Wednesday, 23 August 2017


New mother ‘cut in two’ after hospital lift malfunctions

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SPAIN: A 26-year-old woman in Seville who had just given birth died after the hospital’s elevator malfunctioned and trapped her head. Local media reports that the tragedy took place at the Virgen de Valme University Hospital in the province’s Dos Hermanas neighborhood. Rocío Cortés Núñez was being transported to the ...

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Trump eyes Afghanistan’s elusive mineral riches

FILE PHOTO: U.S. helicopter flies near the new-found gold mine site in Nor Aaba, Takhar Province, Afghanistan November 26, 2010. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani/File Photo

KABUL: U.S. President Donald Trump is eyeing Afghanistan’s mineral wealth to help pay for a 16-year war and reconstruction efforts that have already cost $117 billion. Investors who have studied the country, one of the world’s most dangerous, say that is a pipe dream. Ever since a United States Geological ...

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India: 23 killed, 64 injured in train crash


NEW DELHI: At least 23 passengers were killed and 64 others were injured after an express train derailed in north India, as rescuers battle to free people trapped in the wreckage, according to media reports. “Twenty-three people have died and 64 others are injured in the accident. Rescue and relief ...

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Church Leaders In Philippines Condemn Bloody War On Drugs


MANILA: The head of the Catholic Church in the Philippines has harshly criticized a government campaign of alleged extrajudicial killings of drug suspects that has claimed thousands of lives, calling it a “humanitarian concern” that cannot be ignored. Police have killed an estimated 3,200 people in the past 14 months ...

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UK terror checks to be tightened for van hire


LONDON: British drivers would find themselves subject to extra checks when renting cars and vans as part of a crackdown on extremists planning to use vehicles to carry out terror attacks. Officials are looking into ways to make sure would-be terrorists can’t use hire cars and vans to carry out ...

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Queen Elizabeth will not abdicate for Prince Charles


LONDON: Royal sources dismiss growing regency rumours. The Queen has no intention of stepping aside for Prince Charles and insists it is “duty first, nation first, I’m going to be there”, according to sources close to the monarch. The Queen has no plans to pass her official duties on to Prince ...

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Thousands protest in Hong Kong over jailing of democracy activists

HONG KONG: Thousands of people took to the streets of Hong Kong on Sunday to protest against the jailing of three young democracy activists, with many questioning the independence of the Chinese-ruled city’s judiciary. On Thursday, Joshua Wong, 20, Nathan Law, 24 and Alex Chow, 27, were jailed for six ...

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London mayor pushes for more affordable homes on public land


LONDON: At least half of the new homes built on London public land will have to be affordable to benefit from faster planning permission, according to the capital’s mayor, Sadiq Khan. Khan made the announcement yesterday in a new approach to property development. The mayor’s new Supplementary Planning Guidance is ...

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London acid attack victim Jameel Mukhtar ruined for life


LONDON: “I can’t be around anybody, I’m embarrassed to even talk to people,” says Jameel Mukhtar. “I don’t go outside anymore, I can’t even look at myself in the mirror.” It is almost two months since he was doused with acid through a car window as he waited at traffic ...

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