Venezuela govt seeks to ban opposition over recall 'fraud'
The Venezuelan government asked electoral authorities Tuesday to ban the opposition coalition seeking to oust President Nicolas Maduro in a recall vote, accusing them of massive fraud.
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
The 26-year-old attacker had been hospitalised earlier this year after delivering a letter to parliament in which he threatened to kill hundreds of the disabled.
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.
Human tests start on controversial Brazil cancer pill
Human testing started Monday in Brazil on a controversial anti-cancer medicine that has been distributed in the country for years without having gone through proper trials.
Turkey govt to work with opposition on new constitution
The Turkish government is ready to work with all the main opposition parties in drafting a new constitution, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Monday, after months of deadlock on the issue.
DR Congo vows to jail opposition leader if he returns
The Democratic Republic of Congo's justice minister on Monday vowed to jail opposition leader Moise Katumbi if he returned home after leaving the country for medical treatment.
'Trainspotting' cast reunited in trailer for 'T2'
Fans were given a sneak peek Monday at the hotly-anticipated sequel to "Trainspotting," 20 years after it delighted critics and shocked Hollywood with its vivid depiction of Scotland's heroin subculture.
Canal found under Maya pyramid: Gateway to afterlife?
Mexican archeologists have discovered a canal system under the pyramid containing the tomb of a Mayan ruler, suggesting the water tunnel could represent a symbolic path to the underworld.
Olympic travelers face tiny risk of Zika: US study
Those traveling to Brazil for the Olympics face a tiny risk of getting infected with the mosquito-borne Zika virus, which can cause birth defects in pregnant women, US researchers said Monday.
Brexit a danger to US financial stability
Britain's vote last month to exit the European Union has raised the danger level for US financial stability, according to US Treasury Department report released Monday.
US markets tumble on sinking crude prices
Another sharp fall in oil prices pulled down energy stocks on Wall Street Monday, pushing the main US indices to a loss after last week's record highs.