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Belgian builds musical bridge across the Bosphorus

AFP | Belgian musician Tristan Driessens found his inspiration and his calling east of the Bosphorus, becoming one of the West's few masters of the...

New York expo on conspiracy theories aims to capture zeitgeist

AFP | The Kennedy assassination, Watergate, 911 and the war in Iraq: all these landmark events in US history fueled public suspicions about the elites...

Fluid flamboyance: French star Christine and the Queens becomes Chris

AFP | Heloise Letissier, the million-selling French pop singer who became a global star as Christine and the Queens, cannot stop shape-shifting. For her second...

Milan Fashion Week regales in green-tinted luxury

AFP | Milan Fashion Week kicks off on Wednesday with cutting-edge couturiers taking over the city to present their women's ready-to-wear Spring/Summer 2019 collections, while...

Turkey opposition daily Cumhuriyet shaken by internal strife

AFP | The Istanbul headquarters of Turkish opposition daily Cumhuriyet hums with the daily excitement of a busy newsroom as reporters work the phones chasing...

Brazilians opt for budget bulletproofing as economy tanks

AFP | Brazilians are as worried as ever about getting shot while driving but have less money in a stagnant economy to spend on protecting...

Japanese billionaire businessman revealed as SpaceX’s first Moon traveler

AFP | A Japanese billionaire and online fashion tycoon, Yusaku Maezawa, will be the first man to fly on a monster SpaceX rocket around the...

Smugglers pave path for migrants from Africa to Europe

AFP | They scale barbed-wire-topped fences and cross the sea in inflatable boats or jet skis more than 36,000 migrants entered Spain this year seeking...

Five things about the North-South summit in Pyongyang

AFP | Summits between North and South Korea are closely watched for both spectacular symbolism on grand display at the Panmunjom summit in April and...

India’s singing village, where everyone has their melody

AFP | Curious whistles and chirrups echo through the jungle around Kongthong, a remote Indian village, but this is no birdsong. It's people calling out...

Russia says no Syria assault as Putin, Erdogan agree Idlib plan

AFP | Moscow said Monday there would be no assault on Syria's Idlib as the leaders of Russia and Turkey agreed to create a demilitarised...

Anti-Brexit campaigner seeks to ‘end the chaos’

AFP | Leading anti-Brexit campaigner Gina Miller launched an information campaign Friday to help "end the chaos" surrounding Britain's looming departure from the European Union....

Fly me to the Moon? A look at the space-tourism race

AFP | SpaceX is among a handful of companies racing to propel tourists into space. Here are the top projects in the works, and what...

Fish shortage sparks conflict on Africa’s great lakes

AFP | Ugandan navy speedboats sliced through murky Lake Edward towards a fleet of wooden canoes carrying illegal fishermen from the Democratic Republic of Congo,...

Investors slow to follow H&M and Ikea into Ukraine

AFP | When Swedish clothing giant H&M opened its first store in Ukraine earlier this month, thousands of high-street fashion lovers rushed in to buy...

Fearing attacks from above, Syrians in Idlib head underground

AFP | The grotto in northwestern Syria has already saved his children's lives once. Fearing more air attacks, Abdulmonem is expanding the makeshift bomb shelter...

‘Game of Thrones’ takes top prize at surprising Emmys

AFP | HBO's record-breaking fantasy epic "Game of Thrones" stormed back onto the Emmys stage on Monday, winning the coveted best drama series prize on...

Pakistan’s Khan to visit Riyadh on first trip

AFP | Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan will head to Riyadh on Tuesday for his first foreign visit since coming to power, officials said. The...

Imran Khan to give some Afghans, Bengalis citizenship

AFP | Pakistan's new premier Imran Khan has vowed to give citizenship to some Afghan refugees and Bengali immigrants, officials confirmed Monday, granting rights to...

Mexico marks twin anniversaries of deadly quakes

AFP | Mexico marks the anniversaries Wednesday of two deadly earthquakes: one that devastated the country last year, claiming 369 lives, and another that killed...

Machines will do more tasks than humans by 2025: WEF

AFP | Robots will handle 52 percent of current work tasks by 2025, almost twice as many as now, a World Economic Forum (WEF) study...

Massive clean-up in Hong Kong after typhoon chaos

AFP | Hong Kong began a massive clean-up Monday after Typhoon Mangkhut raked the city, shredding trees and bringing damaging floods, in a trail of...

Pakistan crush Hong Kong in Asia Cup

AFP | Former champions Pakistan thrashed an inexperienced Hong Kong by eight wickets in a one-sided match to open their Asia Cup campaign in style...

Ruby rush brings ‘hell’, not riches, to Mozambique village

AFP | Nearly a decade after rubies was first found in northern Mozambique, the discovery has proven a poisoned chalice, says traditional local ruler Cristina...

‘Nowhere to worship’: Crackdown bedevils China’s Catholics

AFP | A government sign outside a Catholic church in central China warns that children are not allowed to attend mass. "Illegal" churches are being...

Ex-Trump aide Manafort to cooperate in Russia probe

AFP | President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort agreed Friday to cooperate in the Russia collusion investigation in a plea deal that left...

Japan’s commercial whaling bid rejected by IWC

AFP | Japan's determined bid to return to commercial whale hunting was rejected by the International Whaling Commission (IWC) Friday in a tense vote that exposed...

Pope in Sicily to honour priest killed by mafia

AFP | Pope Francis visits the Italian island of Sicily on Saturday to pay homage to a priest murdered by the mafia 25 years ago...

Growing army influence on Brazilian elections causes a stir

AFP | With an ex-army captain leading polls, a reserve general picked as his running mate, and a military chief sticking his nose into the...

Urgent preparations as super typhoon closes in on Philippines

AFP | Preparations were in high gear in the Philippines on Friday with Super Typhoon Mangkhut set to make a direct hit in less than...

After Canada-Saudi row, West confronts risk of speaking up

AFP | Saudi Arabia's diplomatic brawl with Canada has exposed what Western officials call "new red lines" in their engagement with the oil-rich kingdom, deterring nations...

Spanish PM fights back against thesis plagiarism allegation

AFP | Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez angrily fought back Thursday against allegations that he plagiarised his doctoral thesis, in the same week his health...

Amazon’s Jeff Bezos unveils $2 bn philanthropic fund

AFP | Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, the richest person on the planet, announced Thursday he was creating a philanthropic fund to help homeless families and...

SpaceX announces new plan to send tourist around Moon

AFP | SpaceX on Thursday announced a new plan to launch a tourist around the Moon using its Big Falcon Rocket (BFR), a massive launch...

Volkswagen to end iconic ‘Beetle’ cars in 2019

AFP | Volkswagen announced Thursday it would end production of its iconic "Beetle" cars in 2019 after adding a pair of final editions of the...

London Fashion Week: Victoria Beckham, Burberry headline

AFP | London Fashion Week opens Friday with all eyes on Victoria Beckham, who debuts at the event on the 10th anniversary of her label's...

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