Schools close in Canadian province after bomb threat

21 September 2016

CHARLOTTETOWN, Prince Edward Island – Canadian police evacuated all schools in the eastern province of Prince Edward Island on Wednesday after a bomb threat, but found no explosive device. About 19 000 students at 62 schools were taken to safe locations in their... Read More


Pope and world religious leaders vow to oppose terror in God's name

20 September 2016

ASSISI, ITALY – Pope Francis and leaders of other world religions said "No to War!" on Tuesday, vowing to oppose terrorism in God's name and appealing to politicians to listen to "the anguished cry of so many innocents". Francis flew by helicopter to the central... Read More


Investigations continue into blast

18 September 2016

NEW YORK - New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Sunday there was still no indication that an explosion that injured 29 people in Manhattan on Saturday was linked to international terrorism, while investigators scoured the scene of the blast. FBI investigators were... Read More


Disappointing turnout at Maduro summit

18 September 2016

MARGARITA ISLAND – Only a handful of leaders have travelled to a meeting of a large Cold War-era bloc in Venezuela this week, in an embarrassment for the crisis-hit socialist government. Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro has touted the 17th meeting of the Non-Aligned... Read More


Explosion in Manhattan neighbourhood

18 September 2016

NEW YORK – An explosion rocked the Chelsea neighbourhood of Manhattan on Saturday night, injuring at least 29 people, authorities said, adding that they are investigating the blast as a criminal act not immediately linked to any terror organisation. Mayor Bill de... Read More


US House panel slams former NSA contractor Snowden

16 September 2016

WASHINGTON – A United States congressional intelligence committee on Thursday issued a scathing report accusing former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden of leaking information that "caused tremendous damage" to US national security, lying about his... Read More


Venezuela opposition running out of options to force 2016 Maduro vote

16 September 2016

CARACAS – Venezuela's opposition failed to draw large numbers on Friday in its latest protests against President Nicolas Maduro and the national election board delayed a decision on the next stage of a possible referendum on his socialist rule. The Democratic Unity... Read More


Samsung recalls 1 million Galaxy Note 7 phones in US

16 September 2016

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO LTD formally recalled 1 million Galaxy Note 7 smartphones sold in the United States, replacing or refunding the flagship phones, whose susceptibility to catching fire has damaged the image of the Korean powerhouse. Samsung received 92 reports... Read More


Family of Sandra Bland reaches $1.9 million settlement

15 September 2016

AUSTIN, TEXAS – The family of a black motorist found hanged in her Texas jail cell after being held in police custody following a traffic stop has reached a $1.9 million settlement in a wrongful death suit against law enforcement, their lawyer said on Thursday. The... Read More


White Ohio police officer shoots black boy, 13, armed with BB gun

15 September 2016

A white Ohio police officer responding to a robbery report shot to death a 13-year-old black boy after he pulled out what appeared to be a weapon that was later determined to be a BB gun, police said on Thursday. Tyree King was shot multiple times in an alley when... Read More


Obama says US ready to lift Myanmar sanctions after Suu Kyi's visit

14 September 2016

WASHINGTON – Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi called on Wednesday for the lifting of economic sanctions against her country and President Barack Obama, in their first White House meeting since she became her country's leader, said the United States was ready to do so. ... Read More


Obama campaigns for sick Hillary

14 September 2016

PHILADELPHIA – With Hillary Clinton sidelined by pneumonia, President Barack Obama took up the Democrats’ fight against Donald Trump on Tuesday, trying to quash the Republican presidential candidate’s bid to appeal to working-class voters. Obama, whose 50 per cent... Read More


Ex-PM Cameron resigns as an MP

12 September 2016

Former Prime Minister David Cameron said on Monday he was resigning from his seat in parliament to avoid becoming a distraction for his successor, ending his political career just weeks after he lost a referendum to stay in the European Union. Cameron, who came to... Read More


Chinese gay activist challenges homosexuality 'disorder' textbooks

12 September 2016

BEIJING – A gay Chinese student activist on Monday lodged a suit against the Ministry of Education over school textbooks describing homosexuality as a mental disorder, the latest step by China's small but growing gay rights movement. It is not illegal to be gay in... Read More


Clinton's bout of pneumonia raises worries for Democrats

12 September 2016

WASHINGTON – Democrat Hillary Clinton's bout of pneumonia, kept secret until she nearly collapsed on Sunday, has raised an element of uncertainty about her health going into the final weeks of presidential campaigning and risks feeding a narrative from rival Donald... Read More


Victims remembered 15 years after 9/11

11 September 2016

NEW YORK – Americans commemorated the 15th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks on Sunday with the recital of the names of the dead, tolling church bells and a tribute in lights at the site where New York City's massive twin towers collapsed. As classical... Read More


Brits file major suit against Mastercard

11 September 2016

LONDON – Some 46 million people in Britain could potentially benefit from a legal case brought against Mastercard demanding £14 billion (US $19 billion) in damages for allegedly charging excessive fees, according to court documents filed in London. The case brought... Read More


Samsung urges users to turn off and turn in Note 7

10 September 2016

SEOUL – Samsung Electronics Co Ltd on Saturday urged users of its Galaxy Note 7 phones to turn in their handsets as soon as possible as part of a recall aimed at limiting the damage caused by the fire-prone devices. The world’s top smartphone maker said last week... Read More


Brazil court indicts 10 accused of Olympic ticket scalping

10 September 2016

RIO DE JANEIRO – A Rio de Janeiro court on Friday accepted prosecutors’ charges against the man who until recently was Europe’s top Olympic official and nine others in an illegal ticket-scalping ring picked up by police at the Games in August. The defendants, who... Read More


Venezuelans revel in pots-and-pans protests after Maduro humiliation

09 September 2016

MARACAIBO, Venezuela – For over a decade, Venezuelan opposition supporters would clang pots and pans on balconies of middle-class apartments to protest late leader Hugo Chavez's self-styled "21st century socialism." While sometimes deafening, the protests never seemed... Read More


North Korea conducts fifth and largest nuclear test, drawing broad condemnation

09 September 2016

SEOUL – North Korea conducted its fifth and biggest nuclear test on Friday and said it had mastered the ability to mount a warhead on a ballistic missile, ratcheting up a threat that its rivals and the United Nations have been powerless to contain. The blast, on... Read More




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