Thursday 25 August 2016

Turkish-backed rebels enter IS-held Syrian town

Turkish-backed Syrian rebels entered the Islamic State-held town of Jarablus in northern Syria on Wednesday in an operation supported by Turkish tanks, special forces units and US-led coalition warplanes, rebel sources said. A rebel commander with the Failaq Al Sham group, who re


Death toll in Italian quake rises to 73

At least 73 people have died in an earthquake which devastated a string of small towns in central Italy in the early hours of Wednesday, the civil protection department said. The quake struck when most residents were asleep, razing homes and buckling roads in a cluster of communi


World's longest airship crash-lands on test flight

The world's longest aircraft, the Airlander 10 airship, has crash-landed after a test flight in Bedfordshire, central England, its British manufacturer Hybrid Air Vehicles said on Wednesday. The airship, which is bigger than the size of six double-decker buses, sustained dama


Powerful quake strikes central Myanmar

A powerful earthquake of 6.8 magnitude struck central Myanmar on Wednesday, the US Geological Survey (USGS) and local authorities said, shaking buildings across the Southeast Asian nation and the region. The quake hit the town of Chauk, southwest of Mandalay, the Myanmar governme


Czech locksmith builds plane to fly to work

Frantisek Hadrava thought driving to work for 14 minutes was too much, so he built a plane to cut the commute by half. Hadrava, a 45-year old locksmith from the south-western Czech village of Zdikov, took about two years of his spare time to build his Vampira, an ultralight plane


India probes damage caused by submarine data leak

India is investigating the extent to which secrets about French Scorpene submarines being built in the country have been compromised, its defence ministry said on Wednesday, after a leak of documents relating to its combat capabilities. The leak, which was first reported in The A


Quake devastates mountain towns in central Italy; 20 killed

An earthquake devastated a string of mountainous towns over a swathe of central Italy early on Wednesday, trapping residents under hills of rubble, with at least 20 people believed killed and many missing. The quake struck in the early hours of the morning when most people were a


Clinton details plans to boost small businesses

Democrat Hillary Clinton on Tuesday vowed to make starting a small business in the United States as easy as opening a lemonade stand if elected president, targeting a large economic sector and a significant voting bloc. Her flagship proposal is to establish a standard tax deducti


Oil falls on US stocks build, China demand fears

Oil prices fell early on Wednesday as an unexpected build in US crude stocks weighed on markets, along with concerns that Chinese crude demand could falter as Beijing clamps down on alleged tax evasion in the oil industry. International Brent crude oil futures LCOc1 were trading


Six killed by 6.2 magnitude quake in Italy

At least six people are believed to have died following a strong earthquake in central Italy, officials told state broadcaster RAI on Wednesday. The mayor of the central Italian town of Accumoli said a number of buildings had been badly damaged by the 6.2 magnitude quake.

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