Strong 6.1 earthquake off coast of Fiji

Strong 6.1 earthquake off coast of Fiji
SUVA, Fiji, Jan.14: (AFP) - A shallow 6.1-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Fiji on Saturday, the US Geological Survey said, but there were no immediate reports of damage. The quake, recorded at 6:11 pm (0611 GMT) was centred 152 kilometres (94 miles) southwest of Nadi and 238 kilometres from the capital Suva at a depth of 10 kilometres....

Obama says ‘yes we did’ in emotive farewell address

Obama says ‘yes we did’ in emotive farewell address
CHICAGO, Jan 11, 2017 (AFP) - Barack Obama addressed America and the world for the last time as US president Tuesday, in a speech that was both a tearful goodbye and a call to arms. Capping eight years in the White House, Obama returned to his adopted hometown of Chicago to recast his "yes we can" campaign credo as "yes we did." Survey...

Qatar Airways unveils its biggest travel festival ever for 2017

Qatar Airways unveils its biggest travel festival ever for 2017
Qatar Airways’ popular Travel Festival is back and has been significantly enhanced for 2017, inviting world travellers to take advantage of a number of exceptional deals across the airline’s global network. Extraordinary deals can be found on the World’s Best Business Class* and Economy Class, along with special companion fares, discounts on grou...

In Mosul, Iraq forces face IS drones, mortars, car bombs

In Mosul, Iraq forces face IS drones, mortars, car bombs
MOSUL, Iraq, Jan 9, 2017 (AFP) - A small white drone hummed into sight and Thaker, a member of Iraq's special forces, grabbed his machinegun and started lighting up the blue sky above eastern Mosul. His bullets whizzed all around the hovering unmanned aircraft but failed to take it down. "I shot one down, this morning," Thaker said. The Counter-Ter...

US report: Putin ordered effort to help Trump, hurt Clinton

US report: Putin ordered effort to help Trump, hurt Clinton
WASHINGTON, Jan. 7: (AP) - Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a hidden campaign to influence America's presidential election in favor of Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton, U.S. intelligence agencies declared Friday in the government's first formal allegation supporting sensational claims that Trump and his supporters have staunchly ...

13 people missing after helicopter crashes

13 people missing after helicopter crashes
CARACAS, Jan. 3 :(Xinhua) -- A Venezuelan military helicopter crashed on Dec. 30 as it was flying between Puerto Ayacucho and La Esmeralda in the state of Amazonas, the local governor confirmed Monday. In a telephone interview with Union Radio, Liborio Guarulla said "the helicopter is in La Esmeralda and it is presumed it could have crash...

Qatar airways partners with the white company

Qatar airways partners with the white company
DOHA, Qatar / Qatar Airways has launched a new partnership with The White Company to provide exclusively-designed sleepwear to First and Business Class passengers travelling across the airline’s global network. In line with Qatar Airways’ commitment to provide a world-leading premium service, the newly-designed sleeper suits are bespoke for First...

Syria to halt all military operations from midnight: army

Syria to halt all military operations from midnight: army
DAMASCUS, Dec 29, 2016 (AFP) - Syria's army said Thursday it would halt all military operations from midnight after Russia announced rebels and the regime had signed a ceasefire agreement. "The general command of the armed forces announces a complete halt to all hostilities on Syrian territory from the zero hour of December 30th," it said in a sta...

Turkish army hits 158 IS targets in northern Syria

Turkish army hits 158 IS targets in northern Syria
ANKARA, Dec. 27 :(Xinhua) - Turkish army hit 158 targets of Islamic State (IS) terrorists and neutralized 13 IS terrorists in the Al-Bab area of Northern Syria, Turkish General Staff stated on Tuesday. Turkey's military often uses the word "neutralized" to imply the terrorists in question were captured, heavily wounded or killed.Ankara has criticiz...

Bus accident kills 14 on Christmas Eve

Bus accident kills 14 on Christmas Eve
KUALA LUMPUR, Dec. 24 : Fourteen people including the driver were killed and 16 others injured when a bus plunged off a cliff early Saturday in southern Malaysia, the state news agency Bernama reported. The death toll rose to 14 from the initially reported 13, after an injured passenger died upon arrival at the hospital, a spokesman of th...