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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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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.

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.