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Iraqi forces free hundreds of civilians in Mosul Old City battles as death toll mounts
By Marius Bosch MOSUL | Saturday, Jun 24 2017 IST
Iraqi forces opened exit routes for hundreds of civilians to flee the Old City of Mosul today as they battled to retake the ancient quarter from Islamic State militants mounting a last stand in what was the de facto capital of their "caliphate". US-traine ... read..


Istanbul bans gay and transgender pride march for second year
ISTANBUL | Saturday, Jun 24 2017 IST
Istanbul's governor has banned a gay and transgender pride march which was due to take place in the city tomorrow, citing security concerns after threats from an ultra-nationalist group. It will be the second year running that Istanbul's LGBT march, descr ... read..


Iraqi forces free hundreds of civilians in Mosul Old City battles
By Marius Bosch MOSUL | Saturday, Jun 24 2017 IST
Iraqi forces opened exit routes for hundreds of civilians to flee the Old City of Mosul as they battled to retake the ancient quarter from Islamic State militants mounting a last stand in what was the de facto capital of their "caliphate". US-trained urba ... read..


Ferrand elected to lead Macron's lawmakers in French parliament
PARIS | Saturday, Jun 24 2017 IST
Former French minister Richard Ferrand, who has been fighting accusations of improper financial dealings during most of his few weeks in office, was elected today to lead President Emmanuel Macron's lawmakers in parliament "I thank the deputies for ... read..


Show some patriotism, UK minister tells broadcasters over Brexit
LONDON | Saturday, Jun 24 2017 IST
A prominent Brexit campaigner and leading member of Britain's government has scolded a BBC presenter for showing a lack of patriotism when asked why the country was in such political turmoil. Interviewed on the BBC Newsnight programme a year after Britain ... read..


Second French journalist dies after being wounded in Mosul
PARIS | Saturday, Jun 24 2017 IST
French journalist Veronique Robert has died in Paris after being wounded in an explosion in Mosul earlier this week, her employer France Televisions said in a statement today. The mine explosion killed Iraqi journalist Bakhtiyar Haddad and French journali ... read..


Sectarian group claims Pakistan bombs; death toll rises to 50
By Saud Mehsud DERA ISMAIL KHAN | Saturday, Jun 24 2017 IST
A faction of Pakistan-based sectarian militants Lashkar-e-Jhangvi today claimed responsibility for twin bombs that hit a market in the northwestern town of Parachinar, killing at least 50 people ahead of the holiday marking the end of Ramadan. LeJ's Al Al ... read..


UAE's Gargash says alternative to Qatar demands is "not escalation but parting ways"
DUBAI | Saturday, Jun 24 2017 IST
A senior United Arab Emirates (UAE) official said today that if Qatar did not accept an ultimatum issued by Arab states which imposed a boycott on the small Gulf Arab nation this month, "the alternative is not escalation but parting ways". UAE Minister of ... read..


Norway-Russia relations to deteriorate following US Marines' base extension
OSLO | Saturday, Jun 24 2017 IST
Norway's decision to extend the presence of US Marines on its soil will worsen relations with neighbouring Russia and could escalate tensions on NATO's northern flank, the Russian embassy in Oslo told Reuters today. Some 330 Marines will be station ... read..


British government says 27 apartment blocks fail fire safety tests
LONDON | Saturday, Jun 24 2017 IST
Twenty seven high-rise apartment blocks have failed fire cladding safety tests that were launched in the wake of the Grenfell Tower blaze which killed 79 people, the British government said today. The Department for Communities and Local Government said 2 ... read..


China's party paper trumpets UN rights resolution as combating West's monopoly
BEIJING | Saturday, Jun 24 2017 IST
The West's monopoly on rights has been dealt a blow by the United Nations' decision to adopt a China-led resolution saying development promotes human rights, an editorial in the official paper of China's ruling Communist Party said today. The UN Hu ... read..


Kyrgyz President denies he's in talks to send troops to Syria
MOSCOW | Saturday, Jun 24 2017 IST
Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev has not conducted negotiations on sending peacekeeping troops to Syria during his visit to Moscow, Interfax news agency quoted Atambayev as saying today. Last week, the head of the defence committee in the lower house o ... read..


