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  • Hong Kong scraps 24-hour BBC World Service radio channel despite criticism

    Sep 4 HONG KONG: Hong Kong’s public broadcaster RTHK dropped a 24-hour BBC World Service channel from its airwaves on Monday, replacing it with state radio from China in what critics say is a sign of encroaching Chinese control in the former British colony. Tensions between Hong Kong and Beijing’s ruling Communist Party leaders have grown in recent years, particularly over the “Occupy” civil disobedience movement in 2014 when tens of thousands of protesters blocked roads for 79 days demanding...

    Colombia’s ELN says it killed Russian hostage; risks peace talks with government

    Sept 3: NORTHWESTERN JUNGLES: Colombia’s ELN guerrilla group said aRussian-Armenian citizen it held hostage for six months was killed in April while trying to escape, a startling admission that risks throwing current peace talks with the government into jeopardy. In a rare interview, a commander of the National Liberation Army,Colombia’s last active guerrilla group, said that ransoms from kidnappings were necessary to keep its fighters in the field and that peace would be impossible without state funding to feed and clothe the rebels.   The ELN seized Arsen Voskanyan in November. The group claimed that he...

    Death toll in Mumbai building collapse rises to 33

    September 01 MUMBAI: Rescuers in India’s financial capital sifted rubble on Friday in a desperate search for survivors of the collapse of an 117-year-old condemned building, as the toll from the disaster rose to 33. There was no reliable estimate of those still missing in the second such collapse in a little over a month, which came as Mumbai recovered from two days of floods brought by heavy monsoon rains.   A total of 46 people have been pulled from...

    Barkley snubs Chelsea in dramatic end to deadline day

    Sept 1:  LONDON: Chelsea suffered a dramatic late blow on transfer deadline day when Everton midfielder Ross Barkley rejected a move to the Premier League champions after travelling to their training ground for a medical. On a day of frenetic spending that took the Premier League total to a record far above one billion pounds ($1.29 billion), Antonio Conte’s side also missed out on two of their other targets – Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Fernando Llorente.   England midfielder Oxlade-Chamberlain signed...

    Bangladesh talisman Shakib backs words with action in Dhaka

    August 31, DHAKA: Shakib Al Hasan stayed true to his word after his all-round excellence helped secure Bangladesh’s maiden test victory against Australia at the Shere Bangla National Stadium on Wednesday. Australia skipper Steve Smith was among those bemused by Shakib’s pre-series assertions that a modest Bangladesh were capable of beating Australia 2-0 in the home series. Shakib showed how it was done, scoring 84 in the first innings and claiming a 10-wicket match haul as Bangladesh won inside four days...

    Harvey makes landfall again, Texas death toll mounts from record floods

     August 31,HOUSTON: Tropical Storm Harvey made landfall again on Wednesday near the Texas-Louisiana border, adding more rain after a record downpour that has caused catastrophic flooding and paralyzed the city of Houston. The storm that first came ashore on Friday as the most powerful hurricane to hit Texas in more than 50 years has killed at least 17 people and forced tens of thousands to leave their deluged homes.   Damage has been estimated at tens of billions of dollars,...

    Transgender members in US military may serve until study completed: Mattis

    Aug 30:WASHINGTON: US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Tuesday current policy regarding transgender personnel serving in the military would remain in place until he advises President Donald Trump on how to implement his directive on a transgender ban. Mattis said in a statement he would set up a panel of experts serving in the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security to provide recommendations on implementing the ban.   He said he would advise the president after the panel reports...

    North Korea ‘fires’ missile over Japan

    29 Aug,North Korea fired a ballistic missile that flew over Japan before plunging into the northern Pacific Ocean, officials said on Tuesday, a step the Japanese prime minister termed a “grave threat”. The launch appears to be the first to cross over Japan since 2009, and comes amid ongoing annual military drill being carried out between the US and its close ally in the region, South Korea. Their outrageous act of firing a missile over our country is an unprecedented, serious and...

    Canadian pastor escaped execution due to foreign citizenship: CBC

    28 Aug,TORONTO: A Canadian pastor whom North Korea released this month after two years of imprisonment escaped execution and torture during his captivity because of his nationality, he told CBC News in his first interview since his return. Hyeon Soo Lim, the pastor from Toronto, said in an interview broadcast on Saturday that he was never harmed and that he would not hesitate to go back to North Korea if the country allowed him. A transcript of the interview was...

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