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France sends underwater probes to EgyptAir search zone

By Reuters - Friday, 27 May 2016.

CAIRO: A French naval vessel was en route to the eastern Mediterranean on Thursday to join the hunt for black boxes from a crashed EgyptAir jet, equipped with three specialist probes from a French company recruited to accelerate the search.

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Obama makes history with Hiroshima visit

By AFP - Friday, May 27, 2016 - 18:32

HIROSHIMA: Barack Obama paid moving tribute to victims of the first atomic bomb Friday and called for a world free of nuclear weapons, during a historic and emotional visit to Hiroshima.

Official: Beacon from Egypt crash detected, search narrows

By AP - Friday, May 27, 2016 - 15:54

CAIRO: The chief investigator in the EgyptAir plane crash that killed all 66 people on board last week says search teams in the Mediterranean have picked up a beacon believed to be from the doomed aircraft.

Obama hails the 'great alliance' with Japan ahead of Hiroshima visit

By AFP - Friday, May 27, 2016 - 15:41

IWAKUNI: President Barack Obama hailed the “great alliance” between the United States and Japan Friday, just hours ahead of his historic visit to Hiroshima.

Obama ready to face historic, haunted ground of Hiroshima

By AP - Friday, May 27, 2016 - 15:36

HIROSHIMA: Convinced that the time for this moment is right at last, President Barack Obama on Friday will become the first American president to confront the historic and haunted ground of Hiroshima.

Global economy is 'urgent priority': G7

By AFP - Friday, May 27, 2016 - 14:52

ISE-SHIMA: Pumping up the world economy is an “urgent priority” G7 leaders said Friday, but left the door open for a go-your-own-way approach in a sign of lingering divisions over how to boost growth.

Two Indian-Americans win Scripps Spelling Bee in historic tie

By Bernama - Friday, May 27, 2016 - 14:26

WASHINGTON: Scripting history, two Indian-American children on Friday won the world’s prestigious spelling bee contest, with one of them also becoming its youngest winner, as the community’s complete dominance in the prestigious annual competition continued, Press Trust of India (PTI) reported.

Chinese, Malaysians charged after large Australia drug haul

By AFP - Friday, May 27, 2016 - 13:39

SYDNEY: Fourteen suspected members of an international drug ring were charged in Australia Friday over a Aus$200 million (US$145 million) seizure of the drug ice, police said.

Korean Air jet has apparent engine fire at Tokyo airport

By AP - Friday, May 27, 2016 - 13:02

TOKYO: Firefighters battled an apparent engine fire Friday on a Korean Air jet on the tarmac at Haneda Airport in Tokyo. All the passengers and crew were evacuated unharmed, Japanese media reported.

Three tourists killed, one missing in Thai speed boat accident

By AFP - Friday, May 27, 2016 - 12:58

BANGKOK: Three foreign tourists were killed and one other remains missing after a packed speed boat capsized off the popular Thai holiday island of Koh Samui, a police officer said Friday.

Earthquake measuring 6.3 magnitude strikes deep off Tonga - USGS

By Reuters - Friday, May 27, 2016 - 12:52

SYDNEY: A powerful earthquake measuring 6.4 magnitude struck 572 kilometres (355 miles) beneath the earth’s surface on Friday about 340 kilometres west of the South Pacific island nation of Tonga, the United States Geological Survey reported.

Police seize 215kg drugs worth US$150m

By Bernama - Friday, May 27, 2016 - 12:45

MELBOURNE: About 14 foreigners are facing charges in Australia, after police undertook one of the largest drug seizures in Western Australia’s (WA) history on Friday, China’s Xinhua news agency reported.

Killer hippos spread fear among fishermen in Senegal rivers

By AFP - Friday, May 27, 2016 - 12:04

GOULOUMBOU: Lying in hospital with bloodied bandages over the deep gashes in his legs, Senegalese fisherman Ali Fall recalls the moment a hippopotamus tried to kill him as he hauled in nets in a local river.

Police arrest rapper in New York concert shooting

By AFP - Friday, May 27, 2016 - 09:31

NEW YORK: Police in New York City arrested a rapper charged with attempted murder Thursday after a shooting at a prominent music venue killed one person and injured three, the authorities said.

China's Lenovo posts $128 mn net loss last year

By AFP - Friday, May 27, 2016 - 01:21

Hong Kong: Chinese technology giant Lenovo said Thursday it posted a net loss last year, as its smartphones struggle to keep apace with Apple and Android rivals and as the market for personal computers fizzles.

