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  • Merkel wins 4th term as nationalists enter German parliament

    September 25, 2017 2:15 AM 2

    BERLIN — German Chancellor Angela Merkel won a fourth term Sunday, but now faces the tricky prospect of forming a coalition with two disparate new partners after voters weakened her conservatives and a nationalist, anti-migrant party surged into parliament. Merkel’s center-left challenger, Martin Schulz, conceded his Social Democrats had suffered a “crushing

  • Over 34,000 flee rumbling Bali volcano

    September 25, 2017 1:16 AM 2

    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

  • Germany's Angela Merkel hangs on to power but bleeds support to surging far-right

    September 25, 2017 1:12 AM 2

    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

  • Malaysia disagrees with Asean statement

    September 24, 2017 11:30 PM 2

    PETALING JAYA: Malaysia is disassociating itself from the Asean chairman statement on the Rohingya humanitarian crisis in Myanmar, calling it a “misrepresentation of the reality of the situation”. Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman (pic) said the statement was not based on consensus. “Malaysia had relayed its concerns over the issue but it was not reflected

  • Macron says pursuing cooperation with Merkel that is vital for Europe

    September 24, 2017 11:15 PM 2

    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

  • Latest video a sign of ISIS' focus on South-east Asia: Experts

    September 24, 2017 9:02 PM 1

    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

  • Najib's hold on finances 'helping him stay in power'

    September 24, 2017 9:01 PM 2

    His influence over billions in Malaysia's govt-linked assets entrenches his position in Umno The Malaysian Prime Minister's recent offer to invest up to US$24 billion (S$32.7 billion) in the United States has cast the spotlight on state funds like Khazanah Nasional and the Employees Provident Fund (EPF), and the Prime Minister's authority to direct how and where

  • U.S. air strikes kill 17 Islamic State militants in Libya: U.S. military

    September 24, 2017 4:20 PM 3

    WASHINGTON - Six U.S. air strikes on an Islamic State desert camp in Libya killed 17 militants and destroyed three vehicles, the U.S. military said on Sunday. U.S Africa Command said in a statement that strikes on Friday targeted a camp 150 miles (240 km) southeast of Sirte, a city that was once its stronghold in Libya. The camp was used to move fighters

  • Fighter in Islamic State video is believed to be radicalised Singaporean: MHA

    September 24, 2017 10:10 AM 2

    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

  • Bangladesh imposes mobile phone ban on Rohingya refugees

    September 24, 2017 9:19 AM 3

    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