Critically endangered spider tortoise hatches at Smithsonian?s National Zoo

Critically endangered spider tortoise hatches at Smithsonian?s National Zoo

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Smithsonian's National Zoo says for the first time a rare spider tortoise has hatched at its Reptile Discovery Center. The zoo says the tortoise hatched May 10 at an off-exhibit area and appears to be doing well. The zoo says if it continues its progress it will be on exhibit



Several arrests made as protesters flood Cleveland streets after officer's acquittal

Several arrests made as protesters flood Cleveland streets after officer's acquittal

Police in riot gear made several arrests Saturday as protesters stormed the streets of Cleveland after a judge found a city police officer not guilty in the deaths of two unarmed black suspects killed in a barrage of police gunfire.

Fresh air strikes and ground fighting in Yemen

Fresh air strikes and ground fighting in Yemen

Sanaa (AFP) - Saudi-led warplanes launched a fresh wave of air strikes across Yemen targeting Iran-backed rebels as fighting raged on the ground in the south of the country, witnesses said.The air raids pounded arms depots under the control of the Shiite Huthi rebels in the locality of Ghula, in Omr

Ethiopia votes with ruling party set to return

Ethiopia votes with ruling party set to return

Addis Ababa (AFP) - Ethiopia, Africa's second-most populous country, holds its first general election on Sunday since the death of strongman Meles Zenawi, whose successor Hailemariam Desalegn is all but certain to stay in office.Over 36.8 million Ethiopians have registered for Sunday's polls, but an

Peace activists make rare crossing of North-South Korea border

Peace activists make rare crossing of North-South Korea border

Paju (South Korea) (AFP) - An international group of women peace activists, led by American feminist Gloria Steinem, made a rare crossing on Sunday of one of the world's most militarised borders between North and South Korea.The group of 30 activists rode by bus through the demilitarised zone (DMZ)

Maroons boast bigger Origin firepower

Maroons boast bigger Origin firepower

Statistics show Queensland head into State of Origin I in Sydney on Wednesday with far superior firepower than their NSW rivals.

Ferdinand: Wife's death 'difficult'

Ferdinand: Wife's death 'difficult'

Former England captain Rio Ferdinand has spoken publicly for the first time since his wife's death to cancer and says it has been "the most difficult period of his life".

VIDEO: El Salvador's Romero beatified

VIDEO: El Salvador's Romero beatified

The Catholic Archbishop Oscar Romero has been beatified at a ceremony in El Salvador attended by huge crowds.

Terrorists could lose citizenship: PM

Terrorists could lose citizenship: PM

TONY Abbott says the Commonwealth is entitled to strip the citizenship of terrorists but he's refused to detail new counter-terrorism laws to come.

Marriage is a parliament matter: Abbott

Marriage is a parliament matter: Abbott

PRIME Minister Tony Abbott says the question of legalising gay marriage is one for parliament not the public to decide.

ALP calls for Aussie jihadis to be jailed

ALP calls for Aussie jihadis to be jailed

LABOR has questioned plans to revoke the citizenship of dual national terrorists, arguing Australia would be safer if jihadists were jailed rather than deported.

Woman, believed to be world's oldest person, celebrates 116th birthday

Woman, believed to be world's oldest person, celebrates 116th birthday

Detroit-area native Jeralean Talley turned 116 Saturday. The Gerontology Research Group considers her to be the oldest person in the world, based on available records.

Saskatchewan NDP gives Broten 98 per cent support in review vote

Saskatchewan NDP gives Broten 98 per cent support in review vote

Saskatchewan New Democrats have voted overwhelmingly in support of their leader during the party's annual convention.

World's oldest living person celebrates her 116th birthday

World's oldest living person celebrates her 116th birthday

A Detroit-area woman turned 116 Saturday, but she offers no secret for a long life. "There's nothing I can do about it," Jeralean Talley of Inkster said ahead of her birthday weekend.

Thousands evacuated in Nepal after landslide blocks river

Thousands evacuated in Nepal after landslide blocks river

Thousands of people have fled villages and towns along a mountain river in in northwest Nepal after it was blocked by a landslide that could burst and cause flash floods.

Sweden Wins 2015 Eurovision Song Contest

Sweden Wins 2015 Eurovision Song Contest

With his song titled Heroes, Sweden's Måns Zelmerlöw has collected most votes of viewers at the final of this year's Eurovision Song Contest. This comes after a tough challenge with Polina Gagarina from Russia and the trio Il Volo (Italy). Bulgaria did not take part in this year's edition, b

Assassinated Salvadoran archbishop beatified, 1st step toward sainthood

Assassinated Salvadoran archbishop beatified, 1st step toward sainthood

Oscar Romero was beatified by Roman Catholic officials Saturday in an emotional ceremony elevating the once-controversial archbishop to the ranks of the blessed 35 years after his assassination.

