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Nineteen killed, dozens wounded in Japan knife attack - media reports

By Reuters - Tuesday, 26 July 2016.

SAGAMIHARA: Nineteen people were killed and dozens were wounded after an attack by a knife-wielding man at a facility for the disabled in central Japan early on Tuesday, media reported, in Japan’s worst mass killing in decades.

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Two explosions kill 8 near Mogadishu airport

By AFP - Tuesday, July 26, 2016 - 15:46

MOGADISHU: At least eight people were killed on Tuesday when two huge bombs went off near Mogadishu’s airport, including one close to the UN’s political office in the Somali capital, a security source told AFP.

Australian PM orders inquiry after teenage prisoners teargassed, stripped naked

By Reuters - Tuesday, July 26, 2016 - 12:58

SYDNEY: Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Tuesday ordered an inquiry into the treatment of children in detention after the airing of video showing prison guards teargassing teenage inmates and strapping a half-naked, hooded-boy to a chair.

Laughing gas mix-up kills baby in Australia

By AFP - Tuesday, July 26, 2016 - 11:07

SYDNEY: A newborn baby has died after being given “laughing gas” instead of oxygen in a tragic mix-up at an Australian hospital which left another infant severely disabled, authorities said Tuesday.

Michelle Obama says Clinton 'only one' qualified to be president

By AFP - Tuesday, July 26, 2016 - 11:03

PHILADELPHIA: US First Lady Michelle Obama on Monday told the Democratic convention in Philadelphia that Hillary Clinton was the one candidate ready to be president, as she poured scorn on Donald Trump’s behavior and temperament.

Bangladesh police say 9 Islamists killed in Dhaka raid

By AFP - Tuesday, July 26, 2016 - 09:43

DHAKA: Bangladeshi police stormed a militant hideout in a Dhaka neighbourhood and killed nine suspected Islamist extremists after a gunbattle Tuesday morning, officials said.

Flight MH370: With search suspended, a cold-case file awaits

By AP - Tuesday, July 26, 2016 - 09:25

BANGKOK: For two years and more, it has been a lost ship, a metal container carrying 239 souls that simply disappeared one late Asian night never to be seen again. And now, the search for the remains of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 likely will become a thing of memory, too.

Gunman gets shot by Pokemon Go player he tried to rob

By AP - Tuesday, July 26, 2016 - 09:11

LAS VEGAS: A gunman and his underage driver tried to rob a group of people playing the popular Pokemon Go game, triggering a shootout after one of the players pulled out his own weapon at a Las Vegas park that has become a hot spot for virtual creature hunting.

China's condom policies to prevent HIV fail to protect sex workers

By Reuters - Tuesday, July 26, 2016 - 09:00

BANGKOK: Chinese police cracking down on sex workers routinely look for condoms as evidence of illegal activity, hindering efforts to prevent the spread of HIV among sex workers, one of the biggest at-risk groups in the country, experts said.

Solar Impulse 2 lands in UAE, ending round-the-world trip

By AFP - Tuesday, July 26, 2016 - 08:50

ABU DHABI: Solar Impulse 2 landed in the UAE early on Tuesday, completing its epic journey to become the first sun-powered airplane to circle the globe without a drop of fuel.

Tens of thousands of babies may be born with Zika disorders, says study

By AFP - Monday, July 25, 2016 - 23:10

Paris: Tens of thousands of babies may be born with debilitating Zika-related disorders in the course of the outbreak sweeping through Latin America and the Caribbean, researchers said Monday.

Syrian bomber in Germany 'pledged allegiance' to IS

By AFP - Monday, July 25, 2016 - 22:07

Nuremberg: German authorities said Monday they found a video on the mobile phone of a Syrian suicide bomber who blew himself up in Germany in which he “pledged allegiance” to IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

1MDB-linked findings have dented Singapore's reputation - central bank

By Reuters - Monday, July 25, 2016 - 13:11

SINGAPORE: Singapore’s central bank said on Monday the recent findings in a money laundering probe linked to Malaysian state fund 1MDB had dented the city-state’s reputation as a clean and trusted financial centre.

Syrian refugee killed by own bomb at German bar

By AFP - Monday, July 25, 2016 - 10:15

BERLIN: A Syrian refugee has been killed setting off a bomb at a bar in southern Germany which also wounded a dozen other people late Sunday, authorities say, the third attack to hit Bavaria in a week.

'Like a freight train': California wildfire guts 18 homes

By AP - Monday, July 25, 2016 - 09:41

LOS ANGELES: Flames raced down a steep hillside “like a freight train,” leaving smoldering remains of homes and forcing thousands to flee the wildfire churning through tinder-dry canyons in Southern California, authorities said Sunday.

