Merkel takes a gamble with new immigration law

Chancellor Angela Merkel hopes a new immigration law will make it easier for foreign workers to find jobs in Germany, but her push to fill a record number of vacancies risks angering voters who still resent her open-door refugee policy.

S. Korean prosecutors demand 20 years in jail for ex-president Lee Myung-bak

South Korean state prosecutors demanded a 20-year imprisonment on Thursday for former conservative President Lee Myung-bak over corruption charges.

War-separated families of S.Korea, DPRK reunite in tears, joy

Families of South Korea and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), separated by the 1950-53 Korean War, finally reunited in tears and joy as they had never seen each other for decades until Monday when the rare reunions were ...

Ex-premier prays

Former Malaysia prime minister Najib Razak is surrounded by supporters as he prays after a court appearance in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday.Razak was hit with 25 new charges of money ...

Desperate search

Residents dig amid the rubble as they help rescuers search for survivors at the landslide site in Naga City, Camarines Sur, the Philippines on Thursday. At least three people were ...

Iran and Israel call each other nuclear threats

Iran asked the UN to condemn what it described as Israeli nuclear threats against it on Thursday, while Israel said it was stepping up security around its atomic sites as a precaution against threats from Tehran and its regional allies.
Source: AFP | 2018/9/20 22:23:42

Tensions rise as EU prepares for final Brexit stretch

EU leaders met Thursday to prepare for the final stretch of Brexit negotiations, after public clashes with Britain over who should give ground but signs of a shift on both sides over the key issue of Ireland.
Source: AFP | 2018/9/20 22:23:42

Abe on course for another term as PM

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe won a comfortable re-election as leader of his ruling party on Thursday, setting him on course to become Japan's longest-serving premier.
Source: AFP-Global Times | 2018/9/20 22:23:41

Accused suicide

This photo shows the Saint Romain church in the northwestern city of Rouen, France where 38-year-old priest Jean-Baptiste Sebe, who was accused by a woman of sexually assaulting her daughter, killed himself on Wednesday.
Source: AFP | 2018/9/20 22:18:42

Hacking attack runs away with $60 million in virtual money

Bitcoin and other digital currency worth around 6.7 billion yen ($60 million) has been stolen in Japan following a hacking attack, a virtual exchange operator said on Thursday.
Source: AFP | 2018/9/20 22:18:41

Colombia expands cultivation of coca; govt mulls restarting aerial fumigation

Colombia's acreage of coca, the raw material for cocaine, expanded 17 percent to hit a new record last year, the United Nations said on Wednesday, as the government mulls whether to restart aerial fumigation with the herbicide glyphosate.
Source: Reuters | 2018/9/20 22:18:40

Official fired over 'morgue' truck

A state government in Mexico has fired a prosecutor over a spectacle, in which a fetid-smelling tractor trailer carrying 273 bodies was driven around aimlessly for lack of room in the morgue.
Source: AFP | 2018/9/20 22:18:40

Desperate search

Residents dig amid the rubble as they help rescuers search for survivors at the landslide site in Naga City, Camarines Sur, the Philippines on Thursday. At least three people were killed and 10 homes buried when heavy monsoon rains unleashed a landslide in a rural farming community, authorities said.
Source: VCG | 2018/9/20 22:13:43

Four children killed as Dutch train hits daycare bike

Four children from a Dutch daycare center were killed on Thursday when a train hit their electric cargo bike at a level crossing, police said on Thursday.
Source: AFP | 2018/9/20 22:13:42

Malaysia charges ex-PM Najib's lawyer with money laundering

A lawyer representing former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak was charged with money laundering on Thursday, as anti-corruption agents try to retrieve billions of dollars siphoned off from a scandal-plagued state fund.
Source: Reuters | 2018/9/20 22:13:42

Presidential campaign polarizes Brazil

Brazil looks to be charging headlong into a two-horse presidential race between the far right and the left in what has been an at times surreal and unpredictable campaign.
Source: AFP | 2018/9/20 22:13:40

Russia demands more explanation from Israel on downing Russian plane in Syria

The recent downing of a Russian military plane in Syria requires additional investigations and explanations from Israel, and new information about its involvement will be available soon, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Thursday.
Source: Xinhua | 2018/9/20 22:09:04

Fish out of water

The Russian Navy Project 677 diesel-electric submarine Kronstadt is prepared for a launch ceremony at the Admiralty Shipyard, a subsidiary of the United Shipbuilding Corporation. Project 677 submarines belong with the fourth generation of diesel-electric subs, which began to be built in 2005.
Source: IC | 2018/9/20 22:08:41