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Published: Tue, 26 September 2017 10:14:34 +0800


US House panel probing private email use by White House aides

Tue, 26 September 2017 10:10:10 +0800

WASHINGTON: A U.S. House of Representatives committee asked the White House on Monday for information about a media report that senior officials used private email accounts for government business. The request by the Republican and Democratic leaders of the House Oversight Committee follows a ...

US Navy Pacific commander misses promotion, to retire after deadly collisions

Tue, 26 September 2017 09:59:47 +0800

U.S. Pacific Fleet commander Admiral Scott Swift said he will retire after being passed over for promotion to the chief of all military forces in the region in the wake of two deadly collisions involving U.S. warships.

UN Security Council to meet on Myanmar on Thursday

Tue, 26 September 2017 08:02:52 +0800

UNITED NATIONS: The UN Security Council will meet on Thursday to discuss the violence in Myanmar and hear a briefing from UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on the crisis, diplomats said. France, Britain, the United States and four other countries requested the meeting after more than 430,000 ...

Nobel Foundation increases cash award for prizes

Tue, 26 September 2017 07:18:34 +0800

STOCKHOLM: One week before the announcement of the 2017 Nobel prizes begins, the Nobel Foundation said on Monday (Sep 25) that this year's winners will receive a larger monetary award worth over a million dollars. "The Board of Directors of the Nobel Foundation decided at its meeting on Sep 14 ...

SEC hackers accessed authentic data used by companies in tests: Sources

Tue, 26 September 2017 06:57:13 +0800

WASHINGTON: Hackers breached the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's computer system last year by taking advantage of companies that used authentic financial data when they were testing the agency's corporate filing system, according to sources familiar with the matter. The Federal Bureau of ...

Brazil house speaker says Temer charges must be taken together

Tue, 26 September 2017 05:35:17 +0800

The speaker of Brazil's lower house of Congress, Rodrigo Maia, said on Monday that two new charges against President Michel Temer in a corruption case should be considered together when they reach the floor of the chamber on Tuesday.

Blame starts to fly over Mexico quake collapse

Tue, 26 September 2017 06:33:40 +0800

Mexico City's mayor, the education minister, and the top official for the district all traded blame after reports that the Enrique Rebsamen primary school operated using false documents.

Interpol sting seizes US$51m in fake drugs

Tue, 26 September 2017 08:29:21 +0800

LYON: Interpol said on Monday (Sep 25) that it seized a record total of 25 million illicit and counterfeit medicines worth more than US$51 million in a week-long worldwide operation. Dietary supplements, pain killers, fake contact lenses, epilepsy medication and 1.2 tonnes of erectile dysfunction ...

US citizen detained in Yemeni capital Sanaa - colleagues

Tue, 26 September 2017 02:40:12 +0800

DUBAI: Yemen's Houthi forces have detained a U.S. citizen in the capital Sanaa for reasons that were not immediately clear, two colleagues of the man said on Monday. The Iran-aligned Houthis control much of northern Yemen, including Sanaa, and are battling a Saudi-led coalition that is trying to ...

Seven arrested in Egypt after raising rainbow flag at concert

Tue, 26 September 2017 02:30:20 +0800

CAIRO: Egyptian police arrested seven people on Monday after they were seen raising a rainbow flag at a concert, security sources said, in a rare public show of support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights in the conservative Muslim country. Security sources said the seven were ...

Kids who see guns in movies may be more apt to play with firearms

Tue, 26 September 2017 03:02:16 +0800

OHIO: Watching movie characters use guns may not necessarily make kids more likely to pick up a weapon themselves, but it may mean children who play with guns are more apt to fire them, a new experiment suggests. For the experiment, researchers had children watch a 20-minute clip from the PG-rated ...

Estranged husband of Clinton aide gets 21 months for sexting teen

Tue, 26 September 2017 01:38:37 +0800

NEW YORK: Anthony Weiner, the disgraced former US congressman and estranged husband of one of Hillary Clinton's closest aides, was sentenced to 21 months in prison on Monday (Sep 25) for sexting a school girl. The 53-year-old had pleaded guilty in May to sending explicit photographs and messages ...

