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Thursday 18 December  
  • Israel PM's list losing steam ahead of vote: poll

    The joint list being fielded by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in this month's snap elections is continuing to lose ground to the Jewish Home faction, a new poll showed on Wednesday.

    The survey, published in the daily Haaretz, ...

  • Philippine communists call off truce

    Communist insurgents in the Philippines called off a truce with the government on Wednesday, almost two weeks ahead of schedule, raising concerns about the future of peace talks.

    The Communist Party of the Philippines blamed the governmen...

  • Afghan inmate kills wife during prison visit

    An Afghan prisoner murdered his wife when she went to visit him, allegedly because she had been unfaithful after he was jailed for killing her relatives, police said.

    Din Mohammad was sentenced to 20 years in prison two years ago for kill...

  • US Congress finally averts fiscal cliff

    After fervent New Year brinkmanship, the US Congress finally backed a deal to avert a "fiscal cliff" of tax hikes and slashing spending cuts that had threatened to unleash economic calamity.

    As global stock markets made their 2013 debut, ...

  • Macau gambling revenue hits record $38 bn in 2012

    Macau's gambling revenue jumped 13.5 percent to a record $38 billion in 2012, official figures showed Wednesday, despite the pace of growth in the world's largest gaming hub slowing from a year earlier.

    Gaming revenue rose to 304.14 billi...

  • Bashir agrees to Friday summit with S. Sudan: media

    Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir has agreed to attend a summit on Friday with his South Sudanese counterpart to push stalled economic and security deals, official media said.

    The meeting, which the SUNA news agency said is slated for the ...

  • Thai 'scavengers club' turns trash to treasure

    Thai grandmother Nom Prom-on rummages through rubbish bins looking for bottles, cans and paper to trade for food and other goods at a recycling cooperative providing a lifeline for Bangkok's poor.

    Riding an old motorcycle with a rubbish c...

  • Davis Cup row brews in India

    Indian tennis was hit by controversy Wednesday over reports that top players may boycott next month's Davis Cup tie against South Korea if a slew of demands were not met.

    The group of players, headed by Somdev Devvarman, want a better dis...

  • Delhi gang-rapists tried to run victim over: media

    A gang of rapists who assaulted and murdered a woman on a bus in New Delhi last month tried to run her over with the vehicle after the attack, reports said, citing a grisly police account of the incident.

    Her boyfriend, who was beaten up ...

  • Japan emperor expresses sympathy for disaster victims

    Japan's Emperor Akihito delivered his traditional New Year address on Wednesday, reiterating his sympathy for victims of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami disaster.

    "I was encouraged to see many people visit the affected areas and provide s...

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