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Obama to hold final press conference today : White House

Agencies, Washington USA President Barack Obama will hold his final press conference as president today, the White House said. The press conference will be held at 2:15 ET (19:15 GMT). Obama is set to leave office on Friday when he will be...

Turkish cargo jet crash kills 37 in Kyrgyzstan

Agencies, Bishkek A Turkish Airlines cargo jet crashed near Kyrgyzstan’s Manas airport today, killing at least 16 people, the Kyrgyz government said. Rescue workers have recovered the body of one pilot and 15 local people whose houses...

Magnitude 6.2 quake strikes 224 km southwest of Fiji

Agencies, Bangkok An earthquake of 6 point 2 magnitude struck 224 km (140 miles) southwest of Fiji on Saturday, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said, but there was no immediate tsunami warning. There were also no immediate reports of any damage...

India, Vietnam ink pact on Atomic Energy, 3 other areas

Agencies, New Delhi India and Vietnam today signed four MoUs on cooperation in the areas of peaceful use of atomic energy, promotion of traffic between the two countries, energy efficiency and cooperation between the their respective national...

Plane crashes in Colombia with 81 on board, including Brazilian footballers

Agencies, BOGOTA An aircraft with 81 people aboard, including Brazilian soccer team Chapecoense and journalists covering their match, has crashed in central Colombia, officials and media reported, but heavy rain has halted rescue operations. The...

Karvan-e-Aman bus leaves for Kaman Post to cross over to PoK

Agencies, Srinagar The Karvan-e-Aman bus, operating between Srinagar and Muzaffarabad, capital of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), left here early this morning for Kaman Post, the last Indian military post on this side of the border in Uri...

At least 40 killed in China construction accident

Agencies, BEIJING At least 40 people have died and others are still trapped after a platform under construction at a power plant’s cooling tower in eastern China’s Jiangxi province collapsed on Thursday, state news agency Xinhua...

Powerful quake hits Japan, Fukushima residents urged to flee tsunami

Agencies, TOKYO An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.3 hit northern Japan, the Japan Meteorological Agency said today, generating a tsunami that hit the nation’s northern Pacific coast. The earthquake, which was felt in Tokyo,...