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  • Britain's storm in a tea cup settled: The milk goes in last!

    July 31, 2018 1:46 PM 8

    LONDON: Although many cultural debates may be brewing in Britain, it appears that one age-old bone of contention has been settled: Should milk go in a cup of tea first or last? Drinking tea is considered one of Britain's favourite past-times, but its rituals have divided connoisseurs for centuries, and served as a social class marker. The most contentious

  • Heatwave hits Thomas Cook as holidaymakers stay home

    July 31, 2018 9:43 AM 12

    LONDON: The heatwave sweeping northern Europe was on Tuesday blamed for a dip in earnings at travel group Thomas Cook, with record temperatures at home suppressing demand for last-minute foreign trips. The British holiday giant, which offers package holidays to northern Europeans looking for summer sunshine, warned that annual earnings were now expected

  • 30 years on, 'new age militancy' stokes Kashmir conflict

    July 31, 2018 4:45 AM 9

    SRINAGAR, India: A home-made bomb set off the insurgency against Indian rule in Kashmir 30 years ago, but "new age" fighters using social media assaults alongside guns are taking the battle to new heights of bitterness. The explosion at the Srinagar telegraph office doorway on July 31, 1988 caused no casualties but lit the fuse on a conflict that rights

  • Australia, US, Japan in Indo-Pacific infrastructure push

    July 31, 2018 3:37 AM 8

    SYDNEY: Australia, the United States and Japan will jointly invest in infrastructure projects in the Indo-Pacific, officials announced Tuesday, in an attempt to counter China's efforts to court influence in the region. Beijing has loaned countries across Asia billions of dollars as part of its "Belt and Road" development strategy, including to island

  • First Senate Democrat meets with Trump's Supreme Court pick

    July 31, 2018 2:31 AM 9

    WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump's US Supreme Court nominee finally met with a Democrat on Monday, as Senator Joe Manchin bucked his party and welcomed Brett Kavanaugh on Capitol Hill. The appeals court judge offered smiles but no remarks to reporters as he entered Manchin's office and left two hours later — the longest of his meetings to date with senators

  • Air China Paris-Beijing flight turns back over false terror alarm

    July 27, 2018 6:12 AM 23

    PARIS: An Air China flight from Paris to Beijing turned back 30 minutes after take-off on Thursday due to a terrorism threat that subsequently turned out to be a false alarm, the French authorities said. Air China had said earlier that flight CA876 returned to Paris after the airline "received suspected terrorist information," giving no further information

  • Indian police detain 450 after violent minority protests

    July 26, 2018 11:14 AM 10

    MUMBAI: Almost 450 people were in custody in the Indian state of Maharashtra on Thursday after clashes between thousands of protestors from the Maratha minority and police charging with batons and firing tear gas, officials said. Like other communities in India the Marathas, who make up around 30 percent of the western state's 110 million people, want quotas

  • Japan, home of the high-tech loo, hopes basic toilet can save lives

    July 26, 2018 11:14 AM 10

    TOKYO: Japan may be famous for high-tech toilets, but one local firm is hoping a much more basic model can help solve deadly sanitation problems in developing countries. More than two billion people around the world do not have access to basic sanitation facilities, and children are especially susceptible to diseases that can spread without hygienic

  • Five charged over 'acid attack' on three-year-old UK boy

    July 25, 2018 8:52 AM 12

    LONDON: Five men aged from 22 to 41 were charged Wednesday over a suspected acid attack on a three-year-old boy in Britain. The boy was taken to hospital with serious burns to his arm and face following the attack outside a store in Worcester, central England, on Saturday. He has since been discharged but the long-term implications of his injuries are not yet known

  • Hong Kong's Cathay lists Taiwan as part of China

    July 25, 2018 6:28 AM 14

    HONG KONG: Hong Kong's flag carrier Cathay Pacific became the latest airline to list Taiwan as part of China on its website Wednesday after a request from mainland authorities. The Chinese Civil Aviation Administration sent a notice to dozens of airlines in April asking them to comply with Beijing's standards. Taiwan is a self-ruling democracy but Beijing