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02/20/2019 - 04:13

Brexit: May heads back to Brussels but EU not budging

Prime Minister Theresa May heads back to Brussels on Wednesday to renew her quest to reopen the terms of Britain's Brexit divorce, but appears headed for disappointment.

Prime Minister Theresa May heads back to Brussels on Wednesday to renew her quest to reopen the terms of Britain's Brexit divorce, but appears headed for disappointment.

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02/20/2019 - 04:13

Brexit: May heads back to Brussels but EU not budging

Prime Minister Theresa May heads back to Brussels on Wednesday to renew her quest to reopen the terms of Britain's Brexit divorce, but appears headed for disappointment.

Prime Minister Theresa May heads back to Brussels on Wednesday to renew her quest to reopen the terms of Britain's Brexit divorce, but appears headed for disappointment.


02/20/2019 - 04:09

Putin to give annual address as popularity slides

Russian President Vladimir Putin will deliver his annual state of the nation address on Wednesday as he faces an unprecedented fall in his approval ratings.

Russian President Vladimir Putin will deliver his annual state of the nation address on Wednesday as he faces an unprecedented fall in his approval ratings.


02/20/2019 - 04:05

Ruthless meth networks get ill-prepared Myanmar hooked

Mobs of stick-wielding church-goers in Myanmar's northeast used to descend on dealers and addicts in a desperate effort to save their communities from a meth-induced health crisis sweeping the country.

Mobs of stick-wielding church-goers in Myanmar's northeast used to descend on dealers and addicts in a desperate effort to save their communities from a meth-induced health crisis sweeping the country.


02/20/2019 - 04:01

Amazon's 'collaborative' robots offer peek into the future

Hundreds of orange robots zoom and whiz back and forth like miniature bumper cars -- but instead of colliding, they're following a carefully plotted path to transport thousands of items ordered from online giant Amazon.

Hundreds of orange robots zoom and whiz back and forth like miniature bumper cars -- but instead of colliding, they're following a carefully plotted path to transport thousands of items ordered from online giant Amazon.


02/20/2019 - 03:09

On the rugby pitch, a case of the blues for Les Bleus

France's rugby squad -- who have lost 10 of their last 13 games -- are not a happy bunch of players and coaches to be around at the moment.

France's rugby squad -- who have lost 10 of their last 13 games -- are not a happy bunch of players and coaches to be around at the moment.

02/20/2019 - 05:20

App-based delivery men highlight India's growing gig economy

Suraj Nachre works long hours and regularly misses meals but he treasures his job as a driver for a food delivery startup -- working in a booming industry that highlights India's expanding apps-based gig-economy.

Suraj Nachre works long hours and regularly misses meals but he treasures his job as a driver for a food delivery startup -- working in a booming industry that highlights India's expanding apps-based gig-economy.


02/20/2019 - 05:00

Pink to star at British pop music's big night

Dua Lipa, The 1975 and George Ezra are some of the big names vying for prizes at British pop music's annual celebration on Wednesday, with US singer Pink also set to be honoured.

Dua Lipa, The 1975 and George Ezra are some of the big names vying for prizes at British pop music's annual celebration on Wednesday, with US singer Pink also set to be honoured.


02/20/2019 - 04:05

Ruthless meth networks get ill-prepared Myanmar hooked

Mobs of stick-wielding church-goers in Myanmar's northeast used to descend on dealers and addicts in a desperate effort to save their communities from a meth-induced health crisis sweeping the country.

Mobs of stick-wielding church-goers in Myanmar's northeast used to descend on dealers and addicts in a desperate effort to save their communities from a meth-induced health crisis sweeping the country.


02/20/2019 - 04:01

Amazon's 'collaborative' robots offer peek into the future

Hundreds of orange robots zoom and whiz back and forth like miniature bumper cars -- but instead of colliding, they're following a carefully plotted path to transport thousands of items ordered from online giant Amazon.

Hundreds of orange robots zoom and whiz back and forth like miniature bumper cars -- but instead of colliding, they're following a carefully plotted path to transport thousands of items ordered from online giant Amazon.


02/20/2019 - 04:01

'Pyongyang not the enemy': S. Koreans fed up with military service

Namgung Jin is anxious as he awaits the start of his military service in South Korea -- almost two years in uniform guarding against the nuclear-armed neighbour to the north, with the two countries technically still at war.

Namgung Jin is anxious as he awaits the start of his military service in South Korea -- almost two years in uniform guarding against the nuclear-armed neighbour to the north, with the two countries technically still at war.


02/20/2019 - 03:25

'Roma' casts spotlight on Latin America's domestic workers

She scrubs plates, mops floors and washes clothes with vigor. She works when others relax. And she plays games with children who are not hers, even though they might feel a bit like family by now.

She scrubs plates, mops floors and washes clothes with vigor. She works when others relax. And she plays games with children who are not hers, even though they might feel a bit like family by now.


02/20/2019 - 03:03

Fashion mourns death of 'Kaiser' Karl Lagerfeld

The fashion world has been plunged into mourning by the death of legendary designer Karl Lagerfeld, the rapier-witted dandy who ruled over the industry for half a century.

