HAVANA, May 20 (Xinhua) : Cuba confirmed here on Saturday that 110 people were dead from Friday's Boeing 737 crash close to Havana's Jose Marti International Airport. Transportation Minister Adel Yzquierdo told a press conference that of the 110 dead, 99 were Cubans, 11 foreigners including six Mexican crew members, two Argentines, one Mexican and two temporary foreign residents. The three survivors, identified as Mailen Diaz, 19, Gretell Landrovell, 23, and Emiley Sanchez, 39, are still in critical condition.
FOLLOW-UP WORK UNDERWAY An identification process of the victims and an investigation into the accident have been underway, according to local authorities. So far, only 15 bodies have been identified, Yzquierdo said, adding officials were working intensively to identify the rest of the victims, whose remains were transferred to the Institute of Legal Medicine in..
SEOUL, May 20 (AFP) - US President Donald Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Sunday discussed North Korea's recent threats to cancel its unprecedented summit with Washington, Seoul's presidential office said. After weeks of warm words and diplomatic backslapping, Pyongyang abruptly threatened to pull out of the planned summit next month because of US demands for "unilateral nuclear abandonment", according to the North's official KCNA news agency.
North Korea also cancelled at the last minute a high-level meeting with the South, protesting joint military drills between Seoul and Washington.
In a phone conversation on Sunday, Trump and Moon "exchanged views on various actions taken by North Korea recently", Moon's office said in a statement. The two leaders agreed to "work closely" for the success of the landmark summit in Singapore on June 12, which would be the first..
PARIS, May 20 (AFP) - Over six million people tweeted on Prince Harry's marriage to Meghan Markle, more than three times the number during his older brother's wedding, social media monitoring firm Visibrain said Sunday. Between 2200 GMT Friday and 2300 GMT Saturday, 6,604,498 tweets were posted worldwide on the royal nuptials, of which 5.2 million bore the hashtag #RoyalWedding, the French firm said. That compared with 1,821,669 tweets across a similar timeframe for Prince William when he married Kate Middleton back on April 29, 2011 when Twitter, founded in 2006, was in its relative infancy. The most picked up post was by Lucy Sempey and was retweeted nearly 105,000 times. It was a photograph of Markle outside Buckingham Palace as a teen with the message:
"One day you're 15 and posing outside Buckingham palace and 22 years later you're marrying the Prince...
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Janakpurdham, May 11(RSS): Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said India's beliefs, conviction and history would remain incomplete without Nepal. In his address to a civic felicitation organised in the honour of Indian Prime Minister Modi who is presently on a two-day State visit to Nepal, at Barhabigha Ground in religious and historic city Janakpur today, he said, "Hearts of Nepali are deeper than sea and Nepal's sovereignty is higher than the Mount Everest. " The ceremony was jointly organised by the Province 2 government and the Janakpur Sub Metropolis.
"The Mithila region, the area which is held close by both Nepal and India is enriched by cultural beliefs. The Mithila culture is supreme in the world", he said, adding that creations of Vidyapati (1352-1448), a well-known poet of the Mithila literature, kept equal..
RIO DE JANEIRO, May 5 (Xinhua) : At least nine people were killed early Saturday in Brazil's southern Parana state following a head-on collision between a tour bus and a car, highway police said.
The accident occurred around dawn when the car reportedly tried to pass a vehicle at a point in the road where passing was prohibited, and collided into the oncoming bus.
According to the authorities, the bus was carrying 30 patients who were returning to the city of Realeza after undergoing medical tests in the state capital Curitiba.Preliminary reports said seven of the bus passengers were among the dead, while the other two fatal victims were in the car that crashed...
SRINAGAR, India, May 6, 2018 (AFP) - Indian soldiers shot dead five Kashmir militants including a rebel university teacher in a gunfight Sunday that triggered protests in which five civilians were killed.
Thousands took to the streets of Srinagar, the disputed territory's main city, to show support for the slain militants and government forces opened fire to break up the protests, director general of police Shesh Paul Vaid said.
Hundreds of people were reported injured in the protests after the siege in which a top commander of Hizbul Mujahideen, a key rebel group, was also killed.
Government forces swooped on the village of Badigam, in Shopian district south of Srinagar, following a tip-off about armed militants holed up inside a house.
The rebels refused an offer to surrender, triggering a fierce gun battle, Vaid told AFP.
A specific appeal was made to Mohammad Rafi Bhat, a..
PUL-E-KHUMRI, Afghanistan, May 6 (Xinhua) -- Unknown armed men abducted six foreigners and their Afghan driver in Khawja Alwan area outside Afghanistan's northern Baghlan province's capital city Pul-e-khumri on Sunday, a local official said.
"All the abducted foreigners were working for a sub-station of a power supply company in Khawja Alwan area when the incident happened today morning," police spokesman Zabihullah Shija told reporters here.
Without identifying their nationalities, the official blamed Taliban militants for the abduction and said, "Taliban commander Mullah Shahen is behind the crime."
However, he added that efforts are underway to ensure the safe release of the abducted persons.
Taliban militants are yet to make comment...
AGRA, India, May 3, 2018 (AFP) - Lightning strikes and powerful dust storms across India have killed at least 116 people and injured more than 250 as meteorologists warned Thursday of more wild weather on the horizon.
Dust clouds plunged swathes of north India into darkness as winds of more than 130 kilometres per hour (80 miles per hour) brought down feeble mud houses and killed people where they slept.
Walls, trees and electricity pylons were torn down in parts of Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Punjab states where officials said the death toll was expected to rise.
The destructive winds were followed by fierce lightning storms and rains.
Similar storms kill hundreds of people each year in India but these were some of the most severe in recent decades.
Shivam Lohia, who owns a resort hotel in Alwar district of Rajasthan, said he abandoned his car on the road and ran for his life..
Kathmandu, April 30 (RSS): Minister for Defence, Ishwor Pokharel, has today unveiled the idol of Buddha at Pasikot in Budhanilkantha, on the occasion of Buddha Jayanti.
On the occasion, Minister Pokharel said, "You have presented an example that development activities could be forwarded making people organised by constructing the idol of Buddha."
He said that no one has to wait direction of the government to carry out good activities and such works should get continuity.
Saying the government has focused its attention in economic development, prosperity and good governance, the Defence Minister said that development activities and planning would be determined as per the provisions of the..
Butwal, April 30 (RSS): President Bidya Devi Bhandari laid the foundation stone of the Lumbini International Buddhist Meditation Center and Assembly Hall to be constructed in Lumbini, the birthplace of Gautam Buddha, amidst a ceremony here today.
The foundation-stone-laying-ceremony was organised amidst with rituals coinciding the Buddha Jayanti (birth anniversary of Gautam Buddha) today.
Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Rabindra Adhikari and Province 5 Chief Minister Shanker Pokhrel were present on the occasion.
It may be noted that two years ago, the then Prime Minister Oli who had been here to observe the 2560 Buddha Jayanti had instructed the Lumbini Area Development Trust for the construction of an assembly hall capable of accommodating 5,000 people in Lumbini.
His order followed the delay in organising the Buddha Jayanti special..