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Ukraine’s comic-turned-president wants coalition talks with rock star after parliament vote

Volodymyr Zelensky, the sitcom star who shocked Ukraine by winning the presidency in April, said he was ready to start talks with one of the country’s biggest rock stars after snap parliamentary election.

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Volodymyr Zelensky, the sitcom star who shocked Ukraine by winning the presidency in April, said he was ready to start talks with one of the country’s biggest rock stars after snap parliamentary election.

Ukraine’s comic-turned-president wants coalition talks with rock star after parliament vote
Egypt slams British Airways for ‘unilateral’ decision to suspend flights to Cairo, as Lufthansa resumes routes

UK’s ambassador to Egypt admitted the airline’s decision had ‘nothing to do with the security measures of Egyptian airports’, according to Cairo.

22 Jul 2019 - 5:20AM

UK’s ambassador to Egypt admitted the airline’s decision had ‘nothing to do with the security measures of Egyptian airports’, according to Cairo.

Egypt slams British Airways for ‘unilateral’ decision to suspend flights to Cairo, as Lufthansa resumes routes
US$2.79 billion: Disney’s ‘Avengers: Endgame’ beats biggest box office ever record set by James Cameron’s ‘Avatar’

Finale of Disney’s 22-film ‘Infinity Saga’ took in an estimated US$1.5 million in its 13th weekend to overtake James Cameron’s 2009 hit.

22 Jul 2019 - 4:31AM

Finale of Disney’s 22-film ‘Infinity Saga’ took in an estimated US$1.5 million in its 13th weekend to overtake James Cameron’s 2009 hit.

US$2.79 billion: Disney’s ‘Avengers: Endgame’ beats biggest box office ever record set by James Cameron’s ‘Avatar’
Donald Trump tells non-white congresswomen he attacked to ‘apologise to America’

The comment comes a week after he sparked a firestorm of outrage by attacking the left-leaning lawmakers in a series of racially charged tweets, saying they should ‘go back’ to their countries of origin.

21 Jul 2019 - 10:47PM

The comment comes a week after he sparked a firestorm of outrage by attacking the left-leaning lawmakers in a series of racially charged tweets, saying they should ‘go back’ to their countries of origin.

Donald Trump tells non-white congresswomen he attacked to ‘apologise to America’
Iran refuses to release seized British oil tanker, says fate of crew depends on ‘cooperation’

The vessel was impounded with its 23 crew members aboard at the port of Bandar Abbas after being seized by Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps in the Strait of Hormuz on Friday.

21 Jul 2019 - 11:18PM

The vessel was impounded with its 23 crew members aboard at the port of Bandar Abbas after being seized by Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps in the Strait of Hormuz on Friday.

Iran refuses to release seized British oil tanker, says fate of crew depends on ‘cooperation’
The mission priority for the World Bank President David Malpass

Global heat maps of extreme poverty show Africa in deep red. And the problem will only accelerate as population on the continent grows in coming decades.

21 Jul 2019 - 11:19PM

Global heat maps of extreme poverty show Africa in deep red. And the problem will only accelerate as population on the continent grows in coming decades.

The mission priority for the World Bank President David Malpass
Why Cyprus was almost perfect place to make Nicolas Cage sci-fi martial arts movie

Watch out Hollywood and Bollywood, the eastern Mediterranean island of Cyprus that has built a reputation as a tourist magnet thanks to its pristine beaches wants a piece of the action.

22 Jul 2019 - 12:27AM

Watch out Hollywood and Bollywood, the eastern Mediterranean island of Cyprus that has built a reputation as a tourist magnet thanks to its pristine beaches wants a piece of the action.

Why Cyprus was almost perfect place to make Nicolas Cage sci-fi martial arts movie
China to open up finance sector to more foreign investment in 2020, one year earlier than planned

Shareholding limits on foreign ownership of securities, insurance and fund management firms will be removed in 2020, central bank’s Financial Stability and Development Committee announces.

21 Jul 2019 - 2:53AM

Shareholding limits on foreign ownership of securities, insurance and fund management firms will be removed in 2020, central bank’s Financial Stability and Development Committee announces.

China to open up finance sector to more foreign investment in 2020, one year earlier than planned
‘This is serious, serious stuff’: officials warn of extreme heat in US as weekend temperatures soar

Organisers cancelled the New York City Triathlon for the first time, citing ‘severe heat warnings, continued heavy rainfall and thunderstorm watches’.

21 Jul 2019 - 1:48AM

Organisers cancelled the New York City Triathlon for the first time, citing ‘severe heat warnings, continued heavy rainfall and thunderstorm watches’.

‘This is serious, serious stuff’: officials warn of extreme heat in US as weekend temperatures soar
US calls on China to stop ‘bullying behaviour’ in the South China Sea

Beijing’s acts interfering in particular with Vietnamese oil and gas exploration and production, state department says.

