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12/14/2019 - 05:39

Divers search for remaining bodies from NZ volcanic eruption

Divers searched seas around New Zealand's volatile White Island Saturday for two people still missing five days after the volcano erupted, amid warnings it could do so again.

Divers searched seas around New Zealand's volatile White Island Saturday for two people still missing five days after the volcano erupted, amid warnings it could do so again.

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12/14/2019 - 05:39

Divers search for remaining bodies from NZ volcanic eruption

Divers searched seas around New Zealand's volatile White Island Saturday for two people still missing five days after the volcano erupted, amid warnings it could do so again.

Divers searched seas around New Zealand's volatile White Island Saturday for two people still missing five days after the volcano erupted, amid warnings it could do so again.


12/14/2019 - 05:14

Victorious Johnson urges Britain to move past Brexit divide

Prime Minister Boris Johnson called on Britons to put years of bitter divisions over the country's EU membership behind them as he vowed to use his resounding election victory to finally deliver Brexit next month.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson called on Britons to put years of bitter divisions over the country's EU membership behind them as he vowed to use his resounding election victory to finally deliver Brexit next month.


12/14/2019 - 04:55

Arsenal's Ozil condemns Muslim silence over Uighurs

Arsenal's Mesut Ozil, a German footballer of Turkish origin, on Friday expressed support for Uighurs in Xinjiang and criticised Muslim countries for their failure to speak up for them.

Arsenal's Mesut Ozil, a German footballer of Turkish origin, on Friday expressed support for Uighurs in Xinjiang and criticised Muslim countries for their failure to speak up for them.


12/14/2019 - 03:07

Washington pulled apart by partisan divide over 'facts'

In Washington these days, there are facts, alternative facts and disputed facts.

In Washington these days, there are facts, alternative facts and disputed facts.


12/14/2019 - 03:06

Superman's cape and Bilbo's pipe up for grabs in Hollywood auction

Superman's very first cape and Bilbo Baggins' pipe are each forecast to raise $100,000-$200,000 at a blockbuster auction of rare Hollywood memorabilia next week.

Superman's very first cape and Bilbo Baggins' pipe are each forecast to raise $100,000-$200,000 at a blockbuster auction of rare Hollywood memorabilia next week.

12/13/2019 - 19:20

UNESCO pulls Belgian carnival from heritage list over anti-Semitism charges

UNESCO on Friday withdrew an annual carnival in the Belgian city of Aalst from its heritage list over persistent charges of anti-Semitism.

UNESCO on Friday withdrew an annual carnival in the Belgian city of Aalst from its heritage list over persistent charges of anti-Semitism.


12/13/2019 - 08:08

Traditional Thai massage get UNESCO heritage status

At Bangkok's Reclining Buddha temple, Krairath Chantrasri says he is a proud custodian of an ancient skill -- the body-folding, sharp-elbowed techniques of Thai massage, which was added Thursday to UNESCO's prestigious heritage list.

At Bangkok's Reclining Buddha temple, Krairath Chantrasri says he is a proud custodian of an ancient skill -- the body-folding, sharp-elbowed techniques of Thai massage, which was added Thursday to UNESCO's prestigious heritage list.


12/13/2019 - 05:24

Volcano disaster puts spotlight on NZ adventure tourism

Adventure tourism is a key part of New Zealand's international appeal but the White Island volcano eruption is a tragic reminder that such activities carry genuine risk that must be better explained to travellers, experts say.

Adventure tourism is a key part of New Zealand's international appeal but the White Island volcano eruption is a tragic reminder that such activities carry genuine risk that must be better explained to travellers, experts say.


12/13/2019 - 04:08

Revving up to a new speed record in the Kalahari

A loud hiss rips through the stillness of southern Africa's Kalahari Desert.

A loud hiss rips through the stillness of southern Africa's Kalahari Desert.


12/13/2019 - 04:06

Turn off, tune in: theater, concert fans forced to go phone-free

When Adam Weiss arrived at a New York theater to see a Broadway show, he was dismayed to learn he would have to lock up his cell phone.

When Adam Weiss arrived at a New York theater to see a Broadway show, he was dismayed to learn he would have to lock up his cell phone.


12/13/2019 - 04:04

Child's play: Coding booms among Chinese children

Wearing a pair of black-rimmed glasses and a red T-shirt, an eight-year-old Chinese boy is logged in for an online coding lesson -- as the teacher.

Wearing a pair of black-rimmed glasses and a red T-shirt, an eight-year-old Chinese boy is logged in for an online coding lesson -- as the teacher.


12/13/2019 - 03:02

Drop that donut! Mexico pays portly cops to slim down

It's a sunny morning in Mexico City, and police officers drip with sweat as they do push-ups and squats, part of a program for overweight cops in one of the world's most obese countries.

It's a sunny morning in Mexico City, and police officers drip with sweat as they do push-ups and squats, part of a program for overweight cops in one of the world's most obese countries.


