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Published: Mon, 29 May 2017 10:01:22 +0800


New French president promises tough talk at first Putin meeting

Mon, 29 May 2017 09:15:09 +0800

New French President Emmanuel Macron is promising tough talk at his first meeting with Vladimir Putin on Monday, following an election campaign when his team accused Russian media of trying to interfere in the democratic process.

Former Greek Prime Minister Constantine Mitsotakis dies aged 98

Mon, 29 May 2017 09:00:05 +0800

ATHENS: Former Greek Prime Minister Constantine Mitsotakis, one of Greece's most prominent veteran politicians, died early on Monday, his family said. He was 98. He was "surrounded by people whom he loved and loved him" when he passed away, his family said in a brief statement carried by the semi ...

Shocked Portland residents honor victims of 'hate speech' attack

Mon, 29 May 2017 07:20:38 +0800

SAN FRANCISCO: The stunned residents of Portland, Oregon have rallied around the families of two men who were brutally murdered and another who was seriously hurt while trying to help a pair of young women being harassed on a train by a man who took them for Muslims. All three men were stabbed ...

Soccer - Crotone pull off one of Serie A's great escapes

Mon, 29 May 2017 06:50:06 +0800

ROME: Modest Crotone, eight points adrift of safety at the start of April, completed one of Serie A's great escapes when they beat Lazio 3-1 on Sunday to avoid relegation on the final day of the season. Serie A debutants Crotone began the day in the drop zone, where they had spent the entire ...

Police launch new raids as Manchester runners defy terror threat

Mon, 29 May 2017 06:20:38 +0800

MANCHESTER: Police launched fresh raids and arrested two more people on Sunday (May 28) in connection with the Manchester bombing, as thousands defied the terror threat to take part in the city's annual half marathon. Six days after 22-year-old Salman Abedi launched his attack on a pop concert ...

South Africa's Zuma survives no confidence vote in ANC - News24 website

Mon, 29 May 2017 06:05:08 +0800

South Africa President Jacob Zuma defeated a no-confidence motion against him at a meeting of top officials of the ruling African National Congress party on Sunday, News24 reported on its website.

North Korea fires Scud-class ballistic missile, Japan protests

Mon, 29 May 2017 10:00:15 +0800

North Korea fired what appeared to be a short-range ballistic missile on Monday that landed in the sea off its east coast, the latest in a series of missile tests defying world pressure and threats of more sanctions.

Trump dismisses 'fabricated' report of son-in-law's outreach to Russia

Mon, 29 May 2017 05:34:27 +0800

WASHINGTON: A White House in crisis scrambled to allay public concern over reports that Donald Trump's son-in-law sought a secret communications link to Russia - a bombshell allegation the US president swatted down as "fabricated." Returning late Saturday from his first foreign trip as president ...

Manila 'fomally' axes latest peace round with communists

Mon, 29 May 2017 04:53:35 +0800

NOORDWIJK AAN ZEE, Netherlands: The Philippine government on Sunday (May 28) formally called off the latest round of peace talks with communist insurgents, after the parties failed to resolve a dispute over a rebel order for fighters to step up attacks. "We are maintaining the decision made not to ...

Swedish comedy 'The Square' is surprise Cannes winner

Mon, 29 May 2017 06:34:20 +0800

In a stunning upset, the nine-member jury led by Spanish director Pedro Almodovar and including Hollywood stars Jessica Chastain and Will Smith awarded the trophy to the movie's director, Ruben Ostlund.

Eight people fatally shot after Mississippi family quarrel

Mon, 29 May 2017 04:30:39 +0800

WASHINGTON: A gunman on a rampage during a domestic dispute in rural Mississippi fatally shot eight people, including a sheriff's deputy, US news reports said on Sunday (May 28). The shootings took place late Saturday in two small hamlets, Brookhaven and Bogue Chitto, both about 60 miles (100 ...

Scandal-hit Brazilian leader Temer picks new justice minister

Mon, 29 May 2017 04:45:06 +0800

Scandal-plagued Brazilian President Michel Temer on Sunday named a new justice minister, placing a respected legal figure in the position as the leader defends himself against corruption allegations.

