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Djibouti launches airline, backed by Iron Maiden rock star

Tuesday, August 4, 2015 - 21:41

DJIBOUTI: The Horn of Africa nation of Djibouti has launched the maiden flight of its national airline – a company managed by Iron Maidan lead singer Bruce Dickinson, officials said Tuesday.

Russia says wrong animal DNA found in Auchan minced meat

Tuesday, August 4, 2015 - 19:48

MOSCOW: Russia’s food safety regulator on Tuesday accused the popular French hypermarket chain Auchan of selling beef and pork mince containing meat from sheep and chicken.

Thailand arrests five for trafficking women into sex slavery in China

Tuesday, August 4, 2015 - 19:00

BANGKOK: Thailand has arrested five people suspected of trafficking Thai women into sex slavery in China and believed to be part of a ring that has also trafficked women into Malaysia and Singapore, Thai police said on Tuesday.

Two shot outside hip-hop concert in New Jersey

Tuesday, August 4, 2015 - 16:20

WASHINGTON: Two men were shot outside a hip-hop concert in New Jersey, local media reported.

Barnacles on wing part may help in hunt for MH370

Tuesday, August 4, 2015 - 15:51

SYDNEY: Barnacles on a wing part that washed up on a remote Indian Ocean island could yield new clues to the fate of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 if it is from the plane, experts said Tuesday

Delta and American airlines ban big-game trophy shipments

Tuesday, August 4, 2015 - 15:34

NEW YORK: US airlines Delta and American on Monday banned the shipment of big game trophies on flights, in the wake of outrage over the killing of Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe.

Myanmar admits ‘weak’ flood response as disaster spreads

Tuesday, August 4, 2015 - 15:28

SITTWE, (Myanmar): Myanmar’s government admitted its “weak” response to floods inundating swathes of the country had hampered evacuation efforts, state media said Tuesday, as officials warned that swollen rivers were threatening new areas.

Trillions of dollars needed for UN anti-poverty plan

Tuesday, August 4, 2015 - 15:22

UNITED NATIONS, (United States): The price tag for a bold global new anti-poverty agenda comes to between US$3.5 and US$5 trillion annually over the next 15 years, part of a United Nations’ “to-do list” for the world.

Police rescue newborn baby girl stuck face down in public toilet’s pipe

Tuesday, August 4, 2015 - 14:40

BEIJING: Chinese state media say police have rescued a newborn baby who was stuck face down in a public toilet in Beijing.

S. Korea president replaces health minister after MERS outbreak

Tuesday, August 4, 2015 - 14:29

SEOUL: South Korean President Park Geun-Hye on Tuesday replaced her health minister, who was widely blamed for the government’s poor response to the outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) that killed 36 people.

Former S.Korea first lady set to rare N.Korea visit

Tuesday, August 4, 2015 - 13:56

SEOUL: The widow of late South Korean president Kim Dae-Jung will make a rare trip to North Korea on Wednesday, raising cautious hopes of a thaw in cross-border tensions despite Seoul playing down the trip as a purely personal affair.

India building collapse kills 11 near Mumbai

Tuesday, August 4, 2015 - 13:55

MUMBAI: A dilapidated building collapsed outside Mumbai on Tuesday killing at least 11 people, the second such accident around the Indian financial capital in a week, a rescue official said.

China to ensure blues skies for military parade

Tuesday, August 4, 2015 - 13:39

BEIJING: Chinese authorities will impose strict restrictions on cars, factories and other polluters to ensure a huge military parade commemorating victory over Japan in World War II takes place under clear skies, media reported Tuesday.

Dozens of crocodile heads dumped in Australian town

Tuesday, August 4, 2015 - 13:22

SYDNEY: Up to 70 rotting crocodile heads have been found in an old freezer dumped at a remote Australian town, police said Tuesday, with the culprits facing large fines and jail time if convicted of the killings.

9 swept away by flash flood in China; 8 bodies recovered

Tuesday, August 4, 2015 - 13:17

BEIJING: A flash flood has struck a scenic area outside the city of Xi’an in central China, sweeping away nine Chinese tourists. Eight bodies have been recovered.

