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US military grounds Osprey fleet following a deadly crash off the coast of Japan

  • WASHINGTON: The military announced late Wednesday it was grounding all of its Osprey V-22 helicopters, one week after eight Air Force Special Operations Command service members died in a crash off the coast of Japan. The Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps took the extraordinary step of grounding...

Turkiye, UK forge landmark defense and security deal

  • ANKARA: Two NATO allies, Turkiye and the UK, have sealed an agreement to bolster their collaboration on defense and security initiatives. The joint statement of intent, inked by British Defense Secretary Grant Shapps and Turkish Minister of National Defense Yasar Guler on Nov. 22, aims to est...

China grapples with respiratory illness spike; WHO says no unusual pathogen found

  • SHANGHAI:China called for vigilance on Friday as a surge of respiratory illness hit schools and hospitals and the World Health Organization, which has asked the government for disease data, said no unusual or novel pathogens had been detected. China is grappling with a spike in respiratory ill...

Emirates and flydubai expand fleets with Boeing orders at Dubai Airshow

  • RIYADH: Middle East carriers revealed significant fleet expansion plans at the beginning of the Dubai Airshow on Monday, with both Emirates and its sister airline flydubai announcing new aircraft orders from Boeing.  Emirates committed to an additional 95 wide-body aircraft worth $52 bil...

Evidence shows Hamas militants likely used some North Korean weapons in attack on Israel

  • SEOUL: Hamas fighters likely fired North Korean weapons during their Oct. 7 assault on Israel, a militant video and weapons seized by Israel show, despite Pyongyang’s denials that it arms the militant group. South Korean officials, two experts on North Korean arms and an Associated Press analy...

Europe needs rational, not emotional, debate on immigration

  • Fairuz, the iconic Lebanese singer, puts on the melancholic tone of a lovesick girl with a dilemma who longingly appeals to her absent lover to “Come and Don’t Come.” She asks him to lie to her and say that he is coming: “A lie is not a sin, promise that you will come and come but don’t come.” ...

‘Loki’ season 2 brings more multiverse shenanigans 

  • DUBAI: It has taken two years and almost 20 other Marvel shows and movies in that time, but Tom Hiddleston is finally returning in his fan-favorite role as Loki as he turns to more multiverse shenanigans in the second season of his eponymous Disney+ series, arriving at the streaming service on ...

Pakistan issues licenses to 31 companies to locally manufacture electric motorbikes

  • ISLAMABAD: At least six companies in Pakistan are manufacturing or assembling electric motorbikes while licenses have been issued to 31 companies, officials at the Engineering Development Board of the Ministry of Industries and Production said this week, as the South Asian country aims for long...

Pakistani biryani: a spicy recipe for delectable debate

  • KARACHI: Eying each other across a stream of traffic, rival Pakistani biryani joints vie for customers, serving a fiery medley of meat, rice, and spice that unites and divides South Asian appetites. Both sell a niche version of the dish, steeped in the same vats, with matching prices and trop...

Ukraine targets a key Crimean city a day after striking Russia’s Black Sea Fleet headquarters

  • KYIV: Ukraine on Saturday morning launched another missile attack on Sevastopol on the occupied Crimean Peninsula, a Russian-installed official said, a day after an attack on the headquarters of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet that left a serviceman missing and the main building smoldering. Sevastopo...