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Prince William’s wife Kate gives birth to girl: palace

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 2nd May 2015

Prince William’s wife Kate gives birth to girl: palace London: Prince William´s wife Kate gave birth to a girl on Saturday, sparking celebrations for the royal couple´s new arrival, a princess who becomes the fourth in line to the British throne. “Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a daughter at 8.34am,” the royal residence of Kensington Palace said in...


RBS bank dives into red in first quarter

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 30th April 2015

RBS bank dives into red in first quarter LONDON: Britain’s state-rescued Royal Bank of Scotland said Thursday it sank into a first-quarter net loss on vast provisions for restructuring and legacy costs linked to its past conduct. RBS, about 80-percent owned by the government after a 2008 bailout, said losses after taxation stood at #446 million ($688 million, 619 million Euros) in the...


US sending disaster team, initial $1 million to Nepal: Kerry

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 26th April 2015

US sending disaster team, initial $1 million to Nepal: Kerry WASHINGTON: The United States will send disaster response and rescue teams to Nepal and has authorized an initial $1 million in aid after a major earthquake killed hundreds in the mountainous Asian nation, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Saturday. “We are working closely with the government of Nepal to provide assistance and...


Turkish Airlines plane makes emergency landing after engine fire: report

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 25th April 2015

Turkish Airlines plane makes emergency landing after engine fire: report ISTANBUL: A Milan-bound Turkish Airlines plane had to make an emergency landing in Istanbul on Saturday after one of its engines caught fire shortly after take-off, local media reported. All passengers and members of the crew were immediately evacuated after the plane landed safely at Istanbul’s Ataturk airport, the private Dogan news agency reported. No...


Europe’s Airbus wins Polish chopper deal: report

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 21st April 2015

Europe’s Airbus wins Polish chopper deal: report WARSAW: Airbus Helicopters has won a tender to replace Poland’s Soviet-era military choppers, beating out British-Italian group AgustaWestland and US manufacturer Sikorsky, local media reported Tuesday. Airbus, formerly Eurocopter, has won the tender to deliver 70 multipurpose Caracal EC725 helicopters to Poland’s army under a contract worth an estimated 2.5 billion euros ($3 billion), according...


Canada to send 200 military trainers to Ukraine

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 14th April 2015

Canada to send 200 military trainers to Ukraine OTTAWA: Canada will send 200 military trainers to Ukraine, the government announced Tuesday. Alongside British and US troops, a statement said, the Canadian will help Ukraine “in its efforts to maintain sovereignty, security and stability in the face of Russian aggression.” The deployment will start this summer and run until March 31, 2017. The training...


Violence escalates in east Ukraine ahead of talks

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 13th April 2015

Violence escalates in east Ukraine ahead of talks KIEV: Ukraine’s military accused pro-Russian rebels on Monday of using heavy weapons that were meant to have been withdrawn under a ceasefire deal, after one Ukrainian serviceman was killed and six wounded in rebel-held territories. With fighting intensifying once more, the foreign ministers of Ukraine, Russia, France andGermany were due to meet in Berlin later on Monday to discuss the...


Dutch seek BUK missile witnesses in MH17 crash probe

By: Hassaan Ali, Uploaded: 30th March 2015

Dutch seek BUK missile witnesses in MH17 crash probe THE HAGUE:  Dutch experts probing the MH17 plane crash in eastern Ukraine appealed Monday for witnesses who saw the transport or firing of a BUK surface-to-air missile around the time of the disaster. “Investigators are looking at all scenarios. One of these scenarios is that the plane was shot down at 16:20 pm local time...


French Alps crash site saw another air disaster 50 years ago

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French Alps crash site saw another air disaster 50 years ago PARIS:  Tuesday’s air disaster was not the first crash seen at the tiny ski resort of Barcelonette in the French Alps: half a century ago, an Air France plane to Vietnam crashed in the same spot. The crash took place on September 1, 1953, around 16 kilometres (10 miles) from Barcelonnette, killing 42 people on...


Two top Ukrainian officials arrested at cabinet meeting

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 25th March 2015

Two top Ukrainian officials arrested at cabinet meeting KIEV:  Two top Ukrainian officials were arrested Wednesday on corruption charges and led away in handcuffs from a televised cabinet meeting as government ministers looked on. Police detained Sergiy Bochkovsky, director of Ukraine’s emergency services ministry, and his deputy Vasyl Stoyetsky, as journalists and photographers looked on, accusing them of “high-level” corruption. Prime Minister Arseniy...


Moscovici says no EU ‘veto’ on Greece anti-poverty law

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Moscovici says no EU ‘veto’ on Greece anti-poverty law BRUSSELS: The European Union will not prevent Greece passing a law helping its poorest citizens, a senior EU official said Wednesday, rejecting reports it wanted the measures dropped because they clashed with Athens’ bailout commitments. “We fully support the objective of helping the most vulnerable and there is absolutely no question of a so-called veto...


Russia upping military activity to sway EU on sanctions: Poland

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 17th March 2015

Russia upping military activity to sway EU on sanctions: Poland WARSAW: Russia has stepped up military activity to pressure EU leaders who are set to consider fresh sanctions against Moscow, Polish Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz said Tuesday. Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered massive military manoeuvres on Monday, including the deployment of nearly 40,000 troops in the Arctic. It also deployed Iskander-M missile batteries to its...


NATO naval drills start in Black Sea after one-day delay

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 10th March 2015

NATO naval drills start in Black Sea after one-day delay SOFIA: NATO’s Black Sea members Bulgaria, Romania and Turkey joined four other alliance states in a multinational naval exercise on Tuesday just across the water from the Crimean Peninsula annexed by Russia last year. The naval rapid reaction force in the Black Sea drills consists of a United States flagship, the guided missile cruiser USS...


