US rejects China air zone

US rejects China air zone

BEIJING  (AFP) – US military chiefs insist they will not change their operations despite a move by China to scramble fighter jets to monitor American and Japanese aircraft in Beijing’s newly declared air defence zone. But the State Department said US commercial airlines should observe China’s demand to be given notice of aircraft entering the […]

05.12.2013 · Filled under: World News ·
Health and fitness agenda: World AIDS Day

Health and fitness agenda: World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day December 1 Worldwide World AIDS Day draws together people from around the globe “to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS and demonstrate international solidarity in the face of the pandemic.” For a calendar of events, to download posters, and to find out how to get involved, visit http://www.worldaidscampaign.org. In the UK, visit http://www.worldaidsday.org. International Day of […]

29.11.2013 · Filled under: Health & Fitness, Online, World News ·
Cameron pledges further $48 million aid to PHL

Cameron pledges further $48 million aid to PHL

COLOMBO (Mabuhay) – Prime Minister David Cameron announced Saturday that Britain was providing a further $48 million to help the relief effort after the devastating typhoon in the Philippines. “Today I can announce that we are providing a further 30 million pounds ($48 million) to support the United Nations and Red Cross emergency appeal” to […]

20.11.2013 · Filled under: World News ·
Expect increasingly violent cyclones, weather experts warn

Expect increasingly violent cyclones, weather experts warn

By Jean-Louis Pany PARIS (AFP) – Meteorologists have yet to formally link global warming to typhoons like the one that devastated the Philippines, but they expect increasingly extreme weather phenomena due to a rise in ocean temperatures. The trail of death and destruction left in the wake of Super Typhoon Haiyan was at the forefront […]

13.11.2013 · Filled under: Environment, Science & Technology, World News ·
UN climate talks open amid ‘sobering’ typhoon

UN climate talks open amid ‘sobering’ typhoon

By Mary Sibierski WARSAW, November 11, 2013 (AFP) – Nations launched a new round of talks Monday for a 2015 deal to cut Earth-warming greenhouse gas emissions, in the aftermath of a devastating Philippines typhoon the UN’s climate chief labelled “sobering”. Christiana Figueres urged progress at the notoriously fractious talks amid a slew of new […]

12.11.2013 · Filled under: Environment, Science & Technology, World News ·
ISS crew returns to Earth with Olympic torch

ISS crew returns to Earth with Olympic torch

(MOSCOW-AFP) – Three astronauts returned to Earth on Monday after a 166-day mission, bringing the Olympic torch back from the International Space Station after a historic space walk. The trip completed the most ambitious leg of Russia’s unparallelled torch relay in the run-up to the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi in February. The Soyuz capsule […]

Health and fitness agenda: International Men’s Day

Health and fitness agenda: International Men’s Day

(Relaxnews) – Coming up, UN-sponsored International Men’s Day highlights men’s health issues around the globe. World Diabetes Day November 14 Worldwide World Diabetes Day, created by the International Diabetes Federation and the World Health Organization in 1991, takes place annually to bring greater awareness to diabetes and its control. http://www.worlddiabetesday.org International Men’s Day November 19 […]

08.11.2013 · Filled under: Health & Fitness, Sports & Recreation, World News ·
France okays home tests for HIV

France okays home tests for HIV

(PARIS-AFP) – Self-testing HIV kits will go on sale in France next year under a strategy aimed at reducing the spread of the virus causing AIDS, Health Minister Marisol Touraine said on Thursday. In-home tests will be available “for people who do not want to go to testing centres or hospitals” to learn about their […]

08.11.2013 · Filled under: Health & Fitness, World News ·
‘Virtual’ Filipina girl IDs 1,000 pedophiles

‘Virtual’ Filipina girl IDs 1,000 pedophiles

THE HAGUE (AFP) – A Dutch rights group said Monday it had identified over 1,000 pedophiles around the world by offering online sex with a computer-generated 10-year-old Filipina girl called Sweetie. Terre des Hommes Netherlands has now handed over to police the identities of over 1,000 adults who were willing to pay children in developing […]

07.11.2013 · Filled under: World News ·
Glitz and politics as Russia hosts Miss Universe for first time

Glitz and politics as Russia hosts Miss Universe for first time

(MOSCOW-AFP) – Russia on Tuesday began hosting Miss Universe for the first time in the pageant’s 61-year history, with contestants from 86 countries shimmying along a catwalk in a concert hall in Moscow. Politics came near to overshadowing the glitz as one US host refused to come in protest at an anti-gay law, while the […]

06.11.2013 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Entertainment, World News ·
Solar eclipse to sweep Africa, Europe, US on Sunday

