Huge cyclone leaves trail of destruction in Fiji

SYDNEY Fijian officials were assessing the damage on Sunday after one of the most powerful storms recorded in the southern hemisphere tore through the archipelago, with early reports of widespread devastation in remote villages and one confirmed death....

Obama to visit Flint, Michigan to hear about water crisis

WASHINGTON President Barack Obama will visit Flint, Michigan next week to hear from residents about the drinking water crisis, the White House said on Wednesday.Obama will visit Flint on May 4 to hear "first-hand from Flint residents about the public h...

Kremlin says Putin, Elton John might meet in Russia in May

MOSCOW Russian President Vladimir Putin could meet British singer Elton John when he visits Russia in May if room can be found in the two men's schedules, the Kremlin said on Monday.Putin telephoned Elton John in September to say he would be ready to m...

Greece picks own director to head arts festival after Belgian artist quits

ATHENS Greece on Monday picked a local theater director to curate its most renowned annual summer arts festival after Belgian artist Jan Fabre quit following protests from artists that his plans excluded Greek works. Fabre resigned on April 2, complain...

Bangkok’s Chinatown: a night at the opera

BANGKOK Battles, a search for love and justice, all set in China. Hired by local Chinese shrines, opera companies in Bangkok’s Chinatown perform mythical stories in Mandarin to round off celebrations marking the Lunar New Year in the Thai capital.The...

Newly-weds Rupert Murdoch and Jerry Hall blessed in London church

LONDON Media mogul Rupert Murdoch and actress and model Jerry Hall celebrated their marriage with a blessing service on Saturday at St. Bride's church on London's Fleet Street, the spiritual home of British journalism.A star-studded guest list included...

Qatar investigates death at World Cup site as labor rights under scrutiny

DOHA The organizers of Qatar's 2022 World Cup said on Sunday they were investigating the death of an Indian laborer at one of its sites but denied it was caused by working conditions which the wealthy Gulf country is under pressure to improve.Along wit...

Hulk Hogan's side rests after slamming Gawker in sex tape lawsuit

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. Attorneys for wrestling celebrity Hulk Hogan rested their $100 million privacy invasion case against the Gawker news outlet on Friday, wrapping up a lively week of testimony in a Florida lawsuit examining the posting of a sex tape ...

Bolt eyes triple 'three-peat' and sub-19 200m

NEW YORK Sprint king Usain Bolt aims to crown his legacy with an unprecedented Olympic three-peat at the Rio Games, and to top that off by running the first ever sub-19 seconds 200 meters.The long-striding Jamaican suggested he might not stop there, le...

Apple wins dismissal of lawsuit over MacBook logic boards

Apple Inc won the dismissal on Thursday of a lawsuit accusing it of defrauding consumers by selling MacBook laptop computers that contained "logic boards" it knew were defective, and which routinely failed within two years.U.S. District Judge William A...