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Published: Tue, 25 July 2017 08:55:16 +0800

 



Unrest bubbles among Trump's key foreign policy aides - sources

Tue, 25 July 2017 08:40:09 +0800

Frustration is mounting among leading foreign policy officials in President Donald Trump's administration as they chafe at some policy and bureaucratic defeats and complain they lack independence to do their jobs, officials say.



Gulf Arab states blacklist nine individuals, nine organizations - SPA

Tue, 25 July 2017 07:10:05 +0800

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain have added nine entities and nine individuals to their individual ban lists because of alleged links to Qatar over terrorism, Saudi's state news agency SPA reported on Tuesday. The four Arab states, who isolated Qatar by cutting all ...



Israel to stop use of metal detectors at sensitive holy site

Tue, 25 July 2017 08:02:33 +0800

JERUSALEM: Israeli ministers have decided to stop the use of metal detectors at a highly sensitive Jerusalem holy site, a statement said on Tuesday (Jul 25), after the new security measures set off deadly violence. The move comes after intensive international diplomacy seeking to stop the outbreak ...



Israel to replace metal detectors in Jerusalem with smart surveillance

Tue, 25 July 2017 08:20:08 +0800

Israel on Tuesday decided to remove metal detectors it had placed at the entrance to a holy site in Jerusalem's Old City with other, less obtrusive surveillance means, a cabinet statement said.



Trump pressures Republicans to repeal, warns 'Obamacare is death'

Tue, 25 July 2017 06:30:39 +0800

With the effort to repeal and replace the healthcare law of Trump's predecessor floundering in Congress, the Senate prepared to vote on Tuesday on whether to begin debate on the latest Republican plan.



Trump to study tougher Russia sanctions bill - White House

Tue, 25 July 2017 06:10:08 +0800

President Donald Trump will examine whether a bill toughening sanctions on Russia is offering the "best deal" for the American people, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said on Monday.



Egypt's Sisi vows to keep up Qatar blockade

Tue, 25 July 2017 06:27:08 +0800

CAIRO: Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said on Monday (Jul 24) his government would keep up a blockade of Qatar by four Arab states over charges it supports terrorism, in defiance of international efforts to end the crisis. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt severed ...



Kenyan president fails to show for election debate

Tue, 25 July 2017 05:35:08 +0800

Kenyan opposition presidential candidate Raila Odinga on Monday fielded questions alone on stage after his rival, President Uhuru Kenyatta, failed to show up for a debate between the two.



Hundreds battle wild fires across southern France

Tue, 25 July 2017 05:30:39 +0800

BASTIA, France: Hundreds of firefighters were battling blazes across southern France on Monday (Jul 24), with one inferno spreading across 900 hectares of forest and threatening homes on the island of Corsica, emergency services said. Residents were evacuated from homes at the edge of the town of ...



Justin Bieber abruptly ends tour

Tue, 25 July 2017 06:34:21 +0800

NEW YORK: Justin Bieber abruptly cancelled the remainder of a world tour on Monday (Jul 24), citing "unforeseen circumstances". The 23-year-old Canadian superstar - who in recent years has been as known for off-stage antics as for his music - had been due to resume his "Purpose" tour on Thursday ...



Italian state plan for Colosseum gets thumbs-up after court fight

Tue, 25 July 2017 04:50:06 +0800

ROME: Italy's top administrative court awarded victory to the government in a dispute over the management of the Colosseum amphitheatre on Monday, rejecting objections from Rome's anti-establishment mayor. The verdict is the final twist in a tussle over the 2,000-year-old venue for gladiator ...



Vatican turns off fountains as Rome gasps in drought

Tue, 25 July 2017 05:10:06 +0800

Vatican authorities began on Monday to turn off some 100 fountains, including two Baroque masterpieces in St. Peter's Square, due to a prolonged drought affecting the tiny city state and the city of Rome which surrounds it.



