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BA flights disrupted for third day after IT crash
May 29

BA flights disrupted for third day after IT crash

London : Passengers faced a third day of disruption at Heathrow Monday as British Airways cancelled short-haul flights after a global computer crash that unions blamed on the outsourcing of IT services to India. The embattled airline said it was cancelling 13 short-haul flights from Heathrow Airport, Europe's...

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Fears for 2,000 people trapped in Philippine city battle
May 29

Fears for 2,000 people trapped in Philippine city battle

Marawi : Army helicopters fired rockets at Islamist militants in a southern Philippine city Monday, as fears grew for up to 2,000 people unable to escape a week of relentless fighting that has left women and children dead. President Rodrigo Duterte imposed martial law across the southern third of the Philippines...

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Facebook 'ban' of anti-Muslim slur sparks Myanmar outcry
May 29

Facebook 'ban' of anti-Muslim slur sparks Myanmar outcry

Yangon : Myanmar netizens were in an uproar on Monday after Facebook seemingly banned people from posting the word "kalar," often used as a slur against Muslims, at a time of rising Islamophobia in the country. Facebook is under global pressure to clamp down on hate speech, violent threats or deliberately...

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Police make fresh arrest over Manchester bombing
May 29

Police make fresh arrest over Manchester bombing

Manchester : British police said they had arrested a new suspect on Monday over the Manchester bombings, bringing to 14 the number of people they have in custody over the attack. Authorities detained a 23-year-old in the southern coastal town of Shoreham-by-Sea, more than 400 kilometres (250 miles) from...

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Greek ex-PM Mitsotakis, early austerity champion, dies aged 98
May 29

Greek ex-PM Mitsotakis, early austerity champion, dies aged 98

Athens : Former Greek Prime Minister Constantine Mitsotakis, an early proponent of austerity cuts that Greece eventually had to adopt during the economic crisis, died Monday aged 98, his family said. A patriarch of one of Greece's most influential political families, Mitsotakis quit politics in 2004, aged 85,...

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Travolta donates his Qantas plane to Australia museum
May 29

Travolta donates his Qantas plane to Australia museum

Sydney : Hollywood star John Travolta has donated his "beloved" Boeing 707 plane to an Australian aviation museum and is aiming to be part of the crew to deliver the vintage aircraft. Made for Qantas Airways in 1964, the "Saturday Night Fever" heartthrob and qualified pilot acquired the jet when Australia's national...

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China says intercept of US plane ‘safe’
May 29

China says intercept of US plane ‘safe’

Beijing : China Sunday denied the Pentagon's charge that an encounter between Chinese fighters and a US surveillance plane over the South China Sea was "unsafe and unprofessional". Tensions between the two economic superpowers have risen in recent years over the disputed waterway,...

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Great Barrier Reef bleaching worse than first thought
May 29

Great Barrier Reef bleaching worse than first thought

Sydney : Coral bleaching on Australia's Great Barrier Reef is worse than first thought and the impact will accelerate unless global greenhouse gas emissions are cut, scientists said Monday. The 2,300-kilometre (1,400-mile) World Heritage-listed reef suffered its most severe bleaching on record last year...

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North Korea fires missile in latest provocation
May 29

North Korea fires missile in latest provocation

Seoul : North Korea test-fired a missile Monday into Japan's maritime economic zone -- the latest in a series of provocative launches that have ratcheted up tensions over its nuclear weapons ambitions. It was the North's third ballistic missile test in as many weeks and the 12th this year -– carried out in...

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Sri Lanka monsoon toll climbs to 164
May 29

Sri Lanka monsoon toll climbs to 164

Colombo : Sri Lanka's monsoon toll climbed to 164 with the discovery of more bodies of people buried in landslides triggered by intense rains, the Disaster Management Centre (DMC) said Monday. Friday's deluge also caused the island's worst flooding in 14 years and drove nearly half a million people out of their...

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CBSE Class XII pass percentage dips, Noida girl Raksha Gopal tops with 99.6%
May 28

CBSE Class XII pass percentage dips, Noida girl Raksha Gopal tops with 99.6%

New Delhi: The Central Board of Secondary Education(CBSE) on Sunday announced the results of Class XII examination with Noida girl Raksha Gopal+ scoring a whopping 99.6 per cent to bag the first rank.The second and third positions were bagged by Chandigarh students Bhumi Sawant and Aditya Jain who...

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UK lowers threat level as Manchester bomber photos released
May 28

UK lowers threat level as Manchester bomber photos released

Manchester : Britain on Saturday lowered the terror threat level which was hiked after this week's carnage in Manchester as police released CCTV footage of bomber Salman Abedi on the night of the attack. The move to scale back the threat level from...

