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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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French PM moots temporary ban on foreign-funded mosques

By AFP - Friday, July 29, 2016 - 18:39

PARIS: France’s prime minister said Friday he would consider a temporary ban on foreign financing of mosques, urging a “new model” for relations with Islam after a spate of jihadist attacks.

Two children abused in Australian prison being counter-sued by state

By Reuters - Friday, July 29, 2016 - 12:02

SYDNEY: Two of the six aboriginal children teargassed by police while in custody in Australia are being counter-sued by the Northern Territory government for damaging the prison in an escape attempt, according to court documents.

Time served, US$44K restitution for airplane yoga arrest

By AP - Friday, July 29, 2016 - 10:06

HONOLULU: A Korean tourist who was arrested after he became violent when he wasn’t allowed to do yoga on a plane leaving Hawaii won’t get additional jail time. But he must pay United Airlines more than US$44,000.

Clinton warns of 'moment of reckoning' in US

By AFP - Friday, July 29, 2016 - 09:06

PHILADELPHIA: Americans face a “moment of reckoning” in the 2016 election, Hillary Clinton will tell voters Thursday as she accepts the Democratic presidential nomination and highlights efforts to improve economic opportunities across the board.

Testing confirms new, rarely seen whale in Pacific Ocean

By AP - Friday, July 29, 2016 - 08:59

ANCHORAGE: Genetic tests confirm that a mysterious, unnamed species of beaked whale only rarely seen alive by Japanese fishermen roams the northern Pacific Ocean, according to research published this week.

US military confirms 14 new civilian deaths in Iraq, Syria

By AFP - Friday, July 29, 2016 - 08:37

WASHINGTON: The US military Thursday confirmed 14 new deaths resulting from the bombing campaign against the Islamic State group, bringing the total official toll to 55 killed.

Japan latest Airbnb battleground in home-sharing war

By AFP - Friday, July 29, 2016 - 00:43

Tokyo: Sarah Takeda thought she had a good little business renting a traditional tatami-mat room in her house on Airbnb.

French ID second church attacker

By AP - Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 20:02

PARIS: Officials on Thursday identified the second man who attacked a Normandy church during a morning Mass this week, saying he is a 19-year-old from eastern France who was spotted last month in Turkey as he supposedly headed to Syria — but who returned to France instead.

WWF urges closure of all tiger farms

By AFP - Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 19:28

GENEVA: The World Wildlife Fund on Thursday called on Asian states to close their tiger farms to boost efforts against the black-market trade in animal parts.

China, Russia to hold joint exercises in S China Sea: Beijing

By AFP - Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 16:45

BEIJING: China and Russia will hold joint naval exercises in the South China Sea in September, Beijing’s defence ministry said Thursday, after an international tribunal invalidated the Asian giant’s extensive claims in the area.

Trump encourages Russia to hack Clinton emails

By AFP - Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 15:38

MIAMI: Donald Trump sensationally challenged Russia on Wednesday to hack into Hillary Clinton’s emails as a furious Democratic campaign accused the Republican nominee of inviting foreign spies to meddle in the US presidential election.

Zoo animals: the latest victims of food crisis in Venezuela

By Bernama - Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 14:24

CARACAS: Venezuela’s food crisis has hit Zoos where animals are reportedly left to starve or be fed with reduced rations.

More flights delayed, canceled due to Typhoon Mirinae

By Bernama - Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 13:02

HANOI: Flights have been rescheduled and canceled on Thursday as typhoon Mirinae made landfall in the north provinces, causing heavy rains in Hanoi and other provinces the previous night, according to the Vietnam Airlines Cooperation.

Guns cheaper than smartphones in Pakistani tribal town

By AFP - Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 12:54

DARRA ADAMKHEL: Gunfire echoes through a dusty northwest tribal town, the soundtrack to Pakistan’s biggest arms black market, where Kalashnikovs welded from scrap metal are cheaper than smartphones and sold on an industrial scale.

Floods, landslides kill at least 58 in Nepal

By AFP - Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 11:27

KATHMANDU: At least 58 people have died in floods and landslides triggered by heavy rains in Nepal, the government said Wednesday.

