- At least two dead in Italian earthquake: media
At least two people died after a powerful earthquake struck central Italy in the early hours of Wednesday, local media reported.
- One dead, dozens wounded in Thai car bombing
A car bomb exploded in a nightlife district in Thailand's deep south, killing one and wounding more than 30, in a nation already on edge after a bombing spree that targeted tourist towns. The latest blast struck late Tuesday outside a hotel in Pattani, one of three Muslim-majority southern provinces battered by a long-running and shadowy rebellion against the Buddhist-majority state. "So far there is one killed and more than 30 injured," Major General Thanongsak Wangsupa, Pattani provincial police commander, told AFP Wednesday.
- The burkini in North Africa: 'Most people don't care'
The burkini, a body-concealing women's swimsuit that fits a conservative Islamic dress code, has stirred controversy in France, but on the beaches of North Africa, it has made few waves. On the coast of Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia, women are already wearing increasingly modest outfits -- but few can afford the full-body costume. Hakima, a mathematics teacher in her 40s, wears a burkini in the sea before wrapping up in a large sarong when she gets out.
- North Korea fires submarine-launched ballistic missile towards Japan
By Ju-min Park and Jack Kim SEOUL (Reuters) - A North Korean submarine fired a ballistic missile on Wednesday that flew about 500 km (311 miles) towards Japan, a show of improving technological capability for the isolated country that has conducted a series of launches in defiance of UN sanctions. The missile was fired at around 5:30 a.m. (2030 GMT) from near the coastal city of Sinpo, where satellite imagery shows a submarine base is located, officials at South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Defence Ministry told Reuters. The projectile reached Japan's air defence identification zone (ADIZ) for the first time, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a briefing, referring to an area of control designated by countries to help maintain air security.
- China sets sights on new global export: nuclear energy
On a seaside field south of Shanghai, workers are constructing a nuclear reactor that is the flagship for Beijing's ambition to compete with the United States, France and Russia as an exporter of atomic ...
- Strong quake rattles central Italy: "The town isn't here"
A magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck central Italy early Wednesday, levelling buildings in several towns as residents slept. The mayor of hard-hit Amatrice said: "The town isn't here anymore." The ...
- 10 Things to Know for Wednesday
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday: 1. CLINTON FOUNDATION DONORS GOT FACE TIME WITH HER AT STATE More than half the people from outside ...
- Strong demand for Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 tests supply chain
By Se Young Lee SEOUL (Reuters) - Better-than-expected demand for Samsung Electronics Co Ltd's new Galaxy Note 7 is causing supply constraints globally, the South Korean tech giant said on Wednesday, suggesting strong initial sales for the new premium smartphone. While robust demand could help deliver another solid quarter of earnings, Samsung also risks missing out on potential sales if it cannot boost supply quickly. Rivals such as Apple Inc are poised to launch new phones which could pull customers away from Samsung if a shortage persists.
- Japan, China, S. Korea ministers slam N. Korea missile test
TOKYO (AP) — The foreign ministers of China, Japan and South Korea criticized North Korea's latest submarine missile test on Wednesday during their annual talks that were held amid lingering frictions over territorial disputes and wartime history.
- SEA’s iFashion Group acquires Malaysian fashion brand NOSE for US$3.7M
With the acquisition of NOSE, iFashion marks their initial expansion into the Malaysia market iFashion Group, a Southeast Asian online fashion and lifestyle group, has recently acquired NOSE, Malaysia’s fashion brand specialising in female shoes and handbag for US$3.7 million, in a cash and shares deal. NOSE is one of the most established brands in Malaysia with 10... The post SEA’s iFashion Group acquires Malaysian fashion brand NOSE for US$3.7M appeared first on e27.
- Seoul: North Korea fires submarine-launched missile
A North Korean ballistic missile fired from a submarine Wednesday flew about 500 kilometers (310 miles) in the longest flight by that type of weapon, Seoul officials said, a range that can place much of ...
- As China e-commerce booms, private equity sees room for growth in storage space
By Elzio Barreto HONG KONG (Reuters) - When U.S. private equity heavyweight Warburg Pincus [WP.UL] started looking at China's logistics sector in late 2009, there were more modern warehouses in Boston than in the whole of the world's most populous country. Deep-pocket investors including Carlyle Group LP, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) and Warburg Pincus have splashed $12 billion on the sector in China since 2013, says real estate consultancy Jones Lang LaSalle.
- ‘Anthony Loke for CM’ banner riles up Penang DAP members
GEORGE TOWN, Aug 24 ― The Mount Erskine branch of DAP filed a police report today after spotting banners made in its name touting Seremban MP Anthony Loke as the next Penang chief minister....
- Minnesota man charged in 5-year-old girl's abduction, death
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A 25-year-old man who was considered a family friend was charged Tuesday with kidnapping, sexually assaulting and killing a 5-year-old girl from central Minnesota — leaving her body submerged in a swamp and covered with debris.
