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Dubai says singer R. Kelly not invited by royal family for a performance

The government said authorities in Dubai have not received any request for a performance by the R&B singer.

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The government said authorities in Dubai have not received any request for a performance by the R&B singer.

Dubai says singer R. Kelly not invited by royal family for a performance
Dirk Nowitzki farewell gives vintage performance in farewell game at Oracle Arena

Nowitzki last week surpassed Wilt Chamberlain as the No 6 scorer in NBA history

24 Mar 2019 - 12:39PM

Nowitzki last week surpassed Wilt Chamberlain as the No 6 scorer in NBA history

Dirk Nowitzki farewell gives vintage performance in farewell game at Oracle Arena
Rafi Eitan: legendary Israeli ex-spy who led daring mission to capture Nazi mastermind Adolf Eichmann dies at 92

Rafi Eitan, a former Israeli minister and veteran spy who led the operation to capture fugitive Nazi mastermind Adolf Eichmann, has died at the age of 92.

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Rafi Eitan, a former Israeli minister and veteran spy who led the operation to capture fugitive Nazi mastermind Adolf Eichmann, has died at the age of 92.

Rafi Eitan: legendary Israeli ex-spy who led daring mission to capture Nazi mastermind Adolf Eichmann dies at 92
Pope Francis replaces Santiago bishop Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati amid Chile’s worsening sex abuse cover-up scandal

In the past two years Ezzati has become the flashpoint of abuse survivors’ ire for mishandling several cases.

24 Mar 2019 - 7:22AM

In the past two years Ezzati has become the flashpoint of abuse survivors’ ire for mishandling several cases.

Pope Francis replaces Santiago bishop Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati amid Chile’s worsening sex abuse cover-up scandal
Drifting Norway cruise ship Viking Sky towed to port after hundreds rescued by helicopter

The Viking Sky lost power and started drifting, prompting the captain to send out a distress call.

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The Viking Sky lost power and started drifting, prompting the captain to send out a distress call.

Drifting Norway cruise ship Viking Sky towed to port after hundreds rescued by helicopter
Motley Crue’s rock-star excesses and wild life captured in Netflix’s ‘The Dirt’

Whether it was partying with Ozzy Osbourne or snorting cocaine off drum kits, the US rock band lived the rock ’n’ roll lifestyle to the limit. Band member Nikki Sixx was even declared dead for two minutes after a heroin overdose.

24 Mar 2019 - 2:30AM

Whether it was partying with Ozzy Osbourne or snorting cocaine off drum kits, the US rock band lived the rock ’n’ roll lifestyle to the limit. Band member Nikki Sixx was even declared dead for two minutes after a heroin overdose.

Motley Crue’s rock-star excesses and wild life captured in Netflix’s ‘The Dirt’
US-backed Syrian rebels declare victory over Islamic State

Announcement was anticlimax, coming a day after Donald Trump declared IS no longer controlled any territory in Syria and with fighting still going on.

23 Mar 2019 - 9:56PM

Announcement was anticlimax, coming a day after Donald Trump declared IS no longer controlled any territory in Syria and with fighting still going on.

US-backed Syrian rebels declare victory over Islamic State
Vietnam orders monks to stop profiting from karma rituals

Government says karma business at Ba Vang pagoda ‘goes against Buddhist philosophy’ and ‘has a negative impact on social order and security’.

23 Mar 2019 - 11:11PM

Government says karma business at Ba Vang pagoda ‘goes against Buddhist philosophy’ and ‘has a negative impact on social order and security’.

Vietnam orders monks to stop profiting from karma rituals
China says it regrets decision by Inter-American Development Bank to cancel meeting in Sichuan

No reason given for cancellation but announcement comes after US Vice-President Mike Pence says Beijing refused to grant a visa to the Venezuelan representative designated by opposition leader Juan Guaido.

23 Mar 2019 - 3:17PM

No reason given for cancellation but announcement comes after US Vice-President Mike Pence says Beijing refused to grant a visa to the Venezuelan representative designated by opposition leader Juan Guaido.

China says it regrets decision by Inter-American Development Bank to cancel meeting in Sichuan
China to give US$989 million loan to Sri Lanka for major new motorway project

Export-Import Bank of China has agreed to provide the money, the biggest loan approved by the bank for Sri Lanka.

