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Pound struggles to rebound in after shock British vote
Jun 12

Pound struggles to rebound in after shock British vote

Hong Kong : The pound struggled on Monday to recover from last week's sharp losses that came in the wake of a shock British election result that has thrown the country into uncertainty. Sterling took a beating on Friday after Prime Minister Theresa May's ruling Conservative Party lost their Westminster majority,...

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Confirmed death toll from London attack rises to eight
Jun 07

Confirmed death toll from London attack rises to eight

London : British police confirmed Wednesday that the death toll from last weekend's terror attack in London had risen from seven to eight, after announcing a body had been recovered from the River Thames. "Detectives investigating the terrorist attack in London Bridge on Saturday, 3 June, can confirm the number of...

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Shell sells Hong Kong, Macau energy assets
Apr 05

Shell sells Hong Kong, Macau energy assets

London : Royal Dutch Shell on Wednesday announced the sale of its liquefied petroleum gas business in Hong Kong and Macau to Irish group DCC Energy for US$150.3 million (141 million euros). "This sale supports Shell's strategic commitment to focus downstream activities on areas where we can be most competitive," said...

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Iranian woman is now US’s top bikini designer!
Oct 18

Iranian woman is now US’s top bikini designer!

Washington : A Muslim woman who was punished for wearing a miniskirt says she's been heavily criticised for pursuing a career as a swimwear designer. Tala Raassi told FEMAIL how she was sentenced to 40 lashes in her hometown of Tehran for attending a mixed party when she was 16 - but has refused to let her ordeal...

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Paris luxury hotel must pay after Qatari guest molested cleaner
Oct 01

Paris luxury hotel must pay after Qatari guest molested cleaner

Paris : A cleaner who was molested at a Paris luxury hotel by a Qatari guest in 2010 has been awarded 57,000 euros ($63,500), according to a court ruling seen Friday by AFP. The Paris labour relations tribunal found that the five-star Park Hyatt Paris-Vendome and the company that provides its cleaning crew...

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Philippine leader's Hitler remarks 'troubling' for Pentagon chief
Oct 01

Philippine leader's Hitler remarks 'troubling' for Pentagon chief

United States: Pentagon chief Ashton Carter on Friday criticized the "deeply troubling" remarks by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, in which he likened his deadly war on crime to Hitler's efforts to exterminate Jews. Carter's comments came during a regional security summit with Southeast Asian ally nations,...

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At least 8 dead, 19 missing after China landslides
Oct 01

At least 8 dead, 19 missing after China landslides

At least eight people have died and around 19 are still missing after devastatinglandslides swept through two eastern Chinese villages, local authorities told the official Xinhua news agency Saturday.   Heavy wind and torrential rains brought by Typhoon Medi triggered...

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Woman seeks sex change in first for UAE
Sep 20

Woman seeks sex change in first for UAE

Abu Dhabi: An Emirati woman has sought leave to have a sex change operation in what would be a first for the United Arab Emirates, newspapers reported on Tuesday. The application to the court in the UAE capital Abu Dhabi comes after a change in the law took effect earlier this month legalising gender reassignment...

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Google faces $400 million tax bill
Sep 19

Google faces $400 million tax bill

Indonesia: Google faces a bill of over $400 million in Indonesia if authorities find it avoided taxes last year, an official said Monday, as Jakarta began  a probe into the US tech giant. Indonesia last week announced it was launching an investigation into Google, alleging that the company had refused to...

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Don't confuse Islam and terror, says French Muslim woman
Sep 19

Don't confuse Islam and terror, says French Muslim woman

Paris: A young French Muslim woman who lost three family members in the July 14 jihadist attack on Nice made an impassioned plea Monday not to confuse the Islamic faith with terrorism. Yasmine Bouzegan Marzouk, 21, told a national ceremony in tribute to the French victims of terror attacks that they were carried out...

