17 October 2018


  • A column of tanks seen procceding to the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic in eastern Ukraine earlier this week Photo: AFP

    Russia sent tanks, troops into Ukraine: NATO

    Nov 13, 2014 8:42am
    NATO has accused Russia of sending tanks, artillery and troops into eastern Ukraine to help the separatist forces there, a charge which Moscow has denied as “unfounded”. “We have seen columns of Russian equipment, primarily Russian...
  • Mission officials celebrate at the European Space Agency's headquarters in Darmstadt, Germany. Photo: Reuters

    European probe lands on comet

    Nov 13, 2014 8:12am
    A European probe has made a first-ever landing on a comet, but it is unclear whether it has stayed put. During the free-fall to the comet’s surface, harpoons designed to anchor the robot probe, named Philae,...
  • South Africa and Congo players vie for the ball during an Africa Cup of Nations qualifying football match in Polokwane, South Africa last month. Photo: AFP

    Morocco expelled from Africa Cup

    Nov 12, 2014 9:27am
    Morocco has been disqualified from the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations and dumped as host of the event after refusing to commit to the scheduled dates early next year because of fears over Ebola, the Associated Press reported....
  • An unexpected snowfall results in a chain of fender benders in Duluth, Minnesota, on Monday. Photo: Reuters

    Arctic blast hits Canada, US Midwest

    Nov 12, 2014 9:12am
    Winter has come to parts of Canada and the US Midwest with a vengeance. Frigid air pushed in by a powerful storm that hit Alaska with hurricane-force winds drove temperatures down by up to 22 degrees Celsius...
  • Illegal migrants prepare food outside their makeshift tents in the northeastern French port of Calais. Photo: AFP

    Jobless migrants can be banned from claiming handouts: EU court

    Nov 12, 2014 8:49am
    European Union member states can ban jobless migrants who move to their country just to claim benefits, the European Court of Justice has ruled. Setting a precedent for the rest of the continent, the court said...
  • A mourner chants slogans during the funeral of a 21-year-old Palestinian man who was shot dead by Israeli troops during clashes in the West Bank on Tuesday. Photo: Reuters

    Palestinian shot dead amid fresh clashes in West Bank

    Nov 12, 2014 8:42am
    Fresh clashes erupted between Israeli forces and Palestinians in the occupied West Bank Tuesday, leaving at least one Palestinian demonstrator dead and stoking fears of renewed trouble in the region. Reuters quoted the Israeli military as...
  • Lee Joon-seok (second from left) sits in the court in Gwangju, South Korea, before the verdict was handed down. Photo: Reuters

    Captain of capsized Korean ferry jailed for 36 years

    Nov 11, 2014 3:39pm
    The captain of a South Korean ferry that capsized in April, killing more than 300 passengers, was sentenced Tuesday to 36 years in jail for negligence. The court acquitted Lee Joon-seok, 68, of homicide, for which prosecutors had...
  • Iran's drone is a copy of a US RQ-170 Sentinel craft it captured in 2011. Photo: AFP

    Iran flies copy of captured US drone

    Nov 11, 2014 8:57am
    Iran has flown a copy of a US reconnaissance drone it captured in 2011, Reuters said, citing a report by state news agency IRNA. “We promised that a model of RQ-170 would fly in the second half...
  • It is estimated that Harold Hamm owns more oil under the ground than any other American. Photo: Bloomberg

    Oil mogul must pay ex-wife US$1 bln

    Nov 11, 2014 8:44am
    A US court has ordered oil tycoon Harold Hamm to pay nearly US$1 billion to his ex-wife after a divorce trial that lasted nine weeks. Sue Ann Hamm, 58, would now become one of the 100 richest women in...
  • The 2009 quake in L'Aquila destroyed tens of thousands of buildings in the area. Photo: Bloomberg

    Italian court quashes conviction of quake scientists

    Nov 11, 2014 8:17am
    Six Italian scientists and a government official found guilty of manslaughter for failing to give adequate warning of a fatal earthquake have won their appeal against the conviction. Judge Fabrizia Ida Francabandera said Monday there was no...
  • Although no one has owned up to the suicide bombing, Boko Haram Islamist rebels nearby have been attacking schools and kidnapping students. Photo: AFP/Boko Haram

