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‘I stopped counting’: Doctor on discovering migrant boat dead

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 28th August 2015

‘I stopped counting’: Doctor on discovering migrant boat dead ROME: Stiff lifeless bodies submerged in water — it’s a sight Canadian doctor Simon Bryant won’t soon forget after he found dozens of dead migrants in the hold of a boat off Libya. “Yesterday was a difficult day,” Bryant said in a Skype interview with AFP on Thursday. The 56-year-old doctor was on a mission...


Death toll in Austrian migrant truck over 70: government

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 28th August 2015

Death toll in Austrian migrant truck over 70: government VIENNA: The bodies of more than 70 dead migrants have been recovered from an abandoned truck found on an Austrian motorway, more than the initial estimate of between 20 and 50, the Austrian government said Friday. The number was confirmed to AFP by interior ministry spokesman Alexander Marakovits. The lorry was found on Thursday morning...


Artist Banksy opens derelict ‘Dismaland’ theme park

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 22nd August 2015

Artist Banksy opens derelict ‘Dismaland’ theme park LONDON: The elusive British graffiti artist Banksy has unveiled his latest project — a parody of a seaside theme park called “Dismaland” complete with a derelict castle, a dead Cinderella and a Grim Reaper in a bumper car. The artist, best known for his subversive, stenciled street art, said it was a “festival of art,...


Germany to offer free university to refugees

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 20th August 2015

Germany to offer free university to refugees WEB DESK: About 60 universities in Germany has offered free university education to the growing population of refugees who are seeking asylum in the powerful European economic hub, the Washington Post reported. German universities have been tuition-free since the beginning of October. The country offers more than 900 English-language degrees even Americans could pursue for free, with...


New figures show scale of EU’s migrant crisis

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 19th August 2015

New figures show scale of EU’s migrant crisis Geneva: A record 107,500 migrants crossed the European Union’s borders last month, according to new figures, showing they are arriving in dramatically increasing numbers and creating a humanitarian crisis for the 28-nation bloc. EU border agency Frontex reported that its latest figures far outstripped the previous monthly record in June of 70,000. During the first...


Turkish couple fed 4000 Syrian refugees on wedding day

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 11th August 2015

Turkish couple fed 4000 Syrian refugees on wedding day WEB DESK: A Turkish couple fed Syrian refugees as their wedding feast. During their celebration, they fed 4,000 Syrian refugees. The bride and groom tied the knot in the city of Kilis, near the Syrian border, which has been flooded with refugees, fleeing the Syrian civil war. Fethullah Uzumcuoglu and Esra Polat were the happy...


Private jet crash kills three Bin Laden family members

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Private jet crash kills three Bin Laden family members LONDON: A private jet owned by the Bin Laden family crashed in London killing three members of his family, Aaj News reported. In Hampshire county in the United Kingdom, the private jet was launching an emergency landing at the Black Bush airport when it crashed into a parking lot, British media reported. Four of people...


French teen finds 560,000 year-old tooth: researcher

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 30th July 2015

French teen finds 560,000 year-old tooth: researcher WEB DESK: A 16-year-old French volunteer archaeologist has found an adult tooth dating back around 560,000 years in southwestern France, in what researchers hailed as a “major discovery” Tuesday. “A large adult tooth — we can’t say if it was from a male or female — was found during excavations of soil we know to...


Malala turns 18, says world failing Syrian children

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Malala turns 18, says world failing Syrian children LONDON: Malala Yousafzai told world leaders they were failing Syria’s children, as the Nobel Peace Prize winner spent her 18th birthday Sunday on the Syrian border. As she became an adult, the teenager, who was shot by militants in her native Pakistan for campaigning for girls’ rights, opened a school for more than 200 Syrian...


Spain retirement home blaze leaves eight dead

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 12th July 2015

Spain retirement home blaze leaves eight dead MADRID: A blaze in a retirement home in northern Spain overnight left eight people dead and 11 hurt, the regional government said Sunday. “There are eight dead and 11 hurt, including two seriously from smoke inhalation,” a spokesman for the Aragon region government told AFP, adding that the cause of the fire was not yet...


Woman who collapses when she laughs

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 11th July 2015

Woman who collapses when she laughs WEB DESK: Laughing too hard can make 44-year old Tracy Herring collapse. She suffers from a rare disease called cataplexy which causes sudden muscle weakness triggered by strong emotions. Laughter causes her neck to weaken which causes her limbs to lose control and the left side of the body to paralyze. “It usually lasts a...


23-day baby donates kidney to an ailing patient

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 11th July 2015

23-day baby donates kidney to an ailing patient WEB DESK: At only 23 days, a little baby became one of the youngest organ donor in the United Kingdom. A day after Minnie Duggleby was born doctors told her that she was born with a congenital heart disease– her heart was very weak, and she might not survive. Her selfless parents decided that even...


Life under Greece’s capital controls

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 10th July 2015

Life under Greece’s capital controls Web Desk: What do Greek banks still offer their customers? As things stand, Greeks with debit/credit cards can withdraw €60 a day (in practice €50 as most cash machines have run out of €20s), can make online transfers within the country and can pay with their cards in shops that still accept them. Many shops...


