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05/24/2018 - 15:15

North Korea dismantles nuclear test site ahead of US summit

North Korea said it had "completely" dismantled its nuclear test site Thursday in a carefully choreographed move portrayed by the isolated regime as a goodwill gesture ahead of a potential summit with US President Donald Trump.

North Korea dismantles nuclear test site ahead of US summit

North Korea said it had "completely" dismantled its nuclear test site Thursday in a carefully choreographed move portrayed by the isolated regime as a goodwill gesture ahead of a potential summit with US President Donald Trump.


05/24/2018 - 14:45

Europe dismayed as US weighs auto tariffs

The European Union and German automakers reacted with dismay Thursday after the US said tariffs on car imports could be on the horizon, potentially opening a new front in a burgeoning transatlantic trade conflict.

Europe dismayed as US weighs auto tariffs

The European Union and German automakers reacted with dismay Thursday after the US said tariffs on car imports could be on the horizon, potentially opening a new front in a burgeoning transatlantic trade conflict.


05/24/2018 - 13:32

Italian PM nominee begins work on forming cabinet

Italy's prime ministerial nominee Giuseppe Conte on Thursday began lining up a cabinet after being endorsed to lead a populist coalition government.

Italian PM nominee begins work on forming cabinet

Italy's prime ministerial nominee Giuseppe Conte on Thursday began lining up a cabinet after being endorsed to lead a populist coalition government.


05/24/2018 - 13:26

US-led strike on regime positions kills 12 in east Syria: monitor

A US-led coalition air strike on Syrian army positions overnight killed at least 12 pro-regime fighters in an area where both sides have been battling holdout jihadists, a monitor said Thursday.

US-led strike on regime positions kills 12 in east Syria: monitor

A US-led coalition air strike on Syrian army positions overnight killed at least 12 pro-regime fighters in an area where both sides have been battling holdout jihadists, a monitor said Thursday.


05/24/2018 - 11:39

Barcelona icon Iniesta joins Vissel Kobe in historic Japan deal

Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta joined Japan's Vissel Kobe on Thursday, calling his J-League move an "important career challenge".

Barcelona icon Iniesta joins Vissel Kobe in historic Japan deal

Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta joined Japan's Vissel Kobe on Thursday, calling his J-League move an "important career challenge".


05/24/2018 - 11:14

Rusal says CEO, top directors resign over US sanctions

Russian aluminium giant Rusal announced Thursday that its chief executive and half of its board of directors had resigned to ensure the firm avoids US sanctions that targeted its founder Oleg Deripaska.

Rusal says CEO, top directors resign over US sanctions

Russian aluminium giant Rusal announced Thursday that its chief executive and half of its board of directors had resigned to ensure the firm avoids US sanctions that targeted its founder Oleg Deripaska.


05/24/2018 - 09:11

Two dead, 20 injured after train smashes into truck in Italy

Two people were killed and 20 others injured after a train crashed into a rig truck near the northern Italian city of Turin and derailed, Italian media said Thursday.

Two dead, 20 injured after train smashes into truck in Italy

Two people were killed and 20 others injured after a train crashed into a rig truck near the northern Italian city of Turin and derailed, Italian media said Thursday.


05/24/2018 - 08:25

Westpac involved in 'unconscionable conduct' over rates: court

Australian banking giant Westpac engaged in "unconscionable conduct" in trying to rig benchmark interest rates four times, but was cleared of market manipulation, a court ruled Thursday.

Westpac involved in 'unconscionable conduct' over rates: court

Australian banking giant Westpac engaged in "unconscionable conduct" in trying to rig benchmark interest rates four times, but was cleared of market manipulation, a court ruled Thursday.


05/24/2018 - 07:57

Close quarters: Vietnam's downtown dwellers cling to tiny plots

Pham Quoc Cong walks two kilometres to use the bathroom because his 2.2 meters-squared house isn't big enough to have one.

Close quarters: Vietnam's downtown dwellers cling to tiny plots

Pham Quoc Cong walks two kilometres to use the bathroom because his 2.2 meters-squared house isn't big enough to have one.


