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10/17/2018 - 06:44

Harry and Meghan 'gift' rain to drought-stricken Aussie outback

Prince Harry and his expectant wife Meghan visited a drought-stricken region of Australia Wednesday, bringing a rare and welcome rainstorm with them.

Prince Harry and his expectant wife Meghan visited a drought-stricken region of Australia Wednesday, bringing a rare and welcome rainstorm with them.

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10/17/2018 - 06:44

Harry and Meghan 'gift' rain to drought-stricken Aussie outback

Prince Harry and his expectant wife Meghan visited a drought-stricken region of Australia Wednesday, bringing a rare and welcome rainstorm with them.

Prince Harry and his expectant wife Meghan visited a drought-stricken region of Australia Wednesday, bringing a rare and welcome rainstorm with them.


10/17/2018 - 06:15

Britain's May confronts EU leaders amid Brexit crisis

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May faces a Brexit showdown with frustrated EU leaders Wednesday with talks on agreeing an orderly break-up at an impasse.

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May faces a Brexit showdown with frustrated EU leaders Wednesday with talks on agreeing an orderly break-up at an impasse.


10/17/2018 - 06:05

UN Security Council asked to meet on Myanmar atrocities report

The United States and eight other countries on Tuesday requested a UN Security Council meeting on Myanmar to hear from a UN fact-finding mission that has accused the country's military of atrocities against Muslim Rohingyas.

The United States and eight other countries on Tuesday requested a UN Security Council meeting on Myanmar to hear from a UN fact-finding mission that has accused the country's military of atrocities against Muslim Rohingyas.


10/17/2018 - 06:03

Canada legalizes marijuana for recreational use

Nearly a century of marijuana prohibition came to an end Wednesday as Canada became the first major Western nation to legalize and regulate its sale and recreational use.

Nearly a century of marijuana prohibition came to an end Wednesday as Canada became the first major Western nation to legalize and regulate its sale and recreational use.


10/17/2018 - 05:56

Suspects in Saudi journalist case tied to top prince: report

A suspect identified by Turkey in the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was a frequent companion of the kingdom's powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, The New York Times reported Tuesday.

A suspect identified by Turkey in the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was a frequent companion of the kingdom's powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, The New York Times reported Tuesday.

10/17/2018 - 05:45

China woos Bhutan, to India's displeasure

A peep into a Thimphu toy shop shows stacks of Pokemons, all made in China, a testimony to the quiet overtures Beijing is making in Bhutan at rival India's expense.

A peep into a Thimphu toy shop shows stacks of Pokemons, all made in China, a testimony to the quiet overtures Beijing is making in Bhutan at rival India's expense.


10/17/2018 - 05:43

Blue wine? A tea-infused vintage? Spain startup shakes things up

Five years ago, a group of university students in Spain's Basque Country decided they wanted to shake up a sector -- any sector -- but preferably one to do with food or drink.

Five years ago, a group of university students in Spain's Basque Country decided they wanted to shake up a sector -- any sector -- but preferably one to do with food or drink.


10/17/2018 - 05:08

Film lifts lid on Austria's secretive Glock pistol empire

From Hollywood to hip hop, it's the weapon that is wielded by cops and outlaws alike. The Glock pistol has achieved global cult status but the business is still shrouded in mystery in its native Austria.

From Hollywood to hip hop, it's the weapon that is wielded by cops and outlaws alike. The Glock pistol has achieved global cult status but the business is still shrouded in mystery in its native Austria.


10/17/2018 - 04:41

Washington overturns voters' bid to increase tipped workers' wage

Washington on Tuesday repealed a measure meant to increase the hourly minimum wage of tipped restaurant workers, a plan which residents of the American capital approved in a June ballot.

Washington on Tuesday repealed a measure meant to increase the hourly minimum wage of tipped restaurant workers, a plan which residents of the American capital approved in a June ballot.


10/17/2018 - 02:19

Mattis to visit toxic Agent Orange site in Vietnam

The toxic legacy of the Vietnam War will come under the spotlight again Wednesday when US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis visits a former storage site for Agent Orange, which is blamed for birth defects and cancers among a million Vietnamese.

The toxic legacy of the Vietnam War will come under the spotlight again Wednesday when US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis visits a former storage site for Agent Orange, which is blamed for birth defects and cancers among a million Vietnamese.


10/17/2018 - 01:45

Self-lubricating latex could boost condom use: study

A perpetually unctuous, self-lubricating latex developed by a team of scientists in Boston could boost the use of condoms, they reported Wednesday in the journal Royal Society Open Science.

A perpetually unctuous, self-lubricating latex developed by a team of scientists in Boston could boost the use of condoms, they reported Wednesday in the journal Royal Society Open Science.


10/17/2018 - 00:24

In Canada's wine country, greenhouse drops orchids to grow cannabis

Dressed in white overalls, horticulturists carefully tend to small pot plants lined row after row. Not long ago, orchids were growing in this greenhouse south of Toronto where cannabis plants are now budding.

