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N.Korea attend draw for Asiad group sports

August 21, 2014 3:11 pm

SEOUL: North Korean sports officials attended the Asian Games draw Thursday for football and other group sports, despite continuing doubts over their participation in next month’s Asiad in South Korea. The draws, in the western port of Incheon near Seoul, … Read more »

Draft Bangsamoro law submitted to President

August 21, 2014 3:11 pm

The final version of the proposed law seeking to create a new autonomous government in Mindanao has been submitted to President Benigno Aquino 3rd, Malacanang confirmed on Thursday. “Draft BBL [Bangsamoro Basic Law] submitted,” Palace deputy spokesman Abigail Valte told … Read more »

Indonesian court to rule on Prabowo’s election challenge

August 21, 2014 11:27 am

JAKARTA: An Indonesian court will Thursday rule on ex-general Prabowo Subianto’s bid to overturn the results of last month’s presidential election, with a panel of judges expected to reject his claims that widespread cheating cost him victory. Tens of thousands … Read more »

At least 39 dead as Japan landslides engulf homes

August 21, 2014 11:25 am

TOKYO: Huge landslides in western Japan have killed at least 39 people and left rescuers scrambling to find another seven still missing, authorities said Wednesday, after a wall of mud smashed into their homes. Dozens of houses were buried when … Read more »

China ‘cult’ members on trial for McDonald’s killing: court

August 21, 2014 11:16 am

BEIJING: Five people accused by Chinese authorities of being members of a religious cult went on trial Thursday for beating a woman to death at a McDonald’s restaurant, the court said. The woman, surnamed Wu, was attacked in May at … Read more »

Kuwait arrests suspected Qaeda financier: activists

August 21, 2014 11:14 am

KUWAIT CITY: A Kuwaiti, Hajjaj bin Fahd al-Ajmi, considered a financier of Al-Nusra Front, a Syrian rebel group linked to Al-Qaeda, was arrested Wednesday on his return from a visit to Qatar, activists said. They said on Twitter that Ajmi, … Read more »

Man gets $10M for wrongful conviction in rabbi killing

August 21, 2014 11:10 am

NEW YORK: A New York man was awarded $10 million after spending 16 years in prison for a murder he did not commit, his lawyer said. Jabbar Collins, now 42, was convicted and sent to prison for the February 1994 … Read more »

US attempted rescue of hostages including reporter

August 21, 2014 11:08 am

WASHINGTON: US forces tried but failed to rescue reporter James Foley and other US hostages held in Syria by the Islamic State (IS), officials and reports said a day after the militants released a video showing the journalist’s beheading. The … Read more »

Rory seeks fourth win in a row as playoffs open

August 21, 2014 11:05 am

PARAMUS, United States: Top-ranked Rory McIlroy tries to become only the fifth player in PGA history to win four consecutive starts when the season-ending US tour playoffs begin Thursday with The Barclays. The 25-year-old from Northern Ireland won last month’s … Read more »

Four-time champ Wozniacki ousted at Connecticut Open tennis

August 21, 2014 11:03 am

NEW HAVEN: Camila Giorgi sprang an upset to defeat four-time champion Caroline Wozniacki 6-4, 6-2 and reach the quarter-finals of the WTA Connecticut Open, a final warm-up for the US Open. The Italian saw off the former world number one … Read more »