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  1. If you're Punjabi, you know that any celebration is incomplete with dhols. No matter what the occasion is, just get some dhol walas and there, everything is just 100 percent better. Air India also had the same idea and took the celebration to a whole another level. The airline resumed non-stop flights between Amritsar and Birmingham after eight long years, and to mark this very special occasion, they went a very desi route and won over everyone on the flight. All of the passengers flying from Britain to India had a very pleasant surprise right before takeoff. Sending off everyone in full desi style, Air India arranged for a special dhol performance, much to the delight of everyone. If you think the joy from the video is not infectious, then you're wrong. Even I had a smile while watching the video, and seeing everyone enjoying right before a long and tedious flight was quite a nice thing. But, only if they could have continued this throughout the flight, it would have been the prefect inflight entertainment. Moreover, it would have drowned the sounds of that token crying baby that each and every flight ever seem to have. “The terminal came alive (on Tuesday) with Indian drummers and dancers weaving their way through passengers who were joined by Members of Parliament, business leaders and members of the Sikh UK community,” said officials from Birmingham Airport in a statement to the press. The video was posted on the Facebook page of Dhol Blasters, the talented musician behind the incredible performance. The video has already been watched over 16,000 times, and is fast approaching viral status. Every single comment is positive, that's quite rare if you ask me, because there are always people who find one way or another to get offended. But, this is such a wholesome video and people have nothing but good things to say. Totally fantastic. They indeed were. Emojis are worth a thousand words? Yes, too awesome. You weren't the only one. I just have one issue with the whole thing, now whenever I'm on a flight and there aren't any dhols I would be very disappointed. They've raised my expectations too much and I know they'll never be met.
  2. Representational image NEW DELHI: The Indian Air Force said two of its pilots were killed Thursday after their plane crashed in a remote northeastern state. The microlight plane crashed soon taking off for a routine sortie from Johrat airbase in Assam state. An air force official said the pilots attempted an emergency landing but the plane crashed and burst into flames. "Both the pilots died in the crash and a court of enquiry has been ordered," the official told AFP. It was not immediately clear what caused the two-seater to crash, but accidents are not uncommon. More than 170 air force pilots have lost their lives in accidents in the past three decades, with crashes blamed on its ageing fleet. Most of the accidents involve Soviet-era MIGs unflatteringly dubbed "flying coffins". Last May two air force pilots were killed in Assam after their Russian-made fighter jet crashed near the border with China. India is investing billions of dollars to modernise its decades-old fleet.
  3. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Photo: AFP file JERUSALEM: Israel issued stark warnings on Sunday over Iran?s presence in neighbouring Syria after a confrontation threatened to open a new and unpredictable period in the country?s seven-year civil war. Israel carried out major air raids in Syria on Saturday, including against what it described as Iranian targets ? the first time it had publicly acknowledged doing so since the war began. The raids came after an Israeli F16 fighter was shot down by Syrian air defences. The pilots survived, but it was Israel?s first loss of a warplane in battle since 1982. "We inflicted on Saturday a heavy blow to Iranian and Syrian forces," Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at the start of Sunday?s cabinet meeting. "We made clear to everyone that our rules of engagement will not change in any way. We will continue to harm anyone who tries to harm us. This was our policy and this will remain our policy." Other Israeli ministers spoke of refusing to accept Iran entrenching itself militarily in Syria, as Netanyahu has said repeatedly. Tehran denies it is doing so. While several analysts said they did not expect a further escalation in the coming days, some spoke of the possibility of the Syrian war entering a new phase. Syria has become more emboldened to try to stop Israeli strikes inside the country, while Israel wants to maintain its ability to operate there when it sees fit, said Ofer Zalzberg of the International Crisis Group think tank. Israel has sought to stay out of direct involvement in the Syrian war, but it acknowledges carrying out dozens of air strikes there to stop what it describes as deliveries of advanced weapons to Hezbollah. Israel fought a devastating war in 2006 with Hezbollah, which along with Iran and Russia backs the Syrian regime in the conflict. "I think this incident is more likely to be contained because fundamentally it is a gradual attempt to renegotiate the so-called rules of the game," Zalzberg said, adding that Russia should mediate. Witnesses said Israel had deployed a missile defence system in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights near the demarcation line with Syria on Sunday morning. ?Playing with fire? Saturday?s events began with Israel shooting down what it described as an Iranian drone that had entered Israeli airspace from Syria ? which Tehran has denied. On Sunday, Israeli military spokesman Jonathan Conricus alleged the drone was a copy of a US model captured by Iran in 2011. He said the conclusion was made from an analysis of the drone?s debris. Israel responded on Saturday with a raid on what it said was the Iranian control systems in Syria that sent the drone. During that raid, the Israeli F16 met heavy Syrian anti-aircraft fire and was hit, Israeli Air Force Brigadier General Amnon Ein Dar told army radio. The pilots ejected and the plane crashed inside Israel. One crew member was severely wounded, but his condition was said to be improving on Sunday. Israel then carried out what it called "large-scale" air strikes inside Syria, including against what it described as Iranian targets. Conricus warned on Saturday that Syria and Iran were "playing with fire", but stressed that Israel was not seeking an escalation. "This is the most blatant and severe Iranian violation of Israeli sovereignty" in recent years, Conricus said. Iran dismissed Israeli "lies" and said Syria had the right to defend itself against Israeli attacks. Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi said "Iran does not have a military presence in Syria, and has only sent military advisers at the request of the Syrian government." Russia stressed the need to "avoid any measure that could lead to a dangerous escalation". United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called for an immediate de-escalation. Netanyahu spoke with both Russian President Vladimir Putin and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson after Saturday?s confrontation. Washington backed Israel and blamed Iran for the escalation. Tillerson on Sunday begins a Middle East tour that will take him to Jordan, Turkey, Lebanon, Egypt and Kuwait. Netanyahu has met regularly with Putin in recent months in a bid to convince Russia to keep Iranian forces away from Israeli territory. Russia and Israel have also established a hotline to avoid accidental clashes in Syria. Israel is technically at war with Syria and occupies a swathe of the Golan Heights that it seized in the Six-Day War of 1967 and later annexed in a move never recognised by the international community.
