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04/23/2017 - 13:04

France votes in presidential nailbiter

France voted Sunday under heavy security in the first round of the most unpredictable presidential election in decades, with the outcome seen as vital for the future of the beleaguered European Union.

France votes in  presidential nailbiter

France voted Sunday under heavy security in the first round of the most unpredictable presidential election in decades, with the outcome seen as vital for the future of the beleaguered European Union.


04/23/2017 - 14:34

Germany's unruly anti-immigration AfD pick election duo

Germany's anti-immigration AfD wrapped up a fractious party congress Sunday by choosing a new team to lead it into a September general election, after dramatically sidelining its most prominent personality.

Germany's unruly anti-immigration AfD pick election duo

Germany's anti-immigration AfD wrapped up a fractious party congress Sunday by choosing a new team to lead it into a September general election, after dramatically sidelining its most prominent personality.


04/23/2017 - 13:19

Frontrunners Macron, Le Pen vote in French election

The two frontrunners in France's closely fought presidential election, centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-right leader Marine Le Pen, cast their ballots as the first round of voting kicked off on Sunday.

Frontrunners Macron, Le Pen vote in French election

The two frontrunners in France's closely fought presidential election, centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-right leader Marine Le Pen, cast their ballots as the first round of voting kicked off on Sunday.


04/23/2017 - 13:19

One OSCE staff killed by landmine in east Ukraine

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe said Sunday one of its staff was killed after an observer mission patrol vehicle hit a landmine in rebel-held east Ukraine.

One OSCE staff killed by landmine in east Ukraine

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe said Sunday one of its staff was killed after an observer mission patrol vehicle hit a landmine in rebel-held east Ukraine.


04/23/2017 - 11:49

US warship in west Pacific for Japan navy drills

The US aircraft carrier Carl Vinson and other warships started joint exercises with Japan on Sunday, the American navy said, as regional tensions rise over North Korea's missile and nuclear programmes.

US warship in west Pacific for Japan navy drills

The US aircraft carrier Carl Vinson and other warships started joint exercises with Japan on Sunday, the American navy said, as regional tensions rise over North Korea's missile and nuclear programmes.


04/23/2017 - 13:35

Top conservationist Kuki Gallman wounded in Kenya gun attack

Italian-born conservationist and writer Kuki Gallman was Sunday seriously injured after being shot in her conservation park in Kenya's drought-stricken centre.

Top conservationist Kuki Gallman wounded in Kenya gun attack

Italian-born conservationist and writer Kuki Gallman was Sunday seriously injured after being shot in her conservation park in Kenya's drought-stricken centre.


04/23/2017 - 12:58

Spain's Canary Islands battles slick after ferry accident

Spanish coast guard crews worked Sunday to clean up a three-kilometre (1.9-mile) long diesel slick off the holiday island of Gran Canaria after a passenger ferry slammed into a pier.

Spain's Canary Islands battles slick after ferry accident

Spanish coast guard crews worked Sunday to clean up a three-kilometre (1.9-mile) long diesel slick off the holiday island of Gran Canaria after a passenger ferry slammed into a pier.


04/23/2017 - 03:24

Investors push for more info on lobbying at US companies

Dozens of major US companies are facing shareholder votes this spring that seek to require more disclosure about political lobbying, as activists demand greater corporate transparency.

Investors push for more info on lobbying at US companies

Dozens of major US companies are facing shareholder votes this spring that seek to require more disclosure about political lobbying, as activists demand greater corporate transparency.

04/23/2017 - 06:28

S.Africa winemakers on quest for quality and prestige

Looking out at his 50-hectare (124-acre) estate in a valley nestled below the Helderberg mountains, winemaker Ken Forrester beams with pride in his achievements over 20 years in the business.

S.Africa winemakers on quest for quality and prestige

Looking out at his 50-hectare (124-acre) estate in a valley nestled below the Helderberg mountains, winemaker Ken Forrester beams with pride in his achievements over 20 years in the business.


04/23/2017 - 05:23

China's quota threat charges up electric car market

China's electric-car market is already the world's biggest, but a government proposal to introduce "new energy" vehicle quotas for automakers is further charging it up.

China's quota threat charges up electric car market

China's electric-car market is already the world's biggest, but a government proposal to introduce "new energy" vehicle quotas for automakers is further charging it up.