05/24/2018 - 07:48

Warner wife miscarried after ball-tampering scandal

The wife of disgraced cricketer David Warner revealed Thursday she suffered a miscarriage in the aftermath of her husband's part in a ball-tampering scandal that rocked the game.

Warner wife miscarried after ball-tampering scandal

The wife of disgraced cricketer David Warner revealed Thursday she suffered a miscarriage in the aftermath of her husband's part in a ball-tampering scandal that rocked the game.


05/24/2018 - 07:23

Two dead, more injured after train hits truck in Italy

Two people were killed and many others injured after a train hit a large truck that was stuck on a railway crossing, causing multiple carriages to derail, local media reported.

Two dead, more injured after train hits truck in Italy

Two people were killed and many others injured after a train hit a large truck that was stuck on a railway crossing, causing multiple carriages to derail, local media reported.


05/24/2018 - 06:30

Japan hits back as US mulls auto tariffs

Japan's trade minister on Thursday pushed back against Washington for considering possible tariffs on automobile imports, a major driver of the Japanese economy.

Japan hits back as US mulls auto tariffs

Japan's trade minister on Thursday pushed back against Washington for considering possible tariffs on automobile imports, a major driver of the Japanese economy.


05/24/2018 - 05:32

N. Korea slams 'ignorant and stupid' Pence, renews summit threat

North Korea called US Vice-President Mike Pence "ignorant and stupid" for his warnings over a planned summit with Donald Trump, renewing a threat to cancel as the US president said the fate of the historic talks will be decided next week.

N. Korea slams 'ignorant and stupid' Pence, renews summit threat

North Korea called US Vice-President Mike Pence "ignorant and stupid" for his warnings over a planned summit with Donald Trump, renewing a threat to cancel as the US president said the fate of the historic talks will be decided next week.


05/24/2018 - 05:27

Baked goods and Wi-Fi bring Everest closer to home

Wi-Fi, baked goods and trendy coffee: gone are the days of deprivation at Everest base camp, with hipster perks and modern conveniences ensuring life is cushier than ever on the roof of the world.

Baked goods and Wi-Fi bring Everest closer to home

Wi-Fi, baked goods and trendy coffee: gone are the days of deprivation at Everest base camp, with hipster perks and modern conveniences ensuring life is cushier than ever on the roof of the world.


05/24/2018 - 05:06

US staffer suffers brain injury after 'sound' incident in China

A US government employee in China suffered brain trauma linked to "abnormal sounds" that resembled the still-unexplained injuries that befell US and Canadian diplomats in Cuba last year, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday.

US staffer suffers brain injury after 'sound' incident in China

A US government employee in China suffered brain trauma linked to "abnormal sounds" that resembled the still-unexplained injuries that befell US and Canadian diplomats in Cuba last year, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday.


05/24/2018 - 04:24

US disrupts Russian botnet of 500,000 hacked routers

The US Justice Department said Wednesday that it had seized an internet domain that directed a dangerous botnet of a half-million infected home and office network routers, controlled by hackers believed tied to Russian intelligence.

US disrupts Russian botnet of 500,000 hacked routers

The US Justice Department said Wednesday that it had seized an internet domain that directed a dangerous botnet of a half-million infected home and office network routers, controlled by hackers believed tied to Russian intelligence.


05/24/2018 - 04:05

US police chief apologizes for arrest of NBA player, releases video

The police chief in the Midwestern US city of Milwaukee apologized Wednesday for the tasing and arrest of a black professional basketball player over a parking violation, as his department released video of the incident.

US police chief apologizes for arrest of NBA player, releases video

The police chief in the Midwestern US city of Milwaukee apologized Wednesday for the tasing and arrest of a black professional basketball player over a parking violation, as his department released video of the incident.


05/24/2018 - 03:44

US-led strike hits regime positions in east Syria: state media

Syrian state media reported early Thursday that an aerial attack by the US-led coalition had hit several military positions in the country's east, but said there were no casualties.

US-led strike hits regime positions in east Syria: state media

Syrian state media reported early Thursday that an aerial attack by the US-led coalition had hit several military positions in the country's east, but said there were no casualties.


