Swine flu kills 40 in western India

JAIPUR, India: At least 40 people have died and more than 1,000 have tested positive for swine flu since the beginning of this year in a western Indian state popular with foreigners, authorities said on Friday (Jan 18).  Last year around 1,100 people died and 15,000 were infected across India by the highly contagious A H1N1 […]

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Cargolux flight makes emergency landing at Kuala Lumpur airport after fire in cockpit

PUTRAJAYA: A cockpit fire caused a Cargolux Airlines flight to return to Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) on Wednesday (Jan 16) shortly after take-off. The global cargo carrier’s flight CV703 was en-route to Zhengzhou, China, when an emergency was declared after the crew reported the presence of fire and smoke in the cockpit. Advertisement “The operating […]

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Commentary: Don’t expect a reprieve as China comes down hard on Canadian drug suspect

BEIJING: Canadians are learning some hard life lessons that Justin-Trudeau values do not have much traction beyond the nation’s borders, especially in Asia, where countries on the continent take a very harsh stance on illicit drugs. Canadian citizen Robert Lloyd Schellenberg was arrested in 2014 for allegedly smuggling 222kg of methamphetamine. In a prior trial, he claimed […]

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Commentary: Are US treasury bonds still a safe investment bet?

SANTA BARBARA: With equities slumping, exchange-rate volatility increasing, and political risks intensifying, financial markets around the world have hit a rough patch. During times like these, international investors generally grow cautious and prioritise safety over returns, so money flees to “safe havens” that can provide secure, liquid investment-grade assets on a sufficiently large scale. Advertisement […]

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Volcano erupts in southern Japan

TOKYO: A volcano erupted on a remote island in southern Japan on Thursday (Jan 17), the meteorological agency said, but the warning level was kept below the scale requiring evacuation. Public broadcaster NHK said there were no reports of injuries or damage yet from the eruption of the volcano on Kuchinoerabu island in the far […]

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