Canadian firm opens facility to pull carbon from air

Saturday, October 10, 2015 - 11:23

CANADA: A company with global plans to pull carbon from thin air to make fuel, while tackling climate change, opened a pilot plant Friday in this remote western Canadian community.

IS at outskirts of Syria’s Aleppo despite Russian raids

Saturday, October 10, 2015 - 01:13

BEIRUT: Islamic State group fighters advanced Friday to the outskirts of Syria’s second city Aleppo, despite Moscow’s announcement that its raids had killed hundreds of jihadists in just 24 hours.

Four held in Bangladesh over Japanese farmer murder

Friday, October 9, 2015 - 21:58

DHAKA: Bangladesh police said Friday officers picked up two more people for questioning over the murder of a Japanese farmer, an attack claimed by the Islamist State group, with two others in custody.

Sweden poised for 150,000 asylum seekers this year

Friday, October 9, 2015 - 21:52

STOCKHOLM: Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said Friday up to 150,000 people could seek asylum this year in the Scandinavian country, which is struggling to find housing for the new arrivals.

One dead, three wounded in latest US university shooting

Friday, October 9, 2015 - 20:57

LOS ANGELES: One person was killed and three others wounded in a shooting at an Arizona university early Friday before the gunman was captured, officials said, in the latest such incident in the United States.

British nurse who contracted Ebola hospitalized again

Friday, October 9, 2015 - 20:53

LONDON: London’s Royal Free Hospital says a nurse who recovered from Ebola last year has been hospitalized again and is being treated for an unusual late complication. Her condition is described as serious.

Studies say 1/3 of young men to die from smoking

Friday, October 9, 2015 - 17:15

BEIJING: Research published in the medical journal The Lancet says one in three of all the young men in China are likely to die from tobacco, but that the number can fall if the men quit smoking.

India protests to Saudi after maid’s hand chopped off

Friday, October 9, 2015 - 16:22

NEW DELHI: India said Friday it had lodged a protest with authorities in Riyadh after a maid from Tamil Nadu allegedly had her hand chopped off by her Saudi employer for complaining about her work conditions.

10 inmates die in Philippine prison fire

Friday, October 9, 2015 - 16:18

MANILA, (Philippines) : Ten inmates have been killed in a fire that destroyed a dormitory at a maximum security prison in the central Philippines, officials said Friday.

France launches new air strike in Syria against IS: minister

Friday, October 9, 2015 - 15:55

PARIS: France launched a new air strike overnight in Syria against an Islamic State training camp and further strikes will follow, Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Friday.

Australian mosque leader tells violent Muslims to leave country

Friday, October 9, 2015 - 14:37

SYDNEY: The leader of the Sydney mosque attended by a 15-year-old who killed a police worker has called for an end to violent extremism, saying Friday that Muslims who reject Australian values should leave the country.

Baby dies after migrant boat breaks down off Greek island

Friday, October 9, 2015 - 14:18

ATHENS: A baby died after the rubber boat carrying him and another 56 migrants broke down and was left adrift off the Greek island of Lesbos, the Greek coastguard said on Friday.

Indonesia loses up to US$9b from timber clearing

Friday, October 9, 2015 - 10:57

JAKARTA: Unreported forest clearing cost Indonesia up to US$9 billion between 2003 and 2014 in lost timber royalties - about three times the royalties it actually received, an investigation by the country’s main anti-graft agency showed on Friday.

Australia, Philippines negotiating asylum seeker transfer deal

Friday, October 9, 2015 - 09:57

SYDNEY: Australia is negotiating a deal with the Philippines to transfer asylum seekers being held indefinitely in controversial detention centres on remote, impoverished islands, Australia’s immigration minister said on Friday.

France train attack hero stabbed in California

Friday, October 9, 2015 - 09:42

LOS ANGELES: One of three Americans who helped thwart a terror attack on a Paris-bound train was stabbed in his home state of California – apparently after coming to a woman’s rescue, authorities said Thursday.

Farmer named national rat-killing champion

Thursday, October 8, 2015 - 20:17

DHAKA: Bangladesh has crowned a new national champion rat killer after his team eradicated more than 160,000 rodents in the past 12 months, officials said Thursday.

