• Labor union members and teachers marched to denounce the Ministry of Education dissolving the National Union of Educators

    Labor union members and teachers turned out in Quito, Guayaquil and Cuenca to denounce the Ministry of Education dissolving the National Union of Educators (UNE), which was created in 1950. Teachers marched under the slogan "The UNE lives, Correa goes away," and carried posters that read "No more dismissals of union leaders, …

  • Top French court to rule on legality of burkini bans

    France's highest administrative court is considering whether it's legal for towns to ban body-covering burkini swimsuits, which have become a symbol of tensions around the place of Islam in secular France. ...

  • Helen Mirren in talks to join 'The Nutcracker'

    Actress Helen Mirren looks set to join the cast of "The Nutcracker and the Four Realms," the forthcoming Disney retelling, reports Variety. Mirren would join Keira Knightley, Misty Copeland and Morgan Freeman, as well as Mackenzie Foy in the role of Clara. The film's storyline will be based on the 1816 classic by E.T.A. …

  • Tehran says it has doubled its exports of oil and gas to 2.7 million barrels per day (bpd) since signing a nuclear agreement with world powers in July last year

    Iran wants its pre-sanctions share of the crude oil market, Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh said on Friday, dampening the prospects of agreement on an output freeze at an OPEC meeting next month. "Iran had no role in disrupting the stability of the oil market and after the (lifting of) sanctions we seek to revive our share …

  • British broadcaster and naturalist David Attenborough, seen in London in June 2016

    A tiny "kitten-sized" marsupial lion that roamed Australia's ancient rainforests some 18 million years ago has been named after veteran British naturalist David Attenborough. The fossil remains of the "microleo attenboroughi" were found in the Riversleigh World Heritage Area -- believed to be one of the most significant …

  • Councillors speak to Hafsat Ibrahim (L) and Fatima Salisu (2-R), who were held captive for over 12 months and forcibly married to Boko Haram Islamists

    It took a Boko Haram widow to rescue Umar. Fatima Salisu had been held captive by the insurgents for 16 months and was forced to marry an Islamist fighter before she escaped to the camp outside the northeastern city of Maiduguri. Salisu says the other women never share food or board with her and they refuse to call her …

  • Chairman of the National Democratic Front of Philippines (NDFP) Luis Jalandori (L) and Phillipines Presidential Peace Adviser Jesus Dureza, seen in Oslo, Norway, on August 22, 2016

    The Philippine government and Communist guerrillas have agreed an indefinite extension to a ceasefire to facilitate talks on a peace deal, Norway, which is playing the role of intermediary, announced Friday. "Representatives of the Philippine government and the National Democratic Front (NDF) Communist movement will sign …

  • Tokyo stocks ended the week in the red Friday as dealers awaited a speech by Federal Reserve chief Janet Yellen and after data showed Japan is still struggling in its battle to kickstart inflation. Many ...

  • While economists aren’t predicting the central bank will raise benchmark lending rates anytime soon, there are signs that policy makers are looking to curb leverage in the debt and property markets. "The market’s liquidity right now is too big,” said Xu at Franklin Templeton Sealand Fund Management Co., which oversees …

  • A gauge of the dollar’s strength is set for a weekly gain amid speculation Fed Chair Janet Yellen may shed light on the U.S. interest-rate outlook in a speech Friday. Wagers on higher Fed rates have been boosted this week as officials including Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer signaled that a 2016 rate increase is still under …

  • Six Indonesian provinces have declared states of emergency as forest fires blanketed a swath of Southeast Asia in a smoky haze. Singapore's air quality deteriorated to unhealthy levels on Friday as winds ...

  • (Reuters) - A man was arrested after he stripped down to his boxer shorts, scaled a fence and rammed a pickup truck into a Southwest airplane parked at Eppley Airfield in Omaha, Nebraska, on Thursday, police said. Two crew members suffered minor injuries on the Southwest Airlines flight, bound for Denver, as passengers …

  • Brazil's suspended President Dilma Rousseff is accused of breaking the law when she took unauthorized loans to bridge budget gaps during her 2014 reelection

    Brazil's suspended president Dilma Rousseff is to begin her defense case Friday in the Senate impeachment trial that could see the one-time leftist guerrilla ejected from office within days. Allies, including former economy minister Nelson Barbosa, will argue that the budgetary maneuvers were common practice in previous …

  • DARAYA, Syria (AP) — Buses, ambulances and trucks have lined up at the entrance of a blockaded Damascus suburb to evacuate rebels and civilians under a deal struck between the Syrian rebels and the government.

  • Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a campaign event at Truckee Meadows Community College, in Reno, Nev., Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

    MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Hillary Clinton says Donald Trump has unleashed the "radical fringe" within the Republican Party, including anti-Semites and white supremacists, dubbing the billionaire businessman's campaign as one that will "make America hate again."