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39 injured in fireworks explosion at Cuban festival on Christmas Eve

39 injured in fireworks explosion at Cuban festival on Christmas Eve

Havana – A fireworks explosion injured 39 people, including six children between the ages of 11 and 15, during a popular Cuban carnival on Christmas Eve, state-run media reported on Monday. The centuries-old Parrandas festival in the central town of Remedios takes place every Dec. 24 and draws thousands of Cubans and some tourists. “An […]

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Mourinho takes dig at City’s ‘extra day’

Mourinho takes dig at City’s ‘extra day’

London – Jose Mourinho aimed a Christmas Day dig at Manchester City, claiming the runaway Premier League leaders have been handed an unfair advantage by playing their next match more than a day later than his United team. United welcome Burnley to Old Trafford on Tuesday but City, who have a huge 13-point lead over […]

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History can wait as Guardiola plans Christmas rotation

History can wait as Guardiola plans Christmas rotation

Newcastle – Pep Guardiola will put squad rotation ahead of rewriting the European football history books when runaway Premier League leaders Manchester City visit Newcastle on Wednesday. Guardiola’s side crushed Bournemouth on Saturday to make it 17 successive league victories, two short of the current record for the top five European leagues, set by Bayern […]

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Queen Elizabeth praises husband’s humour in Christmas message

Queen Elizabeth praises husband’s humour in Christmas message

London – Britain’s Queen Elizabeth will pay tribute to her husband Prince Philip in her Christmas message, and praise his “support and unique sense of humour.” The 96-year-old prince, also known as the Duke of Edinburgh, has been at the queen’s side throughout her 65 years on the throne, and has regularly grabbed the headlines […]

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MAHB apologises for erroneous Christmas bunting

MAHB apologises for erroneous Christmas bunting

Putrajaya – Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) has apologised for an erroneous Christmas bunting with misspelled words in its “Mary Christmas” and “Happy New Years” greetings at Kota Baru Airport that went viral on social media. MAHB in a statement posted on its Facebook page today, said the red bunting that featured the airport operator’s […]

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Man held over Christmas attack plot in San Francisco – FBI

Man held over Christmas attack plot in San Francisco – FBI

Los Angeles – Federal agents arrested a former US Marine on Friday for allegedly plotting a Christmas attack in San Francisco inspired by the Islamic State jihadist group, according to court documents. Tow truck driver Everitt Aaron Jameson, 26, was planning to target the city’s busy Pier 39 tourist spot, according to an affidavit submitted […]

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US jobless claims fall in week before Christmas holiday

US jobless claims fall in week before Christmas holiday

Washington – New US claims for jobless benefits fell in the week before the Christmas holiday, continuing a record streak of low levels, the Labour Department reported on Thursday (Dec 29). First-time claims for unemployment insurance fell 10,000 in the week ending Dec 24 to 265,000 from the previous week, seasonally adjusted. The result marked […]

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21 killed drinking toxic Christmas Eve liquor in Pakistan

21 killed drinking toxic Christmas Eve liquor in Pakistan

Islambad – Twenty-one people, mostly Christians, were killed and dozens more affected after consuming toxic liquor on Christmas Eve in central Pakistan, police said Tuesday. The incident happened in a Christian colony in Toba Tek Singh city, 338 kilometres south of Islamabad. “Residents in Mubarakabad Basti brewed liquor on Christmas Eve and consumed it. The […]

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Gang massacres 7 at Mexican family Christmas celebration

Gang massacres 7 at Mexican family Christmas celebration

An armed gang slaughtered seven people — including three police officers — at a family Christmas celebration in Mexico’s violent southern state of Guerrero on Sunday, police said. The massacre occurred early Christmas Day outside a house in the village of Puente del Rey, where the gunmen shot dead the six men and one woman, […]

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Six dead, 18 missing in Philippines’ Christmas typhoon

Six dead, 18 missing in Philippines’ Christmas typhoon

At least six people are dead and 18 others missing after Typhoon Nock-Ten lashed the Philippines over the Christmas holidays, the government said Tuesday as it tried to assess the damage. The unusually late storm first hit the eastern provinces on Christmas Day, flooding roads and farms, destroying homes and damaging ships as it crossed […]

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