“16 more starve to death in Syria’s besieged Madaya”

“16 more starve to death in Syria’s besieged Madaya”

BEIRUT: Sixteen more people have died of starvation in the besieged Syrian town of Madaya since an aid convoy entered earlier this month, according to Doctors Without Borders. Several dozen more residents of the town are in “danger of death” because of severe malnutrition, the humanitarian group warned. The latest deaths bring the number of […]

Pakistan delays privatisation of flag carrier after protests

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan government has postponed the planned privatisation of its national flag carrier after ongoing protests by PIA employees. The labour union and pilots’ organisation joined hands against the government decision to sell off limited shares of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) with management control. A major strike was held on Friday and a bigger […]

Barack Obama calls Dilma Rousseff; discusses spread of Zika virus

WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama spoke with his Brazilian counterpart Dilma Rousseff to discuss shared concerns over the recent spread of the Zika virus in the Western Hemisphere. “The leaders agreed on the importance of collaborative efforts to deepen our knowledge, advance research, and accelerate work to develop better vaccines and other technologies to control […]

US can’t build progress with ‘phony tough talk’: Barack Obama

US can’t build progress with ‘phony tough talk’: Barack Obama

WASHINGTON: In an apparent criticism of controversial Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump, President Barack Obama has said the US cannot build progress with a “bunch of phony tough talk” or strengthen its global leadership by allowing politicians to insult Muslims. “We’re not going to strengthen our leadership around the world by allowing politicians to insult […]

Shooting kills 3 at Shiite mosque in Saudi Arabia

Shooting kills 3 at Shiite mosque in Saudi Arabia

Riyadh: A shooting at a Shiite mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia killed three people and wounded others today during prayers, security officials and a witness said, the latest violence to strike the region. The attack struck the Imam Reza Mosque in the neighbourhood of Mehasin during prayers. Images on social media showed wounded laying on […]

Zika virus outbreak: Venezuela reports 4,700 suspected cases

Zika virus outbreak: Venezuela reports 4,700 suspected cases

Caracas: Venezuela has recorded 4,700 suspected cases of people infected by the Zika virus, which is thought to cause brain damage in babies, the health ministry said. The estimate followed thousands of other suspected cases in Latin America which have raised a world health scare over the mosquito-borne virus. “We have reports of 4,700 patients […]

Five in France infected: Govt

Paris: Five people who were infected with the Zika virus while travelling abroad have returned to France since the beginning of the year, the French health ministry has said. “None of the patients presented a severe form of the infection,” the ministry said in a statement, without naming the regions where the five had been […]

Virus can spread to countries having Aedes mosquito: WHO

Geneva: The Zika virus is “spreading explosively” in the Americas and can infect upto four million people, the WHO warned on Friday as it issued a warning to all countries, including India, who have the vector of Aedes mosquito that also causes Dengue and Chikungunya. The Zika virus is caused by the aggressive Aedes aegypti […]

Obama honors 4 who protected Jews during Holocaust

Obama honors 4 who protected Jews during Holocaust

WASHINGTON: As he honored four people on Wednesday for risking their lives to protect Jews, President Barack Obama warned that anti-Semitism is on the rise and that an attack on any faith is an attack on all faiths. Obama spoke Wednesday evening at the Israeli Embassy in Washington, the first sitting president to speak at […]

South Korea cracks down on budget airline safety lapses

South Korea cracks down on budget airline safety lapses

Seoul: South Korea on Thursday clamped down on lax safety protocols at low-cost airlines, warning them to mend their ways or face possible closure. The transport ministry conducted a safety review of the country’s six budget carriers this month, after one aircraft was forced to make an emergency return due to an unsealed door. The […]

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