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A world AIDS assembly opens in Amsterdam on Monday hoping to harness the star power of activists Elton John and Prince Harry to bolster the battle against an epidemic experts warn may yet spiral out of control.

Thousands swim between continents in famed Istanbul race

Thousands of people, some serious racers but others plucky amateurs, swam from Asia to Europe across the Bosphorus Strait in Istanbul on Sunday in Turkey's most iconic swimming race.

Zimbabwe edges back onto tourist map

After nearly two decades in the doldrums, Zimbabwe's tourism sector is enjoying a rebound, with visitors returning in droves to see the majestic Victoria Falls and explore unspoilt safari reserves.

Dying groundskeeper to testify in Roundup cancer trial

A California groundskeeper dying of cancer is slated to testify Monday before jurors hearing evidence in his lawsuit blaming Monsanto weed killer Roundup for his terminal illness.

High risk of 'losing control' of AIDS epidemic: experts

The AIDS epidemic risks resurging and spiralling out of control unless billions of extra dollars are pumped into prevention and treatment, experts warned Sunday on the eve of a major world conference.

Manila's 'Golden Gays' sing for their supper

Al Enriquez sheds his threadbare street vendor clothes like dead skin and develops a voguish, winking air once he slips into a gauzy gown and wig of tight blond curls.

Poetry in motion: enter the world of the 'scrap metal poet'

With its fairytale towers, quirky animated sculptures, fantastical constructions and musical fountains, the inventive world crafted out of discarded junk by the man known as the "Scrap Metal Poet" is tucked away deep in the northwestern French countrys...

Experts blast My Health Record as Australians rush to opt out

The Australian government’s new health record system has come under fire after Australians were invited to either opt in or out of the system on Monday, many chose to opt out.

Ryanair cancels Ireland-UK flights as pilots strike

Ryanair pilots unhappy over pay and other work conditions carried out further strike action Friday, unions said, resulting in the cancellation of 24 flights between Ireland and the UK.

'Dangerous complacency' looms over world AIDS meeting

Thousands of experts and activists descend on Amsterdam Monday to bolster the battle against AIDS amid warnings that "dangerous complacency" may cause a resurgence of the epidemic that has already killed 35 million people.

Africa's 'bucket list' ski resort dreams of Olympic racers

Nestled high in the mountains of Lesotho, skiers and snowboarders from around the world rub shoulders at Africa's leading ski resort, which is cultivating a loyal clientele despite its diminutive size and remote location.

Belgian airspace closed over computer glitch

Belgium on Thursday closed its airspace following a computer glitch linked to problems downloading data related to flight plans, said Belgocontrol, the company tasked with controlling the country's skies.

Montenegro: a small NATO member on the Adriatic Sea

Little-known Montenegro -- which Donald Trump attacked as "aggressive" enough to lead the NATO alliance into war -- is one of Europe's smallest countries with an army of under 2,000.

Long way home as Przewalski's horses fly to Mongolia

Their violent kicks rattle the small army plane flying over Siberia as it transports the four rare horses from Prague to the vast Mongolian steppe where the once near-extinct species is slowly recovering.

Uruguay marks a year of pot pharmacies — 'it's like selling aspirin'

Enrique Curbelo is delighted. Selling cannabis has allowed the affable 76-year-old to keep his privately owned pharmacy in Montevideo open in a market dominated by big chains."I had to sell what they didn't sell," he told AFP.

Ryanair strike hits 600 flights, 100,000 passengers

Ryanair on Wednesday said it had cancelled 600 flights in Europe on July 25 and 26 due to cabin crew strikes in Spain, Portugal and Belgium.

Europe urged to tackle airspace bottlenecks as delays soar

The world airline body on Wednesday urged European governments to urgently fix the region's airspace bottlenecks, saying that delays had more than doubled during the first half of the year.

Record three in five HIV-carriers now have access to drugs: UN

Almost three in five people infected with HIV, or 21.7 million globally, took antiretroviral therapy in 2017 -- a new record for anti-AIDS drug access, the UN's HIV/AIDS agency said Wednesday.There were 36.

Champagne as historic commercial flight links Ethiopia and Eritrea

Ethiopia and Eritrea on Wednesday resumed commercial airline flights for the first time in two decades, marking the latest phase in a whirlwind peace process between the former foes.

Benefit for two MTA Officers to take place at Mulcahy's

On July 21, 2018, a benefit will take place midday at Mulcahy's Pub and Concert Hall, in an effort to raise funds for two of the MTA's finest officers.

