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September 25, 2017 5:15 PM Netanyahu muzzles Israeli officials on Kurdish referendum

JERUSALEM - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu barred Israeli government comment on Monday's Kurdish independence referendum in Iraq, two officials said, after his Sept. 13 endorsement of Kurdish statehood irked Turkey. The plebiscite was held despite objections from the United States and Turkey, a regional power whose ties with Israel have long been troubled 3

September 25, 2017 3:16 PM Indian-Origin Bodybuilder, 32, Dies An Hour After First Kick-Boxing Match

A 32-year-old Indian-origin bodybuilder in Singapore died, an hour after he stepped into the ring for his first-ever Thai kick-boxing match. Pradip Subramanian had taken on YouTube personality Steven Lim, 42, in the "celebrity" Muay Thai match at Marina Bay Sands for the inaugural event of the Asian Fighting Championship last evening. Mr Subramanian 3

September 25, 2017 1:20 PM After the election, Germany’s democracy faces its hardest test since 1949

Germany, my country: It is a somber day for you, for me and for democrats across the West. In Germany’s earthquake national elections, a radical right-wing party entered the federal legislature for the first time in more than half a century. Founded in 2013, Alternative for Germany (AfD) failed to pass the 5 percent threshold in that year’s elections 4

September 25, 2017 12:27 PM Trump slaps travel restrictions on North Korea, Venezuela in sweeping new ban

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump on Sunday slapped new travel restrictions on citizens from North Korea, Venezuela and Chad, expanding to eight the list of countries covered by his original travel bans that have been derided by critics and challenged in court. Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen and Somalia were left on the list of affected countries in a new proclamation 3

September 25, 2017 7:21 AM Singaporean doctor on trial for helping HIV-positive foreign boyfriend deceive MOM

SINGAPORE - A Singaporean doctor is on trial for allegedly helping his HIV-positive foreign boyfriend cheat the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) when the American submitted the doctor's blood for tests instead of his own in March 2008 to obtain an employment pass. Ler Teck Siang, now 36, is said to have committed a similar offence in November 2013 by helping 3

September 25, 2017 1:16 AM Over 34,000 flee rumbling Bali volcano

KARANGASEM, Indonesia - More than 34,000 people have fled from a rumbling volcano on the resort island of Bali as the magnitude of tremors grows, prompting fears it could erupt for the first time in more than 50 years, an official said on Sunday (Sep 24). Indonesia's disaster mitigation agency said the number of people fleeing their homes surrounding 3

September 25, 2017 1:16 AM New Order Indefinitely Bars Almost All Travel From Seven Countries

For Mr. Trump, whose efforts on health care, infrastructure improvements and tax reform are gaining little steam, the new order is a third attempt to make good on his campaign promise to respond to terrorist threats by tightening entry at the nation’s borders. In December 2015, he called for a complete ban on travel to the United States by Muslims “until 1

September 24, 2017 7:03 PM Elon Musk releases image of full SpaceX spacesuit

On Sept. 8, 2017, SpaceX Founder and CEO Elon Musk teased a full body image of the current SpaceX spacesuit concept next to a Crew Dragon capsule. It was the first official image showing the entire front side of the suit. A previous post showed just the helmet and torso, but not the bottom half. Musk wrote “Astronaut spacesuit next to Crew Dragon” in a very short 3

September 24, 2017 9:19 AM Bangladesh imposes mobile phone ban on Rohingya refugees

DHAKA: Bangladesh has banned telecommunication companies from selling mobile phone connections to Rohingya refugees, citing security concerns for the latest restrictions, officials said Sunday. Bangladesh's four mobile phone providers were threatened with fines if they provide any of the nearly 430,000 newly arrived refugees from Myanmar with phone plans 3

September 24, 2017 6:41 AM BTS’ ‘DNA’ draws over 50m YouTube views in less than a week

BTS’ music video for “DNA” has surpassed 50 million views on YouTube in less than a week. Released on Sept. 18 at 6 p.m., the video soon became the fastest K-pop music video to reach 20 million views on the video streaming platform. As of 12:40 p.m. Sunday, the video had reached 50 million views. “DNA,” the lead track of the band’s latest EP “Love Yourself 4