Former sect leader found guilty of polygamy in Canada case

Tue, 25 July 2017 04:30:07 +0800

A Canadian court on Monday found a former leader of a breakaway religious sect guilty of practicing polygamy, after a decades-long attempt to prosecute members of the group, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp said.



Trump makes last-ditch plea to US Republicans to roll back Obamacare

Tue, 25 July 2017 04:20:11 +0800

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump pleaded with U.S. Senate Republicans on Monday to "do the right thing" on healthcare and allow debate to begin on a measure to repeal and replace Obamacare. The Senate is expected to vote on Tuesday on whether to begin debating a healthcare overhaul, although ...



UN warns of escalation if no Jerusalem mosque solution by Friday

Tue, 25 July 2017 04:45:06 +0800

United Nations Middle East envoy Nickolay Mladenov warned on Monday that a solution was needed by Friday to the Jerusalem mosque crisis, which he said threatens to have "potential catastrophic costs well beyond the walls of the Old City."



France's Macron confirms aid targets in meeting with U2's Bono

Tue, 25 July 2017 03:50:10 +0800

French President Emmanuel Macron has told U2 frontman Bono that France will respect its commitment to boost development aid, Bono told reporters after meeting Macron in Paris.



UN says Jerusalem crisis must end as Trump sends envoy

Tue, 25 July 2017 06:50:27 +0800

UNITED NATIONS: The UN warned on Monday (Jul 24) that the crisis over new security measures at a volatile Jerusalem holy site must be swiftly resolved, as a top US official arrived in Israel to try to ease tensions. The crisis, which saw a weekend of deadly violence, was also discussed by Israeli ...



Polish president halts justice reforms after days of protests

Tue, 25 July 2017 03:40:04 +0800

Polish President Andrzej Duda unexpectedly announced on Monday he would veto two of three judicial reform bills passed by parliament that have triggered nationwide protests and raised EU and U.S. concerns about a politicisation of the courts.



Trump aide Greenblatt heading to Jordan for talks after Israel visit

Tue, 25 July 2017 02:20:07 +0800

WASHINGTON: U.S. President Donald Trump's Middle East envoy, Jason Greenblatt, is heading to Jordan for talks about the Mideast peace process after meetings in Israel, a senior administration official said on Monday. “Jason Greenblatt arrived in Israel Monday afternoon. Following meetings with ...



Italy upset over French diplomatic intervention in Libya

Tue, 25 July 2017 01:20:07 +0800

ROME: A French diplomatic initiative aimed at resolving Libya's long-running crisis angered Italian officials on Monday, who saw it as another example of newly elected President Emmanuel Macron snubbing Rome. Earlier, France confirmed reports that it would host talks on Tuesday between Fayez al ...



Swedish PM calls potential IT leak 'disaster' and risk to country

Tue, 25 July 2017 01:15:10 +0800

Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said on Monday his country and its citizens were exposed to risks by potential leaks of sensitive material from an IT-contract that one official said had been rushed.



Turkey's Erdogan ends tour with no sign of Qatar progress

Tue, 25 July 2017 08:20:05 +0800

Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan left Qatar on Monday after two days in the Gulf trying to mediate in the worst row among Arab states for years but there was no sign he had made any progress.



Driver charged as death toll climbs among Texas truck migrants

Tue, 25 July 2017 06:35:37 +0800

CHICAGO: A survivor of a horror truck journey in which 10 migrants suffocated to death has told how travellers took turns breathing through a tiny hole in a desperate bid to stay alive, US investigators said on Monday (Jul 24). As charges were filed against the driver who was detained in Texas ...



Rights group calls for probe into Libyan forces after execution video shown

Tue, 25 July 2017 00:45:08 +0800

CAIRO: Libya officials should investigate and dismiss forces involved in atrocities, a human rights group said on Monday, after a video appeared on social media purportedly showing a military unit executing 20 suspected militants. The video was seen by Reuters on social media but it could not be ...



Moon could be wetter than thought, say scientists

Mon, 24 July 2017 23:20:38 +0800

Li noted scientists had believed the Moon to be "bone dry" until about a decade ago, when scientists found evidence of water - an essential ingredient for life - in pebble-like beads brought back by Apollo missions.



