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06/26/2017 - 10:36

China releases Nobel laureate Liu with terminal cancer: lawyer

China's jailed Nobel peace prize laureate Liu Xiaobo has been granted medical parole after being diagnosed with terminal liver cancer last month, his lawyer told AFP on Monday.

China releases Nobel laureate Liu with terminal cancer: lawyer

China's jailed Nobel peace prize laureate Liu Xiaobo has been granted medical parole after being diagnosed with terminal liver cancer last month, his lawyer told AFP on Monday.


06/26/2017 - 08:29

China landslide rescuers ordered to evacuate: state media

Rescuers searching for more than 90 people missing following a huge landslide in southwest China were ordered to evacuate Monday due to the risk of another collapse, state media reported.

China landslide rescuers ordered to evacuate: state media

Rescuers searching for more than 90 people missing following a huge landslide in southwest China were ordered to evacuate Monday due to the risk of another collapse, state media reported.


06/26/2017 - 05:08

Six dead, 31 missing after Colombia tourist boat sinks: president

At least six people were dead and 31 missing after a tourist boat sank in a reservoir in northwestern Colombia on Sunday, the country's president said.

Six dead, 31 missing after Colombia tourist boat sinks: president

At least six people were dead and 31 missing after a tourist boat sank in a reservoir in northwestern Colombia on Sunday, the country's president said.


06/26/2017 - 10:39

Pakistan marks grim Eid after oil tanker inferno kills 153

Pakistan began Eid in mourning Monday as the death toll from an oil tanker explosion rose to 153, with scores more injured after they were caught in a fireball while scooping up spilt fuel.

Pakistan marks grim Eid after oil tanker inferno kills 153

Pakistan began Eid in mourning Monday as the death toll from an oil tanker explosion rose to 153, with scores more injured after they were caught in a fireball while scooping up spilt fuel.


06/26/2017 - 09:04

Chinese court jails Australian Crown Resorts staff in gambling case

A Chinese court on Monday convicted 19 current and former employees of Australia's Crown Resorts company on gambling-related charges, handing jail terms to 16 of them, including three Australians.

Chinese court jails Australian Crown Resorts staff in gambling case

A Chinese court on Monday convicted 19 current and former employees of Australia's Crown Resorts company on gambling-related charges, handing jail terms to 16 of them, including three Australians.


06/26/2017 - 08:09

Great Barrier Reef a $42 billion asset 'too big to fail': study

Australia's under-pressure Great Barrier Reef is an asset worth Aus$56 billion (US$42 billion) and as an ecosystem and economic driver is "too big to fail", a study said Monday.

Great Barrier Reef a $42 billion asset 'too big to fail': study

Australia's under-pressure Great Barrier Reef is an asset worth Aus$56 billion (US$42 billion) and as an ecosystem and economic driver is "too big to fail", a study said Monday.


06/26/2017 - 06:47

Stolen boys: Life after sexual slavery in Afghanistan

Adorned in makeup, fake breasts and bells, Jawed whirls around middle-aged men at Kabul's underground bacha bazi, or "boy play" parties, where the former child sex slave finds freedom of sorts as a dancing boy.

Stolen boys: Life after sexual slavery in Afghanistan

Adorned in makeup, fake breasts and bells, Jawed whirls around middle-aged men at Kabul's underground bacha bazi, or "boy play" parties, where the former child sex slave finds freedom of sorts as a dancing boy.


06/26/2017 - 09:59

Japan's airbag giant Takata files for bankruptcy

Japan's crisis-hit car parts maker Takata filed for bankruptcy protection Monday and said its chief executive would quit after a deadly airbag crisis that triggered the auto industry's biggest ever safety recall.

Japan's airbag giant Takata files for bankruptcy

Japan's crisis-hit car parts maker Takata filed for bankruptcy protection Monday and said its chief executive would quit after a deadly airbag crisis that triggered the auto industry's biggest ever safety recall.

06/26/2017 - 09:59

Japan's airbag giant Takata files for bankruptcy

Japan's crisis-hit car parts maker Takata filed for bankruptcy protection Monday and said its chief executive would quit after a deadly airbag crisis that triggered the auto industry's biggest ever safety recall.

Japan's airbag giant Takata files for bankruptcy

Japan's crisis-hit car parts maker Takata filed for bankruptcy protection Monday and said its chief executive would quit after a deadly airbag crisis that triggered the auto industry's biggest ever safety recall.


06/26/2017 - 06:25

Italy to pay up to 17 bn euros to deal with two troubled banks: govt

Italy will pay up to 17 billion euros ($19 billion) to break up two insolvent Venetian banks, which have posed a threat to the country's banking system, the government announced on Sunday.

