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In hometown, Macron battles disillusion and apathy ahead of EU election

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 13:47
AMIENS, France: In Emmanuel Macron's hometown of Amiens, it's hard to find enthusiasm for either the French president or the European Union, less than a week before European parliament elections. Blue-collar workers on its outskirts are tempted by protest votes, while a disillusioned, conservative ...

Targeting younger passengers, offering diverse experiences key to cruise industry's growth: Experts

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 13:43
SINGAPORE: Last year saw impressive growth for the cruise industry in Singapore.  Data released by the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) revealed that total cruise throughput jumped 35 per cent to 1.87 million in 2018 compared to the year before.  But the industry is not being complacent. It ...

Hong Kong leader presses on with extradition bill undeterred by critics

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 13:38
HONG KONG: Hong Kong's leader said on Tuesday (May 21) that her administration was determined to push through an extradition bill that could see individuals sent back to mainland China for trial, despite mounting opposition locally and internationally. The proposed legislation has stoked mass ...

Sherpa climbs Everest twice in a week for record 24th

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 13:33
KATHMANDU: Only last week Nepali mountain guide Kami Rita Sherpa set a new record by climbing Everest a 23rd time. On Tuesday (May 21) for good measure he did it again, expedition organisers said. "This is historic. He made his record climb this morning, guiding a team of Indian police," Mingma ...

Man jailed for harbouring two immigration offenders

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 13:00
SINGAPORE: A Bangladeshi man has been sentenced to eight months’ jail after subletting a unit to two overstayers, the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) said on Tuesday (May 21).  Mondol Faruk, 40, was found guilty of harbouring a Sri Lankan immigration offender. A second charge of ...

Justin Bieber, Ed Sheeran dress up as a bear and panda in new music video

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 12:50
The two pop stars also come out as an ice cream and even corn as they 'travel' around the world in I Don't Care.  

Christchurch attacker charged with terrorism

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 12:46
WELLINGTON: The man accused of shooting dead 51 Muslim worshippers in the Christchurch mosque attacks was formally charged with terrorism for the first time on Tuesday (May 21), New Zealand police said. In addition to the terror charge, Brenton Tarrant also faces 51 charges of murder and 40 of ...

Murray plays down his chances of playing singles at Wimbledon

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 12:30
Former world number one Andy Murray has all but ruled out playing singles at Wimbledon this year and said he will focus on doubles when he makes his comeback from hip-resurfacing surgery.

Factbox: Investments by automakers in the US and China since Trump came to power

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 12:29
BEIJING: Major automakers have announced a slew of investments in the United States since President Donald Trump took office in January 2017 and exerted pressure on the industry to create more US jobs. China is also attracting much investment, with companies keen to increase their share of the ...

Austrian motor racing great Niki Lauda, who survived fiery crash, dies

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 12:27
Austrian motor racing great Niki Lauda, whose comeback from a near-fatal crash made him a global symbol of resilience and determination, has died at the age of 70.

Indonesia opposition plans legal challenge after president's re-election confirmed

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 12:21
JAKARTA: Indonesian President Joko Widodo comfortably won re-election in last month's poll, an official count showed on Tuesday, throwing the spotlight on his opponent Prabowo Subianto, who has refused to concede defeat after claiming widespread cheating. The result released by the General ...

New Zealand mine reopened nine years after deadly blast

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 12:12
WELLINGTON: A coal mine where dozens died in one of New Zealand's worst-ever industrial accidents was re-opened after nine years Tuesday (May 21) as experts began the long process of recovering the men's remains. Twenty-nine people were killed at the Pike River mine in November 2010 after a blast ...

With shelters at 'max' California border agents drop migrants at bus station

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 12:12
SAN BERNARDINO: A surge in migrants at the US-Mexico border has pushed immigration detention facilities in California to capacity, forcing US Border Patrol to release many at bus stations in the state for the first time, the agency said on Monday (May 20). US Border Patrol in the El Centro area of ...

Johnson blasts Lakers GM after shock exit

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 12:06
LOS ANGELES: Former Los Angeles Lakers executive Magic Johnson said on Monday (May 20) a breakdown in relations with the team's general manager Rob Pelinka contributed to his shock exit from the NBA franchise. Johnson stunned the NBA on April 9 after dramatically quitting from his post as ...

Exclusive: A delicate balance - Toyota took care to make offering to US before China deals

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 12:00
Toyota Motor Corp last month announced two deals in China that were small in size but large in strategic planning.

Global chemical firms urged to source responsibly after lethal China blast: Study

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 12:00
SHANGHAI: A prominent Chinese environmental group has called on chemicals multinationals to stop "cutting corners" by outsourcing business to Chinese suppliers that violate safety regulations after an investigation into a deadly explosion at a factory in March. In a new study, the Institute of ...

Fears as Chinese investment in Australia falls

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 11:58
SYDNEY: Chinese investment in Australia has fallen to its lowest level in five years, new research shows, sparking calls for the newly re-elected conservative government to improve its rocky relationship with Beijing. After hitting a peak of AU$15.8 billion (US$10.4 billion) in 2016, Chinese firms ...

Tennis: Three weeks before final, qualifiers begin long road to French Open glory

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 11:55
PARIS: Almost three weeks before the world's best fight it out for the French Open titles, hundreds of players, including grizzled veterans and teenage hopefuls, have descended on Roland Garros for qualifying. The men's opening round got underway on Monday (May 20), despite the tournament proper ...

Jailed Catalan leader sees parliament mandate as win for ballot box

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 11:51
BARCELONA: Former Catalan vice-president Oriol Junqueras has been in jail for more than 18 months but on Tuesday (May 21) he will be temporarily released, and sworn in as a Spanish lawmaker. The head of Catalan separatist party ERC is one of five Catalan leaders on trial for their roles in an ...

A story of fire and ice: Niki Lauda, Formula One legend

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 11:50
VIENNA: On fire in a burning cockpit: Formula One legend Niki Lauda, who died late on Monday (May 20) at the age of 70, will forever be known for his 1976 accident. But even the horrific crash could not shake the 1975 world champion's icy determination - he staged a near-miraculous comeback to win ...