Germany expects greater quantities of cocaine to flood into Europe

Mon, 24 July 2017 23:10:13 +0800

BERLIN: German customs police expect much more cocaine to flood into Europe in future and have seized nearly five tonnes of the drug in northern sea ports so far this year, more than three times their total in 2016. Officials seized 3.8 tonnes of cocaine valued at 880 million euros (785.05 million ...



Parents of terminally ill UK baby end legal fight

Tue, 25 July 2017 06:48:09 +0800

LONDON: The parents of British baby Charlie Gard on Monday (Jul 24) abandoned their legal fight to take him to the United States for experimental treatment in a case that has attracted global attention. A lawyer representing Gard's parents Connie Yates and Chris Gard told judge Nicholas Francis at ...



UN urges Nigeria to rescue all Chibok girls, ensure schooling

Mon, 24 July 2017 22:25:08 +0800

A United Nations human rights committee called on the Nigerian government on Monday to step up efforts to rescue all women and girls abducted by Boko Haram and to ensure they return to school without stigma.



France's Macron faces grassroots court challenge over party rules

Mon, 24 July 2017 22:15:07 +0800

French President Emmanuel Macron faced the first grassroots revolt from within his own camp on Monday when hundreds of activists asked a court to halt voting on new rules for the political party that helped him win power in May.



Belarus sees no solution to Ukraine crisis without another summit

Mon, 24 July 2017 22:10:08 +0800

LJUBLJANA: Belarus sees no solution to the crisis between its neighbours Russia and Ukraine without another regional summit, the country's Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei said on Monday. "I believe that for now there are no prospects for a solution to the Ukraine crisis," Makei told a joint news ...



Chinese jets intercept US surveillance plane - US officials

Mon, 24 July 2017 22:10:06 +0800

WASHINGTON: Two Chinese fighter jets intercepted a U.S. Navy surveillance plane over the East China Sea over the weekend, with one coming within about 300 feet (91 meters) of the American aircraft, two U.S. officials told Reuters on Monday. The officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity ...



Suicide bomber in Pakistan's Lahore kills 25, many of them police

Mon, 24 July 2017 21:40:12 +0800

LAHORE, Pakistan: A suicide bomber killed at least 25 people, many of them police, in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore on Monday, officials said, an attack which shattered a period of relative calm in Pakistan's second-largest city. The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack ...



Jordan seeks to question Israel guard over embassy shooting

Mon, 24 July 2017 21:20:38 +0800

AMMAN: Jordan said on Monday (Jul 24) it was looking to question an Israeli security guard who killed two Jordanians at the Amman embassy compound, as Israel insisted he had diplomatic immunity. A Jordanian government source, who declined to be named, said Israel was "still examining the request" ...



Russia plans to create 'de-escalation zone' in Syria's Idlib province - agencies

Mon, 24 July 2017 21:05:06 +0800

MOSCOW: Russia plans to establish a new "de-escalation zone" in the Syrian province of Idlib, Russian news agencies cited the Russian Defence Ministry as saying on Monday. (writing by Denis Pinchuk, editing by Jack Stubbs)



Just as German election heats up, Merkel takes holiday break

Mon, 24 July 2017 20:55:09 +0800

With a comfortable lead in opinion polls, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has left the stage for a quiet three-week summer holiday shrouded in secrecy - even though just two months remain before the election.



UK government to discuss Brexit implementation period later this year: Minister

Mon, 24 July 2017 19:53:50 +0800

Britain's business minister said the government will discuss later this year how a transitional period after Brexit might work, a key demand for businesses worried about a cliff-edge exit at the end of two-year talks in March 2019.



Iran top judge demands US release assets, jailed Iranians

Mon, 24 July 2017 19:10:19 +0800

DUBAI: Iran's top judge called on the United States on Monday to release Iranians held in U.S. jails and billions of dollars in Iranian assets, days after Washington urged Tehran to free three U.S. citizens. The statement by Ayatollah Sadeq Larijani capped a week of heightened rhetoric over the ...



