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(image) Former president George H.W. Bush was admitted to an intensive care unit Wednesday suffering from pneumonia, highlighting concerns about the health of a political dynasty's patriarch just as a new US leader prepares to enter office. Bush, 92, was initially hospitalized Saturday for shortness of breath, but was moved to intensive care "to address an acute respiratory problem stemming from pneumonia," Bush's office said in a statement. Early Wednesday, Bush's wife, the former first lady Barbara Bush, 91, also was admitted to Houston Methodist Hospital "as a precaution after experiencing fatigue and coughing," it said.
Wed, 18 Jan 2017 22:48:05 +0000
(image) Cameroon closed in on the quarter-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations by beating Guinea-Bissau 2-1 on Wednesday while hosts Gabon were left still waiting for a win despite another goal from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. The Indomitable Lions came from behind to defeat Guinea-Bissau with Sebastien Siani and Michael Ngadeu netting after Piqueti's contender for goal of the tournament had given the debutants the lead.
Wed, 18 Jan 2017 22:47:34 +0000BEIJING (AP) — China is preparing to retaliate if U.S. President-elect Donald Trump raises duties on Chinese goods and already has toughened its stance, an American business group said Wednesday. Trump, who is due to be inaugurated Friday, threatened during his campaign to raise import duties on Chinese goods to 45 percent. American companies are frustrated by Chinese market barriers and want Washington to take a tougher stance toward Beijing but worry reckless action might trigger retaliation. Already, China has ordered unusually high anti-dumping penalties against a U.S.-made agricultural chemical. "China has indeed threatened to and is preparing to take steps in retaliation if such actions take place," said Lester Ross, a board member of the American Chamber of Commerce, at a news conference.
Wed, 18 Jan 2017 22:46:12 +0000
(image) By Jeff Mason and Ayesha Rascoe WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama suggested on Wednesday that moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem could have "explosive" results and said he was worried that the prospects for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict were waning. U.S. President-elect Donald Trump has promised to re-locate the embassy to Jerusalem, breaking with longstanding U.S. policy. Israel and Palestinians both claim Jerusalem as their capital, and such a change would draw international condemnation.
Wed, 18 Jan 2017 22:40:47 +0000
(image) By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations Security Council needs to push Iran to abide by an arms embargo, outgoing U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power said on Wednesday amid U.N. concerns that Tehran has supplied weapons and missiles to Lebanese Shi'ite group Hezbollah. Most U.N. sanctions were lifted a year ago under a deal Iran made with Britain, France, Germany, China, Russia, the United States and the European Union to curb its nuclear program.
Wed, 18 Jan 2017 22:40:14 +0000
(image) MADRID (AP) — Celta Vigo took advantage of its breakaway chances in the second half to stun Real Madrid 2-1 in the first leg of the quarterfinals of the Copa del Rey on Wednesday.
Wed, 18 Jan 2017 22:39:44 +0000WASHINGTON (AP) — Japan has maintained its hold for a second month on the No. 1 spot atop China among foreign owners of U.S. Treasury securities.
Wed, 18 Jan 2017 22:38:26 +0000ACCRA (Reuters) - Ghana is sending 205 combat troops to Gambia for the regional mission aiming to deploy if President Yahya Jammeh does not step aside when his mandate ends at midnight, President Nana Akufo-Addo said in a statement on Wednesday. "The objective is to create an enabling environment ... (to) facilitate the inauguration of the President-Elect, Adama Barrow, on Thursday, January 19, 2017," Akufo-Addo said, referring to the winner of December's election. Nigeria and Senegal have also deployed soldiers to the force. (Reporting by Kwasi Kpodo; Editing by Tim Cocks)
Wed, 18 Jan 2017 22:32:55 +0000
(image) Stand-in captain Lucas Leiva scored his first goal in seven years to earn Liverpool a 1-0 victory at fourth-tier underdogs Plymouth Argyle in Wednesday's FA Cup third-round replay. The Brazilian, playing at centre-back, met countryman Philippe Coutinho's 18th-minute corner with a firm near-post header to sink Plymouth, who had drawn 0-0 at Anfield 10 days previously. A second-string Liverpool team could even afford for Divock Origi to squander a late penalty, the Belgium striker seeing his effort saved by home goalkeeper Luke McCormick.
