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Published: Sat, 24 February 2018 10:13:32 +0800

 



Vatican child abuse investigator meets with accused Chilean bishop

Sat, 24 February 2018 10:05:51 +0800

SANTIAGO: A Vatican investigator sent to Chile by Pope Francis to interview sex abuse victims met on Friday with Chilean Bishop Juan Barros about accusations that he covered-up sexual abuse of minors committed by a priest. The investigator, Spanish priest Jordi Bertomeu, declined to share details ...



Trump company settles lawsuit over disputed golf club deposits

Sat, 24 February 2018 09:30:10 +0800

REUTERS: A Florida golf club owned by U.S. President Donald Trump agreed on Friday to pay US$5.45 million to settle claims by former members that it wrongfully refused to refund their deposits when they wanted to resign. The payout is more than 94 percent of the US$5.77 million that U.S. District ...



Deeply indebted Lisa Marie Presley and manager in dueling lawsuits

Sat, 24 February 2018 09:15:17 +0800

Lisa Marie Presley, the only daughter of Elvis Presley, says she is facing financial ruin and has filed a US$100 million lawsuit accusing her former business manager of negligence and mismanaging her finances.



NRA honors US FCC chair with rifle for repealing 'net neutrality'

Sat, 24 February 2018 09:10:10 +0800

The National Rifle Association (NRA) on Friday honored the head of the Federal Communications Commission with a rifle after braving death threats and other opposition as he worked to undo the Obama administration's 2015 net neutrality rules.



Saudi, UAE, Qatari leaders to visit Trump in March, April

Sat, 24 February 2018 09:00:14 +0800

Senior Saudi, Emirati and Qatari leaders will meet with U.S. President Donald Trump in the next couple of months, U.S. officials said, amid efforts by Washington to try to resolve a dispute between the Gulf neighbors.



Mexican man, once the world's fattest, dreams of walking again

Sat, 24 February 2018 08:59:18 +0800

The folds of flesh on Juan Pedro Franco's back sway heavily as he cranks the pedals of a modified bicycle with his arms, exercising to boost his already jaw-dropping weight-loss total of 250 kilos (550 pounds).



Golf - List and Lovemark ahead in Florida as Woods shoots one-over 71

Sat, 24 February 2018 08:10:11 +0800

Luke List and Jamie Lovemark took a one-stroke lead at the Honda Classic in Florida on a windy Friday as Tiger Woods fought back from late trouble to sit four back after a one-over par 71.



Two new international schools open, targeting cost-conscious expats

Sat, 24 February 2018 08:00:38 +0800

SINGAPORE: Two new international schools that cater to families on a tighter budget have opened for enrolment, in response to growing demand from increasingly cost-conscious expatriates. Launched by the EtonHouse International Education Group, Middleton International School (MIS) will begin ...



All that jazz: Saudis attend country's first jazz festival

Sat, 24 February 2018 07:35:14 +0800

Men and women swayed to music at Saudi Arabia's first-ever jazz festival on Friday, the second of a three-day outdoor event that showcases the Kingdom's recent efforts of shedding its conservative image.



US prepares high-seas crackdown on North Korea sanctions evaders: Sources

Sat, 24 February 2018 07:29:58 +0800

The Trump administration and key Asian allies are preparing to expand interceptions of ships suspected of violating sanctions on North Korea, a plan that could include deploying U.S. Coast Guard forces to stop and search vessels in Asia-Pacific waters, senior U.S. officials said.



Commentary: Budget 2018, a responsible budget in spending and financing

Sat, 24 February 2018 07:30:38 +0800

What one should take away from this Budget is how government spending and financing have been enhanced to give Singapore more fiscal space for future needs, says one observer from Ernst & Young Solutions LLP.



Ex-Trump campaign aide Gates pleads guilty to conspiracy, lying

Sat, 24 February 2018 07:10:38 +0800

President Donald Trump's former campaign deputy Rick Gates pleaded guilty on Friday (Feb 23) to fraud and lying, pledging to assist special prosecutor Robert Mueller's probe into alleged campaign collusion with Russian interference in the 2016 election.



GE says it may face US action over subprime mortgage operations

Sat, 24 February 2018 07:35:17 +0800

General Electric Co added 18,000 thousand employees to its worldwide workforce last year, a 6.1 percent increase that comes as the company is trying to cut costs to shore up its profits, according to a regulatory filing on Friday.