Dressed in white overalls, horticulturists carefully tend to small pot plants lined row after row. Not long ago, orchids were growing in this greenhouse south of Toronto where cannabis plants are now budding.


10/16/2018 - 19:06

Hungary gender studies ban draws university anger

A prestigious Hungarian university on Tuesday blasted a government decree that prohibits gender studies courses as a "major infringement" on academic freedom.

A prestigious Hungarian university on Tuesday blasted a government decree that prohibits gender studies courses as a "major infringement" on academic freedom.


10/16/2018 - 16:07

China fines pharma firm $1.3 billion in vaccine scandal

Chinese authorities have slapped penalties totalling a whopping $1.3 billion on a pharmaceutical company over a vaccine scandal that fuelled public fears of domestically-made medicine, drug regulators said Tuesday.

Chinese authorities have slapped penalties totalling a whopping $1.3 billion on a pharmaceutical company over a vaccine scandal that fuelled public fears of domestically-made medicine, drug regulators said Tuesday.


10/16/2018 - 12:04

The female car mechanic driving change in patriarchal Pakistan

Since picking up a wrench as one of the first female car mechanics in conservative Pakistan, Uzma Nawaz has faced two common reactions: shock and surprise. And then a bit of respect.

Since picking up a wrench as one of the first female car mechanics in conservative Pakistan, Uzma Nawaz has faced two common reactions: shock and surprise. And then a bit of respect.


10/16/2018 - 12:04

War drills on the school curriculum in eastern Ukraine

Huddled in a basement, dozens of children cover their heads with their hands, practising what to do if their school comes under attack in eastern Ukraine's war.

Huddled in a basement, dozens of children cover their heads with their hands, practising what to do if their school comes under attack in eastern Ukraine's war.


10/16/2018 - 12:03

Bulgaria urged to save communist-era architectural 'masterpiece'

Perched like a vast flying saucer on a central Bulgarian mountainside, Buzludzha is a brutalist concrete monument that was built to glorify communism nearly 40 years ago.

Perched like a vast flying saucer on a central Bulgarian mountainside, Buzludzha is a brutalist concrete monument that was built to glorify communism nearly 40 years ago.


10/16/2018 - 09:30

New Japan hotels must be wheelchair accessible before Tokyo 2020

New hotels in Japan with more than 50 rooms will be required to provide wheelchair-friendly accommodation, the government said Tuesday, as the country gears up to host the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics.

New hotels in Japan with more than 50 rooms will be required to provide wheelchair-friendly accommodation, the government said Tuesday, as the country gears up to host the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics.


10/16/2018 - 09:10

Three million Afghans in 'urgent' need of food: UN

At least three million Afghans are in "urgent" need of food and could face famine if they do not get help, the United Nations warned Monday, as the war-torn country battles the worst drought in living memory.

At least three million Afghans are in "urgent" need of food and could face famine if they do not get help, the United Nations warned Monday, as the war-torn country battles the worst drought in living memory.


10/16/2018 - 06:11

The female car mechanic driving change in patriarchal Pakistan

Since picking up a wrench as one of the first female car mechanics in conservative Pakistan, Uzma Nawaz has faced two common reactions: shock and surprise. And then a bit of respect.

Since picking up a wrench as one of the first female car mechanics in conservative Pakistan, Uzma Nawaz has faced two common reactions: shock and surprise. And then a bit of respect.


10/16/2018 - 01:45

US pain clinic CEO pleads guilty to distributing 4 mn opioids

A businessman who operated pain clinics in the US states of Ohio and Michigan pleaded guilty Monday to a $150 million scheme to fraudulently distribute millions of doses of highly-addictive opioid medications.

A businessman who operated pain clinics in the US states of Ohio and Michigan pleaded guilty Monday to a $150 million scheme to fraudulently distribute millions of doses of highly-addictive opioid medications.


10/16/2018 - 01:20

New York marks first shooting-free weekend in 25 years

New York has marked its first weekend without a shooting in 25 years, police said Monday.

New York has marked its first weekend without a shooting in 25 years, police said Monday.


10/16/2018 - 00:55

Washington diocese names 31 former clergy accused of abuse

The Catholic archdiocese of Washington divulged on Monday the names of 31 former clergy involved in the abuse of minors over the past 70 years, days after archbishop Donald Wuerl resigned over the scandal.

The Catholic archdiocese of Washington divulged on Monday the names of 31 former clergy involved in the abuse of minors over the past 70 years, days after archbishop Donald Wuerl resigned over the scandal.


10/16/2018 - 00:13

TV ads would need to list drug prices under Trump proposal

The US administration announced Monday a new proposal to require drugmakers to list prices of medicines that cost more than $35 per month in television ads.

The US administration announced Monday a new proposal to require drugmakers to list prices of medicines that cost more than $35 per month in television ads.


10/15/2018 - 22:49

Harvard on trial over alleged discrimination against Asians

Harvard University went on trial Monday over an opaque admissions selection process that critics say discriminates against Asian students.

Harvard University went on trial Monday over an opaque admissions selection process that critics say discriminates against Asian students.