Aid groups descend on Indonesia quake zone, deaths reach 102

By AP - Thursday, 8 December 2016.

MEUREUDU, Indonesia: Humanitarian organisations descended on Indonesia's Aceh province Thursday as the local disaster agency called for urgent food supplies and officials raced to assess the full extent of damage from an earthquake that killed more than 100 people.


Bomb in Egypt capital kills six

By AFP - Friday, December 9, 2016 - 19:06

CAIRO: A bomb next to a police checkpoint killed six people in Cairo on Friday, state media and officials said.

Aceh quake: Doctors forgo sleep to handle influx of patients

By MOHD JAMILUL ANBIA MD DENIN - Friday, December 9, 2016 - 18:04

ACEH: Doctors in earthquake-hit Aceh are running on empty, having forgone sleep for the last two days in their bid to treat the never-ending stream of victims.

Man miraculously found alive two weeks after chopper crash in Indonesia

By AFP - Friday, December 9, 2016 - 17:23

JAKARTA: A soldier aboard a military helicopter that crashed in remote Indonesian jungle more than two weeks ago has miraculously been found alive, an army spokesman said Friday.

S. Korea's impeachment crisis: What happens now?

By AFP - Friday, December 9, 2016 - 16:24

SEOUL: The South Korean parliament’s successful impeachment of President Park Geun-Hye on Friday will do little, in the short term, to alleviate the deep sense of political uncertainty that has gripped the nation for months.

South Korea's President Park impeached in parliamentary vote

By Reuters - Friday, December 9, 2016 - 15:46

SEOUL: South Korean lawmakers on Friday voted overwhelmingly to impeach President Park Geun-hye over an influence-peddling scandal, setting the stage for her to become the country’s first elected leader to be pushed from office in disgrace.

UN calls on Myanmar's Suu Kyi to visit crisis-hit Rakhine

By AFP - Friday, December 9, 2016 - 12:43

YANGON: The UN has urged Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi to visit northern Rakhine state, where the army is accused of carrying out a brutal crackdown on the Muslim Rohingya minority.

Aceh quake: Survivors' faith remains unshakeable despite tragedy [VIDEO]

By MOHD NASARUDDIN PARZI - Friday, December 9, 2016 - 11:54

PIDIE JAYA: Despite being without any electricity for the last three days, the Muslim community in Aceh have remained steadfast and are still making their way en masse to the mosque to perform their 'subuh' prayers.

Buzz Aldrin pays tribute to 'world icon' John Glenn

By AFP - Friday, December 9, 2016 - 10:42

WELLINGTON: Moonwalker Buzz Aldrin paid tribute Friday to pioneer astronaut John Glenn, describing the first American to orbit the Earth as a world icon.

Bolivian airline CEO to be jailed until Chapacoense crash trial over

By Reuters - Friday, December 9, 2016 - 10:25

LA PAZ: The head of the Bolivian company whose plane crashed in Colombia last month, killing dozens of Brazilian football players, will be held on manslaughter and other charges until the investigation is complete, authorities said on Thursday.

Jokowi visits Aceh quake victims [VIDEO]

By Bernama - Friday, December 9, 2016 - 09:57

JAKARTA: Indonesian President Joko Widodo today visited the victims of Wednesday’s earthquake in Aceh province that claimed the lives of 102, injured over 1,000 and left more than 10,000 homeless.

Remarkable feathered dinosaur tail found in chunk of amber

By Reuters - Friday, December 9, 2016 - 09:22

WASHINGTON: Some 99 million years ago, a juvenile dinosaur got its feathery tail stuck in tree resin, a death trap for the small creature. But its misfortune is now giving scientists unique insight into feathered dinosaurs that prospered during the Cretaceous Period.

S. Korean president faces possible last day in power

By AP - Friday, December 9, 2016 - 09:10

SEOUL: South Korean President Park Geun-hye entered what could be her last day in power Friday, as lawmakers geared up for what’s widely expected to be a successful impeachment vote amid a corruption scandal that has left her isolated and loathed.

American space legend John Glenn dead at 95

By AFP - Friday, December 9, 2016 - 08:27

COLUMBUS: John Glenn, who made history twice as the first American to orbit the Earth and the first senior citizen to venture into space, died Thursday at the age of 95.

