CHONG WEI-LED MALAYSIA REACH THOMAS CUP QUARTER-FINALS WITH 5-0 VICTORY OVER ALGERIA

CHONG WEI-LED MALAYSIA REACH THOMAS CUP QUARTER-FINALS WITH 5-0 VICTORY OVER ALGERIA. Malaysia men's singles player Datuk Lee Chong Wei, right, speaks with his couch during 2018 Thomas Cup in Bangkok, Thailand, on May 22, 2018. Malaysia have confirmed their place in the quarter-finals of the Thomas Cup after cruising past Algeria 5-0 in their second Group D tie. Malaysia will face defending champi... Read More

HEATWAVE KILLS AT LEAST 65 IN PAKISTAN

HEATWAVE KILLS AT LEAST 65 IN PAKISTAN. Residents cool off at water supply pipelines during on a summer day in Karachi on May 22, 2018. At least 65 people are feared to have died in a heatwave gripping Pakistan's largest city Karachi this week. Temperatures hit 42 degrees Celsius (108 degrees Fahrenheit). Photo courtesy Agencies ... Read More

23 DAYS TO GO: FIFA WORLD CUP

23 DAYS TO GO: FIFA WORLD CUP. An employee cuts grass on the pitch of the Nizhny Novgorod Arena in Russia on May 21, 2018. The stadium will host four group matches, Round of 16 games and a quarter-final match of the FIFA World Cup 2018. The tournament will be held from June 14 to 15 July. Photo courtesy Agencies ... Read More

GREEN PEACE JOINS PROTEST IN THAILAND AGAINST COAL-FIRED PROJECT

GREEN PEACE JOINS PROTEST IN THAILAND AGAINST COAL-FIRED PROJECT. Boats circling the Rainbow Warrior during a protest against a coal-fired project in the Gulf of Thailand near Songkhla province, Thailand, May 22, 2018. Greenpeace's Rainbow Warrior is currently on its 2018 tour to promote renewable energy sources. Photo courtesy Greenpeace ... Read More

THAILAND: PROTEST LEADERS ARRESTED AS DEMOCRACY RALLY ENDS PEACEFULLY

THAILAND: PROTEST LEADERS ARRESTED AS DEMOCRACY RALLY ENDS PEACEFULLY. Police blocked demonstrators from leaving the university for Government House in Bangkok, Thailand, on May 22, 2018 on the fourth anniversary of the National Council for Peace and Order's seizure of power. The protesters were calling for elections by November this year, as Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha had earlier promised, ... Read More

OPEN DAY AT BERLINER PHILHARMONIE

OPEN DAY AT BERLINER PHILHARMONIE. A staff member prepares a terrarium with living cicadas and hoppers for the world premiere of the first 'Insect Concerto' in the chamber music hall of the Berliner Philharmonie during the concert hall's Open Day in Berlin, Germany, on May 22, 2018. The initiative to play with animals on stage tries to draw attention to the disappearance of insects in Germany by 7... Read More

SYRIA REGAINS CONTROL OF DAMASCUS, AFTER SEVEN YEARS OF FIGHTING

SYRIA REGAINS CONTROL OF DAMASCUS, AFTER SEVEN YEARS OF FIGHTING. The Syrian government celebrates in the southern outskirts of Damascus, on May 21, 2018, after the army announced it was in complete control of the capital and its outskirts for the first time since 2012, following the ousting of the Daesh militants group from a last pocket of resistance. Photo courtesy Sana.sy ... Read More

HAWAII LAVA FLOWS INTO PACIFIC OCEAN

HAWAII LAVA FLOWS INTO PACIFIC OCEAN. Lava flows from fissures near Pahoa, Hawaii, on May 21, 2018. The Kilauea volcano began erupting more than two weeks ago and has destroyed dozens of homes. Lava from the Kilauea volcano is pouring into the Pacific Ocean off Hawaii's Big Island, generating a plume of "laze" - which Hawaii County officials describe as hydrochloric acid and steam with fine gl... Read More

MALAYSIA THRASH RUSSIA 5-0 IN THOMAS CUP GROUP STAGE

MALAYSIA THRASH RUSSIA 5-0 IN THOMAS CUP GROUP STAGE. Malaysia men's singles player Datuk Lee Chong Wei, right, shakes hand with Russian Vladimir Molkov, left during 2018 Thomas Cup group stage match. Chong Wei picked up the country's first point beating Vladimir Molkov 21-9 and 21-6 at Impact, Muang Thong Thani, Thailand. The world's 16 top nations compete for the men's Thomas Cup and women's U... Read More

