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Nine people killed after avalanche hits SW China’s Tibet

A 600-meter rescue passage had been completed Wednesday morning, southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region but no signs of life have been detected. Nine people, buried by the icefall here on Sunday, were confirmed dead on Monday. The avalanche was confirmed as a glacier slide.

2016-07-20 16:16:28

Nice attacker’s name: Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel

Nice local media stated that the truck attack’s assailant name was Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, which left 84 people killed and more than hundred injured on Thursday night. Tunisian originated 31-year-old Mohamad Bouhlel was found dead in the truck in the touristic city Nice at 23:30 local time. The reason of the death of the attacker will be determined after the autopsy. On the other hand, 18 injured people’s situations were reported to be in critical condition.

2016-07-15 12:59:45

Off-Road Show in Turkey’s Düzce

The preparations of 2016 4th Turkey Trial Championship, which is going to be held in Kaynaşlı district of Düzce, were completed. 2016 Türkiye Trial Championship 4th Race is going to be held in Kaynaşlı Motor Sports Center by Düzce Off-road Club between July 16-17.

2016-07-14 15:43:14

Nasa's Juno Spacecraft Reached Jupiter

Juno spacecraft which has launched by US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) 's space in 2011 completed its 5-year journey to Jupiter's orbit this morning. There is 2.8 billion kilometers distance between the Earth and Jupiter, so autopilot was used for Juno’s Jupiter travel. Juno after a successful firing process was able to enter the planet's orbit. Juno is expected to make amazing observations related to Jupiter's cosmic structure, how it was formed, the atmosphere and the history of the galaxy system. Juno will be around Jupiter until 2018.

2016-07-05 15:38:22

Brexit represents defeat for social pluralism, say experts

Brexit is a defeat for social pluralism, and this is a serious problem, according to academics from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). At a news conference Thursday, experts from the faculty of Political and Social Sciences said that Brexit reflects the existence of a generational gap -- the young ones embrace globalized processes, while the older ones see it an agonizing process. In their view, what happened was a blow to integration not only for the European Union (EU) but also for the UK people. Javier Oliva Posada, professor at Latin America's largest university, said participation during the "Brexit" referendum was a historic figure, with votes from 72 percent of the people on the electoral register. "The British electorate voted, nevertheless, not enough young people did so and about 25 percent of those aged between 18 and 30 didn't even register to vote," added Oliva Posada. The young electorate in London voted for pluralism and integration because many are children of immigrants or from inter-racial, inter-faith or inter-cultural relationships.

2016-07-03 15:52:59

Suspected jealous husband kills five, injures 20 in Serbian village

A husband killed his wife and four others on suspicion of jealousy and injured 20 others in a bloody gunfire in a village in northeastern Serbia on Saturday, according to the country's interior ministry. The ministry said in a press release that the 38-year-old man first killed his wife and her girlfriend with an automatic weapon at a cafe in Zitiste, and continued to shoot at other people present. The suspect was arrested immediately. Two people died on the spot, while three more passed away in hospital in the nearby city of Zrenjanin. Serbian Interior Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic arrived at the cafe early Saturday. "Presumable reason for this is jealousy, because the first person shot dead was his wife, although a great number of people were hurt or tragically killed here," he said.

2016-07-02 14:21:49

Toyota recalls 1.43 million vehicles due to defects in airbag inflator

Japanese automaker Toyota Motor Corp. on Wednesday issued a global recall on 1.43 million of its top-selling hybrid Prius models and its high-end Lexus CT200h hybrid sports hatchbacks due to a possible defect in the models' airbag inflator. The Aichi-based automaker said that the recall will span 743,000 vehicles in Japan, 495,000 in its North American and Mexican markets and cover 141,000 models in Europe. The recall also includes the Prius plug-in models, Toyota said. Toyota said in the vehicles being recalled, specifically those produced between October 2008 and April 2012, it is possible that there is a crack in a weld in the airbag inflator that could lead to the inflator chambers separating and the bags partially inflating, with the inflator itself being discharged into the vehicles' interior.

