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White House chief: Trump not building a ‘wall’

'The president still says 'wall.' Oftentimes frankly he'll say 'barrier' or 'fencing,' now he's tended toward steel slats,' says John Kelly

Sudanese ordered to hang for apostasy gives birth in jail

A Christian Sudanese woman sentenced to death for apostasy has given birth in jail, effectively giving her a two-year reprieve to nurse her child.

Darfur needs $6bn for economic recovery, says top official

The economic recovery of Sudan's war-ravaged Darfur needs about $6-billion, a top official has said, appealing for international support.

Kidnapped Chinese workers in South Sudan freed

A group of Chinese workers kidnapped in South Sudan 11 days ago by rebels have been freed and flown to Kenya.

Tensions between Vietnam, China escalate

Vietnam has announced it will hold a naval drill next week in the South China Sea as an escalating maritime dispute fuels tensions with Beijing.

Global lawyers’ group brands Vietnam arrest ‘arbitrary’

A global association of lawyers says Vietnam's ''arbitrary'' arrest of a human rights lawyer contravenes international legal standards.

Disasters raise new tests for telecoms

Disasters like the earthquake in China have highlighted the need for countries to develop better emergency communications plans, experts say.

On world’s biggest airliner, the little things count

The days of cursing the passenger in front of you could be over. On the world's biggest airliner, the Airbus A380, it is the little things that will make travel more comfortable for ordinary flyers, said Tom Ballantyne, senior correspondent for the industry publication <i>Orient Aviation</i>.

Internet chaos shows system’s weakness

The chaos in Asia's internet service sparked by an undersea earthquake shows the region's cable network is too fragile and overly reliant on connections to the United States, industry observers said on Thursday. Millions of people across Asia were enduring a second day without full internet services after a 7,1-magnitude earthquake hit Taiwan late on Tuesday.

Casino bid to proceed despite Kerzner’s death

Kerzner International's bid for a Singapore casino licence will proceed despite the death in a helicopter crash of the firm's chief executive officer, the company said on Thursday. ''The company is fully committed to continuing its bid for the integrated resort in Sentosa,'' Kerzner said in a statement after the death of Butch Kerzner (42).

Hope and despair in Lebanon’s Bint Jbeil

Hope and despair coexist in the rubble of Bint Jbeil, the southern Lebanese town that saw some of the fiercest fighting of the war between Israel and the Hezbollah Shiite militia. ''Of course it will rebuild, sooner or later,'' says Ali Hassan Bazzi (45) who stopped by the damaged shop of his friend Mohammed Bazzi (32).

Awaiting reinforcements, UN soldiers on in Lebanon

In a tower high above his battle-scarred hilltop base, a United Nations peacekeeper from India keeps watch along the Lebanese border. An Israeli fortress bristling with antennas looms before him metres away across the frontier. The men of the 28-year-old United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (Unifil) continue observing, patrolling and delivering humanitarian assistance in south Lebanon.

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