‘PigeonBot’ brings aircraft closer to feathered-flight

‘PigeonBot’ brings aircraft closer to feathered-flight »

17 Jan, 2020

Since the dawn of the aviation era, inventors have strived to build aircraft that fly as nimbly as birds, whose morphable wings allow for faster, tighter turns and more efficient gliding.

Alphabet Hits $1 Trillion Market Cap, Boosts Big Tech Worth To $5.2 Trillion

Alphabet Hits $1 Trillion Market Cap, Boosts Big Tech Worth To $5.2 Trillion »

17 Jan, 2020

Alphabet, Inc. on Thursday became only the world's sixth firm to hit a market capitalization of $1 trillion. It's the fourth U.S. firm to do so after Apple, Inc. (August 2018), Microsoft Corporation (June 2019) and Amazon.com

Giant jet engines aim to make our flying greener

Giant jet engines aim to make our flying greener »

17 Jan, 2020

"It's on another scale from anything I've seen before," says Lorna Carter who recently started working at a new Rolls-Royce research and development facility near Bristol.

Microsoft makes ‘carbon negative’ pledge

Microsoft makes ‘carbon negative’ pledge »

17 Jan, 2020

Microsoft has pledged to remove "all of the carbon" from the environment that it has emitted since the company was founded in 1975. Chief executive Satya Nadella said he wanted to achieve the goal by 2050 .

Russian gov’t quits after Putin proposes constitutional reform

Russian gov’t quits after Putin proposes constitutional reform »

16 Jan, 2020

The Russian prime minister and entire government resigned on Wednesday as part of sweeping constitutional changes that could see President Vladimir Putin extend his hold on power.

Sweet! Indian bakers make world’s ‘longest’ cake

Sweet! Indian bakers make world’s ‘longest’ cake »

16 Jan, 2020

It was a record-baking effort. Hundreds of bakers and chefs in southern India came together Wednesday to create what they said is the world's longest cake -- about 6.5 kilometres

Scientists find powerhouses that fight tumours from within

Scientists find powerhouses that fight tumours from within »

16 Jan, 2020

Lurking deep inside some tumours are "factories" full of immune cells that help the body fight a rearguard action against cancer and are key to helping some patients recover, new research has shown.

Apple buys an A.I. start-up  from Microsoft

Apple buys an A.I. start-up from Microsoft »

16 Jan, 2020

Apple on Wednesday said it has acquired Xnor.ai, an artificial intelligence software start-up. The company has previously used acquisitions to expand its bench of AI talent, as have other technology companies like Alphabet, Facebook and Microsoft. These companies have all taken steps to enhance their own products with AI and offer tools to outside software developers.

US and China sign deal to ease trade

US and China sign deal to ease trade »

16 Jan, 2020

The US and China have signed an agreement aimed at easing a trade war that has rattled markets and weighed on the global economy. Speaking in Washington, US President Donald Trump said the pact would be "transformative" for the US economy.

Nissan denies reported plans to split with Renault

Nissan denies reported plans to split with Renault »

14 Jan, 2020

Nissan is "in no way" planning to end its partnership with Renault, the Japanese auto giant insisted Tuesday after a report suggested a divorce was possible in the wake of the Carlos Ghosn scandal.

Canada yet to decide if it will pay Harry and Meghan security costs

Canada yet to decide if it will pay Harry and Meghan security costs »

14 Jan, 2020

The Canadian government has yet to decide whether it will assume the security costs associated with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's decision to split their time between Canada and Britain, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Monday.

Scientists say oldest solid material found

Scientists say oldest solid material found »

14 Jan, 2020

Researchers said Monday that new techniques have allowed them to identify the oldest solid material ever found on earth. The stardust, formed five to seven billion years ago, came from a meteorite that fell to Earth 50 years ago in Australia, they said in a paper published in the journal PNAS.