21 Jul 2019 - 11:11AM

Beijing’s acts interfering in particular with Vietnamese oil and gas exploration and production, state department says.

US calls on China to stop ‘bullying behaviour’ in the South China Sea
Death toll rises to 10 after blast at gas plant in central China

19 people seriously hurt and five still missing after explosion at Henan Coal Gas Group factory.

20 Jul 2019 - 11:24PM

19 people seriously hurt and five still missing after explosion at Henan Coal Gas Group factory.

Death toll rises to 10 after blast at gas plant in central China
‘Baby Shark’ attack: Florida city blares out annoyingly catchy children’s tunes to keep homeless people away

West Palm Beach has seen its homeless population drop by 24 per cent in the past year, according to figures released last month by the mayor’s office.

20 Jul 2019 - 4:51AM

West Palm Beach has seen its homeless population drop by 24 per cent in the past year, according to figures released last month by the mayor’s office.

‘Baby Shark’ attack: Florida city blares out annoyingly catchy children’s tunes to keep homeless people away
American Isis ‘sniper’ charged in New York after being captured in Syria

Court documents claim Ruslan Maratovich Asainov sent texts telling friends in the US he was fighting for ‘the worst terrorist organisation in the world’.

20 Jul 2019 - 11:09AM

Court documents claim Ruslan Maratovich Asainov sent texts telling friends in the US he was fighting for ‘the worst terrorist organisation in the world’.

American Isis ‘sniper’ charged in New York after being captured in Syria
US offers US$7 million reward to find Hezbollah operative wanted for 1994 attack on Buenos Aires Jewish centre

Washington also slapped sanctions on Salman Raouf Salman as it marked the 25th anniversary of the bombing in Argentina which killed 85 people.

20 Jul 2019 - 10:53AM

Washington also slapped sanctions on Salman Raouf Salman as it marked the 25th anniversary of the bombing in Argentina which killed 85 people.

US offers US$7 million reward to find Hezbollah operative wanted for 1994 attack on Buenos Aires Jewish centre
Two killed, 12 missing after huge blast at gas plant in central China

Eighteen people taken to hospital with serious injuries and rescue operation is continuing after explosion at factory in Yima, Henan province.

20 Jul 2019 - 12:08PM

Eighteen people taken to hospital with serious injuries and rescue operation is continuing after explosion at factory in Yima, Henan province.

Two killed, 12 missing after huge blast at gas plant in central China
Ukraine leader Volodymyr Zelensky proposes to swap filmmaker Oleg Sentsov for detained Russian journalist

The director is a serving a 20-year sentence in Russia for planning ‘terrorist attacks’ in Crimea.

19 Jul 2019 - 9:56PM

The director is a serving a 20-year sentence in Russia for planning ‘terrorist attacks’ in Crimea.

Ukraine leader Volodymyr Zelensky proposes to swap filmmaker Oleg Sentsov for detained Russian journalist
Australia ‘deeply disappointed’ over China’s detention of author Yang Hengjun

‘If he is being detained for his political views, then he should be released,’ foreign minister Payne said.

20 Jul 2019 - 8:06AM

‘If he is being detained for his political views, then he should be released,’ foreign minister Payne said.

Australia ‘deeply disappointed’ over China’s detention of author Yang Hengjun
Donald Trump to nominate Eugene Scalia, son of late top court justice, as labour secretary

The president tweeted news of the planned nomination less than a week after his previous secretary Alexander Acosta resigned amid criticism of his handling of a secret plea deal with wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein

19 Jul 2019 - 10:02PM

The president tweeted news of the planned nomination less than a week after his previous secretary Alexander Acosta resigned amid criticism of his handling of a secret plea deal with wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein

Donald Trump to nominate Eugene Scalia, son of late top court justice, as labour secretary
Back to the 1980s at Comic-Con: Schwarzenegger, Cruise, Linda Hamilton tout Top Gun, Terminator sequels

Comic-Con went back to the 1980s with trailers for two new takes on classic films, and appearances by Tom Cruise, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton, who’s back as Sarah Connor for first time since Terminator 2.

19 Jul 2019 - 1:12PM

Comic-Con went back to the 1980s with trailers for two new takes on classic films, and appearances by Tom Cruise, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton, who’s back as Sarah Connor for first time since Terminator 2.

Back to the 1980s at Comic-Con: Schwarzenegger, Cruise, Linda Hamilton tout Top Gun, Terminator sequels
Singapore unveils army of multilingual cleaning robots in bid to spruce up city

The machines, produced by local company LionsBot, can speak English, Malay, Mandarin, Tamil, as well as Japanese and ‘Singlish’. They also rap.

19 Jul 2019 - 7:30AM

The machines, produced by local company LionsBot, can speak English, Malay, Mandarin, Tamil, as well as Japanese and ‘Singlish’. They also rap.

