• Exclusive: U.S. warship stayed on deadly collision course despite warning-container ship captain

    By Tim Kelly TOKYO (Reuters) - A U.S. warship struck by a container vessel in Japanese waters failed to respond to warning signals or take evasive action before a collision that killed seven of its crew, according to a report of the incident by the Philippine cargo ship's captain. Multiple U.S. and Japanese investigations are under way into how the guided missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald and the much larger ACX Crystal container ship collided in clear weather south of Tokyo Bay in the early hours of June 17. In the first detailed account from one of those directly involved, the cargo ship's captain said the ACX Crystal had signalled with flashing lights after the Fitzgerald "suddenly" steamed on to a course to cross its path.

  • Former tennis star John McEnroe said Serena Williams would be 700th in the world if she played on the men’s circuit

    In an interview with NPR, McEnroe said that Serena Williams does not deserve the title "greatest of all time" because he does not think that she would be as successful if she played against the men

  • Instant View: U.S. Supreme Court revival on Trump travel ban draws praise, criticism

    (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday gave President Donald Trump a victory by allowing his temporary ban on travelers from six Muslim-majority countries and all refugees to go into effect for people with no strong ties to the United States while agreeing to decide the order's legality this fall. The justices granted parts of the Trump administration's emergency request to put the order into effect immediately while the legal battle continues. COMMENTS THE COUNCIL ON AMERICAN-ISLAMIC RELATIONS, A MUSLIM CIVIL RIGHTS AND ADVOCACY ORGANIZATION The council expressed its concerns about the Supreme Court decision in relations to Islam saying it "ignores the Islamophobic origins of the policy and emboldens Islamophobes in the Trump administration." AHMED AL-NASI, OFFICIAL AT YEMEN MINISTRY OF EXPATRIATE AFFAIRS Al-Nasi, whose country is one of the six falling under the ban, also criticized the Supreme Court decision.

  • An 'insult' to suggest Lee Kuan Yew did not understand his own will: Hsien Yang

    It is “an insult to a great man” to suggest that the late Lee Kuan Yew did not understand his own will, said Lee Hsien Yang. In his latest Facebook post on Saturday (24 June), the brother of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said that the PM “is now getting his ministers to repeat his insinuations that Lee Kuan Yew did not understand his own will”. It was an apparent reference to Senior Minister of State for Law and Finance Indranee Rajah’s Facebook post on the same day.

  • Swede held by Al-Qaeda in Mali since 2011 freed

    A Swede who had been held hostage by Al-Qaeda in Mali since 2011 has been freed, the Swedish government said Monday, but the fate of a fellow hostage from South Africa remains unknown. "It is with great pleasure that I can announce that Johan Gustafsson has been released and can return to Sweden," Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom said in a statement, giving no details about how his release was secured. Swedish newspapers Expressen and Aftonbladet reported shortly afterwards that a Swedish government plane carrying Gustafsson had landed at Stockholm's Arlanda airport and that he had been welcomed home by his family, but neither the government nor airport officials would confirm that information.