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    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...

  • Singapore Aquarium Diver Killed In Stingray Attack

    Posted on : Wednesday 5th of October 2016
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    SINGAPORE:  A Singaporean diver has died after being struck on the chest by stingray in a closed underwater attraction in the city-state, the aquarium's owners said Wednesday. Veteran diver Philip Chan, 62, was stung on Tuesday at Underwater World Singapore in a "tragic accident", while readying stingrays for transfer to another aquarium, the attraction's owners Haw Par Corporation said in a statement. He later died of his injuries in hospital. The incident brought back memories of Australian celebrity cons...

  • Automation Threatens 69 Per Cent Jobs In India: World Bank

    Posted on : Wednesday 5th of October 2016
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    WASHINGTON:  Automation threatens 69 per cent of the jobs in India, while 77 per cent in China, according to a World Bank research which has said that technology could fundamentally disrupt the pattern of traditional economic path in developing countries. "As we continue to encourage more investment in infrastructure to promote growth, we also have to think about the kinds of infrastructure that countries will need in the economy of the future. We all know that technology has and will continue to fundamentally reshape the world...

  • Japan Police Probe Poisoning Deaths At Hospital For Elderly

    Posted on : Wednesday 5th of October 2016
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    TOKYO:  Authorities in Japan are investigating the poisoning deaths of two elderly patients at a Yokohama hospital specializing in terminal-stage care. The hospital has had a higher death rate in recent months, sparking speculation that the poisoning may have been systematic and more widespread. The case surfaced on September 20 when the hospital informed police of a possible poisoning after an 88-year-old man who died while receiving an intravenous injection. Police confirmed his IV solution had been contaminated with a disinfe...

  • Matthew Lashes Haiti, Hits Eastern Tip Of Cuba

    Posted on : Wednesday 5th of October 2016
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    Hurricane Matthew slammed into the southwestern coast of Haiti early Tuesday, unleashing 145 mph winds and torrential rains that threatened to wreak new devastation across a country still reeling from a ruinous earthquake six years ago. The eye of the Category 4 storm made landfall around 7 a.m. Eastern time, near the coastal commune of Les Anglais, the U.S. National Hurricane Center reported. Matthew reached the eastern tip of Cuba - site of the U.S. Guantanamo Bay Naval Base and military prison - Tuesday evening en route to a projected...

  • World's First Dengue Vaccine Now Approved In 14 Countries

    Posted on : Tuesday 4th of October 2016
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    PARIS:  Sanofi-Pasteur - a unit of French pharmaceutical company Sanofi - that manufactures the only approved vaccine for dengue said today that the vaccines have received approval in 14 countries. Recent approvals for Dengvaxia granted by health authorities are those from Indonesia, Thailand and Singapore. Mexico, the Philippines, Brazil, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Paraguay, Guatemala, Peru, Indonesia, Thailand and Singapore have already granted it the approval. "We're pleased to see the growing medical and public health...

  • Malaysia Military Helicopter Crashes Into A School, 22 Injured

    Posted on : Tuesday 4th of October 2016
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    KUALA LUMPUR:  Malaysian authorities say a military helicopter crashed into a school in a rural area on Borneo island, injuring at least 22 people including students. The Malaysian air force says the helicopter, which was on a routine training flight, made an emergency crash landing early Tuesday two hours after it took off at a high school in Tawau in Sabah state. It says all 14 people on board the plane survived, and that it will investigate the cause of the crash. District police officer Mohamad Effendi says the helicopter hi...

  • Over 5,600 Migrants Plucked From Sea In A Single Day, Nine Dead

    Posted on : Tuesday 4th of October 2016
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    ROME:  At least 5,650 migrants were rescued on Monday as they tried to reach Europe on about 40 boats, one of the highest numbers in a single day, Italy's coast guard said. A spokeswoman said at least nine migrants had died and a pregnant woman had been taken by helicopter to a hospital on the Italian island of Lampedusa, halfway between Sicily and the Libyan coast. One coast guard ship rescued about 725 migrants on a single rubber boat, one of some 20 rescue operations during the day. Three were still under way and the spok...

  • Engineer Of Crashed New Jersey Train Was Fully Rested; Questions Remain

    Posted on : Monday 3rd of October 2016
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    NEW YORK:  The engineer of the New Jersey commuter train that crashed on Thursday told investigators he was fully rested but has no memory of the incident, and a recovered data recorder was not working, a National Transportation Safety Board official said on Sunday. The derailed train at a Hoboken station killed a 34-year-old woman on the platform and injured 108 people during the morning rush hour. The terminal has some 60,000 people pass on a typical weekday. NTSB Vice Chairman Bella Dinh-Zarr told a news conference that the a...

  • Caribbean Fears For Coastal Families As Hurricane Matthew Gets Close

    Posted on : Monday 3rd of October 2016
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    LES CAYES, HAITI/KINGSTON:  Haiti and Jamaica urged residents in vulnerable coastal areas to evacuate and Cuba suspended flights on Sunday as bands of rain from Hurricane Matthew, the strongest storm to menace Caribbean nations since 2007, drenched the Jamaican capital. Matthew's slow-moving center was expected to come near southwestern Haiti and Jamaica on Monday as a major storm bringing winds of 145 miles per hour (230 kph) and life-threatening rain, the US National Hurricane Center said. Eastern Cuba would also feel band...

  • Powerful Hurricane Matthew Charges Towards Jamaica, Haiti And Cuba

    Posted on : Sunday 2nd of October 2016
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    KINGSTON, JAMAICA:  Hurricane Matthew weakened slightly on Saturday as it headed towards Jamaica, Haiti and Cuba, but with winds reaching 145 miles per hour (230 kph), locals braced for the arrival of a storm forecasters warned was powerful enough to wreck homes. Matthew, the strongest hurricane in the Atlantic Ocean since Felix in 2007, was forecast to make landfall as a major storm on Monday on Jamaica's southern coast, home to the country's capital, Kingston, and its only oil refinery. It could also affect tourist destina...

  • Mexico's Colima Volcano Erupts, Local Communities Evacuated

    Posted on : Saturday 1st of October 2016
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    MEXICO CITY:  Mexico's Colima volcano erupted on Friday, spewing a large plume of ash and thick black smoke into the sky and provoking the evacuation of two nearby villages. The volcano is located in western Mexico between the states of Colima and Jalisco and is one of the country's most active. Luis Felipe Puente, head of national emergency services, told Reuters that some 350 villagers living in the shadow of the volcano in the towns of La Yerbabuena and La Becerrera have been evacuated to a nearby shelter. Courtes...

  • Hurricane Matthew Becomes A Powerful Category 5 Storm: US Weather Department

    Posted on : Saturday 1st of October 2016
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    MIAMI, UNITED STATES:  Hurricane Matthew in the Caribbean picked up strength late on Friday and became a powerful Category 5 storm, the US National Hurricane Center said. Matthew was located 440 miles (710 kilometers) southeast of Kingston Jamaica and was packing winds of 160 miles (260 kilometers) per hour, making it the strongest storm on the NHC's 1-5 scale and most powerful since Hurricane Felix in 2007, the Miami-based monitor said. Courtesy : NDTV ...

  • South Korea Shifts Site Of Anti-North Korea US Missile System

    Posted on : Friday 30th of September 2016
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    SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA:  South Korea on Friday formally announced a new location for deploying a North Korea-focused US anti-missile defence system, after vocal protests from local residents over potential health and environmental hazards. 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 tests in the wake of its fourth nuclear test in January. The decision was condemned by Pyongyang and also caused a damaging rift between Seoul a...

  • China Says Countering Dalai Lama Is Top Ethnic Priority In Tibet

    Posted on : Friday 30th of September 2016
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    BEIJING:  China will make countering the Dalai Lama's influence the "highest priority" in its work on ethnic affairs in Tibet, the region's Communist Party boss has said, vowing to uproot the monk's "separatist and subversive" activities. Beijing says its Communist troops peacefully liberated Tibet in 1950 and regards the 80-year-old, Nobel Peace Prize-winning Buddhist monk as a separatist. The self-exiled Dalai Lama says he merely seeks genuine autonomy for his Himalayan homeland. China's...

  • Princess Charlotte Says First Word In Public On Canadian Tour

    Posted on : Friday 30th of September 2016
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    TORONTO:  Britain's Princess Charlotte, 1, spoke for the first time in public on Thursday during her family's Canadian tour, uttering the word "pop" while she and her brother played with balloons. Britain's Prince William and his wife, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, are on week-long trip to Canada. It was the first time the couple have brought their children Charlotte and George, 3, on an official visit to the country. Courtesy : NDTV ...

  • 'I Saw The Body': New Jersey Crash Witnesses Describe Bloody Scene

    Posted on : Friday 30th of September 2016
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    HOBOKEN:  New Jersey Transit train No. 1614 headed south from Spring Valley, New York, shortly before 7:30 am, and for 16 stops it was a typical weekday morning commute for hundreds of passengers. But around 8:45 a.m., as the train approached its final destination in Hoboken, which sits on the Hudson River facing Manhattan, Linda Albelli, 62, realized from her seat in the rear of the train that something was not right. "I thought to myself, 'Oh my God, he's not slowing up, and this is where we usually stop,'&quo...

  • Car Bomb Explodes Near Egypt Prosecutor

    Posted on : Friday 30th of September 2016
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    CAIRO:  A car bomb exploded in a Cairo suburb after Egypt's deputy prosecutor general drove by late Thursday, wounding a passerby, the interior ministry said. "A bomb in a car parked on the side of the road exploded after deputy prosecutor general Zakareya Abdel Aziz drove past" in an upmarket district of eastern Cairo, it said in a statement. It said Abdel Aziz and his bodyguards were unharmed but "a civilian was wounded". Amid a wave of Islamist violence, prosecutor general Hisham Barakat was killed...

  • 32 People Missing In China Landslides Following Typhoon

    Posted on : Thursday 29th of September 2016
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    BEIJING:  At least 32 people were reported missing on Thursday after rain-saturated hillsides collapsed onto villages in southeastern China following a typhoon. A rescue operation was underway in Sucun village in China's Zhejiang province, south of the financial hub of Shanghai, after it was hit by a landslide on Wednesday evening, leaving 26 missing, the state-run Xinhua News Agency reported. Another six people are missing in Baofeng village, also in Zhejiang, after a landslide destroyed their homes. The landslides were...

  • Teen Kills Father, Opens Fire On South Carolina Schoolyard: Police

    Posted on : Thursday 29th of September 2016
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    CHARLESTON:  A 14-year-old South Carolina boy shot and killed his father then drove to an elementary school where he wounded two children and a teacher with a handgun before being tackled by a firefighter who held him for police, authorities said on Wednesday. The suspect, whose name has not been released, was accused by police of fatally shooting his 47-year-old father, Jeffrey DeWitt Osborne, then driving a pickup truck about 2 miles (3.2 km) to Townville Elementary School where he crashed into a fence surrounding the playground. ...

  • Hundreds Evacuated From Slopes Of Erupting Indonesian Volcano

    Posted on : Thursday 29th of September 2016
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    JAKARTA:  Hundreds of climbers have been brought down safely from the slopes of an Indonesian volcano that erupted this week, the disaster agency said today, although the fate of several daredevil tourists who declined to leave was not clear. More than 1,000 tourists including 639 foreigners were in Mount Rinjani National Park when Barujari, a smaller volcano within Mount Rinjani, began erupting on Tuesday, sending a plume of ash into the sky which fell back to coat vegetation. "They have all come down now. The Rinjani cald...

  • Asiana Airlines Flight Returning To Los Angeles Over Smoke In Cargo Area

    Posted on : Wednesday 28th of September 2016
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    LOS ANGELES:  An Asiana Airlines flight bound for Seoul, South Korea, with more than 350 people on board was returning to Los Angeles on Tuesday after smoke was reported in the cargo section, a spokeswoman for Los Angeles International Airport said. Asiana Flight 201 left Los Angeles about 12:30 pm (1930 GMT) and alerted the airport within several hours that it was returning after smoke had been reported in the bulkhead, or cargo, area, LAX spokeswoman Nancy Castles said. The flight, an Airbus 380-800, was expected to land at LA...

  • World's Highest Glass Bridge To Reopen Next Month In China After Overhaul

    Posted on : Wednesday 28th of September 2016
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    The world's longest and highest glass bridge, in Hunan province, will reopen for China's Golden Week holiday in October, after a month-long safety overhaul. The bridge over the spectacular Grand Canyon Scenic Area in Zhangjiajie, a Unesco world heritage site, was temporarily closed at the beginning of September, following a huge influx of tourists after its initial opening on August 20, Xinhua news agency reported. According to the bridge management committee, after the reopening on September 30, tourists will be able to visi...

  • Typhoon Megi Kills One In China After Taiwan Destruction

    Posted on : Wednesday 28th of September 2016
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    BEIJING:  Typhoon Megi smashed into the Chinese mainland Wednesday morning, killing one person, after leaving a trail of destruction and four people dead in Taiwan. More than 500 people were hurt when the storm raked across the island, including eight Japanese tourists whose bus was blown over. One remains in a critical condition. Megi hit China with winds of around 120 kilometres (75 miles) an hour, dumping heavy rain, according to the official Xinhua news service. Local media reports from the coastal province of Fujian sai...

  • Dutch-Led Team To Release Initial MH17 Criminal Probe

    Posted on : Wednesday 28th of September 2016
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    THE HAGUE:  A Dutch-led international team of criminal investigators on Wednesday will release initial findings into the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 amid growing frustration among relatives over the probe's pace. The preliminary findings are expected to shed light on the exact type of BUK missile which struck the Boeing 777 passenger liner mid-air on July 17, 2014, killing all 298 people on board including 196 Dutch citizens. It is also expected to show exactly where the Russian-made missile was fired from in wa...

  • 'It Was A Mistake,' Says Hillary Clinton On Email Scandal

    Posted on : Tuesday 27th of September 2016
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    HEMPSTEAD, UNITED STATES: Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump traded blows on the debate stage Monday over the Democrat's use of a private email server as secretary of state, and the Republican billionaire's refusal to release his tax history. "I will release my tax returns against my lawyer's wishes when she releases her 33,000 e-mails that have been deleted," Trump said when pressed on the issue during their crucial first White House debate. "If I had to do it over again, I would, obviously, do it differentl...

  • Moderate Quakes Rattle Japan; No Injuries Or Damage Reported

    Posted on : Monday 26th of September 2016
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    TOKYO:  A pair of moderate earthquakes rattled northern and southern Japan on Monday, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage, and there was no danger of a tsunami. The Japan Meteorological Agency said the first quake had a magnitude of 5.5 and occurred just off the southern coast of Hokkaido, Japan's northernmost main island, at 2:13 p.m. It said that the quake had a depth of 20 kilometers (12 miles), and that there was no danger of a tsunami. A few minutes later, a magnitude-5.7 quake struck just off the ...

  • Rosetta: The End Of A Space Odyssey

    Posted on : Monday 26th of September 2016
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    PARIS:  Europe's trailblazing deep-space comet exploration for clues to the origins of the Solar System ends Friday with the Rosetta orbiter joining robot lab Philae on the iceball's dusty surface for eternity. The 1.4-billion-euro ($1.5-billion), 12-year odyssey will conclude with a last-gasp spurt of science-gathering as Rosetta departs the orbit of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko and descends over 14 hours to her final resting place. Despite the looming end of a mission that has been formative for many of their career...

  • NASA Set To Reveal 'Surprise' Find On Jupiter's Moon Europa

    Posted on : Monday 26th of September 2016
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    WASHINGTON:  After claiming that Jupiter's moon Europa has strong evidence for an ocean of liquid water beneath its crust which could host conditions favourable for life, the US space agency is set to announce a "surprise finding". At 2 p.m. EDT (11.30 p.m. India time) on Monday, astronomers will present results from a unique Europa observing campaign that resulted in surprising evidence of activity that may be related to the presence of a subsurface ocean on Europa. The announcement will be made in the presence of...

  • 5 Shot, 1 Dead, After Fight At Illinois Campus Party, Say Police

    Posted on : Monday 26th of September 2016
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    CHAMPAIGN, ILLINOIS:  One man was killed and four other people were wounded in a pair of shootings early on Sunday, including one that happened on the University of Illinois campus. Police believe the two shootings in the eastern Illinois city of Champaign may be related. They say the first apparently stemmed from an argument shortly after midnight at an apartment party on Green Street, the commercial heart of the campus. "Our preliminary investigation completely points to an argument taking place at the party and the argum...

  • British Man Grows World's Heaviest Red Cabbage

    Posted on : Sunday 25th of September 2016
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    LONDON:  A British man has broken a 90-year- old record by growing the world's heaviest red cabbage at over 23 kg. David Thomas, from Leedstown, Cornwall, presented the 23.2 kg vegetable at this year's National Giant Vegetable Championships. Thomas said he was "very proud" of the "beach ball" sized cabbage. The previous record, set in 1925 by R Straw of Staveley, Derbyshire, weighed in at 19.05 kg. Growing the huge vegetable took "hours of work", said Thomas, who has been cultivating...

