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Bombardier to cut 7,500 more jobs through 2018, mostly in rail

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 23:13:33 +0100

(image) Bombardier Inc said on Friday it would cut 7,500 jobs, mostly in its train-making division, in a second round of layoffs announced this year, following extended delays and budget overruns in its aerospace business. About two-thirds of the jobs are in Bombardier Transportation, the Germany-based rail unit which had already been slated to eliminate about 3,500 workers. Bombardier, which ended 2015 with 70,900 employees, said in February it would cut 10 percent of its workforce over two years, with nearly half of those jobs in the rail unit.

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Dimitrov to face del Potro in semis of Stockholm Open

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 23:13:02 +0100

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria advanced to the semifinals of the Stockholm Open by beating Kevin Anderson of South Africa 7-6 (3), 5-7, 6-2 on Friday.

Australia's Minjee Lee opens 6-stroke lead in Blue Bay LPGA

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 23:10:02 +0100

HAINAN, China (AP) — Minjee Lee patiently navigated Jian Lake's undulating greens again Friday to stretch her lead to six strokes in the Blue Bay LPGA.

Photos show European Mars probe crashed, may have exploded

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 23:05:02 +0100

(image) BERLIN (AP) — Europe's experimental Mars probe hit the right spot — but at the wrong speed — and may have ended up in a fiery ball of rocket fuel when it struck the surface, scientists said Friday.

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Late goal lifts Betis to win at Osasuna in Spanish league

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 23:04:14 +0100

PAMPLONA, Spain (AP) — Chile midfielder Felipe Gutierrez scored from a free kick in stoppage time to help Real Betis win 2-1 at Osasuna in the Spanish league on Friday.

Greek shipping companies fined $1.5M for pollution, cover-up

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 23:03:47 +0100

(image) SEATTLE (AP) — A federal judge in Seattle on Friday ordered two companies owned by a Greek shipping magnate to pay $1.5 million after a jury found that a cargo ship deliberately pumped oil-polluted water into the ocean, then repeatedly lied and falsified records in an effort to deceive inspectors with the U.S. Coast Guard.

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Trump's 'rigged' election message resonating, new poll shows

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 23:00:39 +0100

(image) By Emily Stephenson and Amanda Becker JOHNSTOWN, Pa./CLEVELAND (Reuters) - Republican candidate Donald Trump said on Friday that he continues to believe the Nov. 8 election is "rigged" against him, a message that has resonated with members of his party, a new Reuters/Ipsos poll shows. Trump has been coy about whether he will accept the results of the election should Democratic rival Hillary Clinton beat him. Trump, 70, was in North Carolina and Pennsylvania, while Clinton, 68, campaigned in Ohio.

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Drogba fined by league over Impact no-show

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 22:59:11 +0100

(image) Didier Drogba has been fined an undisclosed amount by Major League Soccer chiefs after his refusal to play for the Montreal Impact last weekend, the league said Friday. Former Chelsea and Ivory Coast star Drogba stunned the Impact by demanding to be left out of the squad for their game against Toronto FC on Sunday after discovering he was not in the starting lineup. Although Impact President Joey Saputo said on Tuesday the club had settled its differences with Drogba, the 38-year-old's no-show has brought a league fine.

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Church bells peal in town retaken by Iraqi troops from Islamic State

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 22:58:27 +0100

(image) By Stephen Kalin BARTELLA, Iraq (Reuters) - The din of bullets, mortars and bombs in the northern Iraqi town of Bartella was replaced momentarily on Friday by a sound not heard there for more than two years: the peal of church bells. A cautious calm returned to this historic Christian area following its recapture from Islamic State a day earlier as Iraqi forces push west towards Mosul, the jihadists' last major stronghold in the country. Bartella, once home to thousands of Assyrian Christians, emptied in August 2014 when Islamic State seized control as part of a lightning blitz across large swathes of Iraq and neighboring Syria.

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Monaco looks a title contender after routing Montpellier 6-2

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 22:56:34 +0100

PARIS (AP) — Monaco is shaping up as a French title contender after dispatching Montpellier 6-2 on Friday night, with Radamel Falcao celebrating his return from injury with a goal.

55 killed in Cameroon train derailment: minister

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 22:55:26 +0100

(image) Yaoundé (AFP) - Fifty-five people were killed and almost 600 injured when a packed Cameroon passenger train derailed on Friday while travelling from the capital Yaounde to the economic hub Douala, the transport minister said. The train, crammed with people due to road traffic disruption between the two cities, came off the tracks just before reaching the central city of Eseka, transport minister Edgar Alain Mebe Ngo'o said. The train left Yaounde at around 11:00 am (1000 GMT) and derailed around midday some 200 kilometres from the capital, the transport minister said.

