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Bomb threat spurs evacuation at Facebook's Silicon Valley campus
Facebook and police said everyone was safe. AFP file photo

Bomb threat spurs evacuation at Facebook's Silicon Valley campus

12 Dec 2018 | 11:27 AM

SAN FRANCISCO: A bomb threat prompted authorities on Tuesday to evacuate a building at the Silicon Valley headquarters of Facebook Inc near San Francisco, police said, but hours after a sweep of the structure began there was no word of explosives found.

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SAN FRANCISCO, December 11

A bomb threat prompted authorities on Tuesday to evacuate a building at the Silicon Valley headquarters of Facebook Inc near San Francisco, police said, but hours after a sweep of the structure began there was no word of explosives found.

The New York Police Department received an anonymous tip about a bomb threat regarding Facebook's campus in Menlo Park, California, and alerted local authorities at about 4:30 pm, said Nicole Acker, a spokeswoman for the Menlo Park police.

Acker said the evacuation was confined to a three-story facility on campus that she said was not the headquarters building, but a company spokesman said by email that “a few” buildings on the site had been evacuated.

Shortly before 8 pm, San Mateo County Sheriff's Office bomb squad investigators with dogs trained to detect explosives were still combing the building in question and the evacuation remained in effect, Acker told Reuters by telephone.

But Facebook and police said everyone was safe. Acker said she had received no information of anything suspicious having been found inside the building.

"This is what we do for any bomb threat. We have to be very thorough," she added.

Another Silicon Valley company to face a security threat in the recent past was YouTube. In April, a woman opened fire at its headquarters in San Francisco, wounding three people before she shot herself dead. — Reuters

Trump Administration urged to withdraw its proposed public charge policy

Trump Administration urged to withdraw its proposed public charge policy

12 Dec 2018 | 11:22 AM

WASHINGTON: Two top American organisations in the field of higher education have urged the Trump administration to immediately withdraw its proposed public charge policy on issuing green cards or legal permanent residence status to foreign nationals.

EU rules out Brexit renegotiation

EU rules out Brexit renegotiation

12 Dec 2018 | 1:37 AM

BERLIN/STRASBOURG:Prime Minister Theresa May sought Angela Merkel’s support on Tuesday to save her floundering Brexit deal but the European Union ruled out renegotiating the divorce treaty, after May postponed a parliamentary vote she admitted she would lose.

Pak: India’s role key for Afghan peace process

12 Dec 2018 | 1:37 AM

ISLAMABAD:Probably for the first time, Pakistan has acknowledged that India has stakes in Afghanistan and its cooperation is necessary for the peace process in the war-torn country.

12 killed in Taliban attack on Afghan security forces

12 Dec 2018 | 1:37 AM

KABUL:At least four members of the Afghan security forces and eight civilians, including two women and a child, were killed on Tuesday in a suicide car bombing by the Taliban targeting a military convoy in a district of Kabul province.

Khashoggi is Time ‘Person of the Year’

12 Dec 2018 | 1:37 AM

NEW YORK:Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was murdered in October at his country’s Istanbul consulate, was named Time magazine’s “Person of the Year” Tuesday, an honour he shared with other persecuted journalists dubbed as “guardians” of the truth.

Globe Trot

war trophy bells returned to Philippines

12 Dec 2018 | 1:37 AM

The US on Tuesday returned three church bells seized by American troops from the Philippines as war trophies over a century ago.

Five dead, 4 wounded in shooting at Catholic cathedral in Brazil

Five dead, 4 wounded in shooting at Catholic cathedral in Brazil

11 Dec 2018 | 10:37 PM

SAO PAULO: A gunman entered a Catholic cathedral in the Brazilian city of Campinas on Tuesday and fatally shot four people attending midday mass before killing himself at the altar, fire department officials said.

Khashoggi, other persecuted journalists named Time 'Person of the Year'

Khashoggi, other persecuted journalists named Time 'Person of the Year'

11 Dec 2018 | 8:59 PM

NEW YORK: Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was murdered in October at his country's Istanbul consulate, was named Time magazine's "Person of the Year" Tuesday, an honour he shared with other persecuted journalists dubbed as "guardians" of the truth.

