Putin allies propose easing penalty for domestic violence

23 January 2017

MOSCOW – President Vladimir Putin's allies have passed a preliminary draft bill in Russia's parliament that would ease some penalties for domestic violence, which supporters say would keep the state from meddling in the home but critics say would encourage abuse. ... Read More


Batteries caused Samsung fires

23 January 2017

SEOUL – Samsung Electronics Co Ltd indicated on Monday that its latest flagship Galaxy S smartphone could be delayed as it pledged to enhance product safety following an investigation into the cause of fires in its premium Note 7 devices. Wrapping up its months-long... Read More


Springsteen joins “new resistance” to Trump

23 January 2017

PERTH – American rock star Bruce Springsteen, who supported Hillary Clinton during the recent presidential election campaign, said on Sunday his band joins a global “new resistance” against U.S. President Donald Trump. “It feels a long ways away, but our hearts and... Read More


Trump invites Netanyahu to Washington

23 January 2017

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to visit Washington in early February during a phone call in which they discussed the importance of strengthening the U.S.-Israeli relationship, the White House said on Sunday. ... Read More


Permits issued for West Bank expansion

22 January 2017

JERUSALEM – Israel approved building permits on Sunday for hundreds of homes in three East Jerusalem settlements, two days after U.S. President Donald Trump took office, expecting him to row back on the last administration’s criticism of such projects. The housing... Read More


White House: Media downplaying inauguration numbers

22 January 2017

WASHINGTON – The White House on Saturday accused the media of framing photographs to understate the crowd that attended Donald Trump's inauguration, a new jab in a long-running fight between the new president and the news organisations who cover him. In an unusual... Read More


Woman across US protest against Trump

21 January 2017

WASHINGTON – Women took to the streets in unexpectedly large numbers in major U.S. cities on Saturday in mass protests against U.S. President Donald Trump, in an early indication of the strong opposition the newly inaugurated Republican may face in office. Hundreds... Read More


Trump signs executive order on Obamacare

21 January 2017

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump signed his first executive order on Friday, heading into the Oval Office shortly after his inaugural parade to direct agencies to ease regulations associated with Obamacare, the signature healthcare law of his predecessor that Trump... Read More


Trump, sworn in as US president, vows to end 'American carnage' in defiant speech

20 January 2017

WASHINGTON – Donald Trump took power as the 45th president of the United States on Friday and pledged to end "American carnage" of social and economic woes in an inaugural address that was a populist and nationalist rallying cry. Sketching a bleak vision of a country... Read More


Anti-Trump protests turn violent ahead of inauguration  

20 January 2017

WASHINGTON - Black-clad activists protesting United States President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration smashed store and car windows in Washington on Friday and fought with police in riot gear who responded with pepper spray and stun grenades. About 500 people, some... Read More


Fortress Washington girds for days of anti-Trump protests

19 January 2017

WASHINGTON – Washington turned into a virtual fortress on Thursday ahead of Donald Trump's presidential inauguration, with police ready to step in to separate protesters from Trump supporters at any sign of unrest during the festivities. Some 900 000 people, both... Read More


Avalanche destroys Italian hotel, up to 30 feared dead under snow

19 January 2017

PENNE, ITALY – A huge avalanche swallowed up a luxury mountain hotel in central Italy after a series of strong earthquakes rocked the area, burying up to 30 people under tonnes of snow and debris, officials said on Thursday. Italian media said three bodies had been... Read More


UK Supreme Court says it will give Brexit trigger case ruling on Tuesday

18 January 2017

LONDON – The United Kingdom's Supreme Court will deliver its ruling next Tuesday on whether Prime Minister Theresa May can begin leaving the European Union without parliament's assent, potentially giving lawmakers a chance to have a vote on Brexit. May has said she... Read More


Depp and Heard finalise divorce

18 January 2017

LOS ANGELES – Film star Johnny Depp’s tumultuous divorce from actress Amber Heard was finalised on Friday, ending the couple’s marriage after months of highly publicised claims by Heard of domestic violence and counterclaims from Depp of financial blackmail. Court... Read More


Britain to leave EU single market as May sets course for 'hard Brexit'

17 January 2017

LONDON – Britain will quit the EU single market when it leaves the European Union, Prime Minister Theresa May said on Tuesday, in a decisive speech that set a course for a clean break with the world's largest trading bloc. Setting out a vision that could determine... Read More


Northern Ireland sets March 2 election after government collapse

16 January 2017

BELFAST – Britain's Northern Ireland minister called an early election on Monday for March 2 following the collapse of the region's power-sharing government that risks a lengthy period of political paralysis just as Britain prepares for talks to leave the EU. Northern... Read More


At least five dead, 15 hurt in shooting at Mexico's BPM music festival

16 January 2017

MEXICO CITY – At least five people, including four foreigners, were killed and 15 were wounded early on Monday when a shooter opened fire at a nightclub in Mexico's Playa del Carmen resort during the BPM electronic music festival, state officials said. Quintana Roo... Read More


Trump threatens BMW with border tax

16 January 2017

PRESIDENT-ELECT DONALD TRUMP has warned the United States will impose a border tax of 35 per cent on cars that German carmaker BMW plans to build at a new plant in Mexico and export to the U.S. market. Trump was speaking in an interview with German newspaper Bild,... Read More


Trump warned to watch his words

15 January 2017

WASHINGTON – CIA Director John Brennan on Sunday had a stern parting message for Republican Donald Trump days before he assumes the U.S. presidency, cautioning him against loosening sanctions on Russia and warning him to watch what he says. Brennan rebuked the president-elect... Read More


Anti-Trump protests in DC

14 January 2017

WASHINGTON – United States civil rights activists vowed on Saturday to defend hard-fought gains in voting rights and criminal justice during the presidency of Donald Trump, kicking off a week of protests ahead of the Republican’s inauguration. About 2 000 mostly... Read More


Moody’s agrees to multimillion dollar settlement with US

14 January 2017

NEW YORK – Moody’s Corp has agreed to pay nearly $864 million to settle with U.S. federal and state authorities over its ratings of risky mortgage securities in the run-up to the 2008 financial crisis, the U.S. Department of Justice said on Friday. The credit rating... Read More




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