• Grim photo highlights country's struggle with soaring Covid infections

    Unrelated patients share beds, while bodies of the recently deceased lie outside the ward before being taken to the mortuary.

  • Star arrested in hotel bar after breaking lockdown to drink

    The Serbian star is now the second footballer in trouble with the nation's coronavirus laws after Real Madrid striker Luka Jovic.

  • Hong Kong leader withdraws extradition bill that sparked weeks of protest

    Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam has formally announced the withdrawal of a controversial extradition bill that sparked weeks of protests.

  • Wine Compound Not Tied to Improved Health: Study

    A compound found in wine and chocolate may not be linked to improved health as was once claimed, according to a new study.

  • In Nigeria, Queens of Africa steal a march on Barbie

    By Angela Ukomadu and Tim Cocks LAGOS (Reuters) - With a booming economy in Nigeria and more black children than anywhere else in the world, Taofick Okoya was dismayed some years ago when he couldn't find a black doll for his niece. The 43-year-old spotted a gap in the market and with little competition from foreign firms such as Mattel Inc, the maker of Barbie, he set up his own business. Seven years on, Okoya sells between 6,000 and 9,000 of his "Queens of Africa" and "Naija Princesses" a month, and reckons he has 10-15 percent of a small but fast-growing market. "I like it," said five year-old Ifunanya Odiah, struggling to contain her excitement as she checked out one of Okoya's dolls in a Lagos shopping mall.

  • More Batteries to Blame for Kids' ER Visits

    (Reuters Health) - The number of kids treated in emergency rooms after swallowing batteries -- or lodging them in their noses and ears -- has almost doubled over the past 20 years, a new study suggests.

  • Breaking: Dharun Ravi Found Guilty of Hate Crimes for Spying on Gay Rutgers Roommate

    (Reuters) - A jury convicted Dharun Ravi of hate crimes on Friday after he used a computer webcam to view his Rutgers University roommate kissing another man in a case that sparked a national outcry over gay bullying. Ravi, 20, faces 10 years in prison on the most serious charges of bias intimidation against Tyler Clementi, 18, who jumped off the George Washington Bridge days after learning that his gay encounter was seen by webcam. Ravi, who invited others to watch the feed from the camera mounted on top of his computer, was not charged with causing Clementi's death. ...

  • Fewer Tots Hurt on the Stairs, but Still a Danger

    By Genevra Pittman (Reuters Health) - Fewer kids are hurting themselves on the stairs than were a decade ago, according to a new report -- but a U.S. child still goes to the emergency department with a stair-related injury every six minutes, on average. One of the study's authors said it's important for parents to supervise little kids when they're on the stairs and discourage them from using stairs for games. But he added that changes in how staircases are designed might be needed in order to make a significant dent in injury rates. ...

  • Could Your Valentine's Kiss Give You Lead Poisoning?

    (Reuters) - If you're going to be on either end of a kiss this Valentine's Day, you might want to consider smooching bare-lipped. Most lipstick contains lead.

  • Survey says the best place to live is...

    Vienna's excellent infrastructure, safe streets and good public health service make it the nicest place to live in the world, consulting group Mercer said in a global survey which put Baghdad firmly in last place.

  • Reebok paying to settle charges over shoe claims

    By Diane Bartz in Washington and Nivedita Bhattacharjee in Bangalore | Reuters WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Reebok International Ltd has agreed to pay $25 million to settle charges that it made unsupported claims that its "toning shoes" provide extra muscle strength, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission sai