Creativity, a mating boost for the unattractive male

In the ruthless world of the mating game, plain-looking men instinctively know that being funny, smart or poetic helps to compensate for a less-than-stellar exterior. That gut feeling has now gained scientific validation from an unusual study published...

At UN, US warns on human rights in Iran, Cuba, N.Korea

The United States on Tuesday singled out North Korea and Syria over human rights violations and warned at the United Nations that new conflicts could be triggered by abuses in Iran, Cuba and North Korea.US ambassador Nikki Haley made the case at the Se...

WHO hails major gains against once ‘neglected’ diseases

The World Health Organization on Wednesday hailed "unprecedented progress" in the fight against 18 neglected tropical diseases -- including dengue fever and sleeping sickness -- which kill 170,000 people and disable millions each year.The UN's health a...

Studies question autism link to antidepressants in pregnancy

Two scientific studies published Tuesday suggested the risk of children developing autism after their mothers used antidepressants while pregnant may be lower than previously believed.One of the studies in the findings in the Journal of the American Me...

Adidas sparks furor with Boston Marathon ‘survivor’ email

German sportswear giant Adidas sparked a social media outcry Tuesday after sending an email congratulating runners in the Boston Marathon for having "survived" the race.The choice of words jarred as memories remain fresh of the 2013 deadly bombing of t...

France’s Melenchon returns with campaigning hologram

French presidential candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon made a return to hologram campaigning Tuesday, beaming himself and his far-left message to six cities as far away as the overseas territory of Reunion.For his last major rally before Sunday's nailbiting ...

Ronaldo hat-trick fires Real into semis

Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick to become the first man to reach 100 Champions League goals as Real Madrid overcame 10-man Bayern Munich 4-2 after extra time in Tuesday's quarter-final second leg to advance 6-3 on aggregate.The holders will be in ...

Shooting at Egypt monastery kills policeman: security source

A policeman was killed and four more were wounded on Tuesday in a shooting outside St Catherine's monastery in Egypt's south Sinai, a security source said.The shooting occurred at a security checkpoint, the source said, but it was not immediately clear...

Yahoo earnings beat expectations on cusp of Verizon merger

Yahoo on Tuesday reported quarterly earnings that topped expectations as the pioneering internet firm remained on track to be bought by Verizon.Yahoo posted profit of $99 million in the first three months of this year on revenue of $1.3 billion, as com...

Vardy in vain as Atletico end Leicester fairytale

Jamie Vardy scored in vain as Leicester City's Champions League fairytale came to a valiant end following a 1-1 quarter-final draw at home to Atletico Madrid on Tuesday.Seeking to overturn a 1-0 first-leg deficit, Leicester fell further behind to Saul ...

Facebook pushes to augment reality through smartphones

Facebook on Tuesday launched a mission to make smartphone cameras windows to augmented reality, focusing on what people have in hand instead of waiting for high-tech eyewear.While kicking off the leading social network's annual developers conference in...

Google Earth re-invented for new era

Google on Tuesday launched a re-imagined version of its free Earth mapping service, weaving in storytelling and artificial intelligence and freeing it from apps."This is our gift to the world," Google Earth director Rebecca Moore said while giving AFP ...

Death toll rises to 113 in Peru floods, mudslides

The death toll from flooding and mudslides plaguing Peru since the start of the year has risen to 113 people, including five killed last weekend, officials said Tuesday.The natural disasters, which scientists blame on a climate phenomenon called "coast...

Santander bond sale hit by UK election announcement

Spain's largest bank Santander on Tuesday raised only 750 million euros in a bond sale as demand was affected by Britain's shock call for a snap election.The bank, one of the eurozone's two biggest, had hoped to raise up to two billion euros ($2.1 bill...