Yazidi Woman Profiled by VOA Wins Sakharov Prize
A Yazidi woman, disfigured by a mine blast while escaping enslavement by Islamic State, received the European Parliament’s Sakharov Prize for freedom of thought and expression on Thursday. After a VOA article in May detailed her plight and a lack of medical help, an aid group stepped in and resettled her in Germany where she has since received several surgical procedures to repair her face. This is an edited version of two stories that first appeared in May. When Lamiya Hachi Bashar...
Myanmar Says Images of Rights Violations in Maungdaw Are Fake
A spokesman accuses people abroad of circulating old photos to the U.N., rights groups, and international media.
China hosts 2016 World Robot Conference in Beijing
At the 2016 World Robot Conference in Beijing, exhibitors for the Xiao I bot revealed the AI can mimic the functions of the human brain, allowing it to analyze massive amounts of data.
UN Calls for War Crime Probe Into Strike on Syrian School
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for an investigation Thursday into an air strike on a school in Syria that killed more than 20 people, most of them children, the day before. "If deliberate, this attack may amount to a war crime," Ban said in a statement from his spokesman. Former British prime minister Gordon Brown also called for a war crimes investigation, calling the attack the "worst assault on school children among 98 separate attacks on Syrian schools in...
Apple adds new touch to MacBook Pro update
Touchscreen strip for range of controls replaces line of function keys
Cambodian Court Adds Six Months to Kem Sokha Five's Detention
The Phnom Penh Municipal Court says it needs more time to find witnesses and evidence, as a U.S. diplomat says Washington wants to help.
Two men charged after loaded gun, drugs, and other weapons found in car, near Bathurst (NSW Police Force)
(Source: NSW Police Force) Latest Media Releases Two men charged after loaded gun, drugs, and other weapons found in car, near Bathurst Thursday, 27 October 2016 04:22:17 PM ***Note: An image of the seized items will be posted on the NSW Police Facebook site.*** Two men will face court after officers form the Traffic and Highway Patrol located a loaded gun, ammunition, drugs, a knife, and knuckle-dusters in a...
NOTICE OF SPECIAL GENERAL MEETING (Sage International Group Ltd)
(Source: Sage International Group Ltd) Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited and The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited take no responsibility for the contents of this announcement, make no representation as to its accuracy or completeness and expressly disclaim any liability whatsoever for any loss howsoever arising from or in reliance upon the whole or any part of the contents of this announcement. SAGE INTERNATIONAL GROUP LIMITED 仁智國際集團有限公司 (incorporated in the Cayman Islands and conti...
PM’s meeting with Secretaries to the Government of India (Prime Minister’s Office of India)
(Source: Prime Minister’s Office of India) The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today met all Secretaries to the Government of India. Cabinet Ministers and Ministers of State for Independent Charge were also present at the meeting. The Cabinet Secretary made a brief presentation on the work done so far, as a follow up to the...
Northbound lanes of the Kiama bends close at 7pm tonight due to truck rollover (NSW Police Force)
(Source: NSW Police Force) Latest Media Releases Northbound lanes of the Kiama bends close at 7pm tonight due to truck rollover Thursday, 27 October 2016 03:35:38 PM Local police would like to...
The Russian-Myanmar Joint Working Group on Nuclear Energy Holds Its First Meeting (State Atomic Energy Corporation ROSATOM)
(Source: State Atomic Energy Corporation ROSATOM) On October 25, 2016, the Russian-Burmese working group on cooperation in the peaceful use of nuclear energy held its first meeting in Nay Pyi Taw (Myanmar). Dr Khin Maung Latt, Director General of Department of Atomic Energy, and Egor Simonov, Head of ROSATOM...
Residents of Iraq town want answers on deadly strike
Residents of the Iraqi town of Daquq on Thursday demanded answers about who is responsible for an air strike on a Shiite place of worship that killed 15 people last week. The US-led coalition that is carrying out air strikes against the Islamic State group in Iraq said it had "definitively" determined that it did not carry out the strike in the northern town. "The government sent an investigation committee to check the site and obtained the remaining pieces of the missile... an...
Xi Jinping gets a new label, but no more power
CHINESE politicians often take obscure-seeming terms very seriously. Earlier this year officials floated the idea of anointing President Xi Jinping as the “core” of the...
China Holds Five Officials Over 'Falsification' of Air Monitoring Data
Environmental activists say the central government is trying to take back control of monitoring amid widespread fraud by local officials.
Du Plessis, Elgar lead dominant batting display
Cape Town - Centuries from Faf du Plessis and Dean Elgar, and 99 from Quinton de Kock, led a dominant batting performance by the Proteas on the opening day of the two-day tour match against a South Au
Bid to Speed Transplants With Hepatitis C-Infected Kidneys
Some patients facing a years-long wait for a kidney transplant are jumping ahead in line thanks to a startling experiment: They're agreeing to an organ almost sure to infect them with hepatitis C. Knowingly transmitting a dangerous virus may sound drastic but two leading transplant centers are betting the strategy will save lives — if new medications that promise to cure hepatitis C allow use of organs that today go to waste. Pilot studies are under way at the University of...