CPR survival rates are lower than most people think

Sat, 24 February 2018 09:03:31 +0800

(Reuters Health) - The majority of people believe cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is successful more often than it tends to be in reality, according to a small U.S. study. This overly optimistic view, which may partly stem from seeing happy outcomes in television medical dramas, can get in the ...



Woman in van arrested after striking White House barrier

Sat, 24 February 2018 07:30:24 +0800

WASHINGTON: A Tennessee woman driving a white van on Friday intentionally drove into a White House security barrier but did not breach it, and she was immediately apprehended and put under arrest, the U.S. Secret Service said. No shots were fired and no law enforcement personnel were hurt, the ...



From trash to treasure: Myanmar start-up spins rubbish into handicrafts in fight against waste

Sat, 24 February 2018 10:12:16 +0800

Meet Chu Chu Design, a young Myanmar start-up that transforms rubbish into eco-friendly handicrafts.



Chinese New Year busiest time of year for China's clothes recycling groups

Sat, 24 February 2018 06:40:41 +0800

SHANGHAI: At Shanghai-based recycling firm Flying Ant, the month before Chinese New Year is the busiest time of the year.  Staff at the company work double shifts during weekends, going door-to-door to collect used clothes rejected by Chinese families as part of their spring cleaning before the ...



NEA inspections ‘thorough’ despite recent hygiene lapses by some ‘A’-rated restaurants

Sat, 24 February 2018 08:27:28 +0800

Establishment owners said officers conduct surprise checks that cover even the smallest details.



Commentary: Go beyond financial aid to help our children succeed

Sat, 24 February 2018 06:40:38 +0800

Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat’s announcement at Budget 2018 that more financial support will be available for students, particularly from lower-income families, is a welcome move. But aid must go beyond monetary benefits to help them succeed, says a mother of three.



Man's best friend - and colleague: The service dogs of the Police K-9 Unit

Sat, 24 February 2018 06:31:06 +0800

SINGAPORE: While many were visiting family or enjoying a break from work during the Chinese New Year weekend, a group of Singapore Police Force (SPF) officers and their canine colleagues from the Police K-9 Unit were hard at work, patrolling public spaces to keep Singapore safe. One of them was ...



Billionaire investor Warren Buffett to retire from Kraft Heinz board

Sat, 24 February 2018 06:25:16 +0800

Kraft Heinz Co said on Friday billionaire investor Warren Buffett has decided to retire from the company's board following the end of his term to reduce travel commitments.



New indictment alleges Manafort payments to former European politicians

Sat, 24 February 2018 06:25:11 +0800

A new indictment filed on Friday by special counsel Robert Mueller alleges that President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort secretly paid former senior European politicians in 2012 and 2013 to lobby for the pro-Russia government of Ukraine.



Trump says China ties 'best ever' but trade a problem

Sat, 24 February 2018 06:20:31 +0800

Donald Trump papered over superpower rivalries with China on Friday, saying relations had never been better but trade was a major problem.



In South Korea, a society faces up to an epidemic of sexual harassment

Sat, 24 February 2018 06:49:06 +0800

Globally, women are standing up to their sexual predators. But most South Koreans have been used to staying silent. The programme Get Real talks to a few who dared to fight back.



Volkswagen settles US diesel owner lawsuit on eve of trial

Sat, 24 February 2018 06:00:11 +0800

Volkswagen AG's U.S. unit on Friday resolved a lawsuit brought by a North Carolina man whose diesel emissions case was set to be the first go to trial on Monday.



US stocks close week higher as rate hike fears abate

Sat, 24 February 2018 06:00:38 +0800

Technology and petroleum-linked shares were among the standouts on Friday (Feb 23) as US stocks rose solidly to finish a choppy week on a positive note.



Versace rocks Milan's fashion week with loud college style

Sat, 24 February 2018 05:40:32 +0800

Italian fashion house Versace rocked Milan with bright tartans, leather and studs in its fall-winter 2018 collection runway show, echoing college chic and punk style.



Bouchard reaches settlement in lawsuit against USTA

Sat, 24 February 2018 05:40:24 +0800

Canadian tennis player Eugenie Bouchard has reached a settlement with the U.S. Tennis Association (USTA) in her lawsuit after a fall at the 2015 U.S. Open resulted in her withdrawal and a concussion, lawyers told Reuters on Friday.



