• NASA spots most Earth-like planet yet 2 hours 13 minutes ago

    Los Angeles: Astronomers have discovered what they say is the most Earth-like planet yet detected - a distant, rocky world that's similar in size to our own and exists in the Goldilocks zone where it's not too hot and not too cold for life. The find, announced on Thursday, excited...
  • Avalanche sweeps Mt Everest; 6 killed, 9 missing 2 hours 39 minutes ago

    Katmandu: A Nepalese tourism official says six local guides have been killed and nine more are missing after an avalanche swept a route used to ascend the world's highest peak. Nepal Tourism Ministry official Krishna Lamsal says the avalanche hit just below Mount Everest Camp 2 around 6:30 a.m. on...
  • Facebook rolls out Nearby Friends, an optional location-sharing feature 3 hours 27 minutes ago

    New York: Facebook users in the US will soon be able to see which of their friends are nearby using a new feature the company launched on Thursday. The "Nearby Friends" feature must be turned on by the user, so people shouldn't expect to broadcast their location unknowingly. It will...
  • Alonso sets the pace in Chinese GP practice 3 hours 55 minutes ago

    Ferrari's Fernando Alonso set the pace in the first practice session at the Chinese Grand Prix on Friday, indicating the struggling team could emerge as a challenger to dominant Mercedes in Sunday's race. Alonso set a best time of 1 minute, 39.783 seconds around the Shanghai International Circuit, nearly 0.4...
  • 'X-Men' director Brian Singer accused of sexual harassment; Plaintiff gives details of the purported assault 4 hours 18 minutes ago

    Los Angeles: A man who claims he was sexually abused by 'X-Men' franchise director Bryan Singer said Thursday that he reported the molestation to authorities at the time, and he does not know why charges were never pursued. With his voice occasionally wavering, Michael Egan III described abuse he said...
  • Fed Cup: Samantha Stosur plays Petkovic to open semi-final 4 hours 33 minutes ago

    Brisbane: Australian No.1 Samantha Stosur will meet Germany's second-ranked player Andrea Petkovic in the opening match of the Fed Cup World Group semifinal. Friday's draw also pitted Casey Dellacqua against Germany No. 1 Angelique Kerber in the second match Saturday on outdoor hard courts at Pat Rafter Arena. The reverse...
  • 'Mrs Doubtfire' sequel in the works; Robin Williams to reprise his role 4 hours 57 minutes ago

    Los Angeles: Fox 2000 is developing the sequel to the 1993 hit comedy 'Mrs. Doubtfire', which starred Robin Williams. The follow-up will be penned by 'Elf' writer David Berenbaum, the studio's spokeswoman, Chelsey Summey, confirmed on Thursday. While no deals are in place yet, Williams and Chris Columbus are in...
  • Barcelona's Neymar and Alba out for a month with injuries 13 hours 57 minutes ago

    Barcelona: Barcelona will be without Neymar and Jordi Alba for the final month of the season after both were injured during the Copa del Rey final loss to Real Madrid on Wednesday. Both players will likely miss all five rounds remaining in the Spanish league, further hurting Barcelona's chances of...
  • Djokovic races into Monte Carlo Masters quarters 15 hours 8 minutes ago

    Monaco: Defending champion Novak Djokovic of Serbia raced into the Monte Carlo Masters quarterfinals on Thursday, dispatching Pablo Carreno Busta 6-0, 6-1 in just 47 minutes. Eight-time champion Rafael Nadal also had little trouble reaching the last eight, beating Italian Andreas Seppi 6-1, 6-3, while fourth-seeded Roger Federer shook off...
  • Cibulkova reaches Malaysian Open quarterfinals 16 hours 24 minutes ago

    Kuala Lumpur: Top-seeded Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia needed just over an hour to beat Su-Wei Hsieh of Taiwan 6-1, 6-2 on Thursday to reach the quarterfinals of Malaysian Open. Third-seeded Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic also advanced, beating Ying-Ying Duan of China 6-1, 6-3 to set up a quarterfinal...
  • Nigeria: Fate of 115 abducted girls unknown 17 hours 18 minutes ago

    The fate of 115 female students abducted by Islamic extremists was thrown into uncertainty on Thursday when their school principal denied the Nigerian military's report that almost all the pupils had been freed. "Up till now we are still waiting and praying for the safe return of the students ......
  • Nico Rosberg expects another tight race in Shanghai 20 hours 48 minutes ago

    Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg expects another tight race with teammate Lewis Hamilton this weekend at the Chinese Grand Prix, and this time he wants to come out on top. The teammates dueled for the lead at the Bahrain GP throughout the race, coming inches away from colliding on several occasions,...
  • Putin hopes no need to send troops into Ukraine 21 hours 40 minutes ago

    Moscow: Russia's President Vladimir Putin on Thursday rejected claims that Russian Special Forces are fomenting unrest in eastern Ukraine, but recognized for the first time that the troops in unmarked uniforms who had overtaken Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula before its annexation by Moscow were Russian soldiers. He expressed hope for a...
  • 'X-Men' franchise director Bryan Singer accused of sexual harassment 22 hours 6 minutes ago

    Honolulu: A former child model and aspiring actor is accusing "X-Men" franchise director Bryan Singer of sexually abusing him as a teenager in a federal lawsuit filed in Hawaii. The lawsuit filed Wednesday says the prominent director of the forthcoming "X-Men: Days of Future Past" forced Michael Egan III into...
  • Lee Westwood takes early lead at Malaysian Open golf Yesterday

    Determined to end a two-year title drought, Lee Westwood opened with a 65 on Thursday to take an early lead at the Malaysian Open. Westwood had a bogey at the par-five 10th, his first hole, but birdied four of his closing five holes to finish the first round at 7...