Friday, 20 May, 2022


N.Korea delays talks with UN Command on warship

SEOUL: North Korea has delayed military talks scheduled for Tuesday with the US-led United Nations Command about the deadly sinking of a South Korean warship, the Command said.The meeting would have been the first of its kind since the warship went down in March near the disputed

BP confirms new cap in place over oil-leaking well

WASHINGTON: BP confirmed said Monday it had successfully placed a new cap over the Gulf of Mexico oil leak, hoping the giant valve will seal the well or contain all the gushing crude.An integrity test lasting between six and 48 hours will begin on July 13 to properly assess the well, BP

Trio jailed for life over transatlantic jet bomb plot

LONDON - Three men from London were sentenced Monday to life imprisonment after being convicted over a plot to blow up transatlantic flights using liquid bombs.Ibrahim Savant, Arafat Waheed Khan and Waheed Zaman will serve at least 20 years in jail over the conspiracy that led to the

Trio jailed for life over transatlantic jet bomb plot

LONDON - Three men from London were sentenced Monday to life imprisonment after being convicted over a plot to blow up transatlantic flights using liquid bombs. Ibrahim Savant, Arafat Waheed Khan and Waheed Zaman will serve at least 20 years in jail over the conspiracy that led to the

India launches five satellites into orbit

BANGALORE - India successfully launched five satellites into orbit on Monday, three months after the country`s space ambitions suffered a setback when a rocket crashed at lift-off.The five satellites included an advanced remote sensing satellite called Cartosat-2B, as well as a satellite

Death Toll Rises to 74 in Uganda twin bomb blast

KAMPALA: The death toll from twin blasts that hit the Ugandan capital as football fans gathered to watch the World Cup final has risen to 74, officials say. Another 70 were injured in the explosions at a Kampala rugby club and an Ethiopian restaurant. The blasts went off as crowds of

Japan government loses upper house majority

TOKYO: The centre-left government of Japan`s new Prime Minister Naoto Kan lost its narrow majority in parliament`s upper house in elections Sunday, spelling the threat of legislative paralysis.The government was not immediately threatened, because it holds a majority in the more powerful

22 killed in violent day for Colombian soldiers, rebels

BOGOTA: Soldiers killed 12 Marxist rebels in an overnight raid in central Colombia while 10 soldiers were killed in separate clashes with guerrillas near the Venezuelan border, the military said Sunday.The dead rebels included four women and eight men who were tasked with providing

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