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  • Fire breaks out on Thailand tourist hotspot Phi Phi Island

    9 February 2018 3:52 AM 84

    A huge fire broke out on Phi Phi Island in Thailand, a popular tourist destination on Tuesday night. One witness told Fairfax Media she saw five hotels and hostels up in flames, with the blaze "spreading like wildfire". A huge fire, possibly started by a gas canister explosion, has been ‘spreading like wildfire’ through the tourist island of Phi Phi in Thailand

  • Geopolitics the other race at PyeongChang Olympics

    8 February 2018 2:37 PM 77

    Beijing: North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has gone ahead with a military parade the day before the Winter Olympics’ opening ceremony in South Korea in an act that some will see as provocative. However, the regime did not broadcast live images of the event, South Korean media reported. The Yonhap News Agency said about 13,000 troops participated while

  • Former Bangladeshi prime minister gets jail for misappropriating funds

    8 February 2018 12:04 PM 64

    Dhaka: Two-time former Bangladeshi prime minister Khaleda Zia has been sentenced to five years in jail for misappropriating funds meant for orphans, court officials say. The special court in Dhaka issued the sentence on Thursday against the 72-year- old politician, who heads the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party, after convicting her for transferring

  • $124m heroin haul: Australian Navy's latest drug bust a 'milestone'

    7 February 2018 8:14 PM 63

    A late-night operation by HMAS Warramunga on Thursday yielded a $124 million heroin haul, bringing the total value of drugs intercepted by the vessel since it was deployed to the Middle East region to the billion-dollar mark. The Royal Australian Navy crew seized 414 kilograms of heroin during the operation in the Western Indian Ocean, after the ship's

  • Israelis have secret pact with Egypt to take on ISIS

    7 February 2018 8:14 PM 80

    Washington: Unmarked Israeli warplanes and helicopters have carried out dozens of covert attacks against the Islamic State and other terrorist groups inside the Egyptian Sinai in recent years, said two former senior US officials. The airstrikes by Israeli planes are conducted with the support of President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, who has led an often brutal

  • Several buildings collapse after magnitude 6.4 earthquake strikes Taiwan

    7 February 2018 6:44 AM 61

    A powerful earthquake struck Taiwan just before midnight Tuesday, damaging buildings in the city of Hualien, killing four people and leaving another 145 missing, according to the authorities. The 6.4-magnitude quake was recorded at 11:50 pm and was centred about 23 kilometres north-east of Hualien, a city of 110,000 on Taiwan's east coast, the US Geological

  • Emmanuel Macron heads to Corsica to avert french repeat of Catalonia

    5 February 2018 10:54 PM 73

    Paris: Emmanuel Macron doesn't want Corsica to turn into France's Catalonia. The French president on Tuesday begins a two-day visit to the Mediterranean island where a recently elected local administration is making demands for greater autonomy that the national government so far has indicated it can't accept. French governments have long struggled in their

  • Conservative Cyprus president wins run-off to land second term

    4 February 2018 9:13 PM 64

    Nicosia: Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades won a second five-year term on Sunday as voters gave a thumbs-up to his record in containing an economic meltdown in 2013 and conducting abortive peace talks with the Turkish Cypriots. With all votes counted, the conservative had 56 per cent of the vote against 44 per cent for the leftist-backed Stavros Malas

  • Amtrak crash: Multiple deaths, scores injured after trains collide in South Carolina

    4 February 2018 2:43 PM 68

    An Amtrak passenger train collided with a CSX freight train in South Carolina on Sunday, killing at least two people and injuring at least 50, the Lexington County Sheriff's Department said on Twitter. The train with 139 passengers and eight crew members aboard was traveling between New York and Miami when it collided with the freight train and derailed

  • Scores of migrants, mostly Pakistanis, feared dead in shipwreck off Libya

    2 February 2018 1:20 PM 63

    Geneva/Tripoli: An estimated 90 migrants are feared to have drowned off the coast of Libya after a smuggler's boat capsized early on Friday, leaving three known survivors and 10 bodies washed up on shore, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) said. Survivors told aid workers that most of the migrants on board were Pakistanis, who form a growing