September 17, 2019

Woman is first person to swim English Channel four times nonstop

omersukrugoksu/iStock(LONDON) -- A 37-year-old breast cancer survivor from Colorado made history Tuesday as the first person to swim the English Channel four times in a row. "I just can't believe we did it," Sarah Thomas told the BBC when she came ashore in Dover, England. "I'm really just pretty numb." "There was a lot of people on the beach to meet me and wish me well and it was really nice of them, but I feel just mostly stunned," she said. "I'm pretty tired right now." Thomas..
September 17, 2019

Prince Harry, Meghan head to Africa: Five things to watch on first tour with Archie

omersukrugoksu/iStock(LONDON) -- Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, are back from summer vacation and Meghan's maternity leave in a big way. The royal couple is heading to Africa next week and bringing baby Archie with them, marking their first official overseas trip as a family. The family will arrive in Cape Town, South Africa, on Sept. 23, and depart for the U.K. on Oct. 2. The Sussexes' South Africa trip is on behalf of the U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office, accordi..
September 17, 2019

Venezuelan opposition calls talks with Maduro dead, causing rift

iStock/grynold(CARACAS, Venezuela) -- Venezuela's opposition has declared talks with its strongman president Nicolás Maduro dead after weeks without meetings -- a decision meant to bring renewed international pressure, but that appeared to crack its united front. One day after the opposition leader, who the legislature has declared is the legitimate president, said talks were off, minority parties in the legislature signed an agreement with top Maduro officials to move forward with new neg..
September 16, 2019

Man chooses to bring clown to redundancy meeting for ‘support’

iStock/Nikolasimage(AUCKLAND, New Zealand) -- When one New Zealand man was facing redundancy, he brought a dash of color -- and some balloon animals -- to the meeting where he got laid off. Employers in New Zealand are legally required to offer employees the chance to bring a "support person" to help cushion the blow of losing their job, but the human resources department at Josh Thompson's former advertising agency in Auckland were likely not expecting him to turn up with a professional cl..