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China welcomes US-Cuba deal on ties

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 2nd July 2015

China welcomes US-Cuba deal on ties BEIJING: China on Thursday welcomed the re-establishment of formal ties between the US and Cuba, despite the move representing a reconciliation between Beijing’s longstanding Communist ally and its greatest diplomatic rival. Washington and Havana on Wednesday agreed a historic deal to re-establish full diplomatic relations, severed 54 years ago in the heat of the Cold...


More frequent heatwaves: Countries must deal with health risks: UN

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 2nd July 2015

More frequent heatwaves: Countries must deal with health risks: UN GENEVA: The UN urged countries Wednesday to create preparedness systems to counter the health risks of heatwaves, as they become ever more frequent and intense, and dangerous, due to climate change. For the first time, the UN’s World Health Organisation (WHO) and its World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) have joined forces to create guidelines for experts...


At least 116 feared dead in Indonesia military plane crash

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 1st July 2015

At least 116 feared dead in Indonesia military plane crash MEDAN: At least 116 people are feared dead after an Indonesian air force transport plane crashed Tuesday into a major city shortly after take-off and exploded in a fireball, officials said. Buildings were left in ruins and cars reduced to flaming wrecks when the Hercules C-130 came down in a residential area of Medan, a...


Iran’s Zarif to return to Tehran for consultations on nuclear talks

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 28th June 2015

Iran’s Zarif to return to Tehran for consultations on nuclear talks VIENNA: Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will return on Sunday to Tehran for one day to consult with the country’s leadership over the ongoing nuclear talks with major powers ahead of a June 30 deadline, Iran’s Tasnim news agency reported. “Zarif will return to Tehran tonight and will come back to Vienna tomorrow,” Tasnim...


Number of injured in Taiwan water park blast rises to 509: authorities

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 28th June 2015

Number of injured in Taiwan water park blast rises to 509: authorities TAIPEI: The number of people injured in an explosion at a water park in Taiwan has more than doubled to over 500, authorities said Sunday, after tracking down hundreds of victims who took themselves to hospital or were taken by others in the crowd. Taipei health official Lee Lih-jong said 509 people had been injured,...


More than 200 injured in explosion at Taiwan water park

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 28th June 2015

More than 200 injured in explosion at Taiwan water park TAIPEI: More than 200 people were injured, over 80 of them seriously, in an explosion at a water park outside Taiwan’s capital Taipei Saturday after coloured powder being sprayed onto a crowd ignited, officials said. Footage on the Apple Daily newspaper website showed crowds dancing as music played and clouds of powder being sprayed out...


Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba sells off US arm

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 23rd June 2015

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba sells off US arm SHANGHAI: China’s e-commerce titan Alibaba said Tuuesday it is selling its US shopping subsidiary 11 Main only a year after launching it, having reportedly failed to gain traction in the market. The site will be sold to US firm OpenSky, Alibaba said in a statement without putting a value on the deal. It said it...


Outrage in Israel as Arab MP says to join Gaza flotilla

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 22nd June 2015

Outrage in Israel as Arab MP says to join Gaza flotilla JERUSALEM: An announcement by an Arab Israeli lawmaker that he plans to join a pro-Palestinian flotilla seeking to break Israel’s blockade on Gaza caused outrage Monday among the country’s political class. Basel Ghattas, an MP with the Joint Arab List, sparked controversy after he announced he would join other parliamentarians and public figures from around...


Japan confirms plan to resume whale hunt

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 22nd June 2015

Japan confirms plan to resume whale hunt TOKYO: Japan’s chief whaling negotiator confirmed Monday its ships would return to the Antarctic this year, despite a call by global regulators to provide more evidence that the hunt has a scientific purpose. Joji Morishita said the whole debate about whether or not Japan should be killing the mammals had long since moved away from...


Experts fear rabies outbreak in Yulin

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 18th June 2015

Experts fear rabies outbreak in Yulin WEB DESK:  Experts fears that eating dog flesh might result in a rabies outbreak as the Yulin dog festival continues in China, international media reported. The festival which is going to take place on June 21 has created uproar by activists and animal lovers. In the festival dogs will be burnt, butchered and fried to...


China pushes Uighurs to give up fasting in Ramzan

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 17th June 2015

China pushes Uighurs to give up fasting in Ramzan BEIJING: Some local governments in China’s unruly far western region of Xinjiang are stepping up controls on the Islamic faith followed by the Uighur people ahead of Ramzan, including making officials swear they will not fast. The holy month, which begins this week, is a sensitive time in Xinjiang following an uptick in deadly attacks...


Long, hard road for Nepal’s disabled quake survivors

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 16th June 2015

Long, hard road for Nepal’s disabled quake survivors BANEPA, Nepal: Eight hours after Bim Bahadur Gurung started walking along a mountain path, carrying his severely injured daughter on his back and hoping to find a hospital, a second earthquake struck already-devastated Nepal. As the rocks tumbled and the earth shook, Gurung never thought of stopping, desperate to see 10-year-old Maya receive a prosthetic...


Chinese actress sued for staring at a man

By: Farah Jamil, Uploaded: 11th June 2015

Chinese actress sued for staring at a man WEB DESK: A man in China sued an actress for staring him through a television screen, BBC reported. A new law in China requires courts to accept all sorts of cases. The rule came into force on May 1 with a 29% rise in cases reported in China. In case of rejection, Chinese citizens have...