2016-06-29 10:42:32

Daesh terror group was behind İstanbul Ataturk Airport terror attacks, PM says

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said that initial indications suggest the Daesh terror group was behind the attack but the investigation is still underway. A health official, speaking on condition of anonymity due to restrictions, said to the media that six injured were in a critical condition. The blasts occurred at the entrance of international flights terminal, domestic flights terminal, and the parking lot. Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag said that one of the terrorists opened fire on people with an AK-47 automatic rifle and then blew himself up. PM Yıldırım said the air traffic has returned to normal after the attack.

2016-06-29 09:58:16

Google, Facebook quietly move toward automatic blocking of extremist videos

Some of the web’s biggest destinations for watching videos have quietly started using automation to remove extremist content from their sites, according to two people familiar with the process, Reuters reported. The move is a major step forward for internet companies that are eager to eradicate violent propaganda from their sites and are under pressure to do so from governments around the world as attacks by extremists proliferate, from Syria to Belgium and the United States. YouTube and Facebook are among the sites deploying systems to block or rapidly take down Islamic State videos and other similar material, the sources said. The technology was originally developed to identify and remove copyright-protected content on video sites. It looks for "hashes," a type of unique digital fingerprint that internet companies automatically assign to specific videos, allowing all content with matching fingerprints to be removed rapidly. Such a system would catch attempts to repost content already identified as unacceptable, but would not automatically block videos that have not been seen before.

2016-06-25 10:29:10

Azerbaijani army started comprehensive military exercises

The Armed Forces of Azerbaijan just started extensive military exercises. According to the declarations of Azerbayjan Defense Ministery, the operations started yesterday and will go on until the 24 th of June. 25000 soldiers, more than 300 tanks, 100 missiles, 40 military planes, 30 systems for air defense as well as naval forces and special units are participating to these exercises under the command of the Azerbaijani Minister of defense Zakir Hasanov. The operations will be hold in the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic, close to the military contact zones and on the Caspian Sea. By testing defense systems against an imaginary enemy, the exercises will use new technology and weapons.

2016-06-20 12:48:41

More than three million Afghan refugees live in Iran

They are a vast and quiet minority in Iran, more than 3 million, Afghans who have been fleeing conflicts in their country for more than 35 years. In the city of Qom, there are almost 63,000 Afghan refugees, most struggling on basic jobs and small incomes. For the past three years, with support from UNHCR, a fortunate few – 730 people have been taking vocational training courses, like this woman learning the gem trade. Afghans like Azra praise the course but she says she and others couldn’t do anything with it. SOUNDBITE (English) Azra, Afghan Refugee: “There are no opportunities for them to work. For women to sell the things they made and for men there is no work after that, to work on their skills.

2016-06-18 16:27:49

Alonso: Baku correctly chosen as F1 venue

Fernando Alonso, two-time winner of the Formula One World Championship, and a McLaren Honda team driver, is fully convinced that Baku has been correctly chosen as a venue for the Formula 1 Grand Prix of Europe. "We completely rely on FIA [Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile] in terms of the places and the venues we race," Alonso, who is also European Grand Prix ambassador, said at a press-conference in Baku June 16. "I totally put my trust, my confidence on the federation and on the decision that they made." "If we are racing here, it is because everything was good to them, and therefore is good for us," Alonso added. "We are promoting the sport around the world," Alonso said. "We are also promoting the values of the sport around the world and that will be always welcoming in any country.

2016-06-16 16:55:20

Turkish companies to hold business talks with Turkmenistan

The Turkish exhibition of construction materials, to be held June 16-18 in Ashgabat, will be a platform for business meetings of Turkish businessmen with representatives of the Turkmen enterprises, organizations and offices, the Turkmen government said in a message June 14. Forty two major Turkish companies have been registered for participation in the event. The message also said Turkmenistan has started a large-scale urban planning program and is interested to attract innovations and know-how for this program; therefore, such business activities provide an opportunity to see the latest developments in different spheres of production and technology. Turkmenistan's President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov said during the last meeting of the Turkmen Cabinet of Ministers that the partnership between the two countries has a rich experience and considering the resources and the success of national economies this partnership is aimed at achieving new milestones in the trade and economic relations. Currently, 600 Turkish companies, which entrusted to implement such major projects as the construction of the international sea port in the Turkmenbashi city, the international airport of Turkmenistan's capital, autobahns, road interchanges and bridges, operate in Turkmenistan. The volume of trade turnover between Turkmenistan and Turkey amounted to $5.

