An Indian spacecraft’s unprecedented attempt to make a soft, controlled landing in the moon’s south polar region has ended in excruciating silence: Shortly before touchdown, the robotic lander Vikram—part of the Chandrayaan-2 mission—fell out of contact with mission control. The Indian Space Research Organization, India’s …read more
Britain’s bedeviling Brexit dilemma intensified Friday, as opposition parties refused to support Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s call for an election until he secures a delay to Britain’s exit from the European Union — something he vows he’ll never do.
Johnson insists Britain must leave the EU in …read more
Pope Francis, ending his visit to Mozambique, on Friday scolded political and business leaders in the resource-rich but poor East African country who allow themselves to be corrupted by outsiders.
On his last day in the country, Francis visited a hospital for HIV-AIDS sufferers run by the Sant’ Egidio community …read more
US health officials warned people not to vape until they determine the cause of a severe respiratory illness, which has killed at least three people and hospitalized many more.
Officials are investigating more than 450 possible cases of a severe breathing illness among otherwise “healthy young people”, they said on …read more
The acting head of the United Nation's nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), will travel to Iran this weekend to meet high-level officials.
The IAEA said in a statement on Friday that acting Director General Cornel Feruta "will travel to Tehran on Saturday for meetings with high-level Iranian …read more
Hurricane Dorian briefly made landfall on the Outer Banks of North Carolina on Friday, hitting the beach-fringed barrier islands with powerful winds and battering waves days after reducing parts of the Bahamas to rubble.
The storm made landfall at Cape Hatteras at about 9 a.m. (1300 GMT) with maximum …read more
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Robert Mugabe, the Zimbabwean independence icon turned authoritarian leader, has died aged 95.
Mr Mugabe had been receiving treatment in a hospital in Singapore since April. He was ousted in a military coup in 2017 after 37 years in power.
The former president was praised for broadening access to health …read more
Italy's new populist-centre left government has been appointed amid legal moves against the ousted right-wing Interior Minister, Matteo Salvini.
Prosecutors launched a libel suit against Mr Salvini on behalf of migrant rescuer Carola Rackete. She ignored Mr Salvini's order to keep her charity ship out of Italian waters.
And a …read more
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Friday he was not willing to contemplate resigning.
"I'll go to Brussels, I'll get a deal and we'll make sure we come out on October 31 - that's what we've got to do," Johnson told during a visit to Scotland.
When asked if he …read more
Hackers working for the Chinese government have broken into telecoms networks to track Uighur travellers in Central and Southeast Asia, two intelligence officials and two security consultants who investigated the attacks told Reuters.
The hacks are part of a wider cyber-espionage campaign targeting "high-value individuals" such as diplomats and foreign …read more
A court in Germany has sentenced two men to prison over one of the worst child sex abuse cases in the country's post-war history.
The Detmold district court convicted the two men of sexually abusing dozens of young girls and boys between three and 14 years old and for producing …read more
Hong Kong's reputation as a dependable financial hub took a hit on Friday after Fitch downgraded the city's sovereign rating, citing ongoing protests and uncertainty caused by closer integration with the Chinese mainland.
Millions of pro-democracy supporters have taken to Hong Kong's streets for the past three months in the …read more
Turkey's state-run news agency says a court has sentenced the leader of the Istanbul branch of Turkey's main opposition party to nearly 10 years in prison over a series of tweets.
Anadolu Agency says the court in Istanbul on Friday found Canan Kaftancioglu, who heads the secular Republican People's Party …read more
China's central bank announced Friday it was cutting the reserve requirements for banks, freeing up about $126 billion to boost lending and bolster the slowing economy.
The People's Bank of China (PBoC) will cut the reserve requirement ratio (RRR) on September 16 by 50 basis points, it said in a …read more
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