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250 feared dead in migrant boat sinkings
Mar 24

250 feared dead in migrant boat sinkings

Rome : Around 250 African migrants are feared to have drowned in the Mediterranean after a rescue boat found two partially submerged rubber dinghies off Libya, a spokeswoman said Thursday. Laura Lanuza of Spanish charity Proactiva Open Arms said its boat Golfo Azzuro had recovered five floating corpses close to the...

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Sea ice hits new record low at both poles
Mar 24

Sea ice hits new record low at both poles

Miami : The sea ice cover in the Arctic and Antarctic hit new record lows for this time of year, marking the smallest polar ice caps in the 38-year satellite record, US government scientists said Wednesday. In March, the Arctic ice sheet...

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Second scare for Australian airline in a week
Mar 24

Second scare for Australian airline in a week

Sydney : A regional Australian airline plane made an emergency landing Thursday after the pilot was forced to shut down an engine, barely a week after a propeller fell off another aircraft mid-flight. The Regional Express (Rex) plane carrying 23 passengers was heading to Sydney...

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Arms depot explodes in Ukraine, Kiev blames 'sabotage'
Mar 24

Arms depot explodes in Ukraine, Kiev blames 'sabotage'

Kiev : A series of explosions hit a munitions depot in eastern Ukraine overnight, the military said Thursday, blaming the incident on an "act of sabotage". "A fire broke out ... as a result of an act of sabotage at a depot in the town of Balakliya...

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China, Nepal discuss joint military exercises
Mar 24

China, Nepal discuss joint military exercises

Kathmandu : China's defence minister met his Nepal counterpart Thursday pushing ahead plans to hold joint military exercises, a move likely closely watched by India as Beijing boosts its influence in the region. "We have been...

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Palestinian teen shot  dead by Israeli troops
Mar 24

Palestinian teen shot dead by Israeli troops

Ramallah : Israeli troops shot dead a Palestinian teenager Thursday in the occupied West Bank and seriously wounded three other Palestinians, the Palestinian health ministry said in a statement.It did not give the circumstances, but said the shooting happened near the Jelazoun Palestinian refugee camp.An Israeli army...

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Saudi film festival postponed after sandstorm
Mar 23

Saudi film festival postponed after sandstorm

Riyadh : The launch of Saudi Arabia's main film festival has been postponed to next week due to a sandstorm, organisers said Thursday. The opening of the fourth Saudi Film Festival, slated to run from March 23-28 in the Gulf coastal city of Dhahran, was suspended after the storm hit the kingdom earlier this...

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Qaeda, IS focus on bombs behind carry-on computer ban
Mar 23

Qaeda, IS focus on bombs behind carry-on computer ban

Washington : The prohibition on carry-on electronics for certain flights to the US and Britain shows both the Islamic State group and Al-Qaeda remain able to mount potent threats to civil aviation despite tighter airport security, experts say. On Tuesday, US authorities ordered a ban on laptop computers, tablets,...

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UAE sentences Indian man to 10 years for spying
Mar 23

UAE sentences Indian man to 10 years for spying

Abu Dhabi : A UAE court has sentenced an Indian expat to 10 years in prison followed by deportation for espionage, local press reported Thursday. An Abu Dhabi appeals court found an unnamed man guilty of "sharing sensitive information about movements of military ships" with an unspecified country, according to the...

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British MPs to return to Westminster after attack
Mar 23

British MPs to return to Westminster after attack

London : British MPs were preparing to return to parliament on Thursday after a lightning attack attributed by police to "Islamist-related terrorism", which saw four people killed and 40 wounded. The attack unfolded on Wednesday across Westminster Bridge in the shadow of Big Ben, a towering landmark that draws...

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Indian murders daughter in suspected 'honour' killing
Mar 23

Indian murders daughter in suspected 'honour' killing

New Delhi : Indian police Wednesday arrested a man for allegedly murdering his teenage daughter in a so-called honour killing after she was caught dating a local boy he did not approve of. The girl's father slit her throat and dumped the 15-year-old's body on the doorstep...

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India jails Hindu radicals for life over shrine blast
Mar 23

India jails Hindu radicals for life over shrine blast

Jaipur : An Indian court on Wednesday jailed two Hindu extremists for life over a deadly bombing at a Sufi shrine that has a huge following amongst both Muslims and Hindus. Police had initially blamed Pakistan-based Islamist extremists for the 2007 attack on the...

