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Mayors in western France issue sickness ban in protest over healthcare access

The symbolic move by nine rural mayors is aimed raising awareness of "intolerable" healthcare.

Erdogan criticizes EU move to enforce arms embargo on Libya

Turkey’s president is criticizing the European Union’s decision to launch a new maritime effort focused on enforcing the U

Gold on track for highest close in 7 years as investors hedge stock market highs and virus fears

Having surpassed the key $1,600 mark, gold prices were flirting with a seven-year high on Wednesday, as investors continue to shore up their positions amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Coronavirus cases climb to 621 on Japan cruise liner as some passengers leave

Coronavirus infections on a cruise ship moored near Tokyo rose to 621 people on Wednesday as passengers began disembarking following a contentious two-week quarantine that some foreign health experts said appeared insufficient to stop the spread.

Iran's FM says his meeting with US senator spooked Trump

Iran’s foreign minister says his recent meeting with a U.S. senator in Europe has spooked the Trump administration

In northern Syria, currency switch shows Turkey's influence

Last month Hussam Shamo, a baker in northern Syria, stopped selling his bread in Syrian pounds after the latest slump in the currency forced him to push up prices yet again.


HS2: Stephenson given new rail link role

The PM has promised to "restore discipline" to the multi-billion-pound rail project.

Air France faces new strikes over domestic network cuts

Air France unions have called for strikes at domestic carrier Hop, as pilots seek an improved pay offer and ground staff representatives press for job guarantees, union officials said on Wednesday.

Lyft resumes shared electric bike rentals in NYC

Lyft Inc will roll out a fleet of several hundred electric bikes for rent across New York City, the company said on Wednesday, 10 months after it pulled them following complaints and injury reports.

UniCredit CEO says no M&A deal after Intesa's surprise UBI bid

The head of UniCredit repeated in a letter to staff on Wednesday that Italy's biggest bank had no intention of engaging in merger and acquisition deals following Intesa's blitz move to buy rival UBI Banca .

UK house prices rising fastest in Yorkshire and Humber

House prices climbed 3.9% in Yorkshire and Humber last year, but just 1.2% in the South East.


First baby is born through new egg-freezing technique

Cancer patient’s immature eggs were collected, matured in lab and frozen for use five years on

A woman who was left infertile by cancer treatment has given birth to a baby after her immature eggs were collected, matured in a lab and frozen for use five years later.

Fertility specialists at Antoine Béclère University hospital in Clamart near Paris said the healthy boy, named Jules, was the first baby to be born through the new procedure.

Related: UK time limit on storing frozen eggs and sperm could be extended

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Stocks making the biggest moves after hours: Herbalife, Groupon, LendingClub and more

See which stocks are posting big moves after the bell.

Here's what happened to the stock market on Tuesday

The major averages were under pressure for most of Tuesday's session after a stark warning from Apple.

LendingClub buys Radius Bank for $185 million in first fintech takeover of a regulated US bank

The move marks the first time a U.S. fintech company has acquired a bank.

Leon Cooperman says Bernie Sanders is a bigger threat to the stock market than the coronavirus

Leon Cooperman is more concerned about the ramifications of a Bernie Sanders presidency for the stock market than about the coronavirus' impact.


Weinstein trial jurors to resume deliberations after his lawyer came under fire

The jury in former Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein's rape trial is expected to continue deliberations on Wednesday, a day after the presiding judge took the former Hollywood producer's lead defense lawyer to task for writing an opinion piece about the case.

Weinstein's legal problems extend beyond New York criminal trial

A New York jury began deliberations on Tuesday in the rape trial of former Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. Regardless of the verdict, Weinstein's legal problems are far from over.

Jimmy Tarbuck: Comedian reveals prostate cancer diagnosis

The Liverpudlian comedian was diagnosed after his 80th birthday and says he will "try and beat it".

V Unbeatable: The India dance troupe that won America's Got Talent

The Mumbai-based dance group performed with Blink 182 to win a popular American reality TV show.

Royal no more? Harry and Meghan face possible loss of 'royal' brand

The British royal family is in discussions with Prince Harry and Meghan over the use of the word "royal" in their branding after the couple abruptly gave up royal duties to start a new life in Canada.

Movie magic: Spanish tinned crisp sales boom on Korean film cameo

Cesar Bonilla is still baffled by a surge in demand for the canned potato chips made by his company in northwestern Spain after they appeared in award-winning Korean film "Parasite".

Caroline Flack's unpublished Instagram post released by family

The post, released ahead of an inquest into her death, says her "future was swept from under my feet".

Scorsese awaits next film by director of South Korea's Oscar-winning 'Parasite'

Hollywood veteran Martin Scorsese told the South Korean director of "Parasite", this year's winner of the Oscar for best picture, that he is waiting to see his next film, Bong Joon-ho said on Wednesday.