Joaquin Phoenix, a fearless explorer of damaged souls

Mon, 29 May 2017 04:27:34 +0800

CANNES, France: Joaquin Phoenix, who won best actor at Cannes on Sunday (May 28), rose to stardom playing tortured souls and a whole bunch of bad guys. His winning role as a hammer-wielding hitman in Lynne Ramsay's "You Were Never Really Here" combines both archetypes in a magnetic performance ...

German Hollywood star Kruger ditches glamour to win at Cannes

Mon, 29 May 2017 03:51:03 +0800

BERLIN: German-born Hollywood star Diane Kruger cast her glamorous image and returned to her roots to win best actress at the Cannes film festival on Sunday (May 28). Kruger, best known from blockbusters such as "Troy" and "Inglourious Basterds", plays a woman who loses her husband and son in a ...

Iraq's Iran-backed paramilitary advances towards Syria border

Mon, 29 May 2017 00:55:06 +0800

BAGHDAD: Iraq's Iran-backed Shi'ite paramilitary force said on Sunday it had dislodged Islamic State from a number of villages west of Mosul, scoring further progress towards the border with Syria.     The villages taken by the Popular Mobilisation paramilitary force include Kojo, where Islamic ...

US might ban laptops on all flights into and out of the country

Mon, 29 May 2017 07:49:36 +0800

WASHINGTON: The United States might ban laptops from aircraft cabins on all flights into and out of the country as part of a ramped-up effort to protect against potential security threats, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said on Sunday. In an interview on "Fox News Sunday," Kelly said ...

After summits with Trump, Merkel says Europe must take fate into own hands

Mon, 29 May 2017 08:27:52 +0800

Europe can no longer completely rely on its allies, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Sunday, pointing to bruising meetings of G7 wealthy nations and NATO last week.

Merkel warns US, Britain no longer reliable partners

Sun, 28 May 2017 23:44:45 +0800

FRANKFURT AM MAIN: Europe "must take its fate into its own hands" faced with a western alliance divided by Brexit and Donald Trump's presidency, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Sunday (May 28). "The times in which we could completely depend on others are on the way out. I've experienced ...

Spanish record climber tops Everest twice in a week, claims team

Sun, 28 May 2017 23:15:10 +0800

Spanish mountaineer Kilian Jornet has reached the summit of Mount Everest for the second time in a week, his team said Sunday.

US weighs banning laptop computers on international flights

Mon, 29 May 2017 01:52:19 +0800

US Homeland Security John Kelly said Sunday (May 28) that he was considering banning laptop computers on international flights into and out of the country, amid signs of "a real threat."

Families of five Bahrainis say burial of loved ones without their consent a crime

Sun, 28 May 2017 22:35:07 +0800

DUBAI: The families of five Bahrainis killed during a security raid last week accused authorities of depriving them from bidding farewell to their loved ones after authorities buried the bodies without their permission. An interior ministry official said the five were buried on Friday after having ...

Police make fresh arrest as Manchester runners defy terror threat

Sun, 28 May 2017 23:34:20 +0800

LONDON: British police said they had arrested a 25-year-old man Sunday and were conducting a search of a house in connection with the suicide bombing that killed 22 people at a Manchester pop concert. Officers arrested the man on terror charges in Old Trafford, to the east of the city, and were ...

Descendants of Saudi Wahhabism founder distance themselves from Qatar

Sun, 28 May 2017 22:10:06 +0800

DUBAI: Descendents of the founding father of Saudi Arabia's Wahhabi brand of Islam have sought to distance themselves from Qatar's ruling family, according to a statement published on Sunday, in a further sign of a rift among Gulf Arab states. In the front-page statement, Saudi Arabia's Okaz ...

European allies see the two sides of Trump

Sun, 28 May 2017 21:45:13 +0800

In Sicily, Donald Trump listened attentively during complex G7 debates over trade and climate change, smiled for the cameras, and for the most part refrained from provocative tweets.

