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6.0-magnitude earthquake hits off Vanuatu: USGS

By AFP - Saturday, 30 April 2016.

SYDNEY: A 6.0-magnitude earthquake hit off the South Pacific island of Vanuatu Saturday, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) said.

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Colombian man rescued after two months adrift in Pacific

By Bernama - Friday, May 6, 2016 - 14:21

WASHINGTON: A Colombian man was rescued southeast of Hawaii by a merchant vessel after surviving two months adrift on board a skiff in the Pacific Ocean, the US Coast Guard reported Thursday.

China says half of new state cars to be new energy by 2021

By Reuters - Friday, May 6, 2016 - 08:31

SHANGHAI: China said on Thursday more than half of new vehicles bought by central government departments will be new energy cars within five years, the official Xinhua news agency reported.

Long-form journalism lives – on mobile

By AFP - Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 23:14

WASHINGTON: If you thought long-form journalism would die from the shift to mobile news, think again.

Turkey PM 'to quit' as Erdogan tightens grip

By AFP - Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 19:22

ANKARA: Turkey’s Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu was reportedly to quit his jobs of ruling party chief and head of government, in a dramatic turn of events Thursday that were set to boost President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s power.

Kenya: Woman found alive after 6 days in collapsed building

By AP - Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 19:12

NAIROBI: A woman has been found alive after six days in a collapsed building and rescuers are working to free her, a Kenyan government official said Thursday.

Truce takes hold in Syria's Aleppo

By AFP - Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 18:38

ALEPPO: A 48-hour ceasefire took hold Thursday in Syria’s battered second city of Aleppo after President Bashar al-Assad’s regime and rebel forces gave in to mounting diplomatic pressure.

Pakistani woman 'strangled for helping friend elope'

By AFP - Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 17:26

PESHAWAR: A Pakistani woman was drugged, strangled and then her body set ablaze because she helped her friend elope, police said Thursday, announcing the arrest of 14 people in a twist on the grim practice of “honour killings.”

Truce takes centre stage in Aleppo

By Reuters - Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 16:00

AMMAN: Relative calm prevailed on Thursday in the Syrian city of Aleppo following a US-Russian agreement to extend a cessation of hostilities that had crumbled after nearly two weeks of violence between rebels and government forces that killed dozens.

London looks set to elect Muslim mayor

By AFP - Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 15:34

LONDON: London was on course to become the first EU capital with a Muslim mayor as voters went to the polls Thursday following a bitter campaign that stayed ugly to the very end.

Alberta declares emergency as fires threaten Canada oil town [VIDEO]

By AP - Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 13:51

FORT MCMURRAY: Alberta declared a state of emergency Wednesday as crews frantically held back wind-whipped wildfires that have already torched 1,600 homes and other buildings in Canada’s main oil sands city of Fort McMurray, forcing more than 80,000 residents to flee.

Israeli air strikes hit four Hamas sites in Gaza: military

By AFP - Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 13:08

JERUSALEM: Israeli air strikes hit four Hamas sites in Gaza overnight, the military said Thursday, following earlier raids as tensions flared along the border of the Palestinian territory.

Australia says most dangerous Australian IS operative killed

By AP - Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 09:45

CANBERRA: Australia’s most dangerous known Islamic State movement operative had been killed in a US airstrike in Iraq, the government said Thursday.

Ronaldo hails Zidane as Real reach Champions League final

By AFP - Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 08:45

MADRID: Cristiano Ronaldo lauded the impact made by Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane as the Frenchman led the Spanish giants into the Champions League final with a 1-0 win over Manchester City on Wednesday.

Takata air bags may have caused 2 more deaths in Malaysia

By AP - Wednesday, May 4, 2016 - 23:39

DETROIT: Two people in Malaysia have died in recent traffic crashes in which Takata air bag inflators exploded with too much force, but authorities have yet to determine the exact cause of either death.

Severe turbulence injures 32 on Etihad flight to Indonesia

By AP - Wednesday, May 4, 2016 - 21:41

DUBAI: Thirty-one passengers and a crew member aboard an Etihad Airways flight were injured Wednesday when their plane ran into sudden turbulence as it prepared to land in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta.

Korean Air chief sued by pilots for belittling their jobs

By AFP - Wednesday, May 4, 2016 - 20:19

SEOUL: The head of Korean Air, who just resigned as the chief organiser of the 2018 Winter Olympics, was sued Wednesday by his carrier’s pilots for allegedly demeaning their work.

