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S. Korea culture minister grilled over arts blacklist

By AFP - Tuesday, 17 January 2017.

SEOUL: South Korea’s culture minister was questioned by prosecutors Tuesday over allegations that the government blacklisted thousands of artists for their political beliefs, the first incumbent cabinet minister to be formally interviewed in the scandal surrounding President Park Geun-Hye.

Istanbul attack suspect confesses

By AFP - Tuesday, 17 January 2017.

ISTANBUL: A 34-year-old Uzbek man suspected of mowing down 39 people at an Istanbul nightclub on New Year’s Eve confessed on Tuesday to the massacre, Turkish authorities said.

A tale of two speeches as Davos week begins

By AFP - Tuesday, 17 January 2017.

DAVOS: The global elite begin a week of earnest debate and Alpine partying in the Swiss ski resort of Davos on Tuesday, in a week bookended by two presidential speeches of historic import.

May to rule out 'half-in' EU deal in Brexit speech

By AFP - Tuesday, 17 January 2017.

LONDON: British Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday is expected to say she favours a clean break from the European Union, dismissing a “half-in, half-out” Brexit deal with Brussels.

Money and power: Samsung embroiled in S. Korea scandal

By AFP - Tuesday, 17 January 2017.

SEOUL: Major industrial firms are so intertwined with power in South Korea that citizens joke they live in the “Republic of Samsung.” Now the heart of that republic is in the eye of a political storm.

Australia, Malaysia, China halt MH370 underwater search

By ALIZA SHAH and VEENA BABULAL - Tuesday, 17 January 2017.

Maduro denounces 'hate campaign' aimed at Donald Trump

By AFP - Tuesday, 17 January 2017.

CARACAS: Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Monday denounced a “hate campaign” aimed at Donald Trump, saying the US president-elect’s administration would not be “worse” than Barack Obama’s.

Five dead in shooting at Mexico music festival

By AFP - Tuesday, 17 January 2017.

PLAYA DEL CARMEN: A shooting erupted during an electronic music festival at a Mexican beach resort early Monday, leaving five people dead, including one in a stampede as revelers fled in panic.

Indian tailor admits to raping hundreds of schoolgirls

By Reuters - Tuesday, 17 January 2017.

NEW DELHI: A tailor in India has confessed to abducting, molesting and raping "hundreds" of schoolgirls over the last decade, said Delhi police, uncovering what may be one of the biggest serial paedophile cases in the country in recent times.

8 policemen gunned down in Egypt

By AFP - Tuesday, 17 January 2017.

CAIRO: Gunmen killed eight police late Monday in an attack on a checkpoint in el-Wadi el-Gedid province in southwest Egypt, the interior ministry said.

Istanbul nightclub attacker caught, having never left city

By AFP - Tuesday, 17 January 2017.

ISTANBUL: Turkish police on Monday captured the suspected jihadist who slaughtered 39 people on New Year's night at an Istanbul nightclub, detaining him in a raid on a residential area of the city after a long manhunt.

Cuba, United States to fight terrorism, drug trafficking and other crimes

By Reuters - Tuesday, 17 January 2017.

HAVANA: Cuba and the United States on Monday signed an agreement to cooperate in the fight against terrorism, drug trafficking, money laundering and other international criminal activities on the eve of President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration.

As London softens on pace of Brexit, Brussels appears to harden

By Reuters - Tuesday, 17 January 2017.

BRUSSELS: Just as London appears to be coming round to the idea that it will need a temporary transitional agreement with Brussels to smooth its exit from the European Union, it may find the position of European leaders has hardened.

Kyrgyzstan blames pilot error for Turkish cargo plane hitting village

By AFP - Monday, 16 January 2017.

DACHA SUU, Kyrgyzstan: A cargo plane attempting to land in thick fog crashed Monday into a village near Kyrgyzstan's main airport and killed at least 37 people, with authorities blaming "pilot error".

Eight men own same as poorest half of world: Oxfam

By AFP - Monday, 16 January 2017.