Hiroshima unhappy atomic-bomb park is 'Pokemon Go' site

By AP - Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 11:00

TOKYO: “Pokemon Go” players are descending on an atomic bomb memorial park in Hiroshima, and officials of the western Japanese city are displeased.

Obama says Clinton uniquely qualified for the White House

By AFP - Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 10:51

PHILADELPHIA: US President Barack Obama will spearhead a Democratic effort to paint Donald Trump as unfit to be commander-in-chief Wednesday, contrasting the Republican nominee with his more experienced rival Hillary Clinton.

Orlando victim's mom brings Democratic convention to tears

By AFP - Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 10:40

PHILADELPHIA: The mother of a man killed last month in a mass shooting at a Florida nightclub pleaded for stronger gun laws Wednesday in a moving address to the Democratic National Convention.

Usain Bolt's mom says key to keeping him calm is laughter

By AP - Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 10:20

NEW YORK: How does the mom of Usain Bolt help the world’s fastest man keep his cool?

Australia police say Pope aide investigated over child abuse claims

By AFP - Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 10:20

SYDNEY: Australian police said Thursday they are investigating child abuse complaints against Vatican finance chief George Pell with a decision on whether to press charges yet to be made.

Details emerge after arrest in death of Oregon woman

By AP - Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 10:14

SALEM: Kaylee Sawyer was walking alone in the middle of the night on the edge of the picturesque town of Bend, Oregon, after getting into an argument with her boyfriend.

German police arrest Algerian suspect who yelled 'I'll blow you up'

By Reuters - Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 10:10

BERLIN: German police on Wednesday arrested a 19-year-old Algerian refugee who had fled a psychiatric facility earlier in the day yelling, “I’ll blow you up,” ending the latest in a string of incidents that have set the country’s nerves on edge.

Obama offers support to Germany after spate of attacks

By AFP - Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 10:00

WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama on Wednesday offered his condolences and US support to German Chancellor Angela Merkel following a spate of bloody attacks in her country, the White House said.

Obama to frame election as 'commander-in-chief' test

By AFP - Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 09:40

PHILADELPHIA: US President Barack Obama will spearhead a Democratic effort to paint Donald Trump as unfit to be commander-in-chief Wednesday, contrasting the Republican nominee with his vastly more experienced rival Hillary Clinton.

To reverse damage of sitting, take a brisk, hour-long walk

By AP - Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 09:30

LONDON: If you spend all day sitting on your rear end, then you might want to schedule some time for a brisk walk — just make sure you can spare at least an hour.

At least 120 cases of sexual violence in South Sudan capital -UN

By Reuters - Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 09:20

UNITED NATIONS: The United Nations said on Wednesday there has been at least 120 cases of sexual violence and rape against civilians in South Sudan’s capital Juba since fighting erupted three weeks ago between troops loyal to the country’s rival leaders.

Minister: Bavaria bomber in online chat before attack

By AP - Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 08:52

BERLIN: A 27-year-old Syrian asylum-seeker who blew himself up in the southern German town of Ansbach was chatting online with a still-unidentified person immediately before the explosion, Bavaria’s interior minister said Wednesday.

Authorities raid mosque in northern Germany

By AP - Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 08:50

BERLIN: Authorities in northern Germany say police have raided a mosque believed to be a “hot spot” for Islamic extremists in the city of Hildesheim.

German mall evacuated as police hunt Algerian suspect

By Reuters - Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 08:19

BERLIN: Authorities evacuated a shopping centre in Bremen, Germany, on Wednesday evening as police hunted for a 19-year-old Algerian suspect who had fled a psychiatric facility, police said, but they denied that it was an “anti-terror operation.”

A look at the conflicts that have plagued India for decades

By AP - Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 08:01

NEW DELHI: India has been plagued with often deadly political disputes for decades: A decades-old confrontation between protesters and armed forces in Kashmir has claimed tens of thousands of lives. A festering conflict with Maoist rebels cuts a wide swath across many of the country’s states.