Australia probes youth detention abuse likened to Guantanamo
The Australian government ordered an inquiry Tuesday after graphic evidence emerged of prison guards assaulting teenage boys, with one shown hooded and shackled in scenes likened to Guantanamo Bay.
Olympics: 'Fastest man in rugby' ready for Rio
If things had gone to plan for Carlin Isles, the Olympic Games might have witnessed a duel between the fastest man in rugby and the fastest man on the planet.
Sarah Silverman to Sanders die-hards: 'You're being ridiculous'
Comedian Sarah Silverman was a faithful supporter of Bernie Sanders this year, but she had a stern if humorous message to his never-say-die followers Monday at the Democratic National Convention: get over it.
Olympics: US women's basketball dynasty rolls into Rio
There has never been an Olympic dynasty quite like the US women's basketball team, which seeks a sixth consecutive gold medal in Rio to complete two decades of global domination.
Tokyo stocks slump on oil price drop, yen rally
Tokyo shares slumped in early deals on Tuesday as another fall in oil prices and a rally in the yen dented sentiment ahead of two key central bank meetings.
Piccard: Swiss explorer forever seeking new heights
"Nothing is impossible" has been the constant mantra of record-breaking Swiss explorer Bertrand Piccard, who along with compatriot Andre Borschberg has again made history with the first round-the-world solar flight.
Armstrong re-emerges as key figure after Yahoo deal
With the Yahoo-Verizon deal Monday, AOL chief Tim Armstrong has re-emerged as a figure who may be key in the effort to shape a new internet strategy.
Venezuela awaits key ruling on Maduro recall
Venezuela's opposition learns Tuesday whether it can proceed with efforts to force a recall vote against President Nicolas Maduro, amid a dire economic crisis that is fueling warnings of unrest.
Bangladesh police say 9 Islamists killed in Dhaka raid
Bangladeshi police killed nine suspected Islamist extremists in a gun-battle Tuesday after storming a hideout where they said a new mass attack was being planned.
Solar Impulse 2: A shining global tour
Solar Impulse 2 took off on March 9, 2015 from Abu Dhabi for the first round-the-world flight using only solar energy, a huge bet on current technology.
Olympics: Five Facts About Rio Olympic Basketball
Five facts about basketball at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics:
End of the road or new beginning for Yahoo?
It appears at first glance to be an ignominious fate for Yahoo, the internet pioneer which has long been one of the best-known names in Silicon Valley.
Olympics: Outspoken Anthony seeks record third men's hoops gold
Carmelo Anthony, having endured years of NBA disappointment and feeling pushed to speak out on social issues, chases an Olympic-record third men's basketball gold medal with the Americans in Rio.
Olympics: Durant hopes Rio gold quest eases Golden State move
Kevin Durant is ready for another starring role on the US Olympic team, hoping Rio heroics will relax him after a tumultuous NBA move from Oklahoma City to Golden State.
Brazil's military helps Olympic athletes march to victory
The bow string twangs and Bernardo Oliveira, one of Brazil's army of military-sponsored Olympic athletes, sends his arrow swooping into the target 70 meters (yards) away. Mission accomplished.
Olympics News Advisory: Countdown to Rio 2016
We will shortly file our latest news, previews and features ahead of the start of the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on August 5. See also AFP's full picture, video and graphics coverage of events:
US Army special forces accepts first female candidates
Two women will soon be the first female soldiers to undergo training to become members of the Green Berets, the US Army's special forces, the military said Monday.
S. Korea posts improved Q2 growth
South Korea's economy posted improved growth in the second quarter as exports and domestic consumption picked up, the central Bank of Korea (BoK) said Tuesday.
Ex-employee kills 19 in Japan care home knife attack
A man who had threatened attacks on disabled people went on a knife rampage Tuesday at the care centre where he previously worked, leaving 19 people dead in Japan's worst mass killing for decades.
New York to equip all patrol officers with helmets
All uniformed New York police on patrol will be equipped with ballistic helmets under a $7.5 million spending drive fueled by recent terror attacks and shootings, the department said Monday.
Olympics: Bouchard confirms she'll play in Rio
Canadian tennis player Eugenie Bouchard will play at the Rio Olympics next month, after weighing the risks posed by the Zika virus and security concerns in Brazil.
Netflix gets global rights to 'American Crime Story'
Netflix said on Monday it had signed a deal with 20th Century Fox to be the global streaming home for FX's Emmy-nominated smash hit "American Crime Story."
Canada province slaps tax on foreign real estate buyers
The Canadian province of British Columbia announced Monday it will impose a 15 percent tax on foreigners who buy residential property in Vancouver, a city with a housing shortage and soaring real estate prices.
Russia, US not on same page on Syria
Russia, now discussing a military cooperation agreement with the United States in Syria, is still far from American positions, US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said Monday.
After falling, homicides up again in Mexico in 2015
More than 20,500 homicides were committed in Mexico in 2015, rising slightly from 2014 after murders had fallen for three consecutive years, official figures showed on Monday.
FBI probes Democratic email hack, but is Russia to blame?
The FBI announced Monday it was investigating the embarrassing hack of Democratic National Committee emails -- a breach the Clinton campaign blamed on Russia, accusing Moscow of seeking to influence the US presidential election.
Brazil's Rousseff refuses 'secondary role' at Olympics
Brazil's Dilma Rousseff said Monday she will insist on being treated as the country's president at the Olympic Games despite having been suspended for an impeachment trial.
'Star Trek Beyond' tops box office, but not boldly
"Star Trek Beyond" topped the box office in its opening weekend, data showed Monday, but with underwhelming receipts that left analysts wondering whether it can live long and prosper.
Powerful car bomb blast hits Damascus: state news agency
A car bomb blast on Monday hit an upmarket area of Damascus housing several government buildings, Syrian state news agency SANA reported, saying there were "several wounded".
UN overturns decision keeping out press freedom watchdog
The UN's economic and social council on Monday overturned by a strong vote a decision to deny the Committee to Protect Journalists consultative status at the United Nations.
Dollar, yen weaken as central banks to meet
Currency markets were largely stable on Monday, with the dollar and euro weakening modestly against the yen ahead of closely watched meetings this week at the US and Japanese central banks.