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05/23/2018 - 12:20

MH370 search to end next week: Malaysian minister

The search for flight MH370 will end next week, Malaysia's transport minister said Wednesday, more than four years after the plane disappeared and triggered one of the world's greatest aviation mysteries.

MH370 search to end next week: Malaysian minister

The search for flight MH370 will end next week, Malaysia's transport minister said Wednesday, more than four years after the plane disappeared and triggered one of the world's greatest aviation mysteries.


05/23/2018 - 11:42

Pakistan buries teen killed in Texas school shooting

Hundreds mourned a Pakistani exchange student killed in a mass shooting at a Texas high school last week during her burial in Karachi Wednesday.

Pakistan buries teen killed in Texas school shooting

Hundreds mourned a Pakistani exchange student killed in a mass shooting at a Texas high school last week during her burial in Karachi Wednesday.


05/23/2018 - 11:28

N. Korea preps nuclear site demolition despite US summit doubts

Invited foreign journalists began a long journey up North Korea's east coast Wednesday to witness the slated destruction of the reclusive regime's nuclear test site, a high profile gesture on the road to a summit with the US that Donald Trump now says might not happen.

N. Korea preps nuclear site demolition despite US summit doubts

Invited foreign journalists began a long journey up North Korea's east coast Wednesday to witness the slated destruction of the reclusive regime's nuclear test site, a high profile gesture on the road to a summit with the US that Donald Trump now says might not happen.


05/23/2018 - 11:28

Morocco's women surfers ride out waves and harassment

Moroccan women surfers have become a common sight as they skim the waves off the coast of the capital, Rabat, but they still can face prejudice and harassment back on land.

Morocco's women surfers ride out waves and harassment

Moroccan women surfers have become a common sight as they skim the waves off the coast of the capital, Rabat, but they still can face prejudice and harassment back on land.


05/23/2018 - 10:39

Rohingya militants massacred Hindus in last year's turmoil: Amnesty

Rohingya militants massacred Hindu villagers during last year's uprising in Myanmar's Rakhine, Amnesty International said Wednesday in a report that sheds fresh light on the complex ethnic rivalries in the state.

Rohingya militants massacred Hindus in last year's turmoil: Amnesty

Rohingya militants massacred Hindu villagers during last year's uprising in Myanmar's Rakhine, Amnesty International said Wednesday in a report that sheds fresh light on the complex ethnic rivalries in the state.


05/23/2018 - 09:53

Zuckerberg to face pressure on taxes in meeting with Macron

Fresh from saying "sorry" to European lawmakers, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg holds talks with Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday where he will face renewed pressure over his company's tax policies.

Zuckerberg to face pressure on taxes in meeting with Macron

Fresh from saying "sorry" to European lawmakers, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg holds talks with Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday where he will face renewed pressure over his company's tax policies.


05/23/2018 - 09:45

Foxconn unit to raise $4.2bn in China IPO

A unit of electronics manufacturing giant Foxconn said it will launch an initial public offering in China on Thursday aimed at raising $4.2 billion, in the biggest mainland debut in nearly three years.

Foxconn unit to raise $4.2bn in China IPO

A unit of electronics manufacturing giant Foxconn said it will launch an initial public offering in China on Thursday aimed at raising $4.2 billion, in the biggest mainland debut in nearly three years.


05/23/2018 - 09:44

American literary giant Philip Roth dead at 85

Prolific novelist Philip Roth, a dominant force in American literature throughout the latter half of the 20th century, has died at the age of 85.

American literary giant Philip Roth dead at 85

Prolific novelist Philip Roth, a dominant force in American literature throughout the latter half of the 20th century, has died at the age of 85.


05/23/2018 - 07:01

Seminal American novelist Philip Roth dead at 85

Grand man of American letters Philip Roth, a fierce and prolific talent who achieved fame with the sexually explicit "Portnoy's Complaint" in 1969, has died at 85.

Seminal American novelist Philip Roth dead at 85

Grand man of American letters Philip Roth, a fierce and prolific talent who achieved fame with the sexually explicit "Portnoy's Complaint" in 1969, has died at 85.


05/23/2018 - 06:48

World Cup fever causes sleepless nights for Bangladesh flagmakers

Flagmakers in Bangladesh are doing a roaring trade weeks ahead of the World Cup, but no-one is interested in the home nation's colours -- the money is all on pennants for Lionel Messi's Argentina and Neymar's Brazil.

World Cup fever causes sleepless nights for Bangladesh flagmakers

Flagmakers in Bangladesh are doing a roaring trade weeks ahead of the World Cup, but no-one is interested in the home nation's colours -- the money is all on pennants for Lionel Messi's Argentina and Neymar's Brazil.


05/23/2018 - 06:28

Learning to nap in New York, city that never sleeps

New York is the city that never sleeps, but arduous commutes, hellish hours and ultra-competitive jobs mean even the most wired of party animals or dedicated employees have to recharge their batteries.

Learning to nap in New York, city that never sleeps

New York is the city that never sleeps, but arduous commutes, hellish hours and ultra-competitive jobs mean even the most wired of party animals or dedicated employees have to recharge their batteries.


05/23/2018 - 05:55

NFL owners considering penalty for anthem kneeling: report

NFL club owners are considering potential 15-yard penalties for kneeling during the national anthem among ways of coping with a backlash over player protests, Sports Illustrated reported Tuesday.

NFL owners considering penalty for anthem kneeling: report

NFL club owners are considering potential 15-yard penalties for kneeling during the national anthem among ways of coping with a backlash over player protests, Sports Illustrated reported Tuesday.


05/23/2018 - 05:03

Scientists discover how breast cancer hibernates: study

Scientists have identified the mechanism that allows breast cancer cells to lie dormant in other parts of the body only to reemerge years later with lethal force, according to a study published Tuesday.

Scientists discover how breast cancer hibernates: study

Scientists have identified the mechanism that allows breast cancer cells to lie dormant in other parts of the body only to reemerge years later with lethal force, according to a study published Tuesday.


05/23/2018 - 04:03

Australian archbishop guilty of concealing child abuse steps down

An Australian archbishop who became one of the world's highest-ranked church officials found guilty of covering up child sex abuse announced Wednesday he will stand down from his official duties.

