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Disgraced ex-South Korea leader booted out of presidential mansion 14 March 2017 SEOUL - Disgraced South Korean leader Park Geun-hye left the presidential Blue House on Sunday, two days after a court dismissed her over a corruption scandal, facing life as a private citizen and the possibility of jail. Park struck a defiant tone upon arriving at her private home in the Gang...
'Fake doctor' works in hospital for 11 years 8 March 2017 PERTH - A man who allegedly masqueraded as a doctor in Australian hospitals for over a decade is believed to have left the country, authorities have said. Shyam Acharya is accused of stealing a doctor's name and qualifications in India before moving to Australia. He used the credentials to ...
Nokia 3310 mobile phone relaunched 27 February 2017 LONDON - Nokia's 3310 phone has been relaunched nearly 17 years after its debut. Many consider the original handset iconic because of its popularity and sturdiness. More than 126 million were produced before it was phased out in 2005. The revamped version will be sold under licence by the F...
Children's sex book causes stir 22 February 2017 JAKARTA - A children's book is at the centre of a controversy in Indonesia because it teaches children about masturbation. A photo of the book - I Learn to Control Myself, written by Fita Chakra - has spread across social media since Monday, sparking a discussion online about sexual education ...
Trump's security adviser resigns 14 February 2017 WASHINGTON - US National Security Adviser Michael Flynn has resigned over allegations he discussed US sanctions with Russia before Donald Trump took office. Mr Flynn is said to have misled officials about his call with Russia's ambassador before his own appointment. It is illegal for privat...
Hong Kong police officers convicted of beating protester 14 February 2017 VICTORIA CITY - Hong Kong police officers convicted of beating protester Seven police officers in Hong Kong have been convicted of beating a protester during pro-democracy rallies in 2014. The group, charged with intentionally inflicting grievous bodily harm, were found guilty of a lesser c...
Trump loses bid to reinstate travel ban 10 February 2017 WASHINGTON - A US federal appeals court has rejected President Donald Trump's attempt to reinstate his ban on citizens from seven mainly Muslim countries. The 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals said it would not block a ruling by a Seattle court that halted the order. Mr Trump responded with a...
Barack Obama enjoys watersports 8 February 2017 WASHINGTON - Barack Obama has been enjoying life after the US presidency by trying out watersports on a luxury Caribbean island owned by Richard Branson, the Virgin chief said on Tuesday. The former US leader and his wife Michelle Obama visited Moskito Island, in the British Virgin Islands, af...
Man hides $130,000 gold coins in rectum 3 February 2017 ONTARIO - A former Royal Canadian Mint employee has been sentenced to 30 months in prison for stealing gold coins by concealing them in his rectum. Leston Lawrence stole $127,116 (CA$165,451; £100,000) of gold in 22 pieces. The 35-year-old, who was found guilty last November, was caught aft...
Trump sacks defiant attorney general 31 January 2017 WASHINGTON - Donald Trump has fired the acting US attorney general after she questioned the legality of his immigration ban. Sally Yates, who was appointed by Barack Obama, ordered justice department lawyers not to enforce the president's executive order. A White House statement accused Ms ...
US judge suspends Trump deportations order 29 January 2017 WASHINGTON - A US judge has issued a stay temporarily halting the deportation of visa holders or refugees under an executive order from President Trump. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a legal case early on Saturday in response to the order. The judge's stay prevents those "...
Trump believes torture works 26 January 2017 WASHINGTON - US President Donald Trump has said he believes waterboarding works, stating "we have to fight fire with fire". Mr Trump said that while radical groups beheaded people in the Middle East "we're not playing on an even field". But Mr Trump also said he would consult Defence Secret...
Trump sworn in as US president 20 January 2017 WASHINGTON - Donald Trump is set to be sworn in as the 45th president of the United States. The property tycoon won an unexpected victory in November's election after a controversial campaign. Hundreds of thousands of supporters and protesters are gathering in Washington DC for the event. ...
Trump inauguration boycott grows 16 January 2017 WASHINGTON - The number of Democratic members of Congress saying they will boycott Donald Trump's inauguration on Friday has increased to 26. Many have cited as a reason the president-elect's recent attack on civil rights icon and fellow congressman John Lewis. Mr Trump lashed out at Mr Lew...
Icy storm lashes France, Germany 13 January 2017 LONDON - An icy storm has been lashing parts of western Europe, causing power cuts in many homes, felling trees and disrupting some rail services. In France power cuts affected more than 237,000 homes as the storm swept across Normandy and regions north of Paris. In Dieppe, on the coast, wi...
'Clinton will never run for office again' 9 January 2017 WASHINGTON - Hillary Clinton will never run for office again after losing the US presidential election to Donald Trump in November after the most divisive campaign in memory, a confidante of the Democrat said on Sunday. "I think she's going to figure out ways to help kids and families," Neera ...
Putin 'sought to help' Trump in US vote 7 January 2017 MOSCOW - Russian President Vladimir Putin sought to help Donald Trump win the presidential election, a US intelligence report says. The unclassified report says the Russian leader "ordered" a campaign aimed at influencing the election. Moscow has not commented, but Russia has previously den...
Obama expels 35 Russian diplomats 30 December 2016 LONDON - The Obama administration on Thursday announced its retaliation for Russian efforts to interfere with the US presidential election, ordering sweeping new sanctions that included the expulsion of 35 Russians. US intelligence services believe Russia ordered cyber-attacks on the Democrati...
Successful Ebola vaccine will be fast-tracked for use 24 December 2016 NEW YORK - A highly effective vaccine that guards against the deadly Ebola virus could be available by 2018, says the World Health Organization. Trials conducted in Guinea, one of the West African countries most affected by an outbreak of Ebola that ended this year, show it offers 100% protect...
Man gets $75 after 31-year wrong imprisonment 23 December 2016 NEW YORK - A Tennessee man who served 31 years in jail for a crime he didn't commit is petitioning the State to compensate him $1 million for the years of his life that were taken away. All he's gotten so far is $75. In October 1977 a Memphis woman was raped in her home by two intruders. She l...
Putin's Russia used Syria as live-fire training: US 22 December 2016 NEW YORK - The US army's commander in Europe has accused Russia of using its military campaign in Syria as a "live-fire training opportunity". Lt Gen Ben Hodges said Russia's "disregard for civilian casualties... is not the conduct of a nation that wants to be treated like a superpower". Ru...
Trump adds yet another billionaire to his team 20 December 2016 WASHINGTON - US president-elect Donald Trump's band of billionaires keeps growing. The latest addition to his team of ultra-rich administration officials is Vincent Viola, a New York businessman and NHL owner who was announced Monday as Trump's pick for secretary of the Army. The civilian p...
Obama warns Putin 17 December 2016 WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has said that he ordered Russia's Vladimir Putin to "cut it out" in a conversation about email hacking ahead of the US election. Implying that the Russian president knew about the hacks, Mr Obama said: "Not much happens in Russia without Vladimir Putin." ...
Man jailed over Trump death plot 14 December 2016 LONDON - A British man has been sentenced to 12 months and one day in prison over his attempt to grab a gun in a bid to kill Donald Trump. Michael Sandford, 20, pleaded guilty in September to being an illegal alien in possession of a firearm and disrupting an official function. He was accus...
Marine Le Pen: No free school for foreigners 8 December 2016 PARIS - French far-right leader Marine Le Pen has called for an end to free education for foreign children. In a speech in Paris, the National Front's candidate in the 2017 presidential race next spring said she had nothing against foreigners. [GoogleAd] "But I tell them: if you come to ...