Thursday, 30 Mar, 2023


Air France plans to shed 4,100 jobs: union

PARIS - Air France will cut its workforce by some 4,100 people by March 2013 through voluntary departures, union sources said on Monday.Jose Rocamorra, of the CGT union, said there was no plan for lay-offs but over the next three years the airline, Europe`s biggest with partner KLM, will

Power outage plunges Toronto, visiting Queen, into darkness

OTTAWA - An explosion at a Toronto power facility on Monday plunged Canada`s largest metropolis into darkness, and disrupted a state dinner for Queen Elizabeth II, local media reported.BDST: 08.29 HRS, July 6, 2010

Australia ends freeze on Sri Lankan asylum claims

SYDNEY - Australia`s new Prime Minister Julia Gillard Tuesday ended a three-month freeze on processing Sri Lankan asylum-seekers, and said a bar on Afghan claims was under review."The government has decided to lift immediately the suspension on processing claims of Sri Lankans," Gillard

Israel has more to lose in case of Turkey break: analysts

JERUSALEM - Israel would be the big loser in case of a break in relations with former strategic ally Turkey because of its refusal to apologise to Ankara for a deadly naval raid, analysts warn. "In this tug of war, Israel has more to lose than Turkey," said Ofra Bengio, an Israeli

China`s Uighurs face web blocks one year after riots

URUMQI - For Ruzmammat, the Internet is a crucial way of keeping in touch with his Uighur friends in China`s Xinjiang region -- a lifeline that was denied to him for 10 months following deadly ethnic riots. Authorities cut off the web in Xinjiang in the aftermath of violence that erupted

Celebrations as Dalai Lama turns 75

DHARAMSHALA - The Dalai Lama marks his 75th birthday on Tuesday, with thousands set to celebrate the occasion in his hometown-in-exile and events planned across the globe from Europe to Australia. The Nobel laureate will address a crowd of 5,000 fans and followers at his temple in McLeod

Ahmadinejad to meet Muslim leaders at D8 after new sanctions

ABUJA - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is to meet fellow Muslim leaders at a summit in Nigeria on Thursday after Western nations recently piled fresh sanctions on his country over its nuclear programme. Turkish President Abdullah Gul will also attend the Developing Eight (D8)

Iran discovers two new gas fields: minister

TEHRAN - Iran, OPEC`s second largest oil exporter, has discovered two new natural gas fields, Oil Minister Masoud Mirkazemi announced on Monday.The combined gas reserves of the two fields amount to around 800 billion cubic metres (28 trillion cubic feet), he told reporters."Forouz gas

Liberals hold the reins after Polish victory

WARSAW - Poland`s liberals held all the reins of power Monday after their candidate Bronislaw Komorowski foiled conservative Jaroslaw Kaczynski`s audacious bid to replace his late twin in a presidential election.Komorowski`s victory means the Civic Platform controls both the government

Britain, Germany, UAE aiports `refuse fuel to Iran jets`

TEHRAN - Airports in Britain, Germany and the United Arab Emirates have refused to offer fuel to Iranian passenger jets flying through their airspace, Iranian media reported on Monday.The action was the result of unilateral sanctions imposed by the United States on Iran over its

Israel`s Defence Minister holds talks with Palestinian PM

JERUSALEM - Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak was on Monday holding a face-to-face meeting with Palestinian prime minister Salam Fayyad at a hotel in Jerusalem, officials on both sides said.The two were meeting at the King David hotel on the eve of talks between Israeli Prime Minister

Vietnam breaks ground on 1.2-billion-dollar coal power plant

HANOI - Vietnam has broken ground on a 1.2 billion dollar coal-fired power plant, state media reported Monday, as the fast-growing economy seeks to stem power shortages.The Nghi Son 1 project, to be fully operational by 2014, will have a capacity of 600 megawatts, the Vietnam News

Turkish airspace closed to Israeli military flights: Turkish minister

ANKARA - Turkish airspace closed to Israeli military flights: Turkish ministerBDST: 12:27 HRS, July 5, 2010

New Australia PM casts doubt on `Asia-Pacific community`

SYDNEY: Australia`s new Prime Minister Julia Gillard has cast serious doubt over a new 18-nation Asian forum proposed by her sacked predecessor, a report said on Monday.Gillard told the Sydney Morning Herald that former leader Kevin Rudd`s Asia-Pacific community, a hallmark of his plans

At least 52 missing since 2008 Syria prison riot

LONDON: More than 50 prisoners are still missing since riots at Syria`s Saydnaya prison two years ago led to the deaths of at least 17 prisoners and five military police, Amnesty International said on Monday.In a report marking the second anniversary of the July 5, 2008 riots at the

Suicide quartet hit Pakistan troops: officials

PESHAWAR - Four suicide attackers armed with car bombs and rockets targeted a fort in Pakistan, killing a soldier and wounding at least seven in an area troubled by Taliban, officials said Monday.The squad targeted the post manned by paramilitary in the northwestern town of Timargarah in

Louisiana resumes oil skimming after Hurricane Alex

NEW ORLEANS:  Efforts to clean up the Gulf of Mexico oil spill ramped back up Sunday after Hurricane Alex prompted a five-day shutdown, amid new questions over how BP would pay for the mounting costs.Cleanup workers arrived back on Grand Isle, Louisiana by the hundreds, spilling off

Turkey to sever ties unless Israel apologises for Gaza flotilla raid: minister

ANKARA- Turkey will sever diplomatic ties with Israel unless it apologises over the commando raid on an aid convoy to Gaza in which nine Turks died, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu was quoted as saying Monday.BDST: 12:26 HRS, July 5, 2010

We have a `wiener`: American eats the most hot dogs

NEW YORK: American Joey "Jaws" Chestnut has wolfed down 54 hot dogs in 10 minutes to claim his fourth consecutive world title in one of the planet`s most bizarre sports: competitive eating. But the New York event was marred Sunday by the arrest of Takeru "Tsunami" Kobayashi, Chestnut`s

Six killed in accident at Russian firing range

MOSCOW: Six people were killed in an accidental explosion at a Russian military firing range in Siberia, reports said Monday.Two military engineers -- a major and a lieutenant colonel -- and four employees of a local munitions firm were killed in the explosion in the Altai region of south