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Cameroon train derails; at least 55 dead, hundreds injured

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 22:53:25 +0100

(image) By Sylvain Andzongo ESEKA, Cameroon (Reuters) - Fourteen people remained trapped on Friday under the wreckage of a packed passenger train that derailed en route between Cameroon's two largest cities, killing at least 55 and injuring 575, the government said in a communique read on state television. The Camrail inter-city train was traveling from the capital, Yaounde, to the port city of Douala when the accident occurred around 11 a.m. local time (1000 GMT) near the train station in the town of Eseka, around 120 km (75 miles) west of the capital. Before its departure from Yaounde, he said that a railway employee said additional wagons had been added to the train to accommodate extra passengers, though it was unclear if that played a role in the accident.

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Parties to Yemen war exchange accusations of breaching ceasefire

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 22:50:04 +0100

(image) Warring factions in the war in Yemen exchanged accusations on Friday of violating a 72-hour ceasefire that began just before midnight on Wednesday, with the Saudi-led coalition saying Houthi forces have breached the truce by attacking several cities in both countries. The United Nations announced the ceasefire between the parties earlier in the week. The Saudi-led coalition said in a statement on state news agency SPA that Iran-allied Houthi forces have used rockets, shells, and snipers to attack border cities inside Saudi Arabia in the Jizan and Nijran provinces.

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Wolf chosen as World Cup mascot

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 22:46:23 +0100

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia has chosen a cocky wolf wearing sporty goggles as the mascot for the 2018 football World Cup.

Rosberg tops Hamilton in US practice despite track debris

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 22:44:54 +0100

(image) Championship leader Nico Rosberg bounced back to top the times with Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton back in third place after Friday afternoon's second free practice ahead of this weekend's United States Grand Prix. The two Silver Arrows cars were separated by the Red Bull of Australian Daniel Ricciardo in a session that saw the top three wind up more than eight-tenths of a second clear of the pack led by four-time champion Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari. Hamilton was fastest in the opening session in the morning, but he was pegged back in the afternoon when Rosberg clocked a best lap in one minute and 37.358 seconds at the Circuit of the Americas, 20-kms out of Austin.

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Abramovich 'never my friend' - Mourinho

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 22:38:49 +0100

(image) Former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says he has "never" been friends with club owner Roman Abramovich, but will not over-celebrate if Manchester United score against his old side on Sunday. Russian billionaire Abramovich twice hired Mourinho, in 2004 and 2013, and watched him become the club's greatest manager over his two spells at the helm, notably winning three Premier League titles.

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S.Africa's withdrawal rocks International Criminal Court

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 22:32:25 +0100

(image) South Africa announced Friday that it would withdraw from the International Criminal Court, dealing a major blow to a troubled institution set up to try the world's worst crimes. The decision followed a dispute last year when Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir visited the country for an African Union summit despite facing an ICC arrest warrant over alleged war crimes. South Africa refused to arrest him, saying he had immunity as a head of state.

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London airport evacuated after 'CS gas' incident

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 22:31:49 +0100

(image) A suspected CS tear gas spray was found at London City Airport after passengers and staff were evacuated Friday following a "chemical incident" that left 27 travellers feeling unwell and halted flights. London's innermost airport re-opened three hours after the incident was first reported, after 500 people were evacuated and several passengers treated for breathing difficulties. A search of the airport "led to the discovery of what is believed to be a CS gas or spray", Scotland Yard police headquarters said in a statement.

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Mexico arrests ex-police chief linked to student disappearances

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 22:29:31 +0100

(image) Mexico has arrested a former police chief at the heart of an investigation into the disappearance and likely massacre of 43 trainee teachers in the southwestern city of Iguala two years ago, security officials said on Friday. Felipe Flores was chief of police in Iguala when the students disappeared on the night of Sept. 26, 2014. Flores, who had been a fugitive for two years, was arrested while visiting his wife in Iguala, national security commissioner Renato Sales told a news conference.

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How the Dow Jones industrial average fared on Friday

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 22:24:28 +0100

U.S. stocks closed mostly lower Friday, led by declines in phone companies, health care and energy stocks. Consumer staples and technology companies eked out slight gains. Investors continued to focus on corporate America, reviewing earnings from General Electric, McDonald's and other big companies. AT&T lost 3 percent following reports that the company is considering a deal to acquire the media conglomerate Time Warner.

