- Aleppo hospital hit as Syria army presses assault
The largest hospital in rebel-held east Aleppo was bombed on Saturday for the second time in days as Syrian government forces pressed a Russian-backed offensive to retake the entire city. Aleppo, once Syria's vibrant commercial powerhouse, is now at the heart of a major military campaign by President Bashar al-Assad's fighters and his steadfast ally Moscow. As the situation for civilians grows increasingly dire, the biggest hospital in east Aleppo was hit by two barrel bombs on Saturday, the medical organisation that supports it said.
- Sabah chief Lajim set to lead Sabah PKR exit?
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 1 — Several Sabah PKR leaders are expected to join former vice-president Darell Leiking and resign from the party starting tomorrow, sources familiar with the matter have said....
- Mega-Hurricane Matthew heads for Jamaica, Cuba
KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — One of the most powerful Atlantic hurricanes in recent history weakened a little on Saturday as it roared across the Caribbean on a course that still puts Jamaica, Haiti and Cuba in the path of potentially devastating winds and rain.
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- Thousands of Indians declare $9.5 billion in 'black money'
Tens of thousands of Indians have declared a total of $9.5 billion in money that was either illegally obtained or not declared for tax purposes as part of a one-time opportunity to come clean under a government ...
- Israel condemns Philippines president for invoking Hitler
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's Foreign Ministry says it's "unfortunate" that Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte chose to invoke Adolf Hitler and the Holocaust in his bloody anti-crime war.
- 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.
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- Pope holds Georgia mass on Caucasus peace tour
Pope Francis on Saturday held an open-air mass for thousands of faithful in Georgia as he continued a peace mission to the volatile Caucasus region torn between Russia and the West. Francis offered "consolation that we need amid the turmoil we experience in life" to worshippers from Georgia's small Catholic community as he addressed them in the capital Tbilisi. The pontiff on Friday called for peaceful "coexistence" in the conflict-ridden ex-Soviet region at the start of the three-day tour that will also take him to Azerbaijan just months after he visited its arch-foe Armenia.
- Dead Frenchwoman hit with tax demand - in her grave
The mayor of the seaside town of Sarzeau said he had received a letter from the public finance offices to a dead resident, addressed to "grave 24, row E, cemetery road", his secretary told AFP on Saturday. The town's treasurer Christophe Libre told the Ouest France regional newspaper it was a demand for property taxes. "Unfortunately it's not the first time we've had this sort of letter from the public finance centre in Vannes," Libre told the paper.
- Philippine president rejects Hitler label, says it didn't originate from him - spokesman
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte should not be compared to Adolf Hitler, and his reference to the Holocaust was an "oblique deflection" of claims he is a mass murderer, his spokesman said on Saturday, as anger smouldered over his incendiary remarks. Duterte's comments on Friday that he wished to kill millions of drug dealers as part of his anti-narcotics war, and those he made about the deaths of millions of Jews, were "two entirely different things", Ernesto Abella said in one of two statements, which stopped short of an apology. "The president's reference to the slaughter was an oblique deflection of the way he has been pictured as a mass murderer, a Hitler, a label he rejects," Abella said.
- Pro-Brexit Conservatives hand PM plan to limit EU immigration
High-profile Conservatives outlined proposals for a post-Brexit system of work permits on Saturday, highlighting the pressure Prime Minister Theresa May faces to cut immigration and appease eurosceptics while addressing the concerns of business leaders. May is due to speak on Sunday during the first day of the ruling Conservatives' annual conference with the government having given little detail as to what it will seek from the European Union as part of a Brexit deal. Many of the 52 percent of Britons who backed leaving the bloc were motivated by concerns about immigration from within the EU, but business leaders are concerned about a so-called 'hard Brexit' involving immigration caps and excluding Britain from the single market.
- US cuts cord on internet oversight
The US government on Saturday ended its formal oversight role over the internet, handing over management of the online address system to a global non-profit entity. The US Commerce Department announced that its contract had expired with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, which manages the internet's so-called "root zone." That leaves ICANN as a self-regulating organization that will be operated by the internet's "stakeholders" -- engineers, academics, businesses, non-government and government groups. US and ICANN officials have said the contract had given Washington a symbolic role as overseer or the internet's "root zone" where new online domains and addresses are created.