First Glimpse Of Ford’s Bronco 4×4 In Desert Tests Revealed

First Glimpse Of Ford’s Bronco 4×4 In Desert Tests Revealed »

14 Jan, 2020

Ford (F) has teased the release of its new Bronco 4x4 with a new video that shows the vehicle’s ruggedness and driving capabilities. The prototype took the high desert of California for a test drive by Ford experts, which showed that the SUV is being developed for some serious off-road driving.

Oman’s new ruler backs policy that made kingdom vital mediator

Oman’s new ruler backs policy that made kingdom vital mediator »

13 Jan, 2020

Oman's new royal ruler pledged Saturday to follow the non-interference policy that made the kingdom a vital regional mediator under his late cousin Sultan Qaboos who reigned for half a century.

Taiwan’s Tsai wins landslide in stinging result for China

Taiwan’s Tsai wins landslide in stinging result for China »

13 Jan, 2020

Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen won a landslide election victory on Saturday as voters delivered a stunning rebuke of Beijing's campaign to isolate the self-ruled island and handed its first female leader a second term.

Australian ‘megablaze’ brought under control

Australian ‘megablaze’ brought under control »

13 Jan, 2020

Exhausted firefighters said they had finally brought Australia's largest "megablaze" under control Monday, as wet weather promised to deliver much-needed respite for countryside ravaged by bushfires.

Queen gathers royals for crisis meeting with Prince Harry

Queen gathers royals for crisis meeting with Prince Harry »

13 Jan, 2020

Queen Elizabeth II and other senior British royals were gathering for a meeting Monday with Prince Harry in an attempt to solve the crisis triggered by his bombshell announcement that he and wife Meghan were stepping back from the royal frontline.

Japanese billionaire seeks ‘life partner’ for Moon voyage

Japanese billionaire seeks ‘life partner’ for Moon voyage »

13 Jan, 2020

Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa is looking for a female "life partner" to accompany him on Space X's maiden tourist voyage to the Moon. The fashion mogul, 44, is set to be the first civilian passenger to fly around the moon on the Starship rocket.

Emirates to bring its crowd-puller flagship A380 to the Kuwait Aviation Show 2020

Emirates to bring its crowd-puller flagship A380 to the Kuwait Aviation Show 2020 »

9 Jan, 2020

International News from World: Emirates, the world’s largest international airline, is set to showcase its latest flagship Airbus A380 to visitors

Toyota’s ‘woven’ city, TVs as smartphones: CES highlights

Toyota’s ‘woven’ city, TVs as smartphones: CES highlights »

7 Jan, 2020

A smart city from Toyota and a new 5G smartphone from China's TCL were among the announcements Monday at the Consumer Electronics Show preview day. Here are a few highlights from the events at CES, set to formally open on Tuesday in Las Vegas.

Austria’s Kurz to return as world’s youngest chancellor

Austria’s Kurz to return as world’s youngest chancellor »

7 Jan, 2020

International News from World: Austria’s conservative Sebastian Kurz will return to office Tuesday as the world’s youngest democratically elected leader heading an unlikely

Yum! Brands Buys Habit Burger

Yum! Brands Buys Habit Burger »

7 Jan, 2020

Yum! Brands (YUM), the parent company of Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, and KFC, has announced that it has entered into a deal to purchase The Habit Burger Grill from The Habit Restaurants (HABT) for approximately $375 million.

Ford F-Series Automaker Holds On To Best-Selling Truck Title For Another Year

Ford F-Series Automaker Holds On To Best-Selling Truck Title For Another Year »

7 Jan, 2020

Ford (F) has held on to its best-selling pickup truck title for its 43rd straight year in a row, selling nearly a million F-Series and Ranger models in the fourth quarter of 2019. The automaker said its overall truck sales “closed strong,” increasing by as much as 15.9% for the quarter, which was the best Q4 Ford has seen in truck sales since 2001.

CES 2020: Sony announces electric car concept

CES 2020: Sony announces electric car concept »

7 Jan, 2020

Electronics giant Sony has surprised attendees of the CES tech show by unveiling an electric car dubbed the Vision S. The vehicle is a prototype designed to show off the firm's sensors and in-car entertainment technologies.