420 kidney stones operated from one patient

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 9th June 2015

420 kidney stones operated from one patient WEB DESK: A doctor removed 420 kidney stones from a single patient in China. At a hospital in Dongyang, eastern Zhejiang Province, two hours surgery of a patient named Mr. He was conducted. According to the doctors, tofu-heavy diet, and a lack of water were the main causes due to which kidney stones appeared in...


Who are the Rohingyas?

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 5th June 2015

Who are the Rohingyas? By Asim Mallick The Rohingya are Muslim minority group from Rakhine region which is situated between the borders of Myanmar and Bangladesh. Myanmar does not recognize them as their citizens so they are a stateless people. In 1982 they were forcefully deprived of their nationality It’s been three decades or so since the Rohingya Muslims...


Now robots will perform tasks as hotel staff

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 3rd June 2015

Now robots will perform tasks as hotel staff WEB DESK: A hotel in Japan will be operated entirely by robots. In the city of Sasebo, Japan, a hotel named The Henn-na Hotel will open soon. It will be an innovation to the hospitality industry. Ten life-like robots with eerily realistic female faces will greet visitors. Only two flesh-and-blood members will be included in...


Bangladesh arrests chief suspect in US blogger murder

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 2nd March 2015

Bangladesh arrests chief suspect in US blogger murder DHAKA: Bangladesh’s elite security force said they had arrested a militant Monday over last week’s murder of the atheist American blogger Avijit Roy, accusing him of being behind earlier death threats on social media. “He is the main suspect” in the killing of Roy, said a spokesman for the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) after Farabi...


1,500 homes damaged by Cyclone Marcia in Australia

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 22nd February 2015

1,500 homes damaged by Cyclone Marcia in Australia MACKAY, Australia: Australian officials said Sunday all efforts were being made to help those hit by Tropical Cyclone Marcia, which smashed through Queensland state leaving 1,500 homes damaged and thousands without electricity. Marcia was one of two fierce cyclones which hit northern Australia within hours on Friday. The first, Tropical Cyclone Lam, hit remote communities...


Chinese MH370 relatives criticise Malaysia Airlines

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 20th February 2015

Chinese MH370 relatives criticise Malaysia Airlines KUALA LUMPUR: Grieving Chinese relatives of MH370 passengers blasted Malaysia Airlines Friday, detailing a long list of complaints and traumas they said were suffered as a result of the flight’s mysterious disappearance 11 months ago. The 21 family members arrived in Malaysia last week from China to demand authorities cancel a declaration that the plane’s...


Lunar New Year attack at Chinese nursing home kills three: Xinhua

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 19th February 2015

Lunar New Year attack at Chinese nursing home kills three: Xinhua BEIJING: A nursing home worker in central China went on a rampage early Thursday, state media reported, killing three people and leaving another 15 injured at the care facility. The attack took place in the early hours of the first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year in Yongfeng township in Hunan province, the official...


India’s ruling party heads for election rout in Delhi, first blow for Modi

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 10th February 2015

India’s ruling party heads for election rout in Delhi, first blow for Modi NEW DELHI: India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party was heading for election defeat in New Delhi at the hands of an anti corruption party, a TV projection showed on Tuesday, in the first blow for Prime Minister Narendra Modi since he swept to power last year. Winning power in India’s states is critical to control of...


Boy, 9, detained after China mall fire kills 17: police

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 6th February 2015

Boy, 9, detained after China mall fire kills 17: police BEIJING:  A nine-year-old boy has been detained after a shopping mall inferno that killed 17 people in China, police said Friday, the latest deadly accident in a country where safety standards are often flouted. The fire broke out Thursday on the top floor of a four-storey building in Huidong, in the city of Huizhou in...


Catholics fear wave of church attacks in India

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 3rd February 2015

Catholics fear wave of church attacks in India ISLAMABAD: A series of episodes at churches over the last two months has prompted Roman Catholics here to worry about a deliberate campaign of violence, and to call on Prime Minister Narendra Modi to speak out against religious intimidation. At least five Catholic churches in and around Delhi have reported various attacks, including suspected arson,...


Seven burnt to death after bus firebombed in Bangladesh

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 3rd February 2015

Seven burnt to death after bus firebombed in Bangladesh DHAKA: Suspected anti government protesters threw a petrol bomb at a bus full of sleeping passengers in Bangladesh Tuesday, leaving seven people dead and several others fighting for life as deadly political unrest deepens. Police said the bus was attacked near the eastern town of Chuddogram. The deaths brought the number of people killed in...


Chinese airlines to scrap fuel surcharge from Feb 5 – executives

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 3rd February 2015

Chinese airlines to scrap fuel surcharge from Feb 5 – executives BEIJING: Chinese airlines are set to scrap their fuel surcharges for domestic flights for the first time since late 2009, two airlines executives told Reuters, even as oil prices start to climb away from six-year lows this week. Passengers heading home for family reunions in the upcoming Chinese New Year holiday, nevertheless, may still have...


N. Korea’s Kim slams ‘rabid dogs’ after Obama comments

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 31st January 2015

N. Korea’s Kim slams ‘rabid dogs’ after Obama comments SEOUL: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said Pyongyang would not sit idly by “with rabid dogs barking” about toppling its socialist system, in apparent reaction to comments by US President Barack Obama that the regime was doomed, state media reported Saturday. Kim made the remarks while overseeing a joint naval and air force drill...


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