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David Koch, US billionaire and Republican mega donor, dies aged 79

Koch, one of the richest men in the world, became champion of many conservative causes in America

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Koch, one of the richest men in the world, became champion of many conservative causes in America

David Koch, US billionaire and Republican mega donor, dies aged 79
Nasa names Mars rock after Rolling Stones

Actor Robert Downey Jnr announced the name before the band’s performance at a California stadium.

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Actor Robert Downey Jnr announced the name before the band’s performance at a California stadium.

Nasa names Mars rock after Rolling Stones
Malaysia has not eradicated poverty and one in six are still considered poor, says UN envoy

Malaysia’s official poverty rate fell from 49 per cent in 1970 to just 0.4 per cent in 2016, but the UN says there is still “significant poverty” in the country.

23 Aug 2019 - 4:17PM

Malaysia’s official poverty rate fell from 49 per cent in 1970 to just 0.4 per cent in 2016, but the UN says there is still “significant poverty” in the country.

Malaysia has not eradicated poverty and one in six are still considered poor, says UN envoy
Investors are hoping that Powell’s speech at this weekend’s Jackson Hole retreat can clarify where interest rates are headed. Will it?

The minutes depicted the rate cut as a “mid-cycle adjustment,” the phrase Powell had used at his news conference after the rate cut. That wording upset traders who interpreted the remark as suggesting that the Fed might not be preparing for a series of rate cuts to support an economy that’s struggling with a global slowdown and escalating uncertainty from President Donald Trump’s trade war with China.

23 Aug 2019 - 2:39PM

The minutes depicted the rate cut as a “mid-cycle adjustment,” the phrase Powell had used at his news conference after the rate cut. That wording upset traders who interpreted the remark as suggesting that the Fed might not be preparing for a series of rate cuts to support an economy that’s struggling with a global slowdown and escalating uncertainty from President Donald Trump’s trade war with China.

Investors are hoping that Powell’s speech at this weekend’s Jackson Hole retreat can clarify where interest rates are headed. Will it?
Mountain lion bites boy on head outside rural US home

The boy had been playing on a trampoline with his brother at their home in Colorado when the big cat pounced and bit him.

23 Aug 2019 - 2:08PM

The boy had been playing on a trampoline with his brother at their home in Colorado when the big cat pounced and bit him.

Mountain lion bites boy on head outside rural US home
Donald Trump has a problem with female voters. These women are trying to fix it before the 2020 election

Surrogates and supporters make high-profile push to share US president’s message with other women ahead of 2020 election.

23 Aug 2019 - 7:54AM

Surrogates and supporters make high-profile push to share US president’s message with other women ahead of 2020 election.

Donald Trump has a problem with female voters. These women are trying to fix it before the 2020 election
No Rohingya turn up for planned repatriation to Myanmar

Officials say refugees in crowded camps in Bangladesh want to be guaranteed safety and citizenship before returning.

23 Aug 2019 - 5:09AM

Officials say refugees in crowded camps in Bangladesh want to be guaranteed safety and citizenship before returning.

No Rohingya turn up for planned repatriation to Myanmar
Amid Greenland row, Danish ex-PM Lars Loekke Rasmussen attacks Donald Trump for tweets on defence spending

Exchange came after US president cancelled state visit, calling current Danish leader ‘nasty’ for saying his idea of buying Greenland was ‘absurd’.

23 Aug 2019 - 5:35AM

Exchange came after US president cancelled state visit, calling current Danish leader ‘nasty’ for saying his idea of buying Greenland was ‘absurd’.

Amid Greenland row, Danish ex-PM Lars Loekke Rasmussen attacks Donald Trump for tweets on defence spending
Jeffrey Epstein’s deathbed trust fund could deprive his accusers of millions of dollars

Estate lawyers and other experts say prying open the trust and dividing up the disgraced financier’s riches is not going to be easy and could take years.

22 Aug 2019 - 10:36PM

Estate lawyers and other experts say prying open the trust and dividing up the disgraced financier’s riches is not going to be easy and could take years.

Jeffrey Epstein’s deathbed trust fund could deprive his accusers of millions of dollars
Saudi women grapple with new-found freedom to travel on their own

Under its so-called guardianship system, women in the conservative Islamic kingdom had previously needed permission from a male relative to get a passport.

22 Aug 2019 - 10:36PM

Under its so-called guardianship system, women in the conservative Islamic kingdom had previously needed permission from a male relative to get a passport.

Saudi women grapple with new-found freedom to travel on their own
Drinking microplastics is fine as far as we know, World Health Organisation says

Tiny particles of plastic are now ‘ubiquitous in the environment’ and have been found in rain, Antarctic ice and drinking water – both tap and bottled.

