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'International Flag of Planet Earth' shows a world united

It started out as a student's project undertaken as part of a Bachelor's Degree in fine arts. The exploration of Mars and other distant planets will take international cooperation, and a flag that imparts a sense of unity was designed.

France hits reverse on sinking tyres for artificial reefs

Brest - Tourists and film stars hitting the beach at the French Riviera resort of Cannes may be blissfully unaware but lurking beneath the sparkling waves are tens of thousands of now troublesome scrap tyres, sunk deliberately to boost marine development.

Syrian rebels 'seize hospital holding 150 soldiers'

Damascus - Islamist rebels on Friday overran a hospital in northwest Syria where at least 150 regime forces and dozens of civilians were trapped for nearly a month, a monitor said.

Researchers develop light-emitting paper for flexible displays

Chinese researchers have successfully created a sheet of light-emitting, transparent and flexible paper with a new eco-friendly manufacturing technique. The paper could be used to create truly flexible displays for bendable gadgets of the future.

Pacquiao tops list of richest congressmen in Philippines

Eight-division world champion and Philippine Congressman Manny Pacquiao remains on top of the list of richest members of the Philippine House of Representatives for the fifth straight year.

Huge blasts outside Sanaa after coalition air raids

Sanaa - Huge explosions rocked the outskirts of the Yemeni capital Friday after Saudi-led air strikes against positions held by Huthi Shiite rebels and their allies, residents said.

'Sweet 16' birthday party ruined by high-flying party-pooper

Levittown - Jacinda Cambray will probably never forget her "Sweet 16" birthday party, nor will her 40 or so guests. The Pennsylvania girl's outdoor event was literally "dumped on" from above when human waste came raining down.

Islamist Shebab gunmen storm Kenya village

Nairobi - Islamist gunmen raided a village in northeastern Kenya, the interior ministry said Friday, the latest in a string of brazen attacks by the Somali-led, Al-Qaeda affiliated insurgents.

US urges Myanmar to make Rohingya citizens to end boat crisis

Cox's Bazar - A senior US diplomat on Friday urged Myanmar to extend "citizenship" to the oppressed Rohingya minority to address an ongoing migrant crisis that has hit Southeast Asia, leaving thousands stranded at sea.

UN to hold Yemen peace talks on May 28

Geneva - The UN has set May 28 to begin Yemen peace talks in Geneva but only one party to the conflict may attend. The Hadi government based in Saudi Arabia demands that the rebel Houthis give up some of the territory they have taken as a condition of taking part.

Review: Joan Jett and the Blackhearts rock New York's Nassau Coliseum Special

Uniondale - Rock queen Joan Jett and the Blackhearts performed at Nassau Coliseum on May 20, opening for the iconic rock group, The Who.

Anti-corruption blogger decapitated in Brazil

A Brazilian blogger known for denouncing government corruption was found decapitated. He had been missing for five days before his body was found outside of Padre Paraíso, which is located in one of Brazil’s poorest rural regions.

DEA agents illegally ran New Jersey's sleaziest strip club

South Hackensack - Two Drug Enforcement Agency employees allegedly lied to the government about not having outside work, even though they owned a sleazy New Jersey strip club that employed illegal immigrant dancers from Russia and Brazil.

UK police make £20,000 payout to wrongfully arrested rape victim

London - A British police force has agreed to pay £20,000 ($31,000) in an out-of-court settlement to a rape victim after officers arrested her following their failure to properly investigate her complaint, a report said Friday.

Tanium, the $1 billion company you've never heard of

It's not extremely popular with millions of millennials like Snapchat. Nor is it doing something incredibly futuristic like SpaceX. Security startup Tanium has however quietly reached more than a billion-dollar valuation.

UK PM starts EU reform bid warning of 'ups and downs'

Riga - Prime Minister David Cameron launched his bid to recast Britain's relationship with the EU Friday, warning of "ups and downs" before a straight "in-or-out" referendum by the end of 2017.

Op-Ed: Valuable insights from the Verizon-AOL deal

The recently-announced acquisition of AOL by Verizon continues to send ripples across the marketing world. Day in and day out, industry observers continue to analyze the deal and share their thoughts through the media.

Review: Rock band The Who delivers at Nassau Coliseum in New York Special

Uniondale - Iconic rock group The Who performed at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on May 20, in an effort to celebrate their 50th anniversary as a band.

French, German leaders hold talks with Greek PM in Riga

Riga - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras held "friendly and constructive" debt talks with the leaders of France and Germany but gave no sign of a breakthrough ahead of a crucial June deadline.

Many jobless Americans have given up on looking for employment

The unemployment rate officially dropped to 5.4 percent in April, but a closer examination shows that 40 percent of America's 8.5 million unemployed people have given up on the job search. This data suggests that the labor market is worse than it seems.
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