9 years after being flushed, New Jersey woman gets back her wedding ring

9 years after being flushed, New Jersey woman gets back her wedding ring

11 Dec 2018 | 5:21 PM

NEW YORK: Incredulous things do happen! Nine years after a New Jersey woman accidentally flushed her gold wedding ring, encrusted with several diamonds, down her toilet, she recently got it back from the public works department.

Thousands without power in US southeast after snow storm

Thousands without power in US southeast after snow storm

11 Dec 2018 | 4:31 PM

ATLANTA: At least three people had died and thousands of homes were left without power in the Carolinas and Virginia early on Tuesday after a storm dumped up to two feet of snow in parts of the southeastern United States.

Russia sends 2 nuclear-capable bombers to Venezuela

Russia sends 2 nuclear-capable bombers to Venezuela

11 Dec 2018 | 5:21 PM

MOSCOW: Two Russian nuclear-capable strategic bombers arrived in Venezuela on Monday, a deployment that comes amid soaring Russia-US tensions.

Trillions of dollars paid in bribes, stolen through corruption every year: UN

Trillions of dollars paid in bribes, stolen through corruption every year: UN

11 Dec 2018 | 3:41 PM

UNITED NATIONS: Trillions of dollars—equivalent to more than five per cent of global GDP—are paid in bribes or stolen through corruption every year, according to the United Nations.

Japan to ramp up defence spending to pay for new fighters, radar

Japan to ramp up defence spending to pay for new fighters, radar

11 Dec 2018 | 3:21 PM

TOKYO: Japan aims to boost defence spending over the next five years to help pay for new stealth fighters and other advanced US military equipment, a source with knowledge of the plan said on Tuesday.

Apple appeals against broad iPhone sales ban in China

Apple appeals against broad iPhone sales ban in China

11 Dec 2018 | 3:12 PM

BEIJING: Apple has appealed against a Chinese court ruling that banned the sale and import of most iPhone models after granting Qualcomm an injunction against Apple, a stunning decision that comes amid the trade war between the US and China, CNBC reported.

100 American-children abducted to India, alleges US Congressman

100 American-children abducted to India, alleges US Congressman

11 Dec 2018 | 2:59 PM

WASHINGTON: A top US Congressman has alleged that nearly 100 American children have been abducted to India and sought "real action" from the Trump administration to bring them back to the country.

Brexit in turmoil as May defers vote

Brexit in turmoil as May defers vote

11 Dec 2018 | 1:16 AM

LONDON:British Prime Minister Theresa May abruptly postponed a parliamentary vote on her Brexit deal on Monday, throwing Britain's plan to leave the European Union into chaos after admitting that she faced a rout.

UN adopts migration pact despite many withdrawals

UN adopts migration pact despite many withdrawals

11 Dec 2018 | 1:16 AM

MARRAKESH:A United Nations conference adopted a migration pact in front of leaders and representatives from around 150 countries in Morocco on Monday, despite a string of withdrawals driven by anti-immigrant populism.

CPEC is our ‘national  priority’: Pak to China

CPEC is our ‘national priority’: Pak to China

11 Dec 2018 | 1:16 AM

ISLAMABAD:Pakistan on Monday assured China that the multi-billion dollar China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) was a “national priority” as top diplomats of the two countries agreed to further expand the developmental projects to new areas.

Hush payments during campaign were legal: Trump

11 Dec 2018 | 1:16 AM

WASHINGTON:US President Donald Trump on Monday claimed hush payments to alleged former lovers before the 2016 presidential election were legal, pointing to a “simple private transaction.

Globe Trot

Armenian PM wins snap vote by landslide

11 Dec 2018 | 1:16 AM

YEREVAN: Armenia’s acting Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan has won a landslide victory in snap parliamentary elections, results showed on Monday, cementing his authority months after sweeping to power in a peaceful revolution.

