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Bomb threat spurs evacuation at Facebook's Silicon Valley campus

12 December 2018

SAN FRANCISCO − A bomb threat prompted authorities on Tuesday to evacuate a building at the Silicon Valley headquarters of Facebook Inc near San Francisco, police said, but hours after a sweep of the structure began there was no word of explosives found. Read More


EU tells UK’s May: We will not renegotiate the Brexit treaty

11 December 2018

THE HAGUE/STRASBOURG − The European Union ruled out renegotiating the Brexit divorce treaty or its Irish border protocol on Tuesday as Prime Minister Theresa May sought last ditch assurances from the bloc to save her deal after pulling a vote she acknowledged she would... Read More


Senegal opens new art museum honouring black civilisation

09 December 2018

DAKAR − Senegal has opened one of Africa’s largest art collections, one of a series of new museums on the continent that could eventually receive thousands of artefacts from European museums that were looted during the colonial era. Read More


France protests: Government fears 'major violence' in coming days

06 December 2018

The French government says it fears "major violence" in Paris on Saturday as the national "yellow vests" protest movement shows little sign of easing. Read More


Bush hailed at funeral as US ‘soldier-statesman’, master of civility

05 December 2018

WASHINGTON − The late President George H.W. Bush was hailed at his state funeral on Wednesday as a World War Two hero, Cold War veteran and architect of a United States victory against Iraq who went on to represent a bygone era of civility in American politics. Read More


May suffers setbacks as Brexit debate starts in parliament

04 December 2018

LONDON − Prime Minister Theresa May suffered embarrassing defeats on Tuesday at the start of five days of debate over her plans to leave the European Union that could determine the future of Brexit and the fate of her government. Read More


Honour guard, cannon as former President Bush takes last trip to Washington

03 December 2018

HOUSTON − A military honour guard loaded the body of former United States President George H.W. Bush onto Air Force One on Monday for a final trip to Washington and the start of four days of mourning the man who led the nation as the Cold War ended. Read More


Macron tells PM to hold talks after worst unrest in Paris for decades

02 December 2018

PARIS - French President Emmanuel Macron ordered his prime minister on Sunday to hold talks with political leaders and demonstrators, as he sought a way out of nationwide protests after rioters turned central Paris into a battle zone. Read More


More money for Madoff victims, nearly ten years after his arrest

02 December 2018

NEW YORK − Victims of Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi scheme will soon receive another $695.3 million from a government compensation fund, the United States Department of Justice announced on Thursday, less than two weeks before the 10th anniversary of the swindler’s arrest.... Read More


French police clash with ‘yellow vest’ protesters in Paris, 129 arrested

01 December 2018

PARIS − Police fired tear gas, stun grenades and water cannon in battles with “yellow vest” protesters around the Champs Elysees in Paris on Saturday and clashes erupted in other cities across France in a third weekend of demonstrations against high living costs. Read More


UNESCO declares reggae a global cultural treasure

01 December 2018

PARIS − UNESCO has declared reggae, the Jamaican music that spread across the world with its calls for social justice, peace and love, to be a global treasure that must be safe-guarded. Read More


Former President George H.W. Bush dead at 94

01 December 2018

Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush, who presided over the end of the Cold War and routed Saddam Hussein’s Iraqi army but lost a chance for a second term after breaking a no-new-taxes pledge, died on Friday at the age of 94. Read More


Trump defends Russia business links after ex-lawyer admits lying

30 November 2018

President of the United States Donald Trump has defended the business dealings he had with Russia before becoming president, again calling current investigations a "witch hunt". On Thursday his ex-lawyer admitted lying to Congress about a property deal Mr Trump was... Read More


Microsoft wins $479.2 million contract from US Army

29 November 2018

The United States Army said on Wednesday that it has awarded Microsoft Corp a $479.2 million contract to supply prototypes for the Army’s augmented reality systems helping soldiers in training and combat missions. Read More


SpongeBob SquarePants creator dies at age 57

28 November 2018

LOS ANGELES − SpongeBob SquarePants creator Stephen Hillenburg, who brought the zany cartoon marine underworld of Bikini Bottom to television, the movies and the stage, has died at the age of 57, the Nickelodeon television network said on Tuesday. Read More


Trump again threatens to shut government over wall funding

28 November 2018

WASHINGTON – United States President Donald Trump said he would “totally be willing” to shut down the federal government unless Congress authorised $5 billion to fund his long-promised wall along the US border with Mexico, according to a Politico interview published... Read More


Milan prosecutors wrap up Gucci tax probe, trial likely

28 November 2018

MILAN − Milan prosecutors have wrapped up their probe into alleged tax evasion of around 1 billion euros (US$1.13 billion) by fashion group Gucci, paving the way for a formal request for a trial, a judicial source said on Tuesday. The case will be sent to court unless... Read More


Trump urges Mexico to send migrants home; 42 arrested

26 November 2018

WASHINGTON – United States President Donald Trump said on Monday that Mexico should send Central American migrants seeking asylum in the United States back to their home countries, a day after US authorities shut the country’s busiest southern border crossing and fired... Read More


Russia fires on and seizes Ukraine ships, Ukrainian navy says

25 November 2018

Ukraine's navy says Russia has opened fire and seized three of its vessels off the coast of the annexed Crimea, in a major escalation of tensions. Read More


French police fire tear gas at protesters on Champs Elysees

24 November 2018

PARIS − Police firing tear gas and water cannons clashed with protesters in Paris who are angry over rising fuel costs and President Emmanuel Macron’s economic policies, the second weekend of “yellow vest” protests across France. Read More


Online surge, lines mark start of Black Friday sales

23 November 2018

NEW YORK – United States shoppers desperate for deals banged on doors and formed long queues at checkout counters on Black Friday, as a strong economy and rising wages drove a solid start to the holiday shopping season. Read More


The public service vehicle community is upset over new uniforms provided by the Transport Authority. Do you think the new uniforms are a good idea?