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02/20/2018 - 02:53

Olympics: Five things to watch on day 11

Canadian figure skaters Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir are in line for the ice dance gold while biathlon star Martin Fourcade eyes a third title on Tuesday, when five gold medals are awarded.

Olympics: Five things to watch on day 11

Canadian figure skaters Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir are in line for the ice dance gold while biathlon star Martin Fourcade eyes a third title on Tuesday, when five gold medals are awarded.


02/20/2018 - 02:49

Iraqi state holds key to Yazidi return to Sinjar: ICG

Iraq must stabilise the northern region of Sinjar to help the Yazidi minority brutalised at the hands of the Islamic State group return home, the International Crisis Group said Tuesday.

Iraqi state holds key to Yazidi return to Sinjar: ICG

Iraq must stabilise the northern region of Sinjar to help the Yazidi minority brutalised at the hands of the Islamic State group return home, the International Crisis Group said Tuesday.


02/20/2018 - 02:13

US probe looking at Kushner foreign business contacts: report

Special counsel Robert Mueller is probing Jared Kushner's efforts to get foreign investors beyond Russia to provide financing for his company during the presidential transition, including in China, CNN reported Monday.

US probe looking at Kushner foreign business contacts: report

Special counsel Robert Mueller is probing Jared Kushner's efforts to get foreign investors beyond Russia to provide financing for his company during the presidential transition, including in China, CNN reported Monday.


02/20/2018 - 00:38

No-sweat exercise may prolong life for the elderly: study

A few hours a week of light exercise -- walking the dog, puttering about in the garden -- lower the risk of death in older men, even if workouts are brief, researchers said Tuesday.

No-sweat exercise may prolong life for the elderly: study

A few hours a week of light exercise -- walking the dog, puttering about in the garden -- lower the risk of death in older men, even if workouts are brief, researchers said Tuesday.


02/20/2018 - 00:12

FA expected to act after Aguero tangles with Wigan fans

The Football Association are likely to launch an investigation into Wigan and Manchester City after Sergio Aguero was forced to defend himself at the end of a turbulent fifth round FA Cup tie at the DW Stadium.

FA expected to act after Aguero tangles with Wigan fans

The Football Association are likely to launch an investigation into Wigan and Manchester City after Sergio Aguero was forced to defend himself at the end of a turbulent fifth round FA Cup tie at the DW Stadium.


02/19/2018 - 23:34

77 dead as Syria enclave pounded ahead of expected ground assault

Heavy Syrian bombardment killed at least 77 civilians in rebel-held Eastern Ghouta on Monday, a monitor said, as regime forces appeared to prepare for an imminent ground assault.

77 dead as Syria enclave pounded ahead of expected ground assault

Heavy Syrian bombardment killed at least 77 civilians in rebel-held Eastern Ghouta on Monday, a monitor said, as regime forces appeared to prepare for an imminent ground assault.


02/19/2018 - 23:16

Wigan end Man City quadruple bid with Cup shock

Pep Guardiola's quest to win an unprecedented quadruple with Manchester City came to a stunning and controversial end when they fell to a 1-0 defeat at third-tier Wigan in the fifth round of the FA Cup on Monday.

Wigan end Man City quadruple bid with Cup shock

Pep Guardiola's quest to win an unprecedented quadruple with Manchester City came to a stunning and controversial end when they fell to a 1-0 defeat at third-tier Wigan in the fifth round of the FA Cup on Monday.


02/19/2018 - 23:06

Oxfam apologizes to Haiti government over sex scandal

Oxfam formally apologized to Haiti on Monday over the prostitution scandal rocking the aid charity, expressing its "shame" and vowing to do better as it handed over a damning internal report into the allegations.

Oxfam apologizes to Haiti government over sex scandal

Oxfam formally apologized to Haiti on Monday over the prostitution scandal rocking the aid charity, expressing its "shame" and vowing to do better as it handed over a damning internal report into the allegations.

02/20/2018 - 02:53

Olympics: Five things to watch on day 11

Canadian figure skaters Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir are in line for the ice dance gold while biathlon star Martin Fourcade eyes a third title on Tuesday, when five gold medals are awarded.

Olympics: Five things to watch on day 11

Canadian figure skaters Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir are in line for the ice dance gold while biathlon star Martin Fourcade eyes a third title on Tuesday, when five gold medals are awarded.


02/20/2018 - 01:55

Athletics: Eugene athletics' bid chief placed on leave

The head of the United States successful bid for the 2021 World Athletics Championships has been placed on temporary leave after he was contacted by US federal authorities looking into corruption in the sport.

Athletics: Eugene athletics' bid chief placed on leave

The head of the United States successful bid for the 2021 World Athletics Championships has been placed on temporary leave after he was contacted by US federal authorities looking into corruption in the sport.


02/20/2018 - 01:46

War-hit Shakhtar brush off upheaval as they face Roma

War refugees Shakhtar Donetsk head into Wednesday's Champions League clash with Italian side AS Roma in high spirits despite a lack of signings and sparse match practice.

