Saudi coalition attacks killed children in Yemen: UN chief Antonio Guterres

Saudi coalition attacks killed children in Yemen: UN chief Antonio Guterres

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. (Source: Reuters/File) Top News Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says in a draft report that the Saudi-led coalition was responsible for more than half the children killed and injured in Yemen’s civil war last year. The report, obtained yesterday, said the United Nations verified 1,340 casualties and attributed 683 — representing 51 per cent — to attacks carried out by the coalition. It said nearly three-quarters of […]

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Iran reform leader Mehdi Karroubi ends hunger strike

Iran reform leader Mehdi Karroubi ends hunger strike

Top News Iranian opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi, under house arrest for six years, ended his hunger strike after the government agreed to remove intelligence agents from his home. However, his demand to face trial — he has never been charged since being placed under house arrest in 2011 –appears no closer to being granted. Karroubi, 79, stopped eating and drinking on Wednesday morning and was hospitalised a day later with […]

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Malaysia surprises with 5.8 per cent GDP growth, may add fuel to early election talk

Malaysia surprises with 5.8 per cent GDP growth, may add fuel to early election talk

A view of Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC) in Malaysia August 15, 2017. REUTERS/Lai Seng Sin Top News Malaysia’s economy expanded at the fastest pace in more than two years in the second quarter on the back of domestic demand and robust exports, defying expectations for a slight slowdown. The strong performance is likely to add to speculation over whether Prime Minister Najib Razak will call an early election to […]

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Burundi: 1 killed, 29 injured in grenade attacks, say police

Burundi: 1 killed, 29 injured in grenade attacks, say police

(Source: Google maps) Top News Burundian police say one person has been killed and 29 others injured in overnight grenade attacks in the capital. Police spokesman Pierre Nkurikiye said the attacks on Thursday night targeted two bars in the Buyenzi quarter of Bujumbura. Nkurikiye said it was not immediately clear who was responsible for the apparently coordinated attacks. Burundi has been plagued by sporadic violence since April 2015, when President […]

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Top US general reaffirms commitment to Japan amid North Korea tensions

Top US general reaffirms commitment to Japan amid North Korea tensions

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis (Source: AP Photo/File) Top News The top US general restated Washington’s “ironclad commitment” to the security of its close Asian ally, Japan, on Friday amid regional tensions over North Korea, telling his counterpart in Tokyo that “an attack on one is an attack on both of us”. Fears about North Korea’s missile and nuclear weapons programmes have grown in recent weeks. Pyongyang has said it was […]

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Sierra Leone mudslides death toll now above 400: United Nations

Sierra Leone mudslides death toll now above 400: United Nations

Volunteers prepare graves during a mass funeral for victims of heavy flooding and mudslides in Regent at a cemetery in Freetown, Sierra Leone, Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017. (AP Photo/ Manika Kamara) Top News The United Nations says the death toll from Sierra Leone’s mudslides is now above 400. The U.N. humanitarian agency says 409 bodies have been found after flooding and mudslides in the West African nation’s capital of Freetown […]

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As US debates policy, Afghan pilots fear for families’ lives

As US debates policy, Afghan pilots fear for families’ lives

In this August 10, 2017, President Donald Trump, accompanied by Vice President Mike Pence, speaks to reporters before a security briefing at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J. (Source: AP Photo) Top News As the Trump administration debates war strategy in Afghanistan, this Afghan pilot in the US-backed Afghan Air Force has more pressing concerns: He’s worried the Taliban may kidnap or kill his family. Like other colleagues flying […]

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US general reaffirms commitment to Japan amid North Korea tensions

US general reaffirms commitment to Japan amid North Korea tensions

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (Left) and US President Donald Trump (Right). (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E, Pablo Martinez Monsivais, Files) Top News The top US general restated Washington’s “ironclad commitment” to the security of its close Asian ally, Japan, on Friday amid regional tensions over North Korea, telling his counterpart in Tokyo that “an attack on one is an attack on both of us”. Fears about North Korea’s missile and […]

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Barcelona terror attack: Injured included people from Asia

Barcelona terror attack: Injured included people from Asia

People stand on the street after a van crashed into pedestrians near the Las Ramblas avenue in central Barcelona, Spain August 17, 2017. (Photo via Reuters) Related News Citizens from four Asian countries — China, Pakistan, Taiwan and The Philippines — were among the over 100 people who were injured in Thursday’s terror attack in Barcelona, the Catalonian Interior Ministry said on Friday. At least 13 people were killed when […]

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Top elephant conservationist shot dead in Tanzania, say colleagues

Top elephant conservationist shot dead in Tanzania, say colleagues

Top News A leading conservationist who had worked hard to bring down notorious elephant poachers and stop ivory-trafficking, has been shot dead in Tanzania, his PAMS foundation has said. “We are heartbroken to share the news that PAMS Foundation co-founder, Wayne Lotter was shot and killed last night (Wednesday) in the Masaki District of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania,” read a statement. The motive for the killing of the South African […]

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