Tuesday, February 20

Day: February 7, 2016

North Korea Launches Long Range Rocket
Asia, ENGLISH

North Korea Launches Long Range Rocket

    North Korea fires rocket into space North Korea has defied international warnings and launched a long-range rocket carrying what it has said is a satellite. The rocket took off at around 9am Pyongyang time from the North's west coast, according to South Korea's defence ministry. In a state TV broadcast, a female North Korean announcer, wearing a traditional dress, said the "epochal" launch, personally ordered by leader Kim Jong-Un, had "successfully put our Earth observation satellite ... into orbit". Japan's NHK broadcaster reported that debris from the rocket was believed to have fallen about 155 miles (250km) off the southwest coast of the Korean Peninsula into the East China Sea about 14 minutes after the launch. North Korea launched a long-range missile on Feb. 7, 201...
The 10 worst dates to fly in 2016
ENGLISH, Life Style

The 10 worst dates to fly in 2016

    Frequent travellers know flights will typically be cheaper when booked further in advance, but there are certain days of the year which will always cost more than others. It is useful to know when the seasons change, as the price difference between a few days can mean savings of hundreds of pounds per person. Some periods are fixed, particularly those around the Christmas holidays, but most change each year, tying in with events such as the Easter and Bank Holidays, along with school half-terms and summer holidays. Flight Centre UK analysed airfare data to calculate the 10 worst dates to travel in 2016: 1. 12 February: A popular date for skiers, prices are reaching the peak price-point for half term school holidays. 2. 24 March: As the Thursday before the Easter long weeke...
Air strikes destroy IS radio station in Afghanistan
Asia, ENGLISH

Air strikes destroy IS radio station in Afghanistan

    Air strikes have destroyed a radio station run by Islamic State jihadists in eastern Afghanistan, officials said Wednesday, two months after the group took to the airwaves in a sign of their growing reach. The Pashto-language "Voice of the Caliphate" beamed IS propaganda in irregularnightly broadcasts from an undisclosed location in Nangarhar province bordering Pakistan. The Afghan defence ministry said the programme was broadcast from a moving vehicle and air strikes on Monday destroyed the transmission equipment hidden in the basement of a house in volatile Achin district. "The radio programme has not been heard since Tuesday," Achin district governor Haji Ghalib told AFP. "It was very demoralising for our troops and it is welcome news that it has been destroyed." The gr...
Dramatic picture of Dublin boxing weigh in hitmen fleeing with one disguised as a WOMAN
ENGLISH, Europe

Dramatic picture of Dublin boxing weigh in hitmen fleeing with one disguised as a WOMAN

    Two suspected gunmen - one disguised as a woman - can be seen fleeing a hotel moments after a notorious criminal was shot dead This is the moment two suspected hitmen one disguised as a woman flee a hotel seconds after a notorious criminal was killed in front of hundreds of boxing fans. The two men were pictured running away from the Regency Hotel in Dublin after criminal David Byrne, 35, was gunned down at a boxing weigh-in. As these dramatic pictures show, one of the attackers appeared to be wearing a wig and was disguised as a woman. Both men can be seen carrying handguns after launching the gangland hit. Two other gunmen were seen entering the hotel disguised as police officers and armed with AK-47s. Up to 300 boxing fans had gathered to watch a weigh-in before the gun...
More than 3,100 pregnant women in Colombia have Zika virus: government
America, ENGLISH

More than 3,100 pregnant women in Colombia have Zika virus: government

    More than 3,100 pregnant Colombian women are infected with the mosquito-borne Zika virus, Presi-dent Juan Manuel Santos said on Saturday, as the disease continues its rapid spread across the Ameri-cas. Brazil is investigating the potential link between Zika infections and more than 4,000 suspected cases of microcephaly, a birth defect marked by an abnormally small head size that can result in developmental problems. Researchers have identified evidence of Zika infection in 17 of these cases, either in the baby or in the mother, but have not confirmed that Zika can cause microcephaly. There are so far no recorded cases of Zika-linked microcephaly in Colombia, Santos said. The govern-ment is now uncertain about a previous projection for up to 500 cases of Zika-linked microce...