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Assault trial of Russian footballers begins

Published On: April 9, 2019 07:30 PM NPT By: AFP/RSS

MOSCOW, April 9: The trial of Russian footballers Pavel Mamaev and Alexander Kokorin began in Moscow Tuesday, six months after their drunken night out in the Russian capital ended in assault charges.

German IS woman accused of letting Yazidi 'slave' girl die of thirst on trial

Published On: April 9, 2019 07:00 PM NPT By: AFP/RSS

A German woman who allegedly joined Islamic State has gone on trial accused of letting a five-year-old Yazidi girl she kept as a slave die of thirst while chained outside in the "scorching heat".

Thousands of Sudanese press on with rally outside army HQ

Published On: April 7, 2019 07:00 PM NPT By: AFP/RSS

Thousands of Sudanese protesters rallied outside the army's headquarters in the capital Sunday for a second day calling on the military to back them in demands that President Omar al-Bashir resign as police fired tear gas to disperse them.

'Asian football crisis' as controversial chief gets new term

Published On: April 6, 2019 03:00 PM NPT By: AFP/RSS

Asia's football chief and FIFA's second-in-command Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al Khalifa received a fresh, four-year term on Saturday, triggering complaints from campaigners who said regional soccer was in "crisis" over human rights.

Japan's emperors: from divine commander to 'comforter-in-chief'

Published On: April 4, 2019 01:00 PM NPT By: AFP/RSS

When Japan's Crown Prince Naruhito ascends the Chrysanthemum Throne, he will be taking on a role that has changed almost beyond recognition from its mythological origins.

Sprint king Johnson spreads message of hope to stroke survivors

Published On: April 4, 2019 12:00 PM NPT By: AFP/RSS

US sprint champion Michael Johnson said he hoped to inspire fellow sufferers as he declared himself fully recovered from a stroke that paralysed him down one side last year.

UN chief warns against rising anti-Muslim hatred

Published On: April 2, 2019 07:00 PM NPT By: AFP/RSS

UN chief Antonio Guterres warned Tuesday against growing hatred of Muslims, less than a month after a deadly terrorist attack on mosques in New Zealand killed at least 50 people.

Pakistan's Umar Akmal fined for night out in Dubai

Published On: April 2, 2019 06:30 PM NPT By: AFP/RSS

Pakistani cricketer Umar Akmal's dancing skills off the pitch have landed him in trouble as the maverick middle-order batsman was fined 20 percent of his match fee for a night out in Dubai.

Running in the Indian election? Get an armoured car

Published On: April 2, 2019 03:00 PM NPT By: AFP/RSS

The mechanics retrofitting cars with blast-resistant doors and bulletproof windshields in a Punjab garage have been flat out of late -- elections are looming, and politics can be a dangerous game in India.

UN joins Clooney in decrying 'inhuman' Brunei anti-gay law

Published On: April 1, 2019 08:00 PM NPT By: AFP/RSS

The United Nations has condemned “cruel and inhuman” laws set to take effect in Brunei this week that impose death by stoning for gay sex and adultery, and amputations for theft.

Thais go to polls in first general election since 2014 coup

Published On: March 24, 2019 02:00 PM NPT By: AFP/RSS

Polls opened Sunday for the first Thai election since a 2014 coup, with a high turnout expected among a public who received a cryptic last-minute warning from the Thai king to support "good" leaders to prevent "chaos."

Chief characters in Britain's Brexit saga

Published On: March 24, 2019 01:00 PM NPT By: AFP/RSS

LONDON, March 24: Britain's drawn-out drama around Brexit, which is set to take another twist this week as parliament again grapples with the way forward, has featured a colourful cast of characters -- crashing or catapulting their careers.

Twin cyclones batter Australia

Published On: March 23, 2019 10:30 AM NPT By: AFP/RSS

A "very destructive" category 4 cyclone slammed into Australia's remote northern coast on Saturday, while a second, equally powerful storm bore down on the country's west.

The scent of soap making returns to Aleppo

Published On: March 22, 2019 01:30 PM NPT By: AFP/RSS

ALEPPO, March 22: After years of war, the scent of laurel oil once again wafts from a small soap workshop in Aleppo, signalling the revival of a landmark trade in the battered northern city.

US corporations advertise on hookup sites -- unwittingly

Published On: March 22, 2019 01:00 PM NPT By: AFP/RSS

Ads for major US corporations like General Electric and home improvement retail chain Lowe's are appearing, often without their knowledge, on internet hookup sites, underscoring advertisers' difficulty in controlling their digital communications.

Indonesia's Garuda cancels 49-plane Boeing 737 order after crashes

Published On: March 22, 2019 11:00 AM NPT By: AFP/RSS

Indonesia's national carrier Garuda will call off a multi-billion-dollar order for 49 Boeing 737 Max 8 jets after two fatal crashes involving the plane, the company said Friday, in what is thought to be the first formal cancellation for the model.

A tale of two Delhis: Deadly air exposes rich poor divide

Published On: March 21, 2019 01:30 PM NPT By: AFP/RSS

NEW DELHI, March 21: Walls draped in lush vertical gardens and air filtered through purifiers insulate diners at a swanky New Delhi food court from the choking haze outside in one of the most polluted places on earth.

Italy driver hijacks, torches school bus carrying dozens of children

Published On: March 21, 2019 10:30 AM NPT By: AFP/RSS

MILAN, March 21: Italian police on Wednesday rescued 51 children taken hostage by their school bus driver, who doused the vehicle in petrol and set it alight apparently in protest at migrant deaths in the Mediterranean.

May tries to save Brexit plan after speaker's bombshell

Published On: March 19, 2019 09:00 PM NPT By: AFP/RSS

LONDON, March 19: British Prime Minister Theresa May held crisis talks with her ministers Tuesday after the speaker of parliament threatened to derail her EU withdrawal plan just 10 days before Brexit day, leaving her strategy in tatters.

Over 160 dead in Zimbabwe, Mozambique as cyclone destroys city

Published On: March 18, 2019 08:00 PM NPT By: AFP/RSS

MOZAMBIQUE, March 18: A cyclone that ripped across Mozambique and Zimbabwe has killed at least 162 people with scores more missing and caused "massive and horrifying" destruction in the Mozambican city of Beira, authorities and the Red Cross said Monday.