  • Shooting In Baltimore, 8 Including 3 Year-Old Girl Injured: Police

    Posted on : Sunday 25th of September 2016
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    BALTIMORE:  A shooting in Baltimore has left eight people injured Saturday night including a 3-year-old girl, police said, adding they are seeking three armed suspects who fled on foot. The shooting occurred just a block from where the city held a party earlier Saturday for a special event. Baltimore Police Spokesman TJ Smith said none of the injuries was life-threatening and that the victims included a father and his 3-year-old daughter. Smith tweeted that the suspects ran after the shooting and that one of them was armed with ...

  • China To Fly Drones Over South China Sea

    Posted on : Saturday 24th of September 2016
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    BEIJING:  China is capable of flying drones over the disputed South China Sea to keep a watch over the contested waters spread over 3.5 million sq km. These indigenous drones will hover over the Diaoyu Islands in the East China Sea claimed by both China and Japan, an official said. "Many of the islands and reefs in the South China Sea have much larger underwater portions than what is visible above water, making them harder to survey and map," Li Yingcheng, general manager of China TopRS Technology Co. Ltd said. &qu...

  • Origin Of Mysterious Cosmic X-Rays Found

    Posted on : Saturday 24th of September 2016
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    WASHINGTON:  Scientists have confirmed that some of the X-ray emissions in our universe originate from a huge bubble of hot ionised gas enveloping our solar system, a finding that strengthens our understanding of the solar neighbourhood's early history. They also detected an entire group of X-rays that do not come from any known source - unveiling a new cosmic mystery. In the last century, humans realised that space is filled with types of light we can not see - from infrared signals released by hot stars and galaxies, to th...

  • 5.3 Magnitude Quake Rattles Romania, No Injuries

    Posted on : Saturday 24th of September 2016
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    BUCHAREST:  A 5.3 magnitude quake shook Romania early Saturday and was felt in neighbouring Bulgaria and Moldova, the country's seismological institute said, but there were no reports of injuries or major damage. It said the epicentre was in the earthquake-prone eastern region of Vrancea.It hit at 2:11 am local time (2311 GMT Friday) at a depth of 91.6 kilometres (57 miles). A spokesman for the national emergencies agency (IGSU) told AFP that there were no casualties or significant damage. Romania is one of the most eart...

  • 3 Dead In Shooting At A Mall In Burlington, Washington; Suspect At Large

    Posted on : Saturday 24th of September 2016
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    BURLINGTON, WASHINGTON: A manhunt was underway after a gunman killed at least three people and wounded two others late Friday during a shooting at a mall in the US state of Washington. Police spokesman Sergeant Mark Francis said there was at least one suspect in the shooting at Cascade Mall in Burlington, describing him as a "Hispanic male wearing gray." Officials initially released a still from video surveillance of the younger-looking suspect holding what appears to be a rifle, before releasing a closely cropped image of ...

  • Pope To Meet Families Of Nice Attack Victims

    Posted on : Saturday 24th of September 2016
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    ROME:  Pope Francis will on Saturday hold a multi-faith meeting of grieving relatives and survivors of an attack in France in July when a jihadist ploughed his truck into a crowd in Nice. The pope, who this week denounced violence in the name of religion -- declaring "there is no God of war" -- will meet with 180 people who were wounded, or left traumatised or bereaved by the July 14 Bastille Day attack which claimed 86 lives. Members of 58 families will be flown in especially from the French Rivera resort city of Nice...

  • Terminal At New York's Laguardia Reopened After Evacuation: Report

    Posted on : Friday 23rd of September 2016
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    NEW YORK:  US authorities reopened a terminal at LaGuardia Airport in New York on Friday after an abandoned vehicle prompted its evacuation, media reported. Authorities evacuated Terminal B at about 11 pm local time after a car was left unattended with its doors open, several media outlets reported. An hour later, media reported the terminal was reopened as several passengers tweeted photos of an SUV being towed away. During the incident, several passengers shared photos on social media of military personnel standing guard a...

  • Mohan, 'Unluckiest Elephant In World', Is Finally Home

    Posted on : Friday 23rd of September 2016
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    NEW DELHI:  Mohan, the world's 'unluckiest elephant', is finally home. The tusker was chained and abused for the past 50 years of his life, Wildlife SOS says.  The 55-year-old, who was rescued from Uttar Pradesh's Pratapgarh, has finally reached Wildlife SOS's Elephant Care Centre, Mathura on Thursday. Now in his final home, veterinarians and a dedicated team of experts have charted out a diet and treatment plan for Mohan, who is severely emaciated due to severe malnutrition and neglect. "His di...

  • Great Wall Of China's 'Ugly' Repair Job Leaves People Fuming

    Posted on : Friday 23rd of September 2016
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    BEIJING:  Chinese officials are being pilloried over the smoothing-over of a crumbling but much-loved 700-year-old section of the Great Wall of China in the name of restoration. The widely mocked project on the UNESCO World Heritage Site involved an 8-kilometer (5-mile) unrestored Xiaohekou section of the wall that has become known as the "most beautiful wild Great Wall." Defensive works and guard towers were knocked flat as part of the project, officially launched to prevent further deterioration caused by the element...

  • UN Chief Calls For Better Opportunities For Women

    Posted on : Friday 23rd of September 2016
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    UNITED NATIONS:  UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on the international community to work harder to provide better opportunities for women. "I look forward to a time when all societies everywhere can reap the benefits of gender equality," Ban said on Thursday at the high-level panel on women's economic empowerment event at UN Headquarters in New York, co-organised by the panel's secretariat and UN Women, Xinhua news agency reported. "As I said this week to the General Assembly -- and the world -- I a...

  • Strong 6.4 Quake Hits Eastern Japan

    Posted on : Friday 23rd of September 2016
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    TOKYO:  A strong earthquake struck off the coast of eastern Japan on Friday, though there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage. The shallow 6.4 magnitude quake hit at 09:14 am (0014 GMT), about 150 kilometres (90 miles) east-southeast of Katsuura city, the US Geological Survey said. There was no threat of a tsunami, added the Japan Meteorological Agency, which measured it at a slightly higher 6.5 magnitude. Japan sits at the junction of four tectonic plates and experiences a number of relatively violent quakes eve...

  • Britain's Oxford Ranked World's Top University: Survey

    Posted on : Thursday 22nd of September 2016
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    EDINBURGH:  The University of Oxford has become the first British university to top the Times Higher Education's global league table, knocking the California Institute of Technology into second place. Oxford topped the list because it improved across the four main indicators that influence the rankings - teaching, research, citations and international outlook, Times Higher Education said. But Britain's vote to leave the European Union could threaten the oldest university in the English-speaking world, locking academics o...

  • NASA Spots An 'Impossible' Cloud On Titan - For The Second Time

    Posted on : Thursday 22nd of September 2016
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    Saturn's moon Titan has been called the most Earthlike world found to date. It's the only other place in the solar system where stable liquid sits on the surface - seas of liquid methane flow into channels that have created magnificent canyons - and scientists have suggested that the icy world might be able to support some kind of alien life. Now researchers think they can add yet another "Earthlike" quality to Titan's extensive list: According to a study in Geophysical Research Letters, a seemingly impossible cloud...

  • Japan Likely To Scrap Fast-Breeder Nuclear Reactor: Reports

    Posted on : Wednesday 21st of September 2016
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    TOKYO:  Japan is likely to scrap a prototype fast-breeder nuclear reactor in the country's west that has operated for less than a year in over two decades, local media reported on Wednesday. More than 1 trillion yen ($9.84 billion) of mostly public money has been injected into the Monju facility, but Japan's nuclear regulator last year declared its operator unfit following years of accidents, missteps and falsification of documents. The government is also grappling with a wave of anti-nuclear sentiment among its populati...

  • China Chemical Accidents Cause 199 Deaths From January-August: Greenpeace

    Posted on : Wednesday 21st of September 2016
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    SHANGHAI:  China had 232 chemical-related accidents from January to August this year, causing 199 deaths and 400 injuries, according to research from the environmental group Greenpeace published today. Greenpeace said China needs to "radically overhaul" the way it manages its chemical industry, which is now "appallingly under-regulated". "The government must take urgent action to manage chemicals in a sound manner, provide a safety net for workers and citizens, and protect ecologically important areas ac...

  • Police In North Carolina, Fatally Shoot Man They Say Was Armed

    Posted on : Wednesday 21st of September 2016
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    Tensions flared in Charlotte, North Carolina on Tuesday after police fatally shot a man in the parking lot of an apartment complex, saying he got out of his car armed with a gun as officers approached him. As darkness fell on Charlotte following the shooting a crowd of protesters gathered near the scene and local WSCOC-TV reported they blocked a road leading to the apartment complex as police in riot gear stood by. "Demonstrators surrounded our officers who were attempting to leave the scene," the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Poli...

  • Origin Of Pluto's Huge 'Icy Heart' Found

    Posted on : Tuesday 20th of September 2016
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    LONDON:  Scientists have unveiled the origin of the large heart-shaped nitrogen glacier on Pluto spotted by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft during its historic flyby of the icy-dwarf planet last year. Researchers from the Laboratoire de meteorologie dynamique in France show that Pluto's peculiar insolation and atmosphere favour nitrogen condensation near the equator, in the lower altitude regions, leading to an accumulation of ice at the bottom of Sputnik Planum, a vast topographic basin. Through their simulations, they also ...

  • Bombs Explode In 2 Kathmandu Schools, No Casualties: Report

    Posted on : Tuesday 20th of September 2016
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    KATHMANDU:  Bombs exploded at two schools in the Nepalese capital on Tuesday while suspicious objects were found in five other schools, media reported. Cylinder bombs exploded at the Akash Deep Boarding School and Manakamana Higher Secondary School in Jorpati, Kathmandu, at around 3.45 a.m, Kathmandu police chief Bikram Singh Thapa said. Explosives were also recovered from five other schools in the valley, Kathmandu Post reported.No human casualties have been reported. Nepal Army bomb disposal teams were sent to defuse the e...

  • World's Youngest Programmer Is Only 7, Aims To Be Next 'Bill Gates'

    Posted on : Tuesday 20th of September 2016
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    LONDON:  Setting an unprecedented record, a seven-year-old British boy of Pakistani origin has become the world's youngest computer programmer. Muhammad Hamza Shahzad, resident of Handsworth area in Birmingham has been trained by his father Asim, who works with an American IT firm. "I want to be Bill Gates," he told 'Birmingham Mail' this week. This is not the first time when Hamza has set a world record, he had become the world's youngest Microsoft Office Professional (MOP) last year at the age of ...

  • Typhoon Malakas hits southern Japan, heading toward Tokyo

    Posted on : Tuesday 20th of September 2016
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    A strong typhoon made landfall on southwestern Japan on Tuesday, bringing heavy rain that caused floods, forcing flight cancellations and prompting local authorities to issue evacuation advisories for more than 600,000 residents. Typhoon Malakas is expected to head northeast along Japan’s Pacific coast toward Tokyo before going out into the Pacific Ocean by early Wednesday morning, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. It will likely be downgraded to a depression by 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, the agency said. In six prefecture...

  • Boat In Fatal Thai Accident Was Overcrowded, Piloted Recklessly: Police

    Posted on : Monday 19th of September 2016
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    BANGKOK:  An overcrowded tourist boat carrying Muslim pilgrims was being piloted recklessly before it capsized, killing at least 15 Thai people, officials said on Monday as divers and other rescuers searched for 11 people still missing. The accident happened on Sunday on the Chao Phraya River in Ayutthaya, a UNESCO World Heritage site located some 80 km (50 miles) north of the Thai capital of Bangkok. The double-decker tourist boat carrying around 100 Thai Muslims on a pilgrimage tried to overtake a sand barge and ran into a bar...

  • 4 Die As Two Small Airplanes Crash Near Budapest

    Posted on : Monday 19th of September 2016
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    BUDAPEST:  Four people were killed on Sunday as two small airplanes crashed into each other near Godollo town, 30 km (19 miles) east of Budapest, authorities said. The accident happened during the final day of a parachutist competition. A plane was returning to base after parachutists had safely jumped. It was flying at a height of 600-metres (656 yards) when air control lost contact with it, aviation authority spokeswoman Erika Bajko told Reuters. The pilot of that plane died. The three who died in the other plane, which was no...

  • 4 Killed, Over 40 Injured After Bus Hits Overpass Near Rockingham: Troopers

    Posted on : Sunday 18th of September 2016
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    ROCHINGHAM, US:  State troopers say four people were killed and more than 40 were injured in a charter bus crash Saturday near Rockingham, North Carolina. Between 40 and 50 people were hurt in the crash and all have been transported to hospitals, Hamlet Fire and Rescue Chief Calvin White told to WBTV in Charlotte. The extent of their injuries was not immediately known. University of God's Chosen coach Demetrius Hollingsworth said that football players and coaches from Ramah Juco Academy were traveling from Rock Hill, South C...

  • First mercy killing of terminally ill minor reported in Belgium

    Posted on : Saturday 17th of September 2016
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    A terminally ill child has become the first minor to be euthanised in Belgium since age restrictions on such mercy killings in the country were lifted in 2014, a newspaper reported on Saturday. The head of the federal euthanasia commission gave no details of the minor beyond saying it was an exceptional case of a child with a terminal illness, the Het Nieuwsblad reported. “Fortunately there are very few children who are considered [for euthanasia] but that does not mean we should refuse them the right to a dignified death,&rdqu...

  • Death toll rises to 15 after typhoon lashes China, Taiwan

    Posted on : Saturday 17th of September 2016
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    BEIJING: A powerful typhoon has caused at least 15 deaths in China and Taiwan just days before a second storm is expected to batter the region. Chinese authorities say 13 people have died in the eastern provinces of Fujian and Zhejiang since Typhoon Meranti made landfall early Thursday, with another 14 people still missing. Taiwanese officials have reported two dead. A second typhoon, Malakas, is expected to hit Taiwan on Saturday before moving on to China. Meranti this week lashed a vast swath of China's seaboard, including Shan...

  • NASA's Cassini To Make Final, Closest Observations Of Saturn

    Posted on : Friday 16th of September 2016
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    WASHINGTON:  After studying Saturn, its rings and moons for more than 12 years, NASA's Cassini spacecraft has entered the final year of its epic voyage during which it will make the closest-ever observations of the planet. The conclusion of the historic scientific odyssey is planned for September next year, but not before the spacecraft completes a daring two-part endgame. Beginning on November 30, Cassini's orbit will send the spacecraft just past the outer edge of the main rings. These orbits, a series of 20, are calle...

  • Queen Elizabeth II's Wardrobe To Be Exhibited Near London

    Posted on : Friday 16th of September 2016
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    LONDON:  Part of Queen Elizabeth II's wardrobe, both present and past, will be on display from this Saturday at Windsor Castle, about 32 km west of London, in the exhibition: 'Fashioning a Reign: 90 Years of Style from The Queen's Wardrobe'. Until January 8, visitors can take a rare glimpse into the Queen's Windsor Castle Wardrobe, EFE news reported on Friday. Her family wedding outfits, ceremonial robes, riding clothes and childhood pantomime costumes -- worn by the Queen -- are parts of the collection going...

  • Super Typhoon Causes Destruction In Southern China

    Posted on : Friday 16th of September 2016
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    BEIJING:  Super Typhoon Meranti sent a massive inflatable moon bobbing through the streets of southern China's Fuzhou, smothering cars and sending at least one motorcyclist fleeing for cover, as the powerful storm lashed the mainland. Footage broadcast by state television showed the inflatable moon bowling over traffic in the city with the typhoon packing winds of 170 kilometres per hour (105 miles per hour), according to state media. AFP was unable to confirm where the moon originated from and what fate the inflatable objec...

  • Pakistan Train Crash: 6 Dead, Over 150 Injured Near Multan

    Posted on : Thursday 15th of September 2016
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    LAHORE:  At least six people have died and more than 150 injured today when a Karachi-bound passenger train collided with a freight train near Multan in Pakistan's Punjab province. The incident took place near Bucch railway station in Sher Shah area. The accident happened after a man was reportedly overrun by the freight train and the driver stopped the train to take out the body, said police official Nadir Chattha. In the meantime, Awam Express heading on the same line collided with the stationary goods train. The c...

  • Strongest Typhoon In 21 Years Meranti Hits Taiwan

    Posted on : Wednesday 14th of September 2016
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    TAIPEI (TAIWAN):  Parts of Taiwan were brought to a standstill today as super typhoon Meranti skirted past the island's southern tip, bringing the strongest winds in 21 years and disrupting traffic ahead of a major holiday. Although typhoon Meranti did not make landfall, the storm brought violent winds and torrential rain to eastern and southern Taiwan. At 0500 GMT, Meranti was 90 km west-northwest of southernmost Hengchun township, packing gusts of up to 234 kmph. Hengchun's observation station recorded the stronges...

