WORLD NEWS AS REPORTED IV

Why Infosys CEO’s salary fell drastically

TIMES OF INDIA - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 11:41
Infosys CEO Vishal Sikka’s salary (cash component) in the financial year ending March 31, 2017 fell as much as 67 per cent, when other senior executives of the company in fact went home with more salaries, according to the Bengaluru-based IT giant’s annual report.

Italy's pollution-eating cement

AL JAZEERA - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 10:21
In Milan, earthrise meets the engineers who created a special kind of cement that cleans the air.

Turning CO2 into stone in Iceland

AL JAZEERA - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 10:18
One geothermal power plant in Iceland is taking its green credentials to new levels.

Air: Changing the Atmosphere

AL JAZEERA - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 10:12
earthrise looks at some high-tech innovations that help clean the air.

Syrian refugee crisis: All your questions answered

AL JAZEERA - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 10:03
More than five million people have fled Syria since the conflict began, and half of them are children.

BCCI invites applicants for Team India coach

TIMES OF INDIA - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 09:54
The BCCI announced Thursday that it will begin the process for new applicants for the position of head coach of the Indians men's cricket team, with Anil Kumble a direct entrant into the process by virtue of being the current coach.

NATO troop increase plan draws criticism in Afghanistan

AL JAZEERA - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 09:54
NATO set to discuss sending more soldiers to Afghanistan, but many in Kabul fear such a move could prolong war.

Tunisian businessmen arrested in 'war on corruption'

AL JAZEERA - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 09:33
Those detained are accused of corruption and helping finance protest movements linked to economic frustrations.

Iceland's glacier guides: Tourism under climate change

AL JAZEERA - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 08:51
Popular glaciers are melting so fast that guides are being forced to constantly reinvent how they carry out tours.

Four women 'gangraped', man shot dead on Yamuna expressway

TIMES OF INDIA - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 08:26
In a horrific incident, four women were allegedly gangraped and one male person was shot dead when a group of armed criminals held them at gunpoint at Khurja-Jhajhar road in Greater Noida region early Thursday morning.

Afghan plane forced to fly back after MPs miss flight

AL JAZEERA - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 08:07
MPs deny involvement, but aviation bosses open probe after Bamiyan-bound plane is forcefully diverted back to Kabul.

Trump budget cut would make UN work 'impossible'

AL JAZEERA - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 07:30
Proposed cuts would severely impact the world body's ability to continue its work, a spokesman for the UN chief says.

NATO to 'formally join' anti-ISIL coalition

AL JAZEERA - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 07:04
Member states of military alliance are set to officially join a US-led coalition fighting ISIL, diplomatic sources say.

'Not true': UN denies Pak's claim that India fired at its vehicle

TIMES OF INDIA - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 06:45
The UN has denied the Pakistani army's claim that Indian forces fired at a UN vehicle on the Line of Control yesterday. Press reports in Pakistan last night quoted Pakistan army's media wing saying that India targeted a UN Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) vehicle in Khanjar.

Ashwin has 'something new' up his sleeves

TIMES OF INDIA - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 05:43
Quizzed on how challenging it is to adapt to the frequent rule chances in One-day cricket, Ravichandran Ashwin gave an answer which reflected how much he's willing to adapt to the changing demands of the game.

CPEC may ignite more Indo-Pak tensions: UN report

TIMES OF INDIA - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 05:20
The report, prepared at the request of China, also cautioned that the instability in Afghanistan could cast a shadow over viability of the CPEC over which India has already raised protests with China and boycotted the last week's Belt and Road summit in Beijing.

Manchester attack probe widens with arrests in Libya

AL JAZEERA - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 05:09
Bomber's father detained in Tripoli says 'everything was normal' with his son days before and he didn't belong to ISIL.

US warship challenges China's claims in South China Sea

AL JAZEERA - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 04:30
A first under President Trump, USS Dewey cruises past artificial island built by Beijing in move likely to rile China.

South China Sea: US warship challenges Beijing

TIMES OF INDIA - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 04:28
The USS Dewey traveled close to the Mischief Reef in the Spratly Islands, among a string of islets, reefs and shoals over which China has territorial disputes with its neighbors.

