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    Sherin Mathews' Foster Mother Moved To Dallas County Jail

    Posted on : Saturday 18th of November 2017
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    HOUSTON:  The foster mother of 3-year-old Indian girl Sherin Mathews found dead in a culvert in Dallas has been moved to a jail on a charge of abandoning a child. Sini Ann Mathews and husband Wesley Mathews went out for dinner with their 3-year-old biological daughter October 6, the night before Sherin was reported missing by her adoptive father, accoriding to police. Sherin's adoptive father, Wesley has already been arrested and charged with injury to a child, a felony charge. He is now in jail with a USD 1 million bond...

  • Smog Disrupts Over 600 Flights In Pakistan

    Posted on : Thursday 16th of November 2017
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    ISLAMABAD:  Smog-induced bad weather conditions have disrupted over 600 flights of the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) in the first two weeks of November, an airline official said. The smoggy weather conditions, which were prevailing in Punjab province were beyond the PIA's control, so they had to either delay or cancel the flights, the airline spokesperson was quoted as saying on Wednesday. The affected areas included Multan, Faisalabad, Lahore, Bahawalpur, Sialkot and Rahim Yar Khan, Xinhua news agency reported. ...

  • Britain's Queen Elizabeth And Prince Philip Celebrate Platinum Wedding Anniversary

    Posted on : Wednesday 15th of November 2017
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    LONDON:  Britain's Queen Elizabeth will add another landmark to her record-breaking reign on Monday when she and Prince Philip celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary. Princess Elizabeth, as she was at the time, married dashing naval officer Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten at London's Westminster Abbey on Nov. 20, 1947, just two years after the end of World War Two, in a lavish ceremony attended by statesmen and royalty from around the world. Seventy years on, Elizabeth, 91, and her 96-year-old husband will mark their pla...

  • Exploring Egypt's Great Pyramid From The Inside, Virtually

    Posted on : Thursday 9th of November 2017
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    PARIS:  A team of scientists who last week announced the discovery of a large void inside the Great Pyramid of Giza have created a virtual-reality tour that allows users to 'teleport' themselves inside the structure and explore its architecture. Using 3D technology, the Scan Pyramids Project allows visitors wearing headsets to take a guided tour inside the Grand Gallery, the Queen's Chamber and other ancient rooms not normally accessible to the public, without leaving Paris. "Thanks to this technique, we make it...

  • Chinese Robot Qualifies As 'Doctor', Beats Humans In National-Level Test

    Posted on : Wednesday 8th of November 2017
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    BEIJING:  China has come up with a robot which is now to assist doctors in clinical diagnosis and will see patients in hospitals. The robot has cleared a national-level qualification test for doctors which was attempted by around 530,000 people in the country. It will now be used to assist doctors in clinical diagnosis. The robot, co-developed by leading Chinese tech firm iFlytek and Tsinghua University, has achieved a score of 456, higher than the national pass mark of 360, the health and family planning commission in Anhui Provinc...

  • Arrested Saudi Princes, Businessmen Reportedly Kept In Ritz Carlton Hotel

    Posted on : Tuesday 7th of November 2017
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    Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman consolidated his control over Saudi Arabia's political system and foreign policy over the weekend in a series of orchestrated moves that included ordering the arrests of prominent officials and businessmen. The first step came on midday Saturday, when Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri unexpectedly announced his resignation in a speech delivered from Riyadh. Hariri, a longtime client of Saudi Arabia, warned about assassination plots targeting him and said that Iran's hands in the region "...

  • Saudis To Allow Women Into Sports Stadiums From 2018

    Posted on : Monday 30th of October 2017
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    RIYADH:  Saudi Arabia will allow women into sports stadiums for the first time from next year, authorities said Sunday, in a landmark move opening up three previously male-only venues to families. The kingdom, which has some of the world's tightest restrictions on women, has long barred women from sports arenas by strict rules on segregation of the sexes in public. The announcement is in line with powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's ambitious reform drive shaking up the ultra-conservative kingdom, including the h...

  • Spain Takes Control Of 'Independent' Catalonia

    Posted on : Saturday 28th of October 2017
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    MADRID, SPAIN:  Spain moved Saturday to seize direct control of Catalonia, sacking its police chief a day after the Catalan regional parliament's independence declaration sent shock waves through Europe. The firing of Josep Lluis Trapero, the highest-ranking officer of the Mossos d'Esquadra regional police, follows Friday's dismissal of Catalonia's president, his deputy, all ministers, and the entire parliament. Moving to quash what he termed an "escalation of disobedience", Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy...

  • Arrest Warrant Issued Against Nawaz Sharif By Pakistan Court: Lawyer

    Posted on : Thursday 26th of October 2017
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    ISLAMABAD:  A Pakistani court on Thursday issued arrest warrants for ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif in two cases of corruption spiralling from the Panama Papers leak, his lawyers said. Sharif is currently in London with his wife Kalsum as she undergoes cancer treatment, and has not returned to Pakistan since he was indicted in the corruption allegations earlier this month, despite reports he would do so. "The accountability court issued bailable warrants for the former prime minister in two cases of alleged corruption t...

  • Melania Trump Tells Students Not To 'Copy', Internet Isn't Having It

    Posted on : Wednesday 25th of October 2017
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    MICHIGAN:  It's been widely noted that first lady Melania Trump's visit Monday to Michigan schoolchildren, in which she urged an end to bullying, was slightly off her husband's brand. (Why, he tweeted mean things about a senator's height just this morning!) But another one of the first lady's messages to the kids is attracting the internet's attention, too. "Don't try to copy somebody," she said, according to the pool report of the event in what the New York Times called a "somewhat sti...

  • Letter By Titanic Victim Sold For Record $1,66,000 in Britain

    Posted on : Monday 23rd of October 2017
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    LONDON:  A record price of over $166,000 was paid at an auction in Britain for one of the last known letters to have been written on board the famous Titanic ocean liner. Oscar Holverson, a US businessman, who was a passenger on the Titanic, wrote it on April 13, 1912, just before the liner hit an iceberg on its maiden voyage to New York in the early hours of April 15. It is the only known letter, on headed Titanic notepaper, to have gone into the Atlantic Ocean when the ship went down, and survived. Auctioneer Andrew Aldrid...

  • Pilot In Nepal Revives Crashed Turkish Airlines Plane As Museum

    Posted on : Monday 23rd of October 2017
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    KATHMANDU:  A Turkish Airlines plane that crash landed at Kathmandu airport two years ago will be welcoming ticket holders on board again -- not for a flight but as the Nepali capital's first aviation museum. The Airbus A330 was carrying 224 passengers when it skidded off the runway at Kathmandu's airport in March 2015, coming to a stop with its nose buried in the grassy verge on the edge of the tarmac. No one was hurt, but the crash shut Nepal's only international airport for four days as technicians struggled to mo...

  • 4 Injured In Munich Knife Attack: Police

    Posted on : Saturday 21st of October 2017
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    BERLIN:  Four people were lightly injured Saturday morning in the southern German city of Munich by a man wielding a knife who fled the scene, said police, adding possible motives were unknown. The man attacked passersby in five places near Rosenheimer Platz in the eastern part of the city centre at around 0630 GMT, inflicting "light" injuries on four people, a police spokesman told AFP. The perpetrator of the attack "is still on the run", the local police said on their Twitter account, where they also called...

  • Judge Tosses $417 Million Talc Cancer Verdict Against Johnson And Johnson

    Posted on : Saturday 21st of October 2017
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    A California judge on Friday threw out a $417 million verdict against Johnson & Johnson in a lawsuit by a woman who claimed she developed ovarian cancer after using its talc-based products like Johnson's Baby Powder for feminine hygiene. The ruling by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Maren Nelson marked the latest setback facing women and family members who accuse J&J of not adequately warning consumers about the cancer risks of its talc-based products. The decision followed a jury's decision in August to hit J&J ...

  • Fire Destroys Landmark Hotel In Myanmar's Largest City, Kills One

    Posted on : Thursday 19th of October 2017
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    YANGON:  One person was killed on Thursday in a massive fire that destroyed one of Yangon's best-known hotels, sending dark smoke billowing over the centre of Myanmar's largest city and triggering an hours-long battle to put out the flames. It was not immediately clear what caused the fire, which broke out around 3:20 am at the teak-and-stone Kandawgyi Palace Hotel overlooking a picturesque inner-city lake, authorities told Reuters. An unidentified body was found in a guest room and two people were injured, said Htay Lwi...

  • Donald Trump Celebrates Diwali, Says Value My 'Very Strong' Relationship With PM Modi

    Posted on : Wednesday 18th of October 2017
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    WASHINGTON:  Donald Trump celebrated Diwali on Wednesday in the Oval Office of the White House along with senior Indian-American members of the administration, including Nikki Haley, Seema Verma and community leaders. While expressing his appreciation for Indians, the US President said he values his 'very strong' relationship with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. "Today, I was deeply honored to be joined by so many administration officials and leaders of the Indian-American community - to celebrate Diwali -- the Hindu Fest...

  • Crew Was 'Hysterical', Set Off Panic: Passengers On Plane's Rapid Descent

    Posted on : Tuesday 17th of October 2017
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    Passengers aboard an Indonesia AirAsia flight to Bali said the actions of the crew sent those on board into a state of panic after the plane experienced a problem midflight. What the budget airline described as a "technical issue" occurred about a half-hour after Flight QZ 535 left from Perth, Australia, on Sunday morning en route to the island of Bali. Oxygen masks dropped from the ceiling as the plane rapidly descended tens of thousands of feet in what is being investigated as a potential depressurization, USA Today reported....

  • 21 Dead In 'Catastrophic' California Wildfires

    Posted on : Thursday 12th of October 2017
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    SANTA ROSA, UNITED STATES:  More than 200 fire engines and firefighting crews from around the country were being rushed to California on Wednesday to help battle infernos which have left at least 21 people dead and thousands homeless. "This is a serious, critical, catastrophic event," California fire chief Ken Pimlott told reporters. "We're not going to be out of the woods for a great number of days to come." Pimlott said that after a respite on Tuesday winds were kicking up again on Wednesday and the win...

  • Understanding China's 19th Communist Party Congress

    Posted on : Wednesday 11th of October 2017
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    BEIJING:  China's ruling Communist Party opens its 19th Congress on October 18, with President Xi Jinping expected to further tighten his grip on power. Here is how the Congress works and some pointers on what is at stake. AGENDA The five-yearly Congress elects about 370 full and alternate members of the party's elite Central Committee in a session lasting about one week, drawing from a pre-selected pool of candidates expected to be only slightly larger than 370. The new Central Committee's first session, hel...

  • Magnitude 6.3 Earthquake Strikes Northern Chile: United States Geological Survey

    Posted on : Tuesday 10th of October 2017
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    WASHINGTON:  A 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck northern Chile early Tuesday, the United States Geological Survey said. The tremor hit 70 kilometers (43 miles) east of the coastal city of Arica, which is near the border with Peru, the US agency said. The quake struck at a depth of 82 kilometers, it added. Chile is one of the world's most earthquake-prone countries. In the past seven years it has had three quakes of a magnitude greater than eight. The 1960 Valdivia earthquake in Chile was the strongest quake ever recor...

  • Richard Thaler gets Nobel Prize in Economics 2017 for work on behavioural economics

    Posted on : Monday 9th of October 2017
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    Stockholm: US economist Richard Thaler on Monday won the Nobel Economics Prize for his pioneering work bridging the gap between economics and psychology, the jury said. "By exploring the consequences of limited rationality, social preferences, and lack of self-control, he has shown how these human traits systematically affect individual decisions as well as market outcomes," the Nobel jury said in a statement. "His empirical findings and theoretical insights have been instrumental in creating the new and rapidly expand...

  • Britain is ‘preparing' for war with North Korea

    Posted on : Monday 9th of October 2017
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    London: As tensions rise between the US and North Korea over the latter's nuclear programme, the UK is quietly readying its war machines in case of a war breaks out, a media report said on Monday. The British armed forces are apparently preparing for a worst-case scenario and part of that plan is to deploy the UK’s new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth to the region, the Metro News reported. “We have plenty of ships to send… the Type-45 destroyers, the Type-23 frigates. Britain’s new aircraft carrier c...

  • Deadly Hurricane Nate Bears Down On Mexico, US

    Posted on : Saturday 7th of October 2017
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    CANCUN, MEXICO:  Nate reached hurricane status as it bore down on popular Mexican beach resorts and headed for the US Gulf Coast early Saturday after dumping heavy rains on Central America and leaving at least 28 people dead. New Orleans, which was ravaged by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, leaving hundreds dead, and other cities on the US Gulf coast were under a hurricane warning. Louisiana, the state home to New Orleans, said President Donald Trump had quickly approved the release of federal aid to help mitigate the impact of the s...

  • At Least 19 People Dead As Bus And Train Collide In Russia

    Posted on : Friday 6th of October 2017
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    MOSCOW:  At least 19 people were killed on Friday when a train slammed into a passenger bus that had broken down on a level crossing east of Moscow, regional authorities said Friday. The accident occurred during the night near the city of Vladimir, some 110 kilometres (70 miles) east of the Russian capital. "According to the latest information, 19 people have been killed," the head of the regional health service, Alexandre Kiryukhin, told the TASS news agency. The figure was confirmed by Russia's Investigative ...

  • Indian-Origin Professor Gets USD 8.1 Million Grant For Cancer Research

    Posted on : Thursday 5th of October 2017
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    WASHINGTON:  An Indian-origin scientist in the US has been awarded a USD 8.1 million grant to support her research on lethal head and neck cancer, which could help improve the survival rates of patients. Nisha D'Silva received the prestigious Sustaining Outstanding Achievement in Research award, or SOAR, for her continuing research into the molecular pathways that control the spread and recurrence of head and neck cancer. The ultimate goal of the research by Dr D'Silva, clinician- scientist at the University of Michigan ...

  • Gunman In Vegas Seemed To Plan Each Move

    Posted on : Wednesday 4th of October 2017
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    LAS VEGAS:  Investigators trying to determine what sparked the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history have found the massacre to be the work of a sophisticated planner with the means and desire to inflict unprecedented carnage. But on the second full day after Stephen Paddock smashed out the windows of a high-floor suite on the Las Vegas Strip and opened fire on a crowd of unsuspecting concertgoers, authorities still were trying to understand what drove him to such evil. Several new details emerged Tuesday about Paddock ...

  • Over 50 Dead, 200 Wounded In Las Vegas Shooting, Deadliest In US History

    Posted on : Monday 2nd of October 2017
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    LAS VEGAS:  A gunman killed at least 50 people and wounded more than 200 others at a country music festival on the Las Vegas Strip on Sunday, raining down rapid fire from the 32nd floor of a hotel for several minutes before he was killed by police. The death toll, which police emphasized was preliminary and tentative, would make the attack the deadliest mass shooting in US history, eclipsing last year's massacre of 49 people at an Orlando night club. Thousands of panicked people fled the scene, in some cases trampling one an...

  • Saudi university to open driving school for women

    Posted on : Sunday 1st of October 2017
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    Riyadh: A university in Saudi Arabia has said it will open a driving school for women, in a first for the ultra-conservative country after a ban on women driving was lifted. "Princess Nourah University is preparing to set up a driving school in cooperation with the relevant authorities," the women's university said on Saturday. "This is the first such announcement following this week's order by King Salman to allow women to drive," it said. Saudi Arabia on Tuesday said it would allow driving permits fo...

  • Air France A380 Superjumbo Makes Emergency Landing With Damaged Engine

    Posted on : Sunday 1st of October 2017
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    PARIS, FRANCE:  An Air France A380 superjumbo carrying more than 500 people made an emergency landing in Canada on Saturday after suffering "serious damage" to one of its engines, with passengers recounting hearing a loud bang followed by violent shaking. Video and photos posted on social media showed extensive damage to the outer starboard engine, with part of its external cowling apparently sheered away. The double-decker wide body aircraft carrying 496 passengers and 24 crew had taken off from Paris bound for Los An...

  • Donald Trump Hails Saudi Arabia 'Positive Step' Allowing Women To Drive

    Posted on : Wednesday 27th of September 2017
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    WASHINGTON, UNITED STATES:  US President Donald Trump congratulated Saudi Arabia Tuesday for its decision to join the rest of the world in allowing women to drive, calling it a "positive step" for the ultra-conservative kingdom. Washington is a firm friend of the Saudi kingdom, but has often been embarrassed by its ally's conservative religious and social attitudes. "President Donald J. Trump commends the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's decision today to affirm the right of women to drive in the kingdom," a...

  • Britain's Prince Harry Makes First Public Appearance With Girlfriend Meghan Markle

    Posted on : Tuesday 26th of September 2017
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    TORONTO:  Britain's Prince Harry and American girlfriend Meghan Markle made their first formal public appearance together on Monday, with the couple holding hands and watching a wheelchair tennis match at the Invictus Games in Toronto. Markle, an actress who stars in the TV legal drama "Suits," has been dating Prince Harry for more than a year. They both appeared at the Invictus Games opening ceremony on the weekend, but sat apart and were not photographed together. On Monday, they both wore jeans and sunglasses, b...

  • 248 Dead In Powerful Mexico Earthquake, 21 Children Crushed Under School

    Posted on : Wednesday 20th of September 2017
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    MEXICO CITY:  At least 248 people were killed when a powerful 7.1-magnitude earthquake struck Mexico on Tuesday, including 21 children crushed beneath an elementary school that was reduced to rubble. The destruction revived horrific memories in Mexico on the anniversary of another massive quake in 1985, the disaster-prone country's deadliest ever. One of the most gut-wrenching scenes was at the Enrique Rebsamen primary school on Mexico City's south side, whose three floors collapsed into one, trapping students and teache...

  • China Provides $10 Billion Credit Line To Iran

    Posted on : Saturday 16th of September 2017
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    TEHRAN, IRAN:  A Chinese state-owned investment firm has provided a $10 billion credit line for Iranian banks, Iran's central bank president said Saturday. The contract was signed in Beijing between China's CITIC investment group and a delegation of Iranian banks led by central bank president Valiollah Seif. The Iran Daily said the funds would finance water, energy and transport projects. Iran is vital to China's trade ambitions as it develops its trillion-dollar "One Belt, One Road" strategy aimed at d...

  • Fire Kills At Least 24 At Religious School In Malaysian Capital Kuala Lumpur

    Posted on : Thursday 14th of September 2017
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    KUALA LUMPUR:  A fire at an Islamic boarding school for boys killed at least 24 people, most of them students, in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur on Thursday morning, officials said. Officials suspected an electrical short circuit caused the blaze that broke out in a top floor dormitory, where most of the students perished. The fire at Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah, a "tahfiz" boarding school where students learn to memorise the Koran, was reported around 5.40 a.m. local time (2140 GMT Wednesday), according to a statem...

  • At Least Three Dead, Six Missing, As Storm Hits Philippines

    Posted on : Tuesday 12th of September 2017
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    MANILA:  At least three people died and six were missing after a major storm caused widespread flooding in and around the Philippine capital on Tuesday, forcing schools, government offices and businesses to shut down. The tropical depression, which left some people wading through chest-deep waters outside Manila, was the latest to hit the Southeast Asian archipelago, which endures about 20 such storms each year. Most of the dead and missing were poor people forced to live in identified "danger zones" despite government...

  • Hurricane Irma Threatens Power Losses For Millions In Florida

    Posted on : Friday 8th of September 2017
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    Hurricane Irma poses a bigger menace to power supplies in Florida than Hurricane Harvey did in Texas because Irma is packing near 200 mile-per-hour winds (320 km/h) that could down power lines, close nuclear plants and threatens to leave millions of homes and businesses in the dark for weeks. Irma's winds rival the strongest for any hurricane in history in the Atlantic, whereas Harvey's damage came from record rainfall. Even as Houston flooded, the power stayed on for most, allowing citizens to use TV and radio to stay apprised o...

  • Military Action Not First Choice, But Will See': Donald Trump On North Korea

    Posted on : Thursday 7th of September 2017
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    WASHINGTON/BEIJING:  President Donald Trump warned on Wednesday that the United States would no longer tolerate North Korea's actions but said the use of military force against Pyongyang will not be his "first choice." In a flurry of phone calls with world leaders days after North Korea's sixth and most powerful nuclear test, Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping committed to "take further action with the goal of achieving the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula," the White House said. "Pre...

  • French Court Orders Magazine To Pay 100,000 Euros Over Kate Topless Pics

    Posted on : Tuesday 5th of September 2017
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    PARIS:  A French court ruled Tuesday that a French celebrity magazine must pay more than 100,000 euros in damages to Britain's Prince William and his wife Kate over topless photos published of the duchess in 2012. The court also ordered Closer magazine's editor and owner to each pay 45,000 euros ($53,000) in fines, the maximum possible. The grainy snaps of Kate Middleton sunbathing in a bikini bottom were taken while she was on holiday in September 2012 in the south of France with her husband, the second in line to the B...

  • After 288 Days And 4623 Orbits Of Earth, Astronaut Peggy Whitson Returns To Earth

    Posted on : Saturday 2nd of September 2017
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    WASHINGTON:  Record-breaking NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson is set to depart the International Space Station (ISS) and return to Earth after completing a 288-day long mission, the US space agency said. Ms Whitson, along with fellow Expedition 52 Flight Engineer Jack Fischer of NASA and Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin of the Russian space agency Roscosmos will undock their Soyuz MS-04 spacecraft from the space station and land in Kazakhstan at 9:22 pm EDT. On Friday, Mr Yurchikhin will hand over station command to NASA's Randy Bres...

  • Harvey Makes Landfall In Texas As Category 4 Hurricane

    Posted on : Saturday 26th of August 2017
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    CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS:  Hurricane Harvey slammed into the Texas coast on Friday as a Category 4 storm with winds of up to 130 miles per hour, the most powerful storm in over a decade to hit the mainland United States. The hurricane made landfall between Port Aransas and Port O'Connor around 10 p.m. CDT (0300 GMT) and is expected to dump over 3 feet (90 cm) of rain along the Texas coast and parts of Louisiana as it lingers for days. While thousands fled the expected devastating flooding and destruction, many residents defied ...

  • Trump Celebrates Solar Eclipse By Looking Up Without Special Viewing Glasses

    Posted on : Tuesday 22nd of August 2017
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    Like many Americans, President Donald Trump on Monday gazed at the first solar eclipse in a century to cross the continental United States, coast to coast. But at one point he appeared to ignore precautions that scientists and doctors warned were necessary to protect people's eyes during the celestial event. Trump emerged on the Truman Balcony of the White House with first lady Melania and son Barron shortly before the eclipse reached its apex in Washington. He waved at the crowd and responded to a reporter's question - "How...

  • Qatar Denies Blocking Saudi Hajj Pilgrimage Flights

    Posted on : Monday 21st of August 2017
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    DOHA, QATAR:  Qatar on Monday denied it had banned Saudi Arabian flights from landing in the emirate to transport Muslim pilgrims to Mecca, after an accusation by authorities in Riyadh. Saudi Arabian Airlines on Sunday said Qatari authorities had refused to grant a Saudi Arabian Airlines flight, scheduled to transport Qatari hajj pilgrims, permission to land at Hamad International Airport. The flight is one of a select few that will allow Qataris to land in Saudi Arabia, which last week temporarily opened its borders to pilgrims...

  • Donald Trump elevates the status of Pentagon's US Cyber Command to help cyber weapon development

    Posted on : Saturday 19th of August 2017
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    President Donald Trump said on Friday he was elevating the status of the Pentagon's US Cyber Command to help spur development of cyber weapons to deter attacks and punish intruders.   In a statement, Trump said the unit would be ranked at the level of Unified Combatant Command focused on cyberspace operations.   Cyber Command's elevation reflects a push to strengthen US capabilities to interfere with the military programs of adversaries such as North Korea’s nuclear and missile development and Islamic ...

  • Big Asteroid To Pass Safely By Earth On September 1: NASA

    Posted on : Friday 18th of August 2017
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    WASHINGTON:  A large near-Earth asteroid will pass safely by our planet on September 1, at a distance of seven million kilometres, or about 18 Earth-Moon distances, according to NASA. Asteroid Florence is among the largest near-Earth asteroids that are several miles in size. Measurements from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and Near-Earth Object Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) mission indicate it is about 4.4 kilometres in size. "While many known asteroids have passed by closer to Earth than Florence will o...

  • Saudi Arabia To Open Border To Qatar Pilgrims, Qatar Media Silent

    Posted on : Thursday 17th of August 2017
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    CAIRO:  Saudi Arabia said on Wednesday it would welcome Qatari pilgrims to Saudi Arabia to perform the haj this season, amidst a feud that severed transport links between the two nations since June. A statement on the official Saudi Press Agency said the Salwa border point would be open for Qatari citizens who wish to perform the annual pilgrimage to pass through with no electronic permissions needed. The statement, which also said Qatari pilgrims would also be welcome through two of the Kingdom's airports, came after a meet...

  • Nearly 400 Bodies Recovered From Sierra Leone Mudslide: Chief Coroner

    Posted on : Wednesday 16th of August 2017
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    FREETOWN:  Rescue workers have recovered nearly 400 bodies from a mudslide in the outskirts of Sierra Leone's capital Freetown, the chief coroner said on Tuesday, as rescue operations continued and morgues struggled to find space for all the dead. President Ernest Bai Koroma urged residents of the town of Regent and other flooded areas around Freetown to evacuate immediately so that military personnel and other rescue workers could continue to search for survivors who might be buried underneath debris. Dozens of houses were ...

  • SpaceX To Launch Super-Computer To Space

    Posted on : Monday 14th of August 2017
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    MIAMI:  SpaceX is poised to launch an unmanned cargo ship toward the International Space Station Monday, including a super-computer that could direct astronauts on future deep-space missions. The liftoff of the Falcon 9 rocket, carrying the Dragon cargo ship, is planned for 12:31 pm (1631 GMT) from Cape Canaveral, Florida. The weather forecast is 70 percent favorable for launch. The mission is the 12th official trip for SpaceX, which has a $1.6 billion contract with NASA to supply the astronauts living in orbit over 20 such ...

  • Hot, Still, Silent: Paris Is A Ghost Town In August

    Posted on : Saturday 12th of August 2017
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    PARIS:  Hot, still, silent. Welcome to Paris in August: one of Europe's largest cities suddenly transformed into an elegant ghost town. Good luck, as a reporter, tracking any Parisian down. At certain hours of the day, traffic slows to a trickle on the city's grand Haussmannian boulevards. Handwritten signs in the windows of neighborhood bistros and boulangeries ask you - usually politely - to come back in September. A sense of languor pervades: a sluggish Seine, sculpted chestnut trees billowing in the breeze and noticeably...

  • Families Demand Malaysia Accept MH370 Hunt Offer

    Posted on : Friday 11th of August 2017
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    KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA:  Relatives of passengers aboard missing flight MH370 Friday demanded Malaysia accept a US exploration firm's offer to take up the hunt for the aircraft, which was suspended earlier this year. No trace of the Malaysia Airlines plane, which disappeared in March 2014 with 239 people on board, was found during a lengthy deep sea hunt in the southern Indian Ocean off western Australia, with the search called off in January. Ocean Infinity, a seabed exploration firm with a fleet of advanced underwater searc...

  • 50,000 Tourists Evacuated After China Earthquake

    Posted on : Thursday 10th of August 2017
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    BEIJING:  Over 50,000 tourists, including 126 foreigners, were evacuated following Tuesday's deadly earthquake in China's Sichuan province that killed 19 persons, the authorities announced on Thursday. The tourists were taken to safer areas including the cities of Mianyang and Chengdu. More than 9,000 local residents have been evacuated as well, reports Xinhua news agency. The 7-magnitude earthquake struck Jiuzhaigou, a UNESCO nature reserve and popular tourist destination, at 9.19 p.m. on Tuesday. So far, 19 people ...

  • 12 Killed In China Earthquake, Number Of Deaths Likely To Rise

    Posted on : Wednesday 9th of August 2017
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    BEIJING, CHINA:  At least 12 people were killed when a 6.5-magnitude earthquake struck southwestern China, government sources said Wednesday, but the toll was expected to climb as news trickles out of the remote mountainous region. The earthquake occurred late Tuesday, killing 12 and injuring 175, 28 of them seriously, according to a statement by the government of Aba prefecture, where the epicentre was located. But China's National Commission for Disaster Reduction estimated that as many as 100 people may have perished, bas...

  • China To Build First Mars Simulation Base

    Posted on : Tuesday 8th of August 2017
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    BEIJING:  China will establish its first Mars simulation base in Qinghai province, an official said on Tuesday. The base will be in the red cliff region of Da Qaidam (also known as Dachaidan) district in the Mongolian-Tibetan prefecture, Xinhua news agency reported. The region was chosen for its Mars-like landform, landscape and climate, according to Wang Jingzhai, the prefecture's deputy Party chief. The Haixi government and the Chinese Academy of Sciences signed an agreement in November last year to build the base and ...

  • 10 Hospitalized After American Airlines Flight Jolted Midair

    Posted on : Monday 7th of August 2017
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    An American Airlines flight lurched violently over the Atlantic Ocean on Saturday, sending drinks and people flying - and putting 10 in the hospital after landing in Philadelphia. Alex Ehmke and his family had spent nearly 10 hours in the air - flying home from a vacation in Europe, he told The Washington Post. Flight attendants were handing out a last round of drinks before landing, and the U.S. shore had just come into view. "It had been completely uneventful," Ehmke said. "It looked like a nice day." He and...

  • Planes Built For Russian Airline May Be Next US Air Force One

    Posted on : Wednesday 2nd of August 2017
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    Facing pressure from President Donald Trump to cut the cost of new Air Force One aircraft, the US Air Force is negotiating with Boeing to purchase two 747-8 jetliners that were built for a Russian airline that went bankrupt before they were delivered. "We're working through the final stages of coordination to purchase two commercial 747-8 aircraft and expect to award a contract soon," said Air Force spokeswoman Ann Stefanek, who declined to elaborate on the details. National security publication Defense One, which first...

  • Sri Lanka, China Sign $1.1 Billion Hambantota Port Deal

    Posted on : Saturday 29th of July 2017
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    COLOMBO:  Sri Lanka today signed a US $1.1 billion deal to sell a 70 per cent stake of the strategic Hambantota port to China, amid concerns over the massive debt the island nation incurred in building the port. The deal had been delayed by several months over concerns that the deep-sea port could be used by the Chinese navy. Cash-rich China has invested millions of dollars in Sri Lanka's infrastructure since the end of a brutal civil war in 2009. As part of the deal, the stake in the loss-making port has been sold to Ch...

  • Commuter Train Crash In Barcelona Station Injures 48

    Posted on : Friday 28th of July 2017
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    MADRID:  A commuter train crashed into a railway buffer in Barcelona's Francia station, injuring 48 people, five of those seriously, emergency services said on Friday. There were no deaths reported. At least 18 of the injured need hospital attention, emergency services said. The driver was among the injured, they said. The train was coming from Sant Vicenc de Calders village in the province of Tarragona on the R2 line of the Rodalies commuter rail service, emergency services said. The cause of the crash was not immediate...

  • Australia To Build Superhighway For Electric Vehicles Beside Great Barrier Reef

    Posted on : Thursday 27th of July 2017
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    MELBOURNE:  Australia is building a superhighway offering free charging stations in a bid to boost use of electric vehicles, the northeastern state of Queensland said on Thursday, most of its route fringed by the Great Barrier Reef tourist attraction. The move comes as governments around the world regulate to cut emissions by boosting the use of electric vehicles. Britain this week said it would ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars from 2040, following France. The mayors of Paris, Madrid, Mexico City and Athens have said t...

  • Apple CEO 'Promised Me Three Big Plants,' Says Donald Trump: Report

    Posted on : Wednesday 26th of July 2017
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    Chief Executive Tim Cook has committed to build three big manufacturing plants in the United States, the Wall Street Journal quoted US President Donald Trump as saying. "I spoke to (Cook), he's promised me three big plants-big, big, big," Trump told the Journal in an interview on Tuesday. Trump didn't elaborate on where those plants would be located or when they would be built, the paper reported. Cook said in May that Apple planned to create a $1 billion fund to invest in U.S. companies that perform advanced ma...

  • Israel To Stop Use Of Metal Detectors At Sensitive Holy Site: Official

    Posted on : Tuesday 25th of July 2017
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    JERUSALEM:  Israeli ministers have decided to stop the use of metal detectors at a highly sensitive Jerusalem holy site, a statement said early Tuesday, after the new security measures set off deadly unrest. The security cabinet accepted "the recommendation of all the security bodies to change the inspection with metal detectors to a security inspection based on advanced technologies and other means," a statement from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office said. Courtesy : NDTV ...

  • Hywind, World's First Floating Wind Farm, Being Built Off Scotland Coast

    Posted on : Monday 24th of July 2017
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    LONDON:  The world's first full-scale floating wind farm - with turbines taller than the Britain's Big Ben - is being built off the coast of Scotland. The technology will allow wind power to be harvested in waters that are too deep for the existing bottom-standing turbines. The wind farm, known as Hywind, is a trial project which will bring power to 20,000 homes. The output from the turbines is expected to surpass generation from current ones, according to the Norway-based manufacturer Statoil. "This is a tech d...

  • Wildfire Forces Evacuation Of California Town Near Yosemite

    Posted on : Wednesday 19th of July 2017
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    MARIPOSA:  The 2,000 residents of a small California town in the foothills flanking Yosemite National Park were ordered to evacuate on Tuesday as crews battled an out-of-control wildfire that has already destroyed eight structures. Residents of tiny Mariposa, in the Sierra Nevada mountains southwest of Yosemite in central California, were ordered to flee after flames from the so-called Detwiler Fire jumped over Highway 140 and marched toward the community, threatening 1,500 structures. "Fire activity continued to grow throu...