Germany to decide about troop withdrawal from Turkey by mid-June

Sun, 28 May 2017 21:05:05 +0800

BERLIN: Germany, whose relations with Turkey have been strained by a series of rows, will decide within two weeks whether to withdraw troops deployed at Turkey's Incirlik air force base, a German Foreign Ministry official said on Sunday. Roughly 250 German troops are based at Incirlik to help in ...

Netanyahu appoints new minister to oversee Israel telecom reforms

Sun, 28 May 2017 20:45:05 +0800

JERUSALEM: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appointed on Sunday Ayoob Kara, a minister in his Likud party, as communications minister, who will oversee Israel's telecom market as it undergoes significant reforms. Netanyahu himself held the post until he relinquished it in February amid ...

2,000 trapped as fighting rages in Philippine city: Govt

Sun, 28 May 2017 18:51:38 +0800

Two thousand fearful civilians were trapped on Sunday inside a southern Philippine city where troops are battling Islamist militants, authorities said.

Britain says some of Manchester bomber's network potentially still at large

Sun, 28 May 2017 18:21:44 +0800

Members of Manchester suicide bomber Salman Abedi's network are still potentially at large, British interior minister Amber Rudd said on Sunday, after the terrorism threat level was lowered due to significant progress in the investigation.

'F' as in 'food': Chef Gordon Ramsay's tips for dining out

Sun, 28 May 2017 16:20:39 +0800

The Michelin-starred cook offered AFP his tricks for getting the most out of a restaurant visit as he inspected the Los Angeles set of his latest show, a US version of his hit British series The F Word, which debuts on Fox on Wednesday (May 31).

More Heathrow chaos as BA scrambles to recover from IT crash

Mon, 29 May 2017 06:27:06 +0800

LONDON: Thousands of travellers faced further chaos on Sunday (May 28) as British Airways cancelled more than a hundred flights from London's Heathrow Airport following an IT system failure. Around a quarter of Sunday's flights set to depart from London's major hub before 10.00pm (5.00am Singapore ...

Chinese jets intercept US surveillance plane: US officials

Sun, 28 May 2017 11:13:46 +0800

Two Chinese fighter jets intercepted a U.S. Navy surveillance plane over the South China Sea on Wednesday, with one coming within 200 yards (180 meters) of the American aircraft, U.S. officials told Reuters.

Trump tells 'confidants' US will leave Paris climate deal: Report

Sun, 28 May 2017 16:02:19 +0800

U.S. President Donald Trump has told "confidants," including the head of the Environmental Protection Agency Scott Pruitt, that he plans to leave a landmark international agreement on climate change, Axios news outlet reported on Saturday, citing three sources with direct knowledge.

Mother of Uber CEO killed in boating accident - newspaper

Sun, 28 May 2017 06:35:05 +0800

REUTERS: The mother of ride-hailing firm Uber's chief executive has died in a boating accident near Fresno, California on Friday, the Fresno Bee reported on Saturday. Bonnie Kalanick, 71, mother of CEO Travis Kalanick, was with her husband, Donald Kalanick when their boat struck a rock and sank ...

UK lowers threat level as Manchester bomber photos released

Sun, 28 May 2017 08:32:08 +0800

Britain on Saturday lowered the terror threat level which was hiked after this week's carnage in Manchester as police released CCTV footage of bomber Salman Abedi on the night of the attack.

Libyan Islamist group Ansar al-Sharia says it is dissolving

Sun, 28 May 2017 06:10:05 +0800

CAIRO: Libyan Islamist group Ansar al-Sharia, a group linked to Al-Qaeda, is formally dissolving itself, it said in a statement on Saturday. The group, which Washington says was behind the 2012 Benghazi attack that killed the U.S. ambassador Christopher Stevens, had been at war with Khalifa ...

Police issue photo of Manchester attacker, believe bomb made in city apartment

Sun, 28 May 2017 04:55:08 +0800

British police on Saturday released a photograph of Salman Abedi on the night he killed 22 people in a suicide bomb attack in Manchester and said they believed an apartment in the city centre was where he put together his device.

