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08/17/2018 - 06:55

Google employees sign protest letter over China search engine: NYT

Hundreds of Google employees have signed a protest letter over the company's reported work on a censor-friendly search engine to get back into China, The New York Times said Thursday.

Google employees sign protest letter over China search engine: NYT

Hundreds of Google employees have signed a protest letter over the company's reported work on a censor-friendly search engine to get back into China, The New York Times said Thursday.


08/17/2018 - 06:25

Search for survivors as anger mounts over Italy bridge collapse

Rescue workers in Genoa toiled for a third night in the wreckage of a collapsed bridge, continuing the desperate search for people still missing after the accident, which left at least 38 people dead.

Search for survivors as anger mounts over Italy bridge collapse

Rescue workers in Genoa toiled for a third night in the wreckage of a collapsed bridge, continuing the desperate search for people still missing after the accident, which left at least 38 people dead.


08/17/2018 - 06:17

Murders leave Rohingya camps gripped by fear

A spate of bloody killings is fuelling unease in the Rohingya camps on the Bangladesh-Myanmar border, where overstretched police are struggling to protect nearly a million traumatised refugees from violent gangs.

Murders leave Rohingya camps gripped by fear

A spate of bloody killings is fuelling unease in the Rohingya camps on the Bangladesh-Myanmar border, where overstretched police are struggling to protect nearly a million traumatised refugees from violent gangs.


08/17/2018 - 06:13

Pilgrims descend on Mecca for 'smart hajj'

Two million Muslims gather in Saudi Arabia this week for the hajj as the annual pilgrimage becomes increasingly hi-tech with apps to help the faithful navigate Islam's holiest sites.

Pilgrims descend on Mecca for 'smart hajj'

Two million Muslims gather in Saudi Arabia this week for the hajj as the annual pilgrimage becomes increasingly hi-tech with apps to help the faithful navigate Islam's holiest sites.


08/17/2018 - 05:06

Rain slows Djokovic at Cincinnati, Stephens ousted

Novak Djokovic's third-round struggle with defending champion Grigor Dimitrov was halted by rain, forcing the pair to come back on Friday at the ATP-WTA Cincinnati Masters.

Rain slows Djokovic at Cincinnati, Stephens ousted

Novak Djokovic's third-round struggle with defending champion Grigor Dimitrov was halted by rain, forcing the pair to come back on Friday at the ATP-WTA Cincinnati Masters.


08/17/2018 - 05:02

Meat-heavy low-carb diets can 'shorten lifespan': study

Middle-aged people who get roughly half their daily calories from carbohydrates live several years longer on average than those with meat-heavy low-carb diets, researchers reported Friday.

Meat-heavy low-carb diets can 'shorten lifespan': study

Middle-aged people who get roughly half their daily calories from carbohydrates live several years longer on average than those with meat-heavy low-carb diets, researchers reported Friday.


08/17/2018 - 04:12

Pope says on side of victims of US 'predator' priests

Pope Francis is on the side of victims of more than 300 "predator" priests in the United States who are accused of abusing over 1,000 children across seven decades, the Vatican said Thursday.

Pope says on side of victims of US 'predator' priests

Pope Francis is on the side of victims of more than 300 "predator" priests in the United States who are accused of abusing over 1,000 children across seven decades, the Vatican said Thursday.


08/17/2018 - 03:56

'Queen of Soul' Aretha Franklin dies at 76

Aretha Franklin, the music icon, legendary singer and "Queen of Soul" loved by millions whose history-making career spanned six decades, died at her Detroit home on Thursday. She was 76.

'Queen of Soul' Aretha Franklin dies at 76

Aretha Franklin, the music icon, legendary singer and "Queen of Soul" loved by millions whose history-making career spanned six decades, died at her Detroit home on Thursday. She was 76.


08/17/2018 - 03:25

US threatens more Turkey sanctions if pastor not freed

The US warned Thursday it would levy more sanctions on the troubled Turkish economy if Ankara does not soon release a jailed American pastor described by President Donald Trump as a "hostage."

US threatens more Turkey sanctions if pastor not freed

The US warned Thursday it would levy more sanctions on the troubled Turkish economy if Ankara does not soon release a jailed American pastor described by President Donald Trump as a "hostage."


08/16/2018 - 20:24

Rights groups condemn Kabul school blast as outrage grows

Rights groups Thursday condemned a suicide blast inside a school that killed dozens of students in Kabul a day earlier, as outrage over the attack grew while tearful families buried loved ones in the war-weary Afghan capital.

Rights groups condemn Kabul school blast as outrage grows

Rights groups Thursday condemned a suicide blast inside a school that killed dozens of students in Kabul a day earlier, as outrage over the attack grew while tearful families buried loved ones in the war-weary Afghan capital.


08/16/2018 - 20:06

Scientists detail full genome of wheat for first time

In a breakthrough that experts say will help feed the growing global population in the coming decades, scientists Thursday revealed they have cracked the full genome of wheat for the first time.

Scientists detail full genome of wheat for first time

In a breakthrough that experts say will help feed the growing global population in the coming decades, scientists Thursday revealed they have cracked the full genome of wheat for the first time.


08/16/2018 - 19:22

India's three-time prime minister Vajpayee dies aged 93

Three-time Indian prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee died Thursday, sparking tributes from across the political spectrum as current leader Narendra Modi mourned the "irreplaceable loss" of the respected statesman.

India's three-time prime minister Vajpayee dies aged 93

Three-time Indian prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee died Thursday, sparking tributes from across the political spectrum as current leader Narendra Modi mourned the "irreplaceable loss" of the respected statesman.


08/16/2018 - 18:28

India warns of 'extremely grave' crisis as flood toll rises

Hundreds of troops led a desperate operation to rescue families trapped by mounting floods in India's Kerala state Thursday as the death toll reached 106 with nearly 150,000 left homeless.

India warns of 'extremely grave' crisis as flood toll rises

Hundreds of troops led a desperate operation to rescue families trapped by mounting floods in India's Kerala state Thursday as the death toll reached 106 with nearly 150,000 left homeless.


08/16/2018 - 17:53

Aretha Franklin: Queen of Soul

Raised on gospel, bathed in rhythm and blues and fluent in jazz and pop, Aretha Franklin came to be known as the "Queen of Soul" through seven decades of electrifying performances.

Aretha Franklin: Queen of Soul

Raised on gospel, bathed in rhythm and blues and fluent in jazz and pop, Aretha Franklin came to be known as the "Queen of Soul" through seven decades of electrifying performances.


08/16/2018 - 17:13

Bayer starts Monsanto integration as stock suffers

German chemicals and pharmaceuticals giant Bayer said Thursday that it would begin integrating seeds and pesticides maker Monsanto after a mega-merger, but its stock price was battered by the US firm's legal woes.

Bayer starts Monsanto integration as stock suffers

German chemicals and pharmaceuticals giant Bayer said Thursday that it would begin integrating seeds and pesticides maker Monsanto after a mega-merger, but its stock price was battered by the US firm's legal woes.


08/16/2018 - 16:38

Madonna turns into 'berber queen' for 60th birthday

Madonna on Thursday took on the mantle of a "berber queen" to celebrate her 60th birthday, touring Morocco's former imperial city of Marrakech under the radar of the paparazzi.

Madonna turns into 'berber queen' for 60th birthday

Madonna on Thursday took on the mantle of a "berber queen" to celebrate her 60th birthday, touring Morocco's former imperial city of Marrakech under the radar of the paparazzi.


08/16/2018 - 16:27

Bayer presses on with Monsanto integration as stock suffers

German chemicals and pharmaceuticals giant Bayer said Thursday it would finally begin integrating US seeds and pesticides maker Monsanto into its business, after meeting competition authorities' final conditions for the merger.

