Clinton, Trump set for final debate in Vegas

By AFP - Wednesday, 19 October 2016.

LAS VEGAS: Democrat Hillary Clinton and rival Donald Trump wade into their last presidential debate Wednesday with the Republican candidate spiraling downward in the polls amid allegations of sexual misconduct and wild charges of a "rigged" US election.


Unofficial US-N. Korea talks held in Malaysia

By AFP - Monday, October 24, 2016 - 15:20

SEOUL: A group of former US diplomats held closed door talks at the weekend with senior Pyongyang officials, even as international efforts gather pace to further isolate North Korea, diplomatically and economically.

Over 500 drug addicts escape from Vietnam rehab centre

By AFP - Monday, October 24, 2016 - 15:04

HANOI: Vietnamese police hunted Monday for hundreds of drug addicts who escaped from a compulsory rehabilitation centre, with some using sticks and fire extinguishers to break out.

Philippines' Duterte sparking distress around the world, says US

By AP - Monday, October 24, 2016 - 14:50

MANILA: America’s top diplomat for Asia said Monday that Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s controversial remarks and a “real climate of uncertainty” about his government’s intentions have sparked distress in the US and other countries.

India police kill at least 21 Maoists in shoot-out

By AFP - Monday, October 24, 2016 - 14:13

NEW DELHI: Indian police on Monday killed at least 21 rebels in a shoot-out in eastern India, a local officer said, one of the deadliest incidents this year in a long-running Maoist insurgency.

Ruffalo calls Obama 'immoral' at climate rally

By AFP - Monday, October 24, 2016 - 14:06

LOS ANGELES: Hollywood star Mark Ruffalo accused US President Barack Obama on Sunday of hypocrisy for allowing fracking and other fossil fuel extraction while presenting himself as a green president.

British banker pleads 'not guilty' to Hong Kong murders

By AFP - Monday, October 24, 2016 - 11:07

HONG KONG: British banker Rurik Jutting pleaded “not guilty” to two charges of murder Monday as he stood trial for the killings of two Indonesian women who were found in his upscale Hong Kong apartment.

Calais migrants: French authorities to demolish 'Jungle' camp today

By AFP - Monday, October 24, 2016 - 10:08

CALAIS: French authorities will on Monday begin moving thousands of people out of the notorious Calais Jungle before demolishing the camp that has served as a launchpad for attempts to sneak into Britain.

Qatar's former emir dies aged 84

By AFP - Monday, October 24, 2016 - 09:29

DOHA: Qatar on Sunday announced three days of national mourning after the former Emir Khalifa bin Hamad Al-Thani, who was deposed in a palace coup, died aged 84.

Triple homicide shocks Argentina reeling from women's killings

By AFP - Monday, October 24, 2016 - 09:07

BUENOS AIRES: A martial arts instructor killed his ex-girlfriend, her sister and her grandmother in Argentina Sunday, authorities said, days after a mass protest against a brutal series of women’s killings.

Tour bus slams into truck on slowed-down highway, killing 13

By AP - Monday, October 24, 2016 - 08:55

PALM SPRINGS: A tour bus returning home to Los Angeles from a casino trip plowed into the back of a semi-truck on a California highway early Sunday, killing 13 people and injuring 31 others, authorities said.

Clashes, artillery fire hit Aleppo after truce expires

By AFP - Sunday, October 23, 2016 - 12:20

ALEPPO: Heavy clashes erupted between regime and rebel forces in Syria’s divided city of Aleppo after a “humanitarian” ceasefire announced by government ally Russia expired before the UN could evacuate wounded civilians from rebel-held areas.

3-year-old boy dies with dog by his side in house fire

By AP - Sunday, October 23, 2016 - 11:09

SEATTLE: A toddler who died in a house fire was found with his dog and teddy bear next to him and authorities believe the dog tried to protect the boy, a spokesman for Spokane’s fire department said Saturday.

Silicon Valley all-in for Hillary Clinton

By AFP - Sunday, October 23, 2016 - 09:59

SAN FRANCISCO: Silicon Valley, the hub of the US tech industry, is traditionally a Democratic political stronghold.

Russian helicopter crash kills 19 in Siberia

By AFP - Sunday, October 23, 2016 - 09:42

MOSCOW: Nineteen people died when a helicopter carrying oil and gas field workers crashed in a remote area of Siberia in bad weather, Russian investigators said Saturday.

