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Over 50 migrants die in Mediterranean crossings

Tunisian authorities said 48 bodies were recovered off the country’s southern coast Sunday, close to the city of Sfax, while 68 people were rescued. “The boat had a maximum capacity of 75 to 90 people, but there were more than 180 of us,” said Wael Ferjani, a Tunisian survivor from ... Read More »

After 168 days in space, Expedition 55 crew returns to Earth

Anton Shkaplerov of Roscosmos, Norishige Kanai of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and NASA astronaut Scott Tingle landed near a remote town in Kazakhstan at 1239GMT (8:39 a.m. EDT / 6:39 p.m. in Kazakhstan). While in space, the Expedition 55 crew studied the effects of microgravity on bone marrow ... Read More »

Rajasthan reels under heatwave; dust storm ‘very likely’ in UP

People in the national capital woke up to a pleasant Sunday morning with the minimum temperature settling at 27.7 degrees Celsius, normal for this time of the year. The maximum temperature also ended one notch below season’s normal at 39.7 degrees Celsius as the sky remained partly cloudy. Thunderstorm and ... Read More »

Taj Declaration to Beat Plastic Pollution adopted in Agra

The adoption of the declaration – in presence of Minister of State for Environment Mahesh Sharma, UN Environment Programme Executive Director Erik Solheim, UNEP Goodwill Ambassador Diya Mirza – came ahead of the World Environment Day on June 5. Before the adoption of the declaration, the Culture Ministry held a ... Read More »

Russia 2018: Brazil aim to restore past glory

During the World Cup 2014 at their home, Brazil were decimated by Germany in the semi-final 7-1. The third-place play-off fixture was no better, as the Dutch put three past them and claimed bronze with ease Given their proud history and superb recent form, it comes as little surprise that ... Read More »

Russia 2018: Germany prepares for World Cup defence

Currently, Germany is ranked number one in the FIFA World football rankings. Coach Joachim Low has been associated with the German national team since 2006 and has been the longest serving national team coach in Europe. Germany have set their sights firmly on a title defence with Low saying they ... Read More »

Traces of water, metal found in unique exoplanet

The team, from the University of Cambridge in the UK and the Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias (IAC) in Spain used the Gran Telescopio Canarias (GTC) to observe WASP-127b, a giant gaseous planet with partly clear skies and strong signatures of metals in its atmosphere. WASP-127b has a radius 1.4 ... Read More »

Walking faster may add years to your life

Walking at an average pace was found to be associated with a 20 per cent risk reduction for all-cause mortality compared with walking at a slow pace, while walking at a brisk or fast pace was associated with a risk reduction of 24 per cent. A similar result was found ... Read More »

Syrian President Assad says will visit North Korea to meet Kim

“I am going to visit the DPRK and meet HE Kim Jong Un. The world welcomes the remarkable events in the Korean peninsula brought about recently by the outstanding political calibre and wise leadership of HE Kim Jong Un,” Assad said on May 30, North Korea’s KCNA news agency reported, ... Read More »

Air India marks 70 years since 1st India-UK flight

The national carrier is inviting members of the Indian diaspora in Britain to share their memories of the airline in its early days. The iconic first flight, on a Super Constellation aircraft, took off from Mumbai on June 8 and landed in London via Cairo and Geneva on June 10, ... Read More »

EAM Sushma Swaraj reaches South Africa for a five-day visit

Upon her arrival at Johannesburg, she was received by Deputy Foreign Minister Luwellyn Landers. On her way to South Africa, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Saturday made a transit halt in Mauritius where she met the Prime Minister of the island nation, Pravind Kumar Jugnauth. External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar ... Read More »

US isolated as trade outrage roils G7 ministerial meet

The lack of common ground meant the dispute would continue into next week’s G7 summit in Quebec, Canada, where Trump is expected to face other heads of state as the global economy verges on outright trade conflict. At this snow-capped mountain resort north of Vancouver, British Columbia, US Treasury Secretary ... Read More »

Average airfares declined by 18% in 2017: Suresh Prabhu

In a series of tweets,with hashtag #SaafNiyatSahiVikas (Clean intent, right development), Prabhu also said that his ministry is working on a blueprint for the domestic production of aircrafts under the government’s ‘Make in India’ programme. “Average airfares fell by 18% in 2017 over average air fare in 2015, making air ... Read More »

Death toll in Oman, Yemen from Cyclone Mekunu rises to 30

The International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said in a statement that the majority of the fatalities happened on the Yemeni island of Socotra, where 20 were killed. The federation said in a statement Thursday another four were killed in Yemen’s al-Mahrah governorate, which borders Oman. ... Read More »

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