FDA approves stomach-filling balloon for weight loss

Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - 13:08

WASHINGTON: Federal health regulators on Tuesday approved an inflatable medical balloon that aids weight loss by filling up space in the stomach.

Singapore arrests man who tried to join Islamic State

Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - 12:36

SINGAPORE: Singapore has arrested a 51-year-old “self-radicalised” man who tried to join Islamic State (IS) in Syria, under an internal security law that allows for detention without trial for two years, the Ministry of Home Affairs said on Wednesday.

Bangladesh upholds opposition politician’s death sentence

Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - 12:36

DHAKA: Bangladesh’s highest court on Wednesday upheld the death sentence handed down to a top opposition politician for war crimes during the country’s 1971 independence conflict against Pakistan.

Pakistan police kill leader of anti-Shiite militant group

Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - 12:17

LAHORE: The leader of an anti-Shiite militant group behind some of Pakistan’s worst sectarian attacks was killed in a shootout with police in Punjab province Wednesday as his followers sought to break him out of detention, authorities said.

Amazon wants air space for delivery drones

Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - 10:29

SAN FRANCISCO: Online retail colossus Amazon wants to carve out a special zone of the sky to shuttle commercial drones that would deliver goods to its customers.

US man accused in African lion death thought hunt was legal

Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - 10:24

BLOOMINGTON: An avid American hunter accused of illegally killing a protected lion in Zimbabwe said Tuesday that he thought everything about his trip was legal and wasn’t aware of the animal’s status “until the end of the hunt.”

Russian veto expected as Security Council votes on MH17

Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - 09:32

UNITED NATIONS: Russia on Wednesday is expected to veto a U.N. Security Council resolution to set up an international criminal court to prosecute those responsible for shooting down a Malaysia Airlines plane over Ukraine a year ago.

Man charged over Taiwan subway knife attack

Tuesday, July 28, 2015 - 21:00

TAIPEI: A knifeman who wounded four people in a Taipei subway station attack “would have killed everyone“, prosectors said Tuesday, as they announced attempted murder charges against the 27 year-old.

Flooding near Vietnam’s Halong Bay kills 14

Tuesday, July 28, 2015 - 20:00

HANOI: At least 14 people have been killed in the worst flooding for 40 years in Vietnam’s northern Quang Ninh province, home to the UNESCO-listed Halong Bay tourist site, officials said Tuesday.

Sri Lanka ties with Google for Internet beamed from balloons

Tuesday, July 28, 2015 - 19:25

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka teamed up on Tuesday with Google to bring high-speed Internet access to the island using balloons, aiming to become the first country in the region with complete coverage.

Second Saudi execution after Ramadan pause

Tuesday, July 28, 2015 - 19:12

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia beheaded one of its citizens for drug trafficking on Tuesday, in the second execution after a pause for Ramadan.

Myanmar police make US$100 million drug haul

Tuesday, July 28, 2015 - 18:46

YANGON: Myanmar authorities have seized methamphetamine tablets worth an estimated US$100 million from an abandoned truck in Yangon, state media said Tuesday, as the country struggles to stem surging drug production.

Singapore, Indonesia step up cooperation against IS

Tuesday, July 28, 2015 - 18:42

SINGAPORE: Singapore and Indonesia on Tuesday agreed to step up cooperation against the Islamic State (IS) amid fears that militants returning from the Middle East could mount attacks in Southeast Asia.

Japanese ‘haiku’ killer sentenced to death

Tuesday, July 28, 2015 - 18:11

TOKYO: A convicted Japanese murderer who left a haunting “haiku” poem behind after his grisly deeds was sentenced to death on Tuesday.

Rwanda park releases lions into wild after quarantine

Tuesday, July 28, 2015 - 17:38

NAIROBI, (Kenya): The managers of a wildlife park in Rwanda say seven lions transported from South Africa have been released into the park after weeks of quarantine, another step in a plan to restore the country’s lion population after it was wiped out following Rwanda’s 1994 genocide.