Donald Trump's budget losers

AL JAZEERA - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 03:32
The US military, veterans, a border wall, and space exploration all stand to gain from 10-year budget - but plenty to lose out as well.

Brazil: Embattled president deploys troops to streets

AL JAZEERA - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 02:36
After fiery mass protest in the heart of the capital, President Temer orders the controversial deployment of soldiers.

Minister, MLAs, cops at wedding of Dawood niece

TIMES OF INDIA - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 01:19
BJP leader and medical education minister Girish Mahajan, known to be a trusted aide of chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, and ten police officers found themselves embroiled in a controversy on Wednesday for attending the marriage of a relative of fugitive gangster Dawood Ibrahim in Nashik on May 19.

Paul Pogba: 'We played for the people who died'

AL JAZEERA - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 00:33
Emotional victory for Manchester United in Stockholm followed a moment of silence in memory of the 22 killed in blast.

Qatar to 'prosecute perpetrators' of QNA hacking

AL JAZEERA - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 22:13
Investigation launched into security breach by hackers who posted fake reports on the national news agency's feeds.

How to protect 'soft targets' after Manchester bombing?

AL JAZEERA - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 22:12
Unprecedented security measures taken across Britain after Monday's suicide attack at a Manchester concert arena.

Mogadishu car bombing leaves at least five dead

AL JAZEERA - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 19:57
Al-Shabab claim responsibility for the explosion which also left six people injured in Somalia's capital city.

US says Pakistan harbouring terrorists

TIMES OF INDIA - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 18:56
A top US intelligence official said on Tuesday that Pakistan is harbouring terrorists and using them as reserve in Afghanistan to counter India, even as the Trump administration has indicated it intends to cut down the dole and military freebies Islamabad has long thrived on.

US army lost track of $1bn worth of arms

AL JAZEERA - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 18:04
Amnesty International urges the US and other countries to stop arms transfers that could fuel atrocities.

Deaths reported in Jakarta double bombing

AL JAZEERA - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 18:03
Two explosions hit public-transport terminal in Indonesia's capital, with police saying cause is still not clear.

India, Pakistan step up vigil along LoC

TIMES OF INDIA - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 17:37
Both India and Pakistan continue to maintain high operational military readiness along the volatile Line of Control (loC), with daily cross-border firing duels becoming the norm.

Nepal PM quits office ahead of local elections

AL JAZEERA - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 17:37
Dahal's move could affect final phase of local elections set for June 14 even though his decision was somewhat expected.

Duterte considers martial law for entire Philippines

AL JAZEERA - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 17:14
Ongoing violence prompts 'mass exodus' from Marawi, as armed fighters behead police chief and take churchgoers hostage.

Govt mulls expansion of Udan; may allow cheap seasonal flights

TIMES OF INDIA - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 17:12
The Modi government may extend its affordable regional flight scheme for seasonal operations too. The aviation ministry is amending the “Ude Desh ka Aam Nagrik” (UDAN) scheme and will bid out more regional routes by August.

Inside Syria: How life goes on in a besieged town

AL JAZEERA - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 16:26
Civilians in Erbin, one of Eastern Ghouta's besieged communities, live with no water, electricity or public services.

HC grants interim stay on NEET result publication

TIMES OF INDIA - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 16:25
The Madurai bench of the Madras high court on Wednesday stayed all proceedings relating to the National Eligibility cum Entrance test (NEET) till June 7, as a result of which the results of the examinations will not be released on June 5, as scheduled, unless the stay is vacated.

HC grants interim stay on NEET result publication

TIMES OF INDIA - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 16:25
The Madurai bench of the Madras high court on Wednesday stayed all proceedings relating to the National Eligibility cum Entrance test (NEET) till June 7, as a result of which the results of the examinations will not be released on June 5, as scheduled, unless the stay is vacated.

Amber Rudd: Manchester bomber likely did not act alone

AL JAZEERA - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 16:02
Soldiers deployed at key sites, three more arrested and home secretary says suspect was known to security services.

US budget to increase defence spending

AL JAZEERA - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 16:01
US President Donald Trump's first budget shows big jump for defence spending and steep reductions for aid and health.

Lebanon: The Battle of Abra

AL JAZEERA - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 15:41
We investigate an incident highlighting tensions in Lebanese politics, the role of Hezbollah and the sectarian divide.