RCN launches high-capacity terrestrial fibre network

RCN launches high-capacity terrestrial fibre network

    RIYADH —  Etihad Etisalat (Mobily) announced that the Regional Cable Network (RCN) has commercially launched a high-capacity terrestrial fibre network that will run from Fujairah to Riyadh and then to Amman during the initial phase. The RCN is a conso

US Senate blocks bill on NSA surveillance

US Senate blocks bill on NSA surveillance

    WASHINGTON — The US Senate rejected legislation early Saturday aimed at reforming NSA intelligence gathering, a blow to President Barack Obama and others who support ending the bulk collection of Americans’ telephone records. Senators also rejected e

Japan, S. Korea financial chiefs resume talks amid diplomatic row

Japan, S. Korea financial chiefs resume talks amid diplomatic row

  South Korean deputy Prime Minister and Strategy and Finance Minister Choi Kyung-Hwan, second right, reacts next to his Japanese counterpart Taro Aso, second left, during a photo session at the South Korea-Japan finance dialogue meeting in Tokyo on Saturday. — AFP  

The one — and only —  way for Yankees to 'clean up their act'

The one — and only — way for Yankees to 'clean up their act'

The best player on the Yankees is currently the AL East. The Yankees keep losing, five in a row now, and it feels as if they are just five more...

Goal hard fact: Lightning sticking with Ben Bishop in net

Goal hard fact: Lightning sticking with Ben Bishop in net

There is little question Lightning goalie Ben Bishop has struggled thus far in the Eastern Conference final, but coach Jon Cooper said Saturday that an inquiry posed about a possible...

Burundian opposition leader killed: AFP

Burundian opposition leader killed: AFP

Baku-APA. The leader of a Burundian opposition party has reportedly been killed by unknown assailants in the capital Bujumbura, APA reports quoting Press TV.

Egypt's Morsi trial over insulting judiciary postponed to July

Egypt's Morsi trial over insulting judiciary postponed to July

Baku-APA. Cairo Criminal Court on Saturday postponed to July 27 the trial of ousted Islamist Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi over charges of insulting the judicial authorities, APA reports quoting state-run MENA news agency.

Cleveland Mayor Urges Calm After Cop Acquitted

Cleveland Mayor Urges Calm After Cop Acquitted

Cleveland's mayor called for calm after a police officer who fired through the windshield of a suspect's car at the end of a 137-shot barrage -- a barrage that left two unarmed black occupants dead -- was acquitted of all criminal charges.
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Cop hit by police car seriously injured

A CRITICAL incident investigation is underway after a NSW police officer was hit by a police car during a pursuit in the state's north.

College baseball: OKC, Tulsa going head-to-head to host Big 12 tournament

BY RYAN ABER AND JOHN HELSLEY, Staff WritersTULSA — Oklahoma City has long been home to the Big 12 Tournament. This week, though, Tulsa is getting its chance, hosting the event for the first time. While three Texas cities – Round Rock, Frisco and possibly San Antonio – all reportedly having

Young man stabbed in Surrey

A man in his 20s was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries after he was stabbed at a house party around midnight Friday. Surrey RCMP were called after an altercation broke out at the party on 102nd Avenue near 140th Street and a victim was stabbed, Staff-Sgt. Blair McColl said.

Family mourns "large-hearted" B.C. man who died in Mexico

The mother of a British Columbia man who died in a boating accident in Mexico says he was a big-hearted, generous man who always reached out to help others.

Jackie Bird: Don't let those fatcat bankers give wealthy philanthropists a bad name

JACKIE reminds us that all across Scotland, affluent people with big bank accounts are doing their bit to help the vulnerable and needy.

Eurovision 2015: Graham Norton returns with another cutting commentary - his best lines

Graham Norton was back in Terry Wogan's former seat in classic cutting form as the UK's Eurovision commentator and, as expected, he did not disappoint.

Premier League relegation: Hull or Newcastle - Two into one won't go

The difference between Hull City and Newcastle United as they stand on the riverbank of Premier League relegation can be calculated in the difference between fear and loathing. While on the Humber there is angst, on the Tyne there is anger. The moods reflect time and expectation.

NSA Winds Down Phone-Records Collection Program

WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Security Agency has begun winding down its collection and storage of American phone records after the Senate failed to agree on a path forward to change or extend the once-secret program ahead of its expiration at the end of the month. Barring an 11th hour comprom

Raw: Gay Marriage Supporters Cheer Irish Vote

Thousands of Irish citizens gathered at Dublin Castle and exploded with joy when it was revealed 62.1 percent of Irish voters had said "yes" to changing the nation's constitution to allow gay marriage. (May 23)

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Shocking images reveal oil spill devastation along California coast

A ruptured pipeline dumped oil across Refugio State Beach in California on May 19, 2015. The devastating mess has covered over four miles of the beach with over 21,000 gallons of oil.

Murder Probe As Three Bodies Found In House

A murder investigation has been launched after a man, woman and girl were found dead at a house in Oxfordshire, police say.

Five acts that could reach the Britains Got Talent final

Old Men Grooving Jules and Matisse Calum Scott and Dylan Byrd our resident BGT addict Emma Daly tips acts for this years final