05/24/2018 - 02:47

Trump administration weighs slapping tariffs on auto imports

The US Commerce Department said Wednesday it launched an inquiry that could allow the Trump administration to impose tariffs on auto imports over national security concerns.

Trump administration weighs slapping tariffs on auto imports

The US Commerce Department said Wednesday it launched an inquiry that could allow the Trump administration to impose tariffs on auto imports over national security concerns.


05/24/2018 - 02:34

US police chief apologizes for arrest of NBA player

The police chief in the US city of Milwaukee apologized Wednesday for the tasing and arrest of a professional basketball player over a parking violation.

US police chief apologizes for arrest of NBA player

The police chief in the US city of Milwaukee apologized Wednesday for the tasing and arrest of a professional basketball player over a parking violation.


05/24/2018 - 02:16

Poisoned ex-spy's daughter says wants to return to Russia 'in future'

Yulia Skripal, who was poisoned with her ex-spy father in Britain in March, said in a video statement Wednesday she would like to eventually return to Russia but first needed to get better.

Poisoned ex-spy's daughter says wants to return to Russia 'in future'

Yulia Skripal, who was poisoned with her ex-spy father in Britain in March, said in a video statement Wednesday she would like to eventually return to Russia but first needed to get better.


05/24/2018 - 01:13

NFL orders players to stand for anthem or stay in locker room

National Football League owners agreed a new policy on Wednesday that players must stand during the national anthem or incur fines for their clubs, unless they stay in the locker room.

NFL orders players to stand for anthem or stay in locker room

National Football League owners agreed a new policy on Wednesday that players must stand during the national anthem or incur fines for their clubs, unless they stay in the locker room.


05/23/2018 - 22:38

Philip Roth, teller of American extremism, appalled by Trump

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

Philip Roth, teller of American extremism, appalled by Trump

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


05/23/2018 - 22:33

Federal Reserve signals next rate hike coming in June

US central bankers are likely to raise the key interest rate "soon," the Federal Reserve said Wednesday, a clear signal of a rate hike coming next month, as financial markets expect.

Federal Reserve signals next rate hike coming in June

US central bankers are likely to raise the key interest rate "soon," the Federal Reserve said Wednesday, a clear signal of a rate hike coming next month, as financial markets expect.


05/23/2018 - 22:14

Trump can't block his critics on Twitter, judge rules

President Donald Trump cannot legally block Twitter users who disagree with him, a federal judge ruled Wednesday in a case with potentially far-reaching implications for social media use by public officials.

Trump can't block his critics on Twitter, judge rules

President Donald Trump cannot legally block Twitter users who disagree with him, a federal judge ruled Wednesday in a case with potentially far-reaching implications for social media use by public officials.


05/23/2018 - 21:31

Trump can't block his critics on Twitter, judge rules

President Donald Trump violated the US constitution by blocking Twitter users who disagree with him, a federal judge ruled Wednesday in a case closely watched for implications for online free speech.

Trump can't block his critics on Twitter, judge rules

President Donald Trump violated the US constitution by blocking Twitter users who disagree with him, a federal judge ruled Wednesday in a case closely watched for implications for online free speech.


05/23/2018 - 21:17

Tributes pour in for literary giant Philip Roth

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

Tributes pour in for literary giant Philip Roth

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

05/24/2018 - 15:19

Hungarian swim star Hosszu splits from coach and husband Tusup

Hungarian Olympic champion and multiple world record holder Katinka Hosszu said Thursday that she was no longer working with her US coach and husband Shane Tusup citing "personal issues".

Hungarian swim star Hosszu splits from coach and husband Tusup

Hungarian Olympic champion and multiple world record holder Katinka Hosszu said Thursday that she was no longer working with her US coach and husband Shane Tusup citing "personal issues".


05/24/2018 - 14:49

Title-holders China to play Thai hosts in Uber Cup semis

Defending champions China will face dark horse Thailand in the last four of the Uber Cup after a dramatic day in the women's event on Thursday, while South Korea will play top seeded Japan in the semis.

Title-holders China to play Thai hosts in Uber Cup semis

Defending champions China will face dark horse Thailand in the last four of the Uber Cup after a dramatic day in the women's event on Thursday, while South Korea will play top seeded Japan in the semis.


