Social media uproar after United Airlines enforces 'sexist' rule

Social media uproar after United Airlines enforces 'sexist' rule

DENVER, USA: United Airlines found itself at the center of a social media storm after it barred two girls from boarding a flight in Denver yesterday because they were wearing leggings. A witness told reporters that another girl who was also wearing leggings was allowed to board the flight from Denver International Airport to Minneapolis, but only after she changed. The incident was reported on Twitter by Shannon Watts, founder of a group named ‘Moms Demand Action’. Ms Watts was a passenger at the airport waiting to board another flight, to Mexico. “She [a gate agent] is forcing them to change or put dresses on over [the

- Monday, March 27, 2017 | 05:00 PM
Myanmar judge denies EMG bosses bail

Myanmar judge denies EMG bosses bail

MYANMAR: The Tamwe Township court refused to grant bail to Dr Than Htut Aung, CEO of the Eleven Media Group, and chief editor Wai Phyo at their second hearing yesterday. Lawyers Kyee Myint, Kyaw Lin, Soe Tint Yee, Kyaw Soe Moe and Moe Hein submitted an appeal for bail for the duo on November 25. The appeal included the fact that the CEO suffered a heart attack in Insein Prison two days ago and did not get immediate medical attention. His life was in danger, the legal team argued, adding that Section 66(d) of the Telecommunications Law did not state that bail could not be granted to defendants. The EMG had already paid abo

- Thursday, December 1, 2016 | 04:18 PM

US backs resumption of China-Philippines talks on South China Sea

VIENTIANE: US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday he supported the resumption of talks between China and the Philippines over the South China Sea, following an international court ruling against Beijing over the dispute earlier this month. China did not participate in and has refused to accept the July 12 ruling by the Permanent Court of Arbitration, based in The Hague, in which U.S. ally Manila won an emphatic legal victory. China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi had asked Kerry to lend his support for bilateral talks to restart between Manila and Beijing in a meeting between the two in the Laos capital of Vientiane on Monday. "The foreign minister said the time has come to move away from public tensions and turn the page," Kerry told a news conference. "And we agree with that ... no claimant should be acting in a way that is provocative, no claimant should take steps that wind up raising tensions." The court ruling has exacerbated tensions between the 10 members of the Associatio

- Wednesday, July 27, 2016 | 10:30 AM

Turkish coup bid crumbles as crowds answer call to streets, Erdogan returns

ISTANBUL/ANKARA: An attempted Turkish military coup appeared to crumble in the early hours of this morning after crowds answered President Tayyip Erdogan's call to take to the streets to support him. Erdogan, who had been holidaying on the coast when the coup was launched, flew into Istanbul before dawn on Saturday and was shown on TV appearing among a crowd of supporters outside the airport, which the coup plotters had failed to secure. The uprising was an "act of treason", and those responsible would pay a heavy price, he later told reporters at a hastily arranged news conference. Arrests of officers were under way, and it would go higher up the ranks, culminating in the cleansing of the military. Gunfire and explosions had rocked both the main city Istanbul and capital Ankara in a chaotic night after soldiers took up positions in both cities and ordered state television to read out a statement declaring they had taken power. But by early this morning, Reuters journalists saw around

- Saturday, July 16, 2016 | 10:30 AM

Truck attacker kills up to 80 in Nice Bastille Day crowd

NICE, FRANCE: An attacker killed up to 80 people and injured scores when he drove a heavy truck at high speed into a crowd watching Bastille Day fireworks in the French Riviera city of Nice late on Thursday, officials said. Counter-terrorist investigators were seeking to identify the driver, who a local government official said opened fire before police shot him dead. The official said weapons and grenades were found inside the 25-tonne, unmarked truck. The attack, which came eight months and a day after Islamic State gunmen and suicide bombers killed 130 people in Paris, so far appears to be the work of a lone assailant. Newspaper Nice-Matin quoted unidentified sources as saying the driver was a 31-year-old local of Tunisian origin. The truck careened for hundreds of meters along the famed Promenade des Anglais seafront, slamming into spectators watching the fireworks, listening to an orchestra or strolling above the beach towards the grand, century-old Hotel Negresco. "It's a scene o

- Friday, July 15, 2016 | 09:30 AM
ASEAN in disarray over Chinese claims

ASEAN in disarray over Chinese claims

BANGKOK: China’s territorial claims to the South China Sea are expected to be dealt a blow today as the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague (PCA) is scheduled to announce its decision on seven issues advanced by the Philippines against the People’s Republic. The PCA, one of the world’s oldest and most widely-respected bodies for resolving international disputes, is likely to rule that China’s campaign of island building and its claims over areas of the sea contradicts international maritime accords. China currently lays claim to some 2 million square kilometers of maritime space through a post-World War II plan

- Tuesday, July 12, 2016 | 10:22 AM