  • Trump Officials Announce 15,000 Additional Visas For Seasonal Workers

    Posted on : Tuesday 18th of July 2017
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    WASHINGTON:  The Department of Homeland Security on Monday announced a one-time increase of 15,000 additional visas for low-wage, seasonal workers for the remainder of this fiscal year, a seeming about-face from President Trump's "Hire American" rhetoric, following heavy lobbying from the fisheries, hospitality and other industries that rely on temporary foreign workers. The increase represents a 45 percent bump from the number of H-2B visas normally issued for the second half of the fiscal year, said senior Homeland S...

  • Australia Set To Join UN Human Rights Council: Report

    Posted on : Saturday 15th of July 2017
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    Australia looks set to fill one of two vacancies on the United Nations Human Rights Council following France's withdrawal from the process, the Herald Sun newspaper said on Saturday, quoting remarks by Foreign Minister Julie Bishop. The appointment would be Australia's first to the powerful body, coming amid criticism of its own human rights record against indigenous people and asylum seekers in offshore detention centres on Nauru and Papua New Guinea's Manus Island. "We didn't use our aid budget, we didn't m...

  • Teen Arrested Over Five Acid Attacks In London: Report

    Posted on : Friday 14th of July 2017
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    LONDON:  A teenager has been arrested following five attacks in north-east London which involved corrosive substances being thrown in peoples' faces, the media reported on Friday. According to The Metropolitan Police, all the attacks happened within 90 minutes in Hackney, Stoke Newington and Islington on Thursday night and detectives are treating them as linked, reports the BBC. The teenage male is being held at an east London police station on suspicion of grievous bodily harm and robbery. The victims were taken to hosp...

  • Donald Trump Says Vladimir Putin Would Have Preferred Clinton Win

    Posted on : Thursday 13th of July 2017
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    WASHINGTON:  President Donald Trump, battling allegations that Russia helped him win the White House, claimed Wednesday that Vladimir Putin actually would have preferred a Hillary Clinton victory. Decrying what he called a political "witch hunt," Trump also came to the defense of his eldest son, Donald Trump Jr, after the release of emails showing his namesake's embrace of a Russian offer to provide derogatory information about Clinton during the campaign. The email exchange has been described in some quarters as a...

  • US, Qatar sign agreement against financing terrorism

    Posted on : Wednesday 12th of July 2017
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    Cairo: The US Secretary of State and his Qatari counterpart signed on Tuesday a memorandum of understanding against the financing of terrorism, Qatari media reported. In live footage, Rex Tillerson and Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani signed the pact, which they had been working on for a year, Tillerson explained, Efe news reported. The head of US diplomacy added that this step seeks to "revive" the agreements adopted at the Riyadh summit in 2014, from which several steps have been taken in favour of the fight against terr...

  • Earthquake Of 6.8 Magnitude Strikes off New Zealand: Reports

    Posted on : Tuesday 11th of July 2017
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    SINGAPORE:  An earthquake of magnitude 6.8 struck south of New Zealand's South Island on Tuesday, the United States Geological Survey said. There were no immediate reports of deaths or damage from the quake, which hit 196 km (122 miles) northwest of Auckland island, at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). Courtesy : NDTV ...

  • Western Canada Wildfires May Spread With More Hot, Dry Weather

    Posted on : Monday 10th of July 2017
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    KAMLOOPS, BRITISH COLUMBIA:  As Western Canada's British Columbia battled 220 wildfires scattered across the province on Sunday, officials warned that they expect greater devastation with forecasts of more hot, dry weather over the coming week. "Looking at the medley of forecasts out there, it's certainly not optimistic," British Columbia's chief fire spokesman Kevin Skrepnek said at a press briefing. "We are going to be at the mercy of the weather." The blazes took off on Friday when 138 fires st...

  • Elon Musk's Tesla To Build World's Largest Battery In Australia

    Posted on : Friday 7th of July 2017
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    SYDNEY:  Elon Musk's Tesla will build what the maverick entrepreneur claims is the world's largest lithium ion battery within 100 days, making good on a Twitter promise to ease South Australia's energy woes. The region was hit with a total blackout when an "unprecedented" storm wrecked power transmission towers in 2016, and billionaire Musk in March offered to help with a battery farm. "This system will be three times more powerful than any system on Earth," Musk told reporters in the state capita...

  • Huge floods sweep southern Japan, at least 15 missing

    Posted on : Thursday 6th of July 2017
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    Japan : At least 15 people are missing after huge floods swept away houses in southern Japan, tearing up roads as they surged through villages, with authorities warning hundreds of thousands of people to flee. Meteorologists warned of worse to come as soldiers and rescuers scrambled to evacuate hundreds of thousands of people out of the path of landslides and torrents of muddy water. “We are seeing heavy rains unlike anything experienced before,” a Japan Meteorological Agency official told reporters. “It is an abnor...

  • Russia, North Korea to challenge US President Donald Trump overseas

    Posted on : Thursday 6th of July 2017
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    President Donald Trump opens his two-nation European visit with what he expects to be a short but warm stop in Poland before he encounters what could be a frostier reception and thornier issues at an international summit in Germany. Trump’s sit-down with Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korea’s first launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile threaten to put Trump’s skills as a negotiator to the test. Trump was arriving in Warsaw late Wednesday for a 16-hour visit that includes a keynote address to the Po...

  • Emirates, Turkish Airlines Say Laptop Ban Lifted On US Flights

    Posted on : Wednesday 5th of July 2017
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    DUBAI/ISTANBUL:  The United States has lifted the in-cabin ban on laptops and other large electronic devices on US-bound flights from Dubai and Istanbul, Emirates and Turkish Airlines said on Wednesday. The announcements come three days after restrictions were lifted on Etihad Airways' hub Abu Dhabi International Airport. The ban was lifted "effective immediately" on Dubai International, the world's busiest airport for international travel, after new security measures announced by the US last week were implemen...

  • At Least 56 Killed As Heavy Rains Leave China Devastated

    Posted on : Tuesday 4th of July 2017
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    BEIJING:  At least 56 people have been killed and 22 others missing as heavy rains left a trail of destruction in 11 Chinese provinces, authorities said today. A total of 27,000 houses have collapsed and 37,000 others damaged in floods, landslides and hailstorms since June 29 in Zhejiang, Anhui, Jiangxi, Hubei, Hunan, Guangdong, Chongqing, Sichuan, Guizhou, Yunnan and Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, the Ministry of Civil Affairs said. Direct economic losses were estimated at 25.27 billion yuan (US$ 3.72 billion). Yesterday...

  • 8 Rescuers Killed In Indonesian Helicopter Crash

    Posted on : Monday 3rd of July 2017
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    JAKARTA:  Eight people were killed after an Indonesian search and rescue helicopter crashed, a senior official said today, the latest aviation accident in the country. The Indonesian Search and Rescue Agency's helicopter was carrying four rescuers and four Navy crew when it crashed into a cliff in Temanggung in central Java on Sunday. All eight bodies have been recovered from the crash site and identified, the head of the agency, Muhammad Syaugi, told AFP. The chopper was on a mission to oversee the situation in Central ...

  • China President Xi Jinping Swears In New Hong Kong Leader Amid Protests

    Posted on : Saturday 1st of July 2017
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    HONG KONG:  Chinese President Xi Jinping swore in Hong Kong's new leader, Carrie Lam, on Saturday as the former British colony marked the 20th anniversary of its handover to Chinese rule amid scattered protests. Security was tight at the same harbour-front venue where two decades earlier, the last colonial governor, Chris Patten, tearfully handed back Hong Kong to Chinese rule at a rain-soaked ceremony. Minor scuffles broke out under a blue sky as pro-democracy activists, some with banners bearing the words "Democracy. ...

  • Hackers Can Steal PINs, Passwords From Your Brainwaves, Shows Study

    Posted on : Friday 30th of June 2017
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    WASHINGTON:  Hackers can guess a user's passwords by monitoring their thoughts, according to scientists including those of Indian origin who suggest that brainwave-sensing headsets need better security. Electroencephalograph (EEG) headsets allow users to control robotic toys and video games with the mind. Researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in the US found that a person who paused a video game and logged into a bank account while wearing an EEG headset was at risk for having their passwords or other sensit...

  • Australia, United States Begin Their Biggest Joint Military Exercise

    Posted on : Thursday 29th of June 2017
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    SYDNEY:  Australia and the United States began their biggest ever joint military exercises today, a show of force, largely at sea, aimed at sending a message both to allies and potential foes, including China. The exercises involving 33,000 US and Australian troops on board battleships equipped with strike jets, comes as tension over China's more assertive activity, particularly in the disputed South China Sea, has raised fears of confrontation. Admiral Harry Harris, head of the US Pacific Command, asked how he thought China...

  • 'Thank You Prime Minister Modi,' Tweets Ivanka Trump After Invite

    Posted on : Tuesday 27th of June 2017
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    WASHINGTON:  Prime Minister Narendra Modi invited Ivanka Trump, daughter of Donald Trump, to lead an American delegation of entrepreneurs to India during his first meeting with the US President at the White House on Monday. "I have invited her (Ivanka Trump) to lead the US delegation for global entrepreneurship forum," PM Modi said while jointly addressing the media with President Trump following a one-on-one with the President and delegation-level talks between the two sides. "...And I believe she has accepted,&q...

  • Successful SpaceX Launch Delivers Satellites Into Orbit

    Posted on : Monday 26th of June 2017
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    LOS ANGELES:  The American company SpaceX on Sunday successfully placed 10 satellites for the communications company Iridium into orbit using a Falcon 9 rocket. After launching as scheduled from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California at 1:25 pm local time (2025 GMT), the Falcon 9's first stage returned less than eight minutes after taking off. As planned, it landed on a barge floating in the Pacific Ocean. SpaceX has successfully landed multiple rockets on both land and water, as part of its effort to bring down the...

  • China Developed World's Most Powerful Submarine Detector: Report

    Posted on : Saturday 24th of June 2017
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    BEIJING:  Chinese scientists have claimed a major breakthrough in magnetic detection technology which could find hidden metallic objects, including minerals and submarines. The Chinese Academy of Sciences, China's largest research institute, said in an article this week that a "superconductive magnetic anomaly detection array" has been developed in Shanghai and passed inspection by an expert panel, Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post reported. The device, which works from the air, could be used to pinpoint the...

  • North Korea Calls US President Donald Trump A 'Psychopath'

    Posted on : Thursday 22nd of June 2017
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    SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA:  North Korea on Thursday called US President Donald Trump a "psychopath" as tensions soar following the death of American student Otto Warmbier, who was evacuated in a coma from North Korean detention last week. Pyongyang's official Rodong Sinmun newspaper said the US president was in a "tough situation" at home and claimed he was toying with the idea of a preemptive strike on North Korea to divert attention from a domestic political crisis. "South Korea must realise that followin...

  • 22 Killed in Lightning In Bangladesh

    Posted on : Tuesday 20th of June 2017
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    DHAKA:  Lightning strikes have killed at least 22 people in Bangladesh in the last 48 hours, authorities said today, a week after monsoon rains triggered a series of deadly landslides in the country. The deaths came as storms swept the country on Sunday and Monday, the head of the disaster management department Reaz Ahmed told AFP. Among the dead were a couple and their young daughter who were were working on a peanut farm when they were struck by lightning. Hundreds of people die every year from lightning strikes in Banglad...

  • Plane Hits Turbulence, 26 Injured, Some Have Fractures, 4 Are Critical

    Posted on : Monday 19th of June 2017
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    At least 26 people were injured when a China Eastern Airlines flight from Paris to the southwestern Chinese city of Kunming hit turbulence on Sunday, state news agency Xinhua reported. Passengers onboard flight MU774 suffered injuries such as fractures when strong turbulence caused them to hit the overhead lockers and be hit by falling baggage, Xinhua said late on Sunday. At least four people were in a serious condition, it said. In a posting on its official Weibo account, China Eastern Airlines said that it had arranged relevant med...

  • US Navy Destroyer, Philippine Vessel Collide Off Japan: Navy

    Posted on : Saturday 17th of June 2017
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    A US Navy destroyer and a Philippine-flagged container ship collided off the south coast of Japan, causing unspecified injuries, the US Navy reported Friday. The collision between the guided missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald and the ACX Crystal took place about 56 nautical miles southwest of Yokosuka, Japan at about 2:30 am Saturday (1730 GMT Friday). The Japanese Coast Guard was on the scene and the extent of damages and injuries was being determined, the Navy said. Video taken by NHK News showed the starboard side of the Fitzger...

  • Doctors Just Separated Twin Girls Joined At The Head In One Of The World's Rarest Surgeries

    Posted on : Thursday 15th of June 2017
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    For the first time, conjoined twins Abby and Erin Delaney can sleep in separate beds. The 10-month-old girls from North Carolina were born connected at the head, an extremely rare condition. Following months of planning and preparation, the pair underwent a successful 11-hour separation surgery last week at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia in southeastern Pennsylvania, according to the hospital. "Separating conjoined twins is a very complex surgery followed by a long and complicated recovery, but we are very hopeful for a...

  • Huge fire engulfs 27-storey London tower block, several trapped in homes

    Posted on : Wednesday 14th of June 2017
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    London: A massive fire ripped through a 27-storey apartment block in west London in the early hours of Wednesday, police and fire services said. The fire brigade said 40 fire engines and 200 firefighters had been called to the blaze in Grenfell Tower, which has 120 flats. "Fire is from 2nd to top floor of 27 storey building," the fire service said on Twitter. A dramatic photograph posted by the fire service showed the side of the building engulfed in flames. Police said in a statement they were called at 1:16am (001...

  • 137 Dead In Bangladesh Landslides, Fresh Rescue Campaign Launched

    Posted on : Wednesday 14th of June 2017
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    DHAKA:  Bangladesh today launched a fresh rescue campaign as the number of casualties due to landslides, triggered by heavy monsoons, climbed to 137 with the majority of them reported in a remote hill district close to the Indian border. The hilly districts of Chittagong, Bandarban and Rangamati are the worst affected districts, Bangaldesh officials said, adding that the number of victims will rise further as many are still missing under tonnes of debris in southeastern hills. Officials confirmed 129 deaths but media reports put...

  • 35 Killed In Bangladesh Landslides: Police

    Posted on : Tuesday 13th of June 2017
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    DHAKA, BANGLADESH:  Heavy monsoon rains have killed at least 35 people in southeast Bangladesh, most of them buried under landslides, authorities said today. Police warned that more will likely be killed as emergency workers reached remote parts of the affected area, where telephone and transport links had been cut. "The recovery work is still going on," the head of the Department of Disaster Management Reaz Ahmed told AFP. Most of the deaths occurred in two districts, Rangamati and Bandarban, which the meteorologi...

  • China Developing World's Fastest Amphibious Fighting Vehicle

    Posted on : Monday 12th of June 2017
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    BEIJING: China is developing the world's fastest amphibious armoured vehicle that can reach a top speed of 50 kilometres per hour when travelling in calm waters. While there are many amphibious armoured vehicles in the world, most of them move very slowly in the water. The North China Institute of Vehicle Research has built the armoured fighting vehicle (AFV) that can attain a top speed of 50 kilometres per hour on calm waters. That speed would make the amphibious AFV the fastest amphibious military in the vehicle in the world. E...

  • After Delay, Donald Trump's Family Joins Him In White House

    Posted on : Monday 12th of June 2017
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    WASHINGTON:  As of last night, the White House has two new occupants: US First Lady Melania Trump and her son Barron have finally moved in to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Six months after President Donald Trump arrived, the Slovenia-born former model and the couple's 11-year-old son joined him, an aide to the First Lady told AFP. The pair had previously stayed in New York so that Barron could complete the school year. He is expected to attend St. Andrews Episcopal school, just outside Washington, in the 2017-2018 session. B...

  • US Forces Assist Philippines In Battle To End Marawi City Siege

    Posted on : Saturday 10th of June 2017
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    MANILA/MARAWI CITY:  US forces are providing the Philippines with technical assistance to end a siege of the southern town of Marawi by militants allied to ISIS but it has no boots on the ground, the Philippines military said on Saturday. The seizure of Marawi by hundreds of fighters who have sworn allegiance to ISIS, including dozens from neighbouring countries and the Middle East, has fuelled concern that the ultra-radical group is gaining a foothold in Southeast Asia. Earlier a US embassy spokesperson in Manila told Reuters t...

  • UK election: PM Theresa May's Conservative Party fails to win majority; Opposition calls for resignation

    Posted on : Friday 9th of June 2017
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    London: UK Prime Minister Theresa May`s ruling Conservative Party has failed to win an overall majority in snap elections, and the country is now set for a hung Parliament, media reports said on Friday. With 629 results in out of the total 650, the latest party figures are: Conservatives: 42 percent (up 5); Labour Party 40 percent (up 10); Liberal Democrats 7 percent (down 1); Scottish National Party (SNP) 3 percent (down 2); UK Independent Party 2 percent (down 11); and Greens Party 2 percent (down 2), reports the Guardian. The Cons...

  • Bodies Of Mainly Women, Children, Found In Myanmar Plane Wreck

    Posted on : Friday 9th of June 2017
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    SAN HLAN, MYANMAR:  Search and rescue efforts for a plane that crashed off Myanmar's southern coast entered a third day on Friday, as hopes faded of finding survivors after 31 bodies were pulled from the water. Most of the dead retrieved from the Andaman Sea were women and children after a fraught search by navy ships, planes, helicopters and fishing boats hampered by heavy rains. A statement from the army chief's office posted on Friday said workers had found the bodies of 21 women, eight children and two men, along wit...

  • Bodies, Debris Found In Search For Missing Myanmar Aircraft

    Posted on : Thursday 8th of June 2017
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    YANGON:  Bodies and aircraft debris were found in the sea off the southern coast of Myanmar on Thursday by ships searching for a military plane that went missing with 122 soldiers, family members and crew on board. Ten bodies, six adults and four children, were found about 35 km (22 miles) off the southern coastal town of Launglon by navy and civilian ships, the military said in its latest statement posted on its official Facebook page. The search by nine navy ships, five military planes and two helicopters, would continue with ...

  • For Qataris, A US Air Base Is Best Defense Against Trump Attacks

    Posted on : Wednesday 7th of June 2017
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    For the tiny, oil rich nation of Qatar, Al Udeid Air Base, home to more than 10,000 U.S. service members, has long been something of an insurance policy. Now the Qataris, at odds with their neighbors and under fire from President Donald Trump on Twitter, are anxiously waiting to see if that policy pays off. Trump on Tuesday sided with a powerful block of Arab countries led by Saudi Arabia in accusing Qatar of funding terrorists and cozying up to Iran. "During my recent trip to the Middle East, I stated that there can no longer b...

  • Colombian Garbage Man Builds Library From Discarded Books

    Posted on : Tuesday 6th of June 2017
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    BOGOTA:  Emptying the bins of Colombia's capital, Jose Alberto Gutierrez one day found a copy of the classic novel "Anna Karenina," and kept it. That was 20 years ago -- and the garbage man continued to collect Bogota's discarded books, amassing 25,000 in a free library, swelled by donations. "I realized that people were throwing books away in the rubbish. I started to rescue them," Gutierrez, a stocky, grey-haired man of 54, told AFP. He never got past primary school as a student, but is now dubb...

  • Emirates Will Suspend Flights To And From Doha From Tuesday Morning

    Posted on : Monday 5th of June 2017
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    DUBAI:  Dubai-based carrier Emirates said it will suspend all flights to and from Doha from Tuesday morning until further notice, joining UAE-based Etihad Airways in a similar move amid a diplomatic spat between Qatar and some of its Gulf neigbhours. The move came after Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain severed their ties with Qatar on Monday, accusing it of supporting terrorism, opening up the worst rift in years among some of the most powerful states in the Arab world. Emirates said the last flight from...

  • Two Giant, Rare 'Corpse' Flowers Bloom In Chicago

    Posted on : Saturday 3rd of June 2017
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    CHICAGO:  It is unusual enough to see one of nature's biggest, rarest -- not to mention smelliest -- flowers bloom. But it is extraordinary to see two bloom at once. That is why two seven-foot-tall corpse flowers at the Chicago Botanic Garden have attracted thousands of visitors this week, despite the smell of rotting flesh that the flowers emit to attract pollinating beetles and flies. The rare flowers, officially called titan arum, are naturally occurring in just one place on Earth -- the Indonesian island of Sumatra. They...

  • At Least 34 Bodies Found At Manila Casino Resort: Reports

    Posted on : Friday 2nd of June 2017
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    MANILA:  At least 34 people are dead after a gunman burst into a Manila casino, firing shots and setting gaming tables alight, Philippine media reported on Friday, in what officials said was a botched robbery attempt. Police said the unidentified gunman had killed himself after firing at armed officers searching the still-smoking Resorts World Manila entertainment complex hours after the drama that began shortly after midnight (1600 GMT). Many of the dead suffocated in the chaos as guests and staff tried to flee choking smoke at...

  • Bomb Threat By Passenger Disrupts Malaysia Airlines Flight

    Posted on : Thursday 1st of June 2017
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    KUALA LUMPUR/SYDNEY:  Passengers and crew on a Malaysia Airlines flight from Melbourne to Kuala Lumpur tackled a fellow passenger who attempted to enter the cockpit shouting he had a bomb, authorities and witnesses said on Thursday. The 25-year-old man, a Sri Lankan national, was tied up with seatbelts and the flight diverted back to Melbourne following the incident shortly after takeoff from Tullamarine Airport late on Wednesday. Former AFL player Andrew Leoncelli, who was a passenger on the flight, said the man screamed, "...

  • Global IT failure impact: British Airways may face 100 million pounds compensation bill

    Posted on : Monday 29th of May 2017
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    ervices of British Airways resumed on Sunday but cancellations and delays delays persisted with about 200 BA flights in and out of Heathrow cancelled on Sunday, according to Guardian calculations. British Airways could face a bill of at least 100 million pounds in compensation, additional customer care and lost business resulting from an IT meltdown which affected more than 1,000 flights over the weekend. All the airline's flights from Heathrow and Gatwick were grounded on Saturday, The Guardian reported. Services resumed on ...

  • Rescuers pull 2,300 migrants off the coast in Libya, two dead

    Posted on : Friday 26th of May 2017
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    Rome:  Around 2,300 migrants were rescued off the coast in Libya on Thursday and two others were found dead in operations carried out by NGO Vessels, the Italian coastguard and commercial ships in the area.   The rescue efforts came as the bodies of 35 migrants, including at least 10 children, were being brought to Italy after they fell off an overloaded vessel that was hit by a huge wave while being rescued by an aid boat.   The operation that was carried on Thursday brings the total number of people rescued t...

  • Riyadh launches moderation center to encounter terrorism

    Posted on : Friday 26th of May 2017
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    RIYADH : The Global Center for Combatting Extremist Ideology (GCCEI) is the fruit of an international cooperation in encountering radicalism and terrorism. Riyadh-based GCCEI was inaugurated on the sidelines of the Arab-Islamic-US Summit held last Sunday, during the visit of US President Donald Trump. The Center was established on the basis of confronting extremism by the latest intellectual, media and digital means. It also has developed innovative techniques that can monitor process and analyze extremists’ rhetoric with high accu...

  • Indian man arrested after security breach at New York's LaGuardia Airport

    Posted on : Friday 26th of May 2017
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    New York: An Indian national has been arrested and charged in connection with a security breach at LaGuardia Airport that led to the evacuation of a busy terminal at the airport earlier this week.   The man, identified as 41-year-old Phani Kumar Varanasi, had entered into a secure area of Terminal B at the airport through a guarded exit on May 23. He told police that he was confused about where to go and had wandered into the restricted area at the terminal.   His trespassing had caused a security scare and led to e...

  • United Nations confirms that Indian troops didn't attack their observers along LoC as claimed by Pakistan

    Posted on : Thursday 25th of May 2017
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    United Nations: The United Nations has dismissed Pakistan Army's claim that its military observers came under attack from Indian troops near the Line of Control (LoC), saying there was "no evidence" of them being targeted. United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres' spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said there was no evidence that an United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) vehicle was targeted by the Indian Army along the LoC near the Khanjar sector. "I can say to you that on ...

  • UK irritated by US leaks in Manchester attack

    Posted on : Thursday 25th of May 2017
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    A British minister said Wednesday it was “irritating” that details about the Manchester concert bombing had been leaked to US media before being released in Britain, saying she had spoken to US authorities. “The British police have been very clear that they want to control the flow of information in order to protect operational integrity… the element of surprise,” Interior Minister Amber Rudd told BBC radio. “So it is irritating if it gets released from other sources and I have been very clear with ou...

  • British Threat Level Raised Amid Fears Another Attack 'May Be Imminent'

    Posted on : Wednesday 24th of May 2017
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    Manchester : British Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday night raised the nation's threat level and deployed the military to guard concerts, sports matches and other public events, saying another attack "may be imminent" following a bombing Monday night that left 22 people dead. The announcement, which takes Britain's alert level from "severe" to its highest rating, "critical," clears the way for thousands of British troops to take to the streets and replace police officers in guarding key sites. &...

  • Manchester terror strike: Children among 22 killed, lone suicide attacker died in blast, say British police

    Posted on : Tuesday 23rd of May 2017
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    According to British police, the blast was carried out by a lone attacker after an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester on Monday. British police said 22 people including some children were killed in a suicide attack carried out by one man after an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester on Monday. "We believe, at this stage, the attack last night was conducted by one man," Manchester Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said. "The priority is to establish whether he was acting alone or as part of a network. The attacker, I ca...

  • Dutch King Willem-Alexander To Spread Wings With Boeing 737 Training

    Posted on : Thursday 18th of May 2017
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    THE HAGUE, NETHERLANDS:  Dutch King Willem-Alexander, who works part-time as a commercial pilot, is to start conversion training to fly Boeing 737 passenger jets, a Dutch newspaper reported Wednesday. The conversion training will mean the royal can continue to fly twice a month for KLM as a co-pilot. The airline is currently phasing out the smaller Fokker 70 plane used on short-haul flights, a policy which would have made it difficult for him to continue flying. "I really wanted to continue as a guest pilot for KLM and ...

  • Tyrannosaurus Rex Could Bite With The Force Of 3 Cars Or 8,000 Pounds

    Posted on : Wednesday 17th of May 2017
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    WASHINGTON:  Scientists have come up with one more reason to be amazed by Tyrannosaurus rex. When the huge carnivorous dinosaur took a bite, it did so with an awe-inspiring force equal to the weight of three small cars, enabling it to crunch bones with ease. Researchers on Wednesday said a computer model based on the T. rex jaw muscle anatomy and analyses of living relatives like crocodilians and birds showed its bite force measured about 8,000 pounds (3,630 kg), the strongest of any dinosaur ever estimated. "T. rex could p...

  • Award-Winning Reporter Javier Valdez Shot Dead In Mexico

    Posted on : Tuesday 16th of May 2017
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    MEXICO CITY:  An award-winning local journalist and Agence France-Presse contributor who reported on violent drug gangs in Mexico was shot dead in the street Monday, a court source told AFP. Javier Valdez, 50, was shot near the premises of Riodoce, a Mexican news weekly he founded, in his hometown of Culiacan in northwestern Sinaloa state, the source said. Mr Valdez was the fifth journalist killed this year in a country plagued by drug violence and corruption, according to officials and media rights groups. "We are horr...

  • Donald Trump is "CEO of the country, can fire anyone he wants": Nikki Haley

    Posted on : Monday 15th of May 2017
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    New York: US President Donald Trump is "CEO of the country, he can fire anyone he wants", America's envoy to the UN Nikki Haley has said, while defending him for firing former FBI director James Comey. Haley said she believed that the criticism of Trump stems from discomfort with his propensity to act on his decisions. "The President is the CEO of the country," Indian-origin Haley told ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos on "This Week" yesterday. "He can hire and fire anyone he wants.&qu...

  • 'US nears $100 billion arms deal for Saudi Arabia'

    Posted on : Saturday 13th of May 2017
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    Washington: The United States is close to completing a series of arms deals for Saudi Arabia totaling more than USD 100 billion, a senior White House official said on Friday, a week ahead of President Donald Trump`s planned visit to Riyadh. The official, who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity, said the arms package could end up surpassing more than USD 300 billion over a decade to help Saudi Arabia boost its defensive capabilities while still maintaining US ally Israel`s qualitative military edge over its neighbours. "We...

  • Prince William Honoured For Supporting LGBT Community

    Posted on : Saturday 13th of May 2017
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    LONDON:  Prince William was honoured for supporting the LGBT-- lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender -- community and said "nobody should be bullied for their sexuality", the media reported. The Duke of Cambridge was named "straight ally of the year" at the British LGBT Awards on Friday evening, the BBC reported. "It's so important to be proud of the person you are" he said via a video message. Prince William, who appeared on the cover of gay magazine Attitude last year, made the video message...

  • British Woman Awarded $584 Million In Divorce Settlement

    Posted on : Friday 12th of May 2017
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    LONDON:  In what can be termed as one of the biggest payments ever to be ordered by a judge in an open court hearing, a British court on Thursday ordered a Russian billionaire to pay his wife $584 million in a divorce settlement. The judge, Justice Haddon-Cave, said the couple met and married in Moscow before moving in a home in Surrey in southern England, Xinhua news agency reported. According to a Sky News report, the award -- which amounts to 41.5 per cent of the couple's "marital assets" -- could be the biggest ever or...

  • World's Heaviest Man Goes Under Knife In Mexico

    Posted on : Wednesday 10th of May 2017
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    GUADALAJARA:  The world's heaviest man, who at one point weighed almost 600 kilogrammes (1,300 pounds), has undergone successful gastric bypass surgery, his doctors in Mexico said. The procedure on Juan Pedro Franco is intended to reduce his weight by half, and is expected to be followed up with another operation, his surgeon Jose Castaneda said Tuesday. "The surgery was quite successful. But now we have to wait and see how he responds to the (systemic) change. Let's hope everything goes well," Castaneda said. ...

  • Irish Beach Reappears 33 Years After Vanishing Into Atlantic Ocean

    Posted on : Tuesday 9th of May 2017
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    ACHILL ISLAND, IRELAND:  A beach that was swept away more than 30 years ago from a remote island off the west coast of Ireland has reappeared after thousands of tons of sand were deposited on top of the rocky coastline. The 300 metre beach near the tiny village of Dooagh on Achill Island vanished in 1984 when storms stripped it of its sand, leaving nothing more than a series of rock pools. But after high spring tides last month, locals found that the Atlantic Ocean had returned the sand. "It's enormously significant...

  • After Ban, Turkish Airlines To Offer Laptops To Business-Class Travellers

    Posted on : Saturday 6th of May 2017
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    ISTANBUL:  Turkish Airlines on Saturday said it would offer laptops to business-class travellers after Britain and the United States banned large electronic devices from the cabin of flights from certain countries.  Washington has barred all electronic devices larger a mobile phone on direct flights to the United States from 10 airports in seven Middle Eastern countries and Turkey, only allowing them to be transported in hold luggage. Britain followed with a similar ban from five countries in the Middle East and north Afric...

  • 11 American Governors Urge Donald Trump To Not Withdraw From Paris Agreement

    Posted on : Thursday 4th of May 2017
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    WASHINGTON:  Eleven American governors today urged US President Donald Trump not to withdraw from the Paris agreement, saying that if the US does not make the transition to clean energy then China and India will reap the benefits of the low-carbon leadership. The 11 governors - including those from California, New York, Oregon, Washington, Pennsylvania, Colorado, Virginia, Connecticut, Hawaii, Delaware and Rhode Island - wrote a letter in this regard to Trump, days after he said that he is going to take a "big decision" on...

  • Sample Of Chinese Ambition And Technical Skill Could Take Off On Friday

    Posted on : Wednesday 3rd of May 2017
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    SHANGHAI:  China is expected within days to carry out the maiden test flight of a home-grown passenger jet built to meet soaring Chinese travel demand and challenge the dominance of Boeing and Airbus. The C919, built by state-owned aerospace manufacturer Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC), was set to take wing over Shanghai and could be cleared for takeoff as early as Friday, according to state media. The narrow-body jet represents nearly a decade of effort in a state-mandated drive to reduce dependence on European...

  • Tech Billionaire Buys Sydney Mansion For 56 Million US Dollars

    Posted on : Monday 1st of May 2017
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    SYDNEY:  Tech billionaire Scott Farquhar has bought a Sydney waterfront mansion for an Australian record 75 million Australian dollars (56 million US dollars), a report said Monday, after the owners resisted selling the 1863-built home to developers. The co-founder of Australian software giant Atlassian, which floated in the United States in late 2015, snapped up the iconic "Elaine" from John Brehmer Fairfax, whose family formerly owned the Sydney Morning Herald. The estate, which stretches down to a harbour beach in Sydney...

  • North Korea Fires Another Ballistic Missile In Defiance Of World Pressure

    Posted on : Saturday 29th of April 2017
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    TOKYO:  North Korea fired another ballistic missile early Saturday morning but it exploded within seconds of being launched, American and South Korean defense officials said. Coinciding with renewed diplomatic and military pressure on North Korea from the Trump administration, this latest launch underscores both Kim Jong Un's determination to make technical progress on his weapons programs and his defiance amid international pressure. President Donald Trump, who was briefed on the launch soon afterward, took to Twitter to re...

  • United Cuts Overbooking, Hikes Compensation After Passenger Fiasco

    Posted on : Thursday 27th of April 2017
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    NEW YORK:  United Airlines on Thursday announced it will offer bumped passengers up to $10,000 in compensation and reduce overbooking following the dragging incident on board one of its flights that caused worldwide outrage. Those and other changes, which the airline called "substantial," are the result of a two-week internal probe of the April 9 incident, video of which went viral. Passenger David Dao was pulled from his seat and dragged off the full plane by airport security in Chicago to make room for airline crew. ...

  • China launches first indigenously built aircraft carrier

    Posted on : Wednesday 26th of April 2017
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    Beijing: China on Wednesday launched a new aircraft carrier, boosting its military presence amid rising tensions in the region. It is the country`s second aircraft carrier, after the Liaoning, and the first to be made domestically. The state media said the unnamed ship was "transferred from dry dock into the water" in the northeastern port of Dalian in Liaoning province. Previous reports said it would be operational by 2020. It comes amid heated rhetoric between the US and North Korea in recent days. China has had o...