'Peace Day' held in Maryland, Mattie J.T. Stepanek remembered

On Saturday, July 14, 2018, a "Peace Day" celebration was held in Rockville, Maryland, in memory of Mattie J.T. Stepanek.

Olivia Newton-John Centre ranked as one of the best in the world

Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness and Research Centre in Australia is ranked in the Top 30 "Most Technologically Advanced Cancer Centers in the World."

A bit of the Greek islands in the heart of historic Athens

"The Acropolis? It's that way." Residents of historic Anafiotika are used to giving directions to tourists, lost in the narrow, winding alleyways of this unique but little-known hillside neighbourhood in the heart of Athens.

New York State considering legalizing recreational marijuana

The state of New York is considering whether it should legalize recreational marijuana as a new report comes out in favor of such a move.

La Paz's colorful cable car system: no traffic and a great view

"Now I'm going to get to work faster!" exulted a smiling Rosa Lima, 52, one of the first passengers on a new cable car line in La Paz that reaches into the heart of the Bolivian capital.

Tourists charged with stealing bricks from Auschwitz memorial

Two Hungarian tourists have admitted to trying to steal bricks from the ruins of a crematorium at the site of the former Nazi German death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, according to police.

Helsinki: the right fit for Trump-Putin summit

The choice of Helsinki for Monday's first summit between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin is a reminder of the Finnish capital's Cold War history when it hosted a number of key tete-a-tetes.

FDA approves first marijuana-derived drug

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a medication called Epidiolex. This is the first FDA-approved drug derived from marijuana.

Smart sensors seek to improve food safety

Smart sensors can help the food industry keep produce fresh by ensuring that important environmental parameters like temperature and humidity are being maintained. Such sensors are increasingly part of the Internet of Things.

Ryanair flight makes emergency landing in Germany

A Ryanair flight made an emergency landing at Frankfurt after a sudden loss of cabin pressure which sent 30 passengers to hospital, police and the Irish airline said on Saturday.

AI-based diagnostic for faster blood tests

Medical startup firm Sight Diagnostics has begun producing an artificial intelligence-based diagnostics device, enabling faster blood tests to be conducted.

Review: Cusmos Greek-American Restaurant is a gem in Lindenhurst Special

On July 13, 2018, this journalist was afforded the privilege to dine at Cusmos Greek-American Restaurant and Takeout in Lindenhurst, New York.

Andorra vows to kick habit of cigarette advertising

The tax haven of Andorra has long been a favourite destination for smokers looking to stock up on cheap cigarettes, but the enclave said Thursday that it would soon stop advertising the fact.

Five things to know about Croatia

Despite the prodigious talent of Croatia's players, few expected The Fiery Ones to reach the World Cup final -- a feat not seen for such a small nation since Uruguay reached football's pinnacle in 1950.

Indonesia's traditional boat builders reach into the past

Under the blazing tropical sun, Indonesia's traditional ship builders hammer, drill and carve timber from nearby forests into intricate two-mast vessels that have plied the archipelago's waters for centuries.

Op-Ed: Greyhound to cease service in western Canada

Until now one could get on a bus on the west coast of Canada in Vancouver and travel by Greyhound all the way to the capital of Ontario in the south of the province.

Probe into Samoa infant deaths after vaccine jabs

International health experts launched an investigation Thursday into why two Samoan infants died shortly after receiving childhood vaccination injections in a tragedy that has rocked the close-knit Pacific nation.

2018 EDGY Conference to assist LGBTQ youth in Los Angeles

On November 9, 2018, the EDGY Conference and its Garden Party fundraiser will be held in Los Angeles. This event benefits the LGBTQ youth.

Radio host Dan Romano to host Vegan Psychic Night at pizzeria

On August 21, 2018, radio host and pizzeria owner Dan Romano will be hosting "Vegan Psychic Night" at Frankie's East Side Gourmet Pizza in Farmingdale on Long Island.

Ancient tablet of Odyssey epic discovered in Greece

An ancient tablet engraved with 13 verses of the Odyssey has been unearthed in southern Greece in what is possibly the earliest-recorded trace of the epic poem, the culture ministry said Tuesday.

Win for wildlife as krill fishing restricted in Antarctica

Five major krill fishing firms Tuesday agreed to halt operations across huge swathes of the Antarctic to help protect wildlife in a move hailed as "bold and progressive" by conservationists.
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