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.”


Kim killing: Vietnam verifying info on passport holder held in Msia

By Bernama - Tuesday, February 21, 2017 - 16:04

HANOI: Vietnam is verifying information about a woman carrying a Vietnamese passport arrested by Malaysian police over the murder of North Korean Kim Jong-nam in Malaysia on Feb 13, Vietnam News Agency reported.

Widespread flooding hits Indonesian capital

By AFP - Tuesday, February 21, 2017 - 15:45

JAKARTA: Jakarta was hit by widespread flooding on Tuesday after hours of torrential rain, with thousands of homes inundated, cars stranded and people forced to wade through murky brown water.

Japan kindergarten apologises after possible hate-speech comment

By Reuters - Tuesday, February 21, 2017 - 15:15

TOKYO: A Japanese kindergarten that has ties to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s wife, Akie, has apologised over online comments that domestic media described as possible hate speech against Koreans and Chinese people.

Nepal to hold first local elections in 20 years

By AFP - Tuesday, February 21, 2017 - 15:02

KATHMANDU: Nepal will hold its first local elections in two decades in May, the government has announced, a key moment in the country’s fraught transition to democracy.

Thousands attend Trump 'not my president' rally

By AFP - Tuesday, February 21, 2017 - 12:05

NEW YORK: About 10,000 anti-Trump protesters marched in New York to shouts of “not my president!” Monday, joined by others in cities across the United States on the US Presidents Day holiday.

Trump names H.R. McMaster as national security advisor

By AFP - Tuesday, February 21, 2017 - 11:52

WASHINGTON: Donald Trump tapped respected Army lieutenant general H.R. McMaster as his national security advisor Monday, hoping to course correct after his first pick resigned and his second turned down the vital post.

Kim killing one week on: what we know

By AFP - Tuesday, February 21, 2017 - 11:18

KUALA LUMPUR: A week since news broke that the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un had been assassinated, a clearer picture is emerging of the Cold War-style killing in Kuala Lumpur’s international airport.

Russia's UN envoy Vitaly Churkin dead at 64

By AFP - Tuesday, February 21, 2017 - 10:47

UNITED NATIONS: Russia’s ambassador to the United Nations, Vitaly Churkin, who for years fended off Western criticism and defended Moscow’s actions in Ukraine and Syria, died Monday in New York.

Mollywood film star abducted, raped in car; India outraged

By Reuters - Tuesday, February 21, 2017 - 10:30

CHENNAI: The alleged abduction and rape of a well-known actress in the southern Indian state of Kerala sparked outrage among activists who say the case highlights the dangers faced by all women in India and a lack of justice for victims of sexual violence.

Plane with five aboard crashes into Melbourne mall

By AFP - Tuesday, February 21, 2017 - 09:04

MELBOURNE: A light aircraft carrying five people crashed Tuesday in a "massive fireball", hitting a shopping centre near the Australian city of Melbourne and sending black smoke billowing into the air, witnesses and officials said.

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.