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12/09/2019 - 17:23

French strike snarls commutes in crucial week for Macron

Travellers across France endured a fifth day of turmoil on Monday amid a massive strike over planned pension reforms, as the government held a final meeting with union officials before unveiling details of the overhaul this week.

Travellers across France endured a fifth day of turmoil on Monday amid a massive strike over planned pension reforms, as the government held a final meeting with union officials before unveiling details of the overhaul this week.

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12/09/2019 - 17:23

French strike snarls commutes in crucial week for Macron

Travellers across France endured a fifth day of turmoil on Monday amid a massive strike over planned pension reforms, as the government held a final meeting with union officials before unveiling details of the overhaul this week.

Travellers across France endured a fifth day of turmoil on Monday amid a massive strike over planned pension reforms, as the government held a final meeting with union officials before unveiling details of the overhaul this week.


12/09/2019 - 17:00

Democrats lay out impeachment case against Trump

Democrats laid out the case for the impeachment of President Donald Trump Monday as they prepared to issue formal charges against the US leader.

Democrats laid out the case for the impeachment of President Donald Trump Monday as they prepared to issue formal charges against the US leader.


12/09/2019 - 16:52

Russia banned from Olympics, World Cup over doping

The World Anti-Doping Agency on Monday banned Russia for four years from major global sporting events including the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and the 2022 World Cup in Qatar over manipulated doping data.

The World Anti-Doping Agency on Monday banned Russia for four years from major global sporting events including the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and the 2022 World Cup in Qatar over manipulated doping data.


12/09/2019 - 16:31

'Old man' Trump is 'bluffing' says North Korea: KCNA

North Korea on Monday accused US President Trump of "bluffing" and called him "an old man bereft of patience" as Pyongyang ramps up pressure on Washington over stalled nuclear talks.

North Korea on Monday accused US President Trump of "bluffing" and called him "an old man bereft of patience" as Pyongyang ramps up pressure on Washington over stalled nuclear talks.


12/09/2019 - 16:18

Russia, Ukraine leaders in Paris for crunch talks on ending war

Russian leader Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky arrived in Paris for summit talks Monday seen as a critical opportunity to take steps to end five years of conflict in the east of Ukraine.

Russian leader Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky arrived in Paris for summit talks Monday seen as a critical opportunity to take steps to end five years of conflict in the east of Ukraine.

12/09/2019 - 15:15

World's 'largest collection' of rare whiskies on sale

Lovers of very expensive whisky will get the chance to bid on nearly 4,000 rare bottles acquired by a late US soft drink bottling company executive.

Lovers of very expensive whisky will get the chance to bid on nearly 4,000 rare bottles acquired by a late US soft drink bottling company executive.


12/09/2019 - 11:22

No pain, no fame: Thai massage could get UNESCO status

At Bangkok's Reclining Buddha temple Krairath Chantrasri says he is a proud custodian of a 2,000-year-old skill - the body-folding, sharp-elbowed techniques of Thai massage, which this week could be added to UNESCO's prestigious heritage list.

At Bangkok's Reclining Buddha temple Krairath Chantrasri says he is a proud custodian of a 2,000-year-old skill - the body-folding, sharp-elbowed techniques of Thai massage, which this week could be added to UNESCO's prestigious heritage list.


12/09/2019 - 09:47

Saudi eliminates gender-segregated entrances for eateries

Restaurants and cafes in Saudi Arabia are no longer required to have gender-segregated entrances, officials said, in a further easing of social restrictions in the ultra-conservative Islamic kingdom.

Restaurants and cafes in Saudi Arabia are no longer required to have gender-segregated entrances, officials said, in a further easing of social restrictions in the ultra-conservative Islamic kingdom.


12/09/2019 - 02:50

No reprieve as Samoa measles death toll hits 70

A devastating measles outbreak continued to spread in Samoa, data released Monday showed, as the death toll from the epidemic climbed to 70, mostly young children.

A devastating measles outbreak continued to spread in Samoa, data released Monday showed, as the death toll from the epidemic climbed to 70, mostly young children.


12/08/2019 - 14:41

Polio returns to haunt Malaysia after almost 30 years

Malaysia has reported its first polio case in 27 years, health authorities said Sunday, announcing a three-month-old baby had been diagnosed on Borneo island.

Malaysia has reported its first polio case in 27 years, health authorities said Sunday, announcing a three-month-old baby had been diagnosed on Borneo island.


12/08/2019 - 06:36

Sudan's first female football stars push for women's rights

Within months of Sudan's first women's football league kicking off, the championship's emerging stars are being hailed as icons for equal rights in a country transitioning to civilian rule.

Within months of Sudan's first women's football league kicking off, the championship's emerging stars are being hailed as icons for equal rights in a country transitioning to civilian rule.


12/08/2019 - 02:43

The wacky, big-money world of pet influencers

They have millions of followers on Instagram. They generate major profits for their owners. They are... pet influencers.

They have millions of followers on Instagram. They generate major profits for their owners. They are... pet influencers.


12/08/2019 - 02:39

At 50, Sesame Street still going strong -- and big honor awaits

Generations of children around the world have grown up learning their ABCs and 123s from the lovable muppets on "Sesame Street," and as the pioneering television program turns 50, it's as popular as ever.