Swiss police hunt for chainsaw attacker

Tue, 25 July 2017 03:47:43 +0800

SCHAFFHAUSEN, Switzerland: Swiss police were searching on Monday (Jul 24) for a man who went on a rampage while armed with a chainsaw in an attack police said was not "a terrorist act". Officers have identified the assailant as Franz Wrousis, a 51-year-old man with a criminal history and no fixed ...



Trump son-in-law details Russia contacts, denies collusion

Tue, 25 July 2017 07:40:06 +0800

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, emerged from behind the scenes on Monday to tell Senate investigators he had no part in any Kremlin attempt to meddle in the U.S. election despite having met Russians four times last year. "All of my actions were proper and occurred ...



China says it wants to 'maintain stability' in disputed South China Sea

Mon, 24 July 2017 17:30:08 +0800

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Monday Beijing wanted to maintain stability in the South China Sea as it seeks alliances in the region amid tensions in the disputed waters.



Qatari websites unblocked in Saudi due to technical glitch - royal adviser

Mon, 24 July 2017 17:20:10 +0800

RIYADH: Websites and some television channels linked to Qatar were unblocked in Saudi Arabia on Monday morning but the change arose from a technical glitch and the restrictions will be reimposed shortly, a key Saudi royal court adviser said. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and ...



Turkish journalists go on trial accused of waging 'asymmetric war'

Mon, 24 July 2017 17:20:07 +0800

ISTANBUL: Seventeen employees of a Turkish opposition newspaper went on trial on Monday accused of supporting a terrorist group, a case seen by government critics as a further sign that freedom of expression is under attack. "Journalism is not a crime," chanted several hundred people gathered ...



IMF says global recovery on firmer footing

Tue, 25 July 2017 03:03:05 +0800

The global economic recovery is on firmer footing as improving growth in China, Europe and Japan offset downward revisions for the United States and Britain, the International Monetary Fund said Sunday.



France to host talks with Libya's premier, military leader

Mon, 24 July 2017 15:35:07 +0800

PARIS: France said it will host talks on Tuesday between Fayez al-Serraj, head of Libya's U.N.-backed government in Tripoli, and Khalifa Haftar, a powerful military commander in the divided country's east who has so far rejected his authority. During the talks, President Emmanuel Macron aims to ...



Head of Polish constitutional court sees no threat in judicial reform

Mon, 24 July 2017 15:25:09 +0800

Poland's Constitutional Tribunal President Julia Przylebska said that she sees no threat to the division of powers in an overhaul of the judicial system that has brought tens of thousands of people into the streets in protest.



Thai police bust US$3m phone scam gang

Mon, 24 July 2017 16:28:47 +0800

A gang of 44 people from China and Taiwan have been arrested in Thailand for running an elaborate phone scam that conned $3 million from scores of victims, police said Monday.



Hezbollah wages multi-pronged attack on militants at Syrian border - media unit

Mon, 24 July 2017 14:45:07 +0800

BEIRUT: Lebanese Hezbollah launched attacks against Sunni jihadist militants on Monday as part of an offensive to drive them from their last foothold along the Syria-Lebanon border, a military media unit of the group said. Forces of the Iranian-backed Shi'ite group advanced from several directions ...



Erdogan gambling with centuries-old ties to Germany - Schaeuble

Mon, 24 July 2017 18:45:06 +0800

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan is putting at risk his country's centuries-old ties to Germany, Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said in a newspaper interview, as tensions escalate between the NATO allies.



Turkey journalists reject 'terror' claims as trial opens

Mon, 24 July 2017 23:44:48 +0800

Staff from one of Turkey's most respected opposition newspapers on Monday (Jul 24) rejected as absurd "terror" charges against them on the first day of a trial which has intensified alarm over press freedom under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.