Amnesty: Palestinian writer is 'prisoner of conscience'

AL JAZEERA - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 15:34
Human rights group calls for the release of Ahmad Qatamesh, a prominent writer jailed without charges or trial.

At least 20 refugees drown due to overloaded vessel

AL JAZEERA - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 15:11
The rescue operation was just one of 15 underway on Wednesday off Libya's coast, the coastguard said.

Why Jerusalem is not the capital of Israel

AL JAZEERA - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 15:03
No country in the world recognises any part of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, with the exception of Russia.

Africa is not poor, we are stealing its wealth

AL JAZEERA - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 15:02
It's time to change the way we talk and think about Africa.

Venezuela: What is happening today?

AL JAZEERA - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 14:42
A look at the country's ongoing protests against the government of President Maduro and the current political situation.

I-T unearths 400 benami deals, attaches properties worth Rs 600cr

TIMES OF INDIA - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 14:40
The Income Tax department on Wednesday said it has identified over 400 benami transactions and attached properties worth Rs 600 crore in about 240 cases. The department started initiating actions under the new Benami Transactions (Prohibition) Amendment Act, 2016 from November 1 last year.

Remembering the Eritrean dream on Independence Day

AL JAZEERA - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 13:56
Unfortunately, there is not much to celebrate on the 26th anniversary of Eritrea's independence.

Spain Supreme Court confirms Messi fraud sentence

TIMES OF INDIA - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 13:54
Spain's Supreme Court on Wednesday confirmed a 21-month jail sentence and two-million-euro ($2.2-million) fine imposed on Lionel Messi for tax fraud, months after the Barcelona football star lodged an appeal.

Nothing changes in our head when we face Pakistan: Virat Kohli

TIMES OF INDIA - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 13:41
There has been quite a hype around India facing Pakistan in their ICC Champions Trophy 2017 opener next month but for Virat Kohli it's just another game and the team will prepare for it the same way as it does for any other.

Kenya: Police officers killed in al-Shabab bomb attack

AL JAZEERA - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 12:56
The police officers were on patrol when their vehicle was hit a by a landmine laid by armed group al-Shabab.

Mindanao: Churchgoers 'taken hostage' amid Marawi siege

AL JAZEERA - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 12:49
Ongoing violence prompts 'mass exodus' from Marawi, a day after Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte declared martial law.

Taiwan top court rules in favour of gay marriage

AL JAZEERA - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 11:42
Judges in small island nation say current laws violate constitutional rights, but conservatives angered by ruling.

China flexes muscle in spy games against US

TIMES OF INDIA - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 11:32
In April last year, China passed a law placing strict restrictions on foreign NGOs, which are often accused by Beijing of trying to subvert the state and portrayed in Chinese media as fronts for US intelligence operations.

Muslims need to re-think sex, money: Hirsi Ali

TIMES OF INDIA - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 11:06
Ayaan Hirsi Ali is one of the most forceful feminist critics challenging Islam today. She is also in hiding. Andy Martin meets her in an undisclosed location and finds a woman who found the power to say 'no' and the freedom it gave her.

Macron seeks to extend state of emergency to November

AL JAZEERA - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 11:05
Emmanuel Macron also preparing new security measures and legislation having studied 'new terrorist threat'

Nicolas Maduro launches constitution overhaul

AL JAZEERA - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 10:57
President presents plans for a new popular assembly, a move decried by the opposition as a tactic to cling onto power.

Moody's downgrades China over surging debt fears

AL JAZEERA - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 10:02
Beijing rejects ratings agency's assessment, saying it overestimated the risks to the Chinese economy.

IAF rejects reports of Pak jets flying near Siachen

TIMES OF INDIA - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 09:59
A day after India said that it has cranked up military pressure along the 778-km Line of Control with "punitive fire assaults", Pakistan Air Force (PAF) has declared its all forward airbases operational, Pakistani media reported on Wednesday.

US revives 2 projects to counter China's OBOR

TIMES OF INDIA - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 09:29
The Trump administration has resuscitated the 'New Silk Road' initiative, first announced by then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in July 2011 in a speech in Chennai, and the Indo-Pacific Economic Corridor linking south and southeast Asia.

