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BHP Billiton returns to black with $6.7 billion profit

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 05:18:48 GMT

Anglo-Australian miner, BHP Billiton, on Tuesday reported a return to black with a $6.7 billion annual profit a year after the company's worst ever full-year result and said it wants to sell its U.S. shale oil assets. The Melbourne, Australia based-company's turnaround from the $6.4 billion loss for the year through June 2016, was built on high prices for iron ore and coal build on Chinese industrial demand.




At Least 1 Dead After Earthquake Hits Italian Resort Island

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 01:05:55 GMT

An earthquake rattled the Italian resort island of Ischia at the peak of tourist season Monday night, killing at least one person and trapping a half dozen others, including children, under collapsed homes. Police said all but one of the people known to be trapped were responding to rescuers and were expected to be extracted alive.




Beautiful': US gets a glimpse of first solar eclipse for 99 years

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 20:46:13 GMT

The Canadian Space Agency described the initial glimpses of the first total solar eclipse to sweep across the US, from Oregon to South Carolina, in 99 years as "Beautiful!" as Americans across watched in wonder through telescopes, cameras and protective glasses. Among the big names who had been excited by the spectacle were rock star Bruce Springsteen and Ivanka Trump, daughter of the US President Donald Trump, who tweeted safety advice warning watchers to remember to wear their glasses.




Rare tiny wallabies Kai and Aru will go on display at Chester Zoo

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 16:25:44 GMT

The two dusky pademelons - a rare breed of wallaby from Indonesia - will make their public debut in the UK after arriving from Plzen Zoo in the Czech Republic. Keepers hope they will eventually introduce the marsupials, called Kai and Aru, to a female as part of a European-wide breeding programme for threatened animals.




Marseille van suspect 'treated for psychological problems'

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 14:04:32 GMT

A man suspected of ramming his white van into two bus stops in the southern French city of Marseille, killing a woman, is being treated for psychological problems, officials said. The suspect, who has not been identified by name, is 35 years old and from the Grenoble region in eastern France, a press official for police headquarters in Marseille said.




Greenpeace protesters with inflatable sea creatures pass Nelson's Column in Trafalgar Square

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 11:52:40 GMT

Oil giant BP had its international headquarters besieged by inflatable sea creatures as environmentalists protested over a forthcoming drilling project. Greenpeace marched on the central London office as BP prepares to search for oil near a coral reef off the coast of South America next year.




US Embassy in Russia suspends issuing non-immigrant visas

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 11:52:39 GMT

The US Embassy in Russia has announced it will suspend issuing non-immigrant visas in Moscow for eight days from Wednesday and stop issuing visas at its consulates elsewhere in Russia in response to the Russian decision to cap embassy staff. The US Embassy in Russia has announced it will suspend issuing non-immigrant visas in Moscow for eight days from Wednesday and stop issuing visas at its consulates elsewhere in Russia in response to the Russian decision to cap embassy staff.




Hunted man named as driver of van that killed 13 in Barcelona

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 09:44:54 GMT

The suspect at the centre of a major manhunt by police investigating the terror attacks in Catalonia was the driver of the van that killed 13 people on Las Ramblas, Barcelona, an official has said. Joaquim Forn, head of home affairs in Catalonia's regional government, told a radio station "everything indicates" Younes Abouyaaqoub, a 22-year-old Moroccan, was behind the wheel.




A civic group member protests against rising tension on the Korean peninsula

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 07:41:17 GMT

South Korean and US troops have begun annual drills that come after tensions rose over North Korea's two intercontinental ballistic missile tests last month. The Ulchi Freedom Guardian drills that began on Monday are largely computer-simulated war games and will run until August 31. Pyongyang calls the 11-day drills a "reckless" invasion rehearsal that could trigger the "uncontrollable phase of a nuclear war".




US military leaders await Trump decision on Afghan mission

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 03:18:04 GMT

Signaling that the U.S. military expects its mission to continue, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan on Sunday hailed the launch of the Afghan Army's new special operations corps, declaring that "we are with you and we will stay with you." Gen. John Nicholson's exhortation of continued support for the Afghans suggested the Pentagon may have won its argument that America's military must stay engaged in the conflict in order to insure terrorists don't once again threaten the U.S. from safe havens in Afghanistan.




Briton who went to aid of Finland attack victims heard - heart-breaking scream'

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 22:47:02 GMT

A British man who said he was not a hero after being stabbed in a suspected terror attack in Finland has told how he tried to save a woman's life after hearing a "heart-breaking scream". Hassan Zubier is still in hospital in the city of Turku, 90 miles west of capital Helsinki, after he was wounded in the knife rampage that left two Finnish women dead and others injured.




Finland observed a minute's silence for the victims of the stabbing attack in Turku

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 20:35:21 GMT

Finland has observed a minute's silence for the victims of a stabbing attack in the western city of Turku that left two people dead and eight injured. Hundreds of people gathered in Turku's central market square on Sunday to leave flowers and candles at the location of Friday's violence.




Angela Merkel stands by her 2015 decision to open German borders

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 18:22:24 GMT

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday stood by her decision to open Germany's borders to hundreds of thousands of refugees two years ago. Asked during a pre-election television event with voters whether she would do things differently if faced with the same situation, Mrs Merkel said, in retrospect "I still think my decision was right".




Spain terror attacks: Who are the victims?

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 14:01:51 GMT

At least 14 people were killed and more than 100 injured in the terror attacks in Spain, with those affected hailing from all over the world. Citizens of 34 countries were caught up in the atrocities, including England, Ireland, Spain, Germany, Australia, Canada, the United States, France and China.




Balcony kiss defining image of wedding day

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 14:01:50 GMT

Amid pomp and circumstance, shy Lady Di married the heir to the throne in the grand St Paul's Cathedral on July 29 1981, watched by a worldwide TV audience of more than 750 million. Many camped out overnight on the streets of London - including the future prime minister, David Cameron, who was 14 at the time - to get the best vantage point on the route from Buckingham Palace to the Cathedral.




Diana's appeal undiminished nearly 20 years after death

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 11:51:02 GMT

Diana, Princess of Wales was a woman whose warmth, compassion and empathy for those she met earned her the description the "people's princess". Diana, Princess of Wales was a woman whose warmth, compassion and empathy for those she met earned her the description the "people's princess".




Zimbabwe's first lady returns home despite South Africa assault claim

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 09:41:35 GMT

The wife of Zimbabwe's president Robert Mugabe has returned home from South Africa despite calls for her to be prosecuted for allegedly assaulting a young model at a luxury hotel in Johannesburg. State broadcaster ZBC said Grace Mugabe returned with her husband to Harare on an Air Zimbabwe flight on Sunday morning.