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04/19/2019 - 13:04

Journalist shot dead in N.Ireland in 'terrorist incident'

A journalist was shot dead during riots in Northern Ireland in what police Friday were treating as a terrorist incident following the latest upsurge in violence to shake the troubled region.

A journalist was shot dead during riots in Northern Ireland in what police Friday were treating as a terrorist incident following the latest upsurge in violence to shake the troubled region.

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04/19/2019 - 13:04

Journalist shot dead in N.Ireland in 'terrorist incident'

A journalist was shot dead during riots in Northern Ireland in what police Friday were treating as a terrorist incident following the latest upsurge in violence to shake the troubled region.

A journalist was shot dead during riots in Northern Ireland in what police Friday were treating as a terrorist incident following the latest upsurge in violence to shake the troubled region.


04/19/2019 - 11:53

Comedian, president in stadium debate ahead of Ukraine election

A comedian tipped to become Ukraine's next president and his incumbent rival go head-to-head in an extraordinary stadium debate Friday, as campaigning reaches its climax before a weekend vote.

A comedian tipped to become Ukraine's next president and his incumbent rival go head-to-head in an extraordinary stadium debate Friday, as campaigning reaches its climax before a weekend vote.


04/19/2019 - 11:43

Bangladesh girl burned to death on teacher's order: police

A schoolgirl was burned to death in Bangladesh on the orders of her head teacher after she reported him for sexually harassing her, police said Friday.

A schoolgirl was burned to death in Bangladesh on the orders of her head teacher after she reported him for sexually harassing her, police said Friday.


04/19/2019 - 11:33

Sudan protest leaders to unveil civilian ruling body

Protest leaders Friday announced plans to unveil a civilian body to take over from Sudan's ruling military council as crowds of demonstrators kept up the pressure outside army headquarters and Washington said it will send an envoy to encourage the transition.

Protest leaders Friday announced plans to unveil a civilian body to take over from Sudan's ruling military council as crowds of demonstrators kept up the pressure outside army headquarters and Washington said it will send an envoy to encourage the transition.


04/19/2019 - 11:23

Extreme Easter: Flogging, crucifixions in Philippines

Eight men and a woman were nailed to crosses while hundreds of barefoot men beat themselves with flails on Good Friday, in a blood-soaked display of religious fervour in the Philippines.

Eight men and a woman were nailed to crosses while hundreds of barefoot men beat themselves with flails on Good Friday, in a blood-soaked display of religious fervour in the Philippines.

04/19/2019 - 11:23

Extreme Easter: Flogging, crucifixions in Philippines

Eight men and a woman were nailed to crosses while hundreds of barefoot men beat themselves with flails on Good Friday, in a blood-soaked display of religious fervour in the Philippines.

Eight men and a woman were nailed to crosses while hundreds of barefoot men beat themselves with flails on Good Friday, in a blood-soaked display of religious fervour in the Philippines.


04/19/2019 - 11:06

In South Sudan, illness is as deadly as war

By the time he was brought into the remote clinic in northeastern South Sudan, two-year-old Nyachoat was already convulsing from the malaria attacking his brain.

By the time he was brought into the remote clinic in northeastern South Sudan, two-year-old Nyachoat was already convulsing from the malaria attacking his brain.


04/19/2019 - 03:32

LA street vending legalization offers migrants hope, but also challenges

A chorus of street vendors' pitches ring out on a hot spring day in downtown Los Angeles.

A chorus of street vendors' pitches ring out on a hot spring day in downtown Los Angeles.


04/19/2019 - 03:29

Secrets and crimes: gay S. Korean soldiers trapped in legal bind

Productive and driven, he was a model army officer, but he had a secret: he was in a gay sexual relationship with a fellow soldier -- a crime under South Korea's military law.

Productive and driven, he was a model army officer, but he had a secret: he was in a gay sexual relationship with a fellow soldier -- a crime under South Korea's military law.


04/19/2019 - 03:15

Papa roach: Chinese farmer breeds bugs for the table

As farmer Li Bingcai opened the door to his cockroach farm in southwest China, an insect the size of a dart flew into his face.

As farmer Li Bingcai opened the door to his cockroach farm in southwest China, an insect the size of a dart flew into his face.


04/19/2019 - 03:12

Crude oil touted as health cure in Azerbaijan

Immersed up to her neck in a dark viscous liquid, Sulfiya smiles in delight, confident that the fetid substance will cure her painful condition.

Immersed up to her neck in a dark viscous liquid, Sulfiya smiles in delight, confident that the fetid substance will cure her painful condition.


04/19/2019 - 02:54

Facebook says it stored 'millions' of unencrypted Instagram passwords

"Millions" of Instagram users had their passwords stored in unencrypted form on internal servers, Facebook said Thursday, raising its original estimate of tens of thousands.

"Millions" of Instagram users had their passwords stored in unencrypted form on internal servers, Facebook said Thursday, raising its original estimate of tens of thousands.


04/18/2019 - 19:10

Unemployment takes heavy toll on South Africa's young

A large portrait of a bright-eyed young woman draped in a black graduation robe looms over a spotless, tiled lounge in Protea Glen, a suburb of Johannesburg's Soweto township.

