20 January 2019


  • Buddhist monks lead a protest in Myanmar to press for the cancellation of temporary voting rights for Rohingya Muslims. Photo: Reuters

    Myanmar withdraws Rohingya voting rights

    Feb 12, 2015 8:39am
    Myanmar has canceled temporary voting rights for Rohingya Muslims after a wave of protests. The announcement came just hours after demonstrations in Yangon by residents protesting what they see as the integration of non-citizens into the...
  • Hearses arrive at the Lampedusa harbor to carry the remains of migrants who died in a shipwreck while attempting to reach Italy from Libya in stormy weather. Photo: Reuters

    300 migrants killed in bid to reach Italy: UN

    Feb 12, 2015 8:28am
    More than 300 people died trying to cross the sea from Africa to Italy this week, according to the UN refugee agency. The high number of deaths, including 29 people who died of hypothermia on the...
  • US President Barack Obama is flanked by Vice President Joe Biden (left) and Secretary of State John Kerry as he calls on Congress to authorize the use of military force against the Islamic State at the White House on Wednesday. Photo: Reuters

    Obama seeks Congress authorization for war on Islamic State

    Feb 12, 2015 8:01am
    US President Barack Obama has asked Congress to authorize military force against Islamic State. But Republicans, who control Congress, want stronger measures against the militants than outlined in the plan, which bars any large-scale invasion by US...
  • Francesco Schettino in court during his trial in an Italian court on Wednesday. The former captain of the ill-fated Costa Concordia was given a 16-year jail sentence over his role in the 2012 shipwreck Photo: Reuters

    Costa Concordia captain jailed for 16 years over 2012 shipwreck

    Feb 12, 2015 8:01am
    The former captain of the Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia was on Wednesday sentenced to 16 years in prison over the 2012 wreck of the luxury liner that killed 32 passengers and crewmembers.  A court in...
  • US President Barack Obama and Chinese counterpart Xi  Jinping at a state banquet during the American leader's visit to Beijing on Nov. 12. Photo: AFP

    Xi Jinping to make first state visit to US in September

    Feb 11, 2015 3:16pm
    President Xi Jinping on Wednesday accepted an invitation from his US counterpart Barack Obama to visit the United States in September, Xinhua reported. In a telephone conversation, the two leaders agreed to make full preparations to...
  • Brian Williams says he misremembered the incident in which he said a helicopter he was in came under fire during the US-Iraq war. Photo: Reuters

    NBC suspends Brian Williams for false claim in Iraq story

    Feb 11, 2015 2:02pm
    Brian Williams, the anchor of NBC’s top-rated Nightly News program, has been suspended without pay for six months, Reuters reported. Williams admitted last week that a story he told about coming under fire on a helicopter during...
  • Manon Serrano (left) with her mother Sophie at their home after the court decision: "We don’t need the same blood to feel part of the same family.” Photo: Reuters

    French baby-swap families win 2 mln euros in damages

    Feb 11, 2015 1:00pm
    On July 4, 1994, Sophie Serrano, then 18 years old, gave birth to her first baby at a private maternity clinic on the French Riviera. The child, whom she named Manon, had to be placed in...
  • Satirist Jon Stewart is a darling of the political left in the United States. Photo: Reuters

    Jon Stewart leaving The Daily Show

    Feb 11, 2015 11:37am
    Comedian Jon Stewart, famed for his biting television satire of politicians and the media, will leave Comedy Central’s parody newscast The Daily Show later this year, the cable network said Tuesday. Stewart, 52, has hosted the late-night...
  • Teenage Japanese girls have made it a habit to use their mobile phones while doing something else, including talking to another person. Photo: AFP

    Japanese girls spend average of 7 hours a day on mobile phone

    Feb 11, 2015 11:27am
    Japanese high-school girls spend an average of seven hours a day on a mobile phone, news website RT reported, citing a survey. As many as 10 percent of them spend up to a staggering 15 hours...
  • Western security agencies believe hacker attacks from China are state-backed, a charge which Beijing denies. Photo: Bloomberg