05/24/2018 - 14:36

Hasan strikes for Pakistan as Cook holds firm in first Test

Hasan Ali marked his return to Test cricket with two early wickets before England great Alastair Cook kept Pakistan at a bay in a record-equalling appearance at Lord's on Thursday.

Hasan strikes for Pakistan as Cook holds firm in first Test

Hasan Ali marked his return to Test cricket with two early wickets before England great Alastair Cook kept Pakistan at a bay in a record-equalling appearance at Lord's on Thursday.


05/24/2018 - 13:50

Border hails 'amazing' Cook as he equals his record

Australia great Allan Border praised the "amazing" Alastair Cook as the England batsman equalled his record of 153 consecutive Tests by playing in the series opener against Pakistan at Lord's on Thursday.

Border hails 'amazing' Cook as he equals his record

Australia great Allan Border praised the "amazing" Alastair Cook as the England batsman equalled his record of 153 consecutive Tests by playing in the series opener against Pakistan at Lord's on Thursday.


05/24/2018 - 13:41

Ricciardo tops practice times ahead of Verstappen   

Daniel Ricciardo topped the times ahead of his Red Bull team-mate Max Verstappen in Thursday’s opening free practice for this weekend’s Monaco Grand Prix.

Ricciardo tops practice times ahead of Verstappen   

Daniel Ricciardo topped the times ahead of his Red Bull team-mate Max Verstappen in Thursday’s opening free practice for this weekend’s Monaco Grand Prix.


05/24/2018 - 13:27

Price hikes spell misery for fans at Champions League final

Liverpool have complained to the "highest levels" of European football governing body UEFA as spiralling accommodation and travel costs threaten to turn the Champions League final against Real Madrid into a nightmare for fans.

Price hikes spell misery for fans at Champions League final

Liverpool have complained to the "highest levels" of European football governing body UEFA as spiralling accommodation and travel costs threaten to turn the Champions League final against Real Madrid into a nightmare for fans.


05/24/2018 - 13:01

Serbian street artists make football the beautiful game

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

Serbian street artists make football the beautiful game

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


05/24/2018 - 12:37

Bottas pays tribute to Hakkinen and urges Hamilton to sign

Valtteri Bottas is celebrating the 20th anniversary of fellow-Finn Mika Hakkinen's sole Monaco victory by wearing a helmet in the design and colours used by the double Formula 1 champion.

Bottas pays tribute to Hakkinen and urges Hamilton to sign

Valtteri Bottas is celebrating the 20th anniversary of fellow-Finn Mika Hakkinen's sole Monaco victory by wearing a helmet in the design and colours used by the double Formula 1 champion.


05/24/2018 - 11:39

Barcelona icon Iniesta joins Vissel Kobe in historic Japan deal

Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta joined Japan's Vissel Kobe on Thursday, calling his J-League move an "important career challenge".

Barcelona icon Iniesta joins Vissel Kobe in historic Japan deal

Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta joined Japan's Vissel Kobe on Thursday, calling his J-League move an "important career challenge".


05/24/2018 - 11:38

Fired Japan boss Halilhodzic sues JFA -- for one yen

Lawyers for sacked Japan football coach Vahid Halilhodzic filed a legal claim against his former employers on Thursday claiming "damage to reputation and honour" and seeking compensation -- of one yen.

Fired Japan boss Halilhodzic sues JFA -- for one yen

Lawyers for sacked Japan football coach Vahid Halilhodzic filed a legal claim against his former employers on Thursday claiming "damage to reputation and honour" and seeking compensation -- of one yen.


05/24/2018 - 11:37

Henderson praises 'visionary' Klopp as Liverpool target European glory

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson says a rousing speech by manager Jurgen Klopp following defeat in the Europa League final laid the foundations for their exhilarating Champions League run.

Henderson praises 'visionary' Klopp as Liverpool target European glory

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson says a rousing speech by manager Jurgen Klopp following defeat in the Europa League final laid the foundations for their exhilarating Champions League run.


