Greek Hellenic Petroleum, Iran’s NIOC sign agreement on crude oil purchases
Greece's biggest oil refiner Hellenic Petroleum agreed on Friday to buy crude oil from the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC), the first European refiner to restart trade relations with Iran after the lifting of international sanctions, according to Reuters ...
MH370 hunt loses sonar probe to undersea volcano
An underwater sonar vehicle used in the search for missing Malaysia Airlines plane MH370 has now been lost to the deep ocean floor after hitting an undersea volcano, Australian officials said on Monday. The "towfish", pulled behind a search ship and fitted with survey instruments, plunged ...
Magnitude 7.3 quake hits south Alaska
A major earthquake hit southern Alaska early on Sunday, the U.S. Geological Survey said, setting off tremors felt more than 170 miles (280 km) away in the state's biggest city Anchorage, according to Reuters. The magnitude 7.3 quake struck 30 miles east-southeast ...
Turkish Airlines cancels 19 flights due to severe weather conditions
Turkish Airlines has announced it canceled 19 flights due to bad weather conditions in Istanbul on January 24. TK 0341 Baku-Istanbul-Baku flight is among those cancelled by the Turkish carrier ...
BMW opens first engine plant in China
German automaker BMW opened its first engine plant in China, according to Xinhua news agency, The plant, based in the northeastern city of Shenyang, belongs to its Chinese joint venture BMW Brilliance Automotive (BBA) Holdings Ltd. It began construction in August 2013. ...
Foreign visitors to Japan, tourists' spending in 2015 hit new records
The number of foreign visitors to Japan in 2015 reached 19.74 million and these travelers spent an estimated 3.48 trillion yen ($29.6 billion), both hitting new record highs, the Japan Tourism Agency said, according to Kyodo News. ...
Turkish soldier martyred in southeast PKK operation
One Turkish soldier was martyred in an operation against the terrorist PKK organization in southeastern Turkey, according to Anadolu Agency. Turkish General Staff said in a press release that the soldier, who was heavily wounded in an armed attack by the terrorists in ...
World's fastest cheetah dies
Sarah the cheetah, who shattered the world record for the standing 100-meter dash in a feat photographed by National Geographic magazine, was euthanized this week at the Cincinnati Zoo, according to the National Geographic ...
UN Economic and Social Council marks 70th anniversary, cites ‘central role’ in sustainable development
Celebrating the 70th anniversary of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), its current President highlighted the organ’s central role in realizing the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which aim to wipe out poverty, fight inequality and tackle climate ...
Google agrees £130m UK tax deal with HMRC
Google has agreed to pay £130m in back taxes after an "open audit" of its accounts by the UK tax authorities. The payment covers money owed since 2005 and follows a six year inquiry by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs. ...
Four dead in worst Canada school shooting in decade, suspect caught
The gunman suspected of killing four people and injuring several others in Canada's worst school violence in a decade first shot his two brothers at home before opening fire at the remote community high school, a family friend and the town's acting mayor said on Friday, according to Reuters. Police said a suspect was arrested after the shooting in La Loche, Saskatchewan, an ...
Bulgari highlights role in Italian fashion’s rise with exhibit sponsorship
Jewelry house Bulgari is further cementing its ties to Italian fashion by presenting an exhibit at NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale in Florida. “Bellissima: Italy and High Fashion 1945-1968” takes a look at the post World War II period in the country’s fashion scene, as designers including Emilio Pucci and Valentino Garavani ...
Iranian oil set to return to Europe next month, say officials
Iran is preparing to restart regular crude-oil shipments to the European Union possibly as early as February, Iranian officials said this week, despite a host of barriers to selling its petroleum to the West. Iran’s state-owned National Iranian Oil Co. is tentatively preparing a shipment of at least ...
Asia's largest manganese ore discovered in SW China
A reserve of more than 192 million tonnes of manganese ore, believed to the largest in Asia, has been discovered in southwest China's Guizhou Province, it was announced Friday, according to Xinhua. Pujue manganese ore was discovered in mountains between Songtao Miao Autonomous County and ...
At least 19 dead in Somalia Shebab restaurant attack
Somalia’s extremist Shebab militants killed at least 19 people when five gunmen detonated a bomb before storming a popular seaside restaurant in the capital Mogadishu, police said on Friday. “They killed nearly 20 people, including women and children ...
Lagarde to run for second term as IMF chief
The head of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde, has confirmed she will stand for a second term, according to the BBC. Ms Lagarde threw her hat into the ring during an appearance on French television ...
UN chief announces first-ever High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the first-ever High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment to provide leadership and mobilize concrete actions aimed at closing economic gender gaps that persist around the world, according to UN Radio ...
Giggling helps us stay slim: falling about laughing 'can burn as many calories as a brisk walk'
Collapsing into giggles could burn as many calories as a brisk walk, according to scientists, Daily Mail said. Even a sneaky snigger could give your muscles a workout, burning around ten calories an hour, a study found ...
Japan to resume US oil imports after 40-year pause
Japan will renew oil imports from the United States after US Congress lifted a 40-year export ban last month, Japanese media reported Tuesday, according to Sputnik News. The crude export ban was attached to a 2016 omnibus spending ...