Bayer presses on with Monsanto integration as stock suffers

German chemicals and pharmaceuticals giant Bayer said Thursday it would finally begin integrating US seeds and pesticides maker Monsanto into its business, after meeting competition authorities' final conditions for the merger.


08/16/2018 - 16:17

Aretha Franklin: Queen of Soul

Raised on gospel, bathed in rhythm and blues and fluent in jazz and pop, Aretha Franklin came to be known as the "Queen of Soul" through seven decades of electrifying performances.

Aretha Franklin: Queen of Soul

Raised on gospel, bathed in rhythm and blues and fluent in jazz and pop, Aretha Franklin came to be known as the "Queen of Soul" through seven decades of electrifying performances.


08/16/2018 - 15:55

EU hits back at Italy govt over bridge disaster comments

The European Union pushed back Thursday against Italy's populist government over the deadly collapse of a bridge in Genoa, saying that it had given Rome billions of euros to fix infrastructure.

EU hits back at Italy govt over bridge disaster comments

The European Union pushed back Thursday against Italy's populist government over the deadly collapse of a bridge in Genoa, saying that it had given Rome billions of euros to fix infrastructure.


08/16/2018 - 15:47

China, US to resume trade talks in late August

China will send a senior negotiator to the United States in late August to resume trade talks, its commerce ministry said Thursday, the first public meeting on the dispute in weeks as the trade conflict intensifies.

China, US to resume trade talks in late August

China will send a senior negotiator to the United States in late August to resume trade talks, its commerce ministry said Thursday, the first public meeting on the dispute in weeks as the trade conflict intensifies.


08/16/2018 - 15:35

Sainz replaces Alonso at McLaren

Spaniard Carlos Sainz will drive for McLaren in next season's Formula One championship, filling the vacuum left by the retirement of Fernando Alonso, the team announced on Thursday.

Sainz replaces Alonso at McLaren

Spaniard Carlos Sainz will drive for McLaren in next season's Formula One championship, filling the vacuum left by the retirement of Fernando Alonso, the team announced on Thursday.


08/16/2018 - 14:49

India's three-time prime minister Vajpayee dies aged 93

Three-time Indian prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee has died, current leader Narendra Modi said Thursday of the ailing 93-year-old who had been hospitalised.

India's three-time prime minister Vajpayee dies aged 93

Three-time Indian prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee has died, current leader Narendra Modi said Thursday of the ailing 93-year-old who had been hospitalised.


08/16/2018 - 13:28

Rugby star Cipriani fined for assault

England rugby star Danny Cipriani was fined £2,000 ($2,500) on Thursday after pleading guilty to common assault following an incident at a nightclub on the island of Jersey.

Rugby star Cipriani fined for assault

England rugby star Danny Cipriani was fined £2,000 ($2,500) on Thursday after pleading guilty to common assault following an incident at a nightclub on the island of Jersey.


08/16/2018 - 10:35

Shares in Italy's Atlantia plunge 24% over Genoa bridge collapse

Shares in Italian infrastructure group Atlantia, which operates the motorway on which a bridge in Genoa collapsed, were initially suspended on the Milan stock exchange on Thursday, but plunged more than 24 percent when trading resumed an hour later.

Shares in Italy's Atlantia plunge 24% over Genoa bridge collapse

Shares in Italian infrastructure group Atlantia, which operates the motorway on which a bridge in Genoa collapsed, were initially suspended on the Milan stock exchange on Thursday, but plunged more than 24 percent when trading resumed an hour later.


08/16/2018 - 09:31

Malaysia court rules N. Korea assassination trial can proceed

The murder trial of two women accused of assassinating the half-brother of North Korea's leader can proceed, a Malaysian court ruled Thursday, in a blow to their families who insist the pair were tricked into carrying out the dramatic hit.

Malaysia court rules N. Korea assassination trial can proceed

The murder trial of two women accused of assassinating the half-brother of North Korea's leader can proceed, a Malaysian court ruled Thursday, in a blow to their families who insist the pair were tricked into carrying out the dramatic hit.


08/16/2018 - 06:55

Second night of rescue efforts after deadly Italy bridge collapse

Rescue workers toiled through a second night Thursday in a desperate bid to find survivors in the rubble of a Genoa bridge which caved in during a heavy rainstorm, killing at least 39 people and injuring 16 more.

Second night of rescue efforts after deadly Italy bridge collapse

Rescue workers toiled through a second night Thursday in a desperate bid to find survivors in the rubble of a Genoa bridge which caved in during a heavy rainstorm, killing at least 39 people and injuring 16 more.


08/16/2018 - 05:04

Major Davis Cup shake-up eyed by divided tennis leaders

A major Davis Cup revamp that would condense the annual global tournament into an 18-team, week-long event will be voted upon Thursday with major tennis leaders divided over the proposal.

Major Davis Cup shake-up eyed by divided tennis leaders

A major Davis Cup revamp that would condense the annual global tournament into an 18-team, week-long event will be voted upon Thursday with major tennis leaders divided over the proposal.

08/17/2018 - 06:17

Murders leave Rohingya camps gripped by fear

A spate of bloody killings is fuelling unease in the Rohingya camps on the Bangladesh-Myanmar border, where overstretched police are struggling to protect nearly a million traumatised refugees from violent gangs.

Murders leave Rohingya camps gripped by fear

A spate of bloody killings is fuelling unease in the Rohingya camps on the Bangladesh-Myanmar border, where overstretched police are struggling to protect nearly a million traumatised refugees from violent gangs.


08/17/2018 - 06:13

Pilgrims descend on Mecca for 'smart hajj'

Two million Muslims gather in Saudi Arabia this week for the hajj as the annual pilgrimage becomes increasingly hi-tech with apps to help the faithful navigate Islam's holiest sites.

Pilgrims descend on Mecca for 'smart hajj'

Two million Muslims gather in Saudi Arabia this week for the hajj as the annual pilgrimage becomes increasingly hi-tech with apps to help the faithful navigate Islam's holiest sites.


08/17/2018 - 06:12

Mountain milonga: 'tango therapy' finds unlikely Montenegrin home

Couples twist across a wood floor to the melancholy sounds of tango music, swaying and swivelling in a dance that comes from far away.

Mountain milonga: 'tango therapy' finds unlikely Montenegrin home

Couples twist across a wood floor to the melancholy sounds of tango music, swaying and swivelling in a dance that comes from far away.


08/17/2018 - 05:45

China sacks regional officials as vaccine scandal mounts

China's Communist Party has sacked a dozen provincial and local officials and vowed to punish a pharmaceutical firm over a vaccine scandal that inflamed public fears over the safety of domestically produced drugs.

China sacks regional officials as vaccine scandal mounts

China's Communist Party has sacked a dozen provincial and local officials and vowed to punish a pharmaceutical firm over a vaccine scandal that inflamed public fears over the safety of domestically produced drugs.


08/17/2018 - 05:02

Meat-heavy low-carb diets can 'shorten lifespan': study

Middle-aged people who get roughly half their daily calories from carbohydrates live several years longer on average than those with meat-heavy low-carb diets, researchers reported Friday.

Meat-heavy low-carb diets can 'shorten lifespan': study

Middle-aged people who get roughly half their daily calories from carbohydrates live several years longer on average than those with meat-heavy low-carb diets, researchers reported Friday.


08/17/2018 - 04:39

South Sudan's child soldiers hope for life after war

By the time Baba John escaped the tribal militia he had joined as an 11-year-old, he had long stopped counting the number of people he had killed.

South Sudan's child soldiers hope for life after war

By the time Baba John escaped the tribal militia he had joined as an 11-year-old, he had long stopped counting the number of people he had killed.


08/17/2018 - 01:34

Low-carb diet linked to elevated mortality risk: study

Middle-aged people who get roughly half their daily calories from carbohydrates live several years longer on average than those with low-carb diets, researchers reported Friday.

