Aug 13

Fridge triggers bomb scare in Italy

Rome: Police evacuated holiday makers at the exclusive Italian resort of Porto Cervo after an abandoned camping fridge sparked a bomb scare. A bomb disposal squad on Friday destroyed the fridge, which had been left on a jetty metres from luxury yachts moored at the port. Italy’s billionaire media mogul Silvio Berlusconi and Russian oligarch

New Mexico police officer shot, killed during traffic stop

Hatch: Authorities say a police officer has died after being shot in the neck during a traffic stop. Three suspects are in custody. The Dona Ana County Sheriff’s Department released a statement late yesterday saying Hatch Police Officer Jose Chavez died yesterday after being airlifted to a hospital in El Paso, Texas. Authorities say the

US urges Ukraine to avoid escalating tension with Russia

Washington: US Vice President Joe Biden has urged Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko “do his part to avoid escalating tensions” with Russia in the Crimean peninsula, the White House said. Speaking over phone, Biden on Friday assured Poroshenko that the US had urged Russia to do the same, EFE news reported. “Both leaders reiterated their strong

Court upholds Venezuela opposition leader’s 14-year sentence

Caracas:A Venezuelan court upheld the 14-year sentence of jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, in a move likely to increase tension in the crisis-hit South American country. Lopez has repeatedly declared himself innocent of the charge of inciting violence at anti-government protests in 2014, calling himself a political prisoner. “This is certainly a political trial. Unfortunately,

Will bring jobs back to US: Trump

US: Republican presidential nomineeDonald Trump today said that he would bring jobs back to the US from countries like China by taking several strong steps and economic measures. “We’re going to bring back our jobs to Pennsylvania. We’re going to bring back our jobs to the United States. Going to bring back our jobs, folks,”

US declares health emergency in Puerto Rico due to Zika

San Juan: The US government today declared a public health emergency in Puerto Rico as a result of a Zika epidemic.The declaration allows the US Department of Health and Human Services to award grants, access emergency funds and temporarily appoint personnel where needed, among other things.”This administration is committed to meeting the Zika outbreak in

Afghanistan IS leader killed in US drone strike

Washington: The head of Islamic State (IS) terrorist group in Afghanistan was killed in a US drone strike last month, the Pentagon said on Friday.Hafiz Saeed Khan was killed on July 26 in the Achin district of Afghanistan’s eastern Nangarhar province, Xinhua quoted Pentagon Deputy Press Secretary Gordon Trowbridge as saying. According to a US

Turkey says 32 diplomats recalled after coup still missing

Ankara: Turkey today said 32 Turkish diplomats were still missing despite being recalled by Ankara in the wake of last month’s failed coup seeking to oust President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. “Thirty-two of the 208 diplomats recalled to Turkey did not come back to Turkey,” Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told reporters during a press conference with

London school girl feared killed in ISIS territory

London: A London school girl who had fled her home in Britain to join Islamic State (ISIS) in Syria is feared to have been killed in a Russian air strike on the terrorist-held region. Kadiza Sultana’s family lawyer Tasnime Akunjee told BBC last night that they heard a report of her death in Raqqa, an

Rare dinosaur fossil found in China    

Beijing: A rare well-preserved hadrosaur also known as duck-billed dinosaurs has been unearthed in the Inner Mongolia autonomous region and is expected to be of huge value for research into how the species evolved. More than 90 per cent of the bones of the animal were intact, including the head, cervical vertebrae, limbs and a complete tail-bone. It

Mismatch of needs and job demands may cause burnout

London: Burnout is caused as a result of a mismatch between an individual’s unconscious needs and the opportunities and demands at the workplace, says a study with implications for the prevention of job burnout. Burnout is a state of physical, emotional, and mental exhaustion from work, which results in lack of motivation, low efficiency, and helpless

Ex-Twitter CEO censored abusive tweets to Obama

New York: Former Twitter CEO Dick Costolo had secretly ordered employees to filter out abusive and hateful replies to US President Barack Obama during the May 2015 #AskPOTUS town hall meeting, the media reported on Friday. According to Buzzfeed, Costolo asked employees to deploy an algorithm which was built in-house to filter out abusive language

Australia accuses immigrants of lying for asylum

Canberra: Australian Immigration Minister Peter Dutton on Thursday claimed that immigrants in detention centres in Nauru and Papua New Guinea often lodge false complaints to secure asylum in the country. Dutton’s comments follow the release of over 2,000 reports detailing incidents of sexual violence and threats against women and of self-harm among immigrants detained at the

China opposes UN experts’ call for release of jailed activist

Beijing: China today voiced its resolute opposition to a call by UN human rights experts to release a Chinese jailed activist, describing it is “gross interference” in its domestic affairs and judicial sovereignty. UN human rights experts expressed concern about Yang Maodong, a jailed rights activist whose health is reportedly “deteriorating” after a hunger strike,

Russia and Germany exchange views on Syria, Ukraine crises

Moscow: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier have exchanged views on Syria and Ukraine, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday. The two ministers spoke on phone and discussed the situation in Syria and international efforts to settle the country’s conflict, Xinhua news agency reported. The ministry said on Tuesday

Sri Lanka approves establishment of China-funded financial city

Colombo: The Sri Lankan Cabinet on Wednesday approved a proposal to draft the required legislation to establish a financial city in Colombo as part of a Chinese-funded port city project, an official said. The government said the key objective of the proposed financial city is to become the prominent financial hub in the region to

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