02122016Fri
Last update: Fri, 12 Feb 2016 05pm

World - Europe

Ten dead as commuter trains collide in Germany BAD AIBLING: German authorities were on Tuesday investigating how two commuter trains collided head-on, leaving at least ten dead and dozens injured, despite having been fitted with automatic braking systems to prevent accidents.Media reports said human error was to blame for the high-speed crash near the southern spa town of Bad Aibling, where one of the trains sliced into the other, ripping a hole in its side.Rescuers were still searching for one missing person in the mangled wreckage in a wooded area, although police said there was now little hope of finding the victim alive.Newspaper group RedaktionsNetzwerk Deutschand (RND), citing sources close to the investigation, said a signalling station worker had manually disactivated the automatic signalling system to let the first train -- which was running late -- go past.The second train then forged ahead on the same track in the opposite direction, before the first was able to split ...


World - Middle East

Iraq PM calls for 'fundamental' change to cabinet BAGHDAD: Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi called Tuesday for the inclusion of technocrats and academics in the government in a "fundamental" reshuffle to his cabinet."I call for fundamental change to the cabinet to include professional and technocratic figures and academics," Abadi said in a speech broadcast on state television.The premier called on parliament "and all the political blocs to cooperate with us in this serious phase."Iraqi ministries are divided up between the country's leading political ...

World - Europe

Disneyland Paris visitor numbers down since attacks PARIS: Disneyland Paris has seen visitor numbers fall by eight percent since deadly attacks in the French capital last November in which 130 people died, the Euro Disney company announced Tuesday."Primarily due to the November events in Paris," Euro Disney saw its first quarter (from October-January) revenues fall to 337.6 million euros ($380 million), from 341.5 million euros for the same period in the previous accounting year, the company said -- a drop of 1.1 ...

World - Global Business & Economy

UK trade deficit widens in Q4, likely dragging on economic growth LONDON: Britain's trade deficit with the rest of the world worsened in the fourth quarter and likely dragged on economic growth, despite improving in the month of December, official data showed on Tuesday.The Office for National Statistics said Britain's total trade deficit widened to 10.352 billion pounds in the fourth quarter from 8.575 billion pounds in the previous quarter, marking the biggest trade gap since the start of 2015.Trade will likely appear as a drag ...

World - Global Business & Economy

US small business confidence at two-year low WASHINGTON: US small business confidence fell in January to its lowest level in nearly two years amid worries about the near-term outlook for business conditions and sales growth, consistent with a recent slowdown in economic growth.The National Federation of Independent Business said on Tuesday its Small Business Optimism Index fell 1.3 points to 93.9 last month, the weakest reading since February 2014. Still, small businesses remained fairly upbeat about the labor market.The NFIB said there ...

World - North America

Amid cybersecurity warnings, Obama unveils 'action plan' WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama unveiled a cybersecurity "national action plan" on Tuesday as his intelligence chief warned of growing risks from new technologies that open more doors to hackers.Obama asked for $19 billion for cybersecurity efforts in his budget request, a 35 percent increase from current levels, with $3 billion earmarked to help modernize the patchwork of computer systems used in government agencies."More and more, keeping America safe is not just about more tanks or ...

World - North America

Kerry: Russian bombs hurting Syria peace talks WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State John Kerry warned Tuesday that Russia's aerial bombardment of Syrian opposition targets could derail efforts to re-start talks to end the country's brutal civil war.Kerry and his Russian counterpart Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov are due in Munich on Thursday to host a meeting of a 17-nation contact group designed to get the talks back on track.But US frustration with Russia's bombing in support of Bashar al-Assad's regime is growing, amid ...