Steven Spielberg to address grads at Harvard commencement

By AP - Thursday, May 26, 2016 - 15:27

CAMBRIDGE: Filmmaker Steven Spielberg is scheduled to deliver the commencement speech at Harvard University.

In image-conscious Dubai, even police patrol in luxury cars

By AP - Thursday, May 26, 2016 - 14:28

DUBAI: Image is everything in Dubai — even when fighting crime.

Indonesia arrests three men accused of poaching Sumatran tigers

By AFP - Thursday, May 26, 2016 - 14:12

JAKARTA: Three men accused of poaching rare Sumatran tigers in Indonesia have been arrested, an official said Thursday, with police seizing animal hides, bones and teeth during raids.

More debris found with possible MH370 link: Australia

By AFP - Thursday, May 26, 2016 - 13:30

SYDNEY: Three new pieces of debris have been found in Mauritius and in Mozambique that could be linked to missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, Australia’s transport minister said Thursday.

1 dead, 3 wounded in shooting at T.I. concert venue in New York [VIDEO]

By AP - Thursday, May 26, 2016 - 12:17

NEW YORK: Police say one person has been killed and three others wounded in a shooting inside a concert venue in New York City, where hip-hop artist T.I. was scheduled to perform.

India vows swift justice after African student killed

By AP - Thursday, May 26, 2016 - 11:36

NEW DELHI: India promised swift punishment after a student from Congo was fatally attacked last week in New Delhi, following a demand by several African missions that the government take steps to ensure the safety of Africans living in India.

Korea A-bomb victims angered by Obama's Hiroshima visit

By AFP - Thursday, May 26, 2016 - 11:05

SEOUL: A group representing Korean victims of the US atomic bombings of Japan protested Thursday that their suffering was being neglected ahead of President Barack Obama’s historic visit to Hiroshima.

Belize detects first Zika case in pregnant woman

By AFP - Thursday, May 26, 2016 - 08:57

BELIZE CITY: Belize’s government said Wednesday it has detected the first case of Zika in a pregnant woman, bringing to two the number of people confirmed infected with the virus in the Central American country.

Apple launch faces obstacle in India due to retail rules

By AFP - Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 21:25

New Delhi: Apple faces a roadblock in its quest to open stores in India after the finance minister decided it must comply with tough local sourcing rules, a report said Wednesday, days after a visit by chief executive Tim Cook.

Anti-Trump protesters hurl rocks as Trump wins Washington primary

By AFP - Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 19:46

LOS ANGELES: Protesters opposed to Donald Trump hurled rocks and bottles outside a rally he spoke at in New Mexico on Tuesday, the same day the bombastic billionaire won the Republican presidential primary in Washington state.

Disneyland Paris to hear verdict on discrimination

By AFP - Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 18:30

MEAUX: Euro Disney was due to hear on Wednesday whether offering jobs as performers at Disneyland Paris only to “European” candidates amounted to discrimination.

No handshake exemption for Muslim pupils, Swiss canton rules

By AFP - Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 17:54

GENEVA: Religious belief is no excuse for refusing to shake a teacher’s hand, Swiss regional authorities ruled Wednesday, reversing one school’s controversial decision to grant exemptions for Muslim students wary of touching the opposite sex.

Japan hatches penguin chicks using artificial insemination

By AFP - Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 17:05

TOKYO: A Japanese aquarium said Wednesday it had hatched two Humboldt penguin chicks after using artificial insemination, the first time the technique has been successfully deployed for the vulnerable species.

Indonesian birds face extinction due to pet trade

By AFP - Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 16:25

JAKARTA: Thirteen species of Indonesian birds, including the country’s symbolic Javan Hawk-eagle, are at serious risk of extinction mainly due to the pet trade, a wildlife watchdog warned Wednesday.

Australian who raped German backpacker sentenced to 9 years

By AP - Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 16:06

BRISBANE: An Australian man who kidnapped, drugged and raped a German backpacker was sentenced to nine years in prison on Wednesday for an attack that has drawn comparisons to the grisly Australian horror film “Wolf Creek.”

Football: France to deploy 60,000 police for Euro 2016

By AFP - Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 15:32

PARIS: France said Wednesday it will deploy more than 60,000 police to provide security for Euro 2016 as it vowed to “everything possible to avoid a terrorist attack” during the tournament that starts next month.