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07/20/2019 - 19:34

American, Italian, Russian blast off for ISS

US, Italian and Russian astronauts blasted into space Saturday, headed for the International Space Station, in a launch coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing.

US, Italian and Russian astronauts blasted into space Saturday, headed for the International Space Station, in a launch coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing.

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07/20/2019 - 19:34

American, Italian, Russian blast off for ISS

US, Italian and Russian astronauts blasted into space Saturday, headed for the International Space Station, in a launch coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing.

US, Italian and Russian astronauts blasted into space Saturday, headed for the International Space Station, in a launch coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing.


07/20/2019 - 18:57

50 years ago, humanity's first steps on another world

Fifty years ago on Saturday, American astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans in history to set foot on the Moon, an epoch-defining event watched on television by half a billion people.

Fifty years ago on Saturday, American astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans in history to set foot on the Moon, an epoch-defining event watched on television by half a billion people.


07/20/2019 - 18:53

American, Italian, Russian blast off for ISS

US, Italian and Russian astronauts blasted into space Saturday, headed for the International Space Station, in a launch coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing.

US, Italian and Russian astronauts blasted into space Saturday, headed for the International Space Station, in a launch coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing.


07/20/2019 - 18:09

Iran ignores calls to free British-flagged tanker

Iran ignored mounting European appeals on Saturday to release a British-flagged tanker as London denounced a "dangerous move" and summoned a senior diplomat of the Islamic republic.

Iran ignored mounting European appeals on Saturday to release a British-flagged tanker as London denounced a "dangerous move" and summoned a senior diplomat of the Islamic republic.


07/20/2019 - 17:55

Death toll climbs to 15 after China gas plant blast

The death toll from a huge explosion that rocked a gas plant in central China has risen to 15, state media said Saturday.

The death toll from a huge explosion that rocked a gas plant in central China has risen to 15, state media said Saturday.

07/20/2019 - 18:13

French wine production hit by heatwave

Wine production in France this year will be down by between six and 13 percent over 2018, notably because of the ongoing heatwave, the agriculture ministry said Saturday.

Wine production in France this year will be down by between six and 13 percent over 2018, notably because of the ongoing heatwave, the agriculture ministry said Saturday.


07/20/2019 - 12:41

Paris show gives the humble back its place in the limelight

It does not usually make it into the spotlight but the humble back is always there, yet almost never seen in fashion images, forgotten amid the focus on the front and faces.

It does not usually make it into the spotlight but the humble back is always there, yet almost never seen in fashion images, forgotten amid the focus on the front and faces.


07/20/2019 - 12:40

One-stop clinics, a rare lifesaver for Zimbabwe's sick

Blessing Chingwaru could barely walk without support when he arrived at the specialist Rutsanana clinic in Harare complaining of chest pains and fatigue.

Blessing Chingwaru could barely walk without support when he arrived at the specialist Rutsanana clinic in Harare complaining of chest pains and fatigue.


07/20/2019 - 04:50

Thai farmers on the cash trail with snail slime

Giant snails inch across a plate of pumpkin and cucumber in central Thailand, an "organic" diet to tease the prized collagen-rich mucus from the molluscs, which to some cosmetic firms are now more valuable than gold.

Giant snails inch across a plate of pumpkin and cucumber in central Thailand, an "organic" diet to tease the prized collagen-rich mucus from the molluscs, which to some cosmetic firms are now more valuable than gold.


07/19/2019 - 20:31

Pakistan announces religious school reform ahead of PM's US visit

Pakistan on Friday said it has agreed with the country's clergy to introduce reforms in madrassa religious schools to bring them in line with conventional schools, curbing hate speech and extremist narratives.

Pakistan on Friday said it has agreed with the country's clergy to introduce reforms in madrassa religious schools to bring them in line with conventional schools, curbing hate speech and extremist narratives.


07/19/2019 - 18:42

Couple celebrate first same-sex wedding in conservative Ecuador

Alexandra Chavez and Michelle Aviles have made history in conservative Ecuador by becoming the first couple to take advantage of a new law allowing same-sex marriage.

Alexandra Chavez and Michelle Aviles have made history in conservative Ecuador by becoming the first couple to take advantage of a new law allowing same-sex marriage.


07/19/2019 - 06:23

South Koreans boycott Japan beer in brewing trade row

Beer-loving South Koreans angered by a trade row with Tokyo are boycotting Japanese brews in a surge of patriotism that has even seen popular beauty bloggers targeted.

Beer-loving South Koreans angered by a trade row with Tokyo are boycotting Japanese brews in a surge of patriotism that has even seen popular beauty bloggers targeted.


07/19/2019 - 05:22

From Kabul to Baghdad, a tale of two 'Green Zones'

A labyrinth of concrete blast walls, spotlights, and checkpoints are eating up ever more of Kabul, standing in stark contrast to a similar area in Iraq's Baghdad where easing tensions have seen its barricades come down.