2016-06-14 10:57:15

Baku City Circuit to host four unforgettable days of entertainment

Baku City Circuit today confirmed it will be delivering four action-packed days of entertainment to all ticket holders attending the inaugural Formula 1 race in Baku, Azerbaijan., Starting on Thursday 16th June, all entertainment zones along the Baku Boulevard, from Azneft Square to the Sea Terminal, will open at 14:00 to all ticketholders. From Friday the 17th through Sunday the 19th, Baku City Circuit itself will officially be open to the public from 10:00. Autograph Sessions & Pit Lane Walk Thursday will also see the first of the ever-popular F1 Drivers' Autograph Sessions taking place on the F1 Village Stage from approximately 16:50 onwards. Further autograph sessions will continue to take place throughout the Grand Prix weekend, with different teams participating each day. As this is a hugely popular activity, spectators are encouraged to arrive early to ensure they meet their favourite drivers.

2016-06-11 09:44:01

Acars system sent at least 3 alerts prior to EgyptAir plane crash - reports

The alerts from the Aircraft Communication Addressing and Reporting System (Acars) came each time the plane took off from various airports on May 19, the day of the crash, the newspaper said on Wednesday. "This type of aircraft is equipped with several optical detectors that are responsible for capturing any smoke clearances and automatically transmit them to the Acars system to which they are connected," an airport source told the newspaper adding that the sensors can be disturbed by moisture or steam air conditioning, but have been recently "significantly improved" to avoid false alarms. On May 19, EgyptAir Airbus A320 disappeared from radar screens over the Mediterranean Sea, 10 miles into Egyptian airspace. The plane was en route from Paris to Cairo and there were 56 passengers and 10 crew members on board. Egyptian Minister of Civil Aviation Sherif Fathi has confirmed that some debris from the plane and remains have been recovered. The search operation is still underway and involves the naval and air forces of Egypt, France, Greece and the United States.

2016-06-02 10:44:04

Dead female body found in sea in northern Turkey

Security forces determined a dead body belonging to a 50-year-old woman in the northern province of Zonguldak's Ereğli district on Monday. According to eye witnesses, Zeynep O. who had some psychological problems left her house in early morning. His husband Mehmet O. called his children and relatives when he could not find his wife at home. They later found Zeynep O.

2016-05-30 12:03:17

IAEA verifies Iran’s fulfillment of nuclear commitments

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Yukiya Amano confirmed on Friday that Iran has remained loyal to all its undertakings under the agreement that it signed with the UN nuclear watchdog agency in Vienna in July, IRNA reported. In his latest updated report on Iran's nuclear program released today, the IAEA director general reiterated that Iran has not pursued the construction of the existing Arak heavy water research reactor and has not enriched uranium above low levels in line with its declarations to the UN nuclear watchdog body. The following is the full text of Amano's report to the IAEA Board of Directors: Verification and Monitoring in the Islamic Republic of Iran in light of United Nations Security Council Resolution 2231 (2015) Report by the Director General A. Introduction 1. This report of the Director General to the Board of Governors and, in parallel, to the United Nations Security Council (Security Council), is on the Islamic Republic of Iran's (Iran's) implementation of its nuclear-related commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and on matters related to verification and monitoring in Iran in light of Security Council resolution 2231 (2015). It also provides information on financial matters, and the Agency's consultations and exchanges of information with the Joint Commission, established by the JCPOA.

2016-05-28 16:07:14

Spotlight: How 3 East Asian countries have overcome middle-income trap

by Fei Liena, Zhang Dailei Japan, South Korea and Singapore took different approaches to overcome the middle-income trap and successfully fostered a stable middle class to form a rugby-shaped society in terms of income. JAPAN: INCOME-DOUBLING PLAN In December 1960, when then Japanese Prime Minister Hayato Ikeda proposed the ambitious "income-doubling plan" aiming at doubling average per capita incomes in 10 years, all people thought it was mission impossible. Starting from 1961, the Japanese government took a series of measures to increase people's income. In agriculture, the government raised the price of farm products and encouraged production efficiency. In industry, the government cut taxes and lowered interest rates to facilitate borrowing and reduce costs. In commerce, the authority pushed trade liberalization and narrowed the salary gap.

