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Dubai airport is the world's busiest international travel hub

Laptop ban hits Dubai for 1.1m weekend travellers

Dubai (AFP) – Dubai International Airport and its flag carrier Emirates began implementing a ban on laptops and tablets on direct flights to the US Saturday, on one of the busiest travel weekends of the year. Around 1.1 million people

Australia's captain Steve Smith smashed 14 fours during his 173-ball 111 in Dharamsala

Smith hits ton, Kuldeep shines on debut

Dharamsala (India) (AFP) – Steve Smith became the first Australian skipper to score three centuries in a series in India before debutant Kuldeep Yadav pegged back the tourists in the fourth Test on Saturday. Smith smashed 14 fours in his

Lewis Hamilton in a Mercedes clocked a record lap of one minute 22.188 seconds to take his 62nd career pole and sixth in Australia into Sunday's race in Melbourne

Hamilton fights off Vettel to grab Australian GP pole

Melbourne (AFP) – Triple world champion Lewis Hamilton fought off late bids from Sebastian Vettel and team-mate Valtteri Bottas to seize pole position in the season-opening Australian Grand Prix on Saturday. Hamilton in a Mercedes clocked a record lap of

(L-R) Malta's PM Joseph Muscat, European Council President Donald Tusk, Estonia PM Juri Ratas and Italy PM Paolo Gentiloni pose ahead of a summit of EU leaders to mark the 60th anniversary of the founding Treaty of Rome, in Rome on March 25, 2017

Troubled EU seeks unity in Rome on 60th birthday

Rome (AFP) – European Union leaders celebrated the 60th anniversary of the bloc’s founding treaties at a special summit in Rome on Saturday in a symbolic show of unity despite Britain’s looming departure. Meeting without Britain, the other 27 member

Sparks fly from beneath the car as Red Bull's Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo takes part in the qualifying session for the Formula One Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on March 25, 2017

Ricciardo pays for costly crash in Australian GP qualifying

Melbourne (AFP) – Home hero Daniel Ricciardo was crestfallen after a costly error led to a crash in the final frenetic stages of qualifying Saturday to push him down the grid for the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne. Australia’s big

Australia's captain Steve Smith smashed 14 fours during his 173-ball 111 in Dharamsala

Smith smashes ton as Australia reach 208-6 in fourth India Test

Dharamsala (India) (AFP) – Steve Smith struck a fine 111 as Australia reached 208-6 at tea on the opening day of the series-deciding fourth Test against India in Dharamsala on Saturday. Smith smashed 14 fours during his 173-ball innings, becoming

Lewis Hamilton in a Mercedes clocked a record lap of one minute 22.188 seconds to take his 62nd career pole and sixth in Australia into Sunday's race in Melbourne

Hamilton on pole for Australian GP with record lap

Melbourne (AFP) – Triple world champion Lewis Hamilton will start off the pole in the season-opening Australian Grand Prix after winning qualifying on Saturday. Hamilton in a Mercedes clocked a record lap of one minute 22.188 seconds to take his

Rebel fighters from the Jaish al-Fatah (Army of Conquest) brigades, which include other rebel factions, parade in the northwestern Syrian city of Idlib

Air strike on prison in Syria’s Idlib kills 16: monitor

Beirut (AFP) – At least 16 people were killed overnight in air strikes on a prison in the rebel-held city of Idlib in northwest Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said Saturday. It said the dead included prisoners

A Chinese firm has bought a 21 per cent stake in SeaWorld Entertainment, whose shows featuring killer whales have been slammed by animal rights groups

SeaWorld to expand in China after investment deal

Beijing (AFP) – A Chinese real estate investment firm has announced it has become the largest shareholder in SeaWorld and intends to import the US company’s controversial theme parks into China. The Zhonghong Zhuoye group said in a statement released

Clint Dempsey of the United States scores one of his three goals in a 6-0 thrashing of Honduras during their FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier

Dempsey hat-trick, Pulisic shines as USA thrash Honduras

San Francisco (AFP) – Clint Dempsey made a fairytale return to international duty with a hat-trick as the United States reignited their 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign with a 6-0 thrashing of Honduras on Friday.  Dempsey, playing his first international