23 Mar 2019 - 11:18PM

Export-Import Bank of China has agreed to provide the money, the biggest loan approved by the bank for Sri Lanka.

China to give US$989 million loan to Sri Lanka for major new motorway project
Montreal priest in stable condition after stabbing during mass at Canada’s biggest church

A suspect, who was carrying a knife, has been arrested

22 Mar 2019 - 11:47PM

A suspect, who was carrying a knife, has been arrested

Montreal priest in stable condition after stabbing during mass at Canada’s biggest church
Syria, allies slam Donald Trump’s declaration that US will recognise Israeli sovereignty over Golan Heights

Damascus says the move is a threat to international peace

22 Mar 2019 - 7:53PM

Damascus says the move is a threat to international peace

Syria, allies slam Donald Trump’s declaration that US will recognise Israeli sovereignty over Golan Heights
Indonesia’s Garuda to cancel order of 49 Boeing 737 MAX 8 jets after fatal crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia

The national airline said Garuda passengers “have lost trust and no longer have confidence” in the plane.

22 Mar 2019 - 10:44PM

The national airline said Garuda passengers “have lost trust and no longer have confidence” in the plane.

Indonesia’s Garuda to cancel order of 49 Boeing 737 MAX 8 jets after fatal crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia
Former Brazil president Michel Temer arrested on corruption charges

Prosecutors say a construction company bribed Temer in exchange for a contract to build a nuclear power plant in southern Rio de Janeiro state.

22 Mar 2019 - 12:41PM

Prosecutors say a construction company bribed Temer in exchange for a contract to build a nuclear power plant in southern Rio de Janeiro state.

Former Brazil president Michel Temer arrested on corruption charges
White House denies request for Trump, Putin communications

‘No foreign leader would engage in private conversations with the president if such conversations were subject to public disclosure,’ said White House counsel.

22 Mar 2019 - 10:53AM

‘No foreign leader would engage in private conversations with the president if such conversations were subject to public disclosure,’ said White House counsel.

White House denies request for Trump, Putin communications
New Zealand shooting: Police visited terror-accused Brenton Tarrant’s home in Dunedin before granting him gun licence

Police in October 2017 searched the home of Brenton Tarrant and spoke to two of his referees, after which they determined he “met the requirements of the process”.

22 Mar 2019 - 10:44PM

Police in October 2017 searched the home of Brenton Tarrant and spoke to two of his referees, after which they determined he “met the requirements of the process”.

New Zealand shooting: Police visited terror-accused Brenton Tarrant’s home in Dunedin before granting him gun licence
EU agrees to delay Brexit until May 22 if British MPs back Prime Minister Theresa May’s deal

If lawmakers do not ratify May’s text, Britain will have until April 12 to decide whether it will take part in the European Parliament election.

22 Mar 2019 - 9:35AM

If lawmakers do not ratify May’s text, Britain will have until April 12 to decide whether it will take part in the European Parliament election.

EU agrees to delay Brexit until May 22 if British MPs back Prime Minister Theresa May’s deal
Billionaire New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft wants prostitution video taken secretly by police blocked from public

Lawyers for Kraft and 14 of the other 24 men charged said that releasing the video would violate the state’s public records law.

22 Mar 2019 - 5:57AM

Lawyers for Kraft and 14 of the other 24 men charged said that releasing the video would violate the state’s public records law.

Billionaire New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft wants prostitution video taken secretly by police blocked from public
Former Philippine officials accuse Chinese President Xi Jinping of crimes against humanity at International Criminal Court

They hold the Chinese president and other officials responsible for extensive environmental damage and destroying livelihoods by building islands in the disputed South China Sea.

21 Mar 2019 - 9:00PM

They hold the Chinese president and other officials responsible for extensive environmental damage and destroying livelihoods by building islands in the disputed South China Sea.

Former Philippine officials accuse Chinese President Xi Jinping of crimes against humanity at International Criminal Court
New Zealand bans semi-automatic weapons and assault rifles in reforms to gun laws following Christchurch terror attack

Semi-automatic weapons and assault rifles will be banned from April 11, said Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

22 Mar 2019 - 5:25PM

Semi-automatic weapons and assault rifles will be banned from April 11, said Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

New Zealand bans semi-automatic weapons and assault rifles in reforms to gun laws following Christchurch terror attack
Machelle Hobson, mum with YouTube kids channel, pepper sprayed and locked up bad performers, police say

Children had no food, water or access to a toilet whenever they were locked in the wardrobe, sometimes for days, according to police.