A large portrait of a bright-eyed young woman draped in a black graduation robe looms over a spotless, tiled lounge in Protea Glen, a suburb of Johannesburg's Soweto township.


04/18/2019 - 18:35

In Denmark, drop-in baptisms help boost Church numbers

Looking to get baptised, but put off by the thought of tedious planning? With membership waning, Denmark's Lutheran Church is lowering the bar for hesitant prospective members by hosting drop-in christenings.

Looking to get baptised, but put off by the thought of tedious planning? With membership waning, Denmark's Lutheran Church is lowering the bar for hesitant prospective members by hosting drop-in christenings.


04/18/2019 - 16:58

'Assassin's Creed' game set in Notre-Dame offered free for a week

The French maker of the blockbuster game "Assassin's Creed Unity", which takes place inside the Notre-Dame cathedral, said Thursday it was offering the title for free for a week to give players a peek inside the fire-scarred monument.

The French maker of the blockbuster game "Assassin's Creed Unity", which takes place inside the Notre-Dame cathedral, said Thursday it was offering the title for free for a week to give players a peek inside the fire-scarred monument.


04/18/2019 - 14:27

Worry over 'modern art thing' on rebuilt Notre-Dame

Conservative French politicians expressed concern Thursday about the prospect of modern architecture being added to Notre-Dame cathedral after the government invited design proposals for a new roof and spire.

Conservative French politicians expressed concern Thursday about the prospect of modern architecture being added to Notre-Dame cathedral after the government invited design proposals for a new roof and spire.


04/18/2019 - 12:09

Poppies bloom across Afghanistan as drought eases

A vast field of towering white poppies sways gently in the breeze, silky petals sometimes tumbling to the ground, a visible marker of the resilience of Afghanistan's lucrative opium trade.

A vast field of towering white poppies sways gently in the breeze, silky petals sometimes tumbling to the ground, a visible marker of the resilience of Afghanistan's lucrative opium trade.


04/18/2019 - 09:16

Notre-Dame esplanade to get 'ephemeral' wooden cathedral during rebuild

Catholic worshippers feeling orphaned by the fire that ravaged part of Notre-Dame will be welcomed in an "ephemeral cathedral" of wood in front of the Paris monument until it reopens, Notre-Dame's chief priest said Thursday.

Catholic worshippers feeling orphaned by the fire that ravaged part of Notre-Dame will be welcomed in an "ephemeral cathedral" of wood in front of the Paris monument until it reopens, Notre-Dame's chief priest said Thursday.


04/18/2019 - 09:15

Amazon to pull plug on China retail operations: report

Amazon plans to close down its online retail operations that cater to consumers in China in an apparent admission of defeat to local e-commerce rivals such as Alibaba and JD.com, a report said on Thursday.

Amazon plans to close down its online retail operations that cater to consumers in China in an apparent admission of defeat to local e-commerce rivals such as Alibaba and JD.com, a report said on Thursday.


04/18/2019 - 04:47

Sudan's Darfur refugees wonder when their turn will come

"When we arrived here, there were TV crews and photographers, but now nobody comes," said Abdallah, amazed to see a journalist turn up at his Sudanese refugee camp in Chad.

"When we arrived here, there were TV crews and photographers, but now nobody comes," said Abdallah, amazed to see a journalist turn up at his Sudanese refugee camp in Chad.


04/18/2019 - 04:46

In Iraq, tribal traditions rob women, girls of rights

Two weeks into Mariam's forced marriage to her cousin according to Iraqi tribal custom, she desperately doused herself in fuel, flicked on a lighter and attempted suicide by self-immolation.

Two weeks into Mariam's forced marriage to her cousin according to Iraqi tribal custom, she desperately doused herself in fuel, flicked on a lighter and attempted suicide by self-immolation.


04/17/2019 - 19:01

Scientists revive brain function in dead pigs

Scientists have managed to restore cell function in the brains of pigs hours after they died, in a breakthrough Wednesday that experts said threw into question the very notion of what makes animals -- or even humans -- alive.

Scientists have managed to restore cell function in the brains of pigs hours after they died, in a breakthrough Wednesday that experts said threw into question the very notion of what makes animals -- or even humans -- alive.


04/17/2019 - 18:51

US doctors, pharmacists charged in crackdown on opioid prescriptions

The US Justice Department announced charges Wednesday against 60 people, including doctors, nurses and pharmacists alleged to have illegally written hundreds of thousands of prescriptions for opioids that have underpinned the country's addiction crisis.

The US Justice Department announced charges Wednesday against 60 people, including doctors, nurses and pharmacists alleged to have illegally written hundreds of thousands of prescriptions for opioids that have underpinned the country's addiction crisis.


04/17/2019 - 18:50

France to ban food additive E171 from next year

France will ban the use of a widely used food additive from 2020, its economy and environment ministries said Wednesday, after studies pointed to potential health risks for consumers.

France will ban the use of a widely used food additive from 2020, its economy and environment ministries said Wednesday, after studies pointed to potential health risks for consumers.


04/17/2019 - 18:18

UK to roll out age checks for porn in world first

Britain in July is set to become the first country in the world to introduce age-verification to access online pornography, the government said on Wednesday.

Britain in July is set to become the first country in the world to introduce age-verification to access online pornography, the government said on Wednesday.