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Up to 700 migrants feared dead in Mediterranean this week: UNHCR

By AFP - Monday, 30 May 2016.

Rome: Up to 700 migrants are feared to have drowned in deadly shipwrecks off the coast of Libya this week, the UN’s refugee agency said Sunday, citing survivor testimony.

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Japanese boy disappears after parents leave him in forest

By AP - Monday, May 30, 2016 - 19:36

TOKYO: A 7-year-old boy is missing in a forest in northern Japan after his parents reportedly made him get out of their car as punishment.

Paris tourism hit by attacks, protests

By AFP - Monday, May 30, 2016 - 18:22

PARIS: Already suffering from the impact of last year’s jihadist attacks, tourism in Paris faces a fresh challenge from the recent wave of violent strikes and protests, tourism bosses warned on Monday.

Third of coral 'dead or dying' in parts of Barrier Reef

By AFP - Monday, May 30, 2016 - 15:20

SYDNEY: At least 35 percent of corals in parts of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef are dead or dying from mass bleaching caused by global warming, scientists said Monday.

UN chief 'baffled' by S. Korea presidency speculation

By AFP - Monday, May 30, 2016 - 14:54

SEOUL: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon denied Monday that his current South Korea visit was testing the waters for an eventual presidential bid, saying his comments on the subject had been exaggerated.

Iraqi forces enter IS-held Fallujah

By AFP - Monday, May 30, 2016 - 14:44

BAGHDAD: Iraqi forces entered the Islamic State group bastion of Fallujah from three directions on Monday in a new phase of the operation to recapture the city, commanders said.

Police: Urine-soaked baby found in car during heroin arrest

By AP - Monday, May 30, 2016 - 13:27

HUNTINGTON: West Virginia state police say a baby was soaked in urine in the back seat of a parked vehicle where four adults allegedly were using heroin.

Polish man heads from New York to Portugal ... in a kayak

By AFP - Monday, May 30, 2016 - 11:49

NEW YORK: A Polish grandfather left New York Sunday on his third solo trans-Atlantic crossing in a kayak, aiming to arrive in Portugal in time to celebrate his 70th birthday on firm ground in September.

Girl shot in head while in father's car in Detroit has died

By AP - Monday, May 30, 2016 - 09:35

DETROIT: A 2-year-old girl who was shot in the head in Detroit during a dispute between two groups has died.

Doctor who wrote unnecessary prescriptions may avoid jail

By AP - Monday, May 30, 2016 - 09:20

TOMS RIVER: A former doctor who admitted writing prescriptions for highly addictive opiate painkillers with no medical justification may avoid a jail sentence.

Conductor dies after getting run over by train

By AP - Monday, May 30, 2016 - 09:09

CANON CITY: A conductor on a scenic Colorado train filled with passengers died when she was run over by the train as it was backing up, the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office said Sunday.

Woman fails to save friend in Australian crocodile attack

By AP - Monday, May 30, 2016 - 08:30

BRISBANE: A woman struggled in vain to drag her friend from a crocodile’s jaws during a late night swim off a northeast Australian beach, police said on Monday.

Fiji pulls some peacekeepers from Egypt amid security fears

By AP - Monday, May 30, 2016 - 08:10

WELLINGTON: Fiji said Sunday it’s bringing home about 65 of the 300-plus peacekeepers it has stationed in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula and has closed remote bases there as the security situation deteriorates.

Bosnia's 'radical' Muslims defy crackdown

By AFP - Monday, May 30, 2016 - 08:00

OSVE: Two veiled women work the land while a man collects eggs in a bucolic Bosnian village – now notorious for exporting fighters to Syria.

Finally allowed 2nd child, older Chinese parents turn to IVF

By AP - Sunday, May 29, 2016 - 14:00

BEIJING: China’s decision to allow all married couples to have two children is driving a surge in demand for fertility treatment among older women, putting heavy pressure on clinics and breaking down past sensitivities, and even shame, about the issue.

Fourth body found after Thailand speedboat accident

By AFP - Sunday, May 29, 2016 - 13:34

Media-savvy Thai monks wage PR war to defend scandal-hit abbot

By AFP - Sunday, May 29, 2016 - 13:01

PATHUM THANI: An embezzlement charge against a powerful Buddhist abbot has unleashed his super-rich temple’s PR machine, with Twitter-using Thai monks orchestrating his defence over a scandal that has opened a bitter rupture at the heart of the nation’s faith.

British florist sees rosy future in Brexit

By AFP - Sunday, May 29, 2016 - 12:15

WATFORD: For Briton Damian Duffy, who has run flower shops for 20 years, a Brexit would feel like a “huge party.”

Hollande, Merkel remember WWI dead 100 years after Verdun battle

By AFP - Sunday, May 29, 2016 - 12:00

VERDUN: French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel will on Sunday stand shoulder to shoulder on the battlefield of Verdun to remember those killed 100 years ago in one of the bloodiest episodes of World War I.

Chinese detergent maker sorry for harm done by racist ad

By AP - Sunday, May 29, 2016 - 11:46

BEIJING: A Chinese detergent maker has apologized to black people hurt by the spread of an ad in which a black man “washed” by its product was transformed into a fair-skinned Asian man.

Gibraltar leader fears Spain sovereignty push over Brexit

By AFP - Sunday, May 29, 2016 - 10:40

LONDON: Spain may try to force the issue of joint sovereignty with Britain over Gibraltar in the event of a Brexit, the territory’s chief minister said in an interview aired Saturday.

Trump or not, 'big data' could be huge in 2016 vote

By AFP - Sunday, May 29, 2016 - 10:31

WASHINGTON: “Big data” could play a huge role in the 2016 US election, even if Donald Trump doesn’t think so.

Messi due to go on trial in Spain for tax fraud

By AFP - Sunday, May 29, 2016 - 10:00

BARCELONA: Argentina star Lionel Messi, one of the world’s highest-paid athletes, goes on trial in Barcelona on Tuesday for allegedly defrauding Spain of over four million euros in unpaid taxes.

NASA successfully inflates new space station room

By AP - Sunday, May 29, 2016 - 09:10

CAPE CANVERAL: NASA successfully inflated a new experimental room at the International Space Station on Saturday, producing the world’s first pump-it-up compartment for astronauts.

WHO rejects calls to move Olympics over Zika fears

By AFP - Sunday, May 29, 2016 - 09:02

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.

Zoo kills gorilla after boy falls into enclosure

By AFP - Sunday, May 29, 2016 - 08:34

WASHINGTON: Workers at the Cincinnati Zoo in the US state of Ohio shot and killed a gorilla on Saturday after a three-year-old boy fell into its enclosure, officials said.

Mali family blame UN peacekeepers for death in custody

By AFP - Sunday, May 29, 2016 - 08:00

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WWII plane pulled from Hudson after crash that killed pilot

By AP - Sunday, May 29, 2016 - 00:51

NEW YORK: Police divers and Army Corps of Engineers personnel retrieved the wreckage of a World War II plane from the Hudson River between New York and New Jersey on Saturday after the vintage aircraft crashed during a promotional flight, killing the pilot.

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.