12/12/2019 - 20:11

Facebook says ready for new California privacy law

Facebook on Thursday said it was ready for a data privacy law that will go into effect in its home state of California at the start of next year.

Facebook on Thursday said it was ready for a data privacy law that will go into effect in its home state of California at the start of next year.


12/12/2019 - 11:20

Japan govt ordered to pay damages over transgender toilet ban

A Tokyo court on Thursday ordered the Japanese government to pay compensation to a transgender official who was refused use of the women's bathroom at work.

A Tokyo court on Thursday ordered the Japanese government to pay compensation to a transgender official who was refused use of the women's bathroom at work.


12/12/2019 - 10:37

World's oldest artwork uncovered in Indonesian cave: study

An Indonesian cave painting that depicts a prehistoric hunting scene could be the world's oldest figurative artwork dating back nearly 44,000 years, a discovery that points to an advanced artistic culture, according to new research.

An Indonesian cave painting that depicts a prehistoric hunting scene could be the world's oldest figurative artwork dating back nearly 44,000 years, a discovery that points to an advanced artistic culture, according to new research.


12/12/2019 - 09:12

US court suspends naming restrictions on fake meat firms

A US court has suspended a law banning makers of vegetarian substitute meals from using the word "meat" to describe their products, as trendy plant-based food companies push back against a wave of restrictions.

A US court has suspended a law banning makers of vegetarian substitute meals from using the word "meat" to describe their products, as trendy plant-based food companies push back against a wave of restrictions.


12/12/2019 - 08:02

Skin grafts: A look at efforts to save burned volcano victims

An international effort is underway to save badly burned survivors of New Zealand's White Island volcano eruption, with the US tapped to provide 1.2 million square centimetres of skin and a dozen victims being flown to Australia for specialist care.

An international effort is underway to save badly burned survivors of New Zealand's White Island volcano eruption, with the US tapped to provide 1.2 million square centimetres of skin and a dozen victims being flown to Australia for specialist care.


12/12/2019 - 05:20

Caviar 'queen': Chinese roe reigns around the world

The caviar on the menu of Michelin-starred restaurants may come from an unexpected place: China.

The caviar on the menu of Michelin-starred restaurants may come from an unexpected place: China.


12/12/2019 - 03:08

Turn off, tune in: theater, concert fans forced to go phone-free

When Adam Weiss arrived at a New York theater to see a Broadway show, he was dismayed to learn he would have to lock up his cell phone.

When Adam Weiss arrived at a New York theater to see a Broadway show, he was dismayed to learn he would have to lock up his cell phone.


12/12/2019 - 03:05

Women turn to apps, podcasts to explore sexuality through sound

A new generation of women is launching podcasts, websites and apps featuring erotic content that prioritizes the female perspective -- all in the name of improving sexual wellbeing.

A new generation of women is launching podcasts, websites and apps featuring erotic content that prioritizes the female perspective -- all in the name of improving sexual wellbeing.


12/12/2019 - 02:28

Twitter backs overhaul of social media to stem disinformation

Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey is funding research aimed at changing the way information circulates on social media -- with the goal of combating online violence, hate and disinformation.

Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey is funding research aimed at changing the way information circulates on social media -- with the goal of combating online violence, hate and disinformation.


12/12/2019 - 02:25

YouTube bans 'implied' threats

YouTube broadened its anti-harassment policies on Wednesday to include a ban on "implied" threats along with insults based on race, gender identity or sexual orientation.

YouTube broadened its anti-harassment policies on Wednesday to include a ban on "implied" threats along with insults based on race, gender identity or sexual orientation.


12/12/2019 - 00:33

Netflix Christmas satire in Brazil sparks religious outcry

A Christmas satire on Netflix depicting Jesus in a gay relationship has sparked a backlash in Brazil, where hundreds of thousands signed a petition calling for the film to be axed.

A Christmas satire on Netflix depicting Jesus in a gay relationship has sparked a backlash in Brazil, where hundreds of thousands signed a petition calling for the film to be axed.


12/11/2019 - 23:32

Jesus, Mary and Joseph as detained refugees in California nativity

Baby Jesus is lying in a manger inside a cage, wrapped in an emergency foil blanket and separated from Mary and Joseph, who are each trapped in cells of their own.

Baby Jesus is lying in a manger inside a cage, wrapped in an emergency foil blanket and separated from Mary and Joseph, who are each trapped in cells of their own.


12/11/2019 - 22:02

Egypt unveils 'rare' ancient pharaoh bust

A "rare" bust of a statue of the pharaoh Ramses II has been discovered near Giza, south of Cairo, the Egyptian Antiquities Ministry announced Wednesday.

A "rare" bust of a statue of the pharaoh Ramses II has been discovered near Giza, south of Cairo, the Egyptian Antiquities Ministry announced Wednesday.