Yemen government says to investigate allegations of abuse in secret prisons
DUBAI | Saturday, Jun 24 2017 IST
President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi's government said today it was investigating reports that forces backed by the United Arab Emirates were running secret prisons in southern Yemen where detainees are subjected to torture and abuse. The UAE is part of a Sau ... read..


Russia's Rosneft says to continue dispute with Sistema in court
MOSCOW | Saturday, Jun 24 2017 IST
Russian oil major Rosneft will continue court proceedings against Russian business conglomerate Sistema, Rosneft said today. Rosneft is suing Sistema for 170.6 billion roubles (2.85 billion dollars) in damages over the purchase of oil producer Bashneft . ... read..


Five London tower blocks evacuated over fire safety concerns
By Kate Holton and Jamillah Knowles LONDON | Saturday, Jun 24 2017 IST
Thousands of residents in a sprawling north London housing estate were forced to leave their apartments after fire checks carried out in the wake of the deadly Grenfell Tower blaze found the buildings to be unsafe. Amid chaotic scenes, residents clutching ... read..


Vietnam police detain dissident for deportation - wife
HANOI | Saturday, Jun 24 2017 IST
Vietnamese police detained a French dissident of Vietnamese descent for deportation after the Communist state revoked his Vietnamese citizenship last month, his wife said. Pham Minh Hoang, a 61-year-old activist and mathematics lecturer, had dual French a ... read..


China, US agree aim of "complete, irreversible" Korean denuclearization
BEIJING | Saturday, Jun 24 2017 IST
China and the United States agreed that efforts to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula should be "complete, verifiable and irreversible", Chinese state media said today, reporting the results of high level talks in Washington this week. "Both sides reaffirm ... read..


Bulgaria's first communications satellite launched into orbit
SOFIA | Saturday, Jun 24 2017 IST
Bulgaria's first geostationary communications satellite has been launched into space, operator Bulsatcom said in a statement today. The BulgariaSat-1 satellite, which will provide television and communication services to Europe and North Africa, was launc ... read..


Over 100 buried in China landslide
Beijing | Saturday, 2017 12:45:23 PM IST
More than 100 people were feared buried after a landslide in China on Saturday, official sources said. ... read..


Saudi Arabia foils terror attack on Mecca Grand Mosque
Dubai | Saturday, 2017 12:45:14 PM IST
Security forces in Saudi Arabia thwarted a terror attack on the Mecca Grand Mosque and worshippers there, the country's Interior Ministry has said. ... read..


Google to stop scanning Gmail for ads personalization
San Francisco | Saturday, 2017 12:45:05 PM IST
Google has announced that it will stop scanning the inboxes of Gmails free users for ad personalization at some point later this year. ... read..


Landslide buries mountain village in SW China, fears for 141 people
BEIJING | Saturday, Jun 24 2017 IST
Fears grew for 141 people missing in China after a landslide buried their mountain village in southwestern Sichuan provincetoday, with reports that only three survivors had been pulled out of the mud and rock hours after the calamity struck. The landslide ... read..


Australia welcomes charges against alleged Bali bombing mastermind
* Bali accused held at Guantanamo Bay since 2006 * "Hambali" charged with attacking Bali nightspots | Saturday, Jun 24 2017 IST
Australia today welcomed charges against a Guantanamo Bay prisoner accused of masterminding the 2002 Bali bombings in which 202 people were killed, including 88 Australians. Indonesian-born militant Riduan Isamuddin, also known as Hambali, is accused of o ... read..


Corruption charges against Brazil's Temer expected to come in waves -source
By Ricardo Brito and Maria Carolina Marcello Undated | Saturday, Jun 24 2017 IST
Brazil's top federal prosecutor will level corruption charges against President Michel Temer one at a time instead of making all the accusations at once, a strategy aimed at weakening his defense, a source with direct knowledge of the process told Reuters ... read..


Trump, Putin and Erdogan behave like autocratic rulers:Germany's Schulz
BERLIN | Saturday, Jun 24 2017 IST
The European Union must become stronger in response to a weakening of democracy in the United States, Russia and Turkey, the leader of Germany's centre-left Social Democrats said in remarks published today. Martin Schulz, who is also a former president o ... read..


