• Japan top spokesman: Senkaku islands historically Japan's territories

    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

    Reuters
  • Truck with Takata airbag parts explodes, kills US woman

    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

    AFP News
  • Prayer or politics? Evangelist rallying Christians in Boston

    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.

    Associated Press
  • U.S. tries to stop feuding allies from unraveling Syria strategy

    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

    Reuters
  • Ghost of Austria's last monarch still looms large

    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

    AFP News
  • Brazil's Rousseff defends self ahead of Senate's ouster vote

    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 ...

    Associated Press
  • This Kickstarter project lets you talk to your plants

    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

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  • North Carolina warily watching 2 tropical weather systems

    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 ...

    Associated Press
  • Resale condo prices in central region up the most in July

    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...

    Property Guru
  • Strong typhoon Lionrock aims for Japan's northeast

    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

    AFP News
  • Brazil's president proclaims innocence at impeachment trial

    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 ...

    Associated Press
  • Asian stocks mostly rise on hopes for higher US rates

    TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares were mostly higher Tuesday as hopes continued for a U.S. Federal Reserve interest rate hike later this year.

    Associated Press
  • Oxley full-year net profit surges 123%

    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...

    Property Guru
  • Isma chief guilty of sedition, fined RM2,000

    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...

    The Malay Mail Online
  • The Latest: Questioning of Rousseff ends after 14 hours

    BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — The Latest on the impeachment trial of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff (all times local):

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  • Colombia ceasefire ends half-century war with FARC

    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

    AFP News
  • Adult mosquitoes can pass Zika to their offspring - U.S. study

    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

    Reuters
  • Factbox: Fleeing persecution at home, thousands of Rohingya land in Malaysia

    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

    Reuters
  • Denied work, Rohingya trapped in limbo in Malaysia

    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

    Reuters
  • North Korea publicly executes two officials - South Korean newspaper

    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

    Reuters
  • Asia markets track Wall St up, US jobs in focus

    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

    AFP News
  • Dotcom wins right to live-stream appeal against US extradition

    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

    AFP News
  • In Asia, Obama faces trade pact test amid U.S. opposition

    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

    Reuters
  • Justice Dept. focuses on police treatment of mentally ill

    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.

    Associated Press
  • Slain New Mexico girl's relatives mystified over mom's role

    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 ...

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