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UN approves deal for Italy, Netherlands to share Council seat

July 1, 2016 5:45 pm

UNITED NATIONS, United States: The UN General Assembly on Thursday elected Italy to the Security Council under a deal that will see the Netherlands take over the seat in a year. The two countries agreed to split the two-year term … Read more »

Australian faces court in Bali on child sex offenses

July 1, 2016 5:28 pm

DENPASAR, Indonesia: An Australian went on trial on Thursday accused of molesting dozens of Indonesian children on the popular resort island of Bali. Prosecutors have accused Melbourne-born Robert Andrew Fiddes Ellis of molesting 24 children since 2014. The 69-year-old allegedly … Read more »

Ukraine will join EU within 10 years – PM

July 1, 2016 5:27 pm

BERLIN: Ukraine will join the EU within the next decade, Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman said Friday, adding that his country still believed strongly in the bloc despite Britain’s vote to leave. Groysman told Germany’s Funke media group that Ukraine saw … Read more »

Polls point to Australian election cliffhanger

July 1, 2016 5:26 pm

SYDNEY: Australia’s leaders made last-gasp pitches Friday to woo voters on the eve of elections as polls pointed to a cliffhanger and the media swung behind “reformer” Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. Liberal Turnbull and Labor opposition leader Bill Shorten both … Read more »

Promised work, Myanmar women instead forced to marry in China

July 1, 2016 5:24 pm

HLAING THAR YAR, Myanmar: Enticed by work in China, hundreds of poor young Myanmar women are instead being duped into marriage, and left to scramble to get back across remote borders before they are forced into life with husbands they … Read more »

US human trafficking downgrade ‘regrettable’ – Myanmar

July 1, 2016 5:20 pm

YANGON: Myanmar’s new civilian government rebuffed a United States decision to brand the country as one of the world’s worst human trafficking offenders on Friday, calling the move “regrettable” at a time when the nascent democracy is finding its feet. … Read more »

Two children die as Nepal school collapses

July 1, 2016 4:46 pm

KATHMANDU: Heavy monsoon rains caused parts of a school to collapse in Nepal’s capital on Friday, killing two pupils and injuring 24 others, police said. Police told Agence France-Presse that the pupils, who were aged nine and 10 and were … Read more »

Police raid Italy’s ‘Chinese mafia’ over race crime

July 1, 2016 4:12 pm

ROME: Italian police said Friday they had raided nine premises as part of an investigation into a Chinese criminal gang they suspect of being behind a spate of attacks on North Africans. The raids were carried out in the Tuscan … Read more »

US human trafficking downgrade ‘regrettable’ – Myanmar

July 1, 2016 4:06 pm

YANGON: Myanmar’s new civilian government rebuffed a United States decision to brand the country as one of the world’s worst human trafficking offenders on Friday, calling the move “regrettable” at a time when the nascent democracy is finding its feet. … Read more »

Russian firefighting plane missing with 10 on board

July 1, 2016 4:02 pm

MOSCOW: A Russian firefighting plane with 10 people on board went missing Friday as it was battling forest blazes in Siberia, authorities said. “Today at 0630 (0330 GMT) an Il-76 of the emergency services failed to make contact”, a statement … Read more »