Obamacare repeal appears doomed after key Republican says 'no'

Tue, 26 September 2017 09:00:20 +0800

U.S. Senator Susan Collins rebuffed intense lobbying from fellow Republicans and the promise of more money for her state in deciding on Monday to oppose - and likely doom - her party's last-ditch effort to repeal Obamacare.

US- backed alliance says Russian jets struck its fighters in east Syria

Tue, 26 September 2017 01:10:20 +0800

BEIRUT: U.S.-backed Syrian militias said Russian warplanes struck their positions in Deir al-Zor province on Monday, which Moscow denied, generating friction between two rival campaigns against Islamic State. The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) alliance of Kurdish and Arab militias fighting with a ...

Swiss war crimes inquiry into Assad's uncle stalled, rights group says

Tue, 26 September 2017 00:55:20 +0800

GENEVA: Switzerland opened a war-crimes investigation into Rifaat al-Assad, an uncle of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad, almost four years ago, but it has stalled despite "compelling evidence", an activist group and lawyers said on Monday. The Geneva-based activists TRIAL International said that it ...

North Korea says Trump has declared war

Tue, 26 September 2017 05:55:33 +0800

NEW YORK: North Korea's foreign minister on Monday (Sep 25) accused US President Donald Trump of declaring war against his country and said Pyongyang was ready to defend itself by shooting down US bombers. The White House dismissed the claim as "absurd". The latest threats stoked a week-long war ...

Austria's far right gives two cheers for German sister party's success

Mon, 25 September 2017 23:05:14 +0800

VIENNA: Austria's anti-immigration Freedom Party (FPO), seeking to soften its image before Austrians go to the polls next month, offered only lukewarm praise on Monday for a record election showing by its sister party in neighbouring Germany. The Alternative for Germany (AfD), which says ...

Political complexities should not translate to inaction in Myanmar: US official

Mon, 25 September 2017 23:00:39 +0800

SINGAPORE: As the Rohingya crisis continues in Myanmar, US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Southeast Asia Patrick Murphy said he was encouraged by Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi’s televised speech last Tuesday. In her speech, she highlighted the government’s commitment to the ...

Brooking no dissent, Marine Le Pen takes grip on French far-right

Mon, 25 September 2017 22:10:15 +0800

Marine Le Pen has acted to reassert her authority over France's far-right National Front with the forced departure of her deputy, but still faces a struggle to persuade the party base that she has what it takes to win an election.

Too early to say if UK has made sufficient progress in Brexit talks - Irish PM

Mon, 25 September 2017 21:45:27 +0800

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said on Monday it was not possible to say that Britain had made sufficient progress to move onto the next phase of Brexit talks with the European Union, adding there was a "bit of a way to go yet".

Puerto Rico evacuates area near crumbling dam, asks for aid

Tue, 26 September 2017 04:55:08 +0800

Most people living near a crumbling dam in storm-battered Puerto Rico have been moved to safety, Governor Ricardo Rossello said on Monday, as he urged the U.S. Congress to fund an aid package to avert a humanitarian crisis after Hurricane Maria.

After German election, Macron to set out his vision for Europe

Tue, 26 September 2017 09:55:11 +0800

French President Emmanuel Macron will set out plans for reforming the European Union on Tuesday, including proposals for a separate eurozone budget, despite a German election result that is likely to complicate his far-reaching ambitions.

Syrian militias aim to push Islamic State out of Raqqa within a month

Mon, 25 September 2017 21:00:17 +0800

RAQQA, Syria: U.S.-backed militias expect to push all Islamic State fighters out of their former Syrian headquarters of Raqqa in less than a month, a Kurdish commander told Reuters on Monday. Under the banner of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), the militias have hemmed the jihadists into a few ...

Zimbabwe pastor on trial for subversion, faces 20-year jail term

Mon, 25 September 2017 20:30:12 +0800

HARARE: Zimbabwe put on trial on Monday an activist pastor accused of attempting to subvert the government, a charge that carries up to 20 years in prison on conviction, following protests last year against President Robert Mugabe's handling of the economy. Evan Mawarire, through his #ThisFlag ...

