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Czech president takes a jab at media, declaring himself ‘agent of Putin, Trump, China and Israel’

Czech president takes a jab at media, declaring himself ‘agent of Putin, Trump, China and Israel’

Czech president takes a jab at media, declaring himself ‘agent of Putin, Trump, China and Israel’ By AGENCIES Czech President Milos Zeman. PHOTO:AGENCY Czech President Milos Zeman launched his 2018 re-election bid on Friday, saying he had decided to run due to his strong public support and because he wanted to offer continuity. Zeman, who has […]

Dutch PM stops plane carrying Turkish foreign minister from landing

Dutch PM stops plane carrying Turkish foreign minister from landing

Dutch PM stops plane carrying Turkish foreign minister from landing By Reuters PHOTO: AFP ANKARA/ROTTERDAM: Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte barred on Saturday a plane carrying Turkey’s foreign minister from landing, saying his visit will be a threat to public order. The move comes after Turkish foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said he will travel to Rotterdam, […]

23 ‘best countries’ to live in if you’re a woman

23 ‘best countries’ to live in if you’re a woman

  23 ‘best countries’ to live in if you’re a woman By Food & Travel Desk Sweden is the best country to live in if you’re a woman, according to a new ranking from US News and World Report. The organisation conducted a survey on more than 9,000 women as part of its wider ‘2017 Best […]

Patients take flight as medical tourism booms

Patients take flight as medical tourism booms

Patients take flight as medical tourism booms By AFP Health tourism is already worth billions of dollars per year and set to grow at up to 25 percent annually. PHOTO: AFP BERLIN: Medical tourism has grown into a healthy travel sector as people shop beyond their borders for everything from dental work to plastic surgery, say […]

Netherlands bars Turkish ministers as rally dispute escalates

Netherlands bars Turkish ministers as rally dispute escalates

Netherlands bars Turkish ministers as rally dispute escalates By Reuters Demonstrators gather to welcome the Turkish Family Minister Fatma Betul Sayan Kaya, who decided to travel to Rotterdam by land after Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu’s flight was barred from landing by the Dutch government, in Rotterdam, Netherlands March 11, 2017. PHOTO: REUTERS ANKARA/ROTTERDAM: The Netherlands […]

Two-child policy showing ‘notable results’, Chinese official

Two-child policy showing ‘notable results’, Chinese official

Two-child policy showing ‘notable results’, Chinese official REUTERS China’s two-child policy is showing “notable results” with the fertility rate expected to rise through to 2020, a senior health official said on Saturday. Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of China’s annual meeting of parliament, Wang Peian, vice-minister of the National Health and Family Planning Commission […]

Gunmen attack military airport in eastern Afghanistan

Gunmen attack military airport in eastern Afghanistan

Gunmen attack military airport in eastern Afghanistan REUTERS Gunmen attacked a military air base in the eastern Afghan province of Khost, officials said on Saturday. Khost police spokesman Faizullah Ghairat said that three militants had attacked the base, close to the border with Pakistan. One had been killed, while two others were still holding out, […]

Mona Lisa’s smile decoded: science says she’s happy

Mona Lisa’s smile decoded: science says she’s happy

Mona Lisa’s smile decoded: science says she’s happy AFP PARIS: The subject of centuries of scrutiny and debate, Mona Lisa’s famous smile is routinely described as ambiguous. But is it really that hard to read? Apparently not. In an unusual trial, close to 100 per cent of people described her expression as unequivocally “happy”, researchers […]

South Korean president sacked by top court

South Korean president sacked by top court

South Korean president sacked by top court AFP South Korean acting Constitutional Court’s Chief Judge Lee Jung-mi, top centre, speaks during the final ruling of South Korean President Park Geun-hye’s impeachment at the Constitutional Court in Seoul, South Korea Friday, March 10. South Korean President Park Geun-Hye was fired by the country’s top court on […]

Xinjiang separatists are China’s ‘most prominent’ challenge: official

Xinjiang separatists are China’s ‘most prominent’ challenge: official

Xinjiang separatists are China’s ‘most prominent’ challenge: official REUTERS Separatists in western China pose the “most prominent” challenge to the country’s security, economy and social stability, the China Daily newspaper quoted a top security official on Friday as saying. Beijing has long said it faces a determined campaign by a group known as the East […]

Assange accuses CIA of ‘devastating incompetence’ over leaks

Assange accuses CIA of ‘devastating incompetence’ over leaks

Assange accuses CIA of ‘devastating incompetence’ over leaks AAFP LONDON: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Thursday accused the CIA of “devastating incompetence” for keeping hacking secrets in one place and said he would work with tech giants to develop fixes after he leaked them. “This is a historic act of devastating incompetence, to have created […]

Lawyer, lawyer pants on fire

Lawyer, lawyer pants on fire

Lawyer, lawyer pants on fire By News Desk PHOTO: REUTERS Things often proverbially get heated in courts of law, but in a courtroom in Miami, it is safe to say that the heat of the moment literally got to a defence lawyer. Stephen Gutierrez’s pants burst into flames on Wednesday afternoon as he began his […]