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Coca-Cola stops making drinks at three Indian plants

By AFP - Thursday, 11 February 2016.

NEW DELHI: Coca-Cola has halted manufacturing at three plants in India temporarily on lower sales, company officials said Thursday, as the US giant faces challenges from activists over alleged depletion of groundwater.

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Huge fire engulfs venue at "Make in India" event

By Reuters - Monday, February 15, 2016 - 00:18

MUMBAI: A huge fire on Sunday engulfed the venue of a cultural event in Mumbai that was being held at the opening of a “Make in India” week launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to drum up foreign investment.

Unlucky in love, elephant damages 15 cars in southern China

By AP - Sunday, February 14, 2016 - 22:30

BEIJING: After losing out on his love interest, a wild elephant has turned his attention to cars.

Unknown DNA found on explosive vest linked to Paris attacks

By AP - Sunday, February 14, 2016 - 20:59

PARIS: The Paris prosecutor’s office says unidentified DNA has been found on two explosives belts linked to assailants in the November attacks around Paris.

British indie band die in Swedish car crash

By AFP - Sunday, February 14, 2016 - 20:03

STOCKHOLM: Five Britons, believed to be the members of indie band Viola Beach and their manager, have died in a road crash in Sweden where they staged their first international gig, police said Sunday.

Missing Canadian to reunite with family after 30 years

By AP - Sunday, February 14, 2016 - 19:21

NIAGARA, Ontario: An Ontario man who disappeared three decades ago and was believed dead is about to be reunited with his family after recovering some of his memory.

N. Korea orders military takeover of inter-Korean factory

By AP - Sunday, February 14, 2016 - 15:21

PAJU, South Korea: North Korea on Thursday ordered a military takeover of a factory park that was the last major symbol of cooperation with South Korea, saying Seoul’s suspension of operations at the jointly run facility was a “dangerous declaration of war.”

Yonhap: Army readiness in event of provocation

By AP - Sunday, February 14, 2016 - 15:13

PAJU, South Korea: The Latest on tensions between North and South Korea following Pyongyang’s rocket launch (all times local):

Australian hospital refuses to return asylum baby to Nauru

By AFP - Sunday, February 14, 2016 - 14:00

SYDNEY: An Australian hospital has refused to return an asylum-seeker baby back to detention in Nauru, as momentum built across the country on Sunday against offshore Pacific camps for processing refugees.

Iran remains off limits to US banks

By AFP - Sunday, February 14, 2016 - 13:15

NEW YORK: Iran remains essentially off limits to US banks, despite the lifting of some US sanctions following the landmark Iranian nuclear deal.

Intelligent robots threaten millions of jobs

By AFP - Sunday, February 14, 2016 - 12:36

WASHINGTON: Advances in artificial intelligence will soon lead to robots that are capable of nearly everything humans do, threatening tens of millions of jobs in the coming 30 years, experts warned Saturday.

5.8-magnitude quake hits New Zealand city: USGS

By AFP - Sunday, February 14, 2016 - 09:29

WELLINGTON: A 5.8-magnitude earthquake hit the New Zealand city of Christchurch Sunday, seismologists said, sending goods flying off shelves.

Central Africans head to polls to vote for peace

By Reuters - Sunday, February 14, 2016 - 08:44

BANGUI: Central African Republic votes on Sunday in elections seen as a crucial step towards restoring democratic rule and ending years of violence that have left the impoverished nation split along religious faultlines.

Central Asia's tallest tower, being built in Kazakhstan, hit by fire

By Reuters - Saturday, February 13, 2016 - 20:47

ALMATY: A fire broke out on Saturday at a construction site where Central Asia’s tallest tower is being built in the Kazakh capital Astana, the Kazakh interior ministry said.

Avoid Valentine's Day, Pakistan president tells youth

By AFP - Saturday, February 13, 2016 - 20:42

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan president Mamnoon Hussain has urged the nation to refrain from celebrating Valentine’s Day, while other officials blasted it as “vulgar and indecent” as they moved to outlaw festivities.

French PM says Russia must stop bombing of civilians in Syria

By Reuters - Saturday, February 13, 2016 - 18:32

MUNICH: French Prime Minister Manuel Valls called on Russia on Saturday to stop bombing civilians in Syria, saying this was crucial for achieving peace in the country.