Trump travel ban on more solid ground as top court cancels hearing

Tue, 26 September 2017 05:40:17 +0800

The U.S. Supreme Court cancelled oral arguments scheduled in October to decide the legality of President Donald Trump's previous travel ban, signalling the court might dismiss the case.

Palestinian unity government to meet in Gaza next week - statement

Mon, 25 September 2017 19:50:14 +0800

GAZA: The Palestinian government will meet in Gaza next week to begin taking administrative control of the enclave from Hamas, a statement said, part of efforts to end protracted rivalry between the Islamist group and President Mahmoud Abbas. Hamas, which has ruled Gaza since a brief Palestinian ...

Robotic fashion: Wear your heartbeat on your sleeve

Mon, 25 September 2017 19:09:23 +0800

Dutch designer Anouk Wipprecht has a vision for a world in which people stop telling themselves little lies about their emotions -- and she believes high-tech fashion is the key.

'World's heaviest woman' dies in Abu Dhabi hospital

Mon, 25 September 2017 20:35:38 +0800

An Egyptian believed to be the world's heaviest woman died Monday morning of heart and kidney failure at an Abu Dhabi hospital.

Polish president wants to change constitution to get more power over courts

Mon, 25 September 2017 18:50:21 +0800

Polish President Andrzej Duda proposed amendments to the constitution on Monday that would give him more say over the nomination of top judges.

Sri Lanka arrests man with gold-filled bottom

Mon, 25 September 2017 18:31:21 +0800

Sri Lanka customs arrested an India-bound air passenger attempting with "difficulty" to smuggle nearly one kilogram (2.2 pounds) of gold stuffed in his rectum, a spokesman said Monday.

Jets strike US- backed forces in eastern Syria - SDF

Mon, 25 September 2017 17:50:15 +0800

BEIRUT: U.S.- backed Syrian militias said Russian warplanes struck their positions in Deir al-Zor province on Monday, near a major natural gas field they seized from Islamic State in recent days. The Syrian Democratic Forces, an alliance of Kurdish and Arab militias, has been fighting Islamic ...

Joon airline formally launched in bid to attract younger passengers

Mon, 25 September 2017 17:50:39 +0800

PARIS: Air France formally launched on Monday (Sep 25) its new "Joon" lower-cost airline, which the company hopes will attract a younger clientele and restore some routes to profitability. Air France said on Monday that Joon would start off by flying to six destinations. Starting from Dec 1, Joon ...

Police investigating militants search Brussels houses

Mon, 25 September 2017 17:20:20 +0800

BRUSSELS: Police searched eight houses in and around Brussels on Monday as part of investigations into people who had joined militants in Syria in 2014, prosecutors said. The prosecutors did say if anyone was arrested or give any more details on the investigation. A series of attacks in European ...

Mexico City gets unsteadily back on its feet after quake

Tue, 26 September 2017 05:00:11 +0800

Most schools in Mexico City remained closed on Monday after last week's deadly earthquake, but children outside the capital were set to return to their classrooms, although aftershocks were still jolting the country.

Turnout high as Iraqi Kurds defy threats to hold independence vote

Tue, 26 September 2017 03:35:35 +0800

Kurds voted in large numbers in an independence referendum in northern Iraq on Monday, ignoring pressure from Baghdad, threats from Turkey and Iran, and international warnings that the vote may ignite yet more regional conflict.

Obama personally warned Zuckberberg over fake news: Report

Mon, 25 September 2017 14:58:12 +0800

Former US President Barack Obama personally urged Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg to counter the rise of fake news on the social network during a meeting held shortly after last year's election, the Washington Post reported Sunday.

US boy hammered to death by mother's ex while protecting younger sister

Mon, 25 September 2017 17:45:39 +0800

CALIFORNIA: An eight-year-old boy died on Sep 7 after his mother's former boyfriend beat him with a hammer, reported The Daily Mail on Monday (Sep 25).  On Sep 1, Dante Daniels had been trying to protect his younger sister, Danae, 7, from Deandre Chaney Jr, 23, who was "engaged in the crime of ...

