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One of our islands is missing: Japan ‘loses’ a bit of land

Missing: A tiny island in northern Japan. Or so authorities fear, prompting plans for a survey to determine if the outcrop has been washed away, ever-so-slightly shrinking the country's territorial waters. The island, known as Esambe Hanakita Kojima was only officially surveyed and registered by Japan's coastguard in 1987, who couldn't even say exactly how big it was. Until recently, it rose 1.4-metre (four-and-a-half feet) above sea level, and was visible from the very northern tip of Japan's northern Hokkaido island.…

Sindh governor seeks explanation over child’s losing arms due to alleged negligence of K-Electric

KARACHI: Sindh Governor Imran Ismail on Thursday sought explanation from the K-Electric (KE) as a child lost both his arms after touching live wire fallen on the ground in Karachi, ARY News reported. The governor has also sought an explanation from the commissioner Karachi and directed him to provide the eight-year-old young boy, resident of Ahsanabad, medical facilities.  After the incident, Umer was rushed to a hospital where doctors diagnosed that his arms were wasted because of severe burns, therefore, they cut…

Islamic State group loses emblematic Syria stronghold Raqqa

DAMASCUS: US-backed forces took full control of Raqqa from the Islamic State group on Tuesday, defeating the last militant holdouts in the de facto Syrian capital of their now-shattered "caliphate". The victory caps a battle of more than four months for Raqqa, and hammers another nail in the coffin of the militant group's experiment in statehood, which has collapsed in the face of offensives in Syria and Iraq. Inside Raqqa, joyous fighters from the Kurdish-Arab Syrian Democratic Forces celebrated and raised their…

Security guard loses life fighting with dacoits with empty gun

FAISALABAD: It emerged on Friday that the security guard, who was shot dead in a fighting with robbers yesternight at a shop in Faisalabad, was wielding an empty gun, ARY News reported. As soon as muggers broke into the shop waving guns in their hands, the security guard, Nadir, wielded his shotgun as a baton and lunged into attack on them. This was apparently an unlikely reaction for the robbers who opened fire on the guard while fleeing away. The victim was hit in upper torso. Later, it was revealed that the guard…

Durban loses right to host 2022 Commonwealth Games

DURBAN: Durban has lost the right to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games, South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) president Gideon Sam told Reuters on Monday. "This is a huge disappointment for us and for the whole African continent. But without the necessary government guarantees, we couldn’t move on," the Commonwealth Games Federation vice-president said by telephone. "Everybody was very excited to see the Commonwealth Games staged in Durban, which was very well equipped to host the event, but…