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  • EU urges 'swift, transparent' probe into Russian journalist murder

    May 30, 2018 2:14 PM 8

    STRASBOURG: The EU on Wednesday urged a "swift and transparent inquiry" into the killing of anti-Kremlin reporter Arkady Babchenko in Ukraine, condemning it as a "cowardly crime". The prominent Russian war correspondent and former soldier who was shot dead in Kiev on Tuesday was the latest in a series of Kremlin critics to be killed in the Ukrainian

  • Portuguese parliament rejects euthanasia bill

    May 30, 2018 12:21 PM 7

    LISBON: Portugal's parliament has rejected a bill seeking to legalise voluntary euthanasia and doctor-assisted suicide after a tight vote in the Catholic-majority country. A text proposed by the governing Socialist Party, which sought to set "special conditions" under which euthanasia would be permitted — such as for patients in extreme suffering or with an incurable

  • China plane makes emergency landing after window cracks

    May 30, 2018 9:49 AM 7

    BEIJING: An airplane flying from China to Vietnam turned back to make an emergency landing after cracks appeared in a window, just two weeks after another airliner's cockpit window broke mid-flight in the country, state media said Wednesday. The Beijing Capital Airlines flight bound for Nha Trang in southern Vietnam with 211 people aboard returned to the eastern

  • Russian journalist shot dead in Kiev: Police

    May 29, 2018 11:49 PM 8

    KIEV: A Russian war correspondent who fled to Kiev after criticising Moscow's role in the conflict in eastern Ukraine was shot dead Tuesday in the Ukrainian capital, police said. Arkadi Babchenko was the second Kremlin critic living in Kiev to be killed in less than two years, and police said they suspected the crime was linked to his work. Pavel Cheremet

  • Galapagos iguanas transferred due to overpopulation

    May 29, 2018 11:49 PM 6

    QUITO: Six land iguanas, endemic to the Galapagos Islands, have been relocated within the Pacific archipelago due to food shortages and overpopulation on the islet where they lived, Ecuador's Galapagos National Park said Tuesday. The reptiles were moved from the islet of Venice to Dragon Hill, on the neighbouring island of Santa Cruz. "The shortage of rain, little

  • Muslim animal slaughter must occur in approved abattoirs

    May 29, 2018 10:52 AM 8

    LUXEMBOURG: The EU's top court ruled Tuesday that animal slaughter without stunning can only occur in approved abattoirs, saying a ban on temporary slaughter houses does not violate Muslim religious freedom. In its ruling, the European Court of Justice upheld a 2014 ban in Belgium's Flanders region against temporary abattoirs set up to cope with increased

  • Beijing protests US warship operation in South China Sea

    May 28, 2018 5:01 AM 9

    BEIJING: China has voiced "strong dissatisfaction" after two US warships sailed by an island claimed by Beijing in the disputed South China Sea, adding to simmering tensions in the strategic waterway. The foreign ministry issued a statement expressing "resolute opposition" to the US sail-by of the territory in the disputed Paracel Island chain on Sunday

  • Three day mourning for dozens dead in Uganda bus crash

    May 28, 2018 12:12 AM 12

    KAMPALA: Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni on Sunday declared three days of mourning after dozens died when a speeding bus hit a tractor at night and then ploughed into a truck. The Red Cross put the toll at 48 dead, including 16 children, but police said 22 died and 14 were injured. The accident was one of the deadliest in Uganda in recent years and happened

  • Colombia to become first Latin American Nato 'global partner'

    May 26, 2018 6:22 AM 11

    BOGOTA: Colombia will next week formally become Nato's first Latin American "global partner," President Juan Manuel Santos announced Friday. Santos, who won the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to end a half-century of armed conflict with the former rebel movement FARC, said the move would improve Colombia's image on the world stage. "We will formalize

  • Indian child dies from mother's 'snake bite' breast milk

    May 25, 2018 9:03 AM 12

    NEW DELHI: An Indian woman who was bitten by a snake in her sleep and unknowingly breastfed poisoned milk to her daughter has died along with the child, police said Friday. The 35-year-old woman from Uttar Pradesh state did not realise she had been bitten when she woke and breastfed her daughter. The three-year-old girl and the mother fell ill on Thursday