Why is South America being hit by deadly landslides?

It starts with torrential rain in the mountains. Then a wall of mud and boulders comes barreling down the slopes, sweeping away houses, cars and people.Like a video stuck on repeat, the story has played out over and over again in recent weeks in South ...

US teen pleads guilty to IS-inspired plot to kill pope

A New Jersey teen pleaded guilty Monday to a plot allegedly inspired by the Islamic State group to kill Pope Francis during his 2015 visit to the United States.The US Justice Department said Santos Colon, 15 years old at the time, sought to recruit a s...

Roman Polanski loses bid to end US rape case from abroad

Filmmaker Roman Polanski on Monday lost another bid to end his 1970s rape case without serving more jail time when a Los Angeles judge ruled the French-Polish director could not seek relief from the courts while still a fugitive.

The Gambia prepares for first post-Jammeh poll

The Gambia holds its first election Thursday since the downfall of longtime leader Yahya Jammeh, with expectations high that new lawmakers will overhaul a national assembly once derided as a mere rubberstamp.Gambians complain that under Jammeh, who rul...

Stransky tells Super bosses to unveil revamp

Springbok great Joel Stransky on Tuesday urged SANZAAR to stop delaying and unveil its revamped Super Rugby format, saying the governing body needed to make tough decisions and stand by them.Stransky said uncertainty had engulfed the southern hemispher...

Day brightens even as storm hits Masters practice

Severe thunderstorms shortened Monday's first official practice session for the 81st Masters, but the outlook brightened for Australia's Jason Day ahead of the year's first major.World number three Day played nine holes at Augusta National, his fourth ...

Harrison Ford avoids action over near-miss plane landing

Hollywood star Harrison Ford is to avoid punishment over a near-miss at a California airport as he was piloting his private plane, his lawyer told AFP on Monday.Ford, a seasoned pilot and vintage plane collector, was approaching John Wayne Airport in O...

AOL plus Yahoo to equal new Oath

AOL and Yahoo will be combined into a unit called Oath after telecom titan Verizon buys the pioneering internet firm, according to a tweet Monday by the AOL chief.Confirmation of a new name for what the world has long known as Yahoo was tweeted from a ...

Melania Trump’s new portrait divides public opinion

The White House released the official portrait of First Lady Melania Trump, with the photograph of the former model dividing public opinion.Trump is shown from the waist up, standing with arms crossed, dressed in a black jacket with a black bow around ...

Solo yachtswoman in Antarctica bid hits trouble

An Australian attempting to become the first woman to circumnavigate Antarctica solo issued a distress call Tuesday after being demasted in big seas and high winds, with rescuers on standby.Lisa Blair is 72 days into her bid to sail her yacht "Climate ...