October 27, 2016
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Iraqis dispense what they call justice for alleged militants
QAYARA, Iraq (AP) — At a checkpoint south of Mosul, men who once suffered under the harsh rule of the Islamic State group are now screening displaced civilians to identify any fleeing fighters, and some are dispensing what they call justice.
Putin calls election interference 'mythical'
The U.S. has accused Russia of coordinating hacks, but President Vladimir Putin says the claims are "hysteria."
India Expels Pakistani Staffer on Spying Charges
India has expelled a staffer of the Pakistani High Commission in New Delhi, accusing him of running a spy racket that accessed sensitive information about Indian security operations. Islamabad rejected the allegations saying he had been detained on “false and unsubstantiated charges.” The expulsion Thursday comes as relations between the nuclear-armed neighbors have hit a low, following a militant attack last month on an Indian army camp...
Press release on Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov’s meeting with Israeli Ambassador to Moscow Zvi Heifetz (Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation)
(Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation) On October 27, Special Presidential Representative for the Middle East and Africa, Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov received Ambassador of the State...
CURRENT WEATHER STATUS AND OUTLOOK FOR NEXT TWO WEEKS DATED 27.10.2016 (India Meteorological Department)
(Source: India Meteorological Department) Government of India Earth System Science Organization Ministry of Earth Sciences India Meteorological Department Dated: 27 October, 2016 Current Weather Status and Outlook for next two weeks Highlights of the past week Y The withdrawal line of southwest monsoon continues to pass through Lat.22.0°N/Long.94.0°E, Lat.19.0°N/Long.90.0°E, Lat.16.0°N/Long.85.0°E, Tirupathi, Bengaluru, Mangaluru, Lat.13.0°N/Long.70.0°E and Lat.13.0°N/Long.60.0°E (Annexure I)...
The Latest: Senior Iranian commander killed in Syria war
BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the conflict in Syria (all times local):
Pakistan says it will expel Indian diplomat
Pakistan's foreign ministry said late on Thursday it has declared an Indian diplomat persona non grata and given him 48 hours to leave the country.
Rising costs turns Obamacare into election issue
Trump seizes on warning of higher insurance bills to demand repeal of healthcare law
Sulfur Dioxide Plume Moving Across Iraq, Satellite Images Show
New images released by NASA show a dangerous sulfur plume moving across northern Iraq in the wake of the battle to retake Mosul. As the Iraq military announced its operation to capture Mosul, which has been under ISIS control for over two years, ISIS set fire to the Al-Mishraq sulfur plant and Qayyarah oil field south of the city in an effort to provide cover from coalition airstrikes. NASA said its ozone monitoring instruments detected a large sulfur dioxide plume dispersing across northern ...
Pakistan opposition says dozens of activists arrested
Pakistani police raided an opposition party youth rally in the capital Islamabad on Thursday night and arrested about 40 people ahead of a planned protest that party leader Imran Khan has said would shut down the city, a party spokeswoman said.
Bill’s business comes back to haunt Hillary
Candidate is battered by daily WikiLeaks revelations about the Clinton Foundation
‘Afghan Girl’ in 1985 National Geographic Photo Is Arrested in Pakistan
Sharbat Gula, whose piercing green eyes stared out from the magazine’s cover in 1985, was held after being accused of fraudulently obtaining national identity cards.
Diwali 2016: When is it, and why is it celebrated?
This weekend sees the return of the annual festival of lights –...
‘Coffee Murder’ Case That Gripped Indonesia Ends With a Guilty Verdict
Jessica Kumala Wongso was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Wednesday for poisoning her friend’s iced coffee with cyanide at a cafe in Jakarta.
Xi to Join Mao, Deng as 'Core' Leaders of China's Communist Party
China's communist party has elevated President Xi Jinping's status to a "core" leader, putting him on par with Chinese strongmen such as Mao Zedong and Deng Xioaping. A lengthy comminque released following a four-day Communist party meeting in Beijing called on all members to unite around the party leadership with "Comrade Xi Jinping as the core". But it also stressed the importance of collective leadership, saying the system "must always be followed and should not be violated by any organiza...
Twitter prunes Vine and cuts workforce by 9%
Revenue growth slows with messaging site seeking independent future
U.S. Airman Reaches Out to Wounded Warrior Project
JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Oct. 27, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In her almost 200-day deployment to Logistics Support Area Anaconda in Balad, Iraq, U.S. Airman Jessica Daubenmire's base was attacked 149 times – three were rocket attacks, and the rest were from mortars. "I remember one evening in July of 2007, I heard the sirens signaling an incoming attack while I was in my bunk," Jessica said. The mortar struck the trailer directly beside the one Jessica was in.
From Sri Lanka to Myanmar, Catholics Singaporeans evangelise in Asia
Each year, CHARIS Caritas Humanitarian Aid and Relief Initiatives, Singapore) organises missionary activities across the continent. One volunteer, Kok Xuan Er, worked in Colombo. Sister Angela educates Burmese girls.
