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05/26/2018 - 17:04

Ireland set to overturn abortion ban in 'quiet revolution'

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar hailed a "quiet revolution" on Saturday as this traditionally Catholic country looked set to liberalise some of Europe's strictest abortion laws in a historic landslide referendum vote.

Ireland set to overturn abortion ban in 'quiet revolution'

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar hailed a "quiet revolution" on Saturday as this traditionally Catholic country looked set to liberalise some of Europe's strictest abortion laws in a historic landslide referendum vote.


05/26/2018 - 16:24

Korean leaders meet to salvage Trump-Kim summit

North and South Korea's leaders held surprise talks on Saturday to get a historic summit between Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump back on track after a head-spinning series of twists and turns.

Korean leaders meet to salvage Trump-Kim summit

North and South Korea's leaders held surprise talks on Saturday to get a historic summit between Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump back on track after a head-spinning series of twists and turns.


05/26/2018 - 13:53

North and South Korea's leaders meet inside DMZ

South Korea said President Moon Jae-in met with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un on Saturday inside the Demilitarised Zone dividing the two nations, a day after US President Donald Trump said his summit with Pyongyang could still go ahead.

North and South Korea's leaders meet inside DMZ

South Korea said President Moon Jae-in met with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un on Saturday inside the Demilitarised Zone dividing the two nations, a day after US President Donald Trump said his summit with Pyongyang could still go ahead.


05/26/2018 - 10:42

Ireland set to repeal abortion ban by a landslide

Ireland looks set to "make history" by liberalising some of the strictest abortion laws in Europe, Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said as votes in the hard-fought referendum were counted Saturday.

Ireland set to repeal abortion ban by a landslide

Ireland looks set to "make history" by liberalising some of the strictest abortion laws in Europe, Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said as votes in the hard-fought referendum were counted Saturday.


05/26/2018 - 06:16

California university president resigns as abuse scandal widens

The president of a top California university resigned Friday in the wake of a growing scandal over a former campus gynecologist who stands accused of sexually abusing thousands of students over a period of decades.

California university president resigns as abuse scandal widens

The president of a top California university resigned Friday in the wake of a growing scandal over a former campus gynecologist who stands accused of sexually abusing thousands of students over a period of decades.


05/26/2018 - 05:28

Iniesta greets Japanese football fans, vows to conquer Asia

Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta on Saturday made his first appearance at Vissel Kobe since signing for the Japanese side, greeting thousands of fans and vowing to make his new club the biggest in Asia.

Iniesta greets Japanese football fans, vows to conquer Asia

Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta on Saturday made his first appearance at Vissel Kobe since signing for the Japanese side, greeting thousands of fans and vowing to make his new club the biggest in Asia.


05/26/2018 - 04:27

Taiwan diplomacy harder than ever in US-China tug of war

Diplomacy has never been easy for Taiwan and is becoming ever more complex as it is caught between the United States under an unpredictable leader and an increasingly assertive China, which claims the self-ruling island as its own.

Taiwan diplomacy harder than ever in US-China tug of war

Diplomacy has never been easy for Taiwan and is becoming ever more complex as it is caught between the United States under an unpredictable leader and an increasingly assertive China, which claims the self-ruling island as its own.


05/26/2018 - 04:11

Trump says North Korea summit could still happen

One day after abruptly pulling the plug on a high-stakes summit with North Korea, US President Donald Trump said Friday the meeting with Kim Jong Un could go ahead after all -- and would "likely" happen on the originally scheduled date of June 12.

Trump says North Korea summit could still happen

One day after abruptly pulling the plug on a high-stakes summit with North Korea, US President Donald Trump said Friday the meeting with Kim Jong Un could go ahead after all -- and would "likely" happen on the originally scheduled date of June 12.


05/26/2018 - 03:55

In an Iraqi village, a little girl hides skin disease from neighbours

Four-year-old Iraqi girl Haura should be enjoying her childhood -- games in the street, tearing in and out of friends' homes and small squabbles over toys.

In an Iraqi village, a little girl hides skin disease from neighbours

Four-year-old Iraqi girl Haura should be enjoying her childhood -- games in the street, tearing in and out of friends' homes and small squabbles over toys.


05/26/2018 - 03:31

Liverpool hoping experience not everything in final against Real

Liverpool will attempt to end Cristiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid's recent dominance in the Champions League when the sides meet in Saturday's final in Kiev, with Reds manager Jurgen Klopp insisting experience is not everything.

Liverpool hoping experience not everything in final against Real

Liverpool will attempt to end Cristiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid's recent dominance in the Champions League when the sides meet in Saturday's final in Kiev, with Reds manager Jurgen Klopp insisting experience is not everything.


05/26/2018 - 03:18

White House has deal to lift sanctions on China's ZTE

US President Donald Trump said Friday he had reached a deal to keep Chinese telecoms giant ZTE running, rolling back some penalties in exchange for security guarantees -- a move that infuriated Democrats and some in his own party.

White House has deal to lift sanctions on China's ZTE

US President Donald Trump said Friday he had reached a deal to keep Chinese telecoms giant ZTE running, rolling back some penalties in exchange for security guarantees -- a move that infuriated Democrats and some in his own party.


05/26/2018 - 02:41

Baseball win-leading Red Sox dump Ramirez as Pedroia returns

Major League Baseball's winningest team, the Boston Red Sox, shockingly dropped three-time All-Star Hanley Ramirez on Friday as they welcomed back second baseman Dustin Pedroia following left knee surgery.

Baseball win-leading Red Sox dump Ramirez as Pedroia returns

Major League Baseball's winningest team, the Boston Red Sox, shockingly dropped three-time All-Star Hanley Ramirez on Friday as they welcomed back second baseman Dustin Pedroia following left knee surgery.


05/26/2018 - 02:39

Three key Champions League final duels

The two highest scoring sides in this season's Champions League face off for the title when defending champions Real Madrid and Liverpool go head-to-head in Kiev on Saturday (1845GMT).

Three key Champions League final duels

The two highest scoring sides in this season's Champions League face off for the title when defending champions Real Madrid and Liverpool go head-to-head in Kiev on Saturday (1845GMT).