05/24/2018 - 11:34

Ailing Kohli to miss English county games, races to be ready for tour

India captain Virat Kohli on Thursday pulled out of a month long stint with English county Surrey because of a neck injury and is now in a race to be ready for his country's tour of England.

Ailing Kohli to miss English county games, races to be ready for tour

India captain Virat Kohli on Thursday pulled out of a month long stint with English county Surrey because of a neck injury and is now in a race to be ready for his country's tour of England.


05/24/2018 - 11:33

Ndidi recovering 'faster than expected' for Nigeria

Leicester City midfielder Wilfred Ndidi has recovered "faster than expected" from a hamstring injury and will soon join Nigeria's full World Cup training, an official said Thursday.

Ndidi recovering 'faster than expected' for Nigeria

Leicester City midfielder Wilfred Ndidi has recovered "faster than expected" from a hamstring injury and will soon join Nigeria's full World Cup training, an official said Thursday.


05/24/2018 - 10:59

Judo star Teddy Riner trains in Tokyo with eye on Olympic gold

French judo star Teddy Riner may have won 10 world championships, but he's not resting on his laurels, already training in Tokyo, where he hopes to win a third straight Olympic gold in 2020.

Judo star Teddy Riner trains in Tokyo with eye on Olympic gold

French judo star Teddy Riner may have won 10 world championships, but he's not resting on his laurels, already training in Tokyo, where he hopes to win a third straight Olympic gold in 2020.


05/24/2018 - 10:13

From Andres to Zico: top six Japan football moves

Andres Iniesta became the latest big-name player to join the J-League after agreeing terms with Vissel Kobe on Thursday.

From Andres to Zico: top six Japan football moves

Andres Iniesta became the latest big-name player to join the J-League after agreeing terms with Vissel Kobe on Thursday.


05/24/2018 - 09:29

South Korea's Hyeon Chung out of French Open

South Korea's Australian Open semi-finalist Hyeon Chung has pulled out of the French Open citing a long-standing ankle injury.

South Korea's Hyeon Chung out of French Open

South Korea's Australian Open semi-finalist Hyeon Chung has pulled out of the French Open citing a long-standing ankle injury.


05/24/2018 - 09:02

Lee injury adds to South Korea World Cup woes

Veteran striker Lee Keun-ho was Thursday ruled out of South Korea's World Cup squad after tearing a knee ligament, the latest in a string of injuries to plague the Asian team ahead of Russia.

Lee injury adds to South Korea World Cup woes

Veteran striker Lee Keun-ho was Thursday ruled out of South Korea's World Cup squad after tearing a knee ligament, the latest in a string of injuries to plague the Asian team ahead of Russia.


05/24/2018 - 07:48

Warner wife miscarried after ball-tampering scandal

The wife of disgraced cricketer David Warner revealed Thursday she suffered a miscarriage in the aftermath of her husband's part in a ball-tampering scandal that rocked the game.

Warner wife miscarried after ball-tampering scandal

The wife of disgraced cricketer David Warner revealed Thursday she suffered a miscarriage in the aftermath of her husband's part in a ball-tampering scandal that rocked the game.


05/24/2018 - 07:47

Celtics push James, Cavs to brink with game 5 NBA win

The Boston Celtics, reinvigorated by a return home, beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 96-83 on Wednesday to move within one win of reaching the NBA Finals.

Celtics push James, Cavs to brink with game 5 NBA win

The Boston Celtics, reinvigorated by a return home, beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 96-83 on Wednesday to move within one win of reaching the NBA Finals.


05/24/2018 - 04:46

Depressed Wallaby Slipper banned for cocaine use

Wallabies prop James Slipper was banned Thursday for two months after testing positive for cocaine, with the apologetic Queensland Reds skipper revealing he was being treated for depression.

Depressed Wallaby Slipper banned for cocaine use

Wallabies prop James Slipper was banned Thursday for two months after testing positive for cocaine, with the apologetic Queensland Reds skipper revealing he was being treated for depression.


05/24/2018 - 04:05

US police chief apologizes for arrest of NBA player, releases video

The police chief in the Midwestern US city of Milwaukee apologized Wednesday for the tasing and arrest of a black professional basketball player over a parking violation, as his department released video of the incident.

