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18:38 World
The magical world of upside down underwater ice hockey

Each team is made of two freedivers, who use no equipment besides a mask and fins. Under the surface, they lay their stomachs on the ice sheet and hit a large puck into an upside down hockey goal.

17:45 World
Over-the-top Las Vegas steak to satisfy share-plate critics

Making waves today is large-format dining. From whole fish to whole roasted duck to steak for two or more, the new way of sharing food may have reached its pinnacle with a $1,200 tomahawk available in -- where else -- Las Vegas.

17:24 World
'Friendly' alligator wanders onto Florida Air Force base, lounges on runway

Staff said they spotted the large reptile lounging on a flight line at the MacDill Air Force Base, located on a peninsula in Tampa Bay.

17:00 World
Germany labels Israel boycott movement BDS anti-Semitic

Lawmakers in the Bundestag said the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) group uses anti-Semitic methods to promote its political goals.

15:13 World
Teen finds prehistoric mastodon jaw in southern Iowa

The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports that the 30-inch bone belonged to a juvenile mastodon, an elephant-like animal believed to have roamed Iowa some 34,000 years ago.

14:44 World
Kevin Mallory: Ex-CIA agent jailed for spying for China

The fluent Mandarin speaker from Leesburg, Virginia, held top-level security clearance and had access to sensitive documents.

13:00 World
Venezuela sells $570 million from gold reserve despite sanctions

The central bank sold about 9.7 tons of gold on May 10 and an additional 4 tons three days after, the people said, driving its reserves down to a 29-year low of $7.9 billion. The proceeds will be partly used to fund imports through the country’s foreign trade office, according to one of the people.

12:29 World
Heinz-Christian Strache: Vice-chancellor caught on secret video

The video, filmed secretly shortly before Austria's election in 2017, shows Mr Strache speaking to a woman who claims to be a Russian investor.

12:02 World
US lifts steel and aluminium tariffs on Canada

In a joint statement, the US and Canada announced that a 25% tariff on steel imports, and of 10% on aluminium, will end in 48 hours.

11:16 World
New York considers fining pedestrians for texting while crossing

Bill introduced to state senate would fine those caught using a ‘portable electronic device’ in crosswalks $25 to $250.

10:45 World
Homelessness surges in San Francisco while tech's richest grow richer

The number of homeless people in the city, where the cost of living is more unaffordable than ever, has increased to 8,011.

10:27 World
Syrian state TV says Hmeimim air base defenses thwart projectiles

Militant groups fired projectiles at the Hmeimim air base in the Jableh area and at the Al Qardahah area near the Syrian coastal city of Latakia, killing one person and wounding others in Jableh, state TV said.

20:11 World
Four Africa city destinations you should visit right now

Safaris can be delightful, but the problem, as Kenyan writer Binyavanga Wainaina has pointed out, is when tourists imagine an entire continent as one.

19:47 World
Curry soars as Warriors rally from 15-point deficit to Trail Blazers in Game 2

Stephen Curry scored 37 points, and the Warriors rallied from a 15-point halftime deficit before holding off Portland on the final possession for a 114-111 win Thursday night and a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference finals.

19:00 World
Algeria election may be postponed, protests continue

After two decades in power, President Abdelaziz Bouteflika quit last month under pressure from protesters and the army, but demonstrations have continued seeking political reforms and the removal of all officials belonging to the old guard.

18:38 World
Spain alarmed by French bear's attacks on sheep

Claverina is now roaming through the mountains of Navarre, having crossed from Béarn in south-western France.

18:16 World
Big Bang Theory finally bows out from TV

Since first hitting screens in 2007, The Big Bang Theory has become one of the most successful comedies in TV history - winning seven Emmy Awards.

17:45 World
Japan, China agree to boost relations ahead of Xi visit

China's top diplomat, Yang Jiechi, told Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday that the timing is appropriate for the two sides to deepen ties.

17:24 World
Robert Pattinson to play 'The Batman' for Matt Reeves and Warner Bros.

While sources say it’s not yet a done deal, Pattinson is the top choice and it’s expected to close shortly. Warner Bros. had no comment.

17:00 World
Grumpy Cat dies aged seven: 'Some days are grumpier than others'

Internet’s most famous cat, with a face that launched a thousand gifs, has died in Arizona.