05/26/2018 - 02:23

Wealthy celebrities like Weinstein better-armed to face sex charges

In handcuffing powerful movie producer Harvey Weinstein Friday, US authorities justice appeared to confirm that no one escapes the long arm of the law in the United States.

Wealthy celebrities like Weinstein better-armed to face sex charges

In handcuffing powerful movie producer Harvey Weinstein Friday, US authorities justice appeared to confirm that no one escapes the long arm of the law in the United States.


05/26/2018 - 02:22

White House has deal to lift sanctions on China's ZTE: report

The White House says it has reached a deal with Chinese telecoms giant ZTE that would lift crippling sanctions slapped on the company, The New York Times reported Friday.

White House has deal to lift sanctions on China's ZTE: report

The White House says it has reached a deal with Chinese telecoms giant ZTE that would lift crippling sanctions slapped on the company, The New York Times reported Friday.


05/26/2018 - 02:22

Ireland tipped to repeal abortion ban by a landslide

Ireland voted overwhelmingly to liberalise some of the strictest abortion laws in Europe on Friday, according to exit polls in a historic referendum in the traditionally Catholic country.

Ireland tipped to repeal abortion ban by a landslide

Ireland voted overwhelmingly to liberalise some of the strictest abortion laws in Europe on Friday, according to exit polls in a historic referendum in the traditionally Catholic country.


05/26/2018 - 02:21

Walk and chew gum, it may keep you thin: study

Still looking for the secret to effortless weight loss? It may be as simple as chewing gum while walking, Japanese researchers suggested on Saturday.

Walk and chew gum, it may keep you thin: study

Still looking for the secret to effortless weight loss? It may be as simple as chewing gum while walking, Japanese researchers suggested on Saturday.


05/25/2018 - 23:03

Weinstein charged with rape, sex crime in New York

Disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein was charged with rape and a sex crime in New York on Friday, in what was hailed a landmark for the #MeToo movement, nearly eight months after his career imploded in a blaze of accusations of misconduct.

Weinstein charged with rape, sex crime in New York

Disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein was charged with rape and a sex crime in New York on Friday, in what was hailed a landmark for the #MeToo movement, nearly eight months after his career imploded in a blaze of accusations of misconduct.


05/25/2018 - 20:41

Iran expects measures to save nuclear deal by end of May

European countries have until the end of May to propose ways to mitigate the effects of the US withdrawal from a landmark nuclear deal between world powers and Tehran, a senior Iranian official said Friday.

Iran expects measures to save nuclear deal by end of May

European countries have until the end of May to propose ways to mitigate the effects of the US withdrawal from a landmark nuclear deal between world powers and Tehran, a senior Iranian official said Friday.


05/25/2018 - 19:57

Dutch, Australia name Russia as behind MH17 downing

The Netherlands and Australia on Friday took the first step towards dragging Russia to court over the shooting down of flight MH17, accusing Moscow of being responsible for the disaster over war-torn eastern Ukraine in 2014.

Dutch, Australia name Russia as behind MH17 downing

The Netherlands and Australia on Friday took the first step towards dragging Russia to court over the shooting down of flight MH17, accusing Moscow of being responsible for the disaster over war-torn eastern Ukraine in 2014.


05/25/2018 - 18:46

WHO gets kudos for fast Ebola action in DRC, but prevention lagging

The World Health Organization has received widespread praise for its quick response to an Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo, although observers warn prevention and information to affected communities remain insufficient.

WHO gets kudos for fast Ebola action in DRC, but prevention lagging

The World Health Organization has received widespread praise for its quick response to an Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo, although observers warn prevention and information to affected communities remain insufficient.


05/25/2018 - 18:32

Don't eat bitter pumpkin, study warns after women lose hair

A doctor warned Friday that bitter-tasting pumpkins and squashes can contain potent toxins, after two women were poisoned by their dinners and lost most of their hair.

Don't eat bitter pumpkin, study warns after women lose hair

A doctor warned Friday that bitter-tasting pumpkins and squashes can contain potent toxins, after two women were poisoned by their dinners and lost most of their hair.


05/25/2018 - 17:35

US websites blacked out in Europe on 'Happy GDPR Day'

The EU's flagship new data protection laws came into effect on Friday but hit an early hitch as several major US news websites were blocked to European users.

US websites blacked out in Europe on 'Happy GDPR Day'

The EU's flagship new data protection laws came into effect on Friday but hit an early hitch as several major US news websites were blocked to European users.


05/25/2018 - 17:06

Graft-tainted Spanish PM faces no-confidence motion

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Friday faced a Socialist no-confidence motion and calls for a snap election after his Popular Party was found guilty of benefiting from illegal funds in a massive graft trial.

Graft-tainted Spanish PM faces no-confidence motion

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Friday faced a Socialist no-confidence motion and calls for a snap election after his Popular Party was found guilty of benefiting from illegal funds in a massive graft trial.


05/25/2018 - 15:39

Trucker strike paralyzes Brazil auto production

Brazil's auto industry was completely shut down on Friday because of a truckers' strike that has severely affected supplies throughout the country, a manufacturers' association said.

Trucker strike paralyzes Brazil auto production

Brazil's auto industry was completely shut down on Friday because of a truckers' strike that has severely affected supplies throughout the country, a manufacturers' association said.


05/25/2018 - 15:19

Iran nuclear deal 'in intensive care' as signatories meet in Vienna

Signatories of the Iran nuclear deal met in Vienna on Friday in a bid to save the agreement, as Iran warned the deal had been put "in intensive care" by Washington's dramatic withdrawal earlier this month.

Iran nuclear deal 'in intensive care' as signatories meet in Vienna

Signatories of the Iran nuclear deal met in Vienna on Friday in a bid to save the agreement, as Iran warned the deal had been put "in intensive care" by Washington's dramatic withdrawal earlier this month.


05/25/2018 - 15:19

Trump welcomes 'productive' N.Korea reaction on talks

US President Donald Trump on Friday welcomed North Korea's response to his decision to call off a high-stakes summit next month, after Kim Jong Un's regime said it was still willing to talk "at any time."

