When US acting secretary of defence Patrick Shanahan steps up to address one of Asia’s biggest security forums this week, he is expected to reveal details of a “new” phase in the United States’ Indo-Pacific strategy. The strategy is mainly aimed at curbing Beijing’s growing cloutRead More »
Vandals have attacked portraits of Holocaust victims in the streets of central Vienna, President Alexander Van der Bellen said Monday, adding that he was "deeply worried" over the assaults. The attack overnight Sunday was the third since the show by Italian-German photographer Luigi Toscano
French police arrested four people Monday over a package bomb explosion in the heart of the southeastern city of Lyon last week which injured 13 people, authorities said. A police raid was under way in a building in the Oullins suburb just south of the city, a few hours after the arrest of the suspected
Russian-backed Syrian government forces will be able to advance all the way to the Turkish border if they pierce rebel defences in the northwest, a top opposition official said, urging Turkey to do more to shield the area from a major attack. The month-long onslaught is the most serious escalation of
Joe Perricone, 95, and Bill William Arnold Craddock, 85, celebrated their graduations more than 65 years after their classmates.
A European election drubbing has served as a harsh wake-up call for Germany's leaders that young voters fear climate change and are furious about the government's glacial response to it. A surge of support, helped by the Fridays for Future protest movement, propelled Germany's Greens to
A German court on Monday ordered seven Islamic fundamentalists to pay fines over a so-called "sharia police" patrol they launched in 2014 to mass media and political outrage. Germany's laws against wearing uniforms originally aimed to prevent neo-Nazis staging rallies and parades. In
The World Health Organization has for the first time recognised "burn-out" in its International Classification of Diseases (ICD), which is widely used as a benchmark for diagnosis and health insurers. The decision, reached during the World Health Assembly in Geneva, which wraps up on Tuesday
Romania's Supreme Court upheld a three-and-a-half year prison sentence for graft against ruling Social Democrat Party leader Liviu Dragnea on Monday, one day after his party lost a European election to centrist groupings. Since coming to power in late 2016, the Social Democrats have steadily chipped
A former anti-corruption officer embroiled in HK$7 million (US$891,727) of debt burned charcoal at home while his wife and twin sons were asleep, a Hong Kong court heard on Monday. Yung Chi-wai, who switched careers to become an investor, pleaded guilty at the High Court to one count of causing a noxious
Austria's parliament appeared all but certain to sack conservative Chancellor Sebastian Kurz on Monday after lawmakers from the far-right Freedom Party (FPO) agreed to support a motion of no-confidence in his caretaker government. Kurz's People's Party came out on top in Sunday's European
MILAN/ROME (Reuters) - Victory for Italy's League in European elections gives the far-right party a mandate to push through tax cuts and fight for changes to the EU's budgetary rules, its leader, Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini, said on Monday. "The time has come to totally re-discuss
Hong Kong’s securities regulator on Monday fined China Merchants Securities (HK) Co HK$27 million (US$3.4 million) for failing in its duty as an initial public offering (IPO) sponsor for the 2009 listing of China Metal Recycling, one of the largest listing frauds in the city. The latest action by the
Indonesian police have arrested six people suspected of plotting to assassinate four state officials during a wave of civil unrest in Jakarta last week, a police spokesman said on Monday. Eight people were killed and more than 900 hurt in two nights of clashes between supporters of defeated presidential
Britain's two main parties set the stage on Monday for a battle over a no-deal Brexit, hoping to win back voters who abandoned them for a new movement led by eurosceptic Nigel Farage and other smaller parties in European elections. After a punishing night when deepening divisions over Britain'
Over 10 years since the streaming service was launched, Spotify finally added a much-needed feature to the mobile application: a sleep timer. On Friday, Android Police was the first to report that Spotify had added a sleep timer to the mobile app that lets users select for how long they would like music
Three extra layers of safeguards should be introduced to Hong Kong’s contentious extradition bill as those in place do not go far enough, one of the city’s most influential business groups told the security chief on Monday. The Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce made its stance clear after a closed-door
BMW Motorrad brought a showy concept motorcycle to this year's Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este in Italy -- a bike inspired by the company's iconic history to draw the audience's attention from the plethora of four-wheel models on display to those with just two. To open the 2019
H&M has well and truly fallen for Love Stories. The pieces, which have been designed both for relaxing on a sunlounger or surfing, were in part inspired by Love Stories founder Marloes Hoedeman's recent trip to Ibiza. "It's a dream to be collaborating with H&M again, offering customers
Two Thai political parties have been invited to join a new government led by military junta chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha as prime minister, a pro-army party said on Monday, more than two months after a disputed election. An agreement would likely sink the opposition Democratic Front coalition'
Ameesha Chauhan, a survivor of the Everest "traffic jam" who is in hospital recovering from frostbite, said climbers without basic skills should be barred to prevent a recurrence of this year's deadly season on the world's highest peak. Nepal issued a record 381 Everest permits this
Nissan, a long-time Renault partner, has been left sidelined by a potential tie-up between the French firm and Fiat-Chrysler, just as the beleaguered Japanese firm battles to recover from the arrest of former boss Carlos Ghosn. "It's an ill thought-out and badly conceived plan," fumed
Belgium was stunned on Monday by a Flemish separatist surge in national elections that will make forming a new federal government a tortuous task as the country's French-speaking region moved further to the left. Belgium, long an awkward marriage between its Dutch- and French-speaking communities
Israel voiced openness on Monday to U.S.-mediated talks with Lebanon on resolving a dispute over the neighbours' maritime border that has dogged Mediterranean oil and gas exploration. Such talks, Israeli Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz's office said in a statement after he met U.S. envoy David