Former U.S. President Bush discharged from hospital

Former U.S. President Bush discharged from hospital
HOUSTON, Jan. 31 :(Xinhua) -- Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush was discharged from hospital on Monday after recovering from pneumonia. Bush, 92, was discharged from Houston Methodist Hospital after being treated for pneumonia for more than two weeks, his family spokesman Jim McGrath said in a statement. Bush finished off a last round of anti...

Syrian army says retakes key rebel area near Damascus

Syrian army says retakes key rebel area near Damascus
DAMASCUS, Jan 29, 2017 (AFP) - The Syrian army said on Sunday that it had recaptured a flashpoint area from rebels near Damascus that supplies water to the capital. Wadi Barada had been the scene of fierce fighting in recent weeks between regime and rebel forces that tested a fragile nationwide truce and left millions in Damascus facing water shor...

22 killed in rain-related accidents

22 killed in rain-related accidents
ISLAMABAD, Jan. 27 :(Xinhua) At least 22 people were killed and scores others injured in separate rain-related accidents in Pakistan over the last four days, local Urdu media and officials said Friday. The country's southwestern Balochistan Province was the worst hit area as 17 people were killed and 18 others injured in separate incidents of rain ...

3.1 mln Philippine families suffer from hunger in Q4 2016: survey

3.1 mln Philippine families suffer from hunger in Q4 2016: survey
MANILA, Jan. 24 (Xinhua) More Philippine people said their families experienced hunger in the last three months, rising to 13.9 percent or an estimated 3.1 million families in December from 10.6 percent or some 2.4 million families in September last year, the fourth quarter survey of a local independent survey institute showed. The survey conducted...

Afghan forces kill 20 militants during 9 operations: gov’t

Afghan forces kill 20 militants during 9 operations: gov’t
KABUL, Jan. 21: (Xinhua) About 20 militants have been killed amid operations launched by Afghan security forces elsewhere in the country, the Interior Ministry said on Saturday. "In past 24 hours, Afghan National Defense and Security Forces launched nine Counter-Terrorism joint operations to clear some of the areas from terrorists and enemies of p...

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 ...