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Published: Sat, 25 November 2017 12:15:11 +0800


Momentum grows for another grand coalition in Germany

Sat, 25 November 2017 10:10:09 +0800

Members of Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) will likely approve a renewed coalition with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives if party leaders present a convincing proposal, a member of the party's executive leadership said on Saturday.

Queensland state votes in election seen as test for far-right

Sat, 25 November 2017 09:38:53 +0800

Voters in the Australian state of Queensland went to the polls Saturday in a snap election seen as a test of support for the far-right One Nation party ahead of possible national elections next year.

Trump says he turned down Time's Person of the Year

Sat, 25 November 2017 09:36:42 +0800

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump on Friday (Nov 24) said he turned down being named Time's Person of the Year after the magazine asked him for an interview and photo shoot but did not confirm he would be chosen. He tweeted: "Time Magazine called to say that I was PROBABLY going to be named ...

Peru prosecutors say ex-president Toledo bribed by Brazil's Camargo

Sat, 25 November 2017 06:55:10 +0800

The Peruvian attorney general's office accused former president Alejandro Toledo on Friday of taking bribes from Brazilian construction firm Camargo Correa SA in exchange for a lucrative highway contract during his 2001-2006 term.

Argentine protester Maldonado died of drowning, hypothermia - judge

Sat, 25 November 2017 06:35:15 +0800

An activist whose disappearance in southern Argentina in August captured the country's attention in the months before mid-term elections died of drowning and hypothermia, the judge investigating the case said on Friday.

5.1-magnitude quake strikes southwest Turkey

Sat, 25 November 2017 07:04:51 +0800

ISTANBUL: An earthquake of magnitude 5.1 hit southwest Turkey at 2149 GMT on Friday (Nov 24), Turkey's Kandilli Observatory and Earthquake Research Institute said. The epicentre was at Aricilar-Ula district, southeast of Mugla province on the Aegean Sea at a depth of 6.3 km, Kandilli Observatory ...

Syrian opposition picks chief negotiator ahead of new Geneva talks

Sat, 25 November 2017 06:40:07 +0800

RIYADH/AMMAN: Syria's main opposition group selected a new chief negotiator on Friday ahead of a new round of U.N.-backed peace negotiations with the Damascus government set to kick off next week. Nasr Hariri said the opposition was going to Geneva on Nov. 28 to hold direct talks and was ready to ...

Turkish court frees British citizen on bail in terrorism trial - media

Sat, 25 November 2017 05:55:07 +0800

ISTANBUL: A Turkish court has freed on bail a British citizen facing charges of joining a terrorist organisation, Turkey's Ihlas news agency said on Friday. Joseph Robinson, a former British soldier, is accused of fighting with the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia. He was arrested in July while on ...

Next round of Syria peace talks in Geneva to begin Nov 28 - opposition chief

Sat, 25 November 2017 05:45:09 +0800

The next round of U.N.-backed peace talks in Geneva aimed at ending the Syrian civil war will begin on Nov. 28, the newly appointed head of the main opposition negotiating team said early on Saturday morning.

Militants kill more than 230 at Sinai mosque in Egypt's deadliest attack

Sat, 25 November 2017 05:15:08 +0800

CAIRO: Militants killed more than 230 people at a mosque in North Sinai on Friday, detonating a bomb and gunning down worshippers in the deadliest such attack in Egypt's modern history, state media and witnesses said. No group immediately claimed responsibility, but since 2013 Egyptian security ...

Pentagon likely to acknowledge 2,000 US troops in Syria -US officials

Sat, 25 November 2017 05:10:10 +0800

The Pentagon is likely to announce in the coming days that there are about 2,000 U.S. troops in Syria, two U.S. officials said on Friday, as the military acknowledges that an accounting system for troops has under-reported the size of forces on the ground.

Hope fades after nine days of searching for Argentine submarine

Sat, 25 November 2017 07:35:09 +0800

BUENOS AIRES: Families of the 44 crew members of a missing Argentine submarine gave up hope and went home on Friday after days of waiting at the sub's Mar del Plata naval base, saddened and angered by evidence that the vessel may have exploded. The submarine went missing nine days ago with only a ...