Wed, 18 Jan 2017 22:28:55 +0000
(image) By Ange Aboa ABIDJAN (Reuters) - Heavy gunfire erupted after dark on Wednesday in Ivory Coast's second port city, San Pedro, residents said, as two weeks of military uprisings that have tarnished the West African nation's image as a post-war success story showed no sign of letting up. The shooting came just hours after the other main port in the commercial capital, Abidjan, reopened after paramilitary gendarmes firing in the air temporarily sealed off access forcing companies, including cocoa exporters, to close down. President Alassane Ouattara, who is also facing a wave of public sector strikes, ordered his defence minister and military chiefs to hold urgent talks with members of the security forces about their grievances in a bid to quell the instability.
Wed, 18 Jan 2017 22:26:47 +0000
(image) The U.S. dollar rose and stocks also gained ground on Wednesday after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen suggested the U.S. central bank was ready to raise interest rates quickly this year. Oil futures tumbled, however, dragging down the energy sector index , which was one of the biggest weights on the S&P 500. Yellen's comments were not seen as a departure from the Fed's previous tone but they highlighted strong U.S. fundamentals which support a strong dollar, high yields and stocks.
Wed, 18 Jan 2017 22:24:30 +0000
(image) BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia's second-largest rebel group has agreed to free a prominent politician held captive for almost a year, clearing the way for repeatedly postponed peace talks to begin next month, President Juan Manuel Santos said Wednesday.
Wed, 18 Jan 2017 22:23:18 +0000BARRINGTON, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey woman who found a kidney donor on Craigslist in 2015 but later was told the organ transplant couldn't happen because of complications has now received a kidney.
Wed, 18 Jan 2017 22:21:55 +0000MEXICO CITY (AP) — A Mexican indigenous leader who was awarded the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize in 2005 has been shot dead, less than a year after another winner of the award was slain in Honduras.
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(image) BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Several thousand people marched through the Romanian capital on Wednesday night to protest the government's plan to pardon thousands of prisoners — a surprise move to allegedly reduce overcrowding in prisons that would also benefit some notable government supporters.
Wed, 18 Jan 2017 22:16:52 +0000SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The federal control board overseeing Puerto Rico's finances says it is inclined to extend both a debt moratorium and a deadline for the U.S. territory's government to submit a revised fiscal plan.
Wed, 18 Jan 2017 22:05:58 +0000By Lesley Wroughton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. envoy to Sudan and South Sudan urged the international community on Wednesday to be clear-eyed in dealing with armed Sudanese opposition groups which put political ambitions above the interests of their own people. Donald Booth, speaking a day before he leaves office at the end of the Obama administration, said he recently talked with Sudan's armed rebel group, the Sudan People's Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) about a U.S. proposal to deliver food and medicine to conflict areas it controls but the group rejected the offer.
Wed, 18 Jan 2017 22:05:40 +0000
(image) LONDON (AP) — Liverpool managed to eliminate Plymouth at the second attempt in the FA Cup on Wednesday, edging past the fourth-tier club 1-0 to reach the fourth round.
Wed, 18 Jan 2017 22:05:21 +0000
(image) The UN Security Council on Wednesday agreed to consider setting up a sanctions regime for Mali to punish those who are hindering a struggling peace deal, the council president said. The council discussed the faltering peace effort in Mali after a car bomb killed 50 people in the northern city of Gao in an attack on joint patrols set up under the agreement. Condemning the attack, council members said "persistent delays threaten the viability of the agreement" signed by the Malian government and rebel groups 19 months ago, said Swedish Ambassador Olof Skoog, this month's council president.
Wed, 18 Jan 2017 22:02:55 +0000
(image) A Seoul court on Thursday rejected an arrest warrant sought for Samsung heir Lee Jae-Yong, it said, part of a widening probe into a corruption scandal engulfing President Park Geun-Hye. The Seoul Central District Court turned down a request by prosecutors on Monday for Lee's arrest on charges of bribery, embezzlement and perjury. The demand had sent shock waves through Samsung, the world's biggest smartphone maker and a key part of the South Korean economy where Lee became the de facto head after his father suffered a heart attack in 2014.
Wed, 18 Jan 2017 21:59:50 +0000
(image) Colombia announced a deal Wednesday to hold peace talks with its last active rebel group, the ELN. The move aims to seal "complete peace" after the signing of a historic deal with the bigger FARC guerrilla force, President Juan Manuel Santos said. "I can tell you we have come to an agreement" on launching talks, having settled a dispute about the release of a hostage that National Liberation Army (ELN) rebels were holding, Santos said at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
Wed, 18 Jan 2017 21:58:01 +0000PARIS (AP) — Nantes is playing with the energy and tenacity its manager Sergio Conceicao used to show a player, and Wednesday's 1-0 home win against Caen was the sixth in seventh games since the former Portugal winger took charge.
