US can solve N Korea problem without China: Trump

Beijing: Chinese leader Xi Jinping has urged Donald Trump to peacefully resolve surging tensions over North Korea’s nuclear programme, as the US president touts the power of a naval “armada” sent to counter fresh provocations by Pyongyang. Trump said that the US was ready to solve the North Korean “problem” without China if necessary, as he and Pyongyang engage in tit-for-tat saber-rattling that has sent tensions soaring in East Asia.

United to review policies on removal of passengers

Chicago: After people were horrified by video of a passenger getting dragged off a full United Express flight by airport police, the head of United’s parent company said the airline was reaching out to the man to “resolve this situation.” Hours later on Monday, his tone turned defensive. He described the man as “disruptive and belligerent.” Yesterday, almost two days after the Sunday evening confrontation in Chicago, CEO Oscar Munoz

US regulator reverses course on in-flight calling

Washington: A top US regulator moved to roll back efforts to allow cellphone use in aircraft, reversing course on relaxing a long-standing ban on in-flight calls. Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai said he circulated an order, which would require a vote of the commissioners, to “terminate” a 2013 rule-making effort. “I stand with airline pilots, flight attendants and America’s flying public against the FCC’s ill-conceived 2013 plan to allow

Egypt forces kill 7 suspected IS followers

Cairo: Egypt security forces have killed seven suspected Islamic State group sympathisers thought to be planning attacks against Coptic Christians, the interior ministry said today, a day after the deadly twin church bombings. “A group of Daesh sympathisers were hiding in one of Assiut province’s mountainous areas,” the ministry said in a statement, using an Arabic acronym for IS. The group was hiding in the southern province “to prepare explosive

N Korea vows response to 'reckless' US Navy move

Seoul: North Korea denounced Washington’s deployment of a naval strike group to the Korean peninsula, warning it was ready for “war” in a further escalation of tensions. The Carl Vinson strike group cancelled a planned trip to Australia this weekend to head to the region, in a show of force as Washington signalled it may act to shut down Pyongyang’s nuclear capabilities. “This goes to prove that the US reckless

Trump speaks to May on Syria

Washington: US President Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May have agreed that a “window of opportunity” exists to convince Russia to end its support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Trump made a phone call to May and German Chancellor Angela Merkel and they discussed America’s response to the suspected chemical attack by Syrian regime in which 87 people, including 31 children, were killed. May and Merkel, in two

Official demoted for not smoking in front of religious leaders

Beijing: A ruling Communist party official in China’s volatile Uygur Muslim majority Xinjiang province was demoted for not “daring” to smoke in front of local religious leaders which is regarded as a sign of timidity in fighting against religious extremism. Jelil Matniyaz, the party chief of a village in Hotan, Xinjiang was demoted from “senior staff member” to “staff member” on 25 March for his “infirm political stands and for

'Zero recovery' for corals in Australia bleaching

Sydney: Coral bleached for two consecutive years at Australia’s Great Barrier Reef has ‘zero prospect’ of recovery, scientists warned today, as they confirmed the site has again been hit by warming sea temperatures. Researchers said last month they were detecting another round of mass bleaching this year after a severe event in 2016, and their fears were confirmed after aerial surveys of the entire 2,300-kilometre (1,400-mile) long bio-diverse reef. Last

Delta says 150 more flights cancelled as storm effects linger

New York: Delta Air Lines said it cancelled another 150 flights as it tries to get back on schedule after severe thunderstorms that disrupted flights into and out of its hub in Atlanta. Delta said last afternoon that its operations are stabilising, but there aren’t enough crews available to staff its flights, in part because of federal regulations on rest for crews. Delta advised travellers to check its website and mobile

No-fly zone: Trump not allowed to use personal helicopter

Palm Beach (US): President Donald Trump can only look at the personal helicopter parked on the front lawn of his Mar-a-Lago resort. As far as going for a ride in it, he’s grounded. The US Secret Service says standard security protocol requires the President to fly on either Air Force One, a jumbo jet, or Marine One, a helicopter. The agency says Trump was never on the helicopter. It’s hard

Apartment building collapses in Poland: 6 killed, 4 injured

Warsaw: A pre-World War II apartment house collapsed in southwestern Poland, leaving six people dead and four injured, authorities said. Scores of firefighters with dogs continued to search the rubble of the building in the town of Swiebodzice (Shvyeh-‘boh-tchi-tseh), to make sure no one remained trapped. According to Daniel Mucha, regional spokesman for the firefighters, the two upper floors of the three-floor building might have collapsed due to a gas