Society

Two German children, six and seven, elope for Africa - 01/06/2009

BERLIN (AFP) - Two childhood sweethearts, aged six and seven, eloped from Hanover in northern Germany on New Year's Eve, determined to tie the knot under the African sun, police said Monday. The...

Monaco's Prince Albert heads to Antarctica - 01/06/2009

MONACO (AFP) - Monaco's climate-crusading ruler, Prince Albert II, left on Monday for Antarctica on a month-long expedition to view the impact of global warming at the Earth's southern tip, his...

S.Africa's Helen Suzman buried - 01/04/2009

JOHANNESBURG (AFP) - Leading South Africa's anti-apartheid activist Helen Suzman who died on New Year's Day was on Sunday buried in a private Jewish ceremony attended by top politicians and close...

Bearish sentiment claws Year of Ox fest in Singapore - 01/04/2009

SINGAPORE (AFP) - Singapore's plans to usher in the Chinese Year of the Ox this month have been clawed back by bearish economic sentiment as the...

John Travolta's teenage son dies in Bahamas - 01/03/2009

NEW YORK (AFP) - The family of Oscar-nominated Hollywood superstar John Travolta took a devastating emotional blow when his teenage son died after a seizure while on a family vacation in the Bahamas,...

French minister Dati gives birth to baby girl - 01/02/2009

PARIS (AFP) - France's justice minister Rachida Dati gave birth to a baby girl in Paris late Friday, a government source said. The child, named Zohra and born two weeks premature, according to the...

Foundation turns rubbish into legs for Thailand's needy - 01/02/2009

NAKHON PATHOM, Thailand (AFP) - Thousands of people have been given artificial limbs by the Prostheses Foundation, which uses unique techniques and some salvaged materials to provide cheaply-made...

World's oldest person dies at the age of 115 - 01/02/2009

LISBON (AFP) - The world's oldest living person, Portuguese national Maria de Jesus, died Friday at the age of 115, the Lusa news agency reported. Born September 10, 1893, Maria de Jesus...

US music and screen legend Eartha Kitt dies at 81 - 01/01/2009

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Eartha Kitt, the versatile American singer and actress who died aged 81, mesmerized audiences worldwide for over six decades with her sultry voice and sensuality on stage and...

Norway prepares to punish sex purchasers, at home and abroad - 12/31/2008

OSLO (AFP) - As Norway rings in the new year it will introduce a new law making the purchase -- but not the sale -- of sex a criminal act, threatening even to put Norwegians who buy sex abroad...
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