Tuesday, 23 January 2018


France: Attack at Marseille Train Station Leaves 2 Women Dead


PARIS: Two women were killed in southern France by an assailant armed with a knife, in an attack that forced the evacuation of a major train station, the authorities said. The assailant was fatally shot by a military patrol after killing the women in front of the Saint-Charles train station ...

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Catalonia Attempts to Vote for Independence, Defying Spain


SPAIN: Catalonia, the restive northeastern region that is Spain’s economic powerhouse, is attempting to vote on Sunday in an independence referendum. In defiance of Spanish authorities, thousands of Catalans turned out to vote early Sunday. Some had slept overnight at polling stations to make sure the police could not close ...

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North Korea seen moving missiles from development center

North Korea

SEOUL: Several North Korean missiles were recently spotted moved from a rocket facility in the capital Pyongyang, South Korea’s Korean Broadcasting System (KBS) reported late Friday amid speculation that the North was preparing to take more provocative actions. The report cited an unnamed intelligence source saying South Korean and U.S. ...

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Iran’s Zarif urges Europe to defy Trump on sanctions

Javad Zarif

LONDON: Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has warned that the only way to stop its nuclear deal from collapsing is for Europe to defy any US reimposition of sanctions. In an interview published on Saturday by Britain’s Guardian newspaper, Zarif said Iran would develop much more advanced nuclear technology ...

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May Pledges Britain Will Defend EU From Russian Aggression

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LONDON: Prime Minister Theresa May pledged that Britain will defend its allies from an increasing Russian threat even after Brexit, as she carried on her courting of European Union leaders. “Russia’s continued aggression represents a growing threat to our friends here,” May told British troops in Estonia on Friday. “Our ...

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Black cab driver admits harassing Jemima Khan

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LONDON: A black cab driver admitted to harassing Jemima Khan, the former wife of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan, by calling her more than 1,000 times and sending 203 messages. Hassan Mahhmood, 27, is said to have obtained the 43-year-old journalist and campaigner’s phone number when she booked a ...

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Toddler shoots playmates at Michigan daycare


CHICAGO: Two toddlers were hospitalised in serious condition after a playmate accidentally shot them with a loaded gun at a daycare in the US state of Michigan. Both of the children’s conditions were upgraded from critical a day earlier, police said Thursday, as they wrapped up their investigation and planned ...

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Mumbai train station stampede kills at least 22 people

MUMBAI: A stampede at a Mumbai railway station during morning rush hour has left 22 people dead and injured about 30, Indian officials report. The incident at Elphinstone station, which connects two of the city’s major local lines, was triggered by overcrowding and heavy rain, they said. The injured have ...

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Japan parliament dissolved for general election

Japan PM

TOKYO: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday dissolved the more powerful lower chamber of Japan’s bicameral parliament and called a general election as a number of opposition parties have held talks about ways they could collaborate to better take on Abe’s ruling coalition. The general election will be held ...

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Violence must stop, UK minister urges Myanmar

Mark Field

LONDON: Foreign Office minister Mark Field has told Aung San Suu Kyi to end violence in Rakhine State and grant full humanitarian access. But Mr Field said the country’s de facto leader was in a “difficult position”, with public opinion in Myanmar “strongly anti-Rohingya”. And Aung San Suu Kyi was ...

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