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  • France’s carpool service takes wing

    2 June, 2018 2:34 PM 15

    As France’s railway strike enters the third month — services are suspended two of every five days until the end of June — carpooling has emerged as the best alternative to most affected commuters. The state-owned French National Railway Company (SNCF), reeling under a debt of €46.6 billion ($54 billion), is at the heart of French daily life with around

  • Saudi threatens military action if Qatar deploys anti-aircraft missiles: report

    2 June, 2018 2:33 PM 15

    Saudi Arabia's King Salman has threatened to take military action if Qatar installs a Russian air defence system, France's Le Monde newspaper reported. Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates severed diplomatic and economic ties with Qatar last year, accusing Doha of supporting terrorism, which it denies. Qatar and Russia signed an agreement

  • Officials: 6 police officers killed in Mexico attack

    2 June, 2018 6:27 AM 44

    Attack took place in Guanajuato, which is plagued by crime gangs that rob freight trains and drill into state-owned oil pipelines to siphon off fuel. Six police officers were killed by gunmen in the north-central Mexico state of Guanajuato, authorities said. State Interior Secretary Gustavo Rodriguez Junquera said the dead officers were traffic police

  • Pak SC strikes down disqualification of Khwaja Asif

    1 June, 2018 10:03 AM 161

    Pakistan Supreme Court on Friday struck down a high court order that disqualified former foreign minister Khawaja Mohammad Asif, making him eligible to contest in the upcoming elections. Mr. Asif on April 27 was disqualified by the Islamabad High Court (IHC) for failing to disclose his employment in a UAE company and the monthly salary he was receiving

  • Indonesia’s Merapi volcano ejects towering column of ash

    1 June, 2018 4:25 AM 52

    Indonesia’s Mount Merapi shot a towering plume of ash about 6 km high on Friday in an eruption authorities said lasted two minutes. The National Disaster Mitigation Agency said the volcano’s alert status, raised last month from the lowest level, is unchanged and a 3-km no-go zone around the crater remains in force. It said the eruption at 8.20 a.m. caused

  • Map of Pooh’s home up for auction

    31 May, 2018 5:04 PM 50

    E.H. Shepard’s map of the Hundred Acre Wood could fetch upto $2,00,000 The original map of the Hundred Acre Wood from the Winnie-the-Pooh children’s stories is set to go under the hammer, with an estimate price tag of up to $2,00,000. The ink sketch drawn by E.H. Shepard in 1926 lays out the much-loved fictional world created by A.A. Milne, depicting

  • Assad says U.S. will leave Syria, vows to retake SDF-held areas

    31 May, 2018 6:40 AM 36

    President Bashar al-Assad said he would recover areas of Syria held by the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), and that U.S. forces should learn the lesson of Iraq and leave the country. In an interview with Russia Today, Mr. Assad also said the government had “started now opening doors for negotiations” with the SDF, a Kurdish dominated militia

  • KCNA says Russian foreign minister has arrived in North Korea

    31 May, 2018 5:59 AM 105

    Mr. Lavrov spoke to his U.S. counterpart Pompeo by telephone for the first time on Wednesday ahead of the Secretary of State’s dinner meeting with Kim Yong Chol. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov arrived in Pyongyang on Thursday, North Korea’s state media said, ahead of a landmark summit between Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Mr. Lavrov’s

  • China fears political instability in Pakistan could hurt CPEC

    30 May, 2018 5:35 PM 136

    Pakistan has asked China for a fresh loan - that is its second request in two months, while the lack of political stability over several decades keep Chinese experts on tenterhooks. China recognises that the future of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) depends much on the political stability that Islamabad can ensure and the country's financial

  • Privately-funded hunt for MH370 ends

    29 May, 2018 4:38 PM 29

    Malaysia’s new government has promised to release a long-awaited report into the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 as a privately funded underwater search ended on Tuesday. Flight MH370, carrying 239 people, vanished en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8, 2014, becoming one of the world’s greatest aviation mysteries. The government