Good vibrations: the Hollywood sex toys creating a buzz
Chad Braverman is an early riser -- you have to be to keep ahead as America's top sex toy magnate, overseeing production of tens of thousands of "pleasure products" a week. Set in a sprawling industrial campus 15 minutes' drive from Hollywood's Walk of Fame, "Doc Johnson" is unrecognizable from its origins as a fishing tackle shop bought by Chad's father and mentor, Ron, 40 years ago.
17 die in fire at Ukraine home for elderly
Seventeen people died when a makeshift home for elderly people outside the Ukrainian capital Kiev caught fire in the early hours of Sunday, the emergencies service said. "The bodies of 17 people have been found at the site of the fire," the head of Ukraine's state emergencies service, Mykola Chechetkin, said in comments released by his office. The fire tore through the temporary two-storey shelter for the elderly which was located in the village of Litochky, located some 50 kilometres (31 miles) north of Kiev.
Conservative reelected Iran speaker despite reformist gains
Moderate conservative Ali Larijani retained the speakership of Iran's parliament Sunday despite major gains for reformists in February elections, benefiting from credit gained by his support for last year's nuclear deal. Several lawmakers from the reformist camp broke ranks to vote against the head of their own List of Hope, Mohammad Reza Aref, who lost by 103 votes to 173. February's election was widely seen as a referendum on last July's nuclear deal with world powers led by the United States, the signature policy of moderate President Hassan Rouhani.
UN refugee agency: Over 700 migrants feared dead in 3 Mediterranean shipwrecks in south of ItalyPOZZALO, Italy (AP) ? UN refugee agency: Over 700 migrants feared dead in 3 Mediterranean shipwrecks in south of Italy.
Nepal honors 9 Sherpas who paved way for Everest climbers
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) ? Nepal celebrated Everest Day on Sunday by honoring nine Sherpa guides who fixed ropes and dug the route to the summit so hundreds of climbers could scale the world's highest mountain this month, following two years of disasters.
U.S.-led coalition soldiers seen on frontline of new Kurdish offensive in Iraq
Servicemen from the U.S.-led coalition were seen by a Reuters correspondent near the frontline of an offensive launched on Sunday by Kurdish Peshmerga forces in northern Iraq that aims to retake a handful of villages from Islamic State east of their Mosul stronghold. The servicemen were seen loading armored vehicles outside the village of Hassan Shami, a few miles east of the frontline. U.S. Army Colonel Steve Warren, the spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition in Baghdad said: "U.S. and coalition forces are conducting advise and assist operations to help Kurdish Peshmerga forces." Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga forces in the early hours of Sunday launched an attack to capture a group of villages located about 20 km (13 miles) east of Mosul alongside the road to the Kurdish capital, Erbil.
Rescued migrants say ship sank off Italy with hundreds aboard -NGO
Migrants rescued from two boats in the Mediterranean this week told humanitarian workers in Italy that they saw another vessel carrying some 400 migrants sink, Save the Children said on Saturday. Three vessels carrying migrants already are confirmed to have sunk or capsized this week.
Militants attack ENI pipeline in Nigeria's Delta -officialsBy Tife Owolabi YENAGOA, Nigeria (Reuters) - Militants attacked a crude oil pipeline operated by Italy's ENI on Saturday, a Nigerian state government said, hours after the Niger Delta Avengers militants claimed another strike in the region. Nigeria's oil output has fallen to a 20-year low due to attacks on pipelines in the southern swamps, home to much of its hydrocarbon resources, which have compounded the impact of low oil prices on Africa's largest economy. "Th?e Bayelsa State Government has condemned in its entirety the attack on ?a trunk line belonging to Agi?p (ENI) by (a) new militant group, the Niger Delta Avengers," it said in a statement.
Niger says kills 12 Boko Haram fighters in gun battle
Security forces in Niger killed around 12 fighters of the Islamist militant group Boko Haram who launched an attack in the southeastern region of Bosso close to the border with Nigeria, according to an army statement on Saturday. Three members of the security forces were lightly wounded during Friday's battle and government forces captured machine guns, rocket propelled grenade launchers and mobile telephones from the enemy, said army spokesman Colonel Moustapha Ledru. Local resident Ibrahim Chetima said townspeople sought shelter in the bush from the fighting, which began at around 5.30 p.m. (1630 GMT) and went on until 8 p.m. Bosso is part of the Diffa region, which houses many refugees and internally displaced people who have sought to evade Boko Haram violence elsewhere.
UK Conservative Party dispute over immigration escalates