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Turkey may evacuate embassy in Libya amid fighting ANKARA: Turkey may evacuate its embassy in the Libyan capital Tripoli, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Thursday, a day after his ministry advised all Turkish citizens to leave the North African country due to the worsening security situation.More than 50 people have died so far in fighting that started 10 days ago and that has deepened fears post-war Libya is slipping further into lawlessness, with its government unable to control heavily armed brigades of former rebel fighters battling for power."There has been serious conflict in Libya for the recent months... We have taken measures for the evacuation of a few hundred Turks in Libya," Davutoglu said in an interview with Turkish broadcaster AHaber."The measure of evacuating the embassy may be considered," he said, warning that deteriorating conditions in Libya risked creating a "domino effect" of instability in the region.Turkey is still trying to secure the release of 49 hostages ...

More MH17 bodies return to Netherlands as EU mulls Russia sanctions EINDHOVEN: Dozens more bodies from the crash site of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 are set to arrive in the Netherlands on Thursday, as the EU prepares to hit Russia with fresh sanctions.Foreign ministers from the 28-nation bloc said they would meet in Brussels Thursday to draw up a new list of Russian individuals and entities to be slapped with sanctions over Moscow's role in the Ukraine crisis.The European Union agreed to speed up the imposition ...
Russian cargo craft docks with ISS, science satellite fails MOSCOW: A cargo craft successfully docked with the International Space Station, the Russian space agency Roskosmos said Thursday.Meanwhile controllers encountered problems with a separate research satellite when its engines failed to fire, Russian news agencies reported.The Russian Progress M-24M cargo craft automatically docked with the International Space Station at 0331 GMT with more than 2.3 tonnes of supplies after having lifted off from the Baikonur space centre in Kazakhstan six hours previously.The ISS currently hosts ...
Italy cruise ship wreck begins final voyage GIGLIO ISLAND: Italy's once-luxurious Costa Concordia cruise liner embarked on its last voyage on Wednesday, as tug boats began towing it from island wreck site to scrapyard grave in one of the biggest salvage operations in maritime history.Sunshine streamed down on the Mediterranean bay where hundreds of onlookers watched as the final cable attaching ship to shore was cut, finally severing ties between the Tuscan island of Giglio and the ship two and a half ...
Romanian city opens plastic bottle bridge in litter protest ROMANIA: Timisoara in western Romania on Wednesday inaugurated a 23-metre (75 feet) bridge made of more than 157,000 collected plastic bottles to warn against the devastating effects of litter.Residents claim the bridge crossing the Bega Canal in the city centre is the largest in the world built from plastic bottles. A commission of the Guinness book of records has yet to decide on the issue.More than 500 volunteers helped to build the temporary bridge, collecting ...
MH17 black boxes delivered to British investigators LONDON: The black boxes from the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 that crashed in eastern Ukraine, killing all on board, have been delivered to Britain for expert analysis, the government said Wednesday.The recorders have been delivered to the Air Accidents Investigation Branch headquarters in Farnborough, southwest of London."We can confirm that the two black boxes from MH17 have been delivered by the Dutch Safety Board to the Air Accidents Investigation Branch at Farnborough for download," a ...
Turkish PM talks with UN chief about Gaza truce ISLAMABAD: Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has discussed with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon the ways to end Israeli attacks on the blockaded Gaza enclave, attacks which have so far claimed at least 644 Palestinian lives.Since July 7, Israel has pounded the Gaza Strip with aerial bombardments with the ostensible aim of halting rocket fire, Anadolu news agency reported.Gaza-based resistance factions have continued to fire rockets at Israeli cities in response to Israeli bombardments.In a ...


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