Regarding the Declaration by AB Inbev (Anadolu Efes Biracilik Ve Malt Sanayii AS)
(Source: Anadolu Efes Biracilik Ve Malt Sanayii AS) ANADOLU EFES BİRACILIK VE MALT SAN. A.Ş. AB INBEV's DECLARATION REGARDING THE CHANGE IN OUR INDIRECT SHAREHOLDING October 27, 2016 - As per the attached declaration notified to our Company by Anheuser- Busch InBev SA/NV on October 21, 2016, the change in our indirect shareholding structure has been registered on October 27, 2016 (today) with the Istanbul Trade Registry pursuant to Article 198 of the Turkish Commercial Code. We hereby declare...
Proposed Change in Auditors; Proposed Amendments to the Articles of Association; and Book Closure Period (Xinhua Winshare Publishing and Media Co Ltd)
(Source: Xinhua Winshare Publishing and Media Co Ltd) Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited and The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited take no responsibility for the contents of this announcement, make no representation as to its accuracy or completeness and expressly disclaim any liability whatsoever for any loss howsoever arising from or in reliance upon the whole or any part of the contents of this announcement. 新華文軒出版傳媒股份有限公司 XINHUA WINSHARE PUBLISHING AND MEDIA CO., LTD. (A joint sto...
27.10.2016 | Announcement Regarding the Restructuring of the Total Disputes of Tax Liability and Penalties (Turkcell Iletisim Hizmetleri AS)
(Source: Turkcell Iletisim Hizmetleri AS) Istanbul, October 27, 2016 Announcement Regarding the Restructuring of the Total Disputes of Tax Liability and Penalties Subject: Statement made pursuant to Communique II-15.1 of the Capital...
Media accreditation to Qatar vs. Russia (RFS - Football Union of Russia)
(Source: RFS - Football Union of Russia) 27.10.2016 FUR Communications and PR Department starts collecting requests for media accreditation to the friendly match of the national teams Qatar versus Russia. The game will take place...
Nuke submarine to go on display (Ministry of National Defense of the People's Republic of China)
(Source: Ministry of National Defense of the People's Republic of China) Chinese military enthusiasts can see tanks, artillery guns and fighter jets in military museums around the nation, but what is coming is probably beyond their expectations-a nuclear-powered attack submarine. According to an announcement by the North Sea Fleet of the People's Liberation Army Navy, China's first nuclear-powered submarine was towed to a port of the Chinese Navy Museum in Qingdao, a coastal city in...
Man Shot Dead Outside US Embassy in Nairobi
A man was shot dead outside the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi after attempting to attack a paramilitary guard outside the building Thursday. The officer shot the attacker twice in self defense after he attempted to stab him, according to the Kenyan police. The embassy confirmed that no U.S. embassy personnel were involved. A nearby officer told Kenyan media the attacker took out a knife hidden in his pants and grabbed one of the officers guarding the entrance gate to the visa section...
Germany arrests Afghan, 19, suspected of Taliban membership
German authorities say they have arrested a 19-year-old Afghan man suspected of fighting for the Taliban. ......
France says Syria or Russia responsible for strike on school in Syria's Idlib
French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said either Russia or the Syrian government were responsible for an air strike on Syria's Idlib province that led to the deaths of 26 civilians, most of them school children. It's either the Syrians - the regime of (President Bashar) al-Assad - or the Russians," Ayrault told a news conference. "It's yet another demonstration of the horror of this war, which is a war against the Syrian people, which we cannot accept." Russia's foreign ministry said ear...
World body moves to curtail Japan's 'science' whaling
The world's whaling watchdog moved Thursday to curtail Japan's annual whale hunt, conducted under scientific licence but blasted by critics as a commercial meat haul.
Putin slams as 'hysteria' claims of Russian meddling in US election
President Vladimir Putin on Thursday slammed as "hysteria" claims that Russia has attempted to interfere in the upcoming US presidential elections by hacking American political institutions. "The number of mythical, dreamt-up problems includes the hysteria -- I can't think of another word -- that has broken out in the United States about the influence of Russia on the current elections for the US president," Putin said at a Valdai Discussion Club meeting of political ...
If you want it done right
Keeping her eye on the ball PHOTOGRAPHY is fiercely restricted inside Khawaja Masood Akhtar’s factory in Sialkot, a small city in northern Pakistan. His...
A shrimp among whales
FOR hundreds of years Korea was China’s vassal state. Then it came under the heel of imperial Japan at the start of the 20th century. After Japan’s defeat in 1945 the Soviet...
THE president of the Maldives, Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom, has fallen out with all manner of people in his three years in office: two successive vice-presidents, both turfed...
Clinton and Obama: First Ladies Form Political Odd Couple
When Hillary Clinton secured her place in the history as the first woman to win a major-party nomination for president, Democratic politicians around Washington marked the historic moment with barrage of statements, formal endorsements and public cheers. One political figure, however, was notably silent: Michelle Obama. The first lady let her husband speak for her during that moment in June, choosing instead to wait weeks to lend her voice to Clinton's cause at the Democratic...
Geraldton judge tells troubled Aboriginal teen to 'be like 50 Cent'
A judge from regional Western Australia has told a troubled Aboriginal teen boy, 16, facing 49 burglary charges to be like 50 Cent and rise above tragic circumstances.