Jun 27

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Plane catches fire while making emergency landing in Singapore

Singapore: A Singapore Airlines (SIA) flight caught fire while making an emergency landing at the island nation’s Changi Airport on Monday. Flight SQ368 had departed Singapore for Milan, Italy at 2.05 a. m., Xinhua news agency reported About two hours into the flight, the pilot announced that there was an engine problem and the flight

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6-year-old boy accidentally shoots, kills brother, 4, in US

New York: In yet another shooting incident in the US involving toddlers, a six-year-old boy playing with his mother’s gun accidentally shot and killed his four-year- old brother. The older boy was playing with his mother’s loaded gun at the family’s third-floor apartment in New Jersey when he accidentally shot his brother in the head,

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Police charge mother of 4-year-old shot in Philadelphia home

Philadelphia:  Philadelphia police have charged the mother of a 4-year-old girl who died after being shot with third-degree murder. Authorities yesterday also accused the mother, 25-year-old Shakeia Holmes, of trying to cover up what happened. Police say it appears the gunshot to the girl’s right eye was self-inflicted, though autopsy results are pending. Holmes is

Ex-Treasury Secretary endorses Hillary Clinton

Washington: A former Treasury secretary has endorsed Hillary Clinton, adding his name to prominent Republican heavyweights who are backing the presumptive Democratic nominee. On Friday, Hank Paulson, who was in office during the 2008 financial crisis, announced his support which came amid mounting concerns about presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump’s candidacy, CNN reported. Paulson, a

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China sets up first dark sky reserve

Beijing: China launched its first “dark sky reserve” for astronomical observation in the Tibetan prefecture of Ngari, bordering Nepal and India, officials said on Thursday. The reserve covers an area of 2,500 sq.km and aims to limit light pollution by stepping up protection of dark-sky resources for education and tourism development, the China Daily reported.

N Korea yet to confirm suspected missile launches

Pyongyang: North Korean authorities are yet to confirm the suspected test-launch of two missiles on Wednesday morning. The state-run KCNA news agency told Xinhua that it was not aware of the missile launches. South Korea’s Yonhap news agency quoted the Joint Chiefs of Staff as saying that North Korea launched a second missile, which was

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Sindh High Court chief justice’s son missing, possibly kidnapped

Islamaabd: The son of Sindh High Court Chief Justice Sajjad Ali Shah was missing in Karachi city of Pakistan and possibly kidnapped when he went shopping at a mall in high-profile Clifton area. Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah late on Monday ordered authorities to block all entry-exit points of the city in order to

Indian war heroes honoured in UK digital archive

London: Britain has launched a new digitalarchive telling the inspiring stories of war heroes, including six Indians, as part of the UK government’s centenary celebrations to mark World War I. As many as 175 men from 11 overseas countries were awarded Britain’s highest award for valour, the Victoria Cross (VC), during the war. These included

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Australia PM vows gay marriage vote despite homophobia fears

Sydney: Australia’s prime minister insisted today a referendum on legalising same-sex marriage will be held this year if his government is re-elected despite the Labour opposition calling it “a taxpayer-funded platform for homophobia”. The country holds elections on July 2 with the latest opinion poll showing the ruling Liberal-led coalition and Labour neck-and-neck. Prime Minister

Yoga posture lights up UN building ahead of Intl Yoga Day

United Nations: The image of a yoga posturewas projected onto the UN headquarters here as the world body geared up to host the second International Day of Yoga tomorrow. “Yoga set to light up UN. Sneak peek of Yoga posture projections on iconic UN Headquarters building in New York on IDY 2016,” India’s Ambassador to

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Pregnant woman, husband killed for ‘honour’ in Pakistan

Lahore: A heavily pregnant woman and her husband have been shot dead by her brother in Punjab province for marrying a man without the family’s consent, the latest incident of “honour killing” in Pakistan days after another pregnant woman was killed by her mother. Muhammad Shakil, 30, and his wife Aqsa, 26, were killed for

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Taliban use child sex slaves to kill Afghan police

Tarin Kot: The Taliban are using child sex slaves to mount crippling insider attacks on police in southern Afghanistan, exploiting the pervasive practice of “bacha bazi” — paedophilic boy play — to infiltrate security ranks, multiple officials and survivors of such assaults said. The ancient custom is prevalent across Afghanistan, but nowhere does it seem

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Brazil’s Rio state declares financial emergency

Brasilia: The Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro has declared a financial emergency less than 50 days before the Olympics. Interim Governor Francisco Dornelles on Friday said the “serious economic crisis” threatens to stop the state from honouring commitments for the games, BBC reported. In a decree, Dornelles said the state faced “public calamity” that

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Man charged with British MP’s murder

London: A man has been charged with murder in connection with the shooting of Jo Cox, a Labour member of the British House of Commons. West Yorkshire Police on Saturday said Thomas Mair, 52, has been charged with the murder of the 41-year-old, BBC reported. She was shot and stabbed outside her constituency surgery in

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Shootings to recur in absence of strict gun control laws:Obama

Washington: US President Barack Obama has warned that horrific mass shooting incidents like the recent one in Orlando will continue to occur unless tougher gun control laws are adopted. “We can’t anticipate or catch every single deranged person that may wish to do harm to his neighbours, or his friends, or his coworkers, or strangers.

‘Pak’s N-programme has increased risk of conflict with India’

Washington: Pakistan’s “full spectrumdeterrence” nuclear doctrine and increasing fissile production capability have increased the risk of a nuclear conflict with India, a Congressional report has said amid Pakistan’s efforts to drum up support for its NSG membership bid. “Islamabad’s expansion of its nuclear arsenal, development of new types of nuclear weapons, and adoption of a

US State Department officials call for strikes against Syria’s Assad

Washingotn: Over 50 US State Department officials signed an internal memo protesting US policy in Syria, calling for targeted military strikes against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad and urging regime change as the only way to defeat the Islamic State. According to a US cable, Washington policy in the Middle East has been “overwhelmed”

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14 killed in China floods, landslides

Beijing: At least 14 persons were killed across China due to floods, landslides and hailstorms, the authorities said on Thursday. Guizhou province reported nine fatalities due to heavy rainfall and landslides, Xinhua news agency reported. Nine people remain missing in the province and about 65,600 people were evacuated, the ministry said. In Hunan province, four

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Shanghai Disney resort officially opens to public

Shanghai: The Shanghai Disney Resort, with a unique blend of Disney magic and Chinese culture, officially opened to public Thursday. Located in Pudong district, the 3.9 sq.km resort is the first Disney destination on the Chinese mainland and the sixth globally, Xinhua news agency reported. The resort includes the theme park Shanghai Disneyland; two themed

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Father of Orlando shooter says he doesn’t believe his son was gay

Washingotn: Seddique Mir Mateen, the Afghan-born father of the gunman who killed nearly 50 people at an LGBT nightclub in Orlando, Florida, on June 12, said that he did not believe his son was gay and that he did not forgive him for the suffering he caused. “I doubt it,” Mateen said when asked if