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4:22 PM

Wozniacki powers past Radwanska at WTA Finals

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki all but booked her place in the semi-finals of the WTA Finals with an impressive 7-5 6-3 win over Agnieszka Radwanska on Thursday.

4:12 PM

Sarawak natives turn to United Nations to stop Baram Dam

MIRI: The plight of some 20,000 rural natives uprooted by the proposed Baram Dam project in interior northern Sarawak have been brought to the attention of the United Nations (UN).

4:10 PM

Exporters fail on pledge to curb bribery - watchdog

BERLIN (Reuters) - Big exporting nations are breaking their pledge to fight corruption in global trade, with more than half of the countries that have signed an anti-bribery convention failing to implement it, a report by Transparency International (TI) showed on Thursday.

4:04 PM

Gunmen kill eight Shiites on bus in southwest Pakistan, police say

QUETTA (Pakistan) (AFP) - Gunmen opened fire on a bus carrying Shiite Muslims in the southwestern city of Quetta on Thursday killing eight, just days ahead of the holy month of Muharram, police said.

4:00 PM

At U.N., China asked to back human rights case against North Korea

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The chief U.N. investigator into human rights cases in North Korea said on Wednesday he has appealed to China to support calls to refer Pyongyang's actions to The Hague on suspicion of crimes against humanity.

4:00 PM

Bomb blast kills five at bus station in north Nigeria - police

ABUJA (Reuters) - A bomb exploded at a bus station in northern Nigeria's Bauchi state late on Wednesday, killing at least five people and wounding 12, police said.

4:00 PM

China says wants closer military ties with Iran

BEIJING (Reuters) - China wants to have closer military ties with Iran, the Chinese defence minister told the visiting head of the Iranian navy on Thursday, state media reported, reaffirming diplomatic links despite controversy over Iran's nuclear plans.

4:00 PM

Facebook's Zuckerberg wages China charm offensive - in Mandarin

BEIJING (AFP) - Facebook is blocked in China, but its co-founder Mark Zuckerberg appears determined to win over hearts and minds in Beijing -- surprising a hall full of students by conducting a Q&A session in Mandarin.

3:47 PM

India's Modi meets troops in Diwali day Kashmir visit

SRINAGAR (India) (AFP) - India's Hindu nationalist Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid a rare visit to the Siachen glacier in the disputed Kashmir region Thursday to rally the morale of troops after recent deadly border clashes with Pakistan.

3:44 PM

Mapping drone prompts China to scramble fighter jets

BEIJING (AFP) - China deployed more than 1,200 troops and scrambled fighter jets in response to an unauthorised flight near Beijing airport by what turned out to be a mapping drone, state-run media reported Thursday.

3:42 PM

Facebook's Zuckerberg wages China charm offensive

BEIJING: Facebook is blocked in China, but its co-founder Mark Zuckerberg appears determined to win over hearts and minds in Beijing, surprising a hall full of students by conducting a Q&A session in Mandarin.

3:38 PM

Press Metal upbeat on aluminium industry outlook

KUALA LUMPUR: Press Metal Bhd is upbeat on the outlook of the aluminium industry driven by supply shortage amid higher demand from various industries including car, construction, aviation and cable.

3:35 PM

Actress’ ex-driver charged with CBT

KUALA LUMPUR: A Malaysian actress' former driver claimed trial in the Ampang Magistrate's Court here to criminal breach of trust (CBT) involving RM200,000.

3:32 PM

Thaw reveals Antarctic explorer's century-old notebook

WELLINGTON (AFP) - A photographic notebook from Robert Scott's ill-fated Antarctic expedition has been found after a century trapped in the ice of the frozen continent, New Zealand's Antarctic Heritage Trust said.

3:29 PM

Hong Kong protests: saving the movement's art

HONG KONG (AFP) - A band of Hong Kong art guardians are on constant standby at the city's sprawling protest site. Their mission: to swoop in and save a vast array of creative works -- including the towering "Umbrella Man" statue -- if the police move in.

3:24 PM

New Japan minister hit by S&M bar scandal

TOKYO (AFP) - Japan was hit Thursday by a third political scandal in a week after its new industry minister -- whose predecessor resigned in disgrace over misspending -- admitted that his underlings had spent office cash at a sex bar.

3:24 PM

Bed scenes of "well-known ustaz" with woman goes viral

PETALING JAYA: A short video clip showing a well-known religious figure in bed with a young woman has gone viral.

3:15 PM

Canada PM vows crackdown after capital shocked by fatal attacks

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper vowed to redouble the country's fight against "terrorist organizations" abroad after a reported convert to Islam rampaged through parliament, shocking the usually tranquil capital city.

3:09 PM

Chinese trainmakers set to go head to head for California deal

SHANGHAI: China's CSR Corp Ltd is keen to supply high-speed trains to California, a company official said, in a move that will pit the trainmaker against domestic rival China CNR Corp Ltd.

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