Slain Venezuelan protester's father appeals to 'friend' Maduro
By Silene Ramrez and Andreina Aponte CARACAS | Saturday, Jun 24 2017 IST
A man describing himself as a former boss and friend of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro urged an investigation into the killing of his son in anti-government unrest convulsing the OPEC nation for nearly three months. David Vallenilla, 22, was shot at ... read..


Brazilian restaurants in US not bothered by beef ban
By Jonathan Allen and Renita D. Young NEW YORK/CHICAGO | Saturday, Jun 24 2017 IST
Brazilian restaurants in the United States have no beef with the US government's ban on meat from Brazil because the steaks they serve are all-American. Brazil is the world's largest meat exporter but business has been marred by scandal and safety concer ... read..


At women-only salon in Brooklyn, Muslim-Americans prepare for Eid
By Gabriela Bhaskar NEW YORK | Saturday, Jun 24 2017 IST
Nevien Shehadeh, 19, was one of many Muslim women who chose Le'Jemalik Salon and Boutique in New York's borough of Brooklyn to prepare for the Eid al-Fitr holiday. The beauty salon, designed by owner Huda Quhshi to cater mostly to Muslim women, opened in ... read..


US government narrows focus of counter-extremism program
By Julia Harte and Dustin Volz WASHINGTON | Saturday, Jun 24 2017 IST
The US Department of Homeland Security today announced changes to a $10 million government grant program, narrowing its focus around efforts to combat Islamist extremism. In an update to awards announced in January by former President Barack Obama's admi ... read..


Arab states issue ultimatum to Qatar: close Jazeera, curb ties with Iran
* Ultimatum requires reversal of Qatari policies * Gives Doha 10 days to comply with 13-point list * Four Arab states seek Qatari reparations * Turkish minister rejects call to shut military base * Qatar says won't negotiate until boycott lifted By William Maclean | Saturday, Jun 24 2017 IST
- Four Arab states that imposed a boycott on Qatar have issued an ultimatum to Doha to close Al Jazeera television, curb ties with Iran, shut a Turkish base and pay reparations, demands so far reaching it would appear to be hard for Doha to comply. Saudi ... read..


Bomber planning to attack Mecca's Grand Mosque blows himself up - ministry
DUBAI | Saturday, Jun 24 2017 IST
Saudi security forces today foiled a suicide attack on the Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, cornering the would-be attacker in an apartment, where he blew himself up, the Interior Ministry said. In a statement read on state television yeste ... read..


Qatar semi-govt rights body says Arab ultimatum on Qatar 'violation of human rights'
DOHA | Saturday, Jun 24 2017 IST
A Qatar semi-government human rights body said today that a list of demands, presented to Qatar by four Arab states imposing a boycott on the wealthy Gulf country, were a violation of human rights conventions and should not be accepted by Qatar. "By acce ... read..


Landslide buries mountain village in SW China, fears for 100 people
BEIJING | Saturday, Jun 24 2017 IST
A landslide this morning in China's southwestern Sichuan province has buried the homes of around 100 people, according to the official Xinhua news agency, citing local authorities. Xinhua did not give an estimate of the number killed or injured, but it sa ... read..


Quake magnitude 5.8 strikes in Mozambique - USGS
ISTANBUL | Saturday, Jun 24 2017 IST
An earthquake measuring 5.8 magnitude struck 60 kilometers (37.28 miles) northwest the Mozambique city of BEIRA, the United States Geological Survey said today. The USGS put the depth of the tremor at 10 km (6.21 miles). There were no other details immedi ... read..


Canada's Supreme Court clears way for Facebook privacy lawsuit
OTTAWA | Friday, Jun 23 2017 IST
Canada's top court cleared the way today for a lawsuit against Facebook Inc over privacy rights to be heard in the province of British Columbia instead of California where the social media site is based. British Columbia resident Deborah Douez brought ... read..


Separate blasts kill 40 in Pakistan - police
* Attack near Quetta checkpoint kills at least 13 - police * Two blasts kill 27 in market in northwest * Pakistani Taliban faction claims Quetta attack (Raises death toll | Friday, Jun 23 2017 IST
Bombs killed at least 40 people in Pakistan today, with a suicide car bomber killing 13 in the southwestern city of Quetta, and two blasts later claiming at least 27 lives in the northwestern town of Parachinar, officials said. A separate gun attack on po ... read..


