International

Chernobyl's stray dogs offered new life in US

The restricted zone around Chernobyl is eerily quiet but one building near the scene of the world's worst nuclear disaster is full of barking and whining.

English Bulldog drools way to World's Ugliest Dog crown

With a lolling tongue and a propensity to drool, English Bulldog Zsa Zsa won best in show at World's Ugliest Dog competition in Petaluma, California.

Business & Tech

Asian markets fall as trade war fears weigh on sentiment

Asian markets fell Monday as fears of a global trade war continue to dog investors, with Donald Trump threatening fresh tariffs on European cars and reports he is considering curbs on Chinese investment the US.

Australia's Commonwealth to spin off wealth, mortgage arms

Commonwealth, Australia's biggest bank, announced plans Monday to spin off its wealth management and mortgage-broking arms as it looks to streamline operations and focus on core businesses.

Africa

Was Mohamed Salah fit enough to even be at the World Cup?

Salah's 30 days of hurt a sorry tale of two cities

The 2017-18 season has been the best of times, and the worst of times for Mohamed Salah.

86 people killed in central Nigeria violence: police

Eighty-six people have been killed in an attack by suspected nomadic herders against farming communities in restive central Nigeria, police said on Sunday.

Middle East

Day to remember: Saudi Arabian racing driver and Board Member of the Saudi Arabian Motor Federation (SAMF) Aseel Al-Hamad poses ahead of the French Grand Prix on Sunday

Saudi woman drives F1 car to mark end of ban

Renault stole a march on their Formula One rivals on Sunday when they gave a Saudi Arabian woman a chance to mark a special day by driving one of their cars ahead of Sunday's French Grand Prix.

Jordan says unable to host new wave of Syria refugees

Jordan said Sunday it would be unable to host a new wave of Syrian refugees, as troops loyal to Damascus prepare an offensive for the war-torn country's rebel-held south.

Middle East

Jordan king heads to US for Trump meeting

Jordan's King Abdullah II set off for the United States on Thursday for talks with President Donald Trump on Middle East issues including the stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace process, the palace said.

Kerry: US worked to ensure fair Paris Mideast statement

Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday that the United States had negotiated at the Paris Middle East peace conference to prevent Israel being treated unfairly.

Business & Tech

Xiaomi lowers target as it kicks off IPO

Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi kicked off its initial public offering Thursday but the firm is likely to pull in about $6.1 billion, far less than originally expected, with investors having mixed views about its main business

Business & Tech

France air traffic responsible for third of Europe delays: report

Hindered by strikes and outdated equipment, French air traffic control is responsible for a third of aviation delays in Europe, Le Parisien said Monday, citing a senate finance committee report.

Africa

Cameroon blasts Amnesty for «crude lies» on anglophone crisis

Cameroon has accused Amnesty International of disseminating «crude lies» after it said security forces had committed summary killings, arrests and property destruction to try to crush a separatist insurgency

Business & Tech

Trump pledges to safeguard Chinese telecoms jobs

US President Donald Trump said Sunday he was working with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping to prevent telecom giant ZTE from going out of business after it was hit by an American technology sales ban.

Business & Tech

Hong Kong's «Superman» Li Ka-shing bows out

Hong Kong's richest man Li Ka-shing on Thursday brought down the curtain on a storied career, saying he had done «the best I can».

Business

Earthmover tyres, the pattern matters

Earthmovers tyres allow these big industrial vehicles designed to operate in challenging conditions, moving smoothly anytime. Tyre pattern and features are essential in order to ensure maximum control and stability for high productivity while keeping safety at the highest level

International

A lawless Mexican region's explosively colorful carnival

As two armored military vehicles patrol the streets of Tlaxcala, workers unload a pick-up truck full of enormous traditional masks for this lawless Mexican region's explosively colorful carnival.

International

Korean «Iron Man» Kim wins historic Olympic skeleton gold

South Korea's Yun Sung-bin made history Friday as he become Asia's first Olympic skeleton champion after completely dominating the daredevil event in Pyeongchang.

