Associated-Press

  • Experimental Ebola drug heals all monkeys in study 30-08-2014 11:20 AM

    Washington: An experimental Ebola drug healed all 18 monkeys infected with the deadly virus in a study, boosting hopes that the treatment might help fight the outbreak raging through West Africa - once more of it can be made. The monkeys were given the drug, ZMapp, three to five days...
  • Chelsea face Everton, Manchester United look for win against Burnley 30-08-2014 10:25 AM

    From the World Cup semi-finals to a bruising introduction in Britain, Louis van Gaal's fortunes have changed rapidly inside two months. The coach who led the Netherlands to a third-place finish at the World Cup enters his fourth match as Manchester United manager still searching for his first win. Chelsea...
  • Hip-hop moves as force in Missouri for slain unarmed Michael Brown 30-08-2014 10:24 AM

    New York: Rappers are making their voices heard in Missouri city where a white police officer killed an unarmed young black man, channeling hip-hop's earlier roots when the genre worked as a voice for the oppressed and spoke out against injustice. "It's really important to see hip-hop's role of being...
  • English clubs spending record amounts this summer 30-08-2014 10:08 AM

    London: With frenetic deadline-day dealings still to come, Premier League clubs have already spent record amounts in this summer's transfer window as they benefit from increased income from broadcast revenues. According to analysis from football finance expert Deloitte released on Friday, teams in the top division have splashed out 725...
  • Manchester United's Van Gaal plan: Conquer Champions League by 2017 30-08-2014 10:06 AM

    Manchester: Reeling from arguably the most humiliating loss in the club's illustrious history, the prospect of Manchester United being European champions by 2017 seems far-fetched. Yet that is the target new manager Louis van Gaal has set the team as part of an ambitious three-year plan. "I hope we are...
  • China warns against foreign meddling in Hong Kong 30-08-2014 09:20 AM

    Beijing: China is issuing harsh warnings against foreign meddling in Hong Kong's politics ahead of an expected announcement recommending restrictions to the first direct elections for the leader of the Chinese-controlled financial hub. An article in the ruling Communist Party's flagship newspaper People's Daily on Saturday says some in the...
  • Myanmar's first international beauty queen has absconded with her $100,000 crown after being stripped of her title 30-08-2014 09:08 AM

    Yangon, Myanmar: Myanmar's first international beauty queen has absconded with her $100,000 crown after being stripped of her title for being rude and dishonest, organizers said Friday. May Myat Noe's photograph was blacked out on the Miss Asia Pacific World website, the word "dethroned" stamped alongside her name. "She thinks...
  • Human skull donated to a Goodwill store in Texas! 30-08-2014 08:57 AM

    Austin, Texas: Police are scratching their heads trying to work out who donated a human skull to a thrift store in Austin, Texas. Homicide Detective Derek Israel said Wednesday that foul play is not suspected and that he just wants to know how the adult skull came to be left...
  • Slice of history: 33-year-old slice of Princess Diana's wedding cake auctioned 30-08-2014 08:50 AM

    Los Angeles: A 33-year-old slice of cake from Prince Charles and Princess Diana's 1981 wedding has sold at auction for $1,375. The cake, still in its original white and silver presentation box, was sold online Thursday by Nate D. Sanders Auctions of Los Angeles. With the box was a card...
  • 33-year-old slice of Princess Diana's wedding cake sold for $1,375 30-08-2014 08:46 AM

    Los Angeles: A 33-year-old slice of cake from Prince Charles and Princess Diana's 1981 wedding has sold at auction for $1,375. The cake, still in its original white and silver presentation box, was sold online on Thursday by Nate D Sanders Auctions of Los Angeles. With the box was a...
  • Venus Williams, Simona Halep, Angelique Kerber ousted at US Open 30-08-2014 08:44 AM

    Shock waves hit the US Open on Friday as veteran Mirjana Lucic-Baroni spearheaded a series of stunning third-round surprises that claimed two of the top women's seeds and seven-times grand slam winner Venus Williams. Lucic-Baroni ousted second seed Simona Halep, Italy's Sara Errani posted her first career win over Williams...
  • Roger Federer beats Sam Groth to reach the third round at US Open 30-08-2014 08:32 AM

    New York: Roger Federer produced one particularly brilliant backhand lob that he celebrated by wagging a finger overhead during a straight-set second-round victory at the US Open. The second-seeded Federer beat 104th-ranked Sam Groth of Australia 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 Friday, improving to 24-1 for his career in night matches held...
  • Fernando Torres heads to AC Milan on loan from Chelsea 30-08-2014 08:09 AM

    London: Chelsea have agreed terms with AC Milan for striker Fernando Torres to join the Serie A club in a two-year loan deal. The Premier League club and Milan announced the agreement on their websites Friday, adding that "the move is now subject to Fernando agreeing personal terms with AC...
  • Tablet market slows down as PCs find footing 30-08-2014 06:43 AM

    San Francisco: Tablets won't eclipse personal computers as fast as once thought, according to studies by market tracker International Data Corporation (IDC). IDC on Friday cut its forecast for shipments of tablets and "two-in-one" devices combining tablet and laptop features to 233.1 million, saying growth would be about half of...
  • Balotelli in line for Liverpool debut at Spurs 29-08-2014 09:07 PM

    Liverpool: Mario Balotelli is in line to make his Liverpool debut against Tottenham on Sunday after impressing manager Brendan Rodgers in the Italy striker's first practice sessions with his new club. Rodgers says Balotelli "has settled in very well and has looked fantastic in training. . He is engrossing himself...
  • Torres may be ready for new start, says Mourinho 29-08-2014 09:02 PM

