MALAYSIA PREPARES TO CELEBRATE INDEPENDENCE DAY

MALAYSIA PREPARES TO CELEBRATE INDEPENDENCE DAY. Participants march during Malaysian Independence day rehearsal in Merdeka square in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on August 28, 2015. The National Day parade involves the participation of about 10,000 participants from government and private agencies, members of the security forces and students. The theme for this year's National Day celebration is "Seha... Read More

USAIN BOLT WINS 200 METRES AT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

USAIN BOLT WINS 200 METRES AT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS. Usain Bolt reacts after winning the 200m at the IAAF World Championships, Beijing, China, on August 27, 2015. Bolt raced clear of Justin Gatlin in the home straight to comfortably seal a 100m and 200m double in a blistering 19.55seconds. Photo courtesy iaaf.org ... Read More

ECUADOR: COTOPAXI VOLCANO SPEWS HUGE COLUMN OF ASH

ECUADOR: COTOPAXI VOLCANO SPEWS HUGE COLUMN OF ASH. Cotopaxi Volcano, one of the world's highest active volcanoes, spews ash and smoke as seen from Quito, Ecuador, on August 27, 2015. Ecuadorian authorities are monitoring activity at Cotopaxi Volcano, which prompted Ecuador's President Rafael Correa to declare a state of emergency and authorities to maintain a yellow alert for eruptions as bursts... Read More

NIGERIA MARKS 500 DAYS SINCE CHIBOK GIRLS' ABDUCTION

NIGERIA MARKS 500 DAYS SINCE CHIBOK GIRLS' ABDUCTION. Relatives at the rally in Abuja, Nigeria, marking 500 days since the abduction of Chibok schoolgirls by Boko Haram militants, on August 27, 2015. Relatives of over 200 Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram mark 500 days since the abductions with hope dwindling for their rescue despite a renewed push to end the armed group's rebellion. F... Read More

HAZE IN MALAYSIA AGAIN

HAZE IN MALAYSIA AGAIN. Tourists take photos in Putrajaya, the administrative capital surrounded with haze on August 26, 2015 . The Air Pollution Index reported Putrajaya at 88 levels. Photo courtesy Bernama images ... Read More

WORLD ATHLETICS: KENYA'S HYVIN KIYENG JEPKEMOI WINS 3000M STEEPLECHASE

WORLD ATHLETICS: KENYA'S HYVIN KIYENG JEPKEMOI WINS 3000M STEEPLECHASE. Kenya's Kiyeng Jepkemoi gestures after she reaches the finish line in the 3000m steeplechase at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China on August 26, 2015. Jepkemoi timed 9min 19.11sec to pip Tunisia's Habiba Ghribi, who clocked 9:19.24 for silver. Photo courtesy iaaf.org ... Read More

THAILAND DESTROYS TWO TONES OF CONFISCATED ELEPHANT TUSKS

THAILAND DESTROYS TWO TONES OF CONFISCATED ELEPHANT TUSKS. Officials hold confiscated elephant tusks before destroying the ivory at the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation, in Bangkok, Thailand, on August 26, 2015. About two tonnes (2,155.17 kg) of ivory were crushed and incinerated during the ceremony as part of a campaign against poachers, traffickers and traders i... Read More

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2015: KENYAN JULIUS YEGO WINS JAVELIN GOLD

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2015: KENYAN JULIUS YEGO WINS JAVELIN GOLD. Javelin winner Julius Yego celebrates after winning gold at the IAAF World Championships, Beijing, China on August 26, 2015. Julius won Kenya's first ever gold medal in a field event with a massive throw of 92.72m in the event at the World Athletics Championships. The Commonwealth champion becomes the third longest thrower in hist... Read More

WORLD ATHELETIC CHAMPIONSHIPS: SOUTH AFRICA'S WAYDE VAN NIEKERK SUPRISE WIN IN 400M

WORLD ATHELETIC CHAMPIONSHIPS: SOUTH AFRICA'S WAYDE VAN NIEKERK SUPRISE WIN IN 400M. Wayde van niekerk , center, during the men's 400m final in the IAAF World Championships, Beijing, China on August 26, 2015. Wayde of South Africa won a scintillating 400m final in the Bird's Nest stadium on Wednesday night, leading three favourite men, including Olympic champion Kirani James of Grenada under 4... Read More

