharply on Tuesday (Apr 24) on worries about higher interest rates and disappointment over corporate earnings that have not met lofty expectations.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average shed 424.56 points (1.74 per cent) t…

Israel scraps plan to expel African migrants

JERUSALEM: Israel announced on Tuesday (Apr 24) it has abandoned controversial plans to expel African migrants who entered the Jewish state illegally, after failing to find a country willing to host them.

The plan had targeted some 42,000 migrants of …

Trump urges North Korea to ‘get rid of nukes’

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump on Tuesday (Apr 24) called on North Korea to abandon its nuclear programme, ahead of an expected summit with the North’s leader Kim Jong Un.

Earlier, the US leader – who spent the day in talks with French Presiden…

Cambridge Analytica says it is ‘no Bond villain’

LONDON: Cambridge Analytica claimed on Tuesday (Apr 24) it was “no Bond villain” as it vehemently denied exploiting Facebook users’ data for the election campaign of US President Donald Trump.

The marketing analytics firm stressed it had deleted data …

Flawless Wozniacki eases into Istanbul second round

REUTERS: World number two Caroline Wozniacki powered past Russia’s Ekaterina Alexandrova 6-2 6-2 to reach the second round of the Istanbul Cup on Tuesday.

Denmark’s Wozniacki was barely troubled by world number 101 Alexandrova as she converted five ou…

French museum brings Aussie troops’ WWI horror to life

VILLERS-BRETONNEUX, France: The prime ministers of France and Australia urged their countries never to forget the horrors of World War I on Tuesday (Apr 24), as they opened a high-tech museum dedicated to the 295,000 Australians who volunteered on the …

Defence urges US jury to acquit Bill Cosby

NORRISTOWN: Bill Cosby’s lawyers on Tuesday (Apr 24) urged a US jury to acquit the disgraced star of alleged sexual assault and save him from “ruin,” savaging the case against him in the first celebrity trial of the #MeToo era.

The frail 80-year-old c…

Karadzic insists he sought ‘peace’ in Balkans war

THE HAGUE: Convicted criminal Radovan Karadzic on Tuesday (Apr 24) accused Bosnian Muslims of “declaring war” on Serbs, insisting at his appeal before a UN tribunal that he had worked for peace in the Balkans.

The prosecution’s case against him was “u…

European stock markets wobble as US bond rates climb

LONDON: European and US stock markets wavered on Tuesday (Apr 24) as the yield on US 10-year government bonds touched the key 3.0 per cent level.

That level, which the bonds briefly touched before pulling back, is seen as important for many investors …

US new home sales surge in March

WASHINGTON: US new home sales leapt to a four-month high in March, and sales in the prior months were revised up to reverse the initial weakness, according to government data released on Tuesday (Apr 24).

The result suggested the housing market is tig…

Trump wipes dandruff off visiting French President Macron

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump on Tuesday (Apr 24) made a show of flicking dandruff from the suit collar of visiting French President Emmanuel Macron, saying it was a sign of the two leaders’ “very special relationship”.

Trump made the surprise ge…

US consumer confidence rebounds in April

WASHINGTON: US consumer confidence rebounded in April, recovering some of the decline in the prior month as Americans were more upbeat about the near term, according to a monthly survey released on Tuesday (Apr 24).

But some of the results were more m…

Trump warns Iran against restarting nuclear programme

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump warned Iran on Tuesday (Apr 24) not to follow through with threats to restart its nuclear programme, as he and French President Emmanuel Macron struggled to find common ground on saving the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.

Israel abandons plan to forcibly deport African migrants

JERUSALEM: The Israeli government said on Tuesday it was abandoning a plan to forcibly deport African migrants who entered the country illegally.

The government had been working for months on an arrangement to expel thousands of mostly Eritrean and Su…

Three suicide attacks rock Quetta, killing six police

QUETTA, Pakistan: Three suicide bombers attacked Pakistani police and paramilitary soldiers in the southwestern city of Quetta on Tuesday, killing six police and wounding 15 members of the security forces, officials said.

One bomber detonated his expl…

Froome named in Sky team for Giro

Team Sky have named Britain’s Chris Froome in their team for the Giro d’Italia starting next month despite the ongoing investigation into his adverse doping test.

Cabinet reshuffle: Six interesting facts

SINGAPORE: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Tuesday (Apr 24) announced a “more extensive than usual” Cabinet reshuffle, where younger ministers will head two-thirds of Singapore’s ministries. 

“I have decided to stretch the younger ones, giving many …

Malaria on rise in crisis-hit Venezuela, WHO says

GENEVA: Malaria is spreading rapidly in crisis-hit Venezuela, with more than an estimated 406,000 cases in 2017, up roughly 69 percent from a year before, the largest increase worldwide, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday.

Venezuelan …

Planter’s club

Late tomorrow. I hope to upload a Youtube video of my speech in the Planter’s Club.