    London: Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has raised the prospect of Fernando Torres leaving the club before the transfer window closes, saying the Spain striker may be ready to "try a new life, a new club, probably a new league." Torres joined Chelsea from Liverpool in January 2011 for what was...
  • Tri-series: South Africa beat Zimbabwe by 61 runs, earn bonus point 29-08-2014 09:00 PM

    Harare: South Africa's bowlers delivered a 61-run win over Zimbabwe as Dale Steyn and Ryan McLaren took three wickets each to bowl the hosts out for 170 in the triangular one-day series on Friday. South Africa were kept to a mediocre total of 231 at Harare Sports Club but were...
  • Unfit Cristiano Ronaldo to miss Portugal Euro 2016 qualifier 29-08-2014 08:01 PM

    Lisbon: Cristiano Ronaldo is unfit and will miss Portugal's opening 2016 European Championship qualifier against visiting Albania. Portugal coach Paulo Bento said Friday that the country's star forward, who has been playing for Real Madrid at the start of the Spanish league season, was ruled unfit to play in the...
  • Vicente Del Bosque goes with youth after World Cup fiasco 29-08-2014 05:20 PM

    Madrid: Vicente del Bosque unveiled a rejuvenated Spain squad on Friday after the debacle at this summer's World Cup and the retirement of three key players from the team's most successful era. While stalwarts Xavi Hernandez, Xabi Alonso and David Villa retired from international competition after Spain flopped in their...
  • Marco Reus, Mario Gomez in German squad for Argentina friendly 29-08-2014 03:12 PM

    Frankfurt: Germany have recalled 18 World Cup players for next week's friendly against Argentina, a repeat of the final in Brazil. The friendly in Duesseldorf on September 3 is the first match for both teams since the July 13 final at Maracana in Rio de Janeiro, when Mario Goetze scored...
  • Ecuador to launch the world's first government-issued digital currency 29-08-2014 03:02 PM

    Quito: Ecuador is planning to create the world's first government-issued digital currency, which some analysts believe could be a first step toward abandoning the country's existing currency, the US dollar, which the government cannot control. The virtual currency, which Central Bank officials say they expect will start circulating in December,...
  • Why visual search still doesn't quite work 29-08-2014 02:40 PM

    New York: Imagine using your phone to snap a photo of the cool pair of sunglasses your friend is wearing and instantly receiving a slew of information about the shades along with a link to order them. It's a great idea - but it doesn't quite work. Though many companies...
  • Bayern Munich complete transfer for Xabi Alonso 29-08-2014 02:21 PM

    Madrid: Real Madrid says they had completed the sale of midfielder Xabi Alonso to German champion Bayern Munich. Bayern had said on Thursday they were close to inking the deal for the former Spanish international. The 32-year-old Alonso will help fill the void left by the injury to fellow Spaniard...
  • iPhone 6 with bigger screens, iWatch expected at Apple's September 9 event 29-08-2014 01:38 PM

    San Francisco: Apple's latest product launch will be in a setting that holds a special place in its history, signalling how big this event is for the company. The September 9 launch, which is expected to feature a larger iPhone and possibly a computerised watch, will be in the same...
  • Malaysia Airlines to cut 6,000 workers as part of an overhaul after MH370 and MH17 disasters 29-08-2014 01:14 PM

    Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia Airlines will cut 6,000 workers as part of an overhaul announced on Friday to revive its damaged brand after being hit by double passenger jet disasters. The staff reduction represents about 30 per cent of its current workforce of 20,000. Khazanah Nasional, the state investment company that...
  • What to watch on day five of the 2014 US Open 29-08-2014 12:47 PM

    Venus Williams is trying to get to the fourth round at the US Open for the first time since 2010 - and at any Grand Slam tournament for the first time since 2011. To do so, the 19th-seeded Williams will need to beat 13th-seeded Sara Errani of Italy in Arthur...
  • Mystery of Death Valley's moving rocks solved 29-08-2014 11:00 AM

    Death Valley (US): For years scientists have theorized about how large rocks some weighing hundreds of pounds zigzag across Racetrack Playa in Death Valley National Park, leaving long trails etched in the earth. Now two researchers at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego, have...
  • Shakira: Yes, we are expecting our second baby 29-08-2014 10:28 AM

    New York: Shakira is pregnant with baby No. 2. The Colombian singer made the announcement on her Facebook and Twitter pages on Thursday. Her representative confirmed that the accounts were real. The Grammy winner wrote: "Yes, we are expecting our second baby!! Thank you all for your well wishes!" No...
  • Project Wing: Google tests a fleet of package-delivering drones 29-08-2014 07:36 AM

    San Francisco: Google's secretive research laboratory is trying to build a fleet of drones designed to bypass earthbound traffic so packages can be delivered to people more quickly. The ambitious program announced Thursday escalates Google's technological arms race with rival Amazon.com, which also is experimenting with self-flying vehicles to carry...
  • Cristiano Ronaldo wins best player in Europe award 28-08-2014 11:44 PM

    Monaco: Cristiano Ronaldo has won UEFA's award as the best player in Europe last season after scoring a record 17 goals in the Champions League. The Real Madrid and Portgual forward beat Bayern Munich pair Manuel Neuer of Germany and the Netherlands' Arjen Robben. The voting was by journalists from...