Tag Archives: Asia

06Nov/17

Texas church shooting good samaritan hailed as hero says “I did what I thought was the right thing”

SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, TEXAS, UNITED STATES (NOVEMBER 05, 2017) (NBC) – A good samaritan who was one of a pair of men that tracked down the alleged gunman who killed at least 26 worshippers and wounded 20 others with an assault rifle after storming a church in rural Texas on Sunday (November 5), said he was just doing what he thought was right.
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05Nov/17

Saudis back corruption probe arrests

RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA (NOVEMBER 5, 2017) (REUTERS) – Saudi Arabian citizens reacted positively to the reports of 11 princes, four current ministers and dozens of former ministers being detained by authorities on Saturday (November 4) Continue reading

10Oct/17
Russian President Vladimir Putin

Russia turns cold on crypto-currencies

SOCHI, RUSSIA (OCTOBER 10, 2017) (RUSSIAN PRESIDENTIAL PRESS SERVICE) – President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday (October 10) crypto-currencies were risky and used for crime, as Russia’s central bank said it would block websites selling bitcoin and its rivals – a change of tone from a month-old promise to legalise the market. Continue reading

26Sep/17

Dubai starts tests in bid to become first city with flying taxis

DUBAI, UAE (SEPTEMBER 25, 2017) (REUTERS) – Dubai on Monday (September 25) showcased a flight for what it said would soon be the world’s first drone taxi service under an ambitious plan by the United Arab Emirates city to lead the Arab world in innovation.
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04Sep/17

Growing pressure for Suu Kyi as Myanmar violence swells

Nearly 90,000 of Myanmar’s Muslim Rohingya have fled the country’s violence since August, as international criticism mounts on its Nobel Peace Prize laureate leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, to do more to protect the minority. Matthew Larotonda reports. Continue reading

06Aug/17

Another Dubai tower catches fire in three days – media

DUBAI, UAE (AUGUST 6, 2017) (REUTERS) – Another tower in Dubai caught fire on Sunday morning (August 6), the second in three days, but the fire was extinguished soon, emergency services told national media. Continue reading

04Aug/17

Huge fire engulfs Dubai residential skyscraper

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES (AUGUST 4, 2017) (ANDRE VAN NIEKERK) – A massive blaze was engulfing one of the world’s tallest residential buildings in Dubai early on Friday (August 4), residents said, but authorities said the tower had been evacuated and no injuries were reported. Continue reading

16Jul/17

In shadow of crackdown, Turkey commemorates failed coup

ANKARA, TURKEY (JULY 15, 2017) (PRESIDENTIAL POOL) – Thousands of Turks gathered in front of the Turkish parliament in the capital Ankara at the anniversary of last year’s failed coup in the early hours of Sunday (July 16). Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan addressed to the thousands gathered in front of the parliament.

A sea of rapturous, flag-waving crowds spilled across the streets of Istanbul, where last year unarmed civilians stood up to rogue soldiers who commandeered tanks, warplanes and helicopters in a bid to topple Erdogan.

Some 250 people were killed and parliament bombed before the coup was put down. The show of popular defiance has likely ended decades of military interference in Turkish politics.

But along with a groundswell of nationalism, the coup’s greatest legacy has been a far-reaching crackdown that has deepened the divide between Western-facing, secular Turks and the pious millions who back Erdogan’s Islamist-rooted politics.