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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:...


Baby Prince George lands in New Zealand for first tour

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 7th April 2014

Baby Prince George lands in New Zealand for first tour WELLINGTON: Britain’s baby Prince George arrived in New Zealand with parents Prince William and Catherine on Monday for the eight-month-old’s first ever official tour, an AFP reporter said. Strong winds, rain and poor visibility greeted the royals in Wellington at the start of a three-week tour of New Zealand and Australia. It will be one...


Cameron visits UK soldiers on unannounced Afghanistan trip

By: Sheraz Nasir, Uploaded: 16th December 2013

Cameron visits UK soldiers on unannounced Afghanistan trip LONDON: Prime Minister David Cameron paid a pre-Christmas visit to British troops in Afghanistan on Monday and said the drawdown of British forces was well under way ahead of the end of combat operations in 2014. Cameron spent the unannounced visit at Camp Bastion in southern Afghanistan, accompanied by former Liverpool and England footballer Michael...


France sends 1,000 troops to Central African Rep.

By: Sheraz Nasir, Uploaded: 26th November 2013

France sends 1,000 troops to Central African Rep. PARIS: France will send 1,000 troops to Central African Republic under an expected U.N.-backed mission to keep growing chaos at bay, the defense minister said Tuesday — boosting the French military presence in Africa for the second time this year. Jean-Yves Le Drian made the announcement a day after a top U.N.official warned of mass atrocities and possible civil war in...


World powers, Iran clinch ’historic’ nuclear deal

By: AFP, Uploaded: 24th November 2013

World powers, Iran clinch ’historic’ nuclear deal Iran agreed to curb its nuclear programme in a breakthrough deal Sunday that world powers claimed was the biggest step in decade-long efforts to deny Tehran an atomic bomb. Tehran boasted that the agreement, which offers Iran limited sanctions relief, recognised its right to enrich uranium, but Washington denied it made any such reference as...


France ’will not tolerate’ nuclear proliferation: Hollande

By: AFP, Uploaded: 17th November 2013

France ’will not tolerate’ nuclear proliferation: Hollande France will not accept the proliferation of nuclear arms, President Francois Hollande said on Sunday after arriving in Israel for a visit expected to focus on Iran’s controversial nuclear drive. “France will not tolerate nuclear proliferation,” he said in a speech on the red carpet shortly after landing at Ben Gurion airport near Tel Aviv....


Nawaz, Karzai reaffirm commitment for regional peace

By: Sheraz Nasir, Uploaded: 29th October 2013

Nawaz, Karzai reaffirm commitment for regional peace LONDON: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, Afghan President Hamid Karzai and British Prime Minister David Cameron on Tuesday reaffirmed their continuing commitment for the Afghan peace process. The three leaders during their trilateral meeting held at the Downing Street discussed economic co-operation and the Afghan-led peace process to which they all reaffirmed their continuing commitment.  They...


Islamic nations have much to offer to world in socio-economic contribution: Nawaz

By: Sheraz Nasir, Uploaded: 29th October 2013

Islamic nations have much to offer to world in socio-economic contribution: Nawaz LONDON: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif Tuesday said that with more than 1.5 billion people, over 835 million youth and a combined GDP of $ 6.6 trillion, the Islamic nations have much to offer the world, both in economic contribution as well as socio-political philosophies. Islamic world is spread over a landmass- which is one-third...


Shock in France as baby found living in car boot

By: APP, Uploaded: 29th October 2013

Shock in France as baby found living in car boot TERRASSON, France: France was shocked Monday after the discovery of an underfed and dehydrated baby girl who had been forced to live hidden in a car boot, possibly since birth. The little girl, aged between 15 and 23 months, was found by mechanics on Friday when her mother brought the car to a garage in...


SPD back coalition talks with Merkel

By: Reuters, Uploaded: 20th October 2013

SPD back coalition talks with Merkel BERLIN: Leaders of Germany’s Social Democrats (SPD) won a green light from their party to start coalition talks with Angela Merkel on Sunday. After promising to wring concessions from the chancellor on a minimum wage, equal pay and transaction tax. Discussions between Merkel and the centre-left SPD on forming a new German government can now...


France charges Al-Qaeda suspect deported from Pakistan

By: Sheraz Nasir, Uploaded: 12th October 2013

France charges Al-Qaeda suspect deported from Pakistan PARIS: A French-Algerian man suspected of Al-Qaeda ties and deported from Pakistan this week has been charged with terror offences, French judicial officials said on Saturday. Intelligence officials believe Naamen Meziche was once connected to Al-Qaeda’s so-called “Hamburg cell”, which planned the 9/11 attacks on the United States. Deported on Tuesday, he was charged and...


