Sunday 14 February 2016

Gold hits 3-month high on global economy concerns

Gold hit three-month highs on Monday, extending its biggest weekly rise since July 2013 as sliding stock markets, global growth uncertainty and a softer dollar prompted investors to seek safety in hard assets. Spot gold reached a peak of $1,176.90, its strongest since Oct. 28, an


Taiwan quake toll hits 35, 100 missing under tower

The death toll from an earthquake in southern Taiwan at the weekend climbed to 35 on Monday, with more than 100 people still listed as missing under a 17-storey building that collapsed and where all rescue efforts are being focused. The quake struck at about 4 a.m. on Saturday (2


120 people still trapped in Taiwan tower rubble

Rescuers in Taiwan pulled more people alive from a collapsed apartment tower on Sunday, a day after a strong earthquake shook the island, and kept searching for about 120 people still believed trapped in the ruins of the building. Those found alive include a 20-year-old identifie


132 still trapped in quake-hit Taiwan tower

A total of 132 people are still trapped beneath the rubble of a Taiwan apartment tower that collapsed in a powerful earthquake on Saturday morning, a local government official said on Sunday. The total is much higher than authorities had first estimated on Saturday as rescuers co


N Korea launches long-range rocket ‘carrying satellite’

North Korea launched a long-range rocket on Sunday carrying what it has called a satellite, but its neighbours and Washington denounced the launch as a missile test, conducted in defiance of UN sanctions and just weeks after a nuclear bomb test. The US Strategic Command said it h


Syria warns Saudi army against incursion

Syria will see any incursion on its territory as an act of aggression, Foreign Minister Walid Al Moualem said on Saturday, days after Saudi Arabia announced it was ready to send in ground troops. Foreign Minister Walid Al Moualem also told a news conference a ceasefire in the Syr


Syrians flee to Turkish border as Aleppo assault intensifies

Russian and Syrian government forces gained ground north of Aleppo on Saturday, intensifying an assault on rebel-held areas that has prompted tens of thousands more Syrians to seek refuge across the border in Turkey. The assault around Aleppo, which aid workers have said could so


12 killed as powerful quake jolts Taiwan, building collapses

A powerful earthquake struck Taiwan early on Saturday killing at least 12 people, most in a 17-storey apartment building that collapsed, with some people still known to be missing in the ruins of the complex as night fell, government officials said. As rescuers searched for survi

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