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April 23, 2018 12:09 PM Angola loses first satellite, plans successor

LUANDA: Angola on Monday confirmed the premature death of its first national telecoms satellite, Angosat-1, which was launched in December and was expected to have a working life of 15 years. The Russian-made Angosat-1 struggled with repeated setbacks immediately after its launch from the Baikonur space centre in Kazakhstan. Contact with the satellite 6

April 21, 2018 12:38 PM Russia 'welcomes' North Korea's nuclear declaration

MOSCOW: Moscow "welcomes" North Korea's Kim Jong Un's declaration on halting nuclear tests and calls on the US and Pyongyang to work together to reduce tensions, the Russian foreign ministry said in a statement on Saturday. "We welcome the declaration of the Working Party's Chairman Kim Jong Un on the halt of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea's 10

April 20, 2018 2:55 AM Taking the mickey out of classical music (VIDEO)

Acclaimed classical music comedic duo Igudesman & Joo are back to perform at the DFP April 20 and 21. — Picture courtesy of Malaysian Philharmonic OrchestraKUALA LUMPUR, April 19 — Ask zany musicians Igudesman & Joo to define classical music and they will most likely say, it “is like a hedgehog looking for bananas on a sunny summer day in the Antarctic 10

April 19, 2018 3:22 PM Thiem stuns Djokovic in Monte Carlo

Austria's Dominic Thiem (pic) celebrates after winning his third round match against Serbia's Novak Djokovic, April 19, 2018. — Reuters picMONTE CARLO, April 19 ― Novak Djokovic was knocked out of the Monte Carlo Masters by an inspired Dominic Thiem in the third round today, with the Austrian fifth seed progressing to a possible quarter-final with Rafael 9

April 18, 2018 3:42 PM Sharapova to make grasscourt return in Birmingham

Maria Sharapova is set to compete at the Birmingham Classic grasscourt event in the lead-up to Wimbledon in June. ― Reuters picLONDON, April 18 ― Former world number one Maria Sharapova will compete at the Birmingham Classic grasscourt event in the lead-up to Wimbledon, Britain's Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) announced today. The June 18-24 tournament 10

April 17, 2018 11:28 PM US ambassador Haley hits back over Russian sanctions ‘confusion’ (VIDEO)

US Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, arrives for a UN Security Council meeting, at United Nations Headquarters in New York, on April 14, 2018. — AFP picNEW YORK, April 18 — US Ambassador Nikki Haley yesterday shot back at a White House aide who suggested that “confusion” had led her to mistakenly announce fresh sanctions on Russia. “With all due respect 7

April 17, 2018 3:19 PM Photos claiming to show ‘staged’ Syria chemical attack are from film

The White Helmets has often conducted daring rescues of people trapped in the rubble of bomb sites and their videos have frequently gone viral online. — Reuters picPARIS, April 17 — Photographs which claim to show Syrian volunteer rescue workers, known as the White Helmets, staging a chemical attack in Eastern Ghouta were actually taken from a film set, according 11

April 16, 2018 11:55 PM G7 calls on Russia to answer for Salisbury nerve agent attack

Leaders from the Group of Seven (G7) industrial nations hold a working dinner in the Bavarian village of Kruen, Germany June 7, 2015. — Reuters picOTTAWA, April 17 — Foreign Ministers of the Group of Seven industrialised nations yesterday called on Russia to come clean about a nerve agent attack on a former spy in Britain, calling it “a threat to us all.” “We call on Russia 8

April 15, 2018 2:50 PM Putin: Further Western strikes on Syria will lead to chaos, say agencies

Putin and Rouhani spoke by phone to discuss the Syria situation— Reuters picMOSCOW, April 15 — Russian President Vladimir Putin told his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani today that further Western missile strikes on Syria would lead to chaos in international relations, Russian news agencies cited the Kremlin as saying. Putin and Rouhani spoke by phone 9

April 14, 2018 9:11 AM Syria forces enter Douma, last holdout in rebel bastion: State media

DAMASCUS: Syria's internal security forces entered Douma on Saturday, state media reported, saying the final rebel holdout on the edge of Damascus would be secured within "hours". Douma was the last rebel-held town in the Eastern Ghouta suburb of Damascus, and is the site of the alleged gas attack that prompted a volley of Western air strikes on Saturday 7