Emma Watson says making her new movie "The Circle," about a fictitious social media giant, had been a tough and vulnerable experience that brought home issues of ethics and the boundaries of privacy in an increasingly public age. Watson, 27,...
  Fox News Channel host Jesse Watters, who was criticized this week for saying he enjoys Ivanka Trump's voice, says he's taking a family vacation until Monday. The New York Times reported Thursday that Watters announced he'd been gone for several...
  Pope Francis arrives in Cairo on Friday hoping to mend ties with Islamic religious leaders just as Egypt's ancient Christian community faces unprecedented pressure from Islamic State. In an address to the Egyptian people this week, Francis spoke of his...
  President Donald Trump complained on Thursday that U.S. ally Saudi Arabia was not treating the United States fairly and Washington was losing a “tremendous amount of money” defending the kingdom. In an interview with Reuters, Trump confirmed his administration was...
  Yemen's internationally backed president has fired a Cabinet minister and the governor of the southern port city of Aden, two figures known to be close to the United Arab Emirates, a key member of a Saudi-led coalition fighting  rebels...
  Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he tried to telephone Germany's foreign minister to clear the air after cancelling talks during Sigmar Gabriel's visit to Israel but the German minister would not take the call. Netanyahu cancelled his planned talks...
The 10-countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or ASEAN, could form the world's fourth largest economy by 2030 though work is needed to help small companies and reduce trade barriers, Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak said Friday. Najib...
  British bank Barclays, whose chief executive faces a regulatory probe, said Friday that first-quarter net profits sank by more than half on a large impairment at its Africa division. Profit after taxation dived to £190 million ($245 million, 225 million...
  Asian investors on Friday wound down after a strong week, with profit-taking weighing on markets and attention turning to the release of US growth data later in the day. Regional equities have seen a boon this week after France's moderate...
Europe's main stock markets wobbled in opening deals on Friday, with profit-taking weighing at the end of a choppy week's trade. London's benchmark FTSE 100 index of major blue-chip companies was virtually unchanged at 7,237.56 points compared with Thursday's closing...
  Sony Corp. has reported a January-March profit of 27.7 billion yen ($250 million) on the back of healthy sales of image sensors, PlayStation 4 game software and batteries for mobile devices, marking a recovery from its red ink a...
  British house prices fell for a second month in a row in April, suggesting households are feeling the pinch from rising inflation since last year's Brexit vote and low wage growth, data from mortgage lender Nationwide showed on Friday. Nationwide...
The US foreign policy, aimed at establishing global domination, remained largely unchanged after President Donald Trump took office, Syrian President Bashar Assad said in an interview with Venezuela’s Telesur TV. The Syrian leader said the president "is doing what he...
  Syrian government troops and militia have retaken the country’s biggest gas field, the Shaer gas deposit northwest of Palmyra, held by the radical Islamic State group (outlawed in Russia), the al-Watan newspaper reported. The operation is the latest success in...
  Only an investigative mission of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) dispatched to the spot of the events can establish truth regarding the utilization of chemical weapons in the Syrian city of Khan Sheykhun, the Rusisan...
According to media reports, Kurdish Democratic Union Party’s military wing dubbed People's Protection Units killed 17 Turkish servicemen and left three others wounded, Kurdish media reported, citing a source in the YPG. MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The Kurdish Democratic Union Party’s (PYD) military...
  The White Helmets organization active in Syria, which claims to be a humanitarian NGO, in fact supports terrorists and covers up their crimes, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Thursday. "The White Helmets not only feel at home...
  The Damascus Film Festival begins its 17th session today. The festival will wrap up next Saturday, with prizes given to the winners at the closing ceremony. The Damascus Film Festival is the third-oldest film festival in the Arab world,...
Jessica Biel got all messed up for her new TV show -- a psychological thriller in which she plays a young mother who commits a startling act of violence and can't remember why. Biel, 35, the wife of singer Justin Timberlake and...
Jonathan Demme, the Oscar-winning director of "The Silence of the Lambs" whose four-decade career spanned a staggering array of work from romantic comedy and rock music to hard-hitting documentaries, died Wednesday. He was 73. Demme passed away in New York...
Acclaimed Indian actor Vinod Khanna, who starred in dozens of hit Bollywood movies including "Amar Akbar Anthony" and "Mere Apne", died aged 70 from cancer Thursday, a Mumbai hospital said. Tributes poured in from the world of Hindi cinema for...
North Korea has agreed to host a UN rights expert for the first time, granting access next week to the special rapporteur on disabled people's rights, the world body said Thursday. Catalina Devandas-Aguilar is scheduled to arrive in the isolated...
German Chancellor Angela Merkel told Britons on Thursday not to delude themselves that they would continue to enjoy EU rights after Brexit and insisted the bloc would only agree on future ties with London after they have nailed down...
A man suspected of being a radicalised Islamist shot and wounded two policemen on the French Indian Ocean island of Reunion as they tried to arrest him on Thursday, authorities said. "The man refused to be arrested and fired a...