Arab states' demand to shut Al Jazeera evokes condemnation (Lead)
Riyadh | Friday, 2017 11:15:04 PM IST
The demand by Saudi Arabia and three other Arab countries for Qatar to shut down Al Jazeera media network, among other conditions, to end the ongoing diplomatic impasse in the Gulf region has drawn condemnation. ... read..


3rd BRICS environment ministers meeting held in China
Beijing | Friday, 2017 10:45:06 PM IST
Environment ministers and senior officials of BRICS countries on Friday gathered in north China's Tianjin for discussions, pledging more efforts on sustainable development and pollution prevention. ... read..


US-led coalition unsure if Islamic State's Baghdadi dead or alive
WASHINGTON | Friday, Jun 23 2017 IST
The U.S.-led coalition battling Islamic State today said it had no concrete evidence on whether the militant group's leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was dead or alive but played down any significance he might have on the battlefields of Iraq and Syria. " ... read..


Germany lobbies for Indian railway projects
BERLIN | Friday, Jun 23 2017 IST
Berlin is lobbying for German firms to win business revamping India's creaking railway network, one of several countries attracted by the scale of India's transport needs and which are campaigning to export their technology. The economy ministry said ... read..


Trump signals he will work with Republican holdouts on health bill
* White House sees healthcare overhaul finalized by August * Four Republican senators say "not ready to vote" * Obama says "bill will do you harm" (Adds White House spokesman and Republican lawmaker comment in paragraphs 11-15) WASHINGTON | Friday, Jun 23 2017 IST
U.S. President Donald Trump acknowledged that a lack of support from four Senate Republicans leaves the party's healthcare overhaul on a "very, very narrow path" to win passage, but signaled a willingness to work with them to make changes. "It's not that ... read..


White House close to naming nominees for US SEC- senior official
WASHINGTON | Friday, Jun 23 2017 IST
The White House is very close to naming its nominees for the top U.S. securities regulator, a senior official said today, which could lead the current three-member Securities and Exchange Commission to reach its full five-member complement in the near fut ... read..


EU promises tough line on US, China while pushing for free trade
* Macron pushes "protection agenda" * Merkel says reciprocity is key * EU also pushes for Japan | Friday, Jun 23 2017 IST
German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned U.S. President Donald Trump today that Europe would react in kind if the United States did not play fair in trade, while EU leaders also agreed to consider screening investments by state-owned Chinese firms. The 28 E ... read..


China set to again block India's entry into NSG (Lead)
Beijing | Friday, 2017 9:45:06 PM IST
Two weeks after the Indian and Chinese top leadership agreed to address sensitive issues dogging their bilateral ties, Beijing on Friday appeared poised to once again oppose India's entry into the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), saying there was "no change ... read..


Mays offer on EU citizens below expectations: Tusk
Brussels | Friday, 2017 9:15:05 PM IST
The European Union (EU) on Friday slammed British Prime Minister Theresa May's offer to EU nationals after Brexit, warning it would make their situation "worse". ... read..


Qatar's Al Jazeera hits back at Arab states' attempt to close it down
DUBAI | Friday, Jun 23 2017 IST
The Qatari-owned Al Jazeera television network hit back today at reported demands by four Arab countries to close it down, calling them "nothing but an attempt to silence the freedom of expression in the region." Four Arab states boycotting Qatar over all ... read..


Merkel says May's Brexit proposals "not the breakthrough"
BRUSSELS | Friday, Jun 23 2017 IST
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said at the end of an EU summmit in Brussels today that proposals from British Prime Minister Theresa May on preserving the rights of eu citizens after Brexit were "not the breakthrough". Speaking at a joint news conference ... read..


If Baghdadi death confirmed, next IS leader likely to be Saddam-era officer
BAGHDAD | Friday, Jun 23 2017 IST
If Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is confirmed dead, he is likely to be succeeded by one of his top two lieutenants, both of whom were army officers under late Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. Experts on Islamist groups see no clear successor but ... read..


