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Nigeria's presidency plays down Buhari health concerns

Abuja - Nigerian officials on Thursday sought to allay fears about the health of President Muhammadu Buhari after his absence from the last two cabinet meetings.

NASA spacecraft survives dive through Saturn's rings

Miami - An unmanned NASA spacecraft has survived its plunge between the rings of Saturn and, after briefly going dark for the flyby, is communicating again with Earth, the US space agency said Thursday.

Op-Ed: Israeli rockets strike Damascus airport in Syria

Damascus - Syrian opposition sources claim that Israeli strikes hit an arms depot operated by Hezbollah near Damascus airport. Witnesses said there were five strikes, near the airport road about 25 kilometers from Damascus.

Macron age gap 'unusual' to French, titillates abroad

Paris - Brigitte Macron, as the 64-year-old wife of the man tipped to become France's youngest-ever president, is getting used to being in the media spotlight.

2017 NBA Mock Draft: Updated first round projections

Los Angeles - The NBA playoffs are in full swing, but for those teams and their fans on the outside, the next step to make improvements is the upcoming draft in June.

South Sudan forces launch new offensive: UN

New York - South Sudanese government forces on Wednesday launched an offensive on a town in the north, displacing civilians who may be headed toward the border with Sudan, the UN envoy said.

US tells UN to put 'all pressure' on Russia over Syria

New York - US Ambassador Nikki Haley urged the UN Security Council on Thursday to ratchet up pressure on Russia to end sieges in Syria and help advance peace talks.

Unusually large number of whale deaths seen along Atlantic coast

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Marine Fisheries (NOAA) has declared an "Unusual Mortality Event," based on the higher-than-normal number of deaths and strandings of humpback whales seen along the Atlantic coast recently.

Manny Pacquiao likely to retire in 2021

WBO Welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao won't be retiring anytime soon or at least after one year before his six-year term as Philippine senator ends in 2022.

Man kicked off Delta flight for using washroom prior to takeoff

Atlanta - When you gotta go, you gotta go. A Delta passenger was removed from a flight for going to the washroom while the plane was sitting on the tarmac prior to takeoff. Employees telling the man to get off the plane was filmed by fellow passengers.

'Venezuela is a mess,' says Trump

Washington - US President Donald Trump said Thursday he was saddened by the crisis in Venezuela, where waves of anti-government unrest has claimed the lives of 28 people.

Russian opposition leader Navalny hospitalised

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin's principal opponent Alexei Navalny was briefly hospitalised Thursday after being hit in the eye by green dye that he said had damaged his cornea.

FDA issues new codeine drug warning

Bethesda - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning about the use of codeine based medicines, especially in the context of medicines administered to children.

TV show asks what will the year one million be like?

What does the future hold for the planet? There are myriad possibilities and some of this in our hands. A new docudrama from National Geographic shines a light on the year one million for a round of speculation and debate.

Op-Ed: Spokane's Brambleberry Cottage, a respite from 21st century Special

Spokane - In this busy high-tech 21st century society it's hard to find time to relax with family and friends. Mother's Day this coming May 13, is perhaps an ideal opportunity to spend time just enjoying each other's company.

Company shuts down 3,000 Colorado wells after fatal explosion

Firestone - Woodlands, Texas-based Anadarko Petroleum Corporation announced on Wednesday it was shutting down more than 3,000 of its older, vertical wells in Northeastern Colorado following a home explosion and fire on April 17 that killed two people.

Girl snatched in Cyprus, sparking manhunt

Nicosia - Masked men abducted a four-year-old girl outside a nursery in the Cypriot capital on Thursday, sparking a search by police who issued an arrest warrant for her Norwegian father.

Iraq forces retake town of Hatra southwest of Mosul

- Iraqi forces on Thursday retook the town of Hatra, southwest of Mosul, on the third day of an operation that saw them wrest back a nearby UNESCO-listed ancient city, a statement said.

Op-Ed: Trump throws a tantrum - Says he will break up 9th Circuit Court

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has given our fearless leader another defeat, blocking Trump's efforts to withhold federal funding from sanctuary cities. Seeing that he can't get the 9th Circuit to rule in his favor, he wants to break the court up.

Afghan strongman shelters former Taliban insurgents

Kabul - An Afghan strongman is giving sanctuary to Taliban fighters and their families who had sought haven across the border in Pakistan, building on a radical strategy to reduce Islamabad's perceived influence on the insurgency.
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