92 children among 306 killed in Colombia mudslide

There were 92 children among the 306 people killed in the giant mudslide that slammed into the southern Colombian town of Mocoa last week, the government said Thursday.The mudslide hit late Friday after heavy rains caused three rivers to flood, sending...

IOC set to decide on flooded Lima for 2024 vote

The IOC look set to decide Friday whether to keep stricken Peruvian capital Lima as the location for a meeting to choose the 2024 Olympic Games hosts, sources confirmed to AFP.Flash floods and landslides hit parts of Lima last month and with the diffic...

Pet shop boy — Brazil swim chief arrested in graft probe

Brazilian swimming chief Coaracy Nunes was arrested Thursday as part of an investigation into a $12.8 million corruption probe where even a pet shop was used as a front to launder funds, prosecutors announced.In charge of the federation (CBDA) since 19...

Czech leader calls October general election

Czech president Milos Zeman said Thursday the next general election in the EU member country would take place on October 20-21 this year."I will schedule the parliamentary vote for the latest date possible (under the Constitution), which is October 20-...

Facebook adds tips for spotting ‘fake news’

Facebook on Thursday ramped up its fight against "fake news" by adding tips on how to tell when shared stories are bogus.An initiative being launched in the US, France and a dozen other countries added an educational tool in an "awareness display" in n...

Facebook launches digital assistant ‘M’ in US

Facebook on Thursday launched its digital assistant named "M" for US users of its Messenger application, ramping up the social network's efforts in artificial intelligence.For users of the messaging platform, M will pop up and suggest "helpful actions"...

A symptom-free virus may spark allergy to gluten: study

A common virus in infancy could trigger a life-long allergy to gluten and lead to celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder which affects one in 133 people in the United States, researchers said Thursday.Celiac disease is caused when the body has an impro...

Husband of Trump supporter deported to Mexico

Mexican immigrant Roberto Beristain's own American wife voted for Donald Trump as US president because he promised to expel crooks from the country.Now, after 20 years living and working in the United States, it is Beristain himself, a 43-year-old fath...

Chemical watchdog has ‘ongoing’ probe into Syria attack

The world's chemical weapons watchdog said Thursday it has opened an "ongoing investigation" into the suspected chemical attack in Syria that killed at least 86 people.The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said it has "initiated cont...

China’s Xi arrives in Florida for summit with Trump

Chinese President Xi Jinping touched down in Florida Thursday for a first face-to-face meeting with President Donald Trump, hoping that a basket full of "tweetable" deals will help avoid a public clash.Xi was greeted at Palm Beach airport by a red carp...

No Nadal, no problem as Spain plan more Djokovic misery

Spain captain Conchita Martinez believes her team still has the armoury to beat Serbia in the Davis Cup quarter-finals this weekend despite the absence of 14-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal.Nadal made himself unavailable for the trip to Belgrade,...

Dustin Johnson withraws from Masters

World number one Dustin Johnson withdrew from the 81st Masters on Thursday, walking off the first tee due to a back injury.The reigning US Open champion had been a heavy favorite in the year's first major golf championship after winning his three prior...

EU to start checks at external borders

Europeans will face systematic checks at the external borders of the EU's Schengen border area from Friday under legislation designed to tackle "foreign fighters" returning from Iraq and Syria."Member States will as of tomorrow have an obligation to ca...