Top 4 teams qualify for HWC 2018 in India
London | Friday, Jun 23 2017 IST
Olympic Champion and world no one team Argentina, Malaysia, Holland and England have booked their place for the Men's Hockey World Cup 2018 in India at Bhubaneswar. These four teams have qualified for the World Cup after reaching the last four of the Ho ... read..


10 killed as IS suicide bombers strike Iraq
Baghdad | Friday, 2017 8:15:05 PM IST
Ten people were killed, including women and children, and 13 injured on Friday in an attack carried out by Islamic State's suicide bombers west of Iraq, a police official said. ... read..


Separate blasts kill nearly 30 in Pakistan - police
QUETTA/PARACHINAR | Friday, Jun 23 2017 IST
Bombs killed nearly 30 people in Pakistan today, with a suicide car bomber killing at least 13 in the southwestern city of Quetta, and two blasts later killing at least 15 in the northwest town of Parachinar, officials said. Seven police officers were kil ... read..


Russia's election commission says Navalny can not run for presidency
Undated | Friday, Jun 23 2017 IST
Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny can not run for presidency because of his criminal conviction, the Central Election Commission, said in a statement today. "Navalny does not have passive suffrage," said the statement, meaning he was ineligible to ... read..


UN begins investigation of Congo killings
GENEVA/KINSHASA | Friday, Jun 23 2017 IST
The United Nations opened an investigation today into killings in central Democratic Republic of Congo, though some Western countries and campaign groups said they had hoped it would have a stronger mandate. Kinshasa has been fighting insurgents in the Ka ... read..


Hungary's Orban sees EU reform drive after German election
BRUSSELS | Friday, Jun 23 2017 IST
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said after two days of talks with his European Union peers he expected Berlin and Paris to push for broad reforms in the bloc once a German election due in September is out of the way. "The French president has made i ... read..


PM May defends proposals for EU citizens living in Britain
BRUSSELS | Friday, Jun 23 2017 IST
Prime Minister Theresa May defended her proposals to guarantee the rights of EU citizens living in Britain today, saying several leaders of the bloc had reacted positively and she wanted agreement as soon as possible. At a news conference after an EU summ ... read..


Egypt's Sisi pardons 502 prisoners including well-known tycoon
CAIRO | Friday, Jun 23 2017 IST
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has pardoned 502 prisoners before the Eid al-Fitr holiday, state media said today, including prominent businessman Hesham Talaat Moustafa, according to security sources. No list of names was immediately available, b ... read..


Iraqi forces battle towards heart of Mosul's Old City
ERBIL | Friday, Jun 23 2017 IST
Iraqi forces battled their way along two streets that meet in the heart of Mosul's Old City today, and said they aimed to open routes for civilians to flee Islamic State's last stand there. US-trained urban warfare units are leading the fight in the maze ... read..


Blasts in Pakistani city of Parachinar kill 15 - government official
ISLAMABAD | Friday, Jun 23 2017 IST
Two blasts in the northwestern Pakistani town of Parachinar today killed at least 15 people dead, a government official told Reuters, the second deadly bomb attack in the country of the day. The blasts took place at a market within three minutes of each a ... read..


France's Macron, eastern Europeans try to mend ties after disagreements
BRUSSELS | Friday, Jun 23 2017 IST
French President Emmanuel Macron and four eastern European Union leaders sought to turn the page today after publicly trading barbs over their differences on issues ranging from jobs to the bloc's fundamental values. Macron, in power for little more than ... read..


Nigerian president meets with regional leaders on ethnic unrest
ABUJA | Friday, Jun 23 2017 IST
Nigeria's acting president met with regional leaders in an effort to quell ethnic tensions, his office said, as threats grow of conflict between northern Muslims and southeastern Igbo people. The two groups have been trading barbs since the beginning of ... read..


Paris turns into Olympic park as part of push to host 2024 Games
PARIS | Friday, Jun 23 2017 IST
A diver plunged into the Seine while the mayor of Paris took to the river in a kayak, as the French capital transformed itself on Friday into a giant Olympic park as part of its final push to win the rights to host the 2024 Games. Paris and US rival Los ... read..


