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Published: Mon, 26 February 2018 09:35:25 +0800

 



Michelle Obama to release highly anticipated memoir in November

Mon, 26 February 2018 09:20:38 +0800

WASHINGTON: A much-awaited memoir by former first lady Michelle Obama will be published in North America on Nov 13 and will appear simultaneously in 24 languages worldwide. In making the announcement on Sunday (Feb 25), Penguin Random House publishers' chief executive Markus Dohle called Obama ...



Chlorine gas symptoms seen after blast near Damascus: Source

Mon, 26 February 2018 08:11:29 +0800

BEIRUT/AMMAN: Several people suffered symptoms consistent with exposure to chlorine gas in the rebel-held eastern Ghouta district near Damascus on Sunday, and one child was killed, the health authorities in the opposition-held area said in a statement. Victims, ambulance drivers and others smelt ...



EU tells Balkan states 2025 entry possible for all

Mon, 26 February 2018 05:20:16 +0800

European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker told Western Balkan countries on Sunday to see 2025 as the date when any of them could join the European Union provided they worked to meet the criteria for membership.



Blast destroys shop and home in English city, 6 taken to hospital

Mon, 26 February 2018 07:45:02 +0800

An explosion destroyed a convenience store and a home in the central English city of Leicester on Sunday (Feb 25), injuring at least six people, officials said.



Strikes, clashes rock Syria's Ghouta despite ceasefire call

Mon, 26 February 2018 06:16:31 +0800

New regime strikes hit the rebel enclave of Eastern Ghouta on Sunday despite a UN Security Council demand for a ceasefire to end one of the most ferocious assaults of Syria's civil war.



Russia sets stage for UN veto of western bid to call out Iran

Mon, 26 February 2018 04:05:10 +0800

Russia has laid the groundwork for a likely veto on Monday of a British, U.S. and French bid for the United Nations Security Council to call out Iran over its weapons falling into the hands of Yemen's Houthi group.



Mexican hosts open 'difficult' new round of NAFTA talks

Mon, 26 February 2018 03:38:18 +0800

Negotiators from the United States, Mexico and Canada opened a new round of talks Sunday on overhauling the North American Free Trade Agreement, with the Mexican hosts warning of turbulence but analysts expressing cautious optimism.



Icy blast from Siberia sweeps across Europe

Mon, 26 February 2018 03:32:54 +0800

A wintry blast of freezing temperatures swept across Europe on Sunday, with a biting wind from Siberia claiming four lives and endangering the continent's homeless -- with the worst yet to come.



Holiest church in Christianity closed in Israel tax dispute

Mon, 26 February 2018 03:11:09 +0800

Christian leaders took the rare step on Sunday of closing Jerusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulchre, built where tradition holds Jesus was buried, in protest at Israeli tax measures and a proposed property law.



Russia hacked Olympics computers, turned blame on North Korea: Report

Mon, 26 February 2018 02:10:52 +0800

Russian military spies hacked hundreds of computers used by Winter Olympics organizers and tried to make it look like the work of North Korea, the Washington Post reported Sunday, quoting US intelligence sources.



North Korean general and Ivanka Trump attend Olympic close

Mon, 26 February 2018 02:52:46 +0800

A blacklisted North Korean general and the daughter of US President Donald Trump attended the Winter Olympics closing ceremony together on Sunday (Feb 25), in the final piece of the Games-led diplomacy that has dominated headlines from Pyeongchang.



Syrian Kurd leader arrested in Prague at Turkey's behest

Mon, 26 February 2018 00:47:52 +0800

Syria's Kurds said Sunday that one of their most prominent leaders, who is wanted by Ankara on terrorism-related charges, had been arrested in Prague on a Turkish warrant.



Italy's Berlusconi regales fans a week ahead of vote

Mon, 26 February 2018 00:45:17 +0800

Italian centre-right leader Silvio Berlusconi entertained a theatre packed with supporters in Milan on Sunday, a week ahead of a parliamentary election at which his coalition is expected to win the most votes.



