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“Technically bankrupt” Malaysia Airlines

Malaysia Airlines has outlined plans for a major restructure that will see the carrier slash around 6,000 jobs as it struggles to stay in business. The plan, released on Monday by email, said the airline would begin operations under a new brand on September 1. About 14,000 of the roughly 20,000 existing employees are expected to receive offer letters to ...

More than 500 have died in India from heatwave

More than 500 people have died in India from a days-long heatwave that has seen temperatures nudging 50 degrees Celsius, officials say. Officials warned the toll was likely to rise, with figures still being collected in some parts of the hard-hit Telangana state in the south of the country, and with no end in sight to the searing conditions. Large ...

Malaysian PM orders rescue of migrant boats

Kuala Lumpur: Prime Minister Najib Razak said Thursday he had ordered the Malaysian navy and coastguard to conduct search and rescue operations for boats carrying stricken migrants including ethnic Rohingya from Myanmar. “I have further ordered (the) Royal Malaysian Navy and Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency to conduct search and rescue efforts for Rohingya boats. We have to prevent loss of ...

Obama seeks to reassure Gulf allies on Iran, security at summit

President Barack Obama opened a summit with Saudi Arabia and other Gulf allies on Thursday, seeking to convince them of Washington’s commitment to their security despite deep concern among Arab leaders about US efforts to broker a nuclear deal with Iran. Hosting the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council for a rare summit at the Camp David presidential retreat, Obama faced the ...

ISIS supporter in Virginia was sentenced to 4-1/2 years in prison

A Virginia woman was sentenced to 4-1/2 years in prison Monday for lying to U.S. investigators about using social media to promote and recruit for ISIS. Heather Elizabeth Coffman, 29, of Glen Allen, Virginia, pleaded guilty to the charge in January. She admitted that between approximately June and November last year she used several Facebook accounts to promote the group ...

Poor weather and avalanches prevent help from reaching remote villages in Nepal

Poor weather and avalanches are continuing to prevent emergency workers from reaching remote villages, two weeks after a massive magnitude-7.8 earthquake devastated parts of Nepal. One man has been trekking in to remote villages and reporting his findings back to aid agencies since the earthquake struck on April 25. “The highest village in Makalu region was around 4,000 metres and ...

The execution of a Filipina drug convict in Indonesia will not be delayed

The execution of a Filipina drug convict by an Indonesian firing squad will not be delayed despite last-minute appeals by the Philippine government, the Attorney-General said on Tuesday. Indonesian President Joko Widodo earlier met with a migrant workers’ group to discuss the case of Mary Jane Veloso, who is one of nine people set to be executed on Tuesday night. ...

A powerful earthquake rattled Papua New Guinea and officials warned tsunami

A powerful earthquake rattled the South Pacific island nation of Papua New Guinea on Tuesday, and officials warned that a local tsunami was possible. The 7.4-magnitude quake struck about 130 kilometers (80 miles) south of the town of Kokopo in northeastern Papua New Guinea, at a depth of 63 kilometers (40 miles), the U.S. Geological Survey reported, downgrading its original estimate that the quake ...

About 100 bodies found in Nepali village

Nepali police and local volunteers found the bodies of about 100 trekkers and villagers buried in an avalanche set off by last month’s devastating earthquake and were digging through snow and ice for signs of dozens more missing, officials said on Monday. The government began asking foreign teams to wrap up search and rescue operations, as hope of finding people ...

The new royal baby named Charlotte Elizabeth Diana

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have named their new baby daughter Charlotte Elizabeth Diana. The names will be seen as a triple homage to her grandfather Prince Charles, great-grandmother Queen Elizabeth II, and late grandmother Diana. The child was born on Saturday, a sister for one-year-old Prince George. Kate gave birth within three hours of being admitted to hospital. ...

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