Syria Idlib offensive displaces 30,000 people

Syria Idlib offensive displaces 30,000 people

Beirut : More than 30,000 people have so far fled their homes in northwest Syria since Syrian government and allied forces resumed air and ground bombardments there last week, the UN agency coordinating relief efforts said yesterday. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said an all-out military assault on the last major stronghold of active opposition to President Bashar Assad could set 800,000 people to flight. The OCHA chief, Mark Lowcock, warned that this risked provoking the worst humanitarian catastrophe of the 21st Century.

Damascus, backed by Russia and Iran, has been preparing a major assault to recover Idlib and adjacent areas of northwest Syria from rebels. Russian and Syrian warplanes resumed their bombing campaign last week and the presidents of Turkey, Iran and Russia on Friday failed to agree on a cease-fire that would forestall the offensive.




Divorce rates drop in UK

Divorce rates drop in UK

Divorce rates among recently married couples in the UK have dropped to their lowest levels in almost thirty years, Daily Mail quoted a new study. Couple divorcing after three years has more than halved as men have taken on a greater share of marital duties. Whereas, partners who have stay

Deadly attack

Deadly attack

Gunmen attacked an annual Iranian military parade yesterday in the country’s oil-rich southwest, killing at least 29, including 12 members of the country’s elite Revolutionary Guard, and wounding 53 others, state-run IRNA news agency reported. Daesh claimed responsibility for the atta

Indiana Jones hat fetches $500,000

Indiana Jones hat fetches $500,000

London : Indiana Jones’s signature fedora fetched more than half a million dollars at a blockbuster London auction of rare memorabilia from some of the most iconic movies of the past 40 years. But the star attraction -- the sleek jacket worn by the loveable Star Wars scoundrel Ha

Disney admits Dark Side for ‘Star Wars’

Disney admits Dark Side for ‘Star Wars’

Los Angeles : After the lackluster performance of the latest installment in the wildly popular “Star Wars” saga, Disney is tapping the brakes on the franchise -- an acknowledgment that there can be too much of a good thing. In an interview published Thursday, CEO Bob Iger t

Alcohol responsible for one in 20 deaths worldwide

Alcohol responsible for one in 20 deaths worldwide

Geneva : Alcohol kills three million people worldwide each year -- more than AIDS, violence and road accidents combined, the World Health Organization said Friday, adding that men are particularly at risk. The UN health agency’s latest report on alcohol and health pointed out tha

India cancels rare Pakistan meeting

India cancels rare Pakistan meeting

New Delhi : India cancelled yesterday a rare meeting between its foreign minister and her Pakistani counterpart scheduled to have taken place on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, only a day after announcing it would take place. The Indian foreign ministry blamed the &ldquo

India probes death of 12 endangered lions

India probes death of 12 endangered lions

New Delhi : Indian authorities yesterday ordered a probe into the deaths of a dozen endangered wild Asiatic lions, half of them cubs, over the last 10 days, officials said. One lioness died after preying on a poisoned boar while eight others lions died of an infection in the lungs and


Pills that kill

Pills that kill

Bahrain residents are being targeted with sales of counterfeit and dangerous medicines and supplements by unlicensed sellers and in certain cases outright fraudsters, it is learned. Companies, often fictitious ones, as well as individuals are using various means including social media, websites a

Saudi ‘leading Arab march’

Saudi ‘leading Arab march’

Shura Council Chairman Ali Saleh Al Saleh sent a cable of congratulations to his Saudi counterpart Shaikh Dr Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Ibrahim Al Shaikh, expressing his heartfelt congratulations on the occasion. He wished the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia a happy return of the occasion and more

Divorce rates drop in UK

Divorce rates drop in UK

Divorce rates among recently married couples in the UK have dropped to their lowest levels in almost thirty years, Daily Mail quoted a new study. Couple divorcing after three years has more than halved as men have taken on a greater share of marital duties. Whereas, partners who have stay

Deadly attack

Deadly attack

Gunmen attacked an annual Iranian military parade yesterday in the country’s oil-rich southwest, killing at least 29, including 12 members of the country’s elite Revolutionary Guard, and wounding 53 others, state-run IRNA news agency reported. Daesh claimed responsibility for the atta

Smuggling drugs into jail: Plea verdict date set

Smuggling drugs into jail: Plea verdict date set

Two brothers who smuggled drugs into prison will learn the fate of their appeals on October 28, 2018. The duo was earlier sentenced to five years behind prison each for their crime. One of them, aged 34, was already in prison serving a 10-year sentence for drug peddling and is also standi

Bahraini women ‘excelling in all fields’

Bahraini women ‘excelling in all fields’

The presence of four Bahraini women in this year’s Forbes Middle East’s Most Influential Women list reflects the high levels achieved by the Kingdom in empowering women, a leading businesswoman observed. Bahrain Businesswomen Society President Ahlam Janahi told Tribune that Bahraini w

Teacher forged papers for promotion

Teacher forged papers for promotion

An Arab teacher, in his fifties, forged an education degree from a major Arab university in order to be promoted, the court heard. The man, however, got exposed by the university itself after the competent authorities in the Kingdom established communications with it. The Arab teacher is

Google defends Gmail data sharing

Google defends Gmail data sharing

Washington : Alphabet Inc’s Google gave details about its policies for third-party Gmail add-ons but stopped short of fully addressing questions from US senators about developers who break its email-scanning rules. Google said in a letter to US senators made public on Thursday th

Singapore Airlines bans lion bones in cargo

Singapore Airlines bans lion bones in cargo

Singapore : Singapore Airlines said yesterday it has stopped accepting lion bones for cargo after the carrier was singled out in a report for transporting the animal parts from South Africa. Campaigners have long called for a ban on the controversial trade in big cat bones, which are s

Bug in cake gives Ikea India embarrassment

Bug in cake gives Ikea India embarrassment

Mumbai : Ikea’s first store in India faced a fresh sticky problem after a customer said he found an insect emerging from chocolate cake served to his daughter at the outlet’s 1,000-seater cafeteria. It is the second such embarrassment for the home retailer since the Hyderab

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