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Indian police ambush Maoist rebels, killing eight

Indian police ambush Maoist rebels, killing eight

NEW DELHI,  – At least eight suspected Maoist rebels were killed in a gunfight with police who ambushed their hideout in southern India on Thursday, reports BSS. The deaths are the latest in a long-running conflict between Indian authorities and the leftist rebels, who say they are fighting for the rights of marginalised tribal groups. […]

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North Korea tells UN envoy it wants to prevent war

UNITED NATIONS, – A senior UN official returning from Pyongyang said Tuesday that North Korean officials had told him it was important to prevent war but offered no concrete proposal for talks, reports BSS. “They agreed that it was important to prevent war,” Jeffrey Feltman, the UN’s political affairs chief, told reporters after briefing the […]

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Construction work of Turkey’s first NPP begins

TBT International: Turkey begins construction works of their first ever nuclear power plant in co-operation with Russia’s State Atomic Energy Corporation-ROSATOM, under the limited construction permit (LCP) issued by the Turkish Atomic Energy Agency (TAEK). An official ceremony to celebrate the occasion was held at Akkuyu nuclear power plant site on December 10,2017. Director General […]

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Trump tells NASA to send Americans to Moon

WASHINGTON: – US President Donald Trump directed NASA on Monday to send Americans to the Moon for the first time since 1972, in order to prepare for future trips to Mars, reports BSS. “This time we will not only plant our flag and leave our footprint,” Trump said at a White House ceremony as he […]

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Bangladesh condemns NY attack

DHAKA,  – Bangladesh today condemned the overnight terrorist attack in New York reiterating its “Zero Tolerance” stance against terrorism as the major US city was rocked by a bomb attack carried out at a subway station near Times Square injuring three people, reports BSS, “Government of Bangladesh is committed to its declared policy of ‘Zero […]

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Two Palestinians killed in Gaza, Israel denies claim of attack

GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories: – Two Palestinians were killed in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday with authorities in the Hamas-run territory blaming an Israeli strike, but Israel’s military immediately denied the claim, reports BSS. Palestinian health ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra told AFP the two men were killed “in Beit Lahia in northern Gaza after an Israeli […]

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Saudi-led airstrikes hit Yemen TV station in Sanaa, 4 journalists killed

SANAA, – Saudi-led airstrikes hit Yemen’s state satellite television station in the capital Sanaa, killing at least four journalists, Houthi-controlled Saba news agency reported on Saturday, reports BSS. A guard at the gate of the station was wounded. Residents said part of the station’s building was destroyed. This is the first time the Saudi-led military coalition targeted […]

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Two Palestinians dead in ‘day of rage’, US isolated at UN

JERUSALEM,  – Clashes, Palestinian rocket fire and Israeli air strikes killed at least two people and wounded dozens of others on Friday in violence linked to US President Donald Trump’s declaration of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, reports BSS. In the latest diplomatic fallout, the United States stood alone as, one after another, fellow UN Security […]

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Afghan forces kill 15 Taliban militants in northern Kunduz province

KUNDUZ, Afghanistan: – At least 15 Taliban militants have been killed and 16 others injured as military operations are continuing in the restive Imam Sahib district of the northern Kunduz province over the past three days, an army spokesman in the province Abdul Khalil said Saturday. According to the official, Taliban militants have also been evicted […]

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Pakistan opposes Trump’s decision on Jerusalem

ISLAMABAD– Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said his country has joined the international community in its strong opposition against the U.S. decision to recognize Jerusalem as capital of Israel and the plan to relocate its embassy there, reports BSS. The prime minister’s statement came late Wednesday shortly after U.S. President Donald Trump announced the […]

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Hamas leader calls for new intifada

CAIRO – Head of Hamas Political Bureau Ismail Haniyeh has called for a new intifada (a Palestinian uprising) on Thursday, Al Jazeera reported, reports BSS. “We call on all the free people of Palestine to participate in “a day of rage” on Friday and make it the beginning of a new intifada,” he said. “Tomorrow, […]

The killing of Yemen's ex-President Ali Abdullah Saleh by the country's Shiite rebels as their alliance crumbled has thrown the nearly three-year civil war into unpredictable new chaos. Photo : Fox News

Yemen’s chaos deepens after rebels killed ex-president Saleh

  SANAA : The killing of Yemen’s longtime strongman and ex-President Ali Abdullah Saleh by the country’s Shiite rebels as their alliance crumbled amid street clashes in the capital, Sanaa, has thrown the nearly three-year civil war into unpredictable new chaos, reports UNB. A video circulating online on Monday showed Saleh’s body with a gaping […]

The development puts pressure the GCC, a group of American-allied Gulf Arab nations formed in part in 1981 as a counterbalance to Shiite power Iran. (Photo: AP)

UAE, Saudi Arabia forming new group, separate from GCC

KUWAIT CITY : The United Arab Emirates on Tuesday announced it has formed a new economic and partnership group with Saudi Arabia, separate from the Gulf Cooperation Council – a move that could undermine the council amid a diplomatic crisis with member state Qatar, reports UNB. The Emirati Foreign Ministry announcement, just hours ahead of […]

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Clean running water crisis in Yemen

Eight million people in Yemen will be without running water within days as fuel runs out due to the Saudi-led coalition blockade of the country’s northern ports, Oxfam warned. They will join the almost 16 million people in Yemen who already cannot get clean piped water, leaving more than four in five people without a […]

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Is sustainable investment a distinct possibility?