  4. Saudi airspace has so far been off-limits to Israel-bound commercial planes JERUSALEM/NEW DELHI: Air India said on Wednesday it plans to begin direct flights to Israel and has proposed they pass through Saudi airspace, a route so far off-limits to Israel-bound commercial planes. Saudi Arabia does not recognise Israel and lifting the 70-year-old airspace ban would reflect what appears to be thawing ties between Israel and the kingdom, both US allies with a shared concern over Iranian influence in the region. An Air India spokesman and Israel?s Airports Authority said the state-run carrier had requested slots for three weekly flights between New Delhi and Tel Aviv. The Airports Authority said the service would begin in early March. Air India was awaiting clearance from the Indian aviation regulator to fly over Saudi Arabia, the spokesman said. Israeli media, in unsourced reports, said Riyadh had granted the necessary flyover rights, which would shorten the flight time from New Delhi by more than two hours. A spokesman for Saudi?s General Authority of Civil Aviation said the agency had not granted any permission to Air India. India and Israel have built close ties over the years, largely centred on arms purchases, away from the public eye. But under Narendra Modi, whose nationalist party has long admired Israel for its tough approach to terrorism, ties have flowered across the economy and last year he made a first-ever visit to Israel by an Indian prime minister. And Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited India last month, the first such trip in 15 years. El Al Israel Airlines, the country?s flag carrier, flies four weekly flights to Mumbai but these take seven hours rather than five as they take a route south towards Ethiopia and then east to India, avoiding Saudi airspace. Israel?s Tourism Ministry said it will grant Air India 750,000 euros for flying the new route, as part of its policy of increasing the number of airlines flying to Israel. Air India had made a similar request for slots to Israeli authorities last year but never followed through, as circumventing Saudi airspace was not economically viable.
  5. A man is seen running after an air raid in the besieged town of Douma in eastern Ghouta in Damascus, Syria, February 6, 2018. REUTERS/Bassam Khabieh BEIRUT: The United Nations called on Tuesday for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire in Syria of at least a month, as heavy air strikes were reported to have killed scores of people in the last major rebel stronghold near Damascus. Separately, UN war crimes experts said they were investigating several reports of bombs allegedly containing chlorine gas being used against civilians in the rebel-held towns of Saraqeb in the northwestern province of Idlib and Douma in the Eastern Ghouta suburbs of Damascus. The Syrian government denies using chemical weapons. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Tuesday?s bombardment of Eastern Ghouta had killed 63 people. A local official, Khalil Aybour, put the toll at 53. On Monday, air strikes killed 30 people in Eastern Ghouta, the Observatory said. ?Today there is no safe area at all. This is a key point people should know: there is no safe space,? Siraj Mahmoud, the head of the Civil Defence rescue service in opposition-held rural Damascus, told Reuters. ?Right now, we have people under rubble, the targeting is ongoing, warplanes on residential neighbourhoods.? Insurgent shelling of government-held Damascus killed three people, the Observatory and Syrian state media reported. Air strikes also killed at least six people in rebel-held Idlib including five in Tarmala village, the Observatory said. UN officials in Syria called for the fighting to stop to enable aid deliveries and the evacuation of sick and wounded, listing seven areas of concern including northern Syria?s Kurdish-led Afrin region, being targeted by a Turkish offensive. ?For the last two months, we have not had a single (aid-delivery) convoy. This is really outrageous,? said Panos Moumtzis, assistant UN secretary general and regional humanitarian coordinator for the Syria Crisis. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, helped by Iranian-backed militias and the Russian air force, is pursuing military campaigns against insurgents in the last major pockets of territory held by his opponents in western Syria. Ghouta and Idlib There were air raids on towns across Eastern Ghouta including Douma, where an entire building fell, a witness said. The UN representatives noted that Eastern Ghouta had not received inter-agency aid since November. ?Meanwhile, fighting and retaliatory shelling from all parties are impacting civilians in this region and Damascus, causing scores of deaths and injuries,? said their statement, released before the latest casualty tolls emerged on Tuesday. They said civilians in Idlib were being forced to move repeatedly to escape fighting, noting that two pro-government villages in Idlib also continued to be besieged by rebels. Some two million people now live in Idlib, one million of whom have already been displaced. Since the most recent Syrian army offensive began in mid-December, 300,000 people have been displaced within Idlib, said Moumtzis. ?We?re running out of solutions where we put these people.? Syria?s protracted war, which spiralled out of street protests against Assad?s rule in 2011, will soon enter its eighth year, having killed hundreds of thousands of people and forced millions to leave the country as refugees. Paulo Pinheiro, head of the International Commission of Inquiry on Syria, said the government siege of Eastern Ghouta featured ?the international crimes of indiscriminate bombardment and deliberate starvation of the civilian population?. Reports of air strikes hitting at least three hospitals in the past 48 hours ?make a mockery of so-called ?de-escalation zones?, Pinheiro said, referring to a Russian-led truce deal for rebel-held territory, which has failed to stop fighting there. ?There is a misperception that the de-escalation areas have resulted in peace and stability... if anything, these have been serious escalation areas,? said Moumtzis. France?s Foreign Ministry said it was concerned by the reports of chlorine used on civilians in Syria, but it was too soon to confirm them. French President Emmanuel Macron said last May that ?any use of chemical weapons would result in reprisals and an immediate riposte, at least where France is concerned?. The conflict has been further complicated since January by an offensive that neighbouring Turkey launched against the Kurdish YPG militia in Afrin. 'US calculations' The YPG has been an important US ally in the war against Daesh militants, but Ankara sees it as an extension of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which is listed as a terrorist group by Turkey, the European Union and Washington. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan ramped up his verbal assault on the US role in Syria on Tuesday, saying US forces should leave Manbij, a Syrian city held by YPG-allied forces with support from a US-led anti-Daesh coalition. ?If the United States says it is sending 5,000 trucks and 2,000 cargo planes of weapons for the fight against Daesh, we don?t believe this,? Erdogan said. ?It means you have calculations against Turkey and Iran, and maybe Russia.? In accord with Iran and Russia, Turkey?s military is setting up observation posts in parts of Idlib and Aleppo province. But militants firing rockets and mortars killed one soldier on Monday as Turkish forces moved to set up such a post south of Aleppo, near the front line between rebels and pro-Syrian government forces, the military said. It was the second attack on the soldiers in a week. In an apparent warning to Ankara, a commander in the military alliance supporting Assad said the Syrian army had deployed new air defences and anti-aircraft missiles to front lines with rebels in the Aleppo and Idlib areas. ?They cover the airspace of the Syrian north,? the commander told Reuters. That would include the Afrin area where Turkish warplanes have been supporting the ground offensive by the Turkish army and allied Free Syrian Army factions.
