Malaysian protests enter second day

August 30, 2015 8:04 pm

KUALA LUMPUR: Crowds of yellow-clad Malaysians demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Najib Razak converged on central Kuala Lumpur again on Sunday, a day after tens of thousands paralyzed the capital in a boisterous yet peaceful demonstration. The two-day rally, … Read more »

Bangkok bomb suspect ‘is uncooperative’

August 30, 2015 8:04 pm

BANGKOK: Thailand’s army chief on Sunday told Agence France-Presse the man arrested in connection with last week’s deadly Bangkok bomb blast was not cooperating, as police announced he was part of a people-smuggling gang. The unnamed foreigner, who is being … Read more »

Lebanese to politicians: ‘You Stink’

August 30, 2015 8:03 pm

BEIRUT: Tens of thousands of protesters from across Lebanon staged a mass rally in downtown Beirut Saturday against a political class they accuse of corruption and failing to provide basic services. Waving Lebanese flags, men, women and children flooded iconic … Read more »

German corporate giants suspected in Greek bribery cases

August 30, 2015 8:02 pm

ATHENS: Siemens, Daimler, Rheinmetall — the cream of German industry — have been mired in cases of alleged corruption in Greece, the country that Berlin has repeatedly admonished for the parlous state of its economy. No date has been set … Read more »

Colombian president to visit tense border city

August 30, 2015 8:02 pm

BOGOTA: Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos was scheduled to fly to the border city of Cucuta Saturday (Sunday in Manila) amid soaring tensions with Venezuela that have triggered an exodus of Colombian residents. Santos’ office said the president would visit … Read more »

Top panel urges Guatemalan president face graft trial

August 30, 2015 8:01 pm

GUATEMALA CITY: A legislative committee on Saturday recommended that Guatemalan President Otto Perez be stripped of his immunity and face prosecution for a multimillion-dollar corruption scheme he allegedly led. For Perez to lose his immunity, at least 105 lawmakers of … Read more »

Al-Jazeera reporter calls for Sisi pardon after Egypt verdict

August 30, 2015 8:01 pm

SYDNEY: Australian Al-Jazeera reporter Peter Greste Sunday called on Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to pardon him and two colleagues handed three-year prison sentences, describing the Saturday court decision as “politically motivated.” Greste, Canadian Mohamed Fahmy and Egyptian producer Baher … Read more »

Fiji PM vows to jail overseas dissidents planning ‘sedition’

August 30, 2015 8:01 pm

SUVA, Fiji: Fiji’s premier has promised to jail for “many years” dissidents, including those based overseas, that he claimed were plotting to overthrow his government amid reports of attempts in the Pacific nation to set up a breakaway state. In … Read more »

Brazil tumbles into recession

August 29, 2015 9:22 pm

RIO DE JANEIRO: Brazil has slipped into recession, the government said Friday (Saturday in Manila), deepening the gloom in the world’s seventh largest economy already battered by falling commodity prices, political crisis and a corruption scandal. In the second quarter … Read more »

Obama to wage climate fight in Alaska

August 29, 2015 9:21 pm

WASHINGTON: Alaska is often just a fuel stop for US presidents headed for Asia. But Barack Obama will spend three days in The Last Frontier next week and become the first sitting US president to visit the Alaskan Arctic, the … Read more »