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Shooting locks down Canadian parliament; one suspect reported dead

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 22nd October 2014

Shooting locks down Canadian parliament; one suspect reported dead OTTAWA: A gunman shot and wounded a soldier in Ottawa and then entered the country’s parliament buildings chased by police, with at least 30 shots fired, according to media and eyewitness reports on Wednesday. A suspected gunman was shot dead inside the parliament building. It was not clear if he was acting alone. Ottawa police...


Russia to launch Europe’s largest prison

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 18th October 2014

Russia to launch Europe’s largest prison SAINT PETERSBURG: Russia will launch Europe’s biggest prison in 2015 to replace one of its most notorious jails that once held revolutionary Leon Trotsky and Soviet-era dissidents, prison authorities said Friday. The mammoth new facility in a suburb of Russian’s second  city Saint  Petersburg will have a capacity to  house 4,000 inmates, Gennady Kornienko, head ...


Schwarzenegger goes from Terminator to climate ‘Innovator’

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 11th October 2014

Schwarzenegger goes from Terminator to climate ‘Innovator’ PARIS:  Hollywood legend Arnold Schwarzenegger has  gone from being the “Terminator” to the “Innovator”, France’s Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Saturday, praising him for his work to prevent climate change. The actor turned politician was presiding over a climate change conference of the world’s regions in Paris on Friday and Saturday in the run-up to...


Britain’s Queen Elizabeth makes actress Angelina Jolie a Dame

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 10th October 2014

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth makes actress Angelina Jolie a Dame LONDON: Britain’s Queen Elizabeth made actress Angelina Jolie an honorary Dame at a private ceremony at Buckingham Palace on Friday in recognition of her campaigning to end violence in war zones and for services to UK foreign policy. The queen presented Oscar-winning Jolie, who is special envoy to the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR),...


‘Blood moon’ awes sky watchers in Americas and Asia

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 8th October 2014

‘Blood moon’ awes sky watchers in Americas and Asia WASHINGTON: Stargazers in the Americas and Asia were treated to a lunar eclipse Wednesday, a celestial show that bathed the moon in a reddish tint to create a “blood moon”. During the total lunar eclipse, light beams into Earth’s shadow, filling it with a coppery glow that gives it a red hue. The early phase...


US air strikes hit Islamic State near Syrian border town as fighting intensifies

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 4th October 2014

US air strikes hit Islamic State near Syrian border town as fighting intensifies MURSITPINAR/BEIRUT: U.S.-led coalition war planes attacked Islamic State targets around the Syrian border town of Kobani overnight as the insurgents pressed their assault against its Kurdish defenders, a monitoring group and witnesses said. Previous coalition air strikes have failed to stop the insurgent offensive on the predominantly-Kurdish Kobani and the outgunned Kurdish fighters have put...


World’s fourth largest sea dried up completely: NASA

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 30th September 2014

World’s fourth largest sea dried up completely: NASA ISLAMABAD: Aral Sea – the giant lake between Kazakhstan in the north and Uzbekistan in the south – has dried up completely, says NASA. In the early 1900s, the Aral Sea was the fourth largest lake in the world. Today, the vast lake – formed 5.5 million years ago in Central Asia – in the...


Bin Laden son-in-law sentenced to life in US prison

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 23rd September 2014

Bin Laden son-in-law sentenced to life in US prison NEW YORK:  A US court sentenced Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law and former Al-Qaeda spokesman Sulaiman Abu Ghaith to life in prison on Tuesday. The 48-year-old Kuwaiti, who has defended the September 11, 2001 attacks, was found guilty on March 26 of plotting to kill Americans and providing material support to terrorists. Before the sentence was...


Spain reports record tourism numbers in August

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 22nd September 2014

Spain reports record tourism numbers in August MADRID:  Spain attracted just over nine million foreign visitors in August, the highest ever figure for a single month, the government said Monday, setting the country up for its best-ever year for tourism and giving a boost to the economy. The number of foreign tourists rose 8.8 percent in August over the same time last...


Lufthansa cancels 140 flights over pilot strike

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 10th September 2014

Lufthansa cancels 140 flights over pilot strike BERLIN: Germany’s biggest airline Lufthansa said it cancelled 140 flights taking off or landing in Munich on Wednesday owing to an eight-hour walkout by its pilots over changes to early retirement rules. The number accounts for around half of the airline’s daily flights in and out of Munich — Lufthansa’s second-largest hub after Frankfurt —...


London’s Luton airport evacuated due to ‘suspicious item’

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 8th September 2014

London’s Luton airport evacuated due to ‘suspicious item’ LONDON; London’s Luton airport was evacuated on Monday, all incoming flights cancelled and the main approach road closed off after a “suspicious item” was found during security checks, officials said. A spokeswoman from the airport, the fifth largest in Britain, told AFP the evacuation of the main terminal building was sparked by the discovery of...


Russia closes 12 McDonald’s branches, inspects 100

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 29th August 2014

Russia closes 12 McDonald’s branches, inspects 100 MOSCOW: Russia has temporarily closed 12 branches of McDonald’s on health grounds and is carrying out more than 100 inspections, the US fast food chain said Friday. Russia has cracked down on McDonald’s this month, closing three other branches of the popular burger chain over alleged hygiene violations in a move widely seen as a...


Swiss banks hit by huge deposit outflow in tax crackdown

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 29th August 2014

Swiss banks hit by huge deposit outflow in tax crackdown ZURICH: Swiss banks have suffered from a massive outflow of funds since 2008, a survey said on Friday, squeezed by an international crackdown on tax evasion. The survey by auditors PriceWaterHouseCoopers attributed much of the outflow — totaling almost 350 billion Swiss francs (290 billion Euros, $380 billion) — to customers paying fines for undeclared...


