NEW YORK: Republican front-runner Donald Trump on Thursday bowed to pressure from the party establishment and signed a pledge not to run as an independent candidate in the November 2016 presidential election.
GUATEMALA CITY: Guatemala’s Congress swore in a new president Thursday as disgraced former leader Otto Perez was ordered detained to prevent him becoming a fugitive from justice in the Central American nation’s long-running corruption saga.
BEIJING: President Xi Jinping announced on Thursday he would cut troop levels by 300,000 as China held its biggest display of military might in a parade to commemorate victory over Japan in World War Two, an event shunned by most Western leaders.
MADRID: The Spanish Senate on Tuesday approved the establishment of a permanent force of 2,200 US Marines based in southern Spain, who can be swiftly deployed to crises in Africa.
GENEVA: The World Health Organisation on Thursday announced that Liberia, recently ravaged by Ebola, was free of the virus, 42 days after the last confirmed case passed a second negative test.
MEXICO CITY: Eight people were arrested and eight others are being sought for stealing and trafficking in newborn babies in the northern Mexican state of Sonora, officials said.
SACRAMENTO: A California prison inmate who spent 26 years on death row for murder has died of natural causes, the fourth so far this year in a state that hasn’t carried out an execution since 2006.
TEHRAN: Women drivers in Iran’s capital could have their cars impounded by police if they are caught driving with a poorly fixed veil or without their heads covered, a police chief said Wednesday.
RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s top cleric hit out at Iranian film “Muhammad” on Wednesday describing its portrayal of the prophet’s childhood as a “hostile act” and a “distortion” of Islam.
CUTTACK, (India): Sixty-one infants have died at an Indian children’s hospital in just two weeks, sparking protests and forcing the state government to launch an investigation.
FOX LAKE, (Illinois): Police in helicopters, with dogs and armed with rifles were conducting a massive manhunt in northern Illinois into Wednesday after an officer was fatally shot while pursuing a group of men.
DUSHANBE, (Tajikistan) : It began with a low rumbling noise. Then the rivers of mud poured down the mountainside over the Tajik village of Barssem – the latest victim of shrinking glaciers that are an alarming portent of climate change in Central Asia.
TOKYO: Japanese police called Wednesday for nationwide vigilance against possible gang violence following a rift in the largest “yakuza” organised crime syndicate.
BANGKOK: Thai police have added Turkish man, Emrah Davutoglu as a new suspect in the two bomb attacks in Bangkok on Aug 17 and 18, the eighth so far.
BAGHDAD: Masked men in military uniforms kidnapped 18 Turkish employees of an Ankara-based construction company in Baghdad early Wednesday, bundling them into several SUVs and speeding away, Iraqi and Turkish officials said.
ATHENS: Thousands of refugees and migrants arrived in Athens on Wednesday, piling further pressure on increasingly divided European nations as they struggle to cope with the unprecedented influx.
LONDON: A London skyscraper that made headlines for reflecting sunlight at an intensity that melted parts of a Jaguar car in the street below has been awarded the annual Carbuncle Cup that highlights perceived architectural horrors.
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.
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