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09/23/2017 - 16:59

New 6.2-magnitude quake sows panic in Mexico City

A strong 6.2-magnitude quake shook Mexico on Saturday, causing panic in traumatized Mexico City, where rescuers trying to free people trapped from this week's earlier earthquake had to suspend work.

New 6.2-magnitude quake sows panic in Mexico City

A strong 6.2-magnitude quake shook Mexico on Saturday, causing panic in traumatized Mexico City, where rescuers trying to free people trapped from this week's earlier earthquake had to suspend work.


09/23/2017 - 09:08

North Korea 'more opaque' after YouTube propaganda ban: monitors

North Korea has become "more opaque" to the outside world following a decision by YouTube to silence an official propaganda channel, a monitoring group has warned, as new sanctions over Pyongyang's nuclear programme begin to bite.

North Korea 'more opaque' after YouTube propaganda ban: monitors

North Korea has become "more opaque" to the outside world following a decision by YouTube to silence an official propaganda channel, a monitoring group has warned, as new sanctions over Pyongyang's nuclear programme begin to bite.


09/23/2017 - 02:53

Google looking to help news outlets win subscribers

Google is seeking ways to help publishers win paying subscribers for news stories, a person close to the matter told AFP.

Google looking to help news outlets win subscribers

Google is seeking ways to help publishers win paying subscribers for news stories, a person close to the matter told AFP.


09/22/2017 - 19:57

Protests in Catalonia over crackdown on banned independence vote

Demonstrators hit the streets of Barcelona on Friday for a third day of protests against the Spanish authorities' crackdown on preparations for a banned independence referendum in Catalonia that has divided the region.

Protests in Catalonia over crackdown on banned independence vote

Demonstrators hit the streets of Barcelona on Friday for a third day of protests against the Spanish authorities' crackdown on preparations for a banned independence referendum in Catalonia that has divided the region.


09/22/2017 - 17:02

Bali volcano on highest alert level, thousands flee

Indonesian officials raised the highest possible alert for a volcano on the resort island of Bali late Friday, after tremors prompted thousands to flee over fears it could erupt for the first time in more than 50 years.

Bali volcano on highest alert level, thousands flee

Indonesian officials raised the highest possible alert for a volcano on the resort island of Bali late Friday, after tremors prompted thousands to flee over fears it could erupt for the first time in more than 50 years.


09/22/2017 - 05:43

Poverty in paradise: The dark side of Indonesia's new tourism hope

A tableau of white sandy beaches, colourful coral reefs and turquoise water, the islands of Raja Ampat are set to be Indonesia's next tourism hotspot -- but locals fear the government is failing both them and the environment in its development push.

Poverty in paradise: The dark side of Indonesia's new tourism hope

A tableau of white sandy beaches, colourful coral reefs and turquoise water, the islands of Raja Ampat are set to be Indonesia's next tourism hotspot -- but locals fear the government is failing both them and the environment in its development push.


09/22/2017 - 05:34

Modern African art gets pride of place in bold new Cape Town gallery

Towering over Cape Town's Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, a clutch of abandoned grain silos has been transformed into Africa's largest museum dedicated to the continent's contemporary art.

Modern African art gets pride of place in bold new Cape Town gallery

Towering over Cape Town's Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, a clutch of abandoned grain silos has been transformed into Africa's largest museum dedicated to the continent's contemporary art.


09/20/2017 - 19:25

'Raging Bull' boxer Jake LaMotta dead at 95

Jake LaMotta, the legendary former world middleweight boxing champion whose wild life and times inspired the Oscar-winning movie "Raging Bull," has died at age 95, his family announced Wednesday.

'Raging Bull' boxer Jake LaMotta dead at 95

Jake LaMotta, the legendary former world middleweight boxing champion whose wild life and times inspired the Oscar-winning movie "Raging Bull," has died at age 95, his family announced Wednesday.

09/23/2017 - 02:53

Google looking to help news outlets win subscribers

Google is seeking ways to help publishers win paying subscribers for news stories, a person close to the matter told AFP.

Google looking to help news outlets win subscribers

Google is seeking ways to help publishers win paying subscribers for news stories, a person close to the matter told AFP.


09/22/2017 - 22:44

Macron 'inflexible' on opposition to Nokia job cuts

French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday told Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipila of his "total inflexibility" to plans by telecoms giant Nokia to cut nearly 600 jobs in France.

Macron 'inflexible' on opposition to Nokia job cuts

French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday told Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipila of his "total inflexibility" to plans by telecoms giant Nokia to cut nearly 600 jobs in France.