  • Barack Obama Says Hopeful On Spending, Zika After Meeting Congress Leaders

    Posted on : Tuesday 13th of September 2016
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    WASHINGTON:  President Barack Obama said after meeting with congressional leaders on Monday he was encouraged that Congress would be able to pass short term spending legislation to keep the government open. Obama, who met with Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan and their Democratic counterparts at the White House, said he was also hopeful about reaching agreements with Congress on funding for the Zika virus and for disaster relief in Louisiana which suffered flooding recently. Court...

  • MH370' Debris' Handed To Australian Agency

    Posted on : Monday 12th of September 2016
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    CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA:  An American amateur investigator handed possible debris from missing flight MH370 to Australian officials on Monday and said several pieces were blackened by flames, raising the prospect of a flash fire onboard. Mystery has surrounded the fate of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 since it disappeared on March 8, 2014, carrying 239 passengers and crew on a routine flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. The Boeing 777 is believed to have crashed in the southern Indian Ocean after inexplicably veering off course, b...

  • Bangladesh Fire Tragedy Toll Rises To 32

    Posted on : Monday 12th of September 2016
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    DHAKA, BANGLADESH:  The death toll in the fire tragedy at a Bangladeshi factory today climbed to 32 after more bodies were retrieved from under the debris and authorities called in a team of army to join the rescue operation. Gazipur fire service's Deputy Assistant Director Md Aktaruzzaman said three more bodies have been recovered from the building today. The flames in the factory were not doused completely. The army also joined the operation. The father of a victim filed a case against the Tampaco Foils Factory own...

  • Series Of Earthquakes Hit Macedonia Capital Causing Panic

    Posted on : Monday 12th of September 2016
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    SKOPJE:  A moderate 5.3-magnitude earthquake, preceded by two and followed by several tremors, struck the Macedonian capital Skopje on Sunday, causing panic but only minor damage, officials said. Skopje was almost destroyed by a powerful quake in 1963 which killed around a thousand people. Sunday's quake hit at 3:10 pm (1310 GMT), with the epicentre in the Skopje area, seismologists said, adding some 10 weaker tremors were later registered. "In Skopje and surroundings some damages have been reported that occurred on...

  • North Korea Flood Death Toll Rises To 133 With 395 Missing: UN

    Posted on : Monday 12th of September 2016
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    SEOUL:  The death toll from severe flooding in the northeast of North Korea has risen to 133 with another 395 missing, the UN said. Some 107,000 people have been forced to flee their homes in the area along the Tumen River, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in a statement received Monday citing Pyongyang government figures. People in the area are suffering  "great hardship", according to North Korean state media. A nationwide mass mobilisation labour campaign intended to bolste...

  • 13 Dead, 200 Injured In Tanzania Earthquake: Official

    Posted on : Sunday 11th of September 2016
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    DAR ES SALAAM, TANZANIA:  At least 13 people were killed and 203 injured in northwest Tanzania when a 5.7 magnitude earthquake hit the country Saturday, local authorities told AFP. "The toll has climbed from 11 people dead to 13 and from 192 injured to 203," said Deodatus Kinawilo, District Commissioner for Bukoba, the town close to the epicentre of the quake. "For now, the situation is calm and under control," said Kinawilo, who was reached by telephone."Some people have been discharged from hospital,&q...

  • Bangladesh Garment Factory Fire Kills 12, Injures Several Others

    Posted on : Saturday 10th of September 2016
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    DHAKA:  A fire broke out in a garment packaging factory just outside the Bangladeshi capital on Saturday, killing at least 12 people, police and witnesses said. Dozens more were taken to hospital with injuries as firemen struggle to control the blaze in the four-storey building, one fire official said. "The fire broke out in the morning just when work was about to start," said the official, Mohammad Akhtaruzzaman. The reason for the fire in the industrial zone of Tongi, 20 km (12 miles) north of Dhaka, was not imme...

  • At Least 3 Killed As Train Derails In Northern Spain

    Posted on : Friday 9th of September 2016
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    MADRID:  At least three people were killed today after a train derailed in Galicia in north-western Spain, emergency services said. Dozens of people were also injured in the crash, Spanish media said, citing Eva Garcia de la Torre, the mayor of O Porrino, the town closest to the accident. The train between the city of Vigo and Porto, in Portugal, was carrying 63 passengers and two crew members, including the driver, state-run railway operator Renfe said. Spanish media reported the driver was among those killed. Television fo...

  • Dozens Stuck Overnight In Cable Cars, Helicopters Drop Off Blankets

    Posted on : Friday 9th of September 2016
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    LYON, FRANCE:  Forty-five people were stranded overnight in cable cars near Europe's highest mountain, Mont Blanc, when a ride between two mountain peaks came to a halt on Thursday, French authorities said. Four helicopters had managed to rescue 65 people from the cable cars before night fell over the Alps, Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said in a statement. The 5-km (3-mile) ride between the Aiguille du Midi peak and the Helbronner summit, at the border between France and Italy, is at an altitude of over 3,000 metres (...

  • Strong 6.3 Earthquake Strikes Off Australian Antarctic Base

    Posted on : Friday 9th of September 2016
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    SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA:  A strong 6.3 magnitude earthquake struck on Friday southwest of remote Macquarie Island where Australia maintains a small Antarctic base, officials said, but no injuries or damage were reported. The tremor hit at a depth of 10 kilometres (6.2 miles) some 29 kilometres from the island, which lies in the Pacific Ocean about half-way between Australia and Antarctica, the US Geological Survey said. "We have been in touch with the base and they did feel it, but only slightly. They're all fine and there is...

  • US Scientists Turn To Undersea Drones To Predict Hurricanes

    Posted on : Thursday 8th of September 2016
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    BOSTON:  As Hermine worked its way up the East Coast, scientists deployed several underwater drones they say will help them better understand what sustains and strengthens hurricanes and tropical storms - and ultimately better protect life and property. The ocean gliders, as they are called, resemble yellow-winged torpedoes. They were released into the ocean roughly 100 miles offshore at the continental shelf, where at depths of 100 to 300 feet they measured water temperatures, salinity and density before, during and even after the ...

  • 3 Dead When 2 Planes Collide In Air At Small Georgia Airport

    Posted on : Thursday 8th of September 2016
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    CARROLLTON, GEORGIA:  A flight instructor, her student and a third person died on Wednesday after two small airplanes collided in midair at a rural airport in western Georgia, where one witness told authorities the pilots may have been trying to land at the same time. The single-engine planes crashed just before 11 am near the end of the lone runway at West Georgia Regional Airport, said Carroll County Fire Chief Scott Blue. The airport is located in Carrollton, about 45 miles west of Atlanta. Captain Jeff Richards of the Carrol...

  • Nearly 50 million children ‘uprooted’ worldwide: UNICEF

    Posted on : Wednesday 7th of September 2016
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    Almost 50 million children throughout the world are “uprooted,” forcibly displaced from their home countries by war, violence or persecution, the United Nations children's program said on Wednesday. “Indelible images of individual children -- Aylan Kurdi's small body washed up on a beach after drowning at sea or Omran Daqneesh's stunned and bloody face as he sat in an ambulance after his home was destroyed –- have shocked the world,” United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund Exec...

  • Floods Kill 60, Displace 44,000 In North Korea: UN

    Posted on : Tuesday 6th of September 2016
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    SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA:  Flooding following heavy rain has killed 60 people and left over 44,000 homeless in North Korea, the United Nations said Tuesday, after the country reported that a northeastern river suffered its worst-ever flood. Pyongyang said Friday the Tumen river, which partially marks the border with China and Russia, experienced the biggest flood ever recorded due to a rainstorm that began four days earlier. Nearby areas including Musan and Hoeryong were hard hit, with 60 dead and five per cent of the population homel...

  • Missing Comet Lander Philae Spotted At Last: ESA

    Posted on : Tuesday 6th of September 2016
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    PARIS, FRANCE:  Europe's Rosetta spacecraft has finally spotted its tiny lander Philae, thought to be lost forever, stuck in a ditch on the surface of a comet hurtling through space, ground controllers said Monday. "THE SEARCH IS OVER! I've found @Philae2014!!" the European Space Agency (ESA) tweeted on behalf of Rosetta, orbiting comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko at some 682 million kilometres (424 million miles) from Earth. The agency released a photo of the washing machine-sized robot lab on the comet's ro...

  • Half-Indian Priyanka Yoshikawa Crowned Miss Japan

    Posted on : Tuesday 6th of September 2016
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    TOKYO, JAPAN:  A half-Indian beauty queen with an elephant trainer's licence was crowned Miss Japan on Monday, striking a fresh boost for racial equality. Priyanka Yoshikawa's tearful victory comes a year after Ariana Miyamoto faced an ugly backlash for becoming the first black woman to represent Japan. Social media lit up after Miyamoto's trail-blazing triumph as critics complained that Miss Universe Japan should instead have been won by a "pure" Japanese rather than a "haafu" -- the Japanese for...

  • 3 Trapped, 18 Injured After Building Collapses In Tel Aviv

    Posted on : Monday 5th of September 2016
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    TEL AVIV:  A building collapsed in a Tel Aviv construction zone today, injuring at least 18 people and trapping three people inside, according to police and media reports. The collapse sent a large plume of dust floating over the area. Officials were trying to determine the cause of the collapse as rescue crews and medical workers converged on the scene. The Israeli military dispatched search-and-rescue units to assist in the efforts. Lior Teherani, a fire official, told Channel 10 TV that the incident began with the collapse of...

  • London Replica Torched To Mark Great Fire Anniversary

    Posted on : Monday 5th of September 2016
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    LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM:  A massive wooden replica of 17th century London was torched Sunday on the River Thames to mark the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London, which paved the way for the building of the modern city.   Onlookers crowded along the river that winds through the British capital to watch as the 120-metre (394-foot) long wooden model was set alight. Spectators snapped photographs on their smartphones as the flames devoured the replica buildings floating on the water. The torching of the model of Lo...

  • German Woman Falls To Death In French Alps

    Posted on : Monday 5th of September 2016
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    GRENOBLE, FRANCE:  A 62-year-old German woman fell to her death during a climb in the French Alps on Sunday, the mountain rescue service said. The accident happened at  an altitude of 1,800 metres (5,900 feet) on the Massif des Ecrins, in southeastern France, when the woman was hiking down the slope, lost her footing and fell 50 metres. "She was coming down by foot along a very slippery path which is navigated with the help of cables along the route," the rescue service said. When she fell, the victim was atta...

  • Moderate Quake Hits Temblor-Prone Oklahoma

    Posted on : Sunday 4th of September 2016
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    PAWNEE, OKLA.:  One of the strongest earthquakes ever recorded in Oklahoma rattled the area northwest of Pawnee on Saturday, fuelling growing concern about seismic activity linked to energy production, a federal agency said. The magnitude 5.6 quake, which was felt from South Dakota to Texas, prompted the closure of some 35 wastewater disposal wells in the area, officials said. It shallow quake struck 9 miles (14 km) northwest of Pawnee in north-central Oklahoma at 7:02 a.m. CDT (1302 GMT). Its 5.6 magnitude matched a 2011 earthq...

  • Chinese Glass Bridge, World's Longest, Closes

    Posted on : Saturday 3rd of September 2016
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    BEIJING:  The world's longest glass bridge, over a scenic canyon in China, has been closed less than two weeks after it opened after being overwhelmed by a swarm of visitors. More than 10,000 visitors a day flooded over the Guinness record-setting attraction, overwhelming managers who had planned to limit visitors to no more than 8,000, local media reported. The bridge is undergoing "an internal system upgrade", the official Xinhua News service quoted officials as saying, but did not specify when it would reopen. ...

  • NASA Spacecraft Beams Back Close-Up Views Of Jupiter's Poles

    Posted on : Saturday 3rd of September 2016
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    LOS ANGELES:  A NASA spacecraft has sent back the best views of Jupiter yet, revealing turbulent storms in the north pole. NASA on Friday released a batch of close-up pictures taken by the Juno spacecraft last week when it flew within 2,500 miles of Jupiter's cloud tops. It was the first of three dozen planned close passes during the 20-month mission. The mission's chief scientist, Scott Bolton, says the north pole is stormy and appears bluer than the rest of the planet. Jupiter, the largest planet in the solar syste...

  • 4 Killed In Weapons Storage Blast In Baghdad

    Posted on : Friday 2nd of September 2016
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    BAGHDAD:  A blast caused by a fire at a weapons storage in eastern Baghdad on Friday set off rockets that hit neighboring districts, killing at least four residents and injuring a dozen others, police and hospital sources said. The storage belongs to one of the Shia paramilitary groups of the Popular Mobilization Force (PMF), a police officer said. The PMF is a coalition of mostly Iranian-backed militias that are taking part in fighting ISIS, the hardline Sunni group that overran swathes of northern and western Iraq two years ag...

  • Chinese Air Force To Develop New Generation Long-Range Bomber

    Posted on : Friday 2nd of September 2016
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    BEIJING:  China is developing a new long-range bomber, the head of the Chinese air force was quoted as saying in state media today, the latest move in its ambitious military modernisation programme. China has already improved its ability to strike at targets far from home and there will be further improvements in the future, the Global Times quoted air force chief Ma Xiaotian as saying at an air force open day. "We are now developing a new generation of long-range bomber, and you'll see it in the future," Ma said, ...

  • Tsunami But No Damage After Powerful 7.1 Earthquake Jolts New Zealand

    Posted on : Friday 2nd of September 2016
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    WELLINGTON:  The east coast of New Zealand was hit by a powerful 7.1 magnitude earthquake before dawn Friday, generating a small tsunami, but officials said there was no significant damage or injuries. A swarm of aftershocks, several of nearly 6.0 magnitude, rocked the region for many hours after the initial jolt as coastal residents made their way to high ground by torchlight. But less than three hours later they were advised they could return home after a 30-centimetre (one foot) tsunami was detected. "The greatest wa...

  • New Fossils Show Life On Earth At Least 3.7 Billion Years Old

    Posted on : Thursday 1st of September 2016
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    SYDNEY:  Life on Earth is even older than we thought, said Australian scientists as they unveiled fossils dating back a staggering 3.7 billion years. The fossilised structures -- called stromatolites -- preserved in ancient rocks along the edge of Greenland's ice cap were 220 million years older than the previous record holders. They prove that life emerged just a few hundred million years after the Earth was formed some 4.5 billion years ago, said lead researcher Allen Nutman of the University of Wollongong. "This ...

  • Malaysia Confirms First Case Of Zika In Woman Who Visited Singapore

    Posted on : Thursday 1st of September 2016
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    KUALA LUMPUR:  Malaysia confirmed on Thursday the first cases of Zika in the Southeast Asian country in a woman who recently travelled to Singapore for three days on August 19. Malaysia's health minister said the woman tested positive for Zika in her urine after she experienced a rash and fever for a week after her return from Singapore. Health Minister Subramaniam Sathasivam said the woman's adult daughter, who is still in Singapore, also tested positive for Zika. Singapore announced the first locally contracted cas...

  • Earthquake Of Magnitude 6.0 Hits Northeast Of New Zealand

    Posted on : Thursday 1st of September 2016
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    SYDNEY:  An earthquake of magnitude 6.0 struck 188 km (116 miles)in the ocean northeast of Gisborne, New Zealand on Thursday, the United States Geological Survey (USGS )reported. There was no immediate warning of any tsunami triggered by the quake. There were no reports of any damage or casualties. Courtesy : NDTV ...

  • Swiss Find Dead Pilot From Crashed Air Force Jet

    Posted on : Wednesday 31st of August 2016
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    ZURICH:  Search parties have found the body of a Swiss air force fighter pilot whose jet crashed in the Alps on Monday during a training exercise, the defence ministry said on Wednesday. It did not identify the 27-year-old pilot at the controls when the one-seat F/A-18C went down near Susten in central Switzerland just moments after takeoff. His jet was found on Tuesday after a search hampered by bad weather. Authorities were still investigating the cause of the crash, the third by a Swiss Air Force F/A 18 in the past three year...

  • First US-Cuba Scheduled Flight In Decades Set To Depart

    Posted on : Wednesday 31st of August 2016
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    FORT LAUDERDALE:  The first regularly scheduled commercial flight between the United States and Cuba in more than half a century is set to depart on Wednesday, starting a new chapter in the Obama administration's bid to open trade and travel with the former Cold War foe. The first of several U.S. carriers to begin serving Cuba in the coming months, JetBlue Airways Corp will fly from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to Santa Clara, a city in the center of Cuba known for its monument to revolutionary Che Guevara. Among the passengers...

  • Fire Breaks Out At Under Construction Building In Abu Dhabi

    Posted on : Wednesday 31st of August 2016
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    ABU DHABI:  Fire swept through a 28-storey skyscraper under construction in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday and injured 13 people, the latest in a series of blazes to hit tall buildings in the United Arab Emirates over the last 18 months. Thick black smoke billowed from the top 20 floors of the almost-completed commercial building in the UAE's capital. Firefighters, overseen by helicopters, were working to put the blaze out two hours after it started, witnesses said. Civil defence personnel helped construction workers in the building, ...

