Paris big guns show why they are top of fashion tree

The big guns came out to play Tuesday on the Paris haute couture catwalks and showed why they are still top of the fashion tree.Christian Dior, Schiaparelli and Iris Van Herpen conjured up some thrilling clothes that married daring and tradition the da…

July 3, 2017

New study reveals how frogs flourished after dinosaurs croaked

A massive asteroid strike that wiped out the dinosaurs millions of years ago created room for frogs to colonize the Earth, said a study Monday that shows how frogs became among the most diverse vertebrates in the world.As many as 10 types of frogs are …

July 3, 2017

Shingles boosts risk of heart attack, stroke: study

People who develop shingles — a re-activation of the chicken pox virus which commonly affects older people — may face a ballooning risk of heart attack or stroke, South Korean researchers said Monday.Their study found that people with shingles saw an…

July 3, 2017

Venezuela opposition calls vote against crisis reforms

Venezuela’s opposition called Monday for a popular vote on July 16 over the government’s constitutional reforms which it brands a ploy to cling to power in a deadly political crisis.Opposition legislative speaker Julio Borges said the opposition would …

July 3, 2017

EU parliament pays tribute to ex-president Simone Veil

The European Parliament on Monday honoured Simone Veil, a women’s rights icon who served as the body’s first elected president in 1979, with lawmakers observing a minute’s silence.Veil died at her home in France on Friday at age 89.Current EU parliamen…

July 3, 2017

Saudi hopes for ‘positive’ Qatar response to demands

Saudi Arabia hoped on Monday for a “positive” response from Qatar to demands that it end support for “terrorism” and its associations with Iran.Riyadh and its allies on June 5 severed diplomatic and transport ties with their gas-rich Gulf neighbour Qat…

July 3, 2017

Venezuela anti-govt prosecutor’s offices searched

Venezuelan authorities searched prosecutors’ offices Monday for evidence of financial wrongdoing, officials said, the latest maneuver in a fight between the attorney general and government over a deadly political crisis.State comptroller Manuel Galindo…

July 3, 2017

UK gives more time for N.Ireland power-sharing talks

The British government on Monday gave squabbling leaders of Northern Ireland’s main parties more time to revive the province’s power-sharing executive after last Thursday’s deadline passed without a deal.Britain’s Northern Ireland Secretary James Broke…

July 3, 2017

Prominent Bangladesh government critic disappears

One of Bangladesh’s most prominent government critics went missing on Monday after calling his wife to tell her he feared he would be killed, police said.The wife of Farhad Mazhar, a well-known poet, writer and dissident, told police he telephoned earl…

July 3, 2017

McIlroy hoping to kickstart year with second Irish Open golf win

Northern Irish golfing superstar Rory McIlroy will be looking to kickstart an injury-plagued year by defending his Irish Open title at Portstewart this week.While McIlroy described last year’s stunning win at the K Club as “sentimental value” he heads …

July 3, 2017

Jay-Z album boosts his Tidal streaming site

Jay-Z’s upstart Tidal streaming service has enjoyed a surge of interest after the rap mogul released his latest album exclusively on the platform.Tidal — which Jay-Z acquired in 2015 but trails far behind streaming leader Spotify as well as Apple Musi…

July 3, 2017

Seven firefighters injured in new Portugal forest blaze

Seven firefighters were injured, two of them critically, as they fought a forest fire Monday near the central Portuguese town of Tramagal, emergency services said.The blaze, which started around noon, was largely under control by afternoon and “no long…

July 3, 2017

US car sales continued to slow in June

US car sales continue to ebb in June, marking the sixth straight monthly decline, even as appetite for larger SUVs and light trucks persisted, according to industry figures released Monday.General Motors, the country’s largest automaker, and Ford repor…

July 3, 2017

Brown fears slow death of Wimbledon entertainers

Flamboyant German shotmaker Dustin Brown mourned the lost art of serve and volley at Wimbledon on Monday, fearing that the slower courts will only conspire against him when he faces Andy Murray.The dreadlocked, reggae-loving Brown stunned the All Engla…

July 3, 2017

US warship in Med wary of ‘tensions’ with Syria’s allies

A top officer aboard the US Navy’s largest warship, which is deployed in the eastern Mediterranean, said Monday his forces were wary of “tensions” and ready to strike allies of Syria’s regime.The USS George H.W. Bush, the world’s largest aircraft carri…

July 3, 2017

Trump offers support for terminally ill British baby

President Donald Trump on Monday offered US help to a British baby with a rare genetic disorder who is due to be taken off life support after courts ruled further treatment would prolong his suffering.”If we can help little #CharlieGard, as per our fri…

July 3, 2017