24 September 2020, Thursday | 03:11pm


China teacher arrested for 'poisoning' pupils, reports state media

Twenty-three children in a China kindergarten were taken ill when a teacher allegedly poisoned their morning porridge on March 27, 2019. — Thomson Reuters pic

Possible suicide pact in macabre German crossbow murders

MUNICH, Germany: Investigators were on Tuesday pursuing leads that five mysterious deaths, including three by crossbow bolts, may have been a murder-suicide pact among Germans with a reported passion for medieval folklore and weaponry.

Meet the Quran memoriser who has one lung

Some may not be able to speak or understand a single Arabic word, but they manage to perfectly and tunefully recite the Holy Quran, which represents the highest level of standard Arabic language. Others may not be physically fit or have some health issues, or even have one lung, but still they are so persistent to learn the Quran by heart and recite it in a perfect way.

Trump denies planning to deploy 120,000 troops to counter Iran threat

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump on Monday rejected a report that he is considering sending 120,000 troops to counter Iran, but didn’t rule out deploying “a hell of a lot more” soldiers in the future.

Two missing in Alaskan waters after tour planes crash; probe begins

ANCHORAGE: Rescue teams and divers searched the waters of southeast Alaska on Tuesday for two passengers missing after a pair of sightseeing planes collided in midair, killing at least four people, the US Coast Guard said.

San Francisco bans facial recognition use by police

SAN FRANCISCO: San Francisco on Tuesday became the first US city to ban use of facial recognition technology by police or other government agencies.

Nasa dubs 2024 Moon mission ‘Artemis,‘ asks for US$1.6b

WASHINGTON: Nasa’s next mission to the Moon will be called Artemis, the US space agency announced Monday, though it’s still looking for the money to make the journey happen by its accelerated 2024 deadline.

Bolsonaro’s decree allows millions of Brazilians to carry guns

RIO DE JANEIRO: Truckers, lawyers and politicians are among millions of Brazilians eligible to carry loaded weapons in public under far-right President Jair Bolsonaro’s decree relaxing gun laws that experts say is unconstitutional and will fuel deadly violence.

Billionaire Bezos unveils moon lander mockup, embraces Trump's lunar timetable

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Billionaire entrepreneur Jeff Bezos unveiled on Thursday a mockup of a lunar lander being built by his Blue Origin rocket company and touted his moon goals in a strategy aimed at capitalizing on the Trump administration's renewed push to establish a lunar outpost in just five years.

Strong 6.3-magnitude quake hits southern Japan

TOKYO: A strong 6.3-magnitude earthquake hit southern Japan Friday, the US Geological Survey said, but Japanese authorities said there was no tsunami threat.