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Vatican, China sign landmark accord on appointing bishops

Posted by on 22/09/2018
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Vatican, China sign landmark accord on appointing bishops

Vatican, China sign landmark accord on appointing bishops

Historic deal will give pope final say in naming bishops VILNIUS: The Vatican yesterday signed a landmark agreement giving it a long-desired say in the appointment of bishops in China, though critics labeled the deal a sellout to the Communist government. The provisional agreement, signed in Beijing by deputy foreign ministers from both sides, was […]

Britain’s PM faces new resistance in Northern Ireland

Posted by on 22/09/2018
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Britain’s PM faces new resistance in Northern Ireland

Britain’s PM faces new resistance in Northern Ireland

DUBLIN: British Prime Minister Theresa May’s renewed pledge to deliver Brexit without dividing the UK was met with contradictory ultimatums Friday from Northern Ireland’s unionist and nationalist parties. May returned from a bruising EU summit in Salzburg to deliver an impassioned televised address in which she blamed Brussels for the impasse and demanded “respect” for […]

Pakistan’s Khan decries ‘arrogant’ India for cancelling rare meeting

Posted by on 22/09/2018
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Pakistan’s Khan decries ‘arrogant’ India for cancelling rare meeting

Pakistan’s Khan decries ‘arrogant’ India for cancelling rare meeting

India accuses Pakistan’s PM of harboring an ‘evil agenda’ ISLAMABAD: India’s decision to cancel rare talks with Islamabad was disappointing and “arrogant”, Imran Khan said yesterday, one day after New Delhi accused Pakistan’s prime minister of harboring an “evil agenda”. India pulled the plug on a meeting between its foreign minister and her Pakistani counterpart […]

Jeans and chadors as Tehran marks Ashura

Posted by on 20/09/2018
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Jeans and chadors as Tehran marks Ashura

Jeans and chadors as Tehran marks Ashura

The two settings reflect the increasingly contrast of Iran TEHRAN: A troupe acts out a scene from Islam’s first century at a crowded tent in Tehran’s Grand Bazaar, while in another part of town youths sporting tattoos and wearing torn jeans watch a procession. The two settings reflect the increasingly contrasting ways that people in […]

‘Parents’ worst nightmare’: Dutch railway collision kills four children

Posted by on 20/09/2018
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‘Parents’ worst nightmare’: Dutch railway collision kills four children

‘Parents’ worst nightmare’: Dutch railway collision kills four children

Children involved in the crash came from three families THE HAGUE: Four children from a Dutch daycare centre died yesterday when a train smashed into their electric cart at a crossing in an accident described as the “worst nightmare of any parent”. A fifth child and the woman driving the vehicle were critically injured in […]

Tensions rise as EU prepares for Brexit

Posted by on 20/09/2018
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Tensions rise as EU prepares for Brexit

Tensions rise as EU prepares for Brexit

Two sticking points in the talks — must be “reworked” SALZBURG: EU leaders met yesterday to prepare for the final stretch of Brexit negotiations, after public clashes with Britain over who should give ground but signs of a shift on both sides over the key issue of Ireland. After pitching her Brexit plan to the […]

Mexico official fired over odyssey of truck with nearly 300 bodies

Posted by on 20/09/2018
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Mexico official fired over odyssey of truck with nearly 300 bodies

Mexico official fired over odyssey of truck with nearly 300 bodies

GUADALAJARA: A state government in Mexico has fired a prosecutor over a spectacle in which a fetid-smelling tractor trailer carrying 273 bodies was driven around aimlessly for lack of room in the morgue. “I am not willing to tolerate this kind of mistake, which shocks and horrifies public opinion,” said the governor of western Jalisco […]

Botswana fights claims of elephant poaching spree

Posted by on 20/09/2018
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Botswana fights claims of elephant poaching spree

Botswana fights claims of elephant poaching spree

Claims led to global media attention CHOBE NATIONAL PARK: Botswana has rejected claims of a surge of elephant poaching made by a leading conservation charity and put on display carcasses of animals allegedly slaughtered for ivory — some with tusks still intact. Elephants Without Borders (EWB) claimed two weeks ago that it had discovered at […]

12 killed, dozens missing in new Philippine landslide

Posted by on 20/09/2018
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12 killed, dozens missing in new Philippine landslide

12 killed, dozens missing in new Philippine landslide

Typhoon Mangkhut pounds the nation’s north NAGA: Twelve people were killed and dozens missing after a landslide unleashed by monsoon rains struck in the central Philippines yesterday, inflicting more misery on the already storm-battered nation. The new tragedy comes just days after 2018’s most powerful storm, Typhoon Mangkhut, pounded the nation’s north with heavy winds […]

Child deaths plague India’s tribal people

Posted by on 20/09/2018
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Child deaths plague India’s tribal people

Child deaths plague India’s tribal people

MUMBAI: India’s indigenous children are far more likely to die or suffer from malnutrition than those from other communities, according to the first government study on health among tribal groups. Among indigenous communities, 57 out of every 1,000 children die before age five, compared to 37 deaths in other social groups, according to the report […]

Giving birth in Afghanistan: Inside MSF’s ‘baby factory’

Posted by on 20/09/2018
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Giving birth in Afghanistan: Inside MSF’s ‘baby factory’

Giving birth in Afghanistan: Inside MSF’s ‘baby factory’

KHOST: The mother was admitted at 9:30 am, the birth recorded at 9:35. Women often arrive in extremis at the Doctors Without Borders maternity hospital in southeastern Afghanistan, one of the most active in the world, with more than 60 babies born daily. The early hours of the morning are the most feverish for the […]

Air pressure mix-up causes mass bleeding on Jet Airways flight

Posted by on 20/09/2018
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Air pressure mix-up causes mass bleeding on Jet Airways flight

Air pressure mix-up causes mass bleeding on Jet Airways flight

MUMBAI: A cockpit mix-up left more than 30 passengers on an Indian plane bleeding from their ears and noses yesterday after the crew reportedly forgot to flick a switch regulating cabin air pressure. The Jet Airways flight to Jaipur had to turn back due to loss in cabin pressure, the airline said, with travelers describing […]