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Freight train to leave Britain on long haul for China

Freight train to leave Britain on long haul for China

By Reuters ENGLAND:  The first freight train to run from Britain to China was due to depart on Monday, carrying vitamins, baby products and other goods as Britain seeks to burnish its global trading credentials for when it leaves the European Union. The 7,500-mile journey from eastern England to eastern China will take three weeks, […]

Philippine court upholds guilty verdict on US Marine in transgender woman’s killing

Philippine court upholds guilty verdict on US Marine in transgender woman’s killing

by: Agencies     MANILA, PHILIPPINES:  The Philippine Court of Appeals has upheld a guilty verdict on a US Marine for killing a transgender woman nearly three years ago, a case that stirred debate over the US military presence in its former colony. A lower court had found Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton guilty of […]

What the Mountbattens’ younger daughter knew about their life in India and their open marriage

What the Mountbattens’ younger daughter knew about their life in India and their open marriage

DEVAPRIYA ROY The success of Crown on Netflix has shown, yet again, the potential of the British aristocracy – as an idea – to weather in public perception all manner of progressive thinking, anti-imperial or anti-class, post-colonial or post-Church, that would blanket banish them, Sue Townsend-style, to some remote council estate or other. Apparently, the […]

AT STRATEGIC SHOAL, CHINA ASSERTS POWER THROUGH CONTROL, AND CONCESSIONS

AT STRATEGIC SHOAL, CHINA ASSERTS POWER THROUGH CONTROL, AND CONCESSIONS

SCARBOROUGH SHOAL – Far out in the South China Sea, where dark blue meets bright turquoise, a miles-long row of fishing boats anchor near Scarborough Shoal, backed by a small armada of coastguard projecting China’s power in Asia’s most disputed waters. China still calls the shots at the prime fishing spot and has boosted its […]

Russian computer scientist arrested in Spain

Russian computer scientist arrested in Spain

By AFP MADRID:  The wife of a Russian computer scientist arrested in Spain has reportedly been told by police he is being held over a computer virus linked to Donald Trump’s US election victory. The man was picked up at Barcelona airport on Friday “by officers of the police technological investigation unit following an international […]

NSA hacked Pakistani mobile networks: WikiLeaks

NSA hacked Pakistani mobile networks: WikiLeaks

By Tech Desk Whistleblowing organisation WikiLeaks has claimed US National Security Agency operators have been spying on Pakistani mobile networks. The revelation came as a hacker group, which had previously released data suggesting the US agency may have been monitoring hundreds of IP addresses in Pakistan, released a new cache of information detailing how the agency accessed private and […]

CHINA’S NUCLEAR ENVOY IN SEOUL AMID TALK OF TRUMP ACTION AGAINST N KOREA

CHINA’S NUCLEAR ENVOY IN SEOUL AMID TALK OF TRUMP ACTION AGAINST N KOREA

SEOUL/TOKYO – A Chinese envoy arrives in South Korea on Monday to discuss North Korea’s increasingly defiant weapons programme as a US Navy strike group heads to the region amid concerns Pyongyang may be readying a fresh nuclear test. North Korea marks several major anniversaries this month and often marks the occasions with major tests […]

Baby girl born mid-air on Turkish Airlines flight

Baby girl born mid-air on Turkish Airlines flight

By News Desk A French woman has given birth to a baby girl during an Istanbul-bound Turkish Airlines flight. Guinean Diaby Nafi gave birth to ‘Kadiju’ mid-flight with the help of the trained cabin crew on Friday as the aircraft was on its way from Conakry, Guinea to the Turkish city. The woman, said to […]

Twelve hospitalised after trains collide in Moscow

Twelve hospitalised after trains collide in Moscow

By AFP MOSCOW:  Twelve people were hospitalised after a commuter train collided with a long-distance train in western Moscow, Russian authorities said Sunday. Russia’s minister of emergency situations, Vladimir Puchkov, told Russian news agencies that “12 people were hospitalised, including six in serious condition” as a result of the collision. The collision occured at 22:16 […]

Govt unlikely to make Dawn leaks report public

Govt unlikely to make Dawn leaks report public

Cyril Almeida. PHOTO: SCREENGRAB ISLAMABAD: The Panama Papers case in the Supreme Court has also overshadowed the Dawn leaks’ issue despite the fact that the commission constituted to probe the news leak has completed its findings and submitted its report to the relevant quarters, sources said. Defence analysts believe like the fate of reports of the […]

Voluntary repatriation of Afghan refugees resumes at Chamkani

Voluntary repatriation of Afghan refugees resumes at Chamkani

The process for voluntary repatriation of Afghan refugees from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa resumed on Monday, Radio Pakistan reported. The process had been temporarily suspended in November last year due to the onset of the winter season. A repatriation centre had been established in Chamkani near Peshawar to register and facilitate refugees who desire to return to […]

Film on extremism wins at Saudi festival

Film on extremism wins at Saudi festival

AFP Departures follows a conversation on a plane between a suicide bomber and terminally ill man Saudi actor Mohammed Al-Qess waves his award for best actor in the film The Departings during the closing ceremony of the 4th Saudi Film Festival in Dammam A short film that tackles extremism has won the top prize at […]