16 villagers hacked to death in eastern DR Congo

By AFP - Wednesday, May 4, 2016 - 19:34

KINSHASA: Attackers armed with machetes and axes hacked at least 16 civilians to death in a nighttime assault on their village in the volatile east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, UN and local officials said Wednesday.

Clashes as French police clear migrants from Paris school

By AFP - Wednesday, May 4, 2016 - 17:36

PARIS: Police used tear gas on Wednesday to disperse protesters as they evacuated a high school under renovation in Paris that has been occupied by migrants for two weeks.

Gang rape of Indonesian teen sparks outrage

By AFP - Wednesday, May 4, 2016 - 16:44

JAKARTA: Indonesian activists called Wednesday for the government to urgently strengthen laws against sexual violence after the brutal gang-rape and murder of a 14-year-old girl sparked outrage.

Iphone can be a handbag, Chinese court says in Apple case

By AFP - Wednesday, May 4, 2016 - 15:44

BEIJING: A Chinese court has ruled against Apple in a case it brought against a small maker of “iphone“-branded leather goods, state media reported.

'Bongbong', the son, leads Marcos revival in the Philippines

By Reuters - Wednesday, May 4, 2016 - 13:43

MANILA: For the son and namesake of late Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos, winning the vice presidency in next week’s election is as much about restoring his family’s tainted image as it is about making the country a better place.

Exiting 2016 race, Republican Cruz leaves himself a path forward

By Reuters - Wednesday, May 4, 2016 - 13:11

INDIANAPOLIS: U.S. Republican Ted Cruz carefully left the door open to a future run for president on Tuesday after a campaign that outlasted a long list of rivals but could not overcome the anti-establishment appeal of Donald Trump.

Developers zero-in on Bangkok's historic Chinatown

By AFP - Wednesday, May 4, 2016 - 12:39

BANGKOK: For nearly a century Thanuan has watched history sweep through the bustling maze of alleyways that make up Bangkok’s Chinatown, one of the city’s few districts yet to be devoured by malls and high-rise condos.

Wave of dead sea creatures hits Chile's beaches

By AFP - Wednesday, May 4, 2016 - 11:35

SANTIAGO: Heaps of dead whales, salmon and sardines blamed on the El Nino freak weather phenomenon have clogged Chile’s Pacific beaches in recent months.

Over 80,000 residents of Canada's Fort McMurray evacuated due to wildfire

By AP - Wednesday, May 4, 2016 - 11:21

FORT MCMURRAY: The entire population of the Canadian oil sands city of Fort McMurray, Alberta, has been ordered to evacuate as a wildfire whipped by winds engulfed homes and sent ash raining down on residents.

Quarter of school-age children live in crisis affected countries - UNICEF

By Reuters - Wednesday, May 4, 2016 - 09:17

LONDON: A quarter of the world’s school-age children - 462 million - live in countries affected by crisis such as wars and disasters, UNICEF said on Wednesday as it unveiled details of a major new fund to help get children back in class during emergencies.

Police kill Venezuela's most-wanted criminal

By AFP - Wednesday, May 4, 2016 - 08:44

CARACAS: Venezuelan police and special forces soldiers killed the country’s most-wanted criminal, gang leader Jose Antonio Tovar Colina, in a shootout Tuesday.

Young Afghan Messi fan flees over kidnap fears

By Reuters - Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - 23:44

QUETTA: A young Afghan fan of Argentine soccer star Lionel Messi has fled his home and gone to Pakistan because his family feared he could be kidnapped after he became an unlikely Internet sensation, the boy’s uncle said on Tuesday.

Indonesian planes clip wings at airport in latest scare

By AFP - Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - 21:12

JAKARTA: Two Indonesian passenger planes clipped wings as they were about to take off from Jakarta's main airport, an airline said Tuesday, the latest accident in the country's beleaguered aviation sector.

Scientists win US$3 mln for detecting Einstein's waves

By Reuters - Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - 20:12

NEW YORK: Researchers who helped detect gravitational waves for the first time, confirming part of Albert Einstein’s theory in a landmark moment in scientific history, will share a $3 million Special Breakthrough Prize, according to the prize’s selection committee.