1 March 2019 News

United States, Conflict, Pakistan, India, Britain were the most important topics in the news of the Friday 1 March 2019, but also: UN, France, Syria, Lifestyle, North Korea.

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Bombshell film reignites Michael Jackson abuse firestorm

An unflinching new documentary on pedophilia accusations against Michael Jackson has shattered the glittering veneer around the late King of...

New SpaceX astronaut capsule successfully launched on ISS test mission

NASA and SpaceX celebrated the successful launch Saturday of a new astronaut capsule on a week-long round trip to the International Space Station...

English Channel migrant smugglers jailed by French court

A French court on Friday jailed two Iraqis and one Iranian man for organising illegal migrant boat journeys across the English Channel.The 30-year-old...

UK banks in Europe should seek post-Brexit deposit guarantees : watchdog

Europe's banking regulator on Friday urged European branches of British banks to ensure that clients' funds will remain covered by deposit guarantee...

UN urges Bangladesh not to close door to Myanmar refugees

The United Nations on Friday stressed that refugees fleeing conflict should be granted safe haven after Bangladesh declared that it would no...

Chlorine used in attack on Syria’s Douma : watchdog

The world's chemical weapons watchdog said Friday that chlorine was used against the rebel-held Syrian town of Douma in 2018, in a long-awaited...

Chahal, Yadav ‘strongest spin duo in world’, says Kohli

Skipper Virat Kohli Friday hailed Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal as the world's "strongest spin bowling partnership", underlining that the...

Syria force launches assault on last IS pocket : spokesman

Kurdish-led forces launched a final assault Friday on the last pocket held by the Islamic State group in eastern Syria, their spokesman said.The...

Measles cases soar worldwide, UN warns of ‘complacency’

Just 10 countries were responsible for three-quarters of a global surge in measles cases last year, the UN children's agency said Friday, including...

Pakistan returns Indian pilot as violence rages in Kashmir

A pilot shot down in a dogfight with Pakistani aircraft returned to India on Friday, after being freed in what Islamabad called a "peace gesture"...

At least 23 Afghan security forces killed in Taliban attack on US-Afghan base

At least 23 Afghan security forces were killed in a Taliban attack on a joint US-Afghan base in southwestern Afghanistan, officials said Friday,...

BBC details new ‘harassment’ of Persian Service staff

The BBC on Friday detailed the latest "escalation" in the "systematic targeting" by Iranian authorities of its Persian Service journalists and...

Pakistan to lodge ‘eco-terrorism’ complaint against India over airstrikes

Pakistan plans to lodge a complaint of "eco-terrorism" against India after airstrikes by New Delhi in Pakistani territory this week damaged dozens...

Rio Carnival in Bolsonaro era : women, blacks and minorities in focus

Amid a conservative wave that brought far-right President Jair Bolsonaro to power, this year's Carnival in Rio will feature irreverent, in-your-face...

Kashmir braces for the worst as shelling, gunbattles escalate

Indian forces on Friday fought battles with militants in Kashmir that left seven dead, whilst being dragged into fierce artillery barrages with...

Ryan Adams tour in UK, Ireland cancelled after abuse claims

Ryan Adams' tour of Britain and Ireland has been cancelled, ticket retailer Ticketmaster said Friday, following accusations of abuse against...

UK to pay Eurotunnel £33m over no-deal Brexit contracts

The British government on Friday agreed to pay Channel Tunnel operator Eurotunnel £33m to head off a lawsuit over extra ferry services commissioned...

Skripal poisoning town declared decontaminated

The English town of Salisbury is officially decontaminated, the government said Friday, almost a year after it was the scene of a nerve agent...

Release of shot-down Indian pilot delayed by hours

Crowds on the Indian side of the border with Pakistan dwindled late Friday as the wait for the handover of a captured air force pilot dragged...

US could withdraw troops from Afghanistan within five years : NYT

US forces could leave Afghanistan within five years under a Pentagon plan being offered as part of a potential deal with the Taliban to end the...

Asian bank backs Mumbai metro project with huge loan

The Asian Development Bank on Friday awarded its biggest loan for an infrastructure project, almost one billion dollars, to help finance Mumbai's...

Syria force launches assault on last IS redoubt

Kurdish-led forces on Friday launched a final assault against diehard jihadist fighters clinging to the last sliver of their "caliphate" in eastern...

London mayor urges Brexit delay to break divorce deal deadlock

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has urged Prime Minister Theresa May to delay Britain's departure from the European Union, warning time has run out to...