Trump welcomes 'productive' N.Korea reaction on talks

US President Donald Trump on Friday welcomed North Korea's response to his decision to call off a high-stakes summit next month, after Kim Jong Un's regime said it was still willing to talk "at any time."

05/26/2018 - 17:14

Amir's double strike sparks England collapse in first Test

Mohammad Amir took two wickets in three balls as Pakistan closed in on an innings victory inside three days in the first Test against England at Lord's on Saturday.

Amir's double strike sparks England collapse in first Test

Mohammad Amir took two wickets in three balls as Pakistan closed in on an innings victory inside three days in the first Test against England at Lord's on Saturday.


05/26/2018 - 17:05

Froome on brink of Giro d'Italia triumph as Nieve wins 20th stage

Britain's Chris Froome is on the brink of a maiden Giro d'Italia title after defending the leader's pink jersey in the 20th and penultimate stage on Saturday.

Froome on brink of Giro d'Italia triumph as Nieve wins 20th stage

Britain's Chris Froome is on the brink of a maiden Giro d'Italia title after defending the leader's pink jersey in the 20th and penultimate stage on Saturday.


05/26/2018 - 16:47

Verstappen to learn from brutal lesson, says Red Bull boss

Max Verstappen learned a brutal lesson on Saturday when he crashed in final practice and missed out on qualifying for Sunday’s Monaco Grand Prix, according to Red Bull team boss Christian Horner.

Verstappen to learn from brutal lesson, says Red Bull boss

Max Verstappen learned a brutal lesson on Saturday when he crashed in final practice and missed out on qualifying for Sunday’s Monaco Grand Prix, according to Red Bull team boss Christian Horner.


05/26/2018 - 16:37

Ricciardo romps to Monaco pole, crash woe for Verstappen

Daniel Ricciardo took pole position for Sunday’s Monaco Grand Prix with another sensational record-breaking performance for Red Bull in a dramatic qualifying on Saturday.

Ricciardo romps to Monaco pole, crash woe for Verstappen

Daniel Ricciardo took pole position for Sunday’s Monaco Grand Prix with another sensational record-breaking performance for Red Bull in a dramatic qualifying on Saturday.


05/26/2018 - 15:36

Japan keeps word, gifts Akita dog to Russian skater Zagitova

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Saturday took part in a ceremony to present a Japanese Akita dog to Russia's Olympic figure skating champion Alina Zagitova during a visit to Moscow.

Japan keeps word, gifts Akita dog to Russian skater Zagitova

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Saturday took part in a ceremony to present a Japanese Akita dog to Russia's Olympic figure skating champion Alina Zagitova during a visit to Moscow.


05/26/2018 - 15:21

Platini says FIFA must now end his ban, but probe goes on

Former UEFA president Michel Platini said Saturday FIFA must now lift his ban over a 1.8-million-euro payment after Swiss prosecutors said they had found no evidence so far to bring charges against him.

Platini says FIFA must now end his ban, but probe goes on

Former UEFA president Michel Platini said Saturday FIFA must now lift his ban over a 1.8-million-euro payment after Swiss prosecutors said they had found no evidence so far to bring charges against him.


05/26/2018 - 14:49

Ricciardo top again after big Verstappen crash

Daniel Ricciardo topped the times with another record lap after his Red Bull team-mate Max Verstappen crashed heavily in Saturday morning's dramatic final practice for the Monaco Grand Prix.

Ricciardo top again after big Verstappen crash

Daniel Ricciardo topped the times with another record lap after his Red Bull team-mate Max Verstappen crashed heavily in Saturday morning's dramatic final practice for the Monaco Grand Prix.


05/26/2018 - 14:31

Cricket: England v Pakistan 1st Test scoreboard

Scoreboard at lunch on the third day of the first Test between England and Pakistan at Lord's on Saturday:

Scoreboard at lunch on the third day of the first Test between England and Pakistan at Lord's on Saturday:


05/26/2018 - 14:17

England 37-2 in 2nd Innings, Pakistan lead by 142 runs in 1st Test

England were 37 for two in their second innings, a deficit of 142 runs, at lunch on the third day of the first Test against Pakistan at Lord's on Saturday.

England 37-2 in 2nd Innings, Pakistan lead by 142 runs in 1st Test

England were 37 for two in their second innings, a deficit of 142 runs, at lunch on the third day of the first Test against Pakistan at Lord's on Saturday.


05/26/2018 - 14:05

Spirit of Liverpool can stop Real's record run, says Klopp

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has challenged his players to stop Real Madrid lifting a third consecutive Champions League trophy on Saturday and show fans that winning "big things" is still in the club's DNA.

Spirit of Liverpool can stop Real's record run, says Klopp

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has challenged his players to stop Real Madrid lifting a third consecutive Champions League trophy on Saturday and show fans that winning "big things" is still in the club's DNA.


05/26/2018 - 13:14

Japan end 37-year drought with Uber Cup win

Japan's women clinched the Uber Cup on Saturday, breezing by surprise finalists Thailand 3-0 in Bangkok to end a 37-year wait to regain the title.

Japan end 37-year drought with Uber Cup win

Japan's women clinched the Uber Cup on Saturday, breezing by surprise finalists Thailand 3-0 in Bangkok to end a 37-year wait to regain the title.


05/26/2018 - 12:25

Platini says FIFA must now end his ban, but probe goes on

Former UEFA president Michel Platini said Saturday he hoped FIFA would lift his ban over a controversial 1.8-million-euro payment after Swiss prosecutors said they had found no evidence so far to incriminate him.

Platini says FIFA must now end his ban, but probe goes on

Former UEFA president Michel Platini said Saturday he hoped FIFA would lift his ban over a controversial 1.8-million-euro payment after Swiss prosecutors said they had found no evidence so far to incriminate him.


05/26/2018 - 11:26

Hughes 'thrilled' to commit to Southampton

Mark Hughes, described as the 'perfect fit' by Southampton chairman Ralph Krueger earlier this month, said he was thrilled to have signed a three-year contract with the club after preserving their Premier League status.

Hughes 'thrilled' to commit to Southampton

Mark Hughes, described as the 'perfect fit' by Southampton chairman Ralph Krueger earlier this month, said he was thrilled to have signed a three-year contract with the club after preserving their Premier League status.


