US, EU concerned over delayed Mozambique vote count

October 22, 2014 8:06 am

MAPUTO: Foreign observers on Tuesday voiced concern over alleged irregularities in the counting of votes from Mozambique’s presidential and legislative polls held last week. Both the European Union and the United States government issued statements on Tuesday pointing at problems … Read more »

Israeli minister airs Iran nuclear concerns at Pentagon

October 22, 2014 8:01 am

JERUSALEM: Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon said Tuesday he shared with his US counterpart his country’s concerns about the direction of talks between world powers and Iran on its nuclear program. In an audio message released by Yaalon’s office after … Read more »

Nigeria declared Ebola-free in ‘spectacular success’

October 21, 2014 5:55 pm

ABUJA: Nigeria was declared Ebola-free on Monday (Tuesday in Manila) in a “spectacular success” in the battle to contain the spread of a virus which is devastating Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia where more than 4,500 people have died. The … Read more »

CEO of French oil giant Total killed in Moscow plane crash

October 21, 2014 5:54 pm

MOSCOW: The chief executive officer (CEO) of French oil giant Total, Christophe de Margerie, died in a plane crash at a Moscow airport late on Monday when the private jet he was using struck a snowplough on takeoff. Russian investigators … Read more »

China ‘executed 2,400′ last year: rights group

October 21, 2014 5:53 pm

BEIJING: The world’s top executioner China put 2,400 people to death last year, a US-based rights group said on Tuesday, shedding rare light on a statistic Beijing considers a state secret. The figure was a fall of 20 percent from … Read more »

Thailand’s junta-picked council starts work on reforms

October 21, 2014 5:52 pm

BANGKOK: A council selected by Thailand’s ruling junta on Tuesday started work on reforms to close the nation’s festering political divide, a task critics dismiss as aimed at diluting the influence of ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra. Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha, who … Read more »

Designer de la Renta passes away

October 21, 2014 5:51 pm

NEW YORK CITY: Legendary fashion designer Oscar de la Renta, whose beautiful clothes defined American elegance for generations and were beloved by first ladies and Hollywood stars, died on Monday (Tuesday in Manila). He was 82. His company website bore … Read more »

HK leader: Democracy would see poor people dominate vote

October 21, 2014 5:50 pm

HONG KONG: Hong Kong’s Beijing-backed leader Leung Chun-ying told media that if the government met pro-democracy protesters’ demands it would result in the city’s poorer people dominating elections. In an interview with foreign media, carried in the Wall Street Journal … Read more »

Jihadists launch fresh assault on Kobane

October 21, 2014 5:50 pm

MURSITPINAR, Turkey: The Islamic State launched a fresh assault on Kobane late on Monday hours after it was announced that Kurds, who are defending the besieged Syrian border town, had received a first US airdrop of weapons. AFP

Swedish navy widens search for mystery submarine

October 21, 2014 5:49 pm

STOCKHOLM: The Swedish navy stepped up its hunt on Monday (Tuesday in Manila) for a suspected foreign submarine in its waters with fingers pointing at Moscow in a throwback to the Cold War. Swedish soldiers and sailors were scouring the … Read more »