Qatar restores diplomatic ties to Iran amid regional crisis

August 24, 2017,DUBAI: Qatar restored full diplomatic relations with Iran early Thursday, disregarding the demands of Arab nations now locked in a regional dispute with the energy-rich country that it lessen its ties to Tehran. In announcing its decision, Qatar did not mention the diplomatic crisis roiling Gulf Arab nations since June, when Qatar found its land, sea and air routes cut off by its neighbors over Doha’s policies across the Mideast. However, the move comes just days after Saudi...

Trump says he is willing to ‘close government’ to build Mexico wall

Aug 22 Donald Trump says he will close down the US government if necessary to build his wall along the Mexico border. The president told supporters at a “Make America Great Again” rally in Phoenix, Arizona, that the opposition Democrats were being “obstructionist”. During the 80-minute speech, he also took aim at the media, blaming them for giving far right groups “a platform”. But he selectively quoted his initial response to violence at a far-right rally that left one...

Leicester’s Vardy fit to face Sheffield, says Shakespeare

Vardy was substituted in the closing stages of last Saturday’s 2-0 win over Brighton and Hove Albion in the Premier League. Shakespeare said the 30-year-old trained on Monday and will feature against the Championship side. “Jamie trained this morning okay,” Shakespeare told the club’s website on Monday (www.lcfc.com). “He was a bit sore yesterday, but he was okay to train today. “He is okay and will be involved tomorrow. At what length, we will have to wait and see....

Born to Climb: Inspiring tale of Carlos Soria Fontán

22,August At 77 years of age, Carlos Soria Fontán has taken up the challenge of becoming the oldest person in the world to reach the summits of the 14 highest mountains in the world. Originally from Spain Carlos is the only mountaineer to have ascended ten mountains of more than 8,000 meters after turning 60. This autumn he is going to attempt to the summit of Mt. Dhaulagiri I (8167 m) 7th highest peak in the world. Born on...

Qatar-Gulf crisis

21 August 2017 The latest news after three Gulf states and Egypt cut ties with Qatar and imposed a land, sea and air blockade. SUMMARY Foreign ministers of Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain and Egypt say they are ready for dialogue with Qatar if it shows willingness to fight ‘terrorism’. Qatar and Saudi Arabia accuse each other of politicising Hajj. The latest developments since several countries, including Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt, cut ties with Qatar on June...

Jerry Lewis, Hollywood survivor, showman, dies at 91

August 21, 2017 LOS ANGELES: Jerry Lewis epitomised what it meant to be a survivor in Hollywood. Through ups and downs in popularity, health troubles and weight fluctuations and the sorts of seismic shifts that take place over decades in the entertainment industry, Lewis always figured out a way to battle back, to reinvent himself, to stay relevant. It’s what enduring stars know how to do instinctively; perhaps it’s that very drive that makes them stars in the first place....

Bangladesh series step towards Asian conquest, says Smith

  August 20,DHAKA: Australia have an opportunity to improve their record in Asia when they meet Bangladesh in a two-test series starting next Sunday, captain Steve Smith has said but refused to state outright if his side were favourites to win. Australia have won just two of their 22 tests in Asia in the last 10 years while Bangladesh drew a two-test series 1-1 against England last year and pose a serious challenge at home with throes of spinners in...

ISIL claims responsibility for van attack in Barcelona

Aug 18: Suspected driver on the run after 13 are killed and 100 injured as a vehicle rams a crowd in the busy Las Ramblas area. LAS RAMBLAS ATTACK ISIL claims responsibility for deadly van-ramming assault 13 killed, at least 100 injured Two people arrested but driver is on the run. Witnesses describe scenes of carnage World leaders condemn ‘terror’ attack The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) has claimed responsibility for a...

French unemployment falls to five-year low

PARIS, Aug. 17 : (AFP) – France’s unemployment rate fell again to a five-year low in the second quarter, official figures showed on Wednesday, providing cheer for new President Emmanuel Macron who faces low popularity ratings just three months into his term. The unemployment rate in the April-June quarter fell by 0.1 points to 9.5 percent, preliminary figures from statistics agency INSEE showed, taking it to a level last seen in early 2012 before the election of former Socialist...

S. Korean president urges resumption of dialogue with DPRK

SEOUL, Aug. 17 : (Xinhua) — South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Thursday called for the resumption of dialogue with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) amid signs of de-escalating tensions on the Korean Peninsula. Moon told a nationally televised press conference that dialogue between South Korea and the DPRK should be resumed although it did not need to be made in a hurry. More efforts and time would be needed to re-open that dialogue by ending the...

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