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  • British PM May appoints party whip Gavin Williamson as new defence minister

    November 2, 2017 10:52 AM 132

    LONDON (REUTERS) - British Prime Minister Theresa May appointed Gavin Williamson as new defence minister on Thursday (Nov 2), replacing Michael Fallon who resigned amid a growing sexual harassment scandal that prompted calls for a wholesale change in the "locker room" culture in parliament.. "The Queen has been pleased to approve the appointment of Rt Hon Gavin

  • Puigdemont stays away as ousted Catalonia deputies attend court

    November 2, 2017 10:39 AM 214

    Some sacked members of Catalonia's regional government have appeared in Spain's high court for questioning, accused of rebellion and sedition in the wake of October's disputed independence referendum. Nine officials turned up, while ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont and four others stayed away. The deposed leader, who is in Belgium, said: "This

  • Employer's husband jailed for 14 months and 2 weeks for molesting maid, insulting her modesty

    November 2, 2017 9:53 AM 161

    SINGAPORE - An employer was checking her domestic worker's belongings one evening when she chanced upon a note written by the maid, alleging that the former's husband had misconducted himself in the very house the maid was employed in. In the note addressed to the couple's eldest son, the maid, then 23, stated that she was embarrassed to describe the "very

  • Scottish lawmakers call for international recognition for Catalan independence

    November 2, 2017 8:55 AM 124

    EDINBURGH - A group of pro-independence lawmakers in Scotland have presented a motion calling for international recognition of Catalonia's parliamentary vote for independence from Spain, putting pressure on Scotland's leader to endorse the movement. According to the website of the Scottish parliament, the motion called on "the international community

  • South Korea to restrict anti-Trump rallies: Report

    November 2, 2017 8:18 AM 138

    SEOUL: South Korean police will restrict public rallies near the country's presidential palace during Donald Trump's first visit as head of state, a report said Thursday (Nov 2) reducing his chances of being exposed to opposition. It is the first time that Seoul has imposed limits on public gatherings since President Moon Jae-In, a former human rights

  • Myanmar's Suu Kyi 'urges people not to quarrel' on visit to Rakhine

    November 2, 2017 6:35 AM 140

    SITTWE, Myanmar: Myanmar's de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, on Thursday urged people "not to quarrel" as she visited Rakhine State for the first time since a military crackdown that drove more than 600,000 Rohingya Muslims to flee the country. Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace Prize winner, has faced heavy international criticism for not taking a higher profile

  • China's Xi sends rare message to North Korea's Kim

    November 2, 2017 6:31 AM 141

    SEOUL: Chinese President Xi Jinping has sent North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un a rare message, Pyongyang's official news agency reported Thursday (Nov 2), in his first public communication with his wayward neighbour for more than a year. The note signalled a possible improvement in their strained relationships, which has soured over Pyongyang's growing

  • Iraq's Kurdistan offers joint Kurdish-Iraqi deployment at crossing with Turkey

    November 2, 2017 6:00 AM 124

    BAGHDAD - Iraq's Kurdistan region on Thursday offered a joint Kurdish-Iraqi deployment at a strategic crossing with Turkey, with participation of observers from the U.S.-led coalition helping fight Islamic State. The deployment was meant "as a goodwill gesture and trust-building exercise that ensures a limited and temporary arrangement until an agreement

  • Japan 'serial killer' said to be quiet child turned sex trade scout

    November 2, 2017 5:34 AM 146

    TOKYO: Takahiro Shiraishi, the Japanese man who has reportedly confessed to murdering and hacking up nine young people in his Tokyo bathroom, was said to be a quiet schoolboy who would grow up to work on the fringes of the sex industry and become a suspected serial killer. Pictures of the 27-year-old show an ordinary-looking man with neat, dark hair and glasses

  • Korean actor Kim Joo-hyuk laid to rest

    November 2, 2017 5:25 AM 244

    The funeral ceremony of actor Kim Joo-hyuk, who passed away in a car accident Monday, took place Thursday at the Asan Medical Center in southeastern Seoul. The private ceremony was held at 10 a.m. and was attended by Kim's surviving family, close friends and staff at the actor's longtime management agency Namoo Actors. A video clip featuring snippets