Amid tech turmoil, celebration at global electronics show

Amid tech turmoil, celebration at global electronics show »

6 Jan, 2020

The Consumer Electronics Show opening Tuesday offers a chance to showcase the newest and shiniest gadgetry, looking past the turmoil engulfing the global technology industry.

Japan ‘Tuna King’ buys new year catch for $1.8 million

Japan ‘Tuna King’ buys new year catch for $1.8 million »

6 Jan, 2020

A celebrated Japanese sushi businessman, nicknamed "Tuna King", paid $1.8 million for a giant tuna at New Year's auction at Tokyo's main fish market on Sunday.

War film ‘1917’ stuns Golden Globes as Tarantino bags comedy prizes

War film ‘1917’ stuns Golden Globes as Tarantino bags comedy prizes »

6 Jan, 2020

War epic "1917" shocked the Golden Globes on Sunday by claiming the top prize for best drama film, while Quentin Tarantino's "Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood" won comedy honors, boosting their prospects for next month's Oscars.

Tesla Electric Vehicle  Giant Hopes To Produce 500,000 Vehicles Per Year At Berlin Factory

Tesla Electric Vehicle Giant Hopes To Produce 500,000 Vehicles Per Year At Berlin Factory »

6 Jan, 2020

Electric vehicle company Tesla hopes to make 500,000 vehicles per year at its factory near Berlin, according to planning documents released Friday.

Hillary Clinton named chancellor of Belfast university

Hillary Clinton named chancellor of Belfast university »

4 Jan, 2020

Former US secretary of state and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was appointed Thursday as the new chancellor of Queen's University Belfast.

Bolivia to hold presidential vote May 3: electoral tribunal

Bolivia to hold presidential vote May 3: electoral tribunal »

4 Jan, 2020

Bolivians will choose a new president May 3, more than six months after a disputed election sparked violent street protests and the resignation of Evo Morales.

CEO Tim Cook sees pay ebb along with Apple performance

CEO Tim Cook sees pay ebb along with Apple performance »

4 Jan, 2020

Apple chief Tim Cook saw his annual pay slip to $11.6 million in 2019 after the company registered a weaker financial performance compared with the previous year, according to documents filed Friday.

Military reservists called up as thousands flee Australian fires

Military reservists called up as thousands flee Australian fires »

4 Jan, 2020

Up to 3,000 military reservists were called up to tackle Australia's relentless bushfire crisis on Saturday, as tens of thousands of residents fled their homes amid catastrophic conditions.

Bill Gates Pushes for Higher Taxes on Rich as Wealth Soars

Bill Gates Pushes for Higher Taxes on Rich as Wealth Soars »

4 Jan, 2020

Microsoft Corp. co-founder Bill Gates started the last decade worth more than $50 billion and a pledge to donate a big chunk of his fortune to charity.

Barcelona’s car-free smart city experiment

Barcelona’s car-free smart city experiment »

4 Jan, 2020

In the centre of bustling and busy Barcelona there is unusual quiet: just the babble of children playing in a small playground and the sound of the birds. There is virtually no traffic and the space where cars would have parked is given over to play areas, trees and even a running track.

Imagination Tech’s AI And GPUs to Use In Apple’s Next-Generation Products

Imagination Tech’s AI And GPUs to Use In Apple’s Next-Generation Products »

3 Jan, 2020

Former Apple partner and the UK-based chipmaker Imagination Technologies recently announced that the Cupertino company had replaced a licensing agreement, which was first signed in 2014.

US announces countrywide ban on flavoured e-cigs

US announces countrywide ban on flavoured e-cigs »

3 Jan, 2020

The US has announced a countrywide ban on some e-cigarette flavours amid concerns about vaping among teens. The ban applies to mint and fruit flavours that are offered in cartridge-based e-cigarettes, like the popular pods sold by Juul.

Germany’s Bosch to offer lower-cost sensors for self-driving cars

Germany’s Bosch to offer lower-cost sensors for self-driving cars »

2 Jan, 2020

Privately-held Bosch said the internally-developed lidar sensor, which it will show at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next week, will cover both long and close ranges on highways and in the city and will work in conjunction with the company’s camera and radar technologies.

