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Tennis stars back 'bold' WTA move to suspend China events over Peng

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Tennis stars threw their support behind the WTA's move to suspend its tournaments in China over concern for Peng Shuai, …

Hong Kong quarantine pushes Cathay pilots to 'breaking point'

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Cathay Pacific has been hit by a wave of pilot resignations in recent weeks as resentment over Hong Kong's strict …

US Supreme Court appears likely to roll back abortion rights

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The conservative-dominated Supreme Court appeared poised Wednesday to roll back abortion rights in the United States by …

WHO warns of 'toxic mix' as EU chief mulls mandatory Covid jabs

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The WHO has issued stern warnings on the dangers of vaccination apathy and the European Union put mandatory jabs on the …

Shuttered Hong Kong democracy paper wins press freedom award

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Jailed Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai and the staff of his now-shuttered Apple Daily newspaper have been awarded a …

MLB locks out players in first work stoppage since 1994

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Major League Baseball locked out its players shortly after midnight on Thursday as failure to agree on a new collective …

UN says aid needs will surge in 2022 amid pandemic, conflict

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The UN warned Thursday that the need for humanitarian aid was skyrocketing worldwide, as the pandemic continues to rage, …

Vietnam's spectacular terraced ricefields wait for tourists

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As the morning sun finds its way through the mist over Vietnam's terraced rice fields, local farmers lead buffalo into …

Hamilton looks to extend F1 race as Verstappen eyes title

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Lewis Hamilton will bid to keep alive his hopes of a historic eighth Formula One world title at the inaugural Saudi …

Top oil producers may freeze output amid Omicron concerns

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Major oil producers are due to meet Thursday to decide on output levels from January onwards, which could be frozen as …

WTA suspends all tournaments in China over Peng concerns

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The women's professional tennis tour announced Wednesday it was suspending all tournaments in China amid what its …

Stanford engineers build bird bots that can perch and grab objects

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Inspired by how birds land and perch on branches, a team of engineers at Stanford University has built robotic graspers …

United States is world's biggest plastic polluter, report finds

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The United States is by far the biggest contributor to global plastic waste in the world, according to a new report …

'Incredible' Djokovic doubles up as Serbia reach Davis Cup semi-finals

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World number one Novak Djokovic performed double duty to lead Serbia into the Davis Cup semi-finals for the fifth time …

Tinder owner to pay founders $441 mn to settle valuation lawsuit

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The company that owns Tinder will pay $441 million to the popular dating app's founders to settle a dispute over the …

Teen who killed four in US school 'absolutely cold-hearted': police

Dec 01 2021

The 15-year-old American boy who used a semi-automatic pistol bought during Black Friday sales to shoot his classmates …

Ruling party concedes, leftist poised to become Honduras's first woman president

Dec 01 2021

Leftist opposition leader Xiomara Castro was poised Wednesday to become Honduras's first woman president, with her main …

US announces first Omicron case in traveler returning from S.Africa

Dec 01 2021

The United States on Wednesday announced its first confirmed case of the Covid-19 Omicron variant had been detected in …

Bula! Joy as Fiji reopens borders to tourists

Dec 01 2021

Grass-skirted traditional dancers welcomed elated holidaymakers back to Fiji Wednesday, as the South Pacific nation …

Baldwin denies pulling trigger in 'Rust' shooting

Dec 01 2021

Alec Baldwin has said he did not pull the trigger of the gun he was holding that killed a cinematographer on the movie …

US warns Russia of 'high-impact' sanctions if it invades Ukraine

Dec 01 2021

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Wednesday that Washington had seen "evidence" Russia could be planning an …

US warns Russia of 'high-impact' sanctions if invades Ukraine

Dec 01 2021

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Wednesday that Washington had seen "evidence" Russia could be planning an …

EU chief mulls mandatory Covid jabs as Omicron fears deepen

Dec 01 2021

Europe's top official said Wednesday it was time to "think about mandatory vaccination" as the fast-spreading Omicron …

Protesters flock to US Supreme Court ahead of pivotal abortion case

Dec 01 2021

Hundreds of demonstrators gathered outside the US Supreme Court on Wednesday as the nine justices heard arguments in a …

Japan stops flight bookings despite WHO Omicron travel ban warning

Dec 01 2021

Japan suspended all new flight bookings into the country from Wednesday in response to Omicron, ignoring a World Health …

Australian official rejects Djokovic vaccine 'blackmail' claim

Dec 01 2021

Novak Djokovic is not being "blackmailed" by Australian Open organisers, a senior official said Wednesday, insisting a …

US Supreme Court to hear challenge to Mississippi abortion law

Dec 01 2021

Abortion in America faces its fiercest challenge in a generation when a US Supreme Court dramatically reshaped by Donald …

