Everton's Richarlison and Manchester City's Fabian Delph tussle during the clubs’ Premier League match at Etihad Stadium on Saturday. (Reuters Photo)MANCHESTER: Gabriel Jesus scored twice as Manchester City beat Everton 3-1 in Premier League action at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday. The win puts City atop the table, two points ahead of Liverpool, who are at home to Manchester United on Sunday. Sane’s cross was met by the head of Jesus, for his first League double since October 2017. Substitute Raheem Sterling restored City’s two-goal cushion, four minutes later, with a header from Fernandinho’s cross.
December 15, 2018 14:15 UTC
Now, that’s multitasking: A bus driver makes a video call while his young son takes the wheel in this video taken by a passenger in Phuket. It was posted on a Facebook page titled “Khab Rod Baepnee Tong Prachan” (Driving like this must be denounced). Facebook user “Mango Maimai” shared her unsettling experience on a Facebook page on Saturday. This is a passenger bus, not a children’s playground for use as a driving exercise. How many lives are in your hands?”She posted a video clip on the “Khab Rod Baepnee Tong Prachan” (Driving like this must be denounced) Facebook page on Saturday.
December 15, 2018 13:41 UTC
KIEv: Several thousand Ukrainians rallied outside one of Kiev's main cathedrals Saturday ahead of a historic synod expected to establish an Orthodox church independent from Russia. "Let's stand and pray for a Ukrainian church to be created today," he said as he greeted several of the rally's participants. He has made an independent Church a campaign pledge as he looks ahead to an unpredictable election next year. - Throwing off Russian oversight -The synod will seek to realise a landmark decision by Istanbul-based Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I to recognise Ukraine's independence from the Russian Orthodox Church. The meeting is dominated by the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kiev Patriarchate, the country's largest branch by number of believers.
December 15, 2018 12:45 UTC
KATOWICE, Poland: Nations on Saturday inched towards a deal to implement the Paris climate goals, after all-night negotiations to hammer out a plan to limit global temperature rises exposed a range of conflicts. Delegates at the UN summit, held this year in the Polish mining city of Katowice, must agree on a common rule book to put the pledges nations made in the landmark 2015 Paris climate accord into practice. It is a compromise," Gebru Jember Endalew, chair of the Least Developed Countries negotiating group, told AFP. This would see richer countries giving money now to help deal with the effects of climate change many vulnerable states are already experiencing. Most nations wanted the findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to form a key part of future planning.
December 15, 2018 12:45 UTC
Drivers will no longer have to carry licences after the Department of Land Transport (DLT) launches an electronic version of the ID in mid-January. A user can install the DLT QR Licence mobile app for free by scanning the QR code in the picture above. After registering, it will connect with the department’s database and shows the images of both the front and back of his driving licence on the smartphone. The app can notify the user when his driver’s licence is about to expire and show the details of his traffic tickets. The smart licence app is available to holders of personal, public and special driving licences so long as the hard-copy driving licences are of the new type with QR codes, which replaced the paper version on Sept 4, 2017.
December 15, 2018 12:33 UTC
PHNOM PENH: Cambodian authorities have seized more than three tonnes of rare African ivory hidden inside an abandoned shipping container, the country’s largest haul of elephant tusks in the last four years. He said the ivory was sent from the southern African nation of Mozambique. The tusks arrived at the Phnom Penh port in July, but officials did not find them until this week. Sun Chhay refused to comment on where the ivory was supposed to be headed, but said Cambodia was only being used as a transit point. In May 2014, customs officials seized three tonnes of African ivory hidden in a container of beans at the southwestern port of Sihanoukville.
December 15, 2018 12:33 UTC
Poom Saksansin hits a tee shot during the third round of the Indonesian Masters golf tournament at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club on Saturday. (Asian Tour via AFP)JAKARTA: Poom Saksansin maintained his three-shot lead to inch closer to a second Indonesian Masters triumph while Justin Rose remained on course to become world number one even after the Briton’s title defence appeared over on Saturday. His 54-hole aggregate of 16-under-par 200 puts him in the pole position for a second title, having triumphed at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club two years ago. “I think it’s good enough that I am playing with Henrik Stenson tomorrow,” Poom said of his idol. After two rounds of 68, Rose birdied the final hole to sign for a one-under 71 and drop further behind in the title race.
December 15, 2018 11:26 UTC
It took firefighters more than three hours to bring the blaze under control at the Biko Prachinburi plant. Two workers suffered smoke inhalation. Two suffered smoke inhalation and the fire caused about 400 million baht in damage. Pol Col Nawin Sonthirat, chief of the Sri Maha Phot station, said forensic investigators would collect evidence to help establish the exact cause of the fire. Biko Prachinburi is the local affiliate of Japan-based Biko, which specialises in injection-moulded auto body parts, lighting components and other parts.