Solar eclipse to sweep Africa, Europe, US on Sunday

(WASHINGTON-AFP) – A rare solar eclipse will sweep across parts of Africa, Europe and the United States on Sunday as the moon blocks the sun either fully or partially, depending on the location. The round shape of the Earth explains why some viewers in west Africa will see a total eclipse, while others in the […]

02.11.2013 · Filled under: Destinations, Home & Garden, Science & Technology, World News ·
Sydney Opera House celebrates 40 years

Sydney Opera House celebrates 40 years

(SYDNEY-AFP) – The Sydney Opera House, world heritage-listed as “one of the indisputable masterpieces of human creativity”, celebrated its 40th birthday Sunday with a flotilla of lifesavers, Aboriginal dancers and a gigantic cupcake. Huge crowds packed the steps for a distinctively Australian performance on the glittering harbourfront, where three generations of Danish architect Jorn Utzon’s […]

20.10.2013 · Filled under: Destinations, Entertainment, Home & Garden, Music, World News ·
India moves to ease visa restrictions to attract tourists

India moves to ease visa restrictions to attract tourists

(NEW DELHI-AFP) – India is looking at issuing visas on arrival for visitors from 40 more countries, a minister has said, raising hopes it will overcome national security fears to boost its tourism industry. A meeting of senior officials from the home, foreign and tourism ministries, as well as intelligence officers, concluded on Monday evening […]

11.10.2013 · Filled under: Destinations, World News ·
The 2014 most endangered sites and landmarks in the world: report

The 2014 most endangered sites and landmarks in the world: report

(Relaxnews) – An international heritage group has placed 67 sites, monuments and landmarks on its 2014 World Monuments Watch list this year — a list that includes the cultural heritage of the entire country of Syria. According to the World Monuments Fund’s latest report released this week, conflict and escalating violence in war-torn Syria are […]

10.10.2013 · Filled under: Destinations, Environment, World News ·
CGames: Hoy launches Commonwealth baton ceremony

CGames: Hoy launches Commonwealth baton ceremony

(LONDON-AFP) – Scottish cycling star Chris Hoy carried the Commonwealth Games baton to Buckingham Palace on Wednesday for the start of a relay that will culminate with the opening ceremony of next year’s edition in Glasgow. The now-retired rider, who won six Olympic gold medals and a host of world and Commonwealth titles, found himself […]

10.10.2013 · Filled under: International Stars, Sports & Recreation, World News ·
Canada announces aviation agreements with 7 countries

Canada announces aviation agreements with 7 countries

(MONTREAL-AFP) – Canada announced Tuesday a series of air transport agreements with seven countries that will result in more flight options and routes for its airlines. In addition to more flights to and from the countries, the bilateral agreements will allow flights to accommodate passengers from partner airlines, in a process known as code-sharing, according […]

09.10.2013 · Filled under: Destinations, World News ·
‘The One: Mayweather Vs. Canelo’ Sept. 14 at MGM in Las Vegas

‘The One: Mayweather Vs. Canelo’ Sept. 14 at MGM in Las Vegas

“Si Si Puede. Yes, we can.” Richard Sheafer introduced Mexican world boxing champion, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez at the Media Final Press Conference held at the KA Theater inside MGM Grand Casino & Hotel with these words. American Floyd ”Money” Mayweather Jr.’s 12-round bout against Mexican Champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez scheduled on September 14, 2013 at […]

12.09.2013 · Filled under: Sports & Recreation, U.S. News, World News ·
Olympics: Tokyo to host 2020 Olympics

Olympics: Tokyo to host 2020 Olympics

(BUENOS AIRES-AFP) – Tokyo won the right to host the Olympic Games for the second time on Saturday, as the International Olympic Committee (IOC) awarded the city the 2020 edition. The Japanese capital, which previously staged the world’s biggest sporting event in 1964, beat Istanbul, who were bidding for the fifth time and Madrid, who […]

08.09.2013 · Filled under: Destinations, Sports & Recreation, World News ·
Euro zone remains a source of confusion for UK travelers

Euro zone remains a source of confusion for UK travelers

(Relaxnews) – Not all of the European Union’s 28 member states have adopted the common currency, making things a little more complicated for tourists traveling to the continent. One in ten Britons admits to having exchanged their pounds sterling for the wrong currency before a trip to a European destination, a new study from International […]

03.09.2013 · Filled under: Destinations, Home & Garden, World News ·
Zimbabwe mulls ‘Garden of Eden’ to boost local tourism

Zimbabwe mulls ‘Garden of Eden’ to boost local tourism

(HARARE-AFP) – Zimbabwe is planning a low-budget entertainment park in the resort town of Victoria Falls to boost local tourism, a cabinet minister said Friday. “We want to bring the Garden of Eden to Victoria Falls, where flora and fauna can co-exist,” Tourism Minister Walter Mzembi told AFP at the end of the United Nations […]

01.09.2013 · Filled under: Destinations, Home & Garden, World News ·