13 August 2020, Thursday | 09:59am


Lightning caused deadly Moscow crash landing, says pilot

MOSCOW: The pilot of a Russian passenger plane that erupted in a ball of fire on the runway of Moscow’s busiest airport, killing 41 people, said lightning led to the emergency landing.

Russian airline cancels Sukhoi Superjet order after fatal crash

MOSCOW: Russian regional carrier Yamal Airlines said on Monday it was cancelling its planned purchase of 10 Sukhoi Superjet 100s, the same type of aircraft involved in a fatal crash-landing the previous day, the TASS news agency reported.

India braces for cyclone, puts navy on alert

BHUBANESWAR (India), May 2 — India deployed emergency personnel yesterday and ordered the navy on standby as it braced for an extremely severe cyclonic storm barrelling towards the eastern coast.

Trial for murder of Scandinavian hikers to open in Morocco

RABAT (Morocco), May 2 — Two dozen suspects are set to go on trial in Morocco today over the gruesome murder of two young Scandinavian hikers late last year that shocked the North African country.

Thai King announces consort to be Queen ahead of coronation

BANGKOK: Thailand announced Wednesday that King Maha Vajiralongkorn’s long-time consort had become his fourth wife, bestowed with the title Queen Suthida — a surprise move just days before his coronation.

One shot dead, at least 27 hurt in Venezuela May Day clashes

CARACAS: A woman was shot dead and more than two dozen people were injured during May Day clashes between opposition supporters and Venezuela’s armed forces in Caracas on Wednesday, with opposition leader Juan Guaido attempting to rally demonstrators against President Nicolas Maduro.

Ranger killed, three others injured in two separate bomb explosions in Pattani

PATTANI, May 1 (Bernama) -- A ranger was killed, while three other members of a bomb disposal squad were injured in two separate explosions in Pattani, in southern Thailand within a spate of 48 hours.

Cyprus finds another victim of suspected serial killer

NICOSIA: Police in Cyprus found human remains today in an ongoing investigation into a suspected serial killer thought to have gone on a killing spree that claimed seven female victims and went undetected for almost three years.

US commander overseeing Guantanamo Bay fired

WASHINGTON: The US admiral in charge of the Guantanamo Bay detention centre in Cuba has been fired “due to a loss of confidence in his ability to command,” US Southern Command said in a statement yesterday.

Bollywood stars, rich Indians vote in fourth phase of giant election

MUMBAI: Some of India’s richest families, Bollywood stars and others voted early today in Mumbai and elsewhere in the country as the fourth phase of a massive, staggered general election got underway.