Congressional oversight: MP caught naked on Zoom

AFP 04/17/2021

OTTAWA—A Canadian lawmaker left red-cheeked after appearing stark naked on a House of Commons Zoom conference call has apologized to his colleagues. William Amos, a Liberal MP, was caught covering his nether regions with a mobile phone…

No holds barred: Meghan and Harry’s historic interview

AFP, Inquirer.net 03/08/2021

New York, United States — Meghan Markle opened up about battling suicidal thoughts, Prince Harry disclosed a painful rift with his father – and both settled a fair few scores in their history-making interview with Oprah Winfrey. The gloves came off…

NBA approves sale of Utah Jazz

AFP 12/19/2020

Los Angeles, United States — The NBA’s Board of Governors formally approved the sale of the Utah Jazz to software developer Ryan Smith on Friday, welcoming the tech billionaire as a “fantastic addition” to the league. Smith, the co-founder…

Animal rescuer shares home with 1,300 dogs

AFP 12/08/2020

CHONGQING, China — Twenty years ago, Wen Junhong saved an abandoned dog from the streets of this city in southwestern China. She now shares her home with more than 1,300 of them, and they keep on coming.…

US House backs decriminalizing cannabis in historic vote

AFP 12/05/2020

WASHINGTON, United States  – US House legislators voted for the first time Friday to decriminalize cannabis, a key step towards bringing federal laws in line with states and other countries that have freed up use of the…

US sets new record of 225,000 COVID-19 cases in one day

AFP 12/05/2020

WASHINGTON, United States  – For the second day in a row, the United States on Friday notched a record number of coronavirus cases in 24 hours, reaching 225,201 new infections, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins…

Indian jeweller’s 12,638-diamond ring sets world record

AFP 12/05/2020

NEW DELHI — An elaborate floral-shaped ring sporting 12,638 tiny diamonds has earned a place in the Guinness World Records — but its Indian creator has no plans to sell his priceless design just yet. Called “The Marigold…

NBA begins daily virus testing ahead of 2020-21 campaign

AFP 11/29/2020

NEW YORK – NBA players begin daily COVID-19 tests this weekend ahead of next month’s start of the 2020-21 season under health and safety procedures outlined by the league to clubs. The guide unveiled Saturday details protocols…

Pope appoints first African American cardinal

AFP 11/29/2020

VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis created 13 new cardinals on Saturday — including the first African-American — putting his personal stamp on the body that will one day choose his successor. Under the soaring dome of St…

Robot reminds Japan shoppers to wear masks

AFP 11/21/2020

Asking someone to put on a mask is a touchy subject, so one shop in Japan has enlisted a robot to make sure its customers wear them during the pandemic. “I’m sorry to bother you, but please…

Uncertainty ahead of pandemic-affected NBA Draft

AFP 11/17/2020

The 2020 NBA Draft takes place on Wednesday with questions swirling around the likely identity of the No.1 pick as teams attempt to gauge talent after a college season decimated by COVID-19. Barely four weeks after LeBron…

‘Lockdown’ is Collins Dictionary Word of the Year

AFP 11/10/2020

LONDON–Collins Dictionary said on Tuesday that “lockdown” is its Word of The Year in 2020 following a dramatic increase in usage during the spread of Covid-19. Lexicographers said they picked the word because it had become synonymous…

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