Bookshops in Europe take stand against Internet rivalry

By: Farah Jamil, Uploaded: 12th October 2013

Bookshops in Europe take stand against Internet rivalry FRANKFURT: European bookshops are taking a stand against competition from the Internet, boosted by a renaissance in independent stores and their enhanced know-how despite still facing a difficult climate, industry players say. “The findings are the same everywhere: it’s difficult,” Matthieu de Montchalin, president of the national trade union of French bookshops, said. “France is...


Cameron says Britain has won allies on EU reform

By: Sheraz Nasir, Uploaded: 2nd October 2013

Cameron says Britain has won allies on EU reform MANCHESTER: Britain has won allies in Europe in its battle to win back powers from Brussels by taking a strong stance on the issue, Prime Minister David Cameron said on Wednesday. In his keynote speech to his Conservative Party’s annual conference, Cameron dismissed criticisms that he had isolated Britain from its partners in the European...


Tony Blair’s daughter held at gunpoint by robbers

By: Farah Jamil, Uploaded: 19th September 2013

Tony Blair’s daughter held at gunpoint by robbers LONDON: The daughter of British former Prime Minister Tony Blair was held at gunpoint in a failed robbery attempt as she walked her dog with her boyfriend, according to police. Two armed men, one holding a gun, demanded jewelry and cash from Kathryn Blair, 25, at around 8:30 p.m. local time on Monday near her...


Rise of British anti-EU party threatens PM’s re-election – poll

By: Reuters, Uploaded: 16th September 2013

Rise of British anti-EU party threatens PM’s re-election – poll LONDON: British Prime Minister David Cameron’s hopes of being re-elected in 2015 suffered a setback on Sunday when a poll showed an anti-European Union party had split the centre-right vote in dozens of decisive constituencies. The poll focused on 40 of Britain’s 650 parliamentary seats where Cameron’s Conservative party won with the slimmest of margins...


Kerry to meet Abbas in London: US

By: Farah Jamil, Uploaded: 6th September 2013

Kerry to meet Abbas in London: US WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State John Kerry will meet Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas in London on Monday to discuss the direct talks between Israel and the Palestinians, US officials said Thursday. Kerry, who has met with Abbas numerous times over the past five months, will next see him at the end of a September 6-9...


London driver says skyscraper ‘melted’ his car

By: Reuters, Uploaded: 5th September 2013

London driver says skyscraper ‘melted’ his car LONDON: A cluster of new skyscrapers transforming the London skyline are often blamed for spoiling the view. Now one has been accused of “melting” a car. A motorist said intense sunlight reflected from the “Walkie Talkie” – one of several flashy towers under construction in The City, London’s historic financial district – warped his Jaguar...


France keen on Syria action despite US delay

By: Monitoring Desk, Uploaded: 1st September 2013

France keen on Syria action despite US delay French President Francois Hollande, who appears determined to launch imminent strikes on Syria, is hamstrung by the United States which has delayed taking action and growing domestic opposition to military intervention. Hollande, who unilaterally intervened in Mali to prevent Islamists from proceeding south towards the country’s capital, has repeatedly voiced his determination to “punish” President...


European leaders vow strong response to Egypt crisis

By: Farah Jamil, Uploaded: 17th August 2013

European leaders vow strong response to Egypt crisis PARIS, France:European leaders vowed Friday to send a strong message on Egypt’s bloody crackdown on supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, with Germany pledging to review ties with the country. British Prime Minister David Cameron and French President Francois Hollande, who held telephone talks on the escalating crisis, called for a “strong European message”...


Being rude to French president no longer an offense

By: Farah Jamil, Uploaded: 26th July 2013

Being rude to French president no longer an offense PARIS: Being rude to the French president is no longer an offense after parliament agreed on Thursday to amend legislation dating back to 1881 in favour of freedom of speech. Whereas before any rude remark risked an automatic fine for “offending the head of state”, the president is now reduced to the same category as...


EU puts Hezbollah ‘military wing’ on terror list

By: Aqsa Ishtiaque, Uploaded: 23rd July 2013

EU puts Hezbollah ‘military wing’ on terror list BRUSSELS: European Union foreign ministers on Monday put the military wing of Lebanese Shia group Hezbollah on the EU’s list of terrorist organizations despite Lebanon warning against the move. At the same time, analysts voiced doubts about the effectiveness of the measure, questioning whether Hezbollah can really be broken down into separate parts for punishment...


 
 
 



 
 
 



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