Saudi uses sports ‘soft power’ as lever of influence

Saudi uses sports ‘soft power’ as lever of influence »

2 Jan, 2020

Saudi Arabia's hosting of the Dakar Rally this month is just the latest international sporting event to take place in the kingdom as part of a multi-billion-dollar push to boost its battered global image.

NBA mastermind David Stern dead at 77

NBA mastermind David Stern dead at 77 »

2 Jan, 2020

David Stern, who masterminded the NBA's growth into a global sports powerhouse while serving as commissioner from 1984 to 2014, died Wednesday after suffering a brain hemorrhage last month. He was 77.

Asia’s richest man Mukesh Ambani takes on retail giant Amazon

Asia’s richest man Mukesh Ambani takes on retail giant Amazon »

2 Jan, 2020

A conglomerate run by Asia's richest man has started a service that aims to compete with Amazon in India. Mukesh Ambani's Reliance Industries said it had been inviting people to sign up to its grocery delivery service.

Airbus beats goal with 863 jet deliveries in 2019, ousts Boeing from top spot

Airbus beats goal with 863 jet deliveries in 2019, ousts Boeing from top spot »

1 Jan, 2020

Airbus has become the world’s largest planemaker for the first time since 2011 after delivering a forecast-beating 863 aircraft in 2019, seizing the crown from embattled U.S. rival Boeing (BA.N), airport and tracking sources said on Wednesday.

Google Could No Longer Use Tax Loopholes To Avoid Paying Taxes In 2020

Google Could No Longer Use Tax Loopholes To Avoid Paying Taxes In 2020 »

1 Jan, 2020

The period of search engine giant Google utilizing a couple of controversial loopholes to save billions of dollars in taxes on ad revenue outside the US is ending, according to Reuters.

Nike Breaks Down A Record Quarter

Nike Breaks Down A Record Quarter »

1 Jan, 2020

Mark Parker had plenty of good news for investors in his last earnings call before transitioning out of the CEO role he's held for the last 14 years at Nike

US-China ‘Phase One’ trade deal to be signed January 15

US-China ‘Phase One’ trade deal to be signed January 15 »

1 Jan, 2020

A partial new US-China trade agreement will be signed in the middle of next month, US President Donald Trump said Tuesday, announcing that he will also then travel to China for continued talks.

Smoky Sydney kicks off New Year parties with fireworks

Smoky Sydney kicks off New Year parties with fireworks »

31 Dec, 2019

Smoke-choked Sydney ushered in the New Year with a huge fireworks display, kicking off celebrations for billions around the world and ringing in the new decade.

First Edition Sold Out Already

First Edition Sold Out Already »

31 Dec, 2019

Ford (F) has confirmed that reservations for its 2021 Mustang Mach-E First Edition have officially filled up. The automaker started taking reservations for the SUV, following its launch in November.

‘Made in China’ Tesla delivers its first cars

‘Made in China’ Tesla delivers its first cars »

30 Dec, 2019

Tesla has produced its first automobiles made in China, marking an important milestone for the manufacturer of electric vehicles. At the so-called "Gigafactory" outside Shanghai, fifteen Model 3 sedans were handed over.

Joint Saudi, Kuwaiti oil field expected to produce 320,000 bpd by end-2020

Joint Saudi, Kuwaiti oil field expected to produce 320,000 bpd by end-2020 »

26 Dec, 2019

Saudi Arabia’s energy minister said on Wednesday the Khafji oil field which is jointly operated with Kuwait would produce 320,000 oil barrels per day (bpd) at the end of 2020, Saudi-owned al-Arabiya TV reported.

China Southern Air Holding sets up one billion yuan cargo company

China Southern Air Holding sets up one billion yuan cargo company »

26 Dec, 2019

China Southern Air Holding, the parent of China Southern Airlines (600029.SS), has set up a cargo company with registered capital of 1 billion yuan ($143 million), as it looks to consolidate its air cargo assets through state-led reforms.

