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Online piracy sites blocked in Australia crackdown
Aug 18

Online piracy sites blocked in Australia crackdown

Sydney : An Australian court on Friday ordered internet providers to block more than 40 piracy websites after a successful case by leading film distributors, in a major ruling on online content sharing. Australia is one of the world's top illegal downloaders of shows such as "Game of Thrones", and studios have...

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Fiat Chrysler an enticing takeover target for China
Aug 18

Fiat Chrysler an enticing takeover target for China

Detroit : Italian-American car maker Fiat Chrysler Automobiles would be an alluring takeover target for a Chinese company, instantly putting it at the top rung of the US auto industry, analysts say. In July, a well-known but unnamed Chinese automaker made at least one offer to buy Fiat Chrysler at a price...

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Infosys chief quits in rift with founders
Aug 18

Infosys chief quits in rift with founders

Mumbai : Vishal Sikka has resigned as chief executive of Infosys, the Indian software giant announced Friday, amid tensions between the company's board and its founders. Shares in Infosys, which has been trying to keep pace with rapid changes in the industry, fell by more than seven percent after the surprise...

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13 dead, 100 injured in two Spanish seaside city attacks
Aug 18

13 dead, 100 injured in two Spanish seaside city attacks

Barcelona : Drivers have ploughed into pedestrians in two quick-succession, separate attacks in Barcelona and another popular Spanish seaside city, leaving 13 people dead and injuring more than 100 others. In the first incident, which was claimed by the Islamic State group, a white van sped into a street packed...

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Landslide kills 40 in northeast DRCongo
Aug 17

Landslide kills 40 in northeast DRCongo

Bunia : A landslide has killed 40 people after sweeping through a fishing village on the banks of Lake Albert in the northeast of the Democratic Republic of Congo, a regional official said Thursday. Part of a mountain engulfed "a fisherman's camp after heavy rains caused a landslide" the deputy governor of Ituri...

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Philippine police kill 25 more after Duterte's death call
Aug 17

Philippine police kill 25 more after Duterte's death call

Manila : Police in the Philippine capital shot dead 25 drug suspects in another round of anti-drug raids, authorities said Thursday, as they followed President Rodrigo Duterte's call for dozens of deaths a day. The killings, carried out in Manila from Wednesday to Thursday morning, came after police shot dead 32 drug...

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Hundreds of human bone fragments found in mass grave in Mexico
Aug 17

Hundreds of human bone fragments found in mass grave in Mexico

Mexico : More than 600 human bone fragments were found in a mass grave outside the Mexican city of Tijuana near the US border, officials said Wednesday. The Baja California state Missing Persons Association said the mass grave was located, not far from this city south of the US city of San Diego, after a tip from...

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Two Bangladeshis die taking flood selfies as crisis worsens
Aug 17

Two Bangladeshis die taking flood selfies as crisis worsens

Dhaka : Two Bangladeshi teenagers have died taking selfies in raging floodwaters, officials said Thursday, as the death toll from fresh monsoon downpours reached 56 with nearly five million affected. Police said the 15-year-old boys were snapping selfies at a flooded road in the northern town of Melandah on Wednesday...

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Hamas guard killed in rare suicide attack in Gaza Strip
Aug 17

Hamas guard killed in rare suicide attack in Gaza Strip

Gaza City  : A suicide bomber killed a Hamas guard in southern Gaza on Thursday, officials said, in what was seen as a rare Islamist attack against the Palestinian group that has run the impoverished enclave for a decade. The incident occurred at around 1:00 am near the Gaza Strip's lone crossing with Egypt...

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King Salman orders Salwa border crossing opened to Qataris performing Hajj
Aug 17

King Salman orders Salwa border crossing opened to Qataris performing Hajj

Jeddah : The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has approved a plan to open the Salwa border crossing to Qataris performing Hajj this year, the Saudi Press Agency said late Wednesday. The King has also ordered that a private aircraft belonging to the Saudi Arabian Airlines be...

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Lebanon scraps reviled  rape law after campaign
Aug 17

Lebanon scraps reviled rape law after campaign

Beirut : Lebanon's parliament on Wednesday scrapped a controversial law allowing rapists who marry their victims to go free, official media and activists said, after a high-profile campaign for its repeal. A proposal to repeal Article 522 of the penal code -- which deals...

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Obama breaks record  for most liked tweet
Aug 17

Obama breaks record for most liked tweet

Washington : A tweet by former president Barack Obama about the violence in Charlottesville has become the most liked message in the history of Twitter, the company said Wednesday. The tweet by the country's first black president quoted Nelson Mandela. "No one is born hating another person...