Circus tiger escapes in Paris before being shot dead by owner

Sat, 25 November 2017 09:10:11 +0800

PARIS: A circus tiger was found wandering the streets of Paris on Friday (Nov 24), affecting public transport and bringing emergency services rushing to the area before being shot dead by its owner who was then taken into custody, French police said. Firefighters were called shortly before 6pm ...

Mnangagwa pledges new era as Zimbabwe president

Sat, 25 November 2017 03:50:39 +0800

HARARE: Zimbabwe's new President Emmerson Mnangagwa vowed sweeping change at his swearing in on Friday (Nov 24), seeking to reassure foreign investors and pledging to fight poverty and corruption after Robert Mugabe's shock resignation. In his inaugural address, Mnangagwa set out a programme of ...

Four UN peacekeepers killed in two separate attacks in Mali

Sat, 25 November 2017 03:10:13 +0800

BAMAKO: Four United Nations peacekeepers and a Malian soldier were killed and 21 people were wounded in two separate attacks by unknown assailants in Mali on Friday, the U.N. mission there said. Regional armies, U.N. forces and French and U.S. soldiers are struggling to halt the growing influence ...

US backs Saudi 'first step' in addressing Yemen crisis

Sat, 25 November 2017 03:00:12 +0800

WASHINGTON: The United States on Friday welcomed a "first step" by Saudi Arabia to allow humanitarian aid to reach Yemen and called for negotiations on the country's conflict. The coalition fighting the Iran-aligned Houthi movement in Yemen said on Wednesday it would allow aid in through the Red ...

Algeria's ruling parties retain majority in local elections

Sat, 25 November 2017 02:45:23 +0800

Algeria's ruling parties retained their majority in local elections, taking more than 50 percent of the vote, the interior minister said on Friday. 

Ukraine rebel region's security chief says he is new leader

Sat, 25 November 2017 02:25:15 +0800

MOSCOW: The security minister of Ukraine's pro-Russian rebel region of Luhansk said on Friday he was taking over power from regional chief Igor Plotnitsky, who days earlier had said he was facing an attempted armed coup to force him out. In a video posted on a rebel news portal in Luhansk, the ...

16 hurt fleeing false terror alert in London's Oxford Street

Sat, 25 November 2017 07:35:06 +0800

LONDON: Police rushed to London's busy Oxford Street shopping district on Friday (Nov 24) after reports that shots had been fired, sparking fears of a terror incident and leaving 16 people hurt in the panic. Armed officers locked down the area for more than an hour before the Metropolitan Police ...

Hope fades as search for Argentine submarine enters ninth day

Sat, 25 November 2017 00:48:22 +0800

BUENOS AIRES: Families of the 44 crew members of a missing Argentine submarine gave up hope and went home on Friday (Nov 24) after a days-long wait at the sub's Mar del Plata naval base, saddened and angered by evidence that the vessel may have exploded. The submarine went missing nine days ...

Polish MPs back judicial overhaul seen by EU as threat to rule of law

Sat, 25 November 2017 04:30:08 +0800

Poland's ruling party lawmakers gave preliminary approval on Friday to two bills allowing parliament and the president to replace top judges, plans the opposition and the European Commission denounced as a threat to the rule of law.

Ukraine's promise of EU membership remains elusive

Sat, 25 November 2017 00:40:19 +0800

BRUSSELS: EU leaders offered Ukraine closer ties on Friday at a summit meant to cement Kiev's ties with the West, but they declined to promise that the country could one day join the bloc. As fighting escalated in Ukraine's industrial east, EU leaders held a summit with Ukrainian President Petro ...

Iran says Saudi Crown Prince's behaviour 'immature, weak-minded' - state TV

Sat, 25 November 2017 00:35:10 +0800

Iran said on Thursday that Saudi Arabia's crown prince was discredited internationally by his "immature" behaviour, state television reported, after Mohammed bin Salman called Iran's Supreme Leader "the new Hitler of the Middle East".

Mediterranean 'by far world's deadliest border' for migrants - IOM

Sat, 25 November 2017 04:10:07 +0800

More than 33,000 migrants have died at sea trying to reach European shores since 2000, making the Mediterranean "by far the world's deadliest border", the United Nations migration agency said on Friday.