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Putin's party scores crushing win in Russia parliament vote
Sep 19

Putin's party scores crushing win in Russia parliament vote

Moscow:   Russia's ruling United Russia party has won a record number of seats in parliamentary polls that could pave the way for President Vladimir Putin to glide to a fourth term in 2018 elections. With more than 98.3 percent of the ballots counted, United Russia had garnered 54.2 percent of the votes for...

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Sound of Music 'Liesl' actress Charmian Carr dies
Sep 19

Sound of Music 'Liesl' actress Charmian Carr dies

Carr died in Los Angeles after complications from a rare form of dementia, her representative said. In her role in the 1965 film, she famously performed the song Sixteen Going on Seventeen. After leaving the film industry, Carr ran an interior design firm in California. Her mother had arranged for her to audition...

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British Airways system fails globally, thousands stranded
Sep 06

British Airways system fails globally, thousands stranded

London : Tens of thousands of British Airways passengers face delays and disruption due to what the airline calls "problems with the computer systems".  Overnight, travellers from destinations worldwide - and in particular North America - have been turning up at check-in to discover long queues. At...

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There're Nuclear bombs in Turkey!
Aug 16

There're Nuclear bombs in Turkey!

Washington : Dozens of US nuclear weapons stored at a Turkish air base near Syria are at risk of being captured by “terrorists or other hostile forces,” a Washington think tank claimed yesterday.Critics have long been alarmed by America’s estimated stockpile of about 50 nuclear bombs at Incirlik in...

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Mother charged in deaths of son, 7, and daughter, 5
Aug 15

Mother charged in deaths of son, 7, and daughter, 5

Houston: A Houston mother who matter-of-factly told an acquaintance that she had drowned her two children in a bathtub has been charged in their deaths, authorities said. Sheborah Thomas, 30, was charged with capital murder and "all indications are she is the one who acted alone" in the deaths of her 7-year-old son...

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Prince William's Range Rover fails to find buyer
Aug 11

Prince William's Range Rover fails to find buyer

Prince William's luxury Range Rover has failed to sell at an auction for charity. The 34-year-old royal's SE Vogue 4.4 V8, which is sold new for £71,295, has failed to meet the reserve price of £75,000 with the highest bid of just £49,970. Nathaniel Comer, of Third World charity Sunscreen IT, had...

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UAE women asked not to wear 'Burka' in Switzerland
Aug 11

UAE women asked not to wear 'Burka' in Switzerland

The UAE's embassy in Geneva has advised Emirati woman not to wear Burka in line with a new law banning the face veil in some Swiss regions. In a statement posted on its Twitter page, the embassy asked Emirati woman to comply with that law, which was enforced in July in the Italian-speaking Ticino canton. "Emirati...

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Boy dies on 'world's biggest waterslide'
Aug 08

Boy dies on 'world's biggest waterslide'

New York: A 12-year-old boy has died on a waterslide - billed as the world's tallest - at a park in Kansas. Speeds on the Verruckt, a 168-foot tall slide at the Schlitterbahn Waterpark, can reach as fast as 70 mph. He was identified as Caleb Thomas Schwab the son of Scott Schwab, a member of the state...

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71 Years on Japan call for world without Nuclear Weapons
Aug 07

71 Years on Japan call for world without Nuclear Weapons

During World War II, an American B-29 bomber called the ‘Enola Gay’ dropped an atomic bomb over Hiroshima, Japan, on the morning of Aug. 6, 1945. The bomb killed close to 80,000 people instantly and the death toll later went up to about 135,000. Several died of the long-term effects of radiation...

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Meredith 'killer' seeks new trial in Italy murder saga
Aug 03

Meredith 'killer' seeks new trial in Italy murder saga

Rudy Guede, the Ivorian jailed for the murder of British student Meredith Kirchener, on Tuesdaybegan a bid to have his conviction quashed in the wake of Amanda Knox's acquittal over the 2007 killing. Lawyers for Guede, who was convicted after a fast-track trial in 2008,...