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Emma Stone tops list of best paid actresses
Aug 17

Emma Stone tops list of best paid actresses

Los Angeles : Oscar-winning Emma Stone capped a perfect 12 months on Wednesday as she knocked Jennifer Lawrence off the top spot on Forbes' 2017 list of the world's highest-paid actresses. Stone, 28, who won best actress for her role as a struggling performer in "La La Land," made $26 million in...

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Saudi Electricity gets $1.75bn loan
Aug 17

Saudi Electricity gets $1.75bn loan

Riyadh : Saudi Arabia’s national electricity company yesterday announced it had secured $1.75 billion in international loans, its largest to date, to finance future plans.   The five-year loan is financed by eight international banks, according to a statement published by the Saudi Electricity...

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Kasparov notches first win in brief return to chess
Aug 17

Kasparov notches first win in brief return to chess

Washington : Russian chess legend Garry Kasparov finally claimed his first victory Wednesday during his much-watched comeback tournament in Missouri following 12 years of retirement -- but also conceded two more defeats. After dominating the global chessboard for two decades, the 15-time world champion took a...

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Spain rescues close to 600 migrants at sea in one day
Aug 17

Spain rescues close to 600 migrants at sea in one day

Madrid : Spanish coastguards rescued nearly 600 people from 15 boats and a jet ski on Wednesday in the waters between Morocco and Spain, a route increasingly used by migrants trying to reach Europe. A coastguard spokesman said 599 people had been rescued since the early hours of...

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Ancient species of giant sloth discovered in Mexico
Aug 17

Ancient species of giant sloth discovered in Mexico

Mexico City : Mexican scientists said Wednesday they have discovered the fossilized remains of a previously unknown species of giant sloth that lived 10,000 years ago and died at the bottom of a sinkhole. The Pleistocene-era remains were found in 2010, but were so deep inside the water-filled sinkhole that...

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Saudi Arabia, Iraq look to reopen border after 27 years
Aug 17

Saudi Arabia, Iraq look to reopen border after 27 years

Baghdad : Iraqi and Saudi officials yesterday inspected a border crossing between their countries to examine how to reopen the frontier, closed for the past 27 years,, officials said yesterday. The border has been shut to all travellers except Iraqi pilgrims heading to and from Mecca in western Saudi Arabia...

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'Dragon captured' as cargo arrives at space station
Aug 16

'Dragon captured' as cargo arrives at space station

Miami : SpaceX's unmanned Dragon cargo vessel, carrying the first super-computer to space as part of its 6,400 pound (2,900 kilograms) payload arrived Wednesday at the International Space Station. "And that is confirmed capture," said a NASA commentator as space station's robotic arm grabbed the spaceship...

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Bangladesh sees fresh influx of Rohingya from Myanmar
Aug 16

Bangladesh sees fresh influx of Rohingya from Myanmar

Dhaka : Hundreds of Rohingya Muslims have crossed into Bangladesh in recent days following a fresh military build-up in Myanmar's Rakhine state, community leaders said Wednesday. They said at least 500 Rohingya had made the difficult journey into Bangladesh, some claiming they had been abused by...

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Saudi authorities bust trio digging for treasure
Aug 16

Saudi authorities bust trio digging for treasure

Riyadh : Three Saudis may face prison after authorities busted the trio digging through archaeological sites in the kingdom, authorities and reports said on Wednesday.  The Commission for Tourism and National Heritage said it had referred three Saudi citizens to the public prosecutor's office for digging through...

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Giant tortoise that fled Japan zoo found 140 metres away
Aug 16

Giant tortoise that fled Japan zoo found 140 metres away

Tokyo : A giant tortoise that made a break from a Japanese zoo has been found safe and sound two weeks after it escaped -- just 140 metres from the park. The 35-year-old female, named Abuh and measuring around one metre (three feet) in length, steamed out of the Shibukawa Animal Park in Okayama prefecture in...

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Fears for 600 still missing in Sierra Leone floods
Aug 16

Fears for 600 still missing in Sierra Leone floods

Freetown : Concern shifted Wednesday to the estimated 600 people still missing and thousands made homeless in Sierra Leone by deadly floods in the capital, as aid groups scrambled to coordinate a response. The United Nations said Tuesday it was evaluating humanitarian needs in Sierra Leone, while the first...

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Troubled Cathay loses HK$2.05 billion in first half 2017
Aug 16

Troubled Cathay loses HK$2.05 billion in first half 2017

Hong Kong : Hong Kong flag carrier Cathay Pacific on Wednesday reported a massive net loss of HK$2.05 billion ($262.07 million) for the first half of the year as the airline struggled with intense competition from rivals. The results, which were far worse than analysts predicted, came after Cathay saw its first...

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Objects spotted near suspected MH370 crash site
Aug 16

Objects spotted near suspected MH370 crash site

Sydney : Several "probably man-made" objects were floating near the suspected crash site of MH370 just weeks after it vanished, Australian researchers revealed Wednesday, more than six months after the hunt for the doomed jet was called off. A massive underwater search for the Malaysia Airlines plane,...

