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Smell of death permeates Kabul mosque hit by suicide bomber

3 hours 11 min ago

The smell of death permeated the Imam Zaman mosque in Kabul on Saturday hours after dozens of Shiite worshippers were slaughtered by a suicide bomber during evening prayers.

Pomp and pageantry as Thailand rehearses late King's funeral

3 hours 54 min ago

Gilded chariots, horses and columns of military men in bright costumes swept through Bangkok's old quarter on Saturday in a final dress rehearsal for late King Bhumibol Adulyadej's funeral -- a meticulously-planned spectacle of devotion to a man known as the "soul of the nation". Steered by the Buddhist ritual, palace protocol and social hierarchy that underpin Thailand's powerful monarchy, the elaborate cremation ceremony will befit a king who commanded a cult-like following during his 70-year reign. The five-day fanfare, which kicks off next Wednesday, is the culmination of months of painstaking preparation that began after Bhumibol died a year ago, aged 88, plunging the nation into grief.

Two more Weinstein accusers go public with sex assault claims

4 hours 14 min ago

A former actress accused Harvey Weinstein of exposing his genitals and forcing himself on her as a separate alleged victim publicly repeated rape allegations against the movie mogul who reportedly plans to stay in rehab for another month. Heather Kerr, who appeared on 1980s US sitcom "The Facts of Life," claims Weinstein attacked her during a private meeting with the producer when she was an aspiring actress in her 20s.

Spain to grab Catalonia powers as crisis intensifies

5 hours 1 min ago

Spain's government kicked off a crisis cabinet meeting on Saturday as it prepares to seize powers from Catalonia's separatist executive in an unprecedented move aimed at stopping the northeastern region's independence drive. During the meeting, which started around 10:00 am (0800 GMT), Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and his ministers will decide on what powers to take away from the wealthy region, which currently enjoys wide autonomy including control over its own policing, education and healthcare. The measures take the country into uncharted legal waters, and come just a day after Madrid won powerful backing from the king and the EU in its battle to keep the country together.

Philippines' Duterte says he will shoot criminals

5 hours 9 min ago

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has offered to shoot criminals himself, while warning he may bring police back to the frontlines of his deadly war on drugs. Duterte made the comments late Friday following his announcement on October 11 to withdraw the police from his anti-drug war after they were accused of rights abuses in killing thousands of people while following his orders to eradicate illegal drugs in society. Duterte has repeatedly insisted he has not ordered or incited police to murder drug addicts or suspects, while at other times he has said he would be happy to slaughter them or have tens of thousands killed.

Fourteen feared dead in Malaysian landslide

6 hours 36 min ago

Two workers were found dead and 12 others were missing Saturday after a landslide at a construction site on the popular Malaysian tourist island of Penang, officials said. Rescuers rushed to the Tanjung Bungah area on the north of Penang after the accident was reported just before 9:00 am (0100 GMT), the fire and rescue department said. Two bodies were pulled from the mud and twelve others were still missing, said Anuar Omar, a local police official.

Steady hand: how to do open-heart surgery in a quake

Sat, 10/21/2017 - 05:49

When the ground started shaking in Mexico City on September 19, many people ran out into the street. In the middle of performing open-heart surgery on a newborn, the pediatric surgeon just concentrated harder. Arellano, 57, knows a thing or two about working under pressure.

Soda tax supporters try to pivot from Chicago setback

Sat, 10/21/2017 - 05:46

US public health advocates are hoping to pivot after a major setback in Chicago, where local lawmakers repealed a soda tax after only two months following fierce industry-backed lobbying. On October 11, the Cook County Board of Commissioners, which includes Chicago, nullified the penny-an-ounce levy, which was seen as a means to discourage consumption of sugary drinks that can lead to obesity, diabetes and other ills. "It's a setback," said Jim O'Hara, director of health promotion policy at the nonprofit Center for Science in the Public Interest.

Communism is 'beyond' them, but Chinese still flock to the party

Sat, 10/21/2017 - 05:45

Marx might struggle to recognise his heirs among the billionaires, skyscrapers and stock exchanges of modern China. "When I was younger, in the 1960s, we were told in school that being in the party signified being someone good," 53-year-old Liu Shimin, a former employee at a state-owned enterprise and long-standing party member, told AFP. Communism is so vague, no one can say if it will come true." The Chinese Communist Party was clandestinely founded in 1921 by about a dozen revolutionaries in Shanghai.