Two men killed in Oregon train stabbings after anti-Muslim rant

Sun, 28 May 2017 04:45:07 +0800

A man fatally stabbed two passengers aboard a Portland, Oregon, commuter train after they tried to stop him from harassing two young women who appeared to be Muslim, police said on Saturday.

Italy still isolated in shouldering migration crisis after G7

Sun, 28 May 2017 05:59:52 +0800

Italy chose to host a Group of Seven summit of wealthy nations on a hilltop overlooking the Mediterranean, looking to draw attention to the migrant crisis that has seen hundreds of thousands of people set sail from Africa in search of a better life in Europe.

Manchester residents anxious amid major terror probe

Sun, 28 May 2017 04:08:43 +0800

Bomb squads and repeated police raids have rattled Manchester residents, who find themselves caught up in a fast-moving terrorism investigation to find those behind Monday's suicide bomb attack.

South African president Zuma facing no confidence vote in ANC - News24 website

Sun, 28 May 2017 03:50:07 +0800

Senior politicians attending a top meeting of South Africa's ruling ANC tabled a motion of no confidence on Saturday against president Jacob Zuma, News24 reported on its website.

Congo Republic opposition threatens to boycott legislative vote

Sun, 28 May 2017 03:45:05 +0800

BRAZZAVILLE: The opposition coalition in Congo Republic said on Saturday it would boycott legislative elections in July if the government does not release detained opposition leaders and end a 'war' in the southeast of the country. The decision reflects opposition frustration with President Denis ...

Erdogan told Merkel of anger over asylum for 'putschists'

Sun, 28 May 2017 03:27:43 +0800

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told Angela Merkel of his displeasure over Germany's reportedly giving asylum to troops accused of links to last year's failed coup, he said in an interview published Saturday.

G7 in historic split as Trump goes his own way

Sun, 28 May 2017 22:33:39 +0800

TAORMINA: G7 leaders on Saturday (May 27) wrapped up their annual summit with an unprecedented display of division over climate change as US President Donald Trump rebuffed pressure to toe the collective line in the club of powerful democracies. Trump tweeted that he would reveal his hand only ...

Trump promises climate decision next week after G7 stalemate

Sun, 28 May 2017 06:17:43 +0800

TAORMINA: President Donald Trump said on Saturday (May 27) he would decide next week whether the United States would abide by the 2015 Paris agreement on cutting global carbon emissions. His announcement came as a summit of G7 leaders in Sicily wrapped up in deadlock on the issue, with US partners ...

Trump's 'home run' tour leaves allies bewildered

Sun, 28 May 2017 01:48:24 +0800

Donald Trump's first trip overseas was supposed to be about building bridges and clarifying his administration's intentions to friends and foes alike.

Iran's Rouhani calls for better Gulf ties in call with Qatar Emir

Sun, 28 May 2017 00:55:09 +0800

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani called on Saturday for improved relations with Gulf Arab countries during a telephone call with the emir of Qatar, which has come under fire from its Gulf neighbours over its relationship with Tehran.

Ramadan begins for world's Muslims - violently, for some

Sat, 27 May 2017 23:18:18 +0800

The world's 1.5 billion Muslims began observing the holy fasting month of Ramadan on Saturday, blighted by conflict and bloodshed in countries ranging from Afghanistan to Libya.

Trump son-in-law had undisclosed contacts with Russian envoy: Sources

Sun, 28 May 2017 01:42:39 +0800

WASHINGTON: U.S. President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and close adviser, Jared Kushner, had at least three previously undisclosed contacts with the Russian ambassador to the United States during and after the 2016 presidential campaign, seven current and former U.S. officials told Reuters. Those ...

Trump says he will decide on Paris climate deal next week

Sat, 27 May 2017 20:35:15 +0800

U.S. President Donald Trump said in a Twitter post on Saturday that he would make a decision on whether to support a landmark international agreement on climate change next week.

