Czech tour guide hospitalised with suspected MERS

Friday, July 3, 2015 - 18:02

PRAGUE: A Czech tour guide has been hospitalised in Prague, suspected of having the potentially fatal MERS virus, the health minister said Friday.

Thailand’s only known MERS patient is virus-free

Friday, July 3, 2015 - 18:00

BANGKOK: Thailand’s health ministry says a 75-year-old Omani man who became Thailand’s only known case of the often-deadly MERS virus is now free of the illness.

Death toll from accident to Pakistan army train rises to 17

Friday, July 3, 2015 - 17:31

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s military said Friday the death toll from an accident to a special train that plunged into a canal because of a bridge collapse has risen to 17. Divers were searching for more bodies.

Russian supply ship launched to International Space Station

Friday, July 3, 2015 - 17:30

MOSCOW: A Russian booster rocket on Friday successfully launched an unmanned cargo ship to the International Space Station, whose crew is anxiously awaiting it after the successive failures of two previous supply missions.

East African leaders to meet over Burundi crisis

Friday, July 3, 2015 - 17:06

ARUSHA, (Tanzania) : East African leaders are to meet on Monday in the latest bid to resolve the political crisis in Burundi, after controversial elections were internationally condemned for not being free and fair.

Indonesian plane crash increases pressure for military overhaul

Friday, July 3, 2015 - 17:02

JAKARTA: The deadly crash of a 51-year-old Indonesian air force transport plane this week has turned the spotlight on the country’s ageing military equipment and given new momentum to the president’s plans to increase defence spending.

Strong quake rocks southern Philippines

Friday, July 3, 2015 - 16:44

MANILA: A strong 6.1-magnitude quake struck off the southern Philippines on Friday, the US Geological Survey said.

Surfing takes Brazilian kids out of Rio slum

Friday, July 3, 2015 - 15:38

RIO DE JANEIRO: It’s dawn and barefoot boys are hustling down the inclined alleys of Rio de Janeiro slums, surfboards under their arms. They’re heading to nearby Sao Conrado and Arpoador beaches, where they catch waves and momentarily leave their impoverished lives behind.

China says 6.5 quakes in far west kills 6, collapses homes

Friday, July 3, 2015 - 15:10

BEIJING: A magnitude 6.5 earthquakes shook China’s far western region of Xinjiang on Friday, killing six people and damaging or collapsing thousands of buildings, authorities said.

Thai forces shoot dead seven drug suspects

Friday, July 3, 2015 - 15:09

BANGKOK: Thai forces have shot dead seven suspected drug smugglers and seized six bags of heroin after a firefight near the Myanmar border, an official said, in the latest clash over narcotics in the remote region.

Update: South Korea chemical plant explosion kills 6 workers

Friday, July 3, 2015 - 15:02

SEOUL: An explosion at a chemical plant in South Korea killed six workers on Friday, fire officials said.

Palestinian Authority arrests 100 Hamas members in West Bank

Friday, July 3, 2015 - 15:02

RAMALLAH: Palestinian Authority forces arrested 100 Hamas members in the West Bank in the biggest raid of its kind in years.

Shark bites Australian surfer’s board a day after attack

Friday, July 3, 2015 - 13:59

SYDNEY: A shark bit a terrified surfer’s board on Friday near the Australian coastal town where another surfer was mauled a day earlier, police said.

Hispanic leaders say Republican Party must condemn Trump

Friday, July 3, 2015 - 12:22

WASHINGTON: Hispanic leaders are warning of harm to Republican White House hopes unless the party’s presidential contenders do more to condemn Donald Trump, a businessman turned presidential candidate who’s refusing to apologise for calling Mexican immigrants rapists and drug dealers.

Four dead, two missing in S. Korea storage tank explosion

Friday, July 3, 2015 - 11:11

SEOUL: Four workers were killed and two others were missing today when a waste water storage tank exploded at a chemical plant in the South Korean industrial city of Ulsan, authorities said.

