Australia's Abbott faces storm over his royal 'knightmare'

Jan 27, 2015

Australia's Abbott faces storm over his royal 'knightmare'

Australia’s Prime Minister Tony Abbott was Tuesday facing a backlash over his surprise move to knight Britain’s Prince Philip. The announcement prompted ridicule and questions about his leadership even from conservative supporters. Abbott, whose personal approval rating has plunged in recent opinion polls, said ...

Senior U.S. diplomat ruffles Cuba by meeting dissidents

Jan 24, 2015

Senior U.S. diplomat ruffles Cuba by meeting dissidents

A senior U.S. diplomat in Cuba for negotiations on restoring long-frozen diplomatic relations met a group of dissidents on Friday, seeking to underline Washington’s concern over human rights but irritating the island’s communist government. U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Roberta Jacobson, the highest-ranking U.S. ...

Jan 24, 2015

Honda to use air bags from Takata competitor in new Accord

Honda Motor Co. has chosen a competitor of embattled Takata Corp. to supply air bags for the next North American version of its Accord sedan, the automaker’s best-selling vehicle, two people with knowledge of the decision said. In the first major defection by a ...

Impeached Thai ex-premier Yingluck says democracy is dead

Jan 24, 2015

Impeached Thai ex-premier Yingluck says democracy is dead

Thailand’s former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said Friday that democracy in her country is dead after the military-appointed legislature voted to ban her from politics for five years and the prosecutor announced plans to indict her on criminal charges in connection with a money-losing ...

Jan 20, 2015

Muslims setting up 'no-go zones' in West: Jindal

Some countries have allowed Muslims to establish autonomous neighborhoods in cities where they govern by a harsh version of Islamic law, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said Monday during a speech in London. The Republican, who is considering a presidential campaign in 2016, later defended ...

Beijing 'never paid' for aircraft carrier, report says

Jan 20, 2015

Beijing 'never paid' for aircraft carrier, report says

The Chinese businessman who bought an unfinished Soviet-era vessel that became his country’s first aircraft carrier was never paid back the $120 million it cost him by Beijing, he was quoted as saying Tuesday. Entrepreneur Xu Zengping paid Ukraine a $20 million fee for ...

Lebanon angry at Miss Israel's beauty contest photo-bomb

Jan 20, 2015

Lebanon angry at Miss Israel's beauty contest photo-bomb

Explosive confrontations are nothing new for Israel and Lebanon, but the latest spat between the longtime foes is perhaps the first to have been caused by an alleged photo-bomb. A seemingly innocuous selfie at the Miss Universe pageant in Miami has sparked criticism in ...

Jan 19, 2015

Fox News apologizes for 'totally Muslim' Europe remarks

United States TV news network Fox News has apologized several times for on-air comments that suggested there are “totally Muslim” no-go zones in Europe, in the channel’s coverage of the deadly attacks in France. At least one commentator and one anchor suggested there were ...