Seventy-five years after Iwo Jima, grenade blast etched in memory of 104-year-old former Marine

On the 75th anniversary of the U.S. Marines' landing on Iwo Jima, 104-year-old William White still has vivid memories of the exploding grenade that nearly ended his solo reconnaissance mission during...

Drama Meets Tedium and a British Sitcom is Born

In the BBC hit “This Country,” siblings Daisy May and Charlie Cooper find comedy and pathos in rural British life.

Greece Has 227 Islands. Here’s How to Choose.

Deciding where to visit depends on your entry point, how much time you have, and the type of vacation you want.

‘Like The Camera Wasn’t Even There’: Capturing Nude Cooks

Respectfully photographing a nudist resort in Florida for the Food section presented several challenges. But Jason Henry had a plan.

Colum McCann’s New Novel Makes a Good-Intentioned Collage Out of Real Tragedy

“Apeirogon,” composed of 1,001 fragments, was inspired by the uplifting true story of two fathers in the Middle East united by grief.

What’s on TV Wednesday: ‘The Chef Show’ and ‘Year of the Rabbit’

New episodes of “The Chef Show” hit Netflix. And a Victorian comedy series debuts on IFC.

‘Good Times’ Actress Ja’Net DuBois Dies

Ms. DuBois played Willona Woods on the 1970s TV show, and composed and wrote the theme song to “The Jeffersons.”


MLBPA says it didn't obstruct Astros probe

The Major League Baseball Players Association disputed commissioner Rob Manfred on Tuesday evening, saying it did not resist the league's efforts during the MLB's investigation of the Houston Astros' 2017 electronic sign-stealing.

Olympics: 'Flying Dutchman' Zonderland seeking Tokyo runway

Eight years on from claiming a stunning high bar gold for the Netherlands at the London Olympics, gymnast Epke Zonderland is yet to breathe easy as he plots his way across a qualifying tightrope to Tokyo.

NHL roundup: Crosby’s four points lead Pens into first

Sidney Crosby had a goal and three assists, and Bryan Rust added a goal and two assists Tuesday night as the Pittsburgh Penguins downed the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs 5-2.

Olympics: With handclaps, help from Backstreet Boys, Tokyo mascots jet off to Europe

Toyko's 2020 Olympic Games mascots headed out from the capital's Haneda airport on Wednesday for a promotional tour of Europe, bemusing travelers with a ceremony featuring a clapping routine and a video message from veteran pop act the Backstreet Boys.


Coronavirus Live Updates: Passengers Begin Departing Quarantined Cruise Ship in Japan

About 500 people who tested negative for the virus were to leave the boat on the first day of a three-day operation. More than half of all the recorded cases outside of China have been aboard the ship.

Coronavirus Epidemic Keeps Growing, but Spread in China Slows

The World Health Organization said China’s drastic limits on people’s movement had helped, but experts cautioned against predicting that the worst was over.

Did Neanderthals bury their dead with flowers? Iraq cave yields new clues

A Neanderthal skeleton unearthed in an Iraqi cave already famous for fossils of these extinct cousins of our species is providing fresh evidence that they buried their dead - and intriguing clues that flowers may have been used in such rituals.

Live Updates: Over 150 Million Chinese Are Under Coronavirus Lockdown

More than 10 percent of the country’s population faces restrictions on how often they can leave their homes.

Nasa's 2020 rover: Can we finally answer the big question about Mars?

The US space agency next rover will hunt for life's traces among the rocks of the Red Planet.


Lacking Its Own Digital Giants, Europe Plans New Approach

The European Union outlined proposals to bolster its digital economy and keep it from being overly reliant on foreign companies.

EU plans industrial data push, rules to rein in U.S. tech giants

The European Commission unveiled proposals on Wednesday to exploit Europe's vast trove of industrial data and set rules to govern artificial intelligence and to rein in U.S. tech giants such as Facebook , Google and Amazon.

Russia sees jump in cyber theft from bank accounts: central bank

Russia's central bank last year recorded an increase in online theft that saw 6.4 billion roubles ($100.37 million) stolen from private and corporate bank accounts, a bank report published on Wednesday showed.

South Korea bourse to decide cap on Samsung's index weighting in June

South Korea's stock exchange said on Wednesday that it would decide in June whether the weighting of Samsung Electronics in the KOSPI 200 index should be capped.

SoftBank to borrow $4.5 billion using domestic telco's shares as collateral

SoftBank Group Corp said on Wednesday it plans to borrow up to 500 billion yen ($4.5 billion) from 16 domestic and foreign financial institutions using part of its stake in telco SoftBank Corp as collateral.