Drummond steps down from Uber’s board after three years.
Islamic State says al-Adnani, one of its most prominent and longest-serving leaders, was killed in what appeared to be an airstrike on a vehicle traveling in the Syrian town of al-Bab, depriving the militant group of the man in charge of directing attacks overseas. US officials stopped short of confirming Adnani’s death, as assessments often take days and often […]
Drake presents Rihanna with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard award at the MTV Music Video Awards. She performs 13 of the biggest hits in her 13-year career, including Rude Girl, Diamonds, and Only Girl in the World. Drake: She’s someone I’ve been in love with since I was 22 years old. She’s one of my best friends in […]
Brown is arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon after a daylong standoff at his home in the Tarzana neighborhood in Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley. The police were called after a 3am 911 call from a woman, who said he Brown threatened her with a weapon. Brown denied any wrongdoing in posts on Instagram before he was […]
Bundchen is the highest-paid female model in the world with annual income of $30.5 million, according to Forbes magazine. Bundchen has made more money than any other model since 2002 and continues to collect endorsement deals with Chanel, Carolina Herrera and Pantene. Adriana Lima si third on the list, with Kylie Jenner in joint third place with Karlie Kloss.
Wilder dies age of 83, at his home in Stamford, Connecticut, from complications of Alzheimer’s disease. Walker-Pearlman, Wilder’s nephew, says the actor had chosen to keep his illness secret so that children who knew him as Willy Wonka would not equate the whimsical character with an adult disease.
EU antitrust regulators order Apple to pay up to 13 billion euros in taxes, plus interest, to the Irish government after ruling that a special scheme to route profits through Ireland was illegal state aid. The scheme meant that Apple paid tax rates on European profits on sales of its iPhone and other devices and […]
Germany’s interior minister visits Facebook’s offices in Berlin and said it should be more proactive in removing forbidden content from its social network platform. The German government has been critical of Facebook in the past. Political leaders and regulators have complained the world’s largest social network, with 1.6 billion monthly users, had been slow to respond to […]
At least two gunmen storm classrooms after a suspected car bomb is used to get into the walled complex, and killed seven students and a professor. The death toll could have been far higher, with most students managing to barricade themselves in classrooms or flee to safety, even if it meant breaking bones as they jumped from the second […]
Deputy Interior Minister Illanes is beaten to death after he was kidnapped by striking mineworkers, who had blocked a major highway near Panduro, around 160 km (100 miles) from capital city La Paz. Officials said he died of blows to the head. Illanes’ assistant was also badly beaten and is in intensive care in a hospital in La Paz. President Morales […]
Scientists at European Southern Observatory announce the discovery of Proxima b, a planet that appears to be similar to Earth, circling Proxima Centauri, a dwarf star four light years from Earth. The relative proximity of the planet gives scientists a better chance to eventually capture an image of it, to help them establish whether it has an atmosphere […]
Johnson tops Forbes magazine list of the world’s highest paid actors, with an estimated 2016 payday of $64.5 million. He knocks Robert Downey Jr. off the top spot and more than doubles his earnings, largely thanks to his action comedy Central Intelligence. Johnson also collected advance fees from the eighth installment of the Fast and Furious racing movie franchise.
Facebook changes its trending news feature to an automated solution, which the company says will eliminate bias caused by human curation. Our goal is to enable Trending for as many people as possible, which would be hard to do if we relied solely on summarizing topics by hand. A more algorithmically driven process allows us to scale […]
An Ankara court remands Gurcan Balik, Ali Findik and Tuncay Babali in custody ahead of trial over suspected links to Gulen.
An Iranian refugee held at an Australia’s Manus camp in Papua New Guinea wins a political cartooning award from CRNI for his work depicting life inside the camp. Ali, whose pen name is Eaten Fish, has chronicled his three-year detention on Manus Island as he struggles with obsessive compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and debilitating panic […]
Russia agrees to a UN-backed 48-hour humanitarian ceasefire in the divided Syrian city of Aleppo to allow aid deliveries, but security guarantees are awaited from other parties on the ground. UN spokesperson: We have…agreement now from the Russian Federation for the 48-hour pause, we’re waiting (for) it from the other actors on the ground. That has taken […]
A suspected gas explosion at a sports center in the southern Belgian town of Chimay kills one person and wounds four others, two of them seriously. Part of the building is destroyed.