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Singapore court denies full compensation to woman in IVF mix-up
Mar 23

Singapore court denies full compensation to woman in IVF mix-up

Singapore : A Singaporean woman inseminated with a stranger's sperm in a startling in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) mistake cannot be compensated in full for raising the child, the city-state's top court ruled Wednesday. Allowing the woman compensation would...

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Philippines complains drug war reports hurting tourism
Mar 23

Philippines complains drug war reports hurting tourism

Bangkok : The Philippines tourism secretary urged the media Wednesday to "tone down" coverage of President Rodrigo Duterte's deadly drug war, complaining that reports on extrajudicial killings were scaring away foreigners. On a trip to Thailand accompanying...

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UK police suspect 'Islamist-related terrorism' behind attack
Mar 23

UK police suspect 'Islamist-related terrorism' behind attack

London : Britain's top counter-terrorism officer said police suspect "Islamist-related terrorism" was behind an attack outside parliament on Wednesday which left four people dead and around 40 people injured. "Islamist-related terrorism is our assumption," Mark Rowley told journalists. The male assailant was...

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Four killed in attack on symbol of British democracy
Mar 22

Four killed in attack on symbol of British democracy

London : Four people were killed and 40 injured after being run over and stabbed in a lightning attack at the gates of British democracy attributed by police to "Islamist-related terrorism". The attack unfolded on Wednesday across Westminster Bridge in the shadow of Big Ben, a towering landmark that draws tourists by...

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Virtual reality brings home horror of hospital attacks
Mar 22

Virtual reality brings home horror of hospital attacks

Geneva : Doctors and nurses bustle round a patient with a broken leg, when suddenly there is an explosion, darkness and panicked screams. Now imagine that patient is you. That is the experience the MSF medical charity is aiming for with a new virtual reality film it is testing and planning to get...

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Nine US deaths linked to breast implant-associated cancer
Mar 22

Nine US deaths linked to breast implant-associated cancer

Washington : Nine women are believed to have died in the United States from a rare cancer linked to breast implants, US health officials said Tuesday, with more than 350 cases of the disease recorded nationwide. A possible association between breast implants and anaplastic...

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Jesus's tomb restored after months of work
Mar 22

Jesus's tomb restored after months of work

Jerusalem : The tomb where Jesus is believed to have been buried is being unveiled again following nine months of restoration work that will be highlighted at a much anticipated ceremony Wednesday. The shrine, which includes a 19th-century ornate edicule or shrine...

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Brussels to mark bombings anniversary with defiance
Mar 22

Brussels to mark bombings anniversary with defiance

Brussels : Belgium on Wednesday marks the first anniversary of the Islamic State bombings in Brussels with ceremonies showing that the heart of Europe stands defiant. King Philippe is set to lead a minute of silence at both Zaventem Airport and Maalbeek metro station where suicide...

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North Korea fails in new missile test
Mar 22

North Korea fails in new missile test

Seoul : A new North Korean missile test failed on Wednesday, the South and US said, two weeks after Pyongyang launched four rockets in what it called a drill for an attack on American bases in Japan.  The nuclear-armed North is under several sets of United Nations...

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US to charge Malaysia businessman in 1MDB scandal
Mar 22

US to charge Malaysia businessman in 1MDB scandal

Kuala Lampur : US authorities plan to lodge criminal charges against a businessman suspected to be at the centre of a corruption scandal that has embroiled Malaysia's prime minister, the Wall Street Journal reported. Allegations that huge sums were misappropriated from...

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Sweet-toothed Japan thief nabbed after ice cream binge
Mar 22

Sweet-toothed Japan thief nabbed after ice cream binge

Tokyo : A hapless Japanese thief has got himself into a sticky spot with police after being arrested for breaking into offices and raiding refrigerators to binge on sweet treats. Yasuhiro Wakashima, 51, is accused of gobbling down over 250 desserts during more than 40...

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That's not grandad! Corpse confusion in Austria
Mar 22

That's not grandad! Corpse confusion in Austria

Vienna : The grieving family just wanted to see the body one last time before his cremation. But peeking into the coffin for the final farewell they got a shock: it was someone else. The 90-year-old had in fact been buried three days earlier in someone else's grave, the embarrassed firm of...

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Electronic devices on flights from Arab world banned
Mar 22

Electronic devices on flights from Arab world banned

Washington : The United States and Britain yesterday banned larger electronic devices from the passenger cabin on flights from some airports in Turkey, the Middle East and North Africa. American officials warned that extremists are seeking “innovative” ways to attack airliners with smaller explosive...

