Tuesday, 9:33 AM
By Amina Ismail and Lin Noueihed CAIRO (Reuters) - The head of Egypt's forensics authority dismissed as premature a suggestion on Tuesday that the small size of the body parts retrieved since an EgyptAir plane crashed last week indicated there was an explosion on board. Investigators struggling to work out why the Airbus 320 jet vanished from radar screens last Thursday, with 66 passengers and crew on board, are looking for clues in the human remains and debris recovered from the Mediterranean Sea so far.
Tuesday, 6:36 AM
By Matt Spetalnick and Martin Petty HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama chided Vietnam on political freedoms on Tuesday after critics of the communist-run government were prevented from meeting him in Hanoi, a discordant note on a trip otherwise steeped in words of amity between the former foes. Tens of thousands turned out to welcome Obama on the second leg of his visit, Ho Chi Minh City, which was called Saigon until North Vietnamese tanks rolled into the city in April 1975 to bring U.S.-backed South Vietnam under communist rule. Many in the crowd that lined the streets chanted "Obama, Obama", some held handwritten signs reading "Obama, we love you", and one woman held a boy dressed in a Captain America costume, complete with shield.
Tuesday, 7:23 AM
By Ahmed Rasheed and Stephen Kalin BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi forces shelled Islamic State targets in Falluja on Tuesday, the second day of an assault to retake the militant stronghold just west of Baghdad, as international concern mounted for the security of civilians. The United Nations refugees agency UNHCR said women and children died while trying to leave the city. About 100,000 civilians are estimated to be in Falluja which, in January 2014, became the first Iraqi city to be captured by Islamic State, six months before the group declared its caliphate.
Tuesday, 9:41 AM
In neighbouring Iraq, government forces have also launched an offensive to recapture Fallujah, a key IS stronghold west of Baghdad. On August 8, 2014, US jets strike IS positions in northern Iraq in response to an appeal from Baghdad, in the first American military operation in the country since troops withdrew in late 2011. Already entrenched in neighbouring Syria, IS seized swathes of Iraqi territory in a lightning offensive launched in June 2014 and marked by a complete collapse of the security forces.
Tuesday, 9:40 AM
A giant mural showing Donald Trump passionately kissing Boris Johnson has appeared on the side of a building in Britain, one month before its referendum on EU membership. Trump is cradling Johnson's shock of blond hair in his hand. The mural in Bristol, southwest England, was commissioned by We Are Europe, a campaign group which wants Britain to remain in the European Union at the June 23 vote.
Tuesday, 9:34 AM
Uganda has sent an official complaint to neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo after four police officers were shot dead on a lake between the neighbours, the foreign ministry said Tuesday. The Ugandan police officers were in a patrol boat investigating reports of illegal fishing on Lake Albert on Saturday when gunmen opened fire. Uganda has blamed DR Congo troops for the killing.
Tuesday, 5:25 AM
By Tony Jimenez LONDON (Reuters) - Double major winner Martin Kaymer has hit back at suggestions that this week's BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth has lost some of its razzle-dazzle, calling it a first-class event with "a massive history". "There are better courses in England, that's for sure, but it's the home of the European Tour and it's a great event and we should see it for what it is," Kaymer said. "It's big prize money, a lot of world ranking points, with a massive history." The PGA Championship was first held in 1955, and the list of winners represents a roll-call of Europe's finest players - Rory McIlroy, Seve Ballesteros, Nick Faldo, Tony Jacklin, Bernhard Langer, Colin Montgomerie, Jose Maria Olazabal and Ian Woosnam.
Tuesday, 12:43 AM
(Reuters) - Rory McIlroy took a long time to decide he would represent Ireland at the 2016 Rio Olympics but the 27-year-old world number three could now miss golf's return to the Games after a 112-year absence because of concerns over the Zika virus. The Northern Irishman had threatened to skip the Olympics as he agonized over representing Great Britain or Ireland in Brazil but after opting for the latter in 2014, the mosquito-borne disease may lead the four-times major winner to avoid the Games. First detected in Brazil last year, Zika has been linked in that country to more than 1,300 cases of microcephaly, a rare birth defect defined by unusually small heads and something that is clearly a major concern for McIlroy.
