Prime Minister Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street after making a statement on the Brexit negotiations on Friday in London. (AFP Photo)LONDON: The pound dropped the most since November after British Prime Minister Theresa May warned on Friday that Brexit negotiations were at an impasse. Friday’s newspaper front pages in Britain talked of May’s “humiliation” at the Salzburg summit of EU leaders, 10 days ahead of the annual Conservative Party conference where she will face intense scrutiny. On Wednesday, May was left looking isolated after leaders told her to rework her plans, and set her a deadline of next month to come back with new ideas. “Trading the pound off the Brexit headlines has been plagued by fatigue in recent days, and we may see a bit of revival in the downside pound hedges.”
September 21, 2018 14:03 UTC
Customers look at the newly launched iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max at the Apple Store in Singapore on Friday. (Reuters photo)SINGAPORE: Among the hundreds of Apple fans who turned up at the Orchard Road store early Friday morning was 29-year-old Jonathan Lim who bought eight iPhones on behalf of family and friends. The entrepreneur and his friends made pre-orders online and Lim was at the store at 8am (7am Thailand time) to collect their six iPhone XS’ and two units of the iPhone XS Maxm, TODAY reported on Friday. One user made his way from across the causeway on Thursday just so he could pick up two sets of the iPhone XS max. The iPhone XS is priced from S$1,649 (64 GB) to S$2,199 (512GB), and the iPhone XS Max is priced from S$1,799 (64GB) to S$2,349 (512GB).
September 21, 2018 13:41 UTC
MANILA - The death toll from a landslide in the central Philippines has risen to 29, police said Friday, as rescuers frantically dug for survivors of the latest tragedy in the storm-hit nation. The rescue effort came as the nation was still reeling from Typhoon Mangkhut, whose toll hit 95 dead on Thursday, mostly from a massive landslide in the country's mountainous north. The efforts in Cebu came as searchers in the Philippines' north continued to work to recover the corpses of a suspected dozens of people buried in a landslide unleashed Saturday by Typhoon Mangkhut. Small-scale miners and their families were buried after their homes were hit by one of the dozens of landslides unleashed as the storm hit the Cordillera mountain range. Most of the 95 people killed by Mangkhut died in landslides in the gold-mining region that includes Itogon.
September 21, 2018 13:41 UTC
WASHINGTON - Three babies and two adults were slashed during an early-morning assault at a suspected illegal childcare center in New York City on Friday, police said. The suspect attacked two baby girls and a baby boy, leaving one of the girls in serious condition, police said. One of the adults hurt in the attack worked there, while the other was the father of one of the babies. "It looks to be an illegal" childcare facility, apparently for members of the city's Asian community, the police spokesman told AFP. It was not immediately clear how many other children were at the center at the time of the assault.
September 21, 2018 12:56 UTC
LONDON: British Prime Minister Theresa May faced headlines Friday detailing her "humiliation" at an EU summit in Salzburg, where she was given just weeks to strike a Brexit deal acceptable to the bloc and hardliners at home. British Prime Minister Theresa May insisted her plan for a UK-EU free trade area just for goods was "the only proposal on the table". "She is sticking up for Britain, sticking up for what will work for our country," Housing Secretary James Brokenshire told BBC radio. - 'Euro mobsters' -But British newspapers made grim reading for the prime minister, with the word "humiliation" splashed across several front pages. The EU has proposed that Northern Ireland, a British province, continue to follow many EU trade rules and regulations to maintain the status quo with Ireland, a remaining bloc member.
September 21, 2018 12:46 UTC
Thong Mektanee, 76, takes a passenger for a ride in Sawankhalok municipality in Sukhothai. (Photo by Phubate Faithes)SUKHOTHAI: Thong Mektanee began driving a trishaw in Sawankhalok municipality when he was 26 years old and shows no signs of slowing down 50 years later. Now the town has only one trishaw left. Thong Mektanee, 76, waits on his trishaw for his next passenger. But he can’t tell when the last trishaw will be seen no more on the streets of Sawankhalok.
September 21, 2018 12:00 UTC
Australian filmmaker James Ricketson gestures as he leaves the Municipal Court in Phnom Penh on Aug 16. The royal pardon issued on Friday was signed by Senate President Say Chhum, the acting head of state in the absence of King Norodom Sihamoni, who is reported to be visiting China. Pardons are normally issued at the request of Prime Minister Hun Sen.“Having fully understood the royal decree, James Ricketson … should be freed,” the municipal court stated. His Aug 31 conviction was met with only lukewarm public concern from Australia’s prime minister and foreign minister. Ricketson’s lawyer, Kong Sam Onn, said his client would go first to Phnom Penh and then travel to Australia.