  • Air China Resumes North Korea Flights After Speculation

    Posted on : Tuesday 25th of April 2017
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    BEIJING:  Air China has resumed flights to the North Korean capital after their temporary suspension sparked speculation that Beijing was pressuring Pyongyang to curb its nuclear and missile programmes. Flights between Beijing and Pyongyang every Monday and Friday on China's flag carrier will restart on May 5, an Air China customer service representative told AFP Tuesday. State broadcaster CCTV had previously reported that the route was "suspended" as of April 17, raising questions about whether the move was politi...

  • World's Largest Rodent Gives Birth In British Zoo

    Posted on : Saturday 22nd of April 2017
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    LONDON:  Lily, a member of the world's largest rodent species, has given birth to a pup, officials announced on Thursday. The six-year-old mom delivered her playful capybara pup in front of amazed onlookers at the zoo, and almost straight away the newborn was up, running around and swimming. Capybaras are often referred to as giant guinea pigs and are found living in small herds on grasslands, in tropical forests and on wetlands across much of South America, where they spend much of their time in water. They can grow to up t...

  • American Airlines' Employee Suspended After Row With Passengers

    Posted on : Saturday 22nd of April 2017
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    American Airlines has suspended an employee after a video showed an altercation on one of its planes involving crew, several passengers and a crying woman carrying a young child. An American Airlines employee violently took a stroller from the woman, hitting her with it and just missing her child, Facebook user Surain Adyanthaya said in a post accompanying the video he put on the site on Friday. Less than two weeks ago, a 69-year-old doctor, David Dao, was hospitalised after Chicago aviation police dragged him from a United Airlines ...

  • Britain's Queen Elizabeth II Celebrates 91st Birthday

    Posted on : Friday 21st of April 2017
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    LONDON:  Britain's Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her 91st birthday on Friday, with the world's longest-reigning monarch taking a step back from royal duties to allow the younger generation to step forward. A gun salute at London's Tower Bridge and Hyde Park will mark the Queen's birthday, a notably more low-key affair after a year of festivities to mark her hitting 90. A thousand beacons were lit around the country on April 21, 2016, and other events last year included street parties and a pageant at her Windsor ...

  • 650-Metre Asteroid To Pass Uncomfortably Close To Earth Today

    Posted on : Wednesday 19th of April 2017
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    PARIS:  An asteroid stretching 650 metres (2,000 feet) across is on track to whoosh past Earth on Wednesday at a safe -- but uncomfortably close -- distance, according to astronomers. "Although there is no possibility for the asteroid to collide with our planet, this will be a very close approach for an asteroid this size," NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory said in a statement. Dubbed 2014-JO25, the asteroid will come within 1.8 million kilometres (1.1 million miles) of Earth, less than five times the distance to th...

  • British Prime Minister Theresa May Calls For Early Election On June 8

    Posted on : Tuesday 18th of April 2017
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    LONDON:  British Prime Minister Theresa May called on Tuesday for an early election on June 8, saying it was the only way to guarantee political stability for years ahead as Britain negotiates its way out of the European Union. The pound strengthened by almost half a cent against the dollar as May spoke, reflecting investor relief that earlier rumours of a shock resignation did not transpire. Ten-year British government bond yields rose slightly. "I have just chaired a meeting of the cabinet where we agreed that the governm...

  • Indian Man Commits 'Suicide' In Sharjah

    Posted on : Saturday 15th of April 2017
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    SHARJAH:  A 52-year-old Indian man allegedly committed suicide in Sharjah by hanging himself in his room in his family apartment, a media report said. Police said they received a call at 11.30 p.m. (local time) about the incident, the Khaleej Times reported on Friday. Officials said the man was identified as S.M. The body was found hanging in his room when police and forensic officers arrived at the apartment. According to the officials the man died at 8 p.m. His family members were unaware of the incident and they thoug...

  • Pope Francis asks for forgiveness over Church's scandals

    Posted on : Saturday 15th of April 2017
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    Rome: Pope Francis, presiding at a Good Friday service, asked God for forgiveness for scandals in the Catholic Church and for the "shame" of humanity becoming inured to daily scenes of bombed cities and drowning migrants. Francis presided at a traditional candlelight Via Crucis (Way of the Cross) service at Rome's Colosseum attended by some 20,000 people and protected by heavy security following recent attacks in European cities. Francis sat while a large wooden cross was carried in procession, stopping 14 times to mark...

  • Endangered Sawfish No Match For Australian Crocodile

    Posted on : Thursday 13th of April 2017
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    SYDNEY:  The sharpened teeth on the saw-like snout of the critically endangered Australian sawfish is proving little defence against its deadliest underwater predators, the crocodile and shark. A rare photograph released by Murdoch University shows a young sawfish caught in the clutches of a freshwater crocodile's jaw. It is a common occurrence for the struggling species which is also targeted by bull sharks, researchers said, as young sawfish venture upriver for the first five years their life before returning to the ocean ...

  • Huge Fire Destroys France's Grande-Synthe Migrant Camp

    Posted on : Tuesday 11th of April 2017
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    GRANDE-SYNTHE, FRANCE:  A huge fire tore through the Grande-Synthe migrant camp outside the northern French city of Dunkirk late Monday, reducing it to "a heap of ashes", the regional chief said. Firefighters said at least 10 people had been injured in the blaze at the camp, which was home to some 1,500 people, mostly Iraqi Kurds, living in closely packed wooden huts. "There is nothing left but a heap of ashes," Michel Lalande, prefect of France's Nord region, told reporters at the scene as firefighters continued...

  • Malala Yousafzai to become youngest-ever UN Messenger of Peace

    Posted on : Saturday 8th of April 2017
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    United Nations: Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai is set to become the UN's youngest-ever Messenger of Peace after she was selected by Secretary-General Antonio Guterres for the highest honour bestowed by the world body on a global citizen. The designation ceremony will be held next week at the UN's headquarters here. "Even in the face of grave danger, Malala has shown an unwavering commitment to the rights of women, girls and all people," the Secretary-General said on his selection of Yousafzai for the desi...

  • Myanmar Wedding Boat Crashes With River Barge, 20 Dead

    Posted on : Saturday 8th of April 2017
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    YANGON:  At least 20 people were killed when a boat carrying scores of wedding guests collided with a river barge in Western Myanmar, authorities said Saturday, with more feared drowned as rescuers searched for the missing. The boat, called 'Silver Star' in Burmese, sank Friday evening in a river near Pathein, a port city west of commercial capital Yangon. It was believed to be carrying around 60 passengers on their way home from a wedding ceremony, according to a local police officer. Of the dead, officials said 16 ...

  • Oil Prices Jump After US Missile Strike In Syria

    Posted on : Friday 7th of April 2017
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    SINGAPORE:  Oil prices soared by around $1 per barrel on Friday after the United States launched dozens of cruise missiles at an airbase in Syria. US President Donald Trump said he had ordered missile strikes against a Syrian airfield from which a deadly chemical weapons attack was launched earlier this week, declaring he acted in America's "national security interest" against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. After tepid trading before the news, Brent crude futures, the international benchmark for oil, jumped by a...

  • Equal pay for men and women: Iceland to lead the way

    Posted on : Wednesday 5th of April 2017
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    Stockholm: Iceland's parliament has presented a bill that would require public and private businesses to prove they offer equal pay to employees, in what would be the first such requirement in the world. "The bill entails that companies and institutions of a certain size, 25 or more employees, undertake a certification of their equal-pay programs, Thorsteinn Viglundsson, minister of social affairs and equality, told AFP on Tuesday. Iceland ranks first on the World Economic Forum's 2015 Global Gender Gap Index, followed b...

  • China to create new city Xiongan New Area; to be nearly three times the size of New York

    Posted on : Tuesday 4th of April 2017
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    New Delhi/Beijing: China has announced that it would establish the Xiongan New Area in Hebei Province, similar to those established in Shenzhen and Shanghai. The New Area, about 100 km southwest of downtown Beijing, will span three counties that sit at the center of the triangular area formed by Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei`s provincial capital Shijiazhuang. Xiongan New Area “will eventually cover an area nearly three times that of New York,” the Guardian quoting official sources said. This is another new area with nati...

  • Donald Trump Gives Portion Of Salary To National Parks

    Posted on : Tuesday 4th of April 2017
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    WASHINGTON:  The White House announced Monday that President Donald Trump will donate part of his salary to the US National Park Service, going some way towards meeting a campaign promise. With some fanfare, White House spokesman Sean Spicer announced Trump had decided to donate his salary for the first quarter of 2017 to the government agency that manages parks, monuments and other conservation properties. "It is my pleasure, on behalf of the president of the United States, to present a check for $78,333 to the secretary o...

  • Colombia mudslide death toll rises to 254, including 43 children: President

    Posted on : Monday 3rd of April 2017
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    Mocoa: Devastating mudslides in the Colombian town of Mocoa killed at least 254 people, 43 of them children, President Juan Manuel Santos said on Sunday, in yet another sharp rise in the death toll. Santos, who traveled to the southern town to personally oversee relief operations, warned the toll could keep climbing. "Unfortunately, these are still preliminary figures," he wrote on Twitter. "We offer our prayers for all of them. We send our condolences and the entire country`s sympathies to their families." ...

  • Leopard Shuts Down Nepal's International Airport

    Posted on : Monday 3rd of April 2017
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    KATHMANDU:  Nepal had to close its only international airport for around half an hour on Monday after a leopard was spotted close to the runway. A spokesman for the airport in Kathmandu said wildlife and security officers were searching for the animal, believed to be hiding in the drains, after it was spotted by a pilot. "We closed the airport for about 30 minutes after the incident was reported but we haven't found the leopard yet," Prem Nath Thakur told AFP. One international flight was delayed but no other f...

  • 2 Dead, Tens Of Thousands Stranded By Australia Floods

    Posted on : Saturday 1st of April 2017
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    SYDNEY:  Tens of thousands of Australians were stranded by floodwaters on Saturday after the remnants of a powerful cyclone swept along the country's east coast, cutting roads, destroying bridges and killing two people. The disaster zone from ex-Cyclone Debbie stretched 1,000 km (600 miles) from Queensland state's tropical resort islands and Gold Coast tourist strip to the farmlands of New South Wales state, with more than 100,00 homes without power. Six large rivers had hit major flood levels and were still rising in se...

  • Murdered Andhra Techie's Husband Allowed By US To Attend Funeral In India

    Posted on : Friday 31st of March 2017
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    NEW YORK:  The husband of the Indian-origin woman from Andhra Pradesh killed along with her son last week in New Jersey is being allowed to go to India for the funeral, according to an official. N Sasikala, 38, and her 7-year-old son were found dead in their home in New Jersey last Thursday. Hanumantha Rao's "movements are not restricted in any way by the criminal justice system," according to Joel Bewley, the Burlington County Prosecutor's spokesperson, quoted by a local channel in the US. "He has not bee...

  • Top Tibetan Lama Abandons Monkhood To Marry Old Friend In India

    Posted on : Thursday 30th of March 2017
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    NEW DELHI:  A senior Tibetan lama at the centre of a long-running row over one of Buddhism's most important titles has abandoned monkhood altogether after marrying a childhood friend in India, his office said Thursday. Thaye Dorje, 33, has claimed since childhood to be the reincarnation of the Karmapa Lama, the leader of one of the four major schools of Tibetan Buddhism. But many adherents of the Karma Kagyu school of Buddhism follow another monk with a rival claim to the title, Urgyen Trinley, who is also recognised by the ...

  • Wall Street's 'Fearless Girl' Statue Is Here To Stay

    Posted on : Tuesday 28th of March 2017
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    NEW YORK:  The statue of the "Fearless Girl" that defies the fearsome Wall Street bull will remain in place for another year, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio announced. "Sometimes a work of art captures a moment in history and that's what's happened here," Mr  de Blasio said on Monday in reference to Donald Trump becoming the US President, and which, he believes, "bodes difficult times for women, the city and the nation", Efe news reported. But then "this miraculous girl appears and ...

  • Thousands Evacuated As Cyclone Debbie Bears Down On Australia

    Posted on : Monday 27th of March 2017
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    CAIRNS:  Thousands of people including tourists were being evacuated Monday as northern Australia braced for a powerful cyclone packing destructive winds with warnings of major structural damage and surging tides. Cyclone Debbie has been forming off the coast of Queensland state over recent days, the Bureau of Meteorology said, and is expected to hit land after daybreak Tuesday morning. Residents are being warned to prepare for the worst storm to pummel the state since Cyclone Yasi in 2011, which ripped homes from their foundati...

  • Laptop Ban Hits Dubai For 1.1 Million Weekend Travellers

    Posted on : Saturday 25th of March 2017
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    DUBAI:  Dubai International Airport and its flag carrier Emirates began implementing a ban on laptops and tablets on direct flights to the US Saturday, on one of the busiest travel weekends of the year. 1.1 million people are expected to pass through the busiest international airport as the city marks UAE spring break, Dubai Airports' senior vice president for communications Anita Mehra said. An estimated 260,000 travellers were expected to pass through each day from Friday through Monday. Dubai International Airport expects...

  • Israel, US Wind-Up Talks With No Consensus On Israeli Settlements

    Posted on : Friday 24th of March 2017
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    JERUSALEM:  Israel and the United States concluded talks in Washington on advancing peace with the Palestinians, without agreeing on one of the thorniest issues - Israeli settlements in occupied Palestinian territories. The US delegation, led by President Donald Trump's special representative Jason Greenblatt, reiterated the president's "concerns regarding settlement activity," a joint statement read of the four-day talks, which ended late Thursday. The Israelis "made clear that Israel's intent going f...

  • Carry-On Electronics Ban Would Not Affect Travellers From Boarding, Says Dubai Airport Chief

    Posted on : Thursday 23rd of March 2017
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    DUBAI:  A ban on most carry-on electronics on flights to the United States will not significantly affect passenger numbers at Dubai International, where flights depart to 12 US cities daily, the airport's chief executive said on Thursday. The US announced on Tuesday new restrictions on flights from airports in eight Muslim-majority countries, including the United Arab Emirates, affecting international airline Emirates which flies from Dubai. The restrictions apply to any device larger than a mobile phone, according to US officia...

  • Japan On Offensive As Second Grand Helicopter Carrier Enters Into Service

    Posted on : Wednesday 22nd of March 2017
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    YOKOHAMA:  Japan's second big helicopter carrier, the Kaga, entered service on Wednesday, giving the nation's military greater ability to deploy beyond its shores as it pushes back against China's growing influence in Asia. Accompanied by a military band, Maritime Self Defence Force commanders took possession of the 248 metre (813.65 ft) long vessel at the Japan Marine United shipyard in Yokohama near Tokyo, where it was docked next to its sister ship the Izumo. "China is attempting to make changes in the South ...

  • US To Ban Some Airline Passengers From Carrying Larger Electronics

    Posted on : Tuesday 21st of March 2017
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    WASHINGTON:  US authorities are planning to ban passengers travelling on certain US-bound foreign airline flights from carrying into the cabin larger electronic devices in response to an unspecified terrorism threat, US officials told Reuters on Monday. The new rule is expected to be announced as early as Monday by the Department of Homeland Security, the officials said, adding that it had been under consideration since the US government learned of a threat several weeks ago. The source said the rule would cover a dozen foreign ...

  • Australia Carrier Grounds Planes After Propeller Falls Off

    Posted on : Monday 20th of March 2017
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    SYDNEY:  A regional Australian airline on Monday grounded six planes from its fleet after a propeller fell off one of them as it approached Sydney airport. The near-disaster happened on Friday, with the crew shutting down the right-hand engine on the Saab 340 plane after "abnormal indications" before the propeller sheared off. Despite the scare the twin-propeller Regional Express (Rex) plane carrying 16 passengers and three crew landed safely. The airline said that while investigations were underway, it would remov...

  • New Wi-Fi System To Provide 100 Times Faster Internet

    Posted on : Monday 20th of March 2017
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    LONDON:  Scientists have developed a new wireless internet based on harmless infrared rays that is 100 times faster than existing wi-fi network and has the capacity to support more devices without getting congested. Slow wi-fi is a source of irritation that nearly everyone experiences. Wireless devices in the home consume ever more data, and it is only growing, and congesting the wi-fi network, researchers said. The wireless network developed by researchers at Eindhoven University of Technology in The Netherlands not only has a ...

  • One Dead As Mid-Air Planes Collide Over Shopping Mall In Canada

    Posted on : Saturday 18th of March 2017
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    MONTREAL:  Two small planes collided mid-air over a busy Canadian shopping mall Friday, killing one pilot and injuring the other but miraculously avoiding numerous casualties, police said. One of the planes crashed into the roof of the Promenades Saint-Bruno mall -- about 20 kilometers (12.4 miles) east of Montreal -- while the other fell into the parking lot, 20 meters (65.6 feet) from one of the main entrances. One of the pilots was killed and the other was seriously injured, said police spokeswoman Nancy Colagiacomo. The ...

  • Washington's Premier Cherry Blossoms Hammered By Cold

    Posted on : Saturday 18th of March 2017
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    WASHINGTON:  A cold snap destroyed half of Washington's premier variety of cherry blossoms this week, muting the pink-and-white display that normally draws about 1.5 million tourists to the US capital, National Park Service officials said on Friday. The damage resulted from a late-season winter storm on the heels of record-high temperatures that had spurred many Yoshino cherry trees nearly to full bloom, said Gay Vietzke, the superintendent of the National Mall and Memorial Parks. "We do anticipate that there will be fe...

  • Man Shot Dead At Paris Airport After Taking Soldier's Gun, Says Official

    Posted on : Saturday 18th of March 2017
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    PARIS:  French soldiers shot dead a man at Paris' Orly airport on Saturday after he tried to grab a weapon, BFM TV reported. The airport was evacuated following the incident, the television channel said. French police confirmed that a security operation was in progress at the airport, south of the capital. Courtesy : NDTV ...

  • Japan launches spy satellite to track North Korea's activities

    Posted on : Friday 17th of March 2017
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    Tokyo: Japan on Friday launched a new spy satellite as there is growing worry over North Korea`s quickening missile and nuclear programs, said the country`s space agency. According to a report in the Japan Times, the Radar 5 unit was carried into space on Japan`s mainstay H-IIA rocket from a launch site in the country`s southwest.  It is meant to replace an existing satellite that is approaching the end of its mission. Japan began putting spy satellites into orbit in 2003 after North Korea fired a midrange ballistic missile ...

  • US President Donald Trump Proposes NASA Budget Cut; Focuses More On Space Exploration

    Posted on : Friday 17th of March 2017
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    WASHINGTON:  US President Donald Trump's proposed 2018 budget is expected to slash NASA's funding from about $19.3 billion to $19.1 billion. As a result, some of NASA missions, currently in development - including the mission to Jupiter's icy moon Europa and NASA Earth science missions - could be shuttered. The proposed budget focuses on increasing cooperation with industry through the use of public-private partnerships and deep space exploration rather than Earth-centric research, NASA said in a statement. The bluep...

  • Great Barrier Reef May Never Recover From Bleaching: Study

    Posted on : Thursday 16th of March 2017
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    PARIS, FRANCE:  Australia's Great Barrier Reef may never recover from last year's warming-driven coral bleaching, said a study Wednesday that called for urgent action in the face of ineffective conservation efforts. Record-high temperatures in 2015 and 2016 drove an unprecedented bleaching episode, which occurs when stressed corals expel the algae that live in their tissue and provide them with food. Bleached coral is more susceptible to disease, and without sufficient time to recover -- which can take one decade or seve...

  • Donald Trump Paid $38 Million In Income Taxes In 2005: Report

    Posted on : Wednesday 15th of March 2017
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    President Donald Trump paid $38 million in federal income tax in 2005 on more than $150 million, for an effective rate of 25 percent, and reported a $105 million write-down, according to a copy of his federal tax return revealed on MSNBC Tuesday night. Two pages of the tax document were obtained by David Cay Johnston, a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist, and he first reported about it Tuesday evening on MSNBC's "The Rachel Maddow Show." The revelation provides the most recent glimpse at Trump's income....

  • Storm Of Fire, Ice Led To 'Snowball Earth' 700 Million Years Ago

    Posted on : Tuesday 14th of March 2017
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    BOSTON:  A perfect combination of erupting volcanoes along with a rapid cooling effect may have caused the largest glaciation event in history - known as 'snowball Earth' - that covered our planet pole-to-pole in ice more than 700 million years ago, Harvard scientists say. Understanding how these dramatic changes occur may help better understand how extinctions occurred and how climates change on other planets. The root cause of the runaway glaciation has remained elusive for years. Scientists have pinpointed the start o...

  • Winter Storm Stella To Hit Millions In US Northeast

    Posted on : Tuesday 14th of March 2017
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    NEW YORK:  Large swaths of the US East Coast declared a state of emergency, cancelled flights and shut schools as millions braced for potentially the region's worst winter storm of the season Tuesday. Winter Storm Stella was feared to dump up to two feet (61 centimeters) of snow in New York, combined with winds of up to 60 miles per hour (96 kilometers per hour) to cause treacherous whiteout conditions. The forecast postponed the first meeting between President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Washington u...

  • Vienna Ranked World's Nicest City, Baghdad Worst

    Posted on : Tuesday 14th of March 2017
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    VIENNA:  Vienna, Austria's grand capital on the Danube river, has topped consulting firm Mercer's list of cities offering the highest quality of life for the eighth year in a row, while Baghdad is again considered the worst place to live. The survey of 231 cities helps companies and organisations determine compensation and hardship allowances for international staff. It uses dozens of criteria such as political stability, health care, education, crime, recreation and transport. Global centres London, Paris, Tokyo and New...

  • Dump landslide killed 46 people in Ethiopia

    Posted on : Monday 13th of March 2017
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    New York: A landslide on Sunday killed at least 46 people at a waste dump outside Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. According to CNN, officials were still investigating how the landslide at the sprawling Koshe landfill occurred. "The government had also been building a factory to convert waste products at the landfill into electric energy," CNN quoted communications minister Negeri Lencho.as saying. He added that security personnel were still searching for people who have been reported missing in the landslide and that the governm...

  • Germany shuts down shopping mall over terror attack threat

    Posted on : Sunday 12th of March 2017
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    German police sealed off a major shopping centre in the central city of Essen on Saturday, citing the threat of a terror attack, with media reports suggesting a link to the Islamic State group. The country is on high alert following scenes of carnage at a Christmas market in Berlin in December, when an IS jihadist rammed a truck into a crowd of pedestrians, killing 12 people. The German domestic security agency BfV believes the IS group was “almost definitely” behind the threat, local media reported. According to the ...

  • Man tries to burn store run by Indian-Americans in US, says they are ‘Arabs’

    Posted on : Sunday 12th of March 2017
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    A man in Florida was arrested for trying to set fire to a grocery store belonging to Indian-Americans, mistaking him for “Arabs”, just two weeks after a man in Kansas killed Srinivas Kuchibhotla, believing he was a middle-easterner. The accused, 64-year-old Richard Lloyd, told police officers he would “run the Arabs out of our country” and he thought the owners of the grocery store were Muslims, and he was mad “due to what they are doing in the Middle East”. “When the deputies arrived, they n...

  • Now-fired Preet Bharara boasts of ‘absolute independence’ during his service

    Posted on : Sunday 12th of March 2017
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    A Manhattan federal prosecutor who says “absolute independence” was his touchstone for over seven years as he battled public corruption announced he was fired Saturday after he refused a day earlier to resign. Preet Bharara, 48, revealed his firing on his personal Twitter account after it became widely known hours earlier that he did not intend to step down in response to Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ request that leftover appointees of former President Barack Obama quit. “I did not resign. Moments ago I was...

  • Cyclone Enawo kills 50, affects 176,000 in Madagascar

    Posted on : Sunday 12th of March 2017
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    Cyclone Enawo killed at least 50 people and affected 176,000 people after it hit Madagascar earlier this week, the national disaster management agency said Saturday, with thousands forced into emergency shelters. The toll issued by the head of the BNGRC agency Thierry Venty was significantly higher than the earlier estimate of just four deaths and 10,000 people displaced issued on Thursday. More than 53,000 people have been displaced and 180 injured by the storm, the agency said in a statement on Friday, while 32,000 have been affect...

  • World faces largest humanitarian crisis since World War 2: United Nations

    Posted on : Sunday 12th of March 2017
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    The world faces the largest humanitarian crisis since the United Nations was founded in 1945 with more than 20 million people in four countries facing starvation and famine, the UN humanitarian chief has said. Stephen O’Brien on Friday told the UN Security Council that “without collective and coordinated global efforts, people will simply starve to death” and “many more will suffer and die from disease.” He urged an immediate injection of funds for Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia and northeast Nigeria plus s...

  • Suspension of H-1B work visa to hit US scientific research, says group

    Posted on : Saturday 11th of March 2017
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    The suspension of H-1B visa will slow the work done by American research institutions that depend on foreign students and researchers, a top scientific group in the US has said. “The extended visa review process will force promising young foreign students to delay the start of research careers while they wait for their visas. It will also slow the work done by research institutions that depend on foreign born students and researchers,” the American Society for Cell Biology said. The statement comes days after the US Citizensh...

  • America's terrible human rights problems: China attacks US racial tensions, police brutality in report

    Posted on : Saturday 11th of March 2017
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    China has issued a report on rights abuses in the United States, assailing what it calls America's "terrible human rights problems," including police brutality, high levels of incarceration, racial prejudice and dirty politics. The report issued yesterday by the Cabinet Information Office is a tit-for-tat response to the US State Department's annual report on human rights around the world that said repression and coercion of those involved in civil and political rights in China remained "severe." As in pre...

  • At least 242 bodies found in hidden graves in Mexico

    Posted on : Saturday 11th of March 2017
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    Mexican authorities have found at least 242 bodies in hidden graves in the eastern state of Veracruz that were discovered by mothers searching for their missing children, officials have said. The bodies were found over a six-month period, with the first discovered in August near the city of Veracruz by the volunteer collective known as El Solecito, formed by relatives of those who have disappeared. The collective turns over the digging of the graves to forensic experts. A total of 124 graves have been located and after combing th...

  • US Justice Dept urged to treat ethnic attacks as hate crimes

    Posted on : Saturday 11th of March 2017

    Sixty-seven US lawmakers have urged the Department of Justice to treat the attacks against ethnic minorities like Indian-Americans as hate crimes and called on President Donald Trump to end his “inflammatory rhetoric”. The lawmakers, led by senior Democratic leader Joe Crowley and Indian-American Pramila Jayapal, introduced a resolution in the House of Representatives on Friday pointing out instances of racially-motivated violence in the country in the recent past. Expressing sympathy for the victims of these attacks, the...

  • Trump invites Palestinian leader Abbas to White House

    Posted on : Saturday 11th of March 2017
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    U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday invited Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to the White House, in a first phone call between the two leaders since Mr. Trump took office. “President Trump has extended an official invitation to President Abbas to visit the White House soon to discuss ways to resume the political process, stressing his commitment to a peace process that will lead to a real peace between the Palestinians and the Israelis,” said Mr. Abbas spokesman Nabil Abu Rdainah. White House spokesman Sean Spicer in...

  • US Attorney General Jeff Sessions asks 46 Obama-era US attorneys to resign

    Posted on : Saturday 11th of March 2017
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    US Attorney General Jeff Sessions abruptly asked the remaining 46 chief federal prosecutors left over from the Obama administration to resign on Friday, including Manhattan US Attorney Preet Bharara, who had been asked to stay on in November by then President-elect Donald Trump. Although US attorneys are political appointees, and the request from Trump's Justice Department is part of a routine process, the move came as a surprise. Not every new administration replaces all US attorneys at once. A Justice Department spokeswoman con...

  • WikiLeaks To Release Software Code Of CIA Hacking Tools To Tech Firms: Julian Assange

    Posted on : Friday 10th of March 2017
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    WikiLeaks will release to tech firms the software code of CIA hacking tools that were designed to compromise smartphones and other products, the group's founder said Thursday, attempting to position himself as a defender of cybersecurity and probably further antagonizing the intelligence community. "We have decided to work with" the firms, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said at a news conference, "to give them some exclusive access to the additional technical details we have so that fixes can be developed and pushed ...

  • Mumbai Surgery On World's Heaviest Woman Is Successful, Say Doctors

    Posted on : Thursday 9th of March 2017
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    MUMBAI:  An Egyptian believed to be the world's heaviest woman has successfully undergone weight-loss surgery after losing over 100 kgs, said doctors in Mumbai today. Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty, who previously weighed around 500 kilos, had not left her house in Egypt in over two decades until arriving in Mumbai last month for bariatric surgery. "Eman successfully underwent a Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy on March 7th 2017 at Saifee Hospital. She had an uneventful surgery and anaesthesia course," said a hospital statem...

  • China asks N Korea to stop missile tests, tells US and South to seek talks

    Posted on : Wednesday 8th of March 2017
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    Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi called on North Korea on Wednesday to stop nuclear and missile tests and for the United States and South Korea to stop joint military drills that the isolated North regards as preparation for war. North Korea launched four ballistic missiles on Monday in response to the military exercises. Wang said those tests and the drills were causing tensions on the Korean Peninsula to increase like two "accelerating trains coming toward each other". "China's suggestion is, as a first step, for...

  • Electrical failures may have led to Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 crash, says lawsuit

    Posted on : Wednesday 8th of March 2017
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    A series of catastrophic electrical and other failures may have led to the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 over the Indian Ocean, according to a lawsuit filed in the US on behalf of the families of 44 people on board the still missing plane. The lawsuit, filed Friday against Boeing in US District Court in South Carolina, names seven malfunctions, from an electrical fire to depressurisation of the plane’s cabin, that could have led to the crew losing consciousness, the plane’s transponder stopping its transmission and th...

  • Australian service marks third anniversary of MH370 tragedy

    Posted on : Wednesday 8th of March 2017
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    The Australian government minister in charge of the suspended seabed search for the Malaysia Airlines jet told victims’ families and friends at an anniversary church service today that he remained hopeful that Flight 370 would be found. Darren Chester, minister for infrastructure and transport, and Angus Houston, the former Australian defense chief who coordinated the early months of the search efforts, were among around 100 who attended the private ceremony at St. John’s Anglican Cathedral in the east city of Brisbane to...

  • World's Heaviest Woman Drops 108 kgs In 3 Weeks in Mumbai

    Posted on : Tuesday 7th of March 2017
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    MUMBAI:  Eman Ahmed has lost the title of the heaviest woman in the world, and has gained a real shot at a better life. In the three weeks since her arrival in Mumbai, Eman has lost more than 100 kg, dropping down to a total of 380 kg. Now, for the first time in 25 years, she is able to sit up on her own. All that remains is to get back on her feet, and this could happen soon, as she is now ready for surgery. Double success Eman's weight loss so far is a success story in itself. The doctors had set an ambitious goal of l...

  • South Asian groups condemn Trump’s revised travel ban

    Posted on : Tuesday 7th of March 2017
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    South Asian groups have strongly condemned US President Donald Trump’s revised executive order, describing it as an “assault” on Muslims and immigrants under the guise of national security. The second executive order, which will come into force on March 16, temporarily halts entry to the US for people from six Muslim-majority nations. The ban has been imposed on Sudan, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen. South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT), a national South Asian civil rights organisation, alleged...

  • UN chief arrives on emergency visit to Somalia for famine

    Posted on : Tuesday 7th of March 2017
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    United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has landed in Somalia on what he calls an emergency visit to focus on famine. The U.N. chief announced his Tuesday morning arrival in the Horn of Africa nation on Twitter, saying that “people are dying. The world must act now to stop this.” Somalia is part of a massive $4 billion aid appeal launched last month for four nations suffering from conflict and hunger. The others are Nigeria, Yemen and South Sudan, where famine already has been declared. Somalia over the week...

  • Trump signs new travel order targeting 6 Muslim-majority nations, Iraq left out

    Posted on : Tuesday 7th of March 2017
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    In several major departures from its earlier travel ban, the Trump administration’s new order issued on Monday temporarily bars citizens of six Muslim-majority nations from entering the United States and allows all those who have valid visas. The new order also doesn’t indefinitely bar Syrian refugees, as proposed in the earlier one, and, in yet another change, removes a provision prioritising Christians fleeing persecution from Christian-minority parts of the world. It goes into effect from March 16, not immediately. ...

  • N. Korea bans Malaysians from leaving the country

    Posted on : Tuesday 7th of March 2017
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    Pyongyang is banning all Malaysian citizens from leaving North Korea, state media said on Tuesday, potentially holding them hostage amid an increasingly heated diplomatic row over the killing of Kim Jong-Nam in Kuala Lumpur. “All Malaysian nationals in the DPRK will be temporarily prohibited from leaving the country until the incident that happened in Malaysia is properly solved,” the official Korea Central News Agency said, citing the foreign ministry. Pyongyang and Kuala Lumpur had unusually strong links for years, but ...

  • North Korea fires 4 ballistic missiles into ocean: South Korea

    Posted on : Monday 6th of March 2017
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    North Korea on Monday fired four banned ballistic missiles+ that flew about 1,000 kilometers (620 miles), with three of them landing in Japan's exclusive economic zone, South Korean and Japanese officials+ said, in an apparent reaction to huge military drills by Washington and Seoul that Pyongyang insists are an invasion rehearsal. It was not immediately clear the exact type of missile fired; Pyongyang has staged a series of missile test-launches of various ranges in recent months, including a new intermediate-range missile in Februa...

  • FBI joins probe into Sikh man's shooting; US assures 'speedy justice'

    Posted on : Monday 6th of March 2017
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    The FBI has joined the investigation into the shooting of a Sikh man by a partially-masked gunman even as the US has assured India of "speedy justice" in the alleged hate-related crimes. Deep Rai, a US national of Indian origin+ , was shot outside his home on Friday in Kent, Washington, by a man who shouted "go back to your own country".+ The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is investigating the incident as a potentially hate-motivated crime. "The Seattle FBI is assisting the Kent Police Department t...