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Sri Lanka rushes aid to flood victims, death toll hits 146
May 28

Sri Lanka rushes aid to flood victims, death toll hits 146

Colombo : Emergency teams rushed to distribute aid Sunday to half a million Sri Lankans displaced after the island's worst flooding in more than a decade, as authorities upgraded the death toll to 146. The official Disaster Management Centre said 112 people were still missing, with 50 injured in...

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Pakistan reopens border with Afghanistan
May 28

Pakistan reopens border with Afghanistan

Islamabad : Pakistan announced it was reopening its volatile southwestern border with Afghanistan at the start of the holy month of Ramadan on Saturday, weeks after bloody clashes broke out between the two countries' militaries in the area. Islamabad decided to close the major crossing...

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Thirteen dead as Taliban car bomber hits CIA-funded Afghan militia
May 28

Thirteen dead as Taliban car bomber hits CIA-funded Afghan militia

Khost : A Taliban car bomber killed 13 people in Afghanistan's Khost city on Saturday, in the first major attack at the start of the holy month of Ramadan that targeted a CIA-funded militia group. The powerful explosion in the eastern Afghan city, which also wounded six people...

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US military to test anti-ICBM system
May 28

US military to test anti-ICBM system

Washington : The US military will try to intercept an intercontinental ballistic missile in a landmark test of a defense system that comes amid broad tensions over North Korea's weapons program, the Pentagon said Friday. Scheduled for Tuesday, the test is the first time...

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Co-pilot in plane crash near Everest dies of injuries
May 28

Co-pilot in plane crash near Everest dies of injuries

Kathmandu : The co-pilot of a cargo plane that crashed at a small airport near Mount Everest, killing the pilot, has died from his injuries, Nepali officials said Sunday. The plane, which had departed from Kathmandu, broke into three pieces when it crashed in heavy fog while trying to land at Lukla airport on...

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Mother of Uber founder killed in boating accident
May 28

Mother of Uber founder killed in boating accident

San Francisco : The mother of Travis Kalanick, founder of the on-demand ride service Uber, was killed in a boating accident and his father was seriously hurt, authorities and a company official said Saturday. An initial investigation showed that Bonnie Kalanick, 71, died Friday after the boat she was in struck a...

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Islamist militants kill 19 in south Philippines
May 28

Islamist militants kill 19 in south Philippines

Marawi : Islamist militants locked in street-to-street battles with security forces in a southern Philippine city have killed 19 civilians, the military said Sunday, bringing the official death toll from nearly a week of fighting to at least 85. The violence prompted President Rodrigo Duterte to declare martial law...

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Britain arrests two more in probe of Manchester bombing network
May 27

Britain arrests two more in probe of Manchester bombing network

London : British police said they arrested two more people during raids Saturday in connection with the suicide bombing at a Manchester concert, with a "large part" of the network behind the attack now being held. The two men, aged 20 and 22, were arrested in north Manchester early Saturday after police gained entry...

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Sacred Muslim month of Ramadan starts
May 27

Sacred Muslim month of Ramadan starts

Riyadh : The world's nearly 1.5 billion Muslims on Saturday began Ramadan, the holy month of dawn-to-dusk fasting and prayers. It is sacred to Muslims because tradition says the Quran was revealed to the Prophet Mohammed during that month. Here are four questions and answers about Ramadan:

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Car bomber kills 18 in east Afghanistan on first day of Ramadan
May 27

Car bomber kills 18 in east Afghanistan on first day of Ramadan

Khost : A suicide car bomber killed 18 people in the eastern Afghan city of Khost on Saturday, the first day of the holy fasting month of Ramadan, the interior ministry said. Ministry spokesman Najib Danish told AFP a public bus station was hit by the bombing, but local police said the target were Afghan...

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India opens its longest bridge near China border
May 27

India opens its longest bridge near China border

Tinsukia : India opened its longest bridge close to the border with China in a move seen as bolstering its defences in a sensitive region.  Prime Minister Narendra Modi marked the third anniversary of his rule by inaugurating the 9.1 kilometre (5.7 mile) long Dhola-Sadiya bridge over the Brahmaputra river that...

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Indian aid arrives as Sri Lanka monsoon toll hits 100
May 27

Indian aid arrives as Sri Lanka monsoon toll hits 100

Colombo : Indian medical teams and emergency relief arrived in Sri Lanka Saturday as the monsoon-related death toll reached 100 and authorities warned of more flooding in low-lying areas. A ship carrying medical supplies docked in Colombo, sent by India to help deal with the worst flooding in the island's western and...