Low-carb diet linked to elevated mortality risk: study

Middle-aged people who get roughly half their daily calories from carbohydrates live several years longer on average than those with low-carb diets, researchers reported Friday.


08/17/2018 - 01:20

New York University makes tuition free for all medical students

New York University said Thursday it would offer all its current and future medical school students free tuition in an effort to tackle soaring debt levels and encourage more applicants.

New York University makes tuition free for all medical students

New York University said Thursday it would offer all its current and future medical school students free tuition in an effort to tackle soaring debt levels and encourage more applicants.


08/16/2018 - 20:22

US approves first generic competitor to Mylan's EpiPen

US regulators Thursday approved the first generic alternative for the EpiPen, a life-saving emergency allergy medicine, two years after soaring prices for the original version owned by Mylan stoked controversy.

US approves first generic competitor to Mylan's EpiPen

US regulators Thursday approved the first generic alternative for the EpiPen, a life-saving emergency allergy medicine, two years after soaring prices for the original version owned by Mylan stoked controversy.


08/16/2018 - 19:37

US drug overdose deaths surge amid fentanyl scourge

US drug overdose deaths surged to nearly 72,000 last year, as addicts increasingly turn to extremely powerful synthetic opioid fentanyl as the supply of prescription painkillers has tightened.

US drug overdose deaths surge amid fentanyl scourge

US drug overdose deaths surged to nearly 72,000 last year, as addicts increasingly turn to extremely powerful synthetic opioid fentanyl as the supply of prescription painkillers has tightened.


08/16/2018 - 15:51

Roman-era tombs discovered in Palestinian village

A set of Roman-era tombs dating back some 2,000 years have been discovered near the Palestinian city of Hebron in the occupied West Bank during road works, an official said Thursday.

Roman-era tombs discovered in Palestinian village

A set of Roman-era tombs dating back some 2,000 years have been discovered near the Palestinian city of Hebron in the occupied West Bank during road works, an official said Thursday.


08/16/2018 - 15:10

'My Hair, Your Hair': Bosnians weave wigs for kids with cancer

Ajla Nizic did not know what cancer was when she was diagnosed with it at age four.

'My Hair, Your Hair': Bosnians weave wigs for kids with cancer

Ajla Nizic did not know what cancer was when she was diagnosed with it at age four.


08/16/2018 - 14:31

Rubbish-collecting crows a star attraction at French theme park

Visitors to a theme park in western France this week have a new attraction to enjoy: six crows that have been specially trained to pick up cigarette ends and rubbish.

Rubbish-collecting crows a star attraction at French theme park

Visitors to a theme park in western France this week have a new attraction to enjoy: six crows that have been specially trained to pick up cigarette ends and rubbish.


08/16/2018 - 06:31

Korean family reunion brings no end to heartache

The first reunions in years of families divided by the Korean War evoke bittersweet memories for Kim Jong-gyu, whose few hours with her brother in 2014 -– under the watchful eyes of the North's agents -– were probably their last ever together.

Korean family reunion brings no end to heartache

The first reunions in years of families divided by the Korean War evoke bittersweet memories for Kim Jong-gyu, whose few hours with her brother in 2014 -– under the watchful eyes of the North's agents -– were probably their last ever together.


08/16/2018 - 04:23

War and Ebola: A double nightmare in eastern DR Congo

First came the war, which developed into a brutal, bloody tussle between militias who abused civilians or killed them.

War and Ebola: A double nightmare in eastern DR Congo

First came the war, which developed into a brutal, bloody tussle between militias who abused civilians or killed them.


08/16/2018 - 03:36

Iraq religious tourism squeezed by Iran sanctions

With hotels facing mass cancellations, Iraqis in the holy city of Najaf are being hit hard by US sanctions on neighbouring Iran, which have forced cash-strapped pilgrims to stay home.

Iraq religious tourism squeezed by Iran sanctions

With hotels facing mass cancellations, Iraqis in the holy city of Najaf are being hit hard by US sanctions on neighbouring Iran, which have forced cash-strapped pilgrims to stay home.


08/15/2018 - 22:28

Cholera kills scores in DR Congo, Niger

A cholera epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo has killed 127 people since February, while a further 22 have died in Niger, officials said on Wednesday.

Cholera kills scores in DR Congo, Niger

A cholera epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo has killed 127 people since February, while a further 22 have died in Niger, officials said on Wednesday.


08/15/2018 - 19:25

Climate change multiplies harmful marine heatwaves

The number of days marked by potentially destructive ocean heatwaves has doubled in 35 years, and will multiply another five-fold at current rates of climate change, scientists warned Wednesday.

Climate change multiplies harmful marine heatwaves

The number of days marked by potentially destructive ocean heatwaves has doubled in 35 years, and will multiply another five-fold at current rates of climate change, scientists warned Wednesday.


08/15/2018 - 15:59

Constellation makes big bet on Canadian cannabis company

Spirits company Constellation Brands announced Wednesday it will significantly boost its investment in Canada's Canopy Growth in a big bet on the growth of cannabis-based products.

Constellation makes big bet on Canadian cannabis company

Spirits company Constellation Brands announced Wednesday it will significantly boost its investment in Canada's Canopy Growth in a big bet on the growth of cannabis-based products.


08/15/2018 - 15:26

Austria rejects Afghan asylum-seeker 'gay' claim: report

Austria has rejected the asylum application of an Afghan claiming to be gay because he did not "act" or "dress" like a homosexual, according to a media report.

Austria rejects Afghan asylum-seeker 'gay' claim: report

Austria has rejected the asylum application of an Afghan claiming to be gay because he did not "act" or "dress" like a homosexual, according to a media report.


08/15/2018 - 12:06

Belongings and belonging: the precious objects gathered by fleeing Rohingya

The Rohingya had no time to consider what to take as Myanmar forces drove the Muslim minority into Bangladesh in a crackdown a year ago likened by the UN to ethnic cleansing.

Belongings and belonging: the precious objects gathered by fleeing Rohingya

The Rohingya had no time to consider what to take as Myanmar forces drove the Muslim minority into Bangladesh in a crackdown a year ago likened by the UN to ethnic cleansing.


08/15/2018 - 05:51

Tonga PM challenges Pacific leaders to weight-loss competition

The prime minister of Tonga has challenged fellow Pacific leaders to a year-long weight-loss competition to combat soaring obesity levels in the region.

Tonga PM challenges Pacific leaders to weight-loss competition

The prime minister of Tonga has challenged fellow Pacific leaders to a year-long weight-loss competition to combat soaring obesity levels in the region.


08/15/2018 - 02:08

Brace for extra-warm weather through 2022: study

Manmade global warming and a natural surge in Earth's surface temperature will join forces to make the next five years exceptionally hot, according to a study published Tuesday.

Brace for extra-warm weather through 2022: study

Manmade global warming and a natural surge in Earth's surface temperature will join forces to make the next five years exceptionally hot, according to a study published Tuesday.


08/14/2018 - 18:27

WHO worried Ebola can 'transmit freely' in DR Congo, as death toll hits 41

Raging conflict is hampering efforts to rein in an Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the WHO chief warned Tuesday, urging a ceasefire to stop the virus from transmitting freely.

WHO worried Ebola can 'transmit freely' in DR Congo, as death toll hits 41

Raging conflict is hampering efforts to rein in an Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the WHO chief warned Tuesday, urging a ceasefire to stop the virus from transmitting freely.


08/14/2018 - 13:43

Foreign tourists get surprise bonanza from Turkey woes

The collapse of the Turkish lira has caused trauma as Turks see their purchasing power slashed, but bargain-hunting foreign tourists visiting the country at the peak of the summer season are cashing in on a currency windfall.

Foreign tourists get surprise bonanza from Turkey woes

The collapse of the Turkish lira has caused trauma as Turks see their purchasing power slashed, but bargain-hunting foreign tourists visiting the country at the peak of the summer season are cashing in on a currency windfall.


