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September 25, 2017 8:15 AM Nearly 50,000 flee amid fears of Bali volcanic eruption

KARANGASEM, Indonesia (AFP, REUTERS) - Nearly 50,000 people have evacuated their homes amid fears of an imminent volcanic eruption on the Indonesian resort island of Bali, disaster officials said on Monday (Sept 25). Mount Agung, about 75km from the tourist hub of Kuta, has been rumbling since August, threatening to erupt for the first time in more than 50 years 3

September 25, 2017 1:12 AM Germany's Angela Merkel hangs on to power but bleeds support to surging far-right

BERLIN - Chancellor Angela Merkel won a fourth term in office on Sunday (Sept 24) but will have to build an uneasy coalition to form a government after her conservatives haemorrhaged support in the face of a surge by the far-right. The anti-immigration Alternative for Germany (AfD) stunned the establishment by winning 13.1 per cent of the vote, projected 3

September 24, 2017 11:15 PM Macron says pursuing cooperation with Merkel that is vital for Europe

PARIS - French President Emmanuel Macron said on Sunday he called German Chancellor Angela Merkel to congratulate her on winning a fourth term in office and said France and Germany would forge ahead with their cooperation. "I called Angela Merkel to congratulate her. We continue with determination our vital cooperation for Europe and for our countries 3

September 24, 2017 9:02 PM Latest video a sign of ISIS' focus on South-east Asia: Experts

The latest Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) recruitment video featuring a Singaporean fighter is a "game changer", said security experts yesterday, noting that it was evidence of the terror group's determined focus on South-east Asia and its English-speaking Muslims. The 31/2-minute-long video, which surfaced yesterday, featured a Singaporean fighter 2

September 24, 2017 10:22 AM ISIS posts video of Singaporean fighter in Syria, security agencies monitoring his activities

SINGAPORE - The first known ISIS recruitment video featuring a fighter from Singapore has surfaced on social media, and the Ministry of Home Affairs confirmed on Sunday (Sept 24) that security agencies have been monitoring his activities. It said he left Singapore in 2014 to work in the Middle East, where he was believed to have been radicalised

September 24, 2017 8:40 AM Germans warned against apathy as Merkel heads for fourth term

BERLIN: Germans were urged to vote in a national election on Sunday in which a seemingly assured fourth term for Chancellor Angela Merkel risks being overshadowed by a far-right party entering parliament in more than half a century. After shock election results last year, from Britain's vote to leave the European Union to the election of U.S. President 3

September 23, 2017 4:44 AM Brexit: UK needs to clarify issues

The UK must provide more clarity about its negotiating position on Brexit, the French president has said. Emmanuel Macron said the issues of EU citizens, the exit bill and the Irish border question must be settled before talks could be held on trade. On Friday, Theresa May made suggestions including a two-year transition period after Brexit, and that the UK pay the EU for "commitments" 4

September 22, 2017 9:00 PM May calls for 2-year transition after Brexit

But British PM's concessions to EU may still not be enough to move stalled negotiations FLORENCE • British Prime Minister Theresa May called yesterday for Britain to stay in the European Union's single market during a roughly two-year transition out of the EU, while offering concessions on a divorce deal as she appealed for a revival of Brexit negotiations 3

September 22, 2017 5:25 PM Close but no hurrah: EU welcomes May Brexit speech, but warily

BRUSSELS: Theresa May's "constructive spirit" won a cautious welcome from the European Union on Friday, though the British prime minister's keynote Brexit speech raised more questions than answers for some and they want more details next week. "The speech shows a willingness to move forward, as time is of the essence," the EU's chief Brexit negotiator 3

September 22, 2017 2:44 PM Britain's May calls for post-Brexit transition in single market

FLORENCE: Prime Minister Theresa May called on Friday (Sep 22) for Britain to stay in the European Union's single market during a roughly two-year transition out of the EU while offering concessions on a divorce deal as she appealed for a revival of Brexit negotiations. In a speech in a 14th century church in Florence, May spent much of the speech drawing 3