  • Strong Typhoon Lionrock Aims For Japan's Northeast

    Posted on : Tuesday 30th of August 2016
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    TOKYO, JAPAN:  A strong typhoon was on course on Tuesday for a direct hit on northeastern Japan, with authorities warning of heavy rain and high waves along the Pacific coast. Typhoon Lionrock was 170 kilometres (105 miles) east of the city of Choshi, as of 9 am (0000 GMT). Choshi lies straight east of Tokyo. Packing wind gusts up to 180 kilometres per hour, the storm was moving north at 30 kilometres per hour and expected to make landfall in the northeast later in the day. That would make it the first typhoon to directly la...

  • 1 Dead, 3 Wounded In Blast At Chinese Embassy In Kyrgyzstan

    Posted on : Tuesday 30th of August 2016
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    MOSCOW:  A car exploded near the Chinese embassy in Kyrgyzstan on Tuesday, killing its driver and wounding three people, the healthcare ministry said. The GKNB state security service said it was investigating the blast but provided no other details. The interior ministry could not be reached for comment. Kyrgyz news website 24.kg reported that the car appeared to have rammed the embassy's gate before exploding. Courtesy : NDTV ...

  • Mars Isolation Experiment In Hawaii Ends

    Posted on : Monday 29th of August 2016
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    LOS ANGELES, UNITED STATES:  The six people who went into isolation for a year in Hawaii to help NASA plan for a mission to Mars emerged on Sunday, happy to breathe fresh air and meet new people. The team was based on a barren, northern slope of Mauna Loa, living inside a dome that is 36 feet (11 meters) in diameter and 20 feet tall. French astrobiologist Cyprien Verseux said that he was "feeling excited" about being in the open and eating fresh food again. The most challenging aspect of the experiment was the mono...

  • 10 Killed In Southern China Bus Crash

    Posted on : Monday 29th of August 2016
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    BEIJING:  Authorities in southern China say 10 people were killed and dozens injured when a bus overturned on a highway. The government of the Guangxi Autonomous Region said the accident occurred Sunday when the bus flipped over as it was approaching its final stop in the regional capital Nanning. Another 32 people aboard the 47-seater bus were injured, five of them seriously. The bus driver was among those killed and the cause of the accident remains under investigation. Driver fatigue and poor vehicle maintenance are the u...

  • Pope Francis Considers Italy Earthquake Visit As Survivors Dig In

    Posted on : Monday 29th of August 2016
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    AMATRICE, ITALY:  Pope Francis said on Sunday he wanted to visit the quake-hit villages of central Italy, as survivors and rescue workers dug in for the long haul with colder weather approaching. Speaking to worshippers in St Peter's Square in Rome, Francis said he wanted to visit those hit by Wednesday's deadly earthquake which brought devastation to a string of mountain villages in a remote area straddling the Umbria, Marche and Lazio regions. "As soon as possible, I hope to come and see you, to bring you the comf...

  • Airport In Turkey's Southeast Hit By Rocket Fire: Report

    Posted on : Sunday 28th of August 2016
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    ISTANBUL:  Kurdish terrorists on Saturday fired four rockets at the airport in the southeastern Turkish city of Diyarbakir, without causing casualties, the Dogan news agency said. The rockets landed in an empty area close to a police control post at the airport, causing explosions that were heard throughout the city and shattering windows. Police were sent to the scene but there were no reports of either dead or wounded, the report said. Dogan news agency said the attack was carried out by the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) w...

  • Storm Lester Becomes A Hurricane In The Pacific: US Weather Department

    Posted on : Saturday 27th of August 2016
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    WASHINGTON, UNITED STATES:  Tropical Storm Lester off the northwest Mexican coast strengthened to hurricane status on Friday, the US National Hurricane Center said. The center of Lester is located some 550 miles (885 kilometers) southwest of the southern tip of Baja California and is packing winds of 75 miles (120 kilometers) per hour, the NHC said in its 0300 GMT bulletin. However there are no coastal watches or warnings because Lester is moving west into the Pacific at a speed of nine miles (15 kilometers) per hour. "...

  • North Korea Submarine Missiles Not Ready Until 2018: Experts

    Posted on : Saturday 27th of August 2016
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    SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA:  North Korea is making progress on a submarine-launched ballistic missile system but any deployment of the technology is years away, a US think tank said, as the UN Security Council promised action over Pyongyang's latest test. The US-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins University said on late Friday on its closely-watched website, 38 North, that the success of North Korea's SLBM test this week suggests the program may be progressing faster than originally expected. "However, this does not mean it w...

  • Italy Earthquake: Number Of Deaths Rise To 281, State Funeral Planned

    Posted on : Saturday 27th of August 2016
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    PESCARA DEL TRONTO:  Hopes of finding more survivors from Italy's powerful earthquake faded on Friday, with the death toll rising to 281 and the rescue operation in some of the stricken areas called off. Three days after the quake struck the mountainous heart of the country, sniffer dogs and emergency crews continued to scour the town of Amatrice, which was levelled in the disaster, but there was no sign of life beneath the debris. "Only a miracle can bring our friends back alive from the rubble, but we are still diggin...

  • Experience Virtual Reality Standing With Barack Obama

    Posted on : Friday 26th of August 2016
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    WASHINGTON:  Barack Obama has become the first US President to be featured in a virtual reality (VR) video where he can be seen traversing through the Yosemite National Park situated in California's Sierra Nevada mountains, also conveying his concerns about climate change. Created by National Geographic, Felix & Paul Studios, and Facebook-owned Oculus, the 11-minute video is available on the Oculus Store for Samsung Gear VR and will soon come to Oculus Rift VR headset. "The VR experience provides a personal look at ...

  • Police Say At Least 20 Killed In Nepal Bus Accident

    Posted on : Friday 26th of August 2016
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    KATHMANDU:  At least 20 people were killed and another 17 hurt when bus drove off a highway in Nepal and plunged into a river on Friday, police said. Police office said the bus rolled about 100 meters (330 feet) down the slope early Friday and crashed into the fast-flowing Trishuli river near Chandibhanjyang, about 120 kilometers (75 miles) west of the capital, Kathmandu. Police and villagers were helping the injured and pulling the dead from wreckage, which was mostly submerged in the river. Police are investigating the cau...

  • 1 Killed In Belgium Sports Centre Blast: Agency

    Posted on : Friday 26th of August 2016
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    BRUSSELS, BELGIUM:  A suspected gas explosion at a sports centre in southern Belgium killed one person and seriously injured two others, a security official told the Belga news agency on Friday. The blast took place a little after midnight (2200 GMT on Thursday) in the small town of Chimay, 110 kilometres south of Brussels. The official said five people were in the building at the time, with the remaining two victims only slightly injured. A fire rescue official in Chimay told AFP that they suspected the blast was caused by expl...

  • Number Of Dead In Italy Earthquake Rises To 247: Official

    Posted on : Thursday 25th of August 2016
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    ROME:  The number of deaths from a powerful earthquake that shook central Italy rose to 247 on Thursday, officials said, as rescuers desperately searched for survivors in the rubble of devastated mountain villages. Hundreds of others were injured, some critically, and an unknown number were trapped under the ruins of collapsed buildings after Wednesday's pre-dawn quake. Amid scenes of carnage, dozens of emergency services staff and volunteers were determined to attempt to pluck more survivors from the ruins. Rescuers had...

  • Myanmar Weighs Damage After Earthquake Rattles Bagan Pagodas

    Posted on : Thursday 25th of August 2016
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    BAGAN, MYANMAR:  Officials picked through the wreckage of toppled spires and crumbling temple walls in Myanmar's ancient capital Bagan Thursday after a powerful earthquake rattled the top tourist destination, leaving three dead. Clouds of dust settled over the damaged pagodas as officials took stock of the destruction caused by the 6.8 magnitude quake, which struck just south of the famous archaeological site Wednesday, killing two young girls and a man in nearby towns. Police blocked tourists from entering Bagan's vast ...

  • World's First Self-Driving Taxis Debut In Singapore

    Posted on : Thursday 25th of August 2016
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    SINGAPORE:  The world's first self-driving taxis will be picking up passengers in Singapore starting on Thursday. Select members of the public will be able to hail a free ride through their smartphones in taxis operated by nuTonomy, an autonomous vehicle software startup. While multiple companies, including Google and Volvo, have been testing self-driving cars on public roads for several years, nuTonomy says it will be the first to offer rides to the public. It will beat ride-hailing service Uber, which plans to offer rides in a...

  • As Sea Levels Rise, Nearly 1.9 Million US Homes Could Be Underwater By 2100

    Posted on : Thursday 25th of August 2016
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    The real estate data firm Zillow recently published a research analysis that estimated rising sea levels could leave nearly 2 million U.S. homes inundated by 2100, a fate that would displace millions of people and result in property losses in the hundreds of billions of dollars. More than 100,000 of those homes would be in Maryland and Virginia, according to the analysis. Another 140,000 would be submerged in the Carolinas. And Florida would face the gravest scenario of any state, with one in eight properties in danger of being underwate...

  • Pope, Saddened By Earthquake, Cancels Speech To Pray For Victims

    Posted on : Wednesday 24th of August 2016
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    VATICAN CITY:  Pope Francis, saddened by an earthquake that struck central Italy overnight, on Wednesday cancelled a speech he was to have given at his general audience and instead prayed with the crowd for victims and survivors. "Hearing the mayor of Amatrice say that the town no longer exists and hearing that there are children among the victims, I am deeply saddened," he told tens of thousands of people who had gathered in St. Peter's Square for his general audience. Amatrice was one of the mountain towns hit by...

  • One killed, 30 injured in bomb blasts in Thailand

    Posted on : Wednesday 24th of August 2016
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    One person was killed and 30 others were wounded when three bombs exploded in Thailand’s Pattani province on Tuesday, less than two weeks after a series of blasts and arson attacks hit the country. The first blast at 10:40 p.m. in a parking lot close to a pub caused no casualties, while the second at about 11:00 p.m. killed one woman and wounded 30 others, Xinhua news agency reported. The third bomb, hidden in a trash can, exploded at about 11:30 p.m. near a local market and caused no casualties. The blasts came less than t...

  • 200 People Fall Sick After Ammonia Leak In Bangladesh

    Posted on : Tuesday 23rd of August 2016
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    CHITTAGONG, BANGLADESH:  An explosion at a chemical fertiliser factory left at least 200 people needing medical treatment after toxic gas spread across large parts of Bangladesh's second city Chittagong, officials said on Tuesday. Police and fire officials said hundreds of residents were also evacuated from their homes near the di-ammonia phosphate (DAP) plant in the port city where a 500-tonne capacity ammonia tank exploded late Monday. Mesbah Uddin, the district's chief administrator, said that 56 people had been admit...

  • Dubai set to open world’s largest indoor theme park

    Posted on : Tuesday 23rd of August 2016
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    The world’s largest indoor theme park is set to open in Dubai this month to lure back some of the tourists and residents who often flee abroad during the scorching desert summer. In a sandy suburb beyond Dubai’s concrete jungle and pockets of artificially green spaces, IMG Worlds of Adventure’s boxy exterior belies a 140,000-sq. m air-conditioned cathedral of entertainment teeming with animatronic dinosaurs, roller coasters, Marvel superheroes and Cartoon Network characters. Zombies pop out from dark corners of a ha...

  • Earth’s temperature dropped during solar eclipse

    Posted on : Tuesday 23rd of August 2016
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    London: A study revealed that the temperature of the Earth dropped during last year’s eclipse of the sun, Britain’s Met office has said. The Met Office on Monday said it was the first time that satellites had been used to monitor surface “skin” temperatures during a total solar eclipse, Xinhua news agency reported. The research showed the eclipse on March 20 last year resulted in a drop in land surface temperatures in parts of Britain and Europe. The satellite results were combined with a study of one-minu...

  • NASA Plans To Hand Over ISS To Commercial Entity

    Posted on : Tuesday 23rd of August 2016
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    WASHINGTON:  Signalling a new era, a top NASA official has said that a commercial spaceflight company may take over the International Space Station (ISS) to carry on key research in the low-Earth orbit. In a video showing a panel discussion on NASA's plans towards a mission to Mars, Bill Hill, Deputy Associate Administrator of NASA's exploration systems development division, said the US agency is exploring to hand over the international orbiting laboratory to a commercial entity in the next decade. "NASA's tryin...

  • 16th Century Shipwrecks Found With Treasures Worth Millions

    Posted on : Monday 22nd of August 2016
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    Scientists have discovered three 16th-century Spanish shipwrecks off the coast of the US, containing looted French artefacts that may now be worth millions of dollars. The finds include three ornate bronze cannons - two that are three meters long and one that is two metres long - and a marble monument, engraved with the coat of arms of the king of France, which has been identified from the manifest of a 1562 expedition to Florida by the French navigator Jean Ribault. Records showed that the bronze cannons and monument from the expedi...

  • People Face Distress As Typhoon Hits Near Tokyo

    Posted on : Monday 22nd of August 2016
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    TOKYO:  A strong typhoon stuck near Tokyo, with heavy rain and winds grounding more than 400 flights as officials warned of landslides and flooding. Typhoon Mindulle made landfall at about 12:30 pm (0330 GMT) in Tateyama city, roughly 80 kilometres (50 miles) southeast of Tokyo, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. As of noon, the storm was packing gusts up to 180 kilometres per hour and heading north at a speed of 20 kilometres per hour, the agency said. There were no immediate reports of casualties or significant damage. ...

  • Mother In Japan Questioned After 4 Children Found Dead

    Posted on : Monday 22nd of August 2016
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    TOKYO:  A mother in Japan is under investigation for murder after her four children, including a girl as young as three, were found dead at home, Japanese media reports and police said today. Local media reported the victims were killed by their mother before she tried to take her own life. A 10-year-old boy, two six-year-old girls, and a three-year-old girl were found dead early Monday, according to police in the southern Japanese prefecture of Fukuoka. "Their father found them dead and reported it to police," a p...

  • City That Never Sleeps: London Opens First Night Tube

    Posted on : Saturday 20th of August 2016
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    LONDON:  Midnight at bustling Oxford Circus Underground station in the heart of London, a band is playing and weekend revelry is only just beginning for some residents of the Big Smoke. Excited Londoners and tourists jostle to be among the first to take the Night Tube -- a new service that will see the Victoria and Central lines run all night on Fridays and Saturdays. "It's great that the tube's going to be open all night," said Omar Khan, a 27-year-old clothing designer who was planning to party through the ni...

  • Zika Spreads To Miami Beach, US Expands Travel Warning

    Posted on : Saturday 20th of August 2016
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    MIAMI/CHICAGO:  Federal health officials on Friday warned pregnant women not to travel to trendy Miami Beach after Florida confirmed that the mosquito-borne Zika virus was active in the popular tourist destination. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also suggested that pregnant women who are especially worried about exposure to Zika - which has been shown to cause the severe birth defect known as microcephaly - might consider avoiding all of Miami-Dade County. The new warnings represent a challenge to Florida'...

  • California Firefighters Make Gains After 100 Homes destroyed

    Posted on : Saturday 20th of August 2016
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    OAK HILLS:  Firefighters gained ground on Friday against a wildfire burning in a Southern California mountain pass that has forced tens of thousands of residents to flee and destroyed about 100 homes, officials said. The Blue Cut fire, named for a narrow gorge near its origin in the Cajon Pass about 75 miles (120 km) northeast of Los Angeles, has blackened 37,000 acres (14,973 hectares) of drought-parched heavy brush and chaparral after breaking out on Tuesday. The blaze has destroyed 96 single-family homes and 213 outbuildings,...

  • China Eyes Artificial Intelligence For New Cruise Missiles

    Posted on : Friday 19th of August 2016
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    BEIJING:  China is eyeing the use of a high level of artificial intelligence and automation for its next generation of cruise missiles, a senior designer was quoted as saying on Friday. "We plan to adopt a 'plug and play' approach in the development of new cruise missiles, which will enable our military commanders to tailor-make missiles in accordance with combat conditions," Wang Changqing of the China Aerospace and Industry Corp told the state-run China Daily newspaper. "Moreover, our future cruise missi...

  • July was Earth's hottest month in modern times: US

    Posted on : Friday 19th of August 2016
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    Soaring temperatures worldwide made July the Earth's hottest month in modern times, setting a new high mark for global heat in 137 years of record-keeping, US government scientists said on Wednesday. The report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration came just two days after the US space agency NASA released its climate data, which also found July was a record-breaking month. “July is typically the hottest month for the globe, and last month didn't disappoint,” said a summary of the monthly report...

  • China Says Navy Carries Out Drills In Sea Of Japan

    Posted on : Friday 19th of August 2016
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    BEIJING:  China's navy has carried out drills in the Sea of Japan, the Chinese military's official newspaper said on Friday, describing the exercises as routine and done in accordance with international law and practice. The Chinese navy has increasingly been exercising in waters far from home as it seeks to hone its operational abilities. Last year, five Chinese ships carried out exercises in international waters in the Bering Sea off Alaska. The People's Liberation Army Daily did not say exactly where the latest dr...