Taliban suicide car bomber kills dozens in Afghan capital

Tue, 25 July 2017 00:19:45 +0800

KABUL: A Taliban suicide attacker detonated a car bomb in the western part of Kabul on Monday, killing up to 35 people and wounding more than 40, government officials said, in one of the worst attacks in the Afghan capital in recent weeks. Police cordoned off the area, located near the house of ...



Donald Trump Jr adds Washington lawyer to legal team

Mon, 24 July 2017 13:41:48 +0800

The president's oldest son, Donald Trump Jr., has added a lawyer with congressional experience to his legal team, ABC News reported on Sunday.



Militias renew attacks in Central African town, kill peacekeeper

Mon, 24 July 2017 07:05:06 +0800

DAKAR: Christian militias in Central African Republic have launched several attacks in the town of Bangassou in recent days, attempting to seize a cathedral housing displaced Muslims and killing a Moroccan peacekeeper, the United Nations said on Sunday. The incidents, including one on Sunday, came ...



Cuba’s top US negotiator named to new post

Mon, 24 July 2017 06:00:07 +0800

Cuba has reassigned the woman who led two years of intense negotiation with the United States under the detente worked out by former U.S. President Barack Obama and Cuban leader Raul Castro, state media said on Sunday.



Up to five killed in Mexico City shootings

Mon, 24 July 2017 05:45:10 +0800

As many as five people were shot dead in separate incidents in Mexico City on Sunday, authorities said, adding to a growing death toll in the capital which has largely been spared the criminal violence plaguing the country.



Nigeria releases first photo of ailing president in almost 80 days

Mon, 24 July 2017 07:05:10 +0800

Nigeria released a photograph of President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday, the first in almost three months after he left the country on May 7 for medical leave in Britain.



Venezuela opposition urges boycott of vote to overhaul constitution

Mon, 24 July 2017 05:22:55 +0800

CARACAS: Venezuela's angry opposition on Sunday (Jul 23) called for a boycott of an upcoming vote that it dismisses as a ploy by President Nicolas Maduro to cling to power. Ahead of next Sunday's election for a 500-plus member assembly to rewrite the constitution and give the president more power ...



Israel cites immunity for guard in deadly Amman embassy shooting

Mon, 24 July 2017 13:30:07 +0800

One Jordanian was killed and two people, a Jordanian and an Israeli, were wounded in a shooting incident on Sunday in a building inside the Israeli embassy complex in Jordan's capital Amman, police said.



Militants take control of major Syrian city

Mon, 24 July 2017 04:44:03 +0800

BEIRUT: Militants on Sunday (Jul 23) took Idlib in Syria after rival rebels withdrew, strengthening their grip over the northwestern city and its province, one of the last beyond regime control. At the same time a car bomb exploded in Idlib killing 11 people, nine of them militants, the Britain ...



Israel under pressure over holy site, shooting at Amman embassy

Mon, 24 July 2017 07:55:57 +0800

JERUSALEM: Israel faced mounting pressure on Sunday (Jul 23) over tougher security at a sensitive Jerusalem holy site as a shooting at its embassy in Jordan raised further concerns after a weekend of deadly unrest. It was not immediately clear whether the incident in Amman - in which two ...



'Draconian' US funding cuts would cost lives: AIDS meeting

Mon, 24 July 2017 03:16:03 +0800

More than 6,000 scientists are gathered in the French capital until Wednesday to assess advances in AIDS science amid concerns over money drying up.



'I just want to go home', says German girl who joined IS - media

Mon, 24 July 2017 03:10:05 +0800

BERLIN: A German teenager who joined Islamic State is now being held in detention in Iraq and says she regrets joining the jihadist group and just wants to come home to her family, media reported on Sunday. Der Spiegel magazine reported on Saturday that four German women who joined Islamic State ...



Venezuela congress going ahead despite 'imperial' threat - Maduro

Mon, 24 July 2017 12:55:10 +0800

CARACAS: Defying pressure from abroad and at home, Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro said on Sunday that a controversial election would go ahead next weekend for a new congress his foes fear will institutionalize dictatorship. "The imperial right wing believes it can give orders to Venezuela ...



