Australia to ship Tamil asylum seekers to its mainland

SYDNEY: Australia will transfer 157 Tamil asylum seekers it has been holding at sea for nearly a month to a mainland detention centre, the immigration minister said on Friday, in an apparent setback for the government’s policies. Australia has provided little information about the asylum seekers, detained by customs after setting sail from India. Their case was due to be heard by the High [Full Article...]

64 killed in two typhoons in China

Beijing: The death toll in the two recent typhoons in China has reached 64 with another 21 people still missing, according to latest figures released by the Ministry of Civil Affairs here. Super typhoon Rammasun and typhoon Matmo battered Chinese coast this week. 62 people died in the devastation caused by typhoon Rammasun, while two others were killed in Typhoom Matmo. Natural disasters like [Full Article...]

Ukrainian prime minister tenders his resignation in parliament

KIEV: Ukraine’s prime minister tendered his resignation on Thursday, berating parliament for failing to pass legislation to take control over the country’s increasingly precarious energy situation and to increase army financing. Earlier on Thursday two parties quit a parliamentary coalition, a move that opened the way for a new election to clear what a politician called “Moscow agents” from the chamber, a decision welcomed [Full Article...]

China planning new rail link close to Arunachal Pradesh

Beijing: China will soon start construction of a new railway line in Tibet close to Arunachal Pradesh, even as another rail link bordering Sikkim is set to become operational next month, enhancing mobility of its military in the remote and strategic Himalayan region. “Sky rail to run from Lhasa to South Tibet,” state-run Global Times said in a front page report today, highlighting China’s [Full Article...]

Algerian plane with 119 on board missing

Algiers: An aircraft belonging to Algeria’s national airline, Air Algerie, with 119 people on board, disappeared on Thursday, 50 minutes after takeoff from Ouagadougou Airport in Burkina Faso, sparking a frantic search operation by French and Algerian air force jets.The plane was reported missing over the Malian region of Gao, some 500 km south of the Algerian border. (IANS)

Israel defies global pressure for restraint in Gaza, toll 720

Gaza/Jerusalem:  Israeli troops backed by tanks and drones on Thursday continued to pound  Gaza in its operation against Hamas, defying mounting calls for restraint and a UN vote to investigate the deadly offensive that has killed 720 Palestinians and 34 Israelis. Israel focused its attacks on southeast of Gaza, with residents fleeing areas which came under bombardment. The latest casualties include a family of [Full Article...]

European airlines extend suspension of flights to Israel

Berlin: Several leading European airlines on Thursday extended their suspension of flights to Israel amid concerns over the security situation there. German airlines Lufthansa and the second largest airlines Air Berlin announced they have cancelled all flights to and from Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion International Airport scheduled for Thursday. The flights were suspended after a Hamas-fired rocket landed close to the airport Tuesday. Since [Full Article...]

Plane crash kills 48

Taipei (Taiwan): A plane attempting to land in stormy weather crashed on a small Taiwanese island today, killing 47 people and wrecking houses and cars on the ground. The ATR-72 operated by Taiwan’s TransAsia Airways was carrying 58 passengers and crew when it crashed on Penghu in the Taiwan Strait between Taiwan and China, authorities said. The plane was arriving from the city of [Full Article...]