US diplomat shot in foot on highway near Rio, police say

Fri, 24 November 2017 22:20:23 +0800

RIO DE JANEIRO/SAO PAULO: A senior U.S. diplomat in Brazil was shot in the foot during an attempted robbery on a highway near Rio de Janeiro, police said on Friday, highlighting surging violence in Rio state where an economic crisis has drained public resources. Police said the vice consul was ...

Trump to speak with Turkey's Erdogan on peace efforts in region

Fri, 24 November 2017 22:20:20 +0800

U.S. President Donald Trump said he will speak with President Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey later on Friday to discuss peace efforts in the Middle East, as the region grapples with multiple conflicts.

France's Macron seeks renewal of Africa ties, but old problems persist

Fri, 24 November 2017 21:45:16 +0800

Barely six months into office, President Emmanuel Macron is already preparing for his third visit to sub-Saharan Africa. Yet while the energetic young leader is eager to reshape France's relationship with the continent, old problems die hard.

Myanmar not yet safe for Rohingya refugee return: UN

Sat, 25 November 2017 00:51:05 +0800

Conditions for Rohingya refugees to safely return to Myanmar from Bangladesh are not in place, the UN said Friday, a day after the two countries announced repatriation would begin in two months.

Poland adopts gradual ban on Sunday shopping

Fri, 24 November 2017 21:10:39 +0800

WARSAW: Poland adopted legislation on Friday (Nov 24) that will ban most Sunday trading by 2020, with opinion surveys showing that consumers have mixed feelings about the move in the heavily Catholic EU state. First presented last year by Poland's Solidarity trade union as a citizens' initiative ...

'Wiping out' extremist ideology is my mission - head of Saudi-based Muslim body

Fri, 24 November 2017 21:05:16 +0800

PARIS: The head of a Saudi-based organisation that for decades was charged with spreading the strict Wahhabi school of Islam around the world has said those times were over and his focus now was aimed at annihilating extremist ideology. Former justice minister Mohammed al-Issa, appointed secretary ...

Russia working with Saudi Arabia to unify Syrian opposition - Lavrov

Fri, 24 November 2017 20:55:15 +0800

Russia is working together with Saudi Arabia to unify the Syrian opposition, Russia's RIA news agency quoted Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov as saying on Friday.

Police arrest Kosovo opposition leader for no-show at court

Fri, 24 November 2017 20:50:17 +0800

PRISTINA: Kosovo police arrested three lawmakers on Friday, including the popular main opposition leader whom they handcuffed in the street, after the three failed to appear in court on charges of releasing tear gas in parliament in 2015 and 2016. Opposition lawmakers obstructed parliament for ...

Danish High Court finds 17-year old girl guilty of planning bomb attacks against schools - local media

Fri, 24 November 2017 20:30:12 +0800

COPENHAGEN: A 17-year-old Danish girl who offered to fight for Islamic State was found guilty on Friday of planning bomb attacks at two schools, one of them Jewish, state broadcaster DR reported. The High Court ruling upholds a ruling in the Holbaek district court in May that found the girl - who ...

Attack on mosque in Egypt's Sinai kills at least 235

Sat, 25 November 2017 07:36:26 +0800

A bomb explosion ripped through the Rawda mosque frequented by Sufis about 40km west of the North Sinai capital of El-Arish before gunmen opened fire on those gathered for weekly Friday prayers.

Barnier reassures Ireland EU stands with Dublin on Brexit

Fri, 24 November 2017 20:15:12 +0800

European Union Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier assured Ireland's foreign minister on Friday that the EU would defend Dublin's position in talks with Britain over the coming weeks.

Venezuelans suffer as malaria outbreak spreads in drug-short nation

Fri, 24 November 2017 20:10:30 +0800

On a recent morning in Venezuela's southern jungle state of Bolivar, Amanda Santamaria, her two sons, one daughter-in-law, and a granddaughter lined up in front of a shabby community health centre in the hope of receiving treatment for malaria.

Pope urges compassion from politicians who fan racism, demean human dignity

Fri, 24 November 2017 20:10:19 +0800

Pope Francis on Friday excoriated politicians who foment fear of migrants, saying they were sowing violence and racism, and urged them to "practise the virtue of prudence" to help them integrate.