Republican strategy on US healthcare bill in flux ahead of vote

Mon, 24 July 2017 01:40:11 +0800

U.S. Republican Senate leaders aim to hold a procedural vote as early as Tuesday to take up legislation to repeal or replace Obamacare, but it remained unclear which version of the bill senators would vote on.



White House says open to legislation toughening Russia sanctions

Mon, 24 July 2017 02:50:09 +0800

Two U.S. senators said on Sunday they believe that legislation that allows for new sanctions against Russia would pass with enough votes to override any potential veto by U.S. President Donald Trump.



US Congress to vote on Russia sanctions, tying Trump's hands

Sun, 23 July 2017 23:30:38 +0800

In mid-June, the Senate overwhelmingly passed tough sanctions on Moscow and Tehran, but the text stalled in the House of Representatives, until agreement was reached on Saturday.



Erdogan visits Gulf in bid to defuse Qatar row

Mon, 24 July 2017 02:50:11 +0800

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan arrived in Saudi Arabia and met King Salman on Sunday, Saudi state news agency SPA reported, his first stop on a Gulf diplomatic tour aimed at healing an Arab rift with Ankara's ally Qatar.



Mali confirms arrest of key jihadist near Timbuktu

Mon, 24 July 2017 05:10:05 +0800

BAMAKO: Malian and French troops have arrested a close associate of a preacher whose jihadist group has claimed dozens of attacks against Western and Malian targets, Mali's security minister said on Sunday. Macina Liberation Front, based in central Mali's Mopti region, is led by cleric Amadou ...



Erdogan in the Gulf seeking to ease Qatar crisis

Mon, 24 July 2017 04:27:40 +0800

KUWAIT CITY: President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday (Jul 23) began a key trip to the Gulf aimed at defusing the standoff over Turkey's ally Qatar, saying no one had an interest in prolonging the crisis. Erdogan, whose country has come to Qatar's aid in the dispute, had talks in Jeddah with King ...



Iran and Iraq sign accord to boost military cooperation

Sun, 23 July 2017 20:35:10 +0800

Iran and Iraq signed an agreement on Sunday to step up military cooperation and the fight against "terrorism and extremism", Iranian media reported, an accord which is likely to raise concerns in Washington.



Nine suspected migrants found dead in Texas truck, 30 ill

Mon, 24 July 2017 06:59:23 +0800

SAN ANTONIO: Nine suspected migrants were found dead on Sunday (Jul 23) after being packed inside an overheated truck that was discovered in a Walmart parking lot in Texas, and 30 others were hospitalised in what police said appeared to be a "horrific" human trafficking crime. Seventeen of those ...



Last chance to see North Korea for US tourists

Sun, 23 July 2017 20:29:57 +0800

The Westerners lined up on Sunday before giant statues of North Korea's founder Kim Il-Sung and his son and successor Kim Jong-Il and, on command from their guide, bowed deeply.



Top Merkel aide says Turkey's conduct 'unacceptable'

Sun, 23 July 2017 21:30:06 +0800

Turkey's behaviour is "unacceptable" and Germany has a duty to protect its citizens and companies but also wants to maintain strong ties with Ankara, German Chancellor Angela Merkel's chief of staff said on Sunday.



French President Macron's popularity rating drops

Sun, 23 July 2017 20:00:08 +0800

French President Emmanuel Macron's popularity rating has slumped by 10 percentage points this month, according to an Ifop poll on Sunday - the biggest decline for a new president since 1995.



Headstrong Renzi struggles to find political touch as Italian vote nears

Sun, 23 July 2017 19:50:07 +0800

Matteo Renzi is struggling to regain the political initiative after a disastrous spell during which he lost his job as prime minister and his party fractured.



Israel says Jerusalem mosque metal detectors to stay, may be reduced

Sun, 23 July 2017 18:45:19 +0800

Israel will not remove metal detectors whose installation outside a major Jerusalem mosque has triggered the bloodiest confrontations with the Palestinians in years, but could eventually reduce their use, Israeli officials said on Sunday.



