Abramova one-year meldonium ban lifted

Ukraine biathlete Olga Abramova had her one-year ban for testing positive for meldonium lifted on Wednesday after she was judged to bear "no fault or negligence", the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) ruled.The 28-year-old tested positive for the su...

Close call: When asteroids whisk past Earth

A peanut-shaped asteroid 1.3 kilometres (3,280 feet) across streaked past Earth on Wednesday, giving astronomers a rare chance to check out a big space rock up close.But not too close. Dubbed 2014-JO25, the asteroid came nearest at 12:20 GMT and is now...

Pence to tour Indonesia’s largest mosque in outreach to Muslims

US Vice President Mike Pence will visit the largest mosque in the world's most populous Muslim-majority nation -- Indonesia -- on Thursday, a symbolic gesture for the deputy in an administration accused of stoking Islamophobia.Pence will tour the Istiq...

Fox dumps embattled host over harassment allegations

Fox News severed its relationship with Bill O'Reilly on Wednesday, dumping America's most-watched cable news anchor over a flood of sexual harassment allegations and dwindling advertising."After a thorough and careful review of the allegations, the com...

Alphabet’s Verily to embark on health-mapping study

Alphabet's life sciences unit Verily on Wednesday announced a study to track people for years, right down to their genetics, in a quest for insights into staying healthy.Verily Life Sciences partnered with Duke University School of Medicine and Stanfor...

Egypt says killed Sinai monastery shooter

Egyptian security forces killed a gunman suspected of shooting dead a policeman near St Catherine's monastery in the Sinai Peninsula, the interior ministry said on Wednesday.Three other officers were wounded in Tuesday's attack in South Sinai province ...

Chinese investors launch Oman industrial project

Chinese investors in Oman on Wednesday laid the first stone of an industrial zone in the sultanate's southern port town of Duqm under a $10.7-billion (10-billion-euro) development plan.Chinese investors signed a deal last year to finance a series of in...

Tuchel stunned as Dortmund bus delayed in Monaco

Borussia Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel said it "was very unfortunate" that his team's bus was delayed on its way to their Champions League quarter-final second leg tie against Monaco on Wednesday.Just a week after the German team's bus was attacked by e...

Trump, Ivanka to call record-breaking astronaut Monday

US President Donald Trump and his daughter Ivanka will call the International Space Station next week to congratulate Peggy Whitson, a NASA astronaut who is setting a new record in space, officials said Wednesday.Whitson, 57, is the current ISS command...

Iraqi forces treated for chemical exposure: US

Several Iraqi troops required medical treatment following a chemical weapons attack by the Islamic State group over the weekend, a US official said Wednesday.Saturdays' attack saw IS launch some sort of low-level chemical agent at the Iraqis in western...

US economy continues moderate rise, price gains modest: Fed survey

The US economy has continued to expand with only modest price increases, but companies are increasingly complaining of trouble finding workers, including for low-skill jobs, the Federal Reserve said Wednesday.In its periodic report on economic conditio...

Plastic pollution builds up in Arctic waters: study

Even though few people live in the Artic, some seas in the region are heavily polluted with plastic because of an Atlantic ocean current which dumps debris there, researchers said Wednesday.Scientists aboard the globe traveling French schooner, Tara, i...

Gatland orders choir practice in Lions battle plan

Choir practice and film nights will form part of the British and Irish Lions preparations for their Test series against the All Blacks as coach Warren Gatland tries to make sure they are comfortable with the culture of New Zealand.Gatland, a New Zealan...