  • Thousands Flee Homes As California Burns

    Posted on : Friday 19th of August 2016
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    LOS ANGELES:  Firefighters battled Thursday to douse a series of wildfires fuelled by high winds, scorching temperatures and dry vegetation, which have forced tens of thousands of Californians to flee their homes. A blaze scorching sections of the Angeles National Forest, in southern California, two huge infernos in the central part of the state and another fire further north have displaced entire towns. "Our fire activity has definitely picked up in past weeks in number and severity," said Daniel Berlant, a spokesman ...

  • Philippines Gets Japanese Coast Guard Vessel To Counter Beijing In South China Sea

    Posted on : Thursday 18th of August 2016
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    MANILA:  The Philippines received the first of ten coast guard vessels from Japan today, the coastguard said, as the two countries boost security ties in the face of their separate maritime disputes with China. The 44 metre BRP Tubbataha has arrived in Manila, the Philippines coast guard said in a statement, adding that it will be used for search and rescue, law-enforcement and transport purposes. They did not specify where it would be deployed. This is the first of 10 Philippine coast guard ships being built in Japan, suppo...

  • 5.7-Magnitude Earthquake Rocks Australia Tourist Towns

    Posted on : Thursday 18th of August 2016
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    SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA:  A 5.7-magnitude earthquake rattled popular tourist towns stretching across more than 1,000 kilometres (620 miles) of Australia's northeastern coastline on Thursday. The quake hit at a depth of seven kilometres about 54 kilometres off Bowen in Queensland state at 0430 GMT, the United States Geological Survey said. Buildings in Townsville city were evacuated, the Townsville Bulletin reported, but police said there were no reports of major damage. Australia's Bureau of Meteorology said there was no t...

  • Tropical Storm Fiona Forms In Atlantic

    Posted on : Thursday 18th of August 2016
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    MIAMI, UNITED STATES:  Tropical Storm Fiona formed Wednesday afternoon in the middle of the tropical Atlantic Ocean, but forecasters said it poses no threat to coastal areas. The season's sixth tropical storm is moving northwest at around 16 miles per hour (26 kilometers per hour) with maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour, the Miami-based National Hurricane Center (NHC) said. Located some 920 miles west of Cape Verde, the storm represents no threat to land, the NHC added."There are no coastal watches or warnings...

  • Eight Seriously Injured In France Train Crash

    Posted on : Thursday 18th of August 2016
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    MONTPELLIER:  A train crashed into a tree that had fallen onto the tracks in a hailstorm in southern France today, leaving eight people seriously injured, rescue workers said. The regional service carrying some 250 passengers was travelling at 140 kilometres an hour (87 mph) between Nimes and Montpellier when it hit a tree that had been uprooted by a hailstorm. One of the seriously injured was rushed to hospital by helicopter in an "absolutely urgent" state, according to the head of local rescue services, Christophe Ri...

  • More Than 82,000 Flee California Fires: Authorities

    Posted on : Wednesday 17th of August 2016
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    LOS ANGELES:  A rapidly spreading fire raging east of Los Angeles forced the evacuation of more than 82,000 people Tuesday as the governor of California declared a state of emergency. Around 34,500 buildings were threatened by the blaze, according to the multi-agency Inciweb information site. Governor Jerry Brown declared the state of emergency for San Bernardino County, located just 60 miles (100 kilometers) east of Los Angeles, where the blaze, which has been named the Blue Cut fire, was quickly growing. The fire, which be...

  • Malaysian authorities say ship carrying diesel hijacked

    Posted on : Wednesday 17th of August 2016
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    An oil tanker carrying 900,000 liters of diesel has been hijacked and taken into Indonesian waters, Malaysian maritime authorities said on Tuesday. The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) said in a statement that the ship, Vier Harmoni, has been located in the waters off Batam, Indonesia. The MMEA said they have yet to confirm the identity of the hijackers. The ship, which sailed from the Tanjung Pelepas port in Malaysia on Monday, was carrying diesel with an estimated value of 1.57 million ringgit ($392,795). Courtesy :...

  • World's Longest, Highest Glass Bridge To Open In China

    Posted on : Wednesday 17th of August 2016
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    BEIJING:  The world's longest and highest glass bridge will open to visitors on Saturday in Hunan province of China, the management committee said. The 430-metre long, six metre wide bridge, paved with 99 panes of three-layer transparent glasses, hangs between two steep cliffs 300 metres above the ground, Xinhua news agency reported. The bridge has set 10 world records spanning its design and construction, according to the committee. A maximum of 8,000 visitors are allowed to cross the bridge every day and a reservation ...

  • 11 Dead, 40,000 Homes Flooded In Louisiana

    Posted on : Wednesday 17th of August 2016
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    GONZALES, UNITED STATES:  The death toll from historic flooding in Louisiana climbed to 11 on Tuesday as the expanding flood zone prompted authorities to declare disasters in 20 parishes of the south-eastern US state. While flooding receded in parts of southern Louisiana, other areas saw rising waters. The National Weather Service issued renewed flood warnings. "We're seeing unprecedented flood levels as the waters move south," Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards said at a news conference. Officials said 40,000...

  • Mentally Ill German Stabs Passengers On Austrian Train: Police

    Posted on : Tuesday 16th of August 2016
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    VIENNA, AUSTRIA:  A mentally ill man from Germany seriously wounded two passengers in a knife attack on a regional train in western Austria on Tuesday, police said, ruling out a terrorist act. The 60-year-old attacker was travelling to the city of Bregenz, in Vorarlberg state, early on Tuesday when he suddenly jumped up and stabbed a 19-year-old man in the stomach and back. He then turned on a 17-year-old youth and slashed his neck, police said. The incident ended when the train pulled into a station and two officers apprehe...

  • 4 Soldiers Dead As Tank Plunges Into River In Taiwan

    Posted on : Tuesday 16th of August 2016
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    TAIPEI, TAIWAN:  Four soldiers were killed when a tank slipped and plunged into a river during heavy rains following an annual firing drill in southern Taiwan, officials said on Tuesday. The CM11 armoured vehicle carrying five soldiers was returning to camp in southern Pingtung county around 10:00 am (0200 GMT) after completing the firing test when it slipped from a bridge and fell upside down into the Wangsha river, the army said. The driver managed to escape but four others were trapped inside the vehicle and showed no signs o...

  • 1 Dead, 3 Hurt Or Missing After Explosion At South Korean Base

    Posted on : Tuesday 16th of August 2016
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    SEOUL:  South Korea says one soldier died and another is missing after what apparently was an accidental explosion during repair work on a submarine at a naval base in the southeast of the country. An official at Seoul's Defense Ministry said Tuesday that authorities were investigating the cause of the blast that also left two others injured at the base in Jinhae, but said the possibility of an attack was very low. He spoke on condition of anonymity, citing office rules. South Korea has blamed a North Korean torpedo for a wa...

  • NASA Mulls Russian Idea To Cut Staff At Space Station

    Posted on : Tuesday 16th of August 2016
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    MIAMI, UNITED STATES:  NASA is weighing a Moscow proposal to cut the number of Russian cosmonauts at the International Space Station from three to two, particularly its potential risk to the crew, an official said Monday. Typically, six crew members live at the orbiting outpost, a hallmark of global cooperation that is meant to stay in operation until at least 2024. Asked during a news conference about media reports that Russia was considering reducing its staff there to two, NASA's Kenneth Todd said the ISS partners -- whic...

  • 6 Dead In Plane Crash In Alabama: Authorities

    Posted on : Monday 15th of August 2016
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    TUSCALOOSA:  Six people died when a small aircraft flying from central Florida to Oxford, Mississippi, developed engine problems and crashed Sunday morning while trying to land in Alabama, authorities said. A pilot issued a distress signal around 11:10 am Sunday, and the aircraft went down moments later short of a runway at Tuscaloosa Regional Airport, Northport Mayor Bobby Herndon said during a joint news conference with Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox. Firefighters made it to the site within three minutes of the crash but were un...

  • Afghan Taliban Free 6 Pakistani Helicopter Crew Captured After Crash

    Posted on : Saturday 13th of August 2016
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    ISLAMABAD:  Five Pakistanis and a Russian who were captured by the Afghan Taliban after their government helicopter crashed in eastern Afghanistan have been released and turned over to Pakistani custody, officials said on Saturday. "The six member crew of Punjab government helicopter that went missing in Afghanistan  on 4th August 2016 has been recovered and arrived in Islamabad today," a statement from Pakistan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said. The Russian-made transport helicopter belonging to the Punjab p...

  • Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Hits Pacific But No Tsunami Threat

    Posted on : Friday 12th of August 2016
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    WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND:  A strong magnitude-7.2 earthquake struck Friday in the Pacific Ocean near the island nations of Vanuatu and New Caledonia, but authorities said there was no threat of a tsunami. The United States Geological Survey said the quake hit Friday afternoon 109 kilometers (68 miles) east of New Caledonia's Hunter Island, at a depth of 10 kilometers (6 miles). After reviewing the quake, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said it didn't pose a tsunami threat. The region sits on the Pacific "Ring ...

  • 11 Premature Babies Killed In Baghdad Maternity Hospital Fire: Ministry

    Posted on : Wednesday 10th of August 2016
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    BAGHDAD:  At least 11 prematurely born babies were killed in a fire that broke out in the early hours of Wednesday on a maternity ward in a Baghdad hospital and was probably caused by an electrical fault, the health ministry said. Seven other babies and 29 women were rescued from the Yarmuk hospital's maternity ward and transferred to another hospital, the ministry said in a statement. Firefighters took three hours to put out the blaze that engulfed the ward, according to a medical staffer. Yarmuk is main hospital on the wes...

  • Rio Olympics Bus Carrying Journalists Attacked, No Serious Injuries

    Posted on : Wednesday 10th of August 2016
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    RIO DE JANEIRO: Two windows were shattered on Tuesday when an Olympic bus carrying journalists was hit by an unknown projectile. There were no serious injuries. "We don't know yet if the bus was shot, or it was a stone," organizing committee spokesman Mario Andrada told The Associated Press. Andrada said three of the 12 journalists on the bus suffered minor injuries. Two windows were shattered, with tiny chards of glass remaining in place. "There was kind of a popping noise and something hit two windows on the ...

  • Delta Cancels More Than 500 Flights Worldwide On Tuesday

    Posted on : Wednesday 10th of August 2016
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    Delta Air Lines Inc said it was canceling more than 500 flights worldwide on Tuesday as the carrier worked to restore operations after a power outage hit its computer systems on Monday. The company, which has not yet detailed the financial impact of the outage, said on its website that as of 12:30 p.m. EDT (1630 GMT), it had canceled about 530 flights, while about 1,600 had departed. Earlier in the day, it has estimated the cancellations at nearly 250. The company said it would extend through Tuesday a waiver of fees normally col...

  • Nagasaki Marks 71st Atomic Bombing Anniversary

    Posted on : Tuesday 9th of August 2016
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    TOKYO, JAPAN:  The Japanese city of Nagasaki on Tuesday marked 71 years since its destruction by a US atomic bomb, with its mayor lauding a visit by US President Barack Obama to Hiroshima earlier this year. A bell tolled as thousands of people, including ageing survivors and relatives of victims, observed a minute's silence at 11:02 am (0202 GMT), the exact moment the of the blast. Some 74,000 people died in the initial explosion, while thousands of others perished months or years later from radiation sickness. The attac...

  • China To Launch World's Fastest Train Next Month: 380 Kms Per Hour

    Posted on : Tuesday 9th of August 2016
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    BEIJING, CHINA:  The world's fastest train with the maximum speed of 380 km per hour will be launched in China next month. The fastest train would run on Zhengzhou-Xuzhou high-speed track from next month, state-run People's Daily Online reported. After the new train is launched, the travel time between Zhengzhou, Central China's Henan province, and Xuzhou, East China's Jiangsu province, will be shortened from 2-hour 33-minute to about 80-minute. Compared to the last generation bullet train, the new train'...

  • Orlando Gay Club Dead Felled By 200 Bullets: Report

    Posted on : Tuesday 9th of August 2016
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    MIAMI, UNITED STATES:  The 49 people who were killed in June in the Orlando gay nightclub massacre were struck by 200 bullets, local media reported Monday, quoting coroners. The victims who died sustained 200 bullet wounds -- without counting shots that hit the 53 injured people who survived, a report by the Orange County coroners' office said, according to the Orlando Sentinel newspaper. Reached by AFP, the coroners' office said it would release a full statement on Tuesday. Lone gunman Omar Mateen -- a 29-year-old A...

  • All 7 on board die as helicopter crashes in Nepal

    Posted on : Monday 8th of August 2016
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    Kathmandu: All 7 people were reportedly killed when a helicopter crashed near Nuwakot district in Nepal Monday. The civil chopper en route to Kathmandu crashed near Nuwakot in Nepal this morning. The helicopter had 6 passengers and the pilot. "A search operation is underway," Xinhua news agency had quoted home ministry spokesman Yadav Koirala as saying. Company officials said helicopter 9N-AKA lost contact at 1 pm (Nepal time). It was flying from Gorkha district to Kathmandu. Courtesy : Manorama ...

  • Boy, 10, Dies On 'World's Largest' Water Slide

    Posted on : Monday 8th of August 2016
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    The son of a Kansas state lawmaker died on Sunday on a water slide that is billed as the world's largest, according to officials and the boy's family. Authorities did not immediately identify the child who died at Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Kansas City, Kansas, but state Representative Scott Schwab and his wife released a statement saying it was their son Caleb Thomas Schwab. "Since the day he was born, he brought abundant joy to our family and all those he came in contact with," said the statement, which asked for ...

  • UN Soldier Killed, 4 Injured In Mine Blast In Mali

    Posted on : Monday 8th of August 2016
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    BAMAKO, MALI:  A United Nations peacekeeper was killed and four others were injured Sunday when their vehicle struck an explosive device in northeast Mali, the UN said. The incident occurred 11 kilometres (six miles) south of Aguelhoc-Anefis in Kidal region, the UN force in Mali, MINUSMA, said in a statement, adding that both the dead soldier and those injured were from Chad. The vehicle was part of a supply convoy, MINUSMA said. Less than three hours later, a MINUSMA vehicle was damaged by a roadside bomb near the town of K...

  • Tropical Storm Javier Forms Off Mexico's Pacific Coast

    Posted on : Monday 8th of August 2016
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    MIAMI, UNITED STATES:  Tropical Storm Javier formed in the eastern Pacific on Sunday and was expected to bring heavy rains and high winds to southwestern Mexico, US weather forecasters said. It comes after heavy rains from Tropical Storm Earl battered eastern Mexico, triggering landslides that left at least seven dead. The Miami-based National Hurricane Center said Javier was about 50 miles (80 kilometers) southwest of Manzanillo, Mexico. "On the forecast track, the center of the tropical cyclone should pass near or ove...

  • Japan remembers Hiroshima, urges world to follow Obama and visit

    Posted on : Saturday 6th of August 2016
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    Japan marked the 71st anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing of Hiroshima on Saturday as its mayor urged world leaders to follow in U.S. President Barack Obama's footsteps and visit, and ultimately rid the world of nuclear arms. A peace bell tolled at 8:15 a.m. (2315 GMT on Friday), the time a U.S. warplane dropped the bomb. About 50,000 participants including aging survivors and dignitaries held a moment of silence at a memorial ceremony in the western Japanese city. Mr. Obama this year became the first incumbent U.S. President ...

  • Plane Overshoots Runway at Italy's Bergamo Airport

    Posted on : Saturday 6th of August 2016
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    MILAN: A DHL cargo plane skidded off a runway at Bergamo's Orio al Serio airport early Friday, its nose busting through a perimeter fence and onto a provincial highway. Officials said no one was injured. The airport near Milan, a hub for low-cost airlines and cargo traffic, was closed for about 2 and a half hours, forcing the cancellation of 15 flights and creating delays during the busy summer travel period. Some flights were rerouted to Milan's Malpensa airport. Television images showed the plane's nose partially blocki...

  • 13 killed, 6 Injured In Fire In A France Bar

    Posted on : Saturday 6th of August 2016
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    RENNES:  At least 13 people have died and six been injured in a fire early today at a bar in Rouen, northern France, Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said. He also said an inquiry is underway to establish the cause of the fire. The fire started around midnight at a bar where young people had been gathering to celebrate a private birthday party in the northern city of Rouen, the Paris-Normandie newspaper reports. Firefighters responded to the emergency. The fire was allegedly caused by an accidental explosion on site, the publ...

  • Himalayan Railway Connecting Tibet With India Is Feasible, Says China

    Posted on : Friday 5th of August 2016
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    BEIJING:  Chinese officials say a trans-Himalayan railway connecting Tibet with India and Nepal is economically and technically feasible as Beijing looks to make Tibet an economic and cultural hub connecting China with South Asia. "The construction of a railway crossing the Himalayan mountains is now economically and technologically feasible," Zong Gang, Deputy Director of the Science and Technology Department at Beijing University of Technology, told a forum in Beijing run by the China Tibetology Research Centre. The ...

