New Saudi leaders to press economic diversification

January 27, 2015 7:22 pm

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s new leadership will push forward efforts to diversify the growing but oil-dependent economy, while easing procedures for investors, senior officials said on Monday (Tuesday in Manila). “The smooth transition of power to King Salman is a testament … Read more »

A transformative moment in India-US ties?

January 27, 2015 7:22 pm

Just a year back, the world’s largest and oldest democracies seemed on a collision course over the Khobagrade affair. Today, thanks to deft diplomacy by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his team, Washington and Delhi stand on the cusp of … Read more »

Kurds defeat Islamic State jihadists in Kobane

January 27, 2015 7:21 pm

BEIRUT: Kurdish militia drove the Islamic State (IS) group from the Syrian town of Kobane and raised their flags on Monday (Tuesday in Manila), dealing the jihadists an important blow after months of heavy fighting. Across the border in Iraq, … Read more »

Fidel Castro still doesn’t trust US

January 27, 2015 7:20 pm

HAVANA: Fidel Castro does not “trust the US, nor have I spoken with them,” the revolutionary icon, 88, said in a letter attributed to him and read out on state television on Monday (Tuesday). “That does not represent — far … Read more »

Sean Penn to get French cinema honor

January 27, 2015 7:20 pm

PARIS: Sean Penn is to get an honorary French film award in a Paris ceremony next month in recognition of him being a cinema “living legend”, the organizers said in a statement. The 54-year-old is a “mythical actor, a politically … Read more »

Small drone crashes on White House grounds

January 27, 2015 7:19 pm

WASHINGTON D.C.: A small drone crash-landed on the grounds of the White House early on Monday (Tuesday in Manila), prompting officials to declare a security lockdown until they were able to determine that it posed no risk. The device was … Read more »

Greek anti-austerity coalition takes power after bombshell vote

January 27, 2015 7:19 pm

ATHENS: Alexis Tsipras was sworn in as Greece’s youngest prime minister in 150 years on Monday (Tuesday in Manila) and was set to lead an anti-austerity coalition after a stunning election win that sent shockwaves through Europe. Tsipras’s decisive victory … Read more »

Over 10,000 sue Japan paper over sex slavery reports

January 27, 2015 7:18 pm

TOKYO: More than 10,000 people are suing Japan’s leading liberal newspaper over stories on Tokyo’s system of wartime sex slavery, which they say have stained their reputation as Japanese nationals. The move is the latest salvo in the battle over … Read more »

UN says Ukraine attack ‘targeted civilians’ as Putin defiant

January 27, 2015 7:18 pm

MOSCOW: The United Nations said on Monday (Tuesday in Manila) that a rocket attack that killed 30 people in a city in eastern Ukraine deliberately targeted civilians, as Russian President Vladimir Putin spurned Western calls to rein in a pro-Moscow … Read more »

Hong Kong ‘drug lord’ forced to burn meth stash in Indonesia

January 27, 2015 7:18 pm

JAKARTA: Handcuffed and wearing black masks, a Hong Kong man accused of being a drug lord and his gang were Tuesday forced to publicly burn a $136-million stash of crystal methamphetamine after their arrests in Indonesia. Wong Chi-ping and several … Read more »