08/14/2018 - 12:21

Tunisia anti-litter activist takes up 300-km, 30-beach challenge

Bin bags at the ready, "long-distance activist" Mohamed Oussama Houij moves methodically along a beach in Tunisia's Mediterranean town of Nabeul, scooping up all kinds of trash as he goes along.

Tunisia anti-litter activist takes up 300-km, 30-beach challenge

Bin bags at the ready, "long-distance activist" Mohamed Oussama Houij moves methodically along a beach in Tunisia's Mediterranean town of Nabeul, scooping up all kinds of trash as he goes along.


08/14/2018 - 12:18

Myanmar climbers eye Hkakabo Razi -- the peak conquered only once

A two-week jungle trek followed by a sheer climb up avalanche-prone slopes to a jagged ridge of icy pinnacles awaits three Myanmar mountaineers planning to take on Hkakabo Razi, a peak so treacherous it has been conquered only once.

Myanmar climbers eye Hkakabo Razi -- the peak conquered only once

A two-week jungle trek followed by a sheer climb up avalanche-prone slopes to a jagged ridge of icy pinnacles awaits three Myanmar mountaineers planning to take on Hkakabo Razi, a peak so treacherous it has been conquered only once.

08/17/2018 - 07:22

Choking hazard: air pollution hangs over Asian Games

Indonesia is about to open the Asian Games but its traffic-clogged capital Jakarta remains shrouded in a haze of air pollution that threatens to mar the world's second-biggest multi-sport event.

Choking hazard: air pollution hangs over Asian Games

Indonesia is about to open the Asian Games but its traffic-clogged capital Jakarta remains shrouded in a haze of air pollution that threatens to mar the world's second-biggest multi-sport event.


08/17/2018 - 06:43

Wallabies look for early onslaught against All Blacks

Australia aim to make a flying start against the All Blacks in Sydney this weekend and kick-start their quest to end New Zealand's 15 years of Bledisloe Cup domination, captain Michael Hooper said.

Wallabies look for early onslaught against All Blacks

Australia aim to make a flying start against the All Blacks in Sydney this weekend and kick-start their quest to end New Zealand's 15 years of Bledisloe Cup domination, captain Michael Hooper said.


08/17/2018 - 06:06

Ex Portugal boss Bento named as new South Korea coach

Former Portugal boss Paulo Bento will coach South Korea over the next four years through the 2022 Qatar World Cup, the Korea Football Association (KFA) announced Friday.

Ex Portugal boss Bento named as new South Korea coach

Former Portugal boss Paulo Bento will coach South Korea over the next four years through the 2022 Qatar World Cup, the Korea Football Association (KFA) announced Friday.


08/17/2018 - 05:32

Salas surges to LPGA Indy lead with record-equalling 62

American Lizette Salas fired a course record-equalling 10-under par 62 on Thursday to take a two-shot first-round lead over Japan's Nasa Hataoka and Angel Yin in the LPGA Indy Championship.

Salas surges to LPGA Indy lead with record-equalling 62

American Lizette Salas fired a course record-equalling 10-under par 62 on Thursday to take a two-shot first-round lead over Japan's Nasa Hataoka and Angel Yin in the LPGA Indy Championship.


08/17/2018 - 05:06

Rain slows Djokovic at Cincinnati, Stephens ousted

Novak Djokovic's third-round struggle with defending champion Grigor Dimitrov was halted by rain, forcing the pair to come back on Friday at the ATP-WTA Cincinnati Masters.

Rain slows Djokovic at Cincinnati, Stephens ousted

Novak Djokovic's third-round struggle with defending champion Grigor Dimitrov was halted by rain, forcing the pair to come back on Friday at the ATP-WTA Cincinnati Masters.


08/17/2018 - 01:31

Marlins pitcher Urena suspended 6 games for hitting Acuna

Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Urena has been suspended for six games and fined for intentionally hitting Atlanta rookie Ronald Acuna with a pitch, Major League Baseball announced on Thursday.

Marlins pitcher Urena suspended 6 games for hitting Acuna

Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Urena has been suspended for six games and fined for intentionally hitting Atlanta rookie Ronald Acuna with a pitch, Major League Baseball announced on Thursday.


08/17/2018 - 00:16

'Predictable action on track' prompted Alonso F1 exit

Two-time world champion Fernando Alonso said Thursday that "poor action on the track" prompted his decision to step away from Formula One.

'Predictable action on track' prompted Alonso F1 exit

Two-time world champion Fernando Alonso said Thursday that "poor action on the track" prompted his decision to step away from Formula One.


08/17/2018 - 00:06

New role for Springboks skipper Kolisi against Pumas

History-making captain Siya Kolisi gets a new role in Durban Saturday when South Africa hope to justify being favourites by beating Argentina in a Rugby Championship first round match.

New role for Springboks skipper Kolisi against Pumas

History-making captain Siya Kolisi gets a new role in Durban Saturday when South Africa hope to justify being favourites by beating Argentina in a Rugby Championship first round match.


08/17/2018 - 00:05

Stokes decision hangs over England as they seek India series win

England head into the third Test against India at Trent Bridge on Saturday a commanding 2-0 up having overpowered the tourists by an innings and 159 runs at Lord's only last week but in a dilemma over Ben Stokes.

Stokes decision hangs over England as they seek India series win

England head into the third Test against India at Trent Bridge on Saturday a commanding 2-0 up having overpowered the tourists by an innings and 159 runs at Lord's only last week but in a dilemma over Ben Stokes.


08/17/2018 - 00:05

Ronaldo set for Serie A debut amid sombre backdrop in Italy

Cristiano Ronaldo will make his much-anticipated Serie A debut for Juventus who open their campaign for an eighth straight Italian league title on Saturday against a sombre backdrop of a country in mourning following the Genoa bridge disaster.

Ronaldo set for Serie A debut amid sombre backdrop in Italy

Cristiano Ronaldo will make his much-anticipated Serie A debut for Juventus who open their campaign for an eighth straight Italian league title on Saturday against a sombre backdrop of a country in mourning following the Genoa bridge disaster.


08/17/2018 - 00:05

Tough start makes Arsenal's Emery evolution a slow burner

Unai Emery couldn't have asked for a tougher start to life as Arsenal manager as hot on the heels of defeat to Manchester City in his Premier League bow, the Gunners travel to Chelsea on Saturday.

Tough start makes Arsenal's Emery evolution a slow burner

Unai Emery couldn't have asked for a tougher start to life as Arsenal manager as hot on the heels of defeat to Manchester City in his Premier League bow, the Gunners travel to Chelsea on Saturday.


08/17/2018 - 00:04

Sarri eyes early Chelsea boost as Tottenham return to Wembley

Chelsea and Arsenal's new regimes under Maurizio Sarri and Unai Emery got off to contrasting Premier League starts, but Saturday's clash between the two will provide a truer test of where the London rivals stand.

Sarri eyes early Chelsea boost as Tottenham return to Wembley

Chelsea and Arsenal's new regimes under Maurizio Sarri and Unai Emery got off to contrasting Premier League starts, but Saturday's clash between the two will provide a truer test of where the London rivals stand.


08/17/2018 - 00:04

Still warming up, PSG prepare to face Guingamp

Paris Saint-Germain head to Guingamp for the second round of Ligue 1 matches already among the pace-setters, yet coach Thomas Tuchel said it feels as if the club is still in pre-season.

Still warming up, PSG prepare to face Guingamp

Paris Saint-Germain head to Guingamp for the second round of Ligue 1 matches already among the pace-setters, yet coach Thomas Tuchel said it feels as if the club is still in pre-season.


08/17/2018 - 00:03

European champions Asher-Smith and Hughes face world's best

Britain's Dina Asher-Smith ruled the roost in the sprints at the European Championships, but on Saturday in front of an expectant British crowd at the Birmingham Diamond League meet she will see if she can beat the best in the world.