US photographer James Balog speaks about his images at the "Extreme Ice" exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, Illinois

Photographer captures world’s glacier melt over decade

Chicago (AFP) – For the last decade, American photographer James Balog has been on a mission to document climate change through his camera lens. His effort has taken him to the farthest reaches of the world, from Antarctica to the

Security is tight in Rome as EU leaders meet on the 60th anniversary of the bloc's founding with snipers on rooftops, drones in the skies and 3,000 police on the streets

EU takes road to Rome for 60th anniversary

Rome (AFP) – European Union leaders will renew their vows on the 60th anniversary of the troubled bloc’s founding treaties Saturday at a special summit in Rome designed to show unity despite Britain’s looming divorce. Meeting in the same Renaissance-era

Devin Booker of the Phoenix Suns became just the sixth player in NBA history to score 70 or more points in a game and the youngest to do so

Suns’ Booker makes history with 70 points in loss to Celtics

Washington (AFP) – Phoenix guard Devin Booker produced a game for the ages Friday, but his scintillating 70-point haul wasn’t enough as the Suns fell 130-120 to the Celtics in Boston. Booker, 20, became just the sixth player in NBA

Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates his win over Dudi Sela of Israel during the Miami Open at the Crandon Park Tennis Center on March 24, 2017

Nadal sweeps past Sela in Miami, Dimitrov toppled

Miami (AFP) – Rafael Nadal cruised past Israeli Dudi Sela in the second round of the Miami Open while Kei Nishikori and Milos Raonic also enjoyed comfortable victories as the top seeds got underway. But there was an upset for

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel unleashed a best lap of one minute 23.380 seconds to finish top of the timesheets before qualifying at the Australian Grand Prix

Ferrari’s Vettel quickest in final Aussie practice

Melbourne (AFP) – Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel trumped Mercedes duo Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton in practice ahead of Saturday’s qualifying for the Australian Formula One Grand Prix. Vettel unleashed a best lap of one minute 23.380 seconds to finish top

American-Israeli Jewish teenager (C), accused of making dozens of anti-Semitic bomb threats in US and elsewhere, leaves the Israeli Justice court in Rishon Lezion

Jews, Israelis fear fallout from bomb hoax arrest

Jerusalem (AFP) – Israel’s arrest of a Jewish teenager accused of masterminding dozens of anti-Semitic threats could encourage racism and ease pressure on US President Donald Trump to tackle anti-Semitism, Jewish groups have warned. Far-right groups claimed vindication that attacks

Devin Booker of the Phoenix Suns became just the sixth player in NBA history to score 70 or more points in a game and the youngest to do so

Suns’ Booker explodes for 70 points in loss to Celtics

Washington (AFP) – Phoenix guard Devin Booker produced a game for the ages, but his scintillating 70 point-haul wasn’t enough as the Suns fell 130-120 to the Celtics in Boston. Booker, 20, became just the sixth player in NBA history

After their disappointing loss at Denver, LeBron James called out his fellow Cavaliers for lack of toughness

James shines as Cavs bounce back

Los Angeles (AFP) – LeBron James just missed a triple-double, pouring in 32 points with 11 assists and nine rebounds in the Cleveland Cavaliers’ 112-105 NBA victory over the Hornets in Charlotte. Kyrie Irving added 26 points and Kevin Love

Sauber driver Pascal Wehrlein withdrew from the Australian Grand Prix saying he did not feel fit enough for a complete race as he recovers from a pre-season crash

Sauber replace Wehrlein with Giovinazzi for F1 opener

Melbourne (AFP) – Pascal Wehrlein withdrew Saturday from the Sauber team for this weekend’s season-opening Australian Formula One Grand Prix in Melbourne citing a back problem. The German said he did not feel fit enough for a complete race distance

Models present the genderless creations of ACUOD by CHANU at Tokyo Fashion Week on March 22

