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September 24, 2017 9:34 AM Australian arrested at airport for iPhone 8 smuggling

Customs authorities search the suitcases of Australian Ho Wun Howard Lee at Suvarnabhumi airport on Sunday. (Suvarnabhumi airport customs office photo) An Australian national was arrested on Sunday for trying to sneak 26 iPhone 8 units into the country at Suvarnabhumi airport. The Customs office at the airport said authorities ordered Ho Wun Howard Lee, 38, to open his two suitcases 1

September 24, 2017 4:35 AM Auditor says he was forced to quit Vatican after finding irregularities

VATICAN CITY: The Vatican's first auditor-general, who resigned without explanation in June, has broken his silence, saying he was forced to step down with trumped-up accusations after discovering evidence of possible illegal activity. Speaking to reporters from four media organisations including Reuters in the office of his lawyers in Rome, Libero Milone 3

September 23, 2017 4:20 AM Frida the rescue dog emerges as hero of Mexican earthquake

MEXICO CITY: For a country still in mourning and counting its dead from Tuesday's devastating earthquake, Frida the Navy rescue dog has emerged as a source of inspiration and pride in the search for survivors. Known for her custom-made doggy goggles and boots, the 7-year-old yellow Labrador has become a social media star, appearing on one man's tattoo 3

September 22, 2017 11:32 AM What's a 'dotard'?: A short history of the arcane insult Kim Jong Un used against Donald Trump

WASHINGTON (WASHINGTON POST) - In the latest war of words between the United States and North Korea, Kim Jong Un did not pull any punches. But he may have pulled out an old dictionary. "I will surely and definitely tame the deranged US dotard with fire," he declared in an unusually direct and angry statement published Thursday (Sept 21) by North Korea's 3

September 22, 2017 11:25 AM Chef jailed, caned for slashing police officer with bread knife

SINGAPORE: A 25-year-old man was sentenced to six years and two months’ jail and six strokes of the cane on Friday (Sep 22) for multiple offences, including slashing a police officer with a bread knife. The man had been under investigation for posting a nude photo and explicit video of his teenage girlfriend on her Facebook page in March 2016. He had accessed 3

September 21, 2017 3:15 PM Mexico Schoolgirl Buried Beneath Earthquake Rubble Has Nation Holding its Breath

Thousands of Mexicans followed rescuers working through the night at the site of a collapsed school the country's capital to rescue a girl who is thought to be alive under the rubble. Frantic search and rescue operations are under way in Mexico City and surrounding states to find survivors of the powerful 7.1 earthquake that killed more than 200 people 2

September 21, 2017 9:11 AM Google bets anew on smartphones, pays US$1.1b for HTC's Pixel division

TAIPEI/SAN FRANCISCO: Alphabet Inc's Google said it would pay US$1.1 billion for the division at Taiwan's HTC Corp that develops the U.S. firm's Pixel smartphones – its second major foray into phone hardware after an earlier costly failure. The all-cash deal will see Google gain 2,000 HTC employees, roughly equivalent to one-fifth of the Taiwanese firm's 3

September 21, 2017 5:05 AM Google to acquire HTC's Pixel smartphone division in US$1.1b deal

TAIPEI: Alphabet Inc's Google said it would pay US$1.1 billion in cash to acquire the division at Taiwan's HTC Corp that develops the U.S. firm's Pixel smartphones, its latest push into hardware manufacturing. Google has sought to beef up its hardware capability with deals and product launches, and last year hired Rick Osterloh, a former Motorola executive 3

September 21, 2017 2:25 AM Mexico politicians fear flunking quake test before 2018 vote

MEXICO CITY - Less than a year before a presidential election, Mexico's ruling party and its coalition partners are fearful they could be punished by voters for any misstep in responding to two major earthquakes that killed more than 300 people this month. With tolerance low after years of violence and corruption, the tremors could further undermine 3

September 20, 2017 4:47 PM At Mexican School Hit by Quake, Heartbreak and Moments of Joy

Many did, having rushed out before tumbling walls could trap them. Passers-by had also raced to the school immediately after the quake to pluck students from the cavities and openings of the buckled structure. But as the day and night wore on, mostly lifeless bodies were pulled from the wreckage, their names recorded by an army of volunteers keeping 4