Australian media reports DCNS is hit by a massive leak of secret data on its submarines. 22,400 leaked pages detail the combat capability of the Scorpene-class DCNS submarine designed for the Indian navy, variants of which are used by Malaysia and Chile. DCNS says it has launched an inquiry: This inquiry will determine the precise nature of […]
President Obama wraps up his final summer getaway to Martha’s Vineyard Sunday. He spends the morning on a final round of vacation golf before rolling out in his motorcade with first lady Michelle Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia.
A poor Philippine fisherman reveals what is thought to be the world’s largest pearl. The man found the 34 kg pearl inside a giant clam that was snagged by his anchor as he waited out a storm at sea, but hid it under his bed for a decade without knowing its worth. A fire at his home forced him […]
Samsung plans to launch a program to sell refurbished used versions of its premium smartphones as early as next year. The company will refurbish high-end phones returned to the company by users who signed up for one-year upgrade program in markets such as South Korea and the United States.
Premier Exhibitions sues the French government, in a Florida federal bankruptcy court, to be allowed to sell some of thousands of artifacts salvaged from the Titanic. The company filed the suit to press the French government to clarify it has no interest in the artifacts that would prevent their sale. A declaration of rights is both necessary and appropriate […]
A 6.8 magnitude earthquake hits Myanmar just south of the ancient city of Bagan, a major tourist destination. The quake, which struck at a depth of 84 kilometres, swayed high-rise buildings in the Thai capital of Bangkok.
Staff Sgt. Matthew V. Thompson, 28, of Irvine, California, is killed during an anti-Taliban operation near Lashkar Gah, the capital of the southern Afghan province of Helmand. The Army Green Beret was on a foot patrol with other American troops advising Afghan special operations forces where the Taliban have engaged in heavy combat. Thompson is killed by a bomb blast […]
A large car bomb explodes outside a hotel in Thailand’s insurgency-plagued southern region, killing one and wounding more than 30 people, some of them critically. Police commander: So far there is one killed and more than 30 injured. The hotel building was considerably damaged
A strong earthquake in mountainous central Italy kills at least 38 people. The quake causes serious damage to a number of towns and villages, but did not seem to have hit heavily populated areas.
IMG will open the world’s largest indoor theme park in Dubai this month. IMG Worlds of Adventure‘s boxy exterior belies a 140,000-square meter air-conditioned interior teeming with animatronic dinosaurs, roller coasters, Marvel superheroes and Cartoon Network characters.
Pearlman dies in prison while serving a 25-year sentence for bilking investors of $300 million. The Federal Bureau of Prisons provides no other details. He was 62.
Libyan forces renew their push to oust ISIS from its former North African stronghold of Sirte, saying they had seized the city’s main mosque and a jail run by the militants’ morality police. The forces, mainly brigades from the city of Misrata, say that they are close to capture Sirte after taking most of the city […]
The United States and South Korea start annual military exercises. the Ulichi Freedom Guardian Exercise will run to September 2, and involve about 75,000 troops, including 25,000 from the U.S. side. As the countries opened the command and control exercise earlier in the day, they told North Korea of the drill’s schedule and its non-offensive nature through a communication channel in […]
Facebook releases an iPhone app, called Lifestage, that allows teens to watch clips about the lives of their classmates. Anyone can download the app, although seeing profiles of other users is reserved for those 21 years of age or younger. The social network allows users to make video clips to describe likes, peeves, dance styles, and other aspects […]
Barret is deported from Pakistan. He is brought to Lahore from Islamabad and leaves the country on a PIA flight PK711,
The Underground starts all-night Friday and Saturday services. The Central & lines will run trains through to 0530 in the morning, with others due to follow. Mayor Khan: It will support thousands of workers who have to travel to or from work at night, it will provide huge economic benefits to our vital night-time economy and it will […]
The world’s highest and longest glass-bottomed bridge opens Saturday in China’s Zhangjiajie mountains. Made up of 99 6m-wide panels, the structure is 430 metres long and suspended 300 metres above the earth, the bridge spans the canyon between two mountain cliffs in Zhangjiajie park in China’s central Hunan province. The bridge was designed by Dotan. Only 8,000 people each day […]
At least 50 people are killed and dozens more wounded latein an attack possibly carried out by a suicide bomber on a wedding party in the Turkish city of Gaziantep near the Syrian border. A senior security official says the device used was the same type as those employed in the July 2015 suicide attack in the border town […]
Islamic State claims responsibility for an attack on a traffic police post outside Moscow in which both attackers were killed, calling it revenge for Russia’s aerial bombing campaign in Syria. The militant group made the claim in a video in which the purported attackers say they want to take revenge for Russia killing Muslims in the Middle […]
Heritage Auctions says Ali’s WBC heavyweight championship boxing belt, the trunks Ali wore for his “Rumble in the Jungle” victory over George Foreman in Zaire, the gloves worn by Liston when he lost his title to Ali, and a handwritten letter about his conversion to Islam are among 79 items that will be auctioned in September, […]
Governor Brown declares a state of emergency as a rapidly spreading fire raging east of Los Angeles forces the evacuation of more than 82,000 people. Despite the efforts of 1,250 firefighters with more on the way, the fire has not been contained.
