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  • Bangladesh says Rohingya return to Myanmar is delayed

    22 January, 2018 7:24 AM 15

    Bangladesh said that the repatriation of Muslim Rohingya refugees to Myanmar will not happen on Tuesday as planned because arrangements were incomplete. “There are many things remaining,” Abul Kalam, Bangladesh’s refugee relief and rehabilitation commissioner, told Reuters by phone on Monday. The list of people to be sent back is yet to prepared, their

  • Syria regains control over vital air base

    21 January, 2018 4:14 PM 22

    Syria's Army on Sunday announced it had captured the vital Abu Duhur military airport in the country's northwest, more than two years after losing it to rebels and jihadists. "After a string of special operations, units from our armed forces in coordination with allied fighters succeeded in their military operation and took control of the Abu Duhur military

  • France withdraws Paris bid for 2025 World Expo

    21 January, 2018 12:26 PM 33

    France’s prime minister Edouard Philippe has decided to withdraw Paris’s candidacy to host the 2025 World Expo. In comments published Sunday by weekly newspaper Le Journal du Dimanche, Philippe said he has doubts about the economic viability of the project and fear unexpected additional expenses in the context of public budget cuts. The remaining candidates

  • Commercial rocket from New Zealand deploys small satellites

    21 January, 2018 12:07 PM 25

    A rocket launched from New Zealand on Sunday successfully reached orbit carrying small commercial satellites. California-based company Rocket Lab said its Electron rocket, which carries only a small payload of about 150 kilograms (331 pounds), successfully deployed an earth imaging and two other satellites for weather and ship tracking after blastoff

  • Magnitude 6.3 quake jolts northern Chile

    21 January, 2018 5:07 AM 30

    The temblor, which was deep at 110 kilometres, struck at 10:06 p.m. local time on Saturday, epicentred at Tarapaca The US Geological Survey says a magnitude 6.3 earthquake has struck northern Chile. The quake, which was deep at 110 kilometres, struck at 10:06 p.m. local time on Saturday. The epicentre in Tarapaca was 76 kilometres east of the city of Putre

  • Not all South Koreans are happy about unified hockey team

    21 January, 2018 4:18 AM 14

    South Koreans seem generally happy they’ll see the North Koreans at their Olympics, but aren’t as pleased about sharing a team with them. The agreement to field a unified women’s ice hockey team at February’s Winter Olympics has triggered a debate in South Korea, where there’s no longer strong public clamor for reunification or for using sports to make political

  • Myanmar making final plans for repatriation

    20 January, 2018 5:30 PM 28

    Myanmar is making final preparations to take back the first batch of Rohingya Muslims who fled conflict in the troubled Rakhine State, State media said on Saturday, despite growing doubts about the plan among refugees and in the UN. Rakhine State Chief Minister Nyi Pu “insisted on completion of the finishing touches on buildings, medical clinics and sanitation

  • What happens when a government closes shop

    20 January, 2018 5:30 PM 26

    In shutdowns, non-essential government employees are furloughed, or placed on temporary unpaid leave. Workers deemed essential, including those dealing with public safety and national security, keep working. After previous government shutdowns, Congress passed measures to ensure that all unpaid workers received retroactive pay. The Trump administration

  • After Akbaruddin’s ‘change mindset’ rap, Pak raises Jadhav case at UNSC

    20 January, 2018 6:43 AM 32

    Maleeha Lodhi says subversion against her country has been proved beyond doubt by “our capture of an Indian spy.” Pakistan raked up the issue of Indian death-row prisoner Kulbhushan Jadhav in the United Nations (UN) Security Council after it was accused by India, the United States and Afghanistan, for providing safe havens to terrorists. Permanent Representative

  • Storm damages parts of Russia's S-400 system on its way to China: RIA

    19 January, 2018 7:08 PM 37

    MOSCOW: A storm has damaged parts of a Russian S-400 surface-to-air missile system while it was being shipped to China, RIA news agency said on Friday, quoting a Russian official. China became the first foreign buyer of the system from Russia under a contract signed in 2014. The vessel has brought back the damaged components to Russia`s port of Ust-Luga