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Twin suicide bombings kill 6 Yemeni soldiers
Aug 03

Twin suicide bombings kill 6 Yemeni soldiers

Aden : Two suicide car bombings struck an army base in southern Yemen on Tuesday killing at least six soldiers and wounding 12 others, a military official said. One bomber detonated his explosives-laden car at the gate of the base in the city of Habilayn, in Lahj province,...

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Turkey arrests 11-man 'death squad' over Erdogan hotel raid
Aug 02

Turkey arrests 11-man 'death squad' over Erdogan hotel raid

Istanbul : Turkey has arrested 11 fugitive soldiers suspected of involvement in an attack on President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's hotel during the night of the failed coup, the deputy prime minister said Monday. Erdogan was staying in the western seaside resort of Marmaris on July 15 but dashed to Istanbul just...

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Truck Bomb rips through Kabul hotel
Aug 02

Truck Bomb rips through Kabul hotel

Kabul: A Taliban truck bomb blasted a hotel for foreigners in Kabul yesterday, triggering a seven-hour gun-and-grenade assault that highlighted growing insecurity in a city still reeling from its deadliest attack for 15 years. The guests and staff of the Northgate hotel escaped unharmed, but one policeman...

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35 dead in Indonesian floods, landslides
Jun 19

35 dead in Indonesian floods, landslides

Jakarta: Flash floods and landslides in central Indonesia have killed at least 35 people and destroyed dozens of homes, an official said Sunday, as searchers scoured devastated villages for survivors. Dozens were also missing or injured following torrential rain and widespread flooding on the main island...

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17 die in fire at Ukraine home for elderly
May 29

17 die in fire at Ukraine home for elderly

Litochky: Seventeen people died when an unlicenced home for elderly people outside the Ukrainian capital Kiev caught fire in the early hours of Sunday, a fresh tragedy to shake the conflict-riven country. The fire tore through the two-storey building for the elderly in the village of Litochky, located some 50...

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More debris found with possible MH370 link
May 26

More debris found with possible MH370 link

Sydney: Three new pieces of debris have been found in Mauritius and in Mozambique that could be linked to missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, Australia's transport minister said Thursday. The fate of the passenger jet, which is presumed to have crashed at sea after disappearing en route from Kuala Lumpur to...

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Russia ready to coordinate with Kurds and US on Raqa offensive
May 24

Russia ready to coordinate with Kurds and US on Raqa offensive

Moscow: Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Tuesday said Moscow was ready to coordinate with a Kurdish-Arab alliance and the US-led coalition in an assault on the Islamic State group's Syrian bastion of Raqa. "I say with all authority that we are ready for such coordination," Lavrov told journalists at a...

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MH17 victim families sue Putin, Russia in European rights court
May 21

MH17 victim families sue Putin, Russia in European rights court

Sydney: Families of victims of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, which was shot down over Ukraine in 2014, are suing President Vladimir Putin and Russia for Aus$10 million each in the European Court of Human Rights, The Sydney Morning Herald reported Saturday. The compensation claim was filed with the Strasbourg-based...

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Glass beads found in Australia point to huge asteroid hit
May 18

Glass beads found in Australia point to huge asteroid hit

Sydney: Australian scientists have found evidence of a huge asteroid they say slammed into Earth some 3.46 billion years ago -- making it the second oldest known to have hit the planet and larger than the one blamed for wiping out the dinosaurs. Andrew Glikson, from the Australian National University's Planetary...

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Australian minister under fire for 'illiterate' refugees comment
May 18

Australian minister under fire for 'illiterate' refugees comment

Sydney: Australia's immigration minister was accused of xenophobia Wednesday after he said increasing the nation's refugee intake would lead to "illiterate and innumerate" people claiming welfare or taking local jobs. Peter Dutton was responding to proposals by the Labor opposition to boost Australia's annual refugee...

