2015 begins with tragedy in Shanghai, fireworks elsewhere

Jan 2, 2015

2015 begins with tragedy in Shanghai, fireworks elsewhere

Revelers crowded New York’s Times Square and converged on the beaches of Brazil and skyscrapers of Dubai to say good riddance to a turbulent 2014 marred by terror woes, Ebola outbreaks and a horrific series of airline disasters. But tragedy struck in Shanghai, Baghdad ...

Thousands of Europeans take icy New Year's plunges

Jan 2, 2015

Thousands of Europeans take icy New Year's plunges

After a long night of celebrating the arrival of 2015 tens of thousands of Europeans saw no better way to begin the new year than to jump into freezing water. In the Netherlands alone some 50,000 people, many wearing knitted caps in trademark Dutch ...

Dec 28, 2014

Italy names migrant baby born at sea on Christmas

A baby born at sea on Christmas Day after his Nigerian mother was plucked from a floundering migrant boat by the Italian Navy has been baptized Testimony Salvatore in honor of the medics who delivered him. The infant, who weighs 2,700 grams (just under ...

Speedos on standby for New Year's river dip in Rome

Dec 27, 2014

Speedos on standby for New Year's river dip in Rome

His figure-hugging black Speedos at the ready, fast-food vendor Marco Fois is preparing to uphold a New Year’s tradition and take the plunge into the murky waters of Rome’s fabled Tiber River. Fois, 52, is one of four Italians who strip off and dive ...

Dec 2, 2014

South Koreans to light new frontline Christmas tree

South Korea said Tuesday it had approved a Christian group’s plan to set up and illuminate a large Christmas tree near the border with North Korea in spite of the almost certain fury it will provoke from Pyongyang. South Korea dismantled a 43-year-old frontline ...

U.S. consumer group lists '10 worst toys' for kids

Nov 20, 2014

U.S. consumer group lists '10 worst toys' for kids

A bow that shoots illuminated arrows its manufacturer says can fly up to 145 feet (44 meters) and the Catapencil — a pencil with a miniature slingshot-style launcher on its end — are on an annual list of unsafe toys released Wednesday by a ...