England spinner Leach looks to 'impressive' Lyon for inspiration

Dec 01 2021

England spinner Jack Leach admitted Wednesday that Australian counterpart Nathan Lyon was "impressive" and he had been …

WHO warns against Omicron travel bans as nations shut borders

Dec 01 2021

The World Health Organization has warned blanket travel bans will not prevent the spread of Omicron, as more countries …

Sword carried by Napoleon in 1799 coup up for auction in US

Dec 01 2021

The dress sword carried by Napoleon Bonaparte when he staged a coup in 1799 will go under the hammer at the weekend with …

China's Taiwan jet incursions at second-highest level in November

Dec 01 2021

Chinese warplanes made 159 incursions into Taiwan's air defence zone in November according to AFP's database, the …

Vintage cars show racy past of Iran's toppled royalty

Dec 01 2021

Before they were ousted by the 1979 Islamic revolution, Iran's royal family enjoyed a lavish lifestyle with a taste for …

Global economy rebounds, but for how long?

Dec 01 2021

The world economy woke up from its pandemic-induced coma in 2021, but soaring inflation, global supply chain bottlenecks …

Afghan babies succumb to hunger as winter descends

Dec 01 2021

When six-week-old Zubair arrives at a clinic for malnourished children in Afghanistan, doctors initially give him only a …

Germany knock out Britain to reach Davis Cup semi-finals

Dec 01 2021

Kevin Krawietz and Tim Puetz beat British doubles pair Joe Salisbury and Neal Skupski in two tight sets to send Germany …

Twitter bans sharing of photos without consent

Dec 01 2021

Twitter launched new rules Tuesday blocking users from sharing private images of other people without their consent, in …

England women rewrite record books in 20-0 thrashing of Latvia

Dec 01 2021

Ellen White broke England Women's all-time scoring record as the Lionesses recorded their biggest ever victory by …

Omicron in Europe before SAfrica reported first cases

Dec 01 2021

The Omicron coronavirus variant was present in Europe before the first cases were reported in South Africa, new data …

Tel Aviv ranked world's priciest city for first time

Dec 01 2021

Tel Aviv is the world's most expensive city to live in as soaring inflation has pushed up living costs globally, …

US health panel endorses Merck Covid pill

Dec 01 2021

A panel of US health experts on Tuesday voted to recommend Merck's Covid pill for high-risk adults -- a new form of …

Accuser says Maxwell participated in sex abuse by Epstein

Dec 01 2021

The first alleged victim to testify in the sex trafficking trial of Ghislaine Maxwell said in court Tuesday she was 14 …

Three dead, eight wounded in US high school shooting

Nov 30 2021

A 15-year-old student opened fire at his Michigan high school on Tuesday, killing three teenagers and wounding eight …

French far-right pundit Zemmour launches presidential bid

Nov 30 2021

French far-right pundit Eric Zemmour announced on Tuesday that he will run for president in next year's election, …

Wife of 'El Chapo' sentenced to three years in prison 

Nov 30 2021

A US judge sentenced Emma Coronel Aispuro, wife of jailed Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, to three years in …

Three students killed in US high school shooting: police

Nov 30 2021

A 15-year-old student allegedly opened fire at a high school in rural Michigan on Tuesday, killing three other students …

Josephine Baker becomes first black woman in France's Pantheon

Nov 30 2021

French-American dancer, singer, Resistance member and rights activist Josephine Baker became the first black woman to …

Accuser says Maxwell was present during abuse by Epstein

Nov 30 2021

A woman testified at the sex trafficking trial of Ghislaine Maxwell on Tuesday that the British socialite was sometimes …

Pilot recalls flying Clinton, Prince Andrew, Trump on Epstein planes

Nov 30 2021

Jeffrey Epstein's longtime pilot testified Tuesday at the sex trafficking trial of Ghislaine Maxwell that he recalled …

German MPs to decide on mandatory Covid jabs by year's end

Nov 30 2021

Germany on Tuesday inched closer to mandatory coronavirus vaccines after incoming chancellor Olaf Scholz said they were …

Chile same-sex marriage vote delayed, abortion bill shelved

Nov 30 2021

Chile's parliament on Tuesday postponed a vote on a long-awaited bill to legalize same-sex marriage and shelved another …

WHO pleads for 'rational' Omicron response

Nov 30 2021

The WHO on Tuesday urged countries to remain calm and take "rational" measures against the fast-spreading Omicron …

China says Omicron will 'lead to challenges' for Winter Olympics

Nov 30 2021

China warned Tuesday that the fast-spreading Omicron Covid-19 variant would cause challenges in hosting next February's …

NATO warns Russia against Ukraine 'aggression'