  • Malaysia confirms MH370 course was on pilot’s simulator

    Posted on : Friday 5th of August 2016
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    Malaysia acknowledged for the first time that one of the pilots of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 had plotted a course on his home flight simulator to the southern Indian Ocean, where the missing jet is believed to have crashed. Australian officials overseeing the search for the plane last month said data recovered from Capt. Zaharie Ahmad Shah’s simulator included a flight path to the southern Indian Ocean. Malaysian officials at the time refused to confirm the findings. 'Thousands of destination on it' On Thursday, ...

  • India Was Part Of Antarctica Billion Years Ago: Study

    Posted on : Thursday 4th of August 2016
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    KOLKATA:  Geologists have found evidence supporting the hypothesis that Indian subcontinent was part of Antarctica a billion years ago but were separated and re-united several times due to tectonic movement of plates before the evolution of mankind. A group of geologists from India and Switzerland researching on evolution of the Earth's crust studied ancient rocks of the continental crust in the Eastern Ghats area and found important clues to the formation of the continents. "It is for the first time that we have been a...

  • Hurricane Earl Nears Belize, Dumping Rains On Honduras

    Posted on : Thursday 4th of August 2016
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    BELIZE CITY:  Hurricane Earl thundered towards the shores of Belize on Wednesday, dumping heavy rains on Honduras and prompting hundreds of people to take cover on the Caribbean coastline as the large storm closed in. Four hundred people have so far been evacuated from Belize's northern islands Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker, Lionel Cuthkelvin, operations officer at the National Emergency Management Organization, said by telephone. Cuthkelvin said at least 20 shelters were already harbouring people, mainly in Belize City, S...

  • China's Online Population Exceeds 700 Million: Government

    Posted on : Wednesday 3rd of August 2016
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    BEIJING:  The number of web users in China -- already the world's largest online population -- has risen over 700 million, authorities said Wednesday as they seek to turn the internet into a new growth driver. The country had 710 million internet users -- defined as those who have gone online at least once in the past six months -- by June, up 3.1 percent from the end of December, the government-linked China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC) said in a statement. The number is more than double the number of people i...

  • $89,000 Ice Cream Truck Joins Boston Police Force

    Posted on : Wednesday 3rd of August 2016
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    NEW YORK, UNITED STATES:  It's the ice cream truck that police hope can defrost any lingering iciness from ordinary Americans on particularly hot days: meet the latest $89,000 addition to the Boston police fleet. Festooned in balloons and unveiled to the public on Monday, the blue-and-white van is marked with police insignia and has "Free Ice Cream" written in large blue letters underneath a serving hatch. "If you had told me 30 years ago that the Boston Police Department would have an ice cream truck as part ...

  • Air Force Says F-35 Ready For Limited Combat Use

    Posted on : Wednesday 3rd of August 2016
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    The U.S. Air Force declared its version of Lockheed Martin Corp.'s F-35 ready if needed for limited combat operations, a milestone for the $379 billion program that's the Pentagon's costliest. The service's announcement Tuesday that the combat jet has an "initial operational capability" reflects progress after early years marked by development setbacks and rising costs. But the F-35 is still in development, with flawed software among its biggest challenges, and won't have full combat capability for at least ...

  • Zika Suspected In 6 Deaths In Honduras

    Posted on : Wednesday 3rd of August 2016
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    TEGUCIGALPA, HONDURAS:  Six people have died and 10 babies have been born with defects in Honduras in cases feared to have been caused by Zika, the health minister said Tuesday. Tests were being carried out to confirm whether the cases were the result of the virus, which is most commonly transmitted by mosquitos and, more rarely, through sexual contact. The fatalities were due to Guillain-Barre Syndrome, a disorder brought on by the immune system attacking the nerves, which can cause paralysis, according to the minister, Mireya ...

  • Beijing Tightens Maritime Rules After South China Sea Case

    Posted on : Tuesday 2nd of August 2016
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    BEIJING:  Beijing today announced penalties for "illegal" fishing in its waters, including those it claims in the South China Sea, weeks after an international tribunal ruled that those claims have no legal basis. The Supreme Court defined penalties for boats operating in areas, including the disputed region and its contiguous economic zones, in a move that could raise regional tensions. The decision appears to be an attempt to strengthen Chinese rules governing the waters, with a focus on sanctions for illegal fishing...

  • Typhoon Nida Shuts Hong Kong, More Than 150 Flights Cancelled

    Posted on : Tuesday 2nd of August 2016
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    HONG KONG:  Typhoon Nida swept through Hong Kong on Tuesday, shutting down most of the financial hub with gale-force winds and disrupting hundreds of flights, while low-lying areas were put on flood alert. Hong Kong's first major typhoon this year brought gusts of more than 100 km per hour (62 miles per hour) after earlier making landfall in China's Guangdong province and prompted the observatory to issue an amber warning, signifying heavy rain, at 5.20 am Hong Kong time (2120 GMT). More than 150 flights were cancelled, ...

  • More Locally Transmitted Zika In US Expected: Official

    Posted on : Monday 1st of August 2016
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    NEW YORK:  The United States will likely see more cases of local Zika virus transmission going forward, a U.S. health official warned on Sunday, although it is unlikely to turn into a broader situation as seen in Brazil or Puerto Rico. The comments comes after Florida authorities on Friday reported the first sign of local transmission in the continental United States, concluding that mosquitoes likely infected four people with the virus that can cause a serious birth defect. "We definitely don't take this lightly. This ...

  • Indian Among 5 Arrested In Nepal For Drug Trafficking

    Posted on : Monday 1st of August 2016
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    KATHMANDU:  An Indian national was among five people arrested in Nepal in a drug racket in which 472 kgs of drug-making chemicals were seized. Dilip Pandut, 35, a resident of Raxaul, Bihar was arrested along with four others, police here said. Police have also seized 472 kg of raw materials and precursor chemical that are used in manufacturing Pseudoephedrine, a highly sophisticated narcotic drug that has a high demand in Asian markets including, India, China, Thailand and Malaysia. These raw materials are sufficient to manu...

  • US President Barack Obama Considers PM Modi Good Friend: White House

    Posted on : Saturday 30th of July 2016
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    WASHINGTON:  US President Barack Obama considers Prime Minister Narendra Modi a good friend and the two countries have collaborated on a number of projects, the White House said today. "We are in close contact with the government of India. President Obama considers Prime Minister Modi a good friend. We've collaborated on a number of projects," White House Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz told reporters at his daily press conference. Schultz was responding to a question on Chinese aggressive behaviour on South Ch...

  • Taliban Capture District In Helmand: Afghan Official

    Posted on : Saturday 30th of July 2016
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    KANDAHAR, AFGHANISTHAN:  An Afghan official says an important district in Helmand province has fallen to Taliban control after heavy fighting that killed or wounded up to 20 police officers. Abdul Majeed Akhonzada, deputy director of the provincial council, said on Saturday that Kanashin district has "fallen into Taliban hands." Kanashin borders Pakistan and major poppy-producing districts, and is an important drug smuggling route. Akhonzada says the district police chief and deputy head of the intelligence agency ...

  • SpaceX Wins Second NASA Contract To Take Astronauts To International Space Station

    Posted on : Saturday 30th of July 2016
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    WASHINGTON:  The US space agency has ordered a second mission from Elon Musk's space transport services company SpaceX to take astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS). Commercial crew flights from Florida's Space Coast to the International Space Station will restore America's human spaceflight launch capability and increase the time US crews can dedicate to scientific research, which is helping prepare astronauts for deep space missions, including the Journey to Mars, NASA said in a statement on Saturday. ...

  • 7.7-Magnitude Earthquake Off Northern Marianas, No Tsunami Alert

    Posted on : Saturday 30th of July 2016
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    WASHINGTON, UNITED STATES:  A strong but deep 7.7-magnitude earthquake struck off the Northern Mariana Islands in the western Pacific on Saturday, but triggered no tsunami alert, US monitors said. The earthquake struck at a depth of 132 miles (212 kilometers) at 7:18 am local time (2118 GMT Friday) some 19 miles southwest of the island of Agrihan, according to the US Geological Survey. No tsunami warning was issued. A self-governing commonwealth of the United States since 1976, the Northern Marianas consist of 15 islands, wi...

  • Pope Francis Pays Silent Visit To Auschwitz

    Posted on : Friday 29th of July 2016
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    KRAKOW, POLAND:  Pope Francis on Friday walked alone through the notorious wrought-iron "Arbeit Macht Frei" gates at Auschwitz-Birkenau beginning a historic visit to the former Nazi death camp. His head bowed, the pope prayed in silent contemplation before meeting Holocaust survivors in front of the death wall where the Nazis summarily shot thousands of people. The Argentine pontiff will lead prayers for the 1.1 million mostly-Jewish victims murdered at the camp and has said that rather than making a speech he will sta...

  • Hillary Clinton Accepts Democratic Presidential Nomination

    Posted on : Friday 29th of July 2016
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    PHILADELPHIA:  Hillary Clinton formally accepted the Democratic Party's nomination for president Thursday night, delivering a speech in which she said that the nation is in a "moment of reckoning" and aggressively cast Republican nominee Donald Trump as a divisive figure stoking fear across the country. "He wants to divide us from the rest of the world, and from each other," Clinton said. "He's betting that the perils of today's world will blind us to its unlimited promise." Clinton said...

  • Lack Of Exercise Costs World $67.5 Billion A Year

    Posted on : Thursday 28th of July 2016
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    LONDON:  A study of one million people has found that physical inactivity costs the global economy $67.5 billion a year in healthcare and productivity losses, but an hour a day of exercise could eliminate most of that. Sedentary lifestyles are linked to increased risks of heart disease, diabetes and cancer, researchers found, but activity - such as brisk walking - could counter the higher likelihood of early death linked with sitting for eight or more hours a day. Such inactivity is estimated to cause more than 5 million deaths ...

  • Missing MH370 Wreckage May Be Further North: Study

    Posted on : Thursday 28th of July 2016
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    PARIS:  Just days after authorities mooted suspending the ocean search for missing flight MH370, researchers suggested on Wednesday that the debris zone may stretch a further 500 kilometres (310 miles) north. A team of Italian scientists used computer modelling, into which they fed data on ocean currents and winds over the past two years, to try and pinpoint the Malaysia Airlines plane's likely underwater grave. They also added information on the location of five confirmed pieces of debris found to date -- two in Mozambique ...

  • Washington Scientist Launches Effort To Digitize All Fish

    Posted on : Wednesday 27th of July 2016
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    SEATTLE:  A University of Washington professor has launched an ambitious project to scan and digitize all of the more than 25,000 species in the world. Last fall, Adam Summers installed a small computed tomography, or CT, scanner at UW's in Friday Harbor Laboratories on San Juan Island in Washington state and began capturing three-dimensional X-ray images of fish. His goal is to scan all fish, so there's one clearinghouse of CT scan data freely available to researchers anywhere. So far, he and others have scanned ima...

  • Car Bomb In Northern Syria Kills 1, Wounds 50

    Posted on : Wednesday 27th of July 2016
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    BEIRUT:  Syria's state TV says a car bomb has exploded in a predominantly Kurdish town in northern Syria, killing at least one person and wounding 50 people. The TV says the car blew up on the western edge of the town of Qamishli, near the Turkish border today. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the explosion targeted a center of the local Kurdish police and a nearby government building. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack but the ISIS has carried out several bombings in Kurdi...

  • Chinese Mega-Telescope Obtains Data On 7 Million Stars

    Posted on : Wednesday 27th of July 2016
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    BEIJING:  A Chinese telescope has obtained data on over seven million stars, exceeding the sum of all existing spectroscopic data on stars and making it the world's largest database in the field, official media said today. The Guo Shoujing telescope, named after a 13th-century Chinese astronomer, is operated by the National Astronomical Observatories under the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), which recently released the findings. The telescope has been in use since 2012. It is the world's first large-area telescope tha...

  • Beijing Urged To Accept South China Sea Ruling

    Posted on : Tuesday 26th of July 2016
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    VIENTIANE:  Japan, Australia and the US today urged China to recognise the ruling by The Hague's Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in favour of the Philippines over its South China Sea dispute with Beijing. In a joint statement, US Secretary of State John Kerry, and his Japanese and Australian counterparts, Fumio Kishide and Julie Bishop, who are set to attend multilateral meetings of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), expressed their "strong support for the rule of law and called on China and the Philip...

  • 19 Killed, Dozens Injured In Japan Knife Attack, Suspect Surrenders

    Posted on : Tuesday 26th of July 2016
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    TOKYO:  At least 19 people were killed and dozens wounded in Japan after a knife-wielding man went on a rampage at a care centre for the mentally disabled early today, officials said. Another 25 were wounded, 20 of them seriously, in the attack in Sagamihara city, 50 kilometres (30 miles) west of Tokyo, a fire department official said. A 26-year-old man who said he was a former employee of the centre later turned himself in at a police station, admitting to officers: "I did it." Police said they had received a call...

  • 271 killed or missing in China rains, 59,000 troops deployed

    Posted on : Monday 25th of July 2016
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    Eighteen more bodies were recovered on Monday in flood-hit China, pushing the toll due to heavy torrential rains to 271 killed or missing, prompting the army to mount a massive relief and rescue operation by deploying 59,000 troops. In the devastation caused by torrential rains, the death toll has gone up to 150 and the number of those missing to 121. Eighteen people were rescued on Monday in China’s Anyang City, Henan Province. The army has deployed 59,000 troops to help with relief and rescue, state-run Xinhua news agency rep...

  • 1 Killed Many Injured As 'Explosive Device' Goes Off In Germany City

    Posted on : Monday 25th of July 2016
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    BERLIN:  An "explosive device" blew up in the center of the Bavarian city of Ansbach, killing one person and injuring 11 others, the city's mayor told local media early Monday. Mayor Carda Seidel was quoted by Munich's Focus magazine as saying that the explosion late Sunday night was near the entrance to an open-air music festival. The website for a group of local newspapers, nordbayern.de, reported that Seidel said it was not yet clear if it was an attack. German police told the dpa news agency earlier tha...

  • Car Rams Fence Of Bangkok Erawan Shrine, Police Say Accident

    Posted on : Saturday 23rd of July 2016
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    BANGKOK:  A car has rammed the fence of the landmark Erawan shrine in central Bangkok, injuring several people, in what police say was an accident and not a deliberate act. The Erawan shrine was the site of a bomb attack in August last year that killed 20 people and more than 120 injured. Police Lt. Gen. Sanit Mahathavorn, acting chief of the Bangkok metropolitan bureau, says the incident late Friday was caused by the driver who suffered a stroke and lost control. The driver has been hospitalized. The Bangkok Post daily ...

  • Floods Kill 78 Across China, 91 Missing, 400,000 Evacuated

    Posted on : Saturday 23rd of July 2016
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    BEIJING:  At least 78 people have been killed and another 91 are missing across China after a round of torrential rains swept through the country earlier this week, flooding streams, triggering landslides and destroying houses. The Ministry of Civil Affairs said late on Friday that more than 400,000 people have been evacuated.The northern province of Hebei is the worst-hit with 36 people dead and another 77 missing. In the Hebei town of Xingtai alone, nine people were killed and 11 unaccounted for. Local police blames a fail...

  • 'Lone' Munich Shooter Kills 9, Commits Suicide

    Posted on : Saturday 23rd of July 2016
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    A gunman went on a rampage Friday in a busy shopping area of Munich, killing nine people and wounding 21 others in an act of "suspected terrorism" before he committed suicide, police said early Saturday. The attack prompted authorities to lock down much of the southern German city and launch a massive manhunt. After the search ended, police said that the suspected gunman was an 18-year-old with dual German and Iranian citizenship who had been living in the city. The motive for the attack, the Munich police chief said, was &...

  • Search For MH370 To Be Suspended, $135 Million Spent So Far

    Posted on : Friday 22nd of July 2016
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    KUALA LUMPUR:  The hunt for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 will be suspended if the aircraft is not found in an area now being searched, Malaysia, China and Australia said in a statement on Friday. The Boeing 777, with 239 aboard, disappeared in March 2014 while on a flight from the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur, to Beijing. Almost A$180 million ($135 million) has been spent since then on an underwater search spanning 120,000 square kilometres (46,332 square miles) in the southern Indian Ocean. "In the absence of new ...

  • Vaccine Scandal Highlights Indonesian Health System Woes

    Posted on : Friday 22nd of July 2016
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    JAKARTA, INDONESIA:  A scandal over fake vaccines given to children prompted angry and confused parents to physically attack a doctor in the Indonesian capital in a sign of deep-seated problems in the country's health system. Since last month, vials filled with saline solution and antibiotics have been discovered at 37 hospitals and clinics in nine cities, according to the Food and Drug Agency. So far, 23 people have been arrested, including three doctors. The number of affected children is still being investigated. Indonesi...

