Friday 26 August 2016

Lotte Group vice chairman found dead, suicide suspected

One of the senior most executives at South Korea's Lotte Group was found dead on Friday, a suspected suicide, hours before he was to be questioned by prosecutors conducting a criminal probe into the family-run conglomerate. Lotte Group, in a text message to reporters, said it


Oil falls as global glut concerns return

Crude prices edged lower on Thursday as brimming US and Asian fuel inventories returned investors' attention to a large global supply overhang, cutting short a price rally and restricting Brent crude futures to below the $50 a barrel mark. International benchmark Brent crude


12 killed in American University attack in Kabul

Twelve people, including seven students, three police and two security guards, were killed in an attack by gunmen on the American University in the Afghan capital, Kabul, police said on Thursday. Fraidoon Obaidi, chief of the Kabul police Criminal Investigation Department, told R


Italy earthquake: Death toll climbs to 247

Rescue teams were working through the night to try to find survivors under the rubble that remained of central Italian towns flattened by an earthquake that hit in the early hours of Wednesday, killing at least 247 people. The Civil Protection department in Rome said a tally by local o


Turkish-backed rebels enter IS-held Syrian town

Turkish-backed Syrian rebels entered the Islamic State-held town of Jarablus in northern Syria on Wednesday in an operation supported by Turkish tanks, special forces units and US-led coalition warplanes, rebel sources said. A rebel commander with the Failaq Al Sham group, who re


Death toll in Italian quake rises to 73

At least 73 people have died in an earthquake which devastated a string of small towns in central Italy in the early hours of Wednesday, the civil protection department said. The quake struck when most residents were asleep, razing homes and buckling roads in a cluster of communi


World's longest airship crash-lands on test flight

The world's longest aircraft, the Airlander 10 airship, has crash-landed after a test flight in Bedfordshire, central England, its British manufacturer Hybrid Air Vehicles said on Wednesday. The airship, which is bigger than the size of six double-decker buses, sustained dama


Powerful quake strikes central Myanmar

A powerful earthquake of 6.8 magnitude struck central Myanmar on Wednesday, the US Geological Survey (USGS) and local authorities said, shaking buildings across the Southeast Asian nation and the region. The quake hit the town of Chauk, southwest of Mandalay, the Myanmar governme


Czech locksmith builds plane to fly to work

Frantisek Hadrava thought driving to work for 14 minutes was too much, so he built a plane to cut the commute by half. Hadrava, a 45-year old locksmith from the south-western Czech village of Zdikov, took about two years of his spare time to build his Vampira, an ultralight plane


India probes damage caused by submarine data leak

India is investigating the extent to which secrets about French Scorpene submarines being built in the country have been compromised, its defence ministry said on Wednesday, after a leak of documents relating to its combat capabilities. The leak, which was first reported in The A

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