• United players dedicate Europa League win to Manchester victims

    By Richard Martin STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera has dedicated their Europa League triumph over Ajax Amsterdam to the victims of the deadly bomb attack in Manchester on Monday, while Juan Mata and Paul Pogba also paid tribute to those affected. A minute's silence was held before the game, which turned into applause, in honour of the 22 people killed and 64 injured in the blast at an Ariana Grande pop concert at the Manchester Arena the night before the team left for the final in Stockholm. Goals from France international Pogba and Armenian Henrik Mkhitaryan in each half gave United their first European trophy since 2008, and their first Europa League crown.

  • In first under Trump, U.S. warship challenges Beijing's claims in South China Sea

    By Idrees Ali and Phil Stewart WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. Navy warship sailed within 12 nautical miles of an artificial island built up by China in the South China Sea, U.S. officials said on Wednesday, the first such challenge to Beijing in the strategic waterway since U.S. President Donald Trump took office. The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the USS Dewey traveled close to the Mischief Reef in the Spratly Islands, among a string of islets, reefs and shoals over which China has territorial disputes with its neighbors. The so-called freedom of navigation operation, which is sure to anger China, comes as Trump is seeking Beijing's cooperation to rein in ally North Korea's nuclear and missile programs.

  • The US is finally telling the public who overstays their visas the most-and it’s not Mexicans

    For years, the best-and virtually only-publicly released statistic tracking illegal immigration in the US has been the number of people caught at the southern border. Now, the US Department of Homeland Security is scrutinizing a lesser known type of undocumented immigrant: the one who comes in legally. In a new report released May 22, the…

  • Philippine Islamists beheaded local police chief, Duterte says

    Islamist militants rampaging through a southern Philippine city beheaded a local police chief, President Rodrigo Duterte said Wednesday. "The chief of police in Malabang on his way home, going back he was stopped by a checkpoint manned by terrorists and I think they decapitated them right then and there," Duterte he told a news conference. Fighting erupted Tuesday after Philippines security forces raided a house in Marawi where they believed Isnilon Hapilon, a leader of the infamous Abu Sayyaf kidnap-for-ransom gang and Philippine head of Islamic State, was hiding.

  • Venezuela sets new exchange mechanism, as currency continues to slide

    By Girish Gupta CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela set a range on Wednesday for the first offer in its new DICOM foreign exchange mechanism, effectively devaluing the previous SIMADI exchange rate by at least 60 percent as the currency continues its slide. Complex currency controls, enacted first in 2003 in order to prevent capital flight, are thought by many to be behind Venezuela's economic crisis, which has left millions suffering food and medicine shortages. Most Venezuela say they cannot get access to official exchange rates anyway and so must go to the black market, on which the bolivar currency has collapsed more than 99 percent against the dollar since President Nicolas Maduro won the presidency in 2013.

  • Tokyo stocks open flat after Fed minutes released

    Tokyo stocks opened flat on Thursday as investors focused on prospects for US interest rates after a widely expected June hike. US central bankers say it will "soon" be time to raise the key lending rate again, according to minutes from the most recent Federal Reserve meeting released Wednesday. The minutes "did not contain anything that prompted concerns" among market participants, Okasan Online Securities said in a commentary.

  • Passenger: airline was warned about disruptive man at gate

    Before a flight from Los Angeles to Honolulu took off carrying a passenger whose inflight behavior prompted bomb-threat procedures and military fighter jets to escort the plane, passengers complained to ...