Capsized Philippine ferry death toll rises to 38; 15 missing

Friday, July 3, 2015 - 11:00

MANILA: At least three more bodies have been recovered from a ferry that capsized in choppy waters in the central Philippines, raising the death toll in the accident to 38 with 15 others missing, the coast guard said today.

Another shark scare in Australia sees surf competition cancelled

Friday, July 3, 2015 - 10:11

SYDNEY: An Australian surfer was knocked off his board by a shark today close to where a gruesome attack occurred a day earlier, forcing a world junior surf competition to be called off.

Two blasts hit Colombian capital, 10 hurt

Friday, July 3, 2015 - 10:05

BOGOTA: At least 10 people were hurt when two minor blasts rattled the Colombian capital Bogota on Thursday, officials said, putting authorities on alert amid an uptick in violence.

6.1 magnitude earthquake in China’s Xinjiang

Friday, July 3, 2015 - 09:37

BEIJING: An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.1 struck China's far western region of Xinjiang today, the US Geological Survey said.

Ex-NY firefighter who responded on Sept 11 wins US$5M lottery

Friday, July 3, 2015 - 09:33

NEW YORK: A former firefighter who responded to the World Trade Centre on Sept 11, 2001, has won US$5 million on a lottery scratch-off ticket.

Air strike kills IS leader in Syria: Pentagon

Friday, July 3, 2015 - 09:28

WASHINGTON: A senior Islamic State leader who coordinated suicide bombings and recruited funds and fighters for the jihadists has been killed in a coalition air strike in Syria, the Pentagon said Thursday.

US jury awards US$2.9m after man on meth dies in custody

Friday, July 3, 2015 - 09:23

OXNARD, California: A jury awarded US$2.9 million to the family of a California man who died in police custody after he took a large amount of methamphetamine and later told officers who tried to restrain him that he could not breathe.

Crews filming on WWII seaplane stranded on US Gulf Coast

Friday, July 3, 2015 - 09:10

ORANGE BEACH, Alabama: Film crews are making the most of a World War II-era seaplane that’s stranded in Gulf Coast waters along the southeastern coast.

Wrongly imprisoned brothers sue detectives, Cleveland

Friday, July 3, 2015 - 08:44

CLEVELAND: Police detectives threatened a 12-year-old witness to make him offer false testimony in a murder case and fabricated statements by him, according to a federal lawsuit filed Thursday by two brothers who spent decades in prison for a crime they didn’t commit.

Pilot saves self, glides pig-shaped balloon after crash

Friday, July 3, 2015 - 08:42

PROVO, Utah: A pig-shaped hot-air balloon crashed into a tree and caught fire at a balloon festival in Utah, cutting the pilot’s face.

Six children drown in Nigeria as boat to school capsizes

Thursday, July 2, 2015 - 23:30

LAGOS: Six children drowned in Nigeria’s economic capital Lagos when the boat ferrying them to school capsized after colliding with a bigger vessel on the city’s lagoon, the government said Thursday.

Al-Qaeda claims deadly attack on UN in Mali: Mauritanian agency

Thursday, July 2, 2015 - 23:20

NOUAKCHOTT: Al-Qaeda’s north African franchise claimed responsibility for an ambush in Mali in which at least six United Nations peacekeepers died on Thursday, according to a news agency in neighbouring Mauritania.

Gulf states reach US18.7b settlement with BP over oil spill

Thursday, July 2, 2015 - 23:15

NEW ORLEANS: Officials in Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana announced an US18.7 billion settlement with BP on Thursday that resolves years of litigation over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, one of the worst environmental disasters in the U.S.

Tight security for Hindu pilgrimage in Indian Kashmir

Thursday, July 2, 2015 - 23:00

BALTAL, (India): Thousands of Hindu pilgrims on Thursday began trekking along icy trails to reach a cave shrine high in the mountains of India’s restive Kashmir amid tight security.

MH17: Russia dissatisfied with Dutch Safety Board report

Thursday, July 2, 2015 - 22:23

MOSCOW: A Russian aviation official says a draft Dutch report into last year’s crash of Malaysian Airlines flight 17 in eastern Ukraine “raises more questions than it gives answers.”