Anonymous Muslim opens arms to grieving Mancunians

Sat, 27 May 2017 20:13:37 +0800

"I'm Muslim and I trust you. Do you trust me enough for a hug?" asks a blindfolded man, arms out wide, to mourners at the focal point of tributes to victims of the Manchester bombing.

Islamic State group claims responsibility for attack on Coptic Christians

Sat, 27 May 2017 20:15:58 +0800

CAIRO: The Islamic State militant group on Saturday (May 27) claimed responsibility for an attack on a bus in central Egypt that killed dozens of Christians, its propaganda arm said. "A security detachment from the Islamic State carried out an attack yesterday in Minya," the group's self styled ...

Putin and Erdogan want deeper strategic partnership - Kremlin

Sat, 27 May 2017 19:40:08 +0800

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkey's Tayyip Erdogan confirmed in a phone call their mutual desire for a deepening of the strategic partnership between their two countries, the Kremlin said on Saturday.

Erdogan says EU presented Turkey with new 12-month diplomatic timetable - Hurriyet

Sat, 27 May 2017 19:35:12 +0800

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said the European Union had presented Turkey with a new 12-month timetable for renewing their relations, the Hurriyet daily said on Saturday.

Senior Iranian Revolutionary Guard killed fighting Islamic State in Iraq - Tasnim

Sat, 27 May 2017 19:20:10 +0800

BAGHDAD: A senior commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corp was killed fighting Islamic State west of the Iraqi city of Mosul, Tehran-based Tasnim agency reported on Saturday. It is the first time Iran has announced the death of a senior commander during the operations launched in October ...

Google's AlphaGo retires on top after humbling world No. 1

Sat, 27 May 2017 18:59:51 +0800

The Google-owned computer algorithm AlphaGo is retiring from playing humans in the ancient Chinese game of Go after roundly defeating the world's top player this week, its developer said Saturday.

Putin discusses Syria, economic ties with Iran's Rouhani - Kremlin

Sat, 27 May 2017 18:50:07 +0800

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iran's Hassan Rouhani held a phone call in which the two leaders stressed the need for more joint efforts to resolve the Syria crisis and discussed economic ties, the Kremlin said on Saturday.

British Airways flights grounded after global IT outage

Sat, 27 May 2017 23:43:31 +0800

The problems, which passengers say are affecting flights across the country, come on a particularly busy weekend in Britain with a public holiday on Monday and many children starting their school half-term breaks.

Trump tweets 'money is beginning to pour in' to NATO

Sat, 27 May 2017 18:25:07 +0800

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Saturday that NATO alliance allies are already stepping up their contributions to the organisation, two days after the president scolded members for not spending enough on defence.

Egypt says air strikes destroy militant camps after attack on Christians

Sat, 27 May 2017 20:00:06 +0800

CAIRO: Egyptian air raids over Libya have destroyed several camps that trained the militants who killed dozens of Christians in southern Egypt on Friday, the Egyptian military said on Saturday. Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack, the latest directed at Egypt's increasingly ...

G7 leaders divided on climate change, closer on trade issues

Sun, 28 May 2017 01:40:06 +0800

TAORMINA, Italy: Under pressure from Group of Seven allies, U.S. President Donald Trump backed a pledge to fight protectionism on Saturday, but refused to endorse a global climate change accord, saying he needed more time to decide. The summit of G7 wealthy nations pitted Trump against the leaders ...

Ariana Grande to return to Manchester for benefit gig

Sat, 27 May 2017 17:40:38 +0800

NEW YORK: Pop star Ariana Grande promised Friday (May 26; May 27 Singapore time) to return to Manchester to play a charity concert following a suicide attack at her show, as she urged fans to respond to the tragedy with love. "There is nothing I or anyone can do to take away the pain you are ...

UK threat level lowered as police close on bomber's network

Sat, 27 May 2017 21:55:07 +0800

British police said they had arrested two men on Saturday as they stepped up their efforts to capture a suspected network behind the suicide bomber who killed 22 people in Manchester earlier this week.

