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  • At least 12 die in Costa Rica plane crash

    31 December 2017 11:17 PM 60

    San Jose: A plane crashed in Costa Rica on Sunday, killing at least 12 people, most of them foreign tourists, the country's security ministry said. The crash, whose cause is not yet known, took place in the mountainous area of Punta Islita, which is popular with tourists, in the province of Guanacaste, about 230 km west of the capital of San José. Enio Cubillo

  • Niagara Falls freezes over as cold blast sees temperatures plummet

    31 December 2017 11:17 PM 55

    It looks like a scene out of fantasy TV series Game of Thrones: a massive wall of unforgiving and apocalyptic white ice. But as a mammoth cold front blasts North America, temperatures have dropped so low tourists visiting Niagara Falls have been confronted by a giant frozen waterfall. Pictures taken at Horseshoe Falls on Friday show the popular tourist

  • Russian tankers fuelled North Korea via transfers at sea: reports

    31 December 2017 12:48 AM 62

    Russian tankers have supplied fuel to North Korea on at least three occasions in recent months by transferring cargoes at sea, according to two senior Western European security sources, providing an economic lifeline to the secretive Communist state. The sales of oil or oil products from Russia, the world's second biggest oil exporter and a veto-wielding

  • Israel wants to build 'Trump station' near Western Wall

    29 December 2017 6:34 AM 58

    Jerusalem: Israel wants to name a train station after Donald Trump to thank him for recognising Jerusalem as its capital, but the site of the planned building could be as divisive as the US president's declaration. Transport Minister Israel Katz said on Wednesday he had chosen a proposed subway stop near the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City - right

  • Fire in Philippine shopping mall kills 37

    24 December 2017 3:56 AM 74

    Manila: Fire swept through a shopping mall in the Philippines killing at least 37 people, most of them workers at a call centre, city government officials said on Sunday. The vice mayor of the southern city of Davao, Paolo Duterte, said the chance of survival for any of the 37 people missing at the NCC Mall was "zero". "Let us pray for them," said Duterte

  • Lebanon detains suspect in murder of British embassy worker Rebecca Dykes

    18 December 2017 1:31 PM 85

    Beirut: Lebanese security forces have arrested a Lebanese taxi driver suspected of killing Rebecca Dykes, a British woman who worked at the British embassy in Beirut and was found dead on Saturday, a security source said. The source said preliminary investigations showed the motive was purely criminal, not political. Lebanon's NNA news agency reported

  • Sexual predator found guilty of luring Sydney schoolgirl to US for 'own sordid desires'

    18 December 2017 8:31 AM 85

    An American child predator who lured a 16-year-old Sydney girl to the US "to satisfy his own sordid desires" has been found guilty in a New York court. Sean Price, 39, faces life in prison after a Brooklyn jury found him guilty on four counts, including attempted sexual exploitation of a child and foreign transportation of a minor to engage in sexual

  • Banana-throwing Thai leader on media warpath again

    17 December 2017 6:38 PM 100 1

    Bangkok: Thai junta leader and Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha once threw a banana peel at reporters and has threatened to "probably execute" those who did not tell the truth. Now the former army chief, who holds sweeping dictatorial powers, is on the warpath again accusing journalists of stirring up controversy over an expensive watch and ring that his 72-year-old

  • Let them eat kebab: EU okays doner meat

    13 December 2017 9:09 PM 87

    Strasbourg: Doner kebab vendors across Europe have won a victory in the European Parliament when European Union politicians failed to outlaw additives regularly used to preserve taste and moisture. The European Commission had proposed permitting the use of phosphates in frozen kebab meat to reflect current practice. The chemicals are theoretically banned

  • Australia's counter-terror measures 'fuelling racism': UN committee

    28 November 2017 11:37 PM 142

    London: Hate speech and counter-terrorism measures may be fuelling a general rise in racism, xenophobia and discrimination in Australia, a UN committee says. Verene Shepherd, the committee's rapporteur for Australia, welcomed our progress in adopting an anti-racism strategy, appointing a race discrimination commissioner and bringing in new health and justice