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Italy mourns quake dead as hope for survivors wanes

By AFP - Saturday, 27 August 2016.

AMATRICE: Hopes were fading Saturday of finding more survivors under the rubble of the devastating earthquake in central Italy, which has already claimed at least 281 lives.

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Indonesian priest injured in church attack

By AFP - Sunday, August 28, 2016 - 16:34

MEDAN: A knife-wielding man stabbed a Catholic priest and tried to set off an explosive device at a church in Indonesia on Sunday, police said, the latest attack on religious minorities in the mainly Muslim country.

One rescued, two missing after plane crash in New Orleans lake

By AP - Sunday, August 28, 2016 - 14:26

NEW ORLEANS: Authorities say a woman has been rescued and two men remain missing after a small plane crashed into a lake near a New Orleans airport.

Couple rescued after searchers spot SOS on remote island

By AFP - Sunday, August 28, 2016 - 13:29

WELLINGTON: Two people stranded for a week on a remote Pacific island have been rescued after a search aircraft spotted their SOS message in the sand, the US Coast Guard said Sunday.

Shoddy home renovations may have contributed to Italy quake toll

By AFP - Sunday, August 28, 2016 - 10:16

ROME: Shoddy, price-cutting renovations, in breach of local building regulations, could be partly to blame for he high death toll from this week’s devastating earthquake in central Italy, according to a prosecutor investigating the disaster.

Trump vows to begin deportations immediately if sworn in

By AFP - Sunday, August 28, 2016 - 09:01

WASHINGTON: Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump linked illegal immigration and employment Saturday, pledging to start deporting offenders as soon as he is sworn in should he become the White House’s next occupant.

Turkey ratchets up Syria offensive, says warplanes hit Kurdish militia

By Reuters - Sunday, August 28, 2016 - 08:54

KARKAMIS: Rebels supported by Turkey fought Kurdish-backed forces in northern Syria on Saturday, as Ankara ratcheted up its cross-border offensive by saying it had launched air strikes against both Kurdish forces and Islamic State.

British PM to trigger EU pull-out 'without parliament vote'

By AFP - Saturday, August 27, 2016 - 21:00

LONDON: Prime Minister Theresa May wants to trigger Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union without a vote in parliament beforehand, a report said Saturday.

Bangladesh police kill "mastermind" of Dhaka cafe attack

By Bernama - Saturday, August 27, 2016 - 20:42

DHAKA: Bangladesh security forces killed three Islamist militants on Saturday, including a Bangladesh-born Canadian citizen accused of masterminding an attack on a cafe in Dhaka last month that killed 22 people, mostly foreigners, police said.

Australian teen completes record round world solo flight

By Reuters - Saturday, August 27, 2016 - 13:30

SYDNEY: An Australian teenager made history on Saturday by becoming the youngest person to complete a solo circumnavigation of the world in a single engine aircraft.

Two men nabbed for trying to smuggle US$3m cash into Mexico

By AP - Saturday, August 27, 2016 - 12:23

ESCONDIDO: The Border Patrol says it has arrested two men they believe tried to smuggle $3 million in cash into Mexico from California.

UN condemns four North Korean ballistic missile launches

By AP - Saturday, August 27, 2016 - 11:39

UNITED NATIONS: The UN Security Council is strongly condemning four North Korean ballistic missile launches in July and August, calling them “grave violations” of a ban on all ballistic missile activity.

Clock ticking, Trump finds himself in an ever-deeper hole

By AFP - Saturday, August 27, 2016 - 10:41

WASHINGTON: This was supposed to be the new – new! – Donald Trump, the more temperate Republican candidate who had emerged in the past two weeks seeking to broaden his appeal to a more diverse electorate.

Hong Kong's first suspected Zika case tests negative

By Reuters - Saturday, August 27, 2016 - 10:25

HONG KONG: Hong Kong’s first suspected Zika patient tested negative for the virus and has been discharged from hospital, broadcaster Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK) reported on Saturday.

The colonel's secret recipe revealed? Not so fast, says KFC

By AP - Saturday, August 27, 2016 - 09:17

NEW YORK: Has Colonel Sanders’ nephew inadvertently revealed to the world the secret blend of 11 herbs and spices behind KFC’s fried chicken empire?

Tunisia parliament approves new unity government

By AFP - Saturday, August 27, 2016 - 09:06

TUNIS: Tunisia’s parliament on Friday resoundingly approved the unity government of Youssef Chahed, backing a new cabinet line-up which will have to tackle the country’s pressing socio-economic and security challenges.

