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Snails slither into spa scene in Thailand and around world

Posted by on 28/01/2015
Filed under Asia, Health & Science, Top Stories, World

Snails slither into spa scene in Thailand and around world

Snails slither into spa scene in Thailand and around world

THAILAND: The last time I encountered escargots they were served up by a French waiter, sizzling in garlic and herb butter. Now, one is slithering up the bridge of my nose while five others are being stuck onto other parts of my face by a Thai beautician, all secreting snail slime to hopefully smooth out […]

Tourists give hope to residents of battered Lebanese city

Posted by on 28/01/2015
Filed under Lifestyle, Middle East, Top Stories, World

Tourists give hope to residents of battered Lebanese city

Tourists give hope to residents of battered Lebanese city

As the tour group made its way through the narrow alleys of the seaside city of Tripoli, marveling at its medieval architecture, residents stared back at a sight that for them was just as exotic – visitors in their poor, restive corner of Lebanon. “Foreigners!” residents called out to each other as the group of […]

France, Belgium anti-terror raids net 8 more suspects – EU steps up fight against terror

Posted by on 27/01/2015
Filed under Europe, World

France, Belgium anti-terror raids net 8 more suspects – EU steps up fight against terror

France, Belgium anti-terror raids net 8 more suspects – EU steps up fight against terror

BRUSSELS: Anti-terror raids in France and Belgium netted eight more suspects yesterday as Paris urged its European Union partners to step up the fight against terror financing with new measures to make transactions more transparent. Interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve said that raids in southern France detained five people and broke up “one more network” in […]

Masked gunmen storm Libyan hotel – Attack leaves 5 foreigners and 3 guards dead

Posted by on 27/01/2015
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Masked gunmen storm Libyan hotel – Attack leaves 5 foreigners and 3 guards dead

Masked gunmen storm Libyan hotel – Attack leaves 5 foreigners and 3 guards dead

TRIPOLI: Gunmen stormed a luxury hotel in the Libyan capital of Tripoli yesterday, killing at least five foreigners and three guards, officials said. The attack, which included a car bombing, struck the Corinthia Hotel, which sits along the Mediterranean Sea. By yesterday afternoon, Mahmoud Hamza, commander of the so-called Special Deterrent Force, told private satellite […]

Boko Haram raids resume killing in northeast Nigeria

Posted by on 27/01/2015
Filed under Africa, World

Boko Haram raids resume killing in northeast Nigeria

Boko Haram raids resume killing in northeast Nigeria

KANO: Scores of people have been killed and many others forced to flee to the mountains following a renewed series of Boko Haram raids in northeast Nigeria, a lawmaker and a relief agency official said yesterday. The reported attacks by the Islamists targeted the Michika area in northeastern Adamawa state, where bodies reportedly littered the […]

11 die in NATO training fighter jet crash in Spain

Posted by on 27/01/2015
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11 die in NATO training fighter jet crash in Spain

11 die in NATO training fighter jet crash in Spain

LOS LLANOS MILITARY BASE: Officials investigated yesterday how a fighter jet crashed during NATO training exercises at an air force base in Spain, killing 11 military personnel leaving others with serious burns. Nine French and two Greek personnel died and about 20 people were injured after the two-seater F-16 crashed into parked aircraft at the […]

Kurds push offensive after driving out IS

Posted by on 27/01/2015
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Kurds push offensive after driving out IS

Kurds push offensive after driving out IS

BEIRUT: Kurdish fighters expanded their offensive yesterday after driving Islamic State militants from the Syrian border town of Kobani the previous day, to retake dozens of surrounding villages still held by the militants, activists and officials said. Pushing IS out of Kobani after a bloody, four-month campaign was a significant boost for both the Kurds […]

Obama meets new Saudi king

Posted by on 27/01/2015
Filed under America, Middle East, Top Stories, World

Obama meets new Saudi king

Obama meets new Saudi king

RIYADH: US President Barack Obama led a heavyweight delegation to Saudi Arabia yesterday to meet new King Salman and shore up ties that have suffered in recent years. The longstanding allies remain bound by shared interests in regional stability and oil. Since last year Saudi Arabia has been part of the US-led coalition carrying out […]

Pak teachers get gun training after school massacre

Posted by on 27/01/2015
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Pak teachers get gun training after school massacre

Pak teachers get gun training after school massacre

PESHAWAR: Teachers in northwest Pakistan are being given firearms training and will be allowed to take guns into the classroom in a bid to strengthen security following a Taliban massacre at a school last month. Heavily armed militants killed 150 people, 132 of them children, in a bloody December 16 attack on an armyrun school […]

India nuke ‘breakthrough’ leaves industry skeptical

Posted by on 27/01/2015
Filed under Subcontinent, World

India nuke ‘breakthrough’ leaves industry skeptical

India nuke ‘breakthrough’ leaves industry skeptical

NEW DELHI : India and America’s declaration of a breakthrough in contentious nuclear energy cooperation has been met with a lukewarm response from industry and analysts. Few expect the potentially lucrative Indian market to suddenly become less complicated for US nuclear companies. President Barack Obama’s three-day visit to New Delhi raised hopes for concrete plans […]

Obama wraps up India visit, touches on pressing issues – US looking to become India’s ‘best partner’

Posted by on 27/01/2015
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Obama wraps up India visit, touches on pressing issues – US looking to become India’s ‘best partner’

Obama wraps up India visit, touches on pressing issues – US looking to become India’s ‘best partner’

NEW DELHI: US President Barack Obama urged India to promote religious tolerance and do more to combat global warming yesterday as he wrapped up a visit aimed at forging a new friendship between the world’s largest democracies. Speaking to an audience of mainly young people, Obama said the United States could be India’s “best partner” […]

E-cigarettes would be banned in public places under California bill

Posted by on 27/01/2015
Filed under America, Health & Science, Top Stories, World

E-cigarettes would be banned in public places under California bill

E-cigarettes would be banned in public places under California bill

CALIFORNIA: California would ban the use of electronic cigarettes in public places and ramp up enforcement against selling them to minors under a bill introduced in the legislature on Monday. There is growing concern about the health risks from e-cigarettes, also known as vapor cigarettes or vapes, which are not lit or smoked like their […]

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