04/23/2017 - 03:24

Investors push for more info on lobbying at US companies

Dozens of major US companies are facing shareholder votes this spring that seek to require more disclosure about political lobbying, as activists demand greater corporate transparency.

Investors push for more info on lobbying at US companies

Dozens of major US companies are facing shareholder votes this spring that seek to require more disclosure about political lobbying, as activists demand greater corporate transparency.


04/23/2017 - 06:10

US businesses getting hammered by Venezuela crisis

The political and economic crisis in Venezuela is costing US companies dearly, as General Motors can attest following the unexpected nationalization of its plant there.

US businesses getting hammered by Venezuela crisis

The political and economic crisis in Venezuela is costing US companies dearly, as General Motors can attest following the unexpected nationalization of its plant there.


04/23/2017 - 06:09

Nigeria cracks down on illicit oil refineries

Nigerian commander Remi Fadairo points to the roiling plume of black smoke blotting the morning horizon in the Niger Delta -— the unmistakable sign of an illicit oil refinery.

Nigeria cracks down on illicit oil refineries

Nigerian commander Remi Fadairo points to the roiling plume of black smoke blotting the morning horizon in the Niger Delta -— the unmistakable sign of an illicit oil refinery.


04/23/2017 - 06:11

Sobbing mother video prompts controversy for American Airlines

Less than two weeks after United Airlines prompted a public relations crisis for dragging a passenger from his seat on an overbooked flight, rival American Airlines is being buffeted by its own controversy.

Sobbing mother video prompts controversy for American Airlines

Less than two weeks after United Airlines prompted a public relations crisis for dragging a passenger from his seat on an overbooked flight, rival American Airlines is being buffeted by its own controversy.


04/23/2017 - 00:34

Trump believes in 'reciprocal' free trade: Treasury chief

The United States, which is considering new protectionist policies, believes in "free and fair" trade, US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Saturday.

Trump believes in 'reciprocal' free trade: Treasury chief

The United States, which is considering new protectionist policies, believes in "free and fair" trade, US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Saturday.


04/23/2017 - 05:14

How bad corporate debts are holding back India's growth

The recent arrest of Vijay Mallya highlighted the problem of bad loans in India, but analysts say the tycoon's unpaid debts are just the tip of an iceberg that is already holding back the country's economic growth.

How bad corporate debts are holding back India's growth

The recent arrest of Vijay Mallya highlighted the problem of bad loans in India, but analysts say the tycoon's unpaid debts are just the tip of an iceberg that is already holding back the country's economic growth.

04/23/2017 - 13:38

Wanjiru holds off Bekele to win London Marathon

Kenya's Daniel Wanjiru recorded the greatest victory of his career on Sunday as he fended off Ethiopian legend Kenenisa Bekele to win the London Marathon.

Wanjiru holds off Bekele to win London Marathon

Kenya's Daniel Wanjiru recorded the greatest victory of his career on Sunday as he fended off Ethiopian legend Kenenisa Bekele to win the London Marathon.


04/23/2017 - 02:40

European Champions Cup title holders Saracens beat Munster in semis

Owen Farrell insisted Saracens could be "more clinical" after the title-holders beat Munster 26-10 in a commanding European Champions Cup semi-final win in Dublin on Saturday.

European Champions Cup title holders Saracens beat Munster in semis

Owen Farrell insisted Saracens could be "more clinical" after the title-holders beat Munster 26-10 in a commanding European Champions Cup semi-final win in Dublin on Saturday.


04/23/2017 - 08:30

Warriors put Blazers on brink, Gasol's floater sinks Spurs

Stephen Curry scored 14 of his 34 points in the fourth quarter and the Golden State Warriors stormed back from a 16-point third-quarter deficit to beat the Portland Trail Blazers 119-113.

Warriors put Blazers on brink, Gasol's floater sinks Spurs

Stephen Curry scored 14 of his 34 points in the fourth quarter and the Golden State Warriors stormed back from a 16-point third-quarter deficit to beat the Portland Trail Blazers 119-113.


04/23/2017 - 00:35

Abusive Nastase banned as Fed Cup boils over

Romanian tennis legend Ilie Nastase was sensationally kicked out of the Fed Cup on Saturday after a foul-mouthed rant compounded his controversial racial slur over Serena Williams's unborn baby.