US police chief apologizes for arrest of NBA player, releases video

The police chief in the Midwestern US city of Milwaukee apologized Wednesday for the tasing and arrest of a black professional basketball player over a parking violation, as his department released video of the incident.


05/24/2018 - 02:43

After two decades, Roland Garros conquers greenhouse effect

After almost two decades of growing pains, Roland Garros, the historic but claustrophobic home of the French Open, can finally breathe easy -- thanks to the 'greenhouse effect'.

After two decades, Roland Garros conquers greenhouse effect

After almost two decades of growing pains, Roland Garros, the historic but claustrophobic home of the French Open, can finally breathe easy -- thanks to the 'greenhouse effect'.


05/24/2018 - 02:34

US police chief apologizes for arrest of NBA player

The police chief in the US city of Milwaukee apologized Wednesday for the tasing and arrest of a professional basketball player over a parking violation.

US police chief apologizes for arrest of NBA player

The police chief in the US city of Milwaukee apologized Wednesday for the tasing and arrest of a professional basketball player over a parking violation.


05/24/2018 - 01:13

NFL orders players to stand for anthem or stay in locker room

National Football League owners agreed a new policy on Wednesday that players must stand during the national anthem or incur fines for their clubs, unless they stay in the locker room.

NFL orders players to stand for anthem or stay in locker room

National Football League owners agreed a new policy on Wednesday that players must stand during the national anthem or incur fines for their clubs, unless they stay in the locker room.


05/24/2018 - 00:21

Feng set to show 'real Shanshan' in Volvik title defense

Feng Shanshan defends her title at the LPGA Volvik Championship hoping she can again kickstart her season at Travis Pointe in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Feng set to show 'real Shanshan' in Volvik title defense

Feng Shanshan defends her title at the LPGA Volvik Championship hoping she can again kickstart her season at Travis Pointe in Ann Arbor, Michigan.


05/23/2018 - 23:55

Ronaldo versus Salah -- the Ballon d'Or on the line?

In an age when individual awards are given ever greater importance, Saturday's Champions League final between Real Madrid and Liverpool -- and Cristiano Ronaldo and Mohamed Salah -- could determine the winner of the next Ballon d'Or.

Ronaldo versus Salah -- the Ballon d'Or on the line?

In an age when individual awards are given ever greater importance, Saturday's Champions League final between Real Madrid and Liverpool -- and Cristiano Ronaldo and Mohamed Salah -- could determine the winner of the next Ballon d'Or.


05/23/2018 - 23:54

Five European Cup dynasties for Real Madrid to match

Real Madrid can become the first side in 42 years to win three consecutive European Cups when the Spanish giants take on Liverpool in Saturday's Champions League final.

Five European Cup dynasties for Real Madrid to match

Real Madrid can become the first side in 42 years to win three consecutive European Cups when the Spanish giants take on Liverpool in Saturday's Champions League final.

05/24/2018 - 13:01

Serbian street artists make football the beautiful game

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

Serbian street artists make football the beautiful game

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


05/24/2018 - 04:51

Woody Allen son says father did not molest daughter

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

Woody Allen son says father did not molest daughter

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


05/24/2018 - 02:52

West Hollywood grants Stormy Daniels keys to the city

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

West Hollywood grants Stormy Daniels keys to the city

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


05/24/2018 - 01:55

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

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

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

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


05/24/2018 - 01:15

Was Philip Roth misogynist? His death reopens debate

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

Was Philip Roth misogynist? His death reopens debate

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


05/24/2018 - 01:04

Comcast challenges Disney for control of 21st Century Fox assets

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

Comcast challenges Disney for control of 21st Century Fox assets

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


05/24/2018 - 00:34

ABC accused of exploitation over Michael Jackson show

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

ABC accused of exploitation over Michael Jackson show

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


05/23/2018 - 22:38

Philip Roth, teller of American extremism, appalled by Trump

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

Philip Roth, teller of American extremism, appalled by Trump

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


05/23/2018 - 21:17

Tributes pour in for literary giant Philip Roth

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

Tributes pour in for literary giant Philip Roth

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


05/23/2018 - 20:25

'Most beautiful things in the world': Hamilton happy for grid girls return

Four-time world champion Lewis Hamilton has welcomed back the "beautiful" grid girls at this weekend's Monaco Grand Prix, saying their return is "a lovely thing".