    Suicide bomber dressed as student kills dozens in Nigeria school

    Nov 11, 2014 7:41am
    A suicide bomber dressed as a student killed at least 48 people, most of them students, at a school assembly in the Nigerian town of Potiskum, Reuters reported. A hospital official said 79 others were injured.  No one...
  • President Barack Obama addresses chief executives in Beijing at the start of a three-day visit to attend the APEC summit. Photo: Reuters

    Obama: Hong Kong priority is to avoid violence

    Nov 10, 2014 5:37pm
    President Barack Obama says his priority when it comes to pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong is that violence is avoided. Obama was speaking in Beijing about the protests which erupted in September in Hong Kong demanding...
  • Catalan leader Artur Mas called the vote "a total success" after a large majority of those who took part supported independence. Photo: Reuters

    Catalonia vows to pursue secession after symbolic vote

    Nov 10, 2014 12:51pm
    Catalonia’s nationalist government vowed to pursue its secession drive after over two million people voted Sunday in a symbolic independence referendum which Spain’s central government dismissed it as “useless”, Agence France-Presse reported. Catalan government head Artur...
  • Ruby Graupera-Cassimiro's heart stopped for 45 minutes after she gave birth. Photo: Facebook

    New mother survives 45 minutes with no pulse

    Nov 10, 2014 11:01am
    A woman in Florida is taking care of her newborn child at home a month after surviving without a pulse for 45 minutes, AP reported. Medical workers spent three hours trying to revive the woman, who...
  • Volunteers in Barcelona count ballots after a symbolic on independence. Photo: Reuters

    Defying Spain, Catalans vote on independence

    Nov 10, 2014 8:28am
    About two million Catalans turned out to vote in a symbolic ballot on independence from Spain, AFP reported. Catalonia’s vice-president, Joana Ortega, told reporters 1,977,531 people had voted across the region between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. on...
  • A female Kurdish fighter uses a walkie-talkie near the Syrian front line against Islamic State militants. Photo: Reuters

    US troop boost shows new phase in IS fight: Obama

    Nov 10, 2014 8:08am
    Sending 1,500 more troops to Iraq isn’t a sign the US strategy against Islamic State is failing, US President Barack Obama said. The decision shows the campaign is entering a new phase, Obama told CBS TV in an interview. The additional...
  • Illuminated balloons are released in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin on Sunday night. Photo: Reuters

    7,000 balloons mark fall of Berlin Wall

    Nov 10, 2014 7:43am
    A string of 7,000 illuminated helium balloons filled the night sky as more than a million Germans celebrated the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. The balloons traced the course over 15 kilometers of...
  • Kenneth Bae steps off the plane and is greeted by family members at the US Air Force base in Fort Lewis, Washington, on Saturday. Photo: Reuters

    Two Americans freed by North Korea return to US

    Nov 10, 2014 7:41am
    Two Americans, who had been doing hard labor for months in North Korea, returned to the United States on Saturday after a top-ranking US intelligence official traveled to Pyongyang to bring them home. Kenneth Bae and...
  • The Monetary Authority of Singapore said banks have taken steps to prevent a recurrence of attempts to manipulate benchmark rates. Photo: Reuters

    Singapore returns up to S$12 bln to banks after rate probe

    Nov 7, 2014 4:16pm
    Singapore’s central bank has returned as much as S$12 billion ($9.3 billion) to 19 lenders who were ordered last year to set aside the amount as penalties for trying to rig benchmark interest rates, Bloomberg News reported....
  • A file photo of Robert J. O'Neill, the US navy SEAL who has identified himself as the man who shot and killed Osama Bin Laden during a raid in Pakistan in 2011. Credit: Reuters

    Bin Laden shooter identifies himself

    Nov 7, 2014 11:50am
    Former US Navy SEAL Robert J. O’Neill has confirmed that he was the one who shot and killed Al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden during a raid in Pakistan in 2011, the Washington Post reported Thursday. O’Neill,...

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