Pacific plastic dump far larger than feared: study

The vast dump of plastic waste swirling in the Pacific ocean is now bigger than France, Germany and Spain combined -- far larger than previously feared -- and is growing rapidly, a study published Thursday warned.

World sees rapid upsurge in extreme weather: report

A world addled by climate change has seen a four-fold increase in major flooding events since 1980, and a doubling of significant storms, droughts and heat waves, Europe's national science academies jointly reported Wednesday.


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.


Nintendo launched the Switch console in March 2017, and aims to sell 14 million units through March 2018

Nintendo thinks inside the box with cardboard Switch accessory

Nintendo sparked fierce debate Thursday with a new line of cardboard DIY accessories for its smash-hit Switch console, delighting some fans, but leaving others bemused by the low-tech offering.

Sony tapping virtual reality with PlayStation headset

Sony is set to launch its new virtual reality headset, joining Facebook, Samsung and Google in a market that analysts say could boost the global gaming sector.


The US Library of Congress says it won't archive everything on Twitter but will keep its collection from the first 12 years of the social network

US Library of Congress backtracks on complete Twitter archive

The US Library of Congress has scaled back plans to archive every message ever sent on Twitter, sparking debate on the importance of social media in historical records.

Russia launches telecoms satellite for Angola

Russia on Tuesday launched a rocket carrying Angosat-1, the first national telecoms satellite for Angola, from its Baikonur space pad, with rare use of a rocket from Ukraine despite collapsed ties between the two nations.


Dalai Lama turns to iPhone to spread app-iness

He already has millions of Twitter followers and has spoken of the wonders of new technology. Now the Dalai Lama has launched a new iPhone app so devotees can keep track of his travels and teachings.


Elite US government hacker charged with taking secret information

A member of the US National Security Agency's elite hacking team has been charged with illegally removing top secret materials, in an embarrassing breach for the crucial electronic espionage body


Indonesian city to citizens: stop using free WiFi for drugs, prostitution

An Indonesian city thought it was doing half a million citizens a good turn by making wireless internet free in government offices


New report reveals bear facts about the Yeti

Legend-slaying scientists on Wednesday dismantled the myth of the abominable snowman, the towering yet furtive half-human rumoured for centuries to inhabit inaccessible reaches of the Himalayas.


US regulator says Silicon Valley is threat to internet

A top US regulator, defending an effort to roll back so-called «net neutrality» rules, said Tuesday that large internet platforms represent the biggest threat to online freedom because they routinely block «content they don't like»

Facebook revamps policy after report on anti-Semitic targeting

Facebook said it was revising its advertising policies to prevent «discriminatory» targeting after a news report showed marketers could aim messages at categories of people such as «Jew haters.»


Scientists discover resilient «heart» of Great Barrier Reef

Australia's Great Barrier Reef is in peril from climate change and widespread bleaching, but scientists said Tuesday a small portion may be resilient enough to keep much of the rest alive.

Debate about croc numbers reignited in Australia

Saltwater crocodile numbers have exploded in northern Australia since being declared a protected species, and a spate of recent attacks has reignited debate about controlling them.


Celebrity elephant kills owner in Thailand

An elephant that has starred in feature films and commercials crushed its owner to death in Thailand, zoo officials said Tuesday, setting off fresh debate over the kingdom's animal tourism industry


Artificial muscles give «superpower» to robots

Inspired by the folding technique of origami, US researchers said Monday they have crafted cheap, artificial muscles for robots that give them the power to lift up to 1,000 times their own weight

Robotic weapons, tech leaders warn against «Pandora's box»

Elon Musk is leading demands for a global ban on killer robots, warning technological advances could revolutionise warfare and create new «weapons of terror» that target innocent people.

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Vanesa Calderon and Vladimir Mejia pose in their costumes for the carnival of Tlaxcala, Mexico. The satirical costumes and masks were originally masquerades of wealthy Spanish and French colonialists, and represent a fusion of European and pre-Hispan

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.

South Korean fans cheer as South Korea's Yun Sungbin  gets the gold in the mens's skeleton during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games on Friday.

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.

Tonga's flag-bearer Pita Taufatofua stunned viewers by appearing topless at the ceremony.

Topless Tongan's secret weapon against freezing cold: coconut oil

The Tongan flag-bearer's secret has been revealed: it was coconut oil that kept him warm when he paraded half-naked at the Winter Olympics opening ceremony.

Spanish defender Marc Bartra arrives at a German court to testify in the trial of a man who has admitted to carrying out a bomb attack on Borussia Dortmund's bus

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».