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US launches probe after second deadly Navy collision

WASHINGTON: The US Navy announced a fleet-wide global investigation on Monday (Aug 21) after the latest in a series of accidents left another 10 sailors missing and five more injured.

Turkey remains committed in fight against extremism: PM Yildirim

SINGAPORE: While extremism has been a thorny issue faced by Turkey, the country remains committed in the fight against it, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Monday (Aug 21).

Spanish police shoot dead Barcelona attack fugitive

SUBIRATS, Spain: Spanish police on Monday (Aug 21) shot dead Younes Abouyaaqoub, the suspected driver of a van that mowed down pedestrians in Barcelona, in a dramatic end to a massive manhunt for the Moroccan national who was wearing a…

One dead after van hits people at Marseille bus stops

MARSEILLE: One person was killed and another seriously injured in the southern French city of Marseille on Monday (Aug 21) after a convicted criminal with psychiatric problems drove a van into people waiting at two bus stops, police said.

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One dead, 9 missing after quake hits Italy holiday island

ROME: A 4.0-magnitude earthquake struck the Italian holiday island of Ischia on Monday (Aug 21), causing destruction that left at least one dead and nine missing at peak tourist season, authorities said.

Total solar eclipse completes path across America

MADRAS/CHARLESTON: Emotional sky-gazers stood transfixed across North America on Monday (Aug 21) as the sun vanished behind the moon in a rare total eclipse that swept the continent coast-to-coast for the first time in nearly a century.


North Korea shipments to Syria chemical arms agency intercepted - UN report

Two North Korean shipments to a Syrian government agency responsible for the country's chemical weapons programme were intercepted in the past six months, according to a confidential United Nations report on North Korea sanctions…


Tainted-eggs scandal reaches Italy

ROME: Italy said on Monday (Aug 21) it has found traces of fipronil in two eggs samples, making it the latest country hit by the Europe-wide insecticide scandal, while a batch of tainted frozen omelettes was also withdrawn.


Spanish police track down, shoot dead Barcelona attacker

SUBIRATS, Spain: Spanish police on Monday shot dead an Islamist militant who killed 13 people with a van in Barcelona last week, ending a five-day manhunt for the perpetrator of Spain's deadliest attack in over a decade.


Former Michael Jackson lawyer to defend Cosby

NEW YORK: The one-time attorney of late pop icon Michael Jackson will now defend disgraced television icon Bill Cosby in his upcoming re-trial for sexual assault, the actor's spokesman said on Monday (Aug 21).

Brazilian army, police raid violent Rio favelas

RIO DE JANEIRO: Brazil's army went into action again on Monday (Aug 21) to support police in raids on some of Rio de Janeiro's most violent favelas - but not before a rogue soldier allegedly tipped off the drug gangs.

Croatia fights dozens of fires along Adriatic coast

ZAGREB: Croatian firefighters and armed forces were fighting dozens of wildfires on Monday (Aug 21) along the Adriatic coastline and on the popular tourist islands of Hvar and Brac, officials said.


Americans cheer as rare total solar eclipse marches across country

The moon blacked out the sun on Monday as the first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse in the United States in nearly a century began in western Oregon, while millions of Americans looked skyward in wonder through protective glasses,…


How could a US warship have collided with a tanker?

SINGAPORE: The US destroyer John S McCain collided with a tanker early on Monday (Aug 21) as the warship prepared to make a routine port call in Singapore, leaving a gaping hole in its hull and 10 sailors missing.


Spain identifies Barcelona attack driver as hunt widens

BARCELONA: Spanish police said on Monday (Aug 21)they had identified the driver of a van that mowed down pedestrians in Barcelona, killing 13, in Barcelona, killing 13, as a manhunt for the suspect believed to be a Moroccan national…


US to pause issuing non-immigrant visas in Russia: Embassy

Washington will halt the issuance of all non-immigrant visas in Russia for nine days from Wednesday and will thereafter reduce visa operations, the US embassy in Moscow said Monday, citing the "Russian government-imposed cap" on its staff…

Finland stabbing suspect may have been radicalised

Court documents on Monday identified the suspect in last week's stabbing spree in a Finnish city - being probed as the country's first ever terror attack - as 18-year-old Abderrahman Mechkah.


Trump sends 'thoughts and prayers' to US sailors in crash

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump late Sunday (Aug 21) tweeted his "thoughts and prayers" to the sailors aboard a US destroyer that collided with a tanker near Singapore, leaving 10 missing and five injured.