Gun lobby pushes back on Trump's gun plans after Florida shooting

Mon, 26 February 2018 02:25:14 +0800

The National Rifle Association pushed back on Sunday against modest proposals by President Donald Trump and other Republicans to change U.S. gun laws in the wake of a school shooting in Florida that killed 17 students and staff.



UN Geneva staff plan work stoppage over pay cuts

Mon, 26 February 2018 02:37:05 +0800

Angered by "unfair" pay cuts, UN staff in Geneva are planning a half-day strike next week, as dozens of ministers and other dignitaries attend high-level events at the organisation's European headquarters.



Russians march for murdered hero Nemtsov ahead of presidential vote

Mon, 26 February 2018 00:11:11 +0800

Several thousand Muscovites marched Sunday in frigid temperatures in memory of Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov who was gunned down three years ago, a rare sanctioned opposition gathering ahead of next month's presidential vote.



Iran detains three more activists after Iranian-Canadian dies in jail

Mon, 26 February 2018 00:10:36 +0800

DUBAI: Iranian security forces have detained three more environmental activists on spying charges, the judiciary said on Sunday, weeks after a first wave of arrests and the death in detention of an Iranian-Canadian head of a wildlife group. "Three people were recently arrested in (southern) ...



Two Koreas march apart as Winter Olympics close

Sun, 25 February 2018 23:49:50 +0800

The two Koreas marched behind their own flags and Russia looked forward to a quick end to its ban over mass doping as the curtain fell on the engrossing Pyeongchang Winter Olympics on Sunday.



Iraq court sentences 16 Turkish women to death for joining IS

Sun, 25 February 2018 22:55:09 +0800

An Iraqi court has sentenced 16 Turkish women to death by hanging for joining Islamic State, a judiciary spokesman said on Sunday.



Greek anarchist group smashes windows at Novartis office in Athens

Sun, 25 February 2018 20:40:01 +0800

ATHENS: Greek self-proclaimed anarchists threw paint and smashed windows at the entrance of the Athens headquarters of Swiss drugmaker Novartis on Sunday, police said. About 30 people were involved in the attack at 0515 local time (0315 GMT), a police official said. There were no injuries. In a ...



Weakened Merkel to give outspoken critic a cabinet job - source

Sun, 25 February 2018 19:25:34 +0800

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will promote her most prominent critic from within her conservative party, Jens Spahn, to the cabinet, provided a coalition with the Social Democrats (SPD) goes ahead, a party source told Reuters on Sunday.



Russia end hockey drought, sing banned anthem

Sun, 25 February 2018 17:55:32 +0800

Russians ended a 26-year Olympic men's hockey title drought Sunday and capped their dramatic 4-3 over-time victory over Germany by singing their banned national anthem on the ice.



Commentary: The flu, a global threat the world is poorly prepared for

Sun, 25 February 2018 16:00:38 +0800

A universal flu vaccine may hold the key but until then, countries need to press on with immunisation programmes, says one health expert.



South Korean cosmetics lays foundation to seduce Europe

Sun, 25 February 2018 12:47:03 +0800

South Korean cosmetics brands, wildly successful at home and across Asia, now have their eye on the European beauty market where their penetration is, for now, only skin-deep.



Cambodia votes in Senate election, PM's party expected to win

Sun, 25 February 2018 11:45:15 +0800

Voting got under way in Cambodia on Sunday in a Senate election that the ruling party of Prime Minister Hun Sen was expected to sweep following a crackdown on opposition.



Russia Olympic doping ban maintained: IOC

Sun, 25 February 2018 11:20:39 +0800

PYEONGCHANG: The International Olympic Committee (IOC) voted unanimously on Sunday (Feb 25) to maintain Russia's suspension from the Olympic movement over mass doping. It means the Russians will not be able to march behind their flag at the ceremony, but the IOC said the suspension could be lifted ...



