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US voters give verdict on Trump

06 November 2018

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - After a divisive campaign marked by fierce clashes over race, immigration and other cultural issues, Americans voted on Tuesday to determine the balance of power in the U.S. Congress and shape the future of Donald Trump’s presidency. The first... Read More


Ireland says UK cannot unilaterally scrap border backstop

06 November 2018

DUBLIN − Ireland is willing to examine ways in which a “backstop” to keep the Irish border open after Brexit could be reviewed so long as it does not permit Britain to unilaterally walk away from it, Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said on Monday. Read More


Armed men in Cameroon kidnap 79 schoolchildren

05 November 2018

YAOUNDE − Armed men kidnapped 79 children from a school in western Cameroon on Monday and a local pastor said separatist militias were responsible. The abduction happened before dawn in the city of Bamenda in the English-speaking Northwest region. Read More


Trump, Obama tout clashing visions of US as elections near

05 November 2018

WASHINGTON − Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Barack Obama made duelling election appearances on Sunday, offering sharply different views on the country’s problems but agreeing on the high stakes for voters in the final 48 hours of a tight campaign. Read More


China hopes trade expo will highlight import clout as US dispute rages

04 November 2018

SHANGHAI/BEIJING − China, dubbed ‘the workshop of the world’ for its sprawling supply chains and huge export capacity, is hoping to manufacture something new next week at a huge trade fair in Shanghai next week: import orders. Read More


Leicester City owner’s Buddhist funeral starts in Thailand with royal honour

03 November 2018

BANGKOK − The funeral of Thai billionaire and Leicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, killed in a helicopter crash a week ago, got underway at a Bangkok temple on Saturday with a Buddhist bathing rite using water bestowed by the Thai King. Read More


Obama warns against fear, Trump touts economy on campaign trail

03 November 2018

INDIANAPOLIS/MIAMI − Former United States President Barack Obama warned on Friday against rhetoric he said was meant to sow fear as he campaigned in support of Democratic candidates while President Donald Trump hammered a hardline anti-immigration message to energise... Read More


Britain's Prince Charles salutes Gambia's return to Commonwealth

02 November 2018

BANJUL − Britain’s Prince Charles congratulated Gambia on Thursday for turning its back on “autocratic” rule at home and returning to the Commonwealth fold as he began a nine-day Africa tour. Read More


Bangladesh court doubles former PM’s jail term to ten years

30 October 2018

DHAKA − A Bangladesh court on Tuesday doubled to ten years a jail term for former prime minister Khaleda Zia for graft, ruling out her chances of contesting an election in December, lawyers said. Khaleda’s opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) has been in... Read More


Indonesian plane crashes into sea, all 189 on board feared dead

29 October 2018

JAKARTA − An Indonesian airliner crashed into the sea on Monday, with the likely loss of all 189 people on board, as it tried to return to Jakarta minutes after take-off. Lion Air flight JT610, an almost new Boeing 737 MAX 8, was en route from the capital to Pangkal... Read More


In Pittsburgh’s ‘darkest hour’, 2 500 attend synagogue massacre memorial

29 October 2018

PITTSBURGH − Some 2 500 people gathered on Sunday at a memorial service for the 11 Jewish worshipers slain in their Pittsburgh synagogue during Sabbath prayers, a mass murder the mayor called the city’s “darkest hour” while exhorting mourners to “defeat hate with love”.... Read More


Far-right Bolsonaro rides anti-corruption rage to Brazil presidency

29 October 2018

BRASILIA/RIO DE JANEIRO − Far-right lawmaker Jair Bolsonaro won Brazil’s presidential election on Sunday, promising to clean up politics, shrink the state and crack down on crime, in a dramatic swing away from the left in the world’s fourth-largest democracy. Read More


Central American caravan moves on in spite of Mexico jobs offer

28 October 2018

ARRIAGA, Mexico − A United States-bound caravan of Central American migrants pressed on through southern Mexico on Saturday, in spite of government offers of jobs, as authorities stepped up efforts to disperse the convoy that has angered US President Donald Trump. Read More


Gunman targets Pittsburgh synagogue in ‘hate crime’

27 October 2018

PITTSBURGH − A gunman yelling, “All Jews must die,” stormed a Pittsburgh synagogue during Saturday services, killing at least eight worshippers and wounding six others, including four police officers, before he was arrested. CNN reported at least 10 dead, while the... Read More


Indian diamond merchant makes gift of 600 cars to staff with Modi's help

27 October 2018

NEW DELHI − India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi helped a diamond merchant hand over hundreds of cars as gifts to his employees on Thursday. Six hundred employees of Hari Krishna Exporters, a diamond trading company run by Savji Dholakia, received cars made by Indian... Read More


Michael Jackson’s Bad tour jacket up for auction

27 October 2018

LOS ANGELES − Michael Jackson’s black Bad jacket that the singer wore on his first solo tour is going up for auction in November and could fetch up to $100 000. Julien’s Auctions said on Friday that the jacket, which Jackson signed on the back with a silver permanent... Read More


FBI arrests man suspected in spree of parcel bombs

26 October 2018

MIAMI - Federal authorities arrested a man in Florida on Friday in connection with at least a dozen parcel bombs sent to high-profile critics of U.S. President Donald Trump, officials said, days ahead of congressional elections. Read More


FBI searches Florida mail centre in hunt for sender of package bombs

26 October 2018

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK − Federal agents searched a United States mail facility near Miami on Thursday night in the race to find who sent 10 pipe bombs to prominent Democrats and critics of US President Donald Trump as leads pointed to Florida as the packages’ possible... Read More


Single winning ticket sold in US lottery just shy of world record

24 October 2018

NEW YORK − Only one ticket matched all six numbers in the US Mega Millions lottery for a jackpot that was just short of a world record $1.6 billion, an official said early on Wednesday. The ticket, sold in South Carolina, where winners may remain anonymous, matched... Read More


Potential explosives sent to White House, Hillary Clinton, Obama

24 October 2018

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK − Federal authorities are investigating suspicious packages sent to the White House, former United States President Barack Obama and former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, the US Secret Service and a person familiar with the matter... Read More


Putin meets Trump's national security pointman to discuss nuclear arms treaty

23 October 2018

MOSCOW − Russia’s Vladimir Putin met United States President Donald Trump’s national security advisor on Tuesday after the Kremlin said that Trump’s talk of quitting a landmark arms treaty that scrapped nuclear missiles in Europe was dangerous. Read More


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