  6. Sometimes test matches can get a little boring and could potentially not attract a lot of crowd since it goes on for days, but not this one. So much has been happening during the ongoing India vs South Africa test series, that it is honestly harder to keep up with them than the Kardashians. It has become more like a cheesy Bollywood movie than an actual cricket match; there's drama, romance, action, anger, it's the whole package. Oh, and how can we forget memes. It's trending on the internet so much that obviously people can't stop themselves from making jokes about it. The drama filled second Test gave us two incredible memes of two incredible players so far. Seriously, what more can we ask for, that's honestly like a dream come true. On one hand, we have a perfectly timed picture of skipper Virat Kohli, frozen in a jump-like posture after celebrating his ton which is absolutely meme-worthy. And, I think he appreciates the fact that he's not alone in this. Not to be left behind, we also have Hardik Pandya doing everything in his power to reach the meme status. He was run-out in such a bizarre way, and honestly it could have been very well avoided, but at least some good came out of it as soon as the news hit Twitter. Check out some of the most hilarious memes we've seen so far: Even Virat Is So Done With #Virushka "Kaun hain humaare honeymoon ka jokes banane waale? Mukka maarunga BC!!!" pic.twitter.com/ELXhd8s8XU — Keh Ke Peheno (@coolfunnytshirt) January 15, 2018 No One. Kitna bhi khoshish kar le... Mere se zyada upar koi jump nahi kar sakta ~ Dinda pic.twitter.com/ozYzpwMKt8 — The (@Chandorkar) January 15, 2018 Hard For Everyone. Mondays are hard. pic.twitter.com/uWVVQ0Mf7B — Trendulkar (@Trendulkar) January 15, 2018 Ok, Then Ye mukka Rohit ke liye hai use bataane ke liye ki Aise khela jata hai pic.twitter.com/ertdWmlvbT — भाà¤à¤¸à¤¾à¤¹à¤¬ (@Bhai_saheb) January 15, 2018 Just Fly पà¤à¤à¥ बनà¥à¤ à¤à¤¡à¤¼à¤¤à¤¾ फिरà¥à¤ मसà¥à¤¤ à¤à¤à¤¨ मà¥à¤, à¤à¤ मà¥à¤ à¤à¤à¤¼à¤¾à¤¦ हà¥à¤ दà¥à¤¨à¤¿à¤¯à¤¾ à¤à¥ à¤à¤®à¤¨ मà¥à¤..ð¶ð¶ pic.twitter.com/LHYpnuzN8b — °à¤à¤¦à¥à¤µà¤¿à¤¤à¥à¤¯° (@AnupamHB) January 15, 2018 This One Hits A Little Too Close To Home *Relatives watching my failures* pic.twitter.com/48777p2ifG — Akshay Jain (@AkshayKatariyaa) January 15, 2018 We've All Been There Me trying to fulfill my responsibilities. #SAvIND pic.twitter.com/mf5dyd4NjB — Nikhil ð (@CricCrazyNIKS) January 15, 2018 Ummm Floor is perfect team selection. pic.twitter.com/49g2tFrb7k — Kuptaanð®ð³ (@Kuptaan) January 15, 2018 Relatable Me: Sirf ek night padhke exam pass kar lunga! Result: #INDvSApic.twitter.com/mAAVghOV8l — Sunil- The Cricketer (@1sInto2s) January 15, 2018 The Most Stylish Hardik Pandya: Bats in style Bowls in style Fields in style And gets run out in style as well.#INDvSA #SAvIND pic.twitter.com/KEj5JoJXDI — Sir Rohit Sharma (@ImRo450) January 15, 2018 Oh Wait, It Has Happened Before Hardik Pandya is following the footsteps of Been Stokes too seriously, check out this ð#SAvIND #INDvSA #SAvsIND pic.twitter.com/jVula7mgXY — Omkar Mankame (@Oam_16) January 15, 2018 And, NOW comes the Photoshop! I Can't Decide My Favourite One Virat is going places. #INDvSA pic.twitter.com/EVpHk0BmQC — Angoor Stark ð (@ladywithflaws) January 15, 2018 Says It All Celebration says it all. pic.twitter.com/0XdvyGjhx6 — Virendra Vaishnav (@VaishnavDevta) January 15, 2018 The Heart Eyes Emoji, Though à¤à¤¡à¤¼ à¤à¤¡à¤¼ à¤à¤¾à¤¯à¥ à¤à¤¡à¤¼ à¤à¤¡à¤¼ à¤à¤¾à¤¯à¥ दà¥à¤à¥ मà¥à¤°à¤¾ पिया à¤à¥à¤¸à¥ à¤à¤¡à¤¼ à¤à¤¡à¤¼ à¤à¤¾à¤¯à¥ : à¤à¤¨à¥à¤·à¥à¤à¤¾ ð pic.twitter.com/LDEc8MkFP2 — Om (@ohokohokok) January 15, 2018 Who Would Win? Superman Vs Batman pic.twitter.com/WvL7ZeUV43 — ScarFace Swamy (@RAC7R) January 15, 2018 Yeah, He Is. Bahubali of Cricket!! pic.twitter.com/Lve4oJWlnQ — Shash (@pokershash) January 15, 2018 That's Impressive. RT when u see it pic.twitter.com/qm5NDFHnFP — Dr. Gill (@ikpsgill1) January 15, 2018 Exactly. ohh.. isliye pic.twitter.com/pszLw46bhN — Arun LoL (@dhaikilokatweet) January 15, 2018 What A Comeback. RA One returns........! pic.twitter.com/3blvYoSAsN — PhD in Bakchodi (@Atheist_Krishna) January 15, 2018
  7. One of India's premier spinners in his heyday, out-of-favour Harbhajan Singh is now left to ply his trade in domestic cricket and the Indian Premier League (IPL). With an influx of young blood in the current crop, it's quite understandable that the offie has not been given a chance to represent Team India since March 2016, during a clash against minnows, UAE. While his teammates are away, battling it out in South Africa, Bhajji is currently playing in the Syed Mushtaq Ali inter-state T20 tournament. The off-spinner's career might be nearing its end, but the man we all know he is, more often than not, is reflected on social media. BCCL Despite not being able to don the iconic national team jersey, Harbhajan continues to share a close bond with his fans. He revels in every Team India achievement and expresses his feelings on their losses. The 37-year-old rarely misses out on an opportunity to poke fun at his teammates and doesn't mince words on common issues. All in all, the Turbanator keeps it 'real' on social media. If you get less chicken on your plane, don't think the airline is cost-cutting. Maybe something else ð ð¤ªð pic.twitter.com/a1fLAvKJ39 — Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) 12 January 2018 A similar incident came to the fore recently. At a time when everyone was going about their usual business, Bhajji took to Twitter and shared a short video that showed an air hostess eating food from containers meant for the flight passengers. If the video wasn't shockingly funny enough, Bhajji's caption couldn't have any been better: "If you get less chicken on your plane, don't think the airline is cost-cutting. Maybe something else". While the identity of the airline or the air hostess is yet to be ascertained, the video has garnered a huge response on social media. Oh dear, glad she likes the food!! Usually the food is tasteless on a plane unless you travel first class! — Rajesh Solanki (@untouchables29) 12 January 2018 Yes ððð Sometimes i did it too when guests are at home ððð And you bhajji? — Shahzad gori (@sgreatgori) 12 January 2018 Horrible ð¤¤ð¤¤ð¤¤ð¤¤ — Mohit Bhardwaj (@miki_nonu) 13 January 2018 Sahi pakde hai... — Aseem Mathur (@aseemgroup) 13 January 2018 Haha Bhai @harbhajan_singh. That's the reason why they were sleeping after eating delicious ð — Sidhartha Kumar A.S (@sidhartha_a) 12 January 2018 Also airline's fault not giving these girls enough food during shift to keep them skinny:) — kush (@ku5h86) 12 January 2018 I don't care because I am vegetarian. — Nirmal singh (@nirmal3276) 12 January 2018
  8. Yemenis inspect damage at the site of air strikes in the rebel stronghold of Saada on January 6, 2018. Photo: AFP SANAA: Saudi-led coalition air strikes on a marketplace and house in rebel-held northern Yemen have left at least 14 people dead, witnesses and a rebel-run news agency said Thursday. An eyewitness in the northern province of Saada told AFP that 12 people had been killed in strikes on the marketplace on Wednesday evening, including women. The rebel-run news agency Saba gave the same toll and accused the coalition of using cluster bombs in that attack in Kataf city. In the Baqim district of Saada province, two people were killed in a Saudi-led air strike on a house, another witness said. Saba gave the same toll and said that separate strikes on a house near the Saudi border had left another two people dead although there was no independent confirmation. Saudi Arabia leads a military coalition that intervened in Yemen in March 2015 with the stated aim of rolling back Huthi rebel gains and restoring the country's internationally recognised government to power. More than 9,000 people have been killed in Yemen since then, according to the World Health Organization. Saada is a stronghold of the Huthis who continue to hold large swathes of territory in the north including the capital Sanaa. In early November, the coalition tightened a blockade on Yemeni ports and airports in response to a missile fired by Huthis that was intercepted near Riyadh airport. The country is facing what the United Nations has described as the world's worst humanitarian crisis.
