Thursday, 16 August 2018


Strong quake on Indonesia holiday island kills 13

(AFP PHOTO / Aulia AHMAD) A powerful earthquake on the Indonesian tourist island of Lombok killed at least 13 people, injured hundreds and damaged thousands of homes on Sunday, officials said. The shallow 6.4-magnitude quake jolted the island in the early morning, sending people running outside in panic and triggering ...

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Myanmar floods kill at least five, displace 54,000 people

AFP Rising floodwaters have killed at least five people and forced tens of thousands from their homes across swathes of Myanmar, a government official told AFP on Sunday, as heavy monsoon rains continue to batter the Mekong region. Dramatic images showed vast areas of farmland completely submerged in muddy waters ...

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Militants attack Afghan midwife training centre

KABUL: A militant attack on a midwife training centre in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday killed at least two people and wounded five, officials said, after the more than six-hour assault was brought to an end by security forces. At least 67 people, including students and teachers, were inside the centre ...

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Over thousand rockets of Tipu Sultan found in India

(AFP) BANGALORE: Over a thousand rockets belonging to King Tipu Sultan have been found by excavators in an abandoned well in India’s southern Karnataka state, an official said. The excavation of the open well in Shimoga district led to unearthing of rockets and shells that were stored by the 18th-century ...

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Radio hosts calling 1st Sikh-American attorney ‘turban man’

(Jeffrey Granit)

 (Jeffrey Granit) NEW JERSEY: Two radio hosts in New Jersey, who called America’s first Sikh-American attorney general Gurbir Grewal “turban man” on air, have apologised for their racist remarks and have been slapped with a 10-day suspension for using “demeaning and inappropriate” language. Dennis Malloy and Judi Franco, who host ...

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Pak polls ‘stolen’, results ‘tainted’: Nawaz Sharif

In his first reaction over the general election results, Pakistan’s jailed former prime minister Nawaz Sharif has alleged that the polls had been “stolen” and warned that the “tainted and dubious results would cast a “bad impact” on the country’s politics. Talking to visitors in Adiala Jail on Thursday, the ...

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South Korea firm apologises for treasure ship claim

SEOUL: A South Korean company that said it had found a long-lost Russian “treasure ship”, causing a stock market flurry, apologised Thursday admitting it had not gleaned any riches from the wreck. Start-up business Shinil Group announced last week it had discovered the imperial vessel Dmitri Donskoi off South Korea’s ...

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People are eating dog meat to beat the heat in North Korea

PYONGYANG: In North Korea, summer is not a good time to be a dog. In the sizzling heat, North Korea’s biggest brewery is pumping out twice as much beer as usual, Pyongyang residents are lining up to get their “bingsu”, a syrupy treat made with shaved ice and restaurants are ...

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