Abusive Nastase banned as Fed Cup boils over

Romanian tennis legend Ilie Nastase was sensationally kicked out of the Fed Cup on Saturday after a foul-mouthed rant compounded his controversial racial slur over Serena Williams's unborn baby.


04/23/2017 - 06:18

Chappell finishes strong to grab Texas Open lead

American Kevin Chappell, seeking his first PGA title, birdied three of the last five holes for a one-stroke lead after Saturday's third round of the Texas Open.

Chappell finishes strong to grab Texas Open lead

American Kevin Chappell, seeking his first PGA title, birdied three of the last five holes for a one-stroke lead after Saturday's third round of the Texas Open.


04/23/2017 - 06:23

Gatlin trumps De Grasse, Thompson shines at World Relays

Evergreen American sprinter Justin Gatlin struck gold when he anchored his team to victory at the IAAF World Relays in Nassau, while double Olympic champion Elaine Thompson shone for Jamaica.

Gatlin trumps De Grasse, Thompson shines at World Relays

Evergreen American sprinter Justin Gatlin struck gold when he anchored his team to victory at the IAAF World Relays in Nassau, while double Olympic champion Elaine Thompson shone for Jamaica.


04/23/2017 - 08:35

Rangers, Blues, Oilers reach second round NHL playoffs

Mats Zuccarello scored two goals on Saturday to spark the New York Rangers over the Montreal Canadiens 3-1 and advance into the second round of the National Hockey League playoffs.

Rangers, Blues, Oilers reach second round NHL playoffs

Mats Zuccarello scored two goals on Saturday to spark the New York Rangers over the Montreal Canadiens 3-1 and advance into the second round of the National Hockey League playoffs.


04/23/2017 - 11:48

Neymar out of Clasico after Barcelona lose patience

Barcelona will not risk calling up star forward Neymar for the potential title decider with Real Madrid, the Spanish champions said on Sunday, just hours before El Clasico.

Neymar out of Clasico after Barcelona lose patience

Barcelona will not risk calling up star forward Neymar for the potential title decider with Real Madrid, the Spanish champions said on Sunday, just hours before El Clasico.

04/23/2017 - 08:44

Kendrick Lamar scores biggest US album release of year

Kendrick Lamar has pulled off the biggest US album debut this year with "DAMN.," an introspective work of hip-hop storytelling that features Rihanna and U2.

Kendrick Lamar scores biggest US album release of year

Kendrick Lamar has pulled off the biggest US album debut this year with "DAMN.," an introspective work of hip-hop storytelling that features Rihanna and U2.


04/23/2017 - 04:08

Filmmakers see hope - and paralysis - 25 years after LA riots

Late in the afternoon of April 29, 1992, the looting began in south Los Angeles, quickly escalating as motorists were dragged from their cars and vehicles set alight.

Filmmakers see hope - and paralysis - 25 years after LA riots

Late in the afternoon of April 29, 1992, the looting began in south Los Angeles, quickly escalating as motorists were dragged from their cars and vehicles set alight.


04/22/2017 - 00:58

'Good Wife' star Margulies to produce Vietnam War series

Julianna Margulies, star of "The Good Wife", plans to produce a television series based on the stories of female reporters during the Vietnam War, the actress told AFP on Friday.

'Good Wife' star Margulies to produce Vietnam War series

Julianna Margulies, star of "The Good Wife", plans to produce a television series based on the stories of female reporters during the Vietnam War, the actress told AFP on Friday.


04/23/2017 - 14:24

'Happy Days' actress Erin Moran dies at 56

US actress Erin Moran, who played mischievous kid sister Joanie on the sitcom "Happy Days" and its spin-off "Joanie Loves Chachi," has died. She was 56.

'Happy Days' actress Erin Moran dies at 56

US actress Erin Moran, who played mischievous kid sister Joanie on the sitcom "Happy Days" and its spin-off "Joanie Loves Chachi," has died. She was 56.


04/22/2017 - 18:21

Mac DeMarco finds rock flair in carefree spirit

For most artists playing Coachella days before a new album, the premier festival would be an obvious place to plug the upcoming release. Mac DeMarco is different.

