Friday, 27 April 2018


New UK law to ban drones flying close to airports


LONDON: Police in Britain will be given new powers to prevent the unsafe or criminal use of drones as part of a new package of legislation announced Sunday. Banning drones from flying near airports or above 122 meters will also form part of the new regulations. New drone-safety laws will ...

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Indonesia raises Bali volcano alert to highest level

Bali volcano

BALI: Indonesia raised its warning for Bali’s Mount Agung volcano to the top level four alert on Monday, closed the holiday island’s airport and told residents near the summit to immediately evacuate, warning of the “imminent” risk of a larger eruption. Bali’s airport was closed for 24 hours, disrupting 445 ...

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Catalan leader’s party shelves independence push

Catalan leader

MADRID: The party of ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont now favours talks with Madrid to achieve independence instead of pushing to break away from Spain unilaterally, its coordinator said Thursday, the latest sign it was softening its position. Spanish media have reported that Puigdemont’s PdeCat party and its former government ...

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Britain says Zimbabwe’s new rulers must show resolve for democracy


LONDON: Britain wants Zimbabwe’s new rulers to show clear resolve to place the country on a more democratic and prosperous path after the fall of Robert Mugabe. “Zimbabweans suffered for too long as a result of Mugabe’s ruinous rule,” Britain’s minister for Africa, Rory Stewart, said on arriving in Harare. ...

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44 crew of Argentinian Submarine feared dead after explosion

San Juan submarine

The entire crew of a missing Argentinian submarine are believed to be dead this morning following an explosion. The navy detected what they believe to be the sound of an explosion, sparking fears that all 44 crew members had lost their lives. The ARA San Juan has been missing since ...

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JuD chief Hafiz Saeed released by Pakistani Court

Hafiz Saeed

ISLAMABAD: Jamatud Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed has been released from house arrest on Friday after the Lahore High Court had rejected Punjab government’s request to extend his detention. He is free, we are happy. Thank God there is no more restriction,” Nadeem Awan, a spokesman for Jamaatud Dawa, told media. The ...

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Switzerland approves $1.3b in EU aid


BERN: Switzerland said it will provide more than a billion dollars in development aid to the European Union, as Bern seeks to stabilise its messy ties with Brussels. The 1.3 billion Swiss francs ($1.32 billion, 1.1 billion euros) will be spread over ten years and will target lower income countries ...

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Pope faces diplomatic dilemma in Myanmar visit

Pope Francis

Pope Francis visits Myanmar next week, a delicate trip for the world’s most senior Christian to a majority Buddhist country accused by Washington of the “ethnic cleansing” of Muslim Rohingya people. He will also visit Bangladesh to where more than 600,000 people have fled from what Amnesty International called “crimes ...

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British-Pakistani woman becomes detective superintendent in Scotland Yard

British Pakistani Scotland Yard

LONDON: Scotland Yard has appointed its first Muslim and Asian woman Shabnam Chaudhri as a detective superintendent of police, a private media outlet reported on Tuesday. British-Pakistani Chaudhry, hailing from Karachi, moved to London with her family when she was two years old. In recognition of her “outstanding contribution” to fighting ...

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