China's exiled tycoon Guo 'fabricated' corruption claims - Xinhua

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's Xinhua news agency accused fugitive tycoon Guo Wengui of using "fabricated and distorted information to mislead the public", the latest salvo in a campaign to discredit the billionaire who has made accusations of Communist Party corruption.

Ceasefire agreed at Lebanese-Syrian border - reports

BEIRUT (Reuters) - A ceasefire took effect on Thursday in a mountainous area of the Lebanese-Syrian border near the Lebanese town of Arsal, where Hezbollah has been fighting jihadist militants since last week, Hezbollah's al-Manar TV reported on its website.

Four of six Japanese detained in China return to Japan

TOKYO (Reuters) - Four of six Japanese citizens detained in China since March on suspicion of "illegal activities" have been released, Japan's top government spokesman said on Thursday.

Exclusive - Russia used Facebook to try to spy on Macron campaign: sources

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Russian intelligence agents attempted to spy on President Emmanuel Macron's election campaign earlier this year by creating phony Facebook personas, according to a U.S. congressman and two other people briefed on the effort.

Amusement ride accident kills one in US

CHICAGO: A malfunction in an amusement ride at the Ohio State Fair sent riders catapulting through the air Wednesday, killing one and injuring seven, US media reported.

Prince William leaves pilot job for UK royal duties

LONDON: Britain’s Prince William will retire from the air ambulance service on Thursday, after two years in which he witnessed “appalling tragedies”, in order to turn his full attention to royal duties.

Taiwan protests against Cambodia sending Taiwanese fraud suspects to China

TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan has lodged a protest against Cambodia's decision to send suspects in a telecoms fraud scheme, including seven Taiwanese nationals, to China for investigation, the self-ruled island's foreign ministry said on Thursday.

Portugal battles raging forest fires

MACAO: Forest fires raged in the early hours of Thursday in central Portugal, cutting off roads and forcing thousands to flee just a month after deadly blazes left more than 60 people dead.

Could a green sponge hold cancer-fighting secrets?

Washington (AFP) - A small green sponge discovered in dark, icy waters of the Pacific off Alaska could be the first effective weapon against pancreatic cancer, researchers said on Wednesday.

New music from late Australian indigenous singer Gurrumul

Sydney (AFP) - New music from world-renowned Australian Aboriginal singer Gurrumul will be released next month, his record label said, with one album already completed as part of a documentary.

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