'Pure illusion': EU's Tusk slams Britain's Brexit plans

Sat, 24 February 2018 05:38:49 +0800

EU President Donald Tusk on Friday dismissed plans for post-Brexit relations, reportedly devised by the British government, as "based on pure illusion".



With rates still low, Fed officials fret over next US recession

Sat, 24 February 2018 05:20:20 +0800

Federal Reserve policymakers fretted on Friday that they could face the next U.S. recession with virtually the same arsenal of policies used in the last downturn and, with interest rates still relatively low, those will not pack the same punch.



Design and dictatorship: exhibition celebrates North Korean graphics

Sat, 24 February 2018 05:15:48 +0800

North Korea makes headlines with its military parades and nuclear programme but a new London exhibition puts a spotlight on graphic design in the country.



Over 100 Central American migrants rescued from truck in northern Mexico

Sat, 24 February 2018 05:15:32 +0800

MEXICO CITY: More than 100 Central American migrants, including dozens of minors, were rescued from a truck found abandoned in a violent region of northern Mexico near the U.S. border, authorities said on Friday. The migrants, from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, were suffering from ...



Indicted Missouri governor resigns from post with GOP governors group

Sat, 24 February 2018 05:10:18 +0800

REUTERS: Missouri Governor Eric Greitens, under indictment for invasion of privacy in connection with the cover-up of an extramarital affair, has resigned from a leadership position with the Republican Governors Association, the organization said on Friday. Greitens will not attend the group's ...



Vehicle crashes into barrier near White House

Sat, 24 February 2018 05:10:38 +0800

The US Secret Service on Friday (Feb 23) reported a vehicle rammed into a security barrier near the White House, and the driver has been apprehended.



Dropbox files for IPO of up to US$500 million

Sat, 24 February 2018 06:00:14 +0800

Data-sharing business Dropbox Inc on Friday filed for an initial public offering of up to US$500 million with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.



Trump - Chief of staff Kelly to settle Kushner security dispute

Sat, 24 February 2018 05:05:08 +0800

President Donald Trump said on Friday that White House chief of staff John Kelly will decide whether Trump son-in-law and top adviser Jared Kushner gets a security clearance.



EU's Tusk warns Poland must stop anti-Semitic remarks

Sat, 24 February 2018 04:25:13 +0800

Poland's ruling party must do everything to stop anti-Semitic remarks and Poland's deteriorating standing in the world that are putting the country's interests at risk, the chairman of EU leaders said on Friday.



Frail elderly face increased risk of delirium after surgery

Sat, 24 February 2018 03:40:07 +0800

(Reuters Health) - Older adults who have elective surgery are more likely to experience delirium afterwards when they’re frail, a research review suggests. Researchers examined data from 41 previously published studies with a total of 9,384 patients age 60 or older who had elective surgery ...



Film about East German workers highlights united Germany's persisting divisions

Sat, 24 February 2018 03:35:20 +0800

A film about East German blue-collar workers casts a light on continuing east-west divisions that saw a far-right party storm into Germany's parliament last year - even if its director explicitly disavows any political message.



US playwright David Mamet turns his sights on Harvey Weinstein

Sat, 24 February 2018 03:25:18 +0800

David Mamet has written a new play about film producer Harvey Weinstein, the Pulitzer Prize winner said in an interview published on Friday.



Chileans lose faith as Vatican scrambles to contain sex abuse scandal

Sat, 24 February 2018 03:20:14 +0800

To understand why Chile, one of Latin America's most socially conservative nations, is losing faith in the Roman Catholic Church, visit Providencia, a middle-class area of Santiago coming to terms with a decades-old clergy sex abuse scandal.



FDA approves KemPharm's opioid painkiller

Sat, 24 February 2018 03:15:13 +0800

REUTERS: KemPharm Inc said on Friday the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved its opioid painkiller Apadaz for the short-term management of acute pain. The company resubmitted the drug's marketing application for review in September last year after appealing against the drug regulator's ...



'105 girls missing' in NE Nigeria after Boko Haram school attack

Sat, 24 February 2018 03:12:27 +0800

More than 100 girls are reported missing after a Boko Haram school attack in northeast Nigeria this week that President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday called a "national disaster".



