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Many feared dead as avalanche buries Italian hotelAn aerial view shows Hotel Rigopiano in Farindola, central Italy, hit by an avalanche, in this January 19, 2017 handout picture provided by Italys firefighters. —Reuters

Many feared dead as avalanche buries Italian hotel

19 Jan 2017 | 2:48 PM

ROME: Many people were feared dead after an avalanche buried a hotel in central Italy following a series of earthquakes, officials said on Thursday.

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Rome, January 19

Many people were feared dead after an avalanche buried a hotel in central Italy following a series of earthquakes, officials said on Thursday.

At least 22 guests and several staff members were at the Hotel Rigopiano near the Gran Sasso mountain range when it was hit by the avalanche on Wednesday, Antonio Crocetta, a rescue group leader in the area, told ANSA news agency.

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The area is a popular ski destination.

Rescue workers were not able to reach the area until the early hours of Thursday because of the poor weather conditions, CNN reported.

Central Italy was rocked by more than 10 tremors on Wednesday, four of them above a magnitude of 5, according to the US Geological Survey.

—IANS

UK puts export ban on Robert Clive's huqqa set, flask

UK puts export ban on Robert Clive's huqqa set, flask

19 Jan 2017 | 7:05 PM

LONDON: The UK government has put a temporary export ban on an extremely rare jewelled flask worth over 6 million pounds given to former commander-in-chief of India Robert Clive after the Battle of Plassey in 1757.

Obama’s parting words: ‘We’re going to be OK’

Obama’s parting words: ‘We’re going to be OK’

19 Jan 2017 | 6:23 PM

WASHINGTON: Outgoing US President Barack Obama offered a parting message of hope for a country governed by Donald Trump, assuring Americans that “we’re going to be OK”.

Syria's Assad hopes for ‘reconciliation’ deals from Astana talks

19 Jan 2017 | 7:15 PM

BEIRUT: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said he believed peace talks in Kazakhstan would lead to local "reconciliation" deals with rebels, a sign of his confidence in a process launched by his Russian allies after the opposition's defeat in Aleppo.

Abbas ally's home hit in Gaza bombing

19 Jan 2017 | 9:20 PM

GAZA CITY: Two explosions hit the Gaza Strip, police said on Thursday, including one targeting the home of an official from Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas's Fatah party, without causing casualties.

Indian-origin woman's body found hidden in suitcase in UK

Indian-origin woman's body found hidden in suitcase in UK

19 Jan 2017 | 3:47 PM

LONDON: A 46-year-old Indian-origin woman's body was found hidden in a suitcase dumped in an alleyway in the UK following which her husband has been charged on suspicion of murder, according to a media report.

Egypt to try 304 over 'Brotherhood militant attacks'

19 Jan 2017 | 4:18 PM

CAIRO: Egypt's prosecution has referred 304 suspects including Muslim Brotherhood leaders in Turkey to military trial for allegedly organising militant groups that claimed several attacks in Cairo last year.

Obama shortens sentence of WikiLeaks whistleblower

Obama shortens sentence of WikiLeaks whistleblower

19 Jan 2017 | 1:51 AM

WASHINGTON:President Barack Obama has shortened the prison sentence of Chelsea Manning, the former US military intelligence analyst who was responsible for a 2010 leak of classified materials to anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks, the biggest such breach in US history.

George H.W. Bush, wife hospitalised

George H.W. Bush, wife hospitalised

19 Jan 2017 | 10:47 AM

WASHINGTON: Former US President George HW Bush and his wife, former First Lady Barbara Bush, have both been hospitalised, media reports said.

Lashkar-e-Jhangvi chief killed in Pak

Lashkar-e-Jhangvi chief killed in Pak

19 Jan 2017 | 11:07 AM

LAHORE:Outlawed Lashkar-e-Jhangvi’s chief Asif Chotu, who was on Pakistan’s most wanted terrorist list and carried a bounty of Rs 3,000,000 on his head, was killed along with his three associates near here, police said today.

Indian-American jailed for $1 mn insider trading scheme

19 Jan 2017 | 10:39 AM

NEW YORK: An Indian-American man has been sentenced to 20 months in prison for a $1 million insider trading scheme involving the failed Apollo Tyres bid to takeover Cooper Tire, prosecutors said on Wednesday.

East Mosul wrested from IS

East Mosul wrested from IS

19 Jan 2017 | 1:51 AM

BARTALLA (IRAQ):Iraqi forces have fully retaken east Mosul from the Islamic State group, a top commander today said, three months after a huge offensive against the jihadist bastion was launched.

Will decide who gets in for press briefing: Trump

Will decide who gets in for press briefing: Trump

19 Jan 2017 | 1:51 AM

WASHINGTON:President-elect Donald Trump said his administration would not move the press briefing room out of the White House into a larger space but choose the media representatives who go into it, according to an interview with Fox News.

‘Apprentice’ ex-contestant  sues Prez-elect

‘Apprentice’ ex-contestant sues Prez-elect

19 Jan 2017 | 1:51 AM

Los Angeles: President-elect Donald Trump was hit with a defamation lawsuit by a former contestant on his reality television show "The Apprentice" who had previously accused him of sexual misconduct.

Newspaper makes a robot write story

Newspaper makes a robot write story

19 Jan 2017 | 1:51 AM

GUANGZHOU:With mechanisation slowly edging into almost every field, the scribe, too, is sought to be replaced by a robot.

Pakistan won’t free doctor who helped US find Osama

19 Jan 2017 | 1:51 AM

Islamabad: A jailed Pakistani doctor believed to have helped the CIA hunt down al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden will be neither released nor handed to the United States, Pakistan’s law minister has reportedly told legislators.

United Nations does more harm than good, says Haley

United Nations does more harm than good, says Haley

19 Jan 2017 | 1:51 AM

Washington: Indian-American Nikki Haley, tapped by US President-elect Donald Trump to be UN ambassador, believes that the world body is doing “more harm than good” as she is expected to push for reconsideration of America’s whopping funding.

Mali car bomb kills 50 in fresh blow to peace

19 Jan 2017 | 1:51 AM

Gao (Mali): A suicide bombing targeting militia groups committed to restoring peace in Mali left nearly 50 people dead on Wednesday and struck a fresh blow at long-running efforts to stabilise the troubled north.

First gorilla born in zoo dies at 60 in USBy the way...

First gorilla born in zoo dies at 60 in US

19 Jan 2017 | 1:51 AM

Washington: The world’s first gorilla born in a zoo has died less than a month after her 60th birthday. Colo was born at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in Ohio in 1956.

Pakistan will not free doctor who helped US find bin Laden

Pakistan will not free doctor who helped US find bin Laden

18 Jan 2017 | 9:57 PM

ISLAMABAD: A jailed Pakistani doctor believed to have helped the CIA hunt down al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden will be neither released nor handed to the United States, Pakistan’s law minister has told legislators, media reported on Wednesday.

Mali car bomb kills 50 in fresh blow to peace

Mali car bomb kills 50 in fresh blow to peace

18 Jan 2017 | 9:51 PM

GAO (MALI): A suicide bombing targeting militia groups committed to restoring peace in Mali left nearly 50 people dead on Wednesday and struck a fresh blow at long-running efforts to stabilise the troubled north.

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