09/22/2017 - 18:22

Russia firm unveils 'surveillance-proof' smartphone

For Russians who fear that someone may be eavesdropping on their phone conversations, leading IT entrepreneur Natalya Kaspersky says she has a solution.

Russia firm unveils 'surveillance-proof' smartphone

For Russians who fear that someone may be eavesdropping on their phone conversations, leading IT entrepreneur Natalya Kaspersky says she has a solution.


09/22/2017 - 13:59

French labour reforms: what's going to change?

French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday made good on a central campaign vow to overhaul the country's complex labour code, overriding objections from some trade unions and the hard-left opposition.

French labour reforms: what's going to change?

French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday made good on a central campaign vow to overhaul the country's complex labour code, overriding objections from some trade unions and the hard-left opposition.


09/21/2017 - 17:34

IMF says Macron reforms crucial for French growth

The government of French President Emmanuel Macron needs to make good on its reform promises if it wants a shot at boosting growth durably, the International Monetary Fund said Thursday.

IMF says Macron reforms crucial for French growth

The government of French President Emmanuel Macron needs to make good on its reform promises if it wants a shot at boosting growth durably, the International Monetary Fund said Thursday.


09/21/2017 - 17:27

Siemens stock gains on reports of rail tie-up schemes

Shares in German industrial giant Siemens were boosted Thursday by swirling rumours that it was in talks with France's Alstom and Canada's Bombardier about combining rail businesses.

Siemens stock gains on reports of rail tie-up schemes

Shares in German industrial giant Siemens were boosted Thursday by swirling rumours that it was in talks with France's Alstom and Canada's Bombardier about combining rail businesses.


09/20/2017 - 23:17

Big Bangs theory: In Milan, Gucci goes back to the 80s

Gucci's Alessandro Michele unveiled on Wednesday a loud and proud ode to the 1980s on the opening day of the latest Milan Fashion Week, with big bangs, square suits and enough sequins to drown a disco.

Big Bangs theory: In Milan, Gucci goes back to the 80s

Gucci's Alessandro Michele unveiled on Wednesday a loud and proud ode to the 1980s on the opening day of the latest Milan Fashion Week, with big bangs, square suits and enough sequins to drown a disco.


09/20/2017 - 23:04

Google likely to buy stake in Taiwan smartphone maker HTC: report

Google is set to announce it is buying part of Taiwan-based smartphone maker HTC, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday.

Google likely to buy stake in Taiwan smartphone maker HTC: report

Google is set to announce it is buying part of Taiwan-based smartphone maker HTC, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday.

09/23/2017 - 18:24

Blaak wins world cycling title despite crash

Dutch champion Chantal Blaak overcame a painful crash to take a surprise victory in the women's world championship road race in Bergen on Saturday.

Blaak wins world cycling title despite crash

Dutch champion Chantal Blaak overcame a painful crash to take a surprise victory in the women's world championship road race in Bergen on Saturday.


09/23/2017 - 16:38

Gayle 'good to go' in third ODI says Windies skipper Holder

Chris Gayle is "good to go" for Sunday's third one-day international against England, according to West Indies captain Jason Holder.

Gayle 'good to go' in third ODI says Windies skipper Holder

Chris Gayle is "good to go" for Sunday's third one-day international against England, according to West Indies captain Jason Holder.


09/22/2017 - 18:26

Frenchman Cosnefroy wins U-23 world cycling title

Benoit Cosnefroy of France won the men's under-23 world road race title in Bergen on Friday.

Frenchman Cosnefroy wins U-23 world cycling title

Benoit Cosnefroy of France won the men's under-23 world road race title in Bergen on Friday.


09/22/2017 - 14:50

Tennis: Merciless Muguruza powers into Tokyo semis

Newly crowned world number one Garbine Muguruza trounced France's Caroline Garcia 6-2, 6-4 on Friday to reach the semi-finals of the Pan Pacific Open.

Tennis: Merciless Muguruza powers into Tokyo semis

Newly crowned world number one Garbine Muguruza trounced France's Caroline Garcia 6-2, 6-4 on Friday to reach the semi-finals of the Pan Pacific Open.


09/22/2017 - 02:59

Women need organiser and TV support, says new UCI chief

Newly-elected UCI president David Lappartient called on race organisers and television companies to give more attention to women's cycling after he was voted in on Thursday.

Women need organiser and TV support, says new UCI chief

Newly-elected UCI president David Lappartient called on race organisers and television companies to give more attention to women's cycling after he was voted in on Thursday.


