Sunday, 27 Nov, 2022

International

CIA announces new head of spy service

WASHINGTON: The CIA announced Wednesday it was appointing an experienced spy as the new head of its vast intelligence network, the National Clandestine Service.   John Bennett, who joined the Central Intelligence Agency in 1981 after service in the US Marine Corps, will replace

Iraq car bomb kills 30

BAQUBA: A car bomb killed 30 people and wounded 46 near a mosque in a predominantly Shiite area of the mixed city of Baquba, north of the Iraqi capital Baghdad, on Wednesday, security officials said. The bomb in a car parked near a Shiite mosque in the Abu Sayeeda neighbourhood of the

Clinton announces new US sanctions on North Korea

SEOUL:  The United States Wednesday announced new sanctions on North Korea following the sinking of a South Korean warship and said the attack could be the start of more provocations by the communist state.Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the sanctions were designed to prevent

Two charged with stealing Neil Armstrong customs form

BOSTON:  Two US men were charged Tuesday with stealing a customs document from Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, with the goal of selling the former astronaut`s autograph.The pair, who were charged in Boston federal court, attempted to sell the form Armstrong filled out

Aircraft `black box` inventor dies in Australia

SYDNEY:  The Australian inventor of the "black box" flight data recorder, a crucial component of plane crash investigations, has died aged 85, officials said Wednesday.David Warren came up with the idea after probing the crash of the world`s first commercial jet, the Comet, in 1953. He

Two dead in `terror act` at Russia power plant: company

MOSCOW: Two people were killed and another two wounded on Wednesday during a "terror act" at a hydroelectric power plant in Russia`s volatile North Caucasus region, state-run power group RusHydro said, citing preliminary information. "An explosion took place on the premises of the

`Most wanted` militant killed in Indian Kashmir: army

SRINAGAR:  One of Indian Kashmir`s "most wanted" militants has been killed during a fierce gunbattle, dealing a blow to the insurgency in the volatile Himalayan region, the military said Wednesday.A Pakistani identified as Nouman, the commander of the Pakistan-based Harkat-ul-Mujahedin

Archaeologists find key remains of pre-Inca culture in Peru

LIMA:  Peruvian archaeologists have found remains from a person believed to be a leader of a key pre-Inca civilization that is more than 1,200 years old, one of the researchers said Tuesday.Carlos Elera told AFP the remains from the northern region of Lambayeque are from what some call

Two charged with stealing Neil Armstrong customs form

BOSTON:  Two US men were charged Tuesday with stealing a customs document from Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, with the goal of selling the former astronaut`s autograph.   The pair, who were charged in Boston federal court, attempted to sell the form Armstrong

Aircraft `black box` inventor dies in Australia

  SYDNEY:  The Australian inventor of the "black box" flight data recorder, a crucial component of plane crash investigations, has died aged 85, officials said Wednesday.   David Warren came up with the idea after probing the crash of the world`s first commercial jet, the Comet, in

Two dead in `terror act` at Russia power plant: company

MOSCOW: Two people were killed and another two wounded on Wednesday during a "terror act" at a hydroelectric power plant in Russia`s volatile North Caucasus region, state-run power group RusHydro said, citing preliminary information. "An explosion took place on the premises of the

`Most wanted` militant killed in Indian Kashmir: army

SRINAGAR:  One of Indian Kashmir`s \"most wanted\" militants has been killed during a fierce gunbattle, dealing a blow to the insurgency in the volatile Himalayan region, the military said Wednesday. A Pakistani identified as Nouman, the commander of the Pakistan-based

US-Yemeni cleric linked to bomb plot added to UN sanctions list

UNITED NATIONS:  A US-Yemeni cleric tied to the 2009 failed bombing of a US airliner was Tuesday added to a United Nations terror blacklist targeting associates of Al-Qaeda and the Taliban, UN and US officials said. The latest target is Anwar al-Awlaqi, a senior member of Al-Qaeda in

Scottish leader insists BP did not lobby for bomber release

LONDON:  Scotland`s First Minister Alex Salmond has insisted BP did not lobby the Scottish government "in any sense whatsoever" to persuade the administration to free the Lockerbie bomber last year. The leader of Scotland`s devolved government made the comments as British Prime Minister

Strong 6.6-magnitude quake hits Papua New Guinea: USGS

PORT MORESBY:Papua New Guinea was hit Wednesday by a 6.6-magnitude earthquake, geologists said, though no destructive tsunami was expected and no immediate damage was reported.The quake hit at 5:18 am (1918 GMT Tuesday), 132 kilometres (82 miles) east of Kandrian on New Britain Island at

Obama, Cameron navigate Lockerbie, BP rows

WASHINGTON: British Prime Minister David Cameron Tuesday ruled out an inquiry into the release of the Lockerbie bomber, delicately navigating US fury over the move as he met President Barack Obama.Cameron however did order his top civil servant to review documents on the release of

US, South Korea to conduct 10 drills this year

SEOUL: The United States and South Korea will stage about 10 naval exercises in coming months including one starting Sunday as a deterrent to North Korea, Seoul`s defence ministry said Wednesday. On Tuesday the US and South Korean defence chiefs announced a major exercise from July 25-28

Cold snap claims dozen of lives in parts of Latin America

MONTEVIDEO: A cold snap across a swathe of Latin America has left dozens dead across several countries, as the region shivers through its winter season.In Argentina, 33 people died as polar air sent temperatures down to around minus 14 Celsius (seven degrees Fahrenheit) in the center of

Obama welcomes Kabul conference as `major step forward`

WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama on Tuesday welcomed an international conference in Kabul, saying it represented a "major step forward" for the future of Afghanistan.Obama insisted the US strategy in Afghanistan was the right one, as visiting British Prime Minister David Cameron said

Kurdish rebels offer to disarm for rights in Turkey

LONDON:  The leader of a separatist Kurdish rebel group which has been locked in a guerrilla war against Turkey has said his fighters will disarm if Ankara meets certain conditions, in a BBC interview Wednesday. Murat Karayilan, leader of the Kurdistan Workers` Party (PKK), said he