16:38 World
Air pollution may be damaging ‘every organ in the body’

Comprehensive analysis finds harm from head to toe, including dementia, heart and lung disease, fertility problems and reduced intelligence.

16:16 World
Dozens of gray whales are dying on the West Coast as they make their epic Alaskan migration

The number of deaths is likely much higher because it’s estimated that only 10% of dead whales actually end up on shore, said John Calambokidis, a research biologist with the non-profit Cascadia Research in Olympia, Washington, who studies whale populations on the West Coast.

15:27 World
Costa Rica tree frog found in a box of bananas at grocery store

According to the BBC, workers found it as they were unloading boxes of bananas on to the store's shelves. They named it Lloyd.

14:44 World
Pakistan doctor held after 437 children diagnosed with HIV

Authorities investigating if Muzaffar Ghangharo, who has Aids, knowingly spread virus.

14:33 World
Biden shows early strength, but pitfalls loom in 2020 U.S. presidential race

Ahead of his formal campaign kickoff on Saturday at an outdoor rally in Philadelphia, Biden, 76, has seemingly put to rest doubts about his age and his ability to raise money as well as questions over whether he is out of step with the Democratic Party.

14:02 World
Galaxy blazes with new stars born from close encounter

The right side of the galaxy is ablaze with star formation, shown in the plethora of young blue stars and star-incubating pinkish nebulas.

13:41 World
Shares swoon as Beijing ramps up war of words

Shanghai stocks finished 2.5% in the red and the yuan hit its weakest in nearly five months amid growing fallout from President Donald Trump’s move to block China’s Huawei Technologies from buying vital American technology.

13:28 World
UAE, keen to maintain safe-haven image, tempers tanker attack response

Abu Dhabi pledged restraint and de-escalation during what it called a “difficult situation” caused by Iranian behavior in the region.

13:00 World
Game of Thrones petition: 500,000 demand series eight remake

A petition calling on its makers, HBO, to redo season eight has been signed by more than 500,000 disgruntled fans.

12:43 World
French doctor charged with poisoning 17 patients

Frédéric Péchier, an anaesthesiologist, has already been investigated for seven other cases of poisoning, in total leading to nine deaths.

12:29 World
In Tehran, specter of war met with more defiance than fear

The US has dispatched new weapons and troops to the region after Iran suspended parts of the nuclear deal that briefly brought an end to its economic and diplomatic isolation.

11:38 World
IM Pei: celebrated architect behind Louvre pyramid dead at 102

Pei, whose portfolio included the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, was one of the most prolific architects of the 20th century.

11:16 World
Where everybody knows your face: Woody Harrelson photo used to spot thief

The New York police department’s use of celebrity doppelgänger photos calls their use of a facial recognition system into question.

10:27 World
Palladium boom gives South African miners only temporary reprieve

Unlike South African mines, Nornickel’s ore produces four times as much palladium as platinum and the company has lower extraction costs, leaving it in prime position to benefit from palladium’s bull run and reinforce its dominance.

10:00 World
South Africa to keep interest rates on hold on May 23

All 30 economists polled in the past four days were unanimous in saying rates would be held at 6.75% on May 23 and through to at least the end of next year, chiming with other central banks which have drawn a line under tightening cycles.

19:47 World
160 ancient tombs discovered in central China

More than 1,000 cultural relics were unearthed from the tombs, including bronzeware, ironware and pottery. Many ancient coins were also discovered.

19:24 World
Taboos fall away as far-right EU candidates breach red line

Virulent language castigating immigration and Islam is creeping from extremist fringe groups on social media and the dark web into politics.

19:00 World
Costa Rica tree frog found in a box of bananas at grocery store

According to the BBC, workers found it as they were unloading boxes of bananas on to the store's shelves. They named it Lloyd.

18:38 World
Ohio school closes after enriched uranium detected, officials say

The Scioto Valley Local School District on Monday announced Zahn’s Corner Middle School – about 65 miles south of Columbus – is closed until further notice to allow for more testing and an evaluation of potential health impacts and cancer risks.

18:16 World
The Eurovision Song Contest is on its way to America

The iconic, kitschy, wildly successful and long-running televised music competition — the finals of the 64th Eurovision Song Contest air Saturday — predates American Idol and The Voice, but has, until now, remained an entirely European affair.

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