05/26/2018 - 10:48

Liverpool hoping experience not everything in final against Real

Liverpool will attempt to end Cristiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid's recent dominance in the Champions League when the sides meet in Saturday's final in Kiev, with Reds manager Jurgen Klopp insisting experience is not everything.

Liverpool hoping experience not everything in final against Real

Liverpool will attempt to end Cristiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid's recent dominance in the Champions League when the sides meet in Saturday's final in Kiev, with Reds manager Jurgen Klopp insisting experience is not everything.


05/26/2018 - 05:28

Iniesta greets Japanese football fans, vows to conquer Asia

Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta on Saturday made his first appearance at Vissel Kobe since signing for the Japanese side, greeting thousands of fans and vowing to make his new club the biggest in Asia.

Iniesta greets Japanese football fans, vows to conquer Asia

Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta on Saturday made his first appearance at Vissel Kobe since signing for the Japanese side, greeting thousands of fans and vowing to make his new club the biggest in Asia.


05/26/2018 - 04:00

T20 needs eight runs for a big hit, says cricket legend Jones

Dean Jones, in his day one of the biggest-hitting batsmen in cricket, has called for fresh innovation in Twenty20 by creating a new eight-run shot if the ball goes more than 85 metres.

T20 needs eight runs for a big hit, says cricket legend Jones

Dean Jones, in his day one of the biggest-hitting batsmen in cricket, has called for fresh innovation in Twenty20 by creating a new eight-run shot if the ball goes more than 85 metres.


05/26/2018 - 02:44

Rose confident for US Open after strong start at PGA Colonial

Britain's Justin Rose fired a six-under par 64 Friday to grab the second-round lead at the US PGA Fort Worth Invitational, boosting his confidence for next month's US Open.

Rose confident for US Open after strong start at PGA Colonial

Britain's Justin Rose fired a six-under par 64 Friday to grab the second-round lead at the US PGA Fort Worth Invitational, boosting his confidence for next month's US Open.


05/26/2018 - 02:41

Baseball win-leading Red Sox dump Ramirez as Pedroia returns

Major League Baseball's winningest team, the Boston Red Sox, shockingly dropped three-time All-Star Hanley Ramirez on Friday as they welcomed back second baseman Dustin Pedroia following left knee surgery.

Baseball win-leading Red Sox dump Ramirez as Pedroia returns

Major League Baseball's winningest team, the Boston Red Sox, shockingly dropped three-time All-Star Hanley Ramirez on Friday as they welcomed back second baseman Dustin Pedroia following left knee surgery.


05/26/2018 - 02:39

Three key Champions League final duels

The two highest scoring sides in this season's Champions League face off for the title when defending champions Real Madrid and Liverpool go head-to-head in Kiev on Saturday (1845GMT).

Three key Champions League final duels

The two highest scoring sides in this season's Champions League face off for the title when defending champions Real Madrid and Liverpool go head-to-head in Kiev on Saturday (1845GMT).


05/26/2018 - 00:02

Five things on the French Open women's singles

Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka are making their returns to Grand Slam tennis at the French Open, while world number one Simona Halep is bidding to finally win her first major title.

Five things on the French Open women's singles

Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka are making their returns to Grand Slam tennis at the French Open, while world number one Simona Halep is bidding to finally win her first major title.


05/26/2018 - 00:02

Five things on the French Open men's singles

Rafael Nadal eyes his 11th French Open title while former champions Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka battle their way back from injury.

Five things on the French Open men's singles

Rafael Nadal eyes his 11th French Open title while former champions Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka battle their way back from injury.


05/25/2018 - 23:50

Pienaar sends Montpellier into Top 14 final after crushing Lyon

Favourites Montpellier trounced the underdogs Lyon 40-14 in the French Rugby Union Top 14 semi-finals on Friday, scoring four tries on the way in front of almost 60,000 fans.

Pienaar sends Montpellier into Top 14 final after crushing Lyon

Favourites Montpellier trounced the underdogs Lyon 40-14 in the French Rugby Union Top 14 semi-finals on Friday, scoring four tries on the way in front of almost 60,000 fans.


05/25/2018 - 23:42

Tomic sets-up all-Australian Roland Garros clash with Kyrgios

Bernard Tomic came through qualifying at the French Open on Friday to set up a first round clash with Australian compatriot, and fellow troubled soul, Nick Kyrgios.

Tomic sets-up all-Australian Roland Garros clash with Kyrgios

Bernard Tomic came through qualifying at the French Open on Friday to set up a first round clash with Australian compatriot, and fellow troubled soul, Nick Kyrgios.


05/25/2018 - 23:19

Montpellier into Top 14 final after crushing Lyon

Montpellier beat Lyon 40-14 in the French Rugby Union Top 14 semi-finals on Friday, scoring four tries on the way in front of almost 60,000 fans.

Montpellier into Top 14 final after crushing Lyon

Montpellier beat Lyon 40-14 in the French Rugby Union Top 14 semi-finals on Friday, scoring four tries on the way in front of almost 60,000 fans.


05/25/2018 - 23:15

Pakistan suffer Babar blow after piling on agony for England

Pakistan again showed England how to play in their own conditions in the first Test at Lord's on Friday before suffering a blow when Babar Azam was ruled out of the remainder of this two-Test series with a wrist injury.

Pakistan suffer Babar blow after piling on agony for England

Pakistan again showed England how to play in their own conditions in the first Test at Lord's on Friday before suffering a blow when Babar Azam was ruled out of the remainder of this two-Test series with a wrist injury.


05/25/2018 - 23:03

McIlroy's brilliance drives rivals to distraction

Northern Irish golf star Rory McIlroy played such a sublime second round of golf at the PGA Championship on Friday he had defending champion Alex Noren quipping about early retirement.

McIlroy's brilliance drives rivals to distraction

Northern Irish golf star Rory McIlroy played such a sublime second round of golf at the PGA Championship on Friday he had defending champion Alex Noren quipping about early retirement.