Australian reality TV stars ‘shot at by IS’ in Syria

Tuesday, July 28, 2015 - 17:36

SYDNEY: Australian public broadcaster SBS Tuesday defended a reality show where participants were shot at by Islamic State militants in Syria as part of a trip retracing refugees’ journeys, saying they had extensive security preparations.

Engine trouble, excess weight suspected in Japan plane crash

Tuesday, July 28, 2015 - 17:13

TOKYO: Engine trouble and excess weight are among the possible causes of a small plane crash in a Tokyo suburb that killed two passengers and a woman on the ground, reports said Tuesday.

French archaeologists find 560,000 year-old human tooth

Tuesday, July 28, 2015 - 17:02

TOULOUSE: A group of archeologists have found an adult human tooth dating back around 560,000 years in southwestern France, in what researchers hailed as a “major discovery” Tuesday.

Iraq football pitch blasts kill four

Tuesday, July 28, 2015 - 16:42

BAQUBA: Bombs went off during a local football game in Iraq’s restive Diyala province on Monday, killing at least four people, security officials said.

Teenager killed, buildings damaged in Indonesian quake

Tuesday, July 28, 2015 - 16:15

JAYAPURA: A powerful earthquake rocked remote eastern Indonesia on Tuesday, killing a teenage boy who fell into a river as he fished and damaging several buildings.

Hong Kong giant panda Jia Jia becomes oldest ever

Tuesday, July 28, 2015 - 15:54

HONG KONG: It may not be considered a landmark birthday for humans, but turning 37 on Tuesday made Hong Kong’s Jia Jia the oldest-ever giant panda in captivity, and she celebrated in style.

British Lord resigns after ‘taking drugs with prostitutes’

Tuesday, July 28, 2015 - 15:52

LONDON: A British politician resigned from the House of Lords Tuesday after a tabloid newspaper published footage of him allegedly snorting cocaine with prostitutes.

Taiwan food company boss jailed over ‘gutter oil’ scandal

Tuesday, July 28, 2015 - 15:17

TAIPEI: A court has sentenced the head of a Taiwanese company to 20 years in jail for his role at the centre of a “gutter oil” scandal that gripped the island’s food industry and brought down a minister.

Explosion shuts down Iran-Turkey natural gas pipeline

Tuesday, July 28, 2015 - 15:09

ANKARA: Turkey’s energy minister says an explosion on a natural gas pipeline between Iran and Turkey caused a large fire and shut down the flow of gas.

Bamiyan’s ancient cave dwellings shelter homeless Afghans

Tuesday, July 28, 2015 - 14:32

BAMIYAN, Afghanistan: Carved into dun-coloured cliffs, hundreds of manmade caves situated next to empty niches that once sheltered giant Buddha statues destroyed by the Taliban are home to Bamiyan’s poverty-stricken who have nowhere else to go.

Australian humpback whale comeback a ‘symbol of hope’

Tuesday, July 28, 2015 - 14:02

SYDNEY: Australia’s humpback populations have recovered so well from years of devastating whaling that they could be delisted as a threatened species in a conservation success story scientists Tuesday hailed as “a symbol of hope.”

Arab female bodybuilder looks abroad for recognition

Tuesday, July 28, 2015 - 13:31

DUBAI: Flexing her muscles in defiance of the Gulf’s conservative cultural stereotypes, bodybuilder Haifa Musawi has lost all hope of pumping iron for Bahrain so now is looking elsewhere for recognition.

South Korean PM says MERS threat is over

Tuesday, July 28, 2015 - 12:44

SEOUL: South Korea said Tuesday it is now virtually free of the deadly MERS virus that killed 36 people and sickened nearly 200 since an outbreak was declared in May.

18kg cat named ‘Skinny’ slims down to 8kg

Tuesday, July 28, 2015 - 09:47

DALLAS: A former 41-pound (18.6-kilogram) cat dubbed Skinny has lost more than half of his weight to become the darling of a Dallas veterinary clinic.

California court says shark fin ban stays

Tuesday, July 28, 2015 - 09:38

SAN FRANCISCO: A federal appeals court Monday upheld a California law banning the sale, distribution and possession of shark fins.