Australian archbishop guilty of concealing child abuse steps down

An Australian archbishop who became one of the world's highest-ranked church officials found guilty of covering up child sex abuse announced Wednesday he will stand down from his official duties.


05/23/2018 - 03:54

Venezuela's Maduro expels US diplomats, rejects sanctions

Venezuela ordered the expulsion of the top two US diplomats in the country Tuesday, charging it was the victim of a "political and financial lynching" after Washington tightened sanctions over Nicolas Maduro's re-election.

Venezuela's Maduro expels US diplomats, rejects sanctions

Venezuela ordered the expulsion of the top two US diplomats in the country Tuesday, charging it was the victim of a "political and financial lynching" after Washington tightened sanctions over Nicolas Maduro's re-election.


05/23/2018 - 03:46

Fourteen priests linked to Chile sex abuse stripped of duties

Fourteen priests involved in a sex abuse scandal in Chile -- which has rocked Pope Francis's papacy -- were defrocked on Tuesday.

Fourteen priests linked to Chile sex abuse stripped of duties

Fourteen priests involved in a sex abuse scandal in Chile -- which has rocked Pope Francis's papacy -- were defrocked on Tuesday.


05/23/2018 - 02:45

Trump administration moves to lift ban on bear baiting in Alaska

The Trump administration on Tuesday presented a plan to roll back Obama-era rules preventing hunters in some protected zones in Alaska from luring bears with bait including bacon and donuts, and using spotlights at den sites to hunt black bear cubs and sows.

Trump administration moves to lift ban on bear baiting in Alaska

The Trump administration on Tuesday presented a plan to roll back Obama-era rules preventing hunters in some protected zones in Alaska from luring bears with bait including bacon and donuts, and using spotlights at den sites to hunt black bear cubs and sows.


05/23/2018 - 02:30

The internet: a dangerous place for wild animals

From ivory baubles and leopard coats to rare turtles and live bears, the online market for protected wildlife is booming, according to an International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) investigation released Wednesday.

The internet: a dangerous place for wild animals

From ivory baubles and leopard coats to rare turtles and live bears, the online market for protected wildlife is booming, according to an International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) investigation released Wednesday.


05/23/2018 - 02:24

Calls mount for US university president to resign over abuse scandal

Two hundred professors at one of California's top universities on Tuesday demanded the resignation of the school's president over a widening sexual abuse scandal involving a campus gynecologist.

Calls mount for US university president to resign over abuse scandal

Two hundred professors at one of California's top universities on Tuesday demanded the resignation of the school's president over a widening sexual abuse scandal involving a campus gynecologist.


05/22/2018 - 23:29

Trump says Kim summit could be delayed

US President Donald Trump warned Tuesday his landmark summit with Kim Jong Un may be delayed, but insisted the North Korean leader is "serious" about denuclearization.

Trump says Kim summit could be delayed

US President Donald Trump warned Tuesday his landmark summit with Kim Jong Un may be delayed, but insisted the North Korean leader is "serious" about denuclearization.


05/22/2018 - 23:22

Two sportscar-sized satellites in orbit to measure Earth's water

A SpaceX rocket Tuesday blasted off a duo of sports car-sized satellites built by the US and Germany to reveal changes in sea level rise, ice melt and drought on Earth.

Two sportscar-sized satellites in orbit to measure Earth's water

A SpaceX rocket Tuesday blasted off a duo of sports car-sized satellites built by the US and Germany to reveal changes in sea level rise, ice melt and drought on Earth.


05/22/2018 - 22:51

Tariq Ramadan loses appeal for release ahead of rape trial

Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan, detained in France over rape allegations by four women, has lost an appeal for early release ahead of his trial, the Paris appeals court said Tuesday.

Tariq Ramadan loses appeal for release ahead of rape trial

Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan, detained in France over rape allegations by four women, has lost an appeal for early release ahead of his trial, the Paris appeals court said Tuesday.


05/22/2018 - 22:34

'I'm sorry', Facebook boss tells European lawmakers

Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg apologised to the European Parliament on Tuesday for the "harm" caused by a huge breach of users' data and by a failure to crack down on fake news.

'I'm sorry', Facebook boss tells European lawmakers

Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg apologised to the European Parliament on Tuesday for the "harm" caused by a huge breach of users' data and by a failure to crack down on fake news.


05/22/2018 - 22:28

DJ Avicii's funeral to be 'private': family

Swedish superstar DJ Avicii, who died last month aged 28, is to be buried "privately" with only his closest relatives and friends present, his family said on Tuesday.

DJ Avicii's funeral to be 'private': family

Swedish superstar DJ Avicii, who died last month aged 28, is to be buried "privately" with only his closest relatives and friends present, his family said on Tuesday.


05/22/2018 - 22:07

SpaceX rocket blasts off water-tracking satellite duo

A SpaceX rocket Tuesday blasted off a duo of sports car-sized satellites built by the US and Germany to reveal changes in sea level rise, ice melt and drought on Earth.

SpaceX rocket blasts off water-tracking satellite duo

A SpaceX rocket Tuesday blasted off a duo of sports car-sized satellites built by the US and Germany to reveal changes in sea level rise, ice melt and drought on Earth.


05/22/2018 - 19:40

Russian footballers cleared after FIFA doping probe

FIFA has ended a doping investigation into Russian footballers named in the country's provisional World Cup squad after finding "insufficient evidence" of any wrongdoing, it said on Tuesday.

Russian footballers cleared after FIFA doping probe

FIFA has ended a doping investigation into Russian footballers named in the country's provisional World Cup squad after finding "insufficient evidence" of any wrongdoing, it said on Tuesday.


05/22/2018 - 18:35

Palestinians urge immediate ICC probe into 'Israeli war crimes'

The Palestinian foreign minister on Tuesday called on the International Criminal Court (ICC) "to open an immediate investigation" into allegations of war crimes and apartheid against the Palestinian people.

Palestinians urge immediate ICC probe into 'Israeli war crimes'

The Palestinian foreign minister on Tuesday called on the International Criminal Court (ICC) "to open an immediate investigation" into allegations of war crimes and apartheid against the Palestinian people.

