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‘Monster’ cyclone batters northeast Australia

Posted by on 28/03/2017
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‘Monster’ cyclone batters northeast Australia

‘Monster’ cyclone batters northeast Australia

AYR: A “monster” cyclone smashed into northeast Australia yesterday, cutting power, damaging buildings and uprooting trees, with coastal residents battling lashing rain and howling winds.  Great Barrier Reef islands popular with foreign tourists were battered by the category four storm which slammed into the coast of Queensland state with destructive wind gusts of up to […]

Civilian deaths force Mosul battle rethink

Posted by on 28/03/2017
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Civilian deaths force Mosul battle rethink

Civilian deaths force Mosul battle rethink

Police snipers close to symbolic mosque MOSUL: Perched in bombed-out apartments overlooking west Mosul, Iraqi police snipers have in the last few days advanced to within a few hundred meters of the mosque where Islamic State leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi declared his caliphate nearly three years ago. Through holes knocked in walls, troops have a […]

Violent protest in Paris; Chinese man shot dead

Posted by on 28/03/2017
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Violent protest in Paris; Chinese man shot dead

Violent protest in Paris; Chinese man shot dead

China urges France to protect Chinese community PARIS: China yesterday urged France to protect its citizens in Paris after police there killed a Chinese father of four, sparking violent protests in which 35 people were arrested. Paris police said around 150 “members of the Asian community” gathered late Monday outside a police station in the […]

Muslims in Uttar Pradesh state unnerved, lay low

Posted by on 28/03/2017
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Muslims in Uttar Pradesh state unnerved, lay low

Muslims in Uttar Pradesh state unnerved, lay low

Hardline Hindu priest – a handful for Modi in heartland India state GORAKHPUR: Since Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi stunned the political establishment by promoting a hardline Hindu priest to one of the country’s most powerful positions, Yogi Adityanath has sounded more statesman than rabble-rouser. Gone is the fiery anti-Muslim rhetoric and promotion of Hindu […]

Indian police arrest five over attack on Africans

Posted by on 28/03/2017
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Indian police arrest five over attack on Africans

Indian police arrest five over attack on Africans

Africans in India frequently face discrimination, violence NEW DELHI: Police arrested five men yesterday after hundreds of angry residents of a north Indian city attacked Africans with sticks and metal chairs following the death of a local teenager from a suspected drug overdose. Around a dozen people were wounded in the violence late Monday in […]

Mice infested human settlements 15,000 years ago in the Middle East

Posted by on 28/03/2017
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Mice infested human settlements 15,000 years ago in the Middle East

Mice infested human settlements 15,000 years ago in the Middle East

MIAMI: Mice began infesting human settlements some 15,000 years ago in the Middle East, said a study Monday that suggested the little rodents have been scurrying underfoot far longer than previously thought. As soon as hunter-gatherers began settling down rather than roving from place to place, house mice began to edge out their wild counterparts, […]

Qatar to invest 5bn pounds in UK over 3-5 years

Posted by on 28/03/2017
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Qatar to invest 5bn pounds in UK over 3-5 years

Qatar to invest 5bn pounds in UK over 3-5 years

Doha eyes more gas supplies to Britain after Brexit DUBAI: The energy-rich nation of Qatar says it plans to invest 5 billion pounds in the British economy within the next half decade. Prime Minister Abdullah bin Nasser Al-Thani announced the $6.3 billion investment at an investment forum in London. He said the outlay would come […]

Film festival opens in cinema-less Saudi Arabia

Posted by on 28/03/2017
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Film festival opens in cinema-less Saudi Arabia

Film festival opens in cinema-less Saudi Arabia

The Saudi Film Festival opened Monday with 58 homegrown cinematic works to be screened in the ultra-conservative kingdom that continues to ban public cinemas. “Welcome to all of you, filmmakers, makers of art and makers of hope,” festival director Ahmed Al-Mulla told participants at the opening ceremony, which was broadcast online. The fourth edition of […]

Singaporean couple jailed for starving Filipina maid

Posted by on 27/03/2017
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Singaporean couple jailed for starving Filipina maid

Singaporean couple jailed for starving Filipina maid

SINGAPORE: A Singapore couple who starved their Philippine maid until she weighed just 29 kg were ordered jailed yesterday in a case described as “shocking” by prosecutors who vowed to seek stiffer sentences. Trader Lim Choon Hong, 48, was sentenced to three weeks in jail and fined Sg$10,000 ($7,200), while his wife Chong Sui Foon, […]

10 jihadists among 20 dead in Yemen attack

Posted by on 27/03/2017
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10 jihadists among 20 dead in Yemen attack

10 jihadists among 20 dead in Yemen attack

ADEN: Ten people were killed yesterday in a jihadist attack on a government building in southern Yemen that also saw 10 assailants die, including a suicide bomber, officials said. The suicide bomber rammed an explosives-laden car into the entrance of the local government headquarters in Huta, the provincial capital of Lahj, a security official said. […]

Israel arrests sex suspects shielded by ultra-Orthodox

Posted by on 27/03/2017
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Israel arrests sex suspects shielded by ultra-Orthodox

Israel arrests sex suspects shielded by ultra-Orthodox

JERUSALEM: Israeli police yesterday arrested more than 20 Jewish ultra-Orthodox suspected sex offenders whose alleged crimes were known to their insular communities but concealed from the authorities. The arrests followed an undercover investigation in the ultra-Orthodox communities, which tend to shun secular society and live according to strict religious teachings. The 22 men, aged 20 […]

Suspects sought in deadly Cincinnati nightclub shooting

Posted by on 27/03/2017
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Suspects sought in deadly Cincinnati nightclub shooting

Suspects sought in deadly Cincinnati nightclub shooting

CINCINNATI: Cincinnati police searched for suspects in a nightclub shooting that left one man dead and 15 other people injured and sent club patrons diving to the ground to dodge bullets in what they described as a chaotic and terrifying scene. A gunfight broke out inside the crowded Cameo club early Sunday after a dispute […]

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