  9. Bandana baller, Alia Bhatt's ex, 'Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhaniya' - whatever the hell you may call Varun Dhawan, the truth is that he's always managed to venture out in style. The ball's always been in his court: financially, romantically or at the movies. And considering that he's a movie producer-born before anything else, he's always known his game a little too well. Tracking this theory down to his daily style nuances, the actor just stepped out in a terrific outfit. And for a welcome change today, we're calling it terrific for a different reason. While it's not the most sought-after outfit out there, yet, it's a great example of stylish + simplistic + effective gear. Something that every Tom, Dick and Harry can get behind with ease. And that's what's making it special for us. © Viral Bhayani If broken down from the top to bottom, every piece in sight is straight off every middle class guy's wardrobe: a classic V-neck T-shirt, denim jacket, grey trousers and high-top sneakers. Translation: a set of classic style elements that are leaning towards daily activities of an ordinary, college-going Indian guy. So, there we said it, while Varun may have worn this for an airport appearance, for us lesser mortals, this is the outfit to lean to for our everyday hustle. Buy groceries, pick up the girlfriend or fix a puncture in this eased-out ensemble. © Viral Bhayani However, let's not forget: his sunnies are exhibiting some dope vibes. Which to be frank, are giving this outfit a lot of personality (plus, a modern-age update). In case you don't own a similar pair (and don't wish to invest in one either), opt for a pair of tinted round sunnies or just head the aviator route (safe, effective). Plus, if grey trousers aren't tickling your bones, either go denim-on-denim with a pair of jeans or go black instead. However, in the latter's case, you'd have to change the shade of your high-top kicks. © Viral Bhayani All in all, take this from us: this outfit can make you win the lottery. And since for middle-class men, surviving the day in comfortable gear is equivalent of winning the lottery in life, looks like Varun's outfit is a splendid option here. Plus, if you're flying aboard, solely to impress the hottest air hostess on-board, looks like this outfit is your raffle ticket.
  10. NEW DELHI: Political apathy over the poisonous smog choking India´s capital has led many like businessman Kamal Meattle to take matters into their own hands, with an office building he says pumps air as fresh as from the Swiss Alps. From the outside, the Paharpur Business Centre looks like any modern office block. But inside it is a virtual jungle where rooms and corridors are lined with more than 7,000 potted plants and creepers. The greenhouse terrace, with artificial grass and green walls, houses an "air washing" system that moves polluted outside air through a series of cleaning filters. It is then pushed through the greenhouse where the plants remove bacteria, fungus, carbon dioxide and other toxins, before the air conditioning pumps it to workers on the floors below. "It would be like working in Gulmarg in Kashmir or Davos in Switzerland in this building," 73-year-old Meattle told AFP as he looked out at the smog from the protection of the lush rooftop nursery. "You are actually right now sitting in an air tank," he said, referring to the greenhouse where PM2.5 -- the most harmful particulates in the air -- registered nearly zero compared with 415 outside, according to Paharpur´s monitoring system. The outside level is more than 16 times the World Health Organization´s safe limit. ´I wanted a solution´ A Massachusetts Institute of Technology graduate and trustee of Al Gore´s Climate Reality Project, Meattle began thinking about a clean office project years ago when he rejected doctors´ advice to move away from the polluted capital for his health. "I wanted a solution for myself and I didn´t want to leave Delhi," he said. His centre, whose tenants include Amazon, Samsung and Microsoft, is now rated the city´s healthiest building by the Indian government, and Meattle says people who work there benefit from improved blood oxygen levels, better brain function, and fewer asthma and eye irritation cases. Delhi chokes every winter as cool air traps a toxic blend of pollutants from crop burning, car exhausts, open fires, construction dust and industrial emissions close to the ground. The annual scourge has been particularly bad this season, and short-term measures -- such as shutting factories and restricting car use -- have failed to have a significant impact. In November, doctors declared a public health emergency and schools were shut across the capital. Fumes from backup generators are a central ingredient in the noxious cocktail, but one company is turning them into ink and paint with technology that can capture up to 90 percent of dangerous pollutants. Chakr Innovations, started by graduates from the Indian Institute of Technology, has capitalised on the smoke-belching machines that can be heard across the city. Black is the new green Its Chakr Shield is fitted to generators and converts carbon and other fine particles, including the most harmful PM0.3 and PM2.5 specks, into liquified soot through chemical and heat-exchanging processes. The captured carbon is washed down with a solvent and processed into ink pigment and paints. "What would have otherwise been a waste is captured and reborn to be used as a raw material again," said co-founder Arpit Dhupar, donning a t-shirt that says "black is the new green". Dhupar was inspired by seeing a diesel generator that was running a roadside sugarcane juice stall and turning the wall behind it black in the process. Chakr has fitted machines at more than 18 Delhi offices, and 30 other companies have signed up for the technology, including US giant Dell Computers, which will be using Chakr´s ink for printing on its cardboard boxes. Dhupar said that in 18 months, the machines had collected enough carbon to pollute about 1.5 billion litres of air. "We are running out of clean, breathable air in Delhi and our definitive objective is to make the access to clean air a basic right for everyone," he said. Others want to ensure that right extends to animals, including the high-performance ponies that compete on Delhi´s thriving polo circuit. The Army Polo and Riding Club recently ruled that horses used by the Delhi Army polo team must be allowed twice as many breaks to alleviate the physical stress of playing matches in toxic conditions. "By sheer logic and the levels of pollution that were there in Delhi we thought that it may cause a problem. The longer the pony plays, the exhaustion is that much higher," said the club´s chief executive, Colonel Ravi Rathore.
