• BBC News

    Great grandfather tackles armed raiders

    An 85-year-old great grandfather who tackled would-be robbers wielding a sawn-off shotgun and hammers has become an internet hit. Denis O'Connor was in the Bar One Racing office in Glanmire, County Cork, on Saturday when three raiders burst through the door. One jumped the counter and threatened manager Tim Murphy. Another pointed a shotgun at Mr O'Connor. CCTV footage shows Mr O'Connor refusing to back down. The three raiders burst into the office at about 18:20 local time, demanding the contents of the safe. As Mr Murphy tackled one man who threatened him with a hammer, Mr O'Connor grappled with another of the masked men and shoved him out from behind the counter. The raider then fled. He then

  • Arabian Business

    Pakistan's PM Khan starts maiden foreign visit to Saudi amid bailout speculation

    Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan arrived in Saudi Arabia Tuesday on his first foreign visit since coming to power, with speculation swirling that he may be seeking economic assistance from the oil-rich ally. The two-day trip began exactly one month after Khan assumed office, with Pakistan possibly seeking billions of dollars in assistance from allies as it seeks to avert a balance-of-payments crisis. Khan, who was accompanied by Finance Minister Asad Umar and Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, was set to meet Saudi King Salman in the western city of Jeddah, local officials said. "A state banquet will be hosted by King Salman at the Royal Court," the Saudi information ministry’s Centre for

  • Gulf News

    'Frozen Filipino' at retail giant?

    Some Filipino-Americans were thrown into a tizzy when a US retail giant apparently labelled a section of chilled food items as "Frozen Filipino". What appears to be a merchandising snafu started trending on Facebook on Monday, with the picture of a signage indicating frozen delights for the Asian crowd inside a hypermart outlet. It was not immediately clear if the signage was displayed in a single store, or across the entire retail network.   The background of the signage shows the signature "Low Prices" call to action of Walmart, which has 5,000 stores across the US and Puerto Rico. Social media users took the apparent mixup in stride. Alena-Viray-Jacobs, who shared the picture on her Facebook

  • Emirates24|7

    Sunny Leone unveils her wax statue at Delhi's Madame Tussauds

    Bollywood actress Sunny Leone has appeared in New Delhi for the unveiling of her wax likeness at the city's Madame Tussauds museum. The Canadian-born, Indian-American actress and entrepreneur's huge following in India symbolizes how cultural mores are changing. Leone said in a news conference Tuesday that the statue stood for "women speaking up and women doing what they're passionate about." Photo: AP Born Karenjit Kaur Vohra to a Sikh Punjabi family, Leone's Bollywood movies are often commercial hits panned by critics. For years, Leone has been India's most Googled entertainer.

  • Egypt Independent

    Germany rolls out world's first hydrogen train

    Germany on Monday rolled out the world’s first hydrogen-powered train, signalling the start of a push to challenge the might of polluting diesel trains with costlier but more eco-friendly technology. Two bright blue Coradia iLint trains, built by French TGV-maker Alstom, began running a 100-kilometre (62-mile) route between the towns and cities of Cuxhaven, Bremerhaven, Bremervoerde and Buxtehude in northern Germany - a stretch normally plied by diesel trains. “The world’s first hydrogen train is entering into commercial service and is ready for serial production,” Alstom CEO Henri Poupart-Lafarge said at an unveiling ceremony in Bremervoerde, the station where the trains will be refueled with

  • Egypt Independent

    Israel indirectly to blame for downing of plane over Syria, Russia says

    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia on Tuesday accused Israel of indirectly causing a Russian military plane to be shot down near Syria’s Mediterranean coast, and threatened to retaliate against Israel for what it described as a hostile act. Russia’s Defence Ministry said the Il-20 reconnaissance aircraft, with 15 Russian service personnel on board, was brought down by anti-aircraft batteries of Moscow’s ally, Syria, in a friendly fire incident. But the ministry said it held Israel responsible because, at the time of the incident, Israeli fighter jets were mounting air attacks on Syria targets and had only given Moscow one minute’s warning, putting the Russian aircraft in danger of being caught in the

  • Emirates24|7

    Emmys fashion: white-hot, glamorous and political

    Under a bright California sun, Tinseltown's A-listers sparkled on the Emmys red carpet on Monday in sultry satin dresses, eye-catching beaded gowns - and even a few pairs of sneakers - as they gathered to honor the best in television. From white-hot frocks to sexy pantsuits to sartorial statements that were political too, the following is a look at the styles and trends making waves at the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles: Scarlett Johansson attends the 70th Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Penelope Cruz Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake Kristen Bell Joe Keery and Maika Monroe Claire Foy and Matt Smith Tina Fey and Jeff Richmond Rachel