International

Dortmund bomb attack «changed my life,» Bartra tells court

Spanish defender Marc Bartra told a German court Monday of his mortal fear when bombs hit the bus of his Borussia Dortmund football team last year in an attack which he said «changed my life».

Spain hunts suspect over Barcelona carnage

Spanish police expanded a manhunt Saturday for a Moroccan national believed to be one of the perpetrators of twin terror attacks in Barcelona and another seaside resort that killed 14 and wounded around 100.

Business & Tech

P&G profits drop as it fights teen abuse of laundry pods

Procter & Gamble reported lower quarterly earnings Tuesday due in part to costs from US tax reform, and said it was amplifying efforts to counter teen abuse of its Tide detergent

More US business economists see «downside» economic risks

Amid uncertainty over President Donald Trump's growth agenda, US economists increasingly are worried about risks to the economy, though they see little chance of a recession near term, according to a survey released on Monday.

Life & Style

An Afghan bodybuilder poses after competing in a contest in Kabul, where the sport has become ubiquitous since the fall of the Taliban regime

An Afghan bodybuilder poses after competing in a contest in Kabul, where the sport has become ubiquitous since the fall of the Taliban regime

Bodybuilding: The pursuit of beauty in war-torn Kabul

Hindi music pumps from the speakers as dozens of Afghan men grunt and sweat their way through a workout beneath the watchful eye of a young Arnold Schwarzenegger, whose muscle-bound image hangs from the wall.

Australian rockers end Jay-Z, Beyonce No. 1 debut streak

Australian pop band 5 Seconds of Summer stunned Beyonce and Jay-Z by opening Sunday at the top of the US album chart, with the couple's surprise collaboration ending the superstars' streak of number one debuts.

Sacred snappers: The village where crocodiles are welcome

Crocodiles may be one of the deadliest hunters in the animal kingdom, but in a small village in Burkina Faso it is not unusual to see someone sitting atop one of the fearsome reptiles

Sports

The All Blacks are working on a new style of play ahead of the World Cup.

The All Blacks are working on a new style of play ahead of the World Cup.

Five things we learned from Australia, New Zealand, Japan Tests

Talking points after the rugby Test series between New Zealand and France, Australia and Ireland and Japan against Italy and Georgia.

Belgium face Tunisia at World Cup with eye on England

Belgium take on Tunisia on Saturday with their eyes set on the knockout round of the World Cup but fearful that star forward Eden Hazard is set for another bruising encounter

Weakened Pinot announces he will mis the Tour de France

French cycling hope Thibaut Pinot said on Friday that he would miss the Tour de France next month

SciTech

Feral cats in Australia eat a 'staggering' number of reptiles, researchers have found

Feral cats in Australia eat a 'staggering' number of reptiles, researchers have found

Australian feral cats kill a million reptiles a day: study

Feral cats kill more than one million reptiles every day in Australia, a new study showed Monday, with the staggering slaughter threatening many species.

US leaks 60 percent more methane than government says

The US oil and gas industry leaks 60 percent more methane than official government estimates, a report said Thursday, warning of this potent greenhouse gas's effect on the environment

Palestinians get 3G internet after decade-long row

Palestinians in the occupied West Bank began receiving 3G mobile telecommunications services on Tuesday, after years of wrangling with the Israeli authorities.

Health

Despite yoga's global success, proponents concede there is little consensus on what might constitute specifically therapeutic stretches and poses

Despite yoga's global success, proponents concede there is little consensus on what might constitute specifically therapeutic stretches and poses

Fans of yoga therapy have yet to win over doctors

Yoga practitioners often tout the unique health benefits of the ancient discipline -- from relieving stress and pain to improving vascular health -- but most doctors remain sceptical in the absence of hard proof

After tests, WHO rules out return of polio to Venezuela

Tests carried out by the World Health Organization following a suspected case of polio in Venezuela have ruled out any return of the crippling childhood disease, the UN agency has said.

Marriage can make you crazy, but it deters dementia too

Marriage may test one's sanity, but living into old age with a partner also lowers the risk of dementia, researchers said Wednesday.