S. Korea launches probe into school meal embezzlement

Thursday, October 8, 2015 - 18:50

SEOUL: South Korean prosecutors launched a probe Thursday over allegations a private school stole rice and cooking oil and siphoned thousands of dollars from student meals, a spokesman said, after pupils complained of inedible food.

Netanyahu bars ministers from visiting Jerusalem holy site

Thursday, October 8, 2015 - 17:28

JERUSALEM: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has barred all Cabinet ministers and lawmakers from visiting a sensitive Jerusalem holy site, fearing any high-profile spectacle could further enflame tensions that have gripped the country for weeks, an Israeli official said Thursday.

Scientists warn El Nino coral damage could be worst ever

Thursday, October 8, 2015 - 17:08

SYDNEY: Scientists Thursday warned the world faced mass global coral bleaching next year driven by the warming effects of the El Nino weather phenomenon, and it could be the worst on record.

Iran to boycott Frankfurt Book Fair over Rushdie appearance

Thursday, October 8, 2015 - 15:19

TEHRAN: Iran is boycotting this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair in protest over a planned opening speech at the venue by India-born British novelist Salman Rushdie.

Kyrgyzstan jails imam for alleged support to IS

Thursday, October 8, 2015 - 15:05

BISHKEK, (Kyrgyzstan): Kyrgyzstan has sentenced a leading imam to five years in prison on extremism charges and for alleged support to the Islamic State group.

NATO sees ‘troubling escalation’ of Russian activity in Syria

Thursday, October 8, 2015 - 14:33

BRUSSELS: NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Thursday there had been a “troubling escalation” in Russian military activity in Syria, after Moscow dramatically expanded its air campaign.

Merkel declares asylum rules ‘obsolete’ as migrant talks opens

Thursday, October 8, 2015 - 13:36

LUXEMBOURG: EU foreign ministers and their counterparts from nations bordering Syria were to gather Thursday to discuss the migration crisis, after German Chancellor Angela Merkel declared Europe’s asylum rules are “obsolete.”

Korean alphabet ‘hangeul’ set to become writing system for South American tribe

Thursday, October 8, 2015 - 13:22

SEOUL: A team of Korean researchers has developed a system for transcribing the spoken language of a South American indigenous tribe using the Korean alphabet, “hangeul,” the team said Thursday.

At least 13 killed in Yemen wedding bombing

Thursday, October 8, 2015 - 11:19

SANAA: At least 13 people were killed and 38 others wounded in the bombing of a wedding in a rebel-held Yemeni town, a medical source said Thursday.

Three held over Australia terror shooting set free

Thursday, October 8, 2015 - 10:40

SYDNEY: Three of four people arrested in Australia over a terror-linked murder by a radicalised teenager have been released without charge in a move police admitted Thursday was “incredibly frustrating.”

Policeman dies, 31 injured in Nicaragua miners’ strike

Thursday, October 8, 2015 - 10:34

MANAGUA, Nicaragua: One policeman has died and 23 were injured in clashes with protesting workers demanding the reinstatement of fired employees at a Nicaraguan gold mine.

Social media savvy Islamic State grave concern for US

Thursday, October 8, 2015 - 09:22

WASHINGTON: A recruiting push by Islamic State militants via thousands of Twitter accounts and other social media postings remains one of the biggest threats facing the United States, a high-level US military official said on Wednesday.

UN office investigating donation from Macau billionaire

Thursday, October 8, 2015 - 09:19

UNITED NATIONS: The United Nations said Wednesday its office promoting cooperation between developing countries is reviewing a US$1.5 million donation from a foundation controlled by a Macau billionaire who has been linked to an alleged bribery case involving former U.N.

Oldest-known fetal horse fossil is 48 million years old

Thursday, October 8, 2015 - 09:03

WASHINGTON: A 48-million-year-old fossil of a pregnant horse and fetus is the oldest of its kind known to science and contains unusually well-preserved evidence of tissue from the womb, researchers said Wednesday.