05/23/2018 - 11:53

Japan swimmer Koga axed after failed drugs test

Former swimming world champion Junya Koga has been kicked out of the Japan squad for this summer's Asian Games after failing a drug test, officials said Wednesday.

Japan swimmer Koga axed after failed drugs test

Former swimming world champion Junya Koga has been kicked out of the Japan squad for this summer's Asian Games after failing a drug test, officials said Wednesday.


05/23/2018 - 11:47

Arsenal name Unai Emery as new boss

Arsenal announced former Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery as their new boss on Wednesday, handing him the daunting task of revitalising a club that has slipped well behind their Premier League rivals.

Arsenal name Unai Emery as new boss

Arsenal announced former Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery as their new boss on Wednesday, handing him the daunting task of revitalising a club that has slipped well behind their Premier League rivals.


05/23/2018 - 11:41

'Obsessive' Emery ready for Arsenal challenge

Fuelled by video nasties and sleepless nights, Unai Emery is ready for the challenge of succeeding Arsene Wenger after being appointed as Arsenal's first new boss for 22 years.

'Obsessive' Emery ready for Arsenal challenge

Fuelled by video nasties and sleepless nights, Unai Emery is ready for the challenge of succeeding Arsene Wenger after being appointed as Arsenal's first new boss for 22 years.


05/23/2018 - 11:28

Rabiot emails Deschamps rejecting World Cup standby spot

Midfielder Adrien Rabiot has written to France manager Didier Deschamps saying he is not prepared to be a World Cup standby player.

Rabiot emails Deschamps rejecting World Cup standby spot

Midfielder Adrien Rabiot has written to France manager Didier Deschamps saying he is not prepared to be a World Cup standby player.


05/23/2018 - 11:17

Pogba on Mecca pilgrimage ahead of World Cup

French midfielder Paul Pogba has posted a video of himself at the holiest site of Islam in Saudi Arabia, as he prepares to join his French squad for the World Cup next month.

Pogba on Mecca pilgrimage ahead of World Cup

French midfielder Paul Pogba has posted a video of himself at the holiest site of Islam in Saudi Arabia, as he prepares to join his French squad for the World Cup next month.


05/23/2018 - 11:07

Unai Emery succeeds Wenger as Arsenal boss

Arsenal announced on Wednesday that Unai Emery is their new head coach, succeeding Arsene Wenger at the Premier League giants.

Unai Emery succeeds Wenger as Arsenal boss

Arsenal announced on Wednesday that Unai Emery is their new head coach, succeeding Arsene Wenger at the Premier League giants.


05/23/2018 - 10:11

Hamilton 'excited' by unforgiving Monaco street fight

Lewis Hamilton is aiming to reel off his third successive win and to consolidate his grip on this year’s title race at this weekend’s 65th running of the classic Monaco Grand Prix.

Hamilton 'excited' by unforgiving Monaco street fight

Lewis Hamilton is aiming to reel off his third successive win and to consolidate his grip on this year’s title race at this weekend’s 65th running of the classic Monaco Grand Prix.


05/23/2018 - 09:20

Rockets edge Warriors to level NBA playoff series

NBA regular-season wins leader Houston, powered by James Harden's 30 points and 27 from Chris Paul, edged defending champion Golden State 95-92 Tuesday to level their semi-final playoff series at two wins each.

Rockets edge Warriors to level NBA playoff series

NBA regular-season wins leader Houston, powered by James Harden's 30 points and 27 from Chris Paul, edged defending champion Golden State 95-92 Tuesday to level their semi-final playoff series at two wins each.


05/23/2018 - 06:55

Controversial Folau won't be distraction against Ireland: Cheika

Israel Folau's anti-gay sentiments won't be a distraction during the Test series against Ireland, Wallabies coach Michael Cheika insisted Wednesday as he demanded a high work-rate from his side.

Controversial Folau won't be distraction against Ireland: Cheika

Israel Folau's anti-gay sentiments won't be a distraction during the Test series against Ireland, Wallabies coach Michael Cheika insisted Wednesday as he demanded a high work-rate from his side.


05/23/2018 - 06:48

World Cup fever causes sleepless nights for Bangladesh flagmakers

Flagmakers in Bangladesh are doing a roaring trade weeks ahead of the World Cup, but no-one is interested in the home nation's colours -- the money is all on pennants for Lionel Messi's Argentina and Neymar's Brazil.

World Cup fever causes sleepless nights for Bangladesh flagmakers

Flagmakers in Bangladesh are doing a roaring trade weeks ahead of the World Cup, but no-one is interested in the home nation's colours -- the money is all on pennants for Lionel Messi's Argentina and Neymar's Brazil.


05/23/2018 - 05:55

NFL owners considering penalty for anthem kneeling: report

NFL club owners are considering potential 15-yard penalties for kneeling during the national anthem among ways of coping with a backlash over player protests, Sports Illustrated reported Tuesday.

NFL owners considering penalty for anthem kneeling: report

NFL club owners are considering potential 15-yard penalties for kneeling during the national anthem among ways of coping with a backlash over player protests, Sports Illustrated reported Tuesday.


05/23/2018 - 04:02

New Zealand women's rugby team awarded professional contracts

New Zealand Rugby (NZR) unveiled the first professional contracts for the world champion Black Ferns women's team on Wednesday, calling it "a step forward" for the game.

New Zealand women's rugby team awarded professional contracts

New Zealand Rugby (NZR) unveiled the first professional contracts for the world champion Black Ferns women's team on Wednesday, calling it "a step forward" for the game.


05/23/2018 - 02:35

US gymnastics head to apologize in Congress for sex abuse disgrace

The head of the US gymnastics governing body will appear before Congress Wednesday to apologize to hundreds of female athletes who were abused by a doctor convicted in the largest scandal in the sport's history.

US gymnastics head to apologize in Congress for sex abuse disgrace

The head of the US gymnastics governing body will appear before Congress Wednesday to apologize to hundreds of female athletes who were abused by a doctor convicted in the largest scandal in the sport's history.


05/23/2018 - 01:01

McIlroy seeks to regain sparkle at puzzling PGA

Rory McIlroy admits to having a weird relationship with the Wentworth course but he will be hoping after a chastening experience at the Masters to rediscover a bit of his old sparkle at the PGA Championship.