September 21, 2018 11:38 UTC
SINGAPORE: Singapore Airlines (SIA) has stopped accepting lion bones for cargo after the carrier was singled out in a report for transporting the animal parts from South Africa. In Vietnam, lion bones are cooked and turned into balm while claws and teeth are used as body ornaments. The airline told AFP it had stopped accepting lion bones as cargo, but did not say when the policy had come into effect. “Singapore Airlines does not accept the carriage of lion bones as cargo following a review which took into account increasing concerns around the world,” the company said in an email. South Africa has been sending lion bones to Southeast Asia since at least 2008 and it was likely that SIA had been transporting them since that year, Pickover added.
September 21, 2018 11:15 UTC
A 52-year-old woman working at the center has been arrested after the 3:30 am assault in the Queens borough of the city. The woman was found in the basement of the in-home center with self-inflicted cuts to her wrists, a New York Police Department official told AFP. Two baby girls and a baby boy were attacked by the woman, the officer said on condition of anonymity. One of the girls is in serious condition, he said. The two adults were a co-worker at the facility and the father of one of the infants, the officer said.
September 21, 2018 11:13 UTC
Security has been tightened also in Myawady to recapture the escapees and authorities are checking vehicles passing through from Myawady to Mae Sot from September 18. “Thai army and border guard forces are checking buses and cars at the entry of the checkpoint from September 18. A total of 18 escapees from Hpa-an prison are still at large. The operation will be carried out from 6 am to 8 pm daily,” said a driver running between Myawady and Mae Sot. The authorities are trying to recapture the remaining escapees.
September 21, 2018 10:41 UTC
Philippine shares jumped 3.5% on Friday, the most in 32 months, while the Stock Exchange of Thailand index closed marginally higher. The SET index ended the day 4.01 points or 0.23% higher to close at 1,756.12, in turnover of 78 billion baht. Index heavyweights DBS Group Holdings and United Overseas Bank jumped 3.2% and 1.4%, respectively. Indonesian shares closed higher for a third session in a row and posted their highest close in over two weeks. For the week, Singapore shares advanced 1.8%, Indonesia gained 0.4% and Thailand jumped 2%, while Philippine stocks declined 0.4%.
September 21, 2018 10:30 UTC
Jiraphon was taken to Chalong Police Station where she was charged with illegal possession of Category 1 drugs with intent to sell. The arrest comes after police previously detained a woman named Manita “Jam” Chuasakun. She was charged earlier with illegal possession of Category 1 drugs with intent to sell. When Manita's father visited her at the Phuket Provincial Prison, she told him that a woman named ‘Sao’ was selling drugs. Manita’s father tipped-off police, which led to the second arrest.
September 21, 2018 10:30 UTC
Pol Maj Gen Surachate Hakparn (first row, second left), deputy commissioner of the Tourist Police Bureau, and senior tourist police and officials, hold a media briefing about the arrest of four men for broadcasting live sexual acts via a mobile application. (Photo taken from @1155TPB Facebook page)Four men -- three Thais and a Myanmar national -- have been arrested for broadcasting live sexual acts via a China-based application. The arrests followed complaints posted on Surachate Hakparn Facebook that the four had broadcast sexual acts via a mobile phone application that was accessible to the public, said the TPB deputy chief. The app, provided by a firm in China, is the most popular among gay communities with more than 27 million users around the world. In Thailand, there were about 300,000 users and the number keeps rising, said Pol Maj Gen Surachate.
September 21, 2018 10:18 UTC
MOSCOW - Moscow and Beijing lashed out Friday at Washington's new anti-Russian sanctions that also target China for the first time, warning the United States could face consequences. Beijing on Friday urged the United States to withdraw sanctions or "bear the consequences". - 'Undermining stability' -Moscow said Washington was rocking global stability and said sarcastically that placing sanctions on Russia has become Washington's favourite "pastime." - Sanctions target only Russia? The new sanctions came as the United States and China are in the heat of a trade war.
September 21, 2018 10:07 UTC
Melbourne - Thailand’s Kiradech Aphibarnrat has picked his best friend and two-time Asian Tour winner Prom Meesawat as his partner for the World Cup of Golf next month. Prom, who spent several seasons competing in Japan and Europe, will be making his debut in the World Cup of Golf. The two men, who are both making their second starts in the World Cup of Golf, have combined for seven Presidents Cup appearances. The victory was Denmark’s first win in the World Cup of Golf, topping their previous best finish, as runners-up in 2001 by Thomas Bjorn and Soren Hansen. Their win made it the seventh time a European country has won the World Cup of Golf in the last nine occasions.
September 21, 2018 09:56 UTC