Day: October 29, 2019

Lebanon government falls after two weeks of street pressure

Lebanon’s prime minister on Tuesday submitted his government’s resignation, bowing to nearly two weeks of unprecedented nationwide protests against corruption and sectarianism. Saad Hariri’s express and sombre televised address was met by cheers from crowds of protesters who have remained mobilised since October 17, crippling the country to […]

EU lawmakers visit Kashmir as stone pelting protests resume

SRINAGAR, India – European Union lawmakers on Tuesday began the first visit by a foreign delegation to Indian Kashmir since New Delhi revoked the region’s autonomy in August, and stone-throwing protests resumed after a weeks-long lull, officials said. Local residents voiced anger that the federal government was trying […]

Shiva Thapa, six others enter semifinals of Olympic Test event for boxing

Tokyo, Oct 29: Four-time Asian medallist Shiva Thapa (63kg) secured a medal at the Olympic Test event for boxing by winning his quarterfinal bout on Tuesday while six other Indians made the last-four stage without even stepping inside the ring here. Thapa overpowered local favourite Yuki Hirakawa in a […]

At Paris’ Orly airport, a daily duel between customs and Guiana drug mules

Every day they come. Drug mules from French Guiana in South America, carrying cocaine in their luggage or their stomachs, playing a cat-and-mouse game with customs officials at Paris’ Orly airport. Some get caught. Some do not. The risks are high, but they have little to lose. In […]

Global leaders, tycoons attend Saudi ‘Davos in desert’

Top finance moguls and political leaders attended a Davos-style Saudi investment summit on Tuesday, in stark contrast to last year when outrage over critic Jamal Khashoggi’s murder sparked a mass boycott. Organisers say 300 speakers from over 30 countries, including American officials and heads of global banks and […]

Nepali climber claims new record for 14 highest peaks

A Nepali mountaineer on Tuesday smashed the speed record for summiting the world’s 14 highest peaks, racing up all “8000ers” in just six months and six days, organisers said. The previous record for the 14 mountains above 8,000 metres (around 26,250 feet) — completed by Nirmal Purja at […]

Strong quake kills six in south Philippines

A powerful earthquake struck the southern Philippines Tuesday, killing six people, cracking buildings and injuring dozens in a region still reeling from a previous deadly tremor. Terrified locals ran into the streets after the 6.6-magnitude quake, which hit the island of Mindanao as schools and offices opened for […]

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