Ukrainian PM says Kiev needs deal with EU, Russia to guarantee gas transit

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 7th July 2015

Ukrainian PM says Kiev needs deal with EU, Russia to guarantee gas transit KIEV: Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk said on Tuesday Ukraine needed an agreement with the European Union and Russia to guarantee gas transit via Ukrainian territory to Europe. “We guarantee gas transit and energy security. A three-way protocol and agreement are essential for these guarantees to work,” he said at a meeting with Ukraine’s top...


Borrowing costs of southern Europe edge up after Greek referendum

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 6th July 2015

Borrowing costs of southern Europe edge up after Greek referendum PARIS: Borrowing costs of southern European countries on Monday edged up slightly after Greek voters rejected further austerity measures in return for bailout funds in a weekend referendum. Shortly after trading opened at 0600 GMT, the yield on the benchmark 10-year bonds for Spain rose to 2.349 percent, against 2.212 percent at close of trading...


Dead’ man spends 10 years fighting to prove he is alive

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 6th July 2015

Dead’ man spends 10 years fighting to prove he is alive ISTANBUL: A 46-year-old Turkish man mistakenly listed as dead by authorities has spent 10 years fighting to prove he is alive, state media reported. Sinan Avci, who lives in eastern Erzurum province, was forced into an early retirement in 2003 after being diagnosed with epilepsy. The former worker discovered that Turkey’s Social Security Fund (SSK)...


Spanish jobless claims fall in June for fifth straight month

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 2nd July 2015

Spanish jobless claims fall in June for fifth straight month MADRID: The number of registered unemployed fell in Spain for the fifth straight month in June, government data showed Thursday, but the country continues to battle one of the highest jobless rates in Europe. Jobless claims declined last month by 94,727 or 2.25 percent to 4.12 million, the labour ministry said in a statement. The...


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...


Ice cream for primates, blackouts for humans as Europe feels the heat

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 2nd July 2015

Ice cream for primates, blackouts for humans as Europe feels the heat PARIS: A blistering heatwave sweeping through Europe on Wednesday brought blackouts to France and fears of heat stroke for Wimbledon tennis fans, but meant a range of interesting ice creams for the continent´s zoo animals. With temperatures pushing 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit), the UN warned heatwaves were growing more frequent and intense due...


German rail operator, train drivers end wage dispute

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 1st July 2015

German rail operator, train drivers end wage dispute FRANKFURT: German national rail operator, Deutsche Bahn, said Wednesday it has finally reached a deal with the train drivers’ union GDL, putting an end to a long-running dispute that has caused months of chaos and misery for rail passengers around the country. “Mediation between Deutsche Bahn and GDL has been successfully concluded. Both sides have...


Princess Diana’s birth anniversary today

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 1st July 2015

Princess Diana’s birth anniversary today WEB DESK: Had she been alive Princess Diana would have turned 54 years today. The most adored person of the British royal family she married Prince Charles of Wales and bore him two sons. They later divorced in 1996. Diana died in a car crash after trying to escape the paparazzi in Paris on the...


German unemployment steady at historic low in June

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 30th June 2015

German unemployment steady at historic low in June FRANKFURT: German unemployment remained at historically low levels in June as the recovery in Europe’s biggest economy stayed on track, data showed on Tuesday. The number of people registered as unemployed in Germany fell by a seasonally-adjusted 1,000 to 2.786 million, the lowest level since December 1991, the Federal Labour Office said. That was slightly...


World’s smelliest flower blossomed after 12 years

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 27th June 2015

World’s smelliest flower blossomed after 12 years WEBDESK: A flower that smells like dead meat has blossomed for the first time in 12 years, BBC news reported. The titan arum, is the world’s biggest and smelliest flower. It blossomed at the Paignton Zoo, in Devon county, England on Thursday. When it blooms fully, it smells as bad as a corpse— and so...


Peshawar bomb suspect detained in Italy

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 27th June 2015

Peshawar bomb suspect detained in Italy ROME: A Pakistani accused of organising a 2009 bomb attack on a Peshawar market that killed more than 130 people, has been detained in Italy, police said Friday. Siyar Khan, 36, who is also suspected of involvement in a potential plot against Pope Francis, was arrested on terrorism charges as he stepped off a flight...


NATO won’t be ’dragged into arms race’ with Russia: Stoltenberg

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 24th June 2015

NATO won’t be ’dragged into arms race’ with Russia: Stoltenberg BRUSSELS: NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Wednesday the alliance will not get dragged into an arms race with Russia but must counter Moscow’s “aggressive actions” in Ukraine. Defence ministers are due to approve measures including the more than doubling of NATO’s rapid response force, while the US on Tuesday announced it would pre-position heavy...


Frenchman loses Indonesia execution appeal, lawyers vow fight

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 22nd June 2015

Frenchman loses Indonesia execution appeal, lawyers vow fight JAKARTA: A French drug convict lost an appeal against his death sentence Monday, but his lawyers vowed to fight on and prevent another foreigner from facing the firing squad in Indonesia after a series of executions that generated an international uproar. Serge Atlaoui, 51, was due to be executed alongside seven other foreign drug offenders...


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