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July 11, 2018 10:06 AM 'Clear evidence of need' in N. Korea: UN aid chief

SEOUL: The United Nations' humanitarian chief said Wednesday he had seen "clear evidence" of need in North Korea — where one fifth of children are malnourished — during a rare trip. Mark Lowcock's visit to the impoverished, isolated country this week is the first such trip by a UN undersecretary for humanitarian affairs and emergency relief coordinator 10

July 6, 2018 7:43 AM Frolicking whale halts New Zealand fireworks display

WELLINGTON: A rare visiting whale in Wellington Harbour has won hearts in the New Zealand capital but forced officials to cancel the city's annual fireworks display. The southern right whale appeared in the harbour on Wednesday and has delighted onlookers as it breaches and blows waterspouts a short distance from downtown office buildings. Whales regularly 11

July 2, 2018 8:26 AM Salah's new contract shows belief in Liverpool

LONDON: Egyptian international Mohamed Salah's stunning first season with English Premier League side Liverpool earned him a long-term contract with the club on Monday. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said the fact the 26-year-old striker — who scored 44 goals in just 52 appearances last season — signed such a deal reflected his belief the club were on course 4

June 29, 2018 10:23 AM Tribute to Richard 'Old Man' Harrison in Pawn Stars marathon

IN TRIBUTE to Richard 'Old Man' Harrison's passing on June 25, History is presenting past episodes of Pawn Stars which show the Old Man in action. After serving in the US Navy and losing a million dollars in the real estate market, Harrison uprooted his family and moved to Las Vegas in pursuit of a fresh start. Opening the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop in 1988, he had to learn 9

June 29, 2018 6:22 AM Michael Jackson returns posthumously on Drake album

NEW YORK: Michael Jackson returned posthumously Friday with new music as the late King of Pop starred on the new album by Drake. The Toronto hip-hop star, one of the top-selling artists in recent years, had kept fans in suspense for weeks as he prepared the release of his fifth full-fledged studio album, entitled "Scorpion". As he put out the 25-track 11

June 27, 2018 10:26 AM Second victim of rare Hong Kong shooting dies of injuries

HONG KONG: The death toll from a brazen daylight shooting in a Hong Kong park — reportedly over sharing the inheritance of a US$1 million apartment (RM4.03 million) — rose to two Wednesday after an uncle of the suspect died in hospital, police said. A 44-year-old woman shot four people with a semi-automatic pistol at Quarry Bay Park in eastern Hong Kong Island 7

June 26, 2018 12:41 PM Four wounded in rare Hong Kong shooting

HONG KONG: Four people were wounded, two critically, during a brazen daylight shooting at a park in Hong Kong on Tuesday, a rare firearms attack in a city with a reputation for safety. Police said a 44-year-old woman fired at four people at a harbourfront park near a largely residential neighbourhood for middle-income families in eastern Hong Kong Island 4

June 26, 2018 7:23 AM US suspends key part of zero tolerance policy

WASHINGTON: The director of US border control has said migrant parents crossing in from Mexico illegally will for now no longer be referred for prosecution, US media reported, effectively suspending a key plank of the "zero tolerance" policy. US Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan, who made the announcement Monday to reporters 6

June 19, 2018 1:19 AM Netanyahu meets King Abdullah in Jordan for rare talks

AMMAN: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Jordan's King Abdullah II held rare talks in Jordan on Monday focused on the stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace process and on the Jerusalem issue. Jordan and Egypt are the only Arab countries to have peace treaties with Israel, and Monday's visit was Netanyahu's first to the kingdom since 2014. The king stressed 3

June 16, 2018 9:06 AM Thai king granted full ownership of crown billions

BANGKOK: Thailand's king has been granted full ownership of the palace's multi-billion dollar assets under a law passed last year, according to a rare "explanatory note" published by the financial arm of the powerful but secretive monarchy. King Maha Vajiralongkorn inherited one of the world's great fortunes when he ascended the Thai throne following 6