Commentary: How Angela Merkel emerged from the German elections weakened

Mon, 25 September 2017 13:50:41 +0800

The German Chancellor’s fourth but disappointing victory will be marred by the difficult times ahead, for Germany and the Eurozone, says the Financial Times’ Tony Barber.

US Republicans tweak Obamacare repeal bill, support tepid

Tue, 26 September 2017 06:00:10 +0800

Republican senators struggled to gather more support for a last-ditch attempt to repeal Obamacare on Monday despite revising funding provisions of their bill to make it more attractive to a handful of undecided lawmakers.

J.Lo donates US$1m to hurricane-hit Puerto Rico

Mon, 25 September 2017 12:51:22 +0800

NEW YORK: Pop star and actress Jennifer Lopez on Sunday offered $1 million for Puerto Rico as she helped launch an effort by New York state to support the hurricane-battered US island. Lopez, born in New York City to Puerto Rican parents, said she was donating the money to assorted charities and ...

Cambodia's opposition puts out banners calling for leader's release

Mon, 25 September 2017 12:35:21 +0800

Cambodia's main opposition party on Monday put up banners around the country calling for the release of its detained leader Kem Sokha in a challenge to the government of Prime Minister Hun Sen, which has accused him of treason.

UK military puts up equipment for sale, including Singapore-made Warthogs: Report

Mon, 25 September 2017 17:32:45 +0800

LONDON: The British armed forces is selling off military equipment in the “biggest-ever" fire sale of its kind, the Daily Mail reported on Sunday (Sep 24). The assets on sale include the Singapore-made Warthog armoured troop carriers, which the report said were "praised for saving the lives of UK ...

NFL controversy has 'nothing to do with race': Trump

Mon, 25 September 2017 11:15:02 +0800

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump insisted Sunday (Sep 24) that an intensifying feud with National Football League players who will not stand during the US national anthem to draw attention to social injustice, has "nothing to do with race." Trump spoke after players of America's most popular ...

Japan's Abe announces snap election amid worries over North Korea

Mon, 25 September 2017 21:30:11 +0800

TOKYO: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he would dissolve parliament's lower house on Thursday for a snap election, seeking a mandate to stick to his tough stance towards a volatile North Korea and rebalance the social security system. Abe, in power for five years, had been expected to call ...

Trump issues travel restrictions on North Korea, Venezuela in expanded ban

Mon, 25 September 2017 08:00:38 +0800

WASHINGTON:The United States will prohibit entry of citizens from North Korea to the United States as part of a sweeping new travel ban that also slaps restrictions on Iran, Chad, Libya, Syria, Venezuela, Yemen and Somalia, the Trump administration said on Sunday (Sep 24). The new restrictions ...

German election results a 'major setback' for politics of moderation: Tharman

Mon, 25 September 2017 07:50:39 +0800

The entrance of a far-right party into German parliament is a "worrying shift", Singapore Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam wrote in a Facebook post.

Hopes fade in Mexico City quake rescue operations

Mon, 25 September 2017 07:40:38 +0800

MEXICO CITY: Hopes of finding more survivors after Mexico City's devastating quake dwindled to virtually nothing on Sunday (Sep 24), five days after the 7.1 tremor rocked the heart of the mega-city, toppling dozens of buildings and killing more than 300 people. Yet authorities were still ...

Gunman kills one, wounds six outside Nashville

Mon, 25 September 2017 06:50:38 +0800

WASHINGTON: A masked gunman opened fire on Sunday (Sep 24) at a church near Nashville, Tennessee, killing a woman, wounding six more people and pistol-whipping another, police said. The gunman, who is 26, shot himself after being confronted by an usher at the Church of Christ Burnette Chapel and ...

Trump slaps travel restrictions on North Korea, Venezuela in sweeping new ban

Mon, 25 September 2017 10:05:08 +0800

President Donald Trump on Sunday slapped new travel restrictions on citizens from North Korea, Venezuela and Chad, expanding the list of countries covered by his original travel bans that have been derided by critics and challenged in court.

