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.


Promised work, Myanmar women instead forced to marry in China

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


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.

British politicians battle to lead Brexit aftermath

By AFP - Thursday, June 30, 2016 - 10:51

LONDON: Britain’s two main political parties were embroiled in leadership battles Thursday to decide who will lead the country through turbulent times in the wake of a vote to leave the European Union.

Tunisian killed in Istanbul attack seeking IS-linked son

By AFP - Thursday, June 30, 2016 - 10:03

TUNIS: A Tunisian killed in the Istanbul airport attack blamed on the Islamic State group was in Turkey to secure the release of his son detained for joining the jihadists, diplomats said Wednesday.

US says Russian ship raised false signal in incident

By Reuters - Thursday, June 30, 2016 - 09:07

BERLIN: The United States on Wednesday accused Russia of deliberately displaying the wrong naval signals and interfering with a US aircraft carrier in the Mediterranean Sea, in the latest salvo about a June incident that both countries blame on each other.

41 dead in Istanbul airport carnage blamed on IS

By AFP - Thursday, June 30, 2016 - 08:42

ISTANBUL: Turkey pointed the finger of blame at Islamic State jihadists Wednesday after suicide bombers armed with automatic rifles attacked Istanbul’s main international airport, killing 41 people, including foreigners.

EU 27 agree 'no single market a la carte' for UK

By AFP - Thursday, June 30, 2016 - 02:03

Brussels: EU leaders agreed Wednesday that Britain cannot have access to the single market after leaving the union without accepting the bloc’s rules on free movement, president Donald Tusk said.

France's Hollande says Brexit won't change Channel migrant deal

By AFP - Thursday, June 30, 2016 - 01:17

Brussels: French President Francois Hollande said Wednesday that Britain’s vote to leave the EU should not change a deal to stop migrants crossing the Channel, which led to many being stuck at camps in Calais.

Istanbul airport blast casualty count rises to 41 dead, 239 wounded

By AFP - Wednesday, June 29, 2016 - 19:35

Istanbul: A triple suicide bombing at Istanbul’s international airport left 41 people dead, 13 of them foreign nationals, and 239 wounded, the city governor said in a statement.