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Myanmar's Rohingya: Stateless, persecuted and fleeing

By AFP - Wednesday, 23 November 2016.

YANGON: Scores of Rohingya Muslims have been killed in a Myanmar army crackdown since early October, when sword-wielding assailants raided police posts in the remote marshlands bordering Bangladesh.

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At least nine dead in California warehouse fire

By Reuters - Sunday, December 4, 2016 - 00:37

OAKLAND: At least nine people were dead and about 25 others were unaccounted for after a massive fire broke out during a late-night party in a warehouse in Oakland, California, the city’s fire chief said on Saturday.

For Apple and others, tin supply chain has ties to rebel-held Myanmar mine

By Reuters - Saturday, December 3, 2016 - 23:16

YANGON/WASHINGTON: From a remote corner of northeastern Myanmar, an insurgent army sells tin ore to suppliers of some of the world’s largest consumer companies.

Indonesia confirms plane with 19 onboard crashed in Riau waters

By Bernama - Saturday, December 3, 2016 - 21:46

JAKARTA: Indonesian police have confirmed a police aircraft carrying 13 senior officers, including three pilots crashed in waters near Lingga regency, Riau Islands province in Sumatra.

First plane arrives with bodies of Brazil footballers killed in crash

By AFP - Saturday, December 3, 2016 - 20:46

CHAPECÓ: The first of two Brazilian air force planes carrying the remains of a football team killed in a plane crash arrived Saturday in the city of Chapeco in southern Brazil.

China theme park to raise the Titanic, with wi-fi

By AFP - Saturday, December 3, 2016 - 20:28

SHANGHAI: Construction of the world’s first full-size replica of the Titanic has begun in China, state media reported Thursday, where it is expected to enjoy smoother sailing as a lakeside tourist draw than its namesake.

China's Xi says military must be smaller, but more capable

By Reuters - Saturday, December 3, 2016 - 19:28

BEIJING: China’s armed forces must be smaller but more capable, and if reforms are not properly carried out the military risks falling behind, affecting its ability to wage war, Chinese state media on Saturday cited President Xi Jinping as saying.

Beijing protests to US over Trump Taiwan call

By AFP - Saturday, December 3, 2016 - 18:56

BEIJING: Beijing has lodged a protest with the United States over a call between US President-elect Donald Trump and Taiwanese leader Tsai Ing-wen, the foreign ministry said in a statement Saturday.

Brazil grieves for football team killed in crash

By AFP - Saturday, December 3, 2016 - 18:28

CHAPECÓ: A small Brazilian city will hold a massive funeral Saturday to honour its football team, wiped out at the height of their glory in a plane crash that killed 71 people.

(UPDATE) Indonesian police plane with 15 on board goes missing

By Reuters - Saturday, December 3, 2016 - 17:59

JAKARTA: A twin-engine Indonesian police plane went missing on Saturday with 15 people on board en route to the island of Batam, south of Singapore, police said.

Trump says Philippines fighting drugs 'the right way': Duterte

By AFP - Saturday, December 3, 2016 - 17:30

MANILA: US President-elect Donald Trump told Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte that Manila was conducting its deadly drug war “the right way“, Duterte said Saturday, in stark contrast to the criticism he received from President Barack Obama.

Fed-up MH370 relatives head to Madagascar

By AFP - Saturday, December 3, 2016 - 16:27

KUALA LUMPUR: Relatives of missing MH370 passengers were headed to Madagascar Saturday, harbouring hopes of finding seaborne debris, 1,001 days since the mysterious disappearance of the ill-fated Malaysia Airlines jet.

S. Korea opposition files impeachment motion

By AFP - Saturday, December 3, 2016 - 15:15

SEOUL: South Korea’s opposition parties filed an impeachment motion against scandal-hit President Park Geun-Hye on Saturday as a fresh weekly protest was expected to draw a million protesters, organisers said.

Yellowstone plans to thin bison herd by 900 animals

By Reuters - Saturday, December 3, 2016 - 14:33

SALMON: Yellowstone National Park plans to reduce its famed bison herd by at least 900 head this winter, culling stray animals outside the park in Montana by hunting and a program to round up and deliver wayward stock to Native American tribes for slaughter.

No military intervention on the table for Libya: Kerry

By AFP - Saturday, December 3, 2016 - 14:16

ROME: US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday that there would be no foreign military intervention in Libya and called for a diplomatic solution as violence flared in the capital Tripoli.

