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  • Obama unblocks delivery of F-16s to Egypt

    31 March, 2015 7:40 PM 23

    US President Barack Obama has approved the delivery of a dozen F-16 aircraft to Egypt that had been frozen after a military-led takeover. The White House said Obama told Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi by phone on Tuesday that a 2013 freeze would be lifted. The move comes as Egypt plays a key role in the Arab offensive against Iranian-backed

  • Clarkson show goes on without `Top Gear` label

    31 March, 2015 7:40 PM 17

    Britain`s Jeremy Clarkson will continue to appear on an international tour of live auto shows despite being dropped as the presenter of hit series "Top Gear", the BBC said on Tuesday. The stage shows with Clarkson and his former "Top Gear" co-presenters Richard Hammond and James May were planned before Clarkson was dropped for hitting a producer

  • US fines Germany`s Bosch $57.8 mn for price-fixing

    31 March, 2015 7:40 PM 33

    German auto parts firm Robert Bosch admitted to fixing prices and rigging bids for parts sold in the United States and was fined $57.8 million, the US Justice Department announced Tuesday. Bosch pleaded guilty to one felony count of bid rigging and price fixing of spark plugs, starter motors and oxygen sensors it sold to DaimlerChrysler, Ford, General

  • Governor backs down, seeks `fix` to Indiana religion law

    31 March, 2015 7:40 PM 22

    Indiana Governor Mike Pence, facing mounting criticism, said Tuesday he will seek to tweak a contentious new law that some warn discriminates against gays. Pence told a press conference that the law he signed last week "does not give anyone a license to discriminate." But amid threats of crippling boycotts, the state`s largest newspaper demanded in a front-page

  • Train kills US jogger wearing earbuds

    31 March, 2015 7:40 PM 11

    A man was hit by a train and killed in central Florida as he jogged with earbuds on, police said Tuesday. The train`s driver sounded his horn several times before hitting Eduardo Salazar, 26, Monday as he ran alongside the train tracks in Frostproof, Florida, Polk County police said. Salazar had his iPod earbuds plugged in and gave no sign of having

  • Thousands celebrate as Nigeria opposition claims vote win

    31 March, 2015 7:24 PM 41

    Kano: Thousands of people spilled into the streets in northern Nigeria in celebration today after opposition candidate Muhammadu Buhari claimed victory in the presidential election. A cavalcade of motorbikes and cars with their headlights on and horns blaring paraded through the streets of Kano, northern Nigeria's biggest city and an ancient seat of learning

  • EU introduces labels on origin of meat other than beef

    31 March, 2015 7:24 PM 17

    Brussels: The EU will tomorrow introduce labels showing the origins of pre-packed meat other than beef, but critics had sought even tougher rules in the wake of the horsemeat scandal. The new rules for fresh, chilled and frozen meat from sheep, goats, pigs and poultry require listing for EU consumers the countries where the animals were raised and slaughtered

  • Mideast powers trade blame as Yemen teeters

    31 March, 2015 7:24 PM 20

    Regional rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran traded accusations Tuesday over the escalating conflict in Yemen, which the UN rights chief warned was on the brink of "total collapse". Aid groups warned of a humanitarian crisis unfolding with air and sea blockades making it impossible to send desperately needed assistance as casualties mount. Explosions lit up the skies

  • Russia arrests ex-prison chief in $46 mn corruption probe

    31 March, 2015 7:24 PM 15

    A Russian court ordered the arrest Tuesday of the former head of the country`s prison system, who is accused of stealing millions from a state contract for electronic bracelets. The ex-chief of the notorious federal penitentiary service, Alexander Reimer, was arrested along with two of his staff for allegedly embezzling 2.7 billion rubles from the state

  • Qatar ambassador returns to Egypt after rift over Libya

    31 March, 2015 7:24 PM 20

    Cairo: Qatar returned its ambassador to Cairo on Tuesday, almost a month after recalling him in response to an Egyptian official accusing the tiny Gulf nation of supporting terrorism. The ambassador was summoned home for consultation after Egypt carried out airstrikes in Libya in February in response to the beheading of 21 captive Egyptian Christians