Money for nothing? Swiss government gives thumbs down

ZURICH The Swiss government urged voters on Friday to reject a campaign calling for everyone to get a minimum guaranteed income no matter how much they work, saying the scheme would cost too much and undermine society.Backers of the proposal, which wil...

South Korea woos economy class golf lovers in image makeover

SEOUL If the government has its way more South Korean golfers will be carrying their own clubs, walking between holes rather than riding in a cart, and there will be more public courses.The government wants more people to play by making the sport more ...

The Met Breuer in New York showcases modern, contemporary art

NEW YORK - The Met Breuer, a new extension of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, gave a preview of its opening exhibition which features works by artists ranging from Titian and Leonardo da Vinci to Andy Warhol and Jackson Pollock.The new exhibition and p...

New art museum seeks to shed dangerous image of Brussels' Molenbeek

BRUSSELS A new art museum has opened its doors in Brussels' Molenbeek district hoping to help shed the negative image of the area, most recently linked to the deadly attacks in Paris and the Belgian capital.The Millennium Iconoclast Museum of Art (MIMA...

Japan's 'Masked Girls' seek fame under cover

TOKYO Standing out from Japan's myriad of girl bands can be a daunting task, but one group, the "Kamen Joshi", or "Masked Girls" in Japanese, has found the answer by hiding behind masks. As many as 15,000 people flocked to a concert by the band late la...

Flawless blue diamond sells for $31.8 million, record Asian auction price

HONG KONG - An internally flawless, vivid blue 10.10 carat oval diamond smashed auction records on Tuesday when it sold for $31.8 million at Sotheby's, the highest price paid for a gemstone at auction in Asia.An anonymous telephone bidder purchased the...

Restored Jimi Hendrix apartment opens to public in London

LONDON The London apartment where Jimi Hendrix lived more than 45 years ago has opened to the public, restored to look just how the rock star used it.Hendrix moved into the apartment on the upper floors of 23 Brook Street - next to the house composer G...

Apple wins dismissal of lawsuit over MacBook logic boards

Apple Inc won the dismissal on Thursday of a lawsuit accusing it of defrauding consumers by selling MacBook laptop computers that contained "logic boards" it knew were defective, and which routinely failed within two years.U.S. District Judge William A...

Last year was hottest on record globally: U.S. science agencies

WASHINGTON Last year’s global average temperature was the hottest ever by the widest margin on record, two U.S. government agencies said on Wednesday, adding to pressure for deep greenhouse gas emissions cuts scientists say are needed to arrest warmi...

Bangkok’s Chinatown: a night at the opera

BANGKOK Battles, a search for love and justice, all set in China. Hired by local Chinese shrines, opera companies in Bangkok’s Chinatown perform mythical stories in Mandarin to round off celebrations marking the Lunar New Year in the Thai capital.The...