European champions Asher-Smith and Hughes face world's best

Britain's Dina Asher-Smith ruled the roost in the sprints at the European Championships, but on Saturday in front of an expectant British crowd at the Birmingham Diamond League meet she will see if she can beat the best in the world.


08/17/2018 - 00:03

Sassuolo bag Barca's Marlon as Serie A transfer deadline looms

Barcelona and Brazil defender Marlon completed a move to Serie A side Sassuolo Thursday on the eve of the closure of the transfer window in Italy.

Sassuolo bag Barca's Marlon as Serie A transfer deadline looms

Barcelona and Brazil defender Marlon completed a move to Serie A side Sassuolo Thursday on the eve of the closure of the transfer window in Italy.


08/17/2018 - 00:01

Angry Poyet considers Bordeaux future after star player sold

Gustavo Poyet threatened to quit as Bordeaux coach on Thursday after claiming the club sold key striker Gaetan Laborde to French Ligue 1 rivals Montpellier without his permission.

Angry Poyet considers Bordeaux future after star player sold

Gustavo Poyet threatened to quit as Bordeaux coach on Thursday after claiming the club sold key striker Gaetan Laborde to French Ligue 1 rivals Montpellier without his permission.


08/16/2018 - 23:41

Dodgers' Puig suspended 2 games for role in melee

Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig has been suspended two games for his role in a bench-clearing fracas during the team's 2-1 loss to San Francisco on Tuesday.

Dodgers' Puig suspended 2 games for role in melee

Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig has been suspended two games for his role in a bench-clearing fracas during the team's 2-1 loss to San Francisco on Tuesday.


08/16/2018 - 23:14

Serena thinking of slain sister shortly before lopsided loss

Tennis great Serena Williams tells Time Magazine in a cover story published Thursday that shortly before the worst defeat of her career she learned the killer of her sister Yetunde Price had been paroled.

Serena thinking of slain sister shortly before lopsided loss

Tennis great Serena Williams tells Time Magazine in a cover story published Thursday that shortly before the worst defeat of her career she learned the killer of her sister Yetunde Price had been paroled.


08/16/2018 - 22:36

Snedeker fires rare 59 to seize PGA Greensboro lead

Brandt Snedeker became only the ninth golfer in US PGA Tour history to fire a 59 on Thursday, his 11-under effort putting him in the lead in the first round of the Wyndham Championship.

Snedeker fires rare 59 to seize PGA Greensboro lead

Brandt Snedeker became only the ninth golfer in US PGA Tour history to fire a 59 on Thursday, his 11-under effort putting him in the lead in the first round of the Wyndham Championship.


08/16/2018 - 21:48

Marlon Santos leaves Barcelona for Sassuolo

Barcelona said Thursday they have reached an agreement with Sassuolo to transfer their Brazilian defender Marlon Santos to the Italian Serie A side for six million euros.

Marlon Santos leaves Barcelona for Sassuolo

Barcelona said Thursday they have reached an agreement with Sassuolo to transfer their Brazilian defender Marlon Santos to the Italian Serie A side for six million euros.


08/16/2018 - 21:11

World 800m bronze medallist Bett suspended in doping row

Kenya's Kipyegon Bett, who was a bronze medallist in the 800m at the 2017 world championships in London, was suspended on Thursday for "refusing or failing to submit" to a drugs test, the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) announced.

World 800m bronze medallist Bett suspended in doping row

Kenya's Kipyegon Bett, who was a bronze medallist in the 800m at the 2017 world championships in London, was suspended on Thursday for "refusing or failing to submit" to a drugs test, the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) announced.


08/16/2018 - 20:28

'Terrible' Tanak leads in Germany

Estonia's Ott Tanak claimed victory on the Rally of Germany's opening super-special stage on Thursday and then blasted the conditions as "terrible".

'Terrible' Tanak leads in Germany

Estonia's Ott Tanak claimed victory on the Rally of Germany's opening super-special stage on Thursday and then blasted the conditions as "terrible".


08/16/2018 - 19:49

Davis Cup reforms: Who's saying what

Who's saying what after the International Tennis Federation (ITF) on Thursday voted in favour of controversial reforms to the Davis Cup:

Davis Cup reforms: Who's saying what

Who's saying what after the International Tennis Federation (ITF) on Thursday voted in favour of controversial reforms to the Davis Cup:


08/16/2018 - 19:37

Black day or bright future? Radical Davis Cup shake-up approved

World tennis chiefs on Thursday approved a radical Davis Cup overhaul that will condense the 118-year-old worldwide showpiece into an 18-team, week-long event but critics blasted the changes as a "black day" for the sport.

Black day or bright future? Radical Davis Cup shake-up approved

World tennis chiefs on Thursday approved a radical Davis Cup overhaul that will condense the 118-year-old worldwide showpiece into an 18-team, week-long event but critics blasted the changes as a "black day" for the sport.


08/16/2018 - 19:16

Home hope Stuyven takes BinckBank Tour 4th stage, Mohoric keeps lead

Belgium's Jasper Stuyven, riding for the Trek team, delighted home fans by winning the fourth stage of the BinckBank Tour on Thursday as Slovenia's Matej Mohoric, from the Bahrain team, kept the overall lead.

Home hope Stuyven takes BinckBank Tour 4th stage, Mohoric keeps lead

Belgium's Jasper Stuyven, riding for the Trek team, delighted home fans by winning the fourth stage of the BinckBank Tour on Thursday as Slovenia's Matej Mohoric, from the Bahrain team, kept the overall lead.


08/16/2018 - 19:09

IOC provisionally lifts Kuwait suspension in time for Asian Games

The International Olympic Committee on Thursday lifted a ban on Kuwait, allowing the Gulf state to take part in the Asian Games in Jakarta.

IOC provisionally lifts Kuwait suspension in time for Asian Games

The International Olympic Committee on Thursday lifted a ban on Kuwait, allowing the Gulf state to take part in the Asian Games in Jakarta.


08/16/2018 - 18:57

Ghana reaches deal with FIFA to avert dissolution of FA

Ghana on Thursday backed away from controversial plans to dissolve its graft-ridden football federation, as it reached a deal with FIFA to clean up football administration in the country.

Ghana reaches deal with FIFA to avert dissolution of FA

Ghana on Thursday backed away from controversial plans to dissolve its graft-ridden football federation, as it reached a deal with FIFA to clean up football administration in the country.

08/17/2018 - 05:46

Motor City heartbroken, yet proud of Aretha

When Aretha Franklin's death was announced over the PA system, glass maker Maurice Black says grief was so great at his Detroit auto plant that supervisors briefly shut the line.

Motor City heartbroken, yet proud of Aretha

When Aretha Franklin's death was announced over the PA system, glass maker Maurice Black says grief was so great at his Detroit auto plant that supervisors briefly shut the line.


08/17/2018 - 03:56

'Queen of Soul' Aretha Franklin dies at 76

Aretha Franklin, the music icon, legendary singer and "Queen of Soul" loved by millions whose history-making career spanned six decades, died at her Detroit home on Thursday. She was 76.

'Queen of Soul' Aretha Franklin dies at 76

Aretha Franklin, the music icon, legendary singer and "Queen of Soul" loved by millions whose history-making career spanned six decades, died at her Detroit home on Thursday. She was 76.


08/16/2018 - 21:25

Soul sister, 'Blues Brother': Aretha Franklin's iconic co-stars

The death of soul queen Aretha Franklin on Thursday marked the passing of the last of the great musical icons of cult comedy movie "The Blues Brothers."

Soul sister, 'Blues Brother': Aretha Franklin's iconic co-stars

The death of soul queen Aretha Franklin on Thursday marked the passing of the last of the great musical icons of cult comedy movie "The Blues Brothers."