  11. The late Asghar Khan unveiling the plaque of the PAF Academy Risalpur in March 2017, which was re-named after him. Photo: PAF Former chief of air staff Air Chief Marshal Asghar Khan passed away in Rawalpindi on Friday morning, according to family sources. His funeral will be held after the Friday prayers at a Pakistan Air Force (PAF) base in Islamabad today while burial will be held on Saturday in his native village of Nawa Shehar, Abbottabad, according to his son Ali Asghar Khan. In 1957, Khan became the first native Commander-in-Chief of PAF. After retiring from the PAF, he became the president of the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) which he headed until 1968. In 1970, Khan founded the Tehreek-e-Istiqlal, but the party could not dent the vote bank of other major parties of the time, such as the Pakistan Peoples Party. Later, Khan merged his party with Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) in 2012. Among the series of condolence messages on Twitter, PTI leader Imran Khan stated: Asghar Khan case The late air chief will also be remembered for the famous Asghar Khan case in the Supreme Court of Pakistan.
  12. Did the Helicarriers from 'The Avengers' make you go “hot dayum”? Is a flying Air Base your thing? Then you need to know that the United States Air Force has been working on some real life Helicarriers and some nasty drones that it would carry, and you could expect to see them being put to the test some time soon in 2019! © Marvel Entertainment We are so far into the 21st century and continue to marvel at the way flying is advancing, which is why it's hard to ignore a piece of machinery so tough that it is suspended somewhere in the atmosphere and carries military equipment like aircrafts themselves. It may have been a comic book fantasy just a few years ago but we are telling you, you can watch it turn to reality in just a matter of one year! We at Mean Machines are much enthused about this new development and we're sure we've caught your attention as well, especially if flying aircraft carriers are your thing, even if it doesn't have Nick Fury at its helm. So far what we know about the project is of the drones, being developed under the alias "Gremlins”, which can be launched from these aircraft carriers, which could, in fact, be bigger stealth base-aircrafts. This would put the U.S. Air Force a notch above the rest-- we're sure President Trump is sleeping peacefully in his bed with this knowledge! © Marvel Entertainment So what you're looking forward to is a massive aircraft carrier that will house several of these Gremlins and do some pretty serious 'Pew Pew Pew' (damage) in enemy territory, without even being detected, hopefully-- impressive isn't it? A full blown air force hive with an invisibility shield is some hardcore tech come to life. But in its initial test stages, the Gremlins will be carried by an existing C-130 aircraft carrier. © Marvel Entertainment What we know about the Gremlins, according to a report, is that they are small drones that will use cruise missiles to take off as well as be retrieved mid-air, and are capable of bringing about significant destruction as each drone can carry a pay load of up to 30kg, with a flying range of up to 300 miles. Each drone created would have a life-cycle of up to 20 uses. We also know that the cost of each drone could average at nearly $500,000, which is surprisingly less than how much you would spend on buying a supercar! It's only a year's wait to 2019, we can't wait to find out the fate of this super-duper drone-flying air-base combination, we're cheering them on, fingers crossed!
  13. A scene of destruction caused by shelling can be seen in Douma, Ghouta, Syria, November 17, 2017.AFP/Hamza Al Ajweh/Files BEIRUT: At least 23 civilians were killed Wednesday in the Syrian opposition stronghold of Eastern Ghouta, near Damascus, most of them in Russian air raids, a monitor said. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights told AFP that 18 people were killed by Russian strikes in the town of Misraba, while the remainder died in shelling from government forces. Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman said three children and 11 women were among those killed. Victims were taken to a hospital in Douma, where an AFP correspondent saw rescuers bringing in mostly women and children. Medical staff tried to revive an infant who had been pulled from the rubble but without success. A young girl among the wounded received stitches for a serious injury to her face. A medical source at the hospital told AFP that "among the wounded were two women in their twenties. One of them lost both eyes and the other lost one eye". The war in Syria has killed more than 340,000 people and displaced millions from their homes since it began in 2011 with the brutal repression of anti-government protests. Eastern Ghouta ? a small enclave east of the capital Damascus ? is controlled mostly by rebels. Russia first launched bombing raids in 2015 in support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's beleaguered forces. The strikes have helped Assad regain control over much of the war-ravaged country. The Observatory relies on a network of sources inside Syria and says it determines whose planes carry out raids according to type, location, flight patterns, and munitions used. The latest raids came after at least seven civilians ? including five children ? were killed Tuesday by air strikes in northwestern Idlib province, the last outside government control, the Observatory said. Government and allied forces backed by Russian warplanes have been battling extremist fighters and rebels for more than a week in an area straddling the boundary between Idlib and Hama provinces. Government push on Idlib The government push on the edge of Idlib province follows two months of sporadic fighting that the United Nations says has displaced more than 60,000 people. Idlib province ? held by Tahrir al-Sham ? was one of four "de-escalation zones" agreed to help halt fighting around Syria by regime backers Russia and Iran and rebel supporter Turkey. Observers say government forces first aim to take control of the southeast of Idlib province, allowing the regime to have full control of a road that links the capital Damascus to the government-held second city of Aleppo. Earlier Wednesday, Moscow's defence ministry said a Russian helicopter crashed in Syria on New Year's Eve killing both pilots following a technical fault. The Mi-24 military helicopter was flying to Hama, northwestern Syria, and there was no firing from the ground, agencies quoted the ministry as saying. "Both pilots died in a hard landing 15 km (nine miles) from the air base," the ministry said, adding that a technician had been injured and taken to another air base at for emergency treatment. Russia's Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu last month said the military had completed the partial withdrawal from Syria ordered by President Vladimir Putin, but Moscow would maintain a presence in the country, including three battalions and two bases. Moscow acknowledged in recent months that its special forces are also active on the ground in the offensive against extremists.