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Man faces court for slashing Gainsborough painting
Mar 21

Man faces court for slashing Gainsborough painting

London : A man suspected of slashing an 18th century painting at Britain's National Gallery which featured in a James Bond film is due to appear in court on Monday. Keith Gregory, 63, was arrested on Saturday after allegedly damaging...

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Pakistan passes landmark Hindu marriage bill
Mar 21

Pakistan passes landmark Hindu marriage bill

Islamabad : The president of mainly Muslim Pakistan has signed into law a bill allowing the Hindu minority to register their marriages for the first time since partition from India in 1947. The bill, signed by President Mamnoon Hussain on Sunday, will "safeguard the...

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UK names new spy chief amid dispute with Washington
Mar 21

UK names new spy chief amid dispute with Washington

London : Britain on Monday named a new head for its communications spying agency GCHQ, which has been embroiled in a rare public row with Washington over allegations that it was used to snoop on Donald Trump. Jeremy Fleming, currently deputy director-general of the...

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Pope begs God's forgiveness for Church sins in Rwanda genocide
Mar 21

Pope begs God's forgiveness for Church sins in Rwanda genocide

Vatican City : Pope Francis on Monday begged for God's forgiveness for "the sins and failings of the Church and its members" implicated in the 1994 Rwanda genocide that killed around 800,000 people. The pontiff "conveyed his profound sadness, and that of the...

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N.Korea rocket test shows 'meaningful progress': South
Mar 20

N.Korea rocket test shows 'meaningful progress': South

Seoul : North Korea's latest rocket engine test showed "meaningful progress" in its missile capabilities, Seoul said Monday, as the nuclear-armed state steps up its controversial weapons development programmes.  The North's leader Kim Jong-Un oversaw the "successful" test of the powerful new rocket...

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Uber president leaves after six months
Mar 20

Uber president leaves after six months

Washington : Ridesharing giant Uber took another hit with the departure of its president, Jeff Jones, after just six months, US media reported Sunday. Jones' departure comes after a series of difficulties at Uber, Recode and The Wall Street Journal reported. According to Recode, Jones had voiced dissatisfaction with...

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Pakistan passes landmark Hindu marriage bill
Mar 20

Pakistan passes landmark Hindu marriage bill

The president of mainly Muslim Pakistan has signed into law a bill allowing the Hindu minority to register their marriages for the first time since partition from India in 1947. The bill, signed by President Mamnoon Hussain on Sunday, will "safeguard the legitimate rights and interests of Hindu families", a...

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Bangladesh clears execution for extremist leader
Mar 20

Bangladesh clears execution for extremist leader

Dhaka : Bangladesh's highest court Sunday rejected the final appeal by a top extremist leader to overturn his death sentence, all but paving the way for his execution within weeks. The Supreme Court upheld a 2008 order to execute Mufti Abdul Hannan and two associates for an attack on a shrine...

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Malaysia pursuing other suspects in Kim killing
Mar 20

Malaysia pursuing other suspects in Kim killing

Kuala Lumpur : Malaysia is pursuing more potential suspects, including at least one "important" person, in connection with the murder of Kim Jong-Nam last month in Kuala Lumpur, the police chief said Sunday. The half-brother of North Korea's leader Kim Jong-Un was poisoned...

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Tear gas at Paris demo against police 'brutality'
Mar 20

Tear gas at Paris demo against police 'brutality'

Paris : French police fired tear gas in clashes with hooded demonstrators in Paris on Sunday as thousands marched against "police brutality" after the alleged rape of a black youth with a police baton. The February attack on the 22-year-old man,...

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3,000 migrants rescued off Libya: Italy
Mar 20

3,000 migrants rescued off Libya: Italy

Rome : Around 3,000 migrants were rescued off the coast of Libya on Sunday as they tried to cross the Mediterranean to Europe, the Italian coastguard told AFP. "After some calm days, migrants are arriving in large numbers, taking advantage of a window of favourable...

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Bridge name makes troubled waters for Myanmar's Suu Kyi
Mar 19

Bridge name makes troubled waters for Myanmar's Suu Kyi

Yangon : Thousands of people protested in eastern Myanmar on Sunday against plans to name a bridge after Aung San Suu Kyi's father, the latest flashpoint between her administration and the country's restless ethnic minorities. The issue highlights some of the deep distrust among Myanmar's patchwork of...

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White House security boosted after arrest
Mar 19

White House security boosted after arrest

Washington : The US Secret Service bolstered security at the White House late Saturday after a man was arrested after making threats at one its checkpoints, an official said. CNN reported that the man made a threat claiming he had a bomb in his car, and that he was immediately arrested and the car in which he was...