High fives, low bows: electioneering, Japan style

Sat, 10/21/2017 - 04:48

From campaign mini-vans staffed by "warbler birds" to "gutter lid" politics, a Japanese election has many quirks. Here are five good ways to win votes in the world's number three economy: - He who bows, wins - To an outsider, Japanese bow a lot at the best of times and rarely more often or deeper than when politicians are looking for votes. Campaigners bob up and down in campaign speeches, seeking to demonstrate the proper democratic deference towards voters.

Russia confronts its past in teaching of 1917 revolution

Sat, 10/21/2017 - 04:47

Glorified during the Soviet era but denounced at the fall of the USSR, the 1917 Russian revolution is now taught in schools with a neutrality the Kremlin hopes will "bring the nation together". Just as Russian President Vladimir Putin celebrates episodes from both Soviet and Tsarist history, school textbooks shy away from choosing one side or another when it comes to the revolution and its consequences. "Current textbooks describe 1917 in a way that is intentionally neutral, so that events from 100 years ago don't threaten this new sense of national stability," said Leonid Katsva, a 59-year-old history teacher.

Korean, Iranian dramas share top prize at Asia's leading film fest

Sat, 10/21/2017 - 03:53

A Korean drama about desperate teens and a movie that exposes the hardships of daily life in the Iranian capital Tehran shared the top prize at Asia's premier film festival on Saturday. The two grim tales left award jurors at the 22nd Busan International Film Festival concerned that modern cinema was heading "towards visions of darkness and desperation". Korean director Kim Ui-seok's teen-themed drama "After My Death" and "Blockage" from Iran's Mohsen Gharaei were announced as the two winners of this year's New Currents award for first or second-time filmmakers.

Daisy Ridley wants to market lightsaber workouts

Sat, 10/21/2017 - 03:00

Daisy Ridley's gruelling Star Wars shoots led to the star gaining new muscles.

Bryan Cranston's kindness has inspired Krysten Ritter to help young actors

Sat, 10/21/2017 - 03:00

Krysten Ritter worries about her younger sister's use of social media.

Kanye West 'on daddy duty overdrive for baby number three'

Sat, 10/21/2017 - 03:00

Kanye and wife Kim Kardashian have turned to a surrogate for their third child after Kim experienced difficult pregnancies with her first two.

Is Weinstein scandal a watershed for French women too?

Sat, 10/21/2017 - 02:50

It took the fall of a US movie mogul to breach the culture of silence around sexual assault and harassment in France, but French feminist Caroline De Haas believes the country has turned a corner. Over the past week, social media accounts in France -- like in the US -- have been awash with accounts of harassment or assault, with tens of thousands of women (and some men) adding their names to the list of alleged victims. In a country long seen as soft on sexual harassment -- where the predatory style of ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn was an open secret before he was brought down by a US assault case brought by a hotel maid -- feminists see the flood of testimonies as a turning point.

Catalan crisis leaves Barca between rock and a hard place

Sat, 10/21/2017 - 02:49

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu faces the club's members at an annual general meeting on Saturday fighting an increasingly difficult battle to balance the conflicting interests of fans in favour of Catalan independence and millions of supporters in the rest of Spain and around the world. A powerful symbol of Catalonia, Barca have been caught in the political crossfire since an independence referendum for the wealthy northeastern region of Spain, deemed illegal by the central government in Madrid, was marred by violent clashes as police forced their way into polling stations to seize ballot boxes on October 1.

Honda Produces 100 Millionth Honda Super Cub Motorcycle

Sat, 10/21/2017 - 02:00

Honda Motor Co., Ltd. has reached a remarkable milestone with its Honda Super Cub series of motorcycles as it produced the 100-millionth unit, with a commemorative ceremony held at its Kumamoto ... The post Honda Produces 100 Millionth Honda Super Cub Motorcycle appeared first on Carmudi Philippines.

Seal recruited for Frank Sinatra Christmas duets album

Sat, 10/21/2017 - 01:00

The A Kiss From a Rose singer has tackled some of Sinatra's classics on his new Standards album.

Three arrested in Florida shooting after white supremacist speech

Sat, 10/21/2017 - 00:51

Three men were arrested after a shooting following white supremacist Richard Spencer's controversial speech at the University of Florida, police said Friday. Spencer, leader of the so-called "alt-right" movement -- encompassing white supremacists, neo-Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan -- appeared Thursday on campus in Gainesville, in the north of the state. Just over an hour after his speech ended, three of Spencer's followers stopped their car in front of a group of anti-racism protesters at a bus stop, police said in a statement.