South Africa to quit troubled UN war crimes court

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 22:10:03 +0100

(image) By Joe Brock PRETORIA (Reuters) - South Africa said on Friday it was quitting the International Criminal Court (ICC) because membership conflicted with diplomatic immunity laws, dealing a new blow to the struggling court and angering the political opposition. Pretoria last year announced its intention to leave after the ICC criticized it for disregarding an ICC order to arrest Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, who is accused of genocide and war crimes, when he visited South Africa. Bashir has denied the accusations.

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DR Congo opposition rejects bid to postpone poll to 2018

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 22:10:01 +0100

(image) The Democratic Republic of Congo's main opposition party firmly rejected a deal signed Tuesday which would keep President Joseph Kabila in power until 2018 by postponing this year's presidential vote until April 2018. The UDPS, led by veteran opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi, "rejects" the proposal to delay the vote as a "flagrant violation" of the constitution, the party's secretary-general Jean-Marc Kabund told AFP. The idea was agreed by the authorities and fringe opposition groups taking part in a "national dialogue" held to reduce tensions triggered by fears that Kabila has no intention of stepping down when his mandate ends in December.

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NFL puts Giants' Brown on 'exempt' list pending abuse probe

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 22:05:44 +0100

(image) LONDON (AP) — The NFL placed Josh Brown on paid leave Friday hours after coach Ben McAdoo struggled to answer questions about how the New York Giants might discipline the kicker for abusing his wife.

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IS raids Iraq's Kirkuk to draw attention from Mosul offensive

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 22:05:12 +0100

(image) Jihadists staged a brazen raid on the Iraqi city of Kirkuk Friday, in what appeared to be an attempt to divert attention from the huge offensive against their Mosul bastion. Residents awoke to the sound of shooting and praise for the "Islamic State" blaring through mosque loudspeakers. Some attackers, whom one senior Kirkuk official numbered around 100, carried grenades and wore explosives vests or belts in the assault claimed by the Islamic State group.

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UN to probe deadly attack on aid convoy in Syria

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 22:03:25 +0100

(image) The United Nations has established an "internal and independent" inquiry into an attack last month on a humanitarian convoy in Syria that killed at least 18, spokesman Stephane Dujarric announced Friday. The board will start its probe next week and be led by Lieutenant General Abhijit Guha, the secretary-general's spokesman said in a statement. The September 19 attack on a UN-Syrian Arab Red Crescent convoy of aid trucks in the northern province of Aleppo left at least 18 dead -- including a Red Crescent staff member -- and destroyed at least 18 of the 31 aid vehicles.

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Javier Mascherano keeps on proving his worth to Barcelona

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 22:01:51 +0100

(image) BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Javier Mascherano's weight in the Barcelona team is measured by much more than his goals — or lack of.

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Frankfurt wins 3-0 in Hamburg to go 4th in Bundesliga

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 21:56:27 +0100

BERLIN (AP) — Hamburger SV's wait for its first Bundesliga win of the season continues as it was booed off following a 3-0 defeat at home to Eintracht Frankfurt on Friday.

Britain remembers victims of 1966 Aberfan tragedy

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 21:55:00 +0100

(image) A Welsh village on Friday marked the 50th anniversary of the Aberfan disaster which killed 116 children and 28 adults when a colliery spoil tip collapsed, engulfing a school. The 1966 tragedy shook Britain and provoked a huge outpouring of sympathy as a generation of children mostly aged seven to 10 were all but wiped out -- and the few survivors have battled with their memories ever since. Some 150,000 tonnes of coal waste slid down the hillside before engulfing Pantglas Junior School at 9:15am on October 21, 1966.

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3 states say they denied Russia request to monitor election

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 21:54:22 +0100

(image) OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma and at least two other states said Friday that they have denied efforts by Russian officials to be present at polling stations during the election, requests the U.S. State Department's spokesman dismissed as "nothing more than a PR stunt."

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Under fire in Mosul, IS attacks another Iraqi city

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 21:48:59 +0100

(image) KIRKUK, Iraq (AP) — Islamic State militants launched a wave of pre-dawn attacks in and around the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk on Friday, killing at least 14 people and setting off fierce clashes with Kurdish security forces that were still raging after sundown.

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Nico Rosberg fastest in Friday practice at US Grand Prix

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 21:47:36 +0100

(image) AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Formula One championship leader Nico Rosberg put more pressure on Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton by posting the fastest lap in Friday's practice sessions at the U.S. Grand Prix.

