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  • Vatican temporarily suspends Indian bishop accused of raping nun

    12 hours ago

    Vatican temporarily suspends Indian bishop accused of raping nun

    NEW DELHI, Sept 20 —The Vatican has accepted a request from a bishop in India to be temporarily relieved of his pastoral duties as police questioned him for a second day over...

  • London serial cat killer turns out to be a fox

    13 hours ago

    London serial cat killer turns out to be a fox

    LONDON, Sept 20 — There might not be a maniacal cat-killer on the loose in London after all, or at least not a human one. The mutilated remains of hundreds of domestic cats and...

  • 'Parents' worst nightmare': Dutch rail collision kills 4 children

    13 hours ago

    'Parents' worst nightmare': Dutch rail collision kills 4 children

    THE HAGUE, Sept 20 — Four children from a Dutch daycare centre died today when a train smashed into their electric cart at a crossing in an accident described as the “worst...

  • Ukraine leader backs controversial 'Russian foreign agents' bill

    14 hours ago

    Ukraine leader backs controversial 'Russian foreign agents' bill

    KIEV, Sept 20 — Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko today backed a controversial bill that would require pro-Russian groups to register as “foreign agents”, borrowing from...

  • India, Pakistan foreign ministers to hold rare meeting

    14 hours ago

    India, Pakistan foreign ministers to hold rare meeting

    NEW DELHI, Sept 20 — The foreign ministers of arch-rivals India and Pakistan will hold a rare meeting on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly underway in New York, officials...

  • Hezbollah defies Israel, says has ‘precision missiles’

    14 hours ago

    Hezbollah defies Israel, says has ‘precision missiles’

    BEIRUT, Sept 20 — Lebanon’s Hezbollah said today it had acquired “precision missiles” despite extensive efforts by neighbour and foe Israel to prevent the Shiite movement...

  • Russia, Turkey still working on Idlib deal but optimistic, says UN

    15 hours ago

    Russia, Turkey still working on Idlib deal but optimistic, says UN

    GENEVA, Sept 20 — Russia and Turkey told a weekly meeting of the UN Syria humanitarian taskforce in Geneva today that they were still working out the details of their plan to...

  • Singapore panel recommends regulation of tech firms over fake news

    17 hours ago

    Singapore panel recommends regulation of tech firms over fake news

    SINGAPORE, Sept 20 — A Singapore parliamentary committee said today the government should consider legislation to ensure technology companies rein in online fake news and that...

  • Kremlin gets telegram about downed Russian plane from Syria's Assad, reports Ifax

    18 hours ago

    Kremlin gets telegram about downed Russian plane from Syria's Assad, reports Ifax

    MOSCOW, Sept 20 — The Kremlin said today it had received a telegram from Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in which he expressed his condolences over a Russian military plane...

  • EU leaders 'almost unanimous' for second Brexit vote, says Maltese PM

    18 hours ago

    EU leaders 'almost unanimous' for second Brexit vote, says Maltese PM

    LONDON, Sept 20 — There is “almost unanimous” backing among European Union leaders for Britain to hold another referendum on Brexit, Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat...

  • Election in Russia's Far East to be re-run after fraud scandal

    18 hours ago

    Election in Russia's Far East to be re-run after fraud scandal

    VLADIVOSTOK, Russia, Sept 20 — A regional election in Russia's Far East will be re-run, the local election commission said today, dealing a rare blow to the Kremlin after...

  • Australian tourist haven suffers twin shark attacks

    19 hours ago

    Australian tourist haven suffers twin shark attacks

    SYDNEY, Sept 20 — A girl was in a serious condition and a woman was fighting for her life, Australian authorities said today after two separate shark attacks at an idyllic beach...

  • Air pressure mix-up causes mass bleeding on Indian flight

    19 hours ago

    Air pressure mix-up causes mass bleeding on Indian flight

    MUMBAI, Sept 20 — A cockpit mix-up left more than 30 passengers on an Indian plane bleeding from their ears and noses today after the crew forgot to flick a switch regulating...

  • Hungary plans new administrative courts, rejects rule of law concerns

    17 hours ago

    Hungary plans new administrative courts, rejects rule of law concerns

    BUDAPEST, Sept 20 — Hungary will set up a new system of courts by January 2020 to handle issues related to state administration but they will be independent of the government,...

  • Singapore punishes firm after ‘maids for sale’ ads spark outrage

    21 hours ago

    Singapore punishes firm after ‘maids for sale’ ads spark outrage

    SINGAPORE, Sept 20 — Singapore has suspended a maid employment agency’s licence and threatened to prosecute the company over “undignified” online ads offering Indonesian...

