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France sends underwater probes to EgyptAir search zone

By Reuters - Friday, 27 May 2016.

CAIRO: A French naval vessel was en route to the eastern Mediterranean on Thursday to join the hunt for black boxes from a crashed EgyptAir jet, equipped with three specialist probes from a French company recruited to accelerate the search.

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11 injured in Paris lightning strike, 6 seriously: official

By AFP - Saturday, May 28, 2016 - 23:21

PARIS: Eleven people including 10 children were hurt Saturday when lightning struck a Paris park, a local official said, adding that six of the victims were seriously injured.

Pakistan bans airing of 'undesired' contraceptive advertisements

By Reuters - Saturday, May 28, 2016 - 20:10

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has banned advertisements for contraceptive products on television and radio over concern that they expose inquisitive children to the subject of sex, local media reported on Saturday.

Olympics should move due to Zika concerns, say 150 experts

By AFP - Saturday, May 28, 2016 - 19:21

GENEVA: The World Health Organization has ruled out any change in timing or the location of the upcoming Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, shunning a call by doctors and scientists to shift the event over the Zika virus.

Korean Air passengers recall near-disaster at Tokyo airport

By AFP - Saturday, May 28, 2016 - 14:59

SEOUL: Passengers of a Korean Air plane recalled the terrifying moment one of the aircraft’s twin engines caught fire as it was gaining speed for take-off at Tokyo’s Haneda airport.

North Korean leader's aunt runs dry-cleaning store in New York: W.Post

By AFP - Saturday, May 28, 2016 - 14:41

WASHINGTON: The aunt of North Korea’s supreme leader Kim Jong-Un lives anonymously in New York, where she runs a dry-cleaning business after having defected in 1998, The Washington Post reported Friday.

For world records, Indian man removes teeth and gets over 500 tattoos

By Reuters - Saturday, May 28, 2016 - 14:20

NEW DELHI: An Indian man obsessed with setting Guinness world records got 366 flags tattooed on his body and had all his teeth removed so he could put nearly 500 drinking straws and more than 50 burning candles in his mouth.

Thai man on mend after toilet encounter with penis-biting python

By AFP - Saturday, May 28, 2016 - 13:48

BANGKOK: A Thai man who fought off a three-metre (10-foot) python that bit his penis while he was squatting on the toilet is recovering, hospital staff said Saturday.

North Korea threatens South's ships after sea border chase

By AP - Saturday, May 28, 2016 - 13:01

SEOUL: North Korea on Saturday threatened to fire at South Korean warships if they cross into its waters, a day after the South’s navy fired warning shots to chase away two North Korean ships that briefly crossed a disputed western sea boundary.

Small WWII-era plane crashes in Hudson River; body recovered

By AP - Saturday, May 28, 2016 - 12:08

NEW YORK: A small World War II vintage plane taking part in celebrations of its 75th anniversary flew a partial loop while smoke spewed from it and then crashed in the Hudson River between New York and New Jersey on Friday, and divers recovered a body from its sunken wreckage, police and witnesses s

Death on Everest leads to risky effort to recover bodies

By AP - Saturday, May 28, 2016 - 12:00

KATHMANDU: The mountain is speckled with corpses.

Obama wraps up historic Asia trip

By AFP - Saturday, May 28, 2016 - 10:50

WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama on Friday wrapped up a historic trip to Asia, where he sought to deepen US involvement by boosting ties to former adversaries in the region.

'Shield' actor's words used against him in murder trial

By AP - Saturday, May 28, 2016 - 10:35

LOS ANGELES: An actor who played a police officer on TV show “The Shield” is guilty of murder because of remarks he made about the killing to detectives, his brother-in-law and in text messages to his dead wife, a prosecutor told a jury Friday.

Dr. Heimlich, 96, uses his maneuver to save choking woman

By AP - Saturday, May 28, 2016 - 10:20

CINCINNATI: The 96-year-old retired chest surgeon credited with developing the namesake Heimlich maneuver has used it to save a woman choking on food at his senior living center.

9-year-old boy fatally shot in head

By AP - Saturday, May 28, 2016 - 10:00

CUMBERLAND: Police say a 9-year-old boy has died after being shot in the head in the Indianapolis area.

