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10/24/2018 - 06:29

Nunez homer powers Red Sox over Dodgers in World Series opener

Boston pinch-hitter Eduardo Nunez smashed a three-run homer over the towering "Green Monster" left-field wall and the Red Sox defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-4 in Tuesday's World Series opener.

Boston pinch-hitter Eduardo Nunez smashed a three-run homer over the towering "Green Monster" left-field wall and the Red Sox defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-4 in Tuesday's World Series opener.

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10/24/2018 - 06:29

Nunez homer powers Red Sox over Dodgers in World Series opener

Boston pinch-hitter Eduardo Nunez smashed a three-run homer over the towering "Green Monster" left-field wall and the Red Sox defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-4 in Tuesday's World Series opener.

Boston pinch-hitter Eduardo Nunez smashed a three-run homer over the towering "Green Monster" left-field wall and the Red Sox defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-4 in Tuesday's World Series opener.


10/24/2018 - 06:29

Asian markets suffer fresh losses, energy firms tank

Asian equities fell again Wednesday extending the previous day's geopolitics-fuelled sell-off, with energy firms taking another battering in response to an oil market rout.

Asian equities fell again Wednesday extending the previous day's geopolitics-fuelled sell-off, with energy firms taking another battering in response to an oil market rout.


10/24/2018 - 05:44

US slams 'one of worst cover-ups' in Khashoggi case

The United States said Tuesday it was revoking visas of Saudis involved in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, as President Donald Trump ridiculed the kingdom's response as "one of the worst cover-ups" in history.

The United States said Tuesday it was revoking visas of Saudis involved in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, as President Donald Trump ridiculed the kingdom's response as "one of the worst cover-ups" in history.


10/24/2018 - 05:43

Bitter taste for Cuba as it imports sugar for the first time

Sugar: it's so quintessentially Cuban that even a young, machete-wielding Fidel Castro used to hack away at the cane stalks vital to the Caribbean island's economy.

Sugar: it's so quintessentially Cuban that even a young, machete-wielding Fidel Castro used to hack away at the cane stalks vital to the Caribbean island's economy.


10/24/2018 - 05:41

Decades of war shatter Afghanistan's glassblowing craft

Hunched and shrivelled, Afghan glassblower Ghulam Sakhi deftly blows and twirls molten glass into delicate blue and green goblets and vases -- a craft passed down for generations but now at risk of dying out.

Hunched and shrivelled, Afghan glassblower Ghulam Sakhi deftly blows and twirls molten glass into delicate blue and green goblets and vases -- a craft passed down for generations but now at risk of dying out.

10/24/2018 - 06:11

Paradise lost: Tourist spots in danger of being loved to death

The Philippines' most famous resort island Boracay re-opens Friday after a six-month clean-up intended to fix the damage done by unrestrained mass tourism.

The Philippines' most famous resort island Boracay re-opens Friday after a six-month clean-up intended to fix the damage done by unrestrained mass tourism.


10/24/2018 - 05:42

Bitter taste for Cuba as it imports sugar for the first time

Sugar: it's so quintessentially Cuban that even a young, machete-wielding Fidel Castro used to hack away at the cane stalks vital to the Caribbean island's economy.

Sugar: it's so quintessentially Cuban that even a young, machete-wielding Fidel Castro used to hack away at the cane stalks vital to the Caribbean island's economy.


10/24/2018 - 05:41

Decades of war shatter Afghanistan's glassblowing craft

Hunched and shrivelled, Afghan glassblower Ghulam Sakhi deftly blows and twirls molten glass into delicate blue and green goblets and vases -- a craft passed down for generations but now at risk of dying out.

Hunched and shrivelled, Afghan glassblower Ghulam Sakhi deftly blows and twirls molten glass into delicate blue and green goblets and vases -- a craft passed down for generations but now at risk of dying out.


10/24/2018 - 05:39

Meghan takes spotlight amid royal fever in Fiji

British royal Meghan Markle sent adoring crowds into a frenzy in Fiji on Wednesday when she took centre stage from husband Prince Harry to passionately promote women's rights.

British royal Meghan Markle sent adoring crowds into a frenzy in Fiji on Wednesday when she took centre stage from husband Prince Harry to passionately promote women's rights.


10/24/2018 - 02:08

Starbucks opens first sign language store in US

Rebecca Witzofsky, a 20-year-old deaf student at Gallaudet University in Washington, and her hearing friend Nikolas Carapellatti wanted to get a coffee.

Rebecca Witzofsky, a 20-year-old deaf student at Gallaudet University in Washington, and her hearing friend Nikolas Carapellatti wanted to get a coffee.


10/23/2018 - 22:36

Medical crowdfunding raises millions for dubious cures

Online appeals to help sick people by raising money for unfounded and sometimes dangerous treatments and purported cures bring in millions of dollars each year, researchers warned Tuesday.

Online appeals to help sick people by raising money for unfounded and sometimes dangerous treatments and purported cures bring in millions of dollars each year, researchers warned Tuesday.


10/23/2018 - 18:46

First female US Supreme Court justice O'Connor has dementia

Retired US Supreme Court justice Sandra Day O'Connor, the first woman to serve on the high court, announced Tuesday that she is battling dementia -- and probably Alzheimer's disease.