Polish president unveils court reform in democratic litmus test

Mon, 25 September 2017 06:10:12 +0800

WARSAW: Polish President Andrzej Duda unveiled proposals on Monday for judiciary reform that is viewed by the European Union and critics of the government as a crucial gauge of Warsaw's adherence to rule-of-law standards. Duda, an ally of the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party, unexpectedly vetoed ...

Kurds stick with independence vote, 'never going back to Baghdad' - Barzani

Mon, 25 September 2017 06:00:11 +0800

ERBIL, Iraq/ISTANBUL: Iraq's Kurds will go ahead with a referendum on independence on Monday because their partnership with Baghdad has failed, Kurdistan Regional Government President Massoud Barzani said on Sunday, shrugging off international opposition to the vote. In response, the Iraqi ...

Kushner used private email account for White House business: Politico

Mon, 25 September 2017 07:00:26 +0800

President Donald Trump's son-in-law and close adviser, Jared Kushner, has used a private email account alongside his official White House account to exchange messages with other administration officials, Politico reported on Sunday.

Iran says Guards attack Islamic State with drones in Eastern Syria

Mon, 25 September 2017 05:35:09 +0800

DUBAI: Iran's Revolutionary Guards on Sunday struck bases of the Islamic State in eastern Syria with drones, Iranian state television reported. It said vehicles, military equipment and ammunition were destroyed in the attack near the Syrian-Iraqi border. In June, Iran fired missiles into eastern ...

Berliners vote to keep Tegel airport open

Mon, 25 September 2017 05:05:10 +0800

Berlin residents voted on Sunday to keep open the German capital's Tegel airport even after a new international hub is completed, a preliminary result showed, creating a headache for the city's government, which had campaigned for its closure.

Two more US Senators signal opposition to Obamacare overhaul

Mon, 25 September 2017 03:10:38 +0800

WASHINGTON: Two Republican senators signalled strong opposition on Sunday (Sep 24) to their party's latest bid to overhaul Obamacare, dealing a potentially fatal blow to one President Donald Trump's top legislative goals. Senator Susan Collins of Maine said she cannot "envision a scenario" in ...

German vote could doom Merkel-Macron deal on Europe

Mon, 25 September 2017 03:00:14 +0800

Weakened by the worst result for her party since 1949 and facing a more fractious political landscape at home, Germany's Angela Merkel could be forced to rein in plans to re-shape Europe together with France's Emmanuel Macron.

Dismay in Germany as hard-right marches into parliament

Mon, 25 September 2017 02:41:17 +0800

BERLIN: The Alternative for Germany (AfD) on Sunday (Sep 24) became the first hard-right, openly anti-immigration party to enter parliament with so many seats since World War II, breaking a taboo despite calls to halt "the Nazis" in their tracks. Exit polls credited the AfD with around 13 per cent ...

German Social Democrats in turmoil after historic loss

Mon, 25 September 2017 02:34:05 +0800

BERLIN: The defeat on Sunday (Sep 24) of German Social Democrat Martin Schulz at the hands of Chancellor Angela Merkel is his party's worst loss since World War II and another blow for Europe's centre-left. The SPD, Germany's traditional working class party, won just 20-21 per cent in its fourth ...

Merkel wins fourth term, hard right gains foothold in parliament

Mon, 25 September 2017 17:38:23 +0800

BERLIN: Chancellor Angela Merkel clinched a fourth term in Germany's election on Sunday (Sep 24), but her victory was clouded by the entry into parliament of the hard right AfD, the best showing for a nationalist force since World War II. Merkel, who after 12 years in power held a double-digit ...

London mayor says Britain should not host President Trump on state visit

Mon, 25 September 2017 00:05:11 +0800

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said on Sunday that it would be wrong for Britain to host U.S. President Donald Trump on a state visit, describing some of the U.S. leader's views on Islam as "ignorant".

Russia, Syria intensify bombing of rebel-held Idlib, witnesses say

Sun, 24 September 2017 23:40:10 +0800

AMMAN: Russian and Syrian jets escalated strikes on rebel-held Idlib and Hama provinces, several days after jihadist rebels opened an offensive against government-held parts of northwestern Syria, rebels and witnesses said on Sunday. The bombing campaign in heavily populated civilian areas ...

