World

Japan PM names five women to new cabinet

Wednesday, 3 September 2014.

TOKYO: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe named five women to his new cabinet today, leading by example in a country economists say must make better use of its highly-educated but underemployed women.

Explosion at steel plant in Japan

Wednesday, 3 September 2014.

TOKYO: At least six people were rushed to hospital today after an explosion at a steel plant in central Japan, media reported.

French mum reunited with daughter taken by alleged jihadi father

Wednesday, 3 September 2014.

VILLACOUBLAY MILITARY BASE: A young French mother whose daughter had been smuggled by her father out of the country arrived home with her two-year-old daughter today after they were reunited earlier in Turkey.

Should naked photo hacking be considered a sex crime?

Wednesday, 3 September 2014.

LOS ANGELES: Already hounded by paparazzi on their doorsteps, celebrities face a new battle to protect their privacy from hackers willing to splash their most intimate behind-closed-doors photos online.

Video purports to show beheading of US journalist

Wednesday, 3 September 2014.

BEIRUT: Islamic State extremists released a video Tuesday purportedly showing the beheading of a second American journalist, Steven Sotloff, and warning President Barack Obama that as long as U.S.

World ‘losing battle’ to contain Ebola

Wednesday, 3 September 2014.

DAKAR: International medical agency Medecins sans Frontieres said Tuesday the world was “losing the battle” to contain Ebola as the United Nations warned of severe food shortages in the hardest-hit countries.

Britain bans American Apparel ads for sexualising school girls

Wednesday, 3 September 2014.

LONDON: Britain’s advertising watchdog today banned two adverts by clothing brand American Apparel for being offensive and normalising sexually predatory behaviour.

Study: Playing music helps sharpen kids’ brains

Wednesday, 3 September 2014.

LOS ANGELES: The founder of a Los Angeles-based nonprofit that provides free music lessons to low-income students from gang-ridden neighbourhoods began to notice several years ago a hopeful sign: Kids were graduating high school and heading off to UCLA, Tulane and other big universities.

Mentally impaired duo freed after 30 years in US prison

Wednesday, 3 September 2014.

WASHINGTON: Two mentally impaired half-brothers were freed Tuesday after serving three decades in a United States prison for the rape and murder of a child that they did not commit.

Family of girl who accidentally killed shooting range instructor is devastated

Wednesday, 3 September 2014.

PHOENIX: An attorney for the parents of a 9-year-old girl who accidentally killed an Arizona shooting range instructor with an Uzi said Tuesday the family is devastated by the tragedy that occurred on a brief excursion during a vacation.