Vice President Pence says US stands ‘shoulder to shoulder’ with Egypt

Saturday, 20 January 2018

Vice President Mike Pence and Egyptian leader Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi pledged a united front against terrorism in the Mideast as Pence, the highest-level American official to visit the US ally in nearly a decade, began a trip through the region after leaving behind a government shutdown in Washington. Pence and el-Sissi held two-and-a-half hours of talks at the presidential palace in Cairo, with acknowledgements of friendship and partnership between the two countries. Through a translator, Pence ...

Chelsea and Arsenal turn on the power with 4-goal shows

Saturday, 20 January 2018

Turbo-charged London rivals Chelsea and Arsenal warmed up in style for their midweek League Cup showdown by turning on the goal power in the Premier League on Saturday. Chelsea ended its recent struggles in front of goal with a 4-0 demolition of Brighton at the Amex Stadium. Hazard (2), Willian and Victor Moses were on target as the defending champion climbed to third in the standings with 50 points from 24 games. Arsenal hosts its capital city rival in a League Cup semifinal second leg on ...

Suicide attack under way at Kabul hotel: official

Saturday, 20 January 2018

Four gunmen attacked Kabul’s Intercontinental Hotel on Saturday and started shooting at guests, an Afghan official said, in the latest violence to strike the Afghan capital. “Four attackers are inside the building,” an official at the Afghan spy agency told AFP. They are “shooting at guests”, he said. The fourth floor of the hotel is on fire, the official from the National Directorate of Security added. Occupants inside the hotel are hiding on the second floor, a ...

‘Nouvelle cuisine’ pioneer Bocuse dies at 91

Saturday, 20 January 2018

Paul Bocuse, one of France’s most celebrated chefs, has died at the age of 91, the interior minister said on Saturday. Bocuse was an early exponent of “nouvelle cuisine”, which reinterpreted traditional French cooking using less butter and cream and focusing on fresh ingredients and stylish presentation. Interior Minister Gerard Collomb announced Bocuse’s death on his official twitter feed. “Paul Bocuse is dead... The pope of gastronomy has left us,” ...

Syrian army, allies take Idlib air base, says Hezbollah media unit

Saturday, 20 January 2018

The Syrian army and allied forces captured Abu al-Duhur airport in Idlib province from insurgents on Saturday, a Hezbollah military media unit said. They had pushed into the military air base hours earlier, pressing their offensive in Syria’s largest rebel stronghold, said the media unit run by Lebanon’s Hezbollah, which fights along the Damascus government.

Record absence of sunshine in central Europe

Saturday, 20 January 2018

In recent weeks, Belgium has experienced a record absence of sunshine. A lack of light that can sometimes affect morale, and even cause a depressive state. December was Belgium's darkest month since 1934. The country's meteorological institute says there was barely more than 10 hours of sunshine during the whole month. The lack of light is hard for some to bear. A psychiatrist says it can even help cause depression. December was also unusually wet, with twenty-six days of rain. While ...

New vote on Iraq poll date 'by Monday' as Abadi meets Kurdistan region PM

Saturday, 20 January 2018

Iraq's parliament failed on Saturday to approve May 12 as the election date, as suggested by the government, as Sunni and Kurdish lawmakers demanded a delay to allow hundreds of thousands of war-displaced people to return home. Shi'ite politicians, including Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, insist on holding the election as planned on May 12, saying a delay would be against the constitution. Speaking after Saturday's session in Baghdad, Parliamentary Speaker Salim al-Jabouri, a Sunni, expressed ...

Church conservatives question pope’s airborne nuptials

Saturday, 20 January 2018

The honeymoon, as it were, is apparently over. A day after Pope Francis grabbed headlines by pronouncing two flight attendants man and wife while flying 36,000 feet over Chile, the conservative Catholic commentariat on Friday questioned the legitimacy of the impromptu sacrament and warned it could cheapen the church’s marriage preparation down the line. “Do you know what’s a ‘marriage’ ripe for annulment?” tweeted the traditionalist blog Rorate Caeli. ...

Turkish ski bus accident kills 11, injures 44

Saturday, 20 January 2018

Turkish officials say a bus carrying mostly people going on a ski trip has crashed into trees on the side of a road, killing 11 passengers and injuring 44 others.Governor Ozdemir Cakacak of Eskisehir province said the bus was travelling from the Turkish capital of Ankara to the western city of Bursa when it crashed on a road in his region early on Saturday.The cause of the crash, which occurred on the first day of a school holiday, was under investigation.The state-run Anadolu Agency quoted the ...

Fears of serial child killer in infamous Pakistan city

Saturday, 20 January 2018

The body of six-year-old Zainab Fatima Ameen was dumped here in the city of Kasur -- one of a dozen such young victims in recent years. Her shocking death has sparked nationwide outrage and fears a serial murderer may be at work. Nusrat Bibi, Zainab's mother, said "They must have told my daughter that they would take her to me, they must have said something like this for her to follow them... Otherwise she was very wise and obedient and she knew [not to talk to strangers]." (MORE). ...

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