19 April 2018


  • Cabo da Roca, a popular spot for tourists on the west coast of Portugal, was the scene of a tragic 'selfie' accident over the weekend.

    Couple falls to death in Portugal while attempting selfie

    Aug 12, 2014 3:38pm
    A Polish couple vacationing in Portugal fell to their deaths over the weekend while attempting to take photographs of themselves on the edge of a cliff, media reports said on Tuesday. As their horrified two young...
  • Singapore benefited from a slower than expected manufacturing decline and sustained recovery in advanced economies. Photo: Bloomberg

    Singapore economy unexpectedly expands

    Aug 12, 2014 11:02am
    Singapore’s economy expanded in the quarter to June, against expectations for a contraction, Bloomberg reported Tuesday. Gross domestic product rose an annualized 0.1 percent from the previous quarter as manufacturing slowed less than expected amid recovery...
  • The month-long fighting has killed thousands of Palestinians and devastated large sections of Gaza, drawing fierce international condemnation. Photo: AFP

    Israelis, Palestinians begin new talks to end Gaza war

    Aug 12, 2014 8:21am
    Israeli and Palestinian negotiators have resumed indirect talks in Egypt to try to end a month-old war in Gaza, Reuters reported Tuesday, citing the Egyptian state news agency. The negotiations are being held as a new...
  • Haider al-Abadi, a British-educated engineer, has been named Iraqi prime minister, replacing Nouri al-Maliki. Photo: Huffington POst

    Obama urges new Iraq PM to fast-track new cabinet

    Aug 12, 2014 8:04am
    United States President Barack Obama has urged Iraq’s new prime minister to quickly form a new cabinet as Washington continues to wade into the fight against Islamist insurgents, the Financial Times reported Tuesday. On Monday, Iraqi...
  • Robin Williams, who was found dead in his home from an apparent suicide, had been battling severe depression, according to CNN. Photo: Reuters

    Actor Robin Williams found dead in apparent suicide

    Aug 12, 2014 7:48am
    Oscar-winning actor and comedian Robin Williams was found dead on Monday from an apparent suicide at his home in Northern California, Marin County Sheriff’s Office said. He was 63. it said the death was a suicide...
  • Poland is Europe’s largest producer of apples and the biggest supplier to the Russian market, accounting for 50 percent of apple imports. Photo: Bloomberg

    Poland asks US to buy apples banned by Russia

    Aug 11, 2014 2:31pm
    Poland has asked the United States to buy its apples after Moscow banned all food imports from the European Union, the US and other countries that imposed sanctions on Russia over the Ukraine crisis, global news...
  • Heavy traffic going to Singapore from Johor in Malaysia. The neighbors are engaged in a tit-for-tat over charges for vehicles crossing the Causeway. Photo: AFP

    Commuters to pay the price while Singapore, Malaysia quarrel

    Aug 11, 2014 11:19am
    When Singapore raised the levy on foreign-registered vehicles visiting the island, Malaysia reacted by boosting toll charges on the Causeway linking the neighbors. The city-state said it plans to match the toll-fare increase in the coming weeks. That could...
  • Smoke rises after an explosion in the wake of an Israeli air strike in Gaza on Sunday. Israel has accepted a new 72-hour ceasefire proposed by Egyptian mediators. Photo: Reuters

    Israel, Palestinians agree to new 72-hour Gaza truce

    Aug 11, 2014 8:22am
    Israel and the Palestinians agreed on Sunday to a new three-day ceasefire in Gaza after some intense diplomacy and mediation by Egypt. “Israel has accepted Egypt’s proposal,” Reuters quoted a senior Israeli government official as saying....
  • President Barack Obama says the US will support its allies when they are in danger. Photo: Reuters

    Obama authorizes targeted airstrikes in Iraq

    Aug 8, 2014 4:17pm
    US President Barack Obama said he has authorized “targeted airstrikes” in Iraq to protect American personnel and help Iraqi forces, CNN reported. “We do whatever is necessary to protect our people,” Obama said. “We support our...
  • Edward Snowden is free to travel in and out of Russia but the US government could stop him with an Interpol alert over his criminal indictment for leaking classified information. Photo: Bloomberg

    Snowden moves closer to Russian citizenship

    Aug 8, 2014 4:00pm
    Russia has taken steps to grant citizenship to Edward Snowden, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday, citing his lawyer. On Aug. 1, Moscow gave Snowden, 31, a three-year residency permit that allows him to travel in...
  • Rudy Kurniawan is the first person ever to go to jail for selling fake wine in the US.

