Solar panels blaze at water park in Taiwan heatwave
More than 1,200 people were evacuated from a Taiwan water park after solar panels caught fire in the midst of a heatwave that has seen record power consumption as the island struggles to keep cool.
Volkswagen says net profit falls 57% in second quarter
Scandal-struck car manufacturer Volkswagen said Thursday that its profits fell in the second quarter by 57 percent to 1.15 billion euros ($1.3 billion).
UK lawyer for Bangladesh cafe survivor demands his release
A British lawyer for an engineer detained for nearly a month after surviving a deadly siege at a Dhaka cafe has slammed authorities for refusing his client access to legal representation.
Crude rebound helps Total limit loss
French oil major Total said Thursday a recovery in crude prices, cost cutting, and increased output helped it limit a fall in its profits for the second quarter.
Turkey reshuffles military top brass in wake of coup
Turkey on Thursday reshuffled key military commanders sacking almost half of its generals in the wake of the failed coup, as authorities shut down dozens of media outlets in a widening crackdown.
Renault posts record profitability
Renault on Thursday posted a 7.5 percent increase in net profit in the first half, a result the French automaker said was a record in terms of profitability.
Syria, Russia cluster munition use 'relentless'
Human Rights Watch accused the Syrian regime and its ally Russia on Thursday of extensively using banned cluster munitions in their offensive against rebels in the war-torn country.
British bank Lloyds axes another 3,000 jobs
British bank Lloyds will axe 3,000 more jobs by 2017, it said Thursday, as it braces for the Bank of England's widely-expected post-Brexit interest rate cut next week.
Second French church attacker formally identified
French investigators have formally identified the second jihadist who attacked a church and killed a priest, a young man who was known to authorities after having tried to travel to Syria, a source in the prosecutor's office said Thursday.
Toyota falls behind VW in world's biggest automaker race
Toyota is in danger of losing its crown as the world's biggest automaker this year as sales fall behind those of German rival Volkswagen, new figures showed Thursday.
Tokyo shares fall with BoJ meeting in focus
Tokyo shares fell Thursday as a Bank of Japan (BoJ) policy meeting kicked off, with markets waiting to see if policymakers unleash a fresh round of stimulus to kickstart sluggish growth.
Carrefour profits plunge 40% to 129 mn euros
French supermarket group Carrefour said Thursday its half-year net profit tumbled due to one-off items and as low fuel prices and currency rates ate away at sales.
Shell net profit tumbles on low oil prices
Royal Dutch Shell's net profit collapsed in the second quarter on low oil prices, weak refining margins and production outages, the British energy giant said Thursday.
BNP Paribas puts profit gain on Visa
French bank BNP Paribas managed to avoid a slide in profits in the second quarter, due in large part to a gain from selling its stake in the Visa card operator.
Indonesia rejects international pleas to halt executions
Indonesia Thursday rejected appeals from the UN and EU to halt the execution of 14 drug convicts including foreigners, as speculation mounted they could face the firing squad in a matter of hours.
N. Korea 'Kim badges' found in South
South Korean police launched an investigation Thursday after 200 badges featuring the portrait of late North Korean leader Kim Jong-il were found at a hotel near the country's main airport, Yonhap news agency reported.
Credit Suisse bounces back into profit
Credit Suisse bounced back into profit in the second quarter, earning 170 million Swiss francs ($172 million, 156 million euros), as it reported making progress on a major restructuring programme.
Fabregas sees red as Chelsea beat Liverpool
Chelsea's Cesc Fabregas was sent off for a reckless lunge at Liverpool new boy Ragnar Klavan, overshadowing a 1-0 friendly win at the Pasadena Rose Bowl on Wednesday.
N. Korea math student seeks asylum in Hong Kong
A North Korean student in Hong Kong for an international math contest is seeking asylum in the city, media reports said Thursday.
Singapore wealth fund warns of tough investment decade
Singapore multi-billion-dollar sovereign wealth fund GIC on Thursday reported a substantial dip in returns and warned of "difficult" global investment conditions over the next decade.
Protests as S. Korea opens 'comfort women' foundation
South Korean protestors clashed with police on Thursday as they tried to disrupt the opening in Seoul of a Tokyo-funded foundation for women forced to work in Japanese wartime brothels.
Tokyo to try new governor on path to 2020 Olympics
Tokyo votes Sunday for a new governor who will have to get gaffe-plagued preparations for the 2020 Olympics back on track and avoid spending scandals that forced the last two incumbents to quit.
Israeli experience shows challenge in stopping lone wolf attacks
Israeli authorities who have faced a wave of lone-wolf attacks by Palestinians say they have made progress in identifying potential assailants in advance, a challenge now also confronting Western nations.
Egypt Christians look to new law to end discrimination
On a recent Sunday in southern Egypt, dozens of Coptic Christians gathered for mass next to the charred remains of a wooden structure they once used as a chapel.
Tokyo shares slip by break as BoJ meeting starts
Tokyo shares slipped Thursday morning with financials down as the Bank of Japan kicked off a closely watched policy meeting, with traders waiting to find out if it delivers on an expected stimulus package.
Olympics: More positive tests for Olympic weightlifters
Six weightlifting medallists from the 2012 London Olympics, including three Russians, have tested positive for doping after their samples were re-examined, the sport's ruling body said.
Key quotes from the Democratic party convention, day 3
President Barack Obama delivered a powerful endorsement of his onetime rival Hillary Clinton at the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday, saying she is the most qualified person to succeed him at the White House.
Thousands of children detained in security clampdowns
Thousands of children have been detained and many tortured during security operations carried out in response to threats from extremists such as the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria, and Boko Haram in Nigeria, Human Rights Watch said Thursday.
Obama to Democrats: 'We're going to carry Hillary to victory'
President Barack Obama on Wednesday urged Democrats to carry onetime rival Hillary Clinton to victory in November as America's first woman president, while savaging her Republican opponent Donald Trump for fueling hate and division.
Brazil fines Facebook $11.6 mn over WhatsApp standoff
A judge in Brazil on Wednesday slapped an $11.6 million fine on the local Facebook branch over the company's refusal to surrender data from its WhatsApp messenger program to a police investigation.