'Most beautiful things in the world': Hamilton happy for grid girls return

Four-time world champion Lewis Hamilton has welcomed back the "beautiful" grid girls at this weekend's Monaco Grand Prix, saying their return is "a lovely thing".


05/23/2018 - 17:57

Giant of American literature, Philip Roth, dead at 85

Philip Roth, a giant of US literature whose work explored what it meant to be American, male and Jewish, was a towering figure among 20th century novelists whose five-decade career won him legions of awards around the world.

Giant of American literature, Philip Roth, dead at 85

Philip Roth, a giant of US literature whose work explored what it meant to be American, male and Jewish, was a towering figure among 20th century novelists whose five-decade career won him legions of awards around the world.


05/23/2018 - 17:56

Mourning Philip Roth fans bitter over long-standing Nobel snub

The death of America's prolific novelist Philip Roth aged 85 has led to his admirers scorning the Nobel Literature Prize that eluded his work, which often portrayed male sexuality and relations with women.

Mourning Philip Roth fans bitter over long-standing Nobel snub

The death of America's prolific novelist Philip Roth aged 85 has led to his admirers scorning the Nobel Literature Prize that eluded his work, which often portrayed male sexuality and relations with women.


05/23/2018 - 17:33

CBS board challenges Redstone control in amended lawsuit

CBS filed a new complaint Wednesday seeking to wrest control of the media group from controlling shareholder Shari Redstone, accusing her of trying "reap private benefits" at the expense of other stockholders.

CBS board challenges Redstone control in amended lawsuit

CBS filed a new complaint Wednesday seeking to wrest control of the media group from controlling shareholder Shari Redstone, accusing her of trying "reap private benefits" at the expense of other stockholders.


05/23/2018 - 15:27

A Bob Dylan guitar fetches $495,000 at auction

A guitar that played a key role in Bob Dylan's artistic evolution from folk music to rock fetched a half million at auction on Saturday.

A Bob Dylan guitar fetches $495,000 at auction

A guitar that played a key role in Bob Dylan's artistic evolution from folk music to rock fetched a half million at auction on Saturday.


05/23/2018 - 15:02

Comcast preparing cash counter-offer for 21st Century Fox assets

US media and cable giant Comcast said Wednesday it preparing an all-cash offer for the key television and entertainment assets of 21st Century Fox that would top an offer on the table from Walt Disney Co.

Comcast preparing cash counter-offer for 21st Century Fox assets

US media and cable giant Comcast said Wednesday it preparing an all-cash offer for the key television and entertainment assets of 21st Century Fox that would top an offer on the table from Walt Disney Co.


05/23/2018 - 13:00

Czech film festival to honour 'Rain Man' director Levinson

"Rain Man" director Barry Levinson will be honoured at the Czech Republic's Karlovy Vary film festival in July, organisers said on Wednesday.

Czech film festival to honour 'Rain Man' director Levinson

"Rain Man" director Barry Levinson will be honoured at the Czech Republic's Karlovy Vary film festival in July, organisers said on Wednesday.