Jaguars, Ravens kneel for anthem in first game since Trump ramps up feud

Sun, 24 September 2017 23:35:22 +0800

SOMERSET, N.J.: National Football League players from the Baltimore Ravens and Jacksonville Jaguars knelt and linked arms during the pre-game national anthem on Sunday, hours after U.S. President Donald Trump called on fans to boycott teams that do not discipline players who protest. At the ...

Chinese vase sells for 10,000 times estimated price in Geneva

Sun, 24 September 2017 23:30:39 +0800

According to the catalogue, the vase, which is 60cm (23 inches) tall and depicts three blue dragons on a yellow background, is from the 20th century but it bears an unverified mark from the 18th century Qianlong era.

I'm no populist, says new leader of Italy's 5-Star

Sun, 24 September 2017 23:15:32 +0800

The new leader of Italy's anti-establishment 5-Star movement says it is not a populist party and will make cutting waste and reducing debt its priority.

British actor Fiennes given Serbian passport

Sun, 24 September 2017 23:05:30 +0800

Award-winning British actor and director Ralph Fiennes, who portrayed Lord Voldemort in the Harry Potter series, was given a Serbian passport for "promoting" the Balkan country.

Vatican says it axed chief auditor for spying

Sun, 24 September 2017 22:33:12 +0800

The Vatican said Sunday it had been forced to oust its former auditor general -- who resigned without explanation in June -- because he had been spying on senior officials.

NFL: Wave of protests in NFL after Trump criticism

Mon, 25 September 2017 03:29:56 +0800

US President Donald Trump on Sunday urged fans to boycott National Football League games to pressure the league to fire or suspend players who show disrespect for "Flag and Country."

In Germany, voters torn between stability and change

Sun, 24 September 2017 21:10:45 +0800

Faced with the near-certainty of Chancellor Angela Merkel's re-election, voters in Germany headed to the polls Sunday divided between a hankering for stability and a hunger for change.

Merkel casts ballot in German election

Sun, 24 September 2017 21:05:43 +0800

Chancellor Angela Merkel cast her ballot in Berlin Sunday in a general election widely predicted to land her a fourth term, but a possible strong showing by hard-right nationalists could cloud her victory.

Panel falls from aircraft, smashes into car in Japan

Mon, 25 September 2017 07:18:55 +0800

A panel weighing 4.3 kilograms fell from a plane shortly after take-off from a Japanese airport and smashed the window of a car being driven below, news reports and the airline said Sunday.

Iran launches war games near Iraqi Kurdistan border, Turkey hits militant positions

Sun, 24 September 2017 19:30:08 +0800

DUBAI/ISTANBUL: Iranian forces have launched war games in an area near the border with Iraq's Kurdistan region, Iran's state media reported on Sunday, a day before a Kurdish independence referendum in the region. Turkey also said on Sunday its aircraft launched airstrikes against Kurdistan Workers ...

New 5.9-magnitude quake strikes off Mexican west coast

Sun, 24 September 2017 19:04:43 +0800

MEXICO CITY: A 5.9-magnitude earthquake struck off the Mexican west coast on Sunday (Sep 24), the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said. The epicenter of the quake was 99km south-southwest of Tonala, in Chiapas state. Mexico's capital was shattered by a 7.1-magnitude quake on Tuesday that flattened ...

Not so fast, Theresa - EU seeks divorce terms to stay friends

Sun, 24 September 2017 19:00:15 +0800

In pledging to stay best friends with the European Union after Brexit, Theresa May is getting ahead of herself, say EU negotiators who want her to start putting the divorce money on the table as soon as Monday.

Weakened dam the latest threat as Puerto Rico reels from hurricane

Sun, 24 September 2017 19:22:53 +0800

A Puerto Rico dam damaged by heavy rains from Hurricane Maria was in danger of failing on Sunday, posing a risk to communities downstream, as people across the U.S. territory sought to dig out from the deadly storm.

Yemen's Hadi sees only a military solution to crisis - Arabiya TV

Sun, 24 September 2017 18:00:13 +0800

A solution in Yemen's two and-a-half year-old civil war will likely come through military rather than political means, the country's Saudi-backed president said, blaming the Iran-aligned Houthis of obstructing chances of peace.

