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Roadside bomb kills 9 people in northwest Pakistan

A roadside bombing targeted a minivan in Pakistan's northwestern tribal region on Tuesday, killing nine people, a local government official and the military said. The blast ripped through the van as it was travelling through a minority Shiite region of the Kurram tribal area, which borders....

Three killed in Venezuela protests

But an opposition party, Justice First, said the man was in an anti-Maduro demonstration that was targeted by pro-government "paramilitaries". It said two other people were wounded. The government has ruled out a presidential election this year, maintaining that Maduro will see out his term into 2018.

Transport department pans plans for 3000 new homes on Sydney's northern beaches

According to the Department of Planning's draft strategy, the timing of the development will be "co-ordinated with the increased capacity to be provided by Mona Vale Road upgrades", which will involve the road corridor being expanded to two lanes in each direction.

Suspend Nardella's pay if he won't repay allowance, former Labor speaker says

Professor Coghill said introducing retrospective legislation could cause future problems for the government. "Suspending an MP's salary would allow that his voters to continue to be represented, avoid unpalatable retrospective legislation and circumvent messy, expensive court action to recover misused funds," he said.

Jakarta governor Ahok invokes Finding Nemo in blasphemy trial defence

Jakarta: Beleaguered outgoing Jakarta governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama has revealed an unexpected source of inspiration as he fights allegations of insulting Islam: a small clownfish called Nemo. A week after losing the gubernatorial election to former education minister Anies Baswedan, the maverick....

Alberta appeal court backs decision that favoured Redwater Energy creditors

CALGARY — A court decision that gave secured creditors priority over environmental cleanup in the case of bankrupt Redwater Energy Corp. has been upheld by the Alberta Court of Appeal. The lawsuit has been closely watched as a precedent-setting case as bankruptcies continue to afflict the oil and....

24 Dead in Maoist attack on police convoy in India

By Sugam Pokharel and James Griffiths CNN NEW DELHI (CNN) -- India's decades-long Maoist insurgency has claimed more lives in what Prime Minister Narendra Modi denounced as a "cowardly attack." At least 24 police officers were killed and seven others injured Monday when hundreds of suspected Maoist....

Ivanka Trump heads to Berlin to work on special relationship

By Betsy Klein CNN BERLIN (CNN) -- It could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship, after all. In the wake of a mid-March White House visit characterized by awkward moments -- President Donald Trump apparently declined to shake German Chancellor Angela Merkel's hand in the Oval Office and he....

Rebuilding a Nepali village, one block at a time

By Bijan Hosseini CNN (CNN) -- Two years after a 7.8-magnitude earthquake rocked Nepal, killing nearly 9,000 people and causing extensive damages to property, residents are still reeling from the tragedy --- especially in remote villages, where aid has been slow to arrive.

Russia’s Foreign Minister visits separatist Abkhazia

Georgia’s Foreign Ministry (MFA) says the visit of Russia’s Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, to Georgia’s breakaway region of Abkhazia scheduled for April 18-19, represents a continuation of Moscow’s provocative policies against the Georgian state. The MFA reports that in parallel with meetings with....

Georgia-Iran trade increased by 50%

Georgia’s Foreign Minister, Mikheil Janelidze, says that according to the two months data of this year, bilateral trade with Iran has increased by 50%. Janelidze made the statement at a joint press-conference with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif, who arrived in Georgia on Monday to hold meetings with Georgian officials.

Some opposition leave Constitutional Commission

The parliamentary United National Movement (UNM) and the non-parliamentary State for People opposition parties have quit the State Constitutional Commission as a sign of protest. The non-parliamentary Free Democrats may also take the step, as they also oppose the draft of constitutional amendments pushed by the 73-member commission.

Public Defender echoes drug-related draft law

Georgia’s Public Defender Ucha Nanuashvili has echoed the bill of amendments to the Law on Narcotic Drugs, Psychotropic Substances, Precursors, and Narcological Assistance initiated by the Government of Georgia in Parliament. In his special statement, Nanuashvili stressed that it is important that....

Georgia unveils its NATO-EU goals

The goal of the Georgian Dream ruling government’s European and NATO integration communication strategy for 2017-2020 is intended to both increase support amongst the population for EU and NATO integration and increase support of NATO and EU member states for Georgia's membership.

Italian journalists explore Georgia’s tourism potential

Journalists from Italy have visited Georgia to explore the country’s touristic potential and promote Georgia as a tourist destination for international visitors. During the one-week press tour the journalists visited Bagrati Cathedral and Gelati Monastery in Georgia’s third largest city of Kutaisi:....

Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus Specs Proven Highly Breakable By SquareTrade

While several torture tests have proven the Galaxy S8 is not quite as explosive as previous flagship iterations by Samsung, new texts show the new handset is quite susceptible to damage through more mundane means, such as dropping. According to SquareTrade product testing labs, the only limit for the Samsung Galaxy S8 infinity display is sidewalks....