The fashion world has been plunged into mourning by the death of legendary designer Karl Lagerfeld, the rapier-witted dandy who ruled over the industry for half a century.


02/20/2019 - 00:51

Vaccine could virtually eliminate cervical cancer: study

The rapid scale-up of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine could virtually eliminate cervical cancer in a handful of rich countries within three decades, and in most other nations by century's end, researchers said Wednesday.

The rapid scale-up of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine could virtually eliminate cervical cancer in a handful of rich countries within three decades, and in most other nations by century's end, researchers said Wednesday.


02/19/2019 - 21:10

US airlines to offer non-binary gender options

US carriers will soon offer passengers additional options besides "male" and "female" when they buy tickets, an airlines trade association said Tuesday.

US carriers will soon offer passengers additional options besides "male" and "female" when they buy tickets, an airlines trade association said Tuesday.


02/19/2019 - 20:50

Benetton's new French flair colours debut in Milan

Benetton took to the catwalk in Milan for the first time Tuesday with its debut collection by French designer Jean-Charles de Castelbajac in a bid to revive the historic Italian brand.

Benetton took to the catwalk in Milan for the first time Tuesday with its debut collection by French designer Jean-Charles de Castelbajac in a bid to revive the historic Italian brand.


02/19/2019 - 20:20

US doctors overprescribed deadly drug fentanyl to patients

Fentanyl, a highly dangerous painkiller at the heart of the US opioid epidemic, has been overprescribed by doctors, according to a report Tuesday that accused health authorities and manufacturers of being too lax in their oversight.

Fentanyl, a highly dangerous painkiller at the heart of the US opioid epidemic, has been overprescribed by doctors, according to a report Tuesday that accused health authorities and manufacturers of being too lax in their oversight.


02/19/2019 - 18:30

Michelin-star chefs join green cuisine crusade

In a city famed for foie gras and filet mignon, some of the world's top chefs gathered Tuesday in Paris to showcase the green side of gastronomy, for the planet and our palettes.

In a city famed for foie gras and filet mignon, some of the world's top chefs gathered Tuesday in Paris to showcase the green side of gastronomy, for the planet and our palettes.


02/19/2019 - 17:00

Fountain of youth? Study finds new anti-ageing compound in plant

In Japan, the slightly bitter leaves of the Ashitaba plant have long been considered healthy, and a new study has found the traditional belief may have good scientific grounds.

In Japan, the slightly bitter leaves of the Ashitaba plant have long been considered healthy, and a new study has found the traditional belief may have good scientific grounds.


02/19/2019 - 16:17

Kim-dergarten: Vietnam's N. Korea nursery pines for visit by Supreme Leader

Wearing traditional dress, the children in Hanoi's only North Korean-founded kindergarten belt out Korean songs and recite their Korean vocabulary -- skills they hope to show off to Kim Jong Un when he visits Vietnam next week.

Wearing traditional dress, the children in Hanoi's only North Korean-founded kindergarten belt out Korean songs and recite their Korean vocabulary -- skills they hope to show off to Kim Jong Un when he visits Vietnam next week.


02/19/2019 - 15:47

Tanzania jails Chinese 'Ivory Queen' trafficker for 15 years

A Tanzanian court on Tuesday sentenced a Chinese woman dubbed the "Ivory Queen" to 15 years in jail for her role in trafficking tusks from more than 400 elephants.

A Tanzanian court on Tuesday sentenced a Chinese woman dubbed the "Ivory Queen" to 15 years in jail for her role in trafficking tusks from more than 400 elephants.


02/19/2019 - 13:59

Karl Lagerfeld, fashion's quick-witted king

They called him the "Kaiser", and for decades Karl Lagerfeld, who has died aged 85, reigned imperially over the fashion world.

They called him the "Kaiser", and for decades Karl Lagerfeld, who has died aged 85, reigned imperially over the fashion world.


02/19/2019 - 13:47

'European' Lagerfeld saw 1920s Germany as 'spiritual homeland'

German designer Karl Lagerfeld, based in Paris from the 1950s until his death Tuesday, described himself as a "European", hailing the interwar Germany he never knew as a "spiritual homeland" that was destroyed under Nazism.

German designer Karl Lagerfeld, based in Paris from the 1950s until his death Tuesday, described himself as a "European", hailing the interwar Germany he never knew as a "spiritual homeland" that was destroyed under Nazism.


02/19/2019 - 13:27

Karl Lagerfeld: a life in dates

Here are some key dates in the life of German fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld, who has died at the age of 85:

Here are some key dates in the life of German fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld, who has died at the age of 85:


02/19/2019 - 13:24

The wit and wisdom of Karl Lagerfeld: his best quotes

Designer Karl Lagerfeld was not just fashion's great survivor, he was also one of its most wicked wits.

Designer Karl Lagerfeld was not just fashion's great survivor, he was also one of its most wicked wits.


02/19/2019 - 13:23

Fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld dead: Chanel

Superstar designer Karl Lagerfeld has died at the age of 85, his fashion label Chanel confirmed on Tuesday.

Superstar designer Karl Lagerfeld has died at the age of 85, his fashion label Chanel confirmed on Tuesday.