Nov 30 2021

NATO on Tuesday warned Moscow it would pay a high price if it launches an invasion of Ukraine, as Russian President …

Ethiopia PM claims war gains, urges rebels to 'surrender'

Nov 30 2021

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on Tuesday urged Tigrayan rebels to surrender, claiming government forces were …

Chile lawmakers set to approve same-sex marriage

Nov 30 2021

Chile's parliament is set to approve a long-awaited bill Tuesday to legalize same-sex marriage, joining just a handful …

Myanmar court delays verdict in Suu Kyi trial

Nov 30 2021

A Myanmar junta court on Tuesday postponed giving a verdict in the trial of deposed civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi, …

Germany's incoming chancellor Scholz backs mandatory jabs

Nov 30 2021

Germany's incoming chancellor Olaf Scholz on Tuesday signalled his backing for mandatory coronavirus jabs, a party …

Barbados declared a republic, removing Queen Elizabeth II

Nov 30 2021

Fireworks filled the sky over Barbados on Tuesday as the Caribbean island nation declared itself the world's newest …

US warns Russia against Ukraine 'aggression' as NATO meets

Nov 30 2021

The United States on Tuesday warned Russia of "serious consequences" if it launches an invasion of Ukraine, as NATO …

Moderna boss warns against Omicron vaccine struggle

Nov 30 2021

Existing Covid-19 inoculations will struggle against the fast-spreading Omicron variant, the head of vaccine …

AIDS timeline: Four decades but still no silver bullet

Nov 30 2021

With hopes of eradicating AIDS badly hit by the coronavirus pandemic, we look at the fight against the deadly condition …

New republic Barbados names 'Diamond' Rihanna national hero

Nov 30 2021

As Barbados became the world's newest republic, its prime minister's first act was to officially declare the island's …

Moderna boss says vaccines likely no match for Omicron: FT

Nov 30 2021

Existing Covid-19 jabs will struggle against the Omicron variant and it will take months to develop a new shot that …

Theranos founder claims abuse by controlling boyfriend

Nov 30 2021

Fallen biotech star Elizabeth Holmes fought back tears while testifying at her fraud trial Monday as she recounted …

'One in three' Australian parliament staff sexually harassed

Nov 30 2021

Sexual harassment and bullying are widespread in Australia's parliament, affecting both lawmakers and staff, a …

Perth in grave doubt for Ashes finale over Covid rules

Nov 30 2021

Perth's hopes of hosting the fifth Ashes Test were in serious doubt Tuesday after Western Australia's premier said …

Ali misses second ton as Pakistan win 1st Bangladesh Test

Nov 30 2021

Abid Ali fell just shy of back-to-back centuries as Pakistan cruised to an eight-wicket win over Bangladesh in the first …

OPEC+ meets under pressure from Biden and Omicron

Nov 30 2021

OPEC+ oil producers meet Thursday under pressure from US President Joe Biden, who has opened up his country's taps …

Myanmar court delays verdict in Suu Kyi incitement trial

Nov 30 2021

A Myanmar junta court on Tuesday postponed giving a verdict in the incitement trial of deposed civilian leader Aung San …

NATO eyes Russia's Ukraine buildup amid invasion fears

Nov 30 2021

NATO foreign ministers will meet on Tuesday to discuss how to counter a Russian military build-up on Ukraine's border …

Saudi motorsports chief says F1 debut is 'signal' to the world'

Nov 30 2021

Saudi Arabia's debut Formula One race will showcase the country to the world, its motorsports chief told AFP, hitting …

Stolen gods: Nepal seeks to bring home lost treasures

Nov 30 2021

When Virginia Tech professor Sweta Gyanu Baniya saw an ornate 17th-century Nepali necklace in the Art Institute of …

World squash event in Malaysia axed after Israelis barred

Nov 30 2021

A major squash tournament in Malaysia has been cancelled, the sport's governing body said, after the Muslim-majority …

Lowering the queen's flag -- Barbados becomes a republic

Nov 30 2021

The Caribbean island nation of Barbados will on Monday night sever centuries-old ties to the British monarchy, ditching …

Sex shops offer Brazil Evangelicals a taste of heaven

Nov 30 2021

Sometimes, she disguises her merchandise as medication. Others, as a bakery delivery. Whatever the packaging, Andrea dos …

Pfizer already working on Covid vaccine targeting Omicron: CEO

Nov 30 2021

Pfizer has already started working on a version of its Covid-19 vaccine specifically targeting the new Omicron variant …

Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey quits company

Nov 30 2021

Twitter co-founder and CEO Jack Dorsey announced Monday he was leaving the company, after steering the social network …

Messi wins Ballon d'Or for seventh time as Putellas crowned women's winner

Nov 30 2021

Lionel Messi admitted winning the Copa America with Argentina might have been the determining factor in him claiming the …

