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Buffaloes plough through annual Thai racing festival

Oct 23, 2018 - 8:52 PM

This is the 147th year the Thai coastal town of Chonburi is celebrating its annual week-long water buffalo or carabao race

Thai farmers ride on buffalos during the annual buffalo racing festival in Chonburi province on October 29, 2012. The annual race takes place at the end of the three-month Buddhist Lent, before the full moon of the 11th lunar month. AFP PHOTO / PORNCHAI KITTIWONGSAKUL PORNCHAI KITTIWONGSAKUL / AFP

World's oldest intact shipwreck found in Black Sea

Oct 23, 2018 - 8:17 PM

The Black Sea Maritime Archaeology Project finds a virtually intact ancient Greek trading ship dating back more than 2,400 years at the bottom of the Black Sea, the world's oldest known shipwreck

FOUND. An undated handout picture released by Black Sea MAP/EEF Expeditions in London on October 23, 2018, shows the remains of an ancient Greek trading ship laying on the sea bed at the bottom of the Black Sea near Bulgaira. Handout/Black Sea MAP/EEF Expeditions/AFP

Erdogan wants Istanbul trial over 'planned' Khashoggi murder

Oct 23, 2018 - 6:22 PM

(UPDATED) The Turkish president says the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was 'a political murder'

NAKED TRUTH. File photo shows Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.  Photo by Adem Altan /AFP

35 top prize winners warn Brexit will damage science

Oct 23, 2018 - 3:47 PM

The 29 Nobel Prize winners in science and 6 recipients of the Fields Medal say open European borders have helped the continent make up ground lost to US researchers in the wake of World War II

BREXIT. Union and European flags flutter in the breeze in central London. File photo by Niklas Hallen/AFP

Rights group pushes for U.N. convention to protect journalists

Oct 23, 2018 - 2:21 PM

An initial meeting at UN headquarters brings together 15 countries, including Greece, Russia, Pakistan, Peru, Italy and Tunisia, International Federation of Journalists head Anthony Bellanger says

STANDING UP FOR JOURNALISTS. Members of the International Federation of Journalists at the United Nations. Image from

Musk says LA Hyperloop tunnel to be unveiled December 10

Oct 23, 2018 - 12:33 PM

Responding to comments on Twitter, Musk says there will be an opening event that night and 'free rides for the public next day'

ELON MUSK AND THE HYPERLOOP. Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk speaks at a press conference during the 67th International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico on September 27, 2016. File photo by Hector Guerrero/AFP

Peru president vetoes law that could have freed ex-leader Fujimori

Oct 23, 2018 - 12:16 PM

Peru President Martin Vizcarra tells journalists that before such a law could be passed, it would need to be 'debated in depth to avoid' benefiting 'incarcerated people who are a danger to society'

MARTIN VIZCARRA. Image by Galería del Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores from Wikipedia.

Trump says 'looking at' transgender issues after report of policy change

Oct 23, 2018 - 11:59 AM

The department's proposed definition of gender would define sex as either male or female, unchangeable, and determined by the genitals that a person is born with, according to a draft reviewed by The Times

TRUMP. U.S. President Donald Trump addresses the United Nations General Assembly on September 25, 2018 in New York City. File photo by John Moore/Getty Images/AFP

Mexico braces for 'extremely dangerous' Hurricane Willa

Oct 23, 2018 - 11:27 AM

Willa now has maximum sustained winds of 250 kilometers per hour, according to the US National Hurricane Center

Satellite image for Hurricane Willa as of 03:00 UTC (11 am Manila time) October 23, 2018. Image courtesy of NOAA

Cameroon's veteran strongman Biya wins seventh presidential term

Oct 23, 2018 - 11:08 AM

The Constitutional Council head Clement Atangana says opposition challenger Maurice Kamto is a far second to Paul Biya, who has ruled Cameroon with an iron fist since 1982

U.S. security chief, Russians in tough talks over nuclear treaty

Oct 23, 2018 - 10:45 AM

John Bolton discusses the fate of the treaty with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and spends 'nearly 5 hours' in talks with Russian Security Council chief Nikolai Patrushev