Italy to pay up to 17 bn euros to deal with two troubled banks: govt

Italy will pay up to 17 billion euros ($19 billion) to break up two insolvent Venetian banks, which have posed a threat to the country's banking system, the government announced on Sunday.


06/26/2017 - 06:06

Glencore makes new bid for Rio's Australia coal assets

Rio Tinto said on Monday that Swiss commodities giant Glencore has upped its offer for the firm's Australian coal assets, raising the stakes in a bidding war with China-backed Yancoal.

Glencore makes new bid for Rio's Australia coal assets

Rio Tinto said on Monday that Swiss commodities giant Glencore has upped its offer for the firm's Australian coal assets, raising the stakes in a bidding war with China-backed Yancoal.


06/26/2017 - 05:47

China's hydropower frenzy drowns sacred mountains

Towering walls of concrete entomb lush forests on mountainsides in southwest China as workers toil on the dry riverbed below to build the country's latest mega-dam.

China's hydropower frenzy drowns sacred mountains

Towering walls of concrete entomb lush forests on mountainsides in southwest China as workers toil on the dry riverbed below to build the country's latest mega-dam.


06/26/2017 - 10:43

Asian markets lifted by oil price bounce but eyes on Trumpcare

Energy firms rose in Asia on Monday as another increase in oil prices eroded last week's hefty losses, but investors are getting tetchy as Donald Trump struggles to pass his healthcare bill, raising concerns about his economic agenda.

Asian markets lifted by oil price bounce but eyes on Trumpcare

Energy firms rose in Asia on Monday as another increase in oil prices eroded last week's hefty losses, but investors are getting tetchy as Donald Trump struggles to pass his healthcare bill, raising concerns about his economic agenda.


06/26/2017 - 03:11

Volkswagen Slovakia workers win wage hike, end strike

Unions at Volkswagen Slovakia said on Sunday they were ending a six-day strike after agreeing a 14.1 percent wage hike with management at the eurozone country's largest private employer.

Volkswagen Slovakia workers win wage hike, end strike

Unions at Volkswagen Slovakia said on Sunday they were ending a six-day strike after agreeing a 14.1 percent wage hike with management at the eurozone country's largest private employer.


06/26/2017 - 04:33

Bermuda banks on lasting America's Cup benefits

Bermuda, with $77 million invested in the 35th America's Cup, is hoping the buzz of yachting's most prestigious event continues to ripple through its turquoise waters long after the regatta concludes.

Bermuda banks on lasting America's Cup benefits

Bermuda, with $77 million invested in the 35th America's Cup, is hoping the buzz of yachting's most prestigious event continues to ripple through its turquoise waters long after the regatta concludes.


06/26/2017 - 10:46

Russian billionaire buys Holland & Barrett

Russian billionaire Mikhail Fridman has bought British health food retailer Holland & Barrett for £1.8 billion ($2.3 billion, 2.0 billion euros), his investment fund said on Monday.

Russian billionaire buys Holland & Barrett

Russian billionaire Mikhail Fridman has bought British health food retailer Holland & Barrett for £1.8 billion ($2.3 billion, 2.0 billion euros), his investment fund said on Monday.

06/26/2017 - 07:33

All Blacks coach Hansen blasts Gatland as 'a bit desperate'

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen lit the fuse on simmering tension with rival Warren Gatland on Monday, labelling the British and Irish Lions mentor "a bit desperate" for accusing his side of dangerous play.

All Blacks coach Hansen blasts Gatland as 'a bit desperate'

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen lit the fuse on simmering tension with rival Warren Gatland on Monday, labelling the British and Irish Lions mentor "a bit desperate" for accusing his side of dangerous play.


06/26/2017 - 02:52

Bunker chip-in brings Spieth his 10th PGA title

Jordan Spieth sank a bunker shot on the first playoff hole on Sunday to defeat US compatriot Daniel Berger and win the Travelers Championship for his 10th career US PGA title.

Bunker chip-in brings Spieth his 10th PGA title

Jordan Spieth sank a bunker shot on the first playoff hole on Sunday to defeat US compatriot Daniel Berger and win the Travelers Championship for his 10th career US PGA title.


06/26/2017 - 05:32

N.Korea doubts over South's Olympic invite: report

A top North Korean sports official voiced doubts over a proposal by South Korean President Moon Jae-In to form a unified Olympic team, citing political tensions and a lack of time, a report said.

N.Korea doubts over South's Olympic invite: report

A top North Korean sports official voiced doubts over a proposal by South Korean President Moon Jae-In to form a unified Olympic team, citing political tensions and a lack of time, a report said.


06/26/2017 - 03:54

New Zealand one win away from America's Cup glory

Helmsman Peter Burling and Emirates Team New Zealand defeated two-time defenders Oracle Team USA twice on Sunday to move within one victory of seizing the America's Cup.