War-hit Shakhtar brush off upheaval as they face Roma

War refugees Shakhtar Donetsk head into Wednesday's Champions League clash with Italian side AS Roma in high spirits despite a lack of signings and sparse match practice.


02/20/2018 - 01:42

Montella making mark at Sevilla after shock Berizzo sacking

It is difficult to think of a clearer indicator of the ruthless nature of modern football than Sevilla's apparently callous decision to sack Eduardo 'Toto' Berizzo in December.

Montella making mark at Sevilla after shock Berizzo sacking

It is difficult to think of a clearer indicator of the ruthless nature of modern football than Sevilla's apparently callous decision to sack Eduardo 'Toto' Berizzo in December.


02/20/2018 - 01:38

Peace with Pogba needed for Mourinho to shirk familiar criticism

Manchester United's Champions League trip to Sevilla on Wednesday night is the type of occasion for which the English giants swallowed their pride to pay £89 million ($125 million) for Paul Pogba, four years after he left Old Trafford for Juventus as a free agent.

Peace with Pogba needed for Mourinho to shirk familiar criticism

Manchester United's Champions League trip to Sevilla on Wednesday night is the type of occasion for which the English giants swallowed their pride to pay £89 million ($125 million) for Paul Pogba, four years after he left Old Trafford for Juventus as a free agent.


02/20/2018 - 00:12

FA expected to act after Aguero tangles with Wigan fans

The Football Association are likely to launch an investigation into Wigan and Manchester City after Sergio Aguero was forced to defend himself at the end of a turbulent fifth round FA Cup tie at the DW Stadium.

FA expected to act after Aguero tangles with Wigan fans

The Football Association are likely to launch an investigation into Wigan and Manchester City after Sergio Aguero was forced to defend himself at the end of a turbulent fifth round FA Cup tie at the DW Stadium.


02/19/2018 - 23:55

Immobile double ends crisis and lifts Lazio into Champions League spots

Ciro Immobile scored twice in a five-minute blitz to end Lazio's three-match Serie A losing streak and lift the Roman side up to fourth with a 2-0 victory over Verona on Monday.

Immobile double ends crisis and lifts Lazio into Champions League spots

Ciro Immobile scored twice in a five-minute blitz to end Lazio's three-match Serie A losing streak and lift the Roman side up to fourth with a 2-0 victory over Verona on Monday.


02/19/2018 - 23:41

Boxer Groves confident of shoulder injury recovery

George Groves vowed to be fit for May's World Boxing Super Series final despite dislocating his shoulder in Saturday's semi-final victory over Chris Eubank Jr.

Boxer Groves confident of shoulder injury recovery

George Groves vowed to be fit for May's World Boxing Super Series final despite dislocating his shoulder in Saturday's semi-final victory over Chris Eubank Jr.

02/20/2018 - 00:03

Mythical guitar-maker Gibson fighting for survival

World-famous guitar maker Gibson, whose instruments have been played by the likes of John Lennon and Elvis Presley, is facing serious financial problems that threaten its very existence.

Mythical guitar-maker Gibson fighting for survival

World-famous guitar maker Gibson, whose instruments have been played by the likes of John Lennon and Elvis Presley, is facing serious financial problems that threaten its very existence.


02/19/2018 - 22:09

French, Dutch teams unveil two newly restored Rembrandts

Dutch and French art historians on Monday unveiled the surprising results of 18 months of painstaking restoration work on a pair of 17th century portraits by Dutch master Rembrandt.

French, Dutch teams unveil two newly restored Rembrandts

Dutch and French art historians on Monday unveiled the surprising results of 18 months of painstaking restoration work on a pair of 17th century portraits by Dutch master Rembrandt.


02/19/2018 - 21:55

New guard steal the show at London Fashion Week

From the dreamy pastels of Roksanda, to the glam-leather of David Koma and sensual lace of Christopher Kane, the new guard made their mark on London Fashion Week on Monday.

New guard steal the show at London Fashion Week

From the dreamy pastels of Roksanda, to the glam-leather of David Koma and sensual lace of Christopher Kane, the new guard made their mark on London Fashion Week on Monday.


02/19/2018 - 21:23

French rights icon Simone Veil set for rare Pantheon burial

French Holocaust survivor and rights icon Simone Veil, who died last year aged 89, will receive the rare honour of a burial in July at the Pantheon in Paris, the president's office said Monday.

French rights icon Simone Veil set for rare Pantheon burial

French Holocaust survivor and rights icon Simone Veil, who died last year aged 89, will receive the rare honour of a burial in July at the Pantheon in Paris, the president's office said Monday.


02/19/2018 - 20:34

Australian classic 'Picnic at Hanging Rock' series premieres in Berlin

The popular myth that Australia's iconic mystery tale "Picnic at Hanging Rock" is based on true events should help bring it to a global audience, one of its stars said at the Berlin film festival Monday.

Australian classic 'Picnic at Hanging Rock' series premieres in Berlin

The popular myth that Australia's iconic mystery tale "Picnic at Hanging Rock" is based on true events should help bring it to a global audience, one of its stars said at the Berlin film festival Monday.


