Russia ramps up strikes in Syria

October 8, 2015 8:15 pm

BEIRUT: Russia dramatically escalated its air war in Syria on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila), unleashing heavy bombardments and cruise missile strikes from the Caspian Sea as cover for a major Syrian army ground offensive. Russian President Vladimir Putin said Moscow … Read more »

Germany presses US on refugee crisis

October 8, 2015 8:14 pm

WASHINGTON D.C.: German President Joachim Gauck called for a greater commitment from the United States to easing the refugee crisis engulfing Europe, during a visit to the White House on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila). “We are much aware of the … Read more »

Clinton against Pacific trade deal

October 8, 2015 8:14 pm

WASHINGTON, D.C.: Hillary Clinton, who regularly promoted White House efforts to complete a huge trade accord with Pacific Rim countries while she was US secretary of state, came out on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila) against the deal. The apparent flip … Read more »

US Volkswagen chief knew problems in 2014

October 8, 2015 8:13 pm

WASHINGTON D.C.: The US head of Volkswagen prepared to apologize to Congress on Thursday over the “deeply troubling” pollution scandal as it emerged he knew of a potential problem with vehicle emissions as early as spring 2014. In testimony released … Read more »

Toyota to help in IS trucks probe

October 8, 2015 8:13 pm

TOKYO: Toyota on Thursday said it was willing to help the United States probe how the Islamic State (IS) group has managed to get hold of so many of its notoriously tough trucks. The Japanese manufacturer responded after an ABC … Read more »

Snow parks boom in Thailand

October 8, 2015 8:12 pm

BANGKOK: In a hall filled with psychedelic ice sculptures, there are shrieks of excitement as a toboggan careers down an ice run, its occupants snugly wrapped up against the sub-zero temperatures. But this is no fun park in an icy … Read more »

China probes former oil chief for graft

October 8, 2015 8:12 pm

BEIJING: China’s ruling Communist party said it is investigating the former boss of state-run energy giant Sinopec2 for alleged corruption – the latest figure in the oil sector to be probed. Su Shulin is suspected of “serious disciplinary violations” – … Read more »

Indonesia accepts help to combat fires

October 8, 2015 8:11 pm

JAKARTA: Indonesia agreed on Thursday to accept international help to combat forest and agricultural fires cloaking Southeast Asia in haze, after weeks of failed attempts to douse the blazes that have infuriated its neighbours. Officials said Singapore and Russia had … Read more »

Myanmar urged to release activists before polls

October 8, 2015 8:09 pm

YANGON: Amnesty International on Thursday urged Myanmar to release nearly 100 “prisoners of conscience” ahead of landmark November polls, accusing the former junta-run nation of returning to “old ways” of repression. After receiving widespread international praise for ending decades of … Read more »

US Coast Guard suspends search for ‘El Faro’ survivors

October 8, 2015 8:09 pm

MIAMI: The US Coast Guard suspended its intensive search on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila) for survivors of “El Faro,” a cargo ship believed to have sunk last week during Hurricane Joaquin with 33 crew aboard. The El Faro, which went … Read more »