    China hackers used Forbes website to attack blue-chip firms: FT

    Feb 11, 2015 9:16am
    Chinese hackers hijacked the Forbes website and used it to target thousands of computers linked to blue-chip firms, including US defense contractors and banks, Financial Times reported on Tuesday. During a four-day period from November 28...
  • The United States has no extradition treaty with China, making America an attractive destination for Chinese officials fleeing the country and a haven for the assets they have allegedly stolen. Photo: Bloomberg

    US, China set talks on repatriation of Chinese fugitives

    Feb 11, 2015 8:41am
    Senior US officials and their Chinese counterparts will meet in August to discuss the possibility of repatriating Chinese officials who have fled to America with billions of dollars of allegedly stolen government assets, Reuters reported, citing a...
  • New South Wales police officials address the media in Sydney on Wednesday after arresting two men suspected to be preparing for violent terror attacks. Photo: Reuters

    Two men arrested in Sydney over ‘public beheading’ plot

    Feb 11, 2015 8:40am
    Counter-terrorism police in Sydney have arrested two men who were allegedly planning a public beheading in an Islamic State-linked plot, BBC reported. The two men, aged 24 and 25, have been charged with acts done in...
  • Dominique Strauss-Kahn, shown in his 2011 trial for sexual assault in New York, is denying new charges of pimping before a French judge. Photo: Bloomberg

    Strauss-Kahn: I had only 12 sex parties in three years

    Feb 11, 2015 8:26am
    Former International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn is denying pimping charges and saying he took part in only a few sex parties. Strauss-Kahn is in a northern French court, accused of helping procure sex workers...
  • Kayla Mueller, a 26-year-old American aid worker, was seized by Islamic State militants in the Syrian town of Aleppo in August 2013. Photo: Reuters

    US aid worker confirmed dead; Obama vows to hunt down culprits

    Feb 11, 2015 8:19am
    US aid worker Kayla Mueller, held hostage by Islamic State fighters for 18 months, is dead, according to her family, and President Barack Obama has vowed to hunt down the culprits. Mueller’s family received an email...
  • The judgment will likely put paid to Anwar Ibrahim's political career. Photo: Reuters

    Malaysian court upholds ruling finding Anwar guilty of sodomy

    Feb 10, 2015 2:08pm
    Malaysia’s highest court found opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim guilty on charges of sodomy in a case his supporters say was politically motivated, Reuters reported. The ruling will likely end a political career marked by controversy. The...
  • The pilot was flying a Piper Comanche similar to this one when its electrical systems failed. Photo: Wikipedia

    Pilot uses iPad to land plane after flight systems fail

    Feb 10, 2015 11:14am
    A pilot and his wife navigated and landed a plane using Apple iPads after the aircraft’s electrical systems failed, the International Business Times reported. They used information from the tablets to fly the single-engined Piper PA-24-250 Comanche about...
  • A mountaineers group has found the wreckage of a plane that disappeared more than 50 years ago in the Andes. Photo: Times Live/Gallo Images/Thinkstock

    Chilean climbers find wreck of plane that crashed 54 years ago

    Feb 10, 2015 11:08am
    A Chilean mountaineers group said it has found the wreckage of a missing plane that disappeared more than half a century ago in the Andes with a team of soccer stars on board. The group said...
  • Because measles was virtually wiped out in the past by nearly universal vaccinations, many Americans have forgotten how serious a threat it can pose. Photo: CBC

    America’s lethal fear of science

    - Feb 10, 2015 10:13am
    A rare, deadly and highly contagious disease is spreading across the United States, having infected more than 100 people since the beginning of the year, with thousands more at risk. This is not the doomsday Ebola...
  • Barack Obama speaks during a joint news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the White House on Monday. The two leaders discussed the Ukraine crisis. Photo: Reuters

    US may arm Ukraine if diplomacy fails with Russia: Obama

    Feb 10, 2015 7:52am
    President Barack Obama said the United States will consider arming Ukraine if diplomatic talks and economic sanctions fail to deter Russian-backed separatist aggression. Obama was speaking at a White House news conference with visiting German Chancellor...
  • Identifying and streamlining sources of financing for the fight against climate change must be a top priority. Photo: Internet

    How climate bonds can help fight global warming

    - Feb 9, 2015 12:19pm
    Climate change is already wreaking havoc throughout the developing world. Vietnam, for example, has reported that natural disasters, some of them exacerbated by climate change, have caused annual losses equivalent to 2 percent of its gross...

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