Mass prison break in Haiti, 174 inmates flee after killing guard

By Reuters - Sunday, October 23, 2016 - 09:09

ARCAHAIE: Most inmates of a northern Haitian prison escaped on Saturday after killing a guard and stealing firearms, said authorities who launched a manhunt with support from UN peacekeepers for the 174 fugitives.

Somali pirates free 26 Asian sailors held since 2012

By Reuters - Saturday, October 22, 2016 - 23:34

MOGADISHU: Somali pirates have freed 26 Asian sailors held captive in a small fishing village for more than four years since their ship was hijacked in the Indian Ocean, a government official said on Saturday.

Aleppo city quiet on third day of ceasefire, no aid yet

By Reuters - Saturday, October 22, 2016 - 23:22

BEIRUT: Calm prevailed across the divided Syrian city of Aleppo on Saturday, the third day of a unilateral ceasefire announced by Russia, but medical evacuations and aid deliveries have yet to take place, a war monitor and the United Nations said.

Afghan Taliban delegation in Pakistan after 'secret talks'

By AFP - Saturday, October 22, 2016 - 22:35

KABUL: An Afghan Taliban delegation has arrived in Pakistan, militant sources said Saturday, raising speculation over efforts to revive peace negotiations days after reports of secret talks with Afghan officials in Qatar.

Thais sing special royal anthem version to honour late king

By AP - Saturday, October 22, 2016 - 21:55

BANGKOK: A massive crowd gathered in central Bangkok on Saturday to sing a special version of Thailand’s royal anthem in honour of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who died this month.

Two dead in France gangland shoot-out

By AFP - Saturday, October 22, 2016 - 21:23

MARSEILLE: Two men have been killed in a shoot-out in the southern French city of Marseille, which is known for its high crime levels, judicial sources said.

First woman to climb Mt Everest dies aged 77

By AFP - Saturday, October 22, 2016 - 21:15

TOKYO: The first woman to conquer Mount Everest, Junko Tabei of Japan, died aged 77, media reported Saturday.

Ivanka Trump backs her father but doesn't want to fall with him

By AFP - Saturday, October 22, 2016 - 16:28

NEW YORK: She is as calm and thoughtful as her father is strident and impetuous. She is Ivanka Trump, and the distance she has taken from her father Donald has earned her both the respect of Democrats and the head-scratching of analysts.

Massive crowds sing royal tribute to late Thai king

By AFP - Saturday, October 22, 2016 - 16:06

BANGKOK: Tens of thousands of black-clad Thais gathered outside Bangkok’s Grand Palace on Saturday to sing the royal anthem in a striking display of devotion to the recently deceased King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

At least 19 dead in Russian helicopter crash in Siberia: investigators

By AFP - Saturday, October 22, 2016 - 12:44

MOSCOW: At least 19 people were killed when a helicopter crashed in northwestern Siberia, Russia’s Investigative Committee said Saturday.

Terror arrest in London over suspicious package

By AFP - Saturday, October 22, 2016 - 09:08

LONDON: Armed police arrested a 19-year-old man in London on Friday under counter-terrorism laws in connection with a suspicious package found on the Underground network that sparked a security alert.

Ongoing cyber attack hits Twitter, Amazon, other top websites

By AFP - Saturday, October 22, 2016 - 08:57

WASHINGTON: Major internet services including Twitter, Spotify and Amazon suffered service interruptions and outages on Friday as a US internet provider came under sustained cyber attack.

Giant pages from ancient Quran on display in Washington, DC

By AP - Saturday, October 22, 2016 - 08:45

WASHINGTON: Books come in all sizes, but one 15th century Quran was so enormous, it’s said that a wheelbarrow was needed to carry it.

'Jungle' migrant camp in France to be cleared Monday

By AFP - Saturday, October 22, 2016 - 08:32

CALAIS: The “Jungle” migrant camp on France’s northern coast will be cleared of its residents on Monday before being demolished, authorities said Friday.

Energized Clinton hits campaign trail in battleground blitz

By AFP - Saturday, October 22, 2016 - 08:27

WASHINGTON: Invigorated by both her commanding poll numbers and eyebrow-raising declarations by Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton returned to campaigning Friday seeking to keep her boot on her rival’s neck in the final weeks of their roller-coaster presidential race.

Georgia man sent teen sex texts as son was dying in hot car

By AP - Saturday, October 22, 2016 - 08:24

BRUNSWICK: A Georgia man swapped sexual text messages with a teenage girl while his toddler son sat forgotten and dying in the back seat of the father’s sweltering SUV, his young texting partner testified in court Friday.