Gang-rape internet video shocks Brazil

By AFP - Saturday, May 28, 2016 - 09:35

RIO DE JANEIRO: Brazilian police on Friday were investigating the gang-rape of a 16-year-old girl whose attackers boasted about it by posting an online video that has horrified the country.

Scientists find minivan-sized sponge, world's largest

By AP - Saturday, May 28, 2016 - 09:25

HONOLULU: Researchers in Hawaii have been absorbed by a sea creature they discovered last summer, and their findings are pretty big.

Bridge collapse survivor linked to IS in Syria

By AP - Saturday, May 28, 2016 - 09:10

MINNEAPOLIS: Mohamed Roble was weeks shy of his 11th birthday when the school bus he was on plummeted more than 30 feet as the bridge beneath gave way.

Cellphone radiation study raises concerns despite low risk

By AP - Saturday, May 28, 2016 - 09:00

WASHINGTON: A new federal study of the potential dangers of cellphone radiation, conducted in rats, found a slight increase in brain tumors in males and raised long-dormant concerns about the safety of spending so much time with cellphones glued to our ears.

Private firm hired to hunt for EgyptAir black boxes

By AFP - Saturday, May 28, 2016 - 08:43

CAIRO: Egypt hired a private firm Friday to help in the hunt for the black boxes from the EgyptAir plane that crashed last week en route from Paris to Cairo, authorities said.

Panama Papers law firm closes Jersey, Gibraltar offices

By AFP - Saturday, May 28, 2016 - 08:30

PANAMA CITY: The law firm at the heart of the Panama Papers revelations is closing its offices in the British-dependent territories of Jersey, Isle of Man and Gibraltar, it tweeted Friday.

Obama makes history with Hiroshima visit

By AFP - Friday, May 27, 2016 - 18:32

HIROSHIMA: Barack Obama paid moving tribute to victims of the first atomic bomb Friday and called for a world free of nuclear weapons, during a historic and emotional visit to Hiroshima.

Official: Beacon from Egypt crash detected, search narrows

By AP - Friday, May 27, 2016 - 15:54

CAIRO: The chief investigator in the EgyptAir plane crash that killed all 66 people on board last week says search teams in the Mediterranean have picked up a beacon believed to be from the doomed aircraft.

Obama hails the 'great alliance' with Japan ahead of Hiroshima visit

By AFP - Friday, May 27, 2016 - 15:41

IWAKUNI: President Barack Obama hailed the “great alliance” between the United States and Japan Friday, just hours ahead of his historic visit to Hiroshima.

Obama ready to face historic, haunted ground of Hiroshima

By AP - Friday, May 27, 2016 - 15:36

HIROSHIMA: Convinced that the time for this moment is right at last, President Barack Obama on Friday will become the first American president to confront the historic and haunted ground of Hiroshima.

Global economy is 'urgent priority': G7

By AFP - Friday, May 27, 2016 - 14:52

ISE-SHIMA: Pumping up the world economy is an “urgent priority” G7 leaders said Friday, but left the door open for a go-your-own-way approach in a sign of lingering divisions over how to boost growth.

Two Indian-Americans win Scripps Spelling Bee in historic tie

By Bernama - Friday, May 27, 2016 - 14:26

WASHINGTON: Scripting history, two Indian-American children on Friday won the world’s prestigious spelling bee contest, with one of them also becoming its youngest winner, as the community’s complete dominance in the prestigious annual competition continued, Press Trust of India (PTI) reported.

Chinese, Malaysians charged after large Australia drug haul

By AFP - Friday, May 27, 2016 - 13:39

SYDNEY: Fourteen suspected members of an international drug ring were charged in Australia Friday over a Aus$200 million (US$145 million) seizure of the drug ice, police said.

Korean Air jet has apparent engine fire at Tokyo airport

By AP - Friday, May 27, 2016 - 13:02

TOKYO: Firefighters battled an apparent engine fire Friday on a Korean Air jet on the tarmac at Haneda Airport in Tokyo. All the passengers and crew were evacuated unharmed, Japanese media reported.