US seeks UN ban on 33 ships, 27 firms over North Korea smuggling

Sun, 25 February 2018 07:41:38 +0800

The United States is seeking to have the United Nations ban 33 vessels from ports worldwide and blacklist 27 shipping businesses for helping North Korea circumvent sanctions.



Macron faces grilling from farmers at agricultural fair

Sun, 25 February 2018 07:22:50 +0800

President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday faced heckles and whistles from French farmers angry with reforms to their sector, as he arrived for France's annual agricultural fair.



US Democrats' memo charges Republicans trying to undermine Russia probes

Sun, 25 February 2018 07:00:11 +0800

The Democratic minority on the U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee on Saturday released a response to Republican charges that the FBI and Justice Department have abused the law in their investigation of possible ties between Russia and Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign.



UK Tory MP apologises to Labour's Corbyn over spy claim

Sun, 25 February 2018 05:26:59 +0800

A vice chairman of Britain's Conservative Party on Saturday apologised to Labour's Jeremy Corbyn after tweeting that the opposition leader had "sold British secrets to communist spies".



Rome's Colosseum turned red to protest Pakistan blasphemy law

Sun, 25 February 2018 03:45:32 +0800

Rome's ancient Colosseum was lit in red on Saturday in solidarity with persecuted Christians, particularly Asia Bibi, a woman condemned to death under Pakistan's blasphemy laws.



UN Security Council calls for truce as air strikes batter Syria's Ghouta

Sun, 25 February 2018 03:45:24 +0800

Rescuers in Syria's eastern Ghouta said the bombing would not let up long enough for them to count the bodies during one of the bloodiest air assaults of the seven-year war, while the U.N. Security Council called for a 30-day humanitarian truce.



Delta, United Airlines become latest companies to cut NRA ties

Sun, 25 February 2018 03:35:15 +0800

Delta Air Lines and United Airlines on Saturday became the latest major corporations to sever marketing ties with the National Rifle Association as the fallout from last week's massacre at a Florida high school took its toll on the gun advocacy group.



Uzbekistan's ex-prosecutor general detained on graft charges

Sun, 25 February 2018 01:50:10 +0800

TASHKENT: Uzbekistan's former prosecutor general, Rashidjon Qodirov, is being investigated for alleged extortion, bribery and abuse of office, the prosecutor general's office said on Saturday. The criminal case is the first to target such a high-level official from a previous administration since ...



Red Cross says 23 staff left over sexual misconduct since 2015

Sun, 25 February 2018 01:10:13 +0800

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said 23 staff members had left since 2015 over sexual misconduct, making it the latest humanitarian organisation to be affected by abuse allegations shaking the aid sector.



Ex-Trump aide paid Europeans to lobby for pro-Russia Ukraine: Papers

Sun, 25 February 2018 00:33:24 +0800

Donald Trump's ex-campaign chief Paul Manafort secretly paid a group of former senior European politicians more than two million euros ($2.5 million) to lobby for Ukraine's then-leader backed by Russia, according to an indictment filed Friday.



Dozens killed or wounded in south Yemen suicide attacks - witnesses

Sat, 24 February 2018 23:55:11 +0800

ADEN: Dozens of people were killed or wounded in two suicide car bombings in the southern Yemeni port city of Aden on Saturday, witnesses and local medics said. They said the attacks appeared to have targeted a camp used by anti-terrorism forces in south-western Aden. Officials at the city's main ...



Riyadh hosts first international half-marathon

Sat, 24 February 2018 23:58:09 +0800

Rain-soaked Riyadh hosted its first international half-marathon on Saturday with a top prize of one million riyals ($267,000), as the conservative kingdom seeks to boost sports and entertainment in a far-reaching liberalisation drive.