    Indonesian gets 10-year US jail term for wine fraud

    Aug 8, 2014 10:43am
    An Indonesian national was sentenced to 10 years in prison Thursday by a US court for selling millions of dollars worth of fake wine to wealthy oenophiles, the Wall Street Journal reported. Rudy Kurniawan, 37, was...
  • Top Khmer Rouge leaders Khieu Samphan (left) and Nuon Chea were found guilty of crimes against humanity. Photo: Reuters

    Top Khmer Rouge leaders jailed for life

    Aug 8, 2014 9:13am
    Two top Khmer Rouge leaders have been jailed for life after being convicted by Cambodia’s UN-backed tribunal of crimes against humanity, BBC News reported on Thursday. Nuon Chea, 88, served as deputy of Pol Pot, the...
  • Cars enter a border crossing with North Korea in Quanhe, Jilin province. Photo: Bloomberg

    China probes US Christian missionary near N Korea

    Aug 8, 2014 8:50am
    A US citizen of Korean descent who runs a Christian non-governmental organization in a Chinese city on the border with North Korea is being investigated by Chinese authorities and has had his bank accounts frozen, Reuters reported...
  • Islamist militants stand guard outside the headquarters of the Kurdistan Democratic Party in the Christian town of Bartella in northern Iraq. Photo: Reuters

    US planes drop aids to Iraqis; airstrikes mulled

    Aug 8, 2014 8:24am
    United States military aircraft on Thursday dropped food and water to thousands of Iraqis besieged by Islamic militants on a mountaintop in northern Iraq, The New York Times reported, citing a senior Pentagon official. The military...
  • A picture of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko taken by Rosetta's Osiris narrow-angle camera on Aug. 3 from a distance of 285 kilometers, made available by the European Space Agency on Aug. 6. Photo: Reuters

    European spacecraft catches up with comet after 10-year chase

    Aug 7, 2014 9:04am
    European spacecraft Rosetta became the first ever to catch up with a comet on Wednesday, a landmark stage in a decade-long space mission that scientists hope will help unlock some of the secrets of the solar...
  • Francesco Schettino gave a two-hour lecture on best emergency practices to university students last month. Photo: AFP

    Costa Concordia captain’s university lecture triggers outrage

    Aug 7, 2014 8:47am
    The captain of the sunken Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia, who is accused of abandoning the vessel before its passengers were evacuated, has triggered outrage after it emerged he delivered a lecture to university students on best emergency practices,...
  • Health workers in protective gear prepare for work outside an isolation unit for Ebola victims in Liberia. Photo: Reuters

    Concern mounts as Ebola death toll reaches 932

    Aug 7, 2014 8:27am
    The death toll from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has risen to 932, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Wednesday, as health workers appealed for urgent help in controlling the virus. Forty-five new deaths were...
  • Max Schrems is seeking damages of 500 euros (US$667) per user for alleged data violations by Facebook. Photo: AFP

    Privacy suit against Facebook gets 25,000 plaintiffs

    Aug 7, 2014 8:18am
    An Austrian law student challenging Facebook in a Vienna court has closed the list of plaintiffs in his class action suit after 25,000 people joined the campaign alleging that the social media giant had violated users’ privacy,...
  • Vladimir Putin has stepped up retaliatory action against the US and EU following their sanctions on Moscow amid the Ukraine crisis. Photo: Reuters

    Putin orders retaliatory sanctions on US, EU

    Aug 7, 2014 8:02am
    Russia has banned or limited imports of food and agricultural products from nations that have imposed sanctions on Moscow in response to the crisis in Ukraine, stepping up retaliatory moves against the West. Under an order...
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    US general killed in Afghan attack

    Aug 6, 2014 8:33am
    A gunman believed to be an Afghan soldier killed a US general and wounded more than a dozen people, including a German general, at a training center in Kabul, Reuters reported on Tuesday, citing US, German...

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