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North Korean Army chief executed, claims report

News Room : February 11, 2016 9:52 am
SEOUL: North Korea’s army chief of staff has been executed, South Korean media reported Wednesday, in what would amount to the latest in a series of purges and executions of top officials by leader Kim Jong-Un. Ri Yong-Gil, Chief of the Korean People’s Army (KPA) General Staff was executed earlier this month for forming a more »
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China confirms first case of Zika

News Room : February 11, 2016 9:50 am
BEIJING: China has confirmed its first case of the Zika virus in a man who had recently traveled to South America, the official Xinhua news agency said. The virus, which is causing international alarm after spreading through much of the Americas, was detected in a 34-year-old man from Ganxian county in the eastern province of more »
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Mandela’s grandson Mandla under pressure over embracing Islam

News Room : February 11, 2016 9:48 am
JOHANNESBURG: Traditional leaders in South Africa have expressed “disquiet” over chief Mandla Mandela’s conversion to Islam. The Congress of Traditional Leaders in South Africa (Contralesa) said that being Muslim could affect his ability to uphold Xhosa traditions. Mandla, the grandson of late Nelson Mandela, got married in a Cape Town mosque last week. “I am more »
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French foreign minister Fabius bows out of Government

News Room : February 11, 2016 9:45 am
PARIS: Veteran French politician Laurent Fabius bowed out of government Wednesday after a career spanning more than three decades that saw an early string of scandals but ended with his shepherding a complex climate deal as foreign minister. Fabius holds the distinction of being France’s youngest ever prime minister, a post he took up at more »
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Czech president says $6.2M ransom paid to kidnappers

News Room : February 11, 2016 9:43 am
PRAGUE: President Milos Zeman says the Czech Republic paid a ransom for the release of two Czech women who were kidnapped in Pakistan in 2013. Hana Humpalova and Antonie Chrastecka were on the road from Iran to Quetta, the capital of Pakistan’s southwestern Baluchistan province, when they were seized in March 2013. They returned home more »
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Italy arrests priest for allegedly defrauding elderly savers

News Room : February 11, 2016 9:40 am
ROME: A Roman Catholic prelate has been arrested for allegedly defrauding hundreds of elderly people out of millions of euros through an elaborate money-laundering scheme, Italian police said. Monsignor Patrizio Benvenuti, 64, originally from Argentina, has been placed under house arrest, and an international arrest warrant has been issued for French financier and property dealer more »
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Deadly train crash shakes Germany

News Room : February 10, 2016 8:25 am
BERLIN: Two commuter trains crashed head-on in southern Germany on Tuesday, killing at least nine people and injuring more than 100, in one of the country’s deadliest rail accidents in years. Hundreds of rescuers were scouring for more passengers trapped in the mangled wreckage in a wooded area near Bad Aibling, a spa town about more »
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2 Pakistani pilots die in air crash

News Room : February 10, 2016 8:23 am
ISLAMABAD: Two Pakistani army pilots were killed after their plane crashed during a training flight, the military said. “An Army aviation training aircraft Mushshak crashed near Gujranwala while on a routine training flight,” it said in a statement. Gujranwala, a garrison, agricultural and industrial town, lies some 200 km southeast of the capital Islamabad. Both more »
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