Irish government set to fall weeks before Brexit summit

Sat, 25 November 2017 03:45:08 +0800

Ireland's minority government looked set to collapse on Friday after the party propping it up submitted a motion of no confidence in the deputy prime minister, weeks before a summit on Britain's plans to leave the European Union.

North Korea's wounded defector 'nice guy,' - surgeon

Fri, 24 November 2017 20:10:22 +0800

North Korea's latest defector, a young soldier known only by his family name Oh, is a quiet, pleasant man who has nightmares about being returned to the North, his surgeon said on Thursday.

Dutch government calls on St. Martin prime minister to resign

Fri, 24 November 2017 19:40:26 +0800

AMSTERDAM: The Dutch Cabinet called on Friday for the caretaker prime minister of the Caribbean island nation of St. Martin to resign, which he has yet to do despite having lost a no-confidence vote on Nov. 2. The Dutch government said it will not deliver 550 million euros (488.30 million pounds) ...

Kosovo war crimes court ready for first indictments - chief judge

Fri, 24 November 2017 19:35:16 +0800

PRISTINA: A special court with international prosecutors and judges set up to tackle alleged war crimes by ethnic Albanians against Serbs during Kosovo's 1998-99 war is ready to proceed with its first indictments, its president said in an interview. The court, which could indict or call as ...

UK says has constructive relationship with Ireland, will focus on Brexit progress

Fri, 24 November 2017 19:35:13 +0800

Britain has a constructive relationship with Ireland and will focus on making progress on Brexit negotiations, Prime Minister Theresa May's spokesman said on Friday.

Pamplona festival gang rape case angers Spain

Fri, 24 November 2017 18:54:41 +0800

"I believe you": Spaniards have adopted the slogan to support the victim of an alleged gang rape at the Pamplona bull-running festival, a case that has shocked the country just as the world reels from major sexual harassment scandals.

Ireland trying to force Northern Ireland to stay in customs union after Brexit - DUP

Fri, 24 November 2017 18:50:14 +0800

Ireland is trying to force the United Kingdom, or at least Northern Ireland, to remain in the customs union after Brexit as it suits their national interest, the deputy leader of the province's Democratic Unionist Party said on Friday.

Russia - Asia should not be militarised under pretext of countering North Korea

Fri, 24 November 2017 18:45:18 +0800

MOSCOW: Russia is opposed to the militarisation of Asia under the pretext of countering North Korea and is concerned by U.S. plans to deploy part of its global missile defence system in the region, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday Lavrov was speaking after talks with his Japanese ...

Russia says progress made towards cooperation on disputed islands

Fri, 24 November 2017 18:30:11 +0800

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday progress had been made on confidence-building measures related to a territorial dispute between Moscow and Tokyo.

Afghan air strike kills about 20 Taliban at religious school - officials

Fri, 24 November 2017 18:20:08 +0800

KABUL: A rocket attack on an Afghan religious school killed about 20 Taliban insurgents exchanging fire with security forces, officials said on Friday, adding that no children were among the victims. The insurgents had taken shelter at the school compound in the central eastern province of Wardak ...

In western Moscow, Putin allies lose an election but cling to power

Fri, 24 November 2017 18:10:17 +0800

MOSCOW: More than 10 weeks after losing a local council election in western Moscow, Vladimir Putin's party is clinging to power there: by fair means or foul. The standoff over control of Filyovsky Park Council came to a head when opposition councillor Vadim Korovin tried to sit in the chairman's ...

Mnangagwa sworn in as Zimbabwe's new president

Fri, 24 November 2017 18:00:39 +0800

HARARE: Emmerson Mnangagwa, whose removal as vice president by Robert Mugabe led to the veteran leader's ouster, was sworn in as Zimbabwe's new president on Friday (Nov 24). "I Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa swear that as the president of the republic of Zimbabwe I will be faithful to Zimbabwe and ...

North Korea replaces guards, fortifies border after defection

Fri, 24 November 2017 17:53:28 +0800

SEOUL: North Korea has replaced dozens of guards and fortified a section of its border with South Korea following the dramatic defection of one of its soldiers last week, a report said Friday (Nov 24). The 24-year-old soldier, identified only by his surname, Oh, is recovering in a South Korean ...