Mac DeMarco finds rock flair in carefree spirit

For most artists playing Coachella days before a new album, the premier festival would be an obvious place to plug the upcoming release. Mac DeMarco is different.


04/21/2017 - 21:51

Max Richter set for double-album of film music

Max Richter, the prolific German-born British contemporary composer whose influences range from Bach to Brian Eno, will next month release a double-album from his career in film music.

Max Richter set for double-album of film music

Max Richter, the prolific German-born British contemporary composer whose influences range from Bach to Brian Eno, will next month release a double-album from his career in film music.


04/21/2017 - 23:36

Hollywood honors TV slacker turned action hero Chris Pratt

Action star Chris Pratt swapped his superhero gear for a formal suit Friday as he was awarded a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame for his contribution to cinema.

Hollywood honors TV slacker turned action hero Chris Pratt

Action star Chris Pratt swapped his superhero gear for a formal suit Friday as he was awarded a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame for his contribution to cinema.


04/21/2017 - 21:06

A decade into Record Store Day, a new world of vinyl

Ten years ago, most vinyl records sold for a few dollars -- dusty old albums with dog-eared covers that had been thrown out as useless relics of an earlier age.

A decade into Record Store Day, a new world of vinyl

Ten years ago, most vinyl records sold for a few dollars -- dusty old albums with dog-eared covers that had been thrown out as useless relics of an earlier age.

04/22/2017 - 22:05

In Washington, the economic world meets Trump climate skepticism

The Trump administration's climate skepticism and its possible withdrawal from the landmark Paris Agreement of 2015 drew a cloud over this week's grand economic conclave in Washington.

In Washington, the economic world meets Trump climate skepticism

The Trump administration's climate skepticism and its possible withdrawal from the landmark Paris Agreement of 2015 drew a cloud over this week's grand economic conclave in Washington.


04/23/2017 - 01:49

Thousands join March for Science to fight 'alternative facts'

Thousands of people joined a global March for Science on Saturday with Washington the epicenter of a movement to fight against what many see as an "assault on facts" by populist politicians.

Thousands join March for Science to fight 'alternative facts'

Thousands of people joined a global March for Science on Saturday with Washington the epicenter of a movement to fight against what many see as an "assault on facts" by populist politicians.


04/22/2017 - 09:25

China's first cargo spacecraft docks with space lab

China's first cargo spacecraft, Tianzhou-1, successfully completed docking with an orbiting space lab on Saturday, the Beijing Aerospace Control Center said.

China's first cargo spacecraft docks with space lab

China's first cargo spacecraft, Tianzhou-1, successfully completed docking with an orbiting space lab on Saturday, the Beijing Aerospace Control Center said.


04/22/2017 - 08:26

Australia, New Zealand kick off global science rallies

Thousands of people rallied in Australia and New Zealand Saturday in support of science, the first of more than 500 marches globally triggered by concern over the rise of "alternative facts".

Australia, New Zealand kick off global science rallies

Thousands of people rallied in Australia and New Zealand Saturday in support of science, the first of more than 500 marches globally triggered by concern over the rise of "alternative facts".


04/22/2017 - 05:35

Belgium's 'fairytale' bluebell forest victim of own beauty

A carpet of bluebells bursts into flower in Belgium in a wonder of the natural world -- but one that is at risk of being trampled by tourists drawn to its beauty.

Belgium's 'fairytale' bluebell forest victim of own beauty

A carpet of bluebells bursts into flower in Belgium in a wonder of the natural world -- but one that is at risk of being trampled by tourists drawn to its beauty.


04/21/2017 - 15:19

Cold snap threatens French vines

A late spring frost that hit French vineyards is threatening the harvest in Champagne and Burgundy, winegrowers warn.

Cold snap threatens French vines

A late spring frost that hit French vineyards is threatening the harvest in Champagne and Burgundy, winegrowers warn.


04/23/2017 - 12:58

Spain's Canary Islands battles slick after ferry accident

Spanish coast guard crews worked Sunday to clean up a three-kilometre (1.9-mile) long diesel slick off the holiday island of Gran Canaria after a passenger ferry slammed into a pier.

Spain's Canary Islands battles slick after ferry accident

Spanish coast guard crews worked Sunday to clean up a three-kilometre (1.9-mile) long diesel slick off the holiday island of Gran Canaria after a passenger ferry slammed into a pier.

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