Syrian warplanes strike near Damascus despite ceasefire - Syrian Observatory

Sun, 23 July 2017 16:25:07 +0800

BEIRUT: Syrian government warplanes carried out several air strikes in the Eastern Ghouta area east of Damascus on Sunday, a day after the Syrian military declared a cessation of hostilities in the area, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. The British-based monitoring group said Saturday ...



Mexican former state governor to be tried for organised crime

Sun, 23 July 2017 13:10:07 +0800

MEXICO CITY: A former state governor from Mexico's ruling party will stand trial for engaging in organised crime and handling funds of illicit origin after a judge reviewing evidence approved the case, the attorney general's office said on Saturday. Javier Duarte, who until 2016 governed the Gulf ...



Rise and fall of Lieutenant-General Manas: Thailand's top human trafficker

Mon, 24 July 2017 13:37:58 +0800

An army 'Big Shot' whose influence seeped across the south, Lieutenant-General Manas Kongpan sat at the apex of Thailand's grisly trade in humans, raking in an untold fortune to keep prying eyes off the trafficking route.



Robot finds possible melted fuel inside Fukushima reactor

Sun, 23 July 2017 12:03:21 +0800

Lava-like rocks believed to be melted nuclear fuel have been spotted inside Japan's stricken Fukushima reactor by an underwater robot, the plant's operator said at the end of a three-day inspection.



New Zealand braces for more rain after severe storms lash south island

Sun, 23 July 2017 11:57:33 +0800

REUTERS: Residents in the two largest cities on New Zealand's south island began returning to their homes on Sunday, despite state of emergencies still in place, after a severe storm caused flooding and forced hundreds of homes to be evacuated. MetService meteorologist Angus Hines said the weather ...



William and Harry had 'short' chat with Diana on day she died

Sun, 23 July 2017 23:25:41 +0800

Britain's Prince William and Prince Harry have revealed they talked to their mother Princess Diana on the day she died and that the "short" conversation now weighs "heavily" on their mind.



Germany says Crimean turbine scandal souring relations with Russia - paper

Sun, 23 July 2017 07:05:05 +0800

FRANKFURT: Germany has warned Russia that breaches of sanctions including the relocation to Crimea of four gas turbines delivered to Russia by Siemens are straining political relations between the two countries, Bild am Sonntag reported on Sunday. The newspaper quoted a foreign ministry spokesman ...



NSA chief on Russia-US cyber unit: Now is 'not the best time'

Sun, 23 July 2017 05:45:05 +0800

ASPEN, Colo.: National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers on Saturday rebuffed the prospect for a U.S.-Russia cyber unit, a proposal which has been greeted with incredulity by several senior U.S. lawmakers and which President Donald Trump himself appeared to back down from after initially ...



Violinist hurt as Venezuelan protest violence flares

Sun, 23 July 2017 04:25:05 +0800

CARACAS: A Venezuelan violinist who has become one of the best-known faces of protests against President Nicolas Maduro was injured on Saturday in violent clashes in Caracas. The Democratic Unity coalition had called a march on the pro-Maduro Supreme Court in support of alternative magistrates ...



France's far-right National Front party reaffirms anti-EU stance

Sun, 23 July 2017 03:20:05 +0800

PARIS: France's far-right National Front party reaffirmed on Saturday its anti-European Union stance while admitting voters' concerns over its policy to quit the euro, at the end of a two-day meeting aimed at analysing its defeat in this year's election. "Those taking part in the meeting ...



Venezuelan police break up anti-government rally with tear gas

Sun, 23 July 2017 06:25:14 +0800

Police on motorcycles fired tear gas on Saturday to break up an opposition march on the Venezuelan Supreme Court to press demands that President Nicolas Maduro leave office, as months of sometimes deadly anti-government demonstrations showed no signs of abating.



US Army sergeant indicted in Hawaii on charges of trying to help Islamic State

Sun, 23 July 2017 02:36:29 +0800

A U.S. Army sergeant stationed in Hawaii has been indicted on charges of trying to provide material support to Islamic State, allowing the case to move to a federal trial without a preliminary hearing, officials said on Saturday.



