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File photo of an execution chamber in the United States. (AFP)

Texas executes woman who starved child to death

Texas, which has put more inmates to death than any other US state, on Wednesday (Sep 17) executed child killer Lisa Coleman, one of only a handful of women on death row.

Obama and US lawmakers turn up heat on IS

Barack Obama and US lawmakers ratcheted up the pressure on the Islamic State on Wednesday (Sep 17), the president declaring there was no hiding place for the militants and warning: "Our reach is long."

France to receive first Ebola patient

France on Wednesday (Sep 17) prepared to receive its first Ebola patient, as the World Bank warned the spiralling epidemic is threatening economic catastrophe in west Africa.


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3-hour PSI hits unhealthy level of 102

The National Environment Agency says the overall air quality for the next 24 hours is expected to be in the high-end of the Moderate range but may creep into the low end of the Unhealthy range from time to time.



US President Barack Obama speaks from the fitness and sports centre following a visit to the US Central Command (CENTCOM) at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida. (AFP/Mandel NGAN)

US troops will have no combat mission in Iraq: Obama

President Barack Obama insisted on Wednesday (Sep 17) that US troops have no combat mission in Iraq, after his top general suggested some US advisors could join Iraqi forces to fight the Islamic State group.

Scotland braces for historic independence vote

The campaign for Scotland's independence referendum went down to the wire on Wednesday (Sep 17) ahead of a knife-edge vote that will either see Scotland break away from the United Kingdom or gain sweeping new powers.



The US Federal Reserve Building in Washington. (AFP/Karen Bleier)

US Federal Reserve holds policy unchanged

The Federal Reserve stuck to its slow-but-steady plans to tighten monetary policy on Wednesday (Sep 17) , disappointing so-called inflation hawks but sending US stocks to a fresh record.









Sweeteners boost diabetes risk: study

Promoted as an aid to good health, artificial sweeteners may in fact be boosting diabetes risk, said a study on Wednesday (Sep 17) that urged a rethink of their widespread use and endorsement.

UN says US$1b needed to fight Ebola

Nearly US$1.0 billion is needed to fight the Ebola outbreak raging in west Africa, the United Nations said on Tuesday (Sep 16), more than doubling the estimate it made less than a month ago. 



Models present creations from the Angelos Bratis collection during the 2015 Spring/Summer Milan Fashion Week on September 17, 2014 in Milan. (AFP/Olivier Morin)

Armani protege shows he is no Giorgio clone in Milan

Giorgio Armani's protege, 36-year-old Angelos Bratis, got Milan Fashion Week off to a seductive start with an ultra-feminine collection presented in Armani's own theatre.