Emirati princesses convicted in Belgium for human trafficking
BRUSSELS | Friday, Jun 23 2017 IST
Eight Emirati princesses were convicted of human trafficking by a Belgian court and were given suspended jail terms and fines in a case stemming from their treatment of servants at a Brussels luxury hotel nearly 10 years ago, their lawyer said. The Brus ... read..


Trump signals willing to work with Republicans on healthcare bill
WASHINGTON | Friday, Jun 23 2017 IST
US President Donald Trump acknowledged that a lack of support from four Senate Republicans leaves the party's healthcare overhaul on a "very, very narrow path" to win passage, but signaled a willingness to work with them to make changes. "It's not that t ... read..


Man charged with terrorism-related murder in London van attack
LONDON | Friday, Jun 23 2017 IST
A man suspected of driving a van at Muslim worshippers leaving a London mosque has been charged with terrorism-related murder and attempted murder, British police said today. Darren Osborne, 47, is accused of ploughing the rented vehicle into the group i ... read..


Saudi security forces kill "wanted man" in Mecca
DUBAI | Friday, Jun 23 2017 IST
Saudi security forces shot dead a wanted man in the Muslim holy city of Mecca today and arrested several others, Al Arabiya TV reported. The gunmen, who are wanted for terrorism, exchanged fire with the security forces who surrounded one of the buildings ... read..


EU backs second biosimilar copy of Humira, world's top drug
FRANKFURT | Friday, Jun 23 2017 IST
European regulators have recommended approval of a second copy of AbbVie's rheumatoid arthritis drug Humira, the world's top-selling medicine, in a further boost for so-called biosimilars in the region. The European Medicines Agency said today its expert ... read..


Merkel and Macron hold joint news conference at end of EU summit
BRUSSELS | Friday, Jun 23 2017 IST
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron will hold a joint news conference today at the end of a European Union summit, a rare step which underscores the push for deeper cooperation between Berlin and Paris. German and French ... read..


Deadly London tower blaze began in Hotpoint fridge freezer, police say
By Michael Holden LONDON | Friday, Jun 23 2017 IST
A fire that killed at least 79 people at a London tower block started in a Hotpoint fridge freezer, and the outside cladding engulfed by the blaze has since been shown to fail all safety tests, London police said today. Detective Superintendent Fiona McC ... read..


UK police charge man with terrorism-related murder over van attack by London mosque
LONDON | Friday, Jun 23 2017 IST
British police said today they had charged a man with terrorism-related murder and attempted murder over an incident in which a van was driven at Muslim worshippers leaving a mosque after prayers earlier this week. Darren Osborne, 47, is accused of ploug ... read..


Tanzanian leader reaffirms ban on pregnant girls attending state schools
NAIROBI | Friday, Jun 23 2017 IST
Tanzanian President John Magufuli has rejected activists' calls for the government to allow pregnant students to attend state schools, saying it was immoral for young girls to be sexually active. Tanzania's ban on pregnant girls attending state primary a ... read..


UK PM May welcomes Trump's pick for US ambassador
LONDON | Friday, Jun 23 2017 IST
The planned appointment of National Football League team owner Woody Johnson as US ambassador to London shows President Donald Trump's commitment to close ties with Britain, Prime Minister Theresa May's spokeswoman said today. "We are looking forward to ... read..


Corn, soy prices edge up, still on track for weekly falls
LONDON | Friday, Jun 23 2017 IST
Chicago corn and soybean were slightly higher on Friday but remained on track for weekly losses as cooler temperatures in the U.S. Midwest helped to improve the outlook for crops. The Chicago Board of Trade most-active corn contract was up 0.3 percent at ... read..


UK orders immediate examination into Hotpoint fridge after London fire
LONDON | Friday, Jun 23 2017 IST
Britain said today it had ordered an immediate examination of a Hotpoint fridge freezer model after police said a deadly London tower block fire began in one such appliance. "This product, which was manufactured between 2006 and 2009, has not been subjec ... read..


Faulty fridge sparked London tower fire: Police
London | Friday, 2017 5:45:04 PM IST
The Grenfell Tower fire in London that killed 79 people started in a faulty fridge, the Metropolitan Police said on Friday, adding the cladding on the 24-storey block has failed all safety tests. ... read..