  • 5 Suspects Charged, Held Over Nice Attack: Prosecutor

    Posted on : Friday 22nd of July 2016
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    PARIS, FRANCE:  French judges on Thursday charged five suspects who were in contact with truck attacker Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel in the lead-up to the Nice attack that left 84 people dead, the Paris prosecutor's office said. Three of the suspects were formally accused of acting as accomplices in "murder by a group with terror links", the prosecutor's office said. Another two were charged with "breaking the law on weapons in relation to a terrorist group". All five have been remanded in custody. C...

  • Nearly 100 Dead Or Missing From China Rains: Officials

    Posted on : Thursday 21st of July 2016
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    BEIJING:  Torrential rain lashing northern China in recent days has left nearly 100 people dead or missing, official figures showed. At least 24 people in the provinces of Hebei, which surrounds Beijing, Shanxi, Henan and Shaanxi have been confirmed dead in a rainstorm that has been pounding the region since Monday, according to figures from the civil affairs ministry. Hebei was the worst hit, with 14 dead and 72 missing, it said in a statement late Wednesday. Around 123,000 people were evacuated in 11 cities across Hebei, a...

  • China Eyes 8 Cruise Ships For 'Tours' In South China Sea

    Posted on : Thursday 21st of July 2016
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    BEIJING: Up to eight Chinese ships will offer cruises to the South China Sea over the next five years, a state-run newspaper said on Thursday, as Beijing continues to promote tourism to the disputed waters. Sanya International Cruise Development Co Ltd, a joint venture by COSCO Shipping, China National Travel Service (HK) Group Corp and China Communications Construction Co Ltd, will buy between five and eight ships, the official China Daily reported. It will also build four cruise liner docks in Sanya, a Chinese resort city on the so...

  • We've Been Looking In The Wrong Place, Says MH370 Search Team

    Posted on : Thursday 21st of July 2016
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    SYDNEY:  Top searchers at the Dutch company leading the underwater hunt for Malaysia Airlines jet MH370 say they believe the plane may have glided down rather than dived in the final moments, meaning they have been scouring the wrong patch of ocean for two years. Flight MH370 disappeared in March 2014 with 239 passengers and crew onboard en route to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur. Searchers led by engineering group Fugro have been combing an area roughly the size of Greece for two years. That search, over 120,000 square kilometres of...

  • North Korea Confirms It Test-Fired Ballistic Rockets

    Posted on : Wednesday 20th of July 2016
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    SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA:  North Korea said on Wednesday it test-fired ballistic rockets as part of a simulated pre-emptive attack on ports and airfields in South Korea, in a likely reference to the three missile launches that Seoul says the North carried out a day earlier. Leader Kim Jong Un guided the launches and expressed his satisfaction with them, the North's official Korean Central News Agency reported, without saying when the tests happened. The KCNA said the launches "once again examined the operational features of t...

  • Nearly Half Of The Victims In Nice Truck Attack Foreigners

    Posted on : Wednesday 20th of July 2016
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    PARIS, FRANCE:  From Algeria to Kazakhstan, 38 foreigners were among the 84 killed when a presumed terrorist rammed a truck into a crowd in the southern French city of Nice. The French foreign ministry said on Tuesday that victims came from 19 countries, Algeria, Germany, Armenia, Belgium, Brazil, Estonia, the United States, Georgia, Italy, Kazakhstan, Madagascar, Morocco, Poland, Romania, Russia, Switzerland, Tunisia, Turkey and Ukraine. In a statement, the ministry said this list was not yet finalised. "However, at th...

  • Tokyo Shaken By 2nd Earthquake In 3 Days

    Posted on : Tuesday 19th of July 2016
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    TOKYO:  Tokyo was hit by its second quake in three days on today, giving the capital's skyscrapers a shake but there were no reports of damage or casualties. The 4.8 magnitude jolt struck Tokyo and areas of eastern Japan at 12:57 pm (0357 GMT), the US Geological Survey said, after a 5.0 magnitude earthquake shook the capital on Sunday. The temblor's epicentre had a relatively shallow depth of about 23 kilometres (14 miles) in Chiba, east of Tokyo, the USGS said. There was no threat of tsunami. Japan sits at the j...

  • NASA's Kepler Discovers More Than 104 New Exoplanets

    Posted on : Tuesday 19th of July 2016
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    WASHINGTON:  An international team of researchers announced on Monday the discovery of 104 new planets outside our solar system, including four that could have Earth-like, rocky surfaces. Scientists discovered the exoplanets using the Kepler space telescope as well as ground observations by Earth-based telescopes, including four on the summit of Mauna Kea in Hawaii. The $600 million Kepler mission has allowed scientists to discover more than 4,600 planets -- 2,326 of them confirmed -- since it launched in 2009. "The div...

  • SpaceX launches space station docking port for NASA

    Posted on : Monday 18th of July 2016
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    SpaceX launched a critical space station docking port for astronauts early on Monday, along with a DNA decoder for high-flying genetic research. As an extra treat, the company brought its leftover first-stage booster back to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station for a vertical landing only the second such land landing for an orbital mission and the ultimate in recycling. Twin sonic booms rocked the night, incoming shuttle-style. The unmanned Falcon rocket streaked through the middle-of-the-night darkness, carrying 5,000 pounds of food, ex...

  • Emergency Landing Closes Runway At Tokyo's Airport After Jet Punctures Tyres

    Posted on : Monday 18th of July 2016
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    TOKYO:  A runway was closed at one of Tokyo's main airports today after a Hawaiian Airlines jet punctured its tyres while making an emergency landing, forcing the cancellation of some domestic Japanese flights. Eight tires blew out when the Airbus A330 returned to Haneda Airport after a display indicated a problem in the hydraulic system, Japanese media reported. None of the 293 passengers and crew on board were injured, the reports said, but the plane remained on the runway after daybreak as workers replaced the tires. Japa...

  • Death Toll In Typhoon Nepartak Stands At 83

    Posted on : Monday 18th of July 2016
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    BEIJING:  At least 83 people have been killed and 19 others are still missing after typhoon Nepartak struck east China's Fujian Province last week, taking the death toll in recent rains and floods in the country to 309. The worst-hit Minqing County in Fuzhou, capital of Fujian, has reported 73 deaths, with another 17 still missing, state-run Xinhua news agency reported. Typhoon Nepartak, the first to hit this year, made landfall in Fujian Province on July 9.With this total casualties in recent rains and floods in China flood...

  • 60 Killed In Turkey Coup Attempt; President Erdogan Says He Is In Charge

    Posted on : Saturday 16th of July 2016
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    ISTANBUL:  Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told the nation Saturday that his government is in charge after a coup attempt brought a night of explosions, air battles and gunfire across the capital that left dozens dead and at least 150 people wounded. Government officials said the coup appeared to have failed as Turks took to the streets overnight to confront troops attempting to take over the country. However, the sounds of huge blasts, including at least one bomb that hit the parliament complex, continued to echo across the ...

  • 80 Killed As Truck Ploughs Through Crowd In Nice; Terrorist Act, Says France

    Posted on : Friday 15th of July 2016
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    NICE, FRANCE: A truck ploughed into a crowd in the French Riviera resort of Nice, killing at least 80 and injuring scores in what President Francois Hollande Friday called a "terrorist" attack on revellers watching a Bastille Day fireworks display.  The driver was shot dead after barrelling the truck two kilometres through the festive crowd on the palm-lined Promenade des Anglais, sending hundreds fleeing in terror and leaving the area strewn with bodies. Authorities said they found identity papers belonging to a 31-ye...

  • New Dinosaur Fossil From 90 Million Years Ago Found In Argentina

    Posted on : Friday 15th of July 2016
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    BUENOS AIRES:  Researchers in Argentina have excavated the fossil of a new carnivorous dinosaur that lived around 90 million years ago, a media report said on Thursday. The 26-feet (8 metres) long dinosaur had two-fingered small forearms that were merely 2 feet (60 cm) long, scientists said in a news conference after the team published the discovery in the PLOS ONE journal, Xinhua news agency reported. The dinosaur belonged to the theropods (beast footed) -- a family that also included Tyrannosaurs and Velociraptors, the scienti...

  • 3,000 Campers Evacuated In French Blaze, Fireman Dead

    Posted on : Thursday 14th of July 2016
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    TORREILLES:  More than 3,000 holidaymakers were evacuated after a blaze threatened to spread across four campsites in the south of France, as a fireman died on his way to the scene, officials said. Strong winds whipped up the flames in Torreilles, Pyrenees-Orientales, where thousands of French and other European tourists were staying, with 22 bungalows completely destroyed. "We saw smoke...the people from the campsite asked us to leave straight away and leave our cars behind us," said one retired holidaymaker. The ...

  • MH17 Families Steel For Legal Fight On Second Anniversary

    Posted on : Thursday 14th of July 2016
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    THE HAGUE:  The families of the 298 people who died when flight MH17 was downed over Ukraine are steeling themselves for a slew of bitter legal battles, on the eve of the tragedy's second anniversary. Sunday marks the deadline for relatives to launch action against Malaysia Airlines, which operated the passenger jet that was shot down with a surface-air-missile over war-torn eastern Ukraine on July 17, 2014. The Boeing 777 was on a routine flight between Amsterdam and Kuala Lumpur when it was hit by a Russian-made BUK missil...

  • Solar Plane Lands In Egypt In Penultimate Stop Of World Tour

    Posted on : Wednesday 13th of July 2016
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    CAIRO:  The Solar Impulse 2 landed in Cairo today for the penultimate stop in the solar-powered plane's world tour, two days after setting off from Spain. The experimental plane had completed the first solo transatlantic flight to land in Spain last month, and will continue from Cairo to Abu Dhabi, where it began its marathon journey in March last year. After setting off from Seville, Spain on Monday morning, the plane passed through Algerian, Tunisian, Italian and Greek airspace, and flew over the Giza Pyramids before touch...

  • Keep Close Watch On Children: Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina To Parents

    Posted on : Wednesday 13th of July 2016
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    DHAKA:  Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today asked parents and authorities to remain vigilant about the movement of children to prevent them from getting radicalised. "The people of the country are pious, but not bigots. I simply cannot understand why the children of these pious people, who are receiving education from reputed institutions, good schools and colleges and English medium ones, are turning bigots," she said. Her appeal came after it emerged that most of the hostage-takers in the July 1 Dhaka cafe ...

  • At Least 10 Dead As Trains Collide In Southern Italy

    Posted on : Tuesday 12th of July 2016
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    ROME: At least 10 people died and dozens were injured when two passenger trains collided head-on in the southern heel of Italy on Tuesday, a spokesman for the fire service said. The crash happened on a single stretch of track in countryside between the towns of Corato and Andria, police said. An aerial image showed train carriages smashed and crumpled by the force of the impact, with debris spread out amongst olive trees which flanked both sides of the rail line. "There are 10 dead and dozens injured. We are working with doz...

  • NASA Camera Captures Moon 'Photobombing' Earth Again

    Posted on : Tuesday 12th of July 2016
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    WASHINGTON:  For the second time in a year, a NASA camera aboard the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) satellite captured a stunning view of the moon as it moved in front of the sun-lit side of Earth. "For the second time in the life of DSCOVR, the moon moved between the spacecraft and Earth," said Adam Szabo, DSCOVR project scientist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. "The project recorded this event on July 5 with the same cadence and spatial resolution as the first 'luna...

  • Tropical Storm Kills 10 In China, 11 Missing: United Nations

    Posted on : Tuesday 12th of July 2016
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    BEIJING:  A tropical storm in China has left 10 people dead and 11 missing, reports said on Monday, after it lashed Taiwan with typhoon-grade winds and rain. Super Typhoon Nepartak brought chaos to Taiwan Friday, forcing more than 15,000 people to flee their homes as part of the island saw its strongest winds in over a century. It had weakened into a tropical storm by the time it made landfall in Fujian province on Saturday, but still wreaked havoc, with pictures showing cars upended, buildings ripped apart and towns left wallow...

  • United Nations Plans To Issue Yoga Day Stamps Next Year

    Posted on : Monday 11th of July 2016
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    UNITED NATIONS:  The UN plans to issue stamps next year in commemoration of the International Yoga Day, celebrated annually on June 21, after the world body adopted an India-led resolution in 2014. "United Nations celebrates International Yoga Day, plans to issue stamps on this topic in 2017," UNPA (UN Postal Administration) tweeted. UN stamps are issued simultaneously at the world body's offices in New York, Geneva and Vienna. Each issue carries a related design theme, with different denominations for each off...

  • International Whaling Commission Demands Action On Rare New Zealand Dolphin

    Posted on : Monday 11th of July 2016
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    WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND:  The International Whaling Commission (IWC) has called on New Zealand to take urgent action to save the world's rarest dolphin from extinction, voicing "grave concern" about its future. Population numbers of the Maui's dolphin, the world's smallest and scarcest sub-species found only in waters off New Zealand's North Island, have dwindled to less than 50, prompting fears it could reach the point of no return without strong action, including a ban on fishing in its habitat. The I...

  • 2 Strong Earthquakes Shake Coastal Area In Northwestern Ecuador

    Posted on : Monday 11th of July 2016
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    QUITO, ECUADOR:  Two strong earthquakes shook the northwestern coastal area of Ecuador on Sunday night, the latest aftershocks from a powerful tremor that killed hundreds of people in April. Authorities said there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries from the latest quakes. The US Geological Service measured the first earthquake at magnitude 5.9 and said it was centered about 41 kilometers (25.5 miles) south of the coastal city of Esmeraldas. The second quake measured 6.4 about 10 minutes later in the same area. Both trem...

  • Over 2 lakh people evacuated as typhoon Nepartak hits China

    Posted on : Saturday 9th of July 2016
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    More than two lakh people were evacuated in China as typhoon Nepartak on Saturday lashed country’s eastern coast which witnessed powerful winds and heavy rains, prompting authorities to issue this year’s first red alert. The first typhoon of the season landed at 1:45 PM (local time) in Fujian province’s Shishi city, packing winds of up to about 100 km per hour. Officials have evacuated about 2.30 lakh people from low lying areas and ordered 33,200 fishing boats to return to ports. Over 100 trains have been cancelled...

  • Four Killed In Plane Crash In Houston

    Posted on : Saturday 9th of July 2016
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    HOUSTON: Four people have been killed in the US after a small plane crashed shortly after takeoff from a private Houston airport. The Federal Aviation Administration said the single-engine Piper PA-32 had four people on board when it crashed near West Houston Airport about 4 PM yesterday. The plane went down in a wooded lot in a residential area near the airport. It burst into flames after it plunged to the ground and was completely destroyed. A witness at the crash site said there were several small explosions.The victims have n...

  • China Issues Red Alert As Typhoon Nepartak Approaches Coast

    Posted on : Saturday 9th of July 2016
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    BEIJING:  China's State Oceanic Administration (SOA) has issued this year's first red alert, warning people of heavy havoc expected to be caused by typhoon Nepartak which is approaching the Chinese coast. The SOA estimated that from last night till today, sea waves as high as nine metres will emerge in Taiwan Strait, while coastal waters near Fujian Province will see waves as high as six metres. 160 people were killed and 28 went missing in heavy rains and floods in a number of provinces in the last few weeks ahead of th...

  • Over 15,000 Evacuated As Super Typhoon Hits Taiwan

    Posted on : Friday 8th of July 2016
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    TAIPEI, TAIWAN:  Super Typhoon Nepartak lashed Taiwan with powerful winds and torrential rain as it made landfall Friday, injuring dozens and forcing more than 15,000 to evacuate their homes as the island cancelled hundreds of flights and shut offices and schools. Packing gusts of up to 198 kilometres per hour (123 miles per hour), it landed at Taimali township in eastern Taitung county shortly before 6:00 am (2200 GMT Thursday) and was moving northwest across the island. One man drowned off a beach in Hualien county Thursday, a...

  • Heavy Flooding In China Leaves 181 Dead Or Missing

    Posted on : Thursday 7th of July 2016
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    BEIJING:  Water levels are starting to recede in central and eastern China Thursday following a week of heavy downpours that broke levees, flooded cities and villages, halted public transportation, and left at least 181 people dead or missing. China Meteorological Administration on late Wednesday said the city of Wuhan, which has 8 million residents and sits on the Yangtze river, had a record weekly rainfall of 57.4 centimeters (22.6 inches). Wuhan civil affairs officials told state media that 14 people were killed and one was m...

  • Cop Killed In Explosion Near Entrance Of Bangladesh's Largest Eid Congregation

    Posted on : Thursday 7th of July 2016
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    DHAKA:  One policeman was killed and nine were injured in a bomb explosion on Thursday morning at the the largest Eid gathering in Bangladesh on the occasion of Eid ul-Fitr, the minister said. The incident occurred near the entrance at the largest Eid congregation in Kishoreganj district, 100 km from capital Dhaka, where over 3 lakh people had gathered to offer namaz, Bangladesh information minister said. Last Friday, seven terrorists attacked Dhaka's popular Holey Artisan cafe last Friday, killing 22 people, including two p...

