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London stocks fully recovers, wiping out post-Brexit losses in global rebound

By AFP - Thursday, 30 June 2016.

London: London share prices surged on Wednesday, wiping clean post-Brexit result losses, in the second straight day of a global recovery following a sharp sell-off sparked by Britain’s vote to quit the EU.

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Plight of African lions persists 1 year after Cecil killing

By AP - Friday, July 1, 2016 - 19:03

JOHANNESBURG: Some call it the Cecil the lion effect.

Hajj pilgrims to get e-bracelets for safety

By AFP - Friday, July 1, 2016 - 17:18

RIYADH: Muslim pilgrims joining this year’s hajj in Saudi Arabia will have to wear an electronic safety bracelet, newspapers reported Friday, after more than 2,000 died in a stampede last year.

Two children die as Nepal school collapses

By AFP - Friday, July 1, 2016 - 17:07

KATHMANDU: Heavy monsoon rains caused parts of a school to collapse in Nepal’s capital on Friday, killing two pupils and injuring 24 others, police said.

Police raid Italy's 'Chinese mafia' over race crime

By AFP - Friday, July 1, 2016 - 16:14

ROME: Italian police said Friday they had raided nine premises as part of an investigation into a Chinese criminal gang they suspect of being behind a spate of attacks on North Africans.

Turkish police detain 11 more suspects over airport attack - media

By Reuters - Friday, July 1, 2016 - 16:05

ISTANBUL: Turkish police detained 11 foreigners suspected of being members of an Islamic State cell in Istanbul linked to the suicide bombers who staged the attack this week at Istanbul’s main airport, broadcaster Haberturk said on its website on Friday.

Britain's Daily Mail newspaper backs May for prime minister

By Reuters - Friday, July 1, 2016 - 14:54

LONDON: Britain’s Daily Mail newspaper on Friday backed Theresa May’s bid to become the next prime minister, saying she was the only one out of five candidates for the Conservative Party leadership who was up to the job.

Taiwan mistakenly fires 'carrier killer' missile towards China

By AFP - Friday, July 1, 2016 - 13:26

TAIPEI: A Taiwanese warship mistakenly launched a supersonic “aircraft carrier killer” missile towards China on Friday, the navy said, as ties between the island and its once bitter rival deteriorate.

Promised work, Myanmar women instead forced to marry in China

By AFP - Friday, July 1, 2016 - 12:19

HLAING THAR YAR, Myanmar: Enticed by work in China, hundreds of poor young Myanmar women are instead being duped into marriage, and left to scramble to get back across remote borders before they are forced into life with husbands they have never met.

Hindu temple volunteer hacked to death in Bangladesh: police

By AFP - Friday, July 1, 2016 - 11:29

NEW DELHI: A Hindu temple worker was hacked to death in western Bangladesh Friday, police said, the latest in a series of attacks on religious minorities by suspected Islamists.

Sri Lanka's latest status symbol, a baby elephant

By AFP - Friday, July 1, 2016 - 11:17

COLOMBO: Expensive and high-maintenance, baby elephants have become the ultimate status symbol for Sri Lanka’s wealthy elite – a trend that has horrified conservationists and prompted a government crackdown.

'Nothing will change': post-attack selfies at Istanbul airport

By AFP - Friday, July 1, 2016 - 10:49

ISTANBUL: Just two days after triple suicide bombings, Istanbul’s main international airport is as usual a hive of activity – but with passengers snapping selfies in front of bullet-shattered windows.

Ex-US Secret Service agent suspected in additional Bitcoin thefts

By Reuters - Friday, July 1, 2016 - 08:56

SAN FRANCISCO: A Secret Service agent who stole money seized by the government in the investigation of underground drug bazaar Silk Road is now suspected of stealing money in at least two other cases, according to court filings unsealed on Thursday.

Tesla driver killed on 'autopilot' mode, probe opened

By AFP - Friday, July 1, 2016 - 08:23

NEW YORK: Tesla said Thursday a driver was killed while using the “autopilot” self-driving mechanism on its Model S electric car, leading to a federal safety investigation.

'Active shooter' report at military base was false alarm

By AP - Friday, July 1, 2016 - 01:39

JOINT BASE ANDREWS: The military base outside Washington where the presidential plane Air Force One is stationed was temporarily locked down Thursday after an “active shooter” report that turned out to be a false alarm.

Putin officially lifts Turkey tourism ban

By AFP - Friday, July 1, 2016 - 01:30

Moscow: Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday officially lifted restrictions on tourism in Turkey after mending ties with Ankara over its downing of one of Moscow’s warplanes.

