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  • Seniors block Venezuela streets demanding pension checks

    July 19, 2018 1:33 AM 6

    CARACAS: Perched on plastic lawn chairs and leaning on canes, scores of retirees protested Wednesday to demand payment of their retirement benefits in crisis-hit Venezuela. About 200 senior citizens blocked traffic on Urdaneta Avenue, a stone's throw from the presidential palace. "They are not paying people's whole pension. We are just getting two million"

  • 26 feared dead in Congo boat accident

    July 18, 2018 3:00 PM 6

    KISANGANI, DR Congo: Eleven people died and 15 are missing after an overloaded boat with around 100 people onboard capsized on the Congo River, local officials said Wednesday. The accident occurred overnight Monday in Basoko territory in the northeast province of Tshopo, the district's administrator, Sabrina Dako, told AFP. The motorised craft "was travelling

  • At least 19 drown in refugee boat sinking off north Cyprus

    July 18, 2018 2:58 PM 5

    NICOSIA: At least 19 refugees drowned and up to 30 were missing Wednesday after their boat sank in the Mediterranean off the north of Cyprus, local security forces said. The boat was carrying 150 people when it went down off the coast of the breakaway Turkish Cypriot-controlled portion of the island, which is only recognised by Ankara. Over 100 people

  • Militant group backs former cricket star's party ahead of Pakistan polls

    July 18, 2018 2:55 PM 7

    ISLAMABAD: A US-designated terrorist group has announced its support for Imran Khan and his party in nationwide elections on July 25, the latest controversial outfit to back the former cricket star's bid to lead the country. The al Qaeda-linked Harkat-ul-Mujahideen (HuM) announced their support for Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) in a Facebook

  • Indian Air Force pilot dies in jet fighter crash

    July 18, 2018 12:54 PM 6

    NEW DELHI: An Indian Air Force pilot was killed on Wednesday when his Soviet-era jet fighter crashed on a routine sortie near the border with Pakistan, an official said. The MiG-21 ploughed into the ground near an uninhabited area shortly after taking off in Punjab state. "An investigation is under way to find out the cause of the crash," the official

  • Three killed in helicopter crash in Thailand

    July 18, 2018 10:43 AM 6

    BANGKOK: At least three people were killed in a helicopter crash in northeastern Thailand on Wednesday, officials said. The victims were travelling to Khon Kaen province in the early morning when the helicopter crashed before landing. "The flight was supposed to land in Khon Kaen airport at 9.10am but around 9am we got a report that the helicopter crashed

  • Endangered leopard cubs born at French zoo

    July 17, 2018 11:58 PM 7

    STRASBOURG: Two endangered clouded leopard cubs have been born at a zoo in eastern France, its director said Tuesday. The as-yet-unnamed pair were born on July 5 at Mulhouse Zoo near France's borders with Germany and Switzerland, and "are staying with their mother in the maternity den for the moment", a statement said. Dr Brice Lefaux, the zoo's director

  • US police capture suspected serial killer in Texas

    July 17, 2018 3:57 PM 6

    CHICAGO: Police in the US state of Texas on Tuesday captured a man they described as a serial killer who took the lives of at least three people in seven days. Jose Gilberto Rodriguez was arrested after a 14-minute car chase with police. A resident in a Houston suburb alerted authorities to the location of the 46-year-old's vehicle just hours after police

  • Cambodia calls campaign to boycott election a 'crime'

    July 17, 2018 10:32 AM 6

    PHNOM PENH: Cambodia's election commission on Tuesday described calls to boycott a controversial election on July 29 as a "crime" and said authorities were already pursuing charges against those who criticised the vote. Strongman leader Hun Sen is set to extend his 33-year grip on power in the upcoming election after supporting the dissolution of the main opposition

  • Indonesia police shoot dead 11 petty criminals in Asian Games crackdown

    July 17, 2018 7:26 AM 6

    JAKARTA: Indonesian police have shot and killed 11 suspected small-time criminals and wounded dozens more in a crackdown before it hosts the Asian Games next month, authorities said Tuesday. Some 52 suspects have been shot after resisting arrest in the capital Jakarta since the start of July, with 11 dying of their wounds, police said. "They were endangering