- Turkey says operation launched to free IS-held Syrian town
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's prime minister's office said the Turkish military and the U.S.-backed coalition forces on Wednesday launched an operation to clear a Syrian border town from Islamic State militants.
- Lawyer says appointed to act for Najib in Zaid Ibrahim’s 1MDB lawsuit
KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 24 ― Lawyer Datuk Mohd Hafarizam Harun today confirmed that he has been appointed to represent Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak in a lawsuit by ex-minister Datuk Zaid...
- Lions, tigers and poodles? Dogs a big draw at Pyongyang zoo
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Lions, tigers and poodles?
- Asian markets struggle, oil resumes losses on glut woe
Most Asian markets slipped on Wednesday as traders trod water ahead of a key speech by Federal Reserve boss Janet Yellen this week, while oil suffered fresh losses on persistent glut worries. With speculation growing that US interest rates could rise by the end of the year, Yellen's comments at a global central bankers meeting in Jackson Hole Friday will be scoured for forward guidance on US central bank policy. "While recent US data has been mixed, the base case for the Fed is probably to increase rates in the absence of any compelling reason not to," Michael McCarthy, chief market strategist in Sydney at CMC Markets, told Bloomberg News.
- Japanese U.N. peacekeepers to train for rescue missions
Japan will begin training soldiers to conduct rescue and military escort missions during UN peacekeeping operations, the government said, potentially embroiling its troops in overseas military actions for the first time since World War Two. The training will begin this month for Self Defence Force units due to be deployed as peacekeepers in South Sudan in November, Defence Minister Tomomi Inada said on Wednesday. "We want the Self Defence Force to contribute what it can within the constraints of the constitution so it is important that they train thoroughly," Inada said outside Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's residence following a regular ministerial meeting.
- Mind the air-gap: Singapore's web cut-off balances security, inconvenience
By Jeremy Wagstaff and Aradhana Aravindan SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singapore is working on how to implement a policy to cut off web access for public servants as a defense against potential cyber attack - a move closely watched by critics who say it marks a retreat for a technologically advanced city-state that has trademarked the term "smart nation". Some security experts say the policy, due to be in place by May, risks damaging productivity among civil servants and those working at more than four dozen statutory boards, and cutting them off from the people they serve. It may only raise slightly the defensive walls against cyber attack, they say.
- Why brick and mortar shops are here to stay
As e-commerce continues to spread across Southeast Asia, brick-and-mortar still has distinct advantages Crisis, crisis, crisis. The press love to tell us that retail is dying and that online stores are the future. There is no doubt that the online environment has had an impact on brick and mortar shops, but it is not... The post Why brick and mortar shops are here to stay appeared first on e27.
- Colombia, FARC will announce peace deal on Wednesday: government sources
BOGOTA/HAVANA (Reuters) - Colombia's government and Marxist FARC rebels will announce on Wednesday that they have reached a final peace agreement, three officials connected with the government negotiating team said. A deal would aim to bring an end to a half century of conflict with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) that has killed more than 220,000 and displaced millions. "It will probably be in the evening." "The main issues have been finalized." Earlier in the day, FARC guerrilla leader Timoleon Jimenez, known as Timochenko, tweeted: "We are at the doors of important announcements that bring us close to the final deal." The historic accord would foresee the demobilization of guerrillas, rebel reintegration into civil society and participation in politics.
- AP NewsBreak: Feds want to ban swimming with Hawaii dolphins
Federal regulators are proposing to ban swimming with dolphins in Hawaii, a move that could imperil one of the Aloha State's most popular tourist activities and the industry that has sprung up around it. ...
- Australian carrier Qantas soars to record profits
Australian carrier Qantas Wednesday posted record annual profits and announced its first payout to shareholders in seven years, staging a turnaround after axing jobs and selling aircraft in an aggressive restructuring. Qantas' results were also boosted by the sharp fall in global oil prices and a less competitive domestic market that has given the firm a stable base of earnings. In contrast, other international airlines such as Cathay Pacific, ANA and Japan Airlines have seen profits plunge amid intense competition from lower-cost rivals and as terrorism fears eat into demand.
- 16 bids for Anchorvale Lane EC site
An EC site along Anchorvale Lane in Sengkang has attracted strong interest from developers, with 16 bids submitted at the end of the public tender exercise on Tuesday, said the HDB...
- Tesla lays claim to world's fastest production car
DETROIT (AP) — Tesla Motors says a new version of the Model S electric car is the quickest production car in the world from zero to 60 miles per hour.
- Trump slams Clinton for 'Third World'- style corruption
Donald Trump stepped up his attacks on Hillary Clinton, accusing her of "Third World"-style corruption over her family's charitable foundation and calling her unfit to hold office. "It is a total embarrassment if our secretary of state can be bought or bribed or sold," he told a rally in Austin, Texas after a damaging Associated Press report raised questions about whether donors to the Clinton Foundation paid cash for access to America's top diplomat. "It's a disgrace, this is a threat to the foundation of democracy," said Trump.
