May 27

EgyptAir crash: Signals detected in Mediterranean

Cairo: Airbus has detected signals from the Mediterranean Sea where the EgyptAir flight 804 crashed last week, media reports said. The signals were emitted by the plane’s emergency locator transmitter, a device that can manually or automatically activate at impact and will usually send a distress signal, CNN reported on Thursday. The signals from the

First robot mobile goes on sale in Japan

Tokyo: The world’s first robotic mobile phone RoBoHon, a pocket-size walking and dancing robot, started sale on Thursday in Japan. The human-shaped smartphone, developed by Japanese electronics company, Sharp and engineer Tomotaka Takahashi, inventor of the first robot astronaut ‘Kirobo’, went on sale with a base price of 198,000 yen ($1,800), EFE news reported. To

Facebook bids goodbye to desktop ad exchange

Washington: Social networking giant Facebook is reportedly planning to close FBX — an ad exchange that allows advertisers to buy desktop ads, media reports said on Thursday. According to Tech Crunch, Matt Idema, vice president of monetization product marketing at Facebook confirmed to them that this is part of Facebook’s shift to mobile. “Mobile is

Russian military denies IS destroyed its helicopters

Moscow: The Russian Defence Ministry has denied reports that Islamic State militants destroyed four Russian helicopters at an air base in Syria’s Homs province. “All Russian combat helicopters currently stationed in the Syrian Arab Republic, are performing routine tasks destroying terrorists. There have been no losses among the personnel of the Russian air base there,”

Trump can‘bankrupt’America like his companies: Hillary Clinton

Washington: Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton has alleged that Donald Trump could “bankrupt” America like his companies as the controversial presumptive Republican nominee’s economics is a “recipe” for lower wages, fewer jobs and more debt. “Ask yourself, how could anybody lose money running a casino? Really? And that is not all. I hear every day

Hawaii plane crash kills 5

Los Angeles:  All five people abroad a small plane were killed in a crash in Hawaii on Monday. The skydiving tour plane got burned while taking off in Hanapepe of Kauai island. County officials said four people were pronounced dead at the scene and one man died in hospital. The single-engine Cessna 182H, which can

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Obama confirms death of Taliban chief Mullah Mansour

Kabul: US President Barack Obama on Monday confirmed the death of Taliban chief Mullah Akhtar Mansour, saying his death marks an “important milestone” in the long standing effort to bring peace in Afghanistan. In a statement issued by the Whitehouse, Obama, who is in Vietnam, said: “Mansour’s death removes the leader of an organisation that

17 girls dead in Thai school dormitory fire

Bangkok: At least 17 girls aged between five and 12 were killed and several reported missing in a fire that swept through the dormitory of a private school for children of hill tribes in northern Thailand, police said today. Five school girls were reported injured in the fire which broke out at the the two-storey building

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India pledges $1 million for Afghanistan school

Kabul: India has pledged $1 million for modernisation and teachers’ training at a prestigious school in Afghanistan as part of its long-standing support to the war-torn country’s education sector. India has decided to grant the financial assistance of $one million to the school over a period of 10 years, in pursuance of India’s long-standing support

Man brandishing gun outside White House shot down

Washington: A man brandishing a weapon outside the White House grounds was shot down on Friday afternoon and now is taken into custody, a US Secret Service official confirmed. The White House went into lockdown after the shooting incident and reopened nearly one hour after, Xinhua reported. The shooting occurred at 3:06 pm local time

8 killed, 4 missing as China issues blue alert for heavy rains

Beijing: Eight persons were killed and four others reported missing in China as rainstorms wreaked havoc in southern areas as authorities today issued a blue alert for heavy torrenial rains in the next 24 hours, with over 5 lakh people affected in record downpour. All casualties were reported in Xinyi, a small, county- level city

Australian PM announces environmental plan

Sudney: Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Saturday announced a $21.7 million environmental package to clean up local parks, surf clubs and wetlands. The prime minister made the announcement while he was campaigning in Long Jetty on the Central Coast, 100km north of Sydney, accompanied by local Liberal Party MP Karen McNamara, EFE news reported.

As many as 40 million Indians at risk from rising sea levels: UN report

United Nations: Nearly 40 million Indians will be at risk from rising sea levels by 2050, with people in Mumbai and Kolkata having the maximum exposure to coastal flooding in future due to rapid urbanisation and economic growth, according to a UN environment report. The Global Environmental Outlook (GEO-6): Regional Assessments said that the worst

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Golden urn holding Buddha relics returned to Cambodia

Phnom Penh: Thousands of Cambodians joined a colorful procession on Friday to return what they believe are Buddha’s relics to a mountaintop shrine from where they were stolen three years ago. The relics contained in a golden urn were placed in a float built around a car, resembling a giant golden swan complete with little

First British woman in space reunited with Russian crewmates

London: The first British woman in space was reunited on Friday with her Russian crewmates on the space flight which took place 25 years ago. Helen Sharman became only the 12th woman to fly into space when she took part in the flight in the Soyuz TM12 spacecraft which blasted off from Kazakhstan, Xinhua reported.

EgyptAir: ‘Smoke detected’ inside cabin before crash

Cairo: Smoke alerts were detected inside the cabin of the EgyptAir plane that crashed over the Mediterranean, flight data reports said. Smoke was detected in the toilet and the aircraft’s electrics, just minutes before the signal was lost on Thursday, according to data published on air industry website the Aviation Herald on Friday. The data

EgyptAir flight with 66 people disappears

Cairo: An EgyptAir flight with 66 people on board heading from Paris to Cairo disappeared from the radar on Thursday, the airline said. Earlier reports put the total number of people on board at 69. The aircraft was flying at 37,000ft when it went missing over the eastern Mediterranean, about 10 miles (16 km) into

UNESCO Director-General condemns murders of Indian journalists

London: UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova today called on authorities in India to investigate the murders of two journalists to prevent impunity for crimes and freedom of expression “from taking root.” Akhilesh Pratap Singh and Rajdev Ranjan were killed in separate incidents in Jharkhand and Bihar respectively in less than 24 hours. “I condemn the murders

Over 200,000 people affected by flash floods in Sri Lanka

Colombo: Over 200,000 people have been affected by torrential rains and flash floods that have wreaked havoc in Sri Lanka, killing eight people with nine others still missing, officials said today. “19 of the 25 administrative districts in the island were affected by heavy rains, floods and earth slips. 47,922 families or 207,556 people have

Queen to celebrate 90th birthday with horse

London: Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II will be thrown a special 90th birthday celebration with horses, her favourite animals, at Winds or Castle. The monarch turned 90 on April 21, but party organisers decided to add the celebration to the end of the annual Royal Winds or Horse Show, which she has not missed since she