Qatar Airways sees 'manageable' decline in flights to US

Qatar Airways CEO Akbar al-Baker speaks at a press conference during the Arabian Travel Market Exhibition in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Monday, April 24, 2017. Al-Baker said Monday that passenger numbers to the United States have dipped slightly over fears by some Muslim passengers that their visas may be rejected upon arrival.

Profits down at Qatar Navigation as tough conditions persisit

Earnings per share of QR 2.12 were recorded for the three months ended March 31, 2017, compared to QR 3.10 for the same period in 2016. Milaha Maritime & Logistics’ net profit declined by QR 14mn, mainly as a result of continued rate pressure in its container shipping unit.

ECB unlikely to signal stimulus end, despite French optimism

FRANKFURT, Germany — Europe’s strengthening economy dodged a banana peel when a pro-EU candidate won the first round of the French presidential election. That won’t be enough, however, to make the European Central Bank signal an end to monetary stimulus program on Thursday.

Ntlemeza’s wings clipped

Mbalula told a press briefing on Monday that he had ordered acting national police commissioner Johannes Phahlane to find Ntlemeza and seize the vehicle and his cellphone. “We’ve been informed that General Ntlemeza entered the management meeting of the Hawks, at the Hawks headquarters this morning,....

How amaNdebele plan to stop initiation deaths

Concerned parents have pinned their hopes for the well-being and safe return of their children on the intervention of a group called the Ingoma Forum‚ a group of medical doctors and health practitioners who have gone through the rite of passage. The deaths in the last initiation season of 2013‚....

Official: Taliban kill 8 policemen in northern province

KABUL — An Afghan official says the Taliban have killed eight policemen and overran three security checkpoints in northern Takhar province. Sunatullah Timor, the provincial spokesman, says the attack took place on Monday in the district of Darqad. He says the hours-long firefight also wounded three police officers and killed eight of the attackers....

HSE must stop ‘brain drain’ from Irish health system, says FF

Fianna Fáil’s health spokesperson is calling on Minister Harris to find ways of keeping doctors and nurses in the Irish health service. Billy Kelleher says there is a “brain drain” of young medical professionals who are training here in Ireland and then choosing to work overseas.

12-year-old student dies after goalpost falls on him in Singapore: What all we know till now

A 12-year-old Geylang Methodist Secondary School student suffered a tragic death on Monday (24 April) after a goal post fell on him while he was playing football. The victim, Muhammad Hambali Sumathi, was rushed to the KK Women's and Children's Hospital with head injuries and was subsequently pronounced dead.

Trump's 100-days promises: A long way to go on most of them

Sure enough, the big trans-Pacific trade deal is toast, climate change action is on the ropes and various regulations from the Obama era have been scrapped. It's also a safe bet President Donald Trump hasn't raced a bicycle since Jan. 20, keeping that vow. Add a Supreme Court justice — no small feat — and call these promises kept.

Kenya bans imports of LPG from Tanzania, EAC iko wapi?

The Ministry of Energy has banned imports of cooking gas through the Kenya-Tanzania border, raising the possibility of a shortage and surge in the price of the commodity. Petroleum Principal Secretary Andrew Kamau on Monday said traders will not be allowed to import gas imports via land borders in a week’s time.

Major earthquake rocks Santiago: no human losses, energy and cell phone networks partially down

A strong earthquake of magnitude 6.9 struck off the west coast of Chile on Monday, rocking the capital Santiago and briefly causing alarm along the Pacific Coast but sparing the quake-prone nation of any serious damage. The quake was centered about 137 km from Santiago, and some 35 km west of the coastal city of Valparaiso.

"The Promise" box office opens to $4.1 million over the weekend

PanARMENIAN.Net - The Armenian Genocide drama starring Christian Bale and Oscar Isaac, "The Promise" opened to just $4.1 million over the weekend at the North American box office over the weekend. At that rate, the film stands to lose $80 million or more unless it overperforms overseas and in....

MPs criticise cuts in budget for VP’s office

The committees and the opposition camp also decried government failure to release on time funds for development for the same office in the current fiscal year, 2016/17 which ends in June. The Minister in the Vice President’s Office (Union Affairs and Environment) January Makamba yesterday presented....

North Korea celebrates as South Korea, US keep watch

Associated Press. PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) - A U.S. guided-missile submarine arrived in South Korea on Tuesday and envoys from the U.S., Japan and South Korea met in Tokyo, as North Korea marked the anniversary of the founding of its military. Though experts thought a nuclear test or ballistic....

DBS/POSB introduces video teller machines at 9 locations

DBS/POSB Bank has launched its video teller machines (VTMs) at nine locations in Singapore, in a first of its kind here, it said in a press release issued on Tuesday. The VTMs provide round-the-clock branch banking services to customers, with the option of "face-to-face" assistance from bank tellers via live-video streaming.
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