US SECURITY CHIEF. In this file photo, US National Security Advisor John Bolton speaks to the Federalist Society in Washington DC on September 10, 2018. File photo by Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP

China's president launches Hong Kong-mainland mega bridge

Oct 23, 2018 - 10:32 AM

It is the second major infrastructure project tying Hong Kong to mainland China to launch in a matter of weeks, after the opening of a high-speed rail link in September

Major nuclear treaties between Moscow, Washington

Oct 23, 2018 - 4:00 AM

Here's a summary of key treaties signed by the US and Russia aimed at reducing nuclear weapons

SEAT OF POWER. A photograph taken on March 12, 2018 shows the Kremlin complex  and the Bolshoy Kamenny bridge crossing the river Moskva in Moscow. Photo by Mladen Antonov/AFP

Trump to cut Central America aid as migrant caravan rolls on

Oct 23, 2018 - 2:00 AM

(UPDATED) The United Nations say more than 7,000 people are now heading toward the United States

A Honduran migrant taking part in a caravan heading to the US, leans against the border fence as he waits to cross the border from Ciudad Tecun Uman in Guatemala, to Ciudad Hidalgo, Mexico, on October 22, 2018. President Donald Trump on Monday called the migrant caravan heading toward the US-Mexico border a national emergency, saying he has alerted the US border patrol and military. ORLANDO SIERRA / AFP

Turkey says Khashoggi murder in Saudi consulate 'savagely planned'

Oct 22, 2018 - 11:17 PM

The spokesman of Turkey's ruling party says the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi 'was planned in an extremely savage manner'

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan addresses members of parliament of his ruling AK Party (AKP) during a meeting at the Turkish parliament in Ankara, on October 16, 2018.  ADEM ALTAN / AFP

Koreas, U.N. Command agree to demilitarize part of border

Oct 22, 2018 - 9:35 PM

The two Koreas and the US-led United Nations Command agree 'to carry out measures to withdraw firearms and guard posts at the Joint Security Area (JSA) by October 25,' says Seoul's defense ministry statement

In this photo taken on August 2, 2017, South Korean soldiers stand before the North Korean side of the truce village of Panmunjom, within the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) separating North and South Korea. In the Demilitarized Zone that has divided the two Koreas for decades, the two sides come face to face -- along with the contradictory narratives that will underlie a summit at the site on April 27. South Korean guards chosen for their height and looks, and sporting aviator sunglasses stand stern and unmoving outside the blue huts of the Joint Security Area in Panmunjom, only metres from North Korean positions. / AFP PHOTO / Ed JONES / TO GO WITH SKorea-Nkorea-US-conflict-diplomacy, FOCUS by Sunghee Hwang and Sebastien Berger

Saudi says no plans for embargo despite Khashoggi row

Oct 22, 2018 - 8:37 PM

'Saudi Arabia has been coherent in its policy. We work to stabilize global markets and to facilitate global economic growth,' says Saudi Oil Minister Khaled al-Faleh

OIL PRODUCERS. File photo shows Saudi Energy Minister Khaled al-Faleh (left) and Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak at a meeting of OPEC and non-OPEC members in Jeddah on April 20, 2018. Photo by Amer Hilabi/AFP

U.S. general wounded in last week's Afghanistan insider attack

Oct 22, 2018 - 8:05 PM

Brigadier General Jeffrey Smiley is among 13 wounded when a gunman wearing an Afghan security forces uniform opened fire on a high-level security meeting in the southern city of Kandahar

Doctors find 122 nails in Ethiopian's stomach

Oct 22, 2018 - 6:54 PM

A surgeon extracts from the stomach of a patient who suffers from mental illness 122 4-inch nails, 4 pins, a toothpick and pieces of broken glass

4 earthquakes strike off Canada's west coast

Oct 22, 2018 - 3:53 PM

There are no initial reports of damage or injuries, and no tsunami warnings were issued

Dangerous Hurricane Willa closes in on Mexico

Oct 22, 2018 - 2:12 PM

The monster storm is 340 kilometers (210 miles) south-southwest of Cabo Corrientes, Mexico, packing top sustained winds of 230 kilometers per hour

HURRICANE WILMA IS COMING. Tourists enjoy the beach in Mazatlan, Sinaloa state, Mexico on October 21, 2018, where Hurricane Willa is expected to land next October 23. Photo by Daniel Slim/AFP

Taiwan investigates train crash that killed 18

Oct 22, 2018 - 12:30 PM

The crash of the Puyuma Express train on Sunday also injures 187 passengers.