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Scotland will have new independence referendum
Mar 19

Scotland will have new independence referendum

Aberdeen : First Minister Nicola Sturgeon insisted Saturday that Scotland will have another referendum on seceding from the UK, as she blasted British Prime Minister Theresa May. At a raucous rally of her leftwing Scottish National Party (SNP), Sturgeon said May's centre-right...

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Beijing shuts last coal power plant in switch to natural gas
Mar 19

Beijing shuts last coal power plant in switch to natural gas

Beijing : The last large coal-fired power plant in Beijing has suspended operations, with the city's electricity now generated by natural gas, the state news agency reported as smog enveloped the Chinese capital this weekend. The shuttering of the Huangneng Beijing Thermal Power Plant comes on the heels of China's...

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US issues trade challenge at fraught G20
Mar 19

US issues trade challenge at fraught G20

Baden-Baden : The United States on Saturday challenged long-standing global principles surrounding free trade, refusing to renew past anti-protectionist pledges and threatening to reopen negotiations on World Trade Organization deals. In an early taste of what Donald Trump's "America First" push...

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Man shot dead at Paris Orly airport after seizing soldier's gun
Mar 18

Man shot dead at Paris Orly airport after seizing soldier's gun

Paris : Security forces at Paris' Orly airport on Saturday shot dead a man who grabbed a weapon from a soldier, as France was on alert just weeks away from presidential elections. The second largest airport in the French capital was evacuated following the shooting at around 8:30am (0730GMT) and both terminals...

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US industrial Feb output flat
Mar 18

US industrial Feb output flat

Washington : Manufacturing output posted its sixth straight increase in February, but unseasonably warm weather again dragged down utilities, keeping total industrial production flat in the month, the Federal Reserve reported yesterday.Multiple manufactured product lines saw increases of one per cent and higher...

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Israeli jets strike Syrian targets
Mar 18

Israeli jets strike Syrian targets

Jerusalem : Israeli warplanes struck several targets in Syria early yesterday, prompting retaliatory missile launches, in the most serious incident between the two countries since the Syrian civil war began six years ago.Syria’s military said it had downed an Israeli plane and hit another as they were carrying...

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US warns N. Korea of military action
Mar 18

US warns N. Korea of military action

Seoul : Military action by the United States against nuclear-armed North Korea is an “option on the table” if the threat from the rogue regime escalates, Washington’s top diplomat Rex Tillerson said yesterday.The strong comments from the secretary of state, in Asia for his first foray into crisis...

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Man held over Paris knife killing of father, brother
Mar 18

Man held over Paris knife killing of father, brother

Paris : A man was arrested in Paris on Friday suspected of slitting the throats of his father and brother outside a building in the east of the French capital, police sources told AFP. The circumstances of the attack were unclear. Some witnesses said the suspect made remarks "linked to radical Islam" but the...

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Second person held over French school shooting
Mar 18

Second person held over French school shooting

Marseille : A second person was being held Friday over a shooting at a French school where a heavily armed teenager opened fire, slightly wounding three fellow pupils and a teacher, a judicial source said. The suspect is a brother of a friend of the 16-year-old attacker, the source said, asking not to be...

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French anti-drugs cop sentenced over 50kg cocaine theft
Mar 18

French anti-drugs cop sentenced over 50kg cocaine theft

Paris : A French anti-drugs policeman was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Friday for stealing nearly 50 kilogrammes (110 pounds) of cocaine from a safe in the headquarters of the Paris force. The presiding judge in handing down the maximum sentence to Jonathan Guyot, a 36-year-old officer in the drugs squad,...

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Indonesia summons UK envoy over coral reef destruction
Mar 18

Indonesia summons UK envoy over coral reef destruction

Jakarta : Indonesia summoned the British ambassador Friday after a cruise ship on a voyage organised by a London-based company smashed into coral reefs in a popular tourist spot and caused extensive damage. Raja Ampat in eastern Indonesia is one of the most biodiverse marine habitats on Earth, and attracts...

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Sierra Leone pastor unearths 706-carat diamond
Mar 17

Sierra Leone pastor unearths 706-carat diamond

Freetown : A pastor working in the mines of eastern Sierra Leone has unearthed a 706-carat diamond, a discovery that experts said Thursday could be the 10th largest stone ever found. The huge rock was extracted by Emmanuel Momoh, one of thousands who seek their fortunes in the informal mining sector that dominates...

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