13 August 2020, Thursday | 10:23am


29 German tourists killed in Portuguese bus crash

LISBON: Twenty-nine German tourists were killed on Wednesday when a bus crashed on the Portuguese island of Madeira.

Germany struggles in UN push to address sexual violence

UNITED NATIONS, United States: A German-led bid to step up efforts to combat sexual violence in conflicts has run into resistance at the UN Security Council, diplomats said Wednesday, just days before Nobel laureate Nadia Murad is to appear before the UN body to issue a call for justice.

Indonesia warns against protests as Widodo rival rejects results

JAKARTA, April 18 — Indonesian authorities warned today against mass protests as a firebrand ex-general rejected unofficial election results that appeared to hand President Joko Widodo a second term as leader of the world’s third-biggest democracy.

Schools evacuated, subway services halted as quake hits Taiwan

TAIPEI, April 18 — A 6.1 magnitude earthquake struck Taiwan’s coastal city of Hualien today, shaking buildings and temporarily halting subway services in the capital Taipei, but there were no immediate reports of serious damage or casualties.

Facing arrest, former Peru president Garcia kills himself

LIMA: Peru’s former president Alan Garcia (pix) died in hospital on Wednesday after shooting himself in the head at his home as police were about to arrest him in a sprawling corruption case. He was 69.

BMW to recall 360,000 China cars over Takata airbags

SHANGHAI: Germany’s BMW will recall 360,000 vehicles in China as part of the worldwide effort to root out defective airbags made by now-defunct Japanese supplier Takata, regulators in Beijing said.

Years? Decades? Uncertainty over time needed to rebuild Notre Dame

PARIS: Parisians and people around the world watched in horror on Monday as flames ripped through the roof of the beloved 850-year-old Gothic cathedral, causing the spire and most of the vaulted roof to collapse.

More than 300 arrested at London climate protests

LONDON: Nearly 300 people have been arrested in ongoing climate change protests in London that brought parts of the British capital to a standstill, police said Tuesday.

Algeria top official quits as students keep up protest

ALGIERS: In yet more upheaval for Algeria since the ousting of long-time leader Abdelaziz Bouteflika, the controversial head of the country’s constitutional council quit Tuesday bowing to weeks of anger from protesters.

Indonesians head to the polls today

JAKARTA, April 17 (Bernama) -- Indonesians head to the polls today to pick the president of the world's third largest country that practices democracy.