- New India-Pakistan salvos as UN chief offers to mediate
Indian and Pakistani troops exchanged fresh fire across their border Saturday as UN chief Ban Ki-moon offered to mediate between the nuclear-armed neighbours following an alarming spike in tensions. Two days after Indian troops carried out a series of strikes across the Pakistani side of their dividing line in disputed Kashmir, officials said there had been cross-border skirmishes further south. "There was small arms fire and mortar shells fire from across the border in Akhnoor sector which lasted for around two hours," Pawan Kotwal, a top civilian official in India's Jammu and Kashmir state, told AFP.
- London's Tower Bridge closes until New Year
The 122-year-old drawbridge by the Tower of London -- whose roadway leaves are lifted to allow tall ships on the River Thames to pass through -- carries 21,000 vehicles and some 40,000 people per day. "This heavy use has had an effect on timber decking of the bridge, which was last refurbished in 1970," said a statement from the City of London Corporation, which owns the Victorian Gothic landmark.
- Local Muslims wary of Hungary's anti-migrant referendum
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Muslims in Hungary say they are wary of the government's anti-migrant referendum which they say has boosted xenophobic feelings.
- More illegitimate kids without heavier Shariah punishments, Malaysia warned
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 1 ― Without heavier punishments from Shariah courts to deter Muslims from vice, the country will potentially see 500,000 more illegitimate children in the decade to come, a...
- Powerful Hurricane Matthew barrels towards Jamaica, Haiti
Caribbean residents are preparing for a weekend of heavy rain and flooding as powerful Hurricane Matthew barrels towards Jamaica, Haiti and eventually Cuba. For several hours overnight Matthew became a Category 5 storm -- the strongest on the 1-5 Saffir-Simpson scale, and the most powerful Caribbean storm since Hurricane Felix in 2007. By early Saturday Matthew had weakened into a still dangerous Category 4 hurricane, the Miami-based National Hurricane Center said in its 0900 GMT bulletin.
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- Spain's Socialists vote in leadership battle
MADRID (AP) — Spain's Socialist Party is facing strong internal discord as they vote to decide if they will keep or oust their leader Pedro Sanchez, who has been leading opposition to acting conservative Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's efforts to build a minority government and end a nine-month political deadlock.
- India-Pakistan tensions stir villagers' wartime memories
As he surveyed his largely deserted village along India's border with Pakistan, Kuldeep Singh cast his mind to his childhood when his home was on the frontline of a full-blown war between the two arch rivals. Speaking to an AFP correspondent while huddled in the centre of the village, those who have remained all said they felt they couldn't afford to do otherwise but had no illusions about what was at stake.
- 5 decisions that made the Nobel Prizes look bad
STOCKHOLM (AP) — Nobel Prizes cannot be revoked, so the judges must put a lot of thought into their selections for the six awards, which will be announced in the next two weeks.
- South Korean president urges N. Koreans to defect
South Korean President Park Geun-Hye called on North Koreans to abandon their country Saturday and defect, just a day after a soldier walked across the heavily fortified border into the South. In a rare message directly addressed to rank-and-file troops and North Korean citizens, the president invited North Koreans to relocate to the "bosom of freedom" in the South. Please come to the bosom of freedom in the South whenever you want." The call comes a month after North Korea's deputy ambassador to Britain defected to South Korea, handing Seoul a major propaganda coup at a time of rising tension on the divided Korean peninsula.
- Punches fly as yellow, red-shirts clash in Perak (VIDEO)
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- Apple put a ring on it: Research facility shows serious commitment to China
A new US$45 million research facility in Beijing will develop deep tech in audio, visual and communications If there were ever a year for Apple to look beyond China it would have been 2016. The company has dealt with regulatory headaches, political pushback and an apparent drag on Chinese consumer sentiment. In April, Chinese authorities... The post Apple put a ring on it: Research facility shows serious commitment to China appeared first on e27.