US Treasury head says new Russia sanctions expected within weeks

Sat, 24 February 2018 03:10:12 +0800

WASHINGTON: Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said on Friday the Trump administration is working on new sanctions against Russia for a range of activities, including meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, and he expects to brief the media on the actions within the next several weeks. "We ...



US pushes more UN sanctions targeting North Korea oil, coal smuggling

Sat, 24 February 2018 03:05:13 +0800

The United States proposed a list of entities on Friday to be blacklisted under United Nations sanctions on North Korea, a move it says is "aimed at shutting down North Korea's illicit maritime smuggling activities to obtain oil and sell coal."



Trump, Turnbull put on show of 'mateship' at the White House

Sat, 24 February 2018 06:29:42 +0800

US President Donald Trump gave Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull an effusive welcome at the White House Friday, trying to put a heated first conversation in the rear mirror.



Trump to host Baltic Summit on April 3: White House

Sat, 24 February 2018 02:41:05 +0800

WASHINGTON: U.S. President Donald Trump will host the leaders of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania in a Baltic Summit on April 3, the White House said on Friday. The White House meeting with President Kersti Kaljulaid of Estonia, President Raimonds Vejonis of Latvia, and President Dalia Grybauskaite ...



Self-driving cars with 'remote drivers could test on California roads in April: DMV

Sat, 24 February 2018 02:39:58 +0800

SAN FRANCISCO: Self-driving cars that back up their computerized system with a remote human operator instead of a fallback driver at the wheel could be tested on California roads as early as April, the state department of motor vehicles said. Relying on a remote human operator - who could control ...



Trump pushes plan to arm teachers, suggests deputy a 'coward'

Sat, 24 February 2018 02:26:59 +0800

US President Donald Trump on Friday cast doubt on the character of an armed deputy who failed to intervene during last week's school shooting in Florida, saying he froze or was a "coward."



Nigeria's president calls mass schoolgirl abduction "national disaster"

Sat, 24 February 2018 02:20:13 +0800

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday called the abduction of scores of girls from a school in the northeast by the Islamist militant group Boko Haram a national disaster, and said he was sending more troops and reconnaissance aircraft to look for them.



EU leaders split over post-Brexit budget

Sat, 24 February 2018 05:41:24 +0800

European Union leaders were divided at a Brussels summit on Friday (Feb 23) over calls to pay more to fill the huge hole which will be created in their budget when Britain leaves the bloc.



Ethnically tinged row over voting rules threatens governance in Bosnia

Sat, 24 February 2018 02:10:09 +0800

SARAJEVO: Bosnia will not be able to form governments after the October general election unless the national parliament resolves an ethnically-charged dispute over proposed changes to the election law, a senior election official said on Friday. The Balkan country plans presidential and ...



Geely chief builds US$9 billion stake in Germany's Daimler

Sat, 24 February 2018 04:46:40 +0800

FRANKFURT: Li Shufu, the chairman and main owner of Chinese carmaker Geely , has built a stake of 9.69 percent in Daimler AG , the German carmaker said in a regulatory filing on Friday. The stake, worth nearly US$9 billion at the current valuation for Daimler shares, makes Li the biggest single ...



German food bank draws fire over move to stop accepting new migrant clients

Sat, 24 February 2018 02:05:22 +0800

BERLIN: A food bank in Germany's Essen has temporarily stopped accepting new migrant customers saying it hopes more German "grandmothers and young single mothers" will come for food supplies, in a move that has drawn widespread criticism. The decision, which took effect in January but was only ...



BMW to recall 11,700 cars after installing wrong engine software

Sat, 24 February 2018 05:30:12 +0800

German car maker BMW said on Friday it would recall 11,700 cars to fix their engine management software after it discovered that the wrong software had been installed on its luxury 5- and 7-Series models.



Arrest in Kuwait murder of Filipina maid

Sat, 24 February 2018 01:57:54 +0800

One of the two main suspects in the murder of a Filipina maid whose body was found stuffed in a freezer in Kuwait this month has been arrested, Philippine authorities said Friday.



Symantec halts NRA discounts for identity theft product

Sat, 24 February 2018 01:35:51 +0800

Symantec Corp said on Friday it has stopped a program with the National Rifle Association that offered discounts for its LifeLock identity theft product.



Villarreal suspend, stop paying Semedo after criminal charges

Sat, 24 February 2018 01:25:28 +0800

La Liga side Villarreal said on Friday they have suspended defender Ruben Semedo and taken him off their payroll, a day after the Portuguese player was charged with offences including attempted murder and held in custody without bail.