  • Polluted Environments Kill 1.7 Million Children A Year: WHO

    Posted on : Monday 6th of March 2017
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    LONDON:  A quarter of all global deaths of children under five are due to unhealthy or polluted environments including dirty water and air, second-hand smoke and a lack of adequate hygiene, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday. Such unsanitary and polluted environments can lead to fatal cases of diarrhoea, malaria and pneumonia, and kill 1.7 million children a year, the WHO said in a report. "A polluted environment is a deadly one - particularly for young children," WHO Director-General Margaret Chan said in ...

  • Italy: Florence mayor says too many foreigners in public housing

    Posted on : Sunday 5th of March 2017
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    The leftist mayor of Florence, Dario Nardella, Sunday called for measures to limit the number of foreigners in Italy’s public housing, warning against becoming like the heavily immigrant suburbs in France. “The criteria used to assign social housing needs to be reviewed because in certain suburban neighbourhoods, we risk creating ghettos with one third Italians and one third non-European Union foreigners,” Nardella said in an interview with the daily Corriere della Sera. “The French model is a failure,” he said,...

  • China cuts growth target to 6.5% to stabilise market expectations

    Posted on : Sunday 5th of March 2017
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    China on Sunday reduced its growth forecast to around 6.5% for 2017, down from the target range of 6.5-7% it had put itself up for a year before, a government report released at the inaugural session of country’s Parliament said. The closely-watched growth target for the world’s second largest economy was a 25-year low since the previous low of 6% in 1992. Pushed down by falling demand for its goods globally and overcapacity in its manufacturing and steel sectors, China’s growth rate has fallen sharply in recent yea...

  • Barack Obama denies Donald Trump’s claim of wiretapping him during campaign

    Posted on : Sunday 5th of March 2017
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    A spokesman for Barack Obama on Saturday rejected claims from US President Donald Trump that the former president had wiretapped him in October during the late stages of the presidential election campaign. “Neither President Obama nor any White House official ever ordered surveillance on any US citizen. Any suggestion otherwise is simply false,” Obama spokesman Kevin Lewis said in a statement. Trump had suggested Obama had improperly tapped his phones, without citing evidence, in a series of tweets on Saturday morning. “How...

  • US: In day of pro-Trump rallies, California march turns violent

    Posted on : Sunday 5th of March 2017
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    Supporters at a Saturday rally in favor of President Donald Trump clashed with counter-protesters in the famously left-leaning city of Berkeley, California, in what appeared to be the only episode of violence around several pro-Trump events across the country. At a park in Berkeley, across the bay from San Francisco, protesters from both sides struck their opponents over the head with wooden sticks. Trump supporters fired pepper spray at counter-protesters as police in riot gear stood at a distance. Organizers of the so-called Spirit of ...

  • Indian-origin Sikh attacked in US: Sushma Swaraj says spoke to family, victim recovering

    Posted on : Sunday 5th of March 2017
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    External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj reacted to the attack on an Indian-origin Sikh man in Kent, saying that she has spoken to the victim’s family and he is now out of danger. Deep Rai (39) was shot at outside his house on Saturday in Washington state by an unidentified gunman who reportedly said, “Go back to your country”. “I am sorry to know about the attack on Deep Rai, a US national of Indian origin. I have spoken to Sardar Harpal Singh father of the victim,” Swaraj tweeted on Sunday. In another p...

  • Kim Jong Nam murder: North Korean says Malaysia threatened to hurt his family

    Posted on : Saturday 4th of March 2017
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    A North Korean chemist deported from Malaysia accused police of threatening to kill his family unless he confessed to the assassination of the half-brother of North Korea’s leader, calling it a plot to tarnish his country’s honour. Ri Jong Chol spoke to reporters in Beijing early on Saturday while on his way to Pyongyang. Malaysian authorities have said there’s insufficient evidence to charge Ri over Kim Jong Nam’s killing at Kuala Lumpur’s airport on February 13. Ri was detained four days after the atta...

  • US to temporarily suspend special payment programme for H-1B visas

    Posted on : Saturday 4th of March 2017
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    The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that in order to clear a backlog of regular H-1B visa applications, it is suspending for six months a programme that allowed some companies to jump to the head of the queue for quicker processing of H-1B visas by paying a special fee. This is not a suspension of the H-1B visas, but only of the “Premium Processing”, which allows companies to pay $1,125 to go to the top of the line ahead of those waiting for applications to be processed, the USCIS said on Friday. ...

  • China defence spending to rise `around 7%`: Official

    Posted on : Saturday 4th of March 2017
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    Beijing: China`s defence budget will rise about 7 percent this year, the spokeswoman for China`s Parliament said on Saturday, its slowest pace since 2010 and the second year in a row it will not log a double-digit percentage increase. The actual number for defence spending will be released on Sunday, when China`s largely rubber-stamp Parliament begins its annual session. Last year, with China`s economy slowing, the defence budget recorded its lowest increase in six years, 7.6 percent, the first single-digit rise since 2010, following...

  • Quake of 6.3 magnitude strikes off Papua New Guinea: USGS

    Posted on : Saturday 4th of March 2017
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    An earthquake of 6.3 magnitude struck off Papua New Guinea on Saturday, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said, but there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage. There was also no tsunami warning from the quake that struck about 120 km south of Bougainville island. Courtesy :The Hindu ...

  • Trump admin has a positive view of Indo-US ties: Jaishankar

    Posted on : Saturday 4th of March 2017
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    Mr. Jaishnkar said the murder of Indian engineer in Kansas featured in several meetings and the U.S interlocutors have assured India that it would be prosecuted as a hate crime. India does not expect any conflict between its ‘Make in India programme’ and U.S President Donald Trump’s push for expanding manufacturing in America, said Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar.  “Overall sense is that the administration has a very positive view of India and India-US relations.  We saw a lot of goodwill and interest...

  • U.S. secretary of state to visit Japan, South Korea, China: Kyodo

    Posted on : Saturday 4th of March 2017
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    U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is due to visit Japan, South Korea and China this month to discuss North Korea on his first trip to the region since he took up his post, Japanese media reported on Saturday. Mr. Tillerson's trip would come as the United States and China try to put relations on an even keel after a rocky start following the election of President Donald Trump, as well as amid heightened tension over North Korea following the killing in Malaysia of the half-brother of its leader. A U.S. State Department spokesm...

  • North Korean Arrested In Kim Jong-Nam Killing Released

    Posted on : Friday 3rd of March 2017
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    KUALA LUMPUR:  The only North Korean arrested over the Cold War style assassination of Kim Jong-Nam was released Friday as diplomatic wrangling between Pyongyang and Kuala Lumpur intensified over the murder. 47-year-old Ri Jong-Chol was freed a day after attorney general Mohamed Apandi Ali announced there was insufficient evidence to charge him and that he would be deported on Friday. The vehicle carrying Ri, who wore a bullet proof vest, was escorted by a six police-car convoy and motorcycle outriders. Roads were sealed off as ...

  • Theresa May faces first Brexit bill defeat as House of Lords votes for amendment

    Posted on : Thursday 2nd of March 2017
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    Prime Minister Theresa May has faced her first parliamentary defeat over Brexit after Britain's upper house voted to amend and thereby delay a bill empowering her to begin talks for the UK's exit from the EU. The House of Lords voted on Wednesday 358 to 256 for an amendment requiring ministers to protect the rights of EU nationals based in the UK following Brexit. However, the government's defeat in the Lords could prove a symbolic one as MPs can remove the amendment when it comes back to the House of Commons. The Dep...

  • Malaysia cancels North Korea visa-free deal after Kim murder

    Posted on : Thursday 2nd of March 2017

    Kuala Lumpur has cancelled a visa-free travel deal with Pyongyang as a diplomatic spat deepens over the assassination of the half-brother of North Korea's leader, national news agency Bernama reported today. The cancellation will take effect on March 6, after which North Koreans entering Malaysia will be required to obtain a visa, Malaysian news agency quoted the country's deputy prime minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi as saying. Before the murder of Kim Jong-Nam at Kuala Lumpur International Airport on February 13, the two countri...

  • Tamil protests to reclaim land persist in Sri Lanka

    Posted on : Thursday 2nd of March 2017

    When I lie down here at night, I imagine being under the roof of my home,” says Singarathinam Sellamma, 83, seated among a small group of people outside the divisional secretariat in Puthukkudiyiruppu here. For about 25 days now, representatives of 49 families have been taking turns and fasting at the entrance of the government’s administrative unit in the small town, staying put under a roadside shelter. Their demand is simple – they want to return to their homes across the road, located on the 19 acres of land that th...

  • Trump condemns Kansas shooting

    Posted on : Thursday 2nd of March 2017
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    Breaking his silence on the murder of Indian engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla in Kansas last week, U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that the country was united in condemning it. Clubbing the violence against Indians with the racial attacks on blacks and Jews, he said: “As we mark the conclusion of our celebration of Black History Month, we are reminded of our nation’s path toward civil rights and the work that still remains. “Recent threats targeting Jewish community centres and vandalism of Jewish cemeterie...

  • 'Shocked' To Read About India's 104-Satellite Launch: Donald Trump Intel Nominee

    Posted on : Wednesday 1st of March 2017
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    WASHINGTON:  US President Donald Trump's nominee to be the director of national intelligence has said he was "shocked" to know that India successfully launched over 100 satellites in one go, asserting that the US cannot afford to be seen lagging behind. "I was shocked the other day to read that India, on one rocket launch, deposited more than 100 satellites in space," former Senator Dan Coats told lawmakers on Tuesday during his confirmation hearing for the position of Director of National Intelligence. He sa...

  • World's Largest Serving Of Pancakes In Russia Sets Guinness Record

    Posted on : Wednesday 1st of March 2017
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    MOSCOW:  A Guinness World record has been set in Russia for the largest serving of pancakes where 16 chefs served a whopping 12,716 crepes to guests on the occasion of Pancake Day. The Christian holiday Shrove Tuesday marks the last day before Lent - a 40 day period of abstinence before Easter. In times past this meant it was necessary to rid the cupboards of all sugar, fats and eggs to avoid waste and temptation. This led to the birth of Pancake Day across the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and Canada. However, Russia cele...

  • 1 Dead, 4 Injured After Plane Crashes Into California Home

    Posted on : Tuesday 28th of February 2017
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    LOS ANGELES:  One person was killed and four others were injured on Monday after a small plane crashed into a residential neighborhood near the airport in the city of Riverside in California, destroying a home and touching off fires in several others, local news media reported. Images broadcast by KABC-TV from the scene showed firefighters covering, what appeared to be, a body with a tarp and pouring water on the home in Riverside, about 60 miles (100 kilometres) east of Los Angeles. The station reported that another victim who was ...

  • Two 4.6-Magnitude Earthquakes Strike Nepal, No Casualties Reported

    Posted on : Monday 27th of February 2017
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    KATHMANDU:  Two moderate intensity earthquakes hit Nepal, including the Kathmandu Valley, this morning. No loss of life or property has been reported. According to the National Seismological Centre (NSC), a 4.6 magnitude quake was reported at 9.22 am local time followed by another of a higher 4.7 magnitude at 10.06 am. The epicentre of the second earthquake was near Swanra in western Nepal, while the epicentre of first lied near Salu in central Nepal, The Himalayan Times reported. The quakes were also felt in the Kathmandu V...

  • 10 Killed In Hotel Blaze In Southeastern China's Nanchang

    Posted on : Saturday 25th of February 2017
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    A fierce blaze at a hotel in southeastern China killed 10 people, the official Xinhua news agency said in a post on its official microblog on Saturday. The fire broke out on Saturday morning at the hotel in the inland city of Nanchang, the capital of China's Jiangxi province, trapping people inside, including workers who were carrying out renovations on the building. Videos and photos on Chinese social media showed thick plumes of smoke coming from the hotel building and dozens of fire trucks and rescue workers on the scene. ...

  • Harrison Ford Comes Close To Colliding With Passenger Plane

    Posted on : Thursday 23rd of February 2017
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    LOS ANGELES:  A new video showing Hollywood actor Harrison Ford's airplane flying over and nearly colliding with an American Airlines jetliner at an airport in California has been released. On February 13, the "Blade Runner" actor had mistakenly flown his single-engine yellow, Aviat Husky plane low over an American Airlines Boeing 737 jet carrying 116 people at John Wayne Airport in Orange County, California, and landed on the taxiway rather than on the runway, reports eonline.com. In the video, it is seen that his...

  • UNICEF warns 1.4 mln children at imminent risk of death

    Posted on : Tuesday 21st of February 2017
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    NEW YORK (KUNA) -- The UN International Children Fund (UNICEF) reported that almost 1.4 million children are at imminent risk of death from severe acute malnutrition this year, as famine looms in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, and Yemen. In a press release, UNICEF's Executive Director Anthony Lake warned that time was running out for more than a million children. The children's fund confirmed that in Yemen, where a conflict has been raging for the past two years, 462,000 children are currently suffering from severe acute maln...

  • Aircraft With Five Aboard Crashes Into Shops In Australia

    Posted on : Tuesday 21st of February 2017
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    A light aircraft carrying five people crashed Tuesday in a "massive fireball", hitting a shopping centre near the Australian city of Melbourne and sending black smoke billowing into the air, witnesses and officials said. The Beechcraft plane veered just after take-off into the shopping centre, that had yet to open, next to Essendon airport. "It's too early to know whether there has been fatalities," Victoria state police minister Lisa Neville told reporters. "But it appears to be a very, very tragic a...

  • We Thought New Zealand Was An Island Nation; Scientists Say It's The Tip Of A 'Hidden Continent'

    Posted on : Monday 20th of February 2017
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    It's a vast, strange land; its canyons and mountain ranges almost entirely unexplored, its creatures like something out of myth. From what we know, it's beautiful - stretching more than a thousand miles from Savage Seamount across Three Kings Ridge, past swamp forests and volcanoes to the southern slopes. Pigeons feed on cabbage trees in Zealandia, whales have beaks, and peanut worms crawl above light-less abysses. In the last fraction of its long history, a relatively small band of humans has settled Zealandia's grea...

  • Heavy Rain And Snow Pound California, Raising Mudslide Risk

    Posted on : Saturday 18th of February 2017
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    LOS ANGELES:  Intense rain, heavy snow and strong winds lashed California and southern Oregon on Friday, prompting the evacuation of more than a hundred homes threatened by mudslides near Los Angeles, officials said. As much as 10 inches (25 cm) of rain could fall at a rate of 1 inch (3 cm) per hour in parts of Southern California on Friday, said the National Weather Service, raising the risk of mudslides. The severe storm could bring California's heaviest rainfall in six years, after months of wet weather that has dramatica...

  • Indian-Origin Chancellor Rejects Chinese Students' Call Not To Invite Dalai Lama

    Posted on : Friday 17th of February 2017
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    BEIJING:  A US university headed by an Indian-origin academician has rejected call by Chinese students to withdraw invitation to exiled Tibetan leader the Dalai Lama but assured them that his speech would have nothing to with politics. Chancellor Pradeep K Khosla of the University of California San Diego (UCSD) met with three groups of Chinese overseas students, namely the Chinese Union, Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA) and the Chinese Business Society, state-run Global Times reported today. The university in a m...

  • Seoul confirms man killed in Malaysia is Kim Jong-un's brother

    Posted on : Thursday 16th of February 2017
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    Seoul: The South Korean government has confirmed that the North Korean citizen assassinated at a Malaysian airport was Kim Jong-un`s half-brother, a media report said on Thursday. Seoul -- on the Malaysian government`s request on Tuesday -- carried out a test to compare the fingerprints of the deceased with that of Kim Jong-nam`s, South Korean officials said, Japanese public channel NHK news reported Thursday. After detecting a similarity between the two impressions, Seoul opened its own investigation into the incident, Efe news repo...

  • Maiden Flight Of China-Built Amphibious Aircraft Expected In First Half Of 2017: Report

    Posted on : Wednesday 15th of February 2017
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    SHANGHAI:  The world's largest amphibious aircraft, the China-made AG600, has passed engine tests and is expected to make its maiden flight in the first half of this year, state news agency Xinhua said. As China adopts a more muscular approach to territorial disputes in places such as the busy South China Sea waterway, it has stepped up research on advanced new military equipment, rattling nerves in the Asia-Pacific region and in Washington. State aircraft maker Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) has spent almost ...

  • At Least 32 Killed As A Tour Bus Crashes In Taiwan

    Posted on : Tuesday 14th of February 2017
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    TAIPEI:  At least 32 people were killed when a tour bus crashed near Taipei on Monday night, with television footage showing the bus careening towards a road barrier before flipping on its side. Of 44 people on the bus, 30 were pronounced dead at the scene and two died in hospital, the fire department said, adding that 12 people were still being treated in hospitals around Taipei, the capital. Many of the passengers were elderly, although the age range was early 20s to late 60s, according to city authorities. The trip had be...

  • Dubai Aims To Launch Hover-Taxi By July

    Posted on : Tuesday 14th of February 2017
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    DUBAI: Dubai has tested a Chinese prototype of a self-driving hover-taxi, its transport authority said on Monday, with the aim of introducing the aerial vehicle in the emirate by July. The test of the one-man electric vehicle comes as the city state in the United Arab Emirates seeks to ensure a quarter of its means of transport are self-driving by 2030. The EHang 184 can travel on a programmed course at 100 kilometres an hour (60 mph) at an altitude of 300 metres (1,000 feet), the authority said in a statement. A passenger simply...

  • 22 Train Cars Plunge Into River After Derailment In California

    Posted on : Monday 13th of February 2017
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    CALIFORNIA: A freight train that jumped tracks while crossing a bridge in California plunged 22 coaches into a swollen river. No one was injured in the accident. Three people were onboard the train when it derailed at about 12:45 p.m. (Local Time)  on Friday near the city of Elk Grove, the Union Pacific Railroad spokesman Justin Jacobs was quoted by the local KCRA TV as saying. Twenty-two coaches of the 33-car train derailed from its tracks and most of them landed in a flooded area adjacent to the Cosumnes River, Xinhua news age...

  • 6 Dead After Strong Earthquake Shakes Southern Philippines

    Posted on : Saturday 11th of February 2017
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    SURIGAO CITY, PHILIPPINES:  Rescuers dug through rubble Saturday to find survivors after a powerful earthquake struck the southern Philippines, killing at least six people and sending thousands fleeing for safety. Residents of the southern town of Surigao in Mindanao island spent the night huddled in fear as aftershocks rocked the city following the 6.5-magnitude quake which struck late Friday when many people were already in bed. Provincial disaster management officer Ramon Gotinga said that most of those killed had died due to...

  • 400 Whales Stranded On Beach, Thrashing Tails In Distress

    Posted on : Friday 10th of February 2017
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    WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND: More than 400 whales were stranded on a New Zealand beach Friday, with most of them dying quickly as frustrated volunteers desperately raced to save the survivors. It was one of the largest mass beachings recorded in New Zealand, where strandings are relatively common, the Department of Conservation said. Andrew Lamason, the department's regional manager, said 416 pilot whales swam ashore at Farewell Spit in the Golden Bay region, on the northern tip of South Island. About 70 percent had perished by t...

  • Donald Trump Sends Letter Of Thanks To China's Xi Jinping

    Posted on : Thursday 9th of February 2017
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    WASHINGTON:  President Donald Trump has sent a letter to Chinese President Xi Jinping on the heels of his remarks about Taiwan that angered Beijing. In his missive, which thanked Xi for his "congratulatory letter" about Trump's inauguration, said he "looks forward to working with President Xi to develop a constructive relationship that benefits both the United States and China," spokesman Sean Spicer said in a statement. The note appeared to be an effort to get on better footing after the US leader, durin...

  • No Immediate Plan To Add New Countries To Travel Ban List: White House

    Posted on : Wednesday 8th of February 2017
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    WASHINGTON:  The Trump Administration has no plans at the moment to add any new countries in the list of seven Muslim-majority nations from where immigration to the US has been banned, the White House said today. "As of this moment, there is no immediate desire to add to that," White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters. He said the Trump Administration is currently looking at all the other countries, the procedures that the US has with them and the systems that it has in place to check them. "And ...

  • Truck And Bus Crash In Honduras, Killing 16, Injuring 34

    Posted on : Monday 6th of February 2017
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    TEGUCIGALPA:  An out-of-control cargo truck crashed into a bus on a highway outside Honduras' capital on Sunday, killing 16 people and injuring 34, authorities said. The injured were taken to University Teaching Hospital in Tegucigalpa, where hospital spokesman Miguel Osorio said two were in serious condition from severe blows to the head. Police said the truck driver fled after the crash on a highway that links the capital with southern Honduras. National Transportation Director Leonel Sauceda said investigators were tr...

  • Snow Alert In Gulf Desert UAE After Rare Storm And High Winds

    Posted on : Saturday 4th of February 2017
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    A snow alert has been issued in the United Arab Emirates where a rare storm and high winds Friday toppled one of thousands of cranes in the Gulf desert state. One person was injured and three cars were destroyed in a fire sparked by the collapse of the crane on Dubai's main thoroughfare, the multi-lane Sheikh Zayed Road, local officials said. The storm led to the cancellation of a stage in the Tour of Dubai on Friday because of the strong winds  posing a danger to the cyclists, organisers said. The tour's 170-kilomet...

  • Bolivia Opens $7 Million Museum Honouring President Morales

    Posted on : Friday 3rd of February 2017
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    ORINOCA:  Bolivia on Thursday opened a $7 million museum dedicated to President Evo Morales and indigenous peoples in Mr Morales's birthplace of Orinoca high up in the deserts of the Bolivian antiplano. Mr Morales ordered the museum to be built by decree shortly after he became Bolivia's first indigenous president in 2006, creating a place to hold hundreds of his gifts as well as photos, videos and archaeological treasures. "This town that has raised me, this town that has taken care of me, I want to say 'thank you,...

  • Melania Trump Hires New York Party Planner As Senior Adviser

    Posted on : Thursday 2nd of February 2017
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    WASHINGTON:  After over a week US President Donald Trump took office, First Lady Melania Trump has hired her chief of staff. Late Wednesday, the White House announced that Melania hired Lindsay Reynolds as her chief of staff, who had previously served under former President George W. Bush as an associate director of the White House Visitors Office, The Washington Post reported. Reynolds "brings over 14 years of experience in political fundraising, event management, and logistical expertise" to her new role, the White H...

  • Trump nominates Neil Gorsuch for Supreme Court

    Posted on : Wednesday 1st of February 2017
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    US President Donald Trump has nominated conservative judge Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court, sparking strong opposition from the Democrats. Born and raised in Colorado, 49-year-old Mr. Gorsuch of the US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit is the youngest Supreme Court nominee in a quarter century. “I am proud to announce the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch for Justice of the Supreme Court,” Mr. Trump said in a major announcement from the east Room of the White House on Tuesday. Mr. Gorsuch attended the Columbia ...

  • Obama Urges Americans To Protest Donald Trump Order

    Posted on : Tuesday 31st of January 2017
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    On Jan. 18, President Barack Obama told reporters in his final news conference that he would comment on his successor's actions only at "certain moments where I think our core values may be at stake." He managed to stay quiet for less than two weeks. Obama, who is still on vacation with his family after leaving office this month, issued a statement through his spokesman Monday encouraging Americans to publicly protest President Donald Trump's move to ban citizens from seven majority-Muslim countries - as well as ref...

  • Nearly 1 Million Sign Petition Urging UK To Withdraw Invitation To Donald Trump

    Posted on : Monday 30th of January 2017
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    LONDON:  Nearly 1 million people have signed a petition urging Britain to withdraw an invitation for U.S President Donald Trump to visit London and dine with Queen Elizabeth. The petition was started before British Prime Minister Theresa May extended the invitation for a "State" visit to Trump last Friday, which means he would come by invitation of Queen Elizabeth II. Trump is set to visit to Britain later in the year. But the campaign to prevent the visit to Britain gathered momentum after Trump put a four-month hold ...

  • Miss Universe 2017: France's Iris Mittenaere Gets The Crown

    Posted on : Monday 30th of January 2017
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    MANILA, PHILIPPINES:  Miss France was crowed Miss Universe on Monday in a made-for-television spectacle free of last year's dramatic mix-up but with a dash of political controversy as the finalists spoke out on the refugee crisis and other hot-button global issues. Iris Mittenaere, a dental surgery student from Lille in the north of France, beat 85 of the world's most beautiful women at the event in the Philippines scheduled for primetime viewing in the United States. Mittenaere, 24, edged out Miss Haiti, the first runner-up...

  • Boat Carrying 28 Chinese Tourists Reported Missing Off Malaysia

    Posted on : Sunday 29th of January 2017
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    KUALA LUMPUR:  A boat carrying 31 people, including 28 Chinese tourists, is missing off the coast of Borneo, Malaysian maritime authorities said on Sunday. The boat left Kota Kinabalu, the capital of the eastern Malaysian state of Sabah, at about 9 a.m. (0100 GMT) on Saturday, and was headed towards the popular tourist spot of Mengalum island, Sabah and Labuan Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) deputy director Rahim Ramli said when contacted. Rahim said the boat was reported missing at about 9.50 p.m. after failing to ...

  • One Thousand Boat Migrants Rescued, One Found Dead In Mediterranean

    Posted on : Saturday 28th of January 2017
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    ROME:  Some 1,000 migrants were saved from leaky boats in the central Mediterranean on Friday and one person was found dead, Italy's coast guard said. An Italian coast guard ship, the Spanish humanitarian group Proactiva Open Arms and a Caribbean-registered supply vessel went to the aid of six rubber dinghies and three wooden vessels. "A dead body was recovered from one of the rubber boats," the coast guard said in a statement. They gave no details about the migrants' nationalities. The sea crossing from Li...

  • White House Backs Away From 20 Percent Mexico Tariff

    Posted on : Friday 27th of January 2017
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    WASHINGTON:  The White House on Thursday floated the idea of a 20 percent tax on Mexican imports to pay for Donald Trump's border wall, before quickly backtracking and calling it just one idea among many. Trump has vowed to "make Mexico pay" for the wall -- something Mexico has strongly rejected -- but, until today, given little indication of how that would be done. The financing of the project, which is aimed at clamping down on illegal immigration, has sparked tensions between the two countries. Mexican Presi...

  • Republic Day 2017: Burj Khalifa Lit Up In Tri-Colour

    Posted on : Thursday 26th of January 2017
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    NEW DELHI:  In an extraordinary gesture of warmth and friendship, UAE has lit up the iconic Burj Khalifa in Dubai and several other important buildings in Abu Dhabi in Indian flag colors. The world's tallest skyscraper, Burj Khalifa, was light up in tri-colours - saffron, white and green to mark the 68th Republic Day of India. "Tonight we celebrate India's 68th Republic Day with a spectacular LED illumination of the Indian National flag on #BurjKhalifa! #India," the official Twitter account of Burj Khalifa tweeted ...

  • Donald Trump Trademarks 2020 Campaign Slogan: 'Keep America Great'

    Posted on : Wednesday 25th of January 2017
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    WASHINGTON:  President Donald Trump is clearly confident he'll achieve his campaign promise to "Make America Great Again." Never straying far from his business roots, Trump has already submitted an application to trademark the slogan he plans to use for his 2020 re-election run: "Keep America Great." Records from the United States Patent and Trademark Office show that the president applied on Wednesday -- before he was even sworn into office -- to trademark the phrase, both with and without an exclamation...

  • US Sent $221 Million To Palestinians In Barack Obama's Last Hours As President

    Posted on : Tuesday 24th of January 2017
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    WASHINGTON:  Officials say the Obama administration in its waning hours defied Republican opposition and quietly released $221 million to the Palestinian Authority that GOP members of Congress had been blocking. A State Department official and several congressional aides said the outgoing administration formally notified Congress it would spend the money Friday morning. The official said former Secretary of State John Kerry had informed some lawmakers of the move shortly before he left the State Department for the last time Thursday...

  • Computer Glitch Grounds Domestic United Airlines Flights

    Posted on : Monday 23rd of January 2017
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    NEW YORK:  United Airlines says all of its domestic flights are grounded on Sunday because of a computer problem. Company spokeswoman Maddie King said in a brief statement that it issued a ground stop in the US. because of an "IT issue." It did not give any more details, and it was not immediately clear how many flights were affected. Chicago-based United Airlines and United Express operate more than 4,500 flights a day to 339 airports across five continents. Courtesy : NDTV ...

  • Pope Francis Says 'Wait And See' On Donald Trump

    Posted on : Sunday 22nd of January 2017
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    MADRID:  Pope Francis on Sunday said he would not make an opinion of Donald Trump until he first had a chance to see specific policies the new US president would implement. On Friday, as Trump was taking office, Francis had urged him to be guided by ethical values, saying he must take care of the poor and the outcast during his time in office. "I think that we must wait and see. I don't like to get ahead of myself nor judge people prematurely," the Pope told Spanish newspaper El Pais in an interview. "We w...

  • Donald Trump signs executive order against Obamacare on Day One

    Posted on : Saturday 21st of January 2017
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    Washington: Within hours of taking the oath, new US President Donald Trump signed an executive order aimed at "minimising the economic burden" of Obamacare "pending repeal", to make good on one of his most impassioned campaign promises of dismantling his predecessor's healthcare law. The one-page executive order was Trump's first since becoming the 45th president of the US. The order says "It is the policy of my administration to seek the prompt repeal" of the law. Moving into the Oval Office soo...

  • 6.8-Magnitude Earthquake Hits Off Solomon Islands

    Posted on : Friday 20th of January 2017
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    SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA:  A 6.8-magnitude earthquake hit off the Solomon Islands on Friday, seismologists said, with officials in the Pacific island nation saying there were no initial reports of damage. The US Geological Survey said quake struck at 10:04 am local time (2304 GMT Thursday) at a depth of 33 kilometres (20 miles) some 70 kilometres west of Kirakira -- the same region where several large tremors struck last month. The Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said there was no tsunami threat from the latest shake. T...

  • Dozens Of Iran Firefighters Feared Trapped In Building Collapse

    Posted on : Thursday 19th of January 2017
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    TEHRAN:  Iran's state-run Press TV says 30 firefighters have been killed in the collapse of a burning high-rise building in Tehran. Press TV announced the deaths on Thursday in the blaze at the Plasco building, an iconic structure in central Tehran just north of the capital's sprawling bazaar. It gave no source for the information. The blaze began hours earlier. There was no immediate cause offered for the fire. The 17-story tower was built in the early 1960s by Iranian Jewish businessman Habib Elghanian and named af...

  • Relationship With Pakistan 'Extraordinarily Complicated', Says US

    Posted on : Wednesday 18th of January 2017
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    WASHINGTON:  Describing the Unites States' relationship with Pakistan as extraordinarily complicated, the outgoing Obama Administration has hoped that President-elect Donald Trump would deepen counter-terrorism cooperation with the country to make America a safer place. "Obviously, the United States has an extraordinarily complicated relationship, particularly when it comes to national security with Pakistan," White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said yesterday. "There are some areas where the United State...

  • Australia, China, Malaysia say underwater search for MH370 is suspended

    Posted on : Tuesday 17th of January 2017
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    Sydeny: The deep-sea search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 ended on Tuesday without any trace being found of the plane that vanished in 2014 with 239 people on board, the three countries involved in the search said. The location of Flight MH370 has become one of the world`s greatest aviation mysteries since the plane disappeared en route to Beijing from the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur. "Despite every effort using the best science available ... the search has not been able to locate the aircraft," Malaysian...

  • Abe says Japan will provide Vietnam patrol vessels

    Posted on : Monday 16th of January 2017
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    “The two countries will further strengthen security and defense cooperation and this time Japan has decided to provide [Vietnam with] newly built patrol vessels at Vietnam’s request,” Mr. Abe said at a news conference in Hanoi with his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Xuan Phuc. “We will strongly support Vietnam’s strengthening its maritime law-enforcement capabilities.” Vietnam already has six used patrol vessels provided by Japan and how many were in the fresh offer wasn’t mentioned. Both coun...

  • Donald Trump's Plan For Day 1: Scrap Barack Obama's Orders, Deport Illegals

    Posted on : Sunday 15th of January 2017
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    WASHINGTON:  Rolling back Obamacare and industry regulations. Deporting undocumented immigrants. Scrapping trade deals. And of course, building that border wall. It will be an extremely busy first day in the White House for Donald Trump if he lives up to his various campaign and transition pledges to undo the policies of Barack Obama's eight-year presidency. Some orders or guidance can be reversed with the stroke of a pen. Other policies will take months or longer to unwind. But he will be able to set efforts in motion on severa...

  • United Arab Emirates Launches First Robot Pharmacy

    Posted on : Saturday 14th of January 2017
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    DUBAI:  The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has inaugurated its first "robot pharmacy" at Rashid Hospital in Dubai, a media report said on Friday. This smart pharmacy is deploying a robot for the first time in the UAE to dispense prescribed medication, which would be done at a click of button based on a bar code, therefore "minimise any human error," Xinhua cited a report by UAE state news agency WAM. The robot, which will start serving customers from Sunday, can store up to 35,000 medicines and dispense around 12...

  • In tearful farewell, Obama awards Biden the Medal of Freedom

    Posted on : Friday 13th of January 2017
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    At the dusk of both of their political careers, surrounded by teary friends and family, President Barack Obama on Thursday bestowed the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Joe Biden, the man he called “the finest vice president we have ever seen.” The vice president winced in shock as Mr. Obama announced he was conferring the nation’s highest civil honour on his right-hand-man for eight years. Mr. Biden turned away from the cameras, wiped away some tears, then stood stoically as Mr. Obama draped the blue-and-white ribbon a...

  • China Launches New Electronic Intelligence Naval Ship

    Posted on : Thursday 12th of January 2017
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    BEIJING:  China's Navy has launched a new electronic reconnaissance ship, state media said on Thursday, the latest addition to an expanding fleet and as Beijing's new assertiveness to territorial claims in the South China Sea fuels tensions. The People's Liberation Army (PLA) now operates six electronic reconnaissance vessels, the official English-language China Daily newspaper said, noting that the PLA "has never made public so many details about its intelligence collection ships". Last year, the PLA Navy ...

