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ICC Prosecutors: bar ex-Ivory Coast leader Gbagbo from returning home

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 16:30
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.

Japan sees record 31 million tourists in 2018

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 16:21
Japan welcomed a record 31 million foreign visitors in 2018, official data showed Wednesday, as the country gears up to host the Rugby World Cup this year and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Momentum of Malaysia’s relationship with Singapore ‘very positive’: Economic Minister Azmin Ali

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 16:20
SINGAPORE: The momentum of Malaysia's relationship with Singapore is very positive, said Malaysian Minister for Economic Affairs Mohamed Azmin Ali on Wednesday (Jan 16), after meeting Singapore ministers to discuss bilateral issues over the weekend.   Mr Azmin's comment also follows Singapore's ...

Aussie businesses complain Google Maps inaccuracies driving tourists away

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 16:20
SYDNEY: Tourism operators in Australia's vast outback say wild inaccuracies in Google Maps are making remote hot spots appear out of reach, deterring people from visiting the region. A number of businesses promoting their small towns as remote tourist destinations in the northeastern state of ...

FIFA says in regular contact with AFC over detained refugee player

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 16:15
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.

Tiafoe announces himself with Anderson upset

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 16:15
MELBOURNE: Twenty-year-old Frances Tiafoe created a major upset beating fifth seed Kevin Anderson 4-6 6-4 6-4 7-5 in the second round of the Australian Open on Wednesday. Wimbledon finalist Anderson took a medical time-out mid-way through the four-set match before becoming the highest ranked ...

Sears chairman prevails in bankruptcy auction for retailer with US$5.2 billion bid: sources

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 16:15
Sears Holdings Corp Chairman Eddie Lampert prevailed in a bankruptcy auction for the U.S. department store chain with an improved takeover bid of roughly US$5.2 billion, allowing the 126-year-old retailer to keep its doors open, people familiar with the matter said Wednesday.

Kenyan forces kill militants who stormed Nairobi hotel: President

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 16:08
NAIROBI: Kenyan security forces have "eliminated" the militants who stormed an upscale hotel compound and killed at least 14 people in an attack claimed by Somali Islamist group al Shabaab, President Uhuru Kenyatta said on Wednesday (Jan 16). More than 700 civilians had been safely evacuated from ...

Japan's cherry blossoms expected to bloom early again this year

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 16:05
Cherry blossom season is expected to arrive in Japan earlier than usual, with Tokyo, Kyoto, Nagoya and Fukuoka expecting first bloom up to four days earlier than average.

Facebook brings stricter ads rules to countries with key elections this year

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 16:02
SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook told Reuters on Tuesday (Jan 15) that it would extend some of its political advertising rules and tools for curbing election interference to India, Nigeria, Ukraine and the European Union before significant votes in the next few months. As the largest social media service ...

Religious teacher and student issued restriction orders under Internal Security Act: MHA

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 16:01
SINGAPORE: Two Singaporeans – a religious teacher and one of his students - have been issued with restriction orders under the Internal Security Act (ISA), the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) announced on Wednesday (Jan 16). Freelance religious teacher Murad Mohd Said, 46, was placed on the order ...

Russia ready to work with US to save INF arms treaty - Lavrov

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 16:00
Russia is ready to work to save the landmark Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) despite numerous problems and hopes Washington will take a responsible approach to arms control treaties, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday.

Zimbabwean police arrest activist pastor as price protests enter third day

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 16:00
HARARE: Armed Zimbabwean police arrested a political activist at his home on Wednesday, his lawyer said, on the third day of protests against fuel price hikes as businesses and schools stayed closed and mobile networks enforced a government internet shutdown. Evan Mawarire, a pastor who rose to ...

UK PM May faces confidence vote as Brexit goes down to the line

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 15:58
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.

Novak, Rafa and I still Grand Slam favourites - Federer

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 15:50
Roger Federer has given cold comfort to the next generation of men's players hoping for Grand Slam glory, saying he, Novak Djokovic and Rafa Nadal are still deserving favourites to claim the game's biggest trophies.

Anger at Malaysia textbook telling girls to 'protect sex organs'

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 15:39
Malaysia's government will alter an elementary-school textbook which suggested girls should dress modestly to prevent sexual assault, authorities said Wednesday, after it sparked widespread anger.

Cows walk on fire in India's harvest festival

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 15:33
Indian devotees led decked-up cows over burning hay to celebrate the Hindu harvest festival in a ritual seeking good fortune and protection from harm.

Tennis: Federer fends off British 'mirror' Evans to advance

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 15:32
MELBOURNE: Double defending champion Roger Federer weathered a stern test from the impressive Dan Evans and paid the British battler the ultimate compliment after prevailing 7-6(5) 7-6(3) 6-3 to reach the third round of the Australian Open on Wednesday. Having thrashed Denis Istomin in his ...

Syria Kurds reject 'security zone' under Turkish control

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 15:20
Syria's Kurds on Wednesday rejected a US proposal for a "security zone" under Turkish control along the Syrian side of the two countries' border.

Global blockchain unicorn Bitfury launches music business

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 15:16
Global blockchain company The Bitfury Group, valued recently at US$1 billion, announced on Wednesday the launch of a music and entertainment division that will create an open-source music platform secured by the bitcoin blockchain.