MALAYSIA: NAJIB DUE TO FACE QUESTIONS OVER FUNDS LINKED TO 1MDB SUBSIDIARY

MALAYSIA: NAJIB DUE TO FACE QUESTIONS OVER FUNDS LINKED TO 1MDB SUBSIDIARY . A supporter of Malaysian Former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak holds a book about him, during Najib meeting in Pekan in Pahang , Malaysia on May 21, 2018. Najib has been order turn up at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Agency headquarters in Putrajaya on May 22, 2018. He was then remanded for five da... Read More

CHINA LAUNCHES RELAY SATELLITE TO EXPLORE MOON'S FAR SIDE

CHINA LAUNCHES RELAY SATELLITE TO EXPLORE MOON'S FAR SIDE. A Long March-4C rocket carrying a relay satellite, named Queqiao (Magpie Bridge), is launched from southwest China's Xichang Satellite Launch Center, on May 21, 2018. The launch of the "Chongqing Liangjiang Star" rocket, developed by OneSpace Technology, a Beijing-based private firm, marks the first time a non-State Chinese rocket has succ... Read More

AUSTRALIA: WORLD'S LARGEST FESTIVAL OF LIGHT

AUSTRALIA: WORLD'S LARGEST FESTIVAL OF LIGHT. A woman uses her phone to take photographs of illuminated sculptures shaped as animals during a preview of Vivid Sydney, promoted as the world's largest festival of light, music and ideas, at Sydney's Taronga Zoo in Australia, May 20, 2018. The festival will run for 23 days, starting on May 25. Photo courtesy Agencies ... Read More

BOAT MADE FROM 21,000 PLASTIC BOTTLES IN BEIRUT, LEBANON

BOAT MADE FROM 21,000 PLASTIC BOTTLES IN BEIRUT, LEBANON. A boat made from 21,000 plastic bottles sails into the harbor in Beirut, Lebanon, on May 21, 2018. The boat made by 21,000 plastic bottles under a slogan "reviving our heritage, saving our environment," arrives in Beirut from Byblos. Photo courtesy Xinhua ... Read More

20 EXPLOSIONS IN SOUTHERN THAILAND

20 EXPLOSIONS IN SOUTHERN THAILAND. A Thailand policeman walks pasts an ATM machine damaged by an explosion in Patani, Thailand, on May 20, 2018. Over the past four days, about 20 bombs have damaged ATM machines in parts of southern Thailand. Photo courtesy Bernama images ... Read More

PARIS: SEA BUBBLE ELECTRIC MARITIME FLYING TAXI

PARIS: SEA BUBBLE ELECTRIC MARITIME FLYING TAXI. A Sea Bubble electric maritime 'flying taxi' is pictured during a demonstration on May 20, 2018 on the river Seine in Paris, in front of the Eiffel Tower. - Aeronautical engineers and watermen Anders Bringdal and Alain Thebault are co-founders and developers of the Sea Bubbles zero-impact transportation ecosystem. Photo courtesy Agencies ... Read More

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ASIA
THAI AIRWAYS SET TO BROADCAST WORLD CUP MATCHES IN FLIGHT

BANGKOK, Thailand May 22 (NNN-BERNAMA) -- Passengers on Thai Airways (THAI) international flights will be able to enjoy live FIFA World Cup matches on board from June 14 to July 15, the Bangkok Post reported.

The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) will allow THAI to ...

MIDDLE EAST
LAST CHAPTER OF WAR IN DAMASCUS CLOSES WITH FINAL DEFEAT OF DAESH TERROR GROUP

DAMASCUS, May 22 (NNN-Xinhua) -- For the first time in seven years, Syria's capital Damascus was declared secure and empty of any rebel presence on Monday, following the ...

AFRICA
SOUTH AFRICA' ECONOMIC GROWTH TO BE HIGHER THAN PROJECTED, SAYS FINANCE MINISTER

CAPE TOWN, May 23 (NNN-SABC) -- South African Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene has told Parliament that it appears that the country's economic growth this year will be higher than previously ...

LATIN AMERICA & CARIBBEAN
DRILLING BEGINS AT NATURAL GAS FIELD IN SOUTHERN BOLIVIA

LA PAZ, May 22 (NNN-EFE)--The Bolivian subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell initiated drilling on Monday at a site in the Andean nation that is thought to hold 1.8 trillion cubic ...

EUROPE
GERMAN PROSECUTORS CALL FOR EXTRADITION FOR CATALAN GOVERNOR PUIGDEMONT TO SPAIN

BERLIN, May 23 (NNN-XINHUA) -- The Chief Public Prosecution Office of the Germ state of Schleswig-Holstein is calling for the extradition of former Catalan governor Carles Puigdemont to Spain, where ...