Mother or baby die in child birth every 11 seconds: UN

  by Nina LARSON Agence France Presse GENEVA, Switzerland (AFP) — Global child and maternal deaths have fallen sharply in recent decades, but new UN statistics released Thursday show unequal progress, with more than five childbirths a minute ending in tragedy. Two reports by several United Nations’ agencies showed clear global progress in reducing the number of pregnant women or new mothers and young children who die each year, pointing to improved access to affordable, […]

Huawei in public test as it unveils latest high-end smartphone with no Google apps

  by Daphne ROUSSEAU Agence France Presse BERLIN, Germany (AFP) — Chinese tech giant Huawei launches its latest high-end smartphone in Munich on Thursday, the first that could be void of popular Google apps because of US sanctions. Observers are asking whether a phone without the Silicon Valley software that users have come to depend on can succeed, or whether Huawei will have found a way for buyers to install popular apps despite the constraints. The […]

‘Flying’ river taxi tests Seine waters in Paris

Paris, France (AFP) — A “flying” electric river taxi hailed by its creators as the future of clean city transport is being put through a battery of tests in Paris this week, with a view to being in service by the spring. Named the “Sea Bubble”, the white aerodynamic craft skimmed over the River Seine at speeds of up to 30 km/hour (17 m/hour), hovering 50 centimetres (1.5 feet) above the water. A journey from […]

Bolivia wildfires burn more than 4 million hectares: NGO

La Paz, Bolivia (AFP) — Wildfires in Bolivia have razed more than four million hectares (10 million acres) of forest and grassland since August, an NGO warned Wednesday, as a state of emergency spread to the country’s northeast. The fires have torched some of the country’s most environmentally sensitive areas for weeks, and the government of the northeastern department of Beni declared a red alert on Wednesday. “The area burned in the department of Santa […]

New York state bans flavored e-cigarettes over vaping concerns

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — New York became the second US state to ban flavored e-cigarettes Tuesday, following several vaping-linked deaths that have raised fears about a product long promoted as less harmful than smoking. A health council passed emergency legislation proposed by Governor Andrew Cuomo outlawing flavored vaping products amid an outbreak of severe pulmonary disease that has killed seven people and sickened hundreds. The ban comes into force with immediate effect. Michigan […]

Earth warming more quickly than thought, new climate models show

by Marlowe HOOD PARIS, France (AFP) — Greenhouse gases thrust into the atmosphere mainly by burning fossil fuels are warming Earth’s surface more quickly than previously understood, according to new climate models set to replace those used in current UN projections, scientists said Tuesday. By 2100, average temperatures could rise 7.0 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels if carbon emissions continue unabated, separate models from two leading research centres in France showed. That is up to […]

US swimmer criss-crosses English Channel in 54-hour feat

  by Joe JACKSON Agence France Presse LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) — An American breast cancer survivor on Tuesday became the first person to swim across the English Channel four times non-stop in a 54-hour feat of endurance. Sarah Thomas, 37, an open water marathon swimmer from the US state of Colorado, could be seen in a video posted on Facebook arriving at Dover on the southern English coast with a group of supporters cheering […]

Getting to know “Teemy” Tadiaman, the five year-old kid who won hearts after appearing in a noontime show

  (Eagle News) — In this report, get to know more about Marcus Teemothy “Teemy” Tadiaman, the five-year old kid who joined a noontime show contest for kids and won hearts after appearing on television. Teemy also thanked all his supporters, including those who supported him through social media. During the interview portion of the noontime show, Teemy, the eldest of two kids of Jay and Rose Ann Tadiaman, says he wants to be a […]

Oil prices retreat after record gains

  LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) — Oil prices fell Tuesday but held most of the previous day’s record gains that were fuelled by an attack on Saudi facilities that wiped out half the country’s crude output. Traders were nervously awaiting further US response after it said Iran was likely to blame. The crisis revived fears of a conflict in the tinderbox Gulf region and raised questions about the security of crude fields in the world’s […]

Greta Thunberg wins Amnesty’s highest human rights award

  by Issam AHMED Agence France Presse WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg and the Fridays for Future youth movement received Amnesty International’s “Ambassadors of Conscience” award on Monday for their work highlighting the need for urgent action to avert climate disaster. The 16-year-old, who is taking a year out of high school, received a standing ovation from students at The George Washington University in the US capital where the ceremony […]

Texan girl, 10, dies of rare brain-eating amoeba after swimming in river

A 10-year-old girl has died in the hospital, her family said in a statement on Monday, after she contracted a rare brain-eating amoeba while swimming in a Texas river. Lily Mae Avant swam in a river and lake over the Labor Day holiday weekend earlier in September, then suffered a headache and a fever the following weekend. Her health quickly deteriorated, and she was taken to a local hospital, then transferred to Cook Children’s Hospital […]

Spain wins second FIBA Basketball World Cup

  Spain won its second FIBA Basketball World Cup after beating Argentina 95-75 in Beijing on Sunday. The center of the Spanish basketball team and NBA champion with the Toronto Raptors Marc Gasol said that Argentina and Spain have been the best teams in the championship, as they have shown ‘more heart’ and ‘more attitude’ than other competitors. He also reminded that initially no one expected both teams to reach the final leaving teams like […]