• EU turns eye to 'fake' Google shopping rivals

    The EU's top competition enforcer said Brussels was taking a closer look at allegations that Google had helped introduce false price comparison sites to answer a historic ruling against the search engine giant. "Oh yes indeed," European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager told

  • Covering the fire terror in California's lost Paradise

    San Francisco-based photographer Josh Edelson has just returned from covering the massive wildfires in northern California, the deadliest in the state's history. This is an edited version of his blog which can be read in full at https://correspondent.afp.com/paradise-gone Last year, when huge fires

  • Jamaica seeks world heritage status for reggae

    Jamaica is bidding to have reggae music admitted to a list of global cultural treasures worthy of protection, the UN's cultural agency UNESCO announced on Tuesday. Paris-based UNESCO keeps a list of so-called "intangible heritage" found around the globe, which groups together traditional

  • US federal judge blocks Trump asylum claim restrictions

    A US federal judge on Monday temporarily blocked the government of President Donald Trump from denying the possibility of asylum to people who enter the country illegally. Administration officials say anyone who manages to get across can request asylum and subsequently often vanish while their case

  • Boko Haram attacks leave 53 dead in pre-election show of force

    Boko Haram jihadists have killed 53 soldiers and farmers in three days of attacks in northeastern Nigeria, security sources said Tuesday, in a new show of force ahead of February elections in the West African country. Despite the government's insistence that Boko Haram is near defeat, the group

  • UN prepares ground for Yemen peace talks as battles flare

    UN envoy Martin Griffiths was preparing Tuesday to head to war-torn Yemen to lay the groundwork for peace talks in Sweden, after fresh fighting shook the flashpoint city of Hodeida. Griffiths -- whose efforts at kickstarting peace talks collapsed in September -- is again trying to get the Iran-aligned

  • Bollywood actress apologises for #MeToo comments

    Bollywood actress Preity Zinta apologised on Tuesday over comments she made about India's #MeToo movement that sparked a furore on social media. Zinta was accused of belittling victims after saying she wished she had faced sexual harassment. Zinta said she was a "huge supporter of the movement