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North Korea warns of ‘merciless’ strikes as US carrier joins South Korea drills

North Korea warns of ‘merciless’ strikes as US carrier joins South Korea drills

North Korea warns of ‘merciless’ strikes as US carrier joins South Korea drills By Agency US Navy F18 fighter jets are pictured on the flight deck of aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson during a routine exercise in South China Sea, March 3, 2017. PHOTO: REUTERS SEOUL: North Korea warned the United States on Tuesday of “merciless” attacks […]

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 […]

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 […]

Twin blasts kill 40 near religious sites in Syria’s capital

Twin blasts kill 40 near religious sites in Syria’s capital

Twin blasts kill 40 near religious sites in Syria’s capital AP Twin explosions Saturday near religious shrines frequented by pilgrims in the Syrian capital Damascus killed at least 40 people, Syria’s interior minister and media reported. Syria State TV aired footage from the scene showing blood-soaked streets and several damaged busses in a parking lot, […]

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 […]

Indian PM Modi’s party ahead in state polls

Indian PM Modi’s party ahead in state polls

Indian PM Modi’s party ahead in state polls APP Bharatiya Janata Party supporters raise cutouts of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi as they celebrate winning seats in the state of Uttar Pradesh in Lucknow, India, Saturday.— AP India’s governing Hindu nationalist party is heading for major victories in key state legislature elections that are seen […]

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 […]

New Zealand to launch urgent inquiry into Napier ODI washout

New Zealand to launch urgent inquiry into Napier ODI washout

WELLINGTON: New Zealand Cricket (NZC) said Friday it was reviewing Napier´s suitability to host international fixtures after the second one-dayer against Australia was abandoned due to a rain-sodden outfield. The washout on Thursday was the third time in four years that inclement weather has forced a one-day international to be cancelled at Napier´s McLean Park […]

Federer says his game-style made him believe he could win 18th slam

Federer says his game-style made him believe he could win 18th slam

MELBOURNE: In his darkest moments last year when he doubted if he would ever get back to full fitness following his knee injury, Roger Federer clung on to one thought — he still had the game to maybe sneak another grand slam title. He was right. Federer, who missed the Rio Olympics and U.S. Open […]