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Russian breaks round-the-world hot air balloon record

Sydney - Russian adventurer Fedor Konyukhov on Saturday broke the record for the fastest round-the-world flight in a hot air balloon, his crew said.

Dalai Lama to visit France in September

Paris - The Dalai Lama will visit France from September 12-18 for his first stay in the country in five years, organisers said Tuesday.

French magazine fined over snaps of Hollande, girlfriend

Paris - French celebrity magazine Voici was ordered Tuesday to pay symbolic damages to President Francois Hollande's alleged girlfriend, actress Julie Gayet, for publishing pictures of the couple inside the presidential palace.

Delight as jazz giants return to small Swiss town of Montreux

Montreux - As saxophone supremo Charles Lloyd pushes out a cascade of soaring notes, jazz aficionados in Montreux sway in rapture.

France to extradite U.S. rapper Gibbs to Austria

Toulouse - A French court on Thursday ordered the extradition of US rapper Freddie Gibbs to Austria, where he is accused of rape, his lawyer Michael Malka said.

Exotic pet trade sends Florida bird rescues soaring

Miami - In this small animal hospital perched on Miami's sun-splashed harbor, some of the most exotic creatures fly in and out of Carla Zepeda's life.

Key voices in Britain's EU referendum

London - Politicians, business chiefs, faith leaders and rock stars alike have been making their voices heard on Britain's EU membership referendum ahead of Thursday's vote.

Heart operation for Berlusconi after near miss attack

Rome - Controversial former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, 79, will undergo heart surgery to replace an aortic valve after suffering an attack his doctor said could have killed him.

Italy's Berlusconi hospitalised over heart issues

Rome - Former Italian prime minister and billionaire Silvio Berlusconi was hospitalised Tuesday for tests after suffering mild heart trouble at the weekend, media reports said.

Angola president appoints daughter boss of oil firm

Luanda - Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos has named his billionaire daughter Isabel to head the state oil firm Sonangol, according to a government statement published late Thursday.

S. African elephant charges action hero Schwarzenegger

Johanesburg - Hollywood action hero Arnold Schwarzenegger has admitted that "some of us had to change our pants" after an elephant charged a vehicle he was in while on safari in South Africa.

N. Korean leader's aunt runs dry-cleaner in US: W.Post

Washington - The aunt of North Korea's supreme leader Kim Jong-Un lives anonymously in the United States, where she runs a dry-cleaning business after having defected in 1998, The Washington Post reported Friday.

Mandela's driver among first to receive bequests from will

Johanesburg - Nelson Mandela's driver, his personal assistant and grandchildren all received cash bequests from his will on Friday as executors of his estate carried out his final wishes more than two years after his death.

Turkey military defends top general's attendance at Erdogan marriage

Istanbul - Turkey's army on Monday vehemently defended the attendance of its top general at the wedding of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's younger daughter, after a storm of criticism in the opposition press and on social media.

Angelina Jolie Pitt: migrant crisis needs generosity, not fear

London - UN special envoy Angelina Jolie Pitt urged the international community on Monday to respond to Europe's worst refugee crisis since World War II with generosity and not the "politics of fear".

'Trump-Putin kiss' graffiti goes viral

Vilnius - Street graffiti depicting Donald Trump passionately locking lips with Russian President Vladimir Putin went viral on social media in Lithuania Friday, appearing to show concern over the US White House hopeful's attitude toward Moscow.

London's contrasting mayoral hopefuls: Goldsmith and Khan

London - The favourites to become London's new mayor on Thursday are two completely contrasting candidates: Zac Goldsmith, the son of a tycoon financier, and Sadiq Khan, the son of a bus driver from Pakistan.

Afghan film star in miserable French exile after death threats over veil

Paris - The feted star of an internationally-acclaimed film, Afghan actress Marina Golbahari, and her husband have been chased from their home to the brink of suicide in a filthy French asylum shelter after she was photographed without a veil.

Spanish court recognises bullfighter is son of legendary matador

Madrid - A Spanish court said Tuesday it had officially recognised a popular matador as the illegitimate son of legendary bullfighter Manuel Benitez "El Cordobes", who had long denied being related to him.

Khan and Goldsmith, London mayoral candidates from different sides of the track

London - The favourites to become London's new mayor on Thursday are two completely contrasting candidates: Zac Goldsmith, the son of a tycoon financier, and Sadiq Khan, the son of a bus driver from Pakistan.

Baby boy for Princess Sofia of Sweden

Stockholm - Princess Sofia of Sweden, married to fourth-in-line to the throne Carl Philip, gave birth to a baby boy on Tuesday, the palace announced.

Spanish bullfighters lock horns in paternity suit

Cordova - Legendary Spanish bullfighter Manuel Benitez, "El Cordobes", is locked in a legal battle with another popular matador who openly uses the same nickname and has for years claimed to be his son.The scandal broke in February when Manuel Diaz told "Hola!

Study of Neanderthal Y chromosome hints at fertility problems

Washington - The first examination of a long-extinct Neanderthal's Y chromosome suggests that fertility problems may have prevented Neanderthal men from successfully mating with modern human females, researchers said.

Mandela's ex-wife Winnie loses court bid to claim his home

Johanesburg - Nelson Mandela's former wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela on Thursday lost a court bid to claim ownership of his rural home, in a ruling welcomed by his family after a bitter legal dispute.

Meet the Fujimoris: Peru power family with dark past

- Father is in jail for crimes against humanity. Uncles and aunts have fled corruption charges. And daughter? She is in position to follow in dad's footsteps by becoming president of Peru.

'#WeLoveErdogan': supporters rally around Turkey leader in Twitter campaign

Istanbul - A bid by supporters of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to create Twitter buzz around the Turkish leader as he makes a sensitive trip to the United States descended into acrimony Wednesday amid accusations of censorship.

Israel rejects 'delusional' claim Elton John asked to declare loyalty

Jerusalem - Israel has rejected as "delusional" a claim that superstar Elton John was asked to declare loyalty to the Jewish state before an upcoming concert.

Rolling Stones to rock Cuba in historic concert

Havana - Hundreds of thousands of Cubans were expected Friday at the Rolling Stones' first gig on the communist island, with fans once banned from listening to rock 'n roll heralding a dream come true.

Elderly pope Benedict XVI 'slowly fading': Personal secretary

Rome - Pope emeritus Benedict XVI is "slowly, serenely fading" but remains "very lucid", his personal secretary said in an interview published Thursday.Joseph Ratzinger is "an old man, of course, but very lucid.

Former Toronto mayor Rob Ford dead of cancer at 46

Montr - Former Toronto mayor Rob Ford, who made international headlines when he was caught using crack cocaine while in office in Canada's largest city, died Tuesday at age 46 after a battle with cancer.
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