UK PM May defers Tuesday's vote on Brexit deal

UK PM May defers Tuesday's vote on Brexit deal

10 Dec 2018 | 10:19 PM

LONDON: British Prime Minister Theresa May on Monday said she would delay a crucial vote on her Brexit deal scheduled for Tuesday, saying she had listened to the concerns of critics.

Nobel peace prize ceremony shines light on rape in conflict

10 Dec 2018 | 5:42 PM

OSLO: Congolese doctor Denis Mukwege and Yazidi activist Nadia Murad, an IS sex slave survivor, will be presented with the Nobel Peace Prize Monday, as they challenge the world to combat rape as a weapon of war.

‘I can't breathe’: Saudi journalist Khashoggi's last words, says report

10 Dec 2018 | 5:29 PM

ISTANBUL: Journalist Jamal Khashoggi repeatedly told his killers "I can't breathe" during his final moments in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, CNN reported on Monday.

Nadia Murad: From jihadist captive to Nobel Peace Prize winner

Nadia Murad: From jihadist captive to Nobel Peace Prize winner

10 Dec 2018 | 3:24 PM

BAGHDAD: Nadia Murad survived the worst of the cruelties and brutality inflicted on her people, the Yazidis of Iraq, by the Islamic State group before becoming a global champion of their cause and a Nobel Peace Prize laureate.

More than 150 govts to adopt UN migration pact in Morocco

More than 150 govts to adopt UN migration pact in Morocco

10 Dec 2018 | 12:58 PM

MARRAKESH: More than 150 countries will join a United Nations conference to adopt a global pact to better handle migrant flows, a senior UN official said on Sunday, less than the number that initially worked on the plan.

Anti-govt rapper abducted as DR Congo vote tensions rise

Anti-govt rapper abducted as DR Congo vote tensions rise

10 Dec 2018 | 12:54 PM

BUKAVU: A rapper critical of President Joseph Kabila was abducted in the eastern DR Congo overnight, his father said Sunday amid rising tensions two weeks ahead of landmark elections.

Top IMF economist predicts ‘sharper’ US slowdown in 2020

Top IMF economist predicts ‘sharper’ US slowdown in 2020

10 Dec 2018 | 12:35 PM

WASHINGTON: Americans will begin feeling the effects next year of a marked slowing in world economic growth but should be spared a new recession, the chief economist of the International Monetary Fund said in remarks published on Sunday.

North Korean leader Kim unlikely to visit Seoul this year: YTN

North Korean leader Kim unlikely to visit Seoul this year: YTN

10 Dec 2018 | 12:31 PM

SEOUL: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is unlikely to visit Seoul in the final three weeks of this year, South Korean TV channel YTN said on Monday, citing an unidentified official in the South Korean presidential office.

Australian watchdog calls for more scrutiny of Google, Facebook

Australian watchdog calls for more scrutiny of Google, Facebook

10 Dec 2018 | 12:29 PM

SYDNEY: Australia’s competition watchdog on Monday recommended a new regulatory body be set up to monitor tech giants Facebook Inc and Alphabet Inc’s Google and their dominance of the online advertising and news markets.

Turning bombs into bracelets, as Laos villagers wait for safe land

10 Dec 2018 | 12:25 PM

BAN NAPIA: With a long-stemmed ladle, Vanthon pulls shiny, molten metal from a kiln and deftly pours it into a mould carved in a wooden block.

Sirisena describes Lankan crisis as one between foreign, indigenous thinking

Sirisena describes Lankan crisis as one between foreign, indigenous thinking

10 Dec 2018 | 12:20 PM

COLOMBO: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has described the ongoing political crisis in the country as one between foreign and local values.

Trump’s top choice for Chief of Staff no longer in the running

Trump’s top choice for Chief of Staff no longer in the running

10 Dec 2018 | 12:10 PM

WASHINGTON: Nick Ayers, Donald Trump’s top choice to be his next Chief of Staff, is no longer in the running and the US president is now considering at least two other candidates, sources familiar with the matter said on Sunday, the latest sign of a chaotic White House staff shake-up.

