Wednesday 1 April 2015

25bn devices ‘connected on Internet by 2020’

The sum of all connected things is estimated to reach 25 billion by 2020, a forecast said, reflecting the phenomenal growth of the Internet of Things (IoT). The number of connected devices that will be in use in 2015 will reach 4.9 billion representing a huge 30 per cent increase


India to fly out more nationals from Sanaa

India was readying the evacuation of up to 500 nationals from the capital of Yemen on Monday, after four nights of Saudi-led air strikes against Iranian-backed forces whose advances forced the president to flee. An Air India Airbus A-321, with capacity to carry 180 passengers, fl


Major quake off Papua New Guinea; tsunami warning

A major earthquake with a magnitude 7.7 struck off Papua New Guinea on Monday, official monitors said, and a tsunami warning was issued soon after. The epicentre of the 33 km deep quake was near the town of Rabaul in the northeast of Papua New Guinea, the US Geological Survey (US


No decision yet on sending troops to Yemen: Saudi

Saudi Arabia is focussing on using air strikes to combat Iranian-allied Houthi fighters in Yemen, and has not contemplated sending in ground troops, the country's ambassador to the US told NBC on Sunday morning. "We haven't made a decision to send ground troops,"


Iran, world powers eye nuke compromises; Israel furious

Iran and six major powers were exploring possible compromises to break an impasse in nuclear negotiations on Sunday, but officials cautioned they were unable to move on several sticking points. The news came as Israel said the details of a possible agreement emerging from talks i


Arab summit to announce unified force

Arab leaders at a summit in Egypt will announce the formation of a unified regional force to counter growing security threats, according to a draft of the final communique, as conflicts rage in countries such as Yemen and Libya. The summit will also call on Iranian-allied


Crash pilot ‘psychiatric patient, planned big gesture’

The co-pilot suspected of deliberately crashing an airliner, killing 150 people, had told his girlfriend he was planning a spectacular gesture so "everyone will know my name", a German daily said on Saturday. The Bild newspaper published an interview with a woman who sa


Dufry to buy Italy's World Duty Free in $3.8bn deal

Switzerland's Dufry has agreed to buy a majority stake in World Duty Free in a deal which values the Italian firm at 3.6 billion euros ($3.8 billion) and will make the combined group the world's biggest travel retailer. Edizione, the holding company owned by the Benetton


Somalia hotel siege ends, 14 dead

A hotel siege by al Shabaab militants in the Somali capital has ended and the final death toll from the attack stands at 14, a senior government official said on Saturday. Al Shabaab fighters blasted and shot their way into the popular Hotel Maka Al Mukaram on Friday afternoon, t


Japan's core consumer inflation grinds to a halt

Japan's annual core consumer inflation ground to a halt in February, the first time it has stopped rising in nearly two years, keeping the central bank under pressure to expand monetary stimulus later this year. Other data published yesterday didn't offer much solace with

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