Aug 10

Oman criticises newspaper after editor-in-chief detained

Dubai: Oman’s government has criticised a newspaper for publishing a story alleging improper interference in a court case, its first official comment since authorities detained the paper’s editor-in-chief. Rights groups have called for Oman to release Ibrahim al-Maamari of the daily Arabic newspaper Azamn, who is held over the story. Oman issued the statement via

INDONESIA-TERROR Militants hijacking charity funds for attacks

Indonesia: Charities that send financial aid to trouble spots sometimes have the funds “hijacked” by militant groups to carry out attacks, an international counter-terrorism meeting was warned today. A report by Indonesian and Australian authorities detailed the risk faced by non-profit organisations. It also urged countries in the region to cooperate more closely to halt

Zika may lead to severe joint deformities in newborns: study

Washington: Zika virus infection in the wombmay cause babies to be born with severe joint deformities, particularly in the arms and legs, a new study suggests. According to researchers, Zika virus destroys brain cells and forms lesions similar to “scars” on which calcium is deposited, leading to a condition known as arthrogryposis – which causes

Five Turkish soldiers killed in PKK attack

Diyarbakir (Turkey): Five Turkish soldiers were killed today in an attack blamed on Kurdish militants in the restive southeast of the country, a local security source said. Eight other soldiers were wounded after a home made bomb exploded while a military convoy was passing in Uludere, close to the Iraqi border, the source said. The

Suu Kyi to visit China

Beijing: Myanmar Foreign Minister Aung San Suu Kyi will on August 17 visit China for four days, her first one to Beijing after taking office, a media report said on Wednesday. Suu Kyi will be welcomed by Chinese President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Li Keqiang, Efe news reported. Suu Kyi, currently the de facto

First Zika-related infant death in US reported in Texas

New York: The health authorities in the US State of Texas on Tuesday confirmed a Zika-related death of a newborn girl, the first of its kind in the country. Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) said that an infant in Harris County who died shortly after birth had microcephaly, linked to the Zika virus, Xinhua

China launches hi-res SAR imaging satellite

Beijing:  China launched a new high-resolution Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) imaging satellite in northern Shanxi province on Wednesday. The Gaofen-3 satellite was launched off on the back of a Long March 4C rocket from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Centre, Xinhua news agency cited the centre as revealing. It was the 233rd flight mission by a

Myanmar peace conference to begin August 31

Nay Pyi Taw: A peace conference slated to bring together all ethnic minorities in Myanmar, aimed at resolving the armed conflicts will begin on August 31 in capital Nay Pyi Taw, officials said on Tuesday. According to The Global New Light of Myanmar daily, the date was announced by Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu

Russia delivers half of S-300 missile systems to Iran

Moscow: Russia has delivered half of the S-300 surface-to-air missile systems to Iran in accordance with a weapon sales contract signed between the two countries in 2007, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said. Rogozin made the statement on Monday at the Russia-Iran-Azerbaijan summit in Baku, the capital city of Azerbaijan, Xinhua news agency reported. The

China ridicules Trump’s criticism of its trade practices

Beijing: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is playing the “China-bashing card” in an attempt to rescue his falling poll numbers but has no real ideas to resolve the two nations’ differences, China’s official news agency said today. Responding to a speech yesterday in which the candidate accused China of breaking trade rules “in every way

Around 400 Pakistanis stranded in Saudi Arabia

Islamabad: About 400 Pakistanis have been stranded for four months in Saudi Arabia’s Samishi camp after their companies stopped paying salaries, a returnee has said. Mohammad Tanveer, speaking to Dawn News over the phone, narrated his experience of being stuck with around 400 Pakistanis in the camp, at times without food and water. “There were around

Mexico tropical storm toll rises to 42

Mexico City:  The death toll from tropical storm Earl has risen to 42 in Mexico, authorities said. “We have an official figure of 29 people that have lost their lives in Puebla and in Veracruz there are 12. Today (Monday) we are still getting reports of missing people,” said Luis Felipe Puente on Monday, national

50 Republican national security experts slam Trump

Washington: Fifty prominent Republican national security experts have signed a letter denouncing Donald Trump’s presidential candidacy and pledging not to vote for him. “We are convinced that in the Oval Office, he would be the most reckless President in American history,” CNN reported citing the letter that was issued on Monday. Its signatories include former Central

Nearly 10 square miles burn in latest California wildfire

Crestline (US): Smoke plumes roiling from flaming ridges of the San Bernardino Mountains blew all the way across the Mojave Desert to Las Vegas as California’s latest big wildfire forced the evacuation of hundreds of homes and threatened thousands more. Hundreds of firefighters, aided by 16 aircraft, battled flames that spread across nearly 10 square

‘MH370 fell out of sky after engine failure’

Canberra: Australian defence scientists who analysed signals from missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 have revealed the Boeing 777 fell very fast before crashing into the Indian Ocean off the coast of Western Australia. Australian media reported on Tuesday that data analysis and manufacturer simulations showed it was likely the aircraft lost engine power before falling

ITBP to create 54 border outposts at India-China border

Itanagar: The Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) has proposed to create 54 border outposts along the McMahon Line to further improve security in Arunachal Pradesh and along the India-China border, an official said on Monday. On Sunday, ITBP Inspector-General Manoj Singh Rawat, who is in charge of the North East Frontier Headquarters, called on Chief Minister Pema

US boy killed in world’s tallest water slide accident

Washington: A 10-year-old boy died on a water slide billed as the world’s tallest at an amusement park in US’ Kansas city, police said. Schlitterbahn Water Park spokeswoman Winter Prosapio said the child died on Sunday on one of the park’s main attractions, Verruckt, a 168 ft tall water slide that has 264 stairs leading

Adolf Hitler’s short-lived successor and his contribution (Book Review)

Karl Doenitz and the Last Days of the Third Reich; Author: Barry Turner; Publisher: Icon Books/Penguin India; Pages: 304; Price: Rs 599 Adolf Hitler is so identified with the Nazi epoch that it is commonly thought that his Third Reich began and ended with him. It almost did but in the few days between his

Chinese firm makes record-breaking optic fibre transmission

Beijing: A Chinese firm has claimed to have developed a type of optic fibre that can transmit 400 terabytes of data per second, setting a new world record. Such capacity would allow for simultaneous phone calls by 4.8 billion people and the transmission of 40,000 blue-ray high definition movies (10 gigabytes per movie) in one

NASA releases rocket booster test slow-motion video

New York:  US space agency NASA has added yet another feather in its cap when it released a new video showing rocket motor test in extreme slow-motion using an innovative new camera. The video offers a spectacular view of the QM-2 test by the company Orbital ATK on June 28, which test-fired a full-scale version