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Italy reports 900 migrants rescued at sea ROME: Italy has rescued 896 migrants crossing the Mediterranean by boat overnight, the navy said on Friday, after the government warned of an "emergency" caused by a surge in new arrivals.Three navy warships and two coast guard patrol boats took on the migrants in the Mediterranean and they were then transferred to other vessels and taken to ports in Sicily, the navy said in a statement.In Geneva, the UN refugee agency UNHCR estimated 6,000 people had been rescued by the Italian navy from over 40 overcrowded boats in the past four days.UNHCR spokeswoman Melissa Fleming said the migrants had set off from northern Libya "and many were fleeing violence, conflict and persecution"."Main countries of origin include Syria, Eritrea, Somalia, Nigeria, Gambia, Mali and Senegal," she said.Syrians made up the highest number landing in Italy in 2013 with over 11,300 arrivals reported.The anti-immigration Northern League, a small but vociferous opposition party, ...

India car sales shrink for second year NEW DELHI: Sales of India's once-booming passenger car segment shrank for a second year, hit by a sharp economic slowdown and high borrowing costs that kept customers away from showrooms, data showed Friday.The Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) said it hoped for a "moderate improvement" this year with a new government due to take power after marathon elections in the country of 1.2 billion that began this week.Passenger car sales contracted by 4.59 percent ...

Powerful 7.3 quake hits off Papua New Guinea: USGS SYDNEY: A powerful 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck off Papua New Guinea on Friday, US officials said, but no Pacific-wide tsunami warning was sounded.The US Geological Survey said the quake hit at a depth of 54 kilometres (34 miles) at around the same distance from the town of Panguna on Bougainville island.Geoscience Australia measured the quake at 7.4 magnitude and said the tremor, which hit close to the neighbouring Solomon Islands, was estimated to be in the ...

Britain to trumpet economic recovery LONDON: British finance minister George Osborne will later Friday hail the nation's economic recovery, one year after the International Monetary Fund had warned that his austerity policies were "playing with fire".Osborne will defend his economic policies in a key speech in Washington, where he is attending the annual World Bank/IMF spring meetings."Our economy has grown faster than any other in the G7 over the last year and is now forecast by the IMF to do ...

Saudi Arabia has become the world's reference in Siamese separation surgery ISLAMABAD: Minister of Health Dr. Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Rabee'a announced that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, with a record of more than 80 Siamese separation surgeries in 24 years, has topped the world as home of Siamese separation surgery.Announcing the success of separating an Iraqi twins at the National Guard hospital in Riyadh, Dr. Al-Rabee'a said some 23 cadre have taken part in the six- hour operation to bring the twins apart, describing their condition ...

German inflation hits three-year low in March FRANKFURT: The rate of inflation in Germany, Europe's biggest economy, fell to its lowest level in more than three years in March, official final data showed on Friday. The cost of living rose by 1.0 percent on a 12-month basis this month, down from 1.2 percent in February, the federal statistics office Destatis said in a statement.The last time inflation in Europe's biggest economy was lower was in June 2010.Using the Harmonised Index of Consumer ...

William and Kate voice sorrow at Solomons floods AUCKLAND: Britain's Prince William and his wife Catherine expressed their sorrow Friday at deadly flooding in the Solomon Islands, where the royal couple took an idyllic tropical break in 2012.More that 20 people were killed when flash flooding tore through the Pacific nation's capital Honiara last week, sweeping away entire communities and leaving thousands homeless.The royal couple, who are currently on a tour of New Zealand, offered their sympathies to the Solomons, where William's grandmother ...


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