US M&A lending hits early year high with jumbo loans

Sat, 24 February 2018 01:25:23 +0800

A flurry of huge US acquisitions is pushing high-grade M&A lending to early year highs as blue-chip firms take advantage of US tax reform and try to fight off the threat of online retail giant Amazon.



France bets on English to 'conquer the world'

Sat, 24 February 2018 01:25:17 +0800

France will take steps to improve French students' English language skills to make them better equipped to "conquer the world", the government said on Friday as it unveiled a strategy to plug a gaping trade deficit.



Curling - Uiseong celebrate more Garlic Girls' success

Sat, 24 February 2018 01:15:18 +0800

At a high school in Uiseong, South Korea's new capital of curling, more than 300 hundred fans gathered around the big screen to watch their beloved 'Garlic Girls' edge one step closer to an Olympic triumph with a place in the final.



Florida governor proposes tighter gun restrictions in wake of school shooting

Sat, 24 February 2018 01:10:17 +0800

Florida Governor Rick Scott announced a proposal on Friday to increase restrictions on buying guns and to strengthen school safety measures after a gunman killed 17 people at a high school in the state last week.



Football: Guardiola charged by FA for yellow ribbon protest

Sat, 24 February 2018 01:06:27 +0800

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has been charged by the English FA for wearing a yellow ribbon during matches in apparent protest against the imprisonment of pro-independence politicians in his native Catalonia.



Trump Jr drops planned foreign policy speech in India after criticism

Sat, 24 February 2018 01:00:17 +0800

U.S. President Donald Trump's son dropped a planned speech on foreign affairs in the Indian capital on Friday after ethics experts said he should avoid wading into policy issues as a private citizen.



Stolen painting by French master Degas found on bus near Paris

Sat, 24 February 2018 00:55:17 +0800

PARIS: French customs police have found a painting by 19th century master Edgar Degas that was stolen nine years ago from a museum in Marseille in the luggage compartment of a bus near Paris, the government said on Friday. Degas' 1877 painting Les Choristes, or The Chorus Singers, is done in ...



Germans stun Canada, to face Russians in Olympic hockey final

Sat, 24 February 2018 01:00:38 +0800

Germany completed a shock run to their first men's Olympic hockey final on Friday (Feb 23) by dethroning two-time defending champion Canada 4-3, the fairytale squad advancing to a Sunday showdown for gold against the Olympic Athletes from Russia.



Citing Russia, Swedish armed forces seek doubled budget by 2035

Sat, 24 February 2018 00:50:17 +0800

Sweden needs to more than double military spending by 2035 to ensure the country is adequately protected, the armed forces said on Friday, noting Russia had no qualms about using force for political ends.



Football: Liverpool keen to offer Mane new contract as Klopp prepares to strengthen

Sat, 24 February 2018 00:54:14 +0800

REUTERS: Juergen Klopp says it is not a secret that Liverpool are looking to secure the future of Sadio Mane and the club remains keen to further strengthen the squad ahead of next season. Mane, who arrived at Anfield from Southampton in 2016, scored his first hat-trick for Liverpool in a 5-0 ...



Dockless bike share pioneer Gobee quits Paris

Sat, 24 February 2018 00:43:18 +0800

Hong Kong startup Gobee.bike, the first of a wave of Asian dockless bike share operators that launched in Paris last year, has halted operations in the French capital, industry sources said on Friday.



Olympics: Korean curlers continue charmed run into final

Sat, 24 February 2018 00:40:57 +0800

South Korea's curlers edged arch rivals Japan 8-7 in a tie-break to continue their fairytale journey all the way to Sunday's Olympic Games women's final.



No problem with Chelsea despite Conte row, says Mourinho

Sat, 24 February 2018 00:30:32 +0800

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho insists he still has a good relationship with former club Chelsea despite a recent war of words with his Stamford Bridge successor Antonio Conte.



Strikes pound Syria's Eastern Ghouta as world fumbles for response

Sat, 24 February 2018 07:52:31 +0800

Syrian regime air strikes and artillery fire hit the rebel-held enclave of Eastern Ghouta for a sixth straight day Friday as the world struggled to reach a deal to stop the carnage.



