Meet Mumbai’s first women rickshaw drivers

Chaya Mohite slowly turns the accelerator as she carefully edges the salmon-coloured rickshaw forward, one of Mumbai's first female auto drivers to make use of a government scheme aimed at empowering women.The 45-year-old was one of 19 women who recent...

Cannes set to unveil movies for 70th birthday fest

The Cannes Festival was due Thursday to unveil which films have made the cut for its 70th birthday edition, where the silver screen's finest will be vying for glory next month.Organisers of the world's top film event on the French Riviera traditionally...

Arab music’s alternative ambassadors find fans, and bans

Their voices narrate the unofficial soundtrack of life as an Arab today. But for the artists leading the Arab world's alternative music scene, their work is not revolutionary -- it's a legacy.With the growing popularity of bands like Lebanon's Mashrou'...

Trump: NATO ‘no longer obsolete’

NATO is the "bulwark of international peace and security" but its European members "must pay what they owe," US President Donald Trump said on Wednesday alongside the political head of the military alliance.

Australian regional towns mull 2030 bid

Eleven regional towns in the Australian state of Victoria have launched a combined bid to host the 2030 Commonwealth Games, officials said on Thursday.The City of Greater Shepparton is leading a taskforce to put a case to the state government for a fea...

No-one safe as sport becomes growing magnet for extremists

Three bombs hidden in a hedge that exploded when the Borussia Dortmund Champions League team passed by proved that no sporting event is now safe from a militant attack, experts said.With the Boston marathon looming on Monday -- four years after it was ...

South Korea PGA Tour event to be on Jeju island

The US PGA Tour confirmed Thursday that South Korea's stop on their new three-event Asian swing later this year will be held on the resort island of Jeju from October 19-22.The CJ Cup @ Nine Bridges will carry one of the biggest prize funds on the US P...

US boy, 8, on joy ride for a cheeseburger

Talk about a craving: an eight-year-old American boy drove his father's van to a McDonald's because he just had to have a cheeseburger.The Ohio boy said he learned to drive by watching YouTube videos, the Weirton Daily Times reported on Sunday evening'...

Kim murder suspects taken to Malaysian court

Two women accused of assassinating the half-brother of North Korea's leader were taken to a Malaysian court in bulletproof vests on Thursday ahead of a murder trial that could see them hanged.Indonesian Siti Aisyah, 25, and Doan Thi Huong, 28, from Vie...

Mexico reporters defy threats, murders to keep writing

Mexican reporter Noe Zavaleta has mourned murdered colleagues and received death threats himself, but he refuses to stop working despite the fear.His is the deadliest country for journalists outside of war zones -- but with all the corruption and viole...

Tensions high, NKorea readies nuclear test: report

North Korea is ready to launch a nuclear test at its Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site, the 38 North monitoring group reported on Wednesday.The 38 North analysis group described the test site as "primed and ready.""Commercial satellite imagery of North Kore...

NZ Rugby likens Sonny Bill flak to homophobia

New Zealand Rugby (NZR) compared the vitriol surrounding Sonny Bill Williams' religious objections to wearing a banking logo with homophobia on Thursday, urging fans to respect the All Black star's beliefs.Williams, a devout Muslim, appeared for the Au...

Two billion people drinking contaminated water: WHO

Dramatic improvements are needed in ensuring access to clean water and sanitation worldwide, the World Health Organization said Thursday, warning that nearly two billion people currently use faecal-contaminated water.Hundreds of thousands of people die...

Hamilton relishes friendly Formula One fight with Vettel

Lewis Hamilton goes into this weekend?s Bahrain Grand Prix determined to build momentum in his bid for a fourth world title and to keep his battle with Sebastian Vettel as friendly as possible.After three highly competitive and often acrimonious years ...