Roses are red, elbows are blue: Japanese women fight for their Valentines

By AFP - Saturday, February 13, 2016 - 13:56

TOKYO: Elbowing each other in the stampede to buy Valentine’s Day chocolate for the men in their lives, Japanese women brought stores to a standstill Saturday.

US scientists travel to Colombia for Zika collaboration

By AFP - Saturday, February 13, 2016 - 11:18

BOGOTA: American scientists traveled to Colombia to investigate the mosquito-borne Zika virus and help find a vaccine for the disease that is plaguing Latin America, the US ambassador to Bogota said Friday.

"No Bashar al-Assad in the future", says Saudi foreign min -report

By Reuters - Saturday, February 13, 2016 - 10:00

BERLIN: Bashar al-Assad will not be ruling Syria in the future and Russia’s military interventions will not help him stay in power, Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir told a German newspaper in an interview published on Saturday.

Two teen girls killed at Arizona school in murder-suicide

By AFP - Saturday, February 13, 2016 - 09:08

LOS ANGELES: Two teenage girls died Friday at a high school in Arizona in what police called a murder-suicide.

Zika virus may hide in organs protected from the immune system

By Reuters - Saturday, February 13, 2016 - 08:59

CHICAGO: The Zika virus may be particularly adept at entrenching itself in parts of the body that are shielded from the immune system, making it harder to fight off and possibly lengthening the timeframe in which it can be transmitted, top U.S. experts said on Friday.

France to evict almost 1,000 migrants from "jungle" near Calais

By Reuters - Friday, February 12, 2016 - 23:25

PARIS: France plans to close part of a camp for migrants near Calais on its northern Channel coast within a week, forcing almost 1,000 people to leave, officials said on Friday.

Nepal PM to visit India on mission to repair ties

By AFP - Friday, February 12, 2016 - 22:25

KATHMANDU: Nepal's prime minister will travel to India next week on a visit aimed at repairing fractured relations between the neighbours after the end of a crippling months-long border blockade, Kathmandu said Friday.

Presses to fall silent at UK's Independent as paper goes online-only

By Reuters - Friday, February 12, 2016 - 20:57

LONDON: Britain’s Independent newspaper is to disappear from news stands next month after its Russian owner said the 29-year-old title would only publish online, in the starkest sign yet of the pressures weighing on the newspaper industry.

Presses to fall silent at UK's Independent as paper goes online-only

By Reuters - Friday, February 12, 2016 - 20:39

LONDON: Britain’s Independent newspaper is to disappear from news stands next month after its Russian owner said the 29-year-old title would only publish online, in the starkest sign yet of the pressures weighing on the newspaper industry.

S. Korea warns North over 'illegal' asset freeze

Friday, February 12, 2016 - 12:03

SEOUL: South Korea warned North Korea on Friday that it had acted “illegally” in freezing the assets of South Korean companies and staff expelled from the jointly run Kaesong industrial zone.

US says increased Zika border screening ineffective

Friday, February 12, 2016 - 11:07

WASHINGTON: The United States will not specifically screen those entering the country for the Zika virus because so many of those infected do not have symptoms, the Department of Homeland Security said Thursday.

Uber agrees to US$28.5mil settlement over safety claims

Friday, February 12, 2016 - 10:44

SAN FRANCISCO: Uber said Thursday it has agreed to pay US$28.5 million to settle a pair of lawsuits challenging its promises on driver safety checks.

Second pregnant woman diagnosed with Zika in Australia

Friday, February 12, 2016 - 10:38

MELBOURNE: A second pregnant woman has been diagnosed with the mosquito-borne Zika virus in Australia, officials said Friday, adding that the disease was acquired overseas and there was no public health risk.

Mayor apologises for ambulance bill sent to family of boy shot by police [VIDEO]

Friday, February 12, 2016 - 10:31

WASHINGTON: The mayor of Cleveland apologised Thursday after an ambulance bill was sent to the family of Tamir Rice, the black 12-year-old who was shot by police while holding a toy gun.

Three Zika deaths reported in Venezuela

Friday, February 12, 2016 - 10:20

CARACAS: Three people have died in Venezuela from complications linked to Zika, President Nicolas Maduro said Thursday – the first fatalities reported in the country in connection with the mosquito-borne virus.