• German woman on trial over neo-Nazi murders breaks silence

    More than three years into her trial, Beate Zschaepe condemned the murders carried out by the other two members of the self-styled National Socialist Underground (NSU), Uwe Mundlos and Uwe Boehnhardt. Zschaepe for years lived in hiding with Mundlos and Boehnhardt, who shot dead eight men with Turkish

    AFP News
  • 'Blood diamond' suspect dies in Belgian prison

    A US-Belgian businessman accused of enslavement and diamond trafficking during Sierra Leone's civil war has died in a Brussels prison, officials said on Thursday. Michel Desaedeleer, 65, "died on Tuesday to Wednesday night, most likely of natural causes," a spokesman for the Belgian prosecutor

    AFP News
  • PepsiCo 3Q results beat Street; raises full-year guidance

    PURCHASE, N.Y. (AP) — PepsiCo, free of last year's entanglements in beleaguered Venezuela, reported soaring third-quarter profits that breezed past almost all expectations.

    Associated Press
  • Spain's Socialists on brink of 'civil war'

    Spain's Socialist Party was on the verge of "civil war" Thursday after half its leadership staged a coup, in what could turn out to be good news for those desperate to end the country's political deadlock. "A sad spectacle", "War" -- read headlines in Spanish newspapers

    AFP News
  • Najib’s lawyer says PM has right to sue in personal capacity

    KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 29 ― Datuk Seri Najib Razak can still initiate civil suits in his personal capacity despite holding office as prime minister, his lawyer Datuk Hafarizam Harun said today....

    The Malay Mail Online
  • Colombia tipped for Nobel Peace Prize after deal to end war

    By Alister Doyle and Jessica Jaganathan OSLO (Reuters) - A Colombian peace accord ending a half-century of war is widely tipped for the Nobel Peace Prize next week, returning the award to its roots after a run of wins for organisations including the European Union. The prize might be shared by President

  • Philippine officials seek clarity after Duterte suggests end of U.S. exercises

    By Mai Nguyen and Manuel Mogato HANOI/MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine officials said on Thursday they were awaiting clarification from President Rodrigo Duterte about military exercises with U.S. forces after he promised to honour their defence treaty, but declared joint war games would cease. The maverick

  • Convicted thief slips off cuffs, escapes Penang courthouse in broad daylight

    GEORGE TOWN, Sept 29 ― In a daring stunt, a convicted thief escaped his guards at the Penang courthouse in the city centre this afternoon. Mohd Rozali Omar was believed to be among some 15...

    The Malay Mail Online
  • Signing peace deal, Afghan warlord calls for an 'end to current crisis'

    By Hamid Shalizi KABUL (Reuters) - Afghan president Ashraf Ghani formalized a controversial accord with one of Afghanistan's most notorious warlords on Thursday, a deal the government hopes will lead to more peace agreements. Surrounded by hundreds of Afghan officials, many former warlords and

  • China's Wanda fires executive who bribed official

    Chinese entertainment and real-estate giant Wanda said Thursday it had fired an executive implicated in the bribery of a local government official. The announcement followed media reports that the executive had been named in court documents related to a government corruption trial. Wanda said in a

    AFP News
  • Pakistan fury after India launches Kashmir strikes

    Indian commandos carried out a series of lightning strikes Thursday along the de facto border with Pakistan in Kashmir, provoking furious charges of "naked aggression" from its nuclear-armed neighbour. Amid anger in India over a recent deadly assault on one of its army bases in Kashmir, officials

    AFP News
  • France fines 35 modeling agencies in decade of price fixing

    France's anti-competition regulatory body has fined 35 modeling agencies over a decade-long practice of fixing prices, saying the tables established each year were illegal. Thursday's decision came in ...

    Associated Press
  • Car industry puts cooperation on show in battle against Silicon Valley firms

    By Edward Taylor and Eric Auchard PARIS/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Alarmed by the threat posed by Silicon Valley firms to their businesses in developing autonomous driving systems, it was evident at the Paris Motor Show this week that carmakers are seeking to fight back by cooperating in areas of technology

  • DIVIDED AMERICA: Minorities hopeful, whites sour on future

    Consider two women in their 70s, both residents of the Kansas City area. One is white and affluent; the other is black and working class. Guess which one is more optimistic about the country's future and ...

    Associated Press
  • UN envoy says Syria talks 'very difficult with bombs falling'

    The UN envoy for Syria said Thursday there was little prospect of an imminent restart of negotiations to try to end the raging conflict. "At the moment, when bombs are falling all over, it is very difficult to justify resuming talks," Staffan de Mistura told AFP after he met Pope Francis at

    AFP News
  • Berlusconi at 80: 'regrets I have a few'

    Silvio Berlusconi celebrated his 80th birthday on Thursday, away from the limelight he enjoyed for decades as a flamboyant Italian prime minister, media tycoon and owner of AC Milan. The current squad of the seven-times European football champions marked the occasion by making a video in which captain

    AFP News
  • Peres funeral will bring back memories of Rabin and Arafat

    When Shimon Peres is laid to rest on Friday, his funeral is likely to bring back memories of those of the other two men he shared the Nobel Peace Prize with: Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat. Israel was in a state of deep shock after then prime minister Rabin was shot dead by a Jewish extremist in 1995

    AFP News
  • Situation under control after 2 lions escape German zoo cage

    BERLIN (AP) — A German zoo says it has recaptured one lion and sedated another after they escaped from their cage overnight.

    Associated Press
  • Oil price rally fades on doubts over OPEC output deal

    An oil price rally fuelled by OPEC's deal to cut crude output fizzled out Thursday with analysts doubting the cartel's ability to seriously tackle a supply glut. Following a meeting that included Russia, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries shocked markets Wednesday by saying it

    AFP News
  • Erdogan suggests Moody's can be 'bought' after Turkey rating cut

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday attacked Moody's after it downgraded the country's sovereign debt rating to "junk" status, appearing to suggest the ratings agency could be bought off. Moody's downgraded Turkey's rating by one notch on Friday to the speculative

    AFP News
  • Beijing's latest answer to pollution: the Smog Free Tower

    BEIJING (AP) — In a city where smog routinely blankets the streets, a Dutch artist has offered an eccentric solution: a 7-meter (23-foot) metal structure that takes in smog and expels cleaner air.

    Associated Press
  • Turkey's Erdogan suggests emergency could extend to a year

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan suggested on Thursday it may be necessary to keep the state of emergency imposed after the July coup bid in place for at least a year. "It was seen that a three-month period was not enough... It's in Turkey's favour to extend state of emergency three

    AFP News
  • The Latest: Turkey to clear 'corridor of terror' at border

    BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the conflict in Syria (all times local):

    Associated Press
  • Tumult to tranquility: Migrant family finds peace in Germany

    ELZACH, Germany (AP) — They fled Iraq just ahead of an Islamic State group onslaught in which thousands of their fellow Yazidis were enslaved or slaughtered. Months as refugees on the fringes of Turkish society, a nearly fatal trip across the Aegean and a long trek through the Balkans and Austria north

    Associated Press
  • Clinton joins Israel in paying last respects to Peres

    Israeli leaders, former US president Bill Clinton and crowds of mourners gathered outside parliament Thursday to pay last respects to Nobel Peace Prize winner Shimon Peres, whose body was lying in state. A major security operation was being put in place ahead of Friday's funeral, which is to be

    AFP News


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