Irish foreign minister says opposition vote would bring down government

Fri, 24 November 2017 16:55:25 +0800

Ireland's government will collapse if the opposition Fianna Fail party proceeds with its plan to vote for the resignation of the Deputy Prime Minister Frances Fitzgerald on Tuesday, Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said.

Debate stifled in Cambodia as crackdown spreads fear

Fri, 24 November 2017 16:30:10 +0800

"We speak our mind", says the website of a group of young Cambodians who have met at weekends for the past six years to discuss politics over mugs of coffee.

Tens of thousands throng stadium for Mnangagwa inauguration

Fri, 24 November 2017 16:20:40 +0800

HARARE, ZIMBABWE: Tens of thousands of Zimbabweans were at Harare's National Sports Stadium on Friday (Nov 24) to witness the inauguration of former vice-president Emmerson Mnangagwa to replace Robert Mugabe, an AFP correspondent said. Snipers took up positions around the stadium amid tight ...

South African court doubles Pistorius sentence to more than 13 years

Sat, 25 November 2017 00:36:08 +0800

JOHANNESBURG: A South African appeals court increased Paralympic champion Oscar Pistorius' sentence for murdering his girlfriend to 13 years and five months on Friday (Nov 24), marking a victory for prosecutors in a case that shocked the world. The Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein more than ...

Norway's US$1 trillion wealth fund, Unicef set up children's rights network

Fri, 24 November 2017 15:30:15 +0800

Norway's US$1-trillion (752.22 billion pounds) sovereign wealth fund and Unicef have established a network to strengthen children's rights in the garment and footwear industry, the fund said on Friday.

Venezuela's Maduro keeps eye on prize - 2018 presidential vote

Fri, 24 November 2017 15:25:17 +0800

Just months ago, with crowds of protesters baying on the streets for the resignation of the "dictator" and "murderer," Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro looked like a goner.

Japan's Osaka to snap sister city link with San Francisco over 'comfort women' statue

Fri, 24 November 2017 15:54:56 +0800

TOKYO: The mayor of Japan's western city of Osaka plans to cut ties with US sister city San Francisco after the latter accepted the donation of a "comfort women" statue from a private group there. The issue of "comfort women", as those forced to work in Japan's wartime military brothels were ...

Woman raises more than US$270,000 for homeless man who bought her petrol

Fri, 24 November 2017 13:25:55 +0800

PHILADELPHIA: She met Johnny Bobbitt Jr one night on the Interstate 95 (I-95) after her car ran out of petrol. His selfless act of kindness that night urged Kate McClure to raise funds for him that have reached more than US$277,300 as of Friday (Nov 24), well over her initial goal of US$10,000 ...

Baghdad cafe marks 100 years as intellectual hub

Fri, 24 November 2017 11:30:39 +0800

BAGHDAD: Seated at tables with glasses of tea in the heart of Baghdad's bookshop district, the customers of Shabandar cafe have watched 100 years of Iraq's tumultuous history pass by. Since opening its doors a century ago, the establishment has become a hub of Baghdad's intellectual life, drawing ...

US to send F-22s to South Korea in show of force for Pyongyang

Fri, 24 November 2017 16:36:50 +0800

The US will send F-22 Raptor stealth fighter jets to South Korea for a joint drill.

Leaders gather for EU Eastern Partnership summit

Fri, 24 November 2017 10:16:01 +0800

Leaders from the EU and six former Soviet states meet in Brussels on Friday for the latest summit aimed at deepening ties, but thorny subjects like Russian influence and the war in Ukraine are off the agenda.

Women have 'just started' to speak out on sexual harassment: UN Women

Fri, 24 November 2017 09:49:13 +0800

NEW YORK: The avalanche of sexual misconduct allegations that has rattled Hollywood, US media and beyond is just beginning, says the head of UN Women, who expects many more women to come forward before behaviors change. The wave of scandals in the United States has felled the careers of some of ...

UN rights team to visit Mexico after journalist murders

Fri, 24 November 2017 09:00:08 +0800

MEXICO CITY: The United Nations said on Thursday a group of experts on freedom of expression will visit Mexico at the end of November to assess the safety of journalists in the country, one of the most dangerous in the world for reporters. David Kaye, U.N. Special Rapporteur on freedom of ...

