'Happiness not an app you can download' - Pope tells teens

By AFP - Sunday, 24 April 2016.

Vatican City: Happiness is not an app you can download on your mobile phone, Pope Francis told thousands of teenagers on Sunday at a mass to mark a weekend dedicated to youth.


Zues, Shakira among 33 rescued lions flown from Peru to S. Africa

By AFP - Saturday, April 30, 2016 - 08:33

LIMA: More than 30 lions rescued from abuse in Peruvian and Colombian circuses were flown Friday to South Africa, in what campaigners called the largest-ever airlift of big cats.

Parts of India ban daytime cooking as hundreds die of heat

By AP - Friday, April 29, 2016 - 20:25

PATNA: With sizzling temperatures claiming more than 300 lives this month in India, officials said Friday they were banning daytime cooking in some parts of the drought-stricken country in a bid to prevent accidental fires that have killed nearly 80 more people.

UK pair accused of giving money to Brussels, Paris attacks suspect

By AFP - Friday, April 29, 2016 - 20:17

LONDON: Two people appeared in court in London on Friday accused of giving thousands of pounds to Brussels and Paris attacks suspect Mohamed Abrini when he was in Britain last summer.

Norway police says no survivors yet found after helicopter crash

By Reuters - Friday, April 29, 2016 - 20:14

OSLO: No survivors have so far been found following the helicopter crash off the coast of Norway on Friday, police told Reuters.

Bomb injures policeman at Saudi patrol station

By AFP - Friday, April 29, 2016 - 17:04

RIYADH: A small bomb exploded outside a highway patrol station in eastern Saudi Arabia, injuring a policeman, official media said on Friday.

Protests at Trump California rally turn violent

By AFP - Friday, April 29, 2016 - 16:23

LOS ANGELES: Protests at a California rally for Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump reportedly turned violent Thursday, with 20 people arrested after a police car window was smashed and rocks were thrown.

Current heat wave claims 21 lives in Thailand

By Bernama - Friday, April 29, 2016 - 14:41

BANGKOK: The current heat wave in Thailand, with temperatures rising above 40 degrees Celsius in certain parts of country, has claimed 21 lives so far during March until April.

New violence as Paris police break up youth protest

By AFP - Friday, April 29, 2016 - 14:22

PARIS: Several dozen youth protesters clashed with police in the early hours of Friday in a central Paris square after refusing orders to disperse, police said.

Philippines' Pacquiao now a political heavyweight

By AFP - Friday, April 29, 2016 - 14:14

SAN PABLO CITY: Boxing legend Manny Pacquiao smiles as he soaks up the sounds of adoring fans screaming his name, their cheers heralding a new career as one of the Philippines’ most powerful politicians.

Planeload of 33 rescued lions to fly from Peru to S. Africa

By AFP - Friday, April 29, 2016 - 13:59

LIMA: A planeload of 33 lions rescued from abuse in Peruvian and Colombian circuses will fly to South Africa Friday in what campaigners call the largest ever airlift of big cats.

Rare N.Z. parrot not dead, just pining for fiords: minister

By AFP - Friday, April 29, 2016 - 13:37

WELLINGTON: The world’s rarest parrot has enjoyed a bumper breeding season in New Zealand, raising hopes it can eventually be reintroduced to its native Fiordland, conservationists said Friday.

North Korea sends another US citizen to prison

By AP - Friday, April 29, 2016 - 13:29

PYONGYANG: North Korea on Friday sentenced an ethnic Korean citizen of the United States to 10 years in prison.

Three linked to California terror attack arrested

By AFP - Friday, April 29, 2016 - 10:47

LOS ANGELES: The FBI arrested three people on Thursday, including the older brother of San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook, on charges of marriage fraud and lying to investigators, authorities said.

Basement fire at Shanghai Hongqiao airport kills two

By Reuters - Friday, April 29, 2016 - 10:20

BEIJING: A fire in a basement at the Shanghai Hongqiao airport has killed two people and injured three, the People’s Daily said on Friday.

FBI paid under US$1 mln to unlock San Bernardino iPhone -sources

By Reuters - Friday, April 29, 2016 - 09:42

WASHINGTON: The FBI paid under US$1 million for the technique used to unlock the iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters - a figure smaller than the US$1.3 million the agency’s chief initially indicated the hack cost, several US government sources said on Thursday.