  14. RAWALPINDI: The groundbreaking ceremony of the Air University Aerospace and Aviation campus was held on Tuesday at the Aviation City in Kamra, said a statement from the Pakistan Air Force (PAF). Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi carried out the earth breaking and later unveiled the plaque of Air University Campus. Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman was also present on the occasion. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/7bbea9c4894ed7482c791fb6b94303bd.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9MS8yLzIwMTggMTI6NTE6NTggUE0maGFzaF92YWx1ZT1CUTdaOExoYU9jMGMvVG9XQkozenpnPT0mdmFsaWRtaW51dGVzPTYwJmlkPTE= style=center] Chairman Pakistan Aeronautical Complex Kamra Air Marshal Ahmer Shehzad, during the ceremony, highlighted the various features of the newly established Aviation City, which is aimed to become an aviation hub in the region. "The realisation of Air University Aerospace and Aviation Campus is, in fact, part of the strategic vision of Pakistan Air Force to develop Industry-Academia linkage in the form of Aviation City. It is heartening to share that this strategic initiative also holds significant potential to attract a large number of international scholars and trainees who, besides providing intellectual exchange, would enhance Pakistan?s image with obvious economic and diplomatic gains," said the chief of air staff. "The campus would also play a significant role in addressing the emergent new geopolitical realities in the region. I am confident that with the government?s patronage, PAF will be able to achieve a wide range of strategic gains linked to aviation technology," added Aman. He also said that the PAF will be able to achieve a wide range of strategic gains linked to aviation technology. Aman, addressing the attendees, said focused research and development of the aviation industry in the recent past have yielded positive results for which the country is proud, added the PAF statement. ?The current challenges facing the country demand greater focus on indigenous efforts. This requires skilled manpower which entails investment in education. As such, developed nations invest heavily in education and their leadership focuses on human resource for re-shaping the destiny of the countries," said the premier. The recently inaugurated Aviation City is a landmark initiative by the PAF, which would house various hi-tech and state of the art academic, research and development institutes for achieving self-reliance in the field of aviation. The Air University Aerospace and Aviation Campus forms the nucleus of the Aviation city and is modelled after the internationally acclaimed aviation universities in the world.
  15. KARACHI: A senior Taliban figure, who was in charge of their suicide operations, has been killed among more than a dozen others in an air strike in Afghanistan's Helmand province, local media reported Monday. Maulvi Ahmad Masroor was killed along with 15 others in an air strike in Greshk district, Afghan media outlets quoted local officials as saying. The air strike was conducted in Shoraki area late Sunday, the Helmand provincial government media office said in a statement. Helmand is among the volatile provinces in southern Afghanistan, where the Taliban actively operate in its various districts and frequently carry out attacks. Two other senior Taliban leaders killed in the strike were identified as Mullah Sediqullah and Maulvi Sajad. The air strike was carried out as the Taliban militants were looking to shift six suicide bombers to Nahr-e-Saraj district, the statement added. The Taliban have not yet commented on the report.
  16. SANAA: Sixty-eight Yemeni civilians were killed in two separate air raids by the Saudi-led Arab coalition in one day, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Yemen Jamie McGoldrick said on Thursday. The first air strike on Tuesday hit a "crowded popular market" in Taez province, killing 54 civilians including eight children, and wounding 32 others, he said in a statement. The second raid was in the Red Sea province of Hodeida and killed 14 people from the same family, the statement said. "I remain deeply disturbed by mounting civilian casualties caused by escalated and indiscriminate attacks throughout Yemen," McGoldrick said. In addition to the casualties from Tuesday´s two air raids, another 41 civilians were killed and 43 wounded over the previous 10 days of fighting, he said. The Arab coalition intensified its air campaign targeting the Huthi rebels after December 19 when Saudi air defences intercepted a ballistic missile the insurgents fired at the Saudi capital Riyadh. "These incidents prove the complete disregard for human life that all parties, including the Saudi-led coalition, continue to show in this absurd war that has only resulted in the destruction of the country and the incommensurate suffering of its people," McGoldrick said on Thursday. He said civilians "are being punished as part of a futile military campaign by both sides". "I remind all parties to the conflict, including the Saudi-led coalition, of their obligations under International Humanitarian Law to spare civilians and civilian infrastructure and to always distinguish between civilian and military objects," he said. The UN official said the conflict in Yemen has no military solution and could be resolved only through negotiations. The Arab coalition intervened in support of the internationally recognised government in March 2015 after the Huthis took over the capital Sanaa and much of Yemen. But despite the coalition's superior firepower, the rebels still control the capital and much of the north. More than 8,750 people have been killed since the coalition intervened, according to the World Health Organization.
  17. ADEN: Fresh air strikes and clashes in Yemen have killed over 60 fighters as Saudi-backed pro-government forces push an offensive against Houthi rebels, security and medical sources said Monday. Saudi-led coalition air raids overnight killed at least 18 of the rebels in Hais, south of the key port of Hodeida, while bombardments from gunships left 35 others dead in nearby Tahita, a security official told AFP. The latest fighting killed 12 government troops and wounded 19 more, military and medical sources said. On the outskirts of the capital Sanaa, a witness told AFP that seven members of the same family including women and children were killed by a coalition airstrike Monday. Government troops and coalition forces have been advancing along the Red Sea coast, seizing the town of Khokha earlier this month. The stated goal is to reach Hodeida, Yemen's second largest port and a key entry point for aid to the country, which the UN has warned faces "the largest famine the world has seen for many decades". But the coalition has met strong resistance from the Houthis, who control the capital Sanaa and most of northern Yemen. Monday's deadly air raid in Sanaa hit the guard house at a memorial to Egyptian soldiers killed in Yemen in the 1960s, according to a witness who served as a first responder. The guardian of the memorial Ali Mosleh al-Rimi and his wife were killed, along with his four daughters and another relative, Moussaed al-Himi said. Himi, who helped evacuate the bodies, said two other family members were wounded. Rebel media put the number of dead at 11. "I saw everything with my own eyes," Himi said, adding that multiple missiles had hit the house, which was left badly damaged. A Saudi-led coalition has been waging an air campaign against Yemen's Houthi rebels since March 2015 in an attempt to shore up the internationally recognised government of President Abedrabbo Mansur Hadi. Fighting and air raids have intensified since December 19, when Saudi air defences intercepted a ballistic missile fired by the Houthis towards the capital Riyadh. More than 8,750 people have been killed in the conflict since the coalition's intervention in the impoverished country, where more than 2,000 people have also died of cholera this year. The UN human rights office said it had tallied 136 civilians killed and another 87 wounded in strikes on Sanaa, Saada, Hodeida, Marib and Taez governorates between December 6 and 16.
  18. Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman addressing the inauguration ceremony of PAF Base Bholari. Photo: Pakistan Air Force 1 KARACHI: Pakistan Air Force (PAF), in a landmark event in its history, inaugurated a newly established main operating base ? PAF Base Bholari ? earlier on Monday, said a statement by the PAF. The establishment of PAF's new operational airbase would play a key role in safeguarding the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project, said Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman. ?Indeed, PAF Base Bholari is a project of strategic significance for capacity enhancement of Pakistan Air Force in operational domain both overland as well as at sea. With the establishment of the Base, PAF would be able to support the land operations of Pak Army more efficiently. More so, PAF Base Bholari would also augment and supplement the very important maritime operations carried out by Pak Navy,? Aman said while addressing the inauguration ceremony. He further said that besides providing aerial defence to the motherland, the base would also play a key role in the socio-economic uplift of the adjoining areas by providing state of the art health services, quality education and employment to the locals. The air base ? located northeast of Karachi ? is a significant milestone that will not only strengthen the defence of Karachi and coastline but also provide aerial support to the Pakistan Army and Navy for their land and operations respectively. Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman along with Chief Minister of Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah witnessing the flypast by F-16 of Number 19 Squadron at PAF Base Bholari. Photo: Pakistan Air Force1 Four F-16 aircraft presented a flypast to welcome the guests, including Chief Minister of Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah, who attended the ceremony as the guest of honour. The ceremony was attended by Principal Staff Officers of PAF, senior officers of Defence forces and a large number of dignitaries from the government.
