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Qatar blockade hits Asian Cup with UAE-only ticket giveaway

Published On: January 28, 2019 05:30 PM NPT By: AFP/RSS

DUBAI, Jan 28: When the United Arab Emirates take on bitter Gulf rivals Qatar in the Asian Cup semi-finals on Tuesday, good luck spotting the Qatari fans.

In wartime Yemen, children find solace in music

Published On: January 28, 2019 02:00 PM NPT By: AFP/RSS

TAIZ, Jan 28: The sound of music fills the halls at a school in the Yemeni city of Taiz, where little Nazira Al-Jaafari sits at a keyboard as a teacher takes her through the notes.

ICC hands Pakistan captain four-match suspension over racist remark

Published On: January 27, 2019 05:00 PM NPT By: AFP/RSS

KARACHI, Jan 27: The International Cricket Council handed Sarfraz Ahmed a four-match suspension on Sunday after a racist remark made by the Pakistan captain was picked up by a stump microphone in South Africa last week.

Brazil Given Kind Copa America 2019 Draw, Argentina Land Colombia

Published On: January 25, 2019 11:30 AM NPT By: AFP/RSS

Hosts Brazil were handed a favorable group at the 2019 Copa America draw in Rio de Janeiro on Thursday but arch-rivals Argentina landed a tough appointment with Colombia.

Canada acquires rare book previously owned by Adolf Hitler

Published On: January 24, 2019 12:30 PM NPT By: AFP/RSS

Library and Archives Canada announced Wednesday it had acquired a rare 1944 book that once belonged to Adolf Hitler.

Air pollution, climate change biggest threat to global health: WHO

Published On: January 23, 2019 01:00 PM NPT By: AFP/RSS

The World Health Organization has released a list of the biggest threats to global health in 2019 and, perhaps unsurprisingly, air pollution and climate change top the list.

Sony to shift UK HQ to avoid Brexit disruption

Published On: January 23, 2019 12:00 PM NPT By: AFP/RSS

LONDON, Jan 23: Sony will shift its European headquarters from Britain to the Netherlands to avoid Brexit-related customs issues, but operations at its current UK company will remain unchanged, a company spokesman said Wednesday.

Ronaldo avoids jail but hit by hefty fine

Published On: January 23, 2019 11:30 AM NPT By: AFP/RSS

MADRID, JAN 23: Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo avoided jail on Tuesday but was ordered by a Spanish court to pay 3.57 million euros ($4.1 million) for committing tax fraud when he was at Real Madrid.

Venezuela accuses US of ordering coup, seeks 'revision' of ties

Published On: January 23, 2019 11:00 AM NPT By: AFP/RSS

VENEZUELA, Jan 23: Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro on Tuesday accused Washington of ordering a coup against his government and called for a "total revision" of ties with the US.

U.S. confirms it is holding Iran-based journalist Marzieh Hashemi to testify in crime case

Published On: January 19, 2019 12:40 PM NPT By: AFP/RSS

WASHINGTON, Jan 19: A U.S. court on Friday confirmed the arrest of a journalist for Iranian television, saying her testimony is required over an unspecified case but that she is not accused of a crime.

UK PM May refuses to rule out 'no-deal' Brexit

Published On: January 18, 2019 02:00 PM NPT By: AFP/RSS

LONDON, Jan 18: British Prime Minister Theresa May scrambled to put together a new Brexit strategy after MPs rejected her EU divorce deal, and insisted she could not rule out a potentially damaging "no-deal" split.

India's transgenders take first Kumbh Mela dip

Published On: January 16, 2019 03:00 PM NPT By: AFP/RSS

NEW DELHI, Jan 16: For decades Laxmi Narayan Tripathi has fought India's conservative laws and beliefs to put her transgender community on a par with the rest of society, and now she has notched up a new milestone.

Displaced Syrian babies die due to freezing conditions and lack of medical care

Published On: January 16, 2019 01:00 PM NPT By: AFP/RSS

SYRIA, Jan 16: Freezing temperatures and the lack of medical care have killed at least 15 displaced Syrian children in recent weeks, the United Nations reported on Tuesday.

Only Japanese-born sumo champ retires

Published On: January 16, 2019 11:00 AM NPT By: AFP/RSS

TOKYO, Jan 16: The only Japanese-born grand champion or "yokozuna" in sumo has decided to retire following a disastrous run of form and injury, leaving two Mongolians on top of the ancient sport.

Chilean Patagonia: an open-air lab to study climate change

Published On: January 14, 2019 12:00 PM NPT By: AFP/RSS

PATAGONIA, Jan 14: In one of the most inhospitable places on Earth, the southernmost part of Chile's Patagonia region, scientists are studying whales, dolphins and algae in order to help predict how climate change will affect the world's oceans.

China's global trade surplus fell in 2018: customs

Published On: January 14, 2019 11:00 AM NPT By: AFP/RSS

BEIJING, Jan 14: China's global trade volume rose last year but its surplus fell again as its imports outpaced its exports, official data released Monday showed amid a bruising trade war with the United States.

Trump threatens to declare national emergency over border wall fight

Published On: January 11, 2019 03:30 PM NPT By: AFP/RSS

TEXAS, Jan 11: President Donald Trump has again threatened to declare a national emergency along the border with Mexico as he seeks funding for a wall he says will keep out dangerous immigrants -- his latest jab in a fight with Democrats in Congress that has now shut down parts of the government for a record-tying 21 days.

Chinese children given expired polio vaccines

Published On: January 11, 2019 02:30 PM NPT By: AFP/RSS

SHANGHAI, Jan 11: At least 145 children were administered expired polio vaccines in eastern China, state media reported, despite the government promising to prevent such lapses in the industry following a major scandal last year.

Drop beef to save millions of lives and cut greenhouse gas emissions: WEF

Published On: January 4, 2019 01:00 PM NPT By: AFP/RSS

GENEVA, Jan 4: Switching from beef to alternative proteins could save millions of lives and dramatically slash greenhouse gas emissions, the World Economic Forum said Thursday.

In Siberia, Chinese demand for prehistoric tusks fuels 'mammoth rush'

Published On: January 4, 2019 12:00 PM NPT By: AFP/RSS

Crouching near a wooden shed in his snowy backyard, Prokopy Nogovitsyn lifts up a grey tarpaulin and takes out a vertebra the size of a saucer: part of a mammoth skeleton.