China summons US envoy to protest detention of Huawei exec

China summons US envoy to protest detention of Huawei exec

10 Dec 2018 | 12:04 PM

BEIJING: China summoned the US ambassador to Beijing on Sunday to protest the detention of a senior executive of Chinese electronics giant Huawei in Canada at Washington’s behest and demanded the US cancel an order for her arrest.

Huawei CFO seeks bail on health concerns; Canada wants her in jail

Huawei CFO seeks bail on health concerns; Canada wants her in jail

10 Dec 2018 | 12:00 PM

TORONTO: Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou is fighting to be released on bail after she was arrested on December 1 in Vancouver at the request of the United States.

Acting Armenian PM’s bloc wins parliamentary vote: CEC

Acting Armenian PM’s bloc wins parliamentary vote: CEC

10 Dec 2018 | 1:48 PM

YEREVAN: Armenia’s acting prime minister, Nikol Pashinyan, bolstered his authority as his political bloc won early parliamentary elections in the former Soviet country on Sunday, the Central Election Commission’s (CEC) results showed.

Nov passenger numbers fell less than 5% after deadly crash: Lion Air

Nov passenger numbers fell less than 5% after deadly crash: Lion Air

10 Dec 2018 | 11:10 AM

JAKARTA: Lion Air said on Monday passenger numbers dropped by less than 5 percent in November compared to a year earlier, after one of its Boeing Co 737 MAX jets crashed in late October killing all 189 people on board.

Serbia wants baby boom, but couples seem not in the mood

Serbia wants baby boom, but couples seem not in the mood

10 Dec 2018 | 3:08 PM

BELGRADE: “Give birth, don’t delay!”, says a rousing call by the Serbian state to young couples. However, Women say they need better support and not words of encouragement to grow the country’s population.

UK PM Theresa May faces fight for her political life in Brexit deal

UK PM Theresa May faces fight for her political life in Brexit deal

10 Dec 2018 | 11:04 AM

LONDON: British Prime Minister Theresa May faces a fight for her political life this week in a parliamentary vote that will decide the fate of her Brexit divorce deal.

Rights and advocacy groups oppose Nauert as America’s next envoy to UN

Rights and advocacy groups oppose Nauert as America’s next envoy to UN

10 Dec 2018 | 10:49 AM

NEW DELHI: Some rights and advocacy groups have opposed President Donald Trump’s decision to nominate chief State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert as America’s next envoy to UN.

Pak continues to harbour terrorists, US should not give it even one dollar: Haley

Pak continues to harbour terrorists, US should not give it even one dollar: Haley

10 Dec 2018 | 11:05 AM

NEW YORK: Pakistan continues to harbour terrorists that turn around and kill American soldiers, US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley has said, asserting that Washington should not give Islamabad even a dollar until it addresses the issue.

‘I can’t breathe’ were Jamal Khashoggi’s final words, says report

‘I can’t breathe’ were Jamal Khashoggi’s final words, says report

10 Dec 2018 | 12:54 PM

WASHINGTON: Jamal Khashoggi’s final words were “I can’t breathe,” CNN said on Sunday, citing a source who has read the transcript of an audio tape of the final moments.

Paris cleans up as Prez Macron prepares reply to ‘Yellow Vests’

Paris cleans up as Prez Macron prepares reply to ‘Yellow Vests’

10 Dec 2018 | 1:30 AM

PARIS:Workers in Paris swept up broken glass and towed away burnt-out cars on Sunday after the latest violent “Yellow Vest” protest while the government announced that President Emmanuel Macron would address the nation in the next few days.

Dog that survived wildfire guarded home for weeks

10 Dec 2018 | 1:30 AM

SAN FRANCISCO:A dog that survived the catastrophic wildfire in Northern California apparently protected the ruins of his home for almost a month until his owner returned.

Thousands turn out for pro,  anti-Brexit marches in UK

Thousands turn out for pro, anti-Brexit marches in UK

10 Dec 2018 | 1:30 AM

LONDON:Thousands of protestors marched through London in support of Brexit on Sunday amid tight security measures in place by Scotland Yard.

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