Friday, 01 Dec, 2023


Strong 6.2 quake strikes Chile: US seismologists

SANTIAGO: A strong 6.2 magnitude earthquake rattled northeastern Chile late Sunday in the region of Antofagasta, home to one of the driest places on Earth, US seismologists said.The quake had a depth of 56.7 miles (91.3 kilometers) and was centered about 50 miles (80 kilometers)

Catholic Church urges protest against Argentina gay bill

BUENOS AIRES:  The Catholic Church stepped up its offensive against a gay marriage proposal, using Sunday Mass to urge its faithful to protest before Congress on the eve of a decisive Senate vote.Argentina, where 91 percent of the population says it is Catholic, could become the first

Qaeda magazine teaches bomb-making, other `useful skills`

DUBAI: Ever wondered how to make a bomb at home, what to pack for a jihad or how to communicate in encrypted messages?A new English-language Al-Qaeda magazine has the answers.The first edition of Yemen-based Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula`s (AQAP) Inspire magazine was released on

Asia must brace for possible economic shocks: IMF chief

DAEJEON: Asian policemakers must brace for possible further shocks given risks to the global economy such as the eurozone turmoil, the International Monetary Fund chief said Monday.The continent also faces policy challenges such as managing the sharp rebound in capital inflows, and risks

BP `pleased` with progress of oil fix mission

NEW ORLEANS: BP reported good progress Sunday in its high-stakes effort to fully contain the Gulf of Mexico oil leak by fixing a tighter cap over the giant gusher, now raging largely unchecked.Operations have reached a critical phase as engineers race to take advantage of a stretch of

Taiwan`s leader calls for closer ties with China

TAIPEI - Taiwan`s President Ma Ying-jeou Sunday sent a message to China`s President Hu Jintao, calling for closer ties following the historic trade pact signed by the two sides last month.The appeal, condensed into 16 Chinese characters, will be given to Hu this week by Wu Poh-hsiung,

Gaza aid ship sets sail from Greece

JERUSALEM: A Gaza aid ship left for Egypt Saturday under Israeli pressure, officials in Greece said, but Libyan organisers declared it intended to defy the Jewish state`s blockade of the Palestinian enclave.The ship`s agent and the Greek foreign ministry said the vessel chartered to a

Fidel Castro makes rare public appearance

HAVANA: Cuba`s former president Fidel Castro was seen this week at a scientific facility in his first known public appearance since December, according to images posted Saturday on a pro-government blog.Castro, 83, and still the head of the Cuban Communist Party, appears in the images,

Bosnia remembers Srebrenica massacre 15 years on

SREBRENICA: Tens of thousands on Sunday mark 15 years since the Srebrenica massacre of nearly 8,000 Muslims by Bosnian Serbs, the darkest episode of the violent break-up of Yugoslavia.A special ceremony at the Potocari cemetery near Srebrenica, attended notably by Serbian President Boris

Japan coalition govt loses upper house majority: exit polls

TOKYO:  Japan`s centre-left coalition government on Sunday lost its majority in the parliamentary upper house, spelling the threat of policy gridlock, according to several media exit polls. The ruling Democratic Party of Japan, which holds 62 uncontested seats, was likely to win only

BP removes oil cap in the Gulf, readies for new one

NEW ORLEANS: BP engineers using underwater robots on Saturday removed a loosely fitting cap over a gushing oil well in the Gulf of Mexico, allowing thousands more barrels of crude to sully the gulf.The move was the first step in an operation to place a tighter containment cap over the

Russian, US spies start new lives but mystery swirls

MOSCOW: The 14 spies swapped by Moscow and Washington were Saturday starting new lives in Russia and the West, but mystery shrouded their precise whereabouts after the biggest spy exchange since the Cold War.Ten Kremlin agents expelled by Washington in Friday`s handover at Vienna Airport

Guantanamo trial date for Canadian in doubt

MONTREAL: The decision of a Canadian detainee at Guantanamo Bay to fire his US lawyers has cast doubt on whether his high-profile war crimes trial can proceed as scheduled next month.Omar Khadr was to begin five days of pre-trial hearings on Monday, with lawyers preparing to argue over

UN force under pressure four years after Lebanon war

BEIRUT: Four years after a devastating war between Israel and Hezbollah, the UN forces keeping them apart in southern Lebanon are under mounting strain amid fears of a fresh conflict and hostility from villagers.The United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon, or UNIFIL, is in a delicate

Five US soldiers die fighting Taliban in Afghanistan: NATO

KABUL: Five US soldiers were killed Saturday in separate incidents while battling the Taliban-led insurgency in Afghanistan, as NATO said its troops had accidentally killed six Afghan civilians.Three of the soldiers died in eastern Afghanistan and two were killed in the south, NATO`s

India`s foreign secretary meets Dalai Lama

  DHARAMSHALA:  India`s foreign secretary Nirupama Rao met exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, in this northern Indian hill station for talks on Saturday, officials said.   Rao "called on His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the two discussed issues of common interest,"

Five US soldiers die fighting Taliban in Afghanistan: NATO

KABUL: Five US soldiers were killed Saturday in separate incidents while battling the Taliban-led insurgency in Afghanistan, NATO said.   Three of the soldiers died in eastern Afghanistan and two were killed in the south, NATO`s International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said.  

6.2-magnitude quake shakes Pacific near Guam: USGS

WASHINGTON: A strong 6.2-magnitude earthquake shook the Pacific near the US territory of Guam Saturday at a depth of 10 kilometers (6.2 miles), seismologists said, but no tsunami warning was immediately issued.   The quake hit around 9:43 pm in Guam (1143 GMT) some 296 kilometers (184

BP to place new containment cap on oil spill

NEW ORLEANS:  Energy giant BP was expected Saturday to try and place a better cap over its gushing well in the Gulf of Mexico to stop the devastating oil flow. Admiral Thad Allen, who oversees the government`s spill response, said late Friday he had approved the plan to simultaneously

NATO says `errant rounds` kills six Afghan civilians

KABUL:  International troops fighting the Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan killed six civilians, NATO said Saturday, a day after conceding that six Afghan soldiers had died in a "friendly fire" incident. Civilian casualties are an incendiary topic with Afghans, who increasingly regard