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September 24, 2017 10:10 AM Fighter in Islamic State video is believed to be radicalised Singaporean: MHA

SINGAPORE: The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Sunday (Sep 24) said it believed a person featured in an Islamic State video was a Singaporean man named Megat Shahdan Abdul Samad. The video, allegedly made by the media wing of Islamic State, features a fighter who claims to be "Abu 'Uqayl from Singapore". The 3min 30sec clip has been circulating on social 2

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 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 24, 2017 2:40 AM Merkel heads for German poll win, hard-right AfD for first seats

BERLIN (AFP) - Chancellor Angela Merkel is expected to cruise to victory in elections Sunday (Sept 24) but also to face the breakthrough into parliament of hard-right populists for the first time in Germany's post-war history. Voting began at 0600 GMT (2pm Sunday Singapore time) in Europe’s biggest economy and exit polls are announced at 1600 GMT, with few expecting 3

September 23, 2017 8:07 PM North Korea says strike on US is 'inevitable' as Pentagon flies bombers off coast

North Korea's foreign minister called U.S. President Donald Trump "a mentally deranged person full of megalomania" and promised a strike on the American mainland was "inevitable" in a blistering speech to the United Nations General Assembly Saturday. The address by Ri Yong Ho began as the Pentagon announced that it had flown bombers and fighter escorts 2

September 23, 2017 7:42 PM North Korea says rockets to US 'inevitable' after Donald Trump calls Kim Jong Un 'rocket man'

UNITED NATIONS (REUTERS) - North Korea said on Saturday targeting the US mainland with its rockets was inevitable after “Mr Evil President” Donald Trump called Pyongyang’s leader “rocket man”, further escalating rhetoric over the North’s nuclear weapons and missile programmes. North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho’s remarks to the United Nations General 3

September 23, 2017 5:18 AM Myanmar govt to set up working group for 'urgent repatriation' of refugees

YANGON: Myanmar's government will set up a working group to conduct a systematic verification process for "urgent repatriation" of refugees - hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who have fled Rakhine State to Bangladesh over the past few weeks, according to the office of the country's de facto leader and State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi. The repatriation 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" 3

September 23, 2017 4:37 AM Russia wants Trump and Kim Jong Un to calm down

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Russia urged "hot heads" to calm down on Friday as the United States admitted it felt "challenged" by North Korea's warning that it could test a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific and President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un traded more insults. Trump called the North Korean leader a "madman" on Friday, a day after Kim dubbed him a "mentally 6

September 23, 2017 12:00 AM The Trump Administration Could Change How its Travel Ban Works

The Trump Administration is considering replacing the so-called travel ban with more narrowly tailored travel and screening restrictions for foreigners coming to the United States. The changes are expected as a review period called for in the President's executive order banning travel from six Muslim-majority countries comes to a close. The review period 7