McIlroy seeks to regain sparkle at puzzling PGA

Rory McIlroy admits to having a weird relationship with the Wentworth course but he will be hoping after a chastening experience at the Masters to rediscover a bit of his old sparkle at the PGA Championship.


05/23/2018 - 00:55

Serena's French Open seed denial stirs fresh debate

The decision by French Open organisers not to grant Serena Williams a seeding on her long-awaited Grand Slam return has prompted renewed focus on the sport's policy towards female players and parenthood.

Serena's French Open seed denial stirs fresh debate

The decision by French Open organisers not to grant Serena Williams a seeding on her long-awaited Grand Slam return has prompted renewed focus on the sport's policy towards female players and parenthood.


05/23/2018 - 00:52

Decision time for Zidane as Bale awaits chance for reconciliation

Gareth Bale's relationship with Zinedine Zidane will come to a crossroads when Real Madrid play Liverpool in the Champions League final on Saturday.

Decision time for Zidane as Bale awaits chance for reconciliation

Gareth Bale's relationship with Zinedine Zidane will come to a crossroads when Real Madrid play Liverpool in the Champions League final on Saturday.


05/23/2018 - 00:22

Weak links? Goalkeepers Karius, Navas under the microscope in Kiev

Goalkeepers Loris Karius of Liverpool and Real Madrid's Keylor Navas have the onerous task of keeping the score down when the two most prolific sides in the Champions League this season meet in Saturday's final in Kiev.

Weak links? Goalkeepers Karius, Navas under the microscope in Kiev

Goalkeepers Loris Karius of Liverpool and Real Madrid's Keylor Navas have the onerous task of keeping the score down when the two most prolific sides in the Champions League this season meet in Saturday's final in Kiev.


05/23/2018 - 00:08

Lyon out to extend dominance in Champions League final against Wolfsburg

Before Real Madrid try to get their hands on a third straight Champions League crown this week, Lyon have the chance to achieve the same feat in the women's showpiece.

Lyon out to extend dominance in Champions League final against Wolfsburg

Before Real Madrid try to get their hands on a third straight Champions League crown this week, Lyon have the chance to achieve the same feat in the women's showpiece.


05/23/2018 - 00:07

Home is where the heartbreak is -- Grand Slam woes epitomised by French flops

When Yannick Noah beat Mats Wilander in the 1983 French Open final to end the hosts' 37-year wait for a men's singles champion, few home fans would have thought the next 35 years wouldn't produce another.

Home is where the heartbreak is -- Grand Slam woes epitomised by French flops

When Yannick Noah beat Mats Wilander in the 1983 French Open final to end the hosts' 37-year wait for a men's singles champion, few home fans would have thought the next 35 years wouldn't produce another.


05/23/2018 - 00:06

Thanks for the memories: Rafael Nadal's 10 French Open triumphs

Rafael Nadal won a record-setting 10th French Open title in 2017 when he defeated Stan Wawrinka in straight sets in the final at Roland Garros.

Thanks for the memories: Rafael Nadal's 10 French Open triumphs

Rafael Nadal won a record-setting 10th French Open title in 2017 when he defeated Stan Wawrinka in straight sets in the final at Roland Garros.


05/23/2018 - 00:06

Rookie Rahm could prove Europe's Ryder Cup talisman

Jon Rahm wasn't even a tour professional two years ago, but the big-hitting Spaniard looks set to find himself Europe's highest-ranked player when they bid to regain the Ryder Cup in four months' time.

Rookie Rahm could prove Europe's Ryder Cup talisman

Jon Rahm wasn't even a tour professional two years ago, but the big-hitting Spaniard looks set to find himself Europe's highest-ranked player when they bid to regain the Ryder Cup in four months' time.


05/23/2018 - 00:02

'Exceptional' Renard a towering presence for Lyon

Wendie Renard towers above almost everyone else on the field, just as her club Lyon have towered above their rivals in France and in Europe in recent years.

'Exceptional' Renard a towering presence for Lyon

Wendie Renard towers above almost everyone else on the field, just as her club Lyon have towered above their rivals in France and in Europe in recent years.


05/22/2018 - 23:37

Ancelotti poised to take over as Napoli coach - reports

Former Bayern Munich manager Carlo Ancelotti is set to take over as Napoli coach, according to reports in Italy on Tuesday.

Ancelotti poised to take over as Napoli coach - reports

Former Bayern Munich manager Carlo Ancelotti is set to take over as Napoli coach, according to reports in Italy on Tuesday.


05/22/2018 - 22:41

NFL seals Panthers sale with approval

Billionaire hedge fund manager David Tepper's acquisition of the Carolina Panthers was completed on Tuesday after the deal was unanimously approved by National Football League (NFL) owners meeting in Atlanta.

NFL seals Panthers sale with approval

Billionaire hedge fund manager David Tepper's acquisition of the Carolina Panthers was completed on Tuesday after the deal was unanimously approved by National Football League (NFL) owners meeting in Atlanta.


05/22/2018 - 22:40

Champions League return 'first step' warns Inter Milan's Chinese owner

Inter Milan's Chinese owner Zhang Jindong warned Tuesday that the club's return to Champions League football was just the "first step" in their plan to return the Italian team to past glory.

Champions League return 'first step' warns Inter Milan's Chinese owner

Inter Milan's Chinese owner Zhang Jindong warned Tuesday that the club's return to Champions League football was just the "first step" in their plan to return the Italian team to past glory.


05/22/2018 - 22:11

Cech happy to regain shirt number one at Arsenal

Arsenal keeper Petr Cech said Tuesday he was happy to finally get back the shirt number one he wore throughout his eleven seasons at Chelsea but never with the Gunners.

Cech happy to regain shirt number one at Arsenal

Arsenal keeper Petr Cech said Tuesday he was happy to finally get back the shirt number one he wore throughout his eleven seasons at Chelsea but never with the Gunners.


05/22/2018 - 21:24

Eagles to visit White House but attendance 'individual decision'

The Philadelphia Eagles confirmed they will visit President Donald Trump at the White House next month but head coach Doug Pederson said Tuesday it would be left to individual players to decide whether they wished to attend.