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Trump defiant on Charlottesville unrest: 'Blame on both sides'
Aug 16

Trump defiant on Charlottesville unrest: 'Blame on both sides'

New York : US President Donald Trump sparked another political firestorm Tuesday when he doubled down on his initial response to the violent white supremacist rally in Charlottesville that ended in bloodshed, saying there was "blame on both sides." The Republican president -- who one day ago solemnly denounced...

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Kuwait reports second oil spill
Aug 16

Kuwait reports second oil spill

Kuwait City : Kuwaiti authorities yesterday reported a second oil slick off the Gulf state’s shores days after saying another large spill was under control. The new slick was spotted near the capital, some 60 kilometres (37 miles) north of the first spill, tweeted Sheikh Talal Khaled Al-Sabah, spokesman...

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Former Pakistan PM Sharif challenges ouster
Aug 16

Former Pakistan PM Sharif challenges ouster

Islamabad : Pakistan's former prime minister Nawaz Sharif has hit back against his ouster by the Supreme Court over corruption allegations, demanding a review of his case. The Supreme Court sacked Sharif in late July following an investigation into corruption allegations against him and his family, making him...

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Lincoln Memorial in Washington vandalized with spray paint
Aug 16

Lincoln Memorial in Washington vandalized with spray paint

Washington : Vandals have defaced the Lincoln Memorial in Washington with an obscene message scrawled in red spray paint, the National Park Service said Tuesday. The writing on one of the huge columns at the monument dedicated to slain president Abraham Lincoln, who presided over the abolition of slavery in America,...

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Japan launches study into suspected Chinese coral poaching
Aug 16

Japan launches study into suspected Chinese coral poaching

Tokyo : Japan on Wednesday launched a study into whether precious coral was being illegally poached by Chinese fishermen off its shores to be sold for use in jewellery. The Fisheries Agency investigation will use an underwater camera to check the condition of the coral off the southern island of Kyushu. It also aims...

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Australia's Fairfax Media back in the black
Aug 16

Australia's Fairfax Media back in the black

Sydney : Australian publishing giant Fairfax Media on Wednesday posted a return to profit following a cost-cutting drive, although advertising revenue for its major newspapers weakened further. Fairfax -- which owns The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and The Australian Financial Review -- reported an annual net...

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Tunisia says foils plot to help IS win territory
Aug 16

Tunisia says foils plot to help IS win territory

Tunis : Tunisia said Tuesday it had foiled a "terrorist plot" aimed at allowing Islamic State group jihadists to seize part of its territory. Authorities had "uncovered a terrorist plot" targeting police and military units in the southern town of Ben Guerdane in a fresh bid to...

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India, China troops in high-altitude clash
Aug 16

India, China troops in high-altitude clash

Srinagar : Indian and Chinese troops clashed briefly on a disputed area of land in the Himalayas, officials said Wednesday, exacerbating tensions during a months-long stand-off between the two armies. Chinese troops threw stones at Indian soldiers near Pangong Lake, a major tourist attraction in the...

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Hungary pulls tainted egg products from shelves
Aug 16

Hungary pulls tainted egg products from shelves

Budapest : Hungary on Tuesday became the latest European country to withdraw egg products imported from Germany containing the insecticide fipronil. The EU member state's food safety agency Nebih said it had ordered the withdrawal of Asian-style frozen foods imported from Germany by a Hungarian catering trade...

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Taylor Swift wins  groping lawsuit
Aug 16

Taylor Swift wins groping lawsuit

Denver : Pop superstar Taylor Swift was celebrating Monday after winning a sexual assault lawsuit against a former radio DJ she accused of groping her. A jury in Denver federal court deliberated for four hours before allowing her complaint that David Mueller had fondled her...

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Britons get jail, caning  for Singapore sex assault
Aug 16

Britons get jail, caning for Singapore sex assault

Singapore : Three young British men were sentenced Tuesday to jail time and caning for sexually assaulting a Malaysian woman during a stag party in Singapore. Khong Tam Thanh, Le Michael and Vu Thai Son, in their 20s, were originally accused of rape but pleaded guilty on Monday to a lesser...

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Guam radio stations accidentally trigger emergency alert
Aug 16

Guam radio stations accidentally trigger emergency alert

Hagatana : Guam residents received a nasty jolt Tuesday after two radio stations accidentally issued emergency warnings to indicate an imminent threat or attack, at a time when the US territory is already on edge over North Korean threats to fire missiles into nearby waters. Several concerned listeners were...