  19. American Airlines longest serving flight attendant, Bette Nash (R), 81 years old, greets passengers disembarking from her daily return flight to Boston at Ronald Reagan Washington Airport in Arlington, Virginia - AFP 1 WASHINGTON: American Airlines Flight 2160 from Boston has just arrived in Washington, DC, and Bette Nash, 81, helps the passengers disembark. They embrace her, take photos, and express their thanks. It's always like this. After six decades crossing the skies as a flight attendant, Nash still has impeccable style, incredible energy and a constant smile. She has lost only one thing: her anonymity. Kendra Taylor, a passenger, beams after taking a selfie with the octogenarian, whom she had hoped to meet. "When I saw her I was like, 'Oh my gosh.' I just saw her on TV last week!" In a dark suit accented by a coloured scarf, with her hair in a bun, Nash lends herself to accolades and plays with the compliments. She is the undisputed star of the Airbus jet, rather than the captain, Mike Margiotta, who emerges from the flight deck. "Very professional," he says of his model hostess. "She's got that old-school way of doing things." In the United States, pilots must retire at 65 but there is no such restriction on commercial flight attendants, of whom Bette Nash is probably the world's most senior. See her gliding through the terminal concourse, pulling her suitcase, and it's hard not to be taken by the admiring words one hears about her. "I start my day at 2:10 in the morning. I have two alarm clocks and when they go off I don't lie there, I get up," Nash says. At her home in Virginia, bordering Washington, Nash prepares food for her only son, who is disabled, and who will be waiting for her return to solid ground. From furs to flip-flops Primped, and fueled by "a couple of eggs," she arrives before sunrise at Ronald Reagan National Airport. Nash prefers the Washington-Boston-Washington route, on which she gets priority because of her incomparable seniority. In this undated picture from a personal album courtesy of Bette Nash, Bette Nash poses for a photo in her flight attendant uniform in Washington, DC - AFP She was 21 years young and Dwight Eisenhower was president when Eastern Air Lines recruited her as a "stewardess," a word which -- like Eastern itself -- has disappeared from use. At that time, travel by air was the preserve of a certain elite. "There were a lot of men because they were doing business, and women came on with their fur coats, and their finery and their hats and everything. You didn't have... the flip-flops and the sneakers and things you do today," Nash says. Her own uniforms ranged, through the years, from conservative to elegant, and "wild." "When (president) John Kennedy came into office and everything, things started opening up, so we wore crazy uniforms. We even had hot pants for a brief period, and these boots," she remembers. In those earlier times, which seem almost prehistoric, there were no plastic meal trays. Hostesses cooked lobster and duck a l'orange equally well, and carved the meat. In first class, passengers dined with silverware and porcelain. "We had five carts: we'd start with a beverage cart, then we'd have an hors d'oeuvre cart, then we'd have the entrees cart." Desserts followed, and then finally came "a cordial cart." There was no mixing of classes. Flights were either all first class or "tourist" class. Betty Nash will celebrate her 82nd birthday on December 31 - AFP A rare honour In the less-opulent class, "we sold sandwiches and milk. Sandwiches were 50 cents and milk was 15 cents," Nash says. "We just had coffee, tea, hot chocolate and bouillon." Strikes, mergers, buyouts, Nash has gone through all the somersaults of the US aviation industry. She even worked for Trump Shuttle, an airline briefly owned by current President Donald Trump in the early 90s. During one unforgettable approach to Washington, her plane was hit by turbulence so violent that part of a toilet separated, and it seemed as though a wing hit the ground. "It was just terrible," Nash said, recalling lightning that "kept on coming in and I think we even flew over the White House that night, which was really illegal." The plane had to return to New York. Ten years ago, for her 50th anniversary on the job, Nash's plane was welcomed on the tarmac by sprays of water from fire engines -- an honour normally reserved for veteran pilots or the baptism of a new plane. Who imagined that Nash would still be there? "I am not going to work until I am 90," she says, before adding on the subject of retirement: "I don't want to think about it!" Bette Nash will celebrate her 82nd birthday on December 31.
  20. A view of cranes, damaged by air strikes, at the container terminal of the Red Sea port of Hodeidah, Yemen, November 30, 2017. REUTERS/Abduljabbar Zeyad/Files ADEN: The Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen said Wednesday it would keep the Houthi-controlled Hodeidah port ? vital for aid ? open for a month despite a fresh missile attack against Riyadh, but it kept up air raids that killed at least nine people. The Western-backed coalition ? which controls Yemen?s airspace and port access ? said last month it would allow humanitarian relief through Hodeidah following a nearly three-week blockade imposed because of a missile attack toward the Saudi capital?s international airport. The Saudis say the Red Sea port ? which is Yemen?s main entry point for food and humanitarian supplies ? is also a hub used by the Houthis to bring in weapons, which it accuses Iran of supplying. Tehran denies the charges. On Wednesday, the coalition confirmed it would keep access open to the port despite another missile attack at Riyadh on Tuesday by the Houthis which Saudi forces also intercepted. ?Keen to maintain humanitarian aid to the brotherly Yemeni people and as a result of intensified inspection measures, the coalition command announces that Hodeidah port will remain open for humanitarian and relief supplies,? the coalition said in a statement carried by Saudi state news agency SPA on Wednesday. The Saudi ambassador to Sanaa said the coalition would also allow the provision of four cranes to the port to boost aid deliveries to the war-damaged country. Mohammed al-Jaber ? the ambassador who was speaking in a televised news conference ? did not give details on how the cranes would be delivered. Earlier this year, the United Nations (UN) said the coalition turned back four cranes the United States donated to the World Food Programme (WFP) to boost aid operations at Hodeidah. The cranes would have replaced parts of the port?s infrastructure destroyed by coalition air strikes in August 2015 ? damage that forced ships to line up offshore because they could not be unloaded. The coalition said ships bringing in fuel and food would also be allowed to enter for another 30 days while proposals made by the UN envoy to Yemen were implemented, it added. The agency did not elaborate on the proposals. But the coalition has been demanding that a UN inspection regime agreed in 2015 be further tightened to prevent weapons from reaching the Houthis. Salman-Trump call Saudi state news agency SPA said King Salman discussed in a telephone call with US President Donald Trump ways ?to hold the Iranian regime accountable for its hostile acts and its involvement in supplying the Houthi militia with missiles to threaten the security of the kingdom and the region?. The White House later confirmed the call and said the two leaders ?agreed on the importance of reinvigorating a political process to end the war in Yemen? and that the king briefed Trump on a Saudi plan ?to alleviate the humanitarian crisis? caused by the conflict. Tuesday?s missile attack took place as the Houthis marked 1,000 days since the coalition intervened in the Yemen war in March 2015 to try to restore President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi after a Houthi advance on his base in Aden forced him to flee. Saudi Arabia said that since the war began the Houthis had fired 83 ballistic missiles toward the kingdom. More than 10,000 people have been killed and a humanitarian crisis unleashed in a conflict which has intensified since former President Ali Abdullah Saleh was killed on December 4. Fresh air strikes Meanwhile, Coalition forces ? which are supported by the US and Britain ? launched fresh air strikes overnight. Residents said at least nine members of the same family ? including, at least, five children ? were killed in one air strike, which hit their home in Wadi Khair in southern Yemen?s Shabwa province. Coalition aircraft have been providing air support for southern fighters and pro-government troops as part of a push to clear the Houthis from Shabwa and the family were killed in an apparently mistaken attack. Residents also reported that coalition aircraft bombed a new parliament chamber ? part of a government compound being built in Sanaa ? causing damage but no casualties. The coalition had no immediate comment on the report but says it does not target civilians. Similar airstrikes in which civilian homes, markets, and hospitals were hit are recurrent in Yemen. On Monday, eight women and two children from the same family died when warplanes struck a vehicle returning from a wedding party in Marib, east of Sanaa.