  • 26 North Koreans rescued as cargo ship sinks off Japan

    Posted on : Thursday 12th of January 2017
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    Tokyo: Japan rescued 26 North Koreans after they abandoned their sinking cargo vessel in the East China Sea, the coast guard said on Thursday. Japan Coast Guard patrol boats plucked the ship`s entire crew out of the water in the early hours of the morning after they had abandoned the vessel and taken to life boats. A distress signal was received Wednesday from the 6,558-tonne Chong Gen which began sinking about 60 kilometres (37 miles) southwest of Fukue island in Nagasaki prefecture, the spokesman said. The ship finally sank bef...

  • Barack Obama delivers farewell speech, says `we rise or fall as one`

    Posted on : Wednesday 11th of January 2017
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    Chicago: Addressing the nation for the last time as the President of the United States of America, Barack Obama on Tuesday advocated for religious freedom and called on supporters to pick up the torch and forge a new "social compact". Saying goodbye to the US citizens in a dramatic reinterpretation of a presidential farewell address, Obama asserted, "Democracy does require a basic sense of solidarity, for all our outward differences, we are all in this together," adding, "we rise or fall as one." Capping...

  • Sinkhole, 30-Foot-By-10-Foot, Swallowed A Car, Another Barely Saved

    Posted on : Tuesday 10th of January 2017
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    PHILADELPHIA:  The Philadelphia Water Department says a water main break caused a sinkhole to open up on a street in the city's Fishtown section that was large enough to swallow two cars. A 30 foot-by-10-foot hole developed as a section of East Boston Street collapsed after a six-inch water main broke sometime between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. Sunday. The sinkhole absorbed one car and left another teetering on the edge. Twenty homes on the block were left without water. Gas service to six residences was shut off as a precaution. ...

  • At 83, Argentine Grandmother Revives Tennis Dream

    Posted on : Monday 9th of January 2017
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    BUENOS AIRES:  Ana Obarrio de Pereyra Iraola's dream of becoming a tennis star was put on hold in 1949 when her husband stopped her playing. For the next 20 years, she concentrated on raising their 10 children instead. But now at 83, this Argentine grandmother has revived her dream. "I like to compete. I like to win," she says, sitting down in the heat at the Hurlingham sports club in Buenos Aires. She spoke to AFP just after winning the Argentina Senior Masters in the 80-plus category. Mixed doubles ta...

  • China to install world's highest altitude telescopes near Indian border

    Posted on : Sunday 8th of January 2017
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    New Delhi: China is coming up with world's highest gravitational wave telescopes and planning to set them close to Line of Control with India. These high altitude telescopes would be set up in Tibet with a budget of USD 18.8 million to detect faintest echoes resonating from universe which may reveal more about the Big Bang theory. Construction has started for the first telescope, code-named Ngari No 1, 30 km south of Shiquanhe Town in Ngari Prefecture, said Yao Yongqiang chief researcher with the National Astronomical Observatori...

  • Heavy Snowfall Paralyses Istanbul

    Posted on : Saturday 7th of January 2017
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    ISTANBUL:  A heavy snowstorm paralysed life in Istanbul on Saturday, with hundreds of flights cancelled and the Bosphorus closed to shipping traffic. The snowstorm dumped almost 40 centimetres (16 inches) of snow in parts of the Turkish metropolis overnight, causing havoc on roads as travellers sought to leave the city for the weekend getaway. For those not travelling, the snow however provided a rare chance to see Istanbul's famous minaret and dome-studded skyline caked in a white layer of snow. Flag carrier Turkish Air...

  • MH370: No Suspicions Of Crew, Passengers, Says French Probe

    Posted on : Saturday 7th of January 2017
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    PARIS, FRANCE:  A French background check of passengers and crew aboard Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which mysteriously disappeared in 2014, has found no cause for suspicion, concurring sources told AFP on Friday. France has opened its own investigation into the disappearance because four French nationals were among the 227 passengers and 12 crew aboard the flight. The investigators and three examining magistrates met with relatives of the four on Thursday to brief them on progress. The relatives were told that background...

  • US Army Allows Turbans, Beards, Hijabs In Military

    Posted on : Thursday 5th of January 2017
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    WASHINGTON:  The US Army has issued a new regulation under which servicemen who wear turbans, hijabs or beards can now be enrolled in the military, making the force more inclusive of minority religions and cultures. The new set of rules, issued by Secretary of the Army Eric Fanning, allows religious accommodations to be approved at the brigade-level. Previously it was at the level of Secretary. Once that approval occurs, the change will ensure that the religious accommodation is enduring and applies to most positions within the ...

  • China's Bullet Trains Turn Brown As Smog Crisis Intensifies

    Posted on : Thursday 5th of January 2017
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    BEIJING: China's national observatory today renewed alerts for air pollution and fog across the country as the gleaming white bullet trains turned dark brown while travelling in pollution-hit areas, major expressways closed and over flights getting cancelled. Photos of the trains with brown stains went viral and even flashed in the official media websites as thick smog shrouded Beijing and 71 cities for the past five days. The national observatory renewed alerts for air pollution and fog for some areas in northern, eastern and centra...

  • NASA Sending African-American To Space Station For The First Time

    Posted on : Thursday 5th of January 2017
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    WASHINGTON, UNITED STATES:  NASA is sending an African-American astronaut to the International Space Station for the first time. The traveler is Jeanette Epps, a physics and science whiz who used to work for the CIA as a technical intelligence officer. Epps will head to the ISS as a flight engineer in 2018. Her commander will be Andrew Feustel, a veteran astronaut. "Each space station crew brings something different to the table, and Drew and Jeanette both have a lot to offer," said Chris Cassidy, chief of the Astr...

  • 105-Year-Old Frenchman Pedals Into History Books

    Posted on : Thursday 5th of January 2017
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    SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, FRANCE:  A 105-year-old French cyclist set a new one-hour record for his age on Wednesday -- although Robert Marchand was already in a class all of his own. Marchand pedalled for 22.547 kilometres (14.01 miles) in the national velodrome in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines west of Paris to the cheers of hundreds of spectators -- and when he had finished he said he could have gone faster. "I didn't see the sign saying there were 10 minutes to go, otherwise I would have speeded up," the wiry champi...

  • Pak Airlines Plane Hits Air France Jet At Toronto Airport

    Posted on : Wednesday 4th of January 2017
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    TORONTO:  A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) aircraft hit an Air France plane while taxiing at Toronto Pearson International Airport, the media reported. The PIA flight from Toronto to Lahore was suspended on Tuesday evening after the plane clipped the wing of the Air France plane which was parked at Terminal 3, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) reported. No one was injured and the damage to the plane was minor, said the report. Confirming the incident, PIA spokesperson Danyal Gilani said the matter is under inves...

  • France Moves To Suspend Vitamin D Supplement After Baby Dies

    Posted on : Wednesday 4th of January 2017
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    PARIS, FRANCE:  France has moved to suspend sales of a vitamin D medication following the death of a 10-day-old baby in December who had being given the supplement, health officials said Wednesday. The decision was taken as a precaution by France's ANSM agency that oversees the safety of medicines and health products, Health Minister Marisol Touraine said in a statement. The move comes after a newborn baby died on December 21 after being administered Uvesterol D, which is prescribed for Vitamin D deficiency among young child...

  • Child's Body Found In Icy Colorado Pond During Search For Missing 6-Year-Old Boy

    Posted on : Wednesday 4th of January 2017
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    Crews searching for a missing 6-year-old boy in Colorado found a child's body under the ice of a frozen pond, authorities said Tuesday. Officials have not yet positively identified the body as that of David Puckett, 6, who is believed to have wandered away from his home and has been missing for days, according to the Aurora Police Department. But the city's police chief told reporters Tuesday that crews did find "the body of what appears to be a child inside the pond, underneath the ice." "At this time we a...

  • British Airways' Cabin Crew Announce 48-Hour Strike For January 10

    Posted on : Wednesday 4th of January 2017
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    LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM:  British Airways cabin crew plan to hold a 48-hour strike starting on January 10, after suspending previous plans to walk out over Christmas, trade union Unite said on Tuesday. Crew who serve as part of British Airways' 'mixed fleet' - and have poorer terms and conditions than some longer-serving staff - rejected a pay offer from BA shortly before Christmas. "Unite remains hopeful that a negotiated settlement which meets our members' aspirations can be achieved and would urge British ...

  • Scissors Pulled From Man's Stomach 18 Years After Surgery

    Posted on : Tuesday 3rd of January 2017
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    HANOI, VIETNAM:  A Vietnamese man has had scissors removed from his abdomen which were left behind during surgery 18 years ago, after reporting a stomachache that was nearly two decades in the making.   Ma Van Nhat, now 54, underwent surgery in 1998 after a car accident and only recently discovered that doctors had left an unwelcome gift behind when they closed him up. Doctors discovered the 15-centimetre (six-inch) scissors near his colon after a recent ultrasound. He had a three-hour operation at the weekend to remove...

  • 433 Million In Pound Coins In UK About To Become Worthless

    Posted on : Tuesday 3rd of January 2017
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    LONDON:  British people are hoarding around 433 million pounds in the old style coins in piggy banks, car ashtrays and down the back of sofas and armchairs, experts say as the Treasury prepares to phase them out this year. The old coin has been a favourite of savers since it was introduced in 1983. But it is set to be replaced by the new 12-sided 1 pound coin in March and the round pound will cease to be legal tender by October 15. The Sun reports that the government estimates that 1.3 billion pounds worth of coins are stash...

  • US Customs Computer Collapse Leaves Thousands Of Travellers Waiting

    Posted on : Tuesday 3rd of January 2017
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    WASHINGTON, UNITED STATES:  A nationwide collapse of the US customs service computer system has left thousands of passengers lined up at airports awaiting clearance to officially enter the country, the authorities and US media said on Monday. "Customs and Border Protection has nationwide outage. Expect delays in passenger processing until the system is restored," Fort Lauderdale's airport, a major hub for the United States and Caribbean, said on Twitter. A Customs and Border Protection department spokesman told NBC...

  • Crocodile Bites Selfie-Taking Tourist In Thailand National Park

    Posted on : Monday 2nd of January 2017
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    BANGKOK:  A 41-year-old French woman was bitten by a crocodile while posing to take a selfie with it in Thailand's Khao Yai National Park. Muriel Benetulier wanted a photograph with the ferocious reptile, and in the process, tried to get close to it. She squatted near the crocodile and took a photo. However, as she stood up, Ms Benetulier tipped on to one side and the crocodile bit her left leg, authorities at the national park said. "She wanted to take selfie with the crocodile who was lying down near a stream," a par...

  • Shooter Kills At Least 11, Self At New Year's Party In Brazil

    Posted on : Sunday 1st of January 2017
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    RIO DE JANEIRO:  A gunman stormed a house party and killed at least 11 people and himself during New Year celebrations in the southeastern Brazilian city of Campinas late on Saturday. Police in the state of Sao Paulo said the shooter is believed to have been angry over a separation from his former wife, who was among those killed. Local media reports said the couple's 8-year-old son also died. A police spokesman could not confirm the identity or age of those killed or whether a child of the shooter, who also remains unidenti...

  • 23 dead, 17 missing after fire on Indonesian boat

    Posted on : Sunday 1st of January 2017
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    Jakarta: At least 23 people have been killed and 17 are missing after a passenger boat caught fire Sunday near Jakarta, according to officials. The boat was ferrying around 200 people from Jakarta to Tidung island - a tourist destination 50 kilometers from the capital - this morning when the fire broke out, according to the national disaster agency. “194 people have been rescued. The boat's manifest says there are around 100 people on board, but obviously that's wrong, so we are still searching,” disaster agency s...

  • At least 35 killed in nightclub attack, says Istanbul Governor

    Posted on : Sunday 1st of January 2017
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    An assailant believed to have been dressed in a Santa Claus costume opened fire at a nightclub in Istanbul during New Year’s celebrations Saturday, killing at least 35 people and injuring 40 others in what the province’s governor described as a terror attack. Gov. Vasip Sahin said the attacker, armed with a long-barreled weapon, killed a policeman and a civilian outside the club before entering and firing on people partying inside. He did not say who may have carried out the attack. “Unfortunately (he) rained bullet...

  • Twitter To Live Stream Burj Khalifa's New Year Fireworks

    Posted on : Saturday 31st of December 2016
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    For the first time, Twitter will live stream the New Year Eve's scintillating fireworks display at the world's tallest building Burj Khalifa in Dubai to a global audience. Emaar Properties, developer of Burj Khalifa which stands at 828 metres, said it has partnered with Twitter to live stream the New Year's Eve fireworks display in Dubai. This is the first live streaming deal Twitter has signed with a partner based in the the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, the real estate company said in a statement. The ...

  • NASA May Build 'Ice Home' Design For Future Mars Explorers

    Posted on : Friday 30th of December 2016
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    WASHINGTON:  The first explorers on Mars may build their homes using the ice beneath their feet to effectively protect them from the harsh martian environment and provide a safe place to call home, NASA scientists say. When astronauts set foot on Mars, they may stay for months rather than days as they did during Apollo missions to the Moon. The surface of Mars has extreme temperatures and the atmosphere does not provide adequate protection from high-energy radiation, NASA said. These explorers will need shelters to effective...

  • World's Highest Bridge Opens In China, Cost $144 Million

    Posted on : Friday 30th of December 2016
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    BEIJING:  The world's highest bridge has opened to traffic in China, connecting two provinces in the mountainous southwest and reducing travel times by as much as three-quarters, local authorities said on Friday. The Beipanjiang Bridge soars 565 metres (1,854 feet) above a river and connects the two mountainous provinces of Yunnan and Guizhou, the Guizhou provincial transport department said in a statement on its official website. The bridge cut travel times between Xuanwei in Yunnan to Shuicheng in Guizhou from more than fo...

  • Born Again: Baby Boom After China Ends One-Child Rule

    Posted on : Thursday 29th of December 2016
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    PEKING, CHINA:  As soon as China abandoned its one-child policy a year ago, Zheng Xiaoyu and her husband started trying for a sibling for their nine-year-old son. Their efforts bore fruit with another boy -- one of a million extra births this year. "The traditional Chinese thinking is that more children bring more blessings," Zheng said, recovering from the birth at a luxury convalescent home in Beijing. For years the couple dreamed of a second child to keep them company in their twilight years. "Neither m...

  • China Operationalises World's Longest Bullet Train Line

    Posted on : Wednesday 28th of December 2016
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    BEIJING:  China started operations of one of the world's longest high-speed railways that links the country's prosperous eastern coast to the less-developed southwestern part of the country. The Shanghai-Kunming line -- 2,252 km in length -- traverses the five provinces of Zhejiang, Jiangxi, Hunan, Guizhou and Yunnan and cuts travel time from Shanghai to Kunming from 34 to 11 hours, China Railway Corporation said. The maximum speed is 330 km per hour, Wang Jinda, a train driver was quoted as saying by the state-run Xinhu...

  • 1 Killed, 2 Injured In Elephant Herd Attack In Nepal Village

    Posted on : Wednesday 28th of December 2016
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    KATHMANDU:  A herd of elephants has attacked a village in southwest Nepal, killing one person and wounding two others. Government official Dilli Ram Acharya says the elephants attacked Praseni village at dawn Wednesday when there was not much light and poor visibility due to winter fog. Security forces were sent to the area to chase the elephants back to the forest. The injured people have been taken to a nearby town for treatment. Acharya says the village is close to Bardia National Park, home to many elephants, but it was ...

  • Donald Trump Names Company Lawyer As International Negotiations Representative

    Posted on : Wednesday 28th of December 2016
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    WASHINGTON, UNITED STATES:  Donald Trump has designated his company's chief lawyer as a top international negotiator, the US president-elect's transition team announced Tuesday. Jason Greenblatt, the executive vice president and chief legal officer for the Trump Organization -- which oversees the Republican's business empire -- will serve as special representative for international negotiations, the team said in a statement. The statement did not offer precise details on the duties of the position but on Friday CNN c...

  • Barack Obama Says He Would Have Beaten Donald Trump

    Posted on : Tuesday 27th of December 2016
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    President Barack Obama said in an interview released Monday that he could have beaten Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump "if I had run again." In his most pointed critique yet, Obama said Hillary Clinton's campaign acted too cautiously out of a mistaken belief that victory was all but certain. "If you think you're winning, then you have a tendency, just like in sports, maybe to play it safer," Obama said in the interview with former adviser and longtime friend David Axelrod, a CNN analyst, for hi...

  • Typhoon Nock-Ten Leaves 1 Dead, Messes Up Christmas In Philippines

    Posted on : Monday 26th of December 2016
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    MANILA:  A typhoon that spoiled Christmas Day in parts of the Philippines weakened slightly on Monday as it roared toward a congested region near the country's capital, officials said. They said Typhoon Nock-Ten killed at least one person and cut power to five provinces as well as displacing thousands of villagers and travelers in Asia's Catholic bastion. A farmer died after being pinned by a fallen tree in Quezon province southeast of Manila a few hours after the typhoon slammed into the country Sunday night. It then bl...

  • Major Earthquake Jolts Chile Tourist Region On Christmas

    Posted on : Monday 26th of December 2016
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    SANTIAGO, CHILE:  A major 7.6 magnitude earthquake jolted southern Chile on Sunday, prompting thousands to evacuate coastal areas, but no fatalities or major damage were reported in the tourism and salmon farming region. Witnesses reported intense shaking in their homes and were shocked by the loud noise. The quake disrupted Christmas celebration plans for thousands of people who fled on foot, in cars and on horseback, seeking higher ground amid torrential rains in some places as sirens warned of a potential tsunami. "It wa...

  • Amid Tensions With US, China's Aircraft Carrier Liaoning Conducts Fighter Drills

    Posted on : Saturday 24th of December 2016
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    BEIJING:China's first aircraft carrier has carried out exercises in the Yellow Sea, amid increasing tensions between Beijing and Washington over Taiwan and the disputed South China Sea. A naval formation consisting of aircraft carrier Liaoning, several destroyers and frigates was on training and testing missions last week, state-run Xinhua news agency reported today, quoting military officials. The activities involved several J-15 carrier-borne jets and helicopters. J-15 is the new fighter jet being developed by China to operate ...

  • 20 Degrees Above Average, Arctic Heatwave May Break Records This Christmas

    Posted on : Saturday 24th of December 2016
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    LONDON:  In what may be a record-breaking heatwave, temperatures at the North Pole may rise up to 20 degrees higher than average this Christmas Eve, scientists have warned. These unseasonably warm weather patterns in the Arctic region are directly linked to man-made climate change, they said. Temperatures throughout November and December this year were five degree Celsius higher than average. It follows a summer during which Arctic sea ice reached the second-lowest extent ever recorded by satellites. "In pre-industrial ...

  • Libyan Plane, Reportedly Hijacked, Lands In Malta With 118 On Board

    Posted on : Friday 23rd of December 2016
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    VALLETTA: An airliner on an internal flight in Libya was hijacked and diverted to Malta where it landed on Friday, Maltese media reported. Two hijackers had threatened to blow up the Airbus A320, which had 118 people aboard, outlets including the Times of Malta said. The aircraft had been flying from Sebha in southwest Libya to Tripoli for state-owned Afriqiyah Airways. The tiny Mediterranean island of Malta is about 500 km (300 miles) north of the Libyan coast. Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat tweeted: "Informed of pote...

  • Two Arrested In Germany Over Mall Attack Plot: Police

    Posted on : Friday 23rd of December 2016
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    BERLIN:  Police have arrested two brothers on suspicion of planning to attack one of Germany's biggest shopping centres, authorities said Friday, four days after a jihadist killed 12 people at a Berlin Christmas market. Police said they had arrested two men, aged 28 and 31, originally from Kosovo, and were trying to establish how advanced the plot was and whether other people were involved. Acting on a tip-off from the intelligence services, police were deployed to the shopping complex and a nearby Christmas market in the we...

  • One Big Resolution: World's Fattest Man Aims To Reduce Weight By Half

    Posted on : Thursday 22nd of December 2016
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    ZAPOPAN, MEXICO:  A Mexican man believed to be the world's most obese plans to undergo gastric bypass in the new year and reduce his 590 kilos (1,300 pounds) by half, his doctor said Wednesday. The man known as Juan Pedro has diabetes, high blood pressure and chronic lung obstruction, and needs to reduce his weight dramatically to reduce his health risks, doctor Jose Castaneda Cruz said. He said the man, who does not give his family names to media, would actually undergo a couple procedures along the way. "It's ...

  • Kenya Seizes Nearly 2 Tonnes Of Ivory From Shipment Bound For Cambodia

    Posted on : Thursday 22nd of December 2016
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    MOMBASA, KENYA:  Kenyan officials seized nearly two tonnes of smuggled ivory after recalling a shipment en route to Cambodia following intelligence that it contained illegal cargo, a tax official said. The 1.97 tonnes of ivory, valued at 197 million shillings ($2 million), were hidden in hollow wooden planks and declared as ceramics, David Yego, Kenya Revenue Authority's commissioner for investigations, said on Wednesday. Authorities in Singapore returned the shipment to Mombasa after Kenya raised the alarm. Yego express...

  • At least 29 dead, 70 hurt in Mexico fireworks market blast

    Posted on : Wednesday 21st of December 2016
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    A massive explosion gutted Mexico's biggest fireworks market on Tuesday, killing at least 29 people and injuring 70, authorities said. The conflagration, in the Mexico City suburb of Tultepec, set off a quick-fire series of multicolored blasts and a sent a vast cloud of smoke billowing over the capital city. The market had been packed with customers buying pyrotechnics for traditional end-of-year festivities. Christmas and New Year's parties in many Latin American countries often wrap up with clattering firework blasts. F...

  • MH370 Officials: Crash Site Could Be North Of Search Area

    Posted on : Tuesday 20th of December 2016
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    SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA:  A team of international investigators hunting for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 said on Tuesday it has concluded the plane is unlikely to be found in a stretch of the Indian Ocean search crews have been combing for two years, and may instead have crashed in an area farther to the north. The conclusion raises the possibility that the search for the Boeing 777 could continue well beyond next month, when crews are expected to finish their deep sea sonar hunt of the current search zone west of Australia. But A...

  • Plants Closed, Cars Stopped As China Faces Smog 'Red Alert'

    Posted on : Monday 19th of December 2016
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    BEIJING:  Chinese cities are limiting the number of cars on roads and have temporarily shut down factories to cut down pollution during a national "red alert" for smog. State media reported on Monday that more than 700 companies stopped production in Beijing, and that traffic police were restricting drivers by monitoring their license plate numbers. Dozens of cities closed schools and took other emergency measures after a "red alert" was issued from Friday night to Wednesday for much of northern China. Author...

  • 16 Soldiers Injured In Plane Crash: Russian Defence Ministry

    Posted on : Monday 19th of December 2016
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    MOSCOW:  A plane carrying Russian soldiers crashed early Monday, seriously injuring 16, the defence ministry said, quoted by Russian news agencies. The Ilyushin-18 plane carrying 32 passengers and seven crew members made an emergency landing around 4:45 am Moscow time in the eastern Siberian region of Sakha. Everyone survived but 16 received serious injuries, RIA Novosti agency reported, citing the defence ministry, adding at least 20 of those on board required hospitalisation. It was not immediately clear whether the plane ...

  • Gunmen Kill 5 Women Airport Workers In Afghanistan's Kandahar

    Posted on : Saturday 17th of December 2016
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    KANDAHAR, AFGHANISTAN:  Gunmen shot dead five female airport workers and their driver in southern Afghanistan on Saturday, underlining the threat to employed women in the country. The women were in a van driving to the airport in the southern Kandahar province when at least three gunmen on motorcycles opened fire at them, provincial spokesman Samim Kheplwak told AFP. "All the women and their driver aboard the van were killed. The attackers fled the area and we have launched an investigation," he said. Kandahar Inte...

  • China Wants 23 Northern Cities Put On Red Alert For Smog

    Posted on : Friday 16th of December 2016
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    BEIJING:  Environmental authorities in China have advised 23 northern cities to issue red alerts, the highest possible air pollution warning, on Friday evening, against the "worst" smog the country has experienced since autumn, state media said. China issued its first ever red alert for smog in Beijing, the capital, last December, after adopting a colour-graded warning system in a crackdown on environmental degradation left by decades of breakneck economic growth. Officials in Beijing issued a red alert on Thursday aft...

  • Separated Conjoined Twins Meet For First Time Since Surgery

    Posted on : Thursday 15th of December 2016
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    PALO ALTO, CALIFORNIA:  The conjoined California twins that were separated last week following a 17-hour marathon surgery have been reunited for the first time since the operation. Eva and Erika Sandoval have been recovering in separate beds in the same room, but they could not see each other well. On Monday, their parents and intensive care team carefully carried Erika and placed her in Eva's bed to say hello, officials at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford said Wednesday. It's the closest the twins have been s...

  • World's Largest Monopoly Board Sets New Guinness Record

    Posted on : Wednesday 14th of December 2016
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    LONDON:  A new Guinness record has been set for the world's largest Monopoly board in the Netherlands, where students put together an enormous 900 square metre replica of the iconic board game - complete with a massive dice and to-scale houses. Students and staff of the Studentenvereniging Ceres (student association) in the Netherlands made the massive board game out of 804 individual panels attached together. Once the 900.228 square metre board was put together on a sports field, the university students played the giant gam...

  • Antonio Guterres sworn in as 9th UN Secretary General on Monday

    Posted on : Tuesday 13th of December 2016
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    United Nations: Former Portuguese prime minister Antonio Guterres was on Monday sworn in as the ninth UN Secretary-General. Guterres, 67, succeeded Ban Ki-moon as the chief of the world body. He was administered the Oath of Office by UN General Assembly president Peter Thomson at a special plenary of the 193-member General Assembly. In October, the 15-nation UN Security Council had sent his name to the Assembly for final approval. The former UN refugee chief will take over from Ban on January 1. Ban's second five-year...

  • Bill English sworn in as New Zealand PM after John Key exit

    Posted on : Monday 12th of December 2016
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    New Zealand's socially conservative finance chief Bill English was sworn in as the country's new Prime Minister on Monday following last week's shock resignation of his popular predecessor John Key. The centre-right National Party caucus unanimously backed English at a meeting on Monday morning and he travelled to Government House in Wellington a few hours later to officially take over. State Services Minister Paula Bennett was named as deputy leader. Mr. English, 54, said he was "excited and humbled" to tak...

  • Over 30 Dead As Kenya Petrol Tanker Crashes, Explodes: Officials

    Posted on : Sunday 11th of December 2016
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    NAIROBI, KENYA:  More than 30 people died when a petrol tanker crashed into other vehicles and burst into flames outside the town of Naivasha in Kenya late on Saturday night, officials said. "Over 30 people confirmed dead, many injured and over 11 vehicles burnt at a road traffic accident along Nairobi-Naivasha," Pius Masai of Kenya's National Disaster Management Unit said in a statement early Sunday. Courtesy : NDTV   ...

  • Solomon Islands Rocked By Another Major Earthquake

    Posted on : Saturday 10th of December 2016
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    SYDNEY:  The Solomon Islands were rattled by a 6.9 magnitude earthquake on Saturday, just a day after hundreds of people along the coast fled into the hills following a 7.8 magnitude tremor. The latest quake initially triggered a fresh tsunami warning for the Solomon Islands, but that was lifted by authorities a short time later. There were no immediate reports of casualties or major damage. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre (PTWC) said the threat had largely passed and only small waves were recorded along the coastline. &q...

  • At Least 43,000 Homeless After Aceh Earthquake In Indonesia

    Posted on : Saturday 10th of December 2016
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    JAKARTA:  At least 43,000 people have been displaced by the powerful earthquake that hit Indonesia's Aceh province, authorities said on Saturday, as the government and aid agencies pooled efforts to meet the basic survival needs of shaken communities. The estimate of the number of homeless people continues to grow while relief efforts fan out across the three districts near the epicenter of Wednesday's magnitude 6.5 quake, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency said in a statement "The basic needs of refugees must ...

  • Man Found Alive Two Weeks After Chopper Crash In Indonesia

    Posted on : Friday 9th of December 2016
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    AKARTA:  A soldier aboard a military helicopter that crashed in remote Indonesian jungle more than two weeks ago has miraculously been found alive, an army spokesman said Friday. Yohanes Syahputra was found late Thursday by villagers on Borneo island in an exhausted state, army spokesman Sabrar Fadhilah told Agence France-Presse. "Thanks be to God almighty, we have found one of the passengers of the downed helicopter," Fadhilah said in a text message. "The victim was found with wounds on his hands, waist and l...

  • All 'Original Seven' American Astronauts Now Dead

    Posted on : Friday 9th of December 2016
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    MIAMI:  John Glenn's passing on Thursday means that the first seven American astronauts chosen to lead the fledging US space program in 1959 are now dead, ending a groundbreaking chapter in American history. This crew of military aviators, known as the Original Seven, or "Mercury 7," proved that spaceflight was possible, and paved the way for the pioneering US trips to the moon. Here are the feats they are best known for, and how they died. 'Alan B. Shepard, Jr.' The first American to journey into s...

  • 7.8 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Solomon Islands, Tsunami Alert Lifted

    Posted on : Friday 9th of December 2016
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    SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: A strong 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck off the Solomon Islands on Friday. A tsunami warning issued for a wide swathe of the South Pacific was later lifted. There were no immediate reports of casualties or excessive damage. Solomon Islands National Disaster Management Office director Loti Yates said he received reports of collapsed buildings on Malaita, an island near the epicentre of the massive undersea quake, which had initially prompted a tsunami watch as far afield as Hawaii. "Most houses are built by tr...

  • 'No Survivors' After Plane Crash In Northern Pakistan Mountains

    Posted on : Thursday 8th of December 2016
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    PESHAWAR/ISLAMABAD:  There were no survivors after a plane carrying 47 people crashed into a mountain in northern Pakistan on Wednesday, the airline's chairman said, as recovery operations continued late into the night at the remote crash site. The military said 40 bodies had been recovered and rescue efforts involved about 500 soldiers, doctors and paramedics. The bodies were shifted to the Ayub Medical Centre in nearby Abbottabad, about 20km (12 miles) away. "There are no survivors, no one has survived," said Muh...

  • Indonesia's Army Chief Says 54 Killed In Earthquake

    Posted on : Wednesday 7th of December 2016
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    MEUREUDU, INDONESIA:  A strong undersea earthquake rocked Indonesia's Aceh province early on Wednesday, killing at least 54 people and causing dozens of buildings to collapse. Army Chief in Indonesia's Aceh province says that 54 people have been killed in the earthquake. A frantic rescue effort involving dozens of villagers, soldiers and police was underway in Meureudu, a severely affected town in Pidie Jaya district, which was closest to the quake's epicenter. Excavators and rescuers were trying to remove debris fro...

  • Shinzo Abe to become first Japanese PM to visit Pearl Harbor

    Posted on : Tuesday 6th of December 2016
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    Washington: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will visit Pearl Harbor this month with US President Barack Obama. He will become his country`s first leader to travel to the site of the Japanese attack 75 years ago that drew the United States into World War Two. "This will be a visit to console the souls of the victims," Abe told reporters on Monday. "I would like to show to the world the resolve that horrors of war should never be repeated," as per Reuters. "President Obama will meet with Japanese Prime M...

  • 5.3 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Tibet, No Casualties Reported

    Posted on : Monday 5th of December 2016
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    BEIJING:  An earthquake measuring 5.3 on the Richter Scale hit Tibet on Monday morning, according to China Earthquake Networks Centre. No casualties have been reported following the earthquake, Xinhua news agency reported. The quake was recorded in Nyainrong county with epicentre at a depth of about 5km. Chamdoi, Nyainrong Communist Party of China chief, said no humans or livestock casualties were reported. No homes have been damaged. "The tremor only lasted for seconds," he said. Located about 4,700 m abov...

  • Fidel Castro's Dying Wish: No Monuments In His Name

    Posted on : Sunday 4th of December 2016
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    SANTIAGO DE CUBA, CUBA:  Cuba will respect Fidel Castro's dying wish that no statues be erected in his honor and no streets be named after him, President Raul Castro said Saturday. The national assembly will introduce legislation at its next session later this month so that "his wish is fulfilled," Raul Castro told a massive rally for his brother on the eve of his burial in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba. While Castro was an omnipresent figure in the lives of Cubans for decades, the late communist leader alwa...

  • Brazil Grieves For Football Team Killed In Crash

    Posted on : Saturday 3rd of December 2016
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    CHAPECO:  A small Brazilian city will hold a massive funeral Saturday to honor its football team, wiped out at the height of their glory in a plane crash that killed 71 people. The southern city of Chapeco is expecting some 100,000 people -- half its population -- to descend on Conda Arena, the stadium where just 10 days ago the home team, Chapecoense Real, were lighting up the pitch. The unsung club's fairytale season was cut tragically short Monday night when the charter plane flying them to their next match ran out of fue...

  • 4 Major World Cities Pledge To Eliminate Diesel Vehicles

    Posted on : Saturday 3rd of December 2016
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    MEXICO CITY:  Mexico City has joined with Paris, Madrid and Athens in committing to eliminating diesel vehicles from their cities by 2025. The agreement was announced at the C40 Mayors Summit in Mexico's capital late Thursday. A statement said the commitment would reduce air pollution and related health issues in those cities, while also helping cities meet climate goals. "It's a worldwide public health concern," Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo said Friday. Removing diesel from Paris streets was a goal she set whe...

  • British Fighters To Overfly South China Sea; Carriers In Pacific After 2020: Envoy

    Posted on : Friday 2nd of December 2016
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    WASHINGTON:  British fighter planes visiting Japan will fly over the South China Sea and Britain will sail aircraft carriers in the Pacific once they are operational in 2020, given concerns about freedom of navigation there, Britain's ambassador to the United States said on Thursday. The envoy, Kim Darroch, told a Washington think tank that British Typhoon aircraft currently deployed on a visit to Japan would fly across disputed parts of the South China Sea to assert international overflight rights, but gave no time frame. S...

