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  • 'No helmet, no fuel' for Bangladesh bikers

    September 5, 2018 7:56 AM 84

    DHAKA: Motorcyclists without helmets will be barred from buying fuel at filling stations in the Bangladesh capital Dhaka, police said. The move is part of efforts to quell tensions after the city of nearly 20 million people was rocked by angry protests about poor road safety last month. "The petrol pumps (owners) have already been told not to sell fuel to any motor

  • Tropical Storm Gordon makes landfall on US Gulf Coast

    September 5, 2018 4:08 AM 77

    WASHINGTON: Tropical Storm Gordon was making landfall Tuesday night on the US Gulf Coast along the border of Alabama and Mississippi as hurricane warnings remained in place. Authorities declared a state of emergency in both states as well as in the city of New Orleans in Louisiana – devastated in 2005 by mega Hurricane Katrina. The Miami-based National

  • US to lead Security Council talks on Iran in late September: Haley

    September 5, 2018 2:01 AM 74

    UNITED NATIONS, United States: US President Donald Trump plans to lead a meeting of heads of state of the United Nations Security Council meeting on Iran in late September, his envoy Nikki Haley announced Tuesday. With the United States now holding the presidency of the Security Council, Haley said the aim is to put further pressure on Tehran over its alleged

  • Nearly 100 elephants killed for ivory in Botswana

    September 4, 2018 10:19 AM 31

    GABORONE, Botswana: Ninety elephant carcasses have been discovered in Botswana with their tusks hacked off, a charity said Tuesday, in what is believed to be one of Africa's worst mass poaching sprees. Most of the animals killed were large bulls carrying heavy tusks, Elephants Without Borders said. The grim discovery was made over several weeks during

  • Drug-resistant superbug spreading in hospitals: Study

    September 3, 2018 3:16 PM 21

    PARIS: A superbug resistant to all known antibiotics that can cause "severe" infections or even death is spreading undetected through hospital wards across the world, scientists in Australia warned on Monday. Researchers at the University of Melbourne discovered three variants of the multidrug-resistant bug in samples from 10 countries, including strains

  • Cameroonian rights activist 'missing' for weeks: Family

    September 3, 2018 12:39 PM 17

    DOUALA: A prominent Cameroonian rights activist has been missing for nearly a month after heading to the restive anglophone region on a fact-finding mission, his partner said Monday. Franklin Mowha, the head of the Frontline Fighters for Citizen's Interest, disappeared after leaving the commercial capital Douala on Aug 6 for Kumba, a town in the English-speaking

  • Syria strike kills 8 pro-regime fighters: Monitor

    September 3, 2018 9:56 AM 21

    BEIRUT: An air strike near a US base in southeastern Syria has killed at least eight pro-government fighters, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported Monday. Four Syrians, one Iranian national and three other non-Syrian fighters were among the casualties of the strike carried out on Saturday, the war monitor said. "A convoy of Iranian forces

  • Be aware of bad weather and take precautions: MetMalaysia

    September 2, 2018 11:45 AM 26

    KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Meteorological Department (MetMalaysia) advised the public to be weather-sensitive and take precautionary measures in the wake of heavy rains and strong winds that damaged houses and uprooted trees in the federal capital yesterday evening. MetMalaysia National Weather and Geophysics Operations Centre director Dr Mohd Hisham

  • Seven dead as US bus collides with large truck

    August 31, 2018 12:26 PM 8

    LOS ANGELES: At least seven people were killed when a large tractor-trailer blew a tire, jumped a highway median into oncoming highway traffic and slammed into a Greyhound passenger bus, New Mexico State Police said. Images of Thursday's scene on US media show vast area of debris and a bus missing its front section up to the front tires. The truck "suffered

  • Ghost ship bearing Indonesian flag found off Myanmar coast

    August 31, 2018 9:10 AM 33

    YANGON: A rusting cargo ship empty of crew and goods and bearing the Indonesian flag was found drifting off the coast of Myanmar earlier this week, police in Yangon said. Fishermen came across the vessel, bearing the name "Sam Rataulangi PB 1600", floating in the Gulf of Martaban about 11km from the shore of Myanmar's commercial capital. State-run media