South Korea cracks down on budget airline safety lapses

South Korea cracks down on budget airline safety lapses

Seoul: South Korea on Thursday clamped down on lax safety protocols at low-cost airlines, warning them to mend their ways or face possible closure. The transport ministry conducted a safety review of the country’s six budget carriers this month, after one aircraft was forced to make an emergency return due to an unsealed door. The […]

Egyptian F-16 crashes during military exercise, kills pilots

Cairo: An Egyptian F-16 fighter jet has crashed during a military exercise at an undisclosed location in the country, killing two pilots. “An F-16 aircraft has crashed during an exercise, killing the crew,” the army said in a statement, which did not give the location of the incident. Reports said that two military pilots were […]

Pentagon announces new US commander for intl forces in Afghan

Washington: The Pentagon has named Lieutenant General John “Mick” Nicholson as the new commander of international forces in Afghanistan, amid concerns about setbacks in the fight against Taliban in the war-torn nation. Once confirmed by the United States Senate, Gen Nicholson who is currently the US Army commander of NATO land forces, would replace Gen […]

North Korea a ‘threat to the world’: John Kerry

North Korea a ‘threat to the world’: John Kerry

BEIJING: Nuclear-armed North Korea poses an “overt threat, a declared threat to the world”, US Secretary of State John Kerry said in Beijing Wednesday following Pyongyang’s fourth nuclear test earlier this month. Washington is pushing for a strong United Nations response to the North’s latest atomic blast — which Pyongyang said was a miniaturised hydrogen […]

Indian-origin man in US jailed for economic offence

WASHINGTON: An Indian- American businessman has been sentenced to 21 months in prison by a US court after being found guilty of operating an unlicensed money transmitting business. The court has also ordered 43-year-old Sawan “Sunny” Shah, who owned, operated and managed several money transmitting companies in the Columbus area in Atlanta, Georgia, to forfeit […]

Teens who obsessively check social media get less sleep: study

NEW YORK: According to new research, teenagers who spend a lot of time on Facebook and Twitter during the day damage their sleep at night than their peers who use social media less. “This is one of the first pieces of evidence that social media use really can impact your sleep,” says lead author Jessica […]

Akbaruddin presents his credentials to UN Secretary General

Akbaruddin presents his credentials to UN Secretary General

United Nations: Senior diplomat Syed Akbaruddin has presented his credentials as India’s new permanent representative to the United Nations to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. Receiving the credentials yesterday, Ban welcomed his appointment as the top Indian diplomat to the UN and appreciated the significant role India plays at the powerful world body as a […]

I don’t believe in extension, will retire on due date: Gen Raheel Sharif

I don’t believe in extension, will retire on due date: Gen Raheel Sharif

Islamabad: Pakistan’s powerful army chief General Raheel Sharif on Monday said he will retire as scheduled in November this year, dismissing as “baseless” reports that he may seek an extension due to the ongoing counter-terror offensive. General Raheel, 59, will complete his three-year term in November and it was being speculated that like his predecessor […]

Magnitude 7.1 quake jolts Alaska; 4 homes lost

Magnitude 7.1 quake jolts Alaska; 4 homes lost

Anchorage (Alaska): A magnitude 7.1 quake knocked items off shelves and walls in Alaska early Sunday morning, jolting the nerves of residents in this earthquake-prone region. There were no reports of injuries, but four homes were lost to explosions or fire following the quake. Alaska’s state seismologist, Michael West, called it the strongest earthquake in […]

IS releases video of ‘Paris attackers’

Beirut: The Islamic State group has released a video purporting to show nine jihadists behind the November Paris attacks that killed 130 people, in which they threaten “coalition” countries including Britain. The video posted yesterday on jihadist websites is entitled “Kill wherever you find them”, and shows four Belgians, three French citizens and two Iraqis […]

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