RAILWAY CRASH. Taiwan search and rescue team officials wait for a crane to arrive at the crash site after the Puyuma Express train derailed at high speed near Xima station in Taiwan's northeastern Yilan county on October 21, 2018. Photo by Daniel Shih/AFP

Australia apologizes to child sex abuse victims

Oct 22, 2018 - 10:14 AM

Decrying abuse, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison declares a new national credo in the face of allegations: 'We believe you'

APOLOGY. Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison (C) delivers a national apology to child sex abuse victims in the House of Representatives in Parliament House in Canberra on October 22, 2018. Photo by Sean Davey/AFP)

Peru judge postpones decision on jailing Keiko Fujimori

Oct 22, 2018 - 7:55 AM

Sunday's hearing is adjourned by Judge Richard Concepcion Carhuancho after defense lawyers said the prosecution had failed to hand over requested documents, and would need more time to make their case

KEIKO FUJIMORI. Peruvian opposition party Fuerza Popular (Popular Force) leader Keiko Fujimori (R) and her husband Mark Vito leave after the hearing to decide whether or not she will be placed in preventive detention was postponed, in Lima on October 21, 2018. Photo by Luka Gonzales/AFP

Turkey's Erdogan to reveal 'naked truth' about Khashoggi murder

Oct 21, 2018 - 11:21 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's speech comes as US President Donald Trump says he is 'not satisfied' with Riyadh's explanation of the Washington Post contributor's death

Trump accuses Saudi of 'lies' over Khashoggi killing

Oct 21, 2018 - 10:46 PM

United States President Donald Trump says he has yet to see any evidence by intelligence officials that would make him believe Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has a direct role in the killing

Turkey to quiz more witnesses in Khashoggi probe – report

Oct 21, 2018 - 9:28 PM

Twenty-five more people will be quizzed as witnesses, a report says

(FILES) In this file photo taken on October 8, 2018 protestors hold pictures of missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi during a demonstration in front of the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul.  Allegations that Saudi Arabia killed a journalist inside its Istanbul consulate have forced Donald Trump into a position he never expected -- raising human rights with the kingdom he has steadfastly supported. Saudi Arabia was the first foreign destination as president for Trump, who has lavished praise on its ambitious crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, and closely allied himself with the kingdom in a push to isolate the Sunni state's regional rival Iran.But Trump said October 8, 2018 he was "concerned" after a Turkish government source said Jamal Khashoggi, a prominent opinion writer living in the United States and who contributes to The Washington Post, was killed after he entered the Saudi consulate.   OZAN KOSE / AFP

Afghan polling centers plagued by problems as casualties surge

Oct 21, 2018 - 9:21 PM

Nearly 300 civilians and security forces have been killed and wounded in polling-related violence in more than 20 provinces

17 dead in Taiwan rail accident – authorities

Oct 21, 2018 - 7:36 PM

The Taiwan Railways Administration confirms that more than 70 people are also injured in the accident

Maldives Supreme Court upholds president's vote defeat

Oct 21, 2018 - 7:16 PM

President Abdulla Yameen, who has ruled crushed dissent and jailed opponents, claims a magic ink was used to rig the election and that ballots marked for him disappeared

Remains of Catholic priest brought to Bangladesh

Oct 21, 2018 - 6:44 PM

Father Marino Rigon remained in Bangladesh for 6 decades where he is recognized for treating wounded freedom fighters during the 1971 independence war

U.S. withdrawal from nuclear arms deal 'dangerous step' – Moscow

Oct 21, 2018 - 6:20 PM

Russian deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov says it 'will have no choice but to undertake retaliatory measures' if America continues to act 'clumsily and crudely' and unilaterally back out of international agreements