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Teen arrested over alleged Sydney terror plot
May 17

Teen arrested over alleged Sydney terror plot

Sydney: An 18-year-old man was arrested in Sydney on Tuesday over an alleged "imminent" terror plot, as police raided properties in Melbourne in a separate counter-terrorism operation, officials said. Australian Federal Police claimed the teenager was scouting possible sites in Sydney to undertake an attack while at...

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10 more days needed to put  out Spanish tyre fire
May 16

10 more days needed to put out Spanish tyre fire

Madrid: It could take another 10 days to put out a huge fire at a tyre dump near Madrid, regional authorities said Monday, though residents have already been allowed to return to the area. Some 10,000 people living in the town of Sesena near the Spanish capital evacuated their homes Friday after the dump went up in...

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Australia PM listed in Panama Papers
May 12

Australia PM listed in Panama Papers

Sydney: Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is named in the Panama Papers, it emerged Thursday, causing an unwanted headache for the multi-millionaire former banker in the middle of an election campaign. He is listed as a former director of a British Virgin Islands company, Star Technology Services Limited,...

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Russia and US to 'redouble' efforts for Syrian political settlement
May 09

Russia and US to 'redouble' efforts for Syrian political settlement

Moscow: Russia and the United States on Monday agreed to step up efforts to find a political solution to the Syrian conflict and extend a truce across the whole of the country. "The Russian Federation and United States are determined to redouble efforts to reach a political settlement of the Syrian conflict",...

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Sea-level rise claims five islands in Solomons
May 07

Sea-level rise claims five islands in Solomons

Sydney: Five islands have disappeared in the Pacific's Solomon Islands due to rising sea levels and coastal erosion, according to an Australian study that scientists said Saturday could provide valuable insights for future research. A further six reef islands have been severely eroded in the remote area of the...

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'Impossibly rare' violet diamond found in Australia
May 03

'Impossibly rare' violet diamond found in Australia

Sydney: A rare violet diamond, the largest of its kind ever found at Australia's remote Argyle mine, will be the centrepiece of Rio Tinto's annual pink diamonds showcase, the company said Tuesday. The rough gem, discovered in August 2015 at a mine where more than 90 percent of the world's pink and red jewels are...

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Saudi Binladin workers burn company buses in Makkah
May 01

Saudi Binladin workers burn company buses in Makkah

Makkah: Several company buses of Saudi Binladin Group were burned in Makkah on Saturday night, in the latest trouble facing the construction giant. Maj. Nayef Al-Sharif, the spokesman for the Civil Defense in Makkah, said late Saturday that firefighters put out the blaze without any injuries reported. The attack...

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Russia dismisses new US charge over air incident
Apr 30

Russia dismisses new US charge over air incident

Moscow: Russia rejected Saturday a new claim that one of its jets had intercepted a US reconnaissance plane over the Baltic in an "unsafe" manner, and accused Washington of sending "spy-planes" into its airspace. US authorities said they were "very concerned" after the mid-air standoff...

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Australia talks tough on asylum-seekers
Apr 28

Australia talks tough on asylum-seekers

Sydney: Australia cannot be "misty-eyed" about boatpeople, the country's prime minister said Thursday, the day after his immigration policy was thrown into disarray when Papua New Guinea ordered an offshore processing camp to close. Malcolm Turnbull, who likely faces an election in coming weeks, said allowing even...

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First rocket launch from Russia's Vostochny delayed
Apr 27

First rocket launch from Russia's Vostochny delayed

Moscow: The first rocket launch from Russian cosmodrome Vostochny, which has been plagued by construction delays and mishaps, was on Wednesday postponed by a day, the space agency Roscosmos said. The Soyuz 2.1a rocket carrying three satellites was due to launch at 11.01 am local time (0201 GMT), but this was halted...