Eagles to visit White House but attendance 'individual decision'

The Philadelphia Eagles confirmed they will visit President Donald Trump at the White House next month but head coach Doug Pederson said Tuesday it would be left to individual players to decide whether they wished to attend.

05/23/2018 - 11:32

China box office tops N. American market in first quarter

China surpassed North America to become the world's largest movie market during the first quarter of 2018, fuelled in part by big-grossing domestic films, according to US and Chinese box-office figures.

China box office tops N. American market in first quarter

China surpassed North America to become the world's largest movie market during the first quarter of 2018, fuelled in part by big-grossing domestic films, according to US and Chinese box-office figures.


05/23/2018 - 09:44

American literary giant Philip Roth dead at 85

Prolific novelist Philip Roth, a dominant force in American literature throughout the latter half of the 20th century, has died at the age of 85.

American literary giant Philip Roth dead at 85

Prolific novelist Philip Roth, a dominant force in American literature throughout the latter half of the 20th century, has died at the age of 85.


05/23/2018 - 07:01

Seminal American novelist Philip Roth dead at 85

Grand man of American letters Philip Roth, a fierce and prolific talent who achieved fame with the sexually explicit "Portnoy's Complaint" in 1969, has died at 85.

Seminal American novelist Philip Roth dead at 85

Grand man of American letters Philip Roth, a fierce and prolific talent who achieved fame with the sexually explicit "Portnoy's Complaint" in 1969, has died at 85.


05/23/2018 - 03:20

Making waves: Aussie surf film 'Breath' and 'toxic femininity'

"Point Break" has its surfers robbing banks when they aren't on the water, while in "Blue Crush" they clean hotel rooms. In "Breath," they swim in the choppier waters of erotic asphyxiation.

Making waves: Aussie surf film 'Breath' and 'toxic femininity'

"Point Break" has its surfers robbing banks when they aren't on the water, while in "Blue Crush" they clean hotel rooms. In "Breath," they swim in the choppier waters of erotic asphyxiation.


05/22/2018 - 22:28

DJ Avicii's funeral to be 'private': family

Swedish superstar DJ Avicii, who died last month aged 28, is to be buried "privately" with only his closest relatives and friends present, his family said on Tuesday.

DJ Avicii's funeral to be 'private': family

Swedish superstar DJ Avicii, who died last month aged 28, is to be buried "privately" with only his closest relatives and friends present, his family said on Tuesday.


05/22/2018 - 18:28

Dutch parody of Eurovision song stirs Israeli protest

Feathers are flying in the free speech-friendly Netherlands after Israel's embassy Tuesday complained about a Dutch parody of Netta Barzilai's winning Eurovision song, calling the home-grown version "in bad taste" and "disgraceful".

Dutch parody of Eurovision song stirs Israeli protest

Feathers are flying in the free speech-friendly Netherlands after Israel's embassy Tuesday complained about a Dutch parody of Netta Barzilai's winning Eurovision song, calling the home-grown version "in bad taste" and "disgraceful".


05/22/2018 - 18:17

Newlyweds Harry and Meghan make first appearance

Newlyweds Prince Harry and Meghan attended their first engagement as a married couple on Tuesday after their spectacular, tradition-defying wedding in Windsor Castle, which was watched around the world.

Newlyweds Harry and Meghan make first appearance

Newlyweds Prince Harry and Meghan attended their first engagement as a married couple on Tuesday after their spectacular, tradition-defying wedding in Windsor Castle, which was watched around the world.


05/22/2018 - 17:32

Kendrick Lamar calls out white fan for rapping 'n-word'

Kendrick Lamar, the US music star and Pulitzer prize winner, halted a recent gig to call out a white fan for rapping the "n-word" from his own lyrics.

Kendrick Lamar calls out white fan for rapping 'n-word'

Kendrick Lamar, the US music star and Pulitzer prize winner, halted a recent gig to call out a white fan for rapping the "n-word" from his own lyrics.


05/22/2018 - 16:11

Kazakhstan hopes actress's Cannes win will inspire local talent

After Kazakhstan's Samal Yeslyamova scooped a surprise award for best actress at the Cannes film festival, many of her compatriots found themselves typing her name into search engines.

Kazakhstan hopes actress's Cannes win will inspire local talent

After Kazakhstan's Samal Yeslyamova scooped a surprise award for best actress at the Cannes film festival, many of her compatriots found themselves typing her name into search engines.


05/22/2018 - 15:00

Russia's 'circus for delinquents' comes of age

The big tent in a Saint Petersburg park is not just a circus but a space for disabled and disadvantaged children, often shunned by Russian society, to express themselves.

Russia's 'circus for delinquents' comes of age

The big tent in a Saint Petersburg park is not just a circus but a space for disabled and disadvantaged children, often shunned by Russian society, to express themselves.


05/22/2018 - 14:00

Arctic coastal powers back 'peaceful' dialogue over disputes

The five nations bordering the Arctic Ocean on Tuesday reaffirmed their commitment made in Greenland a decade ago to "peacefully" settle their differences over the resource-rich region threatened by climate change.

Arctic coastal powers back 'peaceful' dialogue over disputes

The five nations bordering the Arctic Ocean on Tuesday reaffirmed their commitment made in Greenland a decade ago to "peacefully" settle their differences over the resource-rich region threatened by climate change.


05/22/2018 - 02:09

First violins imitated human voices: study

Music historians have long suspected that the inventors of the violin wanted to imitate the human voice, and a study out Monday shows how 16th to 18th century luthiers in Italy did it.

First violins imitated human voices: study

Music historians have long suspected that the inventors of the violin wanted to imitate the human voice, and a study out Monday shows how 16th to 18th century luthiers in Italy did it.


05/21/2018 - 23:34

Han Solo's 'Return of the Jedi' blaster up for auction

In the wildly popular "Star Wars" films, Han Solo once told a lightsaber-wielding Luke Skywalker: "Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side, kid."

Han Solo's 'Return of the Jedi' blaster up for auction

In the wildly popular "Star Wars" films, Han Solo once told a lightsaber-wielding Luke Skywalker: "Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side, kid."


