Singapore's high court on Monday allowed a gay doctor to adopt his biological son, a landmark ruling in the socially conservative city-state that comes almost a year after his initial bid was rejected. The decision overturns a 2017 ruling in which a court said the man could not adopt the boy because
Japanese police were investigating Monday the cause of a powerful blast that ripped through a restaurant in the country's north overnight, injuring 42 people and damaging surrounding buildings. The explosion in the city of Sapporo on Sunday night started fires and caused the partial collapse of
An index measuring the growth of China’s internet wealth management industry has fallen for the first time since 2013 as tighter regulations on shadow banking force some platforms to withdraw from the market. The index, which tracks the size of internet wealth management funds in proportion to the total
China’s central government has ordered authorities in the country’s export hub, Guangdong province, to stop producing a regional purchasing managers’ index for the manufacturing sector as it seeks to control the flow of sensitive economic data. The order by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) means
Deportation flights are big business: The U.S. government has spent $1 billion on these flights in the last decade, and the Trump administration is seeking to raise ICE's budget for charter flights by 30 percent. (Dec. 17)
The United Nations and the Palestinian Authority on Monday appealed for $350 million in humanitarian relief for Palestinians next year, saying that they needed more but had to be realistic in the face of "record-low" funding. The 2019 Humanitarian Response Plan outlined 203 projects to be
Miss Philippines was crowned Miss Universe on Monday in Bangkok after a trailblazing ceremony praised for featuring its first transgender candidate but marred by gaffes about the English-speaking ability of two Asian contestants. Catriona Gray, 24, finished first ahead of the South African and Venezuelan
Police and fire officials search for the cause of a dramatic explosion in the northern Japanese city of Sapporo that collapsed a building and injured 42 people. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
Twice as many high school students used nicotine-tinged electronic cigarettes this year compared with last year, an unprecedented jump in a large annual survey of teen smoking, drinking and drug use. (Dec. 17)
Academy award-winner Geoffrey Rush on Monday faced fresh allegations of inappropriate behaviour by an actress, amid his defamation battle with an Australian newspaper over separate claims. Australian actress Yael Stone, who stars in Netflix hit "Orange is the New Black", told The New York
Two mainland Chinese men accused of helping a suspect escape from police – sparking a citywide manhunt last month – had not committed any offences, their lawyer told a Hong Kong court on Monday. Sang Tian, 33, and Zhan Guiyou, 31, have been charged with aiding and abetting the escape of Dominican Republic
SKAI is one of Greece's biggest TV stations and part of a media group which includes a radio station and is affiliated with Greece's major daily newspaper, Kathimerini. Police said a makeshift explosive device went off near the SKAI building at 2:35 a.m. following warning calls to two media
The families of four Hong Kong men sentenced to life in prison in the Philippines on a drugs charge will decide on Monday whether to apply for a judicial review or appeal against the sentence after consulting lawyers. Democratic Party lawmaker James To Kun-sun, who has been assisting the families, again
Dec 17 (Reuters) - IHH Healthcare Bhd : * INDIA APEX COURT PASSED ORDER ON DEC 14 DIRECTING STATUS QUO ON SALE OF CONTROLLING STAKE IN FORTIS HEALTHCARE TO CO BE MAINTAINED * CLARIFIES THAT IHH, PPL AND ...
Dec 17 (Reuters) - Labixiaoxin Snacks Group Ltd: * LETTER OF INTENT FOR DISPOSAL WITH LABIXIAOXIN FUJIAN AND OU DIAN NOW TERMINATED Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:
Premier Li Keqiang has praised Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor for her leadership of the city, highlighting her promotion of innovation and efforts to tackle livelihood issues. Speaking at a Monday morning meeting with Lam, who is in Beijing for her annual duty visit, Li also urged
When Mana Izumi got her first tattoo at 18, she wasn't trying to rebel or shatter any taboos -- just copy Japanese pop diva Namie Amuro's beach-bronze "surfer chick" look. In Japan, where tattoos have for centuries been demonised for their association with criminals, former porn star
Singapore’s High Court has made a landmark ruling allowing a gay couple to adopt their five-year-old son conceived through a surrogate in the United States, on the basis of prioritising the child’s welfare. In a 145-judgment released on Monday, a panel of three judges led by Chief Justice Sundaresh
Wright brothers conduct the first successful manned, powered flight of the airplane. U.S. test-fires the Atlas intercontinental ballistic missile; Simon Bolivar dies in Colombia; television's Tiny Tim marries his fiancee, Miss Vicky. (Dec. 17th)
Nuclear-armed North Korea condemned the United States over its latest sanctions measures, warning Washington's approach could "block the path to denuclearisation on the Korean peninsula forever". After a rapid diplomatic rapprochement this year that culminated in the Singapore summit in
Nothing unusual here -- except that the concert is taking place in the stronghold of Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine. The Ukrainian language has faced an unofficial ban here since war broke out between separatists and Kiev's forces more than four years ago. Ukrainian songs are very
Dec 17 (Reuters) - Leyard Optoelectronic Co Ltd: * SAYS IT PLANS TO BUY BACK COMPANY SHARES WORTH 150-300 MILLION YUAN ($21.75-43.49 million) WITHIN 12 MONTHS Source text in Chinese: https://bit.ly/2BpAJYU ...
DUBAI (Reuters) - A Revolutionary Guards general, who headed a military base in a sensitive security area in northeastern Iran, died on Sunday after he accidentally shot himself in the head while cleaning his gun, the official news agency IRNA reported.