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'52 dead' in militia clashes in Libya capital
May 27

'52 dead' in militia clashes in Libya capital

Tripoli : Forces loyal to Libya's unity government said Saturday that 52 of its fighters were killed as they repelled rival militias in fierce clashes in the capital Tripoli. Apart from sporadic gunfire in southern Tripoli, calm returned to the city on Saturday, the first day of the Muslim holy month of...

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Azerbaijan arrests prominent opposition leader
May 27

Azerbaijan arrests prominent opposition leader

Baku : Azerbaijan has arrested a prominent opposition leader, her party said on Friday, denouncing the move as a latest step in the crackdown on dissent in the tightly-controlled country. Gozel Bayramli -- the deputy chairperson of the opposition Popular Front party -- was arrested on Thursday evening after...

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Israel PM has kidney stones removed
May 27

Israel PM has kidney stones removed

Jerusalem : Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu returned to work on Friday after surgery to remove kidney stones, his office said. The operation came just days after US President Donald Trump visited Israel on his maiden foreign tour. "The medical intervention under anaesthesia was...

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Egypt hits jihadists after attack on Christians kills 28
May 27

Egypt hits jihadists after attack on Christians kills 28

Cairo : Egypt launched six air strikes on jihadist camps in Libya Friday after masked gunmen attacked a bus of Coptic Christians south of the Egyptian capital, killing at least 28 people. Assailants in three pick-up trucks attacked the bus as it was heading for the Saint Samuel monastery in Minya province, more...

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Italy's 'Queen of Cashmere' Biagiotti dies aged 73
May 26

Italy's 'Queen of Cashmere' Biagiotti dies aged 73

Rome : Italian fashion designer Laura Biagiotti, who pioneered the marketing of cashmere products in places such as China and the former Soviet Union, has died aged 73, her company said Friday. The veteran designer suffered brain damage following a heart attack late on Wednesday, and died early on...

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NASA's Juno probe forces 'rethink' on Jupiter
May 26

NASA's Juno probe forces 'rethink' on Jupiter

Miami : An unmanned NASA spaceship circling Jupiter has spotted massive cyclones at the gas giant's poles, revealing stunning new details about our solar system's largest planet, researchers said Thursday. A NASA statement described the planet as "a complex, gigantic, turbulent world" that is far...

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Amazon opens first brick and mortar New York bookshop
May 26

Amazon opens first brick and mortar New York bookshop

New York : Online retail giant Amazon on Thursday opened its first brick and mortar bookstore in New York, selling a limited range of its highest-rated books and letting customers browse products as in times gone by. Amazon, which launched as an online bookseller in 1995 but which now sells everything...

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13 years after quitting, Zuckerberg gets Harvard degree
May 26

13 years after quitting, Zuckerberg gets Harvard degree

Washington : Thirteen years after dropping out of Harvard University to work on Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday finally got his degree -- well, sort of. Zuckerberg returned to the university where he launched what would become the world's biggest social network, and basked in the spotlight by...

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'Panic' in Bangladesh factories as workers collapse in heatwave
May 26

'Panic' in Bangladesh factories as workers collapse in heatwave

Dhaka : Panic broke out in more than a dozen factories in Bangladesh's capital as hundreds of garment workers fell ill in a heatwave, forcing the plants to close, police said Thursday. Police said 18 factories, which export clothes to Western retailers, had been shut since Wednesday after...

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Vietnam man kills wedding guest after karaoke row
May 26

Vietnam man kills wedding guest after karaoke row

Hanoi : A man at a wedding in southern Vietnam murdered a fellow guest and seriously injured another after he was booed off stage during a karaoke performance, state-run media reported.  Nguyen Ngoc Diep, 44, went on a stabbing spree at the wedding party after...

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Shabaab kills 5 Kenyan police in third bombing
May 26

Shabaab kills 5 Kenyan police in third bombing

Nairobi : Five police officers were killed Thursday when their vehicle hit a roadside bomb in Kenya in an attack claimed by Shabaab Islamists a day after nine police died in similar blasts. The officers had been deployed to the restive northeastern region to take part in...

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Successful launch puts New Zealand in space race
May 25

Successful launch puts New Zealand in space race

Wellington : A private New Zealand-based company joined the exclusive space-race club on Thursday with the successful launch of a Rocket Lab test craft named Electron. The rocket blasted off from the company's facility at Mahia, on the east coast of the North Island, to end three days of launch...

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Two Chinese nationals kidnapped in Pakistan
May 25

Two Chinese nationals kidnapped in Pakistan

Quetta : Two Chinese working in Pakistan were kidnapped Wednesday, local police and China's state media said, an attack which could raise safety concerns for Beijing's multi-billion dollar investments in the country.  The abductions happened around midday in Quetta,...

