Saturday 22 October 2016

Iraqi forces advance despite stiff resistance

Advancing Iraqi-led forces met with stiff resistance on day four of their battle to liberate the city of Mosul from two years of ISIS rule, reports said. However, they have made sweeping gains, recapturing at least 100 sq km of territory, a CNN report said. Iraqi M


Microsoft shares soar on better-than-expected result

Software giant Microsoft delievered better-than-expected quarterly profits of  $4.7 billion for the three months to September, sending its shares to an all-time high. The figure compares with $4.9 billion a year earlier. Revenue was $20.45 billion compared with $20.38 billio


Trump, Clinton clash in final presidential debate

US Presidential candidate Republican Donald Trump said the final presidential debate in Las Vegas that if he loses the election, he might consider the outcome illegitimate because the process is rigged. used the high-profile setting of here Wednesday night to amplify one of the m


Man held over hoax bomb threats in Denmark

Danish police have arrested a man suspected of making a spate of bomb hoaxes that forced the evacuation of two provincial airports and two malls on Monday, the IB Times UK reported. The suspect was held in Slagelse, a town about 100km west of Copenhagen, police said in a


Iraq pro-govt forces make gains in Mosul battle

Iraqi pro-government forces have made gains at the start of a large-scale operation to retake Mosul, the last major stronghold of the Islamic State (IS) in the country, a report said. Iraqi government troops and Kurdish fighters launched their push towards the city in the early h


Lausanne talks fail to break Syria deadlock

Talks in the Swiss city of Lausanne on Saturday on the crisis in Syria have ended with no apparent breakthrough, a report said. The meeting only included regional powers, alongside Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, US Secretary of State John Kerry and UN special envoy for S


India, Russia ink big ticket defence, energy deals

India and Russia on Saturday signed billions of dollars of defence and energy deals including purchase of missile systems, frigates and joint production of helicopters, at a key conference being held in the western seaside state of Goa. Goa is hosting a two-day BRICS (Brazil, Russia, I


Thais mourn loss of beloved King Bhumibol

King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the world's longest-reigning monarch, has died after 70 years as head of state. The 88-year-old king was widely revered but had been in poor health in recent years, making few public appearances, according to BBC. Thousands of Thais on


Hundreds killed in fierce fighting in Afghanistan

Hundreds of members of Afghanistan’s security forces have been killed recently fighting insurgent attacks on the main city in the southern province of Helmand, officials said on Friday. Abdul Majeed Akhonzada, deputy head of the provincial council, and lawmaker Sheer Muhamm


Bob Dylan wins Nobel Prize for Literature

US singer Bob Dylan has been awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature, becoming the first songwriter to win the prestigious award. The Swedish Academy, Nobel Prize committee said the 75-year-old rock legend was selected for the award "for having created new poetic express

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