Bangladesh's top court on Tuesday upheld the death sentence for a top tycoon and senior leader of the country's largest Islamist party, paving the way for his execution possibly within days. The Supreme Court rejected Mir Quasem Ali's final appeal to overturn the death sentence passed by a controversial war crimes tribunal two years ago for murders committed during Bangladesh's independence conflict. The nation is relieved," Attorney General Mahbubey Alam told reporters after the verdict was handed down.
By Minami Funakoshi TOKYO (Reuters) - The group of islands in the East China Sea, called the Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China, are historically Japan's territories, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told Reuters on Tuesday in an interview. Japan hopes to respond calmly to the territorial
A woman has been killed after a truck carrying airbag parts made by Japan's troubled Takata exploded in a massive fireball on a US highway, the firm confirmed Tuesday. "It created a big crater," said Tom Schmerber, the sheriff of Maverick County, Texas, where the August 22 accident occurred
BOSTON (AP) — The son of famed evangelist Billy Graham is holding a mass prayer rally in Boston as part of a 50-state tour to urge evangelicals to vote.
By Phil Stewart WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States scrambled on Monday to get its feuding allies, Turkey and Kurdish YPG militia, to focus their firepower on Islamic State instead of each other after clashes that have threatened to unravel America's war strategy in Syria. Turkey, which has
Even a century after his death, Austria's mutton-chop whiskered emperor Franz Joseph still looms large in the national consciousness -- both as the custodian of imperial glory and the tragic figure responsible for its decline. To commemorate the centenary of his death in November, the City of Vienna
On what could prove to be her last day as Brazil's president, Dilma Rousseff mounted a forceful defense of her time leading Latin America's most populous nation, warning senators that ousting her would ...
ReSpeaker is a god-send to all botanists Giving people the ability to control objects with their voice has typically been the domain of big tech companies: Amazon Echo, Google Home, Apple’s Siri. Shenzhen-based hardware company Seeed Studio wants to change that. “You can take a plant and make it something
Beachgoers, boat captains and business owners on North Carolina's Outer Banks warily eyed a potent tropical weather system Monday that could rain out one of the last busy weeks of the summer. The first ...
Prices of completed non-landed private homes across Singapore inched up by 0.2 percent in July compared to a 0.7 percent rise in the previous month, flash estimates of the NUS price index showed...
A strong typhoon was on course Tuesday for a direct hit on northeastern Japan, with authorities warning of heavy rain and high waves along the Pacific coast. Typhoon Lionrock was 170 kilometres (105 miles) east of the city of Choshi, as of 9 am (0000 GMT). Packing wind gusts up to 180 kilometres per
In a 14-hour session that was less electric than expected, Brazil's suspended president proclaimed her innocence at her impeachment trial Monday, branding her vice president a "usurper," calling ...
TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares were mostly higher Tuesday as hopes continued for a U.S. Federal Reserve interest rate hike later this year.
Despite tough market conditions, Oxley Holdings’ net profit surged by 123 percent on an annual basis to $295.4 million for the financial year ended 30 June (FY2016), revealed an SGX filing by the group...
KAJANG, Aug 30 — Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia (Isma) president Abdullah Zaik Abd Rahman today was found guilty of sedition over his remarks in a 2014 article labelling the ethnic Chinese as...
BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — The Latest on the impeachment trial of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff (all times local):
An historic ceasefire came into effect in Colombia, ending a 52-year war between FARC rebels and the government and taking a major step toward ending a conflict that has claimed more than 250,000 lives. The full ceasefire ordered by President Juan Manuel Santos and the head of the Revolutionary Armed
By Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO (Reuters) - Adult female mosquitoes can pass the Zika virus along to their offspring, U.S. researchers said on Monday, a finding that makes clear the need for pesticide programs that kill both adult mosquitoes and their eggs. The findings, published in the American Journal
By Beh Lih Yi KUALA LUMPUR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Malaysia is considering opening up its job market for thousands of refugees, who are mostly Rohingya and up until now have no legal right to work in the country. Although not a signatory to the United Nations Refugee Convention, Muslim-majority
By Beh Lih Yi KUALA LUMPUR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The first time he tried to escape a tough existence in his village in western Myanmar in 2004, Junaid Zafar was thrown in jail for five years. Like many other Rohingya Muslims, Zafar was seeking to flee poverty and persecution in Buddhist-majority
North Korea publicly executed two officials in early August for disobeying leader Kim Jong Un, a South Korean newspaper reported on Tuesday, in what would be the latest in a series of high-level purges under the young leader's rule, if confirmed. Kim took power in 2011 after the death of his father
Asian markets rose on Tuesday, with Tokyo recovering from initial losses as expectations of a US interest rate hike and talk of more Japanese monetary easing pushed the yen down against the dollar. Bets on a rate hike this year have soared after Federal Reserve boss Janet Yellen last week said at the
Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom was on Tuesday granted his wish to live-stream his bid to avoid extradition to the United States where he is wanted on online piracy charges. Attempts by the United States to block the live-streaming request were rejected by Judge Murray Gilbert in the Auckland High
By Roberta Rampton and David Brunnstrom WASHINGTON (Reuters) - When President Barack Obama travels to Asia next week, he will try to reassure leaders in the region that he still has the clout to deliver U.S. approval for the sweeping Trans-Pacific Partnership, even though the two candidates vying to
WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Department lawyers investigating police agencies for claims of racial discrimination and excessive force are increasingly turning up a different problem: officers' interactions with the mentally ill.
Michelle Martens kept her new relationship with a man convicted of child endangerment a secret from friends and family for weeks — as she helped plan her daughter's 10th birthday party, sent the girl off ...