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NSW batsman becomes 1st concussion sub in cricket

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 21:33:04 +0100

SYDNEY (AP) — New South Wales opening batsman Daniel Hughes has become the first player to be substituted during a match under Cricket Australia's new concussion protocol.

Wonder Woman named a special UN ambassador, despite protests

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 21:30:42 +0100

(image) UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations celebrated Wonder Woman's 75th birthday on Friday by naming the comic book character as its new Honorary Ambassador for the Empowerment of Woman and Girls, despite frustration from both inside and outside the world organization that the spot should go to a real — and less sexualized — woman.

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With rivals struggling, Hirscher eyes record 6th title

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 21:26:20 +0100

SOELDEN, Austria (AP) — Racing on home snow in Sunday's season-opener, Marcel Hirscher will start his quest for an unprecedented achievement in the 50-year history of the Alpine skiing World Cup.

U.S. warship challenges China's claims in South China Sea

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 19:38:33 +0100

(image) By Idrees Ali and Matt Spetalnick WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. navy destroyer sailed near islands claimed by China in the South China Sea on Friday, drawing a warning from Chinese warships to leave the area. The U.S. action was the latest attempt to counter what Washington sees as Beijing's efforts to limit freedom of navigation in the strategic waters, U.S. officials said. The Chinese Defense Ministry called the move "illegal" and "provocative," saying that two Chinese warships had warned the U.S. destroyer to leave.

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Islamic State attacks Kirkuk as Iraqi forces push on Mosul

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 18:11:49 +0100

(image) By Michael Georgy QAYYARA, Iraq (Reuters) - Islamic State launched a major attack on the city of Kirkuk on Friday as Iraqi and Kurdish forces pursued operations to seize territory around Mosul in preparation for an offensive on the jihadists' last major stronghold in Iraq. Islamic State's assault on Kirkuk, which lies in an oil- producing region, killed 18 members of the security forces and workers at a power station outside the city, including two Iranians, a hospital source said. Kirkuk is located east of Hawija, a pocket still under control of Islamic State that lies between Baghdad and Mosul.

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Indonesian militant inspired by Islamic State had weapons, ammunition

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 09:05:16 +0100

A policeman holds a rifle at location where a suspected supporter of Islamic State attacked policemen in Tangerang, Indonesia's Banten province, October 20, 2016, in this picture taken by Antara Foto. Antara Foto/Muhammad Iqbal/via Indonesian authorities on Friday said an Islamic State-inspired militant who injured three police officers this week on the outskirts of the capital, Jakarta, had prepared several pipe bombs and owned live ammunition and weapons.

UPDATE 1-HSBC plans to inject $1 bln into Indonesia business - regulator

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 04:49:19 +0100

JAKARTA, Oct 20 British lender HSBC plans to inject $1 billion of additional capital into its combined Indonesian business with PT Bank Ekonomi Raharja, an official at the Indonesian financial regulator, Ariastiadi, said on Thursday. HSBC separately said it would integrate its Indonesian business with Bank Ekonomi, but a bank spokeswoman in Indonesia declined to comment on the planned capital injection.

Controversy over revised child protection law in Indonesia

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 00:34:34 +0100

Indonesia has introduced the death penalty and chemical castration for child sex offenders in response to public anger at the fatal gang-rape of a schoolgirl. JAKARTA: "I stand with Yuyun" - these were the words used by netizens on various social media sites as they professed their support for a 14-year-old girl, who had been brutally gang-raped and murdered while on her way home from school in Bengkulu, Sumatra.

Moves-JLT Re names managing director for PT JLT Re Indonesia

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 20:06:29 +0100

Oct 20 JLT Re, a unit of Jardine Lloyd Thompson , appointed Graeme Harley as managing director, PT JLT Re Indonesia. Harley will initially be based in JLT Re's Singapore office pending Indonesian regulatory body license approval, at which time he will relocate to PT JLT Re's new Jakarta office.

Dead baby found at Tampines MRT station: State Coroner delivers 'open verdict'

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 15:29:17 +0100

SINGAPORE: Three Indonesian women - who have all left the country - remain people of interest in the mystery of a newborn baby boy found dead in June, unceremoniously dumped in a sanitary bin in the women's toilet at Tampines MRT station, his umbilical cord and placenta still intact. State Coroner Marvin Bay delivered an open verdict on Thursday in an inquiry which has raised more questions than answers.

