No casualties reported following small explosion near Israeli embassy in New Delhi

A small blast near the Israeli embassy in New Delhi on Friday was caused by a “very low intensity improvised device” a police spokesman said, adding that there were no injuries. The explosion damaged the window panes of three nearby parked cars, a Delhi police spokesman said in a statement. “Initial impressions suggest a mischievous… Read More No casualties reported following small explosion near Israeli embassy in New Delhi

British regulator probes Uber’s acquisition of Autocab over competition concerns

A British competition watchdog said on Friday it was probing whether Uber’s takeover of UK tech firm Autocab, a provider of taxi booking and dispatch software, would substantially reduce competition in the country. The Silicon Valley-based company is cooperating with the Competition and Markets Authority’s (CMA) inquiry, an Uber spokeswoman said in an email statement.… Read More British regulator probes Uber’s acquisition of Autocab over competition concerns

Environmentalists, farmers win Dutch court case over Shell oil spills in Nigeria

In a victory for environmentalists, a Dutch appeals court on Friday said that the Nigerian subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell was responsible for multiple oil pipeline leaks in the Niger Delta and ordered it to pay unspecified damages to farmers. The case was brought in 2008 by four farmers and environmental group Friends of the… Read More Environmentalists, farmers win Dutch court case over Shell oil spills in Nigeria

Apartment building in Vienna surburb partially collapses following explosion

An apartment building in a suburb of Vienna caught fire and part of it collapsed after an apparent explosion on Friday morning, but police had no immediate information on injuries or how many people were inside. “It appears to have been an explosion,” a police spokeswoman said, adding that it occurred around 8 a.m. (0700… Read More Apartment building in Vienna surburb partially collapses following explosion

Pakistan government appeals for review of acquittal of men convicted for beheading U.S. journalist Daniel Pearl

Pakistan’s government on Friday appealed to the Supreme Court to review its decision to free an Islamist convicted of kidnapping and beheading U.S. journalist Daniel Pearl, a day after the United States expressed “deep concerns” over the ruling. A panel of three judges of the court on Thursday acquitted British-born Ahmad Omar Saeed Sheikh and… Read More Pakistan government appeals for review of acquittal of men convicted for beheading U.S. journalist Daniel Pearl

Four dead, dozens evacuated following fire at coronavirus hospital in Romania

A fire killed four patients at a COVID-19 hospital in the Romanian capital Bucharest early on Friday and 102 others were evacuated, officials said, the second deadly hospital fire in the European Union state in under three months. The fire, which has since been extinguished, broke out at around 0300 GMT in one of the… Read More Four dead, dozens evacuated following fire at coronavirus hospital in Romania

UK bans direct flights from UAE to curb spread of coronavirus variant

Britain is banning direct passenger flights from the United Arab Emirates from Friday, shutting down the world’s busiest international airline route from Dubai to London. Britain said it was adding the United Arab Emirates, Burundi and Rwanda to its coronavirus travel ban list because of worries over the spread of a more contagious and potentially… Read More UK bans direct flights from UAE to curb spread of coronavirus variant