Albania's Chams want Greek apology for wartime expulsion

Sat, 24 February 2018 23:45:59 +0800

TIRANA: Albania's Cham community, expelled from Greece after World War Two, asked Greece on Saturday to apologise for what they called a genocide against them and permit them to return to the area in northern Greece from which they were removed. Greece, which dismisses the Cham issue as non ...



League leader pledges to put Italians first as election campaign intensifies

Sun, 25 February 2018 03:40:11 +0800

Northern League leader Matteo Salvini drew thousands of supporters to a rally in Milan on Saturday as campaigning intensified ahead of a March 4 election expected to give most seats to a right-wing coalition of which his party is a member.



Estonia marks 100th anniversary of independence declaration

Sat, 24 February 2018 23:27:52 +0800

TALLINN: Estonia on Saturday (Feb 24) celebrated 100 years since declaring independence with a military parade and other festivities in the Baltic state, which is now firmly ensconced in the West, though tensions remain with neighbour Russia. Flag-waving Estonians watched the parade in capital ...



Rival protests across Italy ahead of vote

Sun, 25 February 2018 05:15:04 +0800

MILAN: Tens of thousands of people marched in rival far-right and anti-fascist demonstrations across Italy on Saturday (Feb 24), with isolated clashes flaring as tensions threatened to boil over ahead of next weekend's election. Italy sent 5,000 police out to keep order during more than 119 ...



China investigates former top politician

Sat, 24 February 2018 21:28:16 +0800

BEIJING: China has investigated a former senior politician for corruption, the country's top watchdog said on Saturday (Feb 24), the latest top official to be caught up in a sweeping anti-graft campaign. Yang Jing was secretary-general of the state council, the country's cabinet, and had once been ...



Both suspects in Kuwait murder of Filipina held

Sun, 25 February 2018 06:47:38 +0800

BEIRUT: The employers of a Filipina maid found dead in a freezer in Kuwait were both arrested in the Syrian capital Damascus, Lebanese and Philippine officials said on Saturday (Feb 24). Syrian authorities surrendered Nader Essam Assaf to Beirut on Friday because of his Lebanese citizenship but ...



Florida students take on NRA, set eyes on midterm elections

Sat, 24 February 2018 20:30:37 +0800

REUTERS: In the week since 17 of David Hogg's classmates and teachers were gunned down in Florida, he and his fellow high schoolers have launched a movement that reshaped the gun control debate almost overnight and may influence the US midterm elections. Staring boldly into TV cameras, Hogg and ...



Al Qaeda-linked group claims Mali attack that killed two French troops

Sat, 24 February 2018 20:15:12 +0800

NOUAKCHOTT: A Malian militant group with links to al Qaeda has claimed responsibility for an attack that killed two French soldiers in the West African country on Wednesday. The soldiers were killed after their armoured vehicle was hit by an explosive device near Mali's border with Niger and ...



Pakistan acquits 12 men accused of child sex abuse

Sat, 24 February 2018 20:06:51 +0800

LAHORE, Pakistan: A Pakistani court acquitted 12 men of child sex abuse and blackmail charges on Saturday (Feb 24), the latest verdict in a massive paedophilia scandal that rocked the country in August 2015. The abuse and extortion scandal, which authorities have called the largest in Pakistan's ...



Czech president wants hacker 'extradited to Russia' not US

Sat, 24 February 2018 19:36:49 +0800

PRAGUE: The Czech Republic's pro-Moscow president has repeatedly lobbied for a Russian hacker held in Prague and wanted by the US to be extradited to Russia, the justice minister was quoted as saying on Saturday (Feb 24). Yevgeni Nikulin, sought by the US for alleged cyberattacks on social ...



UN backs Syria ceasefire as death toll in rebel enclave tops 500

Sun, 25 February 2018 05:57:15 +0800

New air strikes on the Syrian rebel enclave of Eastern Ghouta on Saturday (Feb 24) took the civilian death toll from seven days of devastating bombardment to more than 500 after the United Nations again delayed a vote on a ceasefire.



