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Russia says it caught former US marine accused of spying red-handed

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 17:41
MOSCOW: Russia said on Wednesday (Jan 16) that it had caught former US marine Paul Whelan, who is being held in Russia on spying charges, while he was in the act of carrying out illegal activities in his Moscow hotel room. Whelan, a former US marine who also holds British, Canadian and Irish ...

Former Mexican president took $100 million drug bribe, trial hears

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 17:33
Former Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto accepted a $100 million bribe from drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, a former collaborator told the kingpin's trial.

China central bank's record US$83 billion injection heightens worries over ailing economy

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 17:30
China's central bank injected a record US$83 billion into the country's financial system on Wednesday, seeking to avoid a cash crunch that would put further pressure on the weakening economy.

Iran says will keep military forces in Syria, despite Israel threats - ISNA

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 17:26
The head of Iran's Revolutionary Guards said on Wednesday that they will retain their military presence in Syria, defying Israeli threats that they might be targeted if they do not leave the country.

Restriction orders show challenge of countering radicalisation continues: Masagos Zulkifli

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 17:20
SINGAPORE: The restriction orders against a religious teacher and one of his students show that the challenge of countering radicalisation continues, Minister-in-Charge of Muslim Affairs Masagos Zulkifli said on Wednesday (Jan 16). “The swift actions of our security agencies are timely. However ...

Indian opposition seeks scrapping of 1870 sedition law after students charged

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 17:18
NEW DELHI: India opposition politicians and media called for a colonial-era sedition law to be scrapped on Wednesday, accusing authorities of trying to suppress dissent after it was invoked against students marking the execution of a Kashmiri militant. Police used the 1870 law against 10 people ...

Kerber wins battle of left-handers to progress to third round

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 17:14
Second seeded German Angelique Kerber easily won the battle of left-handers against big-hitting Brazilian qualifier Beatriz Haddad Maia 6-2 6-3 to stroll into the third round of the Australian Open on Wednesday.

Cricket: Lord's gets new stands permission to increase capacity

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 17:13
Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) has been granted permission to construct two new stands at Lord's to replace the existing Compton and Edrich stands and increase the stadium's capacity to 31,000, it said on Wednesday.

Climate risks, data theft top fears for Davos

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 17:13
The risks of catastrophic weather and flooding from climate change are exercising business leaders heading into next week's World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, the organisation said Wednesday.

EU court annuls 2013 Commission decision that blocked UPS takeover of TNT

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 17:10
The European Court of Justice on Wednesday annulled a 2013 European Commission decision that blocked U.S. package delivery company UPS's planned acquisition of Dutch peer TNT Express, citing a procedural error.

Drums to be allowed at this year's Thaipusam procession: Police

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 17:08
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 ...

That Viking feeling: Iceland 'thunderclap' takes Asian Cup by storm

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 17:06
The bone-shaking "Viking thunderclap" made famous by Iceland fans at Euro 2016 has become a smash hit in the most unlikely of places -- at the Asian Cup in the United Arab Emirates.

Zimbabwe police arrest activist pastor as price protests enter third day

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 17:05
HARARE: Armed Zimbabwean police arrested a political activist at his home on Wednesday, his lawyer said, the third day of protests against fuel price hikes as businesses and schools stayed closed and networks enforced a government internet shutdown. Evan Mawarire, a Harare pastor who rose to ...

Hundreds sacked after Bangladesh garment strikes

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 16:58
Bangladesh factories making clothes for Western brands have sacked hundreds of workers after more than a week of strikes and clashes over wages, police and trade unions said Wednesday.

Russia calls on Japan to recognise outcome of World War Two

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 16:55
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Wednesday denied Moscow was imposing an ultimatum on Japan in talks to end a decades-long territorial dispute, but called on Tokyo to recognise the results of World War Two.

Russia says ready to work with US to 'save' INF arms treaty

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 16:53
MOSCOW: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday (Jan 16) Moscow was ready to work with Washington to save a key arms control treaty, calling on Europe to help in the talks. Moscow's top diplomat spoke after fresh talks between US and Russian officials in Geneva to salvage the ...

Swedish Left Party clears way for Social Democrat's Lofven to be PM again

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 16:50
Sweden's Left Party said on Wednesday it would abstain if the speaker calls for a vote on Social Democrat leader Stefan Lofven as prime minister, giving the former welder the numbers he needs to be elected to a second term in a vote on Friday.

Russia rules to hold jailed Ukrainian sailors until April 24 - agencies

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 16:48
A court in Moscow ruled on Wednesday that four Ukrainian sailors seized by Russia last year off the coast of Crimea should be kept in pre-trial detention until April 24, Russian news agencies reported.

EU's Barnier: Risk of 'no deal' has never been so high

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 16:32
EU negotiator Michel Barnier warned Wednesday that the British parliament's overwhelming rejection of a negotiated Brexit deal increases the risk that Britain will crash out of the European Union without an agreement.

Salesforce in talks to buy ClickSoftware for US$1.5 billion: report

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 16:30 is in talks to acquire U.S.-Israeli software developer ClickSoftware Technologies for around US$1.5 billion, the Calcalist financial news website reported on Wednesday.