Global stock markets gained $17 trillion in value in 2019

Global stock markets gained $17 trillion in value in 2019 »

26 Dec, 2019

Global stock markets have been on a torrid run in 2019, adding more than $17 trillion in total value, according to Deutsche Bank calculations. The value of global equities began the year just under $70 trillion but has now surpassed $85 trillion, according to a chart from Deutsche Bank’s Torsten Slok.

Uber co-founder Travis Kalanick steps down from board

Uber co-founder Travis Kalanick steps down from board »

26 Dec, 2019

Uber's co-founder Travis Kalanick is to step down from its board at the end of the year. The 43-year-old ousted the ride-hailing firm's original chief executive within a year of its creation, but was himself forced to stand down six-and-a-half years later in 2017 after a number of scandals.

Amazon CEO Keeps Surging On List Of World’s Wealthiest

Amazon CEO Keeps Surging On List Of World’s Wealthiest »

24 Dec, 2019

Amazon (AMZN) founder and CEO Jeff Bezos is likely to lose more wealth than any other human being on the planet, but he still remains the second wealthiest person in the world.

Tourism’s gifts and woes for Santa and Sami homeland

Tourism’s gifts and woes for Santa and Sami homeland »

24 Dec, 2019

In Finland's remote Lapland region, the Santa Claus Village amusement park is a snowy wonderland of reindeer rides, ice castles, snowmobiles and igloo hotels where Christmas holds sway 365 days a year.

Sears To Sell DieHard Brand

Sears To Sell DieHard Brand »

24 Dec, 2019

Sears’ DieHard brand is reportedly being acquired by Advance Auto Parts for $200 million. The battery brand has been around since 1967 and has been a fixture at Sears stores throughout the years.

Facebook’s New Data Source: Virtual Reality

Facebook’s New Data Source: Virtual Reality »

24 Dec, 2019

Business success in the 21st century hinges on access to valuable data and making smart use of it. Few companies have been better positioned on that front than Facebook

Boeing sends ‘Rosie’ dummy to space in key crewless mission

Boeing sends ‘Rosie’ dummy to space in key crewless mission »

20 Dec, 2019

Boeing is set to launch its Starliner capsule Friday on a crewless eight-day journey to the International Space Station and back, a dry run for NASA's plans to end US dependence on Russia for space rides.

Andrew Bailey appointed as new Bank of England governor

Andrew Bailey appointed as new Bank of England governor »

20 Dec, 2019

Andrew Bailey has been appointed as the next governor of the Bank of England. Mr Bailey, aged 60, is currently chief executive of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), the City watchdog.

Ethiopia launches first satellite into space

Ethiopia launches first satellite into space »

20 Dec, 2019

Ethiopia launched its first satellite into space on Friday, as more sub-Saharan African nations strive to develop space programs to advance their development goals and encourage scientific innovation.

NASA’s X-59 aircraft is a first step to letting you fly supersonic

NASA’s X-59 aircraft is a first step to letting you fly supersonic »

19 Dec, 2019

The quest to put supersonic passenger flights back in the sky gained a few feet in altitude Monday when NASA approved final assembly of an experimental aircraft that could redefine the sonic boom for the better.

PSA and Fiat Chrysler poised to announce merger MOU: sources

PSA and Fiat Chrysler poised to announce merger MOU: sources »

19 Dec, 2019

French carmaker PSA and Fiat Chrysler will on Wednesday announce a memorandum of understanding for a mega-merger to create the world's fourth-largest auto producer, a source close to their talks said.

Gorilla population making a comeback, say conservationists

Gorilla population making a comeback, say conservationists »

19 Dec, 2019

New survey results from Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo are painting a promising picture. The population of endangered mountain gorillas has grown to 459 as conservation efforts begin producing results, according to an announcement Monday. It brings the global number of confirmed mountain gorillas to 1,063, according to the latest research.

