Amazon ramps up profit with cloud, new services
Online giant Amazon said Thursday profit in the second quarter surged ninefold as cloud computing and other services helped produce a fifth consecutive profit.
Formula One: F1 bosses vote against 'Halo' in 2017
Formula One bosses on Thursday voted against the introduction of the 'halo' cockpit head protection device next season.
US envoy Kerry to meet with Palestinian leader Abbas
US Secretary of State John Kerry will meet with Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas in Paris on Saturday to discuss progress toward a two-state solution, the State Department said.
Alphabet/Google revs up advertising, boosts profits
Google parent Alphabet beat expectations Thursday with robust profit growth for the past quarter, fueled by gains from its leading online advertising platform on mobile devices.
Transgender identity is not mental disorder
Transgender identity should no longer be classified as a mental disorder in a World Health Organization list of diseases, according to a study presented in Mexico on Thursday.
Barcelona unveils 'shame counter' that tracks refugee deaths
Spain's seaside city of Barcelona on Thursday unveiled a large digital counter that will track the number of refugees who die in the Mediterranean, next to one of its popular beaches.
Yemen govt says peace talks 'ended' after rebels form council
Yemen's government said Thursday that peace talks underway since April had ended without agreement after Shiite rebels and their allies formed a 10-member "supreme council" to run the war-torn nation.
Oil prices remain near three-month lows
Oil prices showed no sign of ending their downward march on Thursday, remaining at three-month lows while some observers said prices could stabilize.
Israel PM says he backs Egypt's peace push
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reaffirmed his support for Egypt's efforts to mediate peace with the Palestinians Thursday, in a further sign of improving relations with Cairo.
Croatian court orders retrial for ex-MP war crimes suspect
Croatia's Supreme Court said Thursday it had quashed a verdict against a former lawmaker convicted of war crimes for killing Serb civilians and ordered a full retrial.
Judge allows suit to proceed on Redstone competency
A Massachusetts judge Thursday ruled that a lawsuit may proceed challenging the mental competency of media mogul Sumner Redstone when he ousted longtime business ally Philippe Dauman from his trust.
US struggling to meet its 'ideals': UN rights expert
Racial tension and inequality across society are preventing the United States from meeting its "ideals", a UN expert said Thursday following his first-ever visit to the country.
Sao Tome runoff vote confirmed for Aug 7 despite row
The government of Sao Tome and Principe on Thursday fixed the second round of a presidential election for August 7 despite unrest after a challenge to the first-round result.
Olympics: 16 of 17 Russian wrestlers cleared for Rio
Sixteen of 17 Russian wrestlers were cleared to compete in the Rio Olympics on Thursday by international governing body United World Wrestling (UWW).
Olympics: Rio subway workers threaten to strike
Workers on Rio de Janeiro's subway will go on strike on the eve of the Olympics opening ceremony if they do not get a decent raise, a spokesman said Thursday.
Syrians must not be forced out of Aleppo
The UN's aid chief warned Thursday that humanitarian corridors proposed by Russia to help Syrians leave Aleppo must be used voluntarily and that protection be guaranteed.
Trump to Republicans: 'Don't watch' Democratic convention
Millions of Americans have tuned in to watch this month's party conventions, with the Democratic confab ahead in the ratings -- prompting Donald Trump's Republicans to urge supporters not to watch Hillary Clinton's landmark speech on Thursday night.
Google in hot water over Crimean street names
US tech giant Google came under fire on Thursday in Russia for "decommunising" street names in parts of Crimea, annexed from Ukraine two years ago, by using Ukrainian spellings.
Spain king tasks acting PM Rajoy with forming new government
Spain's king tasked acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy Thursday with the delicate mission of forming a government and unblocking seven months of political paralysis after a second round of inconclusive elections.
IMF further delays Ukraine bailout
The International Monetary Fund on Thursday said it had not yet decided to resume a bailout of war-torn Ukraine, which the crisis lender halted over corruption concerns last year.
Salzburg Festival offers 'soul food in troubled times'
The Salzburg Festival kicked off on Thursday, with organisers hoping the classical arts extravaganza would give visitors some respite from the "troubled times" Europe is facing.
Syria: five things to know about Aleppo
Once an economic hub, Aleppo and its surrounding countryside have suffered some of the worst fighting in the five-year conflict in Syria that has killed more than 280,000 people.
Spain king tasks acting PM Rajoy with forming new government
Spain's king tasked Mariano Rajoy Thursday with the delicate task of forming a government and unblocking seven months of political paralysis after a second round of inconclusive elections, the acting prime minister announced.
Al-Qaeda and Syria branch split up
The Syrian branch of Al-Qaeda, Al-Nusra Front, said Thursday it was breaking ties with the global terror network, in a video showing its leader Abu Mohamad al-Jolani for the first time.
Brazil arrests man over terrorism allegations
A Brazilian man has been arrested on terrorism charges just over a week from the Olympics after he posted comments online about the Islamic State group, his lawyer said Thursday.
Rebels form 'supreme council' to run war-torn Yemen
Shiite rebels and their allies Thursday formed a 10-member "supreme council" to run Yemen, in what the government condemned as a blow to already stalled UN-brokered peace talks.
Pink Floyd to put out unreleased tracks in box set
Pink Floyd will put out previously unreleased tracks as part of a giant box set that explores the experimental rock legends' foundations, the band's label said Thursday.
Ex-banker Kuczynski sworn in as Peruvian president
Former Wall Street banker Pedro Pablo Kuczynski was inaugurated as Peru's new president Thursday, vowing to kick-start the economy and unite a country torn by a photo-finish election.
Brazil's Lula petitions UN over corruption probe 'abuses'
Former Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva on Thursday filed a petition with the UN Human Rights Committee outlining alleged abuses of power in the corruption case he is embroiled in.
US-led coalition raids kill 15 civilians in Syria
At least 15 civilians were killed and dozens wounded in air strikes by a US-led coalition in Syria on Thursday, a monitor said.