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  • Canada concerned over reported Saudi death sentences for activists

    August 24, 2018 6:22 AM 10

    MONTREAL: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expressed concern Thursday over reports that human rights activists in Saudi Arabia face the death penalty. The two countries are locked in a diplomatic dispute triggered by Canadian criticism of the kingdom's human rights record, but Trudeau said Canada continues to "engage diplomatically" with Saudi Arabia

  • Breaking barriers: Japan gets first woman fighter pilot

    August 23, 2018 9:40 AM 15

    TOKYO: Japan will shortly have its first female fighter pilot, the military said Thursday, with the "Top Gun" inspired officer vowing to blaze a trail in the sky for other women. First Lieutenant Misa Matsushima, 26, of Japan Air Self Defence Force, finished her training Wednesday to fly F-15s and will officially be named a fighter pilot on Friday, the ministry

  • Tycoon leaves £41m to crisis-hit Oxfam

    August 22, 2018 2:00 PM 15

    LONDON: A tycoon killed with his family in a seaplane crash in Australia on New Year's Eve has left a £41 million (RM217 million) fortune to the crisis-hit charity Oxfam, a British newspaper reported. The bequest comes at a time when Oxfam is trying to find £16 million in savings as it grapples with the fallout from a sex abuse scandal. The charity lost thousands

  • Man arrested over Facebook post depicting Nepal PM as monkey

    August 22, 2018 11:12 AM 20

    KATHMANDU: A man in Nepal was arrested for sharing a doctored image on Facebook showing Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli's head superimposed on a monkey's body, police said Wednesday. Homnath Sigdel, 44, was taken into custody on Tuesday for "sharing indecent photos that targeted the prime minister", senior police officer Narendra Prasad Uprety told AFP. The offending

  • German police arrest Russian over alleged jihadist bomb plot

    August 22, 2018 10:12 AM 17

    BERLIN: German police commandos Wednesday arrested a Russian suspected Islamist militant accused of having plotted an explosives attack in the country. Identified only as 31-year-old Magomed-Ali C., he was allegedly an accomplice of Clement Baur, who was arrested in Marseilles shortly before the 2017 French elections accused of plotting an imminent attack

  • US to act 'very strongly' if Syria uses chemical arms: Bolton

    August 22, 2018 9:45 AM 19

    JERUSALEM: US President Donald Trump's national security adviser warned Wednesday that the United States would respond "very strongly" if Syrian President Bashar al-Assad uses chemical weapons in an offensive to retake Idlib province. "We now see plans for the Syrian regime to resume offensive military activities in Idlib province," John Bolton told a press

  • 6.7-magnitude earthquake hits Vanuatu: USGS

    August 22, 2018 3:26 AM 11

    SYDNEY: A 6.7-magnitude earthquake hit the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu on Wednesday morning, the US Geological Survey said, but no tsunami warning was issued. The quake struck at a moderate depth of 30km with the epicentre just off the northern tip of Vanuatu's sparsely-populated Ambrym island. "Shaking would have been felt throughout the whole

  • Salvini refuses to let migrants disembark as boat docks in Italy

    August 21, 2018 2:43 PM 13

    ROME: Italy's Interior Minister Matteo Salvini remained defiant Tuesday in refusing to allow about 170 migrants to disembark from an Italian coastguard boat after it docked in Sicily for technical reasons. The Diciotti vessel, which rescued the migrants five days ago, arrived at the port of Catania overnight "for a technical stopover". Salvini was forced

  • Knifeman kills six in southern China

    August 21, 2018 10:30 AM 12

    BEIJING: Six people were killed after a man went on a killing spree in southern China, stabbing his girlfriend and her relatives, ploughing a car into pedestrians and attacking passersby. The 54-year-old man surnamed Huang had been having relationship problems and decided to take it out on his girlfriend and her family in Monday's attack, Liuzhou police

  • Iran unveils first domestic fighter jet

    August 21, 2018 5:52 AM 11

    TEHRAN: Iran unveiled its first domestic fighter jet at a defence show in Tehran on Tuesday. Images on state television showed President Hassan Rouhani sitting in the cockpit of the new "Kowsar" plane at the National Defence Industry exhibition. It is a fourth-generation fighter, with "advanced avionics" and multi-purpose radar, the Tasnim news agency