LONDON - In a bizarre incident, a woman flew on an Emirates flight from Manchester to New Delhi on her husband's passport, without the error being noticed by the airport or the flight authorities. A relative of the passenger Geeta Modha said the "shocking" error was spotted by Modha after reaching the New Delhi airport, BBC reported on Tuesday. According to the relative, Modha had "accidentally" picked up her husband Dilip's passport when...
LONDON - One of Britains most senior cabinet ministers has resigned after growing pressure over her handling of targets to deport illegal immigrants. The resignation of Home Secretary Amber Rudd came after documents leaked in the British press showed that she set a target to increase the number of deportations by 10 per cent, despite her denials. Rudd has been forced to quit after weeks of criticism of the British government's treatment...
LOS ANGELES - Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced a proposal to build an aerial tram that will take passengers from the city's Union Station to Dodger Stadium to ease traffic and parking problems. Garcetti proposed the idea on Thursday at a Metropolitan Transportation Authority meeting, followed by a video clip released by his office afterwards showing how the system works, reports Xinhua news agency.
WASHINGTON - Starbucks announced on Tuesday that it will close all its company-owned stores in the US for the afternoon on May 29 to train employees how to prevent racial discrimination in their stores In the wake of outrage over the arrest of two African-American men at one of its coffee shops last week, more than 8,000 stores will be closed and training will be provided to nearly 175,000 employees and incorporated into company training...
NEW YORK - Newly-launched Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ have topped the global smartphone ranking by the US-based magazine Consumer Report's smartphone ratings based on durability, speed and sound. According to the platforms's durability test, S9 made it through 100 drops with just minor scratches. The S9+ survived the first 50 drops without a problem but cracked at some point in the next 50.
SAN FRANCISCO - Apple on Monday announced iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus in red colour as part of its partnership with Product (RED), an advocacy group dedicated to combating HIV/AIDS in Africa. The special edition (PRODUCT)RED iPhone will be available to order online in select countries and regions from Tuesday and in stores beginning Friday, Apple said in a statement. In India, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus (PRODUCT)
BEIJING - The trade war between China and the US escalated on Monday, with Beijing slapping a tariff as high as 25 per cent on 128 American products. China's tit-for-tat move comes after US President Donald Trump announced to imposed trade charges of up to $60 billion on Chinese imports on March 22 and did not revoke them despite Beijing's stern warning. The Customs Tariff Commission of the State Council has decided to impose a tariff of...
WASHINGTON - NASA is inviting people around the world to submit their names online to be placed on a microchip aboard NASAs historic Parker Solar Probe mission, to be launched this summer. The mission will travel through the Sun's atmosphere, facing brutal heat and radiation conditions -- and your name will go along for the ride. The submissions of names will be accepted until April 27, the US space agency said in a statement on Thursday.
WASHINGTON - Several US government installations near Washington, including three military sites, received suspicious packages in the mail, the FBI reported on Tuesday. Besides the military installations at Fort McNair and the Anacostia-Bolling naval base, both in Washington, the headquarters of the CIA, Fort Belvoir and the Naval Surface Warfare Center -- the latter three in Virginia -- also received suspicious packages, Efe reported.
NEW YORK - The US Federal Trade commission confirmed on Monday that it is investigating Facebook after the leak of personal and other data on some 50 million users to political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica. The FTC said that it "takes very seriously recent press reports raising substantial concerns about the privacy practices of Facebook. "Today, the FTC is confirming that it has an open non-public investigation into these practices,"