Zimbabwe's next leader prepares to take power

Fri, 24 November 2017 07:50:39 +0800

HARARE: Zimbabwe's Emmerson Mnangagwa was preparing on Thursday (Nov 23) for his new role as president after a triumphant return home following the dramatic departure of Robert Mugabe, ending 37 years of authoritarian rule. Mnangagwa, who has close ties to the army and the security establishment ...

Syrian opposition to form delegation to take part in UN talks

Fri, 24 November 2017 07:40:07 +0800

CAIRO: Syrian opposition will form a 50-member delegation to participate in U.N.-sponsored talks in Geneva, the main Syrian opposition meeting in the Saudi capital Riyadh told a news conference late on Thursday. "There will be further meetings tomorrow to decide the members of the delegation and ...

Papua New Guinean police return to evict asylum-seekers from Australian-run camp

Fri, 24 November 2017 12:50:11 +0800

Papua New Guinean police returned to a shuttered Australian-run detention complex early on Friday, marking the second day of a major operation to clear out more than 300 asylum-seekers refusing to leave, two of the men told Reuters.

Peru's prime minister sceptical about bill to expand anti-graft rules

Fri, 24 November 2017 07:25:13 +0800

The government of Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski will likely object to a bill passed by Congress that aims to expand new anti-graft restrictions to Grana y Montero and other local partners of Brazilian builder Odebrecht , the prime minister said Thursday.

Houston-area woman charged with mailing explosives to Obama, Texas governor

Fri, 24 November 2017 07:15:07 +0800

REUTERS: A Houston-area woman has been charged with mailing booby-trapped packages designed to explode to former U.S. President Barack Obama, Texas Governor Greg Abbott and a federal office in Maryland. Julia Poff, 46, was ordered held in jail last week ahead of trial after she was indicted on ...

Mnangagwa vows to rebuild Zimbabawe and serve all citizens

Fri, 24 November 2017 21:50:12 +0800

Emmerson Mnangagwa will cap a stunning political comeback when he is sworn in as Zimbabwe's president on Friday (Nov 24), bringing the final curtain down on the 37-year rule of Robert Mugabe.

Onetime 'world's heaviest man' has second surgery in Mexico

Fri, 24 November 2017 09:08:34 +0800

MEXICO CITY: A Mexican once certified as the heaviest man in the world is recovering from a second stomach-reduction surgery that doctors hope will help him shed more than 200kg, the medical centre treating him reported on Thursday (Nov 23). Juan Pedro Franco, 33, who once weighed in at a stunning ...

Flynn's lawyers end communication with Trump team, signalling cooperation with Mueller: Report

Fri, 24 November 2017 10:20:34 +0800

WASHINGTON: Lawyers for Michael Flynn, United States President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, have told Trump's legal team they can no longer discuss a probe into Russian meddling in the US election, indicating Flynn may be cooperating with the investigation, the New York Times ...

Irish government on verge of collapse in spat over deputy PM

Fri, 24 November 2017 06:25:11 +0800

The Irish government was on the verge of collapse on Thursday after the party whose votes Prime Minister Leo Varadkar depends on to pass legislation appeared set to break the terms of a "confidence and supply" deal.

Irish government on verge of collapse ahead of EU Brexit summit

Fri, 24 November 2017 07:05:08 +0800

DUBLIN: The Irish government was on the verge of collapse on Thursday after the party whose votes Prime Minister Leo Varadkar depends on to pass legislation said it would move to remove the deputy prime minister in a breach of their cooperation agreement. The crisis comes weeks ahead of a European ...

Journalists detained by Uganda charged with treason, police say

Fri, 24 November 2017 02:40:08 +0800

KAMPALA: Eight managers and editors of a daily newspaper arrested this week have been charged with treason, Ugandan police said on Thursday. Police raided the Red Pepper, Uganda's leading tabloid, late on Tuesday and detained the journalists, whom they accused of publishing a false story the ...

Backlash among German MPs against parliamentary Twitter ban

Fri, 24 November 2017 02:20:10 +0800

German lawmakers have protested after Wolfgang Schaeuble, the new president of the Bundestag, announced a ban on sending tweets from inside the parliament chamber.

