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Trump insists White House running 'so smoothly'

By AFP - Sunday, 19 February 2017.

US President Donald Trump insisted Saturday that the White House is running smoothly, and used a campaign-style rally in Florida to bring his message to supporters “without the filter of the fake news.”

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14 students killed, 40 hurt, in Philippine bus crash

By AFP - Monday, February 20, 2017 - 19:55

MANILA: Fourteen college students on a camping trip were killed and dozens injured on Monday when their bus slammed into an electricity post in a mountainous area of the Philippines, police said.

N. Korean suspects in Kim killing flew to Dubai, says Indonesia

By Reuters - Monday, February 20, 2017 - 13:46

JAKARTA: At least three of four North Korean men wanted in connection with the murder of President Kim Jong-un's estranged half-brother caught a flight from Jakarta to Dubai on the evening of the attack, an Indonesian immigration official said on Monday.

M'sia says Kim autopsy report could be ready Wednesday

By Reuters - Monday, February 20, 2017 - 12:52

KUALA LUMPUR: The autopsy results for North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's estranged half-brother, who was murdered last week in Kuala Lumpur, could be released as early as Wednesday, Malaysia's health minister said on Monday.

Retired Philippine policeman says worked for 'death squad' under Duterte

By Reuters - Monday, February 20, 2017 - 12:49

MANILA: Police carried out killings in the Philippine city of Davao under the instruction of then mayor Rodrigo Duterte, the current president, according to a former policeman who said he was part of a “Davao death squad” tasked with eliminating criminals.

Israeli PM Netanyahu begins historic visit to Singapore

By TODAY ONLINE - Monday, February 20, 2017 - 10:19

SINGAPORE: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu begins a two-day official visit to Singapore today, a reciprocal visit following Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s trip to the Middle Eastern country last year.

S. Korean PM makes first comment on Kim killing

By Reuters - Monday, February 20, 2017 - 09:46

SEOUL: The killing of North Korea leader Kim Jong-un's estranged half-brother in Malaysia last week shows the brutality of isolated North Korea and its "terrorism tactics are getting bolder", South Korean Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn said on Monday.

Avalanche kills seven in northern Pakistan

By AFP - Monday, February 20, 2017 - 09:38

CHITRAL: An avalanche killed at least seven labourers in northern Pakistan on Sunday, a senior official said, with up to four more trapped beneath the snow.

At least 20 killed in Somalia car bombing

By AFP - Monday, February 20, 2017 - 09:32

MOGADISHU: At least 20 people died Sunday when a car bomb exploded in the Somali capital, as Shabaab Islamists threatened to escalate attacks in a "vicious war" against the new government.

11 pilgrims drown during Sri Lanka church festival

By AFP - Monday, February 20, 2017 - 09:07

COLOMBO: At least 11 people, including a child and five women, drowned when an overcrowded boat carrying Christian pilgrims capsized in rough seas off Sri Lanka's southwest coast Sunday, police said.

SpaceX launches rocket from NASA pad in Florida, completes relanding

By Reuters - Monday, February 20, 2017 - 00:12

CAPE CANAVERAL: A SpaceX Falcon rocket blasted off on Sunday from a historic NASA launch pad at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, then succeeded in landing itself back on the ground nine minutes later.

Turning 93, Zimbabwe's Mugabe rules out retirement

By AFP - Sunday, February 19, 2017 - 21:45

HARARE: Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, who turns 93 on Tuesday, has no plans to give up power, saying he has no "acceptable" successor in place.

Trump refers to non-existent Sweden terror incident

By AFP - Sunday, February 19, 2017 - 21:40

WASHINGTON: Bowling Green, Atlanta and now... Sweden?

Seoul: M'sia probe shows N. Korea behind Kim murder

By AFP - Sunday, February 19, 2017 - 17:38

SEOUL: Malaysia's investigation into the murder of the North Korean leader's half-brother shows that the Pyongyang government was behind the assassination, South Korea said Sunday.

Schoolkids hurl 2x4 at US President Trump's motorcade

By AP - Sunday, February 19, 2017 - 13:22

WEST PALM BEACH: Authorities say a vehicle in President Donald Trump's motorcade was struck by a "2x4" and five middle school students are now facing charges.

Freak accident: Two killed in US truck collision were father and son

By AP - Sunday, February 19, 2017 - 11:34

WINFIELD: Authorities say a father and son have been killed in a head-on collision with each other in Fayette County, Alabama.