Oprah Winfrey says 'definitely not' running for US president

Sat, 24 February 2018 00:20:58 +0800

Oprah Winfrey put to rest any lingering questions about a potential 2020 bid for the presidency, declaring on a late-night talk show on Thursday that she was "definitely not running."



Fed sees rate hikes on track; continued US growth

Sat, 24 February 2018 00:50:19 +0800

The U.S. Federal Reserve, looking past a recent stock market sell-off and concern about inflation, said it sees steady growth continuing and no serious risks on the horizon the might pause its planned pace of rate hikes.



Czech president wants alleged hacker to be extradited to Russia, not US - news website

Sat, 24 February 2018 00:15:19 +0800

Czech President Milos Zeman has urged Justice Minister Robert Pelikan to extradite a suspected Russian computer hacker to Russia rather than the United States, a Czech weekly reported on Friday, a stance at odds with Prime Minister Andrej Babis.



US senators press Justice Department on Daimler emissions probe: letter

Fri, 23 February 2018 23:55:31 +0800

Two Democratic U.S. senators on Friday urged Attorney General Jeff Sessions to thoroughly investigate Daimler AG after a media report alleged the automaker used potentially illegal software to pass diesel emissions tests, according to a letter seen by Reuters.



US banks set for M&A wave as Trump cuts red tape

Fri, 23 February 2018 23:55:27 +0800

An easing of financial rules will soon unleash pent-up mergers and acquisitions among mid-sized U.S. banks, according to deal bankers, analysts and bank executives.



French PM vows to combat 'slow-burn' threat of radical Islam

Fri, 23 February 2018 23:55:22 +0800

France's prime minister on Friday announced steps including prison isolation zones and more stringent licensing rules for faith-based schools to combat what he called a slow-burning threat from Islamist radicalisation.



Palace winger Zaha recovering ahead of schedule - Hodgson

Fri, 23 February 2018 23:50:17 +0800

Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha is ahead of schedule as he recovers from a knee injury suffered at the start of the month, manager Roy Hodgson said on Friday.



Defender Milic joins Napoli as free agent

Fri, 23 February 2018 23:45:16 +0800

Croatian defender Hrvoje Milic has joined Napoli on a free transfer, the Serie A club said on Friday (www.sscnapoli.it).



Judge rejects Shkreli's request to have conviction voided: Report

Fri, 23 February 2018 23:53:59 +0800

NEW YORK: Biotech founder Martin Shkreli's request to have his securities fraud convictions thrown out was rejected by a judge who is set to sentence him on Mar 9, Bloomberg reported on Friday (Feb 23). The evidence presented at the trial "was more than sufficient" to warrant a conviction for ...



Shkreli loses bid to toss stock manipulation conviction

Sat, 24 February 2018 02:25:22 +0800

A federal judge on Friday refused to overturn former drug company executive Martin Shkreli's conviction of scheming to manipulate his company's stock price.



Interview: IAC's Vimeo aims for US$100 mln in revenue this year - CEO

Fri, 23 February 2018 23:35:24 +0800

REUTERS: IAC/Interactive Corp's video hosting service Vimeo is targeting 1 million in paid subscribers and more than US$100 million in revenue in about a year, its chief executive officer said in an interview. Vimeo, which offers cloud-based video hosting, editing and sharing tools to individuals ...



VW's profitability may take a hit from electric vehicle shift

Sat, 24 February 2018 02:30:13 +0800

BERLIN: Volkswagen said profitability could take a hit this year as the carmaker invests billions of euros in electric vehicles (EVs) and launches a raft of new models. Europe's largest automotive group, which reported record 2017 earnings on Friday, said it expected a return on sales for 2018 of ...



US imposes more North Korea sanctions, Trump warns of 'phase two'

Sat, 24 February 2018 06:35:38 +0800

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday the United States would launch the "largest-ever" package of sanctions against North Korea, intensifying pressure on the reclusive country to giving up its nuclear and missile programmes.



Fonte joins Chinese club Dalian Yifeng from West Ham

Fri, 23 February 2018 23:30:14 +0800

West Ham United's Portuguese defender Jose Fonte has joined Chinese Super League club Dalian Yifang 13 months after signing from Southampton, the London club said on Friday.



US ready to open Jerusalem embassy in May: State Department

Sat, 24 February 2018 04:09:48 +0800

WASHINGTON: The United States said on Friday (Feb 23) it will open its embassy to Israel in Jerusalem in May, a move from Tel Aviv that reverses decades of US policy and is bound to trouble US allies who have already objected. US President Donald Trump announced last December that the United ...