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Pakistan's Karachi bans swimming for six months after drownings
May 25

Pakistan's Karachi bans swimming for six months after drownings

Karachi : Pakistanis in the port megacity of Karachi have been banned from swimming in the sea for six months, authorities said Wednesday, after a recent spate of drownings as residents sought relief from the scorching heat. Rescue workers and media have reported some 15...

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Indonesian police steamroller alcohol before Ramadan
May 25

Indonesian police steamroller alcohol before Ramadan

Surabaya : Indonesian police Wednesday used a steamroller to crush thousands of bottles of alcohol and torched a huge stash of seized drugs ahead of Ramadan in the world's most populous Muslim-majority country. Islam's holiest month is due to begin this weekend, with...

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Qatar begins probe after state news agency hacked
May 24

Qatar begins probe after state news agency hacked

Doha : Qatar said Wednesday it had begun an inquiry into an unprecedented security breach by hackers who posted fake new stories attributed to its ruler on highly sensitive regional political issues. The cyber attack, which hit Qatar's official news agency website and Twitter account, caused ripples...

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At least 20 migrants killed in new Med sinking
May 24

At least 20 migrants killed in new Med sinking

Rome : At least 20 migrants including young children drowned on Wednesday when they fell off an overloaded vessel in the Mediterranean, the Italian coastguard and a humanitarian worker said. "There's a critical situation today. About 200 people fell into the water and for the moment we have 20 bodies," a coastguard...

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Newark airport reopens after engine fire prompts plane evacuation
May 24

Newark airport reopens after engine fire prompts plane evacuation

Washington : Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey has reopened after temporarily shutting down late Tuesday, following an engine fire that prompted the evacuation of an airplane, officials said. There were reports of five minor injuries, according to a statement posted on the airport's official...

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Islamist militants in Philippines beheaded local police chief
May 24

Islamist militants in Philippines beheaded local police chief

Manila : Islamist militants rampaging through a southern Philippine city beheaded a local police chief, President Rodrigo Duterte said Wednesday. "The chief of police in Malabang on his way home, going back he was stopped by a checkpoint manned by terrorists and I think they decapitated them right then and...

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Macron seeks extension of French state of emergency: presidency
May 24

Macron seeks extension of French state of emergency: presidency

Paris : New French President Emmanuel Macron will seek an extension of the country's state of emergency until November 1 and wants to strengthen the power of security forces with a new law, the presidency announced on Wednesday. Before his election on May 7, 39-year-old Macron had indicated that he would ask...

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Manchester bomber was 'likely' acting with others
May 24

Manchester bomber was 'likely' acting with others

London : The attack on a Manchester pop concert that killed 22 people was "likely" the work of more than one person, British interior minister Amber Rudd said Wednesday. "It was a devastating occasion, it was more sophisticated than some of the attacks we've seen before, and it seems likely -- possible -- that he...

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IS claims first suicide attack in Somalia, kills 5
May 24

IS claims first suicide attack in Somalia, kills 5

Mogadishu : The Islamic State group has claimed its first suicide attack in Somalia, which police said Wednesday killed five people at a checkpoint in the northeastern port city of Bosaso. The group's self-styled news agency Amaq claimed the "martyrdom-seeking operation with an explosive vest" in a statement...

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All smiles, in public at least, as Trump meets Pope
May 24

All smiles, in public at least, as Trump meets Pope

Vatican City : US President Donald Trump met Pope Francis at the Vatican on Wednesday in a keenly-anticipated face-to-face encounter between two world leaders who have clashed repeatedly. The private audience with the pontiff, which lasted just under half an hour, was preceded by a handshake for the cameras....

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Plane skids off Hong Kong runway in heavy rain
May 24

Plane skids off Hong Kong runway in heavy rain

Hong Kong : A plane veered off the runway at Hong Kong airport Wednesday after heavy rain lashed the area, forcing the temporary closure of the airstrip and delaying scores of flights.  The China Eastern Airlines flight from Nanjing, which had 141 people on board, skidded onto a grass area as it was taxiing...

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Four climbers found dead on Everest
May 24

Four climbers found dead on Everest

Kathmandu : The bodies of four climbers were found inside a tent on Everest, an expedition organiser said Wednesday, taking the death toll on the world's highest peak this spring season to 10. The climbers were found at camp four -- at 7,950 metres (26,085 feet) -- on Tuesday by a rescue team who were there to...

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Today's weather in Bahrain
May 24

Today's weather in Bahrain

Manama : The Meteorological Directorate forecasts today a warm weather with some clouds at later time. North wind 5-10 Knots, reaching 12-17 Knots at times.Maximum temperature is 39 Celsius and minimum 29 Celsius.Relative humidity ranges between 30%-70%.Sea waves rise from 1-2 feet inshore, 2-4 feet offshore.

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