Death of freed US student mystery, says N.Korea
Pyongyang | Friday, 2017 5:15:05 PM IST
North Korea on Friday said the death of a US student it freed earlier this month was a "mystery" as his health indicators and examination results were all normal when he left Pyongyang. ... read..


Russia intercepts 14 foreign planes near borders
Moscow | Friday, 2017 5:15:05 PM IST
Russian jets have intercepted 14 foreign planes near its borders in the past week, the Defence Ministry said in a report on Friday. ... read..


Arab states issue 13 demands to end Qatar crisis
Cairo | Friday, 2017 5:15:05 PM IST
Four Arab states that have severed ties with Qatar over its support to terrorism have issued 13 demands to end the rift with Doha, including closing Al-Jazeera television and cutting ties with Iran, a media report said. ... read..


Turkey says Israel paid compensation to families of 2010 flotilla raid victims - media
ANKARA | Friday, Jun 23 2017 IST
Israel has paid total compensation of 20 million dollars to the families of the victims of an Israeli raid on a Turkish aid flotilla that killed 10 people in 2010, Turkish media quoted Turkey's Finance Minister Naci Agbal as saying TOday. The payment, whi ... read..


UN launches inquiry into Congo atrocities
GENEVA | Friday, Jun 23 2017 IST
The United Nations Human Rights Council launched an international investigation today into killings and other atrocities in the Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The 47-member Geneva forum adopted by consensus a resolution brought by Afric ... read..


Death of Botswana ex-president who helped steady democracy
GABORONE | Friday, Jun 23 2017 IST
Botswana's former president Ketumile Masire, an instrumental figure in establishing the southern African country's image as a stable African democracy, has died, his aide said today. He was 91. Masire was Botswana's second president after independence in ... read..


North Korea says US student's death a "mystery to us as well"
SEOUL | Friday, Jun 23 2017 IST
North Korea said today the death of US university student Otto Warmbier soon after his return home was a mystery and dismissed accusations that he had died because of torture and beating during his captivity as "groundless". The North's foreign ministry s ... read..


Deadly London tower blaze began in Hotpoint fridge freezer - police
LONDON | Friday, Jun 23 2017 IST
A fire that engulfed a London tower block killing at least 79 people started in a Hotpoint fridge freezer and cladding on the building failed all safety tests, London police said today. Police Detective Superintendent Fiona McCormack said the Hotpoint mod ... read..


Japanese warship takes Asian guests on cruise in defiance of China
South China Sea | Friday, Jun 23 2017 IST
Japan's largest warship steamed into the South China Sea this week in defiance of Chinese assertiveness, with Asian military guests on board to witness helicopters looping over the tropical waters and gunners blasting target buoys. China claims most of th ... read..


Deadly London tower blaze began in a Hotpoint fridge freezer - police
London | Friday, Jun 23 2017 IST
A fire that engulfed a London tower block killing at least 79 people started in a Hotpoint fridge freezer, London police said today. Police Detective Superintendent Fiona McCormack said the Hotpoint model, FF175BP, was not subject to recall and that the m ... read..


China's authorities tighten noose around online video content
BEIJING | Friday, Jun 23 2017 IST
Beijing has shut down online video services of three popular Chinese media sites in a swift action that unleashed financial shockwaves and posed a firm warning to the country's online video industry: clean up, or close down. China's internet shares tumbl ... read..


Biggest US equity outflows in 5 weeks
LONDON | Friday, Jun 23 2017 IST
Investors pulled $7.7 billion from U.S. equities, the biggest outflows in five weeks, data from Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BAML) showed on Friday, reversing the previous week's bumper inflows as bears battled with the bulls. Globally equities attract ... read..


Germany's BSI says company execs being targeted by cyber attacks
BERLIN | Friday, Jun 23 2017 IST
Germany's federal cyber-security agency, BSI, said today the private email inboxes of German executives and government employees were being targeted by professional cyber attacks. Selected executives are being sent deceptively real-looking "spear-phishi ... read..


Copper hits 2-1/2 month high after European factory PMIs
LONDON | Friday, Jun 23 2017 IST
Copper prices firmed on Friday to their highest since April 7 as industrial metals benefited from rising Chinese stock markets and strong European manufacturing data, while falling inventories put zinc on track for its best week since November. "Positive ... read..