A video of Daqneesh sitting in a hospital room, covered in dust and rubble goes viral. Daqneesh and his family were injured when their house was destroyed by an airstrike, allegedly by Syrian Government forces. It took nearly an hour to dig Omran out from underneath the rubble. He is released from hospital after two hours. Doctor: […]
Madonna celebrates her 58th birthday in Havana, dancing to Cuban beats during a night on the town and drawing crowds as she tours the city. In my Universe there are 2 Suns! ☀️☀️! Best Birthday ever! 🙏🏻🎂🍾😂❤️🇨🇺 @ralphlauren A post shared by Madonna (@madonna) on Aug 19, 2016 at 5:51pm PDT
The death toll from historic flooding in Louisiana climbs to eight, as the expanding flood zone prompts authorities to declare disasters in 20 parishes of the state. While flooding receded in parts of southern Louisiana, other areas saw rising waters. The National Weather Service issued renewed flood warnings. 40,000 homes have been impacted by the floods and […]
Biden arrives in Belgrade for a one-day visit. He expresses his condolences for NATO military action, before walking with Prime Minister Vucic in a picturesque borough of Belgrade, under high security. I’d like to express my condolences to the families of those whose lives were lost in the wars of the 1990s, including those killed as a consequence […]
The FBI sends Congress a report the bureau provided to the Justice Department last month to explain why it recommended no charges in the Clinton email server investigation. The decision to provide the investigative material on a case in which charges were not brought is exceedingly rare. The report includes notes from the interviews of Clinton and other witnesses […]
The Papua New Guinea government says Australia will close the Manus Island detention center. The announcement comes less than a day after more than a hundred former and current staff members at Australia’s offshore detention camps have called for all refugees to be moved immediately, saying children’s lives are being “destroyed.” Papua New Guinea Prime Minister O’Neill: Papua […]
Two soldiers and one policeman are killed in India-held Kashmir when an unknown number of gunmen open fire on two army trucks and a police car travelling through Baramulla west of the region’s main city of Srinagar. Security forces launched a major search for the militants who fled the scene.
An airstrike hits the Abs hospital in Hajjah, Yemen, and kills at least 11 people, and injures 24. The strike kills a Médecins Sans Frontier staff member. The Saudi-led coalition carrying out airstrikes in Yemen says it is aware of the hospital strike and will look into it. MSF is still surveying the damage in the area and will launch its […]
China launches the world’s first quantum satellite, which will help it establish “hack-proof” communications between space and the ground. The satellite is named after the ancient Chinese scientist and philosopher Micius. The satellite will create pairs of so-called entangled photons – tiny sub-atomic particles of light whose properties are dependent on each other – beaming one half […]
Bieber quits Instagram after after fans got hostile over a picture of him and Richie together in Japan. Bieber tweets: I’m gonna make my Instagram private if you guys don’t stop the hate this is getting out of hand, if you guys are really fans you wouldn’t be so mean to people that I like. Gomez […]
The Pentagon says fifteen Guantanamo Bay detainees have been transferred to the UAE, the largest such release in years. The latest transfers bring the remaining population of the detention center down to 61. Twelve of the prisoners released on Monday were from Yemen; the other three were from Afghanistan. The UAE has taken in a total of […]