Retired US Supreme Court justice Sandra Day O'Connor, the first woman to serve on the high court, announced Tuesday that she is battling dementia -- and probably Alzheimer's disease.


10/23/2018 - 17:30

Mexico may be next to legalize cannabis: incoming FM

Mexico "absolutely" could follow Canada's lead in legalizing marijuana as a way to reduce violence generated by a war on drugs that "doesn't work," its incoming foreign minister said Tuesday.

Mexico "absolutely" could follow Canada's lead in legalizing marijuana as a way to reduce violence generated by a war on drugs that "doesn't work," its incoming foreign minister said Tuesday.


10/23/2018 - 17:18

Week 34 of pregnancy reduces breast cancer risk: study

Women's bodies undergo a "striking" change during a specific week of pregnancy that can significantly reduce their risk of developing breast cancer later in life, scientists said Tuesday.

Women's bodies undergo a "striking" change during a specific week of pregnancy that can significantly reduce their risk of developing breast cancer later in life, scientists said Tuesday.


10/23/2018 - 12:19

Buffaloes plough through annual Thai racing festival

Several hefty buffaloes thunder down a dirt track in eastern Thailand, kicking up dust as they are urged toward the finish line by whip-wielding jockeys perched on their backs.

Several hefty buffaloes thunder down a dirt track in eastern Thailand, kicking up dust as they are urged toward the finish line by whip-wielding jockeys perched on their backs.


10/23/2018 - 10:31

Indian court eases firecracker ban even as pollution soars

India's top court on Tuesday eased a ban on fireworks for a major Hindu festival despite air pollution in New Delhi and other cities again reaching danger levels.

India's top court on Tuesday eased a ban on fireworks for a major Hindu festival despite air pollution in New Delhi and other cities again reaching danger levels.


10/23/2018 - 10:21

S. Korea warns citizens against smoking pot in Canada

South Korea has warned its citizens against smoking marijuana in Canada, telling them that even though the country legalised weed last week, using it there was still an offence under Seoul's own laws.

South Korea has warned its citizens against smoking marijuana in Canada, telling them that even though the country legalised weed last week, using it there was still an offence under Seoul's own laws.


10/23/2018 - 08:40

'Game changer' tuberculosis drug cures 8 in 10

A new treatment for a drug-resistant strain of tuberculosis can cure 80 percent of sufferers, according to a trial hailed Monday as a "game changer" in the fight against the global killer.

A new treatment for a drug-resistant strain of tuberculosis can cure 80 percent of sufferers, according to a trial hailed Monday as a "game changer" in the fight against the global killer.


10/23/2018 - 07:21

Cryptocurrency bitcoin marks 10 years

October 31, 2008 marked the birth of bitcoin. Ten years on, the world's first cryptocurrency is at the forefront of a complex financial system viewed warily by markets and investors.

October 31, 2008 marked the birth of bitcoin. Ten years on, the world's first cryptocurrency is at the forefront of a complex financial system viewed warily by markets and investors.


10/23/2018 - 05:08

Foreign parents fight in vain for custody in Japan

Emmanuel, Stephane, Henrik and James come from very different backgrounds, but they share the same painful experience of battling Japan's legal system -- in vain -- for access to their children after divorce.

Emmanuel, Stephane, Henrik and James come from very different backgrounds, but they share the same painful experience of battling Japan's legal system -- in vain -- for access to their children after divorce.


10/23/2018 - 04:05

'Himalayan Viagra' under threat from climate change: researchers

A prized caterpillar fungus that is more valuable than gold and is nicknamed "Himalayan Viagra" in Asia, where it is seen as a wonder drug, is becoming harder to find due to climate change, researchers said Monday.

A prized caterpillar fungus that is more valuable than gold and is nicknamed "Himalayan Viagra" in Asia, where it is seen as a wonder drug, is becoming harder to find due to climate change, researchers said Monday.


10/23/2018 - 03:43

In a London warehouse, the tools of Britain's soft power

In an unremarkable warehouse down a back alley in central London, thousands of paintings, prints and drawings are lined up in racks, awaiting distribution around the world in a British display of "soft power".

In an unremarkable warehouse down a back alley in central London, thousands of paintings, prints and drawings are lined up in racks, awaiting distribution around the world in a British display of "soft power".


10/23/2018 - 02:33

Snapcrap app steps in to take on public poop

A freshly launched Snapcrap app is out to turn San Francisco smartphone users into poop-spotters.

A freshly launched Snapcrap app is out to turn San Francisco smartphone users into poop-spotters.


10/22/2018 - 23:04

Gilberto Benetton, co-founder of fashion brand, dies aged 77

Gilberto Benetton, co-founder of the eponymous clothing brand, died Monday at the age of 77 after an illness, the Italian group announced.

Gilberto Benetton, co-founder of the eponymous clothing brand, died Monday at the age of 77 after an illness, the Italian group announced.


10/22/2018 - 20:05

New drug slashes death rates among drug-resistant TB patients: scientists

A new treatment for a deadly drug-resistant strain of tuberculosis can cure more than 90 percent of sufferers, according to a landmark clinical trial whose results were revealed exclusively to AFP.

A new treatment for a deadly drug-resistant strain of tuberculosis can cure more than 90 percent of sufferers, according to a landmark clinical trial whose results were revealed exclusively to AFP.