• Merkel warns US, Britain no longer reliable partners

    Europe "must take its fate into its own hands" faced with a western alliance divided by Brexit and Donald Trump's presidency, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Sunday. While Germany and Europe would strive to remain on good terms with America and Britain, "we have to fight for our own destiny", Merkel went on. Special emphasis was needed on warm relations between Berlin and newly-elected French President Emmanuel Macron, she said.

  • Ferrari triumph divides drivers after team orders

    Kimi Raikkonen’s grim face told a story of its own on Sunday when he finished second behind Sebastian Vettel in Ferrari’s one-two triumph at the Monaco Grand Prix. While the four-time champion German joyously celebrated the 45th win of his career - and Ferrari’s first in Monte Carlo for 16 years -- in a torrent of joyous words, the taciturn Finn fended off questions about the use of team orders. Raikkonen, 37, the 2007 world champion, resisted all invitations to condemn Ferrari, but made clear he was unhappy to be deprived of a possible victory.

  • Philippine leader asks separatists, Maoists to join fight against Islamic State

    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has appealed to Muslim separatists and Maoist-led rebels to join his government's fight against Islamic State-linked militants. With fears growing that Islamic State is seeking a presence in the country, Duterte offered to pay and even house fighters from groups that have long opposed the Philippine state if they would work to defeat a common enemy, the Maute group. Duterte said the idea of militias and soldiers fighting together had come from the leader of one of the separatist groups.

  • Diego Costa says he won't go to China, only to Atletico

    Chelsea striker Diego Costa has no interest in a lucrative move to a Chinese club because it would jeopardise his chances of playing in next year's World Cup. Recent speculation has linked him with Chinese Super League club Tianjin Quanjian. After losing the FA Cup final to Arsenal despite scoring his team's goal, however, he told Spanish media that former club Atletico Madrid were the only team he would leave for.

  • U.S. might ban laptops on all flights into and out of the country

    The United States might ban laptops from aircraft cabins of all flights into and out of the country, John Kelly, Secretary of Homeland Security, said on Sunday. In an interview on Fox News Sunday Kelly said the U.S. plans to "raise the bar" on airline security, including tightening screening of carry-on items. "That's the thing that they are obsessed with, the terrorists, the idea of knocking down an airplane in flight, particularly if it's a U.S. carrier, particularly if it's full of U.S. people." In March the government imposed restrictions on large electronic devices in aircraft cabins on flights from 10 airports, including the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Turkey.

  • 'Freak': meet Cuba's last self-infected HIV punk rebel

    Like many young punks, Gerson Govea saw himself as a misfit. Beyond the rum, free love and forbidden rock 'n' roll music, they took their rebellion a stage further: infecting themselves in order to get into the relative safety and comfort of a state AIDS clinic.

  • Russia squares up to Boeing, Airbus with maiden jet flight

    By Gleb Stolyarov and Jack Stubbs MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia completed the maiden flight of its new MS-21 medium-range passenger plane on Sunday, its first post-Soviet foray into production of a mainline commercial aircraft which it hopes will rival those of its Western competitors. In a surprise statement, manufacturer Irkut Corporation and its state-controlled parent company United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) said an MS-21-300 model had successfully completed a 30-minute flight at a height of 1,000 metres and travelling at 300 km an hour. Squeezed by Western sanctions over its role in the Ukraine crisis, Russia is trying to rejuvenate domestic industrial production to make the country less dependant on foreign firms.