22 Aug 2019 - 7:29PM

Tiny particles of plastic are now ‘ubiquitous in the environment’ and have been found in rain, Antarctic ice and drinking water – both tap and bottled.

Drinking microplastics is fine as far as we know, World Health Organisation says
Donald Trump fakes accent to mock leaders of South Korea and Japan, angering Asian-American voters

The US president imitated Moon Jae-in and Shinzo Abe while cracking jokes at a fundraiser in The Hamptons – a wealthy, predominately white suburb of New York.

22 Aug 2019 - 10:35PM

The US president imitated Moon Jae-in and Shinzo Abe while cracking jokes at a fundraiser in The Hamptons – a wealthy, predominately white suburb of New York.

Donald Trump fakes accent to mock leaders of South Korea and Japan, angering Asian-American voters
Donald Trump accuses Jews who don’t vote for his party of ‘disloyalty’ and being uninformed

His comments, made to reporters in the Oval Office, were swiftly denounced as dangerous, shameful and anti-Semitic by Jewish American organisations.

21 Aug 2019 - 7:27PM

His comments, made to reporters in the Oval Office, were swiftly denounced as dangerous, shameful and anti-Semitic by Jewish American organisations.

Donald Trump accuses Jews who don’t vote for his party of ‘disloyalty’ and being uninformed
What next for Italy? PM Giuseppe Conte’s resignation deepens political crisis as Matteo Salvini seeks premiership

Anti-migrant Interior minister Matteo Salvini was hoping to force new elections by pulling plug on government coalition, but his political gamble could backfire.

21 Aug 2019 - 7:27PM

Anti-migrant Interior minister Matteo Salvini was hoping to force new elections by pulling plug on government coalition, but his political gamble could backfire.

What next for Italy? PM Giuseppe Conte’s resignation deepens political crisis as Matteo Salvini seeks premiership
Indian Muslim preacher Zakir Naik banned from public speaking in Malaysia

Police received more than 100 complaints after Zakir Naik questioned loyalty of minority Hindus and said ethnic Chinese are guests in Malaysia.

21 Aug 2019 - 11:15AM

Police received more than 100 complaints after Zakir Naik questioned loyalty of minority Hindus and said ethnic Chinese are guests in Malaysia.

Indian Muslim preacher Zakir Naik banned from public speaking in Malaysia
Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei doesn’t want relief from US sanctions if it means China must make concessions in trade war

Founder Ren Zhengfei says company cannot ask for favours that might hurt interests of country’s poor, despite Trump seeing Huawei as possible bargaining chip.

21 Aug 2019 - 2:14AM

Founder Ren Zhengfei says company cannot ask for favours that might hurt interests of country’s poor, despite Trump seeing Huawei as possible bargaining chip.

Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei doesn’t want relief from US sanctions if it means China must make concessions in trade war
Pain, suicide, abuse and stalking: K-pop stars and fans talk about their mental health problems

Korean music stars live in a controlled world of rehearsals, face pressure to diet or have surgery, and fear for their reputations. Stars and fans shared their experiences of mental health issues at the KCON K-pop convention in Los Angeles.

21 Aug 2019 - 3:22AM

Korean music stars live in a controlled world of rehearsals, face pressure to diet or have surgery, and fear for their reputations. Stars and fans shared their experiences of mental health issues at the KCON K-pop convention in Los Angeles.

Pain, suicide, abuse and stalking: K-pop stars and fans talk about their mental health problems
Sri Lankan general Shavendra Silva, accused of war abuses, appointed army chief

The new commander, Shavendra Silva, was in charge of the 58th Division which encircled the final stronghold of the Tamil Tiger rebels in the last stages of the civil war in 2009 and is accused of shelling a hospital.

21 Aug 2019 - 1:03PM

The new commander, Shavendra Silva, was in charge of the 58th Division which encircled the final stronghold of the Tamil Tiger rebels in the last stages of the civil war in 2009 and is accused of shelling a hospital.

Sri Lankan general Shavendra Silva, accused of war abuses, appointed army chief
Wide implications for euro zone as US-China trade war, Brexit leave Germany on edge of recession

Germany saw a 0.1 per cent drop in the April-to-June period, and it appears the slump is continuing, according to the country’s central bank

20 Aug 2019 - 7:23PM

Germany saw a 0.1 per cent drop in the April-to-June period, and it appears the slump is continuing, according to the country’s central bank

Wide implications for euro zone as US-China trade war, Brexit leave Germany on edge of recession
Jeffrey Epstein signed US$577 million will two days before killing himself in jail

Document opens new legal front in battle over financier’s fortune as multiple women sue his estate claiming Epstein sexually abused them.

20 Aug 2019 - 9:40PM

Document opens new legal front in battle over financier’s fortune as multiple women sue his estate claiming Epstein sexually abused them.

