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Australia calls for greater cooperation on returning IS fighters

May 30, 2015 6:50 pm

SYDNEY: Stronger regional cooperation is needed to counter the threat posed by foreign fighters returning from the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq, Australia’s foreign minister said Saturday. About 90 countries have claimed that some of their citizens were … Read more »

Live anthrax sent to Australia: US official

May 30, 2015 6:49 pm

WASHINGTON: US authorities investigating the mistaken shipment of live anthrax by a military lab have discovered another batch of the lethal bacteria dating back to 2008, some of which was sent to Australia, officials said Friday. The revelation suggested a … Read more »

Tense standoff outside mosque over cartoon protest

May 30, 2015 6:49 pm

PHOENIX: Anti-Islam protesters — some of them heavily armed — faced off against religious rights demonstrators outside a US mosque Friday, in a tense but peaceful standoff. About 200 demonstrators from each group stood outside the mosque in Phoenix, Arizona, … Read more »

Ex US House speaker paid to hide sexual misconduct: report

May 30, 2015 6:49 pm

LOS ANGELES: A former US House Speaker who has been indicted by a federal grand jury allegedly paid off an individual to hide past sexual misconduct, the Los Angeles Times reported Friday. Dennis Hastert, 73, was indicted on Thursday on … Read more »

Australia welcomes UN call on Great Barrier Reef

May 30, 2015 6:48 pm

SYDNEY: Australia welcomed a draft decision by the United Nations to keep the Great Barrier Reef off its endangered list Saturday, but environmentalists warned of ongoing risks to the natural wonder. Climate change, farming run-off and development have threatened the … Read more »

Singapore arrests alleged match-fixers ahead of SEA Games

May 30, 2015 1:51 am

SINGAPORE: A Singaporean and several foreigners have been arrested on suspicion of trying to fix football matches at the Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games), the city-state’s anti-corruption agency said Friday. The 36-sport biennial Southeast Asian Games was set to kick … Read more »

Graft-tainted Philippine official denied FIFA travel: court

May 30, 2015 1:49 am

A Philippine FIFA official facing corruption charges has been banned from flying to Switzerland to attend the organisation’s congress, a local court said Friday. Monico Puentevella, a board member of FIFA’s marketing and television committee, is out on bail after … Read more »

British fraud investigators examine FIFA ‘material’

May 30, 2015 1:47 am

LONDON: Britain’s Serious Fraud Office said on Friday it was examining “material in its possession” related to the FIFA corruption scandal following allegations that illegal payments were routed through British banks. “The SFO continues actively to assess material in its … Read more »

Comedians draw tears of laughter in troubled times

May 30, 2015 1:45 am

HARARE: With Zimbabwe’s economy on its knees and life a daily struggle for most people, there is one luxury that many can surprisingly still afford — laughter. “We laugh at ourselves. We laugh at funerals. We laugh even when things … Read more »

Pope Francis expected to visit Auschwitz in 2016

May 30, 2015 1:42 am

WARSAW: Pope Francis will likely visit the former Nazi-German death camp Auschwitz when he comes to Poland next year for a major Catholic festival, an archbishop from the devout country said Friday. The Argentine pontiff has yet to confirm the … Read more »