2022 FIFA World Cup will feature self – driving Volkswagen electric cars

2022 FIFA World Cup will feature self – driving Volkswagen electric cars »

19 Dec, 2019

The self-driving Volkswagens are coming, but not to the US. At least not yet. VW said on Monday that it plans to put a fleet of self-driving electric vehicles on the road in Qatar in 2022. That, not coincidentally, is the year the Arab country will host the FIFA World Cup.

US Congress approves Russia-Europe gas pipeline sanctions

US Congress approves Russia-Europe gas pipeline sanctions »

19 Dec, 2019

The US Senate voted Tuesday to slap sanctions on companies working on Russia's Nord Stream pipeline, sending a bill to President Donald Trump that is sure to antagonize European nations counting on the project's natural gas.

Boeing says to halt 737 MAX production next month

Boeing says to halt 737 MAX production next month »

19 Dec, 2019

Boeing said Monday it would temporarily suspend production of its globally grounded 737 MAX jets next month as safety regulators delay the aircraft's return to the skies after two crashes.

Instagram says will fight misinformation with fact-check allies

Instagram says will fight misinformation with fact-check allies »

19 Dec, 2019

Instagram on Monday went global in its fight against misinformation, making alliances with fact-checkers around the world to expose deception in shared photos or videos. The Facebook-owned social platform launched a fact-checking program in the US early this year.

Facebook says that users who choose not to monitor can be found

Facebook says that users who choose not to monitor can be found »

18 Dec, 2019

The company stated in a letter sent to U.S. senators that Facebook will decide where users are even if they choose not to have their whereabouts monitored.

Britain’s Johnson sets off on post-election Brexit mission

Britain’s Johnson sets off on post-election Brexit mission »

17 Dec, 2019

Prime Minister Boris Johnson will unveil a new government Monday that wields a sweeping mandate to take Britain out of the European Union after years of acrimonious debate.

American Airlines takes Boeing 737 Max off schedule until April

American Airlines takes Boeing 737 Max off schedule until April »

14 Dec, 2019

American Airlines on Thursday pulled the Boeing 737 Max from its schedules until April 7, making it more than a full year since the grounding before it expects to fly the planes again.

GM is investing $1.5 billion in the US to build redesigned midsize pickups

GM is investing $1.5 billion in the US to build redesigned midsize pickups »

14 Dec, 2019

International News from World: General Motors on Friday confirmed it will invest $1.5 billion to produce its next-generation Chevrolet Colorado and

Google tackles the black box problem with Explainable AI

Google tackles the black box problem with Explainable AI »

14 Dec, 2019

There is a problem with artificial intelligence. It can be amazing at churning through gigantic amounts of data to solve challenges that humans struggle with. But understanding how it makes its decisions is often very difficult to do, if not impossible.

Regime stalwart elected Algeria president, angering protesters

Regime stalwart elected Algeria president, angering protesters »

14 Dec, 2019

A former ally of Algeria's deposed leader Abdelaziz Bouteflika was elected president of the protest-wracked country in a widely boycotted vote, sparking another outpouring of anger on the streets Friday.

Victorious Johnson urges Britain to move past Brexit divide

Victorious Johnson urges Britain to move past Brexit divide »

14 Dec, 2019

Prime Minister Boris Johnson called on Britons to put years of bitter divisions over the country's EU membership behind them as he vowed to use his resounding election victory to finally deliver Brexit next month.

World’s biggest cricket stadium takes shape in India

World’s biggest cricket stadium takes shape in India »

13 Dec, 2019

The world's biggest cricket stadium, with space for 110,000 spectators, is taking shape in India and is likely to host its first international match early next year.

Qantas picks Airbus over Boeing for longest flights

Qantas picks Airbus over Boeing for longest flights »

13 Dec, 2019

Qantas has picked Airbus jets to fly its ultra long haul routes, dealing a blow to rival plane maker Boeing. The airline selected the A350-1000 for its planned non-stop Sydney to London service, which would be the world's longest commercial flight.