Wed, 18 Jan 2017 21:57:34 +0000
(image) By Roberta Rampton and Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama urged President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday to keep separate the issue of economic sanctions on Russia from the pursuit of talks to reduce nuclear stockpiles. Trump, who takes office on Friday after winning the Nov. 8 election, said in an interview with the Times of London published on Monday that he would propose offering to end sanctions on Moscow in return for a nuclear arms reduction deal. Obama's administration imposed the sanctions in 2014 after Russia's annexation of the Crimea peninsula from Ukraine.
Wed, 18 Jan 2017 21:54:08 +0000
(image) By Tom Miles and Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - China will build a "new model" of relations with the United States, President Xi Jinping said on Wednesday in a speech that portrayed China as the leader of a globalized world where only international cooperation could solve the big problems. Two days before the inauguration of Donald Trump who has promised to be a U.S. president putting "America first", Xi urged countries to resist isolationism.
Wed, 18 Jan 2017 21:52:33 +0000
(image) EU leaders on Wednesday welcomed clarity from Britain over what it wants from Brexit talks, with Germany's Angela Merkel promising a united front in what will be "very intensive" negotiations. Responding to Prime Minister Theresa May's speech on Tuesday that made clear that Britain would quit the European Union's single market, Merkel welcomed the fact that London had accepted that free movement of EU citizens was not something it could opt out of without losing other EU rights. "There cannot be any cherry picking by Britain in Brexit negotiations," Merkel told an economic conference, adding that access to the bloc's single market was ultimately linked to accepting the EU's four freedoms - of movement of goods, capital, people and services.
Wed, 18 Jan 2017 21:49:54 +0000
(image) A son and a brother of Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales were arrested Wednesday on corruption charges over suspected fraud in a state food contract, officials said. The detentions were a potential embarrassment for Morales, a former TV comedian who became president a year ago on vows to clean up rampant graft in his country. Sammy Morales, one of the president's three brothers and reportedly the closest to him after co-producing his TV show for 15 years, was arrested as part of an investigation into the $12,000 food contract, attorney general Thelma Aldana told the Guatevision television network.
Wed, 18 Jan 2017 21:49:15 +0000
(image) Les Sables-d'Olonne (France) (AFP) - Armel Le Cleac'h appeared poised to defy Alex Thomson's brave late challenge to snatch victory in the gruelling Vendee Globe solo-round-the-world race as they head towards Thursday's scheduled finish. Thomson, a 42-year-old Welshman, pushed to less than 40 nautical miles of his French rival on Wednesday afternoon but by 2130GMT, Le Cleac'h had steadied and opened up a gap of almost 60nm. Thomson is bidding to become the first non-French winner of the race which started in Les Sables d'Olonne on France's Atlantic coast on November 6.
Wed, 18 Jan 2017 21:49:13 +0000MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican prosecutors say a former state governor has been taken into custody by Mexican agents after serving a prison sentence for money laundering in the United States.
Wed, 18 Jan 2017 21:43:19 +0000Memphis Depay is headed for Lyon after struggling to settle at Manchester United.
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(image) JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africans have gathered at a community center to call for the release of a South African freelance photographer who was abducted in Syria.
Wed, 18 Jan 2017 21:41:08 +0000The Standard & Poor's 500 remained at a near standstill Wednesday, the ninth day in a row that it has failed to move by even 0.4 percent, up or down. That's its longest streak of listlessness since the summer of 2013.
Wed, 18 Jan 2017 21:39:15 +0000Germany said on Wednesday it would review the cases of nearly 550 asylum seekers who have been deemed a security risk, spurred by lingering questions about the handling of a Tunisian migrant who killed 12 people last month at a Berlin Christmas market. Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere told lawmakers the country's Joint Terrorism Task Force would look carefully at each of the 547 people identified as a security risk to determine if they needed to be deported or taken into custody. Burkhard Lischka, domestic policy spokesman for the Social Democrats in parliament, said authorities had lost track of three of those people, and he drew parallels to the case of the failed Tunisian asylum seeker, Anis Amri.