Donald Trump meets Pope Francis at the Vatican

AL JAZEERA - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 08:55
Visit comes after public disagreements between the two men over climate change, immigration and refugee policy.

A crisis with a crisis: Refugees in Lesbos

AL JAZEERA - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 08:50
Two families - one Greek, one Iraqi - come together in a Lesbos hotel, looking for stability amid their own crises.

Pak court allows Indian woman to return home

TIMES OF INDIA - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 08:20
Islamabad High Court on Wednesday granted permission to Indian woman Uzma, who accused a Pakistani man of forcibly marrying her, to return to her country, Pakistan-based Geo TV reported.

Myanmar's Suu Kyi opens fresh round of peace talks

AL JAZEERA - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 08:04
Delegates seek to revive country's faltering peace process amid some of the worst violence in years.

US: Who is Sheriff David Clarke?

AL JAZEERA - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 07:59
Controversial Sheriff David Clarke of Milwaukee County says he will join Trump's Department of Homeland Security.

Egypt: Ex-presidential candidate Khaled Ali detained

AL JAZEERA - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 07:34
Detention follows complaint that Ali made an 'obscene hand gesture' outside a Cairo court in January, his lawyer says.

In UP, I-T dept raids premises of bureaucrats

TIMES OF INDIA - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 07:32
Acting against some bureaucrats across Uttar Pradesh, the Income Tax department on Wednesday conducted raids on their premises in the state, ANI reported.

Trump administration proposes massive $190m cut in aid to Pak

TIMES OF INDIA - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 07:08
The State Department has proposed $344 million in financial assistance and grant to Pakistan including $100 million in foreign military funding, which is used for sale of military hardware. Last year, the US assistance to Pakistan under the State Department budget was $534 million.

Abedi: Student dropout turned suicide bomber

TIMES OF INDIA - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 05:56
Born to a devoutly Islamic Libyan family in Manchester, media reports said Salman Abedi was known to the security services and he had turned to radical Islam in recent years.

EU court highlights Romanian domestic-violence failures

AL JAZEERA - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 04:57
European Court for Human Rights finds lack of commitment in Romania to address domestic assault despite legal framework.

India considering punitive actions against Pak, US lawmakers told 

TIMES OF INDIA - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 04:52
"Continued threat of high level terror attacks in India, violence in Kashmir and bilateral diplomatic recriminations will further strain India-Pakistan ties in 2017," a top American defence intelligence chief has told lawmakers.

Britain's security alert level raised to 'critical'

AL JAZEERA - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 04:42
Prime Minister Theresa May says 'wider group of individuals' could be linked to Manchester attack that killed 22 people.

1,000 asylum seekers stranded in the Mediterranean

AL JAZEERA - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 03:32
Italian Coast Guard launches major rescue operation with about 700 people saved, many of them children.

North Korea on 'inevitable' path to nuclear ICBM: US

AL JAZEERA - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 02:47
DIA chief says if left unchecked, it's only a matter of time before Pyongyang can strike the US with a nuclear missile.

Bahrain: 5 dead as security forces clash with 'outlaws'

AL JAZEERA - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 01:08
Operation took place in Diraz, home village of Ayatollah Isa Qassim and site of a sit-in encampment of his followers.

UK raises terror threat level from 'severe' to 'critical', deploys troops

TIMES OF INDIA - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 00:30
Britain's armed forces will be deployed to boost security, Prime Minister Theresa May said on Tuesday, as the country raised its terror threat to the highest level of "critical" after a suicide attack in Manchester that killed 22 people, including children.

Manchester attack: Defiant residents stage vigil

AL JAZEERA - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 23:45
City defiant and sombre after suspected ISIL attack kills 22 people - mainly children - at Ariana Grande concert.

Duterte declares martial law after Mindanao attack

AL JAZEERA - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 23:06
Emergency declaration follows ongoing attack by about 100 fighters in the southern city of Marawi on Mindanao.

Ethiopia's Tedros becomes first African to head WHO

AL JAZEERA - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 22:44
Tedros Adhanom elected to head UN agency but controversy surrounds his role in Ethiopia's repressive government.

John Brennan: Russia interfered in US election process

AL JAZEERA - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 21:41
Former CIA chief John Brennan says he warned Russia's FSB security chief of tainted relationship if it interfered.

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