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Death toll in Poland mine blast rises to five WARSAW: The death toll from a methane explosion at a Polish coal mine rose to five after two gravely burned miners succumbed to their injuries overnight, the hospital treating them said on Tuesday.One worker had died in the accident on October 6 at the Myslowice-Wesola mine in southern Poland and 28 were hospitalised with severe burns.Two miners later died at the burns unit of the hospital in Siemianowice Slaskie. Some 20 miners continue to be treated at the burns unit, three of them in serious condition.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...

Putin calls killed Total CEO 'true friend' of Russia MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday praised Total CEO Christophe de Margerie, who died in a plane accident at a Moscow airport, as a "true friend of our country."In a telegram sent to French President Francois Hollande, published by the Kremlin, Putin said he was "shocked by the news" after De Margerie's jet crashed into a snow plough at Moscow's Vnukovo airport, killing all on board.Putin asked Hollande to "pass on the most sincere ...
Turkey to host NATO war games ISLAMABAD: Turkey will host NATO drills between October 20 and 24 that will include participation from 12 other countries, the Turkish General Staff announced in a statement.The war games will take place in Istanbul and gather military personnel from Azerbaijan, Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Kazakhstan, Montenegro, Moldova, Jordan, Ukraine, Mauritania, Algeria, and Pakistan, Anadolu News Agency Reported.The drills aim to enhance the capacity of the countries to work together and cooperate, the statement said.Turkey ...
Pilots extend Lufthansa strikes to long-haul flights FRANKFURT: German pilots union VC on Monday widened its strike at Lufthansa to include long-haul flights on Tuesday, having previously targeted only the carrier's short and medium-haul routes on Monday and Tuesday.The walkout affecting long-haul flights, scheduled from 0400-2159 GMT, adds weight to the eighth strike action taken by pilots against Lufthansa this year in a drawn-out dispute over retirement benefits.Lufthansa on Sunday cancelled 1,450 flights after the pilots union called for a strike on ...
Pilots extend Lufthansa strikes to long-haul flights FRANKFURT: German pilots union VC called a strike at Lufthansa on Oct. 21 targeting the airline's long-haul flights, in addition to strikes for the carrier's short and mid-length routes announced for Monday and Tuesday. The walkout for the long-haul flights will be from 0400-2159 GMT, the union said in a statement on Monday. The pilots are in dispute with Lufthansa's management over retirement benefits.Copyright Reuters, 2014 ...
In rouble crisis, Putin gets a helping hand from state TV MOSCOW: As the head of Russia's biggest state bank and a favourite of President Vladimir Putin, German Gref has long been a loyal supporter of state economic policy.But with the rouble sliding and the economy stagnating, he delivered a diatribe this month against government inefficiencies, which he compared to the Soviet era, and warned that "we can't motivate people by using the Gulag".The outburst brought a stinging rebuke from a state television presenter, who portrayed ...
Hungary's Orban gets free rein for 'illiberal democracy' BUDAPEST: Fresh from a third electoral win this year, Hungary's controversial Premier Viktor Orban will have a free rein in his second term to build what he terms an "illiberal democracy," analysts say. After four years in office, Orban's right-wing Fidesz party continues to ride a wave of support, winning general elections in April, European elections in May and local elections last weekend.The prime minister has made no qualms about his agenda and has cited ...


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