66 feared dead in Iran plane crash

Monday, 19 Feb 2018 | AFP | Tehran

All 66 people on board an Iranian passenger plane were feared dead on Sunday after it crashed into the country’s Zagros mountains, with emergency services struggling to locate the wreckage in blizzard conditions. Aseman Airlines flight EP3704 left Tehran around 0800 (local time) for the city of Yasuj, some 500 kilometres...

Do not test Israel, Netanyahu tells Iran, brandishing drone piece

Monday, 19 Feb 2018 | AFP | MUNICH

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Tehran over aggressions by what he called Iran and its “proxies” in Syria, while showing what he claimed was a piece of an Iranian drone shot down in Israeli airspace. Saying he had “a message to the tyrants of Tehran” during a speech at the...

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Monday, 19 Feb 2018 | Agencies

3 killed in tourist plane crash in France Paris: Three people died in a tourist plane crash in France’s Jura, local media reported on Sunday. The plane, en route from the Paris suburbs to the eastern commune of Annemasse, crashed at around 5 p.m. local time on Saturday, killing all the...

Indian-origin officer in race for Scotland Yard anti-terror chief

Monday, 19 Feb 2018 | PTI | London

A senior Indian-origin police officer is in the running to take charge as Britain’s anti-terrorism chief when Scotland Yard’s National Lead for Counter Terrorism resigns next month. Neil Basu, currently Metropolitan police deputy assistant commissioner and Senior National Coordinator for UK Counter Terrorism Policing, is tipped to take over one...

Trump slams FBI’s Florida failure

Monday, 19 Feb 2018 | S Rajagopalan | Washington

Close on the heels of FBI acknowledging its failure to act on a valuable tip that might have helped avert the Florida school massacre on Wednesday, President Donald Trump slammed the premier investigation agency, commenting that it was “spending too much time” on the Russia probe. “Very sad that the FBI...

UKIP sacks leader over girlfriend’s racist messages

Monday, 19 Feb 2018 | PTI | London

Britain’s far-right UK Independence Party has sacked its leader after weeks of controversy surrounding his girlfriend’s racist messages targeting Prince Harry’s fiancee Meghan Markle. Henry Bolton, who had refused to resign amid mounting pressure from within the party, was sacked following a 63 per cent vote in favour of a...

UK Police probing online abuse of Indian-origin principal in hijab row

Monday, 19 Feb 2018 | PTI | London

UK police are investigating the alleged online abuse of an Indian-origin school principal who was characterised as German dictator Adolf Hitler over her attempt to ban the hijab for very young pupils. Neena Lall, the head-teacher of St Stephen’s School in east London, has been in the eye of the...

Judiciary, military have become my enemies: Sharif

Monday, 19 Feb 2018 | PTI | Lahore

Pakistan’s ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif on Sunday accused the country’s judiciary and powerful military of “conspiring” against him and asserted that he was not “afraid” of them. Speaking at a big rally in Punjab’s Sheikhupura district, the 67-year-old Sharif said both the judiciary and military had become his enemies...

Depression ups risk of work-related injuries in women, says study

Monday, 19 Feb 2018 | PTI | Washington

Women who suffer from depression, anxiety, and fatigue are more likely to be injured at work, a study has found. The study found that these health factors significantly affected women’s risk of injury but not men’s risk. “The findings of our study demonstrate that keeping workers safe requires more than your...

‘Rock stripes’ on Mars may point to presence of water

Monday, 19 Feb 2018 | PTI | Washington

NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity — which completed 5,000 Martian days — has spotted “rock stripes” on the red planet similar to those seen on some mountain slopes on Earth that result from repeated cycles of freezing and thawing of wet soil. However, the stripes might also be due to wind,...


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Zuma’s downfall gives ANC a final chance

18 Feb 2018 | Gwynne Dyer

Now that Jacob Zuma has finally exited, the African National Congress, which has fallen a long way from its glory days, has one last chance to rebuild its reputation before next year’s election. Whether the ANC is the best bet for South Africans is a different question altogether As a passer-by in the upscale Johannesburg suburb of Saxonwold observed, the South African Police would never have raided the enormous, high-walled compound...

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Police recover illegal coal, seize five motorbikes

19 Feb 2018 | SURESH NIKHAR | Bokaro

A police team of Bokaro Thermal police station headed by inspector cum officer-in charge Parmeshwar Leyangi on Sunday morning conducted raids at Ganjutola in Armo forest area here and seized approx 2.5 tonnes of illegal coal along with their 4 motorcycles and 5 cycles,said Bokaro SP Kartik S...

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