  21. The US-led air campaign against Daesh in Syria began on September 23, 2014. ? AFP BEIRUT: Air strikes by a US-led coalition killed 23 civilians Wednesday in a village held by the Islamic State group in Syria?s eastern Deir Ezzor province, a monitor said. "At least 23 civilians, among them eight children and six women, were killed Wednesday before dawn by air strikes carried out by the US-led coalition, targeting a village controlled by Daesh (Islamic State) on the eastern banks of the Euphrates River," the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. The observatory, which gathers eye-witness reports from the ground, said the civilians were hiding inside a house and were all members of the same extended family. US-backed forces are currently battling to capture the last scraps of Daesh-controlled territory in the area and on Tuesday took a village adjacent to the one that was hit, the monitor said. There was no immediate comment from the US-led coalition on the alleged incident. Earlier Wednesday a spokesman for the coalition said fighters with its support cleared six kilometres (four miles) of territory along the eastern bank of Euphrates River over the past day. "Daesh is weak but still a threat -- terrorists lurking in Mid-Euphrates River Valley," spokesman Ryan Dillon wrote on Twitter. The militant group has lost the vast bulk of the territory it captured across Syria and Iraq in 2014 after a string of gruelling offensives. The Iraqi government and Russia, which backs the forces of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad, have both declared victory over the militants. The US-led coalition has admitted to unintentionally killing 801 civilians in the more than 28,000 air strikes it has conducted across Syria and Iraq since its formation in 2014. Monitoring group Airwars insists that the number is well below the true civilian toll of the bombing campaign, estimating that almost 6,000 innocent lives have been lost.
  22. A Turkish F-16 fighter jet takes off from Incirlik airbase in the southern city of Adana, Turkey, July 27, 2015. ? Reuters FILE ISTANBUL: Turkish warplanes hit Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) targets in northern Iraq on Monday and killed 29 of the group?s militants, Turkey?s armed forces said. The PKK fighters were believed to be preparing an attack on Turkish border posts from the Hakurk and Metina regions of northern Iraq, the army said in a written statement. Several caves and shelters used by the militants were destroyed in the air strikes, it said. The PKK, which has been waging an insurgency in southeast Turkey since the 1980s, is designated a terrorist group by Turkey, the United States and the European Union. The conflict has claimed lives of more than 40,000 people.
  23. MOSCOW: President Vladimir Putin said on Monday that Russia would keep its Hmeymim air base in Syria?s Latakia Province as well as its naval facility at Tartous ?on a permanent basis? despite a decision to start pulling some of its forces out of Syria. Putin on Monday ordered Russian forces in Syria to start withdrawing, saying that after a two-year military campaign, Moscow and Damascus had achieved their mission of destroying Islamic State.
  24. File Photo ADEN: Saudi-led coalition airstrikes on a Yemen rebel training camp northwest of the capital on Sunday killed at least 26 Huthi fighters, security sources said. The head of the training camp in Hajjah province, Amar al-Jarab, was among those killed in the strikes, the sources close to the rebels told AFP. A warehouse where rockets were stocked was also hit, the sources added. The raids come with the war-torn country plunged deeper into turmoil by Monday´s killing of ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh at the hands of the Huthis after his alliance with the rebels collapsed. Forces of the Saudi-backed Yemeni government retook the Red Sea town of Khokha from the rebels on Thursday after clashes that killed dozens, local officials and medical sources said. On Sunday, Katyusha rockets believed to have been fired by the Iran-backed Huthis hit Khokha, killing a six-year-old girl and wounding five other civilians, residents said. Further east in the town of Hays and north in Tuhayta, rebels clashed with loyalists on Sunday, pro-government forces said. Khokha lies between rebel-held Hodeida and government-controlled Mokha on the Red Sea and is central to the government expanding its control over the strategic coastline. The port of Hodeida is the main conduit for UN-supervised deliveries of food and medicine to Yemen, where poverty has been compounded by war and a blockade on ports and airports imposed by the Saudi-led coalition. The International Committee of the Red Cross on Saturday warned against fighting intensifying along the Red Sea coast near what it called densely populated urban areas. ICRC regional head of operations Robert Mardini called on all sides to protect civilians. More than 8,750 people have been killed in Yemen since the Saudi-led coalition intervened in March 2015, to help the government of Abedrabbo Hadi Mansour fight the Huthis. It triggered what the United Nations has called the world´s worst humanitarian crisis.
  25. Houthi fighters walk in Sanaa, Yemen, November 30, 2017. AFP/Mohammed Huwais GENEVA: Fighting and air strikes have intensified in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa ? where roads are blocked and tanks are deployed on many streets ? trapping civilians and halting delivery of vital aid including fuel to supply clean water, the United Nations (UN) said on Monday. Some of the fiercest clashes are around the diplomatic area near the UN compound, while aid flights in and out of Sanaa airport have been suspended, the world body said in a statement following its appeal for a humanitarian pause on Tuesday. ?The escalating situation threatens to push the barely functioning basic services ... to a standstill. These services have already been seriously compromised with the latest shock of the impact of the blockade,? it said. The UN added that fighting had also spread to other governorates, such as Hajjah.