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First violins imitated human voices: study

Washington - Music historians have long suspected that the inventors of the violin wanted to imitate the human voice, and a study out Monday shows how 16th to 18th century luthiers in Italy did it.

Global demand for air conditioning to triple by 2050: report

Washington - The worldwide demand for air conditioning is expected to triple over the next 30 years, making the pursuit of energy-efficient cooling systems a top priority, the International Energy Agency said Tuesday.Some 1.

Israel's Netta, the voice of #MeToo at Eurovision

Lisbon - With her powerful voice and attention-grabbing clothes, Israeli singer Netta Barzilai has become the voice of the #MeToo movement at Saturday's Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon.

Kim and Moon: the heir born to rule and the escapee's son

Seoul - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and the South's President Moon Jae-in have followed paths to power as radically different as their two countries, but they came together and shook hands in the Demilitarized Zone on Friday.

Kim and Moon: the heir born to rule and the escapee's son

Seoul - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and the South's President Moon Jae-in have followed paths to power as radically different as their two countries, but they will come together at a summit in the Demilitarized Zone on Friday.

World's first penis, scrotum transplant done in US

Washington - Doctors at Johns Hopkins University said Monday they have performed the world's first total penis and scrotum transplant on a US military serviceman who was wounded in Afghanistan.

'World's oldest person' dies in Japan at 117

Apo - A 117-year-old Japanese woman, thought to be the world's oldest person, has died, a local official told AFP Sunday.

'Mini-Me' actor Verne Troyer dead at 49

Los Angeles - Verne Troyer, best known for his role as Mini-Me in the "Austin Powers" movies, has died, according to a post on his official social media accounts Saturday. He was 49.

YouTube video reunites Indian man with family after 40 years

Mumbai - An Indian man missing for 40 years was to be reunited with his family on Thursday after a YouTube video of him singing a popular Hindi film song went viral.

New role for wife of North Korea's Kim: First Lady

Seoul - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has given his young, stylish wife the title of First Lady in what analysts say is a major boost to her status ahead of back-to-back summits with South Korea and the United States.

Barbara Bush: America's 'First grandmother'

Washington - Barbara Bush cast herself as an enthralled spectator of her husband's rise to the presidency, but once in the White House, it was America's "First Grandmother" who stole the public's heart.

British PM apologises to Caribbean leaders over deportation row

London - Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday personally apologised to Caribbean leaders after her government threatened to deport people who emigrated to Britain in the 1950s and 1960s.

UK apologises to Caribbeans threatened with deportation

London - The British government on Monday apologised to Caribbean citizens who moved to Britain in the 1950s and 1960s and have been threatened with deportation, agreeing to meet 12 leaders of countries affected after initially turning them down.

Which came first: the people or the sweet potatoes?

Tampa - The bulbous, colorful sweet potato has long been seen as an artifact of mankind's first ocean voyages, ferried from its home in South America all the way to Polynesia centuries ago.

Japanese confirmed as world's oldest living man aged 112

Apo - Masazo Nonaka from Japan was recognised Tuesday as the world's oldest man at the ripe old age of 112, as his family revealed his secret: sweets and hot baths.

Controversy over Turkish celebrities' Syria border trip

Istanbul - Top Turkish celebrities have hit back at bitter criticism from the country's opposition leader as a controversy intensified on Thursday over a border visit by the stars to boost the morale of troops fighting in Syria.

No outrage harms Bollywood bad boy Khan

Mumbai - The high point of nearly every Salman Khan film is when he rips off his shirt sparking frenzy among Bollywood audiences, but his millions of fans could soon be missing their macho fix.

Terry Gilliam rejigs stance on 'monster' Weinstein

Paris - Hollywood director Terry Gilliam, who sparked a firestorm by saying ambitious actresses willingly "paid the price" of having sex with Harvey Weinstein to get ahead, on Wednesday categorically slammed the producer as a "monster".

Tributes to South Africa's Winnie Mandela

Paris - African leaders and celebrities have led tributes to South African anti-apartheid campaigner Winnie Mandela who has died aged 81.

New found 'organ' in humans found by advanced visualizing anatomy

New York - Researchers have reported that a new 'organ' has been found in people; the organ had been missed by standard methods for visualizing anatomy. The new organ is called the interstitium.

Fake Prince Albert 'cons Monte Carlo high-flyers'

Nice - Crooks are impersonating top personalities in Monaco, including even Prince Albert II, to scam money from high-flying victims, according to reports Saturday in the Mediterranean principality.

Baby Donald Trump causes a stir in Afghanistan

Kabul - Donald Trump flops over his pink and white baby walker and rolls it around his family's modest home in Kabul, blissfully unaware of the turmoil his "infidel" name is causing in the deeply conservative Muslim country.

Bono sorry after bullying claims at ONE charity

London - U2 frontman Bono has apologised after claims emerged Sunday that workers at his ONE charity were subjected to a culture of abuse and bullying.

Pope Francis: peacemaker and game-changer

Rome - Since taking charge of the Roman Catholic Church in March 2013, Pope Francis has transformed perceptions of an institution beset by scandals and plagued by self-doubt.

Alone at health clinic, Australian treats self for heart attack

Miami - Alone at a health clinic in a small, remote seaside settlement in Australia, a 44-year-old nurse sensed he was having a heart attack and sprang into action, saving his own life, a report said Wednesday.

Dutch court ends bitter father-son battle over royal title

Den Haag - The Netherland's highest court on Wednesday awarded a royal name and title to the illegitimate son of the Dutch king's cousin, ending a bitter father-son battle that has mesmerised royal watchers.

Private birthday party for Mugabe, 94

Harare - Zimbabwe's former president Robert Mugabe celebrated his 94th birthday on Saturday with a private black-tie party hosted by his family, three months after he was ousted from power.

No politics, please: DR Congo tycoon Forrest shares secret of success

Lubumbashi - Rebels have wanted to kill him, NGOs accuse him of exploitation and Chinese newcomers have rattled his Congo mining empire, but George Forrest, one of Africa's biggest businessmen, remains unbowed.

'America's pastor' Billy Graham, counsel to presidents, dies at 99

Washington - Reverend Billy Graham, the influential Southern preacher who became a spiritual advisor to several US presidents and millions of Americans via their television sets, died Wednesday. He was 99.

Archbishop Tutu quits Oxfam role over charity's sex scandal

Johanesburg - Retired archbishop and Nobel laureate Desmond Tutu announced Thursday that he had quit his role as an ambassador for Oxfam after the British charity was hit by sexual misconduct allegations.
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