Hisham Mostafa briefly forgot the war in Syria and his financial worries as he looked upon Islam's holiest sites for the first time, standing among hundreds of thousands of white-clad Muslims gathered in Mecca ahead of the haj pilgrimage.
SINGAPORE - Workers' Party chief Pritam Singh, 42, has become the father of a baby girl, his second daughter. He shared the news in a Facebook post on Friday (Aug 17), in which he described how he was «thrown into the fearful unknown» two weeks ago when his wife had to go for an emergency caesarian operation. The Aljunied GRC MP said he had accompanied his wife, Ms Lovleen Kaur Walia, to the hospital for a routine scan as she was due to give birth a couple of weeks later. Their three-year-old daughter was with them.
Singaporean social entrepreneur Alvin Yong dreams big. Why? Because he says, «It takes the same amount of energy to dream small. So why not dream bigger.» And he's clearly taken his own advice to heart. Alvin is equally at home tinkering with computers, holding court in a boardroom, or training executives to reach their peak potential, as he is scaling imposing cliffs, zipping across snow-draped mountains, or being behind a pottery wheel.
While the world focused on China removing term limits on its presidency, in Japan, Shinzo Abe looks set to become the country's longest-serving prime minister - thanks to a lack of peer competition, says one observer.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi promised the flood-ravaged state of Kerala more helicopters, boats and other equipment needed to evacuate tens of thousands of stranded people as he was given an aerial tour of stricken areas on Saturday.
Four U.S. senators on Friday urged the Army to detail the steps it is taking to safeguard children from lead poisoning, citing a Reuters investigation into hazards on military bases.
Promoted Reims went top of French Ligue 1 on Friday when they shocked Lyon 1-0 for a second successive victory.
Serie A runners-up Napoli signed Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina on a season-long loan, Simone Zaza completed a move from Valencia to Torino and Gervinho returned after a spell in China to Parma just before the transfer window closed in Italy on Friday.
Israeli troops killed two Palestinians and wounded scores of other taking part in weekly Gaza border protests on Friday, medics said, as Egyptian mediators tried to clinch a truce deal that would calm the impoverished enclave.
Pep Guardiola was quick to acknowledge just what a "big miss" Kevin de Bruyne will be for the champions once it was confirmed on Friday that the Belgian's knee injury will keep him out of action for probably three months.
Several Tesla Inc shareholders have told Reuters they are concerned that the electric car maker will have to pay more to fund its growth if it becomes a private company and loses the ability to sell new shares to stock market investors.
A Turkish court has rejected an appeal to release American Christian pastor Andrew Brunson from house arrest, broadcaster Haberturk said on Friday.
Nordstrom Inc's shares surged over 9 percent on Friday, a day after its quarterly same-store sales numbers trounced Wall Street estimates, leaving analysts impressed with the upscale retailer's online channels and its clear inventories.
Platinum prices tumbled to 10-year lows as the collapse of Turkey's lira rippled through markets and weakened the currency of top producer South Africa, underlining persistent oversupply of the autocatalyst metal.
SINGAPORE - American Queen Of Soul Aretha Franklinwith her iconic body of work made an impact on artists worldwide, including many in the local music industry here. Singer Alemay Fernandez says that Franklin, who died from pancreatic cancer on Aug 16, was the «first diva» and describes her death as «a devastating loss for music and humanity».
Everton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin is relishing playing under manager Marco Silva and says the Portuguese's attention to detail and clear communication helps the team flourish.
Two moon bears are gently removed from the cramped cages where they have been held for 13 years, rescuers carefully checking their rotten teeth and matted paws before sending them to their new home in a grassy sanctuary in northern Vietnam.
Greece exits the last of its three bailouts on Aug. 20 and hopes to be able to borrow again in international markets after a nearly nine-year debt crisis that shrank the economy by a quarter and forced it to implement painful austerity measures.
SINGAPORE - Ever wanted to have an out-of-the-world experience? You can now do so by chatting with a kind «soul» online to find out more about the Hungry Ghost Festival - thanks to a chatbot created by the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY). His name? Mr Woo. (His full name is Mr WoOoO, said MCCY.) The chatbot is the first one for the festival, MCCY said in a statement on Thursday (Aug 16).
An 18th century gold coin featuring the likeness of first U.S. President George Washington sold for US$1.7 million at auction on Thursday, with the net proceeds going to charity, the auction house said.
Nvidia Corp shares sank as much as 5 percent in after-hours trading on Thursday after the chip maker said cryptocurrency-fueled demand had dried up and it forecast sales below Wall Street targets, overshadowing quarterly results that otherwise beat expectations.
Ecuador on Thursday said that all foreigners entering the country would need a passport from Saturday, an apparent attempt to curb rising numbers of Venezuelan migrants fleeing their homeland.
The U.S. government has largely reached an agreement with immigrant rights advocates on a revised plan for reuniting hundreds more families separated by border officials after they crossed into the United States from Mexico.
A majority of U.S. states has adopted technology that allows the federal government to see inside state computer systems managing voter data or voting devices in order to root out hackers.
Germany's defence ministry on Thursday asked Lockheed Martin Corp and Europe's MBDA to submit a second, more detailed proposal to build a successor to its Patriot missile defence system, a key step closer to signing the multibillion-euro deal.
SINGAPORE - Vending machines offering «mystery» prizes may soon be a thing of the past, after the police issued a public advisory against them on Thursday (Aug 16). In a news release, the police said they are aware some merchants are operating such machines in public areas, which dispense random prizes upon receipt of cash payment. «As this is a form of public lottery, it is an offence under Section 5(a) of the Common Gaming Houses Act,» they added.