2016-05-28 09:49:02

French PM sees possible modification of labor reform as strikes continue

Roundup French Prime Minister Manuel Valls on Thursday said it was possible to modify the controversial labor code reform as a stand-off with France's biggest union CGT escalated. "There could still be changes, improvements. But, there will be no change in the philosophy of the text," Valls said. Facing growing anger and alarming wave of strikes, the French prime minister reiterated the determination to press through the reform which, according to him, was "useful" for workers as it offers them more rights as well as for unions and youths. "What are the alternatives? The withdrawal of the text? It's not possible," he added in an interview with BFMTV news channel and RMC radio. "I respect the CGT, but its' not the CGT that can block the country.

2016-05-26 15:31:50

125 arrests, 37 officials under investigation over vaccine scandal

Chinese prosecutors have approved the arrest of 125 people and put 37 officials under investigation for negligence and graft as police trace a vast illegal network of vaccine sales that came to light in February. The investigation that began three months ago has so far seen 190 criminal cases involving 341 suspects filed by police nationwide, 15 people indicted, and two convicted of illegal sale of vaccines, the Supreme People's Procuratorate (SPP) said in a statement on Thursday. The 125 suspects include 25 from Fujian Province, 19 from Henan Province, 15 from Heilongjiang Province and 13 from Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. The 37 officials implicated in 22 cases, who are suspected of taking bribes, abuse of power or negligence, are from Fujian, Inner Mongolia, Jiangsu, Anhui, Shandong and Hubei, said the SPP, adding that 10 of them are to be arrested. Police in east China's Shandong Province announced in February that they had arrested a mother and daughter suspected of selling improperly stored or expired vaccines worth more than 570 million yuan (about 88 million U.S.

2016-05-20 14:13:36

Crimean Tatars marks anniversary of 1944 deportation

Ahead of the anniversary of the 1944 deportation of some 200,000 Tatars from Crimea marked every 18 May, the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said the situation of this vulnerable minority in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea remains a major concern. Rupert Colville, Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) today told reporters in Geneva that “over the past two years, we have documented increasing persecution of Crimean Tatars. Members of the Mejilis, the representative body of the Crimean Tatar minority community, and their supporters have been intimidated, harassed and jailed, often on dubious charges”. The Mejilis of the Crimean Tatar People was founded in 1991 and given legal recognition by a Ukrainian Presidential decree in May 1999. Colville said “We are deeply concerned by the ban imposed on the Mejilis by the so-called ‘supreme court’ of Crimea on 26 April. We fear that the designation of the Mejilis as an extremist organization by the court will leave Crimean Tatars even more exposed to human rights violations and collective punishment.

2016-05-18 16:50:51

Germany to promote electric cars with subsidies, tax-exemption

The German federal government adopted an incentive program on Wednesday to promote electric cars with measures including purchase subsidies and tax exemption. According to the program, buyers of purely electric cars will receive 4,000 euros (about 4,509 U.S. dollars) and people purchasing plug-in hybrids will receive 3,000 euros. The subsidies amounting 1.2 billion euros will be shared equally between the government and car industry and last until 2019.

2016-05-18 16:25:54

5.0-magnitude earthquake jolts SW China

A 5.0-magnitude earthquake hit a county in southwest China's Yunnan Province in the early hours of Wednesday, with no casualties reported so far. The quake struck Yunlong County, Bai Autonomous Prefecture of Dali, at 12:48 a.m., causing cracks to appear in building walls, according to the provincial civil affairs department. The authorities have allocated 200 tents, 2,000 quilts and 2,000 suits of clothes to the affected region.

2016-05-18 11:42:58

China has 4,700 museums, mostly free to visitors

The number of registered museums in China has reached nearly 4,700, with more than 85 percent of them free to visit, a national cultural official announced Wednesday. By the end of 2015, 4,692 museums had been registered and more than 20,000 exhibitions are held annually, drawing 700 million visitors, Liu Yuzhu, head of the State Administration of Cultural Heritage, said at the Inner Mongolia Museum at Hohhot, capital of north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. "As public cultural services, museums are significant in displaying civilization, boosting cultural exchanges and improving morality, science and culture," Liu said.

2016-05-18 10:54:16
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