05/21/2018 - 23:21

'Deadpool 2' topples 'Avengers: Infinity War' at box office

Another weekend, another $100-million-plus superhero opening: This time it was 20th Century Fox's "Deadpool 2," with a $125.5 million take in North American theaters and a huge debut overseas, box office tracker Exhibitor Relations said Monday.

'Deadpool 2' topples 'Avengers: Infinity War' at box office

Another weekend, another $100-million-plus superhero opening: This time it was 20th Century Fox's "Deadpool 2," with a $125.5 million take in North American theaters and a huge debut overseas, box office tracker Exhibitor Relations said Monday.


05/21/2018 - 23:12

Top chef Batali under police probe as #MeToo spotlight returns

Allegations of sexual assault against US celebrity chef Mario Batali spotlight once again an industry known for its macho work environment as the #MeToo era claims yet another high-profile American scalp.

Top chef Batali under police probe as #MeToo spotlight returns

Allegations of sexual assault against US celebrity chef Mario Batali spotlight once again an industry known for its macho work environment as the #MeToo era claims yet another high-profile American scalp.


05/21/2018 - 21:46

Spurs disbanding cheer squad for 'family friendly' act

The San Antonio Spurs have become the first team in the NBA to disband their all-female dance group, announcing plans to replace the squad with a "family-friendly" co-ed act, the franchise has confirmed.

Spurs disbanding cheer squad for 'family friendly' act

The San Antonio Spurs have become the first team in the NBA to disband their all-female dance group, announcing plans to replace the squad with a "family-friendly" co-ed act, the franchise has confirmed.


05/21/2018 - 19:18

Barack and Michelle Obama sign Netflix production deal

Barack and Michelle Obama have entered into a multi-year agreement to produce films and series with Netflix, the world's leading internet entertainment service announced on Monday.

Barack and Michelle Obama sign Netflix production deal

Barack and Michelle Obama have entered into a multi-year agreement to produce films and series with Netflix, the world's leading internet entertainment service announced on Monday.


05/21/2018 - 19:06

Packers legend Favre reveals addiction, rehab torment

Former Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre spent three stints in rehab during his career to battle addictions to alcohol and prescription pills, the NFL icon told Sports Illustrated in an interview on Monday.

Packers legend Favre reveals addiction, rehab torment

Former Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre spent three stints in rehab during his career to battle addictions to alcohol and prescription pills, the NFL icon told Sports Illustrated in an interview on Monday.


05/21/2018 - 17:23

Harry and Meghan thank royal wedding guests

Newlyweds Prince Harry and Meghan thanked everyone who took part in the celebrations of their wedding on Saturday, as their Kensington Palace residence published three official wedding photographs.

Harry and Meghan thank royal wedding guests

Newlyweds Prince Harry and Meghan thanked everyone who took part in the celebrations of their wedding on Saturday, as their Kensington Palace residence published three official wedding photographs.


05/21/2018 - 16:45

Batali divests as NY police confirm sex assault investigation

Celebrity chef Mario Batali's restaurant group announced Monday it was ending its partnership with him following new sexual assault allegations -- as police in New York confirmed an investigation was underway.

Batali divests as NY police confirm sex assault investigation

Celebrity chef Mario Batali's restaurant group announced Monday it was ending its partnership with him following new sexual assault allegations -- as police in New York confirmed an investigation was underway.


05/21/2018 - 14:50

Star Zambian musician freed on bail ahead of trial

A Zambian court on Monday released on bail a popular protest musician, who was arrested last week when he returned home having fled the country fearing for his life.

Star Zambian musician freed on bail ahead of trial

A Zambian court on Monday released on bail a popular protest musician, who was arrested last week when he returned home having fled the country fearing for his life.


05/21/2018 - 12:14

Now 57, romcom star Hugh Grant finally getting married

Veteran bachelor Hugh Grant, star of a string of romantic comedies including "Four Weddings and a Funeral", is finally getting married for the first time to his Swedish girlfriend.

Now 57, romcom star Hugh Grant finally getting married

Veteran bachelor Hugh Grant, star of a string of romantic comedies including "Four Weddings and a Funeral", is finally getting married for the first time to his Swedish girlfriend.


05/21/2018 - 11:36

Facebook's Zuckerberg agrees to live-stream EU parliament hearing

Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg has agreed to live-stream his meeting with European Parliament members as he answers questions in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, a top official said Monday.

Facebook's Zuckerberg agrees to live-stream EU parliament hearing

Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg has agreed to live-stream his meeting with European Parliament members as he answers questions in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, a top official said Monday.


05/21/2018 - 10:12

Graft-busting journalist returns to new Malaysia

Clare Rewcastle Brown was harassed and vilified for years for waging a quixotic campaign to expose Malaysian corruption that helped topple the country's long-ruling regime.

Graft-busting journalist returns to new Malaysia

Clare Rewcastle Brown was harassed and vilified for years for waging a quixotic campaign to expose Malaysian corruption that helped topple the country's long-ruling regime.


05/21/2018 - 05:52

Monet sister paintings reunited in US for first time

For the first time since they were painted more than a century ago, two oil paintings of Claude Monet's garden in Vetheuil have been reunited, in Washington.

Monet sister paintings reunited in US for first time

For the first time since they were painted more than a century ago, two oil paintings of Claude Monet's garden in Vetheuil have been reunited, in Washington.


05/21/2018 - 01:06

Celebrity chef Mario Batali accused of sexual assault: report

Already accused of sexual harassment and groping, US celebrity chef Mario Batali now faces allegations that he sexually assaulted impaired women at a New York restaurant, CBS television's "60 Minutes" reported Sunday.

Celebrity chef Mario Batali accused of sexual assault: report

Already accused of sexual harassment and groping, US celebrity chef Mario Batali now faces allegations that he sexually assaulted impaired women at a New York restaurant, CBS television's "60 Minutes" reported Sunday.


05/21/2018 - 00:38

Over 29 million watched royal wedding in US: monitor

More than 29 million people watched on television in the United States as Britain's Prince Harry married American actress Megan Markle, according to Nielsen ratings released Sunday.

Over 29 million watched royal wedding in US: monitor

More than 29 million people watched on television in the United States as Britain's Prince Harry married American actress Megan Markle, according to Nielsen ratings released Sunday.