A recent article posted by McKinsey & Company provides great insights into the evolution towards sustainable investment practices. It has been a road fraught with difficulties related to measurement, resetting definitions as well as understanding how the implementation will proceed, in case compliance issues surface after an investment program has run a part of the […]

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Cathay Pacific crew saw North Korea missile test   

  HONG KONG : A second airline has reported seeing North Korea’s latest missile test during a flight last week, reports UNB Cathay Pacific says the crew on a San Francisco-to-Hong Kong flight reported witnessing the apparent re-entry of the ICBM that North Korea launched before dawn Wednesday. The Hong Kong-based airline said in a […]

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, right, greets British Prime Minister Theresa May prior to a meeting at EU headquarters in Brussels on Monday, Dec. 4, 2017. British Prime Minister Theresa May and EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker will hold a power lunch on Monday, seeking a breakthrough in the Brexit negotiations ahead of a key EU summit the week after. Photo : AP

Theresa May makes diplomatic push to unlock Brexit talks   

  BRUSSELS : British Prime Minister Theresa May is making a diplomatic blitz to Brussels, where she will meet top European Union officials Monday in an effort to reach a belated breakthrough in the negotiations on Britain’s exit from the bloc, reports UNB. May is to meet with EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and EU […]

2.	Security guards with their sniffer dogs patrol in front of a cargo ship during the inauguration ceremony of the newly built extension in the port of Chabahar on the Gulf of Oman, southeastern Iran, near the Pakistani border, Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017. The $340 million project was constructed by a Revolutionary Guard-affiliated company, Khatam al-Anbia, the largest Iranian contractor of government construction projects. It brings the port's capacity to 8.5 million tons of cargo, from the previous 2.5 million tons and challenges the Gwadar port across the border in Pakistan. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

Iran inaugurates new extension to its main Arabian Sea port   

  TEHRAN : Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has inaugurated a newly built extension to the country’s main Arabian Sea outlet, the port of Chahbahar on the Gulf of Oman, reports UNB. The $340 million project was constructed by a Revolutionary Guard-affiliated company, Khatam al-Anbia, the largest Iranian contractor of government construction projects. The extension involved […]

1.	Brian Ross, a reporter for ABC News, has been suspended for four weeks without pay, the network announced on Saturday. Credit Lou Rocco/ABC

After erroneous Flynn report, ABC News suspends Brian Ross   

  NEW YORK : ABC News on Saturday suspended investigative reporter Brian Ross for four weeks without pay for his erroneous report on Michael Flynn, which it called a “serious error.” Ross, citing an unnamed confidant of Flynn, the former national security adviser, had reported Friday that then-candidate Donald Trump had directed Flynn to make […]

Tesla mega-battery in Australia activated

The world’s largest lithium ion battery has begun dispensing power into an electricity grid in South Australia, reports BBC. The 100-megawatt battery, built by Tesla, was officially activated on Friday. It had in fact provided some power since Thursday due to demand caused by local hot weather. South Australia has been crippled by electricity problems […]

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Tesla mega-battery in Australia activated

  The world’s largest lithium ion battery has begun dispensing power into an electricity grid in South Australia, reports BBC. The 100-megawatt battery, built by Tesla, was officially activated on Friday. It had in fact provided some power since Thursday due to demand caused by local hot weather. South Australia has been crippled by electricity […]

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Zimbabwe’s new leader appoints Cabinet; ruling party favored

CHINHOYI : Zimbabwe’s new President Emmerson Mnangagwa has appointed a new Cabinet that includes ruling party loyalists as well as figures linked to the military, whose takeover helped oust former leader Robert Mugabe, reports UNB. No opposition politicians are included in the list, which has been seen as the first test of whether Mnangwgwa, a […]

1.	Staff rush Pakistani security personnel who were injured in the attack to hospital. Photo : AP

Gunmen attack agriculture institute in Pakistan, killing 12

PESHAWAR : Islamist militants stormed a provincial government complex for agriculture research in northwest Pakistan on Friday, killing 12 people including students and wounding 35 others, police and rescue officials said, reports AP. Police and military troops killed three attackers during a firefight and while clearing the complex in Peshawar, they said. The main Taliban […]

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Russia loses contact with satellite after launch

Russia said it had lost contact Tuesday with a weather satellite just hours after it was launched from its Vostochny cosmodrome, in only the second rocket liftoff from the new spaceport. The glitch was a fresh embarrassment for the Kremlin and emblematic of problems plaguing Russia’s beleaguered space programme which has suffered a series of […]

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