LONDON: Eight men own the same wealth as the poorest half of the world's population, a level of inequality which "threatens to pull our societies apart", Oxfam said on Monday ahead of the World Economic Forum opening in Davos.

Trump proposes end to nuclear sanctions over Russia

By Reuters - Monday, 16 January 2017.

LONDON: U.S. President-elect Donald Trump will propose offering to end sanctions imposed on Russia over its annexation of Crimea in return for a nuclear arms reduction deal with Moscow, he told The Times of London.

UK's Johnson hails Trump offer of quick trade deal

By AFP - Monday, 16 January 2017.

BRUSSELS: British foreign minister Boris Johnson said on Monday that US President-elect Donald Trump’s offer of a quick trade deal with Britain as it leaves the European Union was positive news.

Istanbul nightclub attack involved an intelligence organisation, says Turkish Deputy PM

By Reuters - Monday, 16 January 2017.

ANKARA: The mass shooting at an Istanbul nightclub on New Year’s Eve was carried out professionally with the involvement of an intelligence organisation, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said on Monday.

Trump threatens German carmakers with 35 pct U.S. import tariff

By Reuters - Monday, 16 January 2017.

FRANKFURT: Shares in German carmakers BMW , Daimler and Volkswagen fell after United States President-elect Donald Trump warned he will impose a border tax of 35 percent on vehicles imported from abroad to the US market.

Cop arrested over rape charge in India

By AFP - Monday, 16 January 2017.

BANGALORE: A police officer has been arrested for allegedly raping a mentally challenged woman in southern India, an officer said Monday.

Hurricane Matthew kills at least 17, takes aim at Bahamas, US

By Reuters - Monday, 16 January 2017.

PORT-AU-PRINCE: Hurricane Matthew, the fiercest Caribbean storm in almost a decade, powered toward the Bahamas and Florida’s eastern coast early on Wednesday after battering Haiti and Cuba with torrential rains and killing at least 17 people.

26 to hang for Bangladesh abductions and murders: court

By AFP - Monday, 16 January 2017.

DHAKA: A Bangladesh court sentenced 26 people to death Monday after hearing how a politician from the ruling Awami League hired members of the country’s elite security unit to assassinate political rivals.

One of world's longest-surviving heart transplant patients dies at age 76

By Bernama - Monday, 16 January 2017.

SINGAPORE: Singapore veteran journalist Seah Chiang Nee, who was one of the world’s longest-surviving heart transplant patients, has died, The Straits Times reported today.

S. Korea prosecutors seek to arrest Samsung heir in bribery scandal

By AFP - Monday, 16 January 2017.

SEOUL: South Korean prosecutors asked a court Monday for the arrest of the heir to giant conglomerate Samsung for bribery in connection with a political scandal that has seen President Park Geun-Hye impeached.

Mother pleads guilty to killing kids in Australian lake

By AFP - Monday, 16 January 2017.

SYDNEY: A mother pleaded guilty Monday to murdering three of her children and attempting to kill another by plunging her car into an Australian lake.

Meet the Trumps: America's new first family

By AFP - Monday, 16 January 2017.

NEW YORK: The new first family is a tight-knit celebrity clan, wealthy beyond the wildest dreams of most Americans and well used to the public eye.

'Yes we can': Obama's complex legacy

By AFP - Monday, 16 January 2017.

WASHINGTON: After winning the White House with a call to embrace “the audacity of hope,” Barack Obama knows his place in the history books will be measured against the outsized hopes his 2008 election sparked in the United States and abroad.

Bahrain executions spark violent protests

By AFP - Monday, 16 January 2017.

DUBAI: Bahrain on Sunday executed three men found guilty of killing three policemen, sparking violent protests and stoking tensions between the country's Shiite majority and its Sunni rulers.

30 killed in latest Brazil jail bloodbath, some beheaded

By AFP - Monday, 16 January 2017.

BRASILIA: The latest prison riot in northern Brazil is thought to have killed more than 30 people, some of them beheaded, officials said Sunday, tripling an earlier estimated death toll.