American literary giant Philip Roth dead at 85

AFP 05/23/2018

PROLIFIC novelist Philip Roth, a dominant force in American literature throughout the latter half of the 20th century, has died at the age of 85. Roth’s death on Tuesday, first reported by the New Yorker and The…

N. Korea preps nuclear site demolition despite US summit doubts

AFP 05/23/2018

INVITED foreign journalists gathered in North Korea Wednesday to witness the slated destruction of the reclusive regime’s nuclear test site, a high profile gesture on the road to a summit with the US that Donald Trump now…

Royal wedding guests cash in on official goody bag

AFP 05/22/2018

FANCY getting your hands on one of the goody bags given to public guests at Saturday’s wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle? Well, you might need to break the piggy bank. One of the canvas souvenir…

Archbishop guilty of concealing child sex abuse

AFP 05/22/2018

An Australian archbishop was found guilty on Tuesday of covering up child sex abuse in the 1970s – one of the highest-ranked church officials globally to be successfully prosecuted for such offences. Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson, 67,…

Dangerous ‘laze’ forms as lava reaches ocean

AFP 05/21/2018

Hawaii volcano Authorities in Hawaii have warned of dangerous “laze” fumes as molten lava from the erupting Kilauea volcano reached the Pacific Ocean. Two lava flows “reached the ocean along the southeast Puna coast overnight,” on Hawaii’s…

Royal wedding a boost for Brexit-bound Britain

AFP 05/15/2018

The royal wedding of Prince Harry and his glamorous fiancee Meghan Markle is a moment of light relief for a Britain weighed down by political, social and economic woes. With growth shrinking and the government riven over…

5 dead, 12 missing after bridge collapses

AFP 05/14/2018

MUZAFFARABAD, PAKISTAN — At least five students were killed and 12 others were reported missing on Sunday after a bridge collapsed at a tourist site in Pakistani Kashmir, officials said, adding there was little hope of finding…

Indonesia church attacks kill nine, dozens wounded

AFP 05/13/2018

A wave of blasts, including a suicide bombing, struck churches in Indonesia on Sunday, killing at least nine and wounding dozens of others in the deadliest attack in years to strike the world’s biggest Muslim-majority country. The…

Malaysia king to pardon Anwar, paving way for return to politics

AFP 05/11/2018

Malaysia’s king has agreed to pardon Anwar Ibrahim immediately, the country’s newly installed prime minister said Friday, paving the way for the jailed leader to return to politics and potentially become premier. It was the latest dramatic…

Mahathir now the world’s oldest leader

AFP 05/10/2018

Malaysian ex-leader Mahathir Mohamad, 92, said Thursday he expects to be sworn in as prime minister soon, quelling concerns around the succession after his stunning win over the scandal-plagued coalition that has ruled for six decades. In…

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