'Panda suit' man shot by police had 'bomb' made from candy bars

By AFP - Friday, April 29, 2016 - 09:13

WASHINGTON: A man who threatened to blow up a local Baltimore TV station Thursday dressed head-to-toe in a bear costume was carrying chocolate bars made to resemble an explosive device, police said.

Coroner identifies Apple employee found dead with gun near his body

By Reuters - Friday, April 29, 2016 - 08:41

The Apple Inc employee found dead at the company’s California headquarters was Edward Mackowiak, 25, the Santa Clara Coroner’s office said Thursday.

Thieves use 4X4 in ram raid on Paris Chanel store

By Reuters - Thursday, April 28, 2016 - 19:09

PARIS: Thieves used a 4X4 early Thursday morning to ram their way through the security grill of a Chanel store in central Paris in the latest brazen robbery on a luxury store in the French capital.

Pacquiao shocked at Islamic militant kidnap claim

By AFP - Thursday, April 28, 2016 - 18:45

MANILA: Philippine boxing legend Manny Pacquiao expressed shock Thursday at President Benigno Aquino’s claim that Islamic militants planned to kidnap him, and said the alleged plot should not have been made public.

Japan wants foreign tourists to avoid 'public flatulence'.

By AFP - Thursday, April 28, 2016 - 18:19

TOKYO: A Japanese tourism board has called on foreign tourists to refrain from public “belching or flatulence” in an etiquette guide which was hastily rewritten, reportedly after complaints from a Chinese resident.

S. Korea says North failed again with mid-range missile test

By AFP - Thursday, April 28, 2016 - 17:22

SEOUL: North Korea on Thursday tried and failed in what appeared to be its second attempt in two weeks to test a powerful, new medium-range ballistic missile, South Korea’s defence ministry said.

Russia launches first rocket from new space facility

By AP - Thursday, April 28, 2016 - 16:40

MOSCOW: Russia on Thursday successfully launched the first rocket from its new space facility after a last-minute delay the day before.

Russia delivers humanitarian aid to Syria

By Bernama - Thursday, April 28, 2016 - 16:36

MOSCOW: Russia has sent 2.5 tonnes of humanitarian aid including 700 kg of bread to Homs province in Syria, reports China’s Xinhua news agency.

Revered Chinese monk is mummified and covered in gold leaf

By AP - Thursday, April 28, 2016 - 16:36

BEIJING: A revered Buddhist monk in China has been mummified and covered in gold leaf, a practice reserved for holy men in some areas with strong Buddhist traditions.

Air strikes on Aleppo hospital kill 20, including children

By Reuters - Thursday, April 28, 2016 - 15:57

BEIRUT: Air strikes overnight on the al-Quds hospital in a rebel-held area of the Syrian city of Aleppo killed 20, including three children and the last paediatrician in the city, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Thursday.

Italy to start fingerprinting migrants at sea

By AFP - Thursday, April 28, 2016 - 15:50

ROME: Italy is to introduce the fingerprinting of migrants crossing the Mediterranean as soon as they are picked up by rescue boats, officials say.

Turkey arrests 12 in bid to identify female bomber: report

By AFP - Thursday, April 28, 2016 - 15:47

ANKARA: Turkish police on Thursday arrested 12 suspects as they stepped up efforts to identify a female bomber who blew herself up in the city of Bursa, wounding 13 people, state media said.

Whale on California beach will be cut up, sent to landfill

By AP - Thursday, April 28, 2016 - 15:20

SAN CLEMENTE: Authorities say the rotting carcass of a 30-ton gray whale that washed up on a California beach will be cut up and trucked to a landfill.

Thailand faces longest heatwave in 65 years

By Bernama - Thursday, April 28, 2016 - 12:41

BANGKOK: Authorities in Thailand have urged the public to stay indoors and drink more water to cope with the hot weather as the country faces its longest heatwave in the past 65 years, with average temperature rising above 40 degrees Celsius in many regions in April.

Woman names baby after airline after giving birth on flight

By Bernama - Thursday, April 28, 2016 - 10:25

CANBERRA: A woman who unexpectedly gave birth on a Jetstar flight has named her son after the airline, in a bizarre tribute to the flight attendants who helped deliver the child, China’s Xinhua news agency reported.