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September 25, 2017 9:55 AM Japan's Abe announces snap election amid worries over North Korea

TOKYO: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he would dissolve parliament's lower house on Thursday for a snap election, seeking a mandate to stick to his tough stance towards a volatile North Korea and rebalance the social security system. Abe, in power for five years, had been expected to call the election for next month to take advantage of improved 4

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 9:00 PM Harder for some kids to find foster care

Older kids, those with special needs face issue even as Govt works to grow foster family pool Five months ago, housewife Gerrene Toh opened her home and heart to her first foster child, a 10-year-old with special needs. Anne (not her real name), who has global developmental delay, would throw tantrums almost daily in the first two months she was at the family's 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 2:40 PM Bilic decision backfires as Kane double helps nervy Spurs beat West Ham

LONDON -- Three thoughts on West Ham 2-3 Tottenham at the London Stadium on Saturday afternoon. It ended with heavy tension and some fraying tempers, as West Ham made a stirring comeback that had looked improbable when 3-0 down to a strutting, strolling Spurs. Javier Hernandez's goal had looked a consolation at the time, but Serge Aurier's red card made a contest 3

September 23, 2017 1:11 PM Small North Korean quake likely natural, not nuclear test: Experts

BEIJING/SEOUL: A small earthquake near North Korea's nuclear test site on Saturday (Sep 23) was probably not man made, the nuclear proliferation watchdog and a South Korean official said, easing fears Pyongyang had exploded another nuclear bomb just weeks after its last one. Chinese earthquake officials said the magnitude 3.4 quake detected at 0829 GMT was a "suspected 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 22, 2017 1:35 PM Trump dismisses Facebook ads controversy as part of 'Russia hoax'

WASHINGTON: U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday questioned Facebook Inc's decision to overhaul how it handles paid political advertisements amid investigations into alleged Russian interference in U.S. elections. "The Russia hoax continues, now it's ads on Facebook," Trump wrote on Twitter. "What about the totally biased and dishonest Media coverage 3

September 22, 2017 12:42 PM North Korea may consider H-bomb test in Pacific, Kim calls Trump "deranged"

SEOUL/NEW YORK: North Korea said on Friday it might test a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific Ocean after President Donald Trump vowed to destroy the reclusive country, with leader Kim Jong Un promising to make Trump pay dearly for his threats. Kim did not specify what action he would take against the United States or Trump, whom he called a "mentally deranged 3