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Moscow hopes for truce ‘within hours’ as fighting rocks Aleppo

May 3, 2016 9:12 pm

MOSCOW: Russia said Tuesday it hoped a new ceasefire could be announced within hours for Syria’s battered city of Aleppo, where fresh fighting left at least 16 dead including in rocket fire on a maternity hospital. As the city was … Read more »

PH presidential favorite causing market jitters

May 3, 2016 8:22 pm

MANILA: Philippine presidential favorite Rodrigo Duterte’s vague economic plans and threats to kill thousands of criminals are spooking the financial markets, with one business leader warning Tuesday the trash-talking politician would bring anarchy. The key Philippine Stock Exchange index fell … Read more »

Indonesia briefly detains Papuans to halt protest

May 3, 2016 8:08 pm

JAYAPURA, Indonesia: Indonesian police briefly detained around 1,200 pro-independence demonstrators in the insurgency-hit easternmost region of Papua to stop a planned protest from going ahead, an official said Tuesday. The demonstrators were rounded up in and around the city of … Read more »

Berlin to host talks with UN, France, Syria opposition – ministry

May 3, 2016 8:05 pm

BERLIN: Germany’s top diplomat will host talks on Wednesday with his French counterpart, the UN’s Syria envoy and Syria’s main opposition leader, as concerns grow over the war-torn country’s faltering truce. Discussions will focus on “how the conditions for a … Read more »

Indonesian planes clip wings at airport in latest scare

May 3, 2016 7:20 pm

JAKARTA: Two Indonesian passenger planes clipped wings as they were about to take off from Jakarta’s main airport, an airline said Tuesday, the latest accident in the country’s beleaguered aviation sector. The planes operated by domestic carrier Lion Air were … Read more »

Perceived corruption worsens in Arab states – Transparency

May 3, 2016 6:38 pm

BERLIN: Ordinary people feel that corruption has worsened in nine Arab countries and territories over the last year, especially crisis-hit Lebanon and war-torn Yemen, a study by graft watchdog Transparency International said Tuesday. Its survey of nearly 11,000 respondents showed … Read more »

Australia cracks down on global firms avoiding tax

May 3, 2016 6:37 pm

CANBERRA: Australia on Tuesday unveiled a further push to crack down on tax avoidance by multinational companies, imposing a 40 percent penalty rate on firms that shift profits offshore. The revenue-raising measure, which is similar to the so-called “Google Tax” … Read more »

Stealing food by the hungry poor not a crime, Italy says

May 3, 2016 6:35 pm

ROME: Italy’s highest court has acquitted a homeless man of stealing cheese and sausages, ruling that the theft of small amounts of food by the hungry poor is not a crime. Ukranian Roman Ostriakov was caught in 2011 pocketing 4.07 … Read more »

Police officer sacked over partisan Facebook post

May 3, 2016 6:31 pm

The brigade commander of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Reactionary Standby Support Force (RSSF) was ordered relived from his post on Tuesday after statements he made in his Facebook account showed him favoring a candidate in next week’s elections. Ordered … Read more »

Miriam, Leni most environment-friendly

May 3, 2016 6:30 pm

A survey released on Tuesday revealed Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago and Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo as the candidates vying for the top two posts in the country with the highest potential to address environmental issues. The survey was conducted by … Read more »