Solomon Islands escape serious damage after powerful 7.7 quake

By AFP - Friday, December 9, 2016 - 08:22

SYDNEY: A major 7.7-magnitude quake struck Friday off the Solomon Islands triggering severe shaking and a tsunami warning, but there were no reports of any serious damage, officials said.

'Everything destroyed': Aftermath of Indonesia's latest quake destruction

By AFP - Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 21:31

Kuta Pangwa, Indonesia: When the earthquake struck before dawn, Marthonis and his family had no time to run out of their home before it collapsed into ruins around them.

10 killed, 50 hospitalised, drinking homemade rice wine in Cambodia

By AFP - Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 20:15

PHNOM PENH: Home-brewed toxic rice wine is believed to have killed 10 people and hospitalised 50 others from a Cambodian village in recent weeks, officials said Thursday.

Aftershock rattles Aceh as search and rescue efforts continue

By Bernama - Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 18:25

JAKARTA: An aftershock of 3.9-magnitude struck the Pidie Jaya regency of Aceh Province in Indonesia's Sumatra island at 8am Thursday, as people were picking up the pieces following Wednesday's earthquake that left 102 dead, 252 injured and one missing.

Muslim separatists, Thai gov't, to resume peace talks in Malaysia

By Reuters - Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 17:06

BANGKOK: Thailand on Thursday said peace talks with Muslim separatists would resume in Malaysia next week after a round in Sept ended without progress.

Pakistan opens probe into deadly plane crash that killed 47

By AP - Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 16:22

GUG: Pakistani authorities have opened a probe into the deadly plane crash in the country’s northwest the previous day that killed all 47 passengers and crew, a spokesman said Thursday.

5.9 magnitude earthquake rattles China's far west

By AFP - Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 16:08

SHANGHAI: A shallow 5.9-magnitude earthquake shook China’s remote far-western Xinjiang region on Thursday, the US Geological Survey said, with pictures on social media showing food knocked from store shelves and students evacuated from schools.

China should build more nuclear arms to prepare for Trump: media

By AFP - Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 15:06

BEIJING: China should “significantly” increase military spending and build more nuclear weapons as a response to US President-elect Donald Trump, an editorial in the nationalistic Global Times newspaper said Thursday.

Quake death toll passes 100 in Aceh, thousands homeless

By Reuters - Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 12:51

PIDIE JAYA, Indonesia: Rescue efforts resumed in Indonesia's Aceh province on Thursday after a strong earthquake killed more than 100 people, while medical teams struggled to treat the hundreds of injured as supplies trickled slowly into the area.

Trump stacks top government posts with retired generals

By AFP - Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 11:00

WASHINGTON: He’s not yet finished picking, but President-elect Donald Trump already has named three retired generals to top posts, raising questions as to why there will be so much military brass in cabinet-level jobs.

Giraffes, rarer than elephants, put on extinction watch list

By AP - Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 10:53

WASHINGTON: The giraffe, the tallest land animal, is now at risk of extinction, biologists say.

Rescuers comb Aceh earthquake rubble for second day

By AP - Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 10:27

MEUREUDU: Rescue workers, soldiers and police combed through the rubble of a devastated town in Indonesia’s Aceh province early Thursday, resuming a search for earthquake survivors that was halted at night by rain and blackouts.

Trump taps WWE tycoon Linda McMahon to head small-business agency

By AFP - Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 09:30

NEW YORK: Nine years ago Donald Trump shaved off her husband’s hair after a wrestling match on live television.

Mexican family "accidentally" invites millions to 'sweet 15' party

By AP - Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 09:15

MEXICO CITY: Millions of people have accepted an invitation to a coming-out party for a girl in rural northern Mexico after the invite went viral.

US envoy nominee Branstad member of Freemasons, banned in China

By AP - Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 08:56

OMAHA: If Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad becomes the next US Ambassador to China, he may want to leave any Masonic symbols at home.

Bangladesh child labourers toil 64 hours a week

By AFP - Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 08:30

DHAKA: Bangladeshi child labourers who live in slums work for an average of 64 hours a week, many of them in textile factories making clothes for top world brands, a major study said Wednesday.

'Racist' robot rejects Asian-face passport photo

By AFP - Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 08:28

WELLINGTON: A New Zealander of Asian descent had his passport photo rejected because it was wrongly believed his eyes were closed, but government officials Thursday said it was a computer error and not discrimination.