Munich shooter was bullied loner, planned attack for a year

By AP - Monday, July 25, 2016 - 09:14

MUNICH: The teenager behind the deadly shooting rampage in Munich was a withdrawn loner obsessed with playing “killer” video games in his bedroom, a victim of bullying who suffered from panic attacks set off by contacts with other people, investigators said Sunday, adding that he had planned the att

Germany: Syrian refugee kills woman and injures two in machete attack

By Reuters - Monday, July 25, 2016 - 00:52

BERLIN: A 21-year-old Syrian refugee killed a woman with a machete and injured two other people on Sunday before being arrested in the southern German city of Reutlingen, a police spokesman said.

(Olympics) No blanket ban for Russia's athletes

By Reuters - Sunday, July 24, 2016 - 23:16

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) will not impose a blanket ban on Russia for next month’s Rio Olympics over the nation’s doping record but will leave decisions on individual athletes’ participation to the relevant sports federations.

Philippines president gives order to free up information

By Reuters - Sunday, July 24, 2016 - 17:12

MANILA: The Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered all agencies directly under his watch to open their records to the public as part of his promise to crack down on corruption and promote transparency in government.

Suicide bomber kills at least 12 in north Baghdad

By AFP - Sunday, July 24, 2016 - 15:24

BAGHDAD: A suicide bomber struck near a checkpoint in a Shiite area of northern Baghdad on Sunday, killing at least 12 people, Iraqi security and medical officials said.

Russian pranksters call heads of WADA and US anti-doping agency

By Reuters - Sunday, July 24, 2016 - 14:51

MOSCOW: Russian media published on Friday calls by two comedians to the heads of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) pretending to be Ukrainian Sports Minister Ihor Zhdanov.

Iran condemns Kabul twin blasts, urges unity

By AFP - Sunday, July 24, 2016 - 14:15

TEHRAN: Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif condemned twin bomb attacks by the Islamic State group that ripped through crowds of minority Shiite Hazaras in the Afghan capital, killing at least 80.

Argentine mothers hold mass breastfeeding protest

By AFP - Sunday, July 24, 2016 - 14:06

BUENOS AIRES: Hundreds of women turned out in Argentina to breastfeed in public Saturday, in protest at the removal of a mother for nursing publicly in a Buenos Aires square last week.

Burned body found as wildfire burns near Los Angeles

By AP - Sunday, July 24, 2016 - 14:06

LOS ANGELES: A burned body was found Saturday at the scene of a brushfire north of Los Angeles that has scorched 31 square miles and prompted the evacuation of 1,500 homes, authorities said.

IS attacks protest in Afghan capital, kills 80 people

By AP - Sunday, July 24, 2016 - 13:53

KABUL: The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing on a peaceful protest in the Afghan capital on Saturday that killed at least 80 people and wounded more than 200, marking the first time the extremists have struck Kabul and raising fears of their growing strength and ca

Tiger mauls woman to death in Chinese wildlife park

By AP - Sunday, July 24, 2016 - 13:08

BEIJING: Siberian tigers at a wildlife park in Beijing mauled a woman to death and wounded another when they stepped out of their car in an enclosure, a Chinese state-run newspaper said.

Social media a curse and a blessing in Munich shooting

By AFP - Sunday, July 24, 2016 - 12:05

MUNICH: Social networks were both a curse and a blessing in the deadly shopping mall shooting in Munich, as police sometimes found themselves chasing fictitious leads and false alarms.

Poland ups Pope security after Europe attacks

By AFP - Sunday, July 24, 2016 - 11:45

KRAKÓW: Poland will deploy more than 40,000 security personnel to protect Pope Francis and the hundreds of thousands of young Catholics meeting him for World Youth Day (WYD) in Krakow next week.

Eight-year-old schoolgirls charged by Thai police with tearing down voting lists

By Reuters - Sunday, July 24, 2016 - 11:35

BANGKOK: Two 8-year-old girls in Thailand have been charged for violating campaigning rules ahead of a contentious referendum next month after tearing voter lists off a wall because they liked the pink paper they were printed on, police said on Sunday.

4 adults found dead after shooting in Texas

By AP - Sunday, July 24, 2016 - 11:02

BASTROP: Four adults have been found dead following a shooting at an apartment complex in Bastrop, Texas.

Moderate earthquake hits southwest of Sumatra, Indonesia

By Bernama - Saturday, July 23, 2016 - 23:10

KUALA LUMPUR: A moderate earthquake measuring 5.4 on the Richter scale struck the southwestern part of Sumatra, Indonesia at 3.41 pm today, according to the Meteorological Department.