A labyrinth of concrete blast walls, spotlights, and checkpoints are eating up ever more of Kabul, standing in stark contrast to a similar area in Iraq's Baghdad where easing tensions have seen its barricades come down.


07/19/2019 - 05:20

Back to basics: Can Croatia revive nudism's glory days?

As an early pioneer of nudism, Croatia's idyllic Adriatic coast has a long and storied history of people stripping down to swim and commune with their surroundings in the naturist tradition.

As an early pioneer of nudism, Croatia's idyllic Adriatic coast has a long and storied history of people stripping down to swim and commune with their surroundings in the naturist tradition.


07/19/2019 - 02:22

Agony of Yazidi women torn between IS kids, or return home

Freed after years in jihadist captivity, Jihan faced an agonising ultimatum: abandon her three small children fathered by an Islamic State fighter or risk being shunned by her community.

Freed after years in jihadist captivity, Jihan faced an agonising ultimatum: abandon her three small children fathered by an Islamic State fighter or risk being shunned by her community.


07/19/2019 - 02:20

Empty nets as overfishing and climate change sap Lake Malawi

On the shores of Lake Malawi, a crowd eagerly awaits the arrival of a white and yellow cedarwood boat carrying its haul.

On the shores of Lake Malawi, a crowd eagerly awaits the arrival of a white and yellow cedarwood boat carrying its haul.


07/19/2019 - 02:16

Raped, widowed, homeless: Haiti's slum women abandoned to gangs

As the first bursts of gunfire rang out, the women from La Saline slum grabbed their kids and fled for cover.

As the first bursts of gunfire rang out, the women from La Saline slum grabbed their kids and fled for cover.


07/19/2019 - 01:59

Iceland tries to bring back trees razed by the Vikings

Before being colonised by the Vikings, Iceland was lush with forests but the fearsome warriors razed everything to the ground and the nation is now struggling to reforest the island.

Before being colonised by the Vikings, Iceland was lush with forests but the fearsome warriors razed everything to the ground and the nation is now struggling to reforest the island.


07/19/2019 - 00:51

First transgender couple married in Cuba

A transgender couple married in Cuba this week, a first on the island nation where sexual minorities have long suffered discrimination.

A transgender couple married in Cuba this week, a first on the island nation where sexual minorities have long suffered discrimination.


07/19/2019 - 00:34

No more 'manholes' or 'policewomen' in US city of Berkeley

The US city of Berkeley has officially gotten rid of all of its "manholes,""policewomen" and "firemen" -- well, so to speak.

The US city of Berkeley has officially gotten rid of all of its "manholes,""policewomen" and "firemen" -- well, so to speak.


07/18/2019 - 19:16

Poland, Lithuania probe Russian-made app behind viral old age selfies

Poland and Lithuania said Thursday they were looking into the potential security risks of using a Russian-made face-editing app that has triggered a viral social media trend where users post "aged" selfies.

Poland and Lithuania said Thursday they were looking into the potential security risks of using a Russian-made face-editing app that has triggered a viral social media trend where users post "aged" selfies.


07/18/2019 - 17:57

MSF urges DRC Ebola 'reality check', more vaccinations

Ebola fighters need to widen use of vaccination in their campaign against the deadly epidemic in DR Congo, the head of Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said Thursday.

Ebola fighters need to widen use of vaccination in their campaign against the deadly epidemic in DR Congo, the head of Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said Thursday.


07/18/2019 - 16:08

Ketones, the stamina booster sparking Tour de France debate

The Tour de France is again embroiled in a debate over what cyclists put in their bodies after Dutch team Jumbo acknowledged they were using a dietary aid believed to boost stamina.

The Tour de France is again embroiled in a debate over what cyclists put in their bodies after Dutch team Jumbo acknowledged they were using a dietary aid believed to boost stamina.


07/18/2019 - 15:41

Eiffel Tower restaurant to reopen after collision of kitchen egos

Legendary Eiffel Tower restaurant the Jules Verne reopens this weekend after a titanic battle that saw two top chefs prise it away from culinary star Alain Ducasse, who had run the eatery for the past decade.

Legendary Eiffel Tower restaurant the Jules Verne reopens this weekend after a titanic battle that saw two top chefs prise it away from culinary star Alain Ducasse, who had run the eatery for the past decade.


07/18/2019 - 15:26

Russia raids rehab centre where addicts 'handcuffed to beds'

Russian investigators on Thursday opened a criminal probe into a rehabilitation centre in Siberia where alcoholics and drug addicts were handcuffed to beds, charging the facility's management with unlawful imprisonment.

Russian investigators on Thursday opened a criminal probe into a rehabilitation centre in Siberia where alcoholics and drug addicts were handcuffed to beds, charging the facility's management with unlawful imprisonment.