EU removes Ukrainians from sanctions list

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 6th March 2015

EU removes Ukrainians from sanctions list BRUSSELS:  The European Union lifted sanctions on Friday against four Ukrainians including the son of a former premier, while extending measures against ousted president Viktor Yanukovych and 14 others for a year. Brussels ended the travel ban and asset freeze imposed one year ago on Oleksii Azarov, the son of ex-prime minister Mykola Azarov, although...


Ukraine crisis distracts from its economic reforms -IMF’s Lagarde

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 4th March 2015

Ukraine crisis distracts from its economic reforms -IMF’s Lagarde WASHINGTON: International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde said on Wednesday the crisis in Ukraine is a huge distraction in efforts to reform the country’s economy and its collapse would not be in Russia’s interest. In an interview on MSNBC, the International Monetary Fund’s managing director said financial support for Kiev depends on how stable the...


Russian opposition bids farewell to slain Putin critic

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 3rd March 2015

Russian opposition bids farewell to slain Putin critic MOSCOW: Thousands of mourners on Tuesday filed past the coffin of slain Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, bidding farewell to a charismatic activist whose brazen assassination shocked the country. The 55-year-old former deputy prime minister, longtime Putin critic and anti-corruption crusader who was gunned down near the Kremlin late Friday, will be buried in Moscow...


France won’t ‘tolerate slightest infringement’ of Ukraine peace deal

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 2nd March 2015

France won’t ‘tolerate slightest infringement’ of Ukraine peace deal PARIS:  France will “not tolerate the slightest infringement” of the Minsk peace accord in Ukraine warned President Francois Hollande following a meeting with NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg in Paris Monday. “The Minsk accord is the only possible basis to re-establish peace,” Hollande told reporters. “We must not tolerate the slightest infringement and the ceasefire must...


NATO chief tells Russia to get arms out of Ukraine

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 26th February 2015

NATO chief tells Russia to get arms out of Ukraine ROME: NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg warned Wednesday that any attempt to expand territory held by separatists in Ukraine would be “unacceptable” and told Russia to withdraw 1,000 items of military equipment from its neighbour’s territory. Speaking after meeting Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, the alliance’s secretary general expressed cautious optimism about the prospects of a...


Turkey ‘won’t wait 50 years for EU membership’: Minister

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 26th February 2015

Turkey ‘won’t wait 50 years for EU membership’: Minister ISLAMABAD: Turkey’s aim is to reach European standards  in its membership process, the country’s EU minister has claimed. Speaking at a meeting of the Paasikivi Society think tank in Finland, Volkan Bozkir said, ” Turkey has no intention of waiting forEU membership for over 50 years” Anadolu Agency reported Thursday. Turkey applied for EU membership...


Six French have passports confiscated for planning Syria trip: security source

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 23rd February 2015

Six French have passports confiscated for planning Syria trip: security source PARIS: Six French citizens have had their passports confiscated after allegedly planning to travel to Syria, a security source said on Monday — the first time the measure has been used. The right to remove passports was introduced as part of a raft of new counter-terrorism laws in November aimed at curbing the number of...


France to host ministerial meeting on Ukraine crisis

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 23rd February 2015

France to host ministerial meeting on Ukraine crisis PARIS: The foreign ministers of France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine will meet on Tuesday in Paris in an effort to get a stalling peace deal between the central authorities and separatists rebels back on track, a French diplomatic source said. More than a week after a ceasefire agreement that Moscow-backed rebels ignored to capture a...


Putin surveys the map as he ponders next move on Ukraine

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 23rd February 2015

Putin surveys the map as he ponders next move on Ukraine MOSCOW: In Russia, Vladimir Putin likes to portray himself as the saviour of the nation. In Europe and the United States he has come to be seen as a threat to the new world order. What the Russian president does next in Ukraine is key to the country’s future, as well as that of Europe...


Kiev says 2 soldiers killed, 10 wounded in past 24 hours

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 23rd February 2015

Kiev says 2 soldiers killed, 10 wounded in past 24 hours KIEV: Ukraine’s military said on Monday two of its soldiers had been killed and 10 wounded in the past 24 hours, signalling that fighting has not stopped to allow a truce deal to be implemented. Spokesman Valentyn Fedychev said Ukrainian forces had been shelled 27 times in the past day. Fighting has diminished in eastern...


Ukraine lost 179 troops in battle for Debaltseve: advisor

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 21st February 2015

Ukraine lost 179 troops in battle for Debaltseve: advisor KIEV: Ukraine lost 179 troops in a month-long battle with pro-Russian rebels that ended in defeat over the key eastern town of Debaltseve, an advisor to the country’s president said. If the figure is confirmed, it would represent one of the bloodiest losses suffered by the Ukrainian side in the 10-month conflict. Kiev has officially...


Germany rejects Greek proposal as ‘no substantial solution’

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 19th February 2015

Germany rejects Greek proposal as ‘no substantial solution’ BERLIN: Germany on Thursday rejected a request by Greece to its European partners for a six-month extension to its EU loan programme, saying it was “not a substantial proposal for a solution”. “The letter from Athens is not a substantial proposal for a solution,” said a spokesman for German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble in a...


London and Madrid say still opposed to military aid for Ukraine

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 19th February 2015

London and Madrid say still opposed to military aid for Ukraine MADRID:  The foreign ministers of Britain and Spain said Thursday the solution to the Ukrainian crisis had to come through dialogue and could not involve military aid to Ukrainian forces. “We don’t not believe that at the moment it would be helpful to provide lethal support to the Ukrainian armed forces,” British Foreign Secretary Philip...


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