Hillary Clinton: loved and loathed
Hillary Clinton, the first woman to represent a major US political party as its presidential nominee, evokes strong feelings, even on America's political left. Some people love her. Others cannot stand her.
Mali arrests senior jihadist blamed for military base attack
Malian special forces arrested a senior figure from the Ansar Dine jihadist group on Tuesday close to a central military base where he is accused of planning an attack that killed 17 soldiers.
Olympics: Golf star Ko hungers for Rio Games success
World number one Lydia Ko grew up thinking the Olympics were an impossible dream, so she won't let anything -- even the Zika virus threat -- stop her chasing glory in Rio.
Australian man wins Pacific island resort in raffle
A lucky Australian man has won his own remote Pacific island resort in a raffle, after shelling out just US$49 for the winning ticket to claim the paradise property.
Wrestling: Ukraine Olympic hopeful Belenyuk grapples prejudice and funding woes
Taunted as a child over his Rwandese background, Greco-Roman wrestler Zhan Belenyuk has shrugged off the insults to become one of Ukraine's leading Olympic medal hopes.
French church attackers pledged allegiance to IS in video
Two jihadists who attacked a French church and killed a priest pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group, a video showed Wednesday, as investigators worked to identify the second assailant.
Venezuela to reassign private, public workers to agriculture sector
Venezuela on Tuesday said private and public companies will be obliged to let their workers be reassigned to grow crops, in a dramatic move in the middle of the country's crippling economic crisis.
Olympics: Five Facts About Rio Olympic Golf
Five things about golf at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics:
Olympics News Advisory: Countdown to Rio 2016
We will shortly file our latest news, previews and features ahead of the start of the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on August 5. See also AFP's full picture, video and graphics coverage of events:
Tokyo stocks rally at open ahead of Fed decision
Tokyo stocks rallied at the open on Wednesday, rebounding after three straight sessions of losses as investors await the outcome of a US Federal Reserve meeting.
Olympics: Neymar defends his party boy lifestyle
Brazilian football star Neymar is a party boy and he's not going to apologize for it.
One dead in Mexico after fuel theft causes spill
Fuel thieves pierced a pipeline in eastern Mexico on Tuesday, causing a spill that killed a man who fainted from the fumes and fell down a ravine, authorities said.
Nissan fends off union pressure in US state of Mississippi
Officials at Nissan's US auto plant in Canton, Mississippi refused to meet Tuesday with a French legislator seeking information on workers' efforts to organize a union.
Venezuela govt seeks to ban opposition over recall 'fraud'
The Venezuelan government on Tuesday asked electoral authorities to declare illegal the opposition coalition seeking to oust President Nicolas Maduro via a recall vote, accusing them of committing massive fraud.
UN wants more staff to return to W. Sahara mission
The UN Security Council said Tuesday that more UN staff must return to the peace mission in Western Sahara after Morocco allowed a first group of 25 staffers back at their posts.
Pesticides diminish bee sperm
Neonicotinoid pesticides, already blamed for short-circuiting honeybee brains, also diminish their sperm, possibly contributing to the pollinators' worrying global decline, researchers said Wednesday.
IMF says Egypt has seeking financial support
Egypt has asked the International Monetary Fund for financial support as it struggles to strengthen its economy, the IMF said Tuesday.
Bernie Ecclestone's mother-in-law kidnapped in Brazil
The kidnappers have reportedly demanded a ransom worth $36.6 million.
'Carpool Karaoke' to become Apple Music series
"Carpool Karaoke," the viral late-night television skit in which celebrities from Adele to Michelle Obama sing along in a moving car, is expanding to Apple Music.
Dollar falls against euro, yen, as policy makers meet
The US dollar dropped slightly against the euro and the yen on Tuesday, as policy makers in Washington and Tokyo prepared to release decisions on interest rates.
Apple talks services amid drop in iPhone sales, profit
With iPhone sales and profits sliding, Apple on Tuesday sought to highlight its growth in services as it seeks to reduce dependence on its main cash driver.
World Bank freezes funds for DR Congo dam project
The World Bank has frozen funding for a massive dam project in the Democratic Republic of Congo after the government altered plans for the project.
Longest serving US Air Force civilian to retire after 70 years
The longest serving civilian in US Air Force history, a World War II veteran who fought under General George Patton, will retire in September after 70 years, the military said Tuesday.
Brazil's Rousseff, Lula to boycott Olympic opening ceremony
Brazil's suspended president Dilma Rousseff and her predecessor and left-wing ally Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva will boycott the opening ceremony at the Rio Olympics, officials said Tuesday.
Twitter shares dive after update disappoints
Twitter's shares fell hard Tuesday after its quarterly update showed more losses for the struggling social media platform, which has seen sluggish growth in revenues and active users.
Capitol Hill food service workers get $1 mn in back pay
Nearly 700 workers who prepare and serve meals to US lawmakers in Washington are due to receive more than $1 million in back pay, the US Labor Department announced Tuesday.
Habla espanol? US teacher can't, but sues after not hired
A Florida teacher who speaks no Spanish is suing her employer for discrimination, after the school rejected her for a job that required teaching an hour of Spanish per day.
Dow slips on weak McDonald's earnings
The Dow finished in the red Tuesday, in part due to disappointing results from McDonald's, as investors awaited a policy announcement by the US Federal Reserve.
Beyonce leads MTV Video Music Award nods
Beyonce on Tuesday led nominations for the MTV Video Music Awards as she basked in acclaim for her intertwined film-album "Lemonade."
Sanders camp nudges Democratic platform to left
Bernie Sanders is urging his most passionate supporters to back Hillary Clinton in the battle for the White House, assuring them they have already helped shape "the most progressive platform in the history of the Democratic Party."
Olympics: Doping whistleblower Stepanova to appeal Rio exclusion
Yuliya Stepanova, the Russian 800m runner who lifted the lid on systematic doping and corruption in Russian athletics, is making one last-gasp appeal of her ban from the Rio Olympics.