Up to 700 migrants feared dead in Mediterranean this week: UNHCR

By AFP - Monday, 30 May 2016.

Rome: Up to 700 migrants are feared to have drowned in deadly shipwrecks off the coast of Libya this week, the UN’s refugee agency said Sunday, citing survivor testimony.


New photo of missing Japanese journalist emerges

By AFP - Tuesday, May 31, 2016 - 20:25

TOKYO: Japan said Monday that it believed a new photo posted online of a Japanese journalist missing in Syria – showing him for the first time since a video released earlier this year – is authentic.

Taiwan pig farmers clash with police in rally against US pork imports

By AFP - Tuesday, May 31, 2016 - 20:21

TAIPEI: Hundreds of Taiwanese pig farmers clashed with police outside parliament Tuesday, protesting against any move to allow the import of US pork containing an additive which they say is dangerous.

Japan erupts in anger over boy abandoned in forest after being naughty

By Reuters - Tuesday, May 31, 2016 - 15:39

TOKYO: Searchers combed a forest in Japan on Tuesday for a missing seven-year-old boy with no clues about his fate as social media erupted in anger towards his parents who said they abandoned him by a road as punishment for being naughty.

Magnitude 6.1 quake hits Taiwan

By Reuters - Tuesday, May 31, 2016 - 14:19

TAIPEI: An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.1 shook parts of Taiwan on Tuesday and was felt in the capital, Taipei, residents and officials said, but there were no immediate reports of damage.

Pressure grows on India over marital rape

By AFP - Tuesday, May 31, 2016 - 13:27

NEW DELHI: Almost immediately after Deepti’s wedding at a traditional ceremony in the Indian capital, the horrific abuse began – behind closed doors at the hands of her new husband.

17 killed in India army ammunition depot fire

By AFP - Tuesday, May 31, 2016 - 12:50

MUMBAI: A fire at a massive military ammunition depot in central India on Tuesday has killed at least 17 people and left many more injured, according to media reports.

South Korea says North Korea missile launch likely failed

By AP - Tuesday, May 31, 2016 - 12:23

SEOUL: A North Korean missile launch likely failed on Tuesday, according to South Korea’s military, the latest in a string of high-profile failures that somewhat tempers recent worries that Pyongyang was pushing quickly toward its goal of a nuclear-tipped missile that can reach America’s mainland.

China's Xi says hopes to get Philippines ties back on track

By Reuters - Tuesday, May 31, 2016 - 10:25

BEIJING: China hopes to get relations with the Philippines back on track, President Xi Jinping has told new Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, after ties were affected by an increasingly bitter spat over territorial claims in the South China Sea.

Pentagon chief heads to Asian summit as nations fret over S. China Sea

By AFP - Tuesday, May 31, 2016 - 10:13

WASHINGTON: US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter will depart Tuesday for an Asian security summit in Singapore, where Beijing’s military expansion across the South China Sea likely will once again dominate discussions.

Extreme weather increasing level of toxins in food, scientists warn

By Reuters - Tuesday, May 31, 2016 - 10:00

NAIROBI: As they struggle to deal with more extreme weather, a range of food crops are generating more of chemical compounds that can cause health problems for people and livestock who eat them, scientists have warned.

White House back to normal after security lockdown [VIDEO]

By Reuters - Tuesday, May 31, 2016 - 09:28

WASHINGTON: A brief, partial lockdown at the White House was lifted on Monday after a metal object tossed over the fence was tested and determined not to be dangerous, the US Secret Service said.

9/11 suspects' treatment a focus in Guantanamo hearing

By Reuters - Tuesday, May 31, 2016 - 09:15

FORT MEADE: A pre-trial hearing for five Sept. 11 suspects began on Monday at Guantanamo Bay, with prisoners’ treatment expected to be a focus of the US military court sessions.

Rio de Janeiro police arrest two men in gang-rape case

By Reuters - Tuesday, May 31, 2016 - 08:34

RIO DE JANEIRO: Police in Rio de Janeiro said on Monday they are certain a 16-year-old girl was gang raped earlier this month, but added that it will be hard to prove her allegation that she was assaulted by more than 30 men.

Stephen Hawking baffled by Donald Trump's rise

By AP - Tuesday, May 31, 2016 - 08:27

LONDON: Renowned theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking may have a good grasp of the workings of the universe, but he says he can’t understand Donald Trump’s popularity.