  • 5.5 Magnitude Earthquake Damages Homes In Southeast Peru

    Posted on : Friday 2nd of December 2016
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    LIMA:  A 5.5 magnitude earthquake struck southeast Peru on Thursday, damaging some homes and roads but causing no casualties, the National Civil Defense Institute (INDECI) said. The quake in the Puno region hit at 5:40 pm local time (2240 GMT), its epicenter 58 kilometers (36 miles) from the town of Lampa and at a depth of 30 kilometers, according to the Geophysical Institute of Peru (IGP). "Eight collapsed homes are reported in Lampa and 40 affected in the Paratia district. People are located in safe areas," INDECI sa...

  • Bus Accident Kills 18 In China: Report

    Posted on : Friday 2nd of December 2016
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    BEIJING:  A minibus crash in China killed at least 18 people on Friday when the vehicle plunged into a lake, state media reported. The minibus was travelling from Ezhou to Wuhan in the central province of Hubei with around 20 people on board, according to state broadcaster CCTV. Photos showed rescue workers pulling the vehicle out of a roadside lake. The driver was detained by police, CCTV said. Traffic accidents are common in China, where more than 260,000 people died on the country's roads in 2013, according to the Wor...

  • Vladimir Putin Says Russia Will Defend Its Interests, Is Not Seeking Enemies

    Posted on : Thursday 1st of December 2016
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    President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday Russia would stand up for its own interests, but had no intention of getting involved in any geopolitical confrontations. "We are not seeking and have never sought enemies. We need friends," Putin said during his annual state of the nation address in the Kremlin. Putin said that Russia would not tolerate any attempts to damage its interests however. Courtesy : NDTV ...

  • China Theme Park To Raise The Titanic, With Wi-Fi

    Posted on : Thursday 1st of December 2016
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    SHANGHAI:  Construction of the world's first full-size replica of the Titanic has begun in China, state media reported Thursday, where it is expected to enjoy smoother sailing as a lakeside tourist draw than its namesake. The 269-metre (883-foot) long, 28-metre wide ship will be docked permanently on a reservoir in a rural area of Sichuan province, the official Xinhua news agency cited a senior executive of the shipbuilder as saying. It will feature an interior reproducing some of the grandeur of the original including a bal...

  • Pilot Reportedly Pleaded To Land Plane Before Fatal Colombia Crash

    Posted on : Thursday 1st of December 2016
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    MEDELLIN, COLOMBIA: Air crash investigators in Colombia sought Wednesday to piece together the terrifying final moments aboard a charter jet that crashed while carrying a Brazilian soccer team to the biggest match in its history. The probe into Monday's crash pressed ahead on multiple fronts - with accounts provided by some of the six survivors - even as soccer clubs and leaders around the world joined Brazil to mourn a tragedy that claimed the lives of scores of people, including players, coaches and journalists. Fans of Medelli...

  • NASA's Cassini Begins 'Ring Grazing' Mission At Saturn

    Posted on : Thursday 1st of December 2016
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    WASHINGTON:  NASA's Cassini spacecraft began a "ring-grazing" mission to study Saturn's rings and moons, media reports said. According to NASA, the "thrilling" ride marked the first phase of a "dramatic endgame" for the 19-year-old spacecraft and over the next five months, Cassini will circle high over and under the poles of Saturn every seven days for a total of 20 times, Xinhua news agency reported. "We're calling this phase of the mission Cassini's Ring-Grazing Orbits, becaus...

  • Saudi Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Says Women Must Drive

    Posted on : Wednesday 30th of November 2016
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    RIYADH:  An outspoken billionaire Saudi prince has called for an "urgent" end to his country's ban on women driving. "Stop the debate: Time for women to drive," Prince Alwaleed bin Talal said on his official Twitter account, @Alwaleed_Talal. Alwaleed is an unusually outspoken member of the Saudi royal family who holds no political posts but chairs Kingdom Holding Co., interests of which include US banking giant Citigroup and the Euro Disney theme park. Philanthropist Alwaleed is a longtime advocate of...

  • Australian Theme Park To Reopen 6 Weeks After 4 Deaths

    Posted on : Wednesday 30th of November 2016
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    GOLD COAST:  An Australian theme park said Wednesday that it will reopen more than six weeks after four people died in a ride malfunction. Dreamworld on Queensland state's Gold Coast will reopen to the public with several of its rides operating on December 10, the park owner Ardent Leisure Group told the Australian Securities Exchange. The Thunder River Rapids ride, in which four people died when a raft overturned on October 25, will never reopen. The rest of Dreamworld's rides will progressively open as they are sig...

  • Black Boxes Found From Brazilian Football Team Plane Crash

    Posted on : Wednesday 30th of November 2016
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    LA UNIN, COLOMBIA:  Emergency workers have found the black boxes with flight data and cockpit voice recordings from a plane that crashed in the Colombian mountains with a Brazilian football team on board, officials said Tuesday. Luis Perez Gutierrez, the governor for Antioquia department in northwestern Colombia, where the charter flight went down, announced the two black boxes had been located. Aviation officials later confirmed the find. Officials did not immediately say how long it would take to analyze their contents. Co...

  • 11 Teenage Girls Among 12 Killed In Fire In Turkish Dormitory: Officials

    Posted on : Wednesday 30th of November 2016
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    ANKARA:  Twelve people, including eleven teenagers, were killed when a fire swept through a girls dormitory in the southern Turkish province of Adana on Tuesday, officials said. The fire, which broke out in a dormitory housing middle and high school students, may have been caused by an electrical fault, Omer Celik, a senior government official who represents the province in parliament, told broadcaster CNN Turk. At least twenty-two other girls were injured, Celik said. Also among the dead was a woman who worked at the dormitory....

  • California Targets Dairy Cows To Combat Global Warming

    Posted on : Tuesday 29th of November 2016
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    GALT, CALIFORNIA:  California is taking its fight against global warming to the farm. The nation's leading agricultural state is now targeting greenhouse gases produced by dairy cows and other livestock. Despite strong opposition from farmers, Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation in September that for the first time regulates heat-trapping gases from livestock operations and landfills. Cattle and other farm animals are major sources of methane, a greenhouse gas many times more potent than carbon dioxide as a heat-trapping gas...

  • Death Toll From Australia's Thunderstorm Asthma Reaches 8

    Posted on : Tuesday 29th of November 2016
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    MELBOURNE:  Eight people have died and one person remains on life support more than a week after a rare condition known as thunderstorm asthma struck Australia's second-largest city. A Health Department statement says the latest two victims died in hospital intensive care units on Monday night and Tuesday morning from medical complications stemming from a wild thunderstorm that struck Melbourne on Nov. 21. Another patient remains in intensive care. Another six are in hospitals with less serious respiratory and related condit...

  • Half A Million Children Under Siege In Syria, UNICEF Calls For Help

    Posted on : Tuesday 29th of November 2016
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    UNITED NATIONS:  As nearly 500,000 children are living under siege amid escalating violence across Syria, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) has called for lifting sieges and allowing immediate humanitarian access. The number of children living under siege has doubled in less than one year, Xinhua news agency quoted UNICEF as saying in a press release. "Nearly 500,000 children now live in 16 besieged areas across the country, almost completely cut off from sustained humanitarian aid and basic services," it added. ...

  • Soon, Nuclear Waste To Generate Clean Electricity

    Posted on : Monday 28th of November 2016
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    LONDON:  Scientists have developed a new technology that uses nuclear waste to generate clean electricity in a nuclear-powered battery. Researchers from the University of Bristol in the UK have grown a man-made diamond that, when placed in a radioactive field, is able to generate a small electrical current. The development could solve some of the problems of nuclear waste, clean electricity generation and battery life, researchers said. Unlike the majority of electricity-generation technologies, which use energy to move a ma...

  • Japan Skating Rink Slammed For Freezing 5,000 Fish

    Posted on : Monday 28th of November 2016
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    TOKYO, JAPAN:  A Japanese skating rink that froze 5,000 dead fish into the ice as an attraction for visitors has been forced to close after receiving a barrage of criticism. Amusement park Space World is now melting the rink -- which could take about a week -- and will hold a memorial service for the fish, the company said. The rink in southwestern Japan opened on November 12, after 5,000 fish were frozen under the surface of the ice as a decorative effect while customers skated above. But the concept was slammed as unethica...

  • China Will Build $2 Billion Film Studio, Industry Park

    Posted on : Monday 28th of November 2016
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    BEIJING:  China's government has announced plans to build a $2 billion film studio, in the latest example of a national push to expand its cultural influence. State media reported that the studio in the southwestern municipality of Chongqing will include a theme park and tourist facilities. Construction will begin early next year and is expected to cost 15 billion yuan ($2.18 billion). Officials say they have operating agreements already with several foreign partners. The park will be named after President xi Jinping's s...

  • Chicago Flight To China Diverted Due To 'Unruly Passenger'

    Posted on : Monday 28th of November 2016
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    CHICAGO:  United Airlines says a flight bound for Hong Kong from Chicago was diverted near Tokyo after 12 hours because of an "unruly passenger." Chicago-based United Airlines spokesman Charles Hobart said Sunday that Flight 895 left O'Hare International Airport for China after 2 p.m. Saturday. The plane instead landed at Narita, which is one of Tokyo's main airports. No injuries were reported. He says 241 passengers and 15 crew members were aboard.Hobart says law enforcement met the aircraft in Japan, but he d...

  • China Detains 9 Managers After Plant Collapse Kills 74

    Posted on : Monday 28th of November 2016
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    BEIJING:  Chinese authorities have detained nine executives responsible for a power plant where 74 workers were killed when an under-construction cooling tower collapsed. State media reported on Monday that those held included the board chairman of engineering firm Hebei Yineng, which has a history of workplace deaths in its projects. The workers were building a circular cooling tower in the southern province of Jiangxi when the interior scaffolding collapsed last Wednesday, releasing a cascade of steel, concrete and wooden plan...

  • More Bodies Wash Up From New Zealand Boating Tragedy

    Posted on : Sunday 27th of November 2016
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    HAMILTON:  Two more bodies have washed up on a New Zealand shoreline following a boating tragedy in which up to eight people are feared dead, police said Sunday. Seven bodies have now been recovered and three survivors rescued after their chartered fishing boat capsized in rough seas at Kaipara Harbour, north of Auckland, on Saturday afternoon. "One person is still missing and the search is ongoing this morning," police said in a statement Sunday."The bodies of two more people who are believed to have been onboard...

  • Man Shot Dead While Trying To Stop Man From Beating Woman

    Posted on : Saturday 26th of November 2016
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    AN ANTONIO:  Police say a man trying to stop another man from beating a woman in a crowded San Antonio parking lot has been shot dead and a bystander has been critically wounded. The shooting happened Friday afternoon outside a Wal-Mart store. Police Chief William McManus says a man was assaulting a female companion when the other man drove up and demanded he stop. McManus says the attacker drew a handgun and fired at the man, killing him and critically wounding a female bystander. A woman in the vehicle with the man who was...

  • Fidel Castro, As Seen By Allies And Enemies

    Posted on : Saturday 26th of November 2016
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    HAWANA:  Fidel Castro, the Cuban revolutionary leader who built a communist state on the doorstep of the United States and for five decades defied US efforts to topple him, has died, Cuban television said. He was 90. Here are some comments on Castro from his friends and foes over the years. "Castro is not just another Latin American dictator, a petty tyrant bent merely on personal power and gain. His ambitions extend far beyond his own shores." - Former US President John F Kennedy, from "The Quotable Mr. Kennedy,&...

  • Chinese Navy Ships To Be Deployed At Gwadar Port: Pak Official

    Posted on : Saturday 26th of November 2016
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    KARACHI:  China would deploy its naval ships along with Pakistan navy to safeguard the strategic Gwadar port and trade routes under the $46 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, a Pakistani official in Karachi has said. China and Pakistan are currently building the nearly 3,000-km-long economic corridor linking Pakistan's Gwadar port on the Arabian Sea with Xinjiang to improve connectivity between the two countries. The move would open up a new and cheaper cargo route for transporting oil to China as well as export of Chines...

  • Adani Group To Build Two New Aussie Solar Plants

    Posted on : Friday 25th of November 2016
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    SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA:  Indian energy giant Adani group will begin construction of two new Australian solar plants next year, it said on Friday. Adani said one of Australia's largest solar farms generating between 120 and 150 megawatts of energy will be built in the country's steel town of Whyalla in South Australia, Xinhua news agency reported. The company will also build a 100-200 megawatt solar plant in the former coal town of Moranbah in Queensland State. "We have promoted Whyalla as a perfect location for solar...

  • 32 Bodies, 9 Human Heads Found In Mexico Mass Graves

    Posted on : Friday 25th of November 2016
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    MEXICO CITY:  Authorities have exhumed 32 bodies and nine heads from several clandestine graves in Mexico's violence-plagued southern state of Guerrero this week, officials said on Thursday. The remains were unearthed between Tuesday and Thursday in 17 pits on a hill in the village of Pochahuixco, part of the municipality of Zitla, a region beset by turf wars between drug cartels. "The discoveries are terrible," Guerrero state security spokesman Roberto Alvarez said, adding that the victims include 31 men and one w...

  • Vietnam Seizes 619 Kilograms Of Ivory Smuggled From Africa

    Posted on : Friday 25th of November 2016
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    HANOI, VIETNAM:  Vietnamese authorities have seized 619 kilograms (1,362 pounds) of ivory illegally shipped in from Africa after finding 4 tons at the same port over the past two months, state media and an official said Friday. The ivory seized Thursday had been hidden in two containers arriving at Cat Lai port in southern commercial hub of Ho Chi Minh City, the city's Customs newspaper said. Le Dinh Loi, the city's deputy customs chief confirmed the report, but did not give more details Friday. The Customs newspaper...

  • Australian Woman Locks 14 Cats In House Until They Ate Each Other

    Posted on : Thursday 24th of November 2016
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    MELBOURNE:  A 43-year-old Australian woman has been convicted of animal cruelty for abandoning 14 cats inside her house for so long that they resorted to eating each other. The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) says in a distressing case of abandonment, the woman left behind her 14 cats when she left her Woodville West property in Australia. By the time inspectors arrived at the house in September last year, 13 of the cats were dead and the only surviving animal was severely emaciated, the SBS report...

  • Explosion In Southern Turkish City Kills 2, Wounds 16

    Posted on : Thursday 24th of November 2016
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    ANKARA, TURKEY:  At least two people were killed and 16 others wounded in an explosion on Thursday in the car park of a government building in the southern city of Adana, officials said. Omer Celik, the minister in charge of European Union affairs, said on his Twitter account that the explosion in front of the Adana governor's office was a "terror" attack. Hurriyet newspaper reported that the attack was believed to be caused by a car bomb. "This damnable terror is continuing to target our people," Celik s...

  • Tokyo Hit By First November Snow In 54 Years

    Posted on : Thursday 24th of November 2016
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    TOKYO, JAPAN:  The Japanese capital of Tokyo on Thursday was hit by its first November snow in 54 years, slowing rush hour trains as residents slogged to work wearing heavy coats and boots in a city far more accustomed to earthquakes than to snow. The last time snow fell in November in Tokyo, John F. Kennedy was President of the United States and singer Bob Dylan - who this year won the Nobel Literature Prize - had released his debut album just months before. The snow, which began as sleet around dawn but turned to snow soon aft...

  • At Least 40 Dead In China Construction Accident

    Posted on : Thursday 24th of November 2016
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    BEIJING:  At least 40 people have died after a platform under construction at a power plant's cooling tower in eastern China's Jiangxi province collapsed on Thursday, state news agency Xinhua said. The accident happened in Fengcheng at around 7 am (2300GMT), and rescuers are on the scene Xinhua said, without giving other details. Deadly accidents are relatively common at industrial sites in China, and anger over lax standards is growing after three decades of swift economic growth marred by incidents from mining disaster...

  • NASA On The Hunt For Space Poop Geniuses

    Posted on : Thursday 24th of November 2016
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    MIAMI:  When you've got to go, but you're out there in space, zipped up in a spacesuit, with no toilet in sight and a crew of other astronauts around, what do you do? NASA has launched a contest for inventors to solve this uncomfortable issue, and promises to award $30,000 to the best "space poop" solutions. Inventors have until December 20 to submit designs for a personalized waste-wicking system that will handle everything, hands-free, for a period of up to six days. "The old standby solution consist...

  • Faintest Satellite Galaxy Of Milky Way Discovered

    Posted on : Wednesday 23rd of November 2016
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    TOKYO, JAPAN:  Scientists have detected a dwarf satellite galaxy, believed to be the faintest yet found in the halo of the Milky Way, a discovery that provides important insights into galaxy formation and how dark matter contributes to it. The satellite, named Virgo I, lies in the direction of the constellation Virgo. Its discovery by researchers from Tohoku University in Japan suggests the presence of a large number of yet-undetected dwarf satellites in the halo of the Milky Way. Currently, some 50 satellite galaxies to the...

  • Invisibility Cloaks' May Protect Buildings From Earthquakes

    Posted on : Wednesday 23rd of November 2016
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    LONDON:  Scientists are developing large structures inspired by 'cloaking' materials for sound and light, which may be used to protect buildings from earthquakes. Earthquakes travel in waves, much as sound and light do.Scientists have previously designed materials with internal structures that interfere with the propagation of sound and light. Now, researchers at Imperial College London in the UK, with collaborators in France, are working on making bigger versions of these structures, which could be used to control the p...

  • Barack Obama Awards His Final Presidential Medals Of Freedom

    Posted on : Wednesday 23rd of November 2016
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    WASHINGTON:  Basketball star Michael Jordan, actor Robert De Niro and music legend Bruce Springsteen were among the 21 people honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Tuesday. During a ceremony at the White House President Barack Obama gave out the awards -- the nation's highest civilian honor -- for his last time to a diverse group of sports stars, scientists, artists and philanthropists. "Everybody on this stage has touched me in a very powerful personal way," Obama said. "It's useful when you t...

  • South Korea, Japan Sign Controversial Intelligence Deal

    Posted on : Wednesday 23rd of November 2016
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    SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA:  Japan and South Korea signed a controversial agreement on Wednesday to share defence intelligence on North Korea, despite protests from opposition parties and activists in Seoul. South Korea's defence ministry said the accord was "necessary" in the face of growing military threats from Pyongyang, which has conducted two nuclear tests and more than 20 missile launches this year. "It is ready to conduct additional nuclear tests and missile launches at any time," the ministry said in a s...

  • Turkey Dismisses Close To 15,000 More In Post-Coup Probe

    Posted on : Tuesday 22nd of November 2016
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    ANKARA:  Turkey on Tuesday dismissed close to 15,000 more civil servants, military officials, police and others and shut down 375 institutions and news outlets in investigations over a failed coup in July, authorities said in two official decrees. More than 110,000 people have been sacked or suspended in the military, civil service, judiciary and elsewhere, while 36,000 people have been jailed pending trial as part of the investigation into the failed putsch. Ankara blames the U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen and his supporters...

  • Thai Junta Approves $358 Million Cash Handout For Poor

    Posted on : Tuesday 22nd of November 2016
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    BANGKOK, THAILAND:  Thailand's military leaders on Tuesday announced $358 million in cash handouts for some of the kingdom's poorest people, a surprise giveaway from a junta that decried subsidies by the civilian government it toppled. The move comes as Yingluck Shinawatra, whose democratically elected administration was kicked out in a 2014 coup, faces up to a decade in jail over a generous rice subsidy aimed at the rural poor. Since seizing power junta leader Prayut Chan-O-Cha has railed against the rice scheme, which ...

  • 56 Cars Crashed Into Each Other, 17 Killed In This Accident

    Posted on : Tuesday 22nd of November 2016
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    BEIJING:  A huge pile-up on a Chinese motorway killed at least 17 people when a total of 56 vehicles crashed into each other in winter weather, state media said on Tuesday. The accident happened in snow and rainy weather in the northern province of Shanxi, on an expressway linking Beijing with Kunming, the official news agency Xinhua reported. Pictures of the scene showed lorries scattered haphazardly across the road, some of them overturned, and burnt-out wrecks of cars after the crash on Monday. Another 37 injured people w...

  • At Least Six Children Dead As Tennessee School Bus Crashes

    Posted on : Tuesday 22nd of November 2016
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    A bus carrying elementary school students crashed in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on Monday, killing at least six children and sending 23 people to a local hospital with injuries, authorities said. Five children were found dead on the bus after the crash, which occurred at about 4 p.m. CST (2100 GMT), and another died at a hospital, said Melydia Clewell, spokeswoman for the Hamilton County District Attorney's office. Two hours later, rescue teams were still going through the yellow school bus, which was resting on its side, wrapped ar...

  • Tsunami Hits Japan After Strong Earthquake, Fukushima Nuclear Plant Briefly Disrupted

    Posted on : Tuesday 22nd of November 2016
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    TOKYO:  A powerful earthquake rocked northern Japan on Tuesday, briefly disrupting cooling functions at a nuclear plant and generating a tsunami that hit the same region devastated by a massive quake, tsunami and nuclear disaster in 2011. The earthquake, which was felt in Tokyo, had a magnitude of 7.4, the Japan Meteorological Service said, and was centred off the coast of Fukushima prefecture at a depth of about 10 km (6 miles). There were no reports of deaths or serious injuries several hours after the quake hit at 5:59 a.m. (...

  • Facebook Says To Create 500 More Jobs At New London Headquarters

    Posted on : Monday 21st of November 2016
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    LONDON:  Facebook will open a new London headquarters next year and create another 500 jobs, the leading social network said on Monday, despite uncertainty over Brexit. The group said the move will take its British workforce to 1,500 staff, adding that Britain "remains one of the best places to be a tech company", amid ongoing jitters over the nation's looming exit from the European Union.  Courtesy : NDTV ...

  • Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 Families To Hunt For Debris In Africa

    Posted on : Monday 21st of November 2016
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    KUALA LUMPUR:  The families of those onboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 said on Monday they will mount a debris-hunting trip to Madagascar to search for clues to what happened to the missing plane. Investigators have identified six pieces of wreckage to have either definitely or almost certainly come from the jet, which vanished with 239 people while flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing in March 2014. Voice 370, a family association, said the debris collected so far has all been found off Africa's east coast. "Desp...

  • 6.4-Magnitude Earthquake Jolts Argentina, Chile

    Posted on : Monday 21st of November 2016
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    BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA:  A 6.4-magnitude earthquake jolted western Argentina and parts of Chile Sunday, with no immediate reports of damage, authorities said. The earthquake rocked San Juan province at 1757 local time (2057 GMT), striking at a depth of about 130 kilometers (80 miles), Argentina's seismological institute said. In Chile, the earthquake was measured at a magnitude of 6.5, officials at the government's National Emergency Office (ONEMI) said. The earthquake was felt in northern and western Chile in the r...

  • Barack Obama Faces Tough Questions On Donald Trump On Last Foreign Trip

    Posted on : Sunday 20th of November 2016
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    LIMA, PERU:  Barack Obama begins the final foreign visit of his eight-year presidency on Saturday in Peru, facing tough questions from assembled Pacific leaders about Donald Trump's election victory. Obama is in Lima for an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit that is likely to focus heavily on Trump's shock victory. On Saturday, he will meet leaders of the 12-country Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, which Trump has opposed and now faces an uncertain future. White House officials admit the chances of pas...

  • Western Japan Jolted By 5.4 Magnitude Earthquake

    Posted on : Saturday 19th of November 2016
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    TOKYO:  An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.4 shook western Japan on Saturday but there was no immediate reports of damage and a tsunami warning was not issued. The epicentre of the earthquake, which occurred at 11:48 a.m. (0248 GMT), was in Wakayama prefecture, western Japan, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. Earthquakes are common in Japan, one of the world's most seismically active areas. Japan accounts for about 20 percent of the world's earthquakes of magnitude 6 or greater. Courtesy : NDTV ...

  • At Least 73 Killed In Mozambique Truck Blast

    Posted on : Friday 18th of November 2016
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    MAPUTO:  At least 73 people were killed and scores more injured when an oil tank truck burst into flames in a village in western Mozambique on Thursday, the nation's public radio announced. "The death toll of the incident is now 73," state-run Radio Mocambique announced, citing authorities in Tete. "The incident occurred when citizens tried to take petrol from a truck" in the village of Caphiridzange in Tete province, near Malawi, the government said in a statement. The government added that 110 peopl...

  • US Man Given Life Sentence For Drug Smuggling In Indonesia

    Posted on : Thursday 17th of November 2016
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    JAKARTA, INDONESIA:  An Indonesian court has sentenced an American man to life imprisonment after finding him guilty of drug smuggling. Philip Russell was sentenced Wednesday by the District Court in Semarang, the provincial capital of Central Java. A court spokesman said Thursday that 56-year-old Russell was arrested with seven other people following a raid in January by the National Narcotics Agency on a furniture workshop in the Central Java town of Jepara. Officers found 97 kilograms (214 pounds) of crystal methamphetamine h...

  • Gas Demand To Grow In 2017 But More Slowly: Qatar

    Posted on : Thursday 17th of November 2016
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    DOHA, QATAR:  Demand for natural gas will grow in 2017 but at a slower rate than in recent years, Qatar's energy minister said on Thursday ahead of a meeting of exporting countries. Mohammed Saleh al-Sada said ministers of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) would discuss "long-term strategy" at Thursday's meeting in Doha. "The big news, of course, is that the demand for natural gas grew in 2015 by 1.9 per cent, more than double of that in 2014," he said. "And it is expected to continue grow...

  • Storm Lashes New Zealand Earthquake Zone, More Buildings Evacuated

    Posted on : Thursday 17th of November 2016
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    CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND:  Rain and strong winds battered central New Zealand on Thursday, threatening further damage just days after a powerful earthquake killed two people and devastated parts of the country's South Island with huge landslides. More than 1,000 tourists and residents have been evacuated from the small seaside town of Kaikoura by a fleet of helicopters and a New Zealand naval vessel since the 7.8 magnitude quake struck early on Monday. Kaikoura, a fishing town and popular whale-watching base ringed by steep...

  • World's Most Obese Man Starts Treatment In Mexico

    Posted on : Thursday 17th of November 2016
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    MEXICO CITY:   The world's most obese man in Mexico began medical treatment to lose weight. Juan Pedro Franco, 32, weighing 500 kg, was transported on Tuesday night by a specially-adapted van from his hometown of Aguascalientes in central Mexico, to a private clinic in the city of Guadalajara in western Mexico, Efe news reported. "Juan Pedro arrived at the Jardines de Guadalupe de Zapopan Hospital after a complex transfer," Gastric Bypass Mexico, the medical centre handling the case, said in a communique. ...

  • Hot Air Balloon Makes Emergency Landing On Baseball Field

    Posted on : Thursday 17th of November 2016
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    PHILADELPHIA:  A hot air balloon carrying four people has made an emergency landing on a baseball field in Philadelphia, but no one has been injured. The balloon set down on the field in the Kensington section of the city Wednesday afternoon. It had originated in Glenmoore, about 40 miles outside of Philadelphia. Philly.com reports the pilot told police that crew members were performing a fuel consumption test when they encountered heavy winds. Police say the pilot saw the baseball field as a safe place to land. The owner of...

  • NASA Renews Search For Antarctic Meteorites

    Posted on : Wednesday 16th of November 2016
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    WASHINGTON:  The National Aeronautics and Space Administration or NASA has renewed its search for Antarctic meteorites to help learn more about the primitive building blocks of the solar system and answer questions about Moon and Mars. NASA, the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Smithsonian Institution (SI) recently renewed their agreement to search for, collect and curate Antarctic meteorites in a partnership known as Antarctic Search for Meteorites Programme (ANSMET).  NASA said that the signing of this new joint ...

  • Suicide Bomber Kills 4 Security Forces In Kabul

    Posted on : Wednesday 16th of November 2016
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    KABUL:  Afghan security officials have confirmed that at least four security forces were killed when their vehicle was attacked by a suicide bomber in the capital Kabul. The security officials, who did not want to be named as the investigation into the attack is still underway, said on Wednesday that eleven others were wounded in the attack which took place in Puli Mohmood Kahn area near the Afghan defense ministry compound. They said it is not clear if the bomber was on foot or on a motorbike when he attacked the forces. No...

  • Man Fatally Shot At Oklahoma City Airport, Flights Halted

    Posted on : Wednesday 16th of November 2016
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    OKLAHOMA CITY:  One person was fatally shot at Oklahoma City's main airport on Tuesday, prompting authorities to halt flights and impose a shelter in place order to allow police to search for a suspect. No information was available about what prompted the shooting in a parking lot at Will Rogers World Airport, or WRWA, Oklahoma City Police Captain Paco Balderrama told reporters. "We can confirm that victim from shooting at WRWA is deceased. Airport still on lockdown as investigation is ongoing," Oklahoma City Polic...

  • Japan Street Swallowed By Giant Hole Reopens After A Week

    Posted on : Tuesday 15th of November 2016
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    TOKYO:  A Japanese city on Tuesday reopened a busy street that collapsed into a giant sinkhole, with the efforts of workers who toiled around the clock for a week drawing praise on social media. The gigantic sinkhole, measuring around 30 metres (98 feet) wide and 15 metres deep, appeared last Tuesday in a bustling business district in the southwestern city of Fukuoka, swallowing part of a five-lane street. The sinkhole, apparently triggered by subway construction in the area, had exposed the support columns of nearby buildings a...

  • Mediterranean Rescuers Save 550 Migrants At Sea, Recover Five Bodies

    Posted on : Tuesday 15th of November 2016
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    ROME:  About 550 migrants, most of them from West Africa, were pulled to safety from boats in the Mediterranean on Monday in five operations during which rescuers also recovered five dead bodies, Italy's coast guard said. The bodies were in a rubber dinghy and one other person from the dinghy had drowned, according to aid group SOS Mediterranee, whose Aquarius vessel helped in the rescues off Libya's coast. "We recovered five bodies dead inside the rubber boat after the rescue, and one person drowned," an SOS M...

  • China's First Aircraft Carrier Now Ready For Combat

    Posted on : Tuesday 15th of November 2016
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    BEIJING:  China's first aircraft carrier is now ready to engage in combat, marking a milestone for a navy that has invested heavily in its ability to project power far from China's shores. The Liaoning's political commissar said in an interview with Tuesday's Global Times newspaper that his ship is "constantly prepared to fight against enemies," signaling a change from its past status as a platform for testing and training. Senior Captain Li Dongyou's comments appear to indicate that the ship has ta...

  • Donald Trump Seeks Top Security Clearance For His Children: Report

    Posted on : Tuesday 15th of November 2016
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    WASHINGTON:  US President-elect Donald Trump has sought top security clearance for his three children, according to media reports in Washington, which said it could bring up potential conflicts of interest within the incoming administration. The Trump team has asked the White House to explore the possibility of getting his children -- Eric Trump, Donald Trump Jr and his daughter Ivanka Trump along with her husband Jared Kushner -- the top secret security clearances, CBS news and CNN said. Logistically, the children would need to...

  • Skygazers Gear Up For Extra Bright 'Supermoon

    Posted on : Monday 14th of November 2016
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    JAKARTA, INDONESIA:  Skygazers were heading to high-rise buildings, ancient forts and beaches Monday to witness the closest "supermoon" to Earth in almost seven decades, hoping for dramatic photos and spectacular surf. The unusually big and bright Moon will appear at its most impressive just as night falls over Asia, but astronomy enthusiasts will be able to see Earth's satellite loom large anywhere in the world shortly after sunset, weather permitting. The phenomenon happens when the Moon is full at the same time ...

  • 542 Passengers Evacuated From Vehicles After Blizzard Hits China's Xinjiang

    Posted on : Monday 14th of November 2016
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    BEIJING:  Rescuers in China have evacuated 542 passengers from their vehicles after they were trapped in a blizzard in northwest Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. The people were left stranded on highways in Maytas and Tiechanggou in northern Xinjiang by the blizzard on Friday and Saturday, which caused snow drifts 60 cm to one meter deep and low visibility, a local highway official who participated in the 13-hour rescue operation said. All the stranded passengers and their 145 vehicles were evacuated to safety on Saturday, stat...

  • First Woman To Fly China's J-10 Fighter Killed In Crash

    Posted on : Monday 14th of November 2016
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    BEIJING, CHINA:  The first woman to fly China's J-10 fighter plane was killed in a crash during an aerobatics training exercise, state-run media reported Monday. Yu Xu, 30, a member of the Chinese air force's "August 1st" aerobatic display team, ejected from her aircraft during a training exercise in the northern province of Hebei at the weekend, the China Daily newspaper said. She hit the wing of another jet and was killed, it said, although her male co-pilot ejected safely and survived. "As one of on...

  • New Zealand: Another earthquake of magnitude 6.2 strikes near Christchurch, says USGS

    Posted on : Monday 14th of November 2016
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    A strong new earthquake with a magnitude of 6.2 struck New Zealand’s South Island on Monday, the U.S. Geological Survey said, hours after a more powerful quake killed two people and damaged buildings along the east coast of the South Island. The latest quake was initially measured with a magnitude of 6.8. It struck at about 1.45 p.m. local time (0045 GMT) at a depth of 10 km (6 miles), about 120 km (75 miles) northeast of Christchurch, the USGS said. Courtesy : The Indian Express ...

  • 'Destructive' Tsunami Warning Follows Massive New Zealand Earthquake

    Posted on : Sunday 13th of November 2016
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    WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND:  A powerful 7.8 magnitude earthquake rocked New Zealand early Monday, damaging buildings and triggering a tsunami which saw people in coastal areas fleeing to higher ground. The ministry of civil defence, responsible for emergency management in New Zealand, described the tsunami as "an event of life-threatening or national significance". The shallow tremor was centered some 90 kilometres (57 miles) north of the South Island city of Christchurch and was felt throughout the country. Although ...