  • Molestation suspect brought back to scene of crime in Singapore

    21 hours ago

    Molestation suspect brought back to scene of crime in Singapore

    SINGAPORE, Sept 20 — Last Friday, a 33-year-old woman was making her way home at Tampines Street 21 around midnight, when a male stranger allegedly ran up from behind and...

  • Singaporean jailed for sexually exploiting landlord’s daughter

    21 hours ago

    Singaporean jailed for sexually exploiting landlord’s daughter

    SINGAPORE, Sept 20 — Although he knew that his actions were “inappropriate” and he would not do such things to his own daughter, Li Yafei sexually exploited his landlord’s...

  • 17 hours ago

    Four children killed as Dutch train hits cargo bike

    THE HAGUE, Sept 20— Four children were killed and two people seriously injured today in a collision between a train and a cargo bike in the Netherlands, Dutch police said. The...

  • Rescuers dig for survivors in new Philippine landslide

    23 hours ago

    Rescuers dig for survivors in new Philippine landslide

    NAGA (Philippines), Sept 20 — Rescuers were digging through a landslide that buried at least 10 homes and killed six people in the central Philippines today, as monsoon rains...

  • Six dead, 10 homes buried in Philippine monsoon landslide

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    Six dead, 10 homes buried in Philippine monsoon landslide

    NAGA (Philippines), Sept 20 — At least six people were killed and 10 homes buried early this morning in the central Philippines when heavy monsoon rains unleashed a landslide in...

  • Japan’s Abe wins party leadership election

    21 hours ago

    Japan’s Abe wins party leadership election

    TOKYO, Sept 20 — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe won re-election as leader of his ruling party today, setting him on course to become Japan’s longest-serving premier and realise his...

  • Fulfilling a dream, S. Korea’s Moon visits sacred N. Korean mountain with Kim

    20 hours ago

    Fulfilling a dream, S. Korea’s Moon visits sacred N. Korean mountain with Kim

    MOUNT PAEKTU, Sept 20 — South Korean President Moon Jae-in cleared a top item off his bucket list today: Climbing Mount Paektu in North Korea with its leader Kim Jong-un. After...

  • 17 hours ago

    Flight of India's Jet Airways loses cabin pressure, causes minor injuries to 30

    NEW DELHI, Sept 20 — More than two dozen passengers on a flight operated by India's biggest full-service carrier, Jet Airways, were treated for minor injuries on Thursday after...

  • Iran asks UN to condemn Israeli threats

    21 hours ago

    Iran asks UN to condemn Israeli threats

    LONDON, Sept 20 — Iran’s ambassador to the United Nations has asked in letters to its secretary-general and Security Council for condemnation of Israeli threats against Tehran...

  • Far-right candidate Bolsonaro widens lead in Brazilian presidential race

    22 hours ago

    Far-right candidate Bolsonaro widens lead in Brazilian presidential race

    BRASILIA, Sept 20 — Far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro gained ground over his rivals in the first round of Brazil’s presidential election set for October 7, a new poll showed...

  • Rights group accuses Mexican armed forces of unlawful killings

    22 hours ago

    Rights group accuses Mexican armed forces of unlawful killings

    PUEBLA, Sept 20 — Mexican troops and police committed two extrajudicial killings while confronting presumed fuel thieves in the central state of Puebla in May 2017, a Mexican...

  • Second Mexican official fired over scandal of bodies stored in truck

    22 hours ago

    Second Mexican official fired over scandal of bodies stored in truck

    JALISCO, Sept 20 — Mexican authorities said yesterday they had fired the top prosecutor in Jalisco state, the second official to lose his job after the discovery of a container...

  • ¥6.7m in virtual currency hacked in Japan

    22 hours ago

    ¥6.7m in virtual currency hacked in Japan

    TOKYO, Sept 20 — Digital currency worth around ¥6.7 billion (RM248.25 million) has been stolen in Japan following a hacking attack, a virtual exchange operator said today....

  • Australia eyes PNG military base to curb China’s Pacific influence

    22 hours ago

    Australia eyes PNG military base to curb China’s Pacific influence

    PORT MORESBY, Sept 20 — Australia is planning to build new naval base in Papua New Guinea, reports said yesterday, an apparent move to curb China’s influence in the Pacific....

  • Texan campaigner for 3D-printed guns wanted for sex with minor

    22 hours ago

    Texan campaigner for 3D-printed guns wanted for sex with minor

    WASHINGTON, Sept 20 — A Texas man who has played a central role in the US debate over 3D-printed weapons and caused panic by publishing firearm blueprints online is wanted for...