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Falling tree kills 13 at Portugal religious festival
Aug 16

Falling tree kills 13 at Portugal religious festival

London : Thirteen people were crushed to death and 49 injured Tuesday when a 200-year-old oak tree fell on them at a religious festival on the Portuguese island of Madeira, doctors said. A dozen people, four of them children, were seriously injured, Miguel Reis, chief surgeon at the hospital in Madeira's capital...

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Sierra Leone appeals for urgent help after deadly floods
Aug 16

Sierra Leone appeals for urgent help after deadly floods

Freetown : Sierra Leone's president issued a desperate appeal for help, a day after flooding ravaged the country's capital, killing more than 300 people and leaving hundreds more missing. President Ernest Bai Koroma fought back tears and said the devastation was "overwhelming us", as he toured Regent,...

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At least 220 dead in India, Bangladesh, Nepal floods
Aug 15

At least 220 dead in India, Bangladesh, Nepal floods

Saptari : At least 221 people have died and more than 1.5 million been displaced by monsoon flooding across India, Nepal and Bangladesh, officials said Tuesday, as rescuers scoured submerged villages for the missing. In Nepal, severe flooding has left tens of thousands of homes totally underwater in...

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French pizzeria crash driver under influence of medication
Aug 15

French pizzeria crash driver under influence of medication

SEPT-SORTS : The driver who rammed his car into a pizzeria near Paris, killing a girl and injuring 13 people, had consumed large quantities of medication before setting off, a legal source told AFP on Tuesday. The incident on Monday night initially raised fears it was a new terror attack, coming just five days...

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High winds hamper Greek firefighting efforts
Aug 15

High winds hamper Greek firefighting efforts

Athens : Greek firefighters were struggling to control blazes for a third successive day Tuesday, as flames fanned by high winds forced people to flee homes near the capital. Fires on the coast near Athens, in the western Peloponnese and the Ionian island of Zakynthos were of most pressing concern, a fire...

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Philippine fighters at risk in brain scan scam
Aug 15

Philippine fighters at risk in brain scan scam

Manila : A total of 150 professional boxers in the Philippines have been banned for falsifying brain scan results aimed at detecting serious head injuries in the sport, regulators said Tuesday. The government has been imposing strict medical testing procedures following the deaths of several Filipino boxers...

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Uber defies Philippine suspension order
Aug 15

Uber defies Philippine suspension order

Manila : Ride-hailing giant Uber on Tuesday defied a Philippine government order to shut down, branding the suspension a "blatant violation" of its rights but risking its drivers being arrested. Philippine authorities announced on Monday that they would suspend Uber for one month for failing to have the...

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Iran can quit nuclear deal if US keeps adding sanctions: Rouhani
Aug 15

Iran can quit nuclear deal if US keeps adding sanctions: Rouhani

Tehran : President Hassan Rouhani warned on Tuesday that Iran could abandon its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers within hours if the United States keeps on imposing new sanctions. In a speech to parliament, he also hit out at US counterpart Donald Trump saying that he had shown the world that Washington was "not a...

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Modi says India will fight foreign threats
Aug 15

Modi says India will fight foreign threats

New Delhi : India can defend itself from anyone who seeks "to act against our country", Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in an Independence Day speech Tuesday amid a tense standoff with Beijing over a Himalayan plateau. "Security is our top priority," Modi said in a speech before thousands at the landmark Red...

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Facebook samples China's potential with sneaky app
Aug 15

Facebook samples China's potential with sneaky app

Shanghai : Facebook's sneaky launch of a photo-sharing app in China, where its social network is banned, gives it a small taste of the massive market's potential, but it may have to settle for just that for now. The US tech giant acknowledged last week that it was behind the Colorful Balloons application, which...

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Spain sends help to battle Portugal's wildfires
Aug 15

Spain sends help to battle Portugal's wildfires

Lisbon : Spanish firefighters and water-dumping aircraft have bolstered Portuguese efforts to gain control of forest fires raging in the centre of the country, the European Commission said Monday. Three planes, 27 fire engines and 120 Spanish firefighters have been helping to battlethe blazes since...

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312 killed in Sierra Leone  mudslide, floods
Aug 15

312 killed in Sierra Leone mudslide, floods

Freetown : At least 312 people were killed and more than 2,000 left homeless yesterday when heavy flooding hit Sierra Leone’s capital of Freetown, leaving excavators to pull bodies from rubble and overwhelming the city’s morgues. Reporters saw several homes submerged in Regent village, a hilltop...

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Weak earnings hurt Dubai
Aug 15

Weak earnings hurt Dubai

Dubai : Egyptian stock markets yesterday fell for the fifth straight day of trading, while weak earning at several companies in Dubai weighed on the stock index there. Egypt’s index fell 1.1 per cent to 13,135 points, with its technical outlook continuing to deteriorate; it fell below its July low of...

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