Bangladesh, Myanmar agree to start Rohingya return in two months

Fri, 24 November 2017 02:40:30 +0800

YANGON: Bangladesh and Myanmar will start repatriating refugees in two months, Dhaka said on Thursday (Nov 23), as global pressure mounts over a crisis that has forced more than half a million Rohingya to flee across the border. The United Nations says 620,000 Rohingya have arrived in Bangladesh ...

NY Thanksgiving Day parade draws huge crowd amid heightened security

Fri, 24 November 2017 05:27:47 +0800

NEW YORK: New York's traditional Thanksgiving Day parade brought huge crowds to the city's streets on Thursday (Nov 23), packing sidewalks from Central Park to Herald Square even as authorities tightened security following recent terror attacks in the city and elsewhere. As crowds estimated in the ...

Merkel ally calls Russia's new Syrian peace push 'height of cynicism'

Fri, 24 November 2017 00:50:11 +0800

BERLIN: A top member of Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives on Thursday dismissed Russian President Vladimir Putin's push to host a new Syrian peace process with the backing of Iran and Turkey, calling it "the height of cynicism." The leaders of Russia, Iran and Turkey on Wednesday called on ...

Grief, anger as relatives learn of Argentine submarine blast

Fri, 24 November 2017 04:30:59 +0800

MAR DEL PLATA: Relatives of the 44 crew members aboard Argentina's missing submarine erupted in a welter of anger and grief on Thursday (Nov 23) after the navy released news of an explosion onboard, effectively ending hopes of survival. Eight days after the last reported communication from the ...

Macron tones down criticism of Poland, but concerned by its judicial reform plans

Fri, 24 November 2017 00:15:09 +0800

PARIS: French President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday that Poland's plans to overhaul the judiciary remained a cause for concern though there were a decreasing number of subjects where the two countries did not see eye-to-eye. Frosty even under the previous French administration, bilateral ...

In Thanksgiving message, Trump hails military gains and 'big, beautiful, fat tax cuts'

Fri, 24 November 2017 00:10:10 +0800

PALM BEACH, FLORIDA: U.S. President Donald Trump gave a bullish Thanksgiving address to troops overseas on Thursday, hailing progress in Afghanistan and against ISIS, and telling them they were fighting for "something real," including a stock market at record highs and his promised “big, beautiful ...

Forty human traffickers arrested, 500 people rescued in West Africa

Fri, 24 November 2017 00:05:10 +0800

PARIS: Forty people were arrested and 500 people rescued after a swoop on human trafficking across West Africa, international police organisation Interpol said on Thursday. The Interpol-led action comes amid a global outcry sparked by footage of Africans being solved as slaves in Libya, often the ...

Cambodia's Hun Sen will fall like Mugabe, says opponent Rainsy

Fri, 24 November 2017 00:00:24 +0800

Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen will be driven from power like President Mugabe in Zimbabwe, veteran opposition chief Sam Rainsy told Reuters on Thursday, adding that Western states should impose targeted sanctions after his party was dissolved.

Iraq launches operation to clear desert near Syria of Islamic State

Thu, 23 November 2017 23:55:13 +0800

BAGHDAD: Iraqi forces launched an operation on Thursday to clear the desert bordering Syria of Islamic State in a final push to rid Iraq of the militant group, the military said. Troops from the Iraqi army and mainly Shi'ite paramilitaries known as Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF) were taking ...

Massive search expands for US sailors after Philippine Sea air crash

Thu, 23 November 2017 23:52:33 +0800

TOKYO: Eight warships joined a US aircraft carrier and scores of helicopters and planes on Thursday (Nov 23) to search for three American sailors who went missing after their plane crashed in the Philippine Sea. The families of the missing sailors were notified after a C-2A "Greyhound" aircraft ...

Aid agencies say Yemen blockade remains, Egeland calls it 'collective punishment'

Thu, 23 November 2017 23:20:18 +0800

The Saudi-led coalition's blockade of Yemen, which has cut off food imports to a population where 7 million people are on the brink of famine, is "illegal collective punishment" of civilians, a prominent aid official said on Thursday.