Generations of children around the world have grown up learning their ABCs and 123s from the lovable muppets on "Sesame Street," and as the pioneering television program turns 50, it's as popular as ever.


12/07/2019 - 11:19

'Laugh at what's hurting you': Lebanon cartoonists stir debate

On the edges of a protest in Lebanon's capital, 24-year-old cartoonist Mohamad Nohad Alameddine bites through sticky tape and plasters one of his political sketches to a side wall.

On the edges of a protest in Lebanon's capital, 24-year-old cartoonist Mohamad Nohad Alameddine bites through sticky tape and plasters one of his political sketches to a side wall.


12/07/2019 - 06:25

Bangladesh tears down brick kilns to fight toxic smog

Excavators flanked by Bangladesh riot police are at work demolishing illegal soot-belching brick kilns around the smog-choked capital Dhaka, forcing migrant labourers out of work and back to their villages.

Excavators flanked by Bangladesh riot police are at work demolishing illegal soot-belching brick kilns around the smog-choked capital Dhaka, forcing migrant labourers out of work and back to their villages.


12/07/2019 - 05:03

Arnis, Philippines martial art that evokes Magellan's nemesis

To the untrained eye, arnis -- the stick-wielding martial art of the Philippines -- is brutal and frenzied, but behind the chaos lies a tradition dating back hundreds of years.

To the untrained eye, arnis -- the stick-wielding martial art of the Philippines -- is brutal and frenzied, but behind the chaos lies a tradition dating back hundreds of years.


12/07/2019 - 04:36

Sonny Bill Williams heads fundraiser for families of Samoa epidemic

New Zealand sports star Sonny Bill Williams is heading a public fund-raising effort for families affected by the Samoan measles epidemic, as the death toll rose Saturday to 65.

New Zealand sports star Sonny Bill Williams is heading a public fund-raising effort for families affected by the Samoan measles epidemic, as the death toll rose Saturday to 65.


12/06/2019 - 22:47

Cuban economy hit as tide turns against doctors program

Luisa Garcia received a hero's welcome when she arrived back in Havana last month, one of hundreds of Cuban health workers sent home by the Communist-run island's erstwhile allies.

Luisa Garcia received a hero's welcome when she arrived back in Havana last month, one of hundreds of Cuban health workers sent home by the Communist-run island's erstwhile allies.


12/06/2019 - 18:35

France's pension reform: What would change?

French labour unions have vowed a wave of strikes against a pension overhaul promised by President Emmanuel Macron, a centrepiece of his drive to reform vast swathes of the economy.

French labour unions have vowed a wave of strikes against a pension overhaul promised by President Emmanuel Macron, a centrepiece of his drive to reform vast swathes of the economy.


12/06/2019 - 18:21

'Parasite singles': why young Japanese aren't getting married

A sharply dressed crowd of Japanese singletons shuffle awkwardly around conference-room tables, exchanging small-talk and CVs in an attempt to find a marriage partner -- all of them accompanied by their parents.

A sharply dressed crowd of Japanese singletons shuffle awkwardly around conference-room tables, exchanging small-talk and CVs in an attempt to find a marriage partner -- all of them accompanied by their parents.


12/06/2019 - 15:23

AI judges and verdicts via chat app: the brave new world of China's digital courts

Artificial-intelligence judges, cyber-courts, and verdicts delivered on chat apps -- welcome to China's brave new world of justice spotlighted by authorities this week.

Artificial-intelligence judges, cyber-courts, and verdicts delivered on chat apps -- welcome to China's brave new world of justice spotlighted by authorities this week.


12/06/2019 - 12:18

China's single women seek sperm donors overseas

Looking at page after page of childhood photos, Xiaogunzhu was drawn to an image of a French-Irish boy with smiling dark blue eyes.

Looking at page after page of childhood photos, Xiaogunzhu was drawn to an image of a French-Irish boy with smiling dark blue eyes.


12/06/2019 - 10:37

Nepal makes first arrest over 'menstruation huts' after woman dies

Nepali police have detained the brother-in-law of a woman who died in a 'menstruation hut' in what is believed to be the first arrest over the outlawed tradition, officials said Friday.

Nepali police have detained the brother-in-law of a woman who died in a 'menstruation hut' in what is believed to be the first arrest over the outlawed tradition, officials said Friday.


12/06/2019 - 09:54

Healthcare battles Brexit as top UK election issue

Britain's snap election next week was called to resolve the impasse over Brexit but much of the campaign has instead been dominated by explosive rows over healthcare.

Britain's snap election next week was called to resolve the impasse over Brexit but much of the campaign has instead been dominated by explosive rows over healthcare.


12/06/2019 - 08:54

eSports debut in SEA Games, but Olympics remain distant

eSports edged further into the mainstream sports world with this week's debut at the Southeast Asian Games, but the holy grail -- Olympic recognition -- remains stubbornly out of reach.

eSports edged further into the mainstream sports world with this week's debut at the Southeast Asian Games, but the holy grail -- Olympic recognition -- remains stubbornly out of reach.