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Mumbai bomb plotter Yakub Memon hanged in India

MUMBAI: India on Thursday executed Yakub Memon for his role in the nation’s deadliest attacks, a series of bombings in Mumbai more than two decades ago, police said.

11:57 AM

Activists aim to derail Beijing's bid for Winter Olympics

BEIJING (Reuters) - Human rights activists are stepping up efforts to derail Beijing's bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics, hoping their protests and petitions can thwart what appears to be almost certain victory for the Chinese capital.

11:54 AM

Being frank not enough, Twitter needs to act

Twitter Inc interim CEO Jack Dorsey's harsh criticism of the company's efforts to woo new users may just be the first step to addressing its long-standing problems.

11:51 AM

Cathay Pacific flight makes emergency landing in Alaska

HONG KONG: A Cathay Pacific flight from Hong Kong to Los Angeles made an emergency landing at a military base in Alaska late Wednesday, after smoke was detected on the aircraft.

11:50 AM

China watchdog says graft risk controls tightened at central bank

BEIJING (Reuters) - The People's Bank of China is strengthening internal risk controls to weed out potential corrupt practices, a unit of the Communist Party's graft watchdog within the central bank said on Thursday.

11:50 AM

Authorities study plane debris found off Madagascar for links to missing MH370

PARIS/SYDNEY (Reuters) - French authorities are studying a piece of plane debris found on Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean to determine whether it came from Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, which vanished last year in one of the biggest mysteries in aviation history.

11:42 AM

Ultra-local ‘Facebook’ turning city neighbours into friends

Perched on makeshift seats next to a buffet with fresh fruit, elderflower cordial and homemade muffins, neighbours laugh and chat on a leafy patch amid modern apartment blocks in Vienna’s 15th district.

11:32 AM

Singapore Exchange Q4 profit up 24%

SINGAPORE: Singapore Exchange Ltd (SGX) reported a 24% rise in its quarterly net profit to the highest in two years and said it would focus on tackling the weak environment for new listings of companies.

11:30 AM

MH370: Found debris likely from a Boeing 777

PARIS/SYDNEY: A person close to the MH370 issue has told Reuters a piece of debris found on Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean is almost certainly from a Boeing 777, the type of aircraft operated by Malaysia Airlines for the ill-fated flight, but it has yet to be established if it is a piece of the missing plane.

11:29 AM

Gold steadies as investors seek cues on US rate hike timing

LONDON: Gold steadied on Wednesday as the dollar softened, but was still trading around a 5-1/2-year low hit last week as investors awaited the outcome of a Federal Reserve's meeting for cues on the timing of the first US rate rise in nearly a decade.

11:27 AM

Oil prices fall in longest decline in a year

LONDON: Oil prices fell on Wednesday, in their longest string of daily losses in a year as worsening global oversupply offset the potential lift from a weaker dollar and an expected drop in US crude stocks.

11:25 AM

Ringgit eases against US dollar

KUALA LUMPUR: The ringgit opened lower against the US dollar in early trade on Thursday as investors' interest shifted towards the greenback.

11:18 AM

Samsung Electronics cautious on outlook, says mobile business environment tough

Samsung Electronics Co Ltd offered a downbeat outlook for the third quarter after April-June profit dropped on a supply shortage for one of its main smartphone models, underscoring continued headwinds for the tech giant.

11:03 AM

Winter-sport plan unveiled

BEIJING: China’s sports governing body has announced a $30 million program to develop the country’s less-popular winter events.

10:56 AM

Invitation for Muhyiddin to speak at Sg Besar Umno conference withdrawn

PETALING JAYA: An invitation for deputy Umno president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin to speak at the opening of the Sungai Besar Umno division delegates conference on Aug 30 has been withdrawn, for fear that he will "confuse" party members.

10:40 AM

Zimbabwean charged over killing of Cecil the lion

HWANGE, Zimbabwe (Reuters) - A Zimbabwean court on Wednesday charged a professional hunter with failing to prevent an American from unlawfully killing 'Cecil', the southern African country's best-known lion, in a case that has triggered widespread revulsion at trophy hunting.

10:40 AM

Facebook's profit takes a dive as costs soar

Facebook Inc reported quarterly revenue that beat forecasts but its profit fell 9% as the social media company sharply increased spending to boost mobile revenue and future growth.

10:38 AM

Bursa Securities queries BTM Resources

KUALA LUMPUR: BTM Resources Bhd, whose shares had risen sharply in active trade this week, prompted Bursa Malaysia Securities to query the company.

10:37 AM

Three former college students' death sentence for double murder upheld

PUTRAJAYA: A Court of Appeal has upheld the death sentence for three former college students charged with murdering their disabled lecturer Zara Eleena Omar Peter and her father two years ago.

10:30 AM

India hangs man convicted of 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts

MUMBAI/NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India hanged Yakub Memon on Thursday for his role in the country's deadliest bombings, which killed at least 257 people in Mumbai in 1993, after the Supreme Court rejected a desperate overnight plea to delay his execution.

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