2 dead, 22 hurt in New Hampshire circus tent collapse

Tuesday, August 4, 2015 - 12:34

LANCASTER, New Hampshire: A circus tent collapsed when a severe storm raked a northern New Hampshire fairground Monday, killing two people and injuring 22 others, authorities said.

Alligator attacks worker at ecotourism attraction

Tuesday, August 4, 2015 - 12:24

KENANSVILLE, Florida: Wildlife officials say a worker at a central Florida ecotourism attraction was injured in an alligator attack.

Philippines clash kills 4 rebels, 1 soldier

Tuesday, August 4, 2015 - 12:19

MANILA: Philippine officials say about 20 communist rebels fired on a platoon of government troops on two trucks, triggering a 15-minute clash that killed four rebels and a soldier in eastern Masbate province.

Magnitude-5.0 quake hits northern Sumatera

Tuesday, August 4, 2015 - 12:17

KUALA LUMPUR: A moderate earthquake, measuring 5.0 on the Richter scale, struck northern Sumatera in Indonesia at 3.55am today, according to the Malaysian Meteorological Department.

Pakistan hangs ‘teen’ killer Shafqat Hussain

Tuesday, August 4, 2015 - 08:55

KARACHI: Pakistan on Tuesday executed a convicted killer whose supporters say was a juvenile at the time of his crime, despite strenuous objections from rights groups and the United Nations.

Firefighters battle blazes across California

Tuesday, August 4, 2015 - 08:47

LOS ANGLESE: Thousands of firefighters battled Monday to contain wildfires in California that have forced the evacuation of thousands of homes and burned more than 121,000 acres of land.

Building cranes topple onto houses in Netherlands

Tuesday, August 4, 2015 - 08:42

THE HAGUE: Two large building cranes working on a bridge upgrade in the Netherlands fell over and toppled onto nearby houses and shops on Monday, in a dramatic moment that was captured on camera but caused no major injuries.

Picky eating harmless but can signal child’s emotional woes

Monday, August 3, 2015 - 22:18

CHICAGO: Parents of picky eaters take heart: New research suggests the problem is rarely worth fretting over, although in a small portion of kids it may signal emotional troubles that should be checked out.

Japan rescuers discover body on burning ferry

Monday, August 3, 2015 - 15:47

TOKYO: Japanese rescuers said Monday they had found the body of a person believed to be a missing crew member on a ferry that caught fire last week, prompting the evacuation of dozens of passengers.

MH370 investigators to meet in France ahead of wing analysis

Monday, August 3, 2015 - 15:39

PARIS: Malaysian aviation experts were to meet their French counterparts and judges Monday to coordinate the investigation into missing flight MH370, days after the discovery of a washed-up plane part offered fresh hopes of solving the mystery.

Rescuers in Myanmar struggle to reach flood-hit areas, toll seen rising

Monday, August 3, 2015 - 15:15

YANGON: A death toll of 27 from flooding across Myanmar was expected to rise as rescue workers struggled on Monday to reach some of the hardest-hit and most remote inundated areas, officials said.

Hitchhiking robot’s cross-country trip in US ends in Philly

Monday, August 3, 2015 - 14:48

PHILADELPHIA: A hitchhiking robot that captured the hearts of fans worldwide met its demise in the U.S.

Vietnam PM to visit Malaysia on Aug 7-8

Monday, August 3, 2015 - 13:20

HANOI: Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung will pay an official visit to Malaysia from Aug 7-8 at the invitation of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, Vietnam News Agency (VNA) reported.

Wildfire raging north of San Francisco threatens homes (with video)

Monday, August 3, 2015 - 13:06

LOWER LAKE, California: Wildfires blazing in several Western states Sunday chewed up forests and threatened homes but were most numerous in Northern California where dozens are raging and setting off evacuations.

164 skydivers set head-down world record in Illinois

Monday, August 3, 2015 - 12:00

OTTAWA, Ill: Travelling at speeds of up to 240 mph, 164 skydivers flying head-down have built the largest ever vertical skydiving formation.