08/16/2018 - 21:15

Stormzy offers black students Cambridge scholarship

British grime artist Stormzy on Thursday announced he is offering a scholarship to help support black students at Cambridge University.

Stormzy offers black students Cambridge scholarship

British grime artist Stormzy on Thursday announced he is offering a scholarship to help support black students at Cambridge University.


08/16/2018 - 20:13

'A rare treasure': outpouring of tributes to Aretha Franklin

The death of 76-year-old music icon Aretha Franklin prompted figures across the spectrum, from politics to pop, to pay homage to her tremendous influence on American culture.

'A rare treasure': outpouring of tributes to Aretha Franklin

The death of 76-year-old music icon Aretha Franklin prompted figures across the spectrum, from politics to pop, to pay homage to her tremendous influence on American culture.


08/16/2018 - 19:49

60 scandalous years for Madonna

Madonna remains one of the most controversial artists of all time, with the Material Girl refusing to hold back with age from the unbridled sexuality that helped make her a superstar.

60 scandalous years for Madonna

Madonna remains one of the most controversial artists of all time, with the Material Girl refusing to hold back with age from the unbridled sexuality that helped make her a superstar.


08/16/2018 - 19:05

Ousted Eiffel Tower chef Ducasse sharpens knives for rivals

The French top chef who cooked for fast-food-loving US President Donald Trump atop the Eiffel Tower during his visit to Paris last year went to court Thursday to challenge his eviction from his lofty perch.

Ousted Eiffel Tower chef Ducasse sharpens knives for rivals

The French top chef who cooked for fast-food-loving US President Donald Trump atop the Eiffel Tower during his visit to Paris last year went to court Thursday to challenge his eviction from his lofty perch.


08/16/2018 - 18:11

'A rare treasure': outpouring of tributes to Aretha Franklin

The death of 76-year-old music icon Aretha Franklin prompted figures across the spectrum, from politics to pop, to pay homage to her tremendous influence on American culture.

'A rare treasure': outpouring of tributes to Aretha Franklin

The death of 76-year-old music icon Aretha Franklin prompted figures across the spectrum, from politics to pop, to pay homage to her tremendous influence on American culture.


08/16/2018 - 17:53

Aretha Franklin: Queen of Soul

Raised on gospel, bathed in rhythm and blues and fluent in jazz and pop, Aretha Franklin came to be known as the "Queen of Soul" through seven decades of electrifying performances.

Aretha Franklin: Queen of Soul

Raised on gospel, bathed in rhythm and blues and fluent in jazz and pop, Aretha Franklin came to be known as the "Queen of Soul" through seven decades of electrifying performances.


08/16/2018 - 17:15

Soros foundation to quit Hungary by end-August

The foundation run by US billionaire George Soros said Thursday that the last of its operations in Hungary would cease by August 31, with its activities being transferred to Berlin.

Soros foundation to quit Hungary by end-August

The foundation run by US billionaire George Soros said Thursday that the last of its operations in Hungary would cease by August 31, with its activities being transferred to Berlin.


08/16/2018 - 17:11

Uganda's pop star politician charged in military court

A Ugandan pop star turned opposition MP was charged in a military court Thursday with illegal possession of weapons, following his arrest after the presidential convoy was pelted with stones.

Uganda's pop star politician charged in military court

A Ugandan pop star turned opposition MP was charged in a military court Thursday with illegal possession of weapons, following his arrest after the presidential convoy was pelted with stones.


08/16/2018 - 16:38

Madonna turns into 'berber queen' for 60th birthday

Madonna on Thursday took on the mantle of a "berber queen" to celebrate her 60th birthday, touring Morocco's former imperial city of Marrakech under the radar of the paparazzi.

Madonna turns into 'berber queen' for 60th birthday

Madonna on Thursday took on the mantle of a "berber queen" to celebrate her 60th birthday, touring Morocco's former imperial city of Marrakech under the radar of the paparazzi.


08/16/2018 - 16:32

How Aretha Franklin made 'Respect' a feminist anthem

It may be the most rousing feminist anthem ever, but "Respect" -- the song that made Aretha Franklin the "Queen of Soul" -- was actually written about a man demanding a break from his wife.

How Aretha Franklin made 'Respect' a feminist anthem

It may be the most rousing feminist anthem ever, but "Respect" -- the song that made Aretha Franklin the "Queen of Soul" -- was actually written about a man demanding a break from his wife.


08/16/2018 - 16:17

Aretha Franklin: Queen of Soul

Raised on gospel, bathed in rhythm and blues and fluent in jazz and pop, Aretha Franklin came to be known as the "Queen of Soul" through seven decades of electrifying performances.

Aretha Franklin: Queen of Soul

Raised on gospel, bathed in rhythm and blues and fluent in jazz and pop, Aretha Franklin came to be known as the "Queen of Soul" through seven decades of electrifying performances.


08/16/2018 - 15:30

Schumacher not being moved from Switzerland to Mallorca: spokeswoman

Ex-Formula One champion Michael Schumacher is not being moved from his home in Switzerland to the Spanish island of Mallorca, a spokeswoman said Thursday, denying a report by a Swiss magazine.

Schumacher not being moved from Switzerland to Mallorca: spokeswoman

Ex-Formula One champion Michael Schumacher is not being moved from his home in Switzerland to the Spanish island of Mallorca, a spokeswoman said Thursday, denying a report by a Swiss magazine.


08/16/2018 - 15:21

'Crazy Rich Asians' touted as Hollywood watershed

Rich, dashing man sweeps sweet young girl off her feet. It's the fantasy to launch a thousand love stories, but Hollywood's latest rom-com oozes more than sentimental escapism.

'Crazy Rich Asians' touted as Hollywood watershed

Rich, dashing man sweeps sweet young girl off her feet. It's the fantasy to launch a thousand love stories, but Hollywood's latest rom-com oozes more than sentimental escapism.


08/16/2018 - 15:09

Hollywood director Weir testifies in Cambodia 'spying' trial

Hollywood director Peter Weir made a surprise appearance at a court in the Cambodian capital on Thursday, testifying in the trial of a filmmaker accused of espionage, the latest twist in a case decried by rights groups as "bogus".

Hollywood director Weir testifies in Cambodia 'spying' trial

Hollywood director Peter Weir made a surprise appearance at a court in the Cambodian capital on Thursday, testifying in the trial of a filmmaker accused of espionage, the latest twist in a case decried by rights groups as "bogus".


08/16/2018 - 11:07

Bemused Banksy says 'nothing to do with' major Russian exhibition

The reclusive British street artist Banksy has said in a bemused social media post he was not involved in a major exhibition of his works currently on display in Moscow.

Bemused Banksy says 'nothing to do with' major Russian exhibition

The reclusive British street artist Banksy has said in a bemused social media post he was not involved in a major exhibition of his works currently on display in Moscow.


08/16/2018 - 01:19

Detroit church holds vigil for ailing 'Queen of Soul' Franklin

The Detroit church once led by Aretha Franklin's father -- and where she first tested her remarkable voice -- filled with music once again Wednesday as dozens gathered for a prayer vigil for the ailing "Queen of Soul."

Detroit church holds vigil for ailing 'Queen of Soul' Franklin

The Detroit church once led by Aretha Franklin's father -- and where she first tested her remarkable voice -- filled with music once again Wednesday as dozens gathered for a prayer vigil for the ailing "Queen of Soul."


08/15/2018 - 23:48

Man who smashed Trump Hollywood star justifies attack

A US man accused of taking a pickaxe to President Donald Trump's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame justified his actions on Wednesday as he pleaded not guilty to a felony vandalism charge.

Man who smashed Trump Hollywood star justifies attack

A US man accused of taking a pickaxe to President Donald Trump's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame justified his actions on Wednesday as he pleaded not guilty to a felony vandalism charge.