- At least 8 dead, 19 missing after China landslides: Xinhua
At least eight people have died and around 19 are still missing after devastating landslides swept through two eastern Chinese villages, local authorities told the official Xinhua news agency Saturday. Heavy wind and torrential rains brought by Typhoon Medi triggered the landslides on Wednesday, burying dozens of homes from the villages of Sucun and Baofeng in Zhejiang province's Suichang county. Video footage of the landslide on social media showed torrents of water and rock pouring down a mountain towards houses in the valley below while terrified onlookers screamed.
- Merkel: Germans need to understand their history better
BERLIN (AP) — Angela Merkel says Germans need to understand their own history better to lay the right foundations for the country's future.
- Police release videos of officer shooting California man
By Patrick Fallon EL CAJON, Calif. (Reuters) - Authorities on Friday released two videos of police shooting an unarmed black man dead in El Cajon, California, but the grainy footage, much of it without sound, was not likely to pacify community outrage over the incident. Police and prosecutors said an investigation was still under way into the fatal shooting on Tuesday of Ugandan-born Alfred Olango, 38, and that no decision had been made on whether to criminally charge the officers involved. "This is as difficult a situation as any law enforcement officer will ever encounter and it's one we never seek," El Cajon Police Chief Jeff Davis told a news conference.
- Orthodox shun pope's Mass in Tbilisi, few Catholics turn out
By Philip Pullella and Margarita Antidze TBILISI (Reuters) - Pope Francis on Saturday said Mass for unusually small crowd of just a few thousand Catholics in Georgia, a celebration that was further dampened when a delegation from the Orthodox Church stayed away. Ex-Soviet Georgia is overwhelmingly Orthodox Christian and less than 1 percent of the population is Catholic, according to government figures. It was one of the smallest crowds ever seen at an outdoor papal Mass on Francis' 16 foreign trips so far.
- Orthodox delegation stays away from pope's Mass
TBILISI, Georgia (AP) — Pope Francis' efforts to improve relations with the Georgian Orthodox Church suffered a public setback Saturday after the patriarchate decided not to send an official delegation to his Mass and repeated that Orthodox faithful cannot participate in Catholic services.
- 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.
- Philippines' Duterte defiant over 'slaughter' call
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte refused to back down Saturday over his stated desire to slaughter millions of people, as global condemnation built against him likening his crime war with Hitler's efforts to exterminate Jews. Facing a fierce international backlash, Duterte's spokesman released a statement insisting the president did not want to be compared with Nazi leader Adolf Hitler but confirmed he was prepared to kill three million people in his crime war. "We do not wish to diminish the profound loss of six million Jews in the Holocaust," presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said in a statement.
- 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.
- Apple iPhone 7 and 7 Plus review: Big upgrades, but where's the next big thing?
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- China paper says US, S.Korea will 'pay the price' for planned missile system
The United States and South Korea are destined to "pay the price" for their decision to deploy an advanced missile defence system which will inevitably prompt a "counter attack", China's top newspaper said on Saturday. Tension on the Korean peninsula has been high this year, beginning with North Korea's fourth nuclear test in January, which was followed by a satellite launch, a string of tests of various missiles, and its fifth and largest nuclear test last month. In July, South Korea agreed with the United States to deploy the U.S. Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-missile system to protect against any North Korean threats.
- California toughens rape laws after infamous Stanford case
California's governor has signed a measure mandating prison time for people who rape unconscious or intoxicated victims, the fallout in the case of an ex-Stanford student athlete that sparked widespread outrage. Governor Jerry Brown signed the legislation Friday, just weeks after 21-year-old Brock Turner, formerly on the Stanford swim team, was released from jail. Turner served just three months of his six-month sentence for raping an intoxicated and unconscious 22-year-old woman behind a dumpster at a fraternity house.
- 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 by its Russian ally's rejection of Western demands for a halt to its deadly bombing campaign in support of the advancing troops. There have been mounting civilian casualties on both sides of the divided city.
- 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 the recall vote occurs before January 10 and Maduro is ousted, early elections will be held.
- 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 up the contest to succeed Ban Ki-moon, who steps down at the end of the year after serving two five-year terms. "I hope to be judged on merits, not on the duration on the campaign trail," Georgieva told AFP in an interview on Friday.