One of three surviving football players in Colombia plane crash to play again

By Reuters - Saturday, December 3, 2016 - 14:13

SAO PAULO: One of the three surviving soccer players pulled from the wreckage of the Colombian air crash that killed 71 people this week is doing well after leg surgery and will play again, his father said.

Former astronaut Buzz Aldrin recovering well after Antarctic evacuation

By Reuters - Saturday, December 3, 2016 - 13:44

SYDNEY: Former US astronaut Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon, posted photos on Saturday of his recovery in a New Zealand hospital after he was evacuated from the South Pole due to illness.

Trump says Philippines fighting drugs 'the right way': Duterte

By AFP - Saturday, December 3, 2016 - 13:38

MANILA: US President-elect Donald Trump told Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte that Manila was conducting its deadly drug war “the right way“, Duterte said Saturday, in stark contrast to the criticism he received from President Barack Obama.

UK's Supreme Court set for highly-charged Brexit case

By AFP - Saturday, December 3, 2016 - 13:33

LONDON: Britain’s Supreme Court will Monday begin hearing the government’s appeal against a ruling it must obtain parliamentary approval before triggering Brexit, in a constitutional showdown that has further inflamed political tensions.

Thai police arrest suspect in Pakistan factory fire that killed 255

By AFP - Saturday, December 3, 2016 - 13:26

BANGKOK: A Pakistani man suspected of starting a devastating factory fire in Karachi four years ago that killed 255 people has been arrested in Bangkok, Thai police said Saturday.

New bird flu outbreak hits French foie gras exporters

By AFP - Saturday, December 3, 2016 - 12:56

PARIS: A new outbreak of bird flu hit France's foie gras producers on Friday just as a ban on exports outside Europe was about to be lifted in time for the crucial holiday period.

Stephen Hawking hospitalised in Rome after taking ill

By Reuters - Saturday, December 3, 2016 - 12:40

ROME: Legendary British physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking has been hospitalised in Rome for checks after not feeling well, but his condition is not believed to be serious, a spokesman said.

Trump risks China rift with Taiwan call

By AFP - Saturday, December 3, 2016 - 10:25

NEW YORK: President-elect Donald Trump broke with decades of cautious US diplomacy Friday to speak with the president of Taiwan, at the risk of provoking a serious rift with China.

'Tis the season to window shop in New York

By Reuters - Saturday, December 3, 2016 - 08:30

NEW YORK: From a whimsical enchanted winter forest-scape to candy-laden backdrops for festive fashion, New York department stores have spent a year conjuring up eye-catching holiday window displays.

Great Barrier Reef 'not dying', Australia insists

By AFP - Saturday, December 3, 2016 - 08:15

SYDNEY: The Great Barrier Reef is “not dying“, Australia insisted Friday as it updated UNESCO on efforts to protect the natural wonder while scientists blasted a lack of urgency in dealing with climate change.

55 world heritage sites in danger

By AFP - Saturday, December 3, 2016 - 08:00

ABU DHABI: Fifty-five out of a total of 1,052 heritage sites around the world feature on the UN cultural organisation’s World Heritage in Danger list.

Family pressure may have persuaded Hollande not to stand

By Reuters - Friday, December 2, 2016 - 21:46

PARIS: It was nine minutes into his speech on Thursday evening that Francois Hollande dropped the bombshell that only a few members of his inner circle knew was coming. He would not, after all, seek a second term as president of France.

Sukarno's daughter, rockstar Ahmad Dhani among 10 nabbed over treason

By Bernama - Friday, December 2, 2016 - 19:02

JAKARTA: Indonesian police have arrested 10 people, including activists, a former minister, public figures and a retired military officer, accused of treason attempts, a police officer said Friday, Indonesia’s ANTARA news agency reports..

Hospital in Delhi gives birds new flight

By AFP - Friday, December 2, 2016 - 17:57

Japan inches closer to legalising casinos

By AFP - Friday, December 2, 2016 - 17:05

TOKYO: Japan’s ruling party rolled the dice Friday on a long-awaited bill that could see casinos legalised in a market viewed as a potential global gaming powerhouse.

China court finds man executed 21 years ago innocent

By AFP - Friday, December 2, 2016 - 16:28

BEIJING: China’s top court on Friday cleared a man executed 21 years ago for murder – more than a decade after another man confessed to the killing – in the latest miscarriage of justice in the Communist-ruled country.