Australia hit with second Zika virus case

By AP - Wednesday, 10 February 2016.

SYDNEY: A pregnant woman in Australia has tested positive for the Zika virus after traveling overseas, health officials said Wednesday.


Meteorite not responsible for killing man in India: NASA

By AFP - Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 00:29

NEW DELHI: NASA on Wednesday said it was unlikely a meteorite was responsible for killing a man at a college campus in India last week, as local scientists continued to examine the mysterious object recovered from the scene.

Twitter lets hot tweets rise to top of timelines

By AFP - Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 22:16

SAN FRANCISCO: Twitter revamped its timeline Wednesday, allowing the “best” tweets to rise to the top, despite warnings of a revolt from members loyal to the real-time flow of the messaging platform.

Pakistan court to hear bid to reclaim jewel from British crown

By AFP - Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 20:45

LAHORE, Pakistan: A Pakistani court is set on Thursday to hear a petition asking Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II to return the Koh-i-Noor diamond more than 150 years after it was taken from Lahore by colonial forces.

French rescue 7 spelunkers trapped overnight in cave

By AP - Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 19:50

PARIS: French authorities have rescued seven spelunkers who had been trapped overnight in a cave in the Pyrenees region.

Wild elephant rampage in Indian village caught on video [VIDEO]

Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 19:19

WEST BENGAL: A wild elephant went on a rampage in a village in India’s eastern West Bengal state on Wednesday, damaging around 100 structures, villagers said.

Japan announces fresh N. Korea sanctions after rocket launch

Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 18:54

TOKYO: Japan announced fresh sanctions against North Korea on Wednesday for its latest rocket launch, including a total ban on shipping from the country and barring Pyongyang’s nationals from entering.

Indonesia air force plane crashes into home; 3 dead

By AP - Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 18:17

JAKARTA, Indonesia: An Indonesian air force plane crashed into a house on the country’s main island of Java on Wednesday, killing the pilot and two people in the house, a senior official said.

Doctors stage second strike in English hospitals

By AFP - Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 18:15

LONDON: Thousands of junior doctors began a second strike at English hospitals on Wednesday against proposed new working conditions and pay rates.

10 killed, 20 injured in gas tanker explosion in east Pakistan

By Bernama - Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 17:37

ISLAMABAD: At least 10 people including four kids were killed and 20 others injured when a liquid petroleum gas tanker exploded after colliding with a car in Pakistan’s east Sheikhupura district on Wednesday morning, reports China’s Xinhua news agency citing local media.

Move aside pepper spray! India to introduce chilli-loaded slingshots

Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 17:14

NEW DELHI: Police in northern India will soon use slingshots loaded with chilli powder and marbles to tackle unruly protesters in the world’s largest democracy, an inspector said on Wednesday.

Trump's US presidential bid is no publicity stunt

Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 15:41

MANCHESTER: Donald Trump served notice on Tuesday to those who have refused to take his 2016 White House campaign seriously: The celebrity real-estate developer and former reality show host is no joke.

Thai cops bust high quality fake passport gang

Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 14:50

BANGKOK: Thai police rounded up six foreigners allegedly behind one of the country’s biggest and best counterfeit passport operations, officers said Wednesday, in a country where a flourishing fake document industry has long fuelled traffickers and other criminal gangs.

Sanders camp jubilant after big New Hampshire win

Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 14:39

CONCORD: In a school gymnasium in Concord, jubilant volunteers for Bernie Sanders could not contain their excitement over his double-digit victory in the New Hampshire primary – and the tough battle ahead with Hillary Clinton.

2 killed in Indonesian military plane crash

Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 14:14

JAKARTA: An Indonesian air force plane has crashed into a house on the country’s main island of Java, killing both people on board and critically injuring a woman in the home.

Sikh actor barred from Mexico flight thrilled to see airline overhauling protocol

Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 14:00

MEXICO CITY: An Indian-American actor and designer who was turned away from an airline flight after refusing to remove his Sikh turban during a security check said he’s “thrilled” that Aeromexico is vowing to overhaul its screening protocols.

