Friday, 27 Jan, 2023


Helicopter plunges into Hong Kong harbour

HONG KONG - Thirteen people were plucked to safety after a private helicopter plunged into Hong Kong harbour on Saturday, police said.Two passengers were slightly injured in the crash, and all on board the helicopter were taken to hospital for observation, including two crew members, a

China transparency urged year after Xinjiang bloodshed

WASHINGTON: The United States is urging Beijing to be more transparent in its restive northwestern region of Xinjiang ahead of the tense anniversary of China`s worst ethnic bloodshed in decades.Urumqi, the capital of the vast, arid but resource-rich region, erupted in violence on July 5,

Pentagon tightens media rules for US military

WASHINGTON: Defense Secretary Robert Gates has tightened rules on media relations for the US military, only days after the top general in Afghanistan was sacked over disparaging comments he and aides made in an interview.In a three-page memo sent Friday to senior military and civilian

NBA: `King` holds court, Wade `intrigued`

CLEVELAND: "King" James held court for a second straight day but it was Dwyane Wade rather than LeBron James who had the most tongues wagging as NBA teams continued to woo free agents on Friday.Miami Heat star Wade started his day meeting with the New York Knicks, and said he came away

New spill claims outpacing BP processing: officials

NEW ORLEANS: New claims against BP from the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico are pouring in more than twice as fast as the British energy giant is paying them out, US officials said Friday.Analysis by a consulting group hired by Louisiana to track claims and BP payments amid the

Falling unemployment fails to quell US recovery fears

WASHINGTON:The US unemployment rate fell to 9.5 percent last month as more than half a million people abandoned the job hunt, fueling doubts about the economic recovery.The Labor Department reported on Friday a net loss of 125,000 jobs last month even as unemployment fell to its lowest

Archbishop apologises to Australian abuse victims

SYDNEY: The head of the Catholic Church in Melbourne has offered an "unreserved apology" to victims of sexual abuse by priests, a report said Saturday.Archbishop Denis Hart says in a letter to be read out at services across the city over the weekend that recent abuse scandals have brought

Komorowski win could test Poland`s will to reform

WARSAW: Victory for Bronislaw Komorowski in Poland`s snap presidential election Sunday could end a policy logjam, boosting stalled economic reforms, but also test his governing liberals` mettle, analysts say.Most recent opinion polls have shown Komorowski is the favourite to win the

Candidate deaths cast shadow over Mexico vote

MEXICO: Sunday`s elections in nearly half of Mexico`s states are expected to serve as an unofficial referendum on President Felipe Calderon`s clampdown on drug violence that is gripping the country. The violence is not only a campaign issue, it has hit the campaign. In the highest-level

Philippines` President Aquino to boost army to tackle rebels

MANILA: New Philippine President Benigno Aquino vowed Friday to strengthen the armed forces in a bid to crush a Maoist insurgency and Islamist rebellion which have simmered for decades. He said the 130,000-strong force was too small to properly protect a nation of more than 90 million

Belarus, Russia sign long-awaited gas transit deal

MINSK: Belarus, Russia sign long-awaited gas transit deal. BDST: 1430 HRS, July 2, 2010

Turkish jets bomb Kurdish rebel targets in Iraq: army

ANKARA: Turkish jets bombed Kurdish rebel targets in neighbouring northern Iraq overnight following deadly clashes inside Turkey, the military said Friday. "The targets were hit successfully," it said in an online statement, without any mention of casualties among the separatist

Israel PM seeks to sooth hardline minister over Turkey talks

JERUSALEM: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was meeting his hardline Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Friday in a bid to mend ties after sidelining him in talks aimed at ending a crisis with Turkey. Israeli Trade Minister Benjamin Ben Eliezer and Turkish Foreign Minister

Top Rwanda genocide suspect arrested: Ugandan police

KAMPALA: A fugitive suspect in Rwanda`s 1994 genocide with a five-million dollar reward on his head has been arrested in Uganda, police said on Friday. "He was in (the Democratic Republic of Congo) and the people in Arusha were tracking him," Edward Ochom, head of Uganda`s Criminal

Transferred Guantanamo inmate fit to stand trial: judge

WASHINGTON: Tanzanian Ahmed Khalfan Ghailiani, the first Guantanamo prisoner transferred to the US mainland, is not suffering from mental stress and is fit to stand trial in New York in September, a judge said Thursday.Charged in the 1998 bombings of US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania,

First hurricane, Alex, weakens across northeast Mexico

MATAMOROS: Alex, the first hurricane of the Atlantic season, weakened across northeast Mexico Thursday, leaving at least one person dead after disrupting oil clean-up operations in the Gulf of Mexico.Heavy rainfall remained a major hazard over northeast Mexico and southern Texas, where

21 suspect drug gang members die in clash near US border

MEXICO CITY: A clash between suspected members of rival drug gangs left 21 people dead on Thursday in a rural area of the Mexican state of Sonora, very close to the US border, Mexican justice officials said.The clash involved "two groups of suspected drug traffickers and undocumented"

Taliban claims siege on US aid group in Afghanistan

KUNDUZ: The Taliban claimed responsibility for a suicide and gun attack on a US aid organisation in northern Afghanistan on Friday that left at least three people dead, including a German national. "This morning six Taliban suicide bombers attacked the United States development

Five killed in bomb attack in restive Thai south

NARATHIWAT: Five people, including three military rangers, were killed in a bomb attack in Thailand`s troubled Muslim-majority southern provinces, police said Friday.The roadside blast ripped though the rangers` truck late Thursday while they were on patrol in Ruso district in Narathiwat,

Obama calls for reform in first big immigration speech

WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama called on Republicans to back reforms to bring 11 million illegal immigrants out of the shadows, but his foes swiftly accused him of cynical "political pandering."After 18 months in office, and repeated vows to fight for comprehensive immigration