Olympics should move due to Zika concerns, say 150 experts
An open letter signed by 150 international doctors, scientists and researchers urged the upcoming Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro to be moved or delayed due to the Zika virus.
To press on with the Games in Rio, the second most affected city in Brazil by the ongoing Zika crisis, would be "irresponsible" and "unethical," the letter argued.
"An unnecessary risk is posed when 500,000 foreign tourists from all countries attend the Games, potentially acquire that strain, and return home to places where it can become endemic," it said.
Space probe finds key building blocks for life in a comet
An important amino acid called glycine has been detected in a comet for the first time, supporting the theory that these cosmic bodies delivered the ingredients for life on Earth, researchers said.
Glycine, an organic compound contained in proteins, was found in the cloud around Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko by the European Space Agency's probe, Rosetta, said the study in the journal Science Advances.
In addition to the simple amino acid glycine, the instrument also found phosphorus. The two are key components of DNA and cell membranes.
Gang rape Internet video shocks Brazil
Rio de Janeiro police are investigating allegations that more than 30 men and boys raped a 16-year-old girl, officials said, as outrage spread in the host city for the Olympics and reverberated across the country.
The reported assault was discovered after one of the suspects posted to Twitter a video of the nude, semi-conscious youth, with a few men brazenly insulting the girl, showing their faces, and one man heard saying, “more than 30 impregnated her!”
The Twitter account where the video was posted has since been suspended.
Tennis: Rafael Nadal pulls out of French Open with wrist injury
Nine-times champion Rafael Nadal sent shockwaves around Roland Garros when he unexpectedly pulled out of the French Open because of an injury to his left wrist.
A day after notching up his 200th grand slam victory with an imperious 6-3 6-0 6-3 second-round win over Argentina’s Facundo Bagnis, a grim-faced Nadal walked into a hurriedly arranged news conference wearing a navy blue brace around his stricken wrist.
“I have to retire from the tournament because I have a problem in my wrist that I have had a couple of weeks,” said the Spanish left-hander who turns 30 next week. “Every day was a little bit worse. We tried to do all the treatments possible. Every single day we spent a lot of hours working so hard to try to play."
Johnny Depp ordered to stay away from wife over abuse claim
Johnny Depp was hit with a restraining order after his wife appeared in court with a black eye and accused the Oscar-nominated star of assaulting her, an official told AFP.
Amber Heard, who filed for divorce in Los Angeles on Monday and is seeking spousal support from the 52-year-old Pirates Of The Caribbean star, says she is the victim of repeated attacks by Depp.
"The judge issued a restraining order against Depp," the official told AFP, adding that Heard, 30, had shown up at LA's superior court with a bruised face.