08/15/2018 - 23:05

Madonna celebrates turning 60 in Marrakech

Madonna, the Queen of Pop, appears to have travelled to the former imperial city of Marrakech in western Morocco to celebrate her 60th birthday on Thursday.

Madonna celebrates turning 60 in Marrakech

Madonna, the Queen of Pop, appears to have travelled to the former imperial city of Marrakech in western Morocco to celebrate her 60th birthday on Thursday.


08/15/2018 - 14:32

Brunson: pastor at centre of Turkey-US row and market turmoil

Only weeks ago it would have seemed fanciful to draw a link between the fate of an American pastor in Turkey, a crisis between two NATO allies and turmoil on global financial markets.

Brunson: pastor at centre of Turkey-US row and market turmoil

Only weeks ago it would have seemed fanciful to draw a link between the fate of an American pastor in Turkey, a crisis between two NATO allies and turmoil on global financial markets.


08/15/2018 - 12:23

Creator of iconic Soviet cartoons Eduard Uspensky dies

Legendary Soviet children's writer and creator of the USSR's most popular cartoon characters Eduard Uspensky died in his home in the Moscow suburbs at the age of 80 late on Tuesday.

Creator of iconic Soviet cartoons Eduard Uspensky dies

Legendary Soviet children's writer and creator of the USSR's most popular cartoon characters Eduard Uspensky died in his home in the Moscow suburbs at the age of 80 late on Tuesday.


08/15/2018 - 10:23

'Monster Hunter' on hold as China hits pause on new video games

China appears to have halted approvals of new online game licences, with reports Wednesday that a government shake-up was causing paralysis in the world's biggest gaming market.

'Monster Hunter' on hold as China hits pause on new video games

China appears to have halted approvals of new online game licences, with reports Wednesday that a government shake-up was causing paralysis in the world's biggest gaming market.


08/15/2018 - 09:40

In the hoop: Taiwan's spinning street artist

Isaac Hou is one of Taipei's best-known street artists, famous for his mesmerising acrobatics using a giant spinning hoop.

In the hoop: Taiwan's spinning street artist

Isaac Hou is one of Taipei's best-known street artists, famous for his mesmerising acrobatics using a giant spinning hoop.


08/14/2018 - 22:17

Gregory Peck's grandson to play Spock in new 'Star Trek'

Actor Ethan Peck -- whose grandfather was Hollywood legend Gregory Peck -- has been cast as iconic half-Vulcan science officer Spock in CBS's "Star Trek: Discovery."

Gregory Peck's grandson to play Spock in new 'Star Trek'

Actor Ethan Peck -- whose grandfather was Hollywood legend Gregory Peck -- has been cast as iconic half-Vulcan science officer Spock in CBS's "Star Trek: Discovery."


08/14/2018 - 12:38

Ugandan police shoot driver, arrest singer-turned-politician

Ugandan musician and opposition lawmaker Robert Kyagulanyi, better known as Bobi Wine, was arrested Tuesday after an incident in which security officers shot his driver dead, a police spokesman said.

Ugandan police shoot driver, arrest singer-turned-politician

Ugandan musician and opposition lawmaker Robert Kyagulanyi, better known as Bobi Wine, was arrested Tuesday after an incident in which security officers shot his driver dead, a police spokesman said.

08/17/2018 - 07:22

Choking hazard: air pollution hangs over Asian Games

Indonesia is about to open the Asian Games but its traffic-clogged capital Jakarta remains shrouded in a haze of air pollution that threatens to mar the world's second-biggest multi-sport event.

Choking hazard: air pollution hangs over Asian Games

Indonesia is about to open the Asian Games but its traffic-clogged capital Jakarta remains shrouded in a haze of air pollution that threatens to mar the world's second-biggest multi-sport event.


08/17/2018 - 06:52

Rare 'bamboo rat' photographed at Machu Picchu

A rare rodent species known as a "bamboo rat" that lives around the Inca ruins at Machu Picchu in Peru has resurfaced after a decade of absence and been photographed for the first time.

Rare 'bamboo rat' photographed at Machu Picchu

A rare rodent species known as a "bamboo rat" that lives around the Inca ruins at Machu Picchu in Peru has resurfaced after a decade of absence and been photographed for the first time.


08/16/2018 - 20:06

Scientists detail full genome of wheat for first time

In a breakthrough that experts say will help feed the growing global population in the coming decades, scientists Thursday revealed they have cracked the full genome of wheat for the first time.

Scientists detail full genome of wheat for first time

In a breakthrough that experts say will help feed the growing global population in the coming decades, scientists Thursday revealed they have cracked the full genome of wheat for the first time.


08/16/2018 - 18:28

India warns of 'extremely grave' crisis as flood toll rises

Hundreds of troops led a desperate operation to rescue families trapped by mounting floods in India's Kerala state Thursday as the death toll reached 106 with nearly 150,000 left homeless.

India warns of 'extremely grave' crisis as flood toll rises

Hundreds of troops led a desperate operation to rescue families trapped by mounting floods in India's Kerala state Thursday as the death toll reached 106 with nearly 150,000 left homeless.


08/16/2018 - 14:31

Rubbish-collecting crows a star attraction at French theme park

Visitors to a theme park in western France this week have a new attraction to enjoy: six crows that have been specially trained to pick up cigarette ends and rubbish.

Rubbish-collecting crows a star attraction at French theme park

Visitors to a theme park in western France this week have a new attraction to enjoy: six crows that have been specially trained to pick up cigarette ends and rubbish.


08/16/2018 - 04:23

War and Ebola: A double nightmare in eastern DR Congo

First came the war, which developed into a brutal, bloody tussle between militias who abused civilians or killed them.

War and Ebola: A double nightmare in eastern DR Congo

First came the war, which developed into a brutal, bloody tussle between militias who abused civilians or killed them.


08/16/2018 - 00:51

'Devastating' dolphin loss in Florida red tide disaster

A state of emergency has been declared in Florida as the worst red tide in a decade blackens the ocean water, killing dolphins, sea turtles and fish at a relentless pace.

'Devastating' dolphin loss in Florida red tide disaster

A state of emergency has been declared in Florida as the worst red tide in a decade blackens the ocean water, killing dolphins, sea turtles and fish at a relentless pace.


08/15/2018 - 23:27

New pesticide may harm bees as much as those to be replaced

A new class of pesticides positioned to replace neonicotinoids may be just as harmful to crop-pollinating bees, researchers cautioned Wednesday.

New pesticide may harm bees as much as those to be replaced

A new class of pesticides positioned to replace neonicotinoids may be just as harmful to crop-pollinating bees, researchers cautioned Wednesday.


08/15/2018 - 20:10

Flood toll in India's tourist hotspot Kerala jumps to 67

The flood toll in India's southern tourist hotspot of Kerala jumped to 67 after another 25 deaths were reported Wednesday, with more than 50,000 people seeking shelter in relief camps, a state official told AFP.

Flood toll in India's tourist hotspot Kerala jumps to 67

The flood toll in India's southern tourist hotspot of Kerala jumped to 67 after another 25 deaths were reported Wednesday, with more than 50,000 people seeking shelter in relief camps, a state official told AFP.


08/15/2018 - 19:52

Canada's westernmost province declares wildfires emergency

British Columbia declared a province-wide state of emergency Wednesday as Canada's military joined firefighters in trying to douse 556 wildfires burning across the craggy region.

Canada's westernmost province declares wildfires emergency

British Columbia declared a province-wide state of emergency Wednesday as Canada's military joined firefighters in trying to douse 556 wildfires burning across the craggy region.


08/15/2018 - 19:44

Canada to phase out pesticides linked to bee and water bug deaths

Canada announced plans Wednesday to phase out two pesticides widely applied to canola, corn and soybean crops in this country and linked to bee and now also aquatic insect deaths.