21 Mar 2019 - 10:56AM

Children had no food, water or access to a toilet whenever they were locked in the wardrobe, sometimes for days, according to police.

Machelle Hobson, mum with YouTube kids channel, pepper sprayed and locked up bad performers, police say
Singer R. Kelly, arrested on sex abuse charges, asks judge for permission to fly to Dubai to perform five concerts

Court document argues that the singer, who is struggling to pay child support and legal fees, ‘needs to generate income’

21 Mar 2019 - 7:34AM

Court document argues that the singer, who is struggling to pay child support and legal fees, ‘needs to generate income’

Singer R. Kelly, arrested on sex abuse charges, asks judge for permission to fly to Dubai to perform five concerts
UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet says US sanctions could deepen ‘devastating’ Venezuelan crisis

Trump administration came down hard in late January with sanctions aimed at depriving Maduro of billions in hard cash from oil production.

21 Mar 2019 - 5:38AM

Trump administration came down hard in late January with sanctions aimed at depriving Maduro of billions in hard cash from oil production.

UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet says US sanctions could deepen ‘devastating’ Venezuelan crisis
British Prime Minister Theresa May ‘regretfully’ abandons March 29 Brexit plan as EU mulls more time for talks

Theresa May had submitted a formal letter requesting a three-month extension of article 50, with European Council President Donald Tusk saying that a short Brexit extension could be possible.

21 Mar 2019 - 7:52AM

Theresa May had submitted a formal letter requesting a three-month extension of article 50, with European Council President Donald Tusk saying that a short Brexit extension could be possible.

British Prime Minister Theresa May ‘regretfully’ abandons March 29 Brexit plan as EU mulls more time for talks
Rights activists urge Japan to drop compulsory sterilisation policy for transgender people wanting to alter ID documents

A 2004 law states that people wishing to register a gender change in the country must have their original reproductive organs removed.

20 Mar 2019 - 6:27PM

A 2004 law states that people wishing to register a gender change in the country must have their original reproductive organs removed.

Rights activists urge Japan to drop compulsory sterilisation policy for transgender people wanting to alter ID documents
Nursultan Nazarbayev’s daughter appointed as Kazakhstan’s parliament speaker

There is speculation that she may succeed her father as president

20 Mar 2019 - 11:56PM

There is speculation that she may succeed her father as president

Nursultan Nazarbayev’s daughter appointed as Kazakhstan’s parliament speaker
Philippines seizes 160kg of methamphetamine hidden in biscuit cans, arrests 4 Chinese

‘The Chinese will never stop putting up drug laboratories because they can buy anybody.’

20 Mar 2019 - 2:28PM

‘The Chinese will never stop putting up drug laboratories because they can buy anybody.’

Philippines seizes 160kg of methamphetamine hidden in biscuit cans, arrests 4 Chinese
Disney closes US$71 billion deal for Rupert Murdoch’s Fox entertainment assets

It’s finally complete. Disney has closed its US$71 billion acquisition of Fox’s entertainment assets, more than a year after the mega merger was proposed

20 Mar 2019 - 1:53PM

It’s finally complete. Disney has closed its US$71 billion acquisition of Fox’s entertainment assets, more than a year after the mega merger was proposed

Disney closes US$71 billion deal for Rupert Murdoch’s Fox entertainment assets
Vatican says ‘door is open’ to meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Pope Francis

Adviser to head of Catholic Church says both sides must be willing to talk – Xi’s Italy visit comes six months after Chinese accord with Vatican over appointment of bishops in China.

20 Mar 2019 - 10:59PM

Adviser to head of Catholic Church says both sides must be willing to talk – Xi’s Italy visit comes six months after Chinese accord with Vatican over appointment of bishops in China.

Vatican says ‘door is open’ to meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Pope Francis
Sri Lanka to get US$3.9 billion oil refinery next to Chinese-run port in Colombo

The project will be the largest foreign investment ever for the island nation.

20 Mar 2019 - 10:17PM

The project will be the largest foreign investment ever for the island nation.

Sri Lanka to get US$3.9 billion oil refinery next to Chinese-run port in Colombo