US lawyer argues chimps are people too

 Attorney Steven Wise is on a crusade to prove that, as a matter of law, chimps are people too.

Gates calls for 'germ games' instead of war games

Bill Gates opened a mock Ebola field hospital at the prestigious TED Conference on Wednesday as part of a call to be battle-ready for a deadly global epidemic.

Scientist hopes vest will broaden range of human senses

Neuroscientist David Eagleman hopes that one day a special piece of clothing he has designed will let the deaf "hear" and allow wearers to sense what is happening online without looking at a computer.

Sikhs in Canadian province quit Liberal Party

A large group of Sikhs in the Canadian province of British Columbia quit the Liberal Party of Canada to protest the nomination of a party candidate backed by the World Sikh Organisation (WSO).

`Canadian Psycho` trial takes photo tour of crime scene

The trial of Luka Magnotta took a grim photographic tour Tuesday of the Montreal apartment where he butchered a Chinese student, and got a peek inside body-parts packages he sent in the mail.

Govt opens centenary of 'Komagata Maru' incident

The government on Monday opened the year-long centenary commemoration of the historic 'Komagata Maru' incident, when a steamer carrying 376 passengers, mostly immigrants from Punjab, was denied docking in Vancouver owing to discriminatory immigration laws of Canada.

Heatwave wreaks havoc in Canada`s western coast

The western Canadian region on the Pacific coast has been gripped by heatwave over the weekend, with reports of increased wildfires.

Canucks hire Benning as new GM

Jim Benning, who played nine seasons in the NHL for Vancouver and Toronto, has been named the new general manager of the Vancouver Canucks, the NHL club announced Wednesday night.

Canada orders mother, uncle extradited to India

The mother and uncle of a young Canadian woman who was the victim of an alleged "honour killing" have been ordered extradited to India.

Canada`s oldest Chinese printing shop shuts down

Canada`s oldest Chinese printing shop has closed down, bringing to an end its 106 years of history.

Russian medal winners at Sochi Games rewarded with luxury cars

Russia rewarded the athletes who helped the Winter Olympics hosts top the medals table in Sochi by presenting the 13 gold medal winners and 20 other podium finishers with luxury SUVs on Thursday.

We failed in Sochi, says German team chief

Germany had set out to equal their Vancouver 2010 performance and finish in the top three in the medals table at the Sochi Olympics but with two days of competition left, team chief Michael Vesper admitted they had failed.

IOC, luge federation pay tribute to Kumaritashvili

The IOC and luge federation will hold a ceremony in the mountains above Vancouver on Wednesday to remember Georgian athlete Nodar Kumaritashvili, who suffered a fatal crash in training hours ahead of the 2010 Games opening ceremony.

Long-awaited downhill gold a relief for Austria

After a 10-year wait, Austria finally won men`s downhill gold on Sunday, helping to erase the embarrassing memory of Vancouver, when the team failed to secure a single Olympic medal.

Austrian Morgenstern plays down chances after crash

Austrian ski jumper Thomas Morgenstern already has three Olympic gold medals at home, and after a training accident left him hospitalised for a week in January his top priority now is getting through the Sochi Olympics unscathed.

Kato and Nagashima seek gold this time

Speed skaters Joji Kato and Keiichiro Nagashima are once again eyeing 500 metres Olympic gold and Japanese fans are hoping it will not be another double disappointment.

Zach Parise picked to captain Team USA for Sochi Games

Zach Parise, who won a silver medal at the 2010 Winter Games, was named captain of the US men`s ice hockey team for the Sochi Olympics on Friday.

China downplays Sochi hopes without star skater

Chinese hopes of building on a "historic breakthrough" at the last Winter Olympics are thawing, officials say, as they prepare for the Sochi Games without their star speed skater.

Vonn undergoes successful knee surgery

Olympic downhill champion Lindsey Vonn has undergone successful surgery to repair the injured right knee that cost her a chance of defending the title she won in Vancouver four years ago, the American announced on Wednesday.