Merkel looks secure for now despite coalition chaos

Thu, 23 November 2017 22:55:20 +0800

Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives are rallying around her despite the failure of talks to form a three-way ruling coalition, buying her time in office and putting the onus on her Social Democrat rivals to break Germany's political impasse.

Dolly the cloned sheep was not old before her time: Study

Thu, 23 November 2017 22:34:34 +0800

When Dolly the sheep was put down before her seventh birthday in 2003, she was said to suffer from age-related osteoarthritis, raising red flags that clones may grow old faster.

Iraqi militia indicates will hand heavy guns to army after IS quashed

Thu, 23 November 2017 22:30:18 +0800

A prominent Iraqi militia indicated on Thursday it would give any heavy weapons it had to the military once Islamic State was defeated and rejected a proposed U.S. congressional bill designating it a terrorist group.

Italy's 5-Star tells France's Macron movement is no threat to EU

Thu, 23 November 2017 22:20:13 +0800

Italy's anti-establishment 5-Star Movement told French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday that it does not represent a threat to the European Union, and sought to shrug off the label "populist".

Event 'consistent with an explosion' detected near missing Argentine sub - navy

Thu, 23 November 2017 23:15:09 +0800

An object detected by a U.S. Navy plane near the area where a missing Argentine navy submarine sent its last signal last week turned out not to be the missing vessel, a U.S. embassy spokeswoman said on Thursday.

Greek pensioners protest against government that 'took everything'

Thu, 23 November 2017 21:35:16 +0800

Several hundred elderly Greeks marched through Athens on Thursday, protesting against a government they say "took everything" with a new round of cuts to pensions and crumbling health care benefits.

Syria opposition meeting in Riyadh sees no role for Assad in transition

Fri, 24 November 2017 08:55:09 +0800

Syria's main opposition stuck by its demand on Thursday that President Bashar al-Assad play no role in an interim period under any U.N.-sponsored peace deal, despite speculation it could soften its stance because of Assad's battlefield strength.

Russia sends research ship to help search for missing Argentine sub

Thu, 23 November 2017 21:10:14 +0800

MOSCOW: Russia's defence ministry has sent an oceanographic research ship to the South Atlantic to help with the search for an Argentine submarine which went missing more than a week ago, TASS news agency reported on Thursday. The vessel, called Yantar (Amber), is equipped with two self-propelled ...

US strikes on Taliban opium labs won't work, say Afghan farmers

Thu, 23 November 2017 21:05:11 +0800

As U.S. and Afghan forces pound Taliban drug factories this week, farmers in the country's largest opium producing-province and narcotics experts say the strategy just repeats previous failed efforts to stamp out the trade.

Warehouse fire sends huge clouds of smoke across London skyline

Thu, 23 November 2017 20:50:39 +0800

LONDON: A huge blaze at an industrial estate sent clouds of smoke billowing across London shortly after 9am on Thursday (Nov 23). London's Fire Brigade said 81 firefighters and 12 fire engines were battling the fire at an industrial estate in Ponders End, northeast London. ...

Iran sets Dec. 10 court date for jailed Iranian-British aid worker

Thu, 23 November 2017 20:30:18 +0800

Iran has told jailed Iranian-British aid worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe that she will appear in court next month accused of spreading propaganda, her husband, Richard, said on Thursday.

German Social Democrats under pressure to form grand coalition

Fri, 24 November 2017 03:05:07 +0800

Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) should reconsider their opposition to joining a new "grand coalition" with Angela Merkel's conservatives because Europe needs a stable government in Berlin, a senior ally of the chancellor said on Thursday.

EU's Juncker says will see in 'next few days' if Brexit talks can enter second phase

Thu, 23 November 2017 19:45:15 +0800

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on Thursday that it would be seen in the next few days whether Brexit talks with Britain had made enough progress to enter a second phase of negotiations.

More work to be done on Irish border in Brexit talks - May's spokesman

Thu, 23 November 2017 19:40:07 +0800

LONDON: Britain and the European Union have made progress on settling the status of the border with EU member Ireland, but there is more work to be done, a spokesman for Prime Minister Theresa May said on Thursday. "We have made progress in this area, in terms of the Common Travel Area for ...