• Study sounds alarm for slow-breeding forest elephants

    Even without poachers, Central Africa's forest elephants would need almost a century to get their numbers back up to 2002 levels, said a study Wednesday that pried into the elusive creatures' slow-breeding ways. Roaming the tropical forests of Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo, Gabon

    AFP News
  • Jungle school helps rescued orangutans return to wild

    Ignoring the shrieks of his rowdy, wrestling classmates, baby orangutan Otan practises swinging alone at his "jungle school" on Borneo island, switching hands and hanging upside down as he builds confidence high above the forest floor. Last month, for the first time in history, Bornean orangutans

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  • Young activists take on China in key Hong Kong election

    When Hong Kong goes to the polls on Sunday a new brand of politician pushing for a complete break from Beijing will be fighting for votes in a frustrated and divided city. Since then, fears have grown that Beijing is tightening its grip in many areas of the semi-autonomous city -- from politics to education

    AFP News
  • Magical musical to kick off star-studded Venice fest

    A bewitching musical starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone will open the Venice film festival Wednesday, kicking off a US-heavy line-up of flicks vying for the coveted Golden Lion. Damien Chazelle's "La La Land", described as a tribute to the Golden Age of American musicals, reunites the

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  • Japan typhoon kills nine in elderly home

    Surging flood water brought by a powerful typhoon left nine people dead in an elderly care home in Japan, officials said on Wednesday. The bodies were discovered in a riverside care complex half buried in mud and rubble after Typhoon Lionrock ripped through the region, dumping torrential rain over a

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  • Trump to visit Mexico before immigration speech

    Donald Trump announced he will travel to Mexico on Wednesday to meet with the country's president just hours ahead of his much-anticipated Arizona speech on immigration. The Republican presidential nominee's surprise trip south of the border comes as debate about his immigration policies is

    AFP News
  • Ethnic peace talks seek to pave new path for Myanmar

    Peace talks between Myanmar's government and warring ethnic minorities kicked off Wednesday in a bid to end decades of conflict that have claimed thousands of lives and kept the country mired in poverty. A sea of colour filled the vast conference hall in the capital Naypyidaw as delegations from

    AFP News
  • Nazi beach resort ruin transforms into luxury playground

    Developers are now bringing to life the hulking grey ruin at Prora where Adolf Hitler failed to realise his dream of a giant beachfront indoctrination camp. The planned resort has once again entangled economic interests with historical memory in Germany, where the past looms large at evocative sites

    AFP News
  • Singapore urges tests for pregnant women with Zika signs

    Singapore on Wednesday urged all pregnant women showing symptoms of fever or rashes to have themselves tested for the Zika virus after the number of cases in the city-state soared to 82. Since Singapore reported its first locally transmitted Zika infection on Saturday, confirmed cases have climbed quickly

    AFP News
  • Oil prices dip on stronger dollar, Iran output fear

    Oil prices extended losses in Asia Wednesday on the back of a strong dollar while reported comments by Iran's oil minister that his country planned to boost output ramped up oversupply worries. The comments by Bijan Zangeneh, carried by Iran's official news agency on Tuesday, added to a feeling

    AFP News
  • Jungle school helps rescued orangutans return to wild

    Jungle school helps rescued orangutans return to wild. For the first time in history, Bornean orangutans were declared critically endangered, one step away from total extinction.

    AFPTV
  • Graft-busting grandma jailing corrupt Philippine politicians

    The Philippines' top graft-buster, a fearless grandmother who has sued politicians from the president down in her quest to rid her country of corruption, laughs in the face of death threats -- literally. Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales, 75, chuckled as she recounted to AFP how she was reluctantly

    AFP News
  • Myanmar's delicate peace process: four things to know

    After almost 70 years of violence, Myanmar's new civilian government is holding a major conference this week aimed at brokering peace with ethnic groups that have fought the state since its birth. - Since its 1948 independence from British colonial rule, Myanmar has been locked in simmering warfare

    AFP News
  • Elections, running clock frustrate Obama's trade deals

    President Barack Obama's two most ambitious trade deals appear increasingly in trouble, victims of electoral politics at home and in Europe and a ticking clock on his administration. Neither the Trans-Pacific Partnership nor the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership is dead, but analysts

    AFP News
  • Asia markets mostly down but Tokyo soars on weak yen

    Tokyo stocks resumed a rally on Wednesday as the yen fell against the dollar on US interest rate talk but most other Asian markets struggled as investors were spooked by the prospects of higher borrowing costs in the world's top economy. Dollar demand has intensified since Federal Reserve boss Janet

    AFP News
  • 'Principal architect' of IS attacks on West killed in Syria

    One of the Islamic State's top leaders, Abu Mohamed al-Adnani, described by the US as the "principal architect" of the group's attacks on the West, has been killed in Syria, the jihadist organisation announced. The truce was announced separately by a senior US defence official in Washington

    AFP News
  • Dotcom's battle to avoid US trial goes live

    The protracted battle to have Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom face video piracy charges in the United States broke new ground on Wednesday with live-streaming of his appeal against extradition. Dotcom won approval to live-stream his bid to avoid leaving New Zealand after successfully arguing that global

    AFP News
  • Trump may visit Mexico before immigration speech: report

    White House hopeful Donald Trump may travel to Mexico Wednesday to meet with the country's president just hours ahead of his highly anticipated speech on immigration, US media reported. The plans have not been finalized, and Trump's campaign has made no public announcement, but the Republican

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  • Brazil Senate braces for Rousseff impeachment vote

    Brazil's Senate was to vote Wednesday on stripping Dilma Rousseff of the presidency in a traumatic impeachment trial set to end 13 years of leftist rule over Latin America's biggest country. Senators loyal to Brazil's first female president debated into the night Tuesday in a final attempt

    AFP News
  • Apple to fight record EU tax bill

    Silicon Valley tech titan Apple will fight an EU demand for a record 13 billion euros in back taxes in Ireland, a move Washington warned could damage transatlantic economic ties. Brussels said Apple, the world's most valuable company, avoided virtually all tax on its business in the bloc by illegal

    AFP News
  • Japan factory output disappoints in July

    A drop in household spending, weak exports, and disappointing inflation figures have dealt a blow to Japan's war on deflation, which will heap fresh pressure on the Bank of Japan to unleash another wave of growth-boosting stimulus. Shipments, meanwhile, increased 0.9 percent, the ministry said,

    AFP News
  • Nazi beach resort ruin transforms into luxury playground

    One of the biggest relics left behind by the Nazis is undergoing a radical transformation on a German island, harnessing a property boom to become a luxury tourist destination.

    AFPTV
  • EM ASIA FX-Rupiah, baht and Philippine peso slip; yuan firmer

    SINGAPORE, Aug 31 (Reuters) - The following table shows rates for Asian currencies against the dollar at 0145 GMT. CURRENCIES VS U.S. DOLLAR Change on the day at 0145 GMT Currency Latest bid Previous Pct ...

    Reuters
  • Singer Chris Brown arrested on weapons charge

    Singer Chris Brown was arrested in Los Angeles on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, police said, following an hours-long standoff after a woman alleged he pointed a gun at her. Police said the troubled singer, who has had numerous brushes with the law, was being transported to a police station

    AFP News
  • IS says spokesman Adnani killed in Syria's Aleppo

    The Islamic State group said Tuesday its spokesman Abu Mohamed al-Adnani was killed in the Syrian province of Aleppo, as the US confirmed it had targeted him in the same area. Quoting an IS "military source," the group's news agency Amaq said: "Sheikh Abu Mohamed al-Adnani... was

    AFP News

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