Wed, 18 Jan 2017 21:36:11 +0000ABIDJAN (Reuters) - Heavy gunfire erupted after nightfall on Wednesday in Ivory Coast's second port city of San Pedro, residents said, as two weeks of unrest and military revolts showed no sign of letting up. "Shooting started at the (bus) station where I am now," said taxi driver Hugues Kape, who said he had heard gunfire in two other neighborhoods as well. "There's heavy shooting and we are trying to get home now." (Reporting by Ange Aboa; Writing by Joe Bavier; Editing by Kevin Liffey)
Wed, 18 Jan 2017 21:36:07 +0000
(image) NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market hasn't been this boring in years.
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(image) By Gabriela Baczynska BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union needs to reach a deal on curbing the flow of migrants trying to sail on smugglers' boats from Libya to Italy, the prime minister of Malta, holder of the EU's rotating presidency, said on Wednesday. Joseph Muscat said the new measures should have the same impact as an agreement struck with Turkey last year that cut the number of migrants and refugees reaching Europe from Turkish shores to below 390,000 from well over a million in 2015, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM). The treacherous voyage from North Africa to Italy is now the favored route.
Wed, 18 Jan 2017 20:37:23 +0000
(image) By Stephen Adler and Sujata Rao DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko called for a worldwide effort to counter the threat of Russian cyber warfare and urged the United States to "be great again" by demonstrating leadership on issues such as global security. U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's pledge to improve ties with the Kremlin and open admiration for Russian President Vladimir Putin has put Ukraine, whose Crimea region was annexed by Russia in 2014, under the spotlight. Poroshenko played down speculation that Washington could backtrack on its support for Kiev, noting that Trump had said publicly he would stick to U.S. obligations and there had been "promising" statements by nominees to his cabinet.
Wed, 18 Jan 2017 18:19:18 +0000
(image) By Humeyra Pamuk ISTANBUL (Reuters) - An Uzbek gunman who killed 39 people in Istanbul's Reina nightclub on New Year's Day told police he had changed his target at the last minute to avoid heavy security and acted on direct orders from Islamic State in Syria, a newspaper said on Wednesday. The gunman, named on Tuesday as Abdulgadir Masharipov, had initially been told to attack the area around the central Taksim square and said his instructions came from Raqqa, Islamic State's stronghold in Syria, the newspaper Hurriyet cited him as saying in police testimony. Masharipov was caught on Monday in Esenyurt, a suburb of Istanbul, along with an Iraqi man and three women from Africa, one of them from Egypt.
Wed, 18 Jan 2017 17:47:33 +0000
(image) Israel's upgraded ballistic missile shield became operational on Wednesday, in a "Star Wars"-like extension of its capabilities to outer space where incoming missiles can be safely destroyed. The Defence Ministry said the U.S.-funded Arrow 3 system, jointly developed by state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries and U.S. firm Boeing Co. , was handed over the Israeli Air Force. The Arrow 3, together with the Arrow 2, which has been operational since 2000, would "significantly reduce the possibilities of ballistic missiles" hitting Israel, the ministry said in a statement.
Wed, 18 Jan 2017 05:01:50 +0000
Shocking video shows skeletal sun bears BEGGING visitors to feed them junk food - as they are trapped and starving in an Indonesian zoo Disturbing footage of skeletal sun bears pleading with visitors to feed them junk food at an Indonesian zoo has sparked fury online. Visitors at Bandung zoo, on the island of Java, were filmed throwing cake, candy and crackers into the enclosure in a vain attempt to feed the starving animals.
Wed, 18 Jan 2017 00:42:02 +0000
SINGAPORE: A 56-year-old man was convicted of murder on Tuesday for beating his wife's former lover to death and dumping the man's mangled body along Lim Chu Kang Road in the early hours of Dec 29, 2013. Chia Kee Chen was arrested two days later and led police to Mr Dexmon Chua's body on Jan 1, 2014.
Tue, 17 Jan 2017 20:05:30 +0000
Students pray at Ar-Raudhatul Hasanah Islamic boarding school on the first day of Ramadan in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia June 6, 2016. When Ulil Abshar-Abdalla was a teenager in Pati, Central Java, he placed first in an Arabic class held at his local madrasa.
Tue, 17 Jan 2017 15:20:50 +0000
Singapore fishing boat captain Shoo Chiau Huat, who has been detained in a Tanjung Pinang jail since last April, was fined 50 million rupiah, or S$5,300, after pleading guilty to entering Indonesia illegally. But he still remains in prison, despite agreeing to pay the fine, said Shoo's lawyer after his sentencing hearing on Tuesday because the Indonesian Navy intends to pursue a case of sailing without a permit against him.