Two men trying to stop anti-Muslim rant killed on Oregon train: US police

Sun, 28 May 2017 01:04:59 +0800

REUTERS: A man fatally stabbed two people aboard a Portland, Oregon, commuter train when they tried to stop him from harassing two women who appeared to be Muslim, police said. The attack on Friday afternoon unfolded hours before the start of Ramadan, Islam's holy month, when most of the world's 1 ...

Turkey formally arrests newspaper staff over suspected coup links: paper

Sat, 27 May 2017 16:35:06 +0800

ANKARA: A Turkish court formally arrested two opposition newspaper employees late on Friday, the state-run Anadolu news agency and the newspaper said, as part of a media crackdown that has alarmed rights groups and Turkey's Western allies. Last week, Turkey issued arrest warrants for the owner and ...

Iraqi forces launch operation to seize last Islamic State enclave in Mosul

Sun, 28 May 2017 00:30:08 +0800

Iraqi armed forces launched an operation on Saturday to capture the last Islamic State-held enclave in Mosul, according to a military statement.

Palestinian inmates in Israeli jails end hunger strike: Prison Service

Sat, 27 May 2017 14:00:07 +0800

JERUSALEM: Hundreds of Palestinian prisoners incarcerated in Israeli jails ended a 40-day hunger strike on Saturday, the Israel Prisons Service said. More than 800 inmates ended the strike that began on April 17, after talks held with the International Committee for the Red Cross and the ...

Philippine military bomb Islamist militants in urban battle

Sat, 27 May 2017 18:17:59 +0800

Philippine security forces dropped more bombs Saturday on a southern city where they have been battling Islamist militants for five days, vowing no let up despite the start of Ramadan.

Singapore strongly condemns attack on Coptic Christians in Egypt

Sat, 27 May 2017 12:40:38 +0800

SINGAPORE: Singapore said on Saturday (May 27) it strongly condemns the attack on Coptic Christians, which took place in Minya, Egypt, on Friday. Masked gunmen had attacked a group of Coptic Christians travelling to a monastery, killing 28 people and wounding 24, with many children among the ...

Zbigniew Brzezinski, ex-Carter aide, dies

Sat, 27 May 2017 11:30:38 +0800

WASHINGTON: Zbigniew Brzezinski, a hawkish Cold War strategist and former top aide to US president Jimmy Carter, has died at 89, his family said Saturday (May 27). "My father passed away peacefully tonight," NBC journalist Mika Brzezinski said on Instagram. "He was known to his friends as Zbig ...

Singapore firms eye opportunities in Czech automotive industry

Sun, 28 May 2017 17:33:21 +0800

SINGAPORE: Manufacturing firms from Singapore are exploring opportunities in the Central and Eastern European region, particularly in automotive and aerospace sectors which are strong engines of growth for the local economies. Representatives from 17 Singapore firms co-led by IE Singapore and ...

Clinton delivers stinging attack on Trump at graduation speech

Sat, 27 May 2017 06:50:38 +0800

NEW YORK: Hillary Clinton launched a stinging attack on Donald Trump on Friday (May 27), obliquely comparing him to former president Richard Nixon, who resigned in 1974 to escape impeachment, and savaging the Republican assault on fact-based politics. The defeated Democratic presidential nominee ...

Construction begins on world's largest telescope in Chilean desert

Sat, 27 May 2017 06:30:11 +0800

Construction began in Chile on Friday on the European Extremely Large Telescope, which when completed will be the world's largest optical telescope, some five times larger than the top observing instruments in use today.

Five decapitated bodies found in Mexico's Veracruz state

Sat, 27 May 2017 06:25:05 +0800

MEXICO CITY: Mexican police found on Friday the decapitated bodies of five people with apparent signs of torture in the Gulf Coast state of Veracruz, which has long been ravaged by drug smugglers and human traffickers. "The investigation shows that the victims are male and our work continues to ...

Egypt hits militants after attack on Christians kills 28

Sat, 27 May 2017 06:00:38 +0800

MINYA: Egypt launched six air strikes on jihadist camps in Libya on Friday (May 26) after masked gunmen attacked a bus of Coptic Christians south of the Egyptian capital, killing at least 28 people. Assailants in three pick-up trucks attacked the bus as it was heading for the Saint Samuel ...

