MOSCOW: Russian state television has listed US military facilities that Moscow would target in the event of a nuclear strike, and said that a hypersonic missile Russia is developing would be able to hit them in less than five minutes.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday warned that the United States would not be able to partner with or share information with countries that adopt Huawei Technologies systems, citing security concerns.
In an interview on Fox Business Network, Pompeo said nations in Europe and elsewhere needed to understand the risks of implementing Huawei's telecommunications equipment and that when they did, they would ultimately not use the company's systems.
The estate of Michael Jackson has sued HBO over a documentary about two men who accuse the late pop superstar of molesting them when they were boys, saying the film violates a 1992 contract to air a Jackson concert.
The lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court alleges that by co-producing and airing Leaving Neverland, as HBO intends to do next month, the cable channel is breaching a deal to not disparage the singer.
The decades-old contract allowed the cable network to air Michael Jackson in Concert in Bucharest: The Dangerous Tour and included language that HBO would not disparage Jackson at any future point.
According to the suit, the film implies Jackson molested children on the very tour that the concert footage came from.
CHINA: The Chinese doctor who claimed he helped make the world’s first genetically edited babies has been fired from his job.
But authorities appear to have confirmed his unpublished claims, which sparked international outrage late last year.
Chinese investigators determined Dr He Jiankui acted on his own and will be punished for any violations of the law, according to state media.
Fiji's re-elected prime minister Voreqe Bainimarama has been sworn in to office at a ceremony in Suva.
Bainimarama's FijiFirst party will have another four years in power after last week's election.
“I, Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama swear that I will be faithful and bare true allegiance for the Republic of Fiji, according to law,” Bainimarama said before a gathering of party members, diplomats, senior members of the military and judiciary at the presidential residence, State House.
Chinese universities are leading Asia’s rise in global rankings as eastern higher education institutions close the gap on their western counterparts, but India lags behind.
British universities Oxford and Cambridge remain at number one and two respectively in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, with US institutions dominating the top 100 places in the list.
Stanford maintained its position as the highest ranked US institution in 3rd place, alongside Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) at 4th, and California Institute of Technology at 5th.
However, Japan has overtaken the UK as the second most represented nation in the table with 103 universities, up from 89, as the UK shows signs of “stagnation and modest decline.” China is leading the eastern hemisphere’s surge with one its universities becoming the top institution in Asia for the first time in the rankings of the best 1,250 research universities around the world.
Pope Francis has expelled the Reverend Cristian Precht Bañados of Chile, according to a statement from the Archdiocese of Santiago.
This is the first formal resignation the Pope has decreed since every bishop in Chile offered to step down in May over the country’s sex abuse scandal. The Chilean bishops’ offer was thought to be unprecedented in the modern history of the Catholic Church.
Precht had been suspended in 2012 from practicing within the ministry for five years after the Archbishop of Santiago ordered a criminal investigation into allegations of sexual abuse against him. The Archbishop issued a statement at the time saying that “during the process were established verifiable reports of abusive behavior with adults and minors.”
Russia’s defence ministry says one of its military aircraft with 14 people on board disappeared from radar screens over the Mediterranean at the same time as Israeli and French forces were mounting aerial attacks on targets in Syria.
A US official said Washington believed the aircraft, an Il-20 turbo-prop plane used for electronic reconnaissance, was inadvertently shot down by anti-aircraft artillery operated by Moscow’s ally, the Syrian Government.
The United Nations has lowered its flags to half-mast as world leaders mourn the death of former secretary-general Kofi Annan.
Mr Annan, one of the world’s most celebrated diplomats and a charismatic symbol of the UN who rose through its ranks to become its first black African secretary-general, died on Saturday. He was 80.
Tributes flowed in from around the world after his foundation announced his death in the Swiss capital, Bern, after a short and unspecified illness. The statement remembered the Nobel Peace Prize winner as “radiating genuine kindness, warmth and brilliance in all he did”.
A South Korean religious group accused of enslaving as many as 400 people in Fiji has rejected accusations against its founder.
The leader of the Grace Road Church, Shin Ok-ju, was arrested in Seoul last month and charged with slavery and foreign exchange violation.