Military base near DC on lockdown, active shooter report

By AP - Thursday, June 30, 2016 - 22:25

JOINT BASE ANDREWS: Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said Thursday there was an “unfolding situation” at Joint Base Andrews in Washington’s Maryland suburbs but provided no further details.

27 killed, 40 wounded in Afghanistan from Taliban suicide attack on police cadet buses

By Reuters - Thursday, June 30, 2016 - 22:00

KABUL: Two Taliban suicide bombers on Thursday killed at least 27 people and wounded around 40 in an attack on buses carrying newly graduated cadets on the western outskirts of Kabul, officials said.

Ex-London mayor Boris Johnson rules out bid to be next British prime minister

By Reuters - Thursday, June 30, 2016 - 19:16

LONDON: Former London Mayor Boris Johnson, a leading Brexit campaigner who had been considered one of the favourites to replace David Cameron as British Prime Minister, said on Thursday he would not be standing.

Iran to hang two Afghans for rape of French hiker

By AFP - Thursday, June 30, 2016 - 18:58

TEHRAN: Iran sentenced to death two Afghans convicted of raping a French tourist hiking in the high mountains just north of Tehran, a government newspaper reported on Thursday.

13 detained over Istanbul airport attack

By AFP - Thursday, June 30, 2016 - 18:33

ISTANBUL: Turkey on Thursday detained 13 suspected Islamic State jihadists over the deadly Istanbul airport attack, as chilling details emerged of how suicide bombers launched their assault.

Ex-US Marine charged in murder, rape of woman on Okinawa

By AP - Thursday, June 30, 2016 - 18:15

TOKYO: Japanese prosecutors have charged a U.S. military contractor with the murder and rape of a 20-year-old woman on Okinawa, a high-profile case that has renewed anti-American base sentiment on the southern Japanese island.

Taliban attack police buses in Kabul, many casualties feared

By AFP - Thursday, June 30, 2016 - 18:04

KABUL: Two buses transporting police cadets in the Afghan capital were struck by a suicide bomb attack on Thursday, government and Taliban sources said, with many casualties feared.

Singaporean man charged after threatening to 'open fire' on LGBTs

By AFP - Thursday, June 30, 2016 - 16:03

SINGAPORE: A man whose Facebook comment calling for violence against the local LGBT community went viral after a shooting at a popular gay club in Florida was charged in Singapore on Thursday.

Grizzly kills mountain biker near Glacier National Park

By AP - Thursday, June 30, 2016 - 15:41

HELENA: A grizzly bear attacked and killed a 38-year-old mountain biker as he was riding along a trail just outside Glacier National Park, Montana authorities said.

Dismembered body found in recycled New Zealand cardboard

By AFP - Thursday, June 30, 2016 - 15:25

WELLINGTON: A homeless New Zealand man whose dismembered body was found crushed in cardboard bales was likely picked up by a recycling truck while sleeping rough, police said Thursday.

Litany of errors led to Taiwan air crash: report

By AFP - Thursday, June 30, 2016 - 15:25

TAIPEI: A catalogue of errors led the pilot of a passenger plane that crashed in Taiwan to shut down the only working engine, exclaiming: “Wow, pulled back wrong throttle,” a damning report said Thursday.

Fire in residential building kills 8 in India

By AP - Thursday, June 30, 2016 - 13:51

NEW DELHI: Police say a fire in a pharmacy engulfed residential quarters of a Mumbai suburban building, killing eight people.

Rumi wasn't yours: Afghan fury as Iran, Turkey claim Sufi poet

By AFP - Thursday, June 30, 2016 - 12:55

KABUL: Who can lay claim to Rumi, the Sufi mystic who is one of the world’s most beloved poets? A bid by Iran and Turkey to do so has exasperated Afghanistan, country of his birth eight centuries ago.

No fanfare as Philippines' Duterte prepares to take office

By Reuters - Thursday, June 30, 2016 - 11:50

MANILA: There will be no fancy ‘vin d’honneur’ at Rodrigo Duterte’s inauguration as president of the Philippines on Thursday, just simple fare at a low-key event. Then he will get straight down to the business of crushing crime, drugs and lawlessness.

Vietnam sentences Australian to death for heroin trafficking

By AP - Thursday, June 30, 2016 - 11:11

HANOI: A court in southern Vietnam has sentenced an Australian citizen to death for heroin trafficking.