Trump rows shadow acrimonious G7 summit

Sat, 27 May 2017 04:42:59 +0800

A summit of G7 leaders on Friday failed to make progress on narrowing differences between the United States and its partners on climate change, hosts Italy said.

Exclusive - Tillerson declines to host Ramadan event at State Department: sources

Sat, 27 May 2017 04:40:07 +0800

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has declined a request to host an event to mark Islam's holy month of Ramadan, two U.S. officials said, apparently breaking with a bipartisan tradition in place with few exceptions for nearly 20 years.

Why civilian deaths in Iraq and Syria are increasing

Sat, 27 May 2017 04:52:40 +0800

Reports of civilian deaths from US-led air strikes in Iraq and Syria have soared in recent months, raising questions about whether President Donald Trump's order to "annihilate" the Islamic State group is fueling the increase.

Gritty part of Manchester recalls 'angry' suicide bomber

Sat, 27 May 2017 03:48:03 +0800

The terror manhunt in Manchester focused on a gritty area of the city notorious for gangland murders on Friday as the head of a local mosque where suicide bomber Salman Abedi worshipped recalled him as an "angry" young man.

Top US diplomat stokes 'fires for justice' over Manchester

Sat, 27 May 2017 03:28:53 +0800

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson insisted extremists must be wiped out and that "fires for justice" were burning hot over the Manchester attack, during a solidarity visit to Britain on Friday.

Iraqi forces call on civilians to flee Mosul's IS-held Old City

Sat, 27 May 2017 03:25:07 +0800

The Iraqi air force dropped leaflets on Friday urging residents in the Islamic State-held Old City centre of Mosul to flee, raising fears among humanitarian organisations for the safety of civilians there.

Trump uses Ramadan message to urge end to violence

Sat, 27 May 2017 03:10:44 +0800

US President Donald Trump wished Muslims "a joyful Ramadan," on Friday (May 26), urging them to use the holy month to reject violence by extremists.

US-led Syria strike kills scores of relatives of IS fighters

Sat, 27 May 2017 04:09:11 +0800

Dozens of relatives of Islamic State fighters were killed on Friday in new US-led strikes on Syria, just hours after the UN urged nations striking the jihadists to protect civilians.

Pressure piles on Trump with son-in-law under FBI scrutiny

Sat, 27 May 2017 04:51:57 +0800

Donald Trump's son-in-law and top aide, Jared Kushner, has been caught in the spotlight of an FBI probe into Russian meddling, US media reported, heaping more pressure Friday on the embattled US president.

NATO reels from harsh Trump reality show

Sat, 27 May 2017 02:31:48 +0800

US President Donald Trump's performance at a "shocking" NATO summit has dealt a major blow to the alliance and may hand a win to Vladimir Putin, analysts say.

Trump travel ban fight heads towards Supreme Court showdown

Sat, 27 May 2017 02:50:06 +0800

The fate of President Donald Trump's order to ban travellers from six predominantly Muslim nations, blocked by federal courts, may soon be in the hands of the conservative-majority Supreme Court, where his appointee Neil Gorsuch could help settle the matter.

Suicide bomber attacks Lebanese army in north - security sources

Sat, 27 May 2017 01:10:05 +0800

BEIRUT: An Islamic State suicide bomber detonated an explosive vest in an attack on a Lebanese army post in the north of the country on Friday, lightly injuring several soldiers, security sources said. Security forces also seized two cars rigged with explosives before they could be detonated in ...

Chinese jets intercept U.S surveillance plane: US officials

Sat, 27 May 2017 02:00:11 +0800

WASHINGTON: Two Chinese fighter jets carried out an intercept of a U.S. military surveillance plane near Hong Kong on Wednesday, with one coming within 200 yards of the American aircraft, U.S. officials told Reuters. The officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said initial reports ...