05/23/2018 - 11:35

Hamburg is first German city to order diesel bans

Authorities in Hamburg said Wednesday they would ban some diesel vehicles from two major arteries to improve air quality, making the German port city the first to take the long-feared step.

Hamburg is first German city to order diesel bans

Authorities in Hamburg said Wednesday they would ban some diesel vehicles from two major arteries to improve air quality, making the German port city the first to take the long-feared step.


05/23/2018 - 11:31

From ships to satellites: Scotland aims for the sky

A shipbuilding hub since the days of the British empire, the Scottish city of Glasgow is now reaching for the stars with a growing space satellite industry.

From ships to satellites: Scotland aims for the sky

A shipbuilding hub since the days of the British empire, the Scottish city of Glasgow is now reaching for the stars with a growing space satellite industry.


05/23/2018 - 11:27

Rwanda becomes Arsenal's official tourism partner

Rwanda has become the official tourism partner of English football club Arsenal FC, whose players will sport a "Visit Rwanda" logo on their sleeves, the club announced Wednesday.

Rwanda becomes Arsenal's official tourism partner

Rwanda has become the official tourism partner of English football club Arsenal FC, whose players will sport a "Visit Rwanda" logo on their sleeves, the club announced Wednesday.


05/23/2018 - 10:55

Everest's Hillary Step now a 'slope': climbers

Mount Everest's Hillary Step -- a rocky outcrop just below the summit -- is now a slope, say climbers who recently returned from the mountain.

Everest's Hillary Step now a 'slope': climbers

Mount Everest's Hillary Step -- a rocky outcrop just below the summit -- is now a slope, say climbers who recently returned from the mountain.


05/23/2018 - 04:48

Lava flow closes in on Hawaii power plant

A slow-moving lava flow is starting to close in on a power plant near Kilauea volcano, which has authorities scrambling to keep it from becoming part of the drama.

Lava flow closes in on Hawaii power plant

A slow-moving lava flow is starting to close in on a power plant near Kilauea volcano, which has authorities scrambling to keep it from becoming part of the drama.


05/23/2018 - 02:30

The internet: a dangerous place for wild animals

From ivory baubles and leopard coats to rare turtles and live bears, the online market for protected wildlife is booming, according to an International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) investigation released Wednesday.

The internet: a dangerous place for wild animals

From ivory baubles and leopard coats to rare turtles and live bears, the online market for protected wildlife is booming, according to an International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) investigation released Wednesday.


05/23/2018 - 01:01

Why birds don't have teeth

Why did birds lose their teeth? Was it so they would be lighter in the air? Or are pointy beaks better for worm-eating than the jagged jaws of dinosaur ancestors?

Why birds don't have teeth

Why did birds lose their teeth? Was it so they would be lighter in the air? Or are pointy beaks better for worm-eating than the jagged jaws of dinosaur ancestors?


05/23/2018 - 00:05

World faces 'staggering' obesity challenge: study

In 27 years from now, almost a quarter of the global population will be obese, researchers said Wednesday, warning of the mounting medical bill.

World faces 'staggering' obesity  challenge: study

In 27 years from now, almost a quarter of the global population will be obese, researchers said Wednesday, warning of the mounting medical bill.


05/22/2018 - 23:22

Two sportscar-sized satellites in orbit to measure Earth's water

A SpaceX rocket Tuesday blasted off a duo of sports car-sized satellites built by the US and Germany to reveal changes in sea level rise, ice melt and drought on Earth.

Two sportscar-sized satellites in orbit to measure Earth's water

A SpaceX rocket Tuesday blasted off a duo of sports car-sized satellites built by the US and Germany to reveal changes in sea level rise, ice melt and drought on Earth.


05/22/2018 - 22:07

SpaceX rocket blasts off water-tracking satellite duo

A SpaceX rocket Tuesday blasted off a duo of sports car-sized satellites built by the US and Germany to reveal changes in sea level rise, ice melt and drought on Earth.

SpaceX rocket blasts off water-tracking satellite duo

A SpaceX rocket Tuesday blasted off a duo of sports car-sized satellites built by the US and Germany to reveal changes in sea level rise, ice melt and drought on Earth.


05/22/2018 - 18:01

Indian police kill 12 in protest over copper plant

Indian police on Tuesday killed 12 demonstrators after opening fire on thousands of people demanding the closure of a copper factory due to pollution concerns, a police officer said.

Indian police kill 12 in protest over copper plant

Indian police on Tuesday killed 12 demonstrators after opening fire on thousands of people demanding the closure of a copper factory due to pollution concerns, a police officer said.


05/22/2018 - 17:05

Tech 'Nobel' awarded to Finnish physicist for small smart devices

Finnish materials physicist Tuomo Suntola, who developed a groundbreaking technology to reduce the size of complex devices, on Tuesday won Finland's take on the Nobel science prizes.

Tech 'Nobel' awarded to Finnish physicist for small smart devices

Finnish materials physicist Tuomo Suntola, who developed a groundbreaking technology to reduce the size of complex devices, on Tuesday won Finland's take on the Nobel science prizes.


05/22/2018 - 16:49

How a pair of satellites will 'weigh' water on Earth

The reason we know today just how much ice is melting in Greenland and Antarctica is because of a pair of satellites, launched in 2002 by NASA and the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ). Now, they are set to be replaced by a more modern duo.

How a pair of satellites will 'weigh' water on Earth

The reason we know today just how much ice is melting in Greenland and Antarctica is because of a pair of satellites, launched in 2002 by NASA and the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ). Now, they are set to be replaced by a more modern duo.


05/22/2018 - 16:26

Copenhagen best, Rome worst for clean, safe roads: study

Bike-friendly capitals Copenhagen, Amsterdam and Oslo have Europe's cleanest and safest transport systems while heavily congested Rome has the worst, a Greenpeace study found Tuesday.

Copenhagen best, Rome worst for clean, safe roads: study

Bike-friendly capitals Copenhagen, Amsterdam and Oslo have Europe's cleanest and safest transport systems while heavily congested Rome has the worst, a Greenpeace study found Tuesday.