Former Iranian president asks Supreme Leader to end house arrests

BEIRUT: Iran's former president Mohammad Khatami has called on Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to end the house arrest of opposition leaders, Khatami’s website reported Sunday, the first such public call by a senior political figure

Finnish police search new sites, talk to suspect in knife rampage probe

Police searched premises in the city of Turku and interviewed the chief suspect on Sunday as part of an investigation into Finland's first suspected Islamist militant attack.

Sunday, Aug 20

Barcelona attack suspect still sought as investigation expands to other countries

Spanish police searched on Sunday for the man behind the wheel in the Barcelona van attack that killed 13 people, amid growing signs members of the militant group had connections elsewhere in Europe.

Millions pour into US towns in path of total eclipse

CHARLESTON: On Monday (Aug 21), when a total solar eclipse sweeps across the United States for the first time in 99 years, people gathering in Charleston, South Carolina, will be the last on the continent to experience it.

South Africa gives go-ahead to rhino horn auction

JOHANNESBURG: A South African court on Sunday (Aug 20) gave the go-ahead for an online auction of rhino horns that has outraged conservationists.

Police uncover gas arsenal at bomb factory as Barcelona mourns

BARCELONA: Spanish police said on Sunday (Aug 20) they had uncovered a cache of 120 gas canisters at a house believed to be the bomb-making factory of suspects in terror attacks that claimed 14 lives, as Barcelona mourned victims of the…

Saturday, Aug 19

After terror attack, Barcelona under fire over security barrier

Barcelona's authorities came under fire Saturday for failing to put up security barriers at the seaside city's main tourist thoroughfare, Las Ramblas, the site of a deadly jihadist attack two days ago.

Dozens of nationalities among Spain attack victims

PARIS: The twin vehicle attacks in Spain that killed 14 people and wounded 120 in a bustling tourist area of Barcelona and the nearby seaside resort of Cambrils affected people of three dozen nationalities.

Spain hunts for driver in van rampage, says Islamist cell dismantled

RIPOLL/BARCELONA, Spain: Police were searching on Saturday for the driver of a van that killed 13 people when it ploughed into a crowd in Barcelona and were trying to determine whether two other suspected Islamist militants linked to the…

Spain police say terror suspects planned bigger attack

Suspects in Spain's deadly twin terror attacks were preparing an even bigger assault but were thwarted in their plans and forced to act in a "more rudimentary" way, police said Friday.

Friday, Aug 18

4th suspect arrested in connection with Catalonia attacks: Police

MADRID: A fourth suspect was arrested Friday over twin attacks in Spain that saw vehicles plough into pedestrians in Barcelona and the nearby seaside town of Cambrils, killing 14 and injuring over 100, police said.

14 dead in Barcelona van carnage, driver at large

BARCELONA: A van driver ploughed into crowds of pedestrians on Barcelona's most popular street in broad daylight on Thursday (Aug 17), killing 14 people in an attack claimed by the Islamic State militant group.

Catalan president warns Spain attack suspect still at large

BARCELONA: Catalonia's President Carles Puigdemont warned Friday (Aug 18) a suspect was still on the run after two attacks in Barcelona and another popular Spanish seaside city, saying he could still potentially be dangerous.

7 injured in second Spain car rampage: Authorities

MADRID: Six civilians and one police officer were hurt when a car drove into people in the Spanish seaside resort of Cambrils early Friday (Aug 18), the regional government said, just hours after a similar deadly attack in nearby Barcelona…

Thursday, Aug 17

Wildfires trap 2,000 villagers in Portugal

MACAO, Portugal: Forest fires cut off a village of 2,000 people in Portugal, as firefighters struggled on Thursday (Aug 17) to control two major blazes in the centre of the country, local officials said.

Barcelona attack: What we know

BARCELONA: A driver deliberately rammed a van into pedestrians on one of Barcelona's most popular boulevards on Thursday (Aug 17), killing 13 people in what Spanish police called a "terrorist attack".

US culture 'ripped apart' by statue removals: Trump

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump said Thursday (Aug 17) the history and culture of the United States were being "ripped apart" by the removal of statues memorialising the Confederate era.

Moscow calls 'nonsense' allegations that it meddled in US 2016 elections

Allegations that Moscow meddled in the U.S. presidential elections in 2016 are groundless, as there have been no criminal cases brought in the United States against those who allowed such alleged meddling, Russian Foreign Ministry…