SYDNEY: Australian animal welfare officers Wednesday put out an urgent appeal for shearers after finding a huge sheep with wool so overgrown its life was in danger, with a national champion set to take on the challenge.
BEIRUT/ISTANBUL/BUDAPEST/BELGRADE: Would-be refugees hoping to flee war in the Middle East are using Facebook as their compass for finding the people smugglers they hope will get them to a better life in Europe.
PARIS: A fire in an apartment building in northern Paris early Wednesday that killed eight people, including two children, might have been started intentionally, officials said.
BAGHDAD: Gunmen kidnapped at least 17 Turkish employees of a company building a football stadium in the Sadr City area of north Baghdad on Wednesday, security officials said.
BAIKONUR: A Soyuz spacecraft with three astronauts successfully launched towards the International Space Station on Wednesday, marking the 500th manned launch in space travel history.
TOKYO: Japanese police said Wednesday that they have released US animal rights activist Ric O’Barry, who trained dolphins for the TV show “Flipper“, after he was arrested near the infamous whaling town of Taiji.
RIO DE JANEIRO: A Brazilian woman really almost did shop till she dropped – when a stray bullet lodged in her handbag at a swanky mall in Rio de Janeiro.
SHANGHAI: The death toll from an explosion at a chemical plant in China’s Shandong province late on Monday has risen to five, state news agency Xinhua reported, as China still seeks answers to a far larger blast in the port city of Tianjin earlier last month.
GUATEMALA CITY: Guatemala’s Congress lifted President Otto Perez Molina’s immunity of office on Tuesday, opening him up to possible prosecution in a widening customs corruption scandal that has rocked his administration and the country’s political system.
HUNTSVILLE: An Alabama police officer went on trial Tuesday on a federal charge of using excessive force against an Indian man who was thrown down and partially paralyzed during a confrontation in a suburban neighbourhood.
OTTAWA: Canada fell into recession in the first half of the year, posting its weakest results since the 2008 global financial crisis, government data confirmed Tuesday.
JAIPUR: Thieves have again decamped with onions, this time in the Pink City, where 4,000 kg of the pricey bulb was stolen from a wholesale market, reports the Press Trust of India (PTI).
MANILA, (Philippines): The Committee to Protect Journalists urged Philippine President Benigno Aquino III on Tuesday to act to stop attacks against the press in the country after three journalists were killed recently.
MUMBAI: India’s competition authority has accused Google Inc of abusing its dominant position in online search, people with knowledge of the matter said, which if proven could force the U.S. company to alter its practices in a key market or even pay a big fine.
SINGAPORE: Singapore’s political parties officially started campaigning Tuesday for general elections in which, for the first time in the island-nation’s history, the ruling People’s Action Party faces contests in all available seats.
BUDAPEST: Budapest’s main international railway station on Tuesday ordered an evacuation as hundreds of migrants tried to board trains to Austria and Germany, an AFP reporter at the scene said.
BANGKOK: Thailand's prime minister said Tuesday a second foreign man has been arrested at a checkpoint on the Cambodian border on suspicion of involvement in last month's deadly shrine bombing.
GAUHATI, (India) : Monsoon flooding has inundated hundreds of villages across the northeast Indian state of Assam, killing at least 21 people in the last four days and forcing some 800,000 people to leave their homes.
ANKARA, (Turkey): Turkey’s state-run news agency says police are searching the premises of a business and media group known to be close to a U.S.-based Muslim cleric whom the government accuses of trying to destabilize it.
BANGKOK: Boxing gloves raised, two orangutans enter a ring at a Thai zoo, a spectacle that fascinates locals and foreigners alike but sits increasingly at odds in a nation slowly embracing animal welfare.
CARACAS: A fire at a prison in northern Venezuela has killed 17 people and injured another 11, prosecutors said Monday.
LOS ANGELES: Immigration agents arrested more than 240 people with criminal records during a four-day sting in Southern California, authorities said Monday in a show of force that comes as fewer people are being deported.
WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama vowed Monday to push for police officer safety after a Texas sheriff’s deputy was gunned down from behind and shot multiple times at close range.
CAIRO: An Egyptian muezzin has been suspended by the authorities after being accused of intoning “Prayer is better than Facebook” in his early morning call for people to pray.
BANGKOK : Thai police congratulated themselves for making an arrest in Bangkok’s deadly bombing and announced Monday they would give themselves an $84,000 reward, though the man has not been charged — let alone convicted — and may not be the prime suspect.
VIENNA: EU member state Austria has tightened controls on motorways near the Hungarian border, where an abandoned lorry was found last week containing 71 dead migrants, four of them children.
TOKYO: Japan’s Defense Ministry wants to buy an advanced Aegis radar-equipped destroyer and more F-35 fighters under its largest-ever budget to bolster the defense of southern islands amid a territorial dispute with China.
BANGALORE: Indian scholars on Monday condemned the execution-style killing of a leading scholar who had spoken out against idol worship and angered hardline Hindu groups in the run-up to his death.
ISTANBUL: Turkish authorities will offer up to 4 million lira ($1.37 million) in rewards for those who help a crackdown on “terrorists“, according to a new ruling published Monday.
BEIJING: China’s main state broadcaster on Monday paraded a financial journalist “confessing” to causing the stock market “great losses” as authorities seek to rein in a rout on the exchanges.
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