05/25/2018 - 23:00

Who are you? Guide to French Open stars' rivals

Who are the players looking to take down the top stars in this year's French Open:

Who are you? Guide to French Open stars' rivals

Who are the players looking to take down the top stars in this year's French Open:

05/26/2018 - 10:10

America revisits 'Pizza Bomber' mystery with new Netflix series

As bank heists in America go, this was one of the weirdest: in 2003, a pizza delivery man walks into a bank with a bomb around his neck and a note demanding a quarter of a million dollars.

America revisits 'Pizza Bomber' mystery with new Netflix series

As bank heists in America go, this was one of the weirdest: in 2003, a pizza delivery man walks into a bank with a bomb around his neck and a note demanding a quarter of a million dollars.


05/26/2018 - 03:22

Filmmaker, AIDS orphan Carla Simon on Spain's 'lost generation'

Catalan filmmaker Carla Simon remembers little of the day that, aged six, she joined the ranks of countless orphans left behind by Spain's "lost generation" of AIDS victims.

Filmmaker, AIDS orphan Carla Simon on Spain's 'lost generation'

Catalan filmmaker Carla Simon remembers little of the day that, aged six, she joined the ranks of countless orphans left behind by Spain's "lost generation" of AIDS victims.


05/26/2018 - 02:23

Wealthy celebrities like Weinstein better-armed to face sex charges

In handcuffing powerful movie producer Harvey Weinstein Friday, US authorities justice appeared to confirm that no one escapes the long arm of the law in the United States.

Wealthy celebrities like Weinstein better-armed to face sex charges

In handcuffing powerful movie producer Harvey Weinstein Friday, US authorities justice appeared to confirm that no one escapes the long arm of the law in the United States.


05/25/2018 - 23:03

Weinstein charged with rape, sex crime in New York

Disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein was charged with rape and a sex crime in New York on Friday, in what was hailed a landmark for the #MeToo movement, nearly eight months after his career imploded in a blaze of accusations of misconduct.

Weinstein charged with rape, sex crime in New York

Disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein was charged with rape and a sex crime in New York on Friday, in what was hailed a landmark for the #MeToo movement, nearly eight months after his career imploded in a blaze of accusations of misconduct.


05/25/2018 - 21:35

Weinstein accuser 'elated' over indictment

One of Harvey Weinstein's accusers said Friday she was "elated" at seeing him indicted for rape and sex crime.

Weinstein accuser 'elated' over indictment

One of Harvey Weinstein's accusers said Friday she was "elated" at seeing him indicted for rape and sex crime.


05/25/2018 - 19:17

The Weinstein scandal in five key dates

The scandal surrounding Harvey Weinstein erupted on October 5 last year, with the publication in The New York Times of a first series of accusations from women who claimed to have been harassed or assaulted by the movie mogul.

The Weinstein scandal in five key dates

The scandal surrounding Harvey Weinstein erupted on October 5 last year, with the publication in The New York Times of a first series of accusations from women who claimed to have been harassed or assaulted by the movie mogul.


05/25/2018 - 18:56

Nobel Foundation says literature prize may be delayed again

The Nobel Foundation on Friday said this year's literature prize, already postponed until 2019 due to a sexual assault scandal, may be delayed further.

Nobel Foundation says literature prize may be delayed again

The Nobel Foundation on Friday said this year's literature prize, already postponed until 2019 due to a sexual assault scandal, may be delayed further.


05/25/2018 - 17:47

From Hollywood 'God' to #MeToo pariah: the disgrace of Weinstein

For decades, he was the kingmaker lording it over Hollywood who Meryl Streep famously called "God." But on Friday, Harvey Weinstein was arrested and charged with rape, the most famous pariah of the #MeToo cause.

From Hollywood 'God' to #MeToo pariah: the disgrace of Weinstein

For decades, he was the kingmaker lording it over Hollywood who Meryl Streep famously called "God." But on Friday, Harvey Weinstein was arrested and charged with rape, the most famous pariah of the #MeToo cause.


05/25/2018 - 15:43

Lesbian film ban 'ridiculous' says Kenya Film Commission

The head of Kenya's film commission has slammed a decision to impose a domestic ban a Kenya-made film about lesbian love that received a standing ovation at this month's Cannes festival.

Lesbian film ban 'ridiculous' says Kenya Film Commission

The head of Kenya's film commission has slammed a decision to impose a domestic ban a Kenya-made film about lesbian love that received a standing ovation at this month's Cannes festival.


05/25/2018 - 13:37

Picasso's ties to the kitchen explored at Barcelona show

A deformed bottle of wine, a colander in the place of a woman's head or a ceramic plate with inlaid fish bones: For the first time, the intimate connection between Pablo Picasso's work and gastronomy is on display in his Barcelona museum.

Picasso's ties to the kitchen explored at Barcelona show

A deformed bottle of wine, a colander in the place of a woman's head or a ceramic plate with inlaid fish bones: For the first time, the intimate connection between Pablo Picasso's work and gastronomy is on display in his Barcelona museum.


05/25/2018 - 12:44

Russian activists implore Macron over hunger-striking Ukraine director

French President Emmanuel Macron has met with Russian rights activists who urged him to pressure Vladimir Putin to free a hunger-striking Ukrainian film director, they said on Friday.

Russian activists implore Macron over hunger-striking Ukraine director

French President Emmanuel Macron has met with Russian rights activists who urged him to pressure Vladimir Putin to free a hunger-striking Ukrainian film director, they said on Friday.


05/25/2018 - 10:50

Danny Boyle to direct new Bond film out in October 2019

Oscar-winning filmmaker Danny Boyle will direct the next James Bond film, with actor Daniel Craig returning for the fifth time as the legendary British spy, the movies' producers announced Friday.

Danny Boyle to direct new Bond film out in October 2019

Oscar-winning filmmaker Danny Boyle will direct the next James Bond film, with actor Daniel Craig returning for the fifth time as the legendary British spy, the movies' producers announced Friday.


05/25/2018 - 03:04

Lucasfilm planning 'Star Wars' spin-off on Boba Fett: reports

"Star Wars" fan favorite Boba Fett is to get his own spin-off movie in Lucasfilm's epic space franchise, US entertainment media reported on Thursday.

