Colombia launches truth commission under peace deal

Colombia created a "truth commission" on Monday to help it heal after decades of war under a recent peace deal with the leftist FARC rebels.President Juan Manuel Santos also signed into law a decree establishing a special unit to search for people stil...

Messi double, Suarez stunner take Barca top

Lionel Messi scored twice on his return from suspension as Barcelona piled the pressure on Real Madrid on Wednesday by moving top of La Liga with a 3-0 win over Sevilla.Messi was banned for his last two outings for club and country but looked rested ra...

Facebook ramps up fight against ‘revenge porn’

Facebook on Wednesday unleashed a new weapon in the war against "revenge porn" at the leading social network as well as the messaging services Messenger and Instagram.When intimate images shared on Facebook without permission are reported, confirmed an...

Fiji winger Raisuqe handed 10-week stamping ban

Stade Francais winger Josaia Raisuqe was handed a season-ending 10-week ban on Wednesday for stamping during his team's European Challenge Cup quarter-final win over Ospreys.The 22-year-old Fiji star was yellow-carded for the incident which happened af...

Great apes know when people are wrong: study

Orangutans, chimpanzees and bonobos are the nearest relatives of humans in the primate world, and like us, they can tell when a person is wrong in their beliefs, researchers said Wednesday.Great apes were also willing to help a person who was mistaken ...

Paraguay opposition boycotts talks on re-election row

Paraguay's main leftist opposition party boycotted talks launched by President Horacio Cartes on Wednesday aiming to settle a row over his bid for re-election which sparked deadly riots last week.Cartes called for talks with various political leaders t...

S.Africa’s top court opens up domestic trade in rhino horn

South Africa's highest court Wednesday rejected a bid by the government to keep a ban on domestic trade in rhino horn, a court document showed.The ruling by the Constitutional Court effectively means rhino horns may be traded locally.The department of ...

As streaming booms, songs getting faster: study

Streaming is making it quicker not only to play music. A new study finds that pop songs themselves are getting faster as listeners' attention spans diminish.Instrumental openings to songs have shrunk dramatically over the past three decades and, to a l...

Trump: Syria attack ‘crossed a lot of lines’

US President Donald Trump on Wednesday denounced the Syrian regime's latest alleged chemical weapons attack as an "affront to humanity" and warned it would not be tolerated.Speaking alongside Jordan's King Abdullah at a White House news conference, Tru...

US may widen ban of carry-on computers on planes

The United States may soon expand its ban on air passengers carrying computers on board on US-bound flights, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said Wednesday.The threat of a terror group trying to blow up an aircraft mid-flight is constant, he tol...

Dutchman, British wife arrested in tax fraud probe

Dutch and British tax authorities have arrested a Dutch man and his British wife, recovering millions of euros in an ongoing tax evasion probe apparently involving Swiss bank accounts, officials said Wednesday.The news came after at least four European...

Donors pledge billions at Syria aid conference

International donors on Wednesday pledged $6.0 billion in aid for Syria this year at a conference overshadowed by a suspected deadly chemical attack blamed by the West on Damascus.The Brussels meeting, co-chaired by the European Union and United Nation...

Five-time Olympic synchro champion Ishchenko retires

Russia's five-time Olympic synchrohized swimming champion Natalia Ishchenko announced her retirement from the sport on Wednesday, diving into the murky waters of politics instead, the R-Sport agency reported."I will not return to sports as an athlete,"...

Paris predicts economic boom from 2024 Games

Paris only wants the 2024 Olympics and not the 2028 edition, the city mayor told AFP on Wednesday, saying the showpiece would generate 10 billion euros and up to a quarter of a million jobs.The French capital is locked in a battle with Los Angeles for ...