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 ·
Copenhagen’s Little Mermaid turns 100: a guide to festivities

Copenhagen’s Little Mermaid turns 100: a guide to festivities

(Relaxnews) – Denmark is getting ready to celebrate the 100th birthday of Copenhagen’s Little Mermaid statue, unveiled on August 23, 1913. The Danish capital is celebrating the anniversary with a host of special cultural events and activities. Just as Paris has the Eiffel Tower, and New York has the Statue of Liberty, the city of […]

05.08.2013 · Filled under: Art, Destinations, Online, World News ·
Dutch city patently the world’s most inventive

Dutch city patently the world’s most inventive

(EINDHOVEN, Netherlands-AFP) – From cancer-busting ultrasound techniques to ways to boost vitamins in tomatoes, Dutch tech-hub Eindhoven’s avalanche of patents has just earned it the crown of “most inventive city in the world.” Despite the Dutch economy hobbling through its third recession since 2009, this southern city of around 750,000 has become a beacon of […]

28.07.2013 · Filled under: Destinations, Home & Garden, Science & Technology, World News ·
UN declares World Toilet Day

UN declares World Toilet Day

(UNITED NATIONS-AFP) – The United Nations on Wednesday declared November 19 as World Toilet Day following a proposal by Singapore whose envoy said he did not care if jokes are made. “I am sure there will be laughter among the press and the public when it is reported that the UN is declaring a World […]

25.07.2013 · Filled under: Health & Fitness, World News ·
Plain packaging reduces allure of cigarettes: study

Plain packaging reduces allure of cigarettes: study

(PARIS-AFP) – Scientists on Monday said they had evidence that plain packaging for cigarettes diminishes the appeal of smoking, as anti-tobacco campaigners suggest. European countries are considering whether to follow Australia, which last year became the first country in the world to sell cigarettes in plain packets. In Australia’s case, the cigarettes are sold in […]

23.07.2013 · Filled under: Health & Fitness, World News ·
Crowds besiege palace after British royal baby birth

Crowds besiege palace after British royal baby birth

(LONDON-AFP) – A joyful crowd popped corks, cheered and strained to glimpse the official notice outside Buckingham Palace, after the birth on Monday of a baby boy to Prince William and wife Kate. The centre of attention at the palace was a golden easel upon which royal officials placed the formal birth announcement. “We just […]

23.07.2013 · Filled under: Destinations, International Stars, World News ·
Baby boy for Britain’s William and Kate

Baby boy for Britain’s William and Kate

By Danny KEMP, James PHEBY LONDON, July 22, 2013 (AFP) – Britain’s Prince William and his wife Kate were celebrating on Monday after she gave birth to a baby boy, providing the world’s most famous royal family with a future king. Cheering crowds rushed towards the gates of Buckingham Palace as it was announced that […]

22.07.2013 · Filled under: International Stars, World News ·
EU bans raft of dangerous chemicals from toys

EU bans raft of dangerous chemicals from toys

(BRUSSELS-AFP) – Children’s toys need to comply as of Saturday with a new Europe-wide ban on dozens of chemical substances scientists say could trigger cancer, harm fertility or unleash allergies, the European Commission said. “Substances which are carcinogenic, mutagenic or toxic to reproduction as well as 55 allergenic fragrances are now banned from use in […]

19.07.2013 · Filled under: Health & Fitness, Home & Garden, World News ·