Second case of babies switched in Canadian hospital shakes community

By Reuters - Saturday, August 27, 2016 - 09:03

WINNIPEG: For the second time in less than a year, two men from the same remote Canadian community have discovered they were switched at birth, prompting outrage and new questions about substandard healthcare for Canada’s indigenous people.

Three charged with selling horsemeat as beef in Britain

By Reuters - Friday, August 26, 2016 - 23:03

LONDON: Three men have been charged with fraud for allegedly selling horsemeat as beef in Britain in 2012, prosecutors said on Friday.

France's top court suspends burkini ban

By AFP - Friday, August 26, 2016 - 22:36

PARIS: France’s highest administrative court on Friday suspended a controversial ban on the burkini by a French Riviera town after it was challenged by rights groups.

Japan warns on measles after infected fan joins Bieber concert

By AFP - Friday, August 26, 2016 - 18:51

TOKYO: Japanese authorities have warned of a possible measles outbreak after a fan who went to a Justin Bieber concert near Tokyo was diagnosed with the contagious disease, officials said Friday.

Smoke from Indonesian fires hits "unhealthy" level in Singapore

By Reuters - Friday, August 26, 2016 - 16:50

SINGAPORE: Air pollution in Singapore rose to the “unhealthy” level on Friday as acrid smoke drifted over the island from fires on Indonesia’s Sumatra island, the city-state’s National Environment Agency (NEA) said, in a repeat of an annual crisis.

Death toll from blast in southeast Turkey rise to 11

By Reuters - Friday, August 26, 2016 - 16:31

ISTANBUL: At least 11 people were killed and 78 wounded in a blast at a police headquarters in Turkish town of Cizre in the largely Kurdish southeast, broadcaster NTV reported.

Top French court to rule on legality of burkini bans

By AP - Friday, August 26, 2016 - 16:13

PARIS: France’s highest administrative court is considering whether it’s legal for towns to ban body-covering burkini swimsuits, which have become a symbol of tensions around the place of Islam in secular France.

French naval contractor DCNS files complaint following data leak

By Reuters - Friday, August 26, 2016 - 16:02

PARIS: French naval contractor DCNS has filed a complaint for breach of trust after a massive leak of documents concerning six Scorpene submarines it is building for India, a spokesman for the shipbuilder said on Friday.

Man in boxer shorts jumps fence, crashes pickup into plane

By Reuters - Friday, August 26, 2016 - 14:52

OMAHA: A man was arrested after he stripped down to his boxer shorts, scaled a fence and rammed a pickup truck into a Southwest airplane parked at Eppley Airfield in Omaha, Nebraska, on Thursday, police said.

Bolivia confirms deputy interior minister killed after kidnap by miners

By Reuters - Friday, August 26, 2016 - 11:54

LA PAZ: Bolivian Deputy Interior Minister Rodolfo Illanes has been killed after being kidnapped by striking mineworkers, the government said late on Thursday.

Belgium sports centre blast kills one

By AFP - Friday, August 26, 2016 - 10:07

BRUSSELS: A suspected gas explosion at a sports centre in southern Belgium killed one person and seriously injured two others, a security official told the Belga news agency on Friday.

Bolivian deputy interior minister beaten to death by miners

By Reuters - Friday, August 26, 2016 - 08:36

LA PAZ: Bolivian Deputy Interior Minister Rodolfo Illanes has been beaten to death by striking mineworkers after being kidnapped, local media reported on Thursday.

Bogan, ranga, rurosexual added to Australian dictionary

By AFP - Thursday, August 25, 2016 - 18:26

SYDNEY: Heading Down Under where locals are “dry as a dead dingo’s donger” and beachgoers don “budgie smugglers“, but unsure what this means? Fear not, the latest edition of the Australian National Dictionary offers a primer on all things ‘Straya.

Soldiers, residents begin cleanup after quake in Myanmar

By AP - Thursday, August 25, 2016 - 15:47

BAGAN: Using brooms and their hands, soldiers and residents of an ancient Myanmar city famous for its historic Buddhist pagodas began cleaning up the debris Thursday from a powerful earthquake that shook the region and damaged nearly 200 temples.

Thailand releases sketches of bombing suspects

By Bernama - Thursday, August 25, 2016 - 14:40

BANGKOK: Thai police on Wednesday released sketches of four male suspects in the bombings of Hua Hin resort and Phang Nga province two weeks ago.