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August 16, 2018 12:52 PM India's three-time prime minister Vajpayee dead at 93

NEW DELHI: Three-time Indian prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee has died, current leader Narendra Modi said Thursday of the ailing 93-year-old who had been hospitalised. "Atal Ji's passing away is a personal and irreplaceable loss for me," Modi said in a tweet Thursday, using a Hindi-language honorific. "It was Atal Ji's exemplary leadership that set the foundations 4

August 14, 2018 8:24 AM 40 children killed in Yemen bus strike: new Red Cross toll

SANAA: Forty children were among 51 people killed in a Saudi-led coalition air strike on a bus in rebel-held northern Yemen, the Red Cross said in a new toll Tuesday. Fifty-six children were also among the 79 people wounded in the Thursday strike on Saada province, a rebel stronghold that borders Saudi Arabia, the International Committee of the Red Cross 6

August 14, 2018 7:16 AM Ex-Australian archbishop avoids jail for concealing child abuse

SYDNEY: A former Australian archbishop convicted of concealing abuse by a notorious paedophile priest in the 1970s was confronted by enraged victims outside a courthouse Tuesday after a judge spared him jail and ordered he serve his sentence at home. Philip Wilson became one of the highest-ranked church officials convicted of covering up child sex abuse 4

August 10, 2018 10:21 AM 10 killed in botched bank heists

LAGOS: Armed robbers killed at least 10 people, including a policeman, when they raided a police station and two banks in southern Nigeria, police said Friday. The incident, which took place on Thursday in Igarra in Edo state, was the latest in a string of such robberies in which the assailants have first attacked a police station to seize weapons before 9

August 9, 2018 12:04 PM 11 killed in Mali ethnic attack

BAMAKO: Eleven Fulani civilians were kidnapped and killed in the latest bout of ethnic violence to hit Mali, local groups said Thursday, while an official put the toll at 14. The attack, which occurred in the restive central region of Mopti on Tuesday, was attributed to hunters from the Dogon community. "11 Fulani civilians were kidnapped on Tuesday 6

August 8, 2018 9:41 AM Firebrand Sri Lankan monk sentenced to rigorous imprisonment

COLOMBO: A firebrand Buddhist monk was sentenced to six years' rigorous imprisonment in Sri Lanka on Wednesday for contempt of court. Galagodaatte Gnanasara had already been sentenced to six months in June for intimidating a woman, whose cartoonist husband was abducted by the military, during a trial two years ago. The Court of Appeal handed down Wednesday's 9

August 7, 2018 12:29 PM Four more dead from Ebola in DR Congo

BENI, DR Congo: Four more people have died from Ebola in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, two weeks after another outbreak that killed 33 people in the northwest was declared over, the Congolese health ministry has said. Four new deaths from people who tested positive for the disease were recorded in the Beni region in North Kivu province, a region 6

August 7, 2018 11:18 AM Bangladeshi charged with gruesome murder of wife who was found dismembered in luggage bags

KUALA LUMPUR: A 37-year-old Bangladeshi man was charged with the murder of his wife, who was found dead and stuffed in two luggage bags near the Putra World Trade Centre last month. Janitor Md Shahzada Saju nodded his head when the charge against him was read out in front of magistrate Siti Radziah Kamarudin, however, no plea was recorded 4

August 7, 2018 10:30 AM Singapore uproar over store selling ivory jewellery

SINGAPORE: A Singapore online store selling ivory jewellery has sparked an uproar, with an animal rights group Tuesday slamming the shop for offering products made from "tortured" elephants. Ivory Lane offers earrings for Sg$160 (RM476) and necklaces for Sg$800 and insists its products are made from ivory that was obtained before 1990 when an international 13

August 4, 2018 8:50 AM Palestinian teen dies of wounds from border clash

GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories: A Palestinian teen died of his wounds Saturday a day after he was shot by Israeli troops during clashes on the Gaza border, the territory's Hamas-run health ministry said. Muadh al-Suri, 15, was shot in the stomach on Friday in central Gaza, ministry spokesman Ashraf Al-Qudra said, raising the number of Palestinians 6