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McIlroy can’t wait to get busy at Ryder Cup

August 29, 2014 3:47 pm

BOSTON: World number one Rory McIlroy has doused any fears of burnout ahead of the Ryder Cup, declaring to European captain Paul McGinley “put me in every Gleneagles match”. McIlroy will tee up Friday in the opening round of the … Read more »

Iceland raises volcano alert to red after eruption

August 29, 2014 3:45 pm

REYKJAVIK: Iceland’s Meteorological Institute raised its alert over the nation’s largest volcano to red on Friday after the Bardarbunga began erupting overnight. A ban on air traffic around the country’s largest volcanic system was also put in place. A previous … Read more »

Japan hangs gangster and killer arsonist

August 29, 2014 3:43 pm

TOKYO: Japan executed a mobster and a killer arsonist on Friday, bringing to 11 the total number of death sentences carried out since Prime Minister Shinzo Abe took power in 2012. The executions came days before Abe is expected to … Read more »

Did Brad and Angelina get married twice?

August 29, 2014 3:37 pm

Was there another secret marriage ceremony? Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s long-awaited wedding in the south of France last Saturday may not have been enough to seal the deal — at least according to the few details the notoriously secretive … Read more »

Libyan government resigns to allow parliament form new Cabinet

August 29, 2014 3:35 pm

MOSCOW: Libya’s interim government headed by Prime Minister Abdullah Thani has resigned to allow the new parliament to form a new cabinet, Reuters reported Friday citing a Libyan lawmaker. “This is just a routine step. There is no conflict between … Read more »

Filipino peacekeepers in Golan Heights stand-off well-armed – AFP

August 29, 2014 3:33 pm

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Friday said that the Filipino peacekeepers, involved in the Golan Heights stand-off with Syrian rebels, are a well equipped and armed force. Col. Roberto Ancan, AFP Peacekeeping Operations Center commander, said the … Read more »

Why your favorite song takes you down memory lane

August 29, 2014 11:18 am

PARIS: Music triggers different functions of the brain, which helps explain why listening to a song you like might be enjoyable but a favourite song may plunge you into nostalgia, scientists said on Thursday. Neuroscientists in the United States used … Read more »

Malaysia Airlines suspends shares ahead of reform plan

August 29, 2014 11:17 am

KUALA LUMPUR: Struggling Malaysia Airlines suspended trading in its shares Friday ahead of an announcement later in the day on a restructuring plan aimed at keeping the carrier in business following two devastating air tragedies. State investment fund Khazanah Nasional, … Read more »

43 UN peacekeepers seized in Syrian Golan Heights

August 29, 2014 11:15 am

UNITED NATIONS: Syrian armed groups, some of whom are linked to Al-Qaeda, captured 43 UN peacekeepers on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights on Thursday and surrounded 81 others, the UN said. The 43 peacekeepers from Fiji were forced … Read more »

Joan Rivers ‘stable’ in New York hospital

August 29, 2014 11:12 am

NEW YORK: Joan Rivers, the acerbic US stand-up comic renowned for her rapier wit, was rushed to hospital on Thursday after suffering complications during a medical procedure, colleagues said. US media said the 81-year-old Rivers stopped breathing while undergoing surgery … Read more »