China slams Pompeo criticism of Syria aid veto

Beijing (AFP) China Monday hit back at the US for criticising its blocking of a UN Security Council resolution over civilian aid, accusing Washington of "politicising humanitarian issues." On Saturday US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo described as "shameful" Russia and China blocking the UN resolution, which would have extended for a year cross-border humanitarian … Continue reading China slams Pompeo criticism of Syria aid veto

Algeria’s powerful military chief Ahmed Gaid Salah has died

Algerian government radio says he died Monday morning in the military hospital of Algiers after a heart attack. Algerian media reports said Gaid Salah was 79 years old. Algerian army's Chief of Staff, Lieutenant General Ahmed Gaid Salah attends newly elected Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune's swearing-in ceremony in Algiers, Algeria December 19, 2019. Ramzi Boudina, Reuters Salah … Continue reading Algeria’s powerful military chief Ahmed Gaid Salah has died

Cricket: Pakistan thank Sri Lanka for bringing Test cricket home

Karachi (AFP) Pakistan thanked Sri Lankan Monday for helping them bring Test cricket back to the country for the first time since the 2009 attack on the same visitors led to international matches being suspended. Pakistan's players went to the Sri Lanka dressing room to thank them soon after the home team posted a convincing … Continue reading Cricket: Pakistan thank Sri Lanka for bringing Test cricket home

China denies allegations of forced labour at Shanghai prison

Beijing (AFP) China Monday denied allegations that prisoners were being used for forced labour, after a British newspaper reported that a London schoolgirl found a message in a Christmas card claiming to be from inmates at Shanghai's Qingpu Prison. Supermarket giant Tesco said at the weekend it had stopped production at a factory in China … Continue reading China denies allegations of forced labour at Shanghai prison

Taliban claim attack that killed US soldier in Afghanistan

Kabul (AFP) The Taliban claimed responsibility Monday for an attack on an American convoy that killed one US soldier and, according to the insurgents, wounded several more. The killing is likely to have consequences for ongoing talks between the US and the Taliban. President Donald Trump in September declared negotiations "dead" after the Taliban killed … Continue reading Taliban claim attack that killed US soldier in Afghanistan

US soldier killed in Afghanistan attack, Taliban claim responsibility

The killing is likely to have consequences for ongoing talks between the US and the Taliban. President Donald Trump in September declared negotiations "dead" after the Taliban killed a US soldier in a Kabul bombing. A U.S. soldier assigned to the Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 1st Armored Division watches as a UH-60 Blackhawk Helicopter prepares to land … Continue reading US soldier killed in Afghanistan attack, Taliban claim responsibility

Eight die in Philippines after drinking coconut wine

Manila (AFP) Eight people died and hundreds were taken to hospitals in the Philippines after drinking coconut wine believed to contain high levels of methanol, authorities said Monday. The victims all attended gatherings over the weekend in the town of Rizal, southeast of Manila, and complained of stomach pains after drinking the wine, known locally … Continue reading Eight die in Philippines after drinking coconut wine

German man in love with Twice singer Nayeon not giving up bid to talk to her face to face

Josh just will not give up. The German man, 25, who recently returned to South Korea earlier in December, has just posted that he will not be going home any time soon. Josh's (left) mission is to meet Twice singer Nayeon and tell her in the face that they should marry and relocate to Australia.PHOTOS: SCREENGRAB … Continue reading German man in love with Twice singer Nayeon not giving up bid to talk to her face to face

Saxophonist Kenny G to perform in Singapore in February

SINGAPORE - American saxophone player Kenny G will be back in Singapore to perform at Sands Theatre, Marina Bay Sands on Feb 18, 2020. American saxophone player Kenny G last performed in Singapore at The Star Theatre in late 2018.PHOTO: WELLMONTTHEATER Known for easy-listening instrumental hits such as Songbird (1987), Forever In Love (1993) and … Continue reading Saxophonist Kenny G to perform in Singapore in February

Israeli museum explains the emojis of ancient Egypt

JERUSALEM (AFP) - How does an academic explain the importance of ancient hieroglyphics to modern audiences glued to their phones? A woman watches a video installation of a man using emojis to communicate, at the exhibition Emoglyphs: Picture-Writing From Hieroglyphs To The Emoji.PHOTO: AFP Through the cunning use of emojis. The Israel Museum in Jerusalem … Continue reading Israeli museum explains the emojis of ancient Egypt

Hady Mirza is co-winner of Malaysian music reality show Gegar Vaganza

SINGAPORE - Former Singapore Idol and Asian Idol winner Hady Mirza was named co-winner of the sixth season of Malaysian television singing show Gegar Vaganza, sharing the prize with Malaysian singer Naqiu. Hady Mirza dedicated the win to his fans, declaring his victory as "our win".PHOTO: NUR DIYANA TAHA Both winners took home RM100,000 (S$32,700), a … Continue reading Hady Mirza is co-winner of Malaysian music reality show Gegar Vaganza

Eddie Murphy SNL Sketches Ranked: Gumby Destroys Weekend Update as Eddie Brings Back all the Hits

It was an all-star holiday celebration with appearances by Dave Chappelle, Chris Rock, Tracy Morgan, Maya Rudolph, Jason Sudeikis, Rachel Dratch, Larry David, Fred Armisen and Alec Baldwin. 'SNL' Curse: 9 Cast Members Gone Too Soon It's been 35 years since Eddie Murphy hosted "Saturday Night Live," and even longer since he was a part of the cast and … Continue reading Eddie Murphy SNL Sketches Ranked: Gumby Destroys Weekend Update as Eddie Brings Back all the Hits