Allies of Brazil's Temer prepare for 'the day after'

Sat, 27 May 2017 01:35:06 +0800

Allies of beleaguered Brazilian President Michel Temer are waiting for a crucial electoral court ruling in early June rather than withdrawing support now, but they are already preparing a grand bargain to pick an interim successor, party leaders said this week.

Zambian court allows opposition leader to challenge treason prosecution

Fri, 26 May 2017 23:30:11 +0800

A Zambian court on Friday allowed opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema to challenge the prosecution over moving his treason case to the high court for trial in a case that has stoked political tension months after contested elections.

Central Europeans confident Trump committed to NATO

Fri, 26 May 2017 23:25:14 +0800

Central European governments expressed optimism on Friday that the United States remained committed to NATO even though President Donald Trump did not mention the military alliance's defence commitment set out in its founding treaty this week.

'Large part' of Manchester attack network held in Britain

Sat, 27 May 2017 03:18:42 +0800

MANCHESTER: Britain has arrested a "large part" of the network behind Manchester's suicide bomb attack, police said on Friday (May 26), while the government came under fire for cutting police budgets as election campaigning resumed. Eight suspects are currently in detention on UK soil in ...

Surgeons in Lebanon offer hope to wounded Syrian refugees

Fri, 26 May 2017 23:10:18 +0800

Six operations have failed to cure the constant pain that Ismael Moustafa suffers since he was wounded in an airstrike on his village in Syria three years ago.

Ethiopia gives journalist 18-month jail term for subversion

Fri, 26 May 2017 22:10:10 +0800

ADDIS ABABA: An Ethiopian journalist was sentenced on Friday to 18 months in prison on charges of subversion, his lawyer said, but is expected to be freed within a week as he has been in jail since his arrest in late 2015. Critics say Ethiopia, an important Horn of Africa ally of the West ...

US, Japanese leaders agree to enhance sanctions against N Korea: White House

Fri, 26 May 2017 22:00:38 +0800

TAORMINA, Italy: President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe agreed on Friday (May 26) to expand sanctions against North Korea for its continued development of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles, the White House said in a statement. "President Trump and Prime Minister Abe ...

Masked gunmen kill 28 in attack on Christians in Egypt

Sat, 27 May 2017 00:25:12 +0800

Gunmen attacked a group of Coptic Christians travelling to a monastery in southern Egypt on Friday, killing 28 people and wounding 25 others, and many children were among the victims, Health Ministry officials said.

US takes 'full responsibility' for Manchester intelligence leaks: Tillerson

Fri, 26 May 2017 21:57:47 +0800

The United States government takes full responsibility for leaks of the British police investigation into Monday's deadly bomb attack in Manchester which killed 22 people, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Friday.

Kremlin - Putin, Macron meeting a chance to get acquainted

Fri, 26 May 2017 21:20:08 +0800

A meeting next week near Paris between French President Emmanuel Macron and Russia's Vladimir Putin is an opportunity for both leaders to get a better feel for each other, Kremlin aide Yuri Ushakov said on Friday.

Bulgarian PM hints at further delay to warplane purchase

Fri, 26 May 2017 20:15:06 +0800

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boiko Borisov on Friday cast doubt over the Balkan country's decision to enter talks to buy new Swedish-made Gripen warplanes to replace its ageing Soviet-designed MiG-29s.

UN Cyprus envoy to end shuttle diplomacy as sides fail to agree conditions

Fri, 26 May 2017 19:55:06 +0800

ATHENS: The United Nations' envoy for divided Cyprus said on Friday he was ending a shuttle diplomacy bid to continue peace talks in Geneva because rival sides had failed to agree on conditions. Failure to agree on further negotiations effectively throws a two-year process of Cyprus peace talks ...

Brazilian police make arrests in 'Car Wash' probe

Fri, 26 May 2017 19:15:07 +0800

RIO DE JANEIRO: Brazil's federal police were making new arrests and executing search and seizure warrants on Friday in the latest round of the so-called "Car Wash" operation, the country's largest-ever corruption investigation. Police said Friday's raids sought to find evidence of crimes in ...