  • Singaporean Couple Jailed For Torturing Toddler To Death

    Posted on : Tuesday 5th of July 2016
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    SINGAPORE:  A Singaporean mother who tortured her two-year-old son to death for not eating his breakfast and disobeying her was jailed along with her boyfriend on Tuesday for what the court described as the couple's "senseless brutality". District Judge Bala Reddy cited the "ruthless and unrelenting" violence in the case and the couple's lack of remorse before handing down an 11-year term for 41-year-old mother Zaidah, who goes by one name. Her boyfriend, Zaini Jamari, 46, was jailed for 10 years and ...

  • Gulf States, Yemen To Mark End Of Ramzan From Wednesday

    Posted on : Tuesday 5th of July 2016
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    RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA: The Muslim feast of Eid al-Fitr marking the end of the holy month of Ramzan will start on Wednesday in Gulf states and Yemen, religious authorities there announced. The crescent moon which marks the new lunar month was not sighted on Monday night, and Tuesday would therefore be considered the 30th and final day of Ramadan, the dawn-to-dusk month of fasting. The official news agencies of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Kuwait, and Yemen all quoted religious authorities as saying that the a...

  • Muslim Woman Wins Right To Wear Headscarf At Work In Germany

    Posted on : Monday 4th of July 2016
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    BERLIN:  A 25-year-old Muslim lawyer in Germany has won the right to wear a headscarf at work after a court ruled that there was no legal basis for the state of Bavaria to prevent her from doing so. Aqilah Sandhu, a star student at Augsburg University law faculty, began a traineeship with the Bavarian judicial system after completing her state law exams, but was told in a letter that she was not allowed to interrogate witnesses or appear in courtrooms while wearing her headscarf. The battle started after Sandhu successfully comp...

  • Flash Floods Kill 33 In Northern Pakistan: Officials

    Posted on : Sunday 3rd of July 2016
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    PESHAWAR:  Flash floods caused by torrential monsoon rains have killed at least 33 people in northern Pakistan including 31 from a village near the border with Afghanistan, officials said today. The rains began late Saturday and were concentrated mainly in the northwestern province of Khybher Pakthunkwa, which has been badly affected by flooding in recent years that some scientists have linked to climate change. The worst hit district was Chitral, on the country's northwest border, where flood waters swept away a mosque, sev...

  • Florida Authorities Say 5 Dead, 25 Injured In Florida Crash

    Posted on : Sunday 3rd of July 2016
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    FORT LAUDERDALE:  Five people were killed and 25 were injured when a bus carrying farmworkers collided with a tractor trailer causing both vehicles to burst into flames Saturday on a highway in the Panhandle, sheriff's officials said. The Blue Bird bus from Georgia was carrying roughly 34 adults and children when it ran a flashing red light before hitting the tractor trailer, then spun around and hit the semi again. One of the bus passengers killed was a small child. The driver of the semi-truck, Gordon Sheets, 55 of Copiague, N...

  • 4 Children Fatally Stabbed In Memphis, Mother In Custody

    Posted on : Saturday 2nd of July 2016
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    MEMPHIS,:  The mother of four young children who were stabbed to death in a gated apartment complex in Tennessee is being held for questioning, but authorities have not charged her with a crime. The deaths on Friday saddened and dismayed neighbors and county officials, as authorities tried to piece together what happened in the apartment located near a verdant golf course in a typically quiet neighborhood in suburban Memphis. Deputies were called to the complex in unincorporated Shelby County shortly before 1 pm on Friday. They ...

  • German Dies Trying To Take Photo Atop Machu Picchu

    Posted on : Saturday 2nd of July 2016
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    LIMA, PERU:  A German tourist plunged 200 meters (650 feet) to his death while posing for a photo at the summit of Machu Picchu, police said Friday. Oliver Paps had asked another tourist to take his picture as he stood at the mountain's peak overlooking the ancient Incan citadel in the Peruvian Andes on Wednesday. "As another German photographed him, he fell into a deep abyss and died," Santos Mamani, an official at the Macchu Picchu commissary in Cusco, told AFP. Before the fall, the 51-year-old had dodged sec...

  • Taiwan Mistakenly Fires 'Carrier Killer' Missile Towards China

    Posted on : Friday 1st of July 2016
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    TAIPEI, TAIWAN:  A Taiwanese warship mistakenly launched a supersonic "aircraft carrier killer" missile towards China on Friday, the navy said, as ties between the island and its once bitter rival deteriorate. The domestically developed Hsiung-feng III (Brave Wind) missile, with a range of 300 kilometres (around 200 miles), flew about 75 kilometres before plunging into waters off Penghu, a Taiwanese-administered island group in the Taiwan Strait. The navy said it was not immediately clear how the missile had come to be...

  • Hubble Captures Fireworks In 'Skyrocket' Galaxy

    Posted on : Thursday 30th of June 2016
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    WASHINGTON:  NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has captured a spectacular fireworks display in a small, nearby galaxy, which resembles a skyrocket. A team of astronomers found that a firestorm of star birth is lighting up one end of the diminutive galaxy Kiso 5639. The dwarf galaxy is shaped like a flattened pancake, but because it is tilted edge-on, it resembles a skyrocket, with a brilliant blazing head and a long, star-studded tail. Astronomers suggested that the frenzied star birth is sparked by intergalactic gas raining...

  • Brazil Has 'Total Confidence' In Olympics Security

    Posted on : Thursday 30th of June 2016
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    RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL:  Brazil has "total confidence" that it can ensure security for more than half a million tourists and athletes attending the Rio Olympics this August, a senior official said on Wednesday. Andrei Rodrigues, secretary for major events at the justice ministry, said that a heavy police presence on the ground and international cooperation on intelligence gathering would overcome potential terrorist threats and the danger of violent crime. "I have total confidence in our preparations for the secur...

  • Britain's Queen Elizabeth In Line For Pay Rise

    Posted on : Wednesday 29th of June 2016
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    LONDON:  Britain's Queen Elizabeth is set to receive a $72,000 a week pay rise, an official report revealed. The Queen's income is based on a percentage of money earned by the Crown Estate, one of the wealthiest real estate owners in Britain, Xinhua news agency reported. In its annual report issued on Tuesday, the Crown Estate disclosed that it has delivered a record $405 million to the Treasury in the past year. Unless the current formula is altered, it will mean that in 2017 the Queen's pay packet will be almos...

  • Google Offers New Way For Users To Manage Ads, Personal Data

    Posted on : Wednesday 29th of June 2016
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    SAN FRANCISCO:  Google is trying to make it easier for you to manage the vast pool of information that it collects about your online activities across phones, computers and other devices. Among other things, a new privacy tool will enable the more than 1 billion people who use Google's search engine and other services to block certain ads from appearing on every device that they log into, instead of having to make a special request on each individual machine. Some users of Google's search engine, Gmail and Chrome browser...

  • Vietnam Recovers 8 Bodies From Missing Search Plane

    Posted on : Wednesday 29th of June 2016
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    HANOI:  Vietnam's military says the bodies of eight crew from a search plane that crashed two weeks ago while looking for a missing fighter jet have been recovered. The Ministry of Defence said Wednesday that authorities are still searching for the remaining military person from the plane. The ministry said that maritime patrol aircraft's black boxes, which recorded voice in the cabin and flight data, have been recovered and are being analysed to try to determine the cause of the crash. The Airbus-manufactured Casa-2...

  • First Made-In-China Jetliner Makes Debut Commercial Flight

    Posted on : Tuesday 28th of June 2016
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    SHANGHAI:  The first regional jet produced by a Chinese government initiative to compete in the commercial aircraft market has made its debut flight. The ARJ21-700 jet operated by Chengdu Airlines made the two-hour flight today from the western city of Chengdu to Shanghai with 70 passengers. The plane is intended to make its state-owned manufacturer, Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China, a competitor to Bombadier Inc. of Canada and Brazil's Embraer SA. An ARJ21-700, China's first domestically produced regional jet, arr...

  • NASA Set To Test-Fire Booster For World's Most Powerful Rocket

    Posted on : Tuesday 28th of June 2016
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    WASHINGTON:  US space agency NASA is set to test-fire a booster for the world's most powerful rocket Space Launch System (SLS) which will power astronauts on the journey to Mars and on other deeper space missions. The booster will be fired up at Orbital ATK Propulsion Systems' test facilities in Promontory, Utah, at 7.05 p.m. (Indian standard time) on Tuesday. The test will provide NASA with critical data to support booster qualification for flight. This is the last time the booster will be fired in a test environmen...

  • Air Pollution To Kill Millions By 2040: International Energy Agency

    Posted on : Monday 27th of June 2016
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    LONDON:  Premature deaths from air pollution will continue to rise to 2040 unless changes are made to the way the world uses and produces energy, the International Energy Agency said today. Around 6.5 million deaths globally are attributed each year to poor air quality inside and outside, making it the world's fourth-largest threat to human health, behind high blood pressure, dietary risks and smoking. Harmful pollutants such as particulate matter - which can contain acids, metals, soil and dust particles - sulfur oxides and...

  • Roller Coaster Comes Off Rails, Falls 30 Feet Onto Children's Ride

    Posted on : Monday 27th of June 2016
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    LONDON:  A roller coaster carriage at a theme park in Scotland came off its rails on Sunday and fell 30 feet (nine metres) onto a children's ride, local media reported, with police saying 10 people had been injured. The Daily Record newspaper cited eyewitness reports saying the carriage, carrying 10 people, on the Tsunami ride at M&D's theme park in Motherwell in southern Scotland flew off the rails as it turned a corner and plummeted to the ground. "A serious incident occurred at M&D's today involving t...

  • Germany Says 'Won't Let Anyone Take Europe From Us'

    Posted on : Saturday 25th of June 2016
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    BERLIN, GERMANY: German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said today that the EU would weather the shock of the British vote to leave the union as he convened crisis talks. "I am confident that these countries can also send a message that we won't let anyone take Europe from us," he said heading into a meeting in Berlin of his counterparts from the EU's six founding members. His French counterpart Jean-Marc Ayrault urged quick negotiations on Britain's exit from the union, saying that the pressure would b...

  • 2 Dead In California Fires, Thousands Evacuated

    Posted on : Saturday 25th of June 2016
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    LOS ANGELES, UNITED STATES:  At least two people have died in a fire in central California that has destroyed 100 structures and prompted the governor to declare a state of emergency, officials said on Friday. The fast-moving blaze that erupted late on Thursday afternoon in the Lake Isabella area of Kern County had spread to about 30,000 acres (121 square kilometers) by Friday afternoon and was five percent contained, authorities said The Kern County Fire Department confirmed the two fatalities in a message on Twitter but provid...

  • 20 Dead In US's West Virginia Floods

    Posted on : Saturday 25th of June 2016
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    WASHINGTON:  Flooding in the US state of West Virginia killed 20 people and stranded others who had to be plucked from rooftops and rescued from fast-moving waters, the governor said Friday. "The damage is widespread and devastating. Our focus remains on search and rescue," Governor Earl Ray Tomblin told a news conference after floods caused by a day of heavy rains. "I had planned to fly around the affected areas myself today but wasn't able to, because all state aircrafts are currently being used for rescues,...

  • Savage Storm Pummels Eastern China, Killing 98

    Posted on : Saturday 25th of June 2016
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    FUNING:  A violent storm in eastern China that packed gale-force winds and hail killed 98 people and injured hundreds as it flattened power lines, overturned cars and ripped roofs off houses in Jiangsu province. The storm, which included a tornado, struck mid-afternoon on Thursday near Yancheng city, a few hours' drive north of China's commercial capital Shanghai, the Ministry of Civil Affairs said. Winds reached 125 kph (78 mph) and battered several townships in Funing county, the official Xinhua news agency said."...

  • British PM David Cameron resigns

    Posted on : Friday 24th of June 2016
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    Prime Minister David Cameron announced on Friday he will resign after Britons voted to leave the European Union despite his campaign to keep it in the bloc. Mr. Cameron promised to try to "steady the ship" over the next months and did not give a precise timetable for his departure but said a new leader should be installed by early October. "I do not think it would be right for me to try to be the captain that steers our country to its next destination," the British leader said outside his Downing Street residence ...

  • China: 98 killed, 800 injured due to heavy rains, tornado

    Posted on : Friday 24th of June 2016
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    At least 98 people were killed and over 800 inured in heavy rains as extreme weather wrecked havoc in east China’s Jiangsu province, state media said on Friday. Downpours, hailstorms and a tornado battered parts of Yancheng city, destroying many houses. Extreme weather conditions were also reported from several townships in Funing and Sheyang counties in the suburbs of Yancheng, state run Xinhua news agency reported. It reported that so far, 98 people have been killed and over 800 inured in heavy rains in the province. Gale...

  • Multiple Tornadoes In Illinois; Homes, Gas Station Damaged

    Posted on : Thursday 23rd of June 2016
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    CHICAGO:  Powerful storms packing multiple tornadoes swept through parts of the Midwest on Wednesday night, damaging homes and a gas station in central Illinois and sending tens of thousands of soccer fans seeking shelter during the Copa America semifinal in Chicago. Chuck Schoop, emergency manager for Livingston County in central Illinois, said a tornado destroyed the canopy of a gas station and damaged at least four homes in or just outside Pontiac. There were only minor injuries reported, although a couple had been temporaril...

  • South Pole Rescue Flight Of 2 Sick US Workers Arrives In Chile

    Posted on : Thursday 23rd of June 2016
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    SANTIAGO, CHILE:  A small plane with two sick US workers arrived safely in Chile late Wednesday after leaving Antarctica in a daring rescue mission from a remote South Pole research station, officials said. After making a stop for a few hours at a British station on the edge of Antarctica, the two workers were flown to the southernmost Chilean city of Punta Arenas, the National Science Foundation said in a statement published on its Facebook page. In a hectic two days of flying, the rescue team flew 3,000 miles roundtrip from th...

  • China Giant Panda Gives Birth To Twins

    Posted on : Wednesday 22nd of June 2016
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    BEIJING:  A giant panda in China has given birth to two cubs, conservation authorities said, the first twins of the critically endangered species this year even though multiple births are common. Six-year-old Ya Li had the twin sisters last month at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in the southwestern province of Sichuan, it said in a statement. They weighed 144 grams (5 ounces) and 113 grams each, said the statement on Monday. Ya Li was a twin herself, it added. China had 1,864 giant pandas in the wild,...

  • Solar-Impulse 2 More Than Halfway Across The Atlantic

    Posted on : Wednesday 22nd of June 2016
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    NEW YORK:  The Solar Impulse 2 aircraft passed the halfway mark of its marathon flight across the Atlantic late Tuesday, one of the most challenging legs of its historic sun-powered journey around the world. The experimental plane, which took off from New York's John F Kennedy airport on Monday, is being piloted by Swiss adventurer Bertrand Piccard, who is expected to spend between 90 and 110 hours crossing the Atlantic en route to Spain's Seville Airport. At about 7:15 pm New York time (2330 GMT), the plane was halfway ...

  • Air France Pilot Unions Cancel Planned 4-Day Strike

    Posted on : Wednesday 22nd of June 2016
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    PARIS:  Air France's pilot unions have cancelled a four-day strike scheduled for later this week after reaching an agreement with the company over working conditions. Three unions said Tuesday the management of Air France has agreed to suspend measures that would have resulted in salary cuts and staff reductions. Separately, the left-wing CGT union was refusing to change a march scheduled Thursday in Paris into a static gathering, as proposed by the police. The government has warned the protest might be banned due recurr...

  • Workers Will Soon Enter The Tomb Of Jesus - And Repair The 'Holy Stone' With Titanium Bolts

    Posted on : Tuesday 21st of June 2016
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    JERUSALEM:  Work has begun to save the holiest shrine in Christendom. It won't be a simple patch-and-paint job. This is the alpha and omega of restoration projects. They are going to repair Christ's tomb - with titanium bolts. Over the next nine months, a team of Greek conservationists will restore the collapsing chapel built above and around the burial cave where the faithful believe that Jesus was buried and rose from the dead after the Crucifixion. To fix the chapel, which is buckling under its own weight, the cre...

  • Scientists Announce Zika Milestone: First Vaccine Ready For Human Trials

    Posted on : Tuesday 21st of June 2016
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    Since the World Health Organization declared Zika a public health emergency in February, teams of scientists from all over the world have been attacking the virus from many different angles. They have made advances in understanding the structure of the virus, the historical path of the mosquitoes that carry it and the risk to babies still in the womb - important knowledge, but of little immediate practical use. Now, the discoveries have finally led to something that might be able to stop the pathogen: a vaccine. Pennsylvania vaccine ...

  • 6 Detained In Belgium In Connection With Foiled Train Attack

    Posted on : Tuesday 21st of June 2016
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    BRUSSELS:  Six people were detained in connection with an attack last year on a Thalys express train to France that was foiled by three Americans, Belgian authorities said Monday. The Federal Prosecutor's Office said six houses in the greater Brussels area were searched in the operation and an investigating judge was to decide later whether the people taken in for questioning should remain in custody. No arms or explosives were found and the prosecutor's office said no further information would be made public about the p...

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