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14 Nobel Laureates urge Zuma to give Dalai Lama visa

September 16, 2014 11:34 am

JOHANNESBURG: Fourteen Nobel Peace laureates urged South Africa to grant the Dalai Lama a visa Monday, after Chinese complaints apparently scuppered a trip by the Tibetan spiritual leader to the “Rainbow Nation”. The Dalai Lama was to attend a summit … Read more »

Woods takes McIlroy age comments in stride

September 16, 2014 11:28 am

WASHINGTON: Tiger Woods, his 39th birthday looming in December, laughed off 20-something Rory McIlroy’s recent estimation that the 14-time major winner and compatriot Phil Mickelson are in the back nine of their careers. “I thought it was funny,” a relaxed … Read more »

US Army invites women to try out for elite Ranger school

September 16, 2014 11:20 am

WASHINGTON: The US Army is inviting female soldiers to apply to the grueling Ranger school, officials said Monday, part of the military’s effort to open the door to women serving in ground combat. The prestigious Ranger school has been closed … Read more »

Obama expands US fight against Ebola

September 16, 2014 11:18 am

WASHINGTON: Congress could approve an $88 million request by President Barack Obama to back expanded efforts to combat Ebola as soon as this week, in a sign of rising US concern over the epidemic. Obama will travel to Atlanta on … Read more »

Typhoon shuts down Hong Kong with strong winds, rain

September 16, 2014 11:16 am

HONG KONG: Hong Kong was shuttered Tuesday as a powerful typhoon swept past the city, bringing strong winds and rain that caused flight disruptions and forced the closure of the stock market and container ports. Typhoon Kalmaegi, packing gusts of … Read more »

Leaders pledge powers in final push before Scottish vote

September 16, 2014 11:12 am

ABERDEEN: The leaders of the three main British parties on Tuesday issued a joint pledge to give the Scottish parliament more powers if voters reject independence, in a final drive to stop the United Kingdom splitting. The promise, which re-iterates … Read more »

North Korea ratchets up ‘hostage diplomacy’ with US

September 16, 2014 11:08 am

SEOUL: North Korea’s use of captured or detained Americans to score propaganda points and extract political concessions from Washington has a long history stretching back to the Cold War, but analysts say the tactic may be wearing thin. The isolated … Read more »

George Clooney to get prize for humanitarian work

September 16, 2014 11:05 am

LOS ANGELES: Hollywood megastar George Clooney will receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the Golden Globes for his work on screen and off, the organization said. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which decides the awards, said on Monday that … Read more »

‘Breakthrough’ in Afghan election dispute: president spokesman

September 16, 2014 10:57 am

KABUL: Afghanistan’s disputed presidential election inched towards a possible conclusion Monday with a senior government official hailing a “breakthrough” in talks between the two candidates, who both claim to have won the vote. Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah have been … Read more »

Phivolcs raises Alert Level 3 on Mayon; 72 rockfalls recorded

September 16, 2014 10:33 am

LEGAZPI CITY: The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) raised Mayon Volcano’s alert status to Alert Level 3 at 10 p.m. Monday. Phivolcs resident volcanologist Ed Laguerta said this means that magma is at the crater and that hazardous … Read more »