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EU may drop English as official language

By Reuters - Tuesday, 28 June 2016.

BRUSSELS: English, the world’s second language and the main working tongue of EU institutions, may no longer be an official language of the European Union once Britain leaves the bloc, a senior EU lawmaker said on Monday.

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Istanbul airport blast casualty count rises to 41 dead, 239 wounded

By AFP - Wednesday, June 29, 2016 - 19:35

Istanbul: A triple suicide bombing at Istanbul’s international airport left 41 people dead, 13 of them foreign nationals, and 239 wounded, the city governor said in a statement.

Putin and Erdogan hold first phone talk since jet downing

By AFP - Wednesday, June 29, 2016 - 19:17

MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday sought to heal ties in their first phone call since Ankara downed one of Moscow’s jets in Syria last year.

Turkey declares national mourning Wednesday over Istanbul attack

By AFP - Wednesday, June 29, 2016 - 19:14

Ankara: Turkey declared Wednesday a day of national mourning over a deadly attack at Istanbul’s international airport blamed by the government on Islamic State jihadists.

Turkey blames IS for Istanbul airport carnage that kills 41

By AFP - Wednesday, June 29, 2016 - 19:12

ISTANBUL: Turkey pointed the finger of blame at Islamic State jihadists Wednesday after suicide bombers armed with automatic rifles attacked Istanbul’s main international airport, killing 41 people, including foreigners.

Turkish Airlines suspends flights, offers refund after Istanbul attack

By Reuters - Wednesday, June 29, 2016 - 13:19

ISTANBUL: Turkish Airlines suspended its flights until 8am (0500 GMT) on Wednesday, the company said in a statement, after suspected Islamic State bombers killed 36 people at Istanbul airport late on Tuesday.

Volkswagen settles emissions cheating for US$15.3 billion

By AP - Wednesday, June 29, 2016 - 12:16

WASHINGTON: Volkswagen is taking a major step toward compensating owners and government regulators for its emissions cheating scandal. But it will take much longer to repair the damage to its reputation.

SIA flight turns back following Ataturk blasts

By Bernama - Wednesday, June 29, 2016 - 12:00

SINGAPORE: A Singapore Airlines (SIA) flight enroute to Istanbul, turned back to Singapore after the Istanbul Ataturk international airport was hit by suicide bombings, Channel News Asia reported today.

Uber CEO to stand trial in South Korea over illicit taxi service charges

By Bernama - Wednesday, June 29, 2016 - 11:48

SEOUL: The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of app-based ride-sharing service provider Uber, Travis Cordell Kalanick, will appear in a Seoul court this week, one and a half years after he was indicted over operating an illegal taxi service here, Yonhap reported informed sources as saying Tuesday.

EU meets without Britain for first time since Brexit vote

By AFP - Wednesday, June 29, 2016 - 11:40

BRUSSELS: Europe’s leaders meet Wednesday without Britain for the first time following its shock decision to leave the EU, trying to pick up the pieces and prevent further disintegration.

Royal revolution as Indonesian sultan taps female heir

By AFP - Wednesday, June 29, 2016 - 11:25

YOGYAKARTA: Courtiers in elaborate outfits danced to the gentle tinkling of Javanese music as the Sultan of Yogyakarta looked on, a scene that has played out in much the same way for centuries in the tiny Indonesian kingdom.

Recent airport attacks at a glance

By AP - Wednesday, June 29, 2016 - 10:52

ISTANBUL: The attack on Istanbul's Ataturk airport on Tuesday was the latest in such incidents at major airports in recent years. The following is a list of some of those attacks:

Turkish PM says first signs in Istanbul attack point to IS

By AFP - Wednesday, June 29, 2016 - 09:21

ISTANBUL: Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said Wednesday that early signs suggested the Islamic State group was behind a triple suicide bombing at Istanbul airport, as he announced the death toll in the attack had risen to 36.

US condemns 'heinous' Istanbul attack, pledges support for Turkey

By AFP - Wednesday, June 29, 2016 - 09:03

WASHINGTON: The United States on Tuesday condemned what it called the “heinous” bombing and gun attack at Istanbul’s Ataturk airport that left at least 36 people dead, pledging “steadfast” support for Turkey.

UN chief condemns Istanbul airport attack

By AFP - Wednesday, June 29, 2016 - 08:54

UNITED NATIONS: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called for stepped-up cooperation in the fight against terrorism on Tuesday, following an attack on Istanbul’s Ataturk airport that left at least 36 dead and scores wounded.

All three suicide bombers opened fire in Istanbul attack - Turkish PM

By Reuters - Wednesday, June 29, 2016 - 08:51

ISTANBUL: All three suicide bombers in an attack on Istanbul’s main airport on Tuesday opened fire before blowing themselves up, according to initial findings, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said.