MALAYSIAN INDEPENDENCE COMMEMORATIVE GLASSES

MALAYSIAN INDEPENDENCE COMMEMORATIVE GLASSES. Drinking glasses belonging to antiques collector Victor CP Tan on display in his shop in the Central Market, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on August 25, 2015. Victor sells this collection of 1957 Merdeka (Independence) edition glasses, priced at RM250 (about $US60) each that has historical value with the country celebrating national day on Aug 31. Photo c... Read More

ATHLETICS: BETT WINS KENYA'S FIRST EVER 400M HURDLES GOLD

ATHLETICS: BETT WINS KENYA'S FIRST EVER 400M HURDLES GOLD. Kenya's Nicholas Bett celebrates winning the final of the men's 400 metres hurdles at the 2015 IAAF World Championships at the "Bird's Nest" National Stadium in Beijing on August 25, 2015. He ran the fastest time this year to win the title in 47.79 seconds, ahead of Russian Denis Kudryavtsev in 48.05 and Jeffrey Gibson of the Bahamas... Read More

INDIA'S MASS COMMUNITY PROTEST

INDIA'S MASS COMMUNITY PROTEST. Tens of thousands of protestors from Gujaratâ's Patel community participate in a rally in Ahmadabad, India, on August 25, 2015. The members of the community from this western Indian state are demanding affirmative action for better access to education and employment. Photo courtesy Ajit Solanki ... Read More

ATHLETICS: CHINA'S WANG JIANAN LEAPS TO HISTORY

ATHLETICS: CHINA'S WANG JIANAN LEAPS TO HISTORY. China's Wang Jianan reacts in the final of the men's long jump event at the 2015 IAAF World Championships at the 'Bird's Nest' National Stadium in Beijing on August 25, 2015. Wang Jianan pulled off China's first ever world long jump medal on Tuesday. Wang, turning 19 on Thursday,took a bronze medal with a leap of 8.18 meters, creating China's be... Read More

KENYA'S RUDISHA WINS SECOND WORLD TITLE

KENYA'S RUDISHA WINS SECOND WORLD TITLE. Kenya's David Lekuta Rudisha reacts after winning the final of the men's 800 metres athletics event at the 2015 IAAF World Championships at the "Bird's Nest" National Stadium in Beijing, China on August 25, 2015. After struggling with a recurrent knee injury, the 2011 world champion obliterated the field to reclaim the gold in 1:45.84. Photo courtesy i... Read More

63 CHILDREN MADE TO WORK ON FARMS IN MEXICO RESCUED

63 CHILDREN MADE TO WORK ON FARMS IN MEXICO RESCUED. At least 63 minors, who were made to work long hours in a vegetable packing company in the northern Mexican state of Coahuila, were rescued in August 2015. The children were found in poor conditions, sleeping on the floor and in various states of malnutrition, Coahuila secretary of government Victor Zamora said. Six people were arrested an... Read More

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ASIA
THAILAND: BOMB SUSPECT UNCOOPERATIVE - ARMY CHIEF

BANGKOK, Aug 30 (NNN-AGENCIES) -- Thailand's army chief said the man arrested in connection with last week's deadly Bangkok bomb blast was not cooperating, as police announced he was part of a people-smuggling gang.

The unnamed foreigner, who is being held in military custody at an undisclosed location, was ...

MIDDLE EAST
YEMEN FIGHTING HOUTHIS 'TO STOP IRAN EXPANSION', SAYS EXILED PRES HADI

KHARTOUM (SUDAN), Aug 30 (NNN-AGENCIES) -- Yemen's exiled President Abedrabbo Mansur Hadi said that his forces were battling Shiite Houthi militias across Yemen to check “Iranian expansion” in the region.

Hadi was speaking as he made a short visit to Sudan, which was seen as being close to Iran ...

AFRICA
NIGERIA: MANY FEARED DEAD IN NIGERIA AIR FORCE AIRCRAFT CRASH

ABUJA, 30 Aug (NNN-AGENCIES)--At least seven people are believed to have died in a deadly crash involving an aircraft belonging to the Nigerian Air Force on Saturday.

A military insider said the aircraft took off at the Nigeria Air Force base in Kaduna and crashed into ...

LATIN AMERICA & CARIBBEAN
BRAZIL COPS SEIZE TWO TONS OF MARIJUANA IN RIO DE JANEIRO

RIO DE JANEIRO, 30 Aug (NNN-EFE)-- Brazil’s Federal Police seized 2 tons of marijuana in a Rio de Janeiro warehouse in an operation that ended with one dead and six under arrest, authorities said on Saturday. The fatality was identified as the suspected drug trafficker Guilherme Ramos de Queiroz, ...

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