• Pakistan police arrest village council for ordering rape

    Fourteen members of a Pakistani village council have been arrested for ordering the rape of a teenage girl as punishment for a rape committed by her brother, police said Wednesday. The incident occurred earlier this month in the neighbourhood of Raja Ram in Muzaffarabad, a suburb of the central city of Multan, investigators told AFP. "A jirga (village council) had ordered the rape of a 16-year-old girl as punishment, as her brother had raped a 12-year-old," said Allah Baksh, a local police official.

  • Koeman confirms Barkley has no future at Everton

    (Reuters) - Midfielder Ross Barkley has no future at Everton after rejecting the Premier League club's contract offer, manager Ronald Koeman said on Wednesday. Barkley, 23, scored five goals and provided eight assists in the league last season as Everton finished seventh, but has refused to extend his stay at the club after entering the final year of his contract. Koeman told Barkley in May that he would be sold if he did not accept the contract on offer.

  • Tired Sun flops as Detti wins 800m freestyle world gold

    Chinese superstar Sun Yang flopped to a disappointing fifth place in the men's 800m freestyle final at the world championships on Wednesday as Italy's Gabriele Detti claimed a surprise victory. Detti touched the wall at seven minutes, 40.77 seconds with Wojciech Wojdak of Poland claiming silver at 0.96 back and Italy's Gregorio Paltrinieri earning bronze at 1.67. Sun, the gold medallist in the event at the each of the last three world championships, produced an uncharacteristically poor performance to finish 8.10 off Detti's pace.

  • In Chongqing, Bo Xilai's support endures in face of Beijing's new assault on his legacy

    By Philip Wen CHONGQING, China (Reuters) - In this steamy metropolis of more than 30 million people on the banks of the Yangtze River, it doesn’t take much to find people who still talk in reverential terms about Bo Xilai, Chongqing’s incarcerated and disgraced former Communist Party head who was removed from office more than five years ago. By contrast, it is difficult to find anyone who has similar regard for Sun Zhengcai, who lost the same Chongqing party job earlier this month after being accused by Beijing of failing to rid the city of Bo's influence and legacy. People remember Bo fondly as a can-do leader who improved law and order, turbo-charged the economy, and rejuvenated dilapidated old city quarters.

  • Be ‘gentlemen’, Muhyiddin tells Umno Youth following scuffle

    KUALA LUMPUR, July 26 - Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin today urged Umno Youth members to be civil, following a scuffle involving his party’s youth...

  • Baby Charlie Gard to die in hospice, parents seek more time with him

    By Michael Holden and Estelle Shirbon LONDON (Reuters) - A British judge gave the parents of Charlie Gard until noon on Thursday to agree arrangements for his death with the hospital caring for him, failing which he would be transferred to a hospice where his ventilation tube would be removed. Having reluctantly taken the decision over the weekend to let Charlie die, his parents have been making desperate attempts to make an arrangement that would make it possible for them to spend several days with him, away from hospital. Charlie requires invasive ventilation to breathe and cannot see, hear or swallow.

  • Foxconn announces U.S. manufacturing plant in Wisconsin

    Taiwanese electronics manufacturer Foxconn on Wednesday announced plans to build a $10 billion LCD display panel screen plant in Wisconsin, a deal President Donald Trump asserted would not have happened without his efforts. Trump praised Foxconn chairman Terry Gou at a White House event, asserting: "If I didn't get elected, he definitely wouldn't be spending $10 billion ... This is a great day for America." Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker said at the White House his state will award $3 billion in incentives and sign a memorandum of understanding on the investment on Thursday.