Toyota recalling 1.43 million hybrids worldwide for air bag issue

By Reuters - Wednesday, June 29, 2016 - 08:50

WASHINGTON: Toyota Motor Corp said late on Tuesday it is recalling 1.43 million hybrid Prius and Lexus CT200h cars worldwide because of a possible airbag inflator defect.

Home explosion kills 1 in Toronto-area town

By AP - Wednesday, June 29, 2016 - 08:43

MISSISSAUGA: An explosion leveled one home and damaged at least two dozen others Tuesday afternoon in a town west of Toronto, killing one person, authorities said.

Witness says attacker "randomly opened fire" before Istanbul airport blasts [VIDEO]

By Reuters - Wednesday, June 29, 2016 - 08:41

ISTANBUL: One of the attackers in a multiple suicide bombing at Istanbul’s main international airport on Tuesday “randomly opened fire” as he walked through the terminal building, shortly before three explosions, an eyewitness told Reuters.

UPDATE: 31 killed, some 150 hurt in explosions at Istanbul's Ataturk airport [VIDEO]

By Reuters - Wednesday, June 29, 2016 - 05:55

ISTANBUL: Three suicide bombers opened fire then blew themselves up in Istanbul's main international airport on Tuesday, killing 36 people and wounding close to 150 in what Turkey's prime minister said appeared to have been an attack by Islamic State militants.

EU's Juncker tells Britain to 'clarify position as rapidly as possible'

By AFP - Tuesday, June 28, 2016 - 18:18

BRUSSELS: European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker Tuesday urged Prime Minister David Cameron to clarify quickly when Britain intends to leave the EU, saying there can be no negotiation on future ties before London formally applies to exit.

Five wounded in bomb attack on police in Turkey

By Reuters - Tuesday, June 28, 2016 - 16:15

DIYARBAKIR: Five people including two police officers were wounded in Turkey’s southeastern province of Diyarbakir on Tuesday when a bomb exploded as an armoured police vehicle was passing, security sources said.

Mexico police, troops 'routinely' rape arrested women: Amnesty

By AFP - Tuesday, June 28, 2016 - 14:18

MEXICO CITY: Mexico’s police and armed forces routinely torture and mistreat women, sometimes using sexual violence during arrest and interrogation, Amnesty International wrote in a damning report released on Tuesday.

Rains or not, India faces drinking water crisis

By AFP - Tuesday, June 28, 2016 - 13:16

GANGNAULI: As large swathes of drought-devastated India desperately wait for the monsoon rains to arrive, one village in the dry, hot north is flush with water.

'I'm still alive' jokes Queen Elizabeth on N. Ireland visit

By AFP - Tuesday, June 28, 2016 - 10:46

LONDON: ‘I’m still alive,” quipped the British monarch Queen Elizabeth on Monday when asked about her health, in her first round of public engagements since Britain voted to leave the European Union.

Colombian army says 17 dead in crash of military helicopter

By AP - Tuesday, June 28, 2016 - 09:33

BOGOTA: All 17 people aboard a military helicopter that crashed in a mountainous area over the weekend were found dead when searchers reached the site in western Colombia, the army said Monday.

EgyptAir black box flight recorder 'has been repaired'

By AFP - Tuesday, June 28, 2016 - 09:23

CAIRO: One of the two black box flight recorders from the EgyptAir plane that plunged into the Mediterranean last month has been repaired, Egypt’s investigation commission said Tuesday, prompting hopes it could provide clues on why the aircraft went down.

Germany, France and Italy: No informal negotiations on Britain before triggering Article 50

By Reuters - Tuesday, June 28, 2016 - 01:47

BERLIN: The leaders of Germany, France and Italy agree there can be no informal negotiations on Britain leaving the European Union before London triggers the formal application process to leave the bloc, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday.

Supreme Court strikes down Texas restrictions on abortions

By AP - Tuesday, June 28, 2016 - 01:22

WASHINGTON: The Supreme Court struck down Texas’ widely replicated regulation of abortion clinics Monday in the court’s biggest abortion case in nearly a quarter century.

France opens manslaughter inquiry into EgyptAir crash

By AP - Tuesday, June 28, 2016 - 00:49

PARIS: The Paris prosecutor’s office has opened a manslaughter inquiry into the May crash of an EgyptAir plane that killed 66 people, saying there is no evidence so far to link it to terrorism.

Police kill Texas woman who fatally shot her two daughters

By NYT - Tuesday, June 28, 2016 - 00:22

Texas: The small Texas city of Katy was left shaken after a woman fatally shot her two grown daughters and was then killed by a police officer, according to the authorities.