International  January 18, 2017
Philippine police kidnapped and murdered S. Korean businessman
Crimes targeting South Korean nationals in the Philippines have often made headlines - nearly 50 South Koreans have been killed in the country since 2012Philippine police kidnapped and murdered a South Korean businessman, then led his wife to believe he was alive for months to extort money from her, authorities said Wednesday.The killing is the latest in a long series of criminal acts by the Philippine police force, regarded as one of the nation's most corrupt institutions, and has fuelled concerns...  Full Story
Davos darling Xi not practising what he preaches: analysts
In his Davos keynote speech, ChinaXi Jinping's hymn to globalisation at Davos may have won acclaim from the meeting's well-heeled elite, but Chinese experts say it was distinctly out of tune with an administration that is increasingly closed and hostile to the outside world.In his highly anticipated keynote speech Tuesday, Xi insisted China was committed to "opening up" and said th...  Full Story
Earthquake of 5.4 magnitude strikes central Italy
A 5.4 magnitude earthquake struck central Italy with the epicentre in an area covered by heavy snowA 5.4 magnitude earthquake struck central Italy on Wednesday with the epicentre in an area covered by heavy snow which is struggling to recover from a string of deadly quakes last year.Monitors said the quake was around 5.4 magnitude. Tremors were felt across the Abruzzo, Lazio and Marche regions and also in Rome, over 100 kilometres (60 miles) awa...  Full Story
German general election to be held on September 24: govt
German Chancellor Angela Merkel is to embark on her toughest election campaign, weakened by her liberal refugee policy, as she seeks a fourth termGermany will hold its general election, in which Chancellor Angela Merkel will seek to win a fourth term, on September 24, the government decided Wednesday.The date, adopted by Merkel's right-left cabinet, must still be formally approved by President Joachim Gauck....  Full Story
Iran 'hostile' to US involvement in Syria talks
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif speaks with his Russian counterpart during thir meeting in Moscow, on December 20, 2016Iranian officials said Wednesday they were strongly opposed to the United States joining Syrian peace talks in Kazakhstan next week, local media reported."We are hostile to their presence and we have not invited them," Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said late Tuesday, according to the Tasnim news agency. That goes against the position of the...  Full Story
Russia says Snowden can stay two more years
US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden has been living in exile in Russia since 2013Russian authorities have extended US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden's Russian residency permit by two years, the foreign ministry said Wednesday. The former National Security Agency contractor shook the American intelligence establishment to its core in 2013 with a series of devastating leaks on mass surveillance in the US and around the world....  Full Story
Police say they shot dead Israeli Arab car attacker
Israeli police gather in the Bedouin village of Umm al-Heiran, which is not recognized by the Israeli government, in the Negev desert, after officers shot dead an Arab-IsraeliPolice said that officers shot dead an Israeli Arab who they allege tried to ram them with his car during a protest against home demolitions in southern Israel on Wednesday.Residents of the Bedouin village of Umm al-Heiran, in the Negev desert, however, said that the driver was simply heading to the scene to talk with authorities in an attempt to h...  Full Story
Philippine Church speaks out on drug killings
Churchgoers look at an exhibit of pictures showing the deaths of alleged drug dealers and users outside Baclaran Church in ManilaPeople going to mass at one of the most famous churches in the Philippine capital over Christmas were met by a disturbing sight: poster-size pictures of Filipinos dying in pools of blood.The shock Baclaran church exhibit was part of a campaign by one of the nation's oldest and most powerful institutions to stop the killings under President Rodrigo ...  Full Story