Ghislaine Maxwell 'served up' girls for sex to Epstein: prosecutors

Nov 30 2021

Ghislaine Maxwell set young girls up to be abused by "predator" Jeffrey Epstein, prosecutors said Monday, as the sex …

Australia's Dalaithngu, Indigenous actor from 'Crocodile Dundee', dies

Nov 30 2021

David Dalaithngu, the Indigenous Australian actor who mesmerised audiences in his breakout movie Walkabout and was …

China leader promises Africa 1 bn Covid vaccine doses

Nov 30 2021

China's president pledged to offer Africa one billion Covid vaccine doses on Monday, with the continent struggling to …

Biden says Omicron 'not a cause for panic' as G7 urges action

Nov 29 2021

G7 health ministers on Monday called for "urgent action" to combat the newly identified Omicron Covid-19 variant …

Former first lady set to become Honduras's first woman president

Nov 29 2021

Leftist former first lady Xiomara Castro appeared set to become the first woman president of Honduras after taking a …

Sex trafficking trial begins for Epstein partner Ghislaine Maxwell

Nov 29 2021

A jury was sworn in Monday ahead of opening arguments in the sex trafficking trial of Ghislaine Maxwell, the British …

Iran nuclear talks restart, EU chair 'extremely positive'

Nov 29 2021

Fresh talks on reviving the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers restarted on Monday, with the EU chair …

Jack Dorsey, Twitter co-founder who cut off Trump's megaphone

Nov 29 2021

Jack Dorsey, who stepped down as CEO of the social media giant Twitter Monday, is perhaps best known as the man who …

Dutch Covid hotel saga raises quarantine questions

Nov 29 2021

Welcome to the "Hotel Omicron" in the Netherlands, where a couple of quarantine fugitives have just discovered that you …

Prince Charles' office calls racist remark claim 'fiction'

Nov 29 2021

Prince Charles' office dismissed Monday claims that he was the unnamed British royal who made racist comments about the …

'Vaccine' is word of the year for US dictionary Merriam-Webster

Nov 29 2021

The American dictionary of reference Merriam-Webster on Monday revealed "vaccine" to be its word of the year for 2021, …

Iran nuclear talks resume, Tehran 'determined' to salvage deal

Nov 29 2021

International talks on Iran's nuclear programme restarted Monday after a five-month hiatus with Tehran "determined" to …

Final Virgil Abloh show in Miami following shock death

Nov 29 2021

Louis Vuitton will present the final collection by designer Virgil Abloh in Miami on Tuesday, following his death from …

Australia halts border reopening, as WHO warns on new variant

Nov 29 2021

Australia on Monday halted a plan to relax border restrictions imposed last year to fight the Covid pandemic, as a new …

Iran nuclear talks to resume, Tehran 'determined' to salvage deal

Nov 29 2021

International talks on Iran's nuclear programme will restart on Monday after a five-month hiatus with Tehran saying it …

Macau casino stocks tumble after junket boss arrest

Nov 29 2021

Shares in Macau casino operators plunged Monday after police said the head of the gambling enclave's largest junket …

'Simpsons' Tiananmen episode missing from Disney+ in Hong Kong

Nov 29 2021

An episode of "The Simpsons" in which the cartoon American family visit Tiananmen Square is missing from the Disney+ …

'Simpsons' Tiananmen episode missing from Hong Kong Disney+

Nov 29 2021

An episode of 'The Simpsons' in which the cartoon American family visit Tiananmen Square has been removed from Disney's …

Japan slams borders shut as world races to stem new Covid variant

Nov 29 2021

Japan announced plans Monday to bar all new foreign travellers over the Omicron variant of Covid-19, joining a growing …

High-stakes Iran nuclear talks to restart

Nov 29 2021

Five months after they were suspended, international talks on Iran's nuclear programme will restart on Monday in Vienna …

Fiji sends troops to Solomon Islands as hunger fears grow

Nov 29 2021

Fiji joined an international peacekeeping force keeping a lid on simmering tensions in the riot-hit Solomon Islands on …

Messi sets up PSG comeback win marred by Neymar injury

Nov 29 2021

Paris Saint-Germain overturned an early deficit to beat 10-man Saint-Etienne 3-1 away in Ligue 1 on Sunday, with Lionel …

'Visionary' fashion designer Virgil Abloh dies aged 41

Nov 29 2021

Top US fashion designer Virgil Abloh, the artistic director of Louis Vuitton's menswear collection, died Sunday aged 41 …

Horseback archery: Malaysians take a shot at ancient pastime

Nov 29 2021

Riding a galloping horse under the blazing sun, Malaysian archer Zaharudin Rastam Yeop Mahidin fires an arrow at a …