New Zealand one win away from America's Cup glory

Helmsman Peter Burling and Emirates Team New Zealand defeated two-time defenders Oracle Team USA twice on Sunday to move within one victory of seizing the America's Cup.


06/26/2017 - 06:51

Jeff Horn has '10-point plan' to upset Pacquiao

Australian challenger Jeff Horn has a 10-point plan to upset legendary Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao in their World Boxing Organization welterweight title fight, his trainer said Monday.

Jeff Horn has '10-point plan' to upset Pacquiao

Australian challenger Jeff Horn has a 10-point plan to upset legendary Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao in their World Boxing Organization welterweight title fight, his trainer said Monday.


06/26/2017 - 02:44

Rahane, Kohli shine as India rout West Indies in second ODI

Ajinkya Rahane's third hundred and a blistering assault by captain Virat Kohli took India to a comfortable 105-run victory over the West Indies in the second one-day international at the Queen's Park Oval on Sunday.

Rahane, Kohli shine as India rout West Indies in second ODI

Ajinkya Rahane's third hundred and a blistering assault by captain Virat Kohli took India to a comfortable 105-run victory over the West Indies in the second one-day international at the Queen's Park Oval on Sunday.


06/26/2017 - 04:48

South Korea's Ryu moves to No. 1 with LPGA Arkansas win

Ryu So-Yeon seized the world number one ranking on Sunday as she closed with a two-under 69 at the Northwest Arkansas Championship for her 15th career international title.

South Korea's Ryu moves to No. 1 with LPGA Arkansas win

Ryu So-Yeon seized the world number one ranking on Sunday as she closed with a two-under 69 at the Northwest Arkansas Championship for her 15th career international title.


06/26/2017 - 03:01

All Black Ioane's family takes in marooned Lions fan

A stranded British and Irish Lions supporter has told how a stranger's act of kindness resulted in him bunking down at the home of All Blacks sensation Rieko Ioane and his brother Akira.

All Black Ioane's family takes in marooned Lions fan

A stranded British and Irish Lions supporter has told how a stranger's act of kindness resulted in him bunking down at the home of All Blacks sensation Rieko Ioane and his brother Akira.

06/26/2017 - 08:06

Epic struggle of film about Cairo on eve of revolution

Everyone thought Tamer El Said had gone mad in the decade it took him to make his film "In the Last Days of the City".

Epic struggle of film about Cairo on eve of revolution

Everyone thought Tamer El Said had gone mad in the decade it took him to make his film "In the Last Days of the City".


06/26/2017 - 05:11

Erdogan's Istanbul opera house plan sparks excitement, controversy

On the buzzing Taksim Square of Istanbul, the focal point of the modern city, a giant disused building looms over visitors, its glass windows broken and a few tattered advertising banners flapping disconsolately in the breeze.

Erdogan's Istanbul opera house plan sparks excitement, controversy

On the buzzing Taksim Square of Istanbul, the focal point of the modern city, a giant disused building looms over visitors, its glass windows broken and a few tattered advertising banners flapping disconsolately in the breeze.


06/26/2017 - 05:09

Iceland, an open-air Hollywood studio

Crystal clear ice caves, glacial lakes, spewing volcanoes and crashing waterfalls framed by dark lava columns: Iceland's breathtaking landscapes have become a magnet for Hollywood moviemakers looking to conjure up otherworldly scenery.

Iceland, an open-air Hollywood studio

Crystal clear ice caves, glacial lakes, spewing volcanoes and crashing waterfalls framed by dark lava columns: Iceland's breathtaking landscapes have become a magnet for Hollywood moviemakers looking to conjure up otherworldly scenery.


06/26/2017 - 02:30

'Transformers 5' dominates box office but opens at franchise-low

"Transformers: The Last Knight" smashed its way to the top of the North American box office, industry estimates showed on Sunday, sending last week's hit "Cars 3" to second place.

'Transformers 5' dominates box office but opens at franchise-low

"Transformers: The Last Knight" smashed its way to the top of the North American box office, industry estimates showed on Sunday, sending last week's hit "Cars 3" to second place.


06/25/2017 - 13:32

Hogwarts, horcruxes and hippogriffs: Harry Potter turns 20

Harry Potter turns 20 on Monday when muggle readers in gowns and glasses from Indonesia to Uruguay will celebrate the birth of a global publishing phenomenon in 1997.

Hogwarts, horcruxes and hippogriffs: Harry Potter turns 20

Harry Potter turns 20 on Monday when muggle readers in gowns and glasses from Indonesia to Uruguay will celebrate the birth of a global publishing phenomenon in 1997.