China records first Zika case

Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 13:38

BEIJING: China has confirmed its first case of the Zika virus in a man who had recently travelled to South America, the official Xinhua news agency reported.

Four feared dead in Myanmar military plane crash: officials

By AFP - Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 13:35

NAYPYIDAW: At least four Myanmar military personnel were feared dead after a small air force propeller plane crashed shortly after take off in the capital Naypyidaw Wednesday, official sources said.

Pentagon budget requests US$146 million in support for Israel defense

By Reuters - Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 12:03

WASHINGTON: The US Defense Department’s fiscal year 2017 budget requests US$145.8 million in support for Israel, including Iron Dome and other cooperative defense programs, according to Pentagon documents released Tuesday.

Top militant leader nabbed, another killed in S. Philippine

By Bernama - Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 11:39

MANILA: A high-ranking leader of the militant Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) was arrested and his escort was killed in a law enforcement operation in southern Philippine city of Cotabato late on Tuesday, China’s Xinhua news agency reported military as saying on Wednesday.

Fish, other mosquitoes now warriors in Zika battle

By AFP - Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 10:07

PLAYA SAN DIEGO: With larva-chomping fish and genetically modified insects, Latin Americans are deploying legions of little helpers to destroy mosquitoes carrying the Zika virus in the world’s latest mass health scare.

Trump, Sanders win New Hampshire primaries: US networks

By AFP - Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 09:34

MANCHESTER: Political novice Donald Trump and self-described democratic socialist Bernie Sanders won New Hampshire’s presidential primaries Tuesday, US media projected, turning the American political establishment on its head early in the long nominations battle.

Report card on aboriginal Australians paints bleak picture

By Reuters - Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 09:20

SYDNEY: Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Wednesday said that the government was failing to meet a number of goals aimed at improving the lot of its embattled aboriginal population as he released its tenth annual report card on indigenous issues.

Magnitude 6.3 quake hits Chile's coast - USGS

By AFP - Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 08:58

SANTIAGO: A strong magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck on Chile's coast north of Santiago, the US Geological Survey reported Tuesday, though there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

Moscow bulldozes 100 'illegal' shops

By AFP - Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 00:00

MOSCOW: Moscow city authorities early Tuesday bulldozed some 100 buildings housing small shops and cafes which they said violated municipal law, putting thousands of people out of work.

Two Pakistani pilots die in air crash

By AFP - Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - 23:16

ISLAMABAD: Two Pakistani army pilots were killed on Tuesday after their plane crashed during a training flight, the military said.

Man found on fire outside London's Kensington Palace dies

By AP - Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - 22:36

LONDON: British police say a man has died after being found on fire outside Kensington Palace, the London home of Prince William and his wife Kate.

British PM's mother signs petition against cuts

By AFP - Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - 22:30

LONDON: British Prime Minister David Cameron’s mother has signed a petition against spending cuts that would affect children in the region he represents in parliament, a report said Tuesday.

S. Korea: North blew up rocket stage to confound analysts

By AP - Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - 22:03

TOKYO: Minutes after North Korea launched its rocket, South Korea’s navy detected a rain of fragments falling into the sea and then a sooner-than-expected disappearance of the rocket from their radar, suggesting a possible failure. News outlets working in real time jumped on the idea.

Nine dead in IS Damascus car bombing

By AFP - Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - 21:46

BEIRUT: A suicide car bombing killed nine people Tuesday at a police officer’s club in the Syrian capital, a monitor said, in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group.

Developer quizzed over Taiwan quake collapse as 100 still buried

By AFP - Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - 21:05

TAINAN, Taiwan: The developer of a 16-storey Taiwan apartment complex that collapsed during a quake was taken in for questioning on Tuesday as rescuers deployed heavy machinery to find 100 people still feared trapped in the rubble.