Kenya's chief prosecutor orders investigation into election board

Sun, 24 September 2017 17:30:15 +0800

Kenya's chief prosecutor has directed the department of criminal investigations and the anti-corruption commission to investigate election board officials over possible offences in the invalidated Aug. 8 presidential vote, he said in a letter.

U.S cautions citizens of possible unrest during Kurdish independence referendum

Sun, 24 September 2017 16:45:16 +0800

The U.S. embassy in Iraq cautioned its citizens that there may be unrest during a referendum on independence planned by the Kurdish authorities in northern Iraq, opposed by the central government in Baghdad.

North Korea says US 'declared war,' warns it could shoot down US bombers

Tue, 26 September 2017 07:10:12 +0800

NEW YORK/SEOUL: North Korea's foreign minister said on Monday President Donald Trump had declared war on North Korea and that Pyongyang reserved the right to take countermeasures, including shooting down U.S. bombers even if they are not in its air space. Ri Yong Ho said a Twitter message by Trump ...

French Senate vote is blow to Macron, Conservatives keep majority

Mon, 25 September 2017 03:05:08 +0800

PARIS: President Emmanuel Macron suffered his first electoral setback on Sunday when his Republic on the Move (LREM) party won fewer seats than expected in elections for the French Senate. What was at stake was whether Macron's LREM and allies would win enough seats to give him a three-fifths ...

Trump clashes with sports world over player protests, invitation

Sun, 24 September 2017 14:35:23 +0800

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Auditor says he was forced to quit Vatican after finding irregularities

Sun, 24 September 2017 12:35:16 +0800

The Vatican's first auditor-general, who resigned without explanation in June, has broken his silence, saying he was forced to step down with trumped-up accusations after discovering evidence of possible illegal activity.

Meet the man who cut a chink in the armour of drug kingpin Pablo Escobar

Sun, 24 September 2017 12:47:41 +0800

Robert Mazur infiltrated the Medellin cartel and lived to tell the tale. Here, he talks about the perilous undercover operation and the art of money laundering.

New Zealand Labour leader says will not yet concede election

Sun, 24 September 2017 09:00:11 +0800

WELLINGTON: New Zealand Labour leader Jacinda Ardern said on Sunday it would be difficult to complete coalition talks before all votes were tallied in an election that left both major parties needing the nationalist New Zealand First party to form a government Speaking outside her home in Auckland ...

Trump casts doubt over Iran nuclear deal after missile test

Sun, 24 September 2017 08:00:57 +0800

Iran's test launch of new medium-range missile calls into question a landmark nuclear deal with the United States and other world powers, President Donald Trump said Saturday, while also accusing the Islamic republic of colluding with North Korea.

Melania Trump meets Prince Harry, Trudeau, thanks US Invictus team

Sun, 24 September 2017 07:45:08 +0800

TORONTO: U.S. first lady Melania Trump, on her first solo international trip on Saturday, to Toronto, met with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and invited Britain’s Prince Harry to visit the White House. Trump, 47, who is leading the U.S. delegation attending the opening ceremony of the ...

Psychologists help Mexico deal with double trauma of quake

Sun, 24 September 2017 06:35:21 +0800

Whether wearing white lab coats, red rescue worker vests or dressed as clowns, the psychologists standing by as Mexico picks through the rubble of this week's earthquakes are ready to help a shaken nation deal with its trauma.

Merkel tries to build coalition after vote that puts far right in parliament

Mon, 25 September 2017 21:40:14 +0800

Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives beat their rivals on Sunday to win her a fourth term in an election that will also bring a far-right party into Germany's parliament for the first time in more than half a century, exit polls showed.

Italy 5-Star favourite wins PM bid for populists

Sun, 24 September 2017 06:22:06 +0800

Italy's populist 5-Star Movement (M5S) unveiled its candidate for prime minister Saturday as it braces to attempt a revolutionary shift from protest to ruling party.

