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Friday, 15 November 2019 17:14

Flooded Venice battles with new tidal surge

News Flash Desk Walkways were removed from St Mark's Square, which is now closed Flooded Venice has been hit by a new high tide of 1.6m (5.3ft), giving residents no respite from a crisis costing millions of euros. World-famous St Mark's Square, a magnet for tourists, has been closed, and schools are shut for a third day. The Italian city's famous waterbuses - the vaporetti - have stopped running. The 1.87m peak on Tuesday was the highest level for more than 50 years, damaging cultural monuments, businesses and homes. More than 80% of the canal city was flooded. The government…
News Flash Desk Hong Kong has confirmed it has entered its first recession for a decade as it continues to be gripped by protests. BBC. Its economy shrank 3.2% in the July-to-September period compared with the prior quarter, figures showed, confirming earlier preliminary data. It means the economy has contracted for two quarters in a row, which is the usual definition of a recession. Tourists are staying away and shops are suffering amid battles between anti-government protesters and police. "Domestic demand worsened significantly in the third quarter, as the local social incidents took a heavy toll on consumption-related activities and…
NEWS FLASH DESK Several people were reported dead when a gunman opened fire at a crowded mosque in the New Zealand city of Christchurch, during afternoon prayers Friday. Local media reported up six people were dead and the South Island city was placed in lockdown as police hunted for an “active shooter.” “A serious and evolving situation is occurring in Christchurch with an active shooter,” police said in a statement. “Police are responding with its full capability to manage the situation, but the risk environment remains extremely high.” The Masjid al Noor was filled with worshippers, including members of the…
NEWS FLASH DESK The eight young footballers rescued from a cave in Thailand after more than two weeks underground are unlikely to be able to take up an offer to attend the World Cup final in Moscow, doctors said Tuesday. The plight of the boys has prompted an outpouring of support from across the footballing world, from Brazil legend Ronaldo to England’s John Stones and Argentinian superstar Lionel Messi. The emaciated and dishevelled “Wild Boars” were found after nine days of no contact on a small, muddy bank surrounded by water several kilometres inside the Tham Luang cave in northern…
News Flash Desk The death toll in the wake of torrential rainfall causing flooding and landslides in western Japan reached 148 people, officials said Tuesday. The government and local municipalities have stepped up search and rescue efforts to find 59 people that are still unaccounted for in areas including Hiroshima Prefecture where 55 people have been reported dead. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe who canceled his trip to Europe and the Middle East to attend to the disaster, told a meeting of the government’s crisis response unit that reserve funds would be made available before requests came in from local…
SEOUL, June 13, 2018 (BSS/AFP) – Donald Trump accepted an invitation from Kim Jong Un to visit North Korea during their historic summit, Pyongyang state media reported Wednesday, as the US president said the world had jumped back from the brink of “nuclear catastrophe”. Tuesday’s unprecedented encounter in Singapore saw the leader of the world’s most powerful democracy shake hands with Kim, the third generation scion of a dynastic dictatorship, as they stood as equals in front of their nations’ flags. In a characteristically bullish tweet, Trump said the first-ever summit between sitting leaders of the two Cold War foes…
BBC Kim Jong-un has become the first North Korean leader to set foot in South Korea by crossing the military line that has divided the peninsula since the end of the Korean War in 1953. In a moment rich with symbolism and pomp, South Korean leader Moon Jae-in and Mr Kim shook hands at the border. Mr Kim said he hoped for "frank" discussion during a warm opening exchange as talks kicked off. The historic summit will cover nuclear weapons and a possible peace treaty. Much of what they will talk about is likely to have been agreed in advance,…
Tuesday, 15 August 2017 13:34

Modi says India will fight foreign threats

NEWS FLASH DESK India can defend itself from anyone who seeks "to act against our country", Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in an Independence Day speech Tuesday amid a tense standoff with Beijing over a Himalayan plateau. "Security is our top priority," Modi said in a speech before thousands at the landmark Red Fort in New Delhi as the country marked the 70th anniversary of the end of British colonial rule. "Be it the sea or the borders, cyber or space -- in all spheres, India is capable and we are strong enough to overcome those who try to act…
NEWS FLASH DESK China has rejected international criticism for not allowing its most prominent critic, Liu Xiaobo, to be treated abroad for liver cancer. It said the case was an internal affair and that other countries were "in no position to make improper remarks". The activist, who had been serving an 11-year prison term for "subversion", died in a hospital in China aged 61. The Nobel Committee, which gave him the Peace Prize in 2010, said China bore a "heavy responsibility" for his death. Beijing is now being urged to free his wife, poet Liu Xia, from house arrest, BBC…
Friday, 30 June 2017 19:12

Gay marriage approved in Germany

News Flash Desk A clear majority of German MPs have voted to legalise same-sex marriage, days after Chancellor Angela Merkel dropped her opposition to a vote. The reform grants couples now limited to civil unions full marital rights, and allows them to adopt children, reports BBC. Merkel's political opponents were strongly in favour. But the chancellor, who signalled her backing for a free vote only on Monday, voted against. The bill was backed by 393 lawmakers, 226 voted against and four abstained. The German legal code will now read: "Marriage is entered into for life by two people of different…
Sunday, 25 June 2017 10:20

Eid-ul-Fitr in Saudi Arabia today

NEWS FLASH DESK The Eid-ul-Fitr feast marking the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan is to start on Sunday in Saudi Arabia and neighbouring Gulf states, the religious authorities announced. The authorities in the kingdom said in a statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency that the new moon had been sighted, marking the end of the month of fasting. News agencies in the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait also announced that Sunday will mark the beginning of Eid al-Fitr, and other countries in the region are expected to follow suit. During Ramadan, observant Muslims do not…
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