Saturday, 20 April 2019

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Malian PM resigns as anger mounts over massacre

BAMAKO: Mali’s prime minister resigned along with his entire government following criticism over their handling of an upsurge of violence in the centre of the country and a massacre last month that left 160 people dead. A statement from President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita’s office said he had accepted Soumeylou Boubeye ...

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Armed groups attack Haftar-controlled air base in Libya

TRIPOLI: The World Health Organisation (WHO) stated that as many as 205 people have been killed and 913 more injured since the beginning of Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA) offensive on Tripoli. An armed group attacked on Thursday a key air base in Southern Libya under the control of Field Marshal ...

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Notre-Dame to get temporary wooden ‘ephemeral cathedral’ during rebuilding

PARIS: Catholic worshippers feeling orphaned by the fire that ravaged part of Notre-Dame will be welcomed in an “ephemeral cathedral” of wood in front of the Paris monument until it reopens, Notre-Dame’s chief priest said Thursday. Speaking to France’s CNews television channel Monsignor Patrick Chauvet said, “We mustn’t say ‘the ...

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At least 29 dead after tourist bus crashes in Portugal

MADEIRA: According to the Lusa news agency, a tourist bus crashed on the Portuguese island of Madeira. The agency reported that many people have been injured and there’s a number of fatalities, while several ambulances are currently on the scene. “There are fatalities but information on the number of victims is still not certain,” Lusa ...

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Japan’s F-35s made seven precautionary landings before fighter went missing

A Japanese Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) spokesperson also confirmed Wednesday that the search for the aircraft and its highly-experienced pilot, Major Akinori Hosomi — who has more than 3,200 hours of flight time – is still underway. US Air Force pilots, for example, currently average around 17.8 hours of flight time a month, amounting to around 213 flight ...

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US-Turkey deadlock over S-400 deal shows no sign of resolution

ANKARA: Turkish Finance Minister Berat Albayrak said after his talks with Donald Trump in Washington that the US President has demonstrated “a reasonable approach” toward Ankara’s purchases of Russian S-400 air defence systems. The US and Turkey have failed to resolve an impasse in talks over Ankara’s plans to deploy Russian-made S-400 missile systems, ...

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Billionaires and donors mobilise to rebuild Notre-Dame

PARIS: Billionaires and private donors pledged hundreds of millions of euros on Tuesday to help rebuild Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris which has been devastated by fire. President Emmanuel Macron has vowed the emblematic monument will be rebuilt after its spire and roof collapsed Monday night in a blaze thought to ...

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UK experts join Indian medics to counter surgical infection threat

BIRMINGHAM: Experts from the University of Birmingham have tied up with medical professionals in India to set up an innovative research centre that will help improve care for surgical patients. A team from the university’s joint research team, involving the UK’s National Institute for Health Research Global Health Research Unit on ...

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Nearly 150 killed in battle for Tripoli: WHO

TRIPOLI: At least 147 people have been killed and 614 wounded in the offensive launched on April 4 by Libyan military strongman Khalifa Haftar to take the capital Tripoli, the World Health Organization said Monday. The clashes have displaced more than 18,000 people, according to the latest figures from the ...

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Russia transgender woman wins case

SAINT PETERSBURG: When Anastasia, a Russian transgender woman, took her employer to court for firing her after a gender reassignment operation, she did not expect to win. “I knew the chances were slim, I understand what country I live in,” the 43-year-old told AFP in her native Saint Petersburg. But ...

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