Six people believed injured in suspected London acid attack

Sun, 24 September 2017 06:20:38 +0800

LONDON: Six people were believed to have been injured on Saturday (Sep 23) after a group of males reportedly sprayed a noxious substance in a number of attacks in an area around a shopping centre in east London, police said. The incident was not being treated as terror-related, a police spokesman ...

Turkish parliament extends mandate for troops in Iraq, Syria

Sun, 24 September 2017 05:23:13 +0800

The Turkish parliament on Saturday approved a one-year extension of a mandate to use troops abroad in Syria and Iraq, two days before Iraq's Kurdish region is due to hold a controversial independence referendum.

Three Kurdish fighters killed, five wounded in blast south of oil city Kirkuk

Sun, 24 September 2017 05:15:13 +0800

ERBIL, Iraq: Three Kurdish Peshmerga fighters were killed and five wounded on Saturday when an explosive device blew up near their vehicle south of the Iraqi oil city of Kirkuk, security sources said. The explosion happened in Daquq, a region bordering Islamic State-held areas, the sources said ...

Iraq asks UN for help to build new nuclear power reactor

Sun, 24 September 2017 04:40:08 +0800

NEW YORK: Iraq asked on Saturday for assistance in building a nuclear power reactor for peaceful purposes, more than 25 years after the destruction of the reactors it had under Saddam Hussein. "Iraq calls for assistance from our kindred nuclear countries to build a nuclear reactor for peaceful ...

Echoing France, Germany says May offered 'nothing concrete' on Brexit

Sun, 24 September 2017 04:40:39 +0800

BERLIN: Germany's foreign minister said on Saturday (Sep 23) that he had been disappointed by British Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit speech, adding to a downbeat reception from France ahead of the resumption of Brexit negotiations next week. "We heard nothing concrete. It is time for the ...

Police row erupts in Catalonia over independence referendum

Sun, 24 September 2017 04:22:04 +0800

Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy asked Catalan separatist leaders Saturday to own up that they can't hold an outlawed independence referendum after a crackdown dealt them a serious blow this week.

One French soldier killed in Iraq-Syria area - French presidency

Sun, 24 September 2017 06:05:06 +0800

PARIS: A member of a French paratroop regiment serving with the U.S.-led coalition of nations battling Islamic State was killed on Saturday in combat in the Iraq-Syria region, the French army said. Some 1,200 service personnel are deployed with the French military operation in Iraq and Syria ...

In a first, women throng Saudi stadium for national day

Sun, 24 September 2017 03:39:58 +0800

With iconic buildings bathed in green light and planned cultural shows, concerts and fireworks, Saudi Arabia geared up to celebrate the anniversary of the founding of the kingdom on Saturday.

North Korea says rockets to US 'inevitable' as US bombers fly off North's coast

Sun, 24 September 2017 05:07:13 +0800

UNITED NATIONS/WASHINGTON: North Korea said on Saturday (Sep 23) targeting the US mainland with its rockets was inevitable after "Mr Evil President" Donald Trump called Pyongyang's leader "rocket man", further escalating rhetoric over the North's nuclear weapons and missile programmes. North ...

Few ideas, less hope leave Syria crisis on back burner at UN

Sun, 24 September 2017 01:10:16 +0800

At the entrance to the United Nations building in New York a sign advertises an upcoming party to celebrate the end of the annual gathering of world leaders. Next to it a weathered box with crumpled papers urges people to donate for Syrian refugees.

Greek court's rejection of asylum appeals sets bad precedent - Amnesty

Sun, 24 September 2017 01:00:11 +0800

ATHENS: A ruling by Greece's top administrative court that two Syrian asylum seekers can be safely returned to Turkey sets a dangerous precedent for thousands of refugees, according to Amnesty International. About 62,000 refugees and migrants, mainly Syrians, Afghans and Iraqis aiming for northern ...

North Korea says rockets to US 'inevitable' as US bombers fly off North Korean coast

Sun, 24 September 2017 08:25:08 +0800

North Korea said on Saturday firing its rockets at the U.S. mainland was "inevitable" after U.S. President Donald Trump called Pyongyang's leader "rocket man", in a further escalation of rhetoric between the two countries over the North's nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programme.