  • Casualties As Explosion Hits Largest US Base In Afghanistan: NATO

    Posted on : Saturday 12th of November 2016
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    KABUL:  An explosion struck the largest US military base in Afghanistan early Saturday, causing some casualties, NATO said. No militant group has so far claimed responsibility for the blast, which occurs as the Taliban step up nationwide attacks before the onset of winter, when fighting usually ebbs. "We can confirm that there was an explosion at Bagram Airfield this morning just after 5:30 am (0100 GMT). There have been casualties," the military coalition said in a brief statement. "Our Force Protection and m...

  • Man Survives 8 hours In Shark-Infested Waters

    Posted on : Friday 11th of November 2016
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    MELBOURNE:  An Australian scuba diver has survived eight hours in shark-infested waters in the Indian Ocean after becoming separated from his boat and having to swim 16 km in darkness to shore. The 46-year-old had been diving with another man at African Reef off the West Australian coast on Thursday evening when he resurfaced and could not find their vessel, which had drifted from its mooring after the anchor rope broke, reports Xinhua news agency. The other man managed to find the boat and called the Volunteer Marine Rescue gro...

  • Crew Of Vietnam Ship Abducted Off Philippines: Government

    Posted on : Friday 11th of November 2016
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    ZAMBOANGA:  Gunmen abducted at least five crewmen of a Vietnamese cargo vessel in southern Philippine waters Friday, authorities said, an area where Islamic terrorists are on a kidnapping-for-ransom spree. The attack brings to at least eight the number of people abducted from vessels in the region over the past week, including an elderly German sailor, raising fears authorities are unable to control the worsening piracy problem. The MV Royal 16 was sailing less than 20 kilometres (12 miles) from Basilan island, a stronghold of A...

  • The Fears Of The Undocumented In The Time Of Donald Trump

    Posted on : Friday 11th of November 2016
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    LOS ANGELES:  When would-be immigrants Bernardino and Samuel got word in Mexico of the election of Donald Trump, they immediately gave up their plans to cross illegally into the United States. The rhetoric that originally fueled the billionaire populist's rise to power was built around his ambitious promises to deport the 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the US and to build a "big, beautiful, powerful wall" along the border with Mexico. Now, with the New York Republican's stunning victory Tuesday, f...

  • US Climate Pledges Likely To Go Unmet, Says Study

    Posted on : Friday 11th of November 2016
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    MARRAKESH, MOROCCO:  The United States will likely fail to meet its pledges under the landmark Paris climate pact to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, analysts said Thursday on the margin of UN climate talks. Even if president-elect Donald Trump does not reverse policies already put in place by Barack Obama -- and that is a big 'if' -- US emissions of heat-trapping gases would remain stable over the next 15 years, badly missing the target, the experts said in a report. "With no additional policies, emissions in the U...

  • Japan Says Prime Minister Shinzo Abe To Meet With Donald Trump Next Week

    Posted on : Thursday 10th of November 2016
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    TOKYO:  A Japanese official says Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will meet with US President-elect Donald Trump next week. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters on Thursday that Abe and Trump had talked by telephone and confirmed the importance of the Japan-US alliance and their commitment for cooperation. Their meeting "marks a very good start for building trust," Suga said.Their talks are being arranged for November 17 in New York. Officials said Abe and Trump also confirmed their resolve to cooperate i...

  • Brazilian free-tailed bat is the fastest flying animal: study

    Posted on : Thursday 10th of November 2016
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    Brazilian free-tailed bats are the fastest flyers in the animal kingdom, shooting through the night skies at record speeds of over 160 kilometres per hour, a new study has found. Up to now, the speed record for horizontal flight was held by birds from the swift family: the common swift, for example, can reach speeds of over 100 kilometres per hour. What an acrobat! Together with colleagues from the United States, researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology in Germany have now discovered a new frontrunner among the acr...

  • There's An 'Extra-Super' Moon On The Rise

    Posted on : Thursday 10th of November 2016
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    PARIS:  An unusually large and bright Moon will adorn the night sky next Monday -- the closest "supermoon" to Earth in 68 years and a chance for dramatic photos and spectacular surf. Weather permitting, the phenomenon should appear at its most impressive at 1352 GMT (0722 IST), when it will be at its fullest just as night falls over Asia, astronomers said. Provided there are no clouds and not too much light pollution, people should be able to see Earth's satellite loom unusually large over the horizon shortly after...

  • 5 Shot In Seattle Near Scene Of Anti-Trump Protests

    Posted on : Thursday 10th of November 2016
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    A gunman opened fire in downtown Seattle on Wednesday night following an argument and wounded five people, one man critically, not far from protests over the surprise victory of Republican Donald Trump in the US presidential election. The shooting did not appear to be related to the anti-Trump demonstrations but instead stemmed from "some type of personal argument", Robert Merner, assistant chief of the Seattle Police Department, told reporters. "It appears that some type of argument took place. This individual began t...

  • Massive 'Lake' Discovered Under Volcano In South America

    Posted on : Wednesday 9th of November 2016
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    WASHINGTON: Scientists have discovered a huge magmatic lake, 15 kilometres below a dormant volcano in South America, a finding that could unlock why and how volcanoes erupt. The body of water - which is dissolved into partially molten rock at a temperature of almost 1,000 degrees Celsius - is the equivalent to what is found in some of the world's giant freshwater lakes, such as Lake Superior. The finding by researchers from University of Bristol in the UK and colleagues has led scientists to consider if similar bodies of water ma...

  • Pramila Jayapal becomes first Indian-American woman to be elected to the U.S. House

    Posted on : Wednesday 9th of November 2016
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    Pramila Jayapal on Wednesday became the First Indian-American woman to be elected to the U.S. House of Representative, winning the Washington State Senate seat. 51-year-old Ms. Jayapal got 57 per cent of the votes from Washington State, leaving behind her rival Brady Walkinshaw who secured 43 per cent votes. India-born Ms. Jayapal made a mark with her progressive agenda in the Washington State Senate. Endorsed by Senator Bernie Sanders, the former Democratic presidential aspirant, Ms. Jayapal is running from the seventh Congressi...

  • World In Shock As Donald Trump Surges To Victory In US

    Posted on : Wednesday 9th of November 2016
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    BERLIN:  Governments from Asia to Europe reacted with stunned disbelief on Wednesday to the victory of Donald Trump in the U.S. presidential election, while populists hailed the result as a triumph of the people over a failed political establishment. German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen, an ally of Chancellor Angela Merkel, described the result as a "huge shock" and questioned whether it meant the end of "Pax Americana", the state of relative peace overseen by Washington that has governed international re...

  • California Approves Tax Increase On Cigarettes

    Posted on : Wednesday 9th of November 2016
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    California voters agreed to significantly increase the tax on cigarettes and vaping devices, but similar measures fell short in Colorado, North Dakota and Missouri, according to late Tuesday vote tallies. California's Proposition 56 will increase taxes on a pack of cigarette from 87 cents to $2.87, bringing it more in line with other states. The measure also sets a tax on electronic cigarettes. "This is a huge victory for tobacco prevention effort," said John Schachter, director of state communications for the Campa...

  • 2 Dead, 2 Wounded By Gunfire Near California Polling Place

    Posted on : Wednesday 9th of November 2016
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    CALIFORNIA: One man was killed and two women wounded when a gunman opened fire with an assault rifle at a house across the street from a polling station in the Southern California town of Azusa on Tuesday, police said, before the gunman was also found dead. The midday outburst of gun violence in the normally quiet foothill community 25 miles (40 km) northeast of Los Angeles disrupted voting at two polling places and prompted security lockdowns of a park and two public schools. However, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Lieutenant John...

  • Donald Trump's Wall Street Fans Cheer Tight Contest

    Posted on : Wednesday 9th of November 2016
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    NEW YORK:  Wall Street supporters of Republican Donald Trump cheered his early lead in swing states on Tuesday, which countered expectations that Democrat Hillary Clinton would move ahead swiftly. Gathered in the bar at Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue, bankers and brokers mingled with dozens of other Trump supporters, many of them wearing baseball caps emblazoned with his rallying cry " Make America Great Again." They cheered and raised their glasses every time Fox News projected a state win for their candidate. When M...

  • Elephants kneel to pay respect to late Thai king Bhumibol

    Posted on : Tuesday 8th of November 2016
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    Eleven elephants from Thailand's ancient capital of Ayutthaya knelt in respect for the country's late king, Bhumibol Adulyadej, during a procession in Bangkok on Tuesday. The elephants and about 200 handlers marched to the glittering Grand Palace before the animals crouched down for the observation of a minute of silence in memory of the king, who died last month, aged 88, after 70 years on the throne. “This is the biggest event in my life,” said Ayuthaya Elephant Palace owner Laithongrien Meephan, who led the pro...

  • America goes to polls today

    Posted on : Tuesday 8th of November 2016
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    In whirlwind campaigning across battleground States, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican candidate Donald Trump have the same message to their supporters in the last hours ahead of polling in the United States–the country is at a crossroads, and their opponent is the worst presidential candidate in history. "This is a moment of reckoning…It is a choice between division and unity, between strong, steady leadership and a loose cannon who could put everything at risk,” Ms. Clinton said in New Hampshir...

  • Over 600 Indian-Americans celebrate Chhath in U.S.

    Posted on : Monday 7th of November 2016
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    Over 600 Indian-Americans gathered on the banks of the historic Potomac River in the suburbs here to celebrate the festival of Chhath, making it the largest gathering in the last nine years. Indian-Americans from the area attended the three-day long annual festival organised here on Sunday. “This was the largest gathering for Chhath Puja,” said Kripa Singh, an eminent Indian American community leader in Virginia, who has been solely organising the event for the past nine years now. This year, people came from as far a...

  • Hillary Clinton Campaign Confident Of Crossing 270 Electoral College Mark

    Posted on : Monday 7th of November 2016
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    WASHINGTON:  Democrat Hillary Clinton's campaign today exuded confidence of crossing the 270 electoral college vote mark amid reports that the race to the White House has entered a dead heat with just 50 hours to go before the presidential election. "We think we have this race over. We're going to get over our 270 electoral votes," John Podesta, chairman of the Clinton campaign told ABC News. "There are a lot of paths to our victory, but we want to hold on to the states that we think ought to be in the Dem...

  • Italian Priest Blames Earthquakes On Gay Unions

    Posted on : Sunday 6th of November 2016
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    ROME, ITALY:  An Italian priest has said the recent earthquakes that have shaken the country, killing hundreds and leaving tens of thousands homeless, were "divine punishment" for gay civil unions, earning the Vatican's wrath. Father Giovanni Cavalcoli, a theologian known for his hardline views, made the comments on October 30, the day central Italy was struck by a 6.6-magnitude quake -- the most powerful to hit the country in 36 years -- according to Italian media. It was the third major quake in the same region i...

  • It is going to be a close race, help Clinton: Obama

    Posted on : Saturday 5th of November 2016
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    U.S. President Barack Obama acknowledged that the presidential election would be a “close race” and urged his supporters in the key battleground state of North Carolina, in particular the African-American community, to vote for Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. “This should not be a close race, but it’s going to be a close race. It’s going to be especially close here in North Carolina,” Mr. Obama told several thousands of his supporters at a late night rally on Friday in Charlotte in North Carolina...

  • Number Of Deaths From Indonesian Boat Accident Climbs To 54: Official

    Posted on : Friday 4th of November 2016
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    BATAM:  The death toll from a speedboat accident in Indonesia has climbed to 54, an official said Friday, after dozens of bodies were found floating in the ocean. Search teams Friday pulled another 36 corpses from the sea around Batam island, south of Singapore, near where the boat struck a reef and sunk more than two days ago, local police chief Sam Budi Gusdian told reporters. The overcrowded speedboat was carrying three crew and 98 passengers, mostly Indonesian migrant workers, from Malaysia to Batam at the time of the accide...

  • 20 Wounded In Blast Near Police Building In Turkey

    Posted on : Friday 4th of November 2016
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    DIYARBAKIR:  Around 20 people were wounded when a blast struck outside a police building early Friday in Turkey's southeastern city of Diyarbakir, the centre of the country's Kurdish community, security officials said. Several ambulances were dispatched to the scene of the blast, which occurred just hours after police detained the two co-leaders of the country's main pro-Kurdish party and several other MPs in a major escalation of a broader. Courtesy : NDTV ...

  • US Missile System In South Korea In 8-10 Months: General

    Posted on : Friday 4th of November 2016
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    SEOUL:  The United States will deploy an advanced missile defense system in South Korea in eight to 10 months despite strong objections from China and Russia, a US military chief said Friday. Seoul and Washington agreed to deploy the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system in the South after North Korea conducted a series of missile launches in the wake of its fourth nuclear test in January. The decision was condemned by Pyongyang and also caused a damaging rift between Seoul and Beijing, which sees the deployment as ...

  • Greenhouse Gas Emissions Set To Bust Global Climate Pact In 2030: UN Report

    Posted on : Friday 4th of November 2016
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    LONDON:  Greenhouse gas emissions in 2030 will exceed by 12 billion to 14 billion tonnes what is needed to keep global warming to an internationally agreed target, the United Nations said on Thursday. A day before the global Paris Agreement climate pact formally comes into force, the annual UN Environment report analysed countries' current pledges for emission cuts and whether they are enough. It found they are not. Emissions in 2030 are expected to reach 54-56 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent, far above the level...

  • ussia Mourns Clowning Legend Oleg Popov, Dead At 86

    Posted on : Thursday 3rd of November 2016
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    MOSCOW:  Russia on Thursday mourned Oleg Popov, a legendary Soviet-era clown who performed until he died of heart failure this week at age 86. Popov was on tour in the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don when he went into cardiac arrest at his hotel on Wednesday, the director of the circus where he was performing said.  "His heart stopped," the head of Rostov-on-Don circus, Dmitry Reznichenko, told RIA Novosti state news agency. "He didn't complain of feeling ill, he was just watching television.&q...

  • NASA Completes Construction Of World's Largest Space Telescope

    Posted on : Thursday 3rd of November 2016
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    WASHINGTON:  US space agency NASA has completed the construction of the world's largest space telescope, after almost two decades. The James Webb Space Telescope is considered to be the successor to NASA's 26-year-old Hubble Space Telescope, the agency announced on Wednesday. NASA said an Ariane 5 rocket will launch it from French Guiana in October 2018, Xinhua news agency reported. "Today, we're celebrating the fact that our telescope is finished and we're about to prove that it works," Nobel laure...

  • 17 killed, 50 Injured As Trains Collide In Pakistan

    Posted on : Thursday 3rd of November 2016
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    KARACHI:  At least 17 people were today killed and 50 others injured after a passenger train crashed into a stationary train in Pakistan's southern port city of Karachi. The accident occurred in Gaddafi Town in Landhi area in Karachi at 7:18 am when Zakaria Express collided with the stationary Fareed Express at Juma Goth Train station. Two bogies of Fareed Express and one bogie of Zakaria Express were completely destroyed in the collision. TV footage showed mangled and overturned carriages, and local media reported rescuers ...

  • China Launches 33rd Antarctic Expedition To Build New Base

    Posted on : Thursday 3rd of November 2016
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    BEIJING:  China launched its 33rd expedition to Antarctica as its research vessel and icebreaker Xuelong (Snow Dragon) left Shanghai today on a 161-day voyage to build a new base on the white continent. A 256-member team has embarked on their trip of 31,000 nautical miles, Sun Bo, deputy director of the Polar Research Institute of China, who leads the team said. They will visit the Zhongshan, Kunlun, Taishan and Changcheng stations, performing various research tasks. The team will also carry out environmental clean-up around...

  • Earthquake Of Magnitude 5.0 Hits Central Italy: US Geological Survey

    Posted on : Thursday 3rd of November 2016
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    A magnitude 5.0 earthquake struck central Italy on Thursday morning in the same region hit by recent strong quakes, the U.S. Geological Survey said. It said the temblor was very shallow, only 6.2 miles (10 km) deep, and was centred 32 miles (51.5 km) southeast of Perugia. Courtesy : NDTV ...

  • New Zealand Schoolkids Claim Largest-Ever Haka

    Posted on : Wednesday 2nd of November 2016
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    WELLINGTON:  Around 7,000 New Zealand schoolchildren stomped and bellowed their way through what is believed to be the largest-ever haka on Wednesday, claiming a new world record for the Maori war dance. The children performed the haka challenge at a park in Masterton, just outside Wellington, watched closely by local stewards monitoring the event for the Guinness World Records. The current record was set in 2014, when 4,028 people performed the haka at the grounds of French rugby club CA Brive Correze Limousin. While Wednes...

  • New NASA Tech To Help Aircraft Land On Time

    Posted on : Tuesday 1st of November 2016
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    WASHINGTON:  NASA has said it is working with its partners on a new air traffic control (ATC) technology that promises to safely increase the number of airplanes that can land on the same runway at busy airports by more precisely managing the time, or interval, between each aircraft's arrival. The technology, called Flight Deck Interval Management, or FIM, will also increase chances of your flights -- connecting or otherwise -- arriving on time, the US space agency said in a statement on Monday. "FIM allows controllers ...

  • 10 Killed, 50 Injured In Explosions At Pak Shipbreaking Yard

    Posted on : Tuesday 1st of November 2016
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    KARACHI:  At least 10 persons were today killed and over 50 others injured when a series of explosions rocked an unused oil tanker that was being dismantled at a shipbreaking yard in Pakistan's southern Balochistan province. The fate at least 30 other workers remains unknown following the explosions at the Gadani shipbreaking yard, where over 100 people were working on the ship at the time, local media reported quoting officials. At least 10 people have been killed and 50 others wounded in the explosions. Some workers re...

  • 2 Children, 1 Adult Killed In Halloween Crash In Mississippi

    Posted on : Tuesday 1st of November 2016
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    CHUNKY, MISSISSIPPI:  A vehicle struck a flat-bed trailer carrying adults and children who were dressed up for Halloween, killing three people and injuring several others in a small Mississippi town, authorities said. Two children and one adult - all related to each other - were killed in the crash, Newton County Coroner Danny Shoemaker said late Monday. Their names and ages were not immediately released. "It was just chaos," Shoemaker said, describing the scene of the wreck on US Highway 80 in Chunky, a town near the ...

  • Barack Obama To Hand Over Social Media Accounts To New President

    Posted on : Tuesday 1st of November 2016
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    WASHINGTON:  The next president of the United States will start with a huge following on Twitter but a clean slate of tweets. It's all part of the peaceful transition of power in the social media age. The White House said Monday that Obama's official @POTUS account will be taken over by the next president. Obama's tweets will move over to a new handle, @POTUS44, maintained by the National Archives and Records Administration. Similar changes will take place with Obama's Facebook and Instagram accounts, along with ...

  • Explosion In Alabama Shuts Gas Pipeline, Shortages Possible

    Posted on : Tuesday 1st of November 2016
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    HELENA, ALABAMA:  An explosion has shut down a pipeline that supplies gasoline to millions of people for the second time in less than two months, raising the specter of gas shortages and price increases. One worker was killed and a half-dozen were injured in Monday's blast in Alabama. An earlier pipeline leak not far from Monday's explosion led to Colonial Pipeline to shut down the delivery system in September. That prompted dry pumps and higher prices in Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, South Carolina and North Carolina. ...

  • China's J-20 Stealth Jet Debuts With Deafening Roar That Sets Off Car Alarms

    Posted on : Tuesday 1st of November 2016
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    ZHUHAI, CHINA: China showed its Chengdu J-20 stealth fighter in public for the first time on Tuesday, opening the country's biggest meeting of aircraft makers and buyers with a show of its military clout. Airshow China, in the southern city of Zhuhai, offers Beijing an opportunity to demonstrate its ambitions in civil aerospace and to underline its defence ambitions. China is set to overtake the US as the world's top aviation market in the next decade. Two J-20 jets, Zhuhai's headline act, swept over dignitaries and hundr...

  • Diwali Celebrated At Neasden Temple In London

    Posted on : Tuesday 1st of November 2016
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    LONDON:  Hundreds of people celebrated Diwali at the famous BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir London in the UK, with Europe's largest Hindu temple serving over 1200 vegetarian dishes to the devotees on the holy occasion of festival of lights. The temple, also known as Neasden Temple, in north London was decorated with dazzling displays of bright, intricate Indian patterns and flickering lamps. Hundreds of worshipers and visitors arrived at the temple throughout the day yesterday and offered their prayers. In the evening, a speci...

  • Nepal Drains Risky Glacial Lake Near Mount Everest

    Posted on : Monday 31st of October 2016
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    KATHMANDU:  Nepal has successfully drained part of a giant glacial lake near Mount Everest, averting risk of a disastrous flood that could have threatened thousands of lives, officials said Monday. Scientists say climate change is causing Himalayan glaciers to melt at an alarming rate, creating huge glacial lakes which could burst their banks and devastate mountain communities. Imja Tsho, located at an altitude of 5,010 metres (16,437 feet), just 10 kilometres (6.2 miles) south of the world's highest peak, is the fastest-gro...

  • Fire Shots Heard In School In Pakistan's Bahawalnagar, Students Evacuated

    Posted on : Monday 31st of October 2016
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    Fire shots were heard inside a school in Pakistan. According to reports in Pakistani media, exchange of fire took place between land mafia and security agencies inside a school in Haroonabad area of Bahawalnagar. Some school student  are also reported to have been injured in the incident. Courtesy : NDTV ...

  • Pollution 'Major Factor In Deaths Of 600,000 Children Every Year': UNICEF

    Posted on : Monday 31st of October 2016
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    OSLO: Almost one in seven children worldwide live in areas with high levels of outdoor air pollution, mostly in South Asia, and their growing bodies are most vulnerable to damage, the UN children's agency UNICEF said today. UNICEF called on almost 200 governments, which will meet in Morocco from November 7-18 for talks on global warming, to restrict use of fossil fuels to give twin benefits of improved health and slower climate change. About 300 million children, or almost one in seven worldwide, lived in areas where outdoor poll...

  • Latest Italian Earthquake Devastates Medieval Sites

    Posted on : Monday 31st of October 2016
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    A strong earthquake that shook Italy Sunday morning took a heavy toll on historic churches and other landmark buildings, some dating back to the Middle Ages. No deaths were reported, and only "tens" of injuries, but the physical damage was extensive. In Preci, the walls of a hillside cemetery came crashing down on top of the Abbey of Saint Euticius, founded in the 5th century by a group of Syrian monks and hermits and now crushed under the weight of its own burial ground. The old town of Arquata del Tronto, in the centr...

  • Emirati Police Find Strange Fruit Covered In Writing, Nails

    Posted on : Sunday 30th of October 2016
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    DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES:  Police in one of the sheikhdoms of the United Arab Emirates say they found and determined a strange fruit covered in writing and nails was not dangerous. Police in Sharjah, a conservative emirate neighboring Dubai, posted a picture and video of the fruit found Saturday on a beach there. The yellow melon bore Arabic writing and appeared to have a cartoon picture of a person on it, with nails hammered into neat rows on the figure. Police say they spoke with officials at the emirate's Islamic A...

  • CO2 In Oceans Sets Off An Ice Age Every 100,000 Years, Says Study

    Posted on : Sunday 30th of October 2016
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    LONDON:  Oceans may be responsible for making the Earth move in and out of ice ages every 100,000 years, finds a study. According to the study published in the journal Geology, oceans sucking carbon dioxide (CO2) out of the atmosphere may have triggered this phenomena. Dubbed the "100,000-year problem", this phenomena has been occurring for the past million years or so and leads to vast ice sheets covering North America, Europe and Asia. By studying the chemical make-up of tiny fossils on the ocean floor, the team ...

  • Earthquake Measuring 7.1 Magnitude Strikes Central Italy

    Posted on : Sunday 30th of October 2016
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    An earthquake measuring 7.1 magnitude struck in central Italy on Sunday, the U.S. Geological Survey said. There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties. The USGS said the earthquake was centred 68 km (42 miles) east southeast of Perugia. It was 108 km (67) deep. An earthquake of magnitude 6.4 struck east of the city on Wednesday, the second of the evening whose tremors were felt as far away as the capital Rome. The earthquakes came two months after almost 300 people were killed in the region by a earthquake that leveled...

  • Unauthorised Drone Activity' Halts Traffic At Dubai Airport

    Posted on : Sunday 30th of October 2016
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    DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES:  A drone forced Dubai international airport, one of the world's busiest, to halt air traffic for an hour and a half Saturday evening, the third such incident in less than five months. Air space around the airport was closed from 7:25 pm to 8:49 pm (1525-1649 GMT) "due to unauthorised drone activity resulting in flight diversions" said operator Dubai Airports. Dubai Airports stressed in a tweet that safety was its top priority and reminded drone operators that it is forbidden to fly them...

  • Jesus's Tomb Opened For First Time In Centuries

    Posted on : Sunday 30th of October 2016
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    JERUSALEM:  Preservation experts have opened for the first time in at least two centuries what Christians believe is Jesus's tomb inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. Some of the historic work was witnessed by AFP photographer Gali Tibbon who captured images of the site believed to contain the rock upon which Jesus was laid in around 33 AD as it was uncovered as part of ongoing restoration at the site. A marble slab covering the site, among the holiest in Christianity, was pulled back for three days as part ...

  • Thousands Queue To Visit Coffin Of Late Thai King

    Posted on : Saturday 29th of October 2016
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    BANGKOK:  Tens of thousands of Thais streamed into Bangkok's Grand Palace today as the public was granted its first chance to enter the throne hall where the body of late King Bhumibol Adulyadej is lying in state. Bhumibol, who died at 88 two weeks ago, was adored by many of his subjects and seen as an anchor of stability in a kingdom rocked by turbulent politics. His passing has thrust the country into a year of official mourning, with most Thais wearing only black and white since his death and TV channels devoting hours of...

  • Teacher Shot Dead In Restive Thai South

    Posted on : Friday 28th of October 2016
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    BANGKOK, THAILAND:  A teacher was killed in a drive-by shooting on Friday in Thailand's far south, police said, the latest attack on civilians in the insurgency-plagued region. The kingdom's southern tip has been a hotbed of violence for the past 12 years as shadowy Muslim rebels fight for greater autonomy from the Buddhist-majority state. More than 6,600 people -- mostly civilians -- have died in the conflict. On Friday suspected militants opened fire on two civil servants who teach state-funded education programmes for...

  • Stone slab found at Christ’s 'resting place'

    Posted on : Friday 28th of October 2016
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    Researchers have uncovered a stone slab in Jerusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulchre, venerated as the resting place of Jesus Christ, a media report said. The slab, which has been covered by marble cladding since at least 1555 A.D., has been exposed as part of a major restoration project at the church, according to National Geographic magazine. “The marble covering of the tomb has been pulled back, and we were surprised by the amount of fill material beneath it,” Fredrik Hiebert, archaeologist-in-residence at the Natio...

  • Amtrak To Pay $265 Million For Philadelphia Crash That Killed 8

    Posted on : Friday 28th of October 2016
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    PHILADELPHIA:  Amtrak will pay $265 million to settle claims related to a crash last year that killed eight people and injured more than 200 others when a speeding train derailed on a curve. The settlement allows victims to have their awards in hand by June instead of waiting years for lawsuits to play out, their lawyers said Thursday. The deadline to join the settlement program is Nov. 21. "The program basically allows for a judge, with help from two masters, to hold hearings and evaluate damages," said lawyer Thomas ...

  • Italy In 'Miraculous' Earthquake Escape

    Posted on : Friday 28th of October 2016
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    VISSO:  Italy on Thursday vowed to rebuild every home destroyed after two powerful earthquakes that forced thousands to flee in terror but "miraculously" did not cause any fatalities. Two months after tremors in the same area left nearly 300 dead, the twin quakes ripped through a mountainous, sparsely-populated part of central Italy on Wednesday evening. Despite numerous building collapses, no deaths were reported in the aftermath of the 5.5 and 6.1 magnitude tremors. "Given the strength of the shocks, the abs...

  • Pakistan's Dam On River Indus Refused Funding For Second Time In 2 Years

    Posted on : Thursday 27th of October 2016
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    ISLAMABAD:  The Asian Development Bank has refused to fund the $14 billion dam project that Pakistan has planned on the Indus river in Pakitan-occupied Kashmir (PoK). The World Bank too had declined to fund the project two years ago following Islamabad's refusal to seek a 'No objection' from India. "We did not really make any commitment. This is a very big project," Asian Development Bank (ADB) president Takehiko Nakao said yesterday at a joint news conference with Pakistan's Finance Minister Ishaq Dar ...

  • German Airline Strikes Ground 400 Flights

    Posted on : Thursday 27th of October 2016
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    BERLIN, GERMANY:  Strikes at German low-cost airlines Eurowings and Germanwings led to the cancellation of nearly 400 flights Thursday, stranding some 40,000 passengers, a spokesman for the two companies said. The airlines, owned by flag carrier Lufthansa, are locked in disputes with the Ufo flight attendants union. Eurowings staff are calling for salary increases and improved working conditions while Germanwings personnel are unhappy with terms for part-time employees. Cabin crew stayed away from midnight in Berlin, Duessel...

  • Over 40 Ancient Shipwrecks Discovered In Black Sea

    Posted on : Thursday 27th of October 2016
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    LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM:  Scientists have discovered a rare collection of over 40 shipwrecks in the Black Sea, including those from the Ottoman and Byzantine Empires, which provide insight into the ways of life and seafaring that stretch back into prehistory. Researchers from the University of Southampton in the UK were surveying the Bulgarian waters of the Black Sea, where areas of land were inundated as the water level rose following the last Ice Age. Members of the expedition mapping submerged ancient landscapes, the first of ...

  • Russia To Destroy All Of Its Chemical Weapons By End Of 2017

    Posted on : Thursday 27th of October 2016
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    MOSCOW, RUSSIA:   A top Russian official says Russia will destroy all of its chemical weapons by the end of next year, a year earlier than previously announced. Colonel General Valery Kapashin, a military official in charge of storage and elimination of Russia's chemical stockpiles, told news agencies on Thursday that the remaining weapons will have been disposed of by December 2017. As a signatory of the International Chemical Weapons Convention, Russia already has destroyed about 93 percent of its chemical weapons, ac...

  • Perth Zoo's Puan The Orangutan Becomes Oldest In World

    Posted on : Thursday 27th of October 2016
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    MELBOURNE:  An orangutan at Perth Zoo has been named the world's oldest Sumatran orangutan in captivity by the Guinness Book of World Records, as she celebrated her 60th birthday on Thursday, a zoo spokeswoman told Reuters on Thursday. Puan celebrated with a birthday breakfast of rambutans from her childhood home in Malaysia, Perth Zoo spokeswoman Danielle Henry said. She was gifted to the zoo in 1968 by the Sultan of Johor who received some native Australian animals in return. Perth Zoo is one of the top breeders of orangut...

  • 22 Children Killed In Air Strikes On Syrian School: UNICEF

    Posted on : Thursday 27th of October 2016
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    UNITED NATIONS, UNITED STATES:  Air strikes that hit a school in Syria's rebel-held Idlib province killed 22 children and six teachers, the UN children's agency UNICEF said on Wednesday. "This is a tragedy. It is an outrage. And if deliberate, it is a war crime," said UNICEF director Anthony Lake. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said "warplanes -- either Russia or Syrian -- carried out six strikes" in the village of Hass, including on a school complex, killing 11 schoolchildren. Lake said ...

  • Typhoon Haima Causes Losses Worth Over USD 700 Million In China

    Posted on : Wednesday 26th of October 2016
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    BEIJING:  Typhoon Haima has caused estimated direct economic losses worth over USD 702 million in China's three provinces, authorities have said. About 114,000 residents had been relocated, 239,500 hectares of crops and 3,200 houses damaged, and another 600 houses destroyed by the typhoon, state-run Xinhua quoted an official statement of the Ministry of Civil Affairs as saying. Typhoon Haima, the 22nd typhoon of the year, caused estimated direct economic losses of 4.76 billion yuan (USD 702.65 million) in Jiangsu, Fujian and...

  • Australian Police Examine Theme Park Ride That Killed Four

    Posted on : Wednesday 26th of October 2016
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    SYDNEY:  Australian forensic police were examining a river rapids ride at the country's biggest theme park on Wednesday where four people were trapped beneath an upturned raft and killed. Tuesday's tragedy at the Thunder River Rapids Ride at Dreamworld on the Gold Coast in the state of Queensland ranks among the world's deadliest theme park accidents. The ride, meant to simulate going over river rapids, uses round floating devices that seat six and can reach speeds of 45 kph (28 mph). It is described by Dreamworld as...

  • $460 Million, 300 Weapons Seized In Global Raids: Interpol

    Posted on : Wednesday 26th of October 2016
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    LYON, FRANCE:  More than $460 million and some 300 weapons have been seized, mainly in Mexico, in a global anti-smuggling operation, Interpol said Tuesday. "This operation has taken millions of dollars and hundreds of weapons out of the hands of organised crime and potentially terrorist groups as well," Interpol Secretary General Juergen Stock said in a statement. The four-week operation, codenamed Chimera, launched on September 19 and involved 70 countries. Stock said it "clearly shows what can be achieved throug...

  • Alert Level Raised For Alaska Volcano After Explosion Detected

    Posted on : Tuesday 25th of October 2016
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    Scientists raised the alert level for a remote Aleutian volcano on Monday after an explosion was detected on the mountain and heard by residents of a tiny village some 45 miles (72 km) away, a monitoring website said. Cleveland Volcano, a 5,676-foot (1,730-metre) peak on the uninhabited Chuginadak Island, about 940 miles (1,504 km) southwest of Anchorage, was raised to orange from yellow by the Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO). The orange code, the second-highest on the scale, is issued when a volcano is "exhibiting heightened o...

  • At Least 14 Killed Due To Blast In China

    Posted on : Tuesday 25th of October 2016
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    BEIJING:  A powerful blast at a prefabricated house in northwestern China on Monday killed at least 14 people and injured 147, state news agency Xinhua said. The explosion occurred in the early afternoon in the town of Xinmin in Shaanxi province, damaging dozens of buildings including the local hospital, Xinhua said. An initial police investigation indicated that the blast was caused by illegally stored explosives, Xinhua said, adding that authorities had detained the owner of the building and were searching for the tenant. ...

