Frogs, fish and small birds die in English zoo fire

Frogs, fish and small birds die in English zoo fire

December 16, 2018 11:21 pm

London: A zoo in northwest England says insects, frogs, fish and small birds perished in a fire that broke out in an enclosure devoted to exotic tropical habitats. Chester Zoo said in a statement issued on Sunday that keepers were able to lure all mammal species to safety, including critically endangered Sumatran orangutans, Sulawesi macaques and endangered silvery gibbons. But creatures […]

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4 killed in helicopter-ambulance crash: medical service

4 killed in helicopter-ambulance crash: medical service

December 16, 2018 11:14 pm

Lisbon: Four people were killed when a helicopter-ambulance crashed in northern Portugal, the emergency services agency INEM reported Sunday. The aircraft came down in the Valongo district, killing all on board: a Spanish doctor, a nurse and the two pilots. Local officials said the cause of the crash was not yet known. The helicopter vanished from radar screens on Saturday at around […]

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Protestors arrested outside Russian security service HQ

Protestors arrested outside Russian security service HQ

December 16, 2018 11:10 pm

Moscow: Russian police on Sunday arrested seven people protesting outside the Moscow headquarters of the FSB, Russia’s security service, rights group OVD-Info reported. Several dozen protestors gathered outside the infamous Lublyanka building for an unauthorised demonstration against what they say are abuses committed by the security forces, agency AFP reporter at the scene said. Some were protesting the detention of 77-year-old rights activist Lev Ponomaryov, […]

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Is Gandhi family even above Supreme Court: V K Singh on Rafale deal

Is Gandhi family even above Supreme Court: V K Singh on Rafale deal

December 16, 2018 10:59 pm

Dehradun: Union Minister Gen V K Singh (retd) Sunday said the debate surrounding Rafale deal has become pointless after the Supreme court dismissed the pleas challenging the fighter aircraft deal, and asked whether the Gandhi family was above the country’s top court. In a relief to the Modi government, the Supreme Court on Friday dismissed the pleas challenging the deal […]

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Stalin pitches for Rahul Gandhi as next PM

Stalin pitches for Rahul Gandhi as next PM

December 16, 2018 10:48 pm

Chennai: DMK president M K Stalin Sunday made a strong pitch for Congress chief Rahul Gandhi as the prime ministerial candidate of the Opposition for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, saying the Gandhi scion had the ability to defeat the “fascist” Narendra Modi government. Stalin’s plea is in line with the tradition of his late […]

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6.1-magnitude earthquake rocks Indonesia's Papua

6.1-magnitude earthquake rocks Indonesia’s Papua

December 16, 2018 10:39 pm

Jakarta: A 6.1-magnitude earthquake hit Papua, in eastern Indonesia Sunday, US seismologists said, but no tsunami warning was issued. The quake was about 158 kilometres (98 miles) south-southwest of the province’s capital Jayapura at 6:42 pm (0942 GMT), at a depth of 61 kilometres, according to the US Geological Survey. The quake was felt in Jayapura, but residents didn’t […]

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Iraq lays cornerstone to rebuild iconic Mosul mosque

Iraq lays cornerstone to rebuild iconic Mosul mosque

December 16, 2018 10:33 pm

Mosul (Iraq): Iraqis on Sunday laid the cornerstone in rebuilding Mosul’s Al-Nuri mosque and leaning minaret, national emblems destroyed last year in the ferocious battle against the Islamic State group. The famed 12th century mosque and minaret, dubbed Al-Hadba or “the hunchback,” hosted Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s only public appearance as IS chief, when he declared a […]

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42 people injured in Japan restaurant explosion

42 people injured in Japan restaurant explosion

December 16, 2018 10:25 pm

Tokyo: More than 40 people were injured in an explosion Sunday night at a Japanese restaurant in northern Japan, police said. The explosion occurred in Sapporo, the capital city of Japan’s northern main island of Hokkaido, and caused nearby apartment buildings and houses to shake. Police said 42 people were injured, most of them mildly, […]

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I have not seen a better player than Kohli: Vaughan

I have not seen a better player than Kohli: Vaughan

December 16, 2018 10:19 pm

Perth: Former England skipper Michael Vaughan believes India captain Virat Kohli is a better batsman across three formats than legends such as Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara and Ricky Ponting. Kohli on Sunday became the second fastest player to scorer 25 Test centuries. He achieved the feat in 127 innings, behind Sir Donald Bradman’s 68 innings. His 123-run innings was his sixth Test hundred on Australian soil, joining […]

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Belgium beat Netherlands in sudden death to win maiden WC title

Belgium beat Netherlands in sudden death to win maiden WC title

December 16, 2018 10:16 pm

Bhubaneswar: A gritty Belgium defeated former champions the Netherlands in sudden death in a thrilling summit clash to win their maiden men’s hockey World Cup title at the Kalinga Stadium here on Sunday. Olympic silver medallist Belgium created history by eking out a 3-2 win in the penalty shoot-out after the final match of the game’s showpiece event ended in a goalless draw. It was […]

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