December 15, 2018 11:03 UTC
The fighting also left a soldier of the Indian army dead, senior police officer Swayam Prakash Pani told AFP. Kashmir has been divided between India and Pakistan since the end of British colonial rule over the subcontinent in 1947. Rebel groups have fought for decades about 500,000 Indian soldiers deployed in the territory New Delhi controls, seeking Kashmir's independence or its merger with Pakistan. Separatists opposed to Indian rule of Kashmir called for a three-day general strike to protest Saturday's killings and announced a march on Monday to the military headquarters in Srinagar. Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, a senior member of the unified Joint Resistance Leadership group, took to Twitter to vent anger at government action, saying the Indian forces should "kill all of us at one time rather than killing us daily".
December 15, 2018 11:03 UTC
The last three Saturdays have been marked by violent demonstrations, with burning barricades, pillaging and clashes with police in cities across France. Around 90,000 security forces were mobilised last Saturday across France and 2,000 people were detained, around half of them in Paris. Need for calmMany of the "yellow vest" figureheads, along with leaders of the far-left Unbowed France party, have urged protesters to turn out on Saturday to pressure the government into making further concessions. Others have suggested that the mostly small town and rural protesters should show resolve by rallying in the regions rather than heading for the capital. In a bid to end the protests, Macron announced a package of measures estimated by economists to cost up to 15 billion euros ($17 billion) on Monday.
December 15, 2018 11:01 UTC
The sixth-ranked Indian has been in imperious form all week in the Chinese city of Guangzhou and made it a fourth victory with a bruising defeat of Thailand's Ratchanok Intanon. The 23-year-old Sindhu, renowned for her never-say-die attitude, needed all her resolve to finally see off Ratchanok 21-16, 25-23 in a captivating semi-final. It's been a great year for me though," said Ratchanok after completing her last match of the seasson. Thai players also lost in the mixed doubles as Dechapol Puavaranukroh and Sapsiree Taeratanachai were sent packing 21-19 14-21 12-21 by Chinese Zheng Siwei and Huang Yaqiong in the semi-finals. In the other last-four clash on Saturday in the women's draw, Okuhara, a place above Sindhu at five in the world, emerged from an all-Japanese clash against Akane Yamaguchi.
December 15, 2018 10:32 UTC
WASHINGTON: A federal judge in Texas has ruled that the US health care law known as Obamacare is unconstitutional -- a ruling that opposition Democrats quickly vowed to appeal. At the US Supreme Court, five justices in the nine-judge court who voted to uphold Obamacare in a separate case in 2012 are still on the bench. "Wow, but not surprisingly, ObamaCare was just ruled UNCONSTITUTIONAL by a highly respected judge in Texas. While the court's "absurd ruling will be immediately appealed, Republicans are fully responsible for this cruel decision," she said. We will continue to fight these efforts to take Americans' healthcare away," he tweeted.
December 15, 2018 10:30 UTC
"The regional alliance has been undermined by the crisis," Sheikh Mohammed told policymakers at the two-day Doha Forum. "Therefore the alliance that existed needs to be reshaped and redesigned to ensure future stability and security of the region." Riyadh and its allies accused Doha of supporting "terrorist groups", including the Muslim Brotherhood which they blacklist but with which Qatar has longstanding ties. They also accused the emirate of advocating improved relations with Saudi arch rival Iran, with which Qatar shares important offshore gas fields. In his opening remarks to the forum, the emir said Qatar's Gulf partners needed to show respect for its independence.
December 15, 2018 10:18 UTC
PARIS: "Yellow vest" demonstrators began gathering on the Champs-Elysees in Paris on Saturday morning for a fifth weekend of protests in defiance of calls by the French government to stay home. Yellow vest protestors begin gathering on the Champs Elysees in ParisPresident Emmanuel Macron, facing the biggest crisis of his presidency, announced a series of concessions on Monday to defuse the explosive "yellow vest" movement which sprang up in rural and small-town France last month. The last three Saturdays have been marked by violent demonstrations, with burning barricades, pillaging and clashes with police in cities across France. - Need for calm -Many of the "yellow vest" figureheads, along with leaders of the far-left Unbowed France party, have urged protesters to turn out on Saturday to pressure the government into making further concessions. In a bid to end the protests, Macron announced a package of measures estimated by economists to cost up to 15 billion euros ($17 billion) on Monday.
December 15, 2018 09:47 UTC
(Photo by Jakkrit Waewkraihong)Forget lifesize campaign posters featuring Thaksin or Yingluck Shinawatra or Chuan Leekpai in the upcoming election. The Election Commission has drafted a regulation banning the use of photos of anyone else in campaign posters other than MP candidates, their party leaders or prime ministerial candidates. The new regulations also cap the number of posters an MP candidate may use at two times the number of polling stations in the constituency. The candidate’s party may also put up posters promoting the party in general but the number may not exceed the number of polling stations in each constituency. The EC will also create a campaign poster for each MP candidate to be put in a place that is yet to be decided in each constituency.
December 15, 2018 09:45 UTC