Lucasfilm planning 'Star Wars' spin-off on Boba Fett: reports

"Star Wars" fan favorite Boba Fett is to get his own spin-off movie in Lucasfilm's epic space franchise, US entertainment media reported on Thursday.


05/25/2018 - 00:24

Models, actresses, employees: the women speaking out against Weinstein

Dozens of actress, models and ex-employees have come out to accuse veteran producer Harvey Weinstein, 66, of harassment, abuse and rape dating as far back as the 1990s.

Models, actresses, employees: the women speaking out against Weinstein

Dozens of actress, models and ex-employees have come out to accuse veteran producer Harvey Weinstein, 66, of harassment, abuse and rape dating as far back as the 1990s.


05/24/2018 - 23:52

Weinstein: from Hollywood 'God' to potential perp walk

For decades he was the Hollywood kingmaker capable of building or breaking careers. Meryl Streep famously called him "God" but now Harvey Weinstein, his name mud and his career over, faces arrest for sexual assault.

Weinstein: from Hollywood 'God' to potential perp walk

For decades he was the Hollywood kingmaker capable of building or breaking careers. Meryl Streep famously called him "God" but now Harvey Weinstein, his name mud and his career over, faces arrest for sexual assault.


05/24/2018 - 22:36

Morgan Freeman apologizes after sexual harassment claims

Octogenarian Oscar-winner Morgan Freeman apologized Thursday after a report of multiple sexual harassment accusations, making the actor the latest high-profile figure to face allegations of misconduct in the #MeToo era.

Morgan Freeman apologizes after sexual harassment claims

Octogenarian Oscar-winner Morgan Freeman apologized Thursday after a report of multiple sexual harassment accusations, making the actor the latest high-profile figure to face allegations of misconduct in the #MeToo era.


05/24/2018 - 21:57

Weinstein to 'surrender' to NY authorities Friday: US media

Disgraced former Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein is expected to surrender to authorities in New York on Friday following a months-long investigation into allegations that he sexually assaulted women, US media reported.

Weinstein to 'surrender' to NY authorities Friday: US media

Disgraced former Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein is expected to surrender to authorities in New York on Friday following a months-long investigation into allegations that he sexually assaulted women, US media reported.


05/24/2018 - 19:39

Morgan Freeman apologizes after sexual harassment claims

Hollywood movie star Morgan Freeman apologized Thursday over reports that multiple women accused him of sexual misconduct.

Morgan Freeman apologizes after sexual harassment claims

Hollywood movie star Morgan Freeman apologized Thursday over reports that multiple women accused him of sexual misconduct.


05/24/2018 - 13:01

Serbian street artists make football the beautiful game

Graffiti or street artists in Belgrade are playing out a football rivalry on the city's walls in a development far from the image of ultranationalism and violent Balkan fans.

Serbian street artists make football the beautiful game

Graffiti or street artists in Belgrade are playing out a football rivalry on the city's walls in a development far from the image of ultranationalism and violent Balkan fans.


05/24/2018 - 04:51

Woody Allen son says father did not molest daughter

Moses Farrow, the adopted son of Mia Farrow and Woody Allen, released a lengthy personal essay Wednesday, disputing allegations that his father molested his sister and accusing his mother of abuse.

Woody Allen son says father did not molest daughter

Moses Farrow, the adopted son of Mia Farrow and Woody Allen, released a lengthy personal essay Wednesday, disputing allegations that his father molested his sister and accusing his mother of abuse.


05/24/2018 - 02:52

West Hollywood grants Stormy Daniels keys to the city

Stormy Daniels was granted the keys to the Californian city of West Hollywood on Wednesday to celebrate her court battle with President Donald Trump over a sexual encounter she claims they had more than a decade ago.

West Hollywood grants Stormy Daniels keys to the city

Stormy Daniels was granted the keys to the Californian city of West Hollywood on Wednesday to celebrate her court battle with President Donald Trump over a sexual encounter she claims they had more than a decade ago.


05/24/2018 - 01:55

Book by 'Game of Thrones' author to be animated film

Warner Bros is set to produce an animated film based on an early book by the author of the "Game of Thrones" saga, a source familiar with the matter told AFP Wednesday.

Book by 'Game of Thrones' author to be animated film

Warner Bros is set to produce an animated film based on an early book by the author of the "Game of Thrones" saga, a source familiar with the matter told AFP Wednesday.


05/24/2018 - 01:15

Was Philip Roth misogynist? His death reopens debate

The death of Philip Roth has reopened a decades-old debate about the extent to which the American literary master was a misogynist and whether his work should be re-examined in the #MeToo era.

Was Philip Roth misogynist? His death reopens debate

The death of Philip Roth has reopened a decades-old debate about the extent to which the American literary master was a misogynist and whether his work should be re-examined in the #MeToo era.


05/24/2018 - 01:04

Comcast challenges Disney for control of 21st Century Fox assets

A full-fledged bidding war for key assets of Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox erupted Wednesday as media and cable giant Comcast announced it plans an all-cash bid that would top an existing offer from Walt Disney Co.

Comcast challenges Disney for control of 21st Century Fox assets

A full-fledged bidding war for key assets of Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox erupted Wednesday as media and cable giant Comcast announced it plans an all-cash bid that would top an existing offer from Walt Disney Co.


05/24/2018 - 00:34

ABC accused of exploitation over Michael Jackson show

Michael Jackson's estate has slammed an upcoming television special about the late King of Pop, describing it Wednesday as a "crass and unauthorized" effort to exploit the singer's name.

ABC accused of exploitation over Michael Jackson show

Michael Jackson's estate has slammed an upcoming television special about the late King of Pop, describing it Wednesday as a "crass and unauthorized" effort to exploit the singer's name.


05/23/2018 - 22:38

Philip Roth, teller of American extremism, appalled by Trump

If Philip Roth is credited with a damning premonition of the Trump presidency in his 2004 novel "The Plot Against America," the late novelist was profoundly shocked by the reality of 21st century US politics.

Philip Roth, teller of American extremism, appalled by Trump

If Philip Roth is credited with a damning premonition of the Trump presidency in his 2004 novel "The Plot Against America," the late novelist was profoundly shocked by the reality of 21st century US politics.