Staff return to Florida high school for first time since massacre

Fri, 23 February 2018 23:29:02 +0800

PARKLAND: Staff members returned for the first time on Friday (Feb 23) to the Florida high school where 17 students and faculty were gunned down by an ex-student with an assault rifle last week in one of the deadliest school attacks in US history. Teachers were welcomed back to Marjory Stoneman ...



Stolen Degas painting found on a bus near Paris

Fri, 23 February 2018 23:25:46 +0800

PARIS: A Degas painting stolen from a museum in Marseille nine years ago has been found on a bus near Paris, the French culture minister said Friday (Feb 23). Francoise Nyssen said customs officials found the pastel - thought to be worth around €800,000 (US$893,000) - hidden in the luggage ...



Newcastle's on-loan striker Slimani suffers fresh injury setback

Fri, 23 February 2018 23:25:22 +0800

Islam Slimani's Newcastle United debut has been put on hold after the striker suffered an injury setback, manager Rafa Benitez said on Friday.



Poland plans to demote members of 1981-83 military government - paper

Fri, 23 February 2018 23:25:15 +0800

Poland's right-wing government is preparing to strip the rank of members of the communist military council that enforced martial law in the 1980s, including Poland's only astronaut, a newspaper reported on Friday.



Fed should lean on rate cuts, not QE, in next recession: paper

Fri, 23 February 2018 23:20:16 +0800

The Federal Reserve should focus on lowering interest rates in the face of the next recession, and avoid relying on asset purchases that are a less effective policy tool than previously thought, four top U.S. economists told a roomful of Fed officials on Friday.



US appeals court revives Schwab Libor-rigging claims against banks

Sat, 24 February 2018 00:55:13 +0800

Charles Schwab Corp and several of its mutual funds persuaded a U.S. appeals court on Friday to revive their lawsuit seeking to hold 17 banks responsible for manipulation of the benchmark Libor interest rate.



Zidane proud of Real's emphatic response after poor start

Fri, 23 February 2018 23:05:54 +0800

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said on Friday he is proud of his side for their resurgent recent form as they target a fifth consecutive victory in all competitions against Alaves on Saturday to continue their charge back up the La Liga table.



Russia says ready to agree on UN resolution on Syria but with caveats

Fri, 23 February 2018 23:02:52 +0800

MOSCOW: Russia is ready to agree on a UN Security Council draft resolution on Syria but it needs guarantees on a ceasefire, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Friday (Feb 23). "There are no guarantees that (the rebels) will not continue shooting at Damascus residential areas," Lavrov said in a ...



Former Trump campaign aide set to plead guilty in Russia probe

Sat, 24 February 2018 02:25:14 +0800

WASHINGTON: A former deputy campaign manager for Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, Rick Gates, will plead guilty on Friday to conspiracy against the United States and lying to investigators, according to court documents, in a sign he will likely cooperate with a federal probe into Russia's ...



May to set out Brexit plan after Cabinet agreement

Fri, 23 February 2018 22:56:27 +0800

LONDON: Prime Minister Theresa May will make a speech next Friday (Mar 2) on Britain's relationship with the EU following Brexit after her cabinet agreed a plan at a marathon meeting, her spokesman said. One minister who was not present said they had agreed Britain would seek to align itself with ...



HPE shares soar on US$7 billion repurchase plan, upbeat forecast

Fri, 23 February 2018 22:50:17 +0800

Shares of Hewlett Packard Enterprise rose 7 percent to a record in early trading on Friday after the company unveiled a US$7 billion share buyback program, reported strong quarterly results and raised its full-year profit forecast.



Two shot dead in Zurich, police see no terror link

Fri, 23 February 2018 23:15:49 +0800

ZURICH: Two people died in a shooting in Zurich's city centre on Friday that police said did not appear to have any link to terrorism. Police responding to reports of shots fired near the Swiss financial capital's main railway station shortly after 14:30 (1330 GMT) found one person dead and ...



Soccer-Man City's Sterling doubtful for League Cup final

Fri, 23 February 2018 22:30:19 +0800

Raheem Sterling is struggling to be fit for Manchester City's League Cup final against Arsenal on Sunday but Gabriel Jesus could return, manager Pep Guardiola said on Friday.