09/21/2017 - 04:56

New Asian eSports leader seeks Olympic promised land

Newly elected Asian eSports Federation president Kenneth Fok is determined to prove to the world that eSports -- chiefly consisting of multiplayer computer games -- deserve to be granted Olympic status.

New Asian eSports leader seeks Olympic promised land

Newly elected Asian eSports Federation president Kenneth Fok is determined to prove to the world that eSports -- chiefly consisting of multiplayer computer games -- deserve to be granted Olympic status.


09/20/2017 - 23:19

Federer, Nadal relish teaming up at Laver Cup

Long-time rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal will achieve a career first in Prague this weekend when they play side-by-side in the Laver Cup, a Ryder Cup golf style event featuring Team Europe against Team World.

Federer, Nadal relish teaming up at Laver Cup

Long-time rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal will achieve a career first in Prague this weekend when they play side-by-side in the Laver Cup, a Ryder Cup golf style event featuring Team Europe against Team World.


09/20/2017 - 19:25

'Raging Bull' boxer Jake LaMotta dead at 95

Jake LaMotta, the legendary former world middleweight boxing champion whose wild life and times inspired the Oscar-winning movie "Raging Bull," has died at age 95, his family announced Wednesday.

'Raging Bull' boxer Jake LaMotta dead at 95

Jake LaMotta, the legendary former world middleweight boxing champion whose wild life and times inspired the Oscar-winning movie "Raging Bull," has died at age 95, his family announced Wednesday.

09/22/2017 - 22:14

Fulfilling a passion, opera comes to dinosaur hall

From age five until her teenage years, Rhoda Knight Kalt had a Friday ritual -- leave school at noon and spend the rest of the day among dinosaurs.

Fulfilling a passion, opera comes to dinosaur hall

From age five until her teenage years, Rhoda Knight Kalt had a Friday ritual -- leave school at noon and spend the rest of the day among dinosaurs.


09/22/2017 - 18:52

Shawn Mendes starts relief campaign for Mexico

Pop star Shawn Mendes on Friday announced a $100,000 donation for earthquake-hit Mexico as he urged fans to open their wallets for relief efforts.

Shawn Mendes starts relief campaign for Mexico

Pop star Shawn Mendes on Friday announced a $100,000 donation for earthquake-hit Mexico as he urged fans to open their wallets for relief efforts.


09/22/2017 - 16:25

Sheeran's 'Shape of You' most streamed ever on Spotify

Ed Sheeran's dance pop track "Shape of You" has become the most played song ever on Spotify, ending the 11-month reign of Drake's "One Dance."

Sheeran's 'Shape of You' most streamed ever on Spotify

Ed Sheeran's dance pop track "Shape of You" has become the most played song ever on Spotify, ending the 11-month reign of Drake's "One Dance."


09/22/2017 - 08:42

Bollywood's 'Deadly Dutt' back on Indian screens after jail time

Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt returned to Indian cinema screens Friday in his first film since serving four years in prison for possessing weapons supplied by gangsters behind the 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts.

Bollywood's 'Deadly Dutt' back on Indian screens after jail time

Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt returned to Indian cinema screens Friday in his first film since serving four years in prison for possessing weapons supplied by gangsters behind the 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts.


09/22/2017 - 05:34

Modern African art gets pride of place in bold new Cape Town gallery

Towering over Cape Town's Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, a clutch of abandoned grain silos has been transformed into Africa's largest museum dedicated to the continent's contemporary art.

Modern African art gets pride of place in bold new Cape Town gallery

Towering over Cape Town's Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, a clutch of abandoned grain silos has been transformed into Africa's largest museum dedicated to the continent's contemporary art.


09/22/2017 - 05:09

From yoga to movies: Lisbon embraces rooftop living

Standing with their arms outstretched under the endless blue sky, the sun on their faces, a small group of women take a yoga class, looking out at Lisbon's tightly-packed skyline from the rooftop of a city centre hostel.

From yoga to movies: Lisbon embraces rooftop living

Standing with their arms outstretched under the endless blue sky, the sun on their faces, a small group of women take a yoga class, looking out at Lisbon's tightly-packed skyline from the rooftop of a city centre hostel.


09/21/2017 - 22:21

Picasso's Italy journey celebrated in Rome expo

In the frosty first months of 1917, Spanish master Pablo Picasso travelled to Italy in search of inspiration for the sets he was designing for the "Parade" ballet.

Picasso's Italy journey celebrated in Rome expo

In the frosty first months of 1917, Spanish master Pablo Picasso travelled to Italy in search of inspiration for the sets he was designing for the "Parade" ballet.