05/23/2018 - 21:17

Tributes pour in for literary giant Philip Roth

Tributes poured in Wednesday honoring the late US literary giant Philip Roth, whose prolific career as a novelist, essayist and critic chronicled the American experience in the 20th century.

Tributes pour in for literary giant Philip Roth

Tributes poured in Wednesday honoring the late US literary giant Philip Roth, whose prolific career as a novelist, essayist and critic chronicled the American experience in the 20th century.

05/26/2018 - 17:19

Peruvian scientists use DNA to trace origins of Inca emperors

Researchers in Peru believe they have traced the origins of the Incas -- the largest pre-Hispanic civilization in the Americas -- through the DNA of the modern-day descendants of their emperors.

Peruvian scientists use DNA to trace origins of Inca emperors

Researchers in Peru believe they have traced the origins of the Incas -- the largest pre-Hispanic civilization in the Americas -- through the DNA of the modern-day descendants of their emperors.


05/26/2018 - 10:18

Panda cub makes first public appearance at Malaysia zoo

A four-month-old panda cub made her first public appearance Saturday at the Malaysian zoo where she was born, to the delight of visitors.

Panda cub makes first public appearance at Malaysia zoo

A four-month-old panda cub made her first public appearance Saturday at the Malaysian zoo where she was born, to the delight of visitors.


05/26/2018 - 03:55

In an Iraqi village, a little girl hides skin disease from neighbours

Four-year-old Iraqi girl Haura should be enjoying her childhood -- games in the street, tearing in and out of friends' homes and small squabbles over toys.

In an Iraqi village, a little girl hides skin disease from neighbours

Four-year-old Iraqi girl Haura should be enjoying her childhood -- games in the street, tearing in and out of friends' homes and small squabbles over toys.


05/25/2018 - 23:24

One dead as Cyclone Mekunu hits southern Oman

Cyclone Mekunu on Friday lashed southern Oman with high winds and rain, killing at least one person and wounding three a day after wreaking havoc on the Yemeni island of Socotra.

One dead as Cyclone Mekunu hits southern Oman

Cyclone Mekunu on Friday lashed southern Oman with high winds and rain, killing at least one person and wounding three a day after wreaking havoc on the Yemeni island of Socotra.


05/25/2018 - 19:49

Subtropical Storm Alberto forms ahead of hurricane season

Subtropical Storm Alberto formed in the Caribbean on Friday, giving an early kickoff to the Atlantic hurricane season one week ahead of schedule.

Subtropical Storm Alberto forms ahead of hurricane season

Subtropical Storm Alberto formed in the Caribbean on Friday, giving an early kickoff to the Atlantic hurricane season one week ahead of schedule.


05/25/2018 - 18:32

Don't eat bitter pumpkin, study warns after women lose hair

A doctor warned Friday that bitter-tasting pumpkins and squashes can contain potent toxins, after two women were poisoned by their dinners and lost most of their hair.

Don't eat bitter pumpkin, study warns after women lose hair

A doctor warned Friday that bitter-tasting pumpkins and squashes can contain potent toxins, after two women were poisoned by their dinners and lost most of their hair.


05/25/2018 - 17:43

In S.Africa, a unique telescope link-up scans deep space

Scientists in South Africa on Friday launched the world's first optical telescope linked to a radio telescope, combining "eyes and ears" to try to unravel the secrets of the universe.

In S.Africa, a unique telescope link-up scans deep space

Scientists in South Africa on Friday launched the world's first optical telescope linked to a radio telescope, combining "eyes and ears" to try to unravel the secrets of the universe.


05/25/2018 - 15:41

Less snow leaves weasels exposed to predators: scientists

Fluffy white weasels that once frolicked in snowy fields unnoticed now have a target on their back thanks to global warming, scientists said Thursday.

Less snow leaves weasels exposed to predators: scientists

Fluffy white weasels that once frolicked in snowy fields unnoticed now have a target on their back thanks to global warming, scientists said Thursday.


05/25/2018 - 12:20

In Moroccan desert, meteorite hunters seek to strike it rich

They roam Morocco's southern desert, braving the searing heat to scour the undulating sands for bounty fallen from the sky.

In Moroccan desert, meteorite hunters seek to strike it rich

They roam Morocco's southern desert, braving the searing heat to scour the undulating sands for bounty fallen from the sky.


05/25/2018 - 11:02

Australia builds world's longest cat-proof fence to save wildlife

A conservation agency has constructed what is believed to be the world's longest cat-proof fence in central Australia to save native wildlife and vegetation ravaged by the feline predators.

Australia builds world's longest cat-proof fence to save wildlife

A conservation agency has constructed what is believed to be the world's longest cat-proof fence in central Australia to save native wildlife and vegetation ravaged by the feline predators.


05/25/2018 - 10:28

Indian child dies from mother's 'snake bite' breast milk

An Indian woman who was bitten by a snake in her sleep and unknowingly breastfed poisoned milk to her daughter has died along with the child, police said Friday.

Indian child dies from mother's 'snake bite' breast milk

An Indian woman who was bitten by a snake in her sleep and unknowingly breastfed poisoned milk to her daughter has died along with the child, police said Friday.


05/25/2018 - 05:52

Iran's first female manufacturer, a victim of Trump

She fought through a male-dominated world to become perhaps Iran's first female manufacturing boss, and was on the cusp of major success with the help of a European investor.

Iran's first female manufacturer, a victim of Trump

She fought through a male-dominated world to become perhaps Iran's first female manufacturing boss, and was on the cusp of major success with the help of a European investor.


05/25/2018 - 01:41

Arkema's Texas plant unprepared for Harvey floods, inquiry finds

A US oversight agency said Thursday that a flooded Arkema chemical plant in Texas, where organic compounds ignited during last year's Hurricane Harvey, was inadequately prepared for a catastrophic flood.

Arkema's Texas plant unprepared for Harvey floods, inquiry finds

A US oversight agency said Thursday that a flooded Arkema chemical plant in Texas, where organic compounds ignited during last year's Hurricane Harvey, was inadequately prepared for a catastrophic flood.


05/24/2018 - 21:13

Fewer hurricanes forecast for 2018 Atlantic hurricane season

After the most expensive hurricane season on record last year, US officials said Thursday to expect a more normal Atlantic season in 2018 with five to nine hurricanes in total.