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Schoolgirl sneaks onto Russian flight without ticket
Apr 27

Schoolgirl sneaks onto Russian flight without ticket

Moscow: An 11-year-old Russian girl managed to fly from Moscow to Saint Petersburg after sneaking onto a plane by mingling with other passengers, authorities said Wednesday. "An unaccompanied 11-year-old girl was found in the Pulkovo airport of Saint-Petersburg," the transport police of Russia's second largest city...

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Crocodile attacks sleeping Australian camper
Apr 25

Crocodile attacks sleeping Australian camper

Sydney: A 19-year-old on a family camping holiday in northern Australia had a lucky escape Monday when he fought off a crocodile which bit into his foot as he slept. The reptile struck at about 4:30am as the group slept at their campsite in the Northern Territory. Peter Rowsell told the Australian Broadcasting...

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Transgender woman 'raped over 2,000 times' in male-only prison
Apr 19

Transgender woman 'raped over 2,000 times' in male-only prison

Brisbane: In a horrifying revelation, a transgender woman has confessed that she was raped more than 2,000 times in a male-only prison, where she was lodged on charges of theft, according to a report in the Daily Mail. Identified as Mary, she had spent over four years in a male prison in Brisbane for stealing a car....

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Four-month-old baby dies in flight
Apr 19

Four-month-old baby dies in flight

London: A four-month-old baby girl died on a flight from London to Hong Kong after a medical emergency that forced the plane to divert to Kazakhstan. Her parents raised the alarm after finding their daughter unconscious on a Cathay Pacific Airways plane while flying to visit relatives in China, Daily Mail...

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Ukraine court jails alleged Russian soldiers, paving way for swap
Apr 18

Ukraine court jails alleged Russian soldiers, paving way for swap

Kiev: A Ukrainian court on Monday sentenced two alleged Russian soldiers to 14 years in prison for fighting in the rebel east, in a ruling that could prelude a swap for pilot Nadiya Savchenko jailed by Russia.  The verdict from a panel of three judges read out in court said sergeant Aleksander Aleksandrov and...

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Pope's refugee families settle into Roman life
Apr 18

Pope's refugee families settle into Roman life

Vatican City: With Italian lessons and strolls around Rome, the 12 Syrian asylum seekers Pope Francis brought back with him from Lesbos are settling into new lives, their hosts said Monday. The three Muslim families are being housed temporarily by the Saint'Egidio religious community in the Rome district of...

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Defying radiation, elderly residents cling on in Chernobyl
Apr 18

Defying radiation, elderly residents cling on in Chernobyl

Chernobyl: Defying radioactive contamination and a government evacuation order, Yevgeny Markevich returned to his beloved Chernobyl shortly after it suffered the world's worst nuclear accident 30 years ago this week. The sturdy 78-year-old former teacher is among 158 people still living in the 30 kilometre (19 mile)...

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Putin says banned drug meldonium not 'doping'
Apr 14

Putin says banned drug meldonium not 'doping'

Moscow: President Vladimir Putin defended Thursday the use of the banned drug meldonium, saying athletes' use of the performance-boosting drug does not constitute doping.  "This drug has nothing to do with doping," Putin said during an annual call-in show. "It does not impact results at all. It simply keeps the...

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Russia pushes UN over threat of chemical attacks in Europe
Apr 13

Russia pushes UN over threat of chemical attacks in Europe

United Nations: Russia on Wednesday pushed for measures at the United Nations to monitor extremist groups fighting in Syria, warning of a "clear and present threat" that they could stage chemical attacks, possibly in Europe. Russia and China presented a draft Security Council resolution that calls on all countries,...

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Investigation into flydubai crash points to pilot error
Apr 08

Investigation into flydubai crash points to pilot error

Moscow: A flydubai passenger plane crashed in Russia last month after being flown in a contradictory manner minutes before it smashed into the ground, a statement from investigators said on Friday, suggesting pilot error was to blame. The Boeing 737-800, operated by Dubai-based budget carrier flydubai, came down in...

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