Obama asks Putin to stop Ukraine unrest

April 15, 2014 8:05 pm

SLAVYANSK: US President Barack Obama urged Russian leader Vladimir Putin in a phone call on Monday to press pro-Moscow groups to lay down their arms in Ukraine, as the Kiev government sought United Nations help to tackle the growing insurgency. … Read more »

Pistorius cross-examination finished

April 15, 2014 8:04 pm

PRETORIA: The prosecution concluded its grueling cross-examination of Paralympian Oscar Pistorius on Tuesday, ending five days of intense and emotional interrogation in his murder trial. “I have nothing further for this witness,” said prosecution lawyer Gerrie Nel, after relentless questioning … Read more »

China may use space for military application

April 15, 2014 8:04 pm

BEIJING: Chinese President Xi Jinping has urged further integration of air and space defense capabilities, in what experts described on Tuesday as a response to the militarization of space by rivals including the United States. China says its ambitious space … Read more »

Turkey becoming unforgiving on Twitter

April 15, 2014 8:04 pm

ANKARA: Twitter executives met Turkish government officials for talks on Monday (Tuesday in Manila) amid accusations of tax evasion by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and a row over content on the social media site. They are the first direct … Read more »

UN rights chief deplores torture in war-torn Syria

April 15, 2014 8:03 pm

The United Nations human rights chief condemned widespread torture by all sides in the Syrian conflict, citing examples such as that of a detained 26-year-old woman who was raped, had her teeth pulled out, and was beaten with electrical cables. … Read more »

Opposition seen winning in India polls

April 15, 2014 8:03 pm

NEW DELHI: Hardline nationalist opposition leader Narendra Modi and his allies were forecast to win an overall majority in India’s elections in a poll on Tuesday, dealing another blow to the beleaguered ruling Congress party. Eight days on from the … Read more »

Chinese herb works better on arthritis

April 15, 2014 8:02 pm

PARIS: A Chinese herb called thunder god vine works better than a widely-prescribed pharmaceutical drug at easing rheumatoid arthritis, a study published on Monday (Tuesday in Manila) said. The herb has long been used in China to treat this potentially … Read more »

Malaysia to be transparent on black box data

April 15, 2014 8:00 pm

KUALA LUMPUR: Any data that is eventually recovered from the “black box” of missing flight MH370 will be publicly released, Malaysia’s transport minister pledged on Tuesday, as the government battles widespread criticism over the transparency of its investigation. “It’s about … Read more »

Only 1 in 7 Japanese scientists are women

April 15, 2014 7:59 pm

TOKYO: Just a seventh of scientists in Japan are female, government figures show—the lowest rate of any developed nation, despite being a record high for the country. The survey comes amid a high-profile row in Japan that has pitted a … Read more »


April 15, 2014 7:59 pm

STRASBOURG, France: Improved access to porn movies across Europe’s many borders is one of the merits of the European Union, conservative party chief Joseph Daul said on Tuesday. Asked by a local French newspaper how he convinced young voters to … Read more »