- Traffic fatalities continued to surge in first half of 2016
WASHINGTON (AP) — Traffic fatalities were up 9 percent in the first six months of this year compared with the same period last year, continuing a surge in deaths that began two years ago as the economy improved and travel picked up, according to preliminary estimates released Tuesday by the National Safety Council.
- Giant cruise ship heads to Arctic on pioneering journey
The Crystal Serenity, which set off from Seward, Alaska on August 16 with nearly 1,000 passengers, is scheduled to dock in New York on September 17. The ship made its last Alaska port call on Sunday, stopping in the remote town of Nome before heading farther north, accompanied by the RRS Ernest Shackleton, a British supply and icebreaking vessel. The voyage marks the first time a passenger ship this size sails the storied Northwest Passage where warmer temperatures and melting ice are opening the Arctic -- one of the most pristine places on Earth -- for business.
- Deaf driver's shooting death by trooper under investigation
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — In North Carolina, where state troopers are trained in dealing with the hearing impaired, investigators are still trying to unravel how a traffic stop turned fatal for a deaf driver with a history of minor offenses.
- Trump suggests potential softening in hardline position on immigration
By Steve Holland AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - U.S. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump held out the possibility on Tuesday of a softening of his hardline position on illegal immigration, a move that could help move him to the political center but hurt him with his most ardent supporters. In an immigration town hall event with Fox News anchor Sean Hannity, Trump was asked whether he would be willing to change U.S. law to accommodate those illegal immigrants who have been contributing to American society, obeyed laws and have children. "There certainly can be a softening because we're not looking to hurt people," Trump replied, insisting there were some "great people" among the immigrant population.
- What went wrong in Brazil?
At the height of the emerging markets boom, Brazil looked tantalizingly close to finally living down an old joke: that it is the country of the future... and always will be. Tripped up by its worst political and economic crises in recent memory, Brazil will hit a new low Thursday when suspended president Dilma Rousseff faces an impeachment trial before the Senate. Lula and his Workers' Party had the good fortune to arrive at the beginning of a commodities boom, fueled by ravenous Chinese demand for iron ore, oil and other raw materials that are Brazil's specialty.
- The Latest: Tour operator: Dolphin swims are life-changing
HONOLULU (AP) — The Latest on proposed regulations involving Hawaii spinner dolphins (all times local):
- These cool facts will show you why India is poised to be the next e-commerce giant: Infographic
With India’s growing mobile activations, the country’s e-commerce industry is seeing a bright future India’s coupon site Coupon Hippo has recently released an infographic about the future of e-commerce in the country. For e-commerce startups, these facts are not to be missed. Some of the stuff you should take note of include: By 2021, India will have... The post These cool facts will show you why India is poised to be the next e-commerce giant: Infographic appeared first on e27.
- Turkey strikes IS as Syria border tensions flare
Turkey vowed to give full support to efforts to free a key Syrian border town from the control of Islamic State (IS) jihadists as anticipation grew of a major Ankara-backed offensive against the group. Activists have said hundreds of Ankara-backed rebels were preparing an offensive against the IS group to seize control of the Syrian town of Jarabulus, which lies opposite the town of Karkamis in Turkey. Without confirming the operation, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu pledged to give "all kinds of support" to push the jihadists out of Jarabulus.
- Singapore opens presidency to minorities, but is Malaysia ready for non-Malay PM?
KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 24 ― It will be quite a while before Malaysians may see a non-Malay ascend to the office of prime minister, political pundits said after neighbouring Singapore moved to enhance...
- North Korea test fires submarine-launched missile
North Korea on Wednesday successfully test-fired a submarine-launched missile that fell inside Japan's air defence zone, fuelling tensions already raised to dangerous levels by ongoing South Korea-US military exercises. A statement from South Korea's military Joint Chiefs of Staff said the missile, launched in the early morning from a submarine in the East Sea (Sea of Japan), flew around 500 kilometres (310 miles) -- a substantial improvement on similar tests in the past. Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the missile breached his country's Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) and condemned what he called an "unforgivable, reckless act" and a grave threat to Japan's security.
- Many donors to Clinton Foundation met with her at State
WASHINGTON (AP) — More than half the people outside the government who met with Hillary Clinton while she was secretary of state gave money — either personally or through companies or groups — to the Clinton Foundation. It's an extraordinary proportion indicating her possible ethics challenges if elected president.
- The Latest: Trump pays tribute to border patrol agents
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. presidential race (all times EDT):
- French submarine maker hit by secret data leak: report
French defence contractor DCNS has been hit by a massive leak of secret data on its submarines likely to alarm India, Malaysia and Chile, which use the boats, The Australian newspaper reported Wednesday. The 22,400 leaked pages, which the daily said it had seen, detail the combat capability of the Scorpene-class submarine DCNS designed for the Indian navy, and variants of which are used by Malaysia and Chile. Australia awarded DCNS an Aus$50 billion (US$38 billion) contract last April to design and build its next generation of submarines.