Jeffrey Epstein signed US$577 million will two days before killing himself in jail
Murdered Chinese scholar Zhang Yingying’s family to give US$20,000 reward to people who helped catch killer

Another US$30,000 will go towards fund in murdered Chinese scholar’s name to help support international students in crisis.

20 Aug 2019 - 3:49AM

Another US$30,000 will go towards fund in murdered Chinese scholar’s name to help support international students in crisis.

Murdered Chinese scholar Zhang Yingying’s family to give US$20,000 reward to people who helped catch killer
Man claiming to be Chinese arrested for vandalising area at Japan’s controversial Yasukuni Shrine

The man threw an ink-like liquid on a curtain at one of the buildings of Tokyo’s Yasukuni Shrine that honours Japanese war criminals, police said.

20 Aug 2019 - 12:17AM

The man threw an ink-like liquid on a curtain at one of the buildings of Tokyo’s Yasukuni Shrine that honours Japanese war criminals, police said.

Man claiming to be Chinese arrested for vandalising area at Japan’s controversial Yasukuni Shrine
1MDB scandal: Court in Malaysia postpones former PM Najib’s biggest trial

A Malaysian judge has agreed to postpone the second trial of former prime minister Najib Razak, who faces four counts of abusing his power to receive, use and transfer illicit funds linked to 1MDB.

19 Aug 2019 - 10:18PM

A Malaysian judge has agreed to postpone the second trial of former prime minister Najib Razak, who faces four counts of abusing his power to receive, use and transfer illicit funds linked to 1MDB.

1MDB scandal: Court in Malaysia postpones former PM Najib’s biggest trial
US ‘in secret talks’ with Venezuela’s socialist party boss in bid to end political crisis

The most powerful man in the country after President Nicolas Maduro met last month in Caracas with a close contact of Donald Trump’s administration, sources say.

19 Aug 2019 - 9:12PM

The most powerful man in the country after President Nicolas Maduro met last month in Caracas with a close contact of Donald Trump’s administration, sources say.

US ‘in secret talks’ with Venezuela’s socialist party boss in bid to end political crisis
Iran warns US against seizing its supertanker as it heads for Greece

An Iranian tanker sailed through the Mediterranean towards Greece on Monday after it was released from detention off Gibraltar.

19 Aug 2019 - 9:11PM

An Iranian tanker sailed through the Mediterranean towards Greece on Monday after it was released from detention off Gibraltar.

Iran warns US against seizing its supertanker as it heads for Greece
Worrying rise in police suicides leaves France confronting taboos around mental health

A wave of major events, from terror attacks to sustained violent protests, has left France wondering if the police force is buckling under immense stress.

19 Aug 2019 - 8:07AM

A wave of major events, from terror attacks to sustained violent protests, has left France wondering if the police force is buckling under immense stress.

Worrying rise in police suicides leaves France confronting taboos around mental health
Images reveal Iran is preparing for a third attempted satellite launch despite heavy US criticism

Satellite images show increased activity at the Imam Khomeini Space Centre in Iran’s Semnan province.

19 Aug 2019 - 3:35AM

Satellite images show increased activity at the Imam Khomeini Space Centre in Iran’s Semnan province.

Images reveal Iran is preparing for a third attempted satellite launch despite heavy US criticism
A letter from the past: Alaska man discovers 50-year-old message in a bottle from Russian Navy sailor

Reporters from the state-owned Russian media network, Russia-1, managed to track down the original writer, Captain Anatoliy Botsanenko.

19 Aug 2019 - 2:49AM

Reporters from the state-owned Russian media network, Russia-1, managed to track down the original writer, Captain Anatoliy Botsanenko.

A letter from the past: Alaska man discovers 50-year-old message in a bottle from Russian Navy sailor
What makes a great creative space? Personality, evolution and imperfection

Natural and neutral colours, inspiring objects and plenty of plant life are common in creative spaces. A small survey of 23 creatives showed that most creative spaces are in a state of evolution.

19 Aug 2019 - 1:00AM

Natural and neutral colours, inspiring objects and plenty of plant life are common in creative spaces. A small survey of 23 creatives showed that most creative spaces are in a state of evolution.

What makes a great creative space? Personality, evolution and imperfection
Everything you need to know about marinating: which marinades to use and safety tips

Boost flavours, tenderise meats and make your meal special with these tips for the perfect marinade. Different foods call for different marinade ingredients and durations of soaking, as well as storage requirements.

18 Aug 2019 - 8:30PM

Boost flavours, tenderise meats and make your meal special with these tips for the perfect marinade. Different foods call for different marinade ingredients and durations of soaking, as well as storage requirements.

Everything you need to know about marinating: which marinades to use and safety tips