Singapore unveils army of multilingual cleaning robots in bid to spruce up city
Three Islamic State supporters sentenced to death in Morocco for beheading Scandinavian hikers Louisa Vesterager Jespersen and Maren Ueland

Grisly murders of duo on trip in High Atlas Mountains were filmed on mobile phone in case that shocked the North African country.

19 Jul 2019 - 6:36AM

Grisly murders of duo on trip in High Atlas Mountains were filmed on mobile phone in case that shocked the North African country.

Three Islamic State supporters sentenced to death in Morocco for beheading Scandinavian hikers Louisa Vesterager Jespersen and Maren Ueland
Menstrual cups: safe, practical and cheap alternative to tampons or sanitary pads few women have heard about

Sanitary protection is unaffordable or unavailable for many women, and some face abuse or hostility during their periods. Sanitary cups are reusable and can last up to 10 years.

18 Jul 2019 - 9:15PM

Sanitary protection is unaffordable or unavailable for many women, and some face abuse or hostility during their periods. Sanitary cups are reusable and can last up to 10 years.

Menstrual cups: safe, practical and cheap alternative to tampons or sanitary pads few women have heard about
Cyprus detains 12 Israelis over alleged gang rape of British teenage girl

Suspects were arrested after a 19-year-old tourist from UK claimed that she was raped in the hotel where she and the Israelis were staying.

18 Jul 2019 - 8:15PM

Suspects were arrested after a 19-year-old tourist from UK claimed that she was raped in the hotel where she and the Israelis were staying.

Cyprus detains 12 Israelis over alleged gang rape of British teenage girl
Indian ‘dosa king’ Rajagopal, serving life term, dies of heart attack

He rose from rags to riches to create the Saravana Bhavan chain, which now has more than 80 restaurants in India and around the world.

18 Jul 2019 - 5:34PM

He rose from rags to riches to create the Saravana Bhavan chain, which now has more than 80 restaurants in India and around the world.

Indian ‘dosa king’ Rajagopal, serving life term, dies of heart attack
Taiwan’s ‘graffiti village’ attracts Instagram generation to counter elderly loneliness

Turning villagers’ homes into works of art breathes new life into places young people had left behind, with many of Wu Tsun-hsien’s murals in Ruan Chiao village drawing attention to social issues.

18 Jul 2019 - 4:06PM

Turning villagers’ homes into works of art breathes new life into places young people had left behind, with many of Wu Tsun-hsien’s murals in Ruan Chiao village drawing attention to social issues.

Taiwan’s ‘graffiti village’ attracts Instagram generation to counter elderly loneliness
WHO declares Congo Ebola outbreak a global health emergency

WHO sounds rarely used global alarm after the virus threatened to spread to a major city and into neighbouring countries.

18 Jul 2019 - 9:34PM

WHO sounds rarely used global alarm after the virus threatened to spread to a major city and into neighbouring countries.

WHO declares Congo Ebola outbreak a global health emergency
US lawmakers vote against Saudi arms sales worth US$8.1 billion, setting up veto by Donald Trump

Trump is seeking 22 separate sales of aircraft support maintenance, precision-guided munitions and other weapons and equipment to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Jordan.

18 Jul 2019 - 9:11AM

Trump is seeking 22 separate sales of aircraft support maintenance, precision-guided munitions and other weapons and equipment to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Jordan.

US lawmakers vote against Saudi arms sales worth US$8.1 billion, setting up veto by Donald Trump
Meet Nor ‘Phoenix’ Diana, Malaysia's hijab-wearing wrestler pinning down men

The 19-year-old, who takes part in Malaysia Pro Wrestling, has spurred the interest of other headscarf-wearing women.

18 Jul 2019 - 9:45AM

The 19-year-old, who takes part in Malaysia Pro Wrestling, has spurred the interest of other headscarf-wearing women.

Meet Nor ‘Phoenix’ Diana, Malaysia's hijab-wearing wrestler pinning down men
China promotes Xinjiang as tourist heaven while holding Muslim Uygurs in re-education camps

Chinese authorities are promoting a parallel universe of smiling locals, great food and ‘ethnic’ dance in Xinjiang, where Uygurs and members of other Turkic-speaking minorities are subject to surveillance and internment.

18 Jul 2019 - 3:00AM

Chinese authorities are promoting a parallel universe of smiling locals, great food and ‘ethnic’ dance in Xinjiang, where Uygurs and members of other Turkic-speaking minorities are subject to surveillance and internment.

China promotes Xinjiang as tourist heaven while holding Muslim Uygurs in re-education camps
Mexican drug lord El Chapo sentenced to life in US prison

During his trial, jurors heard from 56 witnesses, who described the cartel boss beating, shooting and even burying alive those who got in his way.

18 Jul 2019 - 2:11AM

During his trial, jurors heard from 56 witnesses, who described the cartel boss beating, shooting and even burying alive those who got in his way.

Mexican drug lord El Chapo sentenced to life in US prison