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June 22, 2018 1:15 PM Refugee returns to Syria must be coordinated with UN: Merkel

BEIRUT: The return of Syrian refugees to their homeland can only happen in coordination with the United Nations, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday during her two-day visit to Lebanon. Refugee returns have been a hot-button issue in Lebanon, a small country that has the world's highest number of refugees per capita. "We want to contribute 5

June 19, 2018 1:11 PM Guan Eng defends decision to publicise financial scandals

PETALING JAYA: Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng defended himself against criticism from PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim today by saying that his publicising of all the previous administration's financial scandals was carried out on the instruction of Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, and were not borne out of his own action. Lim was responding 5

June 19, 2018 12:57 PM Newborn named after Russia scorer

Moscow (dpa) - A mother in Russia was so taken by her country's victory in their opening match at the World Cup that she named her newborn son after midfielder Aleksandr Golovin, who scored Russia's fifth goal late on. "A patient in her 36th week of pregnancy was so nervous during the match as she rooted for the Russian team that she began to give birth 8

June 17, 2018 10:32 AM Taliban says ceasefire will not be extended, fighting to resume

KABUL: The Taliban said Sunday they would not extend their three-day ceasefire with Afghan security forces and fighting would resume, dashing hopes for the recent peace to continue. The comments by Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid come after Afghan President Ashraf Ghani announced Saturday a government truce with the militants would be extended 5

June 13, 2018 4:47 AM Guess co-founder quits after sex assault probe

NEW YORK: Paul Marciano, co-founder of the Guess fashion brand, resigned Tuesday in the wake of an investigation into sexual assault claims. Marciano "exercised poor judgment in his communications with models and photographers and in placing himself in situations in which plausible allegations of improper conduct could, and did, arise," Guess said in a Securities 7

June 12, 2018 11:54 PM WHO chief says Ebola outbreak in DR Congo 'not over'

KINSHASA: WHO chief Tedros Adhanom on Tuesday called for tighter monitoring as he wrapped up a visit to Ebola-hit DR Congo, saying the outbreak was far from over despite the number of cases stabilising in recent weeks. The outbreak – the ninth in the Democratic Republic of Congo since 1976 – was declared on May 8 and has claimed 27 lives. "On the basis 4

June 12, 2018 11:24 PM US mistakenly lists Singapore as part of Malaysia, drawing social media scorn

SINGAPORE: The US State Department mistakenly made Singapore part of Malaysia in a note issued in connection with Tuesday's North Korea-US summit and published on its website, sparking snide comments on social media. US President Donald Trump met North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday for the first ever summit between leaders of the old foes, at a hotel 4

June 12, 2018 4:36 AM Huh? China stumped by Ivanka Trump's 'Chinese proverb'

BEIJING: Chinese social media users are scratching their heads over a "Chinese proverb" US President Donald Trump's daughter and advisor Ivanka posted to Twitter as her father prepared for his summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un. "'Those who say it can not be done, should not interrupt those doing it.' -Chinese Proverb," Ivanka posted on Monday, the night 14

June 10, 2018 2:50 PM Kurd-Arab council ready for 'unconditional talks' with Syria regime

QAMISHLI: The political arm of a powerful alliance of Syrian Kurd and Arab fighters announced Sunday it was ready for unconditional peace talks with the central government in Damascus. The Syrian Democratic Council (SDC) is linked to the Syrian Democratic Forces, a US-backed militia that holds much of the country's north and east. Those areas are outside 5

June 9, 2018 8:22 AM Pahang PAS youth urges police to probe Kadir, Hishamuddin

KUANTAN: Pahang PAS Youth today lodged reports against former Media and Communications head of the Council of Eminent Persons, Datuk A. Kadir Jasin and social activist Hishamuddin Rais for allegedly insulting the Yang di-Pertuan Agong (YDPA) Sultan Muhammad V. State PAS deputy commissioner Andansura Rabu said a total of 15 police reports would be lodged 8