SERGEI RYABKOV. Deputy Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation Sergei Ryabkov warns against Trump's latest decision to withdraw from an arms treaty with Russia. Photo by Martti Kainulainen/Lehtikuva/AFP

Mexico allows caravan women, children in, but thousands still stranded

Oct 21, 2018 - 2:34 PM

Migrants are generally fleeing poverty and insecurity in Honduras, where powerful street gangs rule their turf with brutal violence

STRANDED. Aerial view of a Honduran migrant caravan heading to the US, on the Guatemala-Mexico international border bridge in Ciudad Hidalgo, Chiapas state, Mexico, on October 20, 2018. Photo by Pedro Pardo/AFP

Israel postpones demolition of Bedouin West Bank village

Oct 21, 2018 - 2:00 PM

(UPDATED) The International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor warns that Israel's planned 'evacuation by force' of the village could constitute a war crime

POSTPONED. This picture shows the village of Khan al-Ahmar in the Israeli-occupied West Bank on September 6, 2018. Photo by Ahmad Gharabli/AFP

China-backed hydro dam threatens world's rarest orangutan

Oct 21, 2018 - 1:31 PM

The site of the dam in the Batang Toru rainforest on Sumatra island is the only known habitat of the Tapanuli orangutan, a newly discovered species that numbers about 800 individuals in total

THREATENED. This handout picture from the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme (SOCP) taken on August 11, 2018 shows a Tapanuli orangutan in the Batang Toru rainforest, its only known habitat, on Sumatra island. Photo by Nanang Sujana/Sumatran Orangutan Conservation/AFP

Saudi account of Khashoggi's death meets growing skepticism

Oct 21, 2018 - 1:12 PM

The controversy puts the kingdom – for decades a key ally in Western efforts to contain Iran – under unprecedented pressure

PROTEST. A woman holds a portrait of missing journalist and Riyadh critic Jamal Khashoggi reading "Jamal Khashoggi is missing since October 2" during a demonstration in front of the Saudi Arabian consulate on October 9, 2018 in Istanbul. Photo by Ozan Kose/AFP

Saudi to host 'Davos in desert' despite outcry over slain journalist

Oct 21, 2018 - 12:33 PM

Billed last year as an economic coming-out party for the conservative petro-state, the 'Future Investment Initiative' now symbolizes global outrage over the silencing of critics

BACKFIRE. Portraits of Saudi King Salman bin Abdulazziz (right) and his son Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman are seen on October 18, 2018 in Riyadh. Photo by Fayez Nureldine/AFP

Thailand immigrant crackdown eyes 'dark-skinned people'

Oct 21, 2018 - 12:07 PM

The crackdown 'has swept up refugees and asylum seekers, sent young children into horrid, prison-like conditions, and appears to have clear aspects of racial profiling against South Asians and Africans,' says Human Right Watch Asia Director Brad Adams

CRACKDOWN. Allegedly aimed at busting visa abusers and illegal migrants, a Thai police operation called "X-Ray Outlaw Foreigner" has raised questions about racial profiling and fears for asylum-seekers caught in its web. Photo by Romeo Gacad/AFP

Trump says U.S. will pull out of nuclear arms deal with Russia

Oct 21, 2018 - 9:48 AM

Russian senator Alexei Pushkov says the move is 'the second powerful blow against the whole system of strategic stability in the world' with the first being Washington's 2001 withdrawal from the Anti-Ballistic Missile treaty

ARMS DEAL. Following a campaign rally, US President Donald Trump speaks to reporters before boarding Air Force One at Elko Regional Airport in Elko, Nevada, on October 20, 2018. Photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Trump unsatisfied with Saudi response to journalist death, backs arms deal

Oct 21, 2018 - 9:20 AM

Trump says that Saudi Arabia is valued as a historic customer for the US weapons industry, and that the US also relies on the kingdom in the fight against terror

US-SAUDI RELATIONS. US President Donald Trump (L) is welcomed by Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud (2nd-L) upon arrival at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh on May 20, 2017, followed by First Lady Melania Trump (R). Photo by Mandel Nga/AFP

Germany urges global minimum tax for digital giants

Oct 21, 2018 - 9:02 AM

Europe is trying to devise a strategy to tax profits from the likes of Google, Amazon, Facebook, Apple and digital platforms such as YouTube and Airbnb

Saudi's young crown prince: Reformer or authoritarian?

