Quantcast
Home » Entries posted by Agence France-Presse (Page 1790)

Russia averts plot to assassinate Putin: state TV

Russia’s secret service has arrested two men in connection with a plot to assassinate Prime Minister Vladimir Putin after the March 4 presidential elections, Channel One state television said Monday. The station showed two men who said they were acting on the orders of Chechen warlord Doku Umarov. They said…

Silent film ‘The Artist’ crowned with Oscar gold

Silent movie “The Artist” crowned its spectacular awards season success by winning five Oscars including the coveted Best Picture prize at the 84th Academy Awards. The French-directed black-and-white movie earned Oscars for best director for Michel Hazanavicius and best actor for Jean Dujardin, who played a silent movie era star…

Lucy Lawless arrested protesting Arctic oil drilling

“Xena: Warrior Princess” actress Lucy Lawless was arrested in New Zealand Monday after occupying an oil-drilling ship for three days to protest plans to search for oil off Alaska, Greenpeace said. Police climbed a 53-metre (175-foot) drilling derrick on the ship Noble Discoverer in the North Island port of Taranaki…

2012 TED talks to focus on shaping the future

Technology, art and magic will mix in perspective-bending ways this week as the prestigious TED conference continues transforming from an elite retreat to a global movement for a better world. The gathering kicks off Monday in the Southern California city of Long Beach with a roster of 1,350 attendees including…

‘Super sherpa’ says climate change may make Mount Everest unclimbable

Climate change is altering the face of the Himalayas, devastating farming communities and making Mount Everest increasingly treacherous to climb, some of the world’s top mountaineers have warned. Apa Sherpa, the Nepali climber who has conquered Mount Everest a record 21 times, said he was disturbed by the lack of…

Colombia’s FARC promises to free all hostages

BOGOTA — Colombia’s FARC rebels pledged Sunday to end decades of kidnapping civilians, a historic shift for Latin America’s longest-fighting leftist guerrillas, who also vowed to release remaining police and military hostages. While dramatic in tone, the FARC promise did not include a potential cessation of hostilities, which the government…

Pioneering lab work aims to smash women’s fertility barrier

PARIS — An experiment that produced human eggs from stem cells could one day be a boon for women who are desperate to have a baby, according to a study published on Sunday. The work sweeps away the belief that a woman has only a limited stock of eggs and…

BP says U.S. oil spill trial could ‘last until 2014′

LONDON — British energy giant BP is prepared for a multi-billion-dollar US legal case into the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill to last until 2014, its chief executive told the Sunday Telegraph. The London-listed company heads to a US court on Monday in an attempt to determine how much…

Clinton says ‘every possibility’ of civil war in Syria

LONDON — There is “every possibility” that Syria could descend into a civil war which could be worsened by foreign intervention, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told the BBC on Sunday. “I think that there’s every possibility of a civil war. Outside intervention would not prevent that — it…

Adam Sandler sets Razzies nominee record

SANTA MONICA, California — US actor Adam Sandler set a record for cinematic stinker nominations, as organizers of the Razzie awards unveiled their 32nd annual movie short lists of shame. The Golden Raspberry Award Foundation nominees for worst films and performances, announced a day ahead of the Oscars, included no…

Google+