02/19/2018 - 16:40

Norway attack film shifts focus from Breivik to young victims

A wrenching drama recounting Anders Behring Breivik's 2011 massacre in Norway in real time screened at the Berlin film festival Monday, seeking to restore the focus on the young victims and away from the neo-Nazi mass murderer.

Norway attack film shifts focus from Breivik to young victims

A wrenching drama recounting Anders Behring Breivik's 2011 massacre in Norway in real time screened at the Berlin film festival Monday, seeking to restore the focus on the young victims and away from the neo-Nazi mass murderer.


02/19/2018 - 09:15

French jazz violinist Didier Lockwood dies aged 62

Noted French jazz violinist Didier Lockwood, a disciple of the late Stephane Grappelli, has died of a heart attack in Paris, his agent said.

French jazz violinist Didier Lockwood dies aged 62

Noted French jazz violinist Didier Lockwood, a disciple of the late Stephane Grappelli, has died of a heart attack in Paris, his agent said.


02/19/2018 - 07:08

Malaysian rapper probed over Lunar New Year dog video

A rapper in Muslim-majority Malaysia is under police investigation for allegedly insulting Islam with a Lunar New Year video that features dancers wearing dog masks and performing suggestive moves, reports said Monday.

Malaysian rapper probed over Lunar New Year dog video

A rapper in Muslim-majority Malaysia is under police investigation for allegedly insulting Islam with a Lunar New Year video that features dancers wearing dog masks and performing suggestive moves, reports said Monday.

02/20/2018 - 00:08

Vampire bat's blood-only diet 'a big evolutionary win'

At first glance, the cost-benefit ratio of a blood-only diet suggests that vampire bats -- the only mammals to feed exclusively on the viscous, ruby-red elixir -- flew down an evolutionary blind alley.

Vampire bat's blood-only diet 'a big evolutionary win'

At first glance, the cost-benefit ratio of a blood-only diet suggests that vampire bats -- the only mammals to feed exclusively on the viscous, ruby-red elixir -- flew down an evolutionary blind alley.


02/19/2018 - 17:59

France to let wolf packs grow despite angry farmers

The French government announced Monday it will allow the wolf population to grow 40 percent despite pressure from farmers in mountain regions who are worried about their sheep flocks.

France to let wolf packs grow despite angry farmers

The French government announced Monday it will allow the wolf population to grow 40 percent despite pressure from farmers in mountain regions who are worried about their sheep flocks.


02/19/2018 - 16:39

France to grow wolf packs despite farmers' anger

The French government announced Monday that it will allow the wolf population to grow 40 percent over the next five years, resisting pressure from farmers concerned about their flocks.

France to grow wolf packs despite farmers' anger

The French government announced Monday that it will allow the wolf population to grow 40 percent over the next five years, resisting pressure from farmers concerned about their flocks.


02/19/2018 - 11:45

In Kenya, anti-poaching dogs are wildlife's best friends

Five-month-old bloodhound Shakaria gambols through the long savannah grasses of Kenya's Maasai Mara reserve, her playful mood swiftly turning to keen determination as she is ordered to track a human scent.

In Kenya, anti-poaching dogs are wildlife's best friends

Five-month-old bloodhound Shakaria gambols through the long savannah grasses of Kenya's Maasai Mara reserve, her playful mood swiftly turning to keen determination as she is ordered to track a human scent.


02/19/2018 - 10:56

Singapore to impose carbon tax from 2019

Singapore said Monday it would impose a carbon tax from next year to cut its greenhouse gas emissions and make companies more competitive as global agreements on climate change take effect.

Singapore to impose carbon tax from 2019

Singapore said Monday it would impose a carbon tax from next year to cut its greenhouse gas emissions and make companies more competitive as global agreements on climate change take effect.


02/18/2018 - 08:53

Thai officials smell clue with faeces find in tycoon poaching case

Thai officials will test human faeces found at a campsite in a wildlife sanctuary to try to prove their case against a tycoon accused of poaching a leopard.

Thai officials smell clue with faeces find in tycoon poaching case

Thai officials will test human faeces found at a campsite in a wildlife sanctuary to try to prove their case against a tycoon accused of poaching a leopard.


02/18/2018 - 04:23

Myanmar farmers going against the grain with apps

A free app on farmer San San Hla's smartphone is her new weapon in the war against the dreaded stem borer moth that blighted her rice paddy in southern Myanmar for the last two years.

Myanmar farmers going against the grain with apps

A free app on farmer San San Hla's smartphone is her new weapon in the war against the dreaded stem borer moth that blighted her rice paddy in southern Myanmar for the last two years.


02/18/2018 - 03:19

Palmreaders? Japan team builds second skin message display

Palmreading could take on a whole new meaning thanks to a new invention from Japan: an ultra-thin display and monitor that can be stuck directly to the body.

Palmreaders? Japan team builds second skin message display

Palmreading could take on a whole new meaning thanks to a new invention from Japan: an ultra-thin display and monitor that can be stuck directly to the body.

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