Oct 21, 2018 - 8:00 AM

Riyadh's admission that Jamal Khashoggi was killed inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul risks jeopardizing the reformist image that Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman has so carefully cultivated

PRINCE. This handout picture provided by the Saudi Royal Palace on July 10, 2017, shows Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (L) speaking with Interior Minister Prince Abdelaziz bin Saud bin Nayef during a cabinet meeting chaired by the king at Al-Safa palace in the holy Muslim city of Mecca in western Saudi Arabia. File photo by Bandar Al-Jaloud/Saudi Royal Palace/AFP

Nudist beach surfer punches shark to escape attack

Oct 21, 2018 - 6:00 AM

'As soon as I did that he latched onto my arm and all I could do was punch it until it let go,' says Australian surfer Paul Kenny

BITTEN. Surfer Paul Kenny was bitten by a shark. Screengrab from ABC Local

TIMELINE: Developments since Saudi journalist's disappearance

Oct 21, 2018 - 4:00 AM

Here is a timeline of events that transpired since Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi went missing

KILLED. Photographed is Nobel Peace Prize laureate Yemeni Tawakkol Karman with a picture of Khashoggi during a demonstration. File photo by Ozam Kose/AFP

Saudi Arabia: Storms and reforms under new crown prince

Oct 21, 2018 - 2:00 AM

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salem has brought reforms on ultra-conservative policies, but has also begun a crackdown on political dissent

MONARCHS. A foreign labourer walks past a banner with portraits of Saudi King Salman bin Abdulazziz (C), his son Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (L) and the founder of the Kingdom King Abdulazziz al-Saudm on October 18, 2018 in Riyadh. Photo by Fayez Nureldine/AFP

Journalists' group seeks punishment for those who 'ordered' Khashoggi death

Oct 21, 2018 - 12:00 AM

Turk-Arab Media Association demands that Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi's body be given back for a proper funeral

COMPLEX MAN. In this file photo taken on October 8, 2018 protestors hold pictures of missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi during a demonstration in front of the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul. Photo by Ozan Kose/AFP

U.S., China back military air rules to avoid mishaps

Oct 20, 2018 - 10:36 PM

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations agreeS to guidelines on managing air encounters at the annual meeting of the 10-member bloc's defense ministers

SECURITY. US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis shakes hands with his Chinese counterpart General Wei Fenghe during a meeting on the sidelines of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) security summit in Singapore on October 18, 2018. Photo by Thomas Watkins/AFP

U.S.-backed Syria offensive kills 35 ISIS fighters

Oct 20, 2018 - 10:00 PM

Fighting has killed 414 jihadists and 227 SDF fighters in total since the assault began on September 10, says the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights

DEAD. Syrians mourn during the funeral of four fighters from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), in the northeastern city of Qamishli on September 14, 2018. File photo by Delil Souleiman/AFP

India train disaster families protest amid anger over safety

Oct 20, 2018 - 8:40 PM

Many of the victims are dismembered beyond recognition and police said it will take several days to complete the identification of the dead

CRASH. Mantu Devi (C) and her son Anil Kumar (4R), brother of Satish Kumar, 11, who was killed when a train ploughed into a crowd of revellers, cry during a cremation ceremony in Amritsar on October 20, 2018. Photo by Narinder Nanu/AFP

'We've paid a big price': Australia government loses crucial by-election

Oct 20, 2018 - 7:19 PM

The Australian Electoral Commission says with almost 40% of the vote in Wentworth counted, high-profile independent candidate Kerryn Phelps is leading at 54.34%

LIBERAL. A supporter of high-profile independent cadidate for Wentworth Kerryn Phelps holds up a placard of her outside a polling station during the Wentworth by-election in Sydney on October 20, 2018. Photo by Peter Parks/AFP