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  • Baboon escapes crate at Texas airport; officers corner him

    22 May 2018 1:11 PM 25

    A baboon on his way to a South Texas wildlife sanctuary escaped his crate and kept officers busy for two hours at San Antonio International Airport. Officers shot the baboon named Dawkins with a tranquiliser dart. The ape got loose on Monday afternoon shortly after arriving on an American Airlines flight from Chicago. The flight had originated in Boston

  • Ex-London mayor quits UK's Labour amid anti-Semitism scandal

    22 May 2018 6:35 AM 23

    Former London Mayor Ken Livingstone resigned from Britain's Labour Party on Monday, two years after he was suspended over allegations of anti-Semitism - an issue that continues to roil the left-of-centre party. Livingstone said in a statement that he is not anti-Semitic, but was quitting because the long-running accusations had become a "distraction"

  • 106 cocaine capsules found in woman's stomach

    22 May 2018 5:18 AM 24

    Indian police used laxatives for several days to retrieve 106 cocaine capsules worth some $900 000 from the stomach of a Brazilian woman who tried to smuggle them into the country, officials said on Monday. The 28-year-old woman and the capsules were presented to a New Delhi court which remanded her in the city's Tihar jail. The woman was held on May 14 after

  • 14-year-old pretends he's a NY cop, robs a legally blind man

    21 May 2018 3:12 AM 28

    New York — Police say a 14-year-old boy posing as a New York police officer is under arrest for snatching a legally blind man's wallet in a Manhattan subway station — while pretending to help him. The youth was in custody on Sunday, nearly a week after he fled the station at 34th Street and Eighth Avenue. Police say he approached the 64-year-old man last Monday

  • Pope: Holy Land needs "gestures of dialogue, reconciliation"

    20 May 2018 8:00 PM 23

    Vatican City — Pope Francis says "gestures of dialogue and reconciliation" are needed for the Holy Land and all the Middle East. He told faithful in St Peter's Square on Sunday he had "united himself spiritually" to a prayer vigil held on Saturday in Jerusalem, which, he noted, is holy for Jews, Christians and Muslims. Earlier, during Mass on Sunday

  • China bomber makes debut landing on South China Sea island

    20 May 2018 7:44 AM 35

    China's air force has landed long-range military aircraft on an island in the disputed South China Sea, a move that is believed to be the first of its kind and is likely to fuel further concerns about Beijing's intentions in the region. China Daily published a video purporting to show takeoff and landing of military planes, including the long-range

  • Fastest climber of 7 summits returns safely from Everest

    19 May 2018 4:01 PM 23

    Kathmandu - The Australian climber who became the fastest to scale the highest peaks on all seven continents has returned safely from Mount Everest. Steve Plain said on Saturday that he has no immediate plans for any new adventures and is looking forward to spending time with his family. The 36-year-old Plain, from Perth, scaled Mount Everest earlier

  • Israel launches new air raid on Hamas in Gaza

    17 May 2018 10:00 AM 33

    Israel said on Thursday it launched an overnight air raid on a Hamas facility in Gaza after gunfire from the territory targeted its soldiers and damaged a building. "The Israeli army struck targets belonging to Hamas in the northern Gaza Strip, including terrorist infrastructure and weapons-making facilities," the military said in a statement

  • Palestinians withdraw envoy to US over Israel embassy move

    15 May 2018 8:01 PM 30

    Ramallah - Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas withdrew his top representative to the United States on Tuesday, the foreign ministry announced, a day after the US moved its Israeli embassy to Jerusalem. Husam Zomlot, the head of the Palestine Liberation Organisation's office in Washington, would return to the Palestinian territories Wednesday, the statement

  • Iran says Israelis should be tried as 'war criminals'

    15 May 2018 1:44 PM 31

    Iran said on Tuesday that Israeli officials should be tried as war criminals over the "brutal massacre" of Gazan protesters the previous day. "The killing of children, women and defenceless people of Palestine and the occupation of Palestinian lands has become the main strategy of the Zionists over the 70 years of occupation," said foreign ministry spokesperson