South Africa's Sisulu says ANC must return to its roots, fight graft

Sun, 23 July 2017 02:25:06 +0800

JOHANNESBURG: South African housing minister Lindiwe Sisulu launched her bid on Saturday to succeed scandal-hit President Jacob Zuma as leader of the African National Congress (ANC) by vowing to help save the ruling party from infighting and corruption. Sisulu, a veteran cabinet minister who comes ...



French grape harvest heading to historic low

Sun, 23 July 2017 02:14:09 +0800

Knocked off course by a cold spring snap, French wine production this year slid to a record low, falling 17 percent on 2016, initial ministry of agriculture projections show.



Away from DC turmoil, Trump welcomes new high-tech warship to Navy

Sun, 23 July 2017 01:57:53 +0800

President Donald Trump on Saturday presided over the commissioning of the US Navy's newest next-generation aircraft carrier - a trip that offered a brief escape from the swirling political drama in Washington.



Free Iranian citizens, Iran tells US in response to Trump

Sun, 23 July 2017 01:40:07 +0800

Iran demanded on Saturday that the United States release Iranians detained there, a day after U.S. president Donald Trump called on the Islamic Republic to release three U.S. citizens.



Syria announces truce in one of rebels' last Damascus bastions

Sun, 23 July 2017 02:22:24 +0800

Syria's army announced Saturday a halt in fighting in parts of Eastern Ghouta after rebels and regime ally Russia agreed on how a safe zone will function for the besieged opposition enclave.



Palestinians die in new clashes over Jerusalem holy site

Sun, 23 July 2017 04:00:27 +0800

Two Palestinians died in clashes with Israeli forces on Saturday as the army moved in to seal off an attacker's home after violence over security measures at an ultra-sensitive holy site.



NASA's historic Apollo Mission Control Center seeks donations for 'urgent restoration'

Sun, 23 July 2017 02:04:07 +0800

A US$250,000 Kickstarter campaign has been launched as part of efforts to restore and preserve the historic mission control that orchestrated Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin's moon landing.



US lawmakers reach deal on Russia sanctions bill, creating limits for Trump

Sun, 23 July 2017 05:00:08 +0800

U.S. Republicans and Democrats have reached agreement on legislation that allows new sanctions against Russia, Iran and now also North Korea, leading congressional Democrats said on Saturday.



Macron to discuss Ukraine next week with Putin, Merkel and Poroshenko

Sun, 23 July 2017 00:05:08 +0800

French President Emmanuel Macron will call the leaders of Russia, Germany and Ukraine on Monday to discuss the conflict in eastern Ukraine, his office said in a statement.



Iran announces new missile production line - state media

Sun, 23 July 2017 01:15:07 +0800

Iran announced the launch of a new missile production line on Saturday, according to state media, against a backdrop of tension between the United States and Tehran.



Swiss couple found on glacier after 75 years buried at last

Sun, 23 July 2017 01:34:04 +0800

GENEVA: The remains of a couple, found on a receding glacier in the Swiss Alps 75 years after they had disappeared, were at long last buried on Saturday (Jul 22) near their native village. Their two surviving daughters were present at the funeral service in the church at Saviese in Valais canton ...



Eastern commander's forces battle resistance in Libya's Benghazi

Sat, 22 July 2017 22:25:07 +0800

Fighting between the self-styled Libyan National Army and rival armed groups in Benghazi killed six troops and wounded eight as the LNA advanced into the last pockets of resistance in eastern Libya's largest city, a commander said on Saturday.



Rome risks water rationing as drought-hit lake set to go offline

Sun, 23 July 2017 01:43:07 +0800

ROME: Authorities have ordered a halt to pumping water out of a lake near Rome following a prolonged drought, a decision that could force city officials to impose water rationing in the Italian capital. The head of the local Lazio region, which is centred on Rome, said on Saturday the ban on ...