  • Plane crashes after take-off in Malta, at least five dead

    Posted on : Monday 24th of October 2016
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    A light aircraft crashed shortly after take-off from Malta on Monday, killing at least five people on board in the island nation’s worst peacetime air accident, airport sources and witnesses said. Airport officials initially said the plane was believed to be carrying officials from EU border agency Frontex. The organisation put out a statement saying it had not deployed the plane, but stopped short of saying whether its staff were on board. It was bound for Misrta in Libya The crash happened at about 0530 GMT as the plane w...

  • Migrants Start Evacuating Calais 'Jungle' Camp

    Posted on : Monday 24th of October 2016
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    CALAIS, FRANCE:  Migrants began arriving early Monday at official meeting points set by French authorities as part of the full evacuation of the Calais "Jungle" camp, according to an AFP journalist at the scene. Men and women carrying suitcases and bundles of possessions gathered in front of a warehouse which is serving as the main headquarters of the operation in which some 6,000 to 8,000 migrants will be moved to reception centres across the country. A queue of around 60 people already stretched in front of the close...

  • Surfer Is Third Australian Shark Attack Victim In A Month

    Posted on : Monday 24th of October 2016
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    SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA:  A man escaped with cuts to his leg on Monday after a shark crashed into his board while he was surfing near popular tourist spot Byron Bay in eastern Australia. This was the third attack in one month. Beaches in the area, some 800 kilometres (500 miles) north of Sydney, were closed for at least 24 hours after the early morning encounter, with the victim taken to hospital by a friend. "It is believed that the shark emerged from under the man while he was waiting for a wave," Surf Life Saving New Sout...

  • At Least 13 Killed In California Tour Bus Crash: Report

    Posted on : Monday 24th of October 2016
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    PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA:  A tour bus crashed into the back of a tractor-trailer on a Southern California highway before dawn on Sunday, killing 13 people and injuring 31, authorities said. The bus was traveling west on Interstate 10 when the crash occurred near Palm Springs, a city about 100 miles (160 km) east of Los Angeles, California Highway Patrol (CHP) Chief Jim Abele told reporters. Abele said because of the bus' speed, the truck's trailer pushed about 15 feet into the bus. The bus driver was among the 13 killed,...

  • Cameroon Train Crash Kills More Than 70, Injures 600

    Posted on : Sunday 23rd of October 2016
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    ESEKA:  Authorities in Cameroon rushed more than 600 injured people to hospitals in the country's two main cities Saturday in an effort to save lives a day after an overcrowded train derailed, killing more than 70 people. Bodies remained strewn along the tracks as rescue workers searched for more injured or dead. The injured were being taken to hospitals in the capital, Yaounde, and the port city where the train was heading, Douala, officials said, as the president declared Monday to be a national day of mourning. "My s...

  • Belgian Supermarket Evacuated Over Presence Of Armed Man

    Posted on : Saturday 22nd of October 2016
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    BRUSSELS:  A Belgian supermarket was evacuated after a man brandished a weapon in the store in Chatelineau, 50 km south of Brussels, the Belgian news agency Belga reported. There was no immediate indication of a link to terrorism and local police could not be reached. Courtesy : NDTV ...

  • Private Rooms At Pope's Summer Residence Open To Public

    Posted on : Saturday 22nd of October 2016
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    CASTEL GANDOLFO, ITALY:  Private rooms at the pope's summer residence in Castel Gandolfo will open to the public from Saturday at the request of Pope Francis, who has never holidayed there in more than three years as pontiff. The Argentine has refused the traditional trappings of the papacy from the start, declining to move into the sumptuous papal apartment in the Vatican and plumping instead to live in a hotel inside the tiny city state. Francis's decision will allow visitors access to the bedroom where more than 15 po...

  • At Least 19 Dead In Russian Helicopter Crash In Siberia: Investigators

    Posted on : Saturday 22nd of October 2016
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    MOSCOW:  At least 19 people were killed when a helicopter crashed in northwestern Siberia, Russia's Investigative Committee said on Saturday. Investigators said in a statement that an Mi-8 helicopter carrying 22 people had crashed on Friday night outside the city of Novy Urengoy and that "19 people have died from multiple injuries at the scene, according to preliminary data." The helicopter was flying from the Siberian region of Krasnoyarsk to the town of Urengoy in the Yamalo-Nenetsky region when it crashed Friday...

  • At Least 55 Killed In Cameroon Train Derailment: Report

    Posted on : Saturday 22nd of October 2016
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    YAOUNDE, CAMEROON:  Fifty-five people were killed and almost 600 injured when a packed Cameroon passenger train derailed on Friday, leaving debris strewn across nearby tracks as carriages swung off the rails. The train, travelling from the capital Yaounde to the economic hub Douala, was crammed with people due to road traffic disruption between the two cities and came off the tracks just before reaching the central city of Eseka, transport minister Edgar Alain Mebe Ngo'o said. The minister, via state broadcaster CRTV, said 5...

  • 6.2 Earthquake Hits Western Japan: US Geological Survey

    Posted on : Friday 21st of October 2016
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    TOKYO, JAPAN:  A strong 6.2 magnitude earthquake hit western Japan on Friday, the US Geological Survey said, but there was no tsunami risk. The quake, at a shallow depth of 10 kilometres (six miles), struck shortly after 2:00 pm (0500 GMT) in Tottori prefecture. Initially, the USGS had pegged the quake's magnitude at 6.6 before downgrading it. Public broadcaster NHK quoted local officials as saying they had received reports that a house collapsed in the town of Yurihama, while fires broke out in another part of the prefe...

  • Typhoon Haima Batters Hong Kong As City In Lockdown

    Posted on : Friday 21st of October 2016
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    HONG KONG, CHINA:  The usually frenetic streets of Hong Kong were deserted Friday as the city was battered by Typhoon Haima after the storm left a trail of deaths and damage in the Philippines. More than 700 flights in and out of Hong Kong were cancelled or delayed, roads were clear of cars and pavements empty, with schools and offices shut as the storm passed east of the city and hit southern mainland China. Trading on the city's stock exchange was also cancelled for the day.As Haima swept past Hong Kong in the early aftern...

  • Mars Lander Has Likely Crashed, Scientists Fear

    Posted on : Friday 21st of October 2016
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    A European and Russian robot that was supposed to touch down on Mars on Wednesday probably crashed during landing. According to the European Space Agency, radio signals from the ExoMars Schiaparelli lander that were picked up by an Earth telescope and a Mars orbiter suggest that Schiaparelli performed most of its six-minute descent maneuver according to plan. But sometime after deploying its parachute and heat shield and just before touching down, the lander stopped communicating. It hasn't been heard from since. A NASA space...

  • Milan Makes Visiting Dalai Lama Honorary Citizen, Angering China

    Posted on : Friday 21st of October 2016
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    MILAN:  Milan welcomed Tibet's exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, on Thursday and gave him an honorary citizenship on a visit to the northern Italian city, angering China, which sees him as a separatist. The 80-year-old Nobel Peace prize-winning monk says he only seeks genuine autonomy for Tibet, the Himalayan region that Communist Chinese troops took control of in 1950. Milan's mayor Giuseppe Sala, who is an ally of Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, posted a photograph on Twitter of himself wearing a Buddhist scarf and...

  • False Fire Alarm Led To 19-Year-Old Student's Death At US University

    Posted on : Thursday 20th of October 2016
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    STORRS, CONNECTICUT:  The University of Connecticut says a false fire alarm resulted in the death of a 19-year-old student who was run over and killed by a vehicle for the campus fire department. State police have said Jeffny Pally, of West Hartford, was sitting with her back against a garage door outside the department Sunday and was run over when the fire vehicle left for an emergency call. University spokeswoman Stephanie Reitz said Wednesday the alarm that firefighters responded to was "unfounded." The school i...

  • Pakistani chai-wallah turns blue-eyed boy of social media

    Posted on : Thursday 20th of October 2016
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    A blue-eyed tea-seller from Islamabad has scored a modelling contract after featuring in an Instagram post that went viral. The 18-year-old’s picture topped trending lists across social media in India too, warming an icy patch between the neighbours that has included calls for Pakistani actors to be banned from the Indian film industry. Photographer Jiah Ali snapped the chai-wallah at a bazaar in the Pakistan capital on Sunday. Her Instagram post spread to Twitter and Facebook and kicked off a search for the name of the vendor....

  • Super Typhoon Kills At Least 4 In Philippines

    Posted on : Thursday 20th of October 2016
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    ILAGAN, PHILIPPINES:  One of the most powerful typhoons to ever hit the Philippines killed at least four people as it destroyed houses, tore roofs off schools and uprooted giant trees on Thursday. Super Typhoon Haima struck late on Wednesday night with winds similar to those of catastrophic Haiyan in 2013, which was then the strongest storm to strike the disaster-prone Southeast Asian archipelago and claimed more than 7,350 lives. Haima then roared across mountain and farming communities of the northern regions of the main islan...

  • Magnitude 5.3 Earthquake Shakes Eastern Japan, No Tsunami Warning

    Posted on : Thursday 20th of October 2016
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    TOKYO:  An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.3 shook eastern Japan on Thursday but there were no immediate reports of damage and a tsunami warning was not issued. The epicentre of the earthquake, which occurred at 11:50 a.m. (0250 GMT), was in Chiba prefecture, east of Tokyo, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. Earthquakes are common in Japan, one of the world's most seismically active areas. Japan accounts for about 20 percent of the world's earthquakes of magnitude 6 or greater. Courtesy : NDTV ...

  • China To Have World's Biggest Air Purifier In Beijing To Fight Heavy Smog

    Posted on : Thursday 20th of October 2016
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    BEIJING:  China will deploy the world's largest outdoor air purifier designed by a Dutch engineer in its smog-hit capital Beijing, as the thick heavily-polluted haze returned to haunt the city, driving people indoors. The seven-meter-tall tower, brainchild of Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde, is undergoing last-minute checks in Beijing's 751 D Park art area. The 'Smog Free Tower' will soon be opened to the public, and will be toured across the country, state-run Global Times said, quoting China Forum of Environmen...

  • NASA Probe Spots Possible Clouds On Pluto

    Posted on : Thursday 20th of October 2016
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    WASHINGTON:  NASA's New Horizons space probe has spotted possible clouds hovering over Pluto, indicating that the weather on the icy dwarf planet is more complex than thought. "We're excited about the exploration ahead for New Horizons, and also about what we are still discovering from Pluto flyby data," said Alan Stern, principal investigator from Southwest Research Institute in the US. "Now, with our spacecraft transmitting the last of its data from last summer's flight through the Pluto system, we k...

  • Philippines Braces For Super Typhoon Haima

    Posted on : Wednesday 19th of October 2016
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    MANILA:  The Philippines ordered the evacuation of northern coastal, low-lying and mountainous areas on Wednesday as the strongest typhoon to threaten in three years was due to make landfall later in the day. Typhoon Haima has been labelled a category 5 storm on a scale of 1 to 5 by Tropical Storm Risk and could cause flooding, landslides and storm surges of up to five metres (16.5 ft), the weather bureau said. Some flights and classes have been suspended and the Philippine Coast Guard has banned sea travel and fishing. The weat...

  • MH370 Hunters To Probe Underwater Objects: Report

    Posted on : Wednesday 19th of October 2016
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    SYDNEY:  Investigators will deploy an underwater vehicle to take a closer look at objects found during a sonar survey of the southern Indian Ocean in the hunt for MH370, Australia said today, as it extended the search into next year. Malaysia Airlines MH370, a Boeing 777, disappeared en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8, 2014 carrying 239 passengers and crew. Despite an extensive underwater search far off Western Australia's coast where investigators believe the plane crashed, no trace has been found there, altho...

  • 4 Students Shot Outside San Francisco Schools; Suspects At Large

    Posted on : Wednesday 19th of October 2016
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    SAN FRANCISCO:  Four teenage students were shot in the shared parking lot of two San Francisco high schools Tuesday, and one of the students is in critical condition, authorities said. The shooting occurred as students were being let out of school for the day from the June Jordan School for Equity and City Arts and Technology High School, which share a campus, San Francisco Police Officer Carlos Manfredi said. Three of the victims ran inside the school, and police initially ordered students to stay in place until police searched...

  • New Testing Of Ebola Vaccine To Start Next Month In Canada

    Posted on : Wednesday 19th of October 2016
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    OTTAWA, CANADA:  An Ebola vaccine developed by Canadian researchers and considered by the WHO to be the first effective treatment against the virus will soon start a new phase of clinical trials, Ottawa announced Tuesday. The vaccine's safety and effectiveness will be tested on volunteers infected with HIV, starting in Ottawa and Montreal in November, and followed by trials in Senegal and Burkina Faso next year, the government said in a statement. The tests are being conducted in partnership with US pharmaceutical company Me...

  • Driverless Car In Singapore Collides With Lorry, No Injuries

    Posted on : Tuesday 18th of October 2016
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    SINGAPORE:  A self-driving car being tested on Singapore public roads collided with a lorry on Tuesday, the city-state's transport regulator said, adding that no one was hurt. "The test vehicle was changing lane when it collided with a lorry," the Land Transport Authority said in a Facebook post. nuTonomy, which is developing and testing the technology, said the car was operating with two engineers onboard and travelling slowly. Countries around the world are encouraging the development of autonomous technologi...

  • New Zealand Approves First Visit By US Warship In Decades

    Posted on : Tuesday 18th of October 2016
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    WELLINGTON:  The US destroyer Sampson has been cleared to dock next month in New Zealand, the first visit by a US warship since the Pacific nation passed anti-nuclear legislation 30 years ago. The Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer is expected to attend the Royal New Zealand Navy's 75th anniversary celebrations from November 17 to 22, after Prime Minister John Key approved the visit. Under New Zealand's nuclear-free legislation, the prime minister can only grant approval if he is satisfied any foreign military ...

  • Powerful Earthquake Measuring 6.9 Magnitude Strikes Off Papua New Guinea

    Posted on : Monday 17th of October 2016
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    A powerful earthquake measuring 6.9 magnitude struck off the coast of New Britain island in Papua New Guinea on Monday, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said. There was no tsunami warning issued by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center and there were no immediate reports of damage. The USGS said the quake's epicentre was a shallow 35 km (21 miles) deep in the sea between New Britain island and Papua New Guinea's north coast. "We felt it just a few minutes ago, but from where we are there was no damage," said Claire ...

  • Pakistan: 30 reportedly killed in road accident

    Posted on : Monday 17th of October 2016
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    At least 30 people were killed and over 69 other injured on Monday when two buses collided in Pakistan’s Punjab province, police said. The accident took place Rahim Yar Khan district, The News International reported. According to the police, one of the buses was on its way from Karachi to Bahawalpur and the other was heading to Sadiqabad from Faisalabad. Police official Jamshid Shah said speeding seems to be the cause of Monday’s accident, which occurred on a dangerous curve in Rahim Yar Khan district. He said women and c...

  • China Sends Astronauts Into Space For Longest Mission Yet

    Posted on : Monday 17th of October 2016
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    China sent two astronauts into space on Monday to dock with an orbiting space lab, marking a crucial step toward the country's ambition to build and operate its first space station by 2022. The launch of the Shenzhou-11 spacecraft, witnessed by a group of foreign and domestic media from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in western Gansu province, is Beijing's third mission to space this year. At about 7:30 a.m. local time, mission commander and third-time visitor to space Jing Haipeng blasted off with novice astronaut Chen ...

  • Theresa May to visit India in November

    Posted on : Sunday 16th of October 2016
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    British Prime Minister Theresa May will lead a delegation of small and medium-size businesses to India in November as part of efforts to bolster trade with countries outside the European Union as Britain prepares to leave the bloc. The Nov. 6-8 trip, Ms. May's first bilateral visit to a country outside Europe since she took office in July, will be in pursuit of her ambition of forging a new global role for Britain after it leaves the European Union, Ms. May's Downing Street office said in a statement. The European Commission ...

  • Security Of Indian Ocean Linked To Stability Of Global Economy: US Official

    Posted on : Sunday 16th of October 2016
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    EDISON, NEW JERSEY:  Observing that security of the Indian Ocean is "inextricably" linked to the stability of global economy, a senior US diplomat has underscored the need for maritime cooperation between India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in this regard. "Maritime security in the Indian Ocean will depend more and more on the ability of countries like India, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh to work with each other, and partners like America, to uphold international norms like freedom of navigation," said Manpreet Singh Ana...

  • 3 Dead, Dozen Wounded In Shooting At Los Angeles Party

    Posted on : Sunday 16th of October 2016
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    Three people were killed and a dozen wounded in Los Angeles early on Saturday after an argument at a party resulted in gunfire, a police spokesman said on Saturday. A man and a woman are in custody over the shooting, which occurred shortly after midnight in southwest Los Angeles, a police spokesman, Officer Mike Lopez, said. The two people being held were not identified. Conditions of the wounded range from critical to stable but serious, Lopez said. The shooting took place at a party being held at a home that was serving as a ma...

  • Plan To Put Juno Closer To Jupiter Delayed

    Posted on : Saturday 15th of October 2016
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    WASHINGTON:  Mission managers for Juno probe to Jupiter have decided to delay the upcoming burn of its main rocket motor - designed to put the spacecraft closer to the largest planet in our solar system - until December, the US space agency said on Saturday. The decision was made in order to further study the performance of a set of valves that are part of the spacecraft's fuel pressurisation system. This burn, originally scheduled for October 19, called the period reduction maneuver (PRM), was to reduce Juno's orbital p...

  • Smog Alert Renewed For Beijing

    Posted on : Saturday 15th of October 2016
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    BEIJING:  China's national observatory on Saturday morning renewed its yellow alert, the third-highest level of warning, for smog in Beijing. Moderate smog will fall over Beijing and northeast Hebei province from Saturday morning to Sunday morning, with some areas to see heavy smog, Xinhua news agency cited the National Meteorological Centre (NMC) as saying. Residents are advised to take protective measures and those with respiratory diseases should reduce outdoor activities, NMC said. Beijing's Air Quality Index (AQ...

  • Oscar-Winning Clown Pierre Etaix Dies At The Age Of 87

    Posted on : Saturday 15th of October 2016
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    PARIS:  The Oscar-winning actor, clown and film director Pierre Etaix died in hospital in Paris on Friday, his family told AFP. The 87-year-old star, who won an Academy Award for his 1962 film "Happy Anniversary", was one of the greats of French clowning and worked closely with Jacques Tati, writing several gags for his classic comedy "Mon Oncle". His wife Odile told AFP that he was rushed to hospital on Friday morning with an intestinal infection and died shortly afterwards. "Pierre Etaix is no more...

  • Autopsy Confirms Bomb Plotter Killed Self: German Officials

    Posted on : Friday 14th of October 2016
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    BERLIN:  German authorities say an autopsy confirms that a 22-year-old Syrian man who was believed to have been plotting a bombing attack killed himself in his jail cell in Leipzig. Leipzig prosecutor Ricardo Schulz told the dpa news agency on Friday the autopsy showed Jaber Albakr died by strangling himself with his T-shirt. He says "as a result of the investigation, so far the Leipzig prosecutors' office believes the deceased committed suicide." Saxony officials have been widely criticized for their handling of t...

  • Gripped By Grief, Thais Mourn Death Of Beloved Monarch

    Posted on : Friday 14th of October 2016
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    BANGKOK:  Thailand began its first day in 70 years without a king on Friday in a profound state of mourning, as the crown prince asked for more time before ascending the throne following the death of his father and the world's longest-reigning monarch, Bhumibol Adulyadej. The government declared a public holiday and people across the shaken nation dressed in black, their eyes swollen and red with hours of weeping. Many were still breaking down and sobbing - in building halls, elevators, shops - in spontaneous outburst of emotion...

  • China Army Loses 300,000 Soldiers, Wants More Stealth Jets, Missiles

    Posted on : Friday 14th of October 2016
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    BEIJING:  China's military warned on Friday that "hostile forces" were seeking to spread online rumours about the ongoing reform of the armed forces, which will see 300,000 soldiers laid off, and admitted some of the rumours were having a damaging effect. Chinese President Xi Jinping unexpectedly announced last September that he would cut troop numbers by 300,000, or some 13 per cent of the world's biggest military, currently 2.3-million strong. The cuts come at a time of heightened economic uncertainty in Chin...

  • 2 Trillion Galaxies In 'Observable' Universe: NASA

    Posted on : Friday 14th of October 2016
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    PARIS:  There are a dizzying two trillion galaxies in the Universe, up to twenty times more than previously thought, astronomers reported Thursday. The surprising find, based on 3D modelling of images collected over 20 years by the Hubble Space Telescope, was published in the Astronomical Journal. Scientists have puzzled over how many galaxies the cosmos harbours at least since US astronomer Edwin Hubble showed in 1924 that Andromeda, a neighbouring galaxy, was not part of our own Milky Way. But even in the era of modern ast...

  • Dubai's Burj Khalifa Lit Up In Pink For Breast Cancer

    Posted on : Friday 14th of October 2016
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    DUBAI:  The facade of the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa in the Gulf emirate of Dubai, was lit up in pink Thursday to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer. The lights will be turned on for the next two days, and then on the same days in the coming weeks, to mark "Pink October", an annual breast cancer awareness month, said Burj's developer, Emaar Properties. Visitors to the tower, which stands at 823 metres (2,700 yards), have been invited to "dress in pink to show their support" fo...

  • Nepal's Most Popular Buddhist Nun Is A Musical Rock Star

    Posted on : Thursday 13th of October 2016
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    KATHMANDU:  There is one Buddhist nun everyone in Nepal knows by name - not because she's a religious icon and a UNICEF goodwill ambassador, nor for her work running a girl's school and a hospital for kidney patients. Ani Choying Drolma is famous as one of the country's biggest pop stars. With more than 12 albums of melodious Nepali tunes and Tibetan hymns that highlight themes of peace and harmony, the songstress in saffron robes has won hearts across the Himalayan nation and abroad. "I am totally against t...

  • Extremely Dangerous Category 4 Hurricane Nicole Heading Towards Bermuda

    Posted on : Thursday 13th of October 2016
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    Extremely dangerous Category Four hurricane Nicole was heading for Bermuda, the National Hurricane Center said late Wednesday. Nicole was located about 180 miles (290 kilometers) south-southwest of Bermuda and was packing maximum sustained winds of 130 miles per hour (215 km/h), the NHC said. The core of Nicole will pass over or near Bermuda on Thursday, the NHC added. Courtesy : NDTV ...

  • 2 Boston Police Officers Shot; Suspect Still At Large

    Posted on : Thursday 13th of October 2016
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    BOSTON:  Two police officers have been shot in Boston and a suspect is still on the loose.Police say the officers were shot late Wednesday night. Their conditions were not immediately available. Police say the officers were responding to a report of a person with a gun when they came under fire. Police are asking residents of the East Boston neighborhood where the shooting happened to shelter in place as officers search the area for the suspect. Police have not released any additional information. Courtesy : NDTV ...

  • Drownings Push Hurricane Number Of Deaths Rise To 19 In Flooded North Carolina

    Posted on : Thursday 13th of October 2016
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    KINSTON:  Officials in North Carolina said they would go door to door on Wednesday urging people to leave low-lying areas as rivers swollen by rainfall from Hurricane Matthew continue to rise, threatening homes and resulting in more drownings. Floodwaters have swamped areas across the central and eastern part of the state, forcing more than 3,800 residents to flee to shelters, closing down stretches of major interstate highways and shuttering 34 school systems, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory said. McCrory said the death tol...

  • Gigantic, Ancient Armoured 'B Rex' Fish Discovered

    Posted on : Wednesday 12th of October 2016
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    WASHINGTON:  Move over, T rex! Scientists have discovered B rex - a 370 million-year-old species of giant fish with external, bony armoured plates covering their head, shoulders and front fins. Researchers identified the new fish from fossils first discovered in 2000 in Canada. The site features fossils from the Devonian Period, a time predating most dinosaurs by hundreds of millions of years. The new rex - Latin for "king" - belongs in the group Antiarchi, which are extinct fish. "Bothriolepis rex (B rex)...

  • Pluto Gets A Buddy: A New Dwarf Planet Is Discovered In Our Solar System

    Posted on : Wednesday 12th of October 2016
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    Out beyond Neptune, past Pluto, through the chaos of the Kuiper belt to a point some 8.5 billion miles from the sun, a new dwarf planet has just joined our solar system. The Iowa-sized object, which is about half as big as Pluto and twice as distant, was described Tuesday in the International Astronomical Union's Minor Planet Electronic Circulator. It joins a growing list of dwarf planets known to populate the solar system: Ceres, Haumea, Makemake, Eris and - most famous of all - Pluto. It's suspected there could be at least 100 ...

  • North Carolina Braces For More Flooding In Downstream Towns

    Posted on : Wednesday 12th of October 2016
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    GREENVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA:  A state trooper shot and killed an armed man during a search for flood victims in a tense and dispirited North Carolina, and thousands more people were ordered to evacuate as high water from Hurricane Matthew pushed downstream on Tuesday, two days after the storm blew out to sea. Matthew's death toll in the US climbed to 34, more than half of them in North Carolina, in addition to the more than 500 feared dead in Haiti. In Greenville, a city of 90,000, officials warned that the Tar River would ov...

  • Australian State Backflips On Greyhound Racing Ban

    Posted on : Tuesday 11th of October 2016
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    SYDNEY:  Australia's most populous state made an embarrassing backflip Tuesday on its plan to ban greyhound racing after sustained industry and public pressure, admitting it "got it wrong". New South Wales Premier Mike Baird announced in July that his government would shut down the sport from July 1 next year after a series of scandals including "live baiting" and the slaughter of tens of thousands of dogs. But the controversial decision was widely seen as a knee-jerk reaction and met with a backlash from...

  • Britain's Young Royals Mark World Mental Health Day At London Eye

    Posted on : Tuesday 11th of October 2016
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    LONDON:  Britain's Prince William, his wife Kate and brother Harry took a ride on the giant London Eye ferris wheel on Monday as they helped mark World Mental Health Day. The young royals rode in a capsule with guests who previously experienced mental health problems. The three royals front the Heads Together campaign, launched this year to help improve the help available for sufferers. "The three of us are coming to the realization that more needs to be done to support people who are seeking help," Kate said in a ...

  • After Hurricane, Haiti Confronts Cholera Outbreak

    Posted on : Monday 10th of October 2016
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    PORT-SALUT, HAITI:  A week after being devastated by a hurricane, Haiti faces a growing cholera outbreak that threatens to turn its disaster even more deadly. In Port Salut, a smashed-up town on Haiti's southern peninsula that was among those that bore the brunt of Hurricane Matthew -- the Caribbean's most powerful storm in a nearly decade -- fears are rising. The town's sole hospital on Sunday recorded its first death from the disease, a man of undisclosed age. Another nine patients brought in within the past tw...

  • Myanmar Policemen Killed In Attack On Bangladesh Border

    Posted on : Sunday 9th of October 2016
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    YANGON:  At least two policemen were killed in coordinated attacks by an unknown group on posts along Myanmar's border with Bangladesh early Sunday morning, an official and police said. The assaults hit three border posts around 1:30 am (1800 GMT Saturday) near Maungdaw in Rakhine, an impoverished state on Myanmar's western flank simmering with sectarian tensions between Buddhists and Muslims. "According to initial information, two police officers were killed, two others were injured and six police are missing,"...

  • Afghan Army Helicopter Crashes In North Afghanistan; 8 Dead

    Posted on : Sunday 9th of October 2016
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    KABUL:  An Afghan official says eight Afghan army soldiers have been killed after a military helicopter crashed in northern Baghlan province. Afghan Defense Ministry spokesman Dawlat Waziri said today five crew members and three army soldiers were killed. The crash took place in Dand Ghori district while the helicopter was supplying a military base. Waziri blamed a technical problem with the aircraft. However, spokesman for the Taliban Zabihullah Mujahid claimed responsibility for downing the helicopter, saying in a statemen...

  • Train Derails in New York's Long Island, 100 Injured; Services Stalled

    Posted on : Sunday 9th of October 2016
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    NEW YORK:  A Long Island Rail Road passenger train derailed on Saturday near the community of New Hyde Park, New York, injuring dozens of people and forcing suspension of service on the key transit line in both directions, railroad and police officials said. Official details were not immediately available on the precise circumstances and severity of the incident, which occurred at about 9 p.m. local time, when a passenger train struck a work train about 20 miles (32 km) east of Manhattan, according to police. It was not immediat...

  • Japan's Mount Aso Volcano Erupts, No Injuries Reported

    Posted on : Saturday 8th of October 2016
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    TOKYO:  Mount Aso, a volcano on Japan's main southern island of Kyushu, erupted early on Saturday, Japan's Meteorological Agency said, spewing volcanic ash 11,000 metres (7 miles) into the sky. Police and municipal governments said there were no reports of injuries from the eruption, which began at 1:46 a.m. local time (1646 GMT Friday) on one of the peaks of the 1,592-metre (5,222 feet) mountain in Kumamoto Prefecture. It was the first "explosive eruption" at the peak since January 1980, according to the meteo...

  • Hurricane Matthew Kills Almost 900 In Haiti Before Hitting US

    Posted on : Saturday 8th of October 2016
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    CHANTAL, HAITI/PORT-AU-PRINCE:  Hurricane Matthew killed almost 900 people and left tens of thousands homeless in Haiti earlier this week before plowing northward on Saturday over waters just off the U.S. southeast, where it caused flooding and widespread power outages. The number of deaths in Haiti, the poorest country in the Americas, surged to at least 877 on Friday as information trickled in from remote areas previously cut off by the storm, according to a Reuters tally of death tolls given by officials. Matthew triggered ma...

  • Satellite Images Show Activity At North Korea Nuclear Test Site: Report

    Posted on : Saturday 8th of October 2016
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    SEOUL:  An increase in activity at North Korea's nuclear test site could signal preparations for a new test or a collection of data from its last one, a US-based monitoring group said on Friday. The 38 North group, run by Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies, said satellite images showed activity at all three tunnel complexes at the Punggye-ri nuclear test site involving a large vehicle and personnel. "One possible reason for this activity is to collect data on the September 9 test, al...

  • Ghana's Growing Controversy Over Gandhi Statue And Returning It To India

    Posted on : Friday 7th of October 2016
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    ACCRA:  Ghana has expressed its intention to remove a statue of Mahatma Gandhi from a university in the capital, citing a controversy over what critics call his "racist identity." But the government made clear the move would be for the statue's safety, telling the critics that "we must remember that people evolve." Professors at the University of Ghana launched a petition last month calling for the removal of the statue, which was unveiled by President Pranab Mukherjee in June. Ghana's Foreign Aff...

  • Debris Recovered From Mauritius Is From Missing MH370, Says Malaysia

    Posted on : Friday 7th of October 2016
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    KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia today said a piece of plane debris discovered in Mauritius was from missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which disappeared in March 2014 with 239 passengers and crew on board. The Boeing 777 disappeared on its way from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, sparking a two-year search has turned up few leads. Analysis by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau had found that the debris was consistent with the trailing edge of an aircraft wing, Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai said in a statement. Two pieces of plane de...

  • 'This Storm Will Kill You': Hurricane Matthew Intensifies To Category 4 As It Nears Florida

    Posted on : Friday 7th of October 2016
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    JACKSONVILLE:  The strongest storm system to threaten the United States in a decade roared toward Florida on Thursday, forcing thousands from their homes and prompting dire warnings from forecasters and public officials alike. Floridians hunkered down Thursday as pelting rain and punishing wind began to pummel the state, the first sting of a deadly hurricane expected to grind its way up the coast overnight and through most of the day Friday. Gov. Rick Scott, R, repeatedly pleaded with residents to take the storm seriously, urgin...

  • Saturn's Moon Dione Harbours Subsurface Ocean

    Posted on : Thursday 6th of October 2016
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    LONDON:  A subsurface ocean tens of kilometres deep lies within Saturn's moon Dione, offering a long-lived habitable zone for microbial life, according to new data from the Cassini mission. Two other moons of Saturn, Titan and Enceladus, are already known to hide global oceans beneath their icy crusts, but the new study suggests an ocean exists on Dione as well. Researchers from the Royal Observatory of Belgium show gravity data from recent Cassini flybys can be explained if Dione's crust floats on an ocean located 100 k...

  • Chinese Using Fake Documents For Free Entry To Tourist Sites

    Posted on : Thursday 6th of October 2016
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    BEIJING:  Hundreds of Chinese tourists have been caught using fake military documents to obtain free tickets to historical sites and museums during the ongoing week-long holidays to celebrate China's National Day. More than 200 counterfeit booklets containing certificates issued for use by soldiers, officers, army cadets as well as handicapped soldiers were confiscated on the first two days of the National Day holiday, which began on October 1, by People's Liberation Army personnel stationed outside the Terracotta Army Museu...

  • Typhoon Chaba Kills 6 People In southeastern South Korea

    Posted on : Thursday 6th of October 2016
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    SEOUL:  A typhoon that battered South Korea this week has killed six people and left four others missing, the country's safety agency said Thursday. Typhoon Chaba caused strong winds and heavy rain in southeastern areas in South Korea and the southern resort island of Jeju on Tuesday and Wednesday. South Korean officials say the typhoon has later dissipated after moving to the waters off the east coast. The six dead include one who fell from a breakwater and another who fell from the roof of a house, the Ministry of Public S...

  • Hurricane Matthew kills at least 25, bears down on Bahamas, US

    Posted on : Thursday 6th of October 2016
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    Port-Au-Prince/Guantanamo, Cuba: Hurricane Matthew churned toward the Bahamas and Florida`s east coast on Wednesday after killing at least 21 people in Haiti and prompting the hard-hit country to postpone a long-awaited presidential election. The hurricane, the fiercest Caribbean storm in nearly a decade, whipped Cuba and Haiti with 140 mile-per-hour (230 kph) winds and torrential rains on Tuesday, pummeling towns and destroying livestock, crops and homes. In the United States, millions of people were urged to evacuate the southeaste...

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