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  • Nearly 50,000 flee amid fears of Bali volcanic eruption

    September 25, 2017 8:15 AM 3

    KARANGASEM, Indonesia (AFP, REUTERS) - Nearly 50,000 people have evacuated their homes amid fears of an imminent volcanic eruption on the Indonesian resort island of Bali, disaster officials said on Monday (Sept 25). Mount Agung, about 75km from the tourist hub of Kuta, has been rumbling since August, threatening to erupt for the first time in more than 50 years

  • Johor launderette for Muslims only stirs debate: Reports

    September 25, 2017 8:10 AM 2

    SINGAPORE: A self-service launderette in Muar, Johor, has made the news for allowing only Muslim customers to use its facilities. The matter came to light after a photo made its rounds on social media, showing a sign at the launderette that said "Only for Muslims", along with instructions for customers to remove their shoes before entering

  • US boy hammered to death by mother's ex while protecting younger sister

    September 25, 2017 6:07 AM 3

    CALIFORNIA: An eight-year-old boy died on Sep 7 after his mother's former boyfriend beat him with a hammer, reported The Daily Mail on Monday (Sep 25). On Sep 1, Dante Daniels had been trying to protect his younger sister, Danae, 7, from Deandre Chaney Jr, 23, who was "engaged in the crime of committing a lewd act" on Danae, the report said, citing a police

  • Merkel wins 4th term as nationalists enter German parliament

    September 25, 2017 2:15 AM 3

    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 3

    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 4

    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 4

    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 3

    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 2

    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 3

    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