PARIS - Renault said Friday net profit for 2015 was up nearly 50 percent to 2.96 billion euros ($3.3 billion) despite a hit from its Russian subsidiary which Renault said it may recapitalise and take over to save it from collapse.
ZAGREB - The next "Star Wars" movie will follow in the footsteps of "Game of Thrones" with some scenes due to be filmed in Croatia's Adriatic resort of Dubrovnik next month, city officials said Friday.
RANCHI (INDIA) - Opener Shikhar Dhawan's maiden Twenty20 half century helped India beat Sri Lanka by 69 runs in the second international in Pune on Friday.
BARCELONA - In a stellar 12-year career, Lionel Messi has won the world player of the year award five times and broken endless goalscoring records, but he had never been named player of the month in Spain, until now.
WASHINGTON - The US Congress adopted tougher sanctions on North Korea Friday, in a bid to punish the reclusive Asian nation for its provocative recent nuclear test and rocket launch.
THE HAGUE - Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto on Friday won an appeal at the International Criminal Court which ruled prosecutors cannot use recanted testimonies in his crimes against humanity case.
WASHINGTON - US retail sales rose modestly for the third straight month in January despite falling gasoline prices, the Commerce Department reported Friday.
LONDON - Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger appealed for fans not to stage protests during Sunday's top-of-the table clash against Leicester City as new supporter anger erupted.
ROME - Italy coach Jacques Brunel has made just one change to his side who take on England in Rome on Sunday with the return of fullback Luke McLean.
DAMASCUS - Syria's President Bashar al-Assad has vowed to retake the entire country but warned it could take a "long time," in an exclusive interview with AFP that comes as international pressure grows for a ceasefire.
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