Anger at skeletal sun bears in Indonesian zoo

By AFP - Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 22:48

BANDUNG: Animal rights activists Wednesday demanded the closure of an Indonesian zoo after skeletal sun bears were pictured begging for food from visitors and eating their own dung.

Basi, world's oldest captive panda, turns 37

By Reuters - Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 21:59

BEIJING: Basi, the oldest giant panda living in captivity, celebrated her 37th birthday on Wednesday wearing a crown and getting a special birthday cake.

Indian police arrest US national for circulating child porn

By Bernama - Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 19:29

NEW DELHI: Indian police have arrested a 42-year-old US national in the southern city of Hyderabad on charges of circulating pornographic videos and images involving minors, China’s Xinhua news agency reported.

Samsung heir awaits court ruling on arrest

By AFP - Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 19:01

SEOUL: A South Korean judge began deliberating Wednesday whether to formally arrest the heir to the Samsung empire over his alleged role in a corruption scandal engulfing President Park Geun-Hye.

Cambodian women rescued from sex slavery in Japan

By AFP - Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 16:27

PHNOM PENH: Seven Cambodian women have been rescued from a restaurant in Japan where they were allegedly forced into sex work after a victim made a desperate Facebook plea for help, an official said Wednesday.

Wrong target: Nigerian air force kills 52 in strike on refugee camp

By Reuters - Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 16:23

MAIDUGURI: Nigeria's air force killed at least 52 people and injured 120 in an air strike on a refugee camp in the country's northeast on Tuesday, a spokesman from Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said after the military earlier disclosed the strike was meant to target Boko Haram militants.

A peek into the Chinese factory that makes a fortune from Donald Trump masks

By SIDNEY LENG - Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 15:01

IT was a tough year in 2016 for China’s exporters due to tepid global demand, but some Chinese firms bucked the trend thanks to US president-elect Donald Trump.

Czech fugitive wanted for spreading HIV held in Thailand

By AFP - Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 14:57

BANGKOK: A Czech fugitive wanted in his homeland for knowingly spreading HIV to multiple victims has been arrested on a Thai resort island after living in the country for more than a year, police said Wednesday.

Hong Kong has "no room" for independence from China - HK leader

By Reuters - Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 12:30

HONG KONG: Hong Kong’s chief executive said on Wednesday in his annual policy blueprint that the city couldn’t become independent or separate from China.

Bail denied for Florida airport shooter

By AFP - Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 11:08

MIAMI: A US judge on Tuesday ordered the Iraq war vet accused of shooting five people dead in a Florida airport be held without bail as his court case proceed.

Australia names first indigenous minister

By AFP - Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 10:39

SYDNEY: Australia on Wednesday appointed its first indigenous minister, a former labourer who has credited education for his rise from humble beginnings in a country where Aborigines remain among the most disadvantaged.

Egyptian football star placed on 'terror' list

By AFP - Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 10:35

CAIRO: An Egyptian court has added former football star Mohamed Aboutrika to the authorities’ terror list, his lawyer said Tuesday, based on suspicions he financed the banned Muslim Brotherhood.

Gunman, two workers killed in attack on prosecutor's office in Cancun

By AFP - Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 10:11

MEXICO CITY: A gunman and two workers were killed Tuesday during an attack on the state prosecutor’s office in Cancun, authorities in the Mexican tourist city said.

'Apprentice' alum sues Trump for defamation

By AFP - Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 09:41

LOS ANGELES: President-elect Donald Trump was hit with a defamation lawsuit on Tuesday by a former contestant on his reality television show “The Apprentice” who had previously accused him of sexual misconduct.

Obama shortens sentence of Manning, who gave secrets to WikiLeaks

By Reuters - Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 08:40

WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama on Tuesday shortened the prison sentence of Chelsea Manning, the former US military intelligence who was responsible for a 2010 leak of classified materials to anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks, the biggest such breach in US history.

Samsung scion Lee faces court hearing on arrest warrant

By Reuters - Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 08:34

SEOUL: Jay Y. Lee, the 48-year-old leader of the Samsung Group, is due to appear at a court hearing on Wednesday when a judge will decide whether to issue an arrest warrant over his alleged role in a corruption scandal that has rocked South Korea.

Video footage of woman on roof of moving car stuns Singaporeans [VIDEO]

By NST ONLINE - Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 01:55

KUALA LUMPUR: Netizens in Singapore were all abuzz after footage of what appeared to be a woman sitting on the roof of a fast-moving car on the city streets made its rounds on the internet.

S. Korea culture minister grilled over arts blacklist

By AFP - Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - 17:31

SEOUL: South Korea’s culture minister was questioned by prosecutors Tuesday over allegations that the government blacklisted thousands of artists for their political beliefs, the first incumbent cabinet minister to be formally interviewed in the scandal surrounding President Park Geun-Hye.

Istanbul attack suspect confesses

By AFP - Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - 17:26

ISTANBUL: A 34-year-old Uzbek man suspected of mowing down 39 people at an Istanbul nightclub on New Year’s Eve confessed on Tuesday to the massacre, Turkish authorities said.

A tale of two speeches as Davos week begins

By AFP - Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - 16:06

DAVOS: The global elite begin a week of earnest debate and Alpine partying in the Swiss ski resort of Davos on Tuesday, in a week bookended by two presidential speeches of historic import.

May to rule out 'half-in' EU deal in Brexit speech

By AFP - Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - 15:59

LONDON: British Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday is expected to say she favours a clean break from the European Union, dismissing a “half-in, half-out” Brexit deal with Brussels.

Money and power: Samsung embroiled in S. Korea scandal

By AFP - Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - 15:00

SEOUL: Major industrial firms are so intertwined with power in South Korea that citizens joke they live in the “Republic of Samsung.” Now the heart of that republic is in the eye of a political storm.

Maduro denounces 'hate campaign' aimed at Donald Trump

By AFP - Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - 13:40

CARACAS: Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Monday denounced a “hate campaign” aimed at Donald Trump, saying the US president-elect’s administration would not be “worse” than Barack Obama’s.

Five dead in shooting at Mexico music festival

By AFP - Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - 12:26

PLAYA DEL CARMEN: A shooting erupted during an electronic music festival at a Mexican beach resort early Monday, leaving five people dead, including one in a stampede as revelers fled in panic.

Indian tailor admits to raping hundreds of schoolgirls

By Reuters - Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - 10:34

NEW DELHI: A tailor in India has confessed to abducting, molesting and raping "hundreds" of schoolgirls over the last decade, said Delhi police, uncovering what may be one of the biggest serial paedophile cases in the country in recent times.

8 policemen gunned down in Egypt

By AFP - Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - 09:47

CAIRO: Gunmen killed eight police late Monday in an attack on a checkpoint in el-Wadi el-Gedid province in southwest Egypt, the interior ministry said.

Istanbul nightclub attacker caught, having never left city

By AFP - Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - 09:28

ISTANBUL: Turkish police on Monday captured the suspected jihadist who slaughtered 39 people on New Year's night at an Istanbul nightclub, detaining him in a raid on a residential area of the city after a long manhunt.

Cuba, United States to fight terrorism, drug trafficking and other crimes

By Reuters - Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - 08:48

HAVANA: Cuba and the United States on Monday signed an agreement to cooperate in the fight against terrorism, drug trafficking, money laundering and other international criminal activities on the eve of President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration.

As London softens on pace of Brexit, Brussels appears to harden

By Reuters - Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - 08:00

BRUSSELS: Just as London appears to be coming round to the idea that it will need a temporary transitional agreement with Brussels to smooth its exit from the European Union, it may find the position of European leaders has hardened.