Free bus rides driving safer births for Nepali women

As a teenager Meera Nepali was terrified as she went into labour with her first child at home in a remote village, miles from a hospital with nobody but her mother-in-law to help.


Get your geek on: 130,000 head for San Diego Comic-Con

Desk jockeys in eye-wateringly tight spandex will blur the line between fantasy and reality this week as they invade San Diego for the world's largest celebration of pop culture fandom.


Harvey Weinstein appears at his arraignment in Manhattan Supreme Court on July 9 in New York, with his attorney, Ben Brafman

Weinstein Co. sale finalized, owners Lantern take over

Harvey Weinstein's one-time production company no longer exists. On Monday, its new owners confirmed they had concluded the purchase of The Weinstein Company and introduced its successor, Lantern Entertainment.

Cardi B leads nominations at MTV Awards

Fast-rising rapper Cardi B on Monday topped nominations at the MTV Video Music Awards, outpacing Jay-Z and Beyonce who were recognized for their ornate work filmed at the Louvre.


Muslims in China's 'Little Mecca' fear eradication of Islam

Green-domed mosques still dominate the skyline of China's "Little Mecca", but they have undergone a profound change -- no longer do boys flit through their stone courtyards en route to classes and prayers.


Camille Poliquin (L) and Laurence Lafond-Beaulne of Canadian duo Milk & Bone perform on stage in Quebec City during the 2018 Festival d'Eté on July 13, 2018

With dreamy electro pop, Milk and Bone charts own path

With smooth minimalist electro pop and lush vocal harmonies, Milk and Bone has found a growing audience while charting an unusual path for French Canadian artists -- singing entirely in English.

'Hotel Transylvania' books spot at top of box office

Sony's "Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation" booked a stay at the top of the North American box office, taking $44.1 million in ticket sales, according to industry estimates Sunday.


The World Health Organization (WHO) has recognised "compulsive sexual behaviour" as a mental disorder, but is still to establish whether it has an addiction component as drug abuse does

WHO recognises 'compulsive sexual behaviour' as mental disorder

The World Health Organization has recognised "compulsive sexual behaviour" as a mental disorder, but said Saturday it remained unclear if it was an addiction on a par with gambling or drug abuse.

Gay rights activists parade in Seoul amid noisy protests

Led by a huge rainbow flag, tens of thousands of gay rights supporters paraded through Seoul's city centre Saturday as conservatives protested loudly at what they called "obscenity".


Frank Sinatra's first wife, Nancy, dies at 101

Nancy Sinatra Sr, the teenage sweetheart and first wife of legendary singer Frank Sinatra, has died. She was 101.


Scarlett Johansson pulls out of film over trans casting furor

Scarlett Johansson has quit an upcoming movie role as a transgender criminal following an angry backlash against her casting, she revealed in an interview reported widely in US media on Friday.

'Three Lions' football song tops UK charts despite England defeat

Britain's best known football song "Three Lions" topped the British pop charts on Friday -- two days after England was knocked out of the World Cup semi-finals by Croatia.


France moves to cut access to overcrowded Mont Blanc

French authorities said Friday that they would curtail climbers' access to Mont Blanc for at least a week due to severe overcrowding on Europe's highest peak.

Fake news: the media industry strikes back

The viral spread of hoaxes and misinformation ahead of the US election and Brexit referendum two years ago was a wake-up call for many established news media, who have gone on the offensive to shore up their credibility and help filter out fake news.


Stormy Daniels strip club charges dropped, lawyer slams 'setup'

Charges were dropped against adult film star Stormy Daniels on Thursday after an Ohio strip club arrest that her lawyer slammed as a "politically motivated" setup against the woman suing President Donald Trump.

Tom Cruise walks red carpet in Paris

Tom Cruise on Thursday attended the red carpet premiere of the latest instalment in the Mission: Impossible film series in Paris, the city where which much of the film was shot.


Half of Americans trying to lose weight: study

Half of the adults in the United States are trying to lose weight, according to a study published Thursday, with more women than men seeking to shed a few pounds.

Mice vying for females have 'thicker' penises: study

Male mice develop a thicker penis if they grow up around other males, a study has revealed.


Virtual whale ride helps ease fear of heights: study

People who had lived with a fear of heights for decades became less afraid after virtual reality (VR) therapy that saw them riding a flying whale, researchers said Thursday.

RIP: World's Ugliest Dog dead at age 9

Zsa Zsa's 15 minutes in the limelight are over: the copiously drooling English bulldog named the World's Ugliest Dog just weeks ago has died.

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Jordan's King Abdullah II and US President Donald Trump shake hands before a meeting at the Palace Hotel  during the 72nd United Nations General Assembly on September 20, 2017 in New York

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.

Natural gas is a fossil fuel that emits less carbon dioxide than oil or coal, but its efficiency depends a lot on keeping methane leaks to a minimum

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

Xiaomi shipped 28 million smartphones worldwide from January to March, an 88-percent surge year-on-year

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