05/23/2018 - 11:32

China box office tops N. American market in first quarter

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

China box office tops N. American market in first quarter

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


05/23/2018 - 03:20

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

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

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

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


05/22/2018 - 22:28

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

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

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

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


05/22/2018 - 18:28

Dutch parody of Eurovision song stirs Israeli protest

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

Dutch parody of Eurovision song stirs Israeli protest

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


05/22/2018 - 18:17

Newlyweds Harry and Meghan make first appearance

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

Newlyweds Harry and Meghan make first appearance

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


05/22/2018 - 17:32

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

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

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

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


05/22/2018 - 16:11

Kazakhstan hopes actress's Cannes win will inspire local talent

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

Kazakhstan hopes actress's Cannes win will inspire local talent

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


05/22/2018 - 15:00

Russia's 'circus for delinquents' comes of age

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

Russia's 'circus for delinquents' comes of age

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


05/22/2018 - 14:00

Arctic coastal powers back 'peaceful' dialogue over disputes

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

Arctic coastal powers back 'peaceful' dialogue over disputes

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


05/22/2018 - 02:09

First violins imitated human voices: study

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

First violins imitated human voices: study

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


05/21/2018 - 23:34

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

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

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

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

05/24/2018 - 12:52

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

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

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

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


05/24/2018 - 12:27

Families from 8 countries sue EU over climate change

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

Families from 8 countries sue EU over climate change

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


05/24/2018 - 11:57

Cyclone Mekunu pummels Yemeni island, 17 missing

Seventeen people were missing and hundreds of others evacuated from their homes Thursday after Cyclone Mekunu hit the Yemeni island of Socotra, causing severe flooding and damage, officials said.

Cyclone Mekunu pummels Yemeni island, 17 missing

Seventeen people were missing and hundreds of others evacuated from their homes Thursday after Cyclone Mekunu hit the Yemeni island of Socotra, causing severe flooding and damage, officials said.


05/24/2018 - 11:38

France vows to tackle noxious seaweed 'disaster' in Caribbean

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

France vows to tackle noxious seaweed 'disaster' in Caribbean

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


05/23/2018 - 22:42

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

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

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

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


05/23/2018 - 21:09

1.5 C cap on warming could save global economy trillions

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

1.5 C cap on warming could save global economy trillions

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


05/23/2018 - 20:50

Thailand stops short of banning hazardous weedkillers

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

Thailand stops short of banning hazardous weedkillers

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


05/23/2018 - 20:33

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

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

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

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


05/23/2018 - 19:49

Ethnic hostility is contagious: Czech-Slovak study

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

Ethnic hostility is contagious: Czech-Slovak study

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


05/23/2018 - 19:24

How human brains became so big

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

How human brains became so big

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


05/23/2018 - 14:38

Berlin agrees to compensate power firms for nuclear exit

The German government approved a draft law Wednesday that paves the way for energy giants RWE and Vattenfall to receive hundreds of millions of euros in compensation for the country's decision to phase out nuclear power.

Berlin agrees to compensate power firms for nuclear exit

The German government approved a draft law Wednesday that paves the way for energy giants RWE and Vattenfall to receive hundreds of millions of euros in compensation for the country's decision to phase out nuclear power.


05/23/2018 - 13:24

Rwanda becomes Arsenal's official tourism partner

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

Rwanda becomes Arsenal's official tourism partner

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


05/23/2018 - 11:35

Hamburg is first German city to order diesel bans

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

Hamburg is first German city to order diesel bans

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


05/23/2018 - 11:31

From ships to satellites: Scotland aims for the sky

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

From ships to satellites: Scotland aims for the sky

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


05/23/2018 - 10:55

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

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

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

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


05/23/2018 - 04:48

Lava flow closes in on Hawaii power plant

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

Lava flow closes in on Hawaii power plant

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


05/23/2018 - 02:30

The internet: a dangerous place for wild animals

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

The internet: a dangerous place for wild animals

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


05/23/2018 - 01:01

Why birds don't have teeth

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

Why birds don't have teeth

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


05/23/2018 - 00:05

World faces 'staggering' obesity challenge: study

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

World faces 'staggering' obesity  challenge: study

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


05/22/2018 - 23:22

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

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

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

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


05/22/2018 - 22:07

SpaceX rocket blasts off water-tracking satellite duo

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

SpaceX rocket blasts off water-tracking satellite duo

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


05/22/2018 - 18:01

Indian police kill 12 in protest over copper plant

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

Indian police kill 12 in protest over copper plant

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


05/22/2018 - 17:05

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

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

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

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


05/22/2018 - 16:49

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

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

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

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


05/22/2018 - 16:26

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

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

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

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


05/22/2018 - 14:00

Arctic coastal powers back 'peaceful' dialogue over disputes

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

Arctic coastal powers back 'peaceful' dialogue over disputes

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


05/22/2018 - 12:56

Nipah virus death toll in India jumps to 10

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

Nipah virus death toll in India jumps to 10

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

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