Monday, 10:27 PM
(Reuters) - Congolese center Bismack Biyombo has gone from bit-part player to Raptors linchpin in the space of two weeks and his emergence has given Toronto a spark in their Eastern Conference final series against Cleveland. Biyombo grabbed 14 rebounds and had three blocks in TorontoÃ¢Â€Â™s 105-99 home win over the Cavaliers on Monday, which tied the best-of-seven series at 2-2. It was a gritty encore performance to his franchise playoff-record 26 rebounds and four blocks in a Game Three triumph, and provided further evidence that the 23-year-old has found new life in Toronto.... read more
Tuesday, 9:45 AM
Bill Begley, spokesman for the Houston Airport System, said the plane had since departed the airport. Officials at Atlanta-based Delta , the No. 2 U.S. carrier by traffic, said the affected passengers were aboard flight 227, an MD-88 aircraft flying between Houston and Atlanta... read more
Tuesday, 9:44 AM
By Joseph Ax NORRISTOWN, Pa. (Reuters) - The only woman whose accusations of sexual assault resulted in criminal charges against Bill Cosby told police she was attacked as she lay on a sofa "paralyzed" by drugs the entertainer had given her, a former detective said at a court hearing on Tuesday. Reading from a transcript of Andrea Constand's interview with police in January 2005, the witness said Cosby told her the pills would help her relax and "take the edge off." So Constand, a former basketball coach at Cosby's Temple University alma mater, swallowed the pills, added a sip of wine and told the comedian that she trusted him, the former detective said.
Tuesday, 9:40 AM
Tuesday, 9:38 AM
Exxon Mobil Corp and Chevron Corp will face their toughest-ever push by shareholders concerned about a warming world at annual meetings on Wednesday, as the Paris accord to tackle climate change ratchets up investor pressure on two of the world's largest oil companies. The tension is most acute at Exxon, which has denied accusations from environmentalists that it purposely misled the public about climate change risks. The New York attorney general is investigating Exxon and it has complained of being unfairly targeted by special interest groups.
Tuesday, 9:30 AM
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Tuesday, 9:24 AM
EU antitrust regulators approved on Tuesday Anheuser-Busch InBev's $100 billion-plus takeover of SABMiller on condition that it sell almost the whole of SABMiller's beer business in Europe. The Belgium-based maker of Budweiser, Corona and Stella Artois has already agreed to sell SABMiller's Peroni, Grolsch and Meantime beer brands to Japan's Asahi Group Holdings Ltd and to divest eastern European assets. The European Commission said that Europeans bought around 125 billion euros of beer every year so even a relatively small increase would cause considerable harm to consumers.
Tuesday, 9:37 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) Ã¢Â€Â” International diabetes organizations are calling for weight-loss surgery to become a more routine treatment option for diabetes, even for some patients who are only mildly obese.
Tuesday, 9:22 AM
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) Ã¢Â€Â” Tech giant Hewlett Packard says it will investigate allegations of wrongdoing in a health services contract in Romania.... read more
Tuesday, 9:02 AM
By Caroline Humer NEW YORK (Reuters) - Anthem Inc Chief Executive Officer Joseph Swedish said on Tuesday the health insurer was pushing for approval from antitrust regulators reviewing its $51 billion acquisition of Cigna Corp and expects to hear a decision in July. Anthem's bid for Cigna followed closely after Aetna Inc's proposed $34 billion purchase of Humana Inc last July. Swedish said antitrust regulators have asked many questions about how it and Cigna manage healthcare benefits for large employers, but that the overall review was moving forward as expected.