09/21/2017 - 17:37

Russian police detain group over tsar film attack

Russian police on Thursday detained four people over an arson attack linked to an upcoming controversial film about tsar Nicholas II and his affair with a ballerina.

Russian police detain group over tsar film attack

Russian police on Thursday detained four people over an arson attack linked to an upcoming controversial film about tsar Nicholas II and his affair with a ballerina.

09/23/2017 - 13:11

Dam fails in Puerto Rico, 70,000 told to evacuate

Some 70,000 people have been ordered to evacuate their homes after a rain-swollen dam in Puerto Rico failed in the latest disaster caused by Hurricane Maria, which was on Saturday expected to head into open waters.

Dam fails in Puerto Rico, 70,000 told to evacuate

Some 70,000 people have been ordered to evacuate their homes after a rain-swollen dam in Puerto Rico failed in the latest disaster caused by Hurricane Maria, which was on Saturday expected to head into open waters.


09/22/2017 - 15:59

Russia floats out powerful nuclear icebreaker

Russia on Friday held a launching ceremony for a powerful nuclear icebreaker, called Sibir (Siberia), in its drive to prepare a fleet for navigating the Northern Passage and hauling goods, particularly energy, to Asian markets.

Russia floats out powerful nuclear icebreaker

Russia on Friday held a launching ceremony for a powerful nuclear icebreaker, called Sibir (Siberia), in its drive to prepare a fleet for navigating the Northern Passage and hauling goods, particularly energy, to Asian markets.


09/22/2017 - 15:26

Carmakers face billions in European CO2 fines from 2021: study

Big-name carmakers including Volkswagen and Fiat Chrysler face fines running into the billions for failure to meet tough new European carbon dioxide emissions limits slated for 2021, a study has found.

Carmakers face billions in European CO2 fines from 2021: study

Big-name carmakers including Volkswagen and Fiat Chrysler face fines running into the billions for failure to meet tough new European carbon dioxide emissions limits slated for 2021, a study has found.


09/22/2017 - 10:43

Australian police hunt killer of giant crocodile

A manhunt has begun for the killer of a giant saltwater crocodile in Australia, as authorities warned its death would trigger more aggressive behaviour among younger crocs in the area.

Australian police hunt killer of giant crocodile

A manhunt has begun for the killer of a giant saltwater crocodile in Australia, as authorities warned its death would trigger more aggressive behaviour among younger crocs in the area.


09/22/2017 - 05:43

Poverty in paradise: The dark side of Indonesia's new tourism hope

A tableau of white sandy beaches, colourful coral reefs and turquoise water, the islands of Raja Ampat are set to be Indonesia's next tourism hotspot -- but locals fear the government is failing both them and the environment in its development push.

Poverty in paradise: The dark side of Indonesia's new tourism hope

A tableau of white sandy beaches, colourful coral reefs and turquoise water, the islands of Raja Ampat are set to be Indonesia's next tourism hotspot -- but locals fear the government is failing both them and the environment in its development push.


09/21/2017 - 12:36

Mexico City, supremely vulnerable to quake threats

Built in a natural basin filled with the sediment of a former lake, Mexico City has proved particularly vulnerable to the devastating effects of earthquakes, seen once again with a 7.1-magnitude tremor on Tuesday that killed at least 233 people in the capital.

Mexico City, supremely vulnerable to quake threats

Built in a natural basin filled with the sediment of a former lake, Mexico City has proved particularly vulnerable to the devastating effects of earthquakes, seen once again with a 7.1-magnitude tremor on Tuesday that killed at least 233 people in the capital.


09/21/2017 - 12:21

British bases in Cyprus get drone to fight bird trappers

Police on a British military base in Cyprus on Thursday launched their latest weapon in the fight against illegal bird trappers –- a high-tech drone.

British bases in Cyprus get drone to fight bird trappers

Police on a British military base in Cyprus on Thursday launched their latest weapon in the fight against illegal bird trappers –- a high-tech drone.


09/20/2017 - 18:59

Europe urged to reconsider pullout from 'Armageddon' asteroid mission

Space scientists urged Europe Wednesday to rethink its withdrawal from a futuristic, international dry-run for an Armageddon-like mission to deflect a space rock on a calamitous collision course with Earth.

Europe urged to reconsider pullout from 'Armageddon' asteroid mission

Space scientists urged Europe Wednesday to rethink its withdrawal from a futuristic, international dry-run for an Armageddon-like mission to deflect a space rock on a calamitous collision course with Earth.

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