• U.S. lawmakers to fight massive Trump Saudi arms deal

    U.S. lawmakers introduced legislation on Thursday seeking to stop at least a portion of President Donald Trump's sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia. Republican Rand Paul and Democrats Chris Murphy and Al Franken introduced a resolution of disapproval in the Senate to force a vote on whether to block part of the sale. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee received formal notice of the pending sale on May 19.

  • S. Korea rape victim navy officer commits suicide

    A South Korean female naval officer apparently killed herself after being allegedly raped by a senior colleague, a defence ministry spokesman said Thursday. The victim, a lieutenant, was found dead in her single-room apartment on Wednesday, where a message was found reading: "Tomorrow, I won't be in this world any longer." "The lieutenant appeared to have committed suicide," a military spokesman told AFP. Military police have arrested a navy captain as a suspect.

  • Wayne Rooney left out of England squad in latest blow

    Wayne Rooney's international career looks over after England's all-time top-scorer was Thursday left out of the squad for next month's World Cup qualifier against Scotland and a friendly in France. The 31-year-old striker has lost his place at Manchester United and was similarly omitted from Gareth Southgate's England squad announced in March, although he was carrying a knee injury at the time. Fit-again Rooney, who made a brief appearance in Manchester United's Europa League final win over Ajax in Stockholm on Wednesday, had hoped to end his international career by captaining England at next year's World Cup in Russia.

  • Manila deploys commandoes, helicopters to retake city from Islamists

    By Romeo Ranoco and Roli Ng MARAWI CITY, Philippines (Reuters) - The Philippines mobilised attack helicopters and special forces to drive Islamic State-linked rebels out of a besieged southern city on Thursday, with six soldiers killed in street combat amid heavy resistance. Ground troops hid behind walls and armoured vehicles and exchanged volleys of gunfire with Maute group fighters, shooting into elevated positions occupied by militants who have held Marawi City on Mindanao island for two days. Helicopters circled the city, peppering Maute positions with machine gun fire to try to force them from a bridge vital to retaking Marawi, a mainly Muslim city of 200,000 where fighters had torched and seized a school, a jail and a cathedral, and took more than a dozen hostages.

  • U.S. spacecraft finds cyclones, ammonia river on Jupiter

    The cyclones were discovered as the Juno spacecraft made the first of at least 12 planned close encounters with Jupiter, which scientists believe set the stage for the development of Earth and other planets in the solar system. Juno found cyclones as big as 870 miles (1,400 km) in diameter swirling over Jupiter's north and south poles, the research published in this week's issue of the journal Science shows. The spacecraft also detected an ammonia belt extending from the top of the atmosphere to hundreds of miles into Juno's interior, as far down as Juno's instruments can see.

  • Oil prices down sharply ahead of OPEC announcement

    Oil prices were volatile but trading sharply lower Thursday ahead of an expected announcement from the OPEC oil cartel that it will extend recent production cuts for a further nine months. Elsewhere, stock ...

  • In His Words: Mark Zuckerberg addresses Harvard Class of '17

    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg gave a commencement speech at Harvard University on Thursday, 12 years after dropping out to focus on what's now the world's biggest social network. Here's his prepared remarks, ...