05/22/2018 - 14:00

Arctic coastal powers back 'peaceful' dialogue over disputes

The five nations bordering the Arctic Ocean on Tuesday reaffirmed their commitment made in Greenland a decade ago to "peacefully" settle their differences over the resource-rich region threatened by climate change.

Arctic coastal powers back 'peaceful' dialogue over disputes

The five nations bordering the Arctic Ocean on Tuesday reaffirmed their commitment made in Greenland a decade ago to "peacefully" settle their differences over the resource-rich region threatened by climate change.


05/22/2018 - 12:56

Nipah virus death toll in India jumps to 10

The death toll from an outbreak of the rare Nipah virus in southern India jumped to 10 Tuesday with more than 90 people quarantined to try to stem the spread of the disease, officials said.

Nipah virus death toll in India jumps to 10

The death toll from an outbreak of the rare Nipah virus in southern India jumped to 10 Tuesday with more than 90 people quarantined to try to stem the spread of the disease, officials said.


05/22/2018 - 12:55

Dozens feared killed in Karachi heatwave: charity

Dozens of people are feared to have died in a heatwave gripping Pakistan's largest city Karachi this week, a charity in the sprawling metropolis said Tuesday, as temperatures hit 42 degrees Celsius (108 degrees Fahrenheit).

Dozens feared killed in Karachi heatwave: charity

Dozens of people are feared to have died in a heatwave gripping Pakistan's largest city Karachi this week, a charity in the sprawling metropolis said Tuesday, as temperatures hit 42 degrees Celsius (108 degrees Fahrenheit).


05/22/2018 - 11:35

Conservationists fight to save animals as mass extinction looms

Animal and plant species are vanishing at an accelerating pace around the world -- sometimes even before we know that they exist -- but conservationists are pushing back against the juggernaut of mass extinction.

Conservationists fight to save animals as mass extinction looms

Animal and plant species are vanishing at an accelerating pace around the world -- sometimes even before we know that they exist -- but conservationists are pushing back against the juggernaut of mass extinction.


05/22/2018 - 02:01

Twin sportscar-sized satellites to chase water changes on Earth

A pair of identical, sportscar-sized satellites are poised to zoom around the Earth and track changes in water and ice, offering new insights into global warming and sea level rise, NASA said Monday.

Twin sportscar-sized satellites to chase water changes on Earth

A pair of identical, sportscar-sized satellites are poised to zoom around the Earth and track changes in water and ice, offering new insights into global warming and sea level rise, NASA said Monday.


05/21/2018 - 22:01

Probe into rare cougar attack in US that left one dead

Wildlife officials in the US state of Washington on Monday were probing what prompted a cougar to attack two cyclists over the weekend, leaving one dead and the other seriously injured.

Probe into rare cougar attack in US that left one dead

Wildlife officials in the US state of Washington on Monday were probing what prompted a cougar to attack two cyclists over the weekend, leaving one dead and the other seriously injured.


05/21/2018 - 17:20

Giant Chinese salamander speeding toward extinction: study

The world's largest amphibians, giant Chinese salamanders, were once thought to be widespread but now face imminent extinction due to illegal poaching and hunting as a luxury food, researchers said Monday.

Giant Chinese salamander speeding toward extinction: study

The world's largest amphibians, giant Chinese salamanders, were once thought to be widespread but now face imminent extinction due to illegal poaching and hunting as a luxury food, researchers said Monday.


05/21/2018 - 17:13

Dealerships trash talk electric cars: study

Car dealerships in Nordic countries actively discourage consumers from buying electric vehicles, researchers who conducted an undercover investigation said Monday.

Dealerships trash talk electric cars: study

Car dealerships in Nordic countries actively discourage consumers from buying electric vehicles, researchers who conducted an undercover investigation said Monday.


05/21/2018 - 16:25

In breakthrough, surgeon builds windpipes from arteries

Where others failed, sometimes spectacularly, French surgeon Emmanuel Martinod has helped people whose windpipes have been ravaged by cancer and other diseases to live and breathe normally again.

In breakthrough, surgeon builds windpipes from arteries

Where others failed, sometimes spectacularly, French surgeon Emmanuel Martinod has helped people whose windpipes have been ravaged by cancer and other diseases to live and breathe normally again.


05/21/2018 - 10:58

Cement, extreme cold experiments head to space aboard Cygnus cargo ship

Food for astronauts, new space gardening gear and experiments to test extreme cold and how cement forms in weightlessness blasted off Monday to the International Space Station aboard Orbital ATK's unmanned Cygnus spacecraft.

Cement, extreme cold experiments head to space aboard Cygnus cargo ship

Food for astronauts, new space gardening gear and experiments to test extreme cold and how cement forms in weightlessness blasted off Monday to the International Space Station aboard Orbital ATK's unmanned Cygnus spacecraft.


05/21/2018 - 08:22

Six pygmy elephants found dead on Malaysian Borneo

Six Borneo pygmy elephants have been found dead in Malaysian palm oil plantations in recent weeks, officials said Monday, the latest of the endangered creatures to perish as their rainforest habitat is devastated.

Six pygmy elephants found dead on Malaysian Borneo

Six Borneo pygmy elephants have been found dead in Malaysian palm oil plantations in recent weeks, officials said Monday, the latest of the endangered creatures to perish as their rainforest habitat is devastated.


05/21/2018 - 07:20

China satellite heralds first mission to dark side of Moon

China launched on Monday a relay satellite that will allow a rover to communicate with the Earth from the far side of the Moon during an unprecedented mission later this year.

China satellite heralds first mission to dark side of Moon

China launched on Monday a relay satellite that will allow a rover to communicate with the Earth from the far side of the Moon during an unprecedented mission later this year.


05/21/2018 - 03:49

Cement, extreme cold experiments to launch on Orbital cargo ship

Food for astronauts, new space gardening gear and an experiment to test how cement forms in weightlessness are poised to launch Monday to the International Space Station aboard Orbital ATK's unmanned Cygnus spacecraft.

Cement, extreme cold experiments to launch on Orbital cargo ship

Food for astronauts, new space gardening gear and an experiment to test how cement forms in weightlessness are poised to launch Monday to the International Space Station aboard Orbital ATK's unmanned Cygnus spacecraft.

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