T. rex was not feathery, study says

Tyrannosaurus rex had scales, not feathers, said a study Wednesday which rescues the giant lizard’s reputation as a fearsome killer with a rough-and-tough hide.Recent research has claimed to provide evidence for feathers in ancestors of T. rex, and sug…

June 6, 2017

‘Moderate’ drinking linked to brain damage: study

Even moderate drinking is linked to brain damage and a slight decline in mental skills, according to a study released Wednesday that calls into question many national alcohol guidelines.Men and women who consume 14-to-21 drinks a week over decades are …

June 6, 2017

Brazil court opens session that could topple president

Brazil’s election court opened hearings Tuesday that could topple scandal-tainted President Michel Temer, plunging Latin America’s biggest country into untested political waters.The Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) opened the first of four scheduled se…

June 6, 2017

UK’s Corbyn summons festival spirit in bid for youth vote

Tapping into reserves of youthful enthusiasm, British Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn leads chants of “for the many, not the few” at a campaign rally more akin to a music festival. The veteran leftist, whose party has surged in the polls after being given …

June 6, 2017

Erdogan criticises Qatar sanction, wants stronger ties

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stood to defend Qatar on Tuesday, saying he intends to “develop” ties with the embattled Gulf state hit by sanction from Saudi Arabia and its allies.”Let me say at the outset that we do not think the sanctions aga…

June 6, 2017

Silent fear in Paris’s Notre Dame after attacker shot

Hundreds of people raised their arms above their heads and faced the altar on Tuesday in Paris’s landmark Notre Dame cathedral — but it was no act of religious celebration. The visitors were trapped in the pews after a hammer-wielding man, claiming to…

June 6, 2017

Warriors focus on crown, not historic unbeaten run

A year after making history but falling one game short of an NBA title, the Golden State Warriors are focused on capturing the crown, not a possible unbeaten playoff run.The Warriors remained perfect in the 2017 post-season by sweeping the first two ga…

June 6, 2017

No changes in starters or tempo as Cavaliers seek win

They won’t change the starting lineup or slow the tempo, but the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers are counting on a momentum-changing victory in Wednesday’s third game of the NBA Finals.Trailing Golden State 2-0 in the best-of-seven championship …

June 6, 2017

Qatar must ‘change policies’: Saudi foreign minister

Qatar must “change their policies” and stop supporting “extremist groups”, the Saudi foreign minister said Tuesday in Paris, a day after his nation and its allies cut off ties with the Gulf state.”They have to change their policies” and “stop supportin…

June 6, 2017

Brazil ex-minister arrested in graft probe: reports

Police in Brazil arrested the country’s former tourism minister Tuesday in a probe over alleged corruption linked to one of its 2014 World Cup football stadiums, media reports said.Brazilian newspapers said ex-minister Henrique Eduardo Alves was arrest…

June 6, 2017

Samba enthusiast Ostapenko finds feet at French Open

Latvian teenager Jelena Ostapenko credited her passion for ballroom dancing for fuelling her breakthrough performance at the French Open.The 19-year-old became the first Latvian woman to reach a Grand Slam semi-final at the French Open on Tuesday after…

June 6, 2017

‘I wanted it to stop,’ accuser tells Cosby trial

The main accuser in Bill Cosby’s trial gave emotional testimony in court on Tuesday about the night he allegedly drugged and sexually assaulted her, in her first public remarks about the encounter 13 years ago.The pioneering black comedian faces three …

June 6, 2017