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MARIBOR: “Come hungry and with an open heart,” urge flyers advertising Slovenia’s first Roma restaurant. More than impressing food critics, the Romani Kafenava (Roma coffeeshop), which opened last week in the northern city of Maribor, aims to build ...
 
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WASHINGTON: Google took a step in that direction this week with the acquisition of Titan Aerospace, a maker of solar-powered drones that can help boost Internet access to remote areas.
The shortest path to the Internet for some remote corners ...
 
 

AMMAN: Jordanian warplanes destroyed “camouflaged” vehicles on Wednesday as they tried to cross into the kingdom from war-ravaged Syria, in the first such strikes since the conflict erupted three years ago.
A Syrian military source, cited by ...
 
 

KUALA LUMPUR: As a robotic submarine dived into the ocean to look for lost Flight 370, angry Chinese relatives stormed out of a teleconference meeting on Wednesday to protest the Malaysian government for not addressing them in person.
The ...
 
 

ABU DHABI: Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said he does not fear opposition from hardliners as he leads negotiations to reach a comprehensive agreement about Iran’s nuclear programme with world powers by the end of July.
“I am optimistic” ...
 
 

NEW YORK: Poor growth is linked to infections and to the microbes that normally reside in the human gut. Although the use of antibiotics is not without risk, they can improve growth in children at risk of undernourishment in developing countries, ...
 
 

BAGHDAD: An Iraqi Justice Ministry official said on Wednesday that this week’s closure of the infamous Abu Ghraib prison west of Baghdad is temporary and that it will be reopened once the security situation in the surrounding area is stable.
The ...
 
 

CAIRO: An Egyptian court jailed 120 supporters of deposed Islamist president Mohammed Mursi for three years on Wednesday over clashes that left dozens of people dead last year, officials said.
The trial is part of a relentless crackdown that has ...
 
 

JINDO, South Korea: South Korean rescuers and dive teams worked frantically under floodlights as fears rose for nearly 300 people missing after a ferry sank on Wednesday with 462 on board, mostly high school students bound for a holiday ...
 
 

CAIRO: Egypt, facing the worst energy shortages for years, has set limits for electricity use at mosques as part of government efforts to ease the impact of power cuts already affecting homes and factories.
The religious endowments minister has ...
 
 

SLAVYANSK, Ukraine: Ukrainian and pro-Russian forces flexed their military muscles in the restive east of the country on Wednesday, a day ahead of high-level international talks on the escalating crisis.
A concerned Nato said it planned to ...
 
 

NEW YORK: Muslim groups and civil liberties advocates applauded the decision by New York police officials to disband a controversial unit that tracked the daily lives of Muslims as part of efforts to detect terror threats, but said there were ...
 
 

OCCUPIED-AL-QUDS: Israeli police stormed a sensitive holy site in al-Quds on Wednesday, firing tear gas to disperse a protest by Muslim worshippers, officials said.
Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the crowd hurled stones and firecrackers ...
 
 

Turnout in India’s multi-phase election is so far almost eight percentage points higher than last time, data showed on Wednesday, reflecting enthusiasm for polls expected to bring the opposition Hindu nationalists to power.
Polling in five of ...
 
 

KABUL: A female member of Afghanistan’s parliament was recovering in hospital on Wednesday after being shot the previous night, officials and her sister said.
The interior ministry said Mariam Koofi, a member of parliament from the northeastern ...
 
 

Dubai: Dubai police are investigating the mysterious death of a woman who fell from a high-rise apartment in Jumeirah Lakes Towers (JLT).
The incident took place around 3.30pm on Tuesday. Residents told reporters the woman fell from the 18th ...
 
 

ISTANBUL: Eight people died, including a child, and five others were missing on Wednesday after a boat carrying migrants towards Greece capsized off western Turkey, local media reported. The nationalities of those onboard were not immediately known ...
 
 

DUBAI: A prominent Saudi rights lawyer and activist has been detained by authorities after appearing in court in Riyadh on sedition charges, his wife said on Wednesday.
Waleed Abu al-Khair was sentenced by a court in the city of Jeddah to three ...
 
 

RIYADH: The authorities in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday beheaded a citizen convicted of shooting dead a compatriot, the interior ministry said.
Mohammed Matrak Mohammed al-Dosari was found guilty of killing Mubarak Zafir Manahi al-Dosari using a ...
 
 


MAIDUGURI/ABUJA: Islamist rebels duped dozens of Nigerian schoolgirls into thinking they were soldiers come to evacuate them before abducting over 100 in their latest anti-government raid, one of the survivors said on Wednesday.
Gunmen ...
 
 

SARH, Chad: Chad said on Wednesday it had withdrawn its entire force from the Central African Republic in the wake of accusations its troops waged an unprovoked attack in a market last ...