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EU could extend Brexit deadline if London provides good reason: EU

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 19:00
BRUSSELS: European Union leaders could decide to extend the Mar 29 deadline for Britain's exit from the EU if London provided a valid reason for such a request, the European Commission said on Wednesday (Jan 16).  "There has been no UK request for an extension. Should there be a UK request to ...

Windy days expected for the second half of January

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 19:00
SINGAPORE: Windy conditions are forecast for the second fortnight of January, with some warm days expected, said the Meteorological Service Singapore on Wednesday (Jan 16). On four to six days, short, thundery showers are expected, mostly in the afternoon.  “Overall, the rainfall for January ...

Embraer cuts 2018 outlook, hurt by executive jet, defense setbacks

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 18:50
Brazilian planemaker Embraer SA on Wednesday lowered its revenue projection for 2018 by US$300 million, hurt by fewer deliveries of executive jets and a runway testing incident with its new military cargo jet.

Traditional drums to be allowed at this year's Thaipusam procession

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 18:45
SINGAPORE: For the first time since 1973, devotees participating in the Thaipusam procession this year from Sunday (Jan 20) to Monday will be allowed to play percussion instruments, the police said in a statement.  Under the new provisions, registered singers and musicians will be allowed to ...

Surge in piracy off West Africa in 2018: Maritime watchdog

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 18:45
Pirate attacks rose worldwide in 2018 due to a surge off West Africa, a maritime watchdog said Wednesday, calling for increased international cooperation to halt the spate of hijackings and kidnappings.

Sri Lanka asks IMF to revive US$1.5-billion bailout

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 18:44
Sri Lanka has appealed to the International Monetary Fund to revive a $1.5-billion bailout suspended during the island nation's political crisis late last year, the finance ministry said Wednesday.

Turkey-backed rebels await 'zero hour' to attack Syria's Manbij

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 18:40
Rebel commander Adnan Abu Faisal and his army are encamped near the frontline in northern Syria, waiting to launch an offensive on his home city of Manbij.

Iran calls for release of Iranian journalist arrested in US - IRNA

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 18:36
LONDON: Iranian foreign ministry spokesman on Wednesday called for the immediate release of a journalist arrested in the United States while working for Iran's English-language state TV "We condemn the illegal arrest of Marziyeh Hashemi, the reporter and presenter of Press TV, and the inhumane ...

As teachers get paid, learning returns to bombed-out Yemen school

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 18:33
Its books have been looted and walls blown out, but a school in war-torn southern Yemen is hopeful that the resumption of regular salary payments can keep teachers and children in classrooms.

Search on for Brexit consensus after May's crushing defeat

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 18:31
Prime Minister Theresa May's government faces a no confidence vote on Wednesday after the crushing defeat of her Brexit divorce deal by parliament left Britain's exit from the European Union in disarray just 10 weeks before it is due to leave.

Cheers mate: Australia to allow kava imports to bolster Pacific ties

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 18:28
Australia will allow imports of the intoxicating drink kava, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Wednesday (Jan 16), as it seeks to forge closer ties with its Pacific neighbours amid growing Chinese interest in the region.

Murray criticises LTA for failing to make the most of his success

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 18:20
Andy Murray has criticised Britain's Lawn Tennis Association for failing to build on his success and grow the game over the last decade.

Disgraced US ex-cardinal could be defrocked soon: Vatican sources

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 18:18
VATICAN CITY: Disgraced former U.S. cardinal Theodore McCarrick is almost certain to be defrocked in the next few weeks over allegations against him, including sexual abuse of minors, two Vatican sources said. Last July, McCarrick became the first Catholic prelate in nearly 100 years to lose the ...

Back where it all began, Djokovic renews Tsonga rivalry

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 18:13
Eleven years after their first meeting in the Australian Open final, Novak Djokovic and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will take a trip down memory lane on Thursday to renew their rivalry in the second round in Melbourne.

Disgraced US ex-cardinal could be defrocked soon - Vatican sources

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 18:06
VATICAN CITY: Disgraced former U.S. cardinal Theodore McCarrick is almost certain to be defrocked in the next few weeks over allegations against him, including sexual abuse of minors, two Vatican sources said. Last July, McCarrick became the first Catholic prelate in nearly 100 years to lose the ...

Rugby-Scotland name seven new caps for Six Nations as injuries bite

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 18:01
Injuries to key players has forced Scotland coach Gregor Townsend to select seven uncapped players in his 39-man squad for the Six Nations on Wednesday.

Prosecutors try to block Ivory Coast leader Gbagbo from returning home

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 17:50
Prosecutors at the International Criminal Court on Wednesday asked judges to bar former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo from returning to his homeland, a day after he was acquitted on all charges.

Nigeria opposition candidate Abubakar says committed to privatising state oil firm

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 17:45
Nigeria's main opposition party presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar said on Wednesday he is committed to privatising state oil company Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation.

Swedish Social Democrat leader Lofven set for second term as PM

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 17:45
Social Democrat leader Stefan Lofven looked set for a second term as prime minister after the Left Party said it would abstain in a vote on Friday, giving the former welder the numbers he needs to be elected after four months of deadlock.

FIFA says in regular contact with AFC over detained Bahraini player

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 17:41
FIFA says it has been in regular contact with the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) over the Bahraini refugee soccer player arrested in Thailand in November over a prison sentence in his homeland.