Gender-bending fashion on Tokyo runway bang on trend

Tokyo (AFP) – If gender bending fashion is suddenly all the rage in the West, think Pharrell Williams promoting Chanel’s new unisex handbag, then nowhere has the look excelled more than in Tokyo. Japan, for decades a pioneer of the

Renowned physicist Stephen Hawking, 75, appears via hologram to address an audience in Hong Kong

Stephen Hawking appears as hologram in Hong Kong

Hong Kong (AFP) – Renowned physicist Stephen Hawking has spoken to a Hong Kong audience by hologram, showcasing the growing reach of a technology which is making inroads into politics, entertainment and business. The British scientist appeared Friday before an

Lebanese protesters rally in front of the Supreme Shiite Council in Beirut to demand clerics increase the age at which the custody of children in divorce cases can be awarded to the mother

Shiite Lebanese women wage painful custody battles

Beirut (AFP) – Every week, young divorcee Rita Choukeir looks forward to the three precious hours she gets with her young son in Lebanon, where child custody is awarded according to religious rulings. Typically hailed as one of the region’s

Pro-Kurdish politician Ahmet Turk still hopes for peace but fears the consequences of next month's referendum

Turkey vote a ‘test’ for Kurds says veteran Kurdish politician

Mardin (Turkey) (AFP) – Jailed by the junta after Turkey’s 1980 military coup and again after last year’s failed putsch, veteran Kurdish politician Ahmet Turk still hopes for peace but fears the consequences of next month’s referendum. In an interview

South Korea's sunken Sewol ferry is hauled onto a giant heavy lifting ship ready to be towed from its watery grave

South Korea’s sunken Sewol a step closer to reaching port

Jindo (South Korea) (AFP) – South Korea’s sunken Sewol ferry has been successfully hauled onto a giant heavy lifting ship, officials said Saturday, a step towards returning the vessel to port. Nearly three years after it went down killing more

Activists protest against the Keystone XL Pipeline on March 10, 2017 in Washington, DC

Keystone approval spells headache for Canada’s Trudeau

Ottawa (AFP) – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was quick to welcome Washington’s approval of a major new pipeline from Canada into the United States, but observers say it creates political headaches for his administration. Trudeau has sought to strike a

Former Los Angeles Lakers player Shaquille O'Neal speaks after unveiling of his statue at Staples Center March 24, 2017, in Los Angeles, California

Shaq soars again at Staples as statue unveiled

Los Angeles (AFP) – NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal was feted by an array of Los Angeles Lakers greats as a massive statue of him delivering a thundering dunk was unveiled at Staples Center. Lakers legend Kareem Abdul-Jabaar and

US President Donald Trump was forced to withdraw a health care bill, leaving his major campaign pledge to dismantle his predecessor's health care reforms unfulfilled

Two months in, Trump suffers string of defeats

Washington (AFP) – President Donald Trump suffered a bitter defeat in his first major legislative challenge as Republican lawmakers shot down his effort to repeal Obamacare. It was the latest in a string of major setbacks to have hit his

Amos Yee was detained by US authorities after he arrived in Chicago airport in December

Singaporean teen dissident granted US asylum

Singapore (AFP) – A Singaporean teenager who was jailed twice after insulting the island’s late leader Lee Kuan Yew and religious groups has been granted political asylum in the United States, his US lawyer said Saturday. Amos Yee, 18, shocked

Germany's head coach Joachim Loew said his team's goal going into the match against Azerbaijan was "to secure a ticket for the World Cup as soon as possible"

Germany aim to ‘ruthlessly’ extend record run

Baku (AFP) – Record-breaking Germany face Azerbaijan on Sunday with head coach Joachim Loew insisting their simple goal is to “ruthlessly” secure World Cup qualification as quickly as possible. The defending champions are currently five points clear in Group C

Activists protest against the Trump health care plan during a rally in Washington on Thursday

New blow for Trump as Obamacare repeal bid collapses

Washington (AFP) – President Donald Trump suffered a stinging defeat in his first major legislative challenge on Friday as rebel Republican lawmakers shot down his effort to repeal Obamacare. It was the latest in a string of political stumbles and