13 August 2020, Thursday | 11:15am


Egypt denies technical failures caused 2016 Airbus crash

CAIRO: Egypt yesterday denied that technical failures caused EgyptAir flight 804 to crash on its way to Cairo from Paris three years ago, killing all 66 people on board.

SpaceX postpones first commercial launch due to strong wind

COLORADO SPRINGS: SpaceX postponed Wednesday what would have been its first commercial launch with the Falcon Heavy rocket, citing strong wind in the upper atmosphere.

The next window for the mission is Thursday, the company said.

India’s giant election gets underway with voting in first of 7 phases

GHAZIABAD: Indians began voting on Thursday in the first phase of a mammoth general election, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi gunning for a second term having campaigned strongly on his national security record following a

New Zealand police expect tens of thousands of firearms in guns buy-back scheme

WELLINGTON: New Zealand police expect tens of thousands of firearms to be surrendered in a guns buy-back scheme after parliament passed tough new firearm laws in the wake of the country’s worst peacetime mass shooting.

Dozens killed in Nigerian violence flareup

WARRI, NIGERIA: Dozens of people have been killed in a flareup of violence in three Nigerian regions, security officials and local sources said Tuesday.

German police raid Islamic organisations over suspected Hamas support

The main targets of the German police raids were WorldWide Resistance-Help and Ansaar International, which are believed to have collected funds for Hamas. — Reuters pic

China and North Korea open new border crossing

BEIJING: A Chinese city has opened a new border crossing with North Korea — fitted with radiation detectors — even as talks between Washington and Pyongyang have languished over disagreements for nuclear sanctions relief.

New blackout hits large parts of Venezuela

CARACAS: A new blackout across large parts of Venezuela, including the capital Caracas, forced many to spend another night in the dark yesterday, AFP and accounts published on social media said.

Wreckage confirmed to be from crashed Japanese F-35 fighter

TOKYO: Search and rescue teams found wreckage belonging to a Japanese Lockheed Martin F-35 stealth fighter that disappeared on Tuesday over the Pacific Ocean close to northern Japan, a military spokesman said on Wednesday.

Dr Mahathir, Jokowi mount protest to EU over palm curbs

JAKARTA/BRUSSELS: Indonesian President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) and Malaysian Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad have signed a joint letter of objection to the European Union (EU) over its p