Netanyahu defiant after decision to indict him ahead of polls

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's long reign atop Israeli politics has earned him the nickname "King Bibi," but a decision ahead of April elections...

Fears grow for missing Italian, Brit on Pakistan peak

Bad weather forced rescuers to call off a search Friday for two climbers from Britain and Italy who went missing in northen Pakistan on a peak...

Focus on World Cup as one-day series starts

The Cricket World Cup looms large for both South Africa and Sri Lanka when they meet in a five-match one-day international series starting at...

Pakistan partially re-opens airspace : aviation authority

Pakistan partially re-opened its airspace Friday, the aviation authority said, after thousands of passengers were left stranded worldwide when...

Kashmir braces for worst as shelling, gunbattles escalate

India and Pakistan fired barrages of shells at each other across their angry Kashmir frontier Friday, leaving at least one dead as the troubled...

IMF revives Sri Lanka bailout hit by power struggle

The International Monetary Fund on Friday revived a $1.5 billion bailout for Sri Lanka that was suspended over a government power struggle last...

Crippling or bearable? The UN sanctions squeezing N. Korea

The second summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un failed to produce a deal on Pyongyang's nuclear programme,...

Thousands gather at border to welcome back Indian pilot

Thousands of Indians, some waving flags and singing, gathered Friday to give a hero's welcome to an air force pilot due to be returned across...

Tesla’s ‘mass market’ $35k electric car ready to order, online

Tesla said Thursday its Model 3 -- heralded as an electric car for the masses -- is available for order online only at a price of $35,000, with...

Singapore to buy four F-35s, with option for eight more

Singapore plans to buy four US-made F-35 jet fighters -- one of the most advanced warplanes ever built -- to update its ageing current fleet,...

Shadowy group declares ‘government-in-exile’ for North Korea

A shadowy group believed to be protecting the son of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's assassinated brother declared the formation of a government-in-exile...

Pakistan set to release Indian pilot as ‘peace gesture’

Pakistan was set to free a captured Indian pilot Friday in a "peace gesture" aimed at lowering temperatures with its nuclear arch-rival, after...

When Concorde first took to the sky 50 years ago

When the misty skies cleared over southern France on the afternoon of Sunday March 2, 1969, the green light was signalled for the highly anticipated...

Concorde : technical feat, financial fiasco

The Concorde airliner first took to the skies 50 years ago promising a revolution in air travel with its technical prowess and supersonic speed.But...

N. Korea, US vow to keep talking after Hanoi summit collapse

North Korea on Friday promised further negotiations with the US despite a spectacular failure to strike a nuclear deal at their Hanoi summit,...

Guns and milk : what they carried from the ‘caliphate’

Guns, laptops, gold coins and baby formula: when Syrian fighters search women emerging from the ruins of the jihadist "caliphate", what they...

In Mexico, those searching for missing relatives can vanish too

Maria Herrera is scraping at the earth on a hill in the town of Huitzuco, in southern Mexico, looking for the mounds or sunken spots that indicate...

Liverpool, Spurs face crucial derby showdowns

As the Premier League title race gathers pace and the fight for top-four places heats up, two of English football's biggest derbies will play...

Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch back on market at steep discount

Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch in California is back on the market for $31 million, a steep cut from the $100 million asking price four years...

Lifestyle guru Martha Stewart teams up with Canada cannabis firm

Lifestyle expert Martha Stewart said Thursday she's taking her brand to new heights -- partnering with one of the world's largest marijuana producers...

‘Feeling good’ – Smith back in nets after elbow surgery

Steve Smith has returned to the nets after elbow surgery, with Australia coach Justin Langer expecting the banned former captain and his deputy...

UN warns of ‘complacency’ as measles cases soar worldwide

Just 10 countries were responsible for three-quarters of a global surge in measles cases last year, the UN children's agency said Friday, including...

Gap Inc says it will split in 2 companies, close 230 stores

Gap Inc. on Thursday announced plans to split into two companies and shutter 230 stores in a makeover that showcases its hot "Old Navy" chain...

Bangladesh tells UN it will no longer take in Myanmar refugees

Bangladesh told the UN Security Council on Thursday that it will no longer be able to take in refugees from Myanmar.Foreign Secretary Shahidul...

Latham, Raval hit tons as New Zealand dominate Bangladesh

Centuries to Tom Latham and Jeet Raval, and the best opening partnership for New Zealand in nearly half-a-century left Bangladesh on the ropes...