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MUNICH: The teenager behind the deadly shooting rampage in Munich was a withdrawn loner obsessed with playing “killer” video games in his bedroom, a victim of bullying who suffered from panic attacks set off by contacts with other people,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

IS attack on Afghan protest kills 61 people, wounds 207

By AP - Saturday, July 23, 2016 - 22:34

KABUL, Afghanistan: At least 61 people were killed and another 207 wounded in the Afghan capital on Saturday, when a suicide bomber detonated his explosives-packed clothing among a large crowd of demonstrators, officials and witnesses said.

Munich shooting had 'obvious link' to Breivik, not IS

By AFP - Saturday, July 23, 2016 - 19:14

MUNICH: German investigators have established an “obvious link” between the Munich mall shooting and far-right Norwegian mass murderer Anders Breivik while ruling out any ties to the Islamic State group, police said Saturday.

India searches for missing air force plane, no wreckage found

By Reuters - Saturday, July 23, 2016 - 16:39

MUMBAI: Indian ships and aircraft searched on Saturday for an air force plane that went missing over the Bay of Bengal with 29 people on board the previous day, with no indication what happened to the aircraft or sign of wreckage, the defence ministry said.

Russian breaks round-the-world hot air balloon record

By AFP - Saturday, July 23, 2016 - 15:41

SYDNEY: Russian adventurer Fedor Konyukhov on Saturday broke the record for the fastest round-the-world flight in a hot air balloon, his crew said.

Police searching for motive in Munich shooting; 10 dead

By AP - Saturday, July 23, 2016 - 15:15

MUNICH: Police in Munich say they are hunting for a motive that might explain why an 18-year-old German-Iranian man opened fire at a crowded shopping mall and a McDonald’s, killing nine people and wounding 16 others before killing himself.

Fresh floods kill at least 25 across China, scores missing

By AP - Saturday, July 23, 2016 - 15:11

BEIJING: Fresh torrential rains swept through China this week, flooding streams, triggering landslides and killing at least 25 people with 13 more missing in the worst-hit city.

Philippines reviewing 'crazy' climate pledges: Duterte

By AFP - Saturday, July 23, 2016 - 15:05

MANILA: The Philippines is reviewing its “crazy” commitment to severely cut greenhouse-gas emissions in the Paris climate deal, new President Rodrigo Duterte has warned.

No Malaysians affected in Munich shooting tragedy

By FAIRUZ MOHD SHAHAR - Saturday, July 23, 2016 - 14:22

PUTRAJAYA: The Foreign Ministry has confirmed that no Malaysians were affected in the shooting incident at the Olympia Einkaufzentrum shopping mall in Munich, yesterday.

Doomed EgyptAir flight broke up midair after fire

By AFP - Saturday, July 23, 2016 - 14:17

NEW YORK: An EgyptAir flight that crashed into the Mediterranean in May likely broke up in midair after a fire erupted in or near the cockpit, the New York Times reported Friday.