India police arrest two after gang-rape, hanging of teenager

By AFP - Tuesday, May 31, 2016 - 08:15

LUCKNOW: India police have arrested two men over the gang-rape of a teenage girl whose body was found hanging from a tree, a senior officer said Monday, a grim reminder of a similar case in the same state.

Thai junta lifts ban on overseas travel by politicians

By Reuters - Tuesday, May 31, 2016 - 08:00

BANGKOK: Thailand will lift a ban this week on overseas travel by some politicians, the defence minister said on Monday, more than two years after the measure was imposed.

Authorities take away tigers from Tiger Temple

By Reuters - Tuesday, May 31, 2016 - 01:40

KANCHANABURI: Wildlife authorities in Thailand on Monday raided a Buddhist temple where tigers are kept, taking away three of the animals and vowing to confiscate scores more in response to global pressure over wildlife trafficking.

Mauritius ramps up security after gunshots fired on French embassy

By Reuters - Tuesday, May 31, 2016 - 01:17

PORT LOUIS: Mauritius police said on Monday it had stepped up security after gunshots were fired at the French embassy and a hotel in the capital city.

Pharmaceutical sector set for wave of mergers, acquisitions

By AFP - Tuesday, May 31, 2016 - 00:47

Frankfurt: The pharmaceuticals sector is facing an intensive period of mergers and acquisitions in the coming years, even if US firms Pfizer and Allergan recently failed to tie the knot, the corporate consultancy firm EY said Monday.

Philippine troops kill 54 militants linked to the Jemaah Islamiah group

By Reuters - Monday, May 30, 2016 - 22:40

MANILA: Philippine security forces killed 54 Islamist militants linked to the Jemaah Islamiah group in a week-long air and ground offensive in the country’s south, an army spokesman said on Monday.

Japanese boy disappears after parents leave him in forest

By AP - Monday, May 30, 2016 - 19:36

TOKYO: A 7-year-old boy is missing in a forest in northern Japan after his parents reportedly made him get out of their car as punishment.

Paris tourism hit by attacks, protests

By AFP - Monday, May 30, 2016 - 18:22

PARIS: Already suffering from the impact of last year’s jihadist attacks, tourism in Paris faces a fresh challenge from the recent wave of violent strikes and protests, tourism bosses warned on Monday.

Third of coral 'dead or dying' in parts of Barrier Reef

By AFP - Monday, May 30, 2016 - 15:20

SYDNEY: At least 35 percent of corals in parts of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef are dead or dying from mass bleaching caused by global warming, scientists said Monday.

UN chief 'baffled' by S. Korea presidency speculation

By AFP - Monday, May 30, 2016 - 14:54

SEOUL: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon denied Monday that his current South Korea visit was testing the waters for an eventual presidential bid, saying his comments on the subject had been exaggerated.

Iraqi forces enter IS-held Fallujah

By AFP - Monday, May 30, 2016 - 14:44

BAGHDAD: Iraqi forces entered the Islamic State group bastion of Fallujah from three directions on Monday in a new phase of the operation to recapture the city, commanders said.

Police: Urine-soaked baby found in car during heroin arrest

By AP - Monday, May 30, 2016 - 13:27

HUNTINGTON: West Virginia state police say a baby was soaked in urine in the back seat of a parked vehicle where four adults allegedly were using heroin.

Polish man heads from New York to Portugal ... in a kayak

By AFP - Monday, May 30, 2016 - 11:49

NEW YORK: A Polish grandfather left New York Sunday on his third solo trans-Atlantic crossing in a kayak, aiming to arrive in Portugal in time to celebrate his 70th birthday on firm ground in September.

Girl shot in head while in father's car in Detroit has died

By AP - Monday, May 30, 2016 - 09:35

DETROIT: A 2-year-old girl who was shot in the head in Detroit during a dispute between two groups has died.

Doctor who wrote unnecessary prescriptions may avoid jail

By AP - Monday, May 30, 2016 - 09:20

TOMS RIVER: A former doctor who admitted writing prescriptions for highly addictive opiate painkillers with no medical justification may avoid a jail sentence.

Conductor dies after getting run over by train

By AP - Monday, May 30, 2016 - 09:09

CANON CITY: A conductor on a scenic Colorado train filled with passengers died when she was run over by the train as it was backing up, the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office said Sunday.