Canada to phase out pesticides linked to bee and water bug deaths

Canada announced plans Wednesday to phase out two pesticides widely applied to canola, corn and soybean crops in this country and linked to bee and now also aquatic insect deaths.


08/15/2018 - 19:25

Climate change multiplies harmful marine heatwaves

The number of days marked by potentially destructive ocean heatwaves has doubled in 35 years, and will multiply another five-fold at current rates of climate change, scientists warned Wednesday.

Climate change multiplies harmful marine heatwaves

The number of days marked by potentially destructive ocean heatwaves has doubled in 35 years, and will multiply another five-fold at current rates of climate change, scientists warned Wednesday.


08/15/2018 - 02:07

Brace for extra-warm weather through 2022: study

Manmade global warming and a natural surge in Earth's surface temperature will join forces to make the next five years exceptionally hot, according to a study published Tuesday.

Brace for extra-warm weather through 2022: study

Manmade global warming and a natural surge in Earth's surface temperature will join forces to make the next five years exceptionally hot, according to a study published Tuesday.


08/14/2018 - 23:01

New species of orchid discovered in Peruvian jungle

Botanists have discovered a new species of orchid in Peru's central Amazonian rainforest, the country's national parks service announced Tuesday.

New species of orchid discovered in Peruvian jungle

Botanists have discovered a new species of orchid in Peru's central Amazonian rainforest, the country's national parks service announced Tuesday.


08/14/2018 - 12:21

Tunisia anti-litter activist takes up 300-km, 30-beach challenge

Bin bags at the ready, "long-distance activist" Mohamed Oussama Houij moves methodically along a beach in Tunisia's Mediterranean town of Nabeul, scooping up all kinds of trash as he goes along.

Tunisia anti-litter activist takes up 300-km, 30-beach challenge

Bin bags at the ready, "long-distance activist" Mohamed Oussama Houij moves methodically along a beach in Tunisia's Mediterranean town of Nabeul, scooping up all kinds of trash as he goes along.


08/14/2018 - 11:57

Burundi plans plastic bag ban

Burundi's president, Pierre Nkurunziza, has issued a decree banning the use of plastic bags in the small central African country within the next 18 months.

Burundi plans plastic bag ban

Burundi's president, Pierre Nkurunziza, has issued a decree banning the use of plastic bags in the small central African country within the next 18 months.


08/14/2018 - 10:01

New Caledonia protects huge swathe of coral reefs

New Caledonia agreed Tuesday to tougher protections around a huge swathe of some of the world's last near-pristine coral reefs, in a move conservationists hailed as a major breakthrough.

New Caledonia protects huge swathe of coral reefs

New Caledonia agreed Tuesday to tougher protections around a huge swathe of some of the world's last near-pristine coral reefs, in a move conservationists hailed as a major breakthrough.


08/14/2018 - 03:33

SpaceX vows manned flight to space station is on track

Tech magnate Elon Musk's SpaceX vowed Monday to send its first astronauts into orbit on schedule next year -- part of a drive to restore America's dominance of the space race.

SpaceX vows manned flight to space station is on track

Tech magnate Elon Musk's SpaceX vowed Monday to send its first astronauts into orbit on schedule next year -- part of a drive to restore America's dominance of the space race.


08/13/2018 - 20:43

200-million year old Pterosaur 'built for flying'

Scientists on Monday unveiled a previously unknown species of giant pterosaur, the first creatures with a backbone to fly under their own power.

200-million year old Pterosaur 'built for flying'

Scientists on Monday unveiled a previously unknown species of giant pterosaur, the first creatures with a backbone to fly under their own power.


08/12/2018 - 21:07

France to set penalties on non-recycled plastic

France plans to introduce a penalty system next year that would increase the costs of consumer goods with packaging made of non-recycled plastic, part of a pledge to use only recycled plastic nationwide by 2025, an environment ministry official said Sunday.

France to set penalties on non-recycled plastic

France plans to introduce a penalty system next year that would increase the costs of consumer goods with packaging made of non-recycled plastic, part of a pledge to use only recycled plastic nationwide by 2025, an environment ministry official said Sunday.


08/12/2018 - 18:01

France to set penalities on non-recycled plastic next year

France plans to introduce a penalty system next year that would increase the costs of consumer goods with packaging made of non-recycled plastic, part of a pledge to use only recycled plastic nationwide by 2025, an environment ministry official said Sunday.

France to set penalities on non-recycled plastic next year

France plans to introduce a penalty system next year that would increase the costs of consumer goods with packaging made of non-recycled plastic, part of a pledge to use only recycled plastic nationwide by 2025, an environment ministry official said Sunday.


08/12/2018 - 16:19

NASA launches Parker Solar Probe in first mission to 'touch Sun'

NASA on Sunday blasted off its first-ever spaceship to explore the Sun, the $1.5 billion Parker Solar Probe, on a strategic mission to protect the Earth by unveiling the mysteries of dangerous solar storms.

NASA launches Parker Solar Probe in first mission to 'touch Sun'

NASA on Sunday blasted off its first-ever spaceship to explore the Sun, the $1.5 billion Parker Solar Probe, on a strategic mission to protect the Earth by unveiling the mysteries of dangerous solar storms.


08/12/2018 - 14:31

Caspian Sea nations sign landmark deal

The leaders of the five states bordering the resource-rich Caspian Sea signed a landmark deal Sunday on the legal status of the inland sea which boasts a wealth of oil and gas reserves and sturgeon.

Caspian Sea nations sign landmark deal

The leaders of the five states bordering the resource-rich Caspian Sea signed a landmark deal Sunday on the legal status of the inland sea which boasts a wealth of oil and gas reserves and sturgeon.


08/12/2018 - 12:44

Farmers in war-torn Afghanistan hit by worst drought in decades

After his wheat crop failed and wells dried up, Ghulam Abbas sold his animals and joined thousands of other farmers migrating to cities as Afghanistan's worst drought in living memory ravages the war-torn country.

Farmers in war-torn Afghanistan hit by worst drought in decades

After his wheat crop failed and wells dried up, Ghulam Abbas sold his animals and joined thousands of other farmers migrating to cities as Afghanistan's worst drought in living memory ravages the war-torn country.


08/12/2018 - 06:21

French police on Mont Blanc duty try to keep climbers in line

Standing outside their yellow hut on a ridge 3,200 metres (10,500 feet) above sea level, two French gendarmes peer through binoculars at a group of foreign climbers making their way across a scree-littered stretch on what has become one of the deadliest routes to the top of Mont Blanc.

French police on Mont Blanc duty try to keep climbers in line

Standing outside their yellow hut on a ridge 3,200 metres (10,500 feet) above sea level, two French gendarmes peer through binoculars at a group of foreign climbers making their way across a scree-littered stretch on what has become one of the deadliest routes to the top of Mont Blanc.


08/11/2018 - 21:30

Monsanto owners call weed killer 'safe' after jury orders big payout

Monsanto's German owners insisted Saturday that the weed killer Roundup was "safe," rejecting a California jury's decision to order the chemical giant to pay nearly $290 million for failing to warn a dying groundskeeper that the product might cause cancer.

Monsanto owners call weed killer 'safe' after jury orders big payout

Monsanto's German owners insisted Saturday that the weed killer Roundup was "safe," rejecting a California jury's decision to order the chemical giant to pay nearly $290 million for failing to warn a dying groundskeeper that the product might cause cancer.


08/11/2018 - 17:57

Flash floods kill 37 in India's tourist hotspot Kerala

Flash floods in Kerala have killed 37 people and displaced around 36,000, Indian officials said Saturday, after heavy monsoons led to landslides and overflowing reservoirs across the southern state.

Flash floods kill 37 in India's tourist hotspot Kerala

Flash floods in Kerala have killed 37 people and displaced around 36,000, Indian officials said Saturday, after heavy monsoons led to landslides and overflowing reservoirs across the southern state.

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