Indonesia militant gets 10 years prison for Jakarta attack

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 10:59:19 +0100

Islamic militant Dodi Suridi sits on the defendant's chair during his sentencing hearing at West Jakarta District Court in Jakarta, Indonesia, Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016. The court sentenced Suridi to 10 years in prison for his involvement in a suicide bombing and gun attack in the capital Jakarta earlier this year.

Indonesia police shoot machete-wielding man with IS symbol

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 06:39:35 +0100

A man with an Islamic State group symbol was shot Thursday after attacking police on the outskirts of the Indonesian capital Jakarta with a machete and pipe bombs, police said. Jakarta police spokesman Awi Setiyono said three officers including a local police chief were injured and the attacker was shot in the legs several times to disable him.

3 Indonesian police stabbed by suspected Islamic State militant

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 06:39:34 +0100

A suspected Islamic State supporter stabbed and wounded two Indonesian police in the capital, Jakarta, on Thursday, police said, after a series of attacks linked to the militant group. ndonesian men walk past a police banner outside the damaged Starbucks coffee shop after a series of explosions hit central Jakarta on Jan 14, 2016.

Visionary or Cautious Reformer? Indonesian President Joko Widodo's Two Years in Office

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 04:30:59 +0100

Indonesian President Joko Widodo gestures during an interview with Reuters at the Presidential Palace in Jakarta, Indonesia, Feb. 10, 2016. When President Widodo was inaugurated on Oct. 20 2014, there was widespread hope that his "can-do" approach would translate into bold decision making and wide-ranging reforms.

Hawaii lawmakers hold public meeting on foreign fishermen

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 00:15:20 +0100

14, 2016 file photo, fishermen stand on a boat at Pier 38 in Honolulu. A group of Hawaii lawmakers is holding a public meeting to discuss conditions among the Hawaii longline fleet.

Hawaii lawmakers hold public meeting on foreign fishermen

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 00:15:19 +0100

In this Sept. 14, 2016 file photo, fishermen stand on a boat at Pier 38 in Honolulu.

Behind the beauty of Indonesia's Raja Ampat islands lie poverty and neglect

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 00:15:18 +0100

The Conversation is a collaboration between editors and academics providing informed news analysis and commentary free to read and republish For the month of October, people walking past Times Square in New York City will see a large billboard with a picture of Indonesia's Raja Ampat islands, accompanied with the tagline "escape to a magical place". But the appeal of the image hides the abject poverty of the people living on the islands.

Five injured after taxi and bus collision in Woodlands

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 22:07:13 +0100

The Singapore Civil Defence Force said it was alerted to the accident at 6.20am. When its officers arrived they saw that the taxi driver was trapped.

35th PH-Indonesia border meeting in Surabaya

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 17:45:28 +0100

OFFICIALS from Philippines and Indonesia are set to meet at the 35th Philippines-Indonesia Border Committee Chairmen's Conference in Surabaya, Indonesia on October 25 to 28 to discuss border-related issues. Gerardo Ramon Cesar Reynaldo, head of Area Management Office - South Central Mindanao of the Mindanao Development Authority said during Wednesday's Habi at Kape media forum at the Abreeza Ayala Mall, some of the important issues to take centerstage during the four-day meeting are the maritime issues in the Mindanao and Celebes Sea and some proposed amendments of the existing 1975 Border Patrol and Border Crossing Agreements.

Churchill Mining losses widen as Indonesia arbitration drags on

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 17:45:27 +0100

Along with an increased loss, final results from Churchill Mining carried a detailed account of its ongoing arbitration claim against the Indonesian government after it revoked the licence to mine the East Kutai coal project coal project. The AIM-listed company spent $1.54m on legal and other professional fees in the year to end-June, up from $1.17m a year before, and $0.9m on directors and other staff, up from $0.75m.

German firm Evonik to invest S$761m in second Singapore plant

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 13:29:05 +0100

SINGAPORE: German company Evonik Industries on Wednesday held a groundbreaking ceremony for its second methionine plant in Singapore. The company will invest more than a 500 million in the plant, which will have a production capacity of 150,000 metric tons a year.

Jakarta offers rewards to catch rodents

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 09:10:42 +0100

JAKARTA: The Indonesian capital Jakarta, one of the world's most overcrowded and polluted megacities, has launched a new bid to rid its streets of vermin -- by offering residents $1.50 for every rat they catch. Authorities hope the Rat Eradication Movement will help clean up the teeming city of about 10 million where enormous vermin are a common sight on rubbish-strewn roads and in poor slum areas.