• Aretha: muse and soundtrack of US civil rights movement

    From singing for free to raise money for the cause, to uplifting activists with her phenomenal voice and upbeat anthems, Aretha Franklin was indelibly linked to the US civil rights movement. Jesse Jackson, the veteran civil rights activist who was part of Martin Luther King Jr's inner circle, hailed

  • Italy bids farewell to bridge collapse dead as outrage simmers

    Thousands of mourners attended a state funeral in the Italian city of Genoa to bid a solemn farewell to victims of a bridge collapse that has sparked nationwide anger, while rescuers pulled more bodies from the rubble. Large crowds packed inside an exhibition hall turned into a makeshift chapel where

  • Woman refuses flood rescue unless her 25 dogs go too

    A woman refused to leave her flooded house in India's Kerala state without her 25 dogs, a rescuer said Saturday, as the death toll continued to rise. The dogs were found cowering on beds in the flooded house with water rising when an animal welfare group arrived for a last-gasp rescue, said Sally

  • Former UN chief and Nobel laureate Kofi Annan dies

    Former UN chief and Nobel peace laureate Kofi Annan died Saturday at the age of 80, triggering a flood of tributes from around the world for the "diplomatic rock star". The Ghanaian national was a career diplomat who projected quiet charisma and was widely credited for raising the world body

  • 'Guiding force for good': World mourns loss of Kofi Annan

    There was an outpouring of condolences from leaders around the world on Saturday after the death of former UN Secretary General and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Kofi Annan. Here are some of the tributes: - United Nations - Current UN chief Antonio Guterres described Annan as "a guiding force for

  • Cricket hero Imran Khan sworn in as PM, taking power in Pakistan

    Pakistan's new Prime Minister Imran Khan was sworn in at a ceremony in Islamabad on Saturday, ushering in a new political era as the World Cup cricket hero officially took the reins of power in the nuclear-armed country. A tearful Khan smiled as he stumbled over some of the words of the oath administered

  • Former UN chief Kofi Annan dies at 80

    Former United Nations Secretary General and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Kofi Annan died Saturday after a short illness at the age of 80, his foundation announced. "It is with immense sadness that the Annan family and the Kofi Annan Foundation announce that Kofi Annan, former Secretary General of