Tue, 17 Jan 2017 10:21:33 +0000
JAKARTA, Jan 17 Indonesian state energy company Pertamina expects to import liquefied petroleum gas from the United States to meet growing demand, with U.S shipments to Asia set to climb following transport developments like the extension of the Panama Canal. That comes as Southeast Asia's largest economy is expected to look overseas to meet at least 70 percent of its demand for LPG in 2017, said Daniel Purba, senior vice president of Pertamina's integrated supply chain unit.
Tue, 17 Jan 2017 05:34:07 +0000
By Azeman Ariffin JAKARTA, Jan 17 -- The Indonesian government is determined to ensure that its electricity subsidy rationalisation implemented on Jan 1 is narrowed to the underprivileged community. Local media reported state-owned power company, PT PLN's corporate communication chief Made Suprateka as saying that the electricity tariff for 900-VA domestic consumers would also be increased, in stages.
Tue, 17 Jan 2017 00:50:56 +0000
If you have always been a little bit envious of Sir Richard Branson's Necker Island - his very own private island - then this envy may be about to come to an end. There are more than 4,000 unnamed island in Indonesia - only around a third of the estimated 13,500 to 18,300 islands in total - and last week the Indonesian government announced their unique plans with what to do with them.
Mon, 16 Jan 2017 20:05:03 +0000
A shallow earthquake rattled Indonesia's third-largest city Medan in the evening, damaging houses and sending thousands of frightened people into the streets. There were no immediate reports of casualties.
Mon, 16 Jan 2017 15:08:00 +0000
In this Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, photo. Media Nusantara Citra Group President and CEO Hary Tanoesoedibjo speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Mon, 16 Jan 2017 15:07:59 +0000
President-elect Donald Trump's billionaire business partner and possible political proxy in Indonesia nurses big leadership ambitions in the vast but perennially lagging Southeast Asian nation, which he says isn't developed enough to have a successful democracy and needs strong leadership. Boasting more than a million followers on Twitter, three popular television channels and a newly minted political party, Hary Tanoesoedibjo says he has had enough success in business and now wants power of the political kind.
Mon, 16 Jan 2017 15:07:58 +0000
A shallow earthquake has rattled residents of Indonesia's third-largest city Medan. There were no immediate reports of major damage or casualties.
Mon, 16 Jan 2017 12:37:43 +0000
By Sandhya Sampath Jan 16 Most Southeast Asian stock markets fell on Monday after reports that Britain is prepared to make a "hard" exit from the European Union rekindled fears about the impact of the impending move. Prime Minister Theresa May will call on Britons to reject the acrimony of the Brexit referendum in a speech on Tuesday that some newspapers have billed as setting the stage for a "hard Brexit".
Mon, 16 Jan 2017 07:47:09 +0000
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Mon, 16 Jan 2017 03:08:22 +0000
A customer browses through used items Friday at a flea market on the outskirts of Jakarta. The waste from discarded electronic gadgets and electrical appliances has increased by two-thirds in East Asia over five years, posing a growing threat to health and the environment unless proper disposal becomes the norm.
Sun, 15 Jan 2017 22:30:49 +0000
SINGAPORE: At high speed, the Malaysian motorcyclists zoom past traffic, weaving across lanes, squeezing between vehicles, even speeding on road shoulders. Some of these reckless riders may have had to pay the price for their actions, judging by data which Khoo Teck Puat Hospital shared with The Sunday Times .
Sun, 15 Jan 2017 17:55:26 +0000
All it took for Ade Iskandar Roni to qualify for the draw was a S$50 T-shirt that he had bought for a friend, during his first visit to Singapore in October 2016. SINGAPORE: Ade Iskandar Roni became an instant millionaire on Sunday , when he became the latest winner of Changi Airport's "Be a Changi Millionaire" shopping promotion.
Sun, 15 Jan 2017 13:06:25 +0000
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, left, talks to journalist during a joint press conference with Indonesian President Joko Widodo after a meeting at Presidential Palace in Bogor, West Java, Indonesia, Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017. less Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, left, talks to journalist during a joint press conference with Indonesian President Joko Widodo after a meeting at Presidential Palace in Bogor, West Java, Indonesia, Sunday, ... more Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, left, talks to journalist during a joint press conference with Indonesian President Joko Widodo after a meeting at Presidential Palace in Bogor, West Java, Indonesia, Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017.