Thai massage to be added to UNESCO heritage list

Thai massage to be added to UNESCO heritage list »

13 Dec, 2019

The back-cracking traditional Thai massage has been added to a prestigious Unesco heritage list. Nuad Thai is now part of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, which features traditions and practices passed across the generations.

Pengsoo: The rude giant penguin that South Korea fell in love with

Pengsoo: The rude giant penguin that South Korea fell in love with »

13 Dec, 2019

South Korea has a new idol - a giant genderless penguin with a gruff voice, a brazen attitude and a hunger for fame. Its name is Pengsoo, and by most normal mascot measures, it's not cute.

White Island volcano: Rescuer tells of ‘Chernobyl’-like scene

White Island volcano: Rescuer tells of ‘Chernobyl’-like scene »

11 Dec, 2019

A paramedic who flew to New Zealand's White Island to rescue tourists after Monday's volcanic eruption has said the scene was like something out of "the Chernobyl mini-series". "Everything was blanketed in ash," Russell Clark told TVNZ.

Paul Volcker, the Carter-Reagan Fed chairman who beat inflation, dies at age 92

Paul Volcker, the Carter-Reagan Fed chairman who beat inflation, dies at age 92 »

11 Dec, 2019

Paul Volcker, who as chairman of the Federal Reserve under Presidents Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan helped tame inflation with 22% interest rates that also crunched American manufacturing, farming and real estate but led the way to two decades of expansion, has died. He was 92.

Great day for losers: Wimpy Kid author gets French medal

Great day for losers: Wimpy Kid author gets French medal »

10 Dec, 2019

The Wimpy Kid has finally done good -- and his creator Jeff Kinney has even got a medal from France to prove it. The American creator of the bestseller "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" books was made an officer of France's Order of Arts and Letters on Monday, an honour also conferred on Nobel laureates T. S. Eliot and Seamus Heaney as well as music megastars such as Bono and David Bowie.

Netflix dominates Golden Globes noms as ‘Marriage Story’ scoops six

Netflix dominates Golden Globes noms as ‘Marriage Story’ scoops six »

10 Dec, 2019

Hollywood disruptor Netflix dominated the Golden Globe nominations Monday as its heart-wrenching divorce saga "Marriage Story" grabbed six nods including best drama, kicking off the race for the Oscars.

Finland elects Sanna Marin world’s youngest serving prime minister

Finland elects Sanna Marin world’s youngest serving prime minister »

10 Dec, 2019

International News from World: Finland will have the world’s youngest serving prime minister later this week when Social Democrat Sanna Marin,

British power plant promises to go carbon negative

British power plant promises to go carbon negative »

10 Dec, 2019

Drax, which generates 5% of the UK's power, has said it plans to capture more carbon than it produces by 2030. The firm's power plant in North Yorkshire is already largely powered by renewable fuel such as wood pellets.

Miss South Africa crowned 2019 Miss Universe

Miss South Africa crowned 2019 Miss Universe »

10 Dec, 2019

Zozibini Tunzi was crowned Miss Universe Sunday night after excelling through rounds of swimsuit and evening gown struts, questions on social issues and one final chance to explain why she was the right choice.

Oil little changed despite OPEC+ plan to deepen cuts

Oil little changed despite OPEC+ plan to deepen cuts »

6 Dec, 2019

Oil futures were steady to slightly firmer on Thursday despite OPEC and its allies planning one of the deepest output cuts this decade to prevent oversupply.

India central bank keeps rates on hold despite economy fears

India central bank keeps rates on hold despite economy fears »

6 Dec, 2019

The Reserve Bank of India kept its key lending rate on hold in a surprise decision on Thursday, despite a worrying slowdown in the country that prompted the central bank to sharply reduce its economic growth forecast to 5% for the year through March.

Sun yields its secrets to Parker Solar Probe

Sun yields its secrets to Parker Solar Probe »

6 Dec, 2019

NASA's Parker Solar Probe, having survived its closest encounter so far with the Sun, has sent back a "spectacular trove" of data on its corona, the super-hot outer edge of its atmosphere, scientists said Wednesday.