Fewer hurricanes forecast for 2018 Atlantic hurricane season

After the most expensive hurricane season on record last year, US officials said Thursday to expect a more normal Atlantic season in 2018 with five to nine hurricanes in total.


05/24/2018 - 18:03

Fewer hurricanes forecast for 2018 Atlantic hurricane season

After the most expensive hurricane season on record last year, US officials said Thursday to expect a more average Atlantic season with five to nine hurricanes in total.

Fewer hurricanes forecast for 2018 Atlantic hurricane season

After the most expensive hurricane season on record last year, US officials said Thursday to expect a more average Atlantic season with five to nine hurricanes in total.


05/24/2018 - 17:48

Putin taps firebrand to head embattled space agency

Vladimir Putin on Thursday appointed a firebrand nationalist politician, who oversaw Russia's once proud space industry, to manage its space agency in a move analysts said spells more trouble for the embattled sector.

Putin taps firebrand to head embattled space agency

Vladimir Putin on Thursday appointed a firebrand nationalist politician, who oversaw Russia's once proud space industry, to manage its space agency in a move analysts said spells more trouble for the embattled sector.


05/24/2018 - 16:57

17 missing as cyclone pummels Yemen's Socotra island

Seventeen people were missing and hundreds of others evacuated from their homes Thursday after a cyclone hit Socotra, with Yemen's government declaring the island a "disaster province".

17 missing as cyclone pummels Yemen's Socotra island

Seventeen people were missing and hundreds of others evacuated from their homes Thursday after a cyclone hit Socotra, with Yemen's government declaring the island a "disaster province".


05/24/2018 - 16:34

Climate change: The families taking the EU to task

Ten families and a group of reindeer-herding youngsters have filed suit against the European Union, seeking stronger measures against the global warming they say is already harming their livelihoods.

Climate change: The families taking the EU to task

Ten families and a group of reindeer-herding youngsters have filed suit against the European Union, seeking stronger measures against the global warming they say is already harming their livelihoods.


05/24/2018 - 16:00

Families from 8 countries sue EU over climate change

Ten families from Europe, Kenya, and Fiji have filed suit against the European Union, seeking to limit global warming's threats to their homes and livelihoods, their lawyers said Thursday.

Families from 8 countries sue EU over climate change

Ten families from Europe, Kenya, and Fiji have filed suit against the European Union, seeking to limit global warming's threats to their homes and livelihoods, their lawyers said Thursday.


05/24/2018 - 12:52

Climate victims seek justice, in the courtroom and on the street

People around the world beset by drought, heatwaves, rising seas and storm surges made worse by global warming are calling for "climate justice," and many are pleading their case in court.

Climate victims seek justice, in the courtroom and on the street

People around the world beset by drought, heatwaves, rising seas and storm surges made worse by global warming are calling for "climate justice," and many are pleading their case in court.


05/24/2018 - 11:38

France vows to tackle noxious seaweed 'disaster' in Caribbean

The French government is preparing a plan to deal with a new invasion of stinky seaweed that is covering the beaches of some its islands in the Caribbean, causing health problems for residents and threatening key fishing and tourism industries.

France vows to tackle noxious seaweed 'disaster' in Caribbean

The French government is preparing a plan to deal with a new invasion of stinky seaweed that is covering the beaches of some its islands in the Caribbean, causing health problems for residents and threatening key fishing and tourism industries.


05/23/2018 - 22:42

NASA's new chief changes mind, now believes in climate change

NASA's new administrator, a former lawmaker nominated by President Donald Trump to lead the US space agency, admitted Wednesday he has changed his mind about climate change and now believes that humans are the main driver of greenhouse gas emissions.

NASA's new chief changes mind, now believes in climate change

NASA's new administrator, a former lawmaker nominated by President Donald Trump to lead the US space agency, admitted Wednesday he has changed his mind about climate change and now believes that humans are the main driver of greenhouse gas emissions.


05/23/2018 - 21:09

1.5 C cap on warming could save global economy trillions

Failing to cap global warming at two degrees Celsius or less could cost the world economy tens of trillions of dollars over the next 80 years, researchers warned Wednesday.

1.5 C cap on warming could save global economy trillions

Failing to cap global warming at two degrees Celsius or less could cost the world economy tens of trillions of dollars over the next 80 years, researchers warned Wednesday.


05/23/2018 - 20:50

Thailand stops short of banning hazardous weedkillers

A toxic weedkiller linked to Parkinson's disease and banned in more than 30 countries will not be outlawed in Thailand, after authorities announced Wednesday they would instead restrict its use.

Thailand stops short of banning hazardous weedkillers

A toxic weedkiller linked to Parkinson's disease and banned in more than 30 countries will not be outlawed in Thailand, after authorities announced Wednesday they would instead restrict its use.


05/23/2018 - 20:33

Global warming may have 'devastating' effects on rice: study

As carbon dioxide rises due to the burning of fossil fuels, rice will lose some of its protein and vitamin content, putting millions of people at risk of malnutrition, scientists warned on Wednesday.

Global warming may have 'devastating' effects on rice: study

As carbon dioxide rises due to the burning of fossil fuels, rice will lose some of its protein and vitamin content, putting millions of people at risk of malnutrition, scientists warned on Wednesday.


05/23/2018 - 19:49

Ethnic hostility is contagious: Czech-Slovak study

Hostility towards ethnic minorities is contagious and the acceptability of destructive behaviour towards them can easily change depending on how others behave, according to a new study by a Czech-Slovak team.

Ethnic hostility is contagious: Czech-Slovak study

Hostility towards ethnic minorities is contagious and the acceptability of destructive behaviour towards them can easily change depending on how others behave, according to a new study by a Czech-Slovak team.


05/23/2018 - 19:24

How human brains became so big

The human brain is disproportionately large. And while abundant grey matter confers certain intellectual advantages, sustaining a big brain is costly -- consuming a fifth of energy in the human body.

How human brains became so big

The human brain is disproportionately large. And while abundant grey matter confers certain intellectual advantages, sustaining a big brain is costly -- consuming a fifth of energy in the human body.

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