Britain's FTSE struggles one year on from Brexit, haunted by uncertainty
LONDON | Friday, Jun 23 2017 IST
One year on from Britain's shock vote to leave the European Union and cracks are starting to appear in the FTSE 100's rally, as concerns on both political and economic fronts put UK shares on course for their third week of losses in a row. The blue chip ... read..


Novartis breast cancer drug Kisqali wins European panel backing
ZURICH | Friday, Jun 23 2017 IST
A European Medicines Agency (EMA) panel recommended today approving Novartis's Kisqali drug, bolstering the Swiss drugmaker's bid to challenge rival Pfizer's Ibrance against tough-to-treat breast cancer. The EMA's Committee for Medicinal Products for Hum ... read..


Turkey warns on Syrian Kurdish militia, welcomes US weapons pledge
ISTANBUL | Friday, Jun 23 2017 IST
Turkey's defence minister warned today that Ankara would retaliate against any threatening moves by the Kurdish YPG militia in Syria and welcomed a US pledge to take back weapons from the group after the defeat of Islamic State. Washington sees the YPG ... read..


Spain prosecutor says not opposed to lifting prison sentence for Messi
MADRID | Friday, Jun 23 2017 IST
The Barcelona state prosecutor said today it was not opposed to substituting a 21-month prison sentence for a fine for tax fraud handed down to soccer player Lionel Messi, as long as the fine was the maximum allowed under law. The maximum fine would be ... read..


Deadly London tower blaze began in a Hotpoint fridge freezer
LONDON | Friday, Jun 23 2017 IST
A fire that engulfed a London tower block killing at least 79 people started in a Hotpoint fridge freezer, London police said today. Police Detective Superintendent Fiona McCormack said the Hotpoint model, FF175BP, was not subject to recall and that the ... read..


May offers EU citizens to stay in UK post-Brexit
Brussels | Friday, 2017 4:15:05 PM IST
British Prime Minister Theresa May has softened her stance on an estimated three million EU citizens currently living in the UK, offering them to stay post Brexit. ... read..


Baghdadi death near 100 pct certain: Interfax quotes Russian senator
Moscow | Friday, Jun 23 2017 IST
The likelihood that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been killed is close to 100 per cent, Interfax news agency quoted the head of the defence committee in Russia's upper parliamentary house as saying today. Russia's defence ministry said a w ... read..


Taliban say US must quit Afghanistan for peace
KABUL | Friday, Jun 23 2017 IST
The Taliban warned today against sending more Western troops to Afghanistan, while pledging that it sought only independence under Islamic rule and rejecting concerns it would harbour foreign militants. In a statement marking Eid al-Fitr, the festival at ... read..


Australia to send spy planes to help Philippines fight militants
MARAWI CITY/SYDNEY | Friday, Jun 23 2017 IST
Australia agreed today to send two surveillance planes to help the Philippines tackle Islamist rebels, as jets and artillery pounded militant positions in a southern town held for more than a month by Islamic State loyalists. The Philippines accepted the ... read..


"Maybe it's time": actor Johnny Depp jokes about a Trump assassination
GLASTONBURY | Friday, Jun 23 2017 IST
Johnny Depp courted controversy at Britain's Glastonbury music festival with a joke about assassinating Donald Trump, pondering how long it had been since an actor had killed a US president. Depp, 54, was speaking to a crowd yesterday evening as he intro ... read..


Oil edges up, but still set for biggest H1 fall since 1990s
LONDON | Friday, Jun 23 2017 IST
Oil prices edged up on Friday, recovering some of their steep losses made this week, but crude remained on course for its worst first-half decline in almost two decades as production cuts have failed to sufficiently reduce oversupply. Brent crude futures ... read..


Arab states demand Qatar closes Jazeera, cuts back ties to Iran
DUBAI | Friday, Jun 23 2017 IST
Four Arab states boycotting Qatar over alleged support for terrorism have sent Doha a list of 13 demands including closing Al Jazeera television and reducing ties to their regional adversary Iran, an official of one of the four countries said. The demand ... read..


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