• Artillery fire rocks Aleppo as Syria army presses assault

    Heavy artillery exchanges rocked Syria's battleground second city Aleppo throughout the night as government forces pressed a two-pronged assault on rebel-held districts, an AFP correspondent reported on Saturday. The government's offensive to recapture the whole of Aleppo has been bolstered

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  • Powerful Hurricane Matthew barrels towards Jamaica, Haiti

    Hurricane Matthew, the most powerful storm to tear across the Caribbean since 2007, picked up strength overnight as it barreled towards Jamaica and Haiti, US monitors said Saturday. Matthew, swirling off the northern coast of Colombia and Venezuela and forecast to make a turn towards the northwest,

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  • 100-day countdown ticks in Venezuela political crisis

    On January 10, 2017, President Nicolas Maduro will have completed four years of his six-year term at the helm of the major oil exporter, whose economy is reeling from sharply lower global crude prices. Saturday begins the 100-day countdown for Maduro's opposition to mount a recall referendum. If

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  • Bulgaria's Georgieva unsettles race to be UN chief

    The newest candidate to be UN secretary-general, Kristalina Georgieva, says she may be a "latecomer" to the race, but still has strong credentials to become the first woman to lead the United Nations. The 63-year-old Bulgarian economist who served as European budget commissioner has shaken

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  • Sharks: feared predator in need of protection

    Sharks may elicit less sympathy than elephants or rhinos, but experts say the feared predators are under increasing pressure from unmanaged commercial fishing and desperately in need of further protection. Unregulated fishing and international trade in shark products for human consumption have led to

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  • 'Worse than hell': Indian migrants recall Saudi nightmare

    They left India for Saudi Arabia with big dreams, but have returned with only harrowing tales after an oil price slump threw the economy into turmoil, leaving thousands of poor migrant labourers stranded. The workers from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and the Philippines were left destitute, without enough

    AFP News
  • Shakira joins Colombian stars supporting FARC peace deal

    Some of Colombia's most famous artists, athletes and writers, from singer Shakira to soccer star Falcao, are lending their support to the peace accord with Marxist rebels that aims to end a half-century of war. Shakira, along with Juanes and Carlos Vives -- two Colombian musicians popular across

    AFP News
  • Defense ministers discuss defusing South China Sea incidents

    PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (AP) — Countries need to look for practical ways to defuse incidents in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple disputes over islands, Singapore's defense minister said.

    Associated Press
  • Police killing shakes diverse San Diego suburb

    EL CAJON, Calif. (AP) — The family of an unarmed black man fatally shot by police is like thousands who have transformed the suburban San Diego city of El Cajon: Refugees from a strife-torn country.

    Associated Press
  • Pakistan, India exchange fresh fire in Kashmir

    Pakistan and India exchanged fresh fire across the Kashmir border Saturday, the Pakistani military said, with Indian officials stating there was no damage as tensions rise between the nuclear-armed rivals. "There was small arms fire and mortar shells fire from across the border in Akhnoor sector

    AFP News
  • March planned in memory of man shot by police in California

    Alfred Olango, the unarmed black man shot and killed by police in a suburb of San Diego, will be remembered in a demonstration Saturday organized by clergy members and supporters of Olango's family. The ...

    Associated Press
  • Spain's crisis-hit Socialists face leadership showdown

    Spain's crisis-hit Socialists are gathering for a key meeting on Saturday that may help end the country's prolonged political deadlock and decide the fate of embattled party leader Pedro Sanchez. The roughly 300 members of the party's federal committee -- its de-facto parliament -- have

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  • Mega-Hurricane Matthew threatens Jamaica, Haiti, Cuba

    KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Hurricane Matthew is roaring across the Caribbean Sea as a monster Category 5 storm on a course that puts Jamaica, as well as parts of Haiti and Cuba, in the path of its potentially devastating winds and rain.

    Associated Press
  • Analysis: Change isn't part of Trump's character - or appeal

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump will not change.

    Associated Press
  • Mormons gather in Utah to hear guidance from leaders

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Mormons are gathering in Salt Lake City to listen to speeches from church leaders at a twice-yearly conference.

    Associated Press
  • Man with knife dies after struggle with California police

    PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — A man armed with a knife and reported to be bipolar died after a struggle with Pasadena police officers who were called to an apartment following reports of a disturbance.

    Associated Press
  • US mood hardens as leader of ally Philippines stokes outrage

    WASHINGTON (AP) — As the body count mounts in the Philippines' deadly war on drugs, and its combative president's rhetoric plumbs new depths, the mood in Washington toward a key Asian ally is hardening.

    Associated Press
  • Philippines' Duterte likens himself to Hitler, wants to kill millions of drug users

    By Karen Lema and Manuel Mogato MANILA (Reuters) - Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte appeared to liken himself to Nazi leader Adolf Hitler on Friday and said he would "be happy" to exterminate 3 million drug users and peddlers in the country. Although the administration of U.S. President

  • Florida Senate: Underdog struggles against incumbent Rubio

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Democratic congressman with little name recognition is struggling to stop Florida's GOP Sen. Marco Rubio from being re-elected as Republicans pour millions into adds attacking the underdog — Patrick Murphy.

    Associated Press
  • This CEO skipped university to build JIO, an advertising technology that tracks eye movements

    The 21-year-old CEO of JIO, Benjamin Tang, skipped university to develop a startup that analyses human emotions In mid-August this year, Benjamin Tang faced a dilemma; skip the first day of school at Singapore Management University, or attend the K-Startup Grand Challenge 2016 (an accelerator programme

  • AP-NORC Poll: Half of Trump backers don't trust vote count

    NEW YORK (AP) — Amid Donald Trump's unprecedented assertion that the general election "is going to be rigged," many Americans who are drawn to the Republican nominee's campaign have major doubts about the accuracy of the vote count.

    Associated Press
  • France falls back in love with its humble grape pickers

    "There is no respect for the bosses in this country," bellowed Thibaut Pariset, as he badgered his team of grape pickers up another steep row of vines near Fuisse, deep in France's Burgundy wine region. It is this kind of good-humoured banter that keeps 69-year-old Rene Kleingardner coming

    AFP News
  • Alabama chief justice suspended for defiance on gay marriage

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore was removed from the bench Friday for defying the U.S. Supreme Court on gay marriage, more than a decade after he was ousted for disobeying a federal order to take down a 2 ½-ton monument to the Ten Commandments.

    Associated Press
  • Threat from extremist groups to southeast Asia growing: Singapore defense chief

    By Yeganeh Torbati KO OLINA, Hawaii (Reuters) - The threat that violent extremist groups pose to Southeast Asia is growing each year as they become more organized and focused in their aims, Singapore Defense Minister Ng Eng Hen said on Friday. Ng was speaking to reporters following a meeting of Southeast

  • Thailand still golden for Chinese tourists despite Zika fears

    By Amy Sawitta Lefevre and Panarat Thepgumpanat BANGKOK (Reuters) - Confirmation that the Zika virus had caused microcephaly in Thailand is not likely to scare off large numbers of Chinese tourists due to jet in for holidays in the next week, tourists and industry operators said. Thailand reported



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