South Africa's national assembly was brought to a halt on Thursday as far-left lawmakers noisily chanted "pay back the money" at President Jacob Zuma, after $23 million in public funds was spent on his home. Zuma was responding to questions in the usually calm parliament about the controversial security upgrade to his residence in Nkandla, which came under heavy criticism in a report by Public Protector Thuli Madonsela in March.
Serena Williams replaced her tennis racket with a microphone at a karaoke event a week ahead of the U.S. She danced and swayed her hips in a mini dress as she sang the song in falsetto and attempted high notes. She was joined by fellow tennis player Jack Sock, Orange Is the New Black stars Laverne Cox and Uzo Aduba, Glee actor Darren Criss and comedian Kathy Griffin at the event for Delta Airlines. Serena said before sdhe preformed, "I do like 80s, 90s rock because it's good for my voice."
What's an effective way to sell shoes? Wrap Kate Upton in a bed sheet and hand her a high heel.
A man slashed seven people on Thursday in the southern city of Guangzhou in the latest of a series of attacks that has unnerved the country. State news agency Xinhua said the assailant, whose motive is unknown, was also injured. The attack comes three months after an assailant stabbed six people in a Guangzhou railway station. The government blamed militants from the region of Xinjiang for both those attacks. Xinjiang, a resource-rich region on the borders of central Asia, has for years been beset by violence blamed by Beijing on Islamists.
Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone is he's fed up with too many fights and post-whistle shoving matches during practice. So Marrone cleared the field in the middle of a team drill and ordered players run sprints Thursday after several players got into shoving matches. Marrone then directed his anger at defensive end Jerry Hughes on the sideline. Marrone spent a few minutes meeting with Hughes following practice. Hughes referred questions about what happened to Marrone, and added "the head coach took care of it." Afterward, Marrone said his comments were directed at the team and not Hughes.
After months of ratcheting up pressure on Vladimir Putin, concern is mounting in Berlin and other European capitals that an emboldened Ukraine's military successes in the east are reducing the chances of a face-saving way out of the crisis for the Russian leader.
A third of the houses on the main street of a Bedouin town near Egypt's border with Gaza may look derelict, but inside they buzz with the activity of tunnel smugglers scrambling to survive a security crackdown by the Egyptian army. Smugglers and tunnel owners, who once publicly advertised their services, have taken over the nearly two dozen single-story concrete structures and boarded up their doors and windows to avoid the attention of the authorities.
We're with you. That's the message Attorney General Eric Holder says he delivered to the people of Ferguson, Missouri, when he visited Wednesday to check in on the federal civil rights investigation into the shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown by a white police officer. Holder told reporters Thursday in Washington, "This attorney general and this Department of Justice stand with the people of Ferguson." Holder has assigned scores of FBI agents and Justice Department investigators to look into Brown's August 9 death in the suburban St. Louis city. A St. Louis County grand jury began hearing testimony in the case Wednesday, but it's not expected to make a decision on charges against Wilson before mid-October. While Holder said agents have made "significant progress" in their investigation, he said it will still take time to complete and asked for the community's support.
A federal judge on Thursday declared Florida's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, joining state judges in four counties who have sided with gay couples wishing to tie the knot. District Judge Robert L. Hinkle in Tallahassee ruled that the ban added to Florida's constitution by voters in 2008 violates the 14th Amendment's guarantees of equal protection and due process. "When observers look back 50 years from now, the arguments supporting Florida's ban on same-sex marriage, though just as sincerely held, will again seem an obvious pretext for discrimination," Hinkle wrote in a 33-page ruling.
The Ukrainian border guard service said, some Russian trucks in a massive aid convoy began the process of clearing customs Thursday at a rebel-held border crossing in eastern Ukraine. Russia has been trying to send in over 200 trucks carrying what it says is humanitarian aid to help civilians in the hard-hit city of Luhansk, but Ukraine fears the move is a ploy to aid the pro-Russian separatists who have been fighting government troops.
Officials said Tunisia and Egypt's Cairo airport canceled most flights to and from Libya on Thursday days after the Libyan government said unidentified war planes had attacked positions of armed groups in Tripoli. A spokesman for Tunisian Aviation Authority gave no explanation for the measures but Libyan news agency LANA and Egyptian officials said Cairo airport authorities had canceled flights for security reasons.
Honda Motor Co and the IIHS said Thursday, the first 12,000 U.S. customers who bought the 2015 Honda Fit subcompact cars will be asked to have the vehicles retrofitted to attain top marks from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Chuck Thomas, chief engineer for vehicle safety at American Honda, said, the action - which is not a safety recall aligned with U.S. safety regulators - is aimed at allowing all 2015 Fit cars to have the same, more robust front bumpers as cars made after June 9, when Honda changed the way they were produced.
Hundreds of residents of a Liberian slum lined up to receive rice and water from government officials Thursday in their neighborhood which was sealed off from the rest of the capital in an attempt to halt the spread of Ebola. Security forces erected barbed-wire wrapped barricades on Wednesday to cut off West Point. The current outbreak in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Nigeria is the largest ever, and officials have said that treatment centers are filling up faster than new ones can be opened or expanded. This leaves the sick packing hallways, potentially infecting more people.
A restaurant customer in Beijing takes on a bowl of noodles 125 times as spicy as Tabasco sauce. But finishing the dish is only half the battle.
The execution of American journalist James Foley at the hands of Islamic militants, gruesomely displayed in a video that surfaced this week, was a palpable reminder of the shadowy business of kidnappings in the Middle East. For years, extremist groups like the Islamic State, which claimed responsibility for Foley's murder, have plied this grisly trade. In the process, they have earned millions of dollars in ransoms, further fueling the radicals' rise.