A Pew Study Finds Just A Few Channels Supply Most Videos

A Pew Study Finds Just A Few Channels Supply Most Videos »

6 Dec, 2019

The Pew Research Center concluded Wednesday a small number of YouTube channels produce 70% of the platform’s content and the most popular channels have no English content.

‘Frozen 2’ holds top spot at N.American box office

‘Frozen 2’ holds top spot at N.American box office »

4 Dec, 2019

Disney blockbuster "Frozen 2" held top spot at the North American box office over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, taking in an estimated $85.2 million, industry watcher Exhibitor Relations said Sunday.

Chandrayaan-2: Indian helps Nasa find Moon probe debris

Chandrayaan-2: Indian helps Nasa find Moon probe debris »

4 Dec, 2019

Nasa says one of its satellites has found the debris of India's Moon rover which crashed on the lunar surface in September. The space agency released a picture showing the site of the rover's impact and the "associated debris field".

Rare Gauguin fetches 9.5 mn euros at Paris auction

Rare Gauguin fetches 9.5 mn euros at Paris auction »

4 Dec, 2019

A rare canvas by French artist Paul Gauguin from his time in Tahiti fetched 9.5 million euros ($10.5 million) in Paris on Tuesday, nearly twice its estimated value, the auction house said.

Four artists join forces to share 2019 Turner Prize

Four artists join forces to share 2019 Turner Prize »

4 Dec, 2019

This year's prestigious Turner Prize will be shared by all four shortlisted artists after they formed a collective to show solidarity at a time of global "political crisis", in a shock win announced Tuesday.

A thousand memes, it launched: Baby Yoda breaks internet

A thousand memes, it launched: Baby Yoda breaks internet »

4 Dec, 2019

Baby Yoda may stand only a few inches tall, communicating with high-pitched squeaks and mischievous gestures, but the adorable green creature has loomed large online, causing a global social media meltdown.

UN launches $29 bn emergency funding appeal

UN launches $29 bn emergency funding appeal »

4 Dec, 2019

The UN launched a humanitarian appeal for nearly $29 billion on Wednesday as climate change and increasingly protracted conflicts put tens of millions of people in urgent need of aid.

1-Day Shipping Is Driving New Amazon Prime Sign-Ups

1-Day Shipping Is Driving New Amazon Prime Sign-Ups »

4 Dec, 2019

Amazon has found it increasingly difficult to keep adding new Prime members in the United States over the last couple years. There have been several signs that membership is near a saturation point, as more and more trial members opt not to renew the service.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai Is New Alphabet

Google CEO Sundar Pichai Is New Alphabet »

4 Dec, 2019

Sundar Pichai, the man who led the teams that developed Google Chrome, Chrome OS and Google Drive, on Tuesday was promoted to CEO of Alphabet Inc., the conglomerate that owns Google LLC. He is Google's current CEO and will retain this position. He joined Google in 2004.

Sky to build huge new Elstree film studio

Sky to build huge new Elstree film studio »

4 Dec, 2019

Media giant Sky is building huge new movie studios outside London near the current Elstree production site, creating 2,000 jobs. Sky, other Comcast-owned companies along with NBC Universal, will use the 32-acre property and be open to third parties.

Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin step back from top roles

Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin step back from top roles »

4 Dec, 2019

Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin have announced the parent company of the online giant is stepping down from top roles. They will leave their respective roles as the chief executive and president of Alphabet, but they will remain on the board.

‘Kawaii!’ Olympic robot mascots thrill Tokyo students

‘Kawaii!’ Olympic robot mascots thrill Tokyo students »

19 Nov, 2019

Robot versions of Japan's Olympic and Paralympic mascots thrilled hundreds of school children in Tokyo on Monday, striking sporting poses and displaying hearts in their electronic eyes.

Airbnb incurs Paris wrath over Olympics partnership

Airbnb incurs Paris wrath over Olympics partnership »

19 Nov, 2019

Airbnb became a leading partner of the Olympics in a nine-year deal announced Monday that drew strong criticism from Paris, host of the 2024 summer Games.