Audi recalls 70,000 cars over braking system problem

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 29th August 2014

Audi recalls 70,000 cars over braking system problem FRANKFURT: Audi, the top-of-the-range car maker belonging to auto giant Volkswagen, said on Friday it is recalling 70,000 cars worldwide owing to potential problems with braking systems. An Audi spokesman told AFP that the recall affected the company’s A4, the A5, the A5 Cabrio, the A6, the A7 and also the Q5 crossovers models built...


Lufthansa resumes flights to Arbil

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 29th August 2014

Lufthansa resumes flights to Arbil FRANKFURT: German airline Lufthansa said Friday it is resuming flights to the Iraqi Kurdish city of Arbil, which have been suspended since August 8 as militants seized control of swathes of the country. “Based on the most recent assessments of the security situation in Iraq, the Lufthansa group is resuming flight operations to Arbil in...


JPMorgan working with FBI in cyber-attack probe

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 28th August 2014

JPMorgan working with FBI in cyber-attack probe NEW YORK: JPMorgan Chase said Thursday that it was cooperating with law-enforcement officials to determine the scale of reported cyber attacks against US financial institutions. The largest US bank by assets said it was not seeing any sign of unusual fraud activity. Late Wednesday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said it was “working with the...


Air France suspends Sierra Leone flights over Ebola

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 27th August 2014

Air France suspends Sierra Leone flights over Ebola PARIS: Air France said it was suspending its flights to Sierra Leone from Thursday because of an Ebola outbreak that has killed at least 1,400 people in West Africa. The French flag carrier announced the “temporary suspension” of its flight to Freetown that it runs three times a week but insisted it would continue to...


Turkey welcomes ‘unlimited’ Gaza ceasefire

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 27th August 2014

Turkey welcomes ‘unlimited’ Gaza ceasefire ISLAMABAD: Turkey welcomed the unlimited ceasefire that was agreed between Israeli and Palestinian officials on Tuesday. The Egyptian-brokered ceasefire came into effect at 16:00 GMT Tuesday,bringing 51 days of relentless Israeli attacks to a halt in the blockaded coastal enclave, Anadolu news agency reported. “We consider the ceasefire as the beginning of the entry of...


Ukraine says will not allow Russian convoy to enter country

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 12th August 2014

Ukraine says will not allow Russian convoy to enter country KIEV: Ukraine on Tuesday said it would not allow a mammoth Russian convoy reportedly carrying aid for the war-torn east to enter its territory and that any assistance should be handed over at the border. “We will not consider the possibility of any movement of the Russian column on the territory of Ukraine,” said Valeriy...


European court condemns UK again over prisoner vote ban

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 12th August 2014

European court condemns UK again over prisoner vote ban LONDON: The European Court of Human Rights condemned Britain once again on Tuesday for banning prisoners from voting, while ruling that inmates who challenged the ban were not entitled to any compensation. The Strasbourg court recognised moves to change the law in Britain but said the blanket ban remained and was still in breach of...


Italy cruise ship refloating operation begins

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 14th July 2014

Italy cruise ship refloating operation begins GIGLIO ISLAND: An unprecedented bid to re float the giant Costa Concordia cruise ship from its watery grave off Italy began Monday with a delicate operation to raise the crippled vessel two and a half years after it crashed. “I am a bit nervous,” said Salvage Master Nick Sloane as he headed out to the...


Spain’s embattled Socialists elect new leader

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 14th July 2014

Spain’s embattled Socialists elect new leader MADRID: Spain’s opposition Socialists,besieged by upstart leftist movements and struggling to win back voters, on Sunday chose   economist Pedro Sanchez to lead the party and try and revive its chances in a looming election. Pedro Sanchez, 42, a telegenic parliamentarian who only burst into the limelight in recent weeks, was elected by party members as...


AIRSHOW-Airbus jet re-launch heralds busy aerospace show

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 14th July 2014

AIRSHOW-Airbus jet re-launch heralds busy aerospace show PARIS: Airbus will kick off the Farnborough Airshow with up to 100 commitments for its revamped A330neo wide-body jet, industry sources said, deepening a contest with Boeing for up to $250 billion of orders at the core of the long-haul jet market. After months of speculation, the European planemaker will on Monday unveil an upgrade...


Boeing to launch new 737 MAX with more seats

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 14th July 2014

Boeing to launch new 737 MAX with more seats LONDON: US aerospace giant Boeing said  Sunday it would launch an upgraded version of its 737 MAX airliner with new engines and more seats aimed at low-cost airlines. CEO Ray Conner told journalists at the Farnborough Air Show in Britain that  the plane would have around 200 seats  in an economy-class configuration. The company has...


Foreign ministers invited to Iran talks Sunday: EU

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 11th July 2014

Foreign ministers invited to Iran talks Sunday: EU VIENNA: Foreign ministers from world powers have been invited to Vienna on Sunday to evaluate nuclear talks underway with Iran, a spokesman for lead negotiator Catherine Ashton said Thursday. EU foreign policy chief Ashton “has invited … foreign ministers who are available to come to Vienna on Sunday to take stock of where we are”...


European stock markets rise at open

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 8th July 2014

European stock markets rise at open LONDON:  Europe’s main stock markets rose at the start of trading on Tuesday, with London’s benchmark FTSE 100 index up 0.08 percent at 6,828.84 points. Frankfurt’s DAX  30 climbed 0.12 percent to 9,918.27 points and the CAC 40 in Paris won 0.28 percent to 4,418.17 compared with Monday’s close. Source:...


 
 
 



 
 
 
 



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