Relatives protest visit by North Korea general blamed for warship sinking

Sat, 24 February 2018 17:48:11 +0800

SEOUL: Angry relatives of sailors killed in the 2010 sinking of a South Korean warship protested on Saturday (Feb 24) against the impending visit to the Winter Olympics of a North Korean general blamed for the attack. Relatives of the 46 killed on the Cheonan corvette urged Seoul to scrap the ...



Brilliant Ledecka seals historic snowboard, ski double

Sat, 24 February 2018 17:08:34 +0800

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea: Ester Ledecka sealed the first snowboard and skiing double victory in Olympic history on Saturday (Feb 24) as she pulled off a stunning win in the women's snowboard parallel giant slalom. Ledecka, 22, beat Germany's Selina Joerg in a tense snowboard final. Germany's ...



Philippine Catholics protest bill to legalise divorce

Sat, 24 February 2018 15:54:27 +0800

MANILA: Around 2,000 Roman Catholic Filipinos protested in Manila on Saturday (Feb 24) against a push to legalise divorce, with church groups also using the "Walk for Life" march to slam President Rodrigo Duterte's deadly drugs war. The pre-dawn protest was organised by church groups worried about ...



Corporate partners cut cord with NRA as gun control debate rages

Sat, 24 February 2018 13:50:16 +0800

Half a dozen U.S. companies have cut ties with the National Rifle Association as gun safety activists on Friday intensified calls for a boycott in the wake of last week's Florida high school massacre.



Merkel's Bavarian allies warn SPD to stick to deal on migrants

Sat, 24 February 2018 11:05:09 +0800

Top officials in the Bavarian sister party of Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives on Saturday warned the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) that failure to stick to agreements on migrants could cause the collapse of the potential new German government.



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).



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.



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.



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 ...



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.



'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".



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.



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.



'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 ...



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 05:41:25 +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 ...



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 ...



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.



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.



Florida governor proposes tighter gun restrictions in wake of school shooting

Sat, 24 February 2018 01:10:18 +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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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 ...



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.



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 ...



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 ...



Turkey hands suspended jail sentences to three academics over Kurdish letter - lawyers

Fri, 23 February 2018 22:20:10 +0800

ISTANBUL: A Turkish court sentenced three academics on Friday to suspended prison terms on terrorism charges for signing a 2016 petition calling for an end to state violence against Turkey's Kurds, two lawyers in the case said. The three from Istanbul University, who each received suspended jail ...



Portugal PM backs higher EU contributions, new taxes post-Brexit

Fri, 23 February 2018 22:19:42 +0800

LISBON: Portugal wants member states to contribute more to the European Union's budget and is proposing three new taxes to finance what will be a 27-strong bloc after Britain leaves it, Prime Minister Antonio Costa said on Friday (Feb 23). In televised comments made in Brussels before the start of ...



Romania's anti-graft chief wins high-level backing after dismissal call

Fri, 23 February 2018 22:10:13 +0800

Romania's chief anti-corruption prosecutor, under fire from the justice minister who called for her dismissal for exceeding her authority, won support on Friday from President Klaus Iohannis who praised her work in fighting graft.



Charred bodies, wounded soldiers after Congo army victory

Fri, 23 February 2018 21:46:09 +0800

MAPUBO, Democratic Republic of Congo: Discarded military fatigues, boots, trash, a charred corpse inside a smouldering hut: this is all that remains of a Ugandan rebel base in the wake of what the Congolese army says was an important victory. Democratic Republic of Congo's army launched its latest ...



EU calls for ceasefire in Syria's eastern Ghouta, urgent aid access

Fri, 23 February 2018 21:46:07 +0800

BRUSSELS: The European Union called on Friday (Feb 23) for an immediate ceasefire and access for aid trucks, using a strongly-worded statement to express its anger at bombing of Syria's eastern Ghouta. "The European Union is running out of words to describe the horror being experienced by the ...