Tuesday, 16/7/2019 | 6:15 UTC+0
  • Brussels to stay at highest security alert level today

    BRUSSELS: Brussels will remain at the highest possible alert level on Monday with schools and metros closed over a “serious and imminent” security threat similar to the Paris attacks, the Belgian premier said. “The threat is considered serious and imminent,” Prime Minister Charles Michel said Sunday, a day after the authorities raised the alert level

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  • Magnitude 5.9 earthquake rocks Pakistan, Afghanistan and north India

    NEW DELHI: Earthquake measuring 5.9 on the Richter scale shook parts of Pakistan and Afghanistan on Monday. Tremors were also felt in J&K and Delhi. According to reports, the epicentre of the quake was Hindu Kush region in Afghanistan. No casualty or loss of property have been reported so far. Stay updated on the go

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  • Israel seeks to strip citizenship of those who join IS

    JERUSALEM: Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu said today he is seeking to have Arab Israelis stripped of their citizenship for joining the Islamic State group to fight in the Syrian conflict. Last week, Israeli police said six Arab Israelis were arrested on suspicion of planning to travel to Syria to join IS in a case

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  • Israeli woman killed as more violence hits West Bank

    JERUSALEM: Attacks involving knives and a car-ramming in the occupied West Bank on Sunday left an Israeli woman dead, while all the assailants were killed when security forces and civilians intervened. Three attacks, including one by a teenage girl, were the latest in a nearly two-month wave of violence that had shown signs of subsiding

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  • Sri Lanka lifts ban on pro-LTTE groups;wants them to shun violence

    COLOMBO: Sri Lanka on Sunday said it has lifted a ban imposed on eight Tamil diaspora groups for their links with the LTTE as part of efforts to reconcile with the ethnic minority community and asked the remaining ones to renounce separatism and violence. “We hope that other groups and individuals make similar public commitments

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  • Thanks to Russian strikes, our troops advancing on ‘nearly every front’, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad says

    DAMASCUS: Syrian government troops are advancing on “nearly every front” thanks to Russian air strikes that began in September, President Bashar al-Assad said in an interview released on Sunday. The embattled president also said he favoured new peace talks to be hosted in Moscow, but stressed that the Syrian conflict could not be resolved without

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  • Padmini takes sole lead at women's national premier chess

    KOLKATA: Defending champion and top seed Padmini Rout of Odisha inched closer to the title as she extended her lead to a full point by beating Swati Ghate of LIC in the ninth round of the women’s national premier chess championship on Sunday. Padmini is now sitting pretty at the top with 7.5 points. Swati,

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  • Cheating accusations mar Zimbabwe's 'Mister Ugly' contest

    HARARE: Pageant judges have crowned a new winner of Zimbabwe’s 4th annual “Mister Ugly” contest, upsetting supporters of the crowd favorite and prompting rioting at the event. Judges on Saturday chose 42-year-old Mison Sere, citing his numerous missing front teeth and a wide range of grotesque facial expressions, over William Masvinu, who had held the

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  • China tells others don't 'stir up trouble' in South China Sea

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia: “One should never link the military facilities with efforts to militarize the South China Sea,” Liu said. “This is a false argument. It is a consistent Chinese position to firmly oppose the militarization of the South China Sea.” Other countries “should not deliberately stir up trouble but contribute to the peace and

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  • Lee Chong Wei says he's not 100 percent

    HONG KONG: Former world number one Lee Chong Wei won his third consecutive Super Series title at the Hong Open on Sunday, but he said that he is not playing at his best. The Malaysian — who has dominated world badminton for nearly a decade — was forced off court by an eight-month doping ban,

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