06/25/2017 - 15:10

J.K. Rowling: creator of magic who dazzled the world

The creator of a wizarding empire which has dazzled the world, J. K. Rowling struggled through hardship to become an unrivalled children's author with a global voice.

J.K. Rowling: creator of magic who dazzled the world

The creator of a wizarding empire which has dazzled the world, J. K. Rowling struggled through hardship to become an unrivalled children's author with a global voice.


06/25/2017 - 17:10

Harry Potter turns 20: Business empire with humble start

After years of rejection letters, British author J.K. Rowling finally published the first volume of the Harry Potter saga 20 years ago, on June 26, 1997.

Harry Potter turns 20: Business empire with humble start

After years of rejection letters, British author J.K. Rowling finally published the first volume of the Harry Potter saga 20 years ago, on June 26, 1997.


06/24/2017 - 05:29

In Argentina, music cures the soul

Picture a hospital: the bustle of harried doctors and nurses, time dragging for lonely patients, and the pervasive sadness of a place for the sick and dying.

In Argentina, music cures the soul

Picture a hospital: the bustle of harried doctors and nurses, time dragging for lonely patients, and the pervasive sadness of a place for the sick and dying.

06/26/2017 - 05:48

China's hydropower frenzy drowns sacred mountains

Towering walls of concrete entomb lush forests on mountainsides in southwest China as workers toil on the dry riverbed below to build the country's latest mega-dam.

China's hydropower frenzy drowns sacred mountains

Towering walls of concrete entomb lush forests on mountainsides in southwest China as workers toil on the dry riverbed below to build the country's latest mega-dam.


06/26/2017 - 05:09

Iceland, an open-air Hollywood studio

Crystal clear ice caves, glacial lakes, spewing volcanoes and crashing waterfalls framed by dark lava columns: Iceland's breathtaking landscapes have become a magnet for Hollywood moviemakers looking to conjure up otherworldly scenery.

Iceland, an open-air Hollywood studio

Crystal clear ice caves, glacial lakes, spewing volcanoes and crashing waterfalls framed by dark lava columns: Iceland's breathtaking landscapes have become a magnet for Hollywood moviemakers looking to conjure up otherworldly scenery.


06/26/2017 - 08:09

Great Barrier Reef a $42 billion asset 'too big to fail': study

Australia's under-pressure Great Barrier Reef is an asset worth Aus$56 billion (US$42 billion) and as an ecosystem and economic driver is "too big to fail", a study said Monday.

Great Barrier Reef a $42 billion asset 'too big to fail': study

Australia's under-pressure Great Barrier Reef is an asset worth Aus$56 billion (US$42 billion) and as an ecosystem and economic driver is "too big to fail", a study said Monday.


06/26/2017 - 04:22

World mayors urge G20 leaders to 'save the planet'

Dozens of city mayors from around the world -- including Washington, Berlin, Paris, Tokyo and Sydney -- on Monday called on G20 leaders to stick to their commitments on tackling climate change.

World mayors urge G20 leaders to 'save the planet'

Dozens of city mayors from around the world -- including Washington, Berlin, Paris, Tokyo and Sydney -- on Monday called on G20 leaders to stick to their commitments on tackling climate change.


06/26/2017 - 04:12

Successful SpaceX launch delivers satellites into orbit

The American company SpaceX on Sunday successfully placed 10 satellites for the communications company Iridium into orbit using a Falcon 9 rocket.

Successful SpaceX launch delivers satellites into orbit

The American company SpaceX on Sunday successfully placed 10 satellites for the communications company Iridium into orbit using a Falcon 9 rocket.


06/24/2017 - 18:33

Panda mania hits Germany as China's cuddly envoys arrive

Germany had its first taste of panda mania on Saturday as two furry ambassadors arrived from China to begin a new life as stars of Berlin's premier zoo.

Panda mania hits Germany as China's cuddly envoys arrive

Germany had its first taste of panda mania on Saturday as two furry ambassadors arrived from China to begin a new life as stars of Berlin's premier zoo.


06/24/2017 - 17:36

Global green pact supporters launch Paris campaign

Hollywood star turned activist Arnold Schwarzenegger joined politicians and legal experts in Paris Saturday to launch a campaign for a global pact to protect the human right to a clean, healthy environment.

Global green pact supporters launch Paris campaign

Hollywood star turned activist Arnold Schwarzenegger joined politicians and legal experts in Paris Saturday to launch a campaign for a global pact to protect the human right to a clean, healthy environment.


06/24/2017 - 03:58

Climate change more important than partisan politics: Schwarzenegger

Former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger urged people from both ends of the political spectrum to join a "crusade" to save the planet, after a Friday meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron.

Climate change more important than partisan politics: Schwarzenegger

Former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger urged people from both ends of the political spectrum to join a "crusade" to save the planet, after a Friday meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron.

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