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Putin tells Obama US-Russia dialogue key to global stability

July 4, 2015 7:00 pm

MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday said relations between Moscow and Washington were key to ensuring global stability and called for dialogue based on “equality and respect.” In a message to his US counterpart Barack Obama on Independence Day … Read more »

British royals prepare for Princess Charlotte christening

July 4, 2015 6:58 pm

LONDON: Britain’s royal family was gearing up Saturday for the christening of Princess Charlotte, when the public will have their second chance to glimpse the baby daughter of Prince William and his wife Kate. The two-month-old will be christened Sunday … Read more »

Only one in 10 rural India homes has fridge – survey

July 4, 2015 4:43 pm

NEW DELHI: The main breadwinner in three-quarters of households in rural India makes less than $80 a month while barely one in 10 homes has a refrigerator, a survey showed Friday (Saturday in Manila). While living standards have grown rapidly … Read more »

Owner, crew of capsized ferry charged with murder

July 4, 2015 3:14 pm

Philippine police have filed murder charges against the owner and crew of a passenger ferry that capsized and left 56 dead, an official said Saturday. The charges were filed late on Friday in the central city of Ormoc over the … Read more »

Japan pledges $6.1 bn aid to ‘Mekong Five’ in bid for influence

July 4, 2015 3:12 pm

TOKYO: Japan on Saturday pledged $6.1 billion in financial aid to the “Mekong Five” countries as it pushes infrastructure exports and courts influence in a region where rival China has an increasing presence. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe unveiled the pledge … Read more »

Married Sunday, fired Monday: next US gay rights fight

July 4, 2015 12:54 pm

CHICAGO: Gay marriage may now be legal across the United States, but that doesn’t mean people won’t get fired if their boss sees the wedding photos. A week after celebrating a landmark Supreme Court ruling overturning same-sex marriage bans in … Read more »

Singapore activist sued by PM breaks down in court

July 4, 2015 12:42 pm

SINGAPORE: A Singaporean activist found guilty of defaming the prime minister in a high profile case broke down under intense questioning Friday as he told the court he just wanted to speak up for the people of the city-state. Prime … Read more »

Overloading eyed in ferry capsize- official

July 4, 2015 12:38 pm

Overloading of cargo and passengers might have been to blame for a Philippine ferry disaster which left dozens dead, an official said Saturday, and a government investigation is now underway. Survivors reported seeing up to 150 sacks of cement in … Read more »

Solar Impulse lands in Hawaii, completing historic flight

July 4, 2015 10:42 am

KAPOLEI: The Solar Impulse 2 aircraft completed a historic flight in its quest to circle the globe without consuming a drop of fuel, touching down gracefully in Hawaii on Friday after the most arduous leg of its journey. The sun-powered … Read more »

Mexico recovers over 9,000 stolen US visas

July 4, 2015 10:36 am

MEXICO CITY: Mexican police have recovered more than 9,000 US travel visas that were stolen last month in the northern border state of Tamaulipas, officials said.  Officers on Thursday found boxes containing 9,382 visas inside a sport-utility vehicle with Texas … Read more »