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Argentine Economy Minister Axel Kicillof (L) and Legal and Technical Secretary Carlos Zannini at a press conference in Buenos Aires. (AFP/Hugo Villalobos)

Argentina says will pay all creditors in Buenos Aires

Argentina said on Wednesday (Aug 20) it will pay all its creditors in Buenos Aires, seeking to circumvent a US court order barring it from repaying the debt it restructured after its 2001 default.

Obama urges joint effort to end jihadist 'cancer'

US President Barack Obama called for a joint effort to eliminate the "cancer" of jihadist terror in Iraq and Syria on Wednesday (Aug 20), after Islamic State militants murdered an American journalist.

Tennis: Serena Williams named US Open top seed

Two-time defending champion Serena Williams was named the top seed on Wednesday (Aug 20) for the US Open, the year's final Grand Slam tennis showdown that opens Monday on the Flushing Meadows hardcourts.

Israel steps up raids, Gaza buries dead

Israeli warplanes pounded Gaza on Wednesday (Aug 20) as furious mourners buried the wife and child of Hamas' top military commander, baying for revenge as nine days of calm exploded into bloodshed.

Fresh US air strikes in northern Iraq

The United States has carried out more air strikes in Iraq, a senior US defence official said on Wednesday (Aug 20), after a threat by Islamic militants to execute a second US journalist.

Russia reveals huge cost of Western food ban

Russia's agriculture minister warned Wednesday (Aug 20) that Moscow must spend billions of dollars in the coming years subsidising farmers in order to avoid a shortage caused by its ban on most Western foods.

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Asia Pacific

Collapsed houses sit surrounded by mud after a landslide, caused by heavy rains, hit the area in the city of Hiroshima, western Japan, on August 20, 2014. (AFP/Jiji Press)

At least 39 dead as Japan landslides engulf homes

Huge landslides in western Japan have killed at least 39 people and left rescuers scrambling to find another seven still missing, authorities said on Wednesday (Aug 20), after a wall of mud smashed into their homes.

Thai junta chief Prayuth tipped to become PM

Thailand's coup leader is expected to be picked as prime minister by the kingdom's new army-dominated national assembly, junta sources said on Wednesday (Aug 20), cementing the military's hold on power in the politically turbulent nation.

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Singapore

A patient discharge lounge facility at the National University Hospital.

Acute care hospitals to have patient discharge lounges

This move ensures hospitals have enough beds to meet the needs of the ageing population by moving patients for discharge to a separate location and freeing up beds.

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World

US President Barack Obama makes a statement at Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts. (AFP PHOTO/Nicholas KAMM)

Obama urges joint effort to end jihadist 'cancer'

US President Barack Obama called for a joint effort to eliminate the "cancer" of jihadist terror in Iraq and Syria on Wednesday (Aug 20), after Islamic State militants murdered an American journalist.

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Business

Desmond Kuek, President and Group CEO, SMRT, (2nd L) with President-Elect Joko Widodo (C), Ortus Chairman Edward Soeryadjaya, and representatives from China Communications Construction Company. (Photo: SMRT)

Indonesia's Widodo reiterates support for Jakarta monorail

Indonesia’s president-elect Joko Widodo said the monorail is much needed for the capital. He met with members of the consortium behind the planned monorail project on Wednesday. 

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Sport

FIFA slapped a transfer ban on Spanish giants Barcelona over a breach of rules on underage players. (AFP/Josep Lago)

Football: Barcelona appeal transfer ban after FIFA snub

Barcelona announced on Wednesday (Aug 20) they will appeal to sports' highest court after FIFA refused to overturn a transfer ban, a decision the club described as an "affront" to its famed youth academy.

Football: Lippi storm as nine-man Guangzhou crash

Nine-man Guangzhou Evergrande crashed 1-0 to Western Sydney Wanderers on Wednesday in a stormy AFC Champions League quarter-final first leg which left their coach Marcello Lippi facing possible disciplinary action.

Tennis: Serena Williams named US Open top seed

Two-time defending champion Serena Williams was named the top seed on Wednesday (Aug 20) for the US Open, the year's final Grand Slam tennis showdown that opens Monday on the Flushing Meadows hardcourts.

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Health

A patient discharge lounge facility at the National University Hospital.

Acute care hospitals to have patient discharge lounges

This move ensures hospitals have enough beds to meet the needs of the ageing population by moving patients for discharge to a separate location and freeing up beds.

Study links antibiotic to heart death risk

Danish researchers reported a link on Wednesday (Aug 20) between a commonly-used antibiotic and a "significantly" higher risk of heart deaths, while observers urged caution in interpreting the results.

Ebola kills 84 in three days: UN

The Ebola virus has killed 84 people in just three days, bringing the global death toll to 1,229, the World Health Organization said on Tuesday (Aug 19).

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Lifestyle

File Photo: Indian yoga exponent BKS Iyengar (R) on September 3, 2003 (AFP/Indranil Mukherjee)

Guru who sparked global yoga craze dies aged 95

BKS Iyengar, the Indian yoga guru credited with helping to fuel a global explosion in the popularity of the ancient spiritual practice, died on Wednesday (Aug 20) aged 95, his website said.