Aug 09

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

Australian ‘patriot’ charged with terror offences

Sydney: An Australian man with reported links to far-right extremist groups was charged today with planning a terrorist attack after his Melbourne home was raided following police fears of a “specific threat”. The 31-year-old, named in local media as Phillip Galea, appeared in court after he was charged with planning or preparing for a terrorist

Japan-Australia flight diverted to Guam after engine shut down

Sydney: A Jetstar flight from Tokyo to Australia’s Gold Coast was diverted to Guam and an engine was shut down today after a warning light came on. The twin-engine JQ12 Boeing 787 Dreamliner flight from Narita international airport to the Gold Coast landed on the US island territory of Guam in the Pacific today morning

3 people are dead, 7 in hospital after fire west of Toronto

Hamilton (Canada):  Fire officials in Canada say three people are dead after an overnight fire in a city west of Toronto that began in one house and spread to another. Hamilton Fire Department spokesman Claudio Mostacci says firefighters were called to the scene at about 4:30 AM (local time) yesterday. He said 11 people were

Forest fires rage in northern Portugal

Lisbon: More than 2,000 firefighters were battling scores of forest fires throughout northern Portugal. One of most devastating of the 79 blazes consumed an area of forest yesterday around the town of Melres e Medas, less than 20 kilometres (12 miles) from the northern city of Porto. Two firefighters were injured, one through inhaling fumes

Six die due to tropical storm in Mexico

Mexico city: At least six people were killed and 8,200 affected in landslides due to tropical storm “Earl” that has passed through the state of Veracruz in eastern Mexico, the Ministry of Civil Protection has said. According to the ministry, the tropical storm on Saturday damaged 1,646 houses and affected 8,231 people in the central

Nigerian army says 11 troops killed in clashes with bandits

Lagos: Eleven Nigerian troops have been killed in clashes with gunrunners and bandits in the violence-wracked north central region, the army has said. Military spokesman Colonel Sani Usman said in a statement yesterday that the troops, comprising soldiers and airmen, came under attack from gunmen during operations to confiscate illegal weapons from the villages of

Europe’s oldest flea market closed on safety concerns

Paris: The French city of Lille will not be holding its 2016 La Braderie de Lille, a globally famous flea market, over fear of terrorist attacks, the city’s mayor has said. “It’s heart-wrenching to make this decision,” Xinhua news agency quoted Martine Aubry, the city’s mayor, as saying on Friday. The annual street market, dating back

Five policemen killed in Afghan bomb attack

Kabul: At least five police personnel were killed in a bomb attack on the outskirts of Kabul, police said on Saturday. “The explosion occurred after an IED (improvised explosive device) struck a police van in Khak-e-Jabar district late on Friday,” Xinhua new agency quoted a police officer as saying. The unit was travelling towards Kabul

Munich shooter went for weapon training in Iran

Berlin: Ali David Sonboly, who carried out the July 22 Munich shooting spree that left nine persons dead, had reportedly visited Iran with his father for a weapon’s training stint before carrying out the attack News magazine Focus said that the 18-year-old with a dual German-Iranian citizenship underwent “weapons training” in Iran in December 2015,

10 die in rain-related incidents in Pakistan

Karachi: At least 10 persons died and six others were injured in separate rain-related incidents in Pakistan’s Karachi city, which was also hit by massive power outages due to the downpour. According to local media reports, heavy rain coupled with gusty winds continued to lash Karachi and other cities of Sindh for the second day

Chicago police release video of unarmed black man’s killing

Washington: The police in Chicago on Friday released a video showing the moments before and after the death of an unarmed African American teenager by its officers on July 28, the media reported on Saturday. The footage was captured by cameras attached to the uniforms of the officers, but the moments of gunfire that caused