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Greek police arrest suspect behind high-profile parcel bomb attacks

29 October 2017

ATHENS – Greek police said on Saturday they arrested a man they believe was involved in mailing parcel and letter bombs to targets including ex-Greek Prime Minister Lucas Papademos and former German finance minister Wolfgang Schaeuble. In March, police intercepted... Read More


US women gather in Detroit to build on anti-Trump Women's March

28 October 2017

DETROIT – Thousands of women who marched to protest Republican President Donald Trump’s inauguration gathered in Detroit on Friday to organise around issues like the viral “Me Too” movement exposing the pervasiveness of sexual harassment and violence. Expected to... Read More


George H.W. Bush apologises after actress accuses him of groping

28 October 2017

LOS ANGELES – Former US President George H.W. Bush apologised through a spokesman on Wednesday for what an actress described as a sexual assault but which Bush said was intended as a friendly pat and a joke to put her at ease during a picture-taking session. Heather... Read More


Spain sacks Catalan government after independence declaration

27 October 2017

BARCELONA/MADRID – The Madrid government sacked Catalonia’s president and dismissed its parliament on Friday, hours after the region declared itself an independent nation, in Spain’s gravest political crisis since the return of democracy four decades ago. A new election... Read More


Spain set to impose direct rule in Catalonia as crisis spirals

27 October 2017

MADRID/BARCELONA – The Spanish government prepared to impose direct rule over Catalonia on Friday to block its push for independence, an unprecedented move that takes Spain’s worst political crisis in four decades to a new level. The upper house of Spain’s parliament,... Read More


Low turnout taints Kenyatta victory in Kenya election re-run

27 October 2017

NAIROBI – Results of Kenya’s presidential election re-run trickled in on Friday with early estimates of the nationwide turnout at below 35 per cent, dealing a blow to President Uhuru Kenyatta’s hopes for a decisive second-term mandate. While turnout was high in Kenyatta... Read More


EU awards human rights prize to Venezuelan opposition

26 October 2017

BRUSSELS – Venezuela’s democratic opposition was awarded the European Union’s human rights award on Thursday and the European Parliament called for a peaceful transition to democracy in the troubled country. The prize, named after Soviet physicist and dissident Andrei... Read More


Amid Brexit timetable confusion, UK aims for transition outline by early 2018

25 October 2017

LONDON – Britain wants an outline agreement with the European Union by the end of March 2018 on the transitional arrangements that will apply temporarily after it leaves the bloc, Brexit minister David Davis said on Wednesday. Davis was addressing confusion caused... Read More


Airlines get ready for new US security rules from Thursday

25 October 2017

WASHINGTON/TAIPEI – New security measures including stricter passenger screening take effect on Thursday on all US-bound flights to comply with government requirements designed to avoid an in-cabin ban on laptops, airlines said. Airlines contacted by Reuters said... Read More


FAA probes second Air Canada emergency landing at San Francisco airport

24 October 2017

MONTREAL/WASHINGTON – Air Canada and the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said on Tuesday they are investigating a weekend flight that landed on a San Francisco runway after the crew was told to abort, the second recent incident involving the carrier at the... Read More


Chaotic scenes as suspects wheeled around airport where North Korean leader's brother killed

24 October 2017

KUALA LUMPUR - Handcuffed, wearing bulletproof vests and under heavily armed guard, the two women accused of murdering the half-brother of North Korea’s leader were pushed around a Malaysian airport in wheelchairs on Tuesday during a court visit to the crime scene.... Read More


Despite apology, Indonesia asks why US blocked military chief's travel

24 October 2017

JAKARTA – Indonesia said on Monday it had made urgent requests for an explanation why its military chief was barred from travelling to the United States, as anger simmered in the world’s largest Muslim-majority country over the diplomatic incident. Armed forces commander... Read More


Typhoon leaves flooding, four dead in Japan before moving out to sea

23 October 2017

TOKYO – A rapidly weakening typhoon Lan made landfall in Japan on Monday, setting off landslides and flooding that prompted evacuation orders for tens of thousands of people, but then headed out to sea after largely sparing the capital, Tokyo. Four people were reported... Read More


Mugabe removed as WHO goodwill envoy after outrage

22 October 2017

GENEVA/LONDON – Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has been removed as a goodwill ambassador, the World Health Organization said on Sunday, following outrage among Western donors and rights groups at his appointment. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus... Read More


Typhoon kills at least two in Japan, prompts call for thousands to evacuate

22 October 2017

TOKYO – A typhoon roared towards Japan’s main island on election day on Sunday, killing at least two people, prompting a warning for tens of thousands to evacuate and the cancellation of hundreds of flights. One man was killed under scaffolding that collapsed in... Read More


Madrid to impose direct rule in Catalonia to quash independence bid

22 October 2017

MADRID/BARCELONA – The Spanish government will impose direct rule on Catalonia, it said on Saturday, in an unprecedented move that brought thousands of people who voted for independence onto to the streets against what they called a “coup”. Catalan President Carles... Read More


Critics urge WHO to reverse choice of Mugabe as goodwill envoy

21 October 2017

GENEVA/LONDON – The World Health Organization (WHO) should overturn its decision to appoint Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe as a goodwill ambassador, global health leaders said on Saturday, describing the move as unjustifiable and wrong. Britain said Mugabe’s... Read More


Turkish hunger striker released for remainder of trial

21 October 2017

ANKARA – A Turkish teacher who has been on hunger strike for months to protest about losing his job in the government’s purge since a failed coup attempt last year, has been released from jail pending her trial on terrorism-related charges. Defence lawyers said primary... Read More


Usain Bolt to put Hamilton under starter's orders

17 October 2017

LONDON – Usain Bolt, the “world’s fastest man”, will be putting Formula One title favourite Lewis Hamilton under starter’s orders for what could be a decisive US Grand Prix this weekend. The eight-times Olympic gold-medallist sprinter, who retired after the world... Read More


Trump says he believes Cuba responsible for attacks that hurt US diplomats

17 October 2017

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump said on Monday that he believes Havana is responsible for a series of incidents that Washington thinks hurt at least 22 US diplomats over a period of months in Cuba, prompting Washington to scale back its presence there. “I do... Read More


#MeToo: Sexual harassment stories sweep social media after Weinstein allegations

17 October 2017

LONDON – Million of women across the world have been sharing their experiences of sexual harassment and abuse in an online campaign using the hashtag #MeToo on Twitter and with rolling posts on Facebook. The social media meme was sparked by Charmed actress Alyssa... Read More



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