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U.S. truck driver arrested for threatening mass shooting access_timeAugust 21

 WASHINGTON–The FBI has arrested a truck driver after he threatened to commit a mass shooting at a church in Memphis in U.S. southern state of Tennessee, local media reported Tuesday. Thomas Matthew McVicker, 38, was arrested in Indianapo...

Australian court upholds sex abuse verdict of Cardinal Pell access_timeAugust 21

MELBOURNE– An Australian appeals court Wednesday upheld convictions against Cardinal George Pell, the most senior Catholic to be found guilty of sexually abusing children, in a decision cheered by scores of abuse survivors and victims' advoca...

Trump talks Kashmir with India, Pakistan PMs access_timeAugust 20

WASHINGTON–US President Donald Trump spoke with the prime ministers of India and Pakistan on Monday, urging them to reduce tensions over the disputed region of Kashmir. "Spoke to my two good friends, Prime Minister (Narendra) Modi of Indi...

Dengue cases in Philippines surge to more than 188,000, with over 800 deaths access_timeAugust 20

MANILA–The number of dengue cases in the Philippines in the first eight months of this year has surged more than 188,000 with 807 deaths, the Department of Health (DOH) of the Philippines said on Tuesday. The DOH has tallied 188,562 dengue cas...

Iran tanker departs after Gibraltar rejects US demand access_timeAugust 19

GIBRALTAR– The Iranian oil tanker at the centre of a diplomatic dispute has departed from Gibraltar after the British overseas territory rejected a US demand to seize the vessel. According to the monitoring website Marine Traffic, the supertan...

13 dead, 20 injured in India as container trailer collides with bus access_timeAugust 19

MUMBAI–Thirteen people died and 20 others were injured when a container trailer collided with a state transport bus at Nimgul in India's western state of Maharashtra, 391 km from Mumbai on 10:30 p.m. local time Sunday night, police official s...

Malaysian court postpones trial of former PM Najib access_timeAugust 19

KUALALUMPUR–A Malaysian court postponed the hearings for corruption charges on former Prime Minister Najib Razak over state investment fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) on Monday. The presiding judge made the decision after hearing from...

11 killed, 4 injured at van collision in eastern Thailand access_timeAugust 18

BANGKOK– A van collision in eastern Thailand killed 11 and injured four on Sunday, local media reported. The chartered van was carrying Laotian workers from Sa Kaeo Province for visa renewal at the Chanthaburi immigration checkpoint. Police sa...

PM Modi meets Oppn leader of Bhutan's National Assembly access_timeAugust 18

Thimphu,Bhutan–Prime Minister Narendra Modi who is on a two-day official visit to Bhutan, met Dr Pema Gyamtsho, Leader of the Opposition of Bhutan's National Assembly, on Sunday. "PM @narendramodi met with Dr Pema Gyamtsho, Leader of ...

During I-Day address, PM Modi endorses idea of 'One Nation, One Election' from Red Fort access_timeAugust 15

NEW DELHI–Delivering his sixth Independence Day speech from the ramparts of the Red Fort, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday endorsed the idea of 'One Nation, One Election' while emphasising the need for democratic discussions on th...

Russian Airbus makes emergency landing in corn field access_timeAugust 15

MOSCOW–A Russian Airbus with more than 230 people on board was forced to make an emergency landing in a corn field outside Moscow on Thursday after hitting a flock of seagulls, officials said. There were no immediate reports of serious injurie...

5.4-magnitude quake strikes Japan's Aomori Prefecture with no tsunami warning issued access_timeAugust 15

TOKYO– An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.4 struck Japan's northern Aomori Prefecture, the weather agency said on Thursday, although no tsunami warning has been issued. According to the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA), the t...

PM Imran Khan visits Kashmir as tensions boil with India access_timeAugust 14

MUZAFFRABAD– Prime Minister Imran Khan travelled to Pakistani Kashmir on Wednesday where he was expected to issue a fresh challenge to India over its recent power-play which has sent tensions between the nuclear-armed neighbours soaring. His v...

Flood fury in Kerala kills 88 people, 40 missing access_timeAugust 13

Kerala– Eighty-eight people have died across 14 districts of flood-battered Kerala while 40 are missing, authorities said on Tuesday. As per official data recorded till 9 am today, 34 people have sustained injuries in the natural calamity. Tor...

10 IS militants killed in airstrike, gunfire in western Iraq access_timeAugust 13

BAGHDAD–A total of ten Islamic State (IS) militants were killed on Monday in an airstrike by U.S.-led coalition aircraft and clashes with Iraqi security forces in western Iraq, the Iraqi military said. The Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS)...

China's FDI inflow rises 7.3 pct in January-July access_timeAugust 13

BEIJING–Foreign direct investment (FDI) into the Chinese mainland expanded 7.3 percent year on year to 533.14 billion yuan in the January-July period, the Ministry of Commerce announced Tuesday. In U.S. dollar terms, FDI inflow grew 3.6 percen...

Australian PM angry about low recycling rate of plastic materials access_timeAugust 13

SYDNEY–Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison admitted he "got really angry" after learning that only 12 percent of the country's plastic materials actually get recycled. Morrison announced a 20 million Australian dollar (13.5 ...

Myanmar troops help flood rescue after landslide kills 48 access_timeAugust 11

MYANMAR– Myanmar troops deployed to flood-hit parts of the country on Sunday to help with relief efforts after the death toll from a deadly landslide jumped to 48. Every year monsoon rains hammer Myanmar and other countries across Southea...

Cuban president reiterates support to Venezuela access_timeAugust 11

HAVANA– Cuba's President Miguel Diaz-Canel on Saturday expressed support to Venezuela after the imposition of new U.S. economic sanctions. "The Venezuelan people's dignity and the strength of the Bolivarian Revolution can't be...

US attorney: Epstein abuse probe steadfast despite his death access_timeAugust 11

NEW YORK– The FBI and the Justice Department's inspector general's office will investigate how Jeffrey Epstein died in an apparent suicide Saturday, while the probe into sexual abuse allegations against the well-connected financier remain...