China's growth in 2016 slumps as Trump trade struggle looms
China's economic growth sank to a three-decade low in 2016 as its struggling exporters brace for a possible trade battle with President-elect Donald Trump. Growth in the quarter ending in December ticked ...
British man dies at 2022 World Cup stadium site in Qatar
Thirty people still missing at Italian hotel buried by massive avalanche
Rescuers dug all night in deep snow and debris in search of some 30 missing people who were staying in a luxury mountain hotel in Italy when an avalanche struck almost two days ago. Officials have confirmed finding two bodies, while Italian media said two more were located overnight. The only survivors so far are two men who were outside the hotel when the avalanche hit.
Rescuers vow to keep searching for Italy avalanche survivors
Rescuers have vowed to keep looking for survivors of a devastating avalanche that buried an Italian mountain hotel, as they begin a second day of searching. Rescue work continued Thursday night but the prospects of anyone being rescued alive looked bleak, with search efforts hampered by heavy snow that blocked access roads to the remote site until the early hours of the morning after the avalanche hit. "We're holding on to hope that there are survivors inside," Deputy Interior Minister Filippo Bubbico told reporters Thursday in the town of Penne, where a camp for rescue workers has been set up.
UK retail sales fall sharply in December but fourth quarter still solid
An unexpectedly weak December dragged on British retail sales growth in the fourth quarter of last year, although consumers still spent strongly over the October-December period as a whole. Shoppers have driven Britain's economy since June's referendum decision to leave the European Union, just as other sources of growth like investment and trade have lagged. Official data on Friday showed retail sales volumes dropped 1.9 percent year-on-year in December, far below economists' forecasts in a Reuters poll for a 0.1 percent decline and the biggest fall since April 2012.
Royal Navy disposes of suspected WWII bomb in London
Britain's Royal Navy has disposed of a suspected World War II bomb discovered in London's River Thames close to parliament, leading to the closure of two bridges, police said Friday. "Victoria Embankment has now reopened after police and the Royal Navy worked together to remove a suspected WWII ordnance," London's Metropolitan Police said in a statement. The ordnance was spotted after coming to the surface of the water in the tidal flow of the Thames, a police spokesman told AFP.
Russian political elites revel in Trump's inauguration
Trump bigger uncertainty for EU than Brexit, says HammondDonald Trump's presidency is likely to create bigger uncertainty for the European Union than Britain's decision to leave the bloc, Britain's finance minister Philip Hammond said on Friday. "Brexit has introduced uncertainty. Hammond, a former foreign minister, said EU countries varied widely in how big a security threat they saw from Russia.
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Mexican drug kingpin "El Chapo" to appear in US courtroom
NEW YORK (AP) ? Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, one of the world's most notorious drug kingpins, is finally headed for a court date the United States sought for two decades while he made brazen prison escapes and spent years on the run in Mexico.