Asteroid to shave past Earth on Oct 12: ESA

A house-sized asteroid will shave past our planet on October 12, far inside the Moon's orbit but without posing any threat, astronomers said Thursday.The space rock will zoom by harmlessly at a distance of about 44,000 kilometres (27,300 miles) -- an e...

Taylor Swift tells US court of shock over alleged groping

Music superstar Taylor Swift told a US court Thursday of her shock as she realized she was being groped during a photo opportunity in Colorado, as she faced the former DJ she accuses of assaulting her.Swift, 27, said there was no doubt in her mind the ...

Planet marks new highs for heat, pollutants, sea level in 2016: report

The Earth set a series of dire records in 2016, including hottest year in modern times, highest sea level and most heat-trapping gases ever emitted, a global climate report said Thursday.A range of key climate and weather indicators show the planet is ...

Saudi, Iraq vow stronger commitment to cut oil output

OPEC's top two producers agreed Thursday to strengthen their commitment to production cuts, as the oil cartel reported a collective increase in output last month in a setback for its deal to pump less.The pledge from Saudi Arabia and Iraq, the first an...

S.African Al-Qaeda hostage tells of 6-year ordeal

South African hostage Stephen McGown, who was held by Al-Qaeda in Mali for nearly six years, said Thursday he had been well treated but was distraught to have not be freed before his mother died.Speaking just 10 days after being released, he said he ha...

Kings forward Randolph arrested on marijuana charge

Sacramento Kings forward Zach Randolph was arrested on a charge of marijuana possession with intent to supply after a late-night disturbance in Los Angeles, reports said Thursday.Randolph, 36, was detained by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department...

Stoneman gets England call as Jennings dropped

Mark Stoneman is set to become Alastair Cook's latest England opening partner after being selected to make his debut in next week's day/night first Test against the West Indies at Edgbaston.Surrey batsman Stoneman was included in a 13-man squad announc...

Pakistan’s ‘Mother Teresa’ dies aged 87

Ruth Pfau, a German nun who devoted her life to combatting leprosy in Pakistan, has died at the age of 87. Pfau, who was known locally as Pakistan's Mother Teresa, came to the southern port city of Karachi in 1960 and spent half a century taking care o...

Taylor Swift tells of shock over alleged groping

Music superstar Taylor Swift told a court Thursday of her shock as she realized she was being groped during a photo opportunity ahead of a gig in the United States.Swift, 27, said there was no doubt in her mind the radio personality she was being photo...

Asteroid to shave past Earth inside Moon orbit: ESA

An asteroid the size of a house will shave past Earth at a distance of some 44,000 kilometres (27,300 miles) in October, inside the Moon's orbit, astronomers said Thursday.The space rock will zoom by at an eighth of the distance from the Earth to the M...

Spain could top Greece in migrant sea arrivals: IOM

Spain could overtake Greece this year in the number of migrants arriving by sea, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said Thursday, coming shore on boats and even jet-skis. Holidaymakers on a beach in southern Spain Wednesday were stunne...

At least 56 dead as smugglers throw 300 African migrants into Yemen sea

At least 56 people have drowned over the past 24 hours, and dozens remain missing, after human traffickers forced 300 African migrants off two Yemen-bound boats and into the sea.Survivors -- all Ethiopian and Somali migrants -- managed to make their wa...

NBA stars Casspi, Robinson to instruct at Israel hoops camp

Golden State Warriors forward Omri Casspi, the first Israeli player in the NBA, and retired San Antonio Spurs legend David Robinson are among instructors at the Basketball Without Borders camp starting Sunday in Israel.The youngsters appearing at the 1...