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  • Firebrand Sri Lanka monk jailed for intimidation

    June 14, 2018 9:10 AM 9

    COLOMBO: A firebrand Buddhist monk was sentenced to six months in jail by a Sri Lanka court Thursday for intimidating a woman whose cartoonist husband has been missing since his abduction by the military. The court in Homagama, near the capital Colombo, also fined Galagodaatte Gnanasara 1,500 rupees (RM88) and ordered him to pay 50,000 rupees in compensation

  • N. Korea's Kim knows denuclearisation must be 'quick': Pompeo

    June 14, 2018 3:42 AM 8

    SEOUL: North Korea's Kim Jong Un understands that denuclearisation must happen "quickly", US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday, warning there will be no sanctions relief for Pyongyang until the process is complete. Pompeo said Washington remained committed to the "complete, verifiable and irreversible" denuclearisation of North Korea, after

  • Trump downplays abuses by Kim Jong Un's regime

    June 14, 2018 3:22 AM 9

    WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump downplayed abuses by Kim Jong Un's regime in an interview following his summit with the North Korean leader, saying that other countries had also done "bad things." "A lot of other people (have) done some really bad things. I mean, I could go through a lot of nations where a lotta bad things were done," Trump said in an interview

  • People smugglers make billions: UN report

    June 14, 2018 12:01 AM 9

    VIENNA: People smugglers made billions on the backs of some 2.5 million desperate migrants in 2016, the UN said in a report Wednesday as the plight of refugees worldwide continues to top the headlines. The report, issued by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, said people smuggling rings earned some US$7.0 billion (RM 27.96 billion) in 2016 – an amount

  • Topless Kate Middleton photo case back in French court

    June 14, 2018 12:01 AM 10

    PARIS: Two senior editors of French celebrity magazine Closer returned to court Wednesday to appeal hefty fines for printing photographs of Prince William's wife Kate sunbathing topless in 2012. Two photographers, suspected of taking the offending shots, are also appealing fines in a case that sparked a scandal in Britain a year after the second-in-line

  • Sea Watch says ready to take rescued migrants if Italy opens ports

    June 14, 2018 12:01 AM 10

    BERLIN: German charity Sea Watch said Wednesday it was ready to take on board 40 migrants rescued in the Mediterranean Sea by the US Navy, but only if Italy agreed to open its ports to NGO vessels. US Navy ship the Trenton had rescued the migrants on Tuesday after their rubber boat sank in an accident that claimed 12 lives, the German group said. The US Navy posted

  • Raccoon conquers skyscraper; Americans breathe easier

    June 13, 2018 3:35 PM 12

    WASHINGTON: America breathed a sign of relief on Wednesday after a scruffy brown raccoon was captured following a perilous climb up a 23-story building in the northern state of Minnesota. Thousands of Twitter users followed the escapades of the raccoon on Tuesday as it slowly inched up the side of the UBS Plaza building in St. Paul, Minnesota

  • Court orders Spain king's brother-in-law to jail in five days

    June 13, 2018 2:00 PM 9

    PALMA, Spain: A Spanish court has given the king's brother-in-law, Inaki Urdangarin, five days to report to jail after he lost his appeal against a graft conviction and prison sentence, a judicial source said Wednesday. The former Olympic handball player and husband of Princess Christina has been sentenced to five years and 10 months in jail in a case which

  • Australia agrees Solomons internet cable after China concern

    June 13, 2018 7:27 AM 11

    SYDNEY: Australia will help fund and build an undersea communications cable to the Solomon Islands, it was agreed Wednesday after the Pacific nation was convinced to drop a contract with Chinese company Huawei. The impoverished country and Huawei inked a deal in late 2016 to construct the fibre-optic cable from Australia to Honiara to improve its often

  • 'Wake up Punchy!': Trump jabs back at De Niro

    June 12, 2018 11:54 PM 7

    WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump hit back at Robert De Niro on Tuesday after the Oscar-winning actor used an expletive to condemn him at the Tony Awards. "Robert De Niro, a very Low IQ individual, has received too many shots to the head by real boxers in movies," Trump tweeted. "I watched him last night and truly believe he may be 'punch-drunk