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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.

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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.

Woman fails to save friend in Australian crocodile attack

By AP - Monday, May 30, 2016 - 08:30

BRISBANE: A woman struggled in vain to drag her friend from a crocodile’s jaws during a late night swim off a northeast Australian beach, police said on Monday.

Fiji pulls some peacekeepers from Egypt amid security fears

By AP - Monday, May 30, 2016 - 08:10

WELLINGTON: Fiji said Sunday it’s bringing home about 65 of the 300-plus peacekeepers it has stationed in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula and has closed remote bases there as the security situation deteriorates.

Bosnia's 'radical' Muslims defy crackdown

By AFP - Monday, May 30, 2016 - 08:00

OSVE: Two veiled women work the land while a man collects eggs in a bucolic Bosnian village – now notorious for exporting fighters to Syria.

Finally allowed 2nd child, older Chinese parents turn to IVF

By AP - Sunday, May 29, 2016 - 14:00

BEIJING: China’s decision to allow all married couples to have two children is driving a surge in demand for fertility treatment among older women, putting heavy pressure on clinics and breaking down past sensitivities, and even shame, about the issue.

Fourth body found after Thailand speedboat accident

By AFP - Sunday, May 29, 2016 - 13:34

Media-savvy Thai monks wage PR war to defend scandal-hit abbot

By AFP - Sunday, May 29, 2016 - 13:01

PATHUM THANI: An embezzlement charge against a powerful Buddhist abbot has unleashed his super-rich temple’s PR machine, with Twitter-using Thai monks orchestrating his defence over a scandal that has opened a bitter rupture at the heart of the nation’s faith.

British florist sees rosy future in Brexit

By AFP - Sunday, May 29, 2016 - 12:15

WATFORD: For Briton Damian Duffy, who has run flower shops for 20 years, a Brexit would feel like a “huge party.”

Hollande, Merkel remember WWI dead 100 years after Verdun battle

By AFP - Sunday, May 29, 2016 - 12:00

VERDUN: French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel will on Sunday stand shoulder to shoulder on the battlefield of Verdun to remember those killed 100 years ago in one of the bloodiest episodes of World War I.

Chinese detergent maker sorry for harm done by racist ad

By AP - Sunday, May 29, 2016 - 11:46

BEIJING: A Chinese detergent maker has apologized to black people hurt by the spread of an ad in which a black man “washed” by its product was transformed into a fair-skinned Asian man.

Gibraltar leader fears Spain sovereignty push over Brexit

By AFP - Sunday, May 29, 2016 - 10:40

LONDON: Spain may try to force the issue of joint sovereignty with Britain over Gibraltar in the event of a Brexit, the territory’s chief minister said in an interview aired Saturday.

Trump or not, 'big data' could be huge in 2016 vote

By AFP - Sunday, May 29, 2016 - 10:31

WASHINGTON: “Big data” could play a huge role in the 2016 US election, even if Donald Trump doesn’t think so.

Messi due to go on trial in Spain for tax fraud

By AFP - Sunday, May 29, 2016 - 10:00

BARCELONA: Argentina star Lionel Messi, one of the world’s highest-paid athletes, goes on trial in Barcelona on Tuesday for allegedly defrauding Spain of over four million euros in unpaid taxes.

NASA successfully inflates new space station room

By AP - Sunday, May 29, 2016 - 09:10

CAPE CANVERAL: NASA successfully inflated a new experimental room at the International Space Station on Saturday, producing the world’s first pump-it-up compartment for astronauts.