China 2016 growth slides to 26-year low: AFP poll
China's growth slipped to its slowest rate in more than a quarter of a century in 2016, an AFP survey has forecast, as analysts see mounting risks for the world's number two economy with Donald Trump heading for the White House. While the Asian giant is a key engine of the global economy, affecting businesses and employment across the planet, its leaders are trying to shift from reliance on exports and infrastructure investment as a growth driver to consumer spending. Added to that is a volatile yuan, large-scale capital flight and a mounting concerns about a rapid surge in debt levels after Beijing flooded the market with credit to maintain growth in the face of a sluggish global economy.
Oregon strength coach suspended after players hospitalizedThe University of Oregon suspended football strength and conditioning coach Irele Oderinde one month without pay after three players were hospitalized following a series of intense workouts last week.
Gambia leader, pressured to go, declares state of emergency
Birthday greetings, Kerber into 3rd round at Australian Open
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) ? Angelique Kerber smiled and waved her arms like an orchestra conductor as the Rod Laver Arena crowd sang "Happy Birthday" after her 6-2, 6-7 (3), 6-2 second-round win on Wednesday at the Australian Open.
Back-to-back shootings shake Mexico's tourism jewels
CANCUN, Mexico (AP) ? Two consecutive days of shooting attacks that left a total of nine dead have put two of the jewels of Mexico's Caribbean coast on edge and spurred a warning to tourists by the U.S. government.
Australia defends end of MH370 hunt; investigation continues
SYDNEY (AP) ? Australian officials defended their suspension of the fruitless deep-sea sonar search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, insisting on Wednesday that the enormous costs involved played no role in their decision to halt the nearly three-year hunt.
Many happy returns for birthday girl Kerber at Australian Open
Defending champion Angelique Kerber celebrated her 29th birthday with a gritty win at the Australian Open on Wednesday -- and was rewarded by fans serenading her on centre court. The top seed beat 89th-ranked fellow German Carina Witthoeft but the round two win was far from gift-wrapped and Kerber had to overcome a second-set stutter before taking it 6-2, 6-7 (3/7), 6-2. As an impromptu rendition of "Happy Birthday" rang out, Kerber, who will next play Czech Kristyna Pliskova, said she was still getting to grips with being world number one.
Global warming could steal postcard-perfect weather days
Global warming is going to steal away some of those postcard-perfect weather days in the future, according to a first-of-its-kind projection of nice weather. On average, Earth will have 10 fewer days of ...
Business group: China preparing to retaliate on tradeBEIJING (AP) ? China is preparing to retaliate if U.S. President-elect Donald Trump carries out promises to impose sanctions on Chinese goods and already has toughened its stance by imposing unusually high duties in an anti-dumping case against a U.S.-made agricultural chemical, an American business group said Wednesday.
DeVos pledges not to undo public education, pushes choice
WASHINGTON (AP) ? In a sometimes contentious confirmation hearing, education secretary pick Betsy DeVos pledged that she would not seek to dismantle public schools amid questions by Democrats about her qualifications, political donations and long-time work advocating for charter schools and school choice.