19 killed, 20 injured, in Argentina bus crash

By AFP - Sunday, February 19, 2017 - 11:29

MENDOZA, Argentina: A bus overturned in Argentina on Saturday near Aconcagua, the highest mountain outside Asia, killing at least 19 people and leaving 20 injured, officials said.

One dead, 27 hurt in Belgium train derailment: officials

By AFP - Sunday, February 19, 2017 - 00:43

BRUSSELS: One person died and 27 were injured, three seriously, when a train derailed Saturday shortly after leaving a station east of Brussels, officials said.

SpaceX poised to launch cargo from historic NASA pad

By AFP - Saturday, February 18, 2017 - 21:09

MIAMI: An unmanned SpaceX spaceship carrying food and equipment to the astronauts living at the International Space Station is poised to blast off from a historic NASA launch pad on Saturday.

Ex-N.Korean spy says Kim's alleged assassins look to be amateurs- media

By Reuters - Saturday, February 18, 2017 - 16:07

TOKYO: Former North Korean spy Kim Hyon-hui said the alleged assassins of the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un appeared to be amateurs, the Mainichi newspaper reported on Saturday.

China closes live poultry markets amid deadly H7N7 outbreak

By AP - Saturday, February 18, 2017 - 11:55

BEIJING: China is ordering the closure of live poultry markets in its south-central regions where the worst outbreak of bird flu in years has killed at least 87 people.

Trump calls media 'enemy of the American people'

By AFP - Saturday, February 18, 2017 - 09:04

WASHINGTON: Donald Trump ratcheted up his attacks on the media Friday, describing the press as “the enemy of the American people!” in a tweet.

Secret Service probes object thrown at Trump motorcade

By AFP - Saturday, February 18, 2017 - 08:38

PALM BEACH: The US Secret Service launched an investigation Friday, after an object was hurled at Donald Trump's motorcade as it traveled to his Florida resort.

Jong-nam's modest Macau life far cry from Pyongyang

By AFP - Friday, February 17, 2017 - 15:52

MACAU: Kim Jong-Nam’s modest life in Macau was a far cry from the opulence and power enjoyed by his half-brother, the supreme leader of North Korea, but he was still seen by Pyongyang as a dangerous pretender to the ruling family throne.

Pakistani pair set to hang in Singapore for murder

By AFP - Friday, February 17, 2017 - 15:34

SINGAPORE: Two Pakistani men face the gallows in Singapore after a court Friday found them guilty of murdering a compatriot over a gambling dispute and dismembering the body.

Shanghai airport bomber jailed for 8 years

By AFP - Friday, February 17, 2017 - 13:03

SHANGHAI: A Chinese man who detonated home-made explosives inside Shanghai’s international airport last year was sentenced on Friday to eight years in prison, a court in the city said.

Hong Kong police jailed over attack on democracy protester

By AFP - Friday, February 17, 2017 - 12:23

HONG KONG: Seven Hong Kong police officers were jailed for two years Friday for what the judge described as a “vicious” attack on a protester during pro-democracy rallies in 2014, captured on film and beamed around the world.

Joey the squirrel foils robbery by scratching suspect

By AP - Friday, February 17, 2017 - 11:23

MERIDIAN: A pet squirrel named Joey prevented a burglary attempt in Idaho last week by scratching the teen suspect when he tried to break into a gun safe, police said.

Trump promises new immigration order next week

By AFP - Friday, February 17, 2017 - 11:11

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump on Thursday said he will announce a new executive order on immigration next week, pressing on with an amended version of the much-criticised travel ban now caught up in court.

US Navy commander charged in Msian 'Fat Leonard' bribery case

By AP - Friday, February 17, 2017 - 10:57

SAN DIEGO: A Navy commander is the 12th Navy official to be charged in a wide-ranging bribery case involving a Malaysian defence contractor nicknamed “Fat Leonard” and was part of a group of officers called the “Wolf Pack” who accepted the services of prostitutes and other perks in exchange for clas

Kim killing spotlights unique M'sia-N. Korea relationship

By AFP - Friday, February 17, 2017 - 10:37

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia, where a half-brother of North Korea's leader was killed in a cloak-and-dagger attack this week, offers a rare meeting place for Pyongyang officials to contact the outside world.