TEMPE, Ariz./SAN FRANCISCO: An Uber self-driving car hit and killed a woman crossing the street in Arizona, police said on Monday, marking the first fatality caused by an autonomous vehicle and a potential blow to the technology expected to transform transportation. U.S. lawmakers have been debating legislation that would speed introduction of self-driving cars. “Arizona has been the wild west of robot car testing with virtually no regulations in place,” said Consumer Watchdog, a non-profit consumer advocacy group, in a statement. When there’s no sheriff in town, people get killed.”Arizona has opened its arms to companies testing self-driving vehicles as a means to economic growth and jobs. A year ago, Uber temporarily grounded its self-driving cars for a few days following a crash with another car in Tempe.
March 19, 2018 22:52 UTC
RAMALLAH, PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES: Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas labelled the US ambassador to Israel David Friedman a “son of a dog” on Monday during an attack on Donald Trump’s policies. “The US ambassador in Tel Aviv is a settler and a son of a dog,” Abbas said in comments to Palestinian leaders in Ramallah. In response to Abbas, Friedman, who is Jewish, told a conference that Abbas’s comments could have anti-Semitic connotations. Israel has militarily occupied the West Bank and east Jerusalem since 1967. Abbas controls the internationally recognised Palestinian government, based in the occupied West Bank which Hamdallah leads.
March 19, 2018 22:30 UTC
WASHINGTON: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman doesn’t do things by halves, and his meeting on Tuesday with President Donald Trump is just the beginning of a three-week US tour. After a week of talks in Washington, Prince Mohammed will head to the US financial center in New York on Saturday. There he will discuss the planned partial sale of Saudi Aramco, the kingdom’s oil giant and the golden egg underpinning the prince’s Vision 2030 strategy of economic and social reform. The heir to the Saudi throne will not expect much pushback from the White House, though. After Washington, Wall Street and the United Nations, Prince Mohammed will head on March 30 to the West Coast, home of America’s new economy.
March 19, 2018 22:30 UTC
RAMALLAH, PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES: Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas directly accused Hamas on Monday of carrying out a bomb attack against prime minister Rami Hamdallah in Gaza last week, threatening fresh sanctions against them. The Islamists and Abbas’s secular party Fatah have been at odds since 2007 when Hamas seized control of Gaza in a near civil war. Abbas controls the internationally-recognised Palestinian government, based in the occupied West Bank which Hamdallah leads. Abbas has previously taken a series of measures, including reducing electricity payments for Gaza’s two million residents, in what analysts said was an attempt to punish Hamas. Hamas and Fatah agreed a reconciliation agreement in October but it has collapsed.
March 19, 2018 22:18 UTC
But Manley said the latest bombing seriously wounded two white men in their 20s as they walked along a sidewalk in southwest Austin. Austin, Texas, Police Chief Brian Manley speaks during a press conference in Austin about the latest package bomb. Police and bomb experts are investigating a fourth mysterious bombing this month in the Texas state capital of Austin, a blast that injured two young men in their twenties. AFPPolice believe they are “now dealing with someone who’s using tripwires, shows a higher level of sophistication, a higher level of skill,” he said. Police cordoned off a half-mile (0.8 kilometer) radius of a residential neighborhood of southwest Austin after the latest explosion.
March 19, 2018 16:18 UTC
A man writes during an auction for vehicles and other possessions belonging to billionaire Maan al-Sanea and his company in Dammam, Saudi Arabia. People gather as Saudi authorities auction vehicles and other possessions belonging to billionaire Maan al-Sanea and his company in Dammam, Saudi Arabia. People gather during an auction for vehicles and other possessions belonging to billionaire Maan al-Sanea and his company in Dammam, Saudi Arabia. A man looks at vehicles belonging to billionaire Maan al-Sanea and his company as they are auctioned by Saudi authorities in Dammam, Saudi Arabia. The advisers were seeking a deal before Saudi authorities make progress in the auction process.
March 19, 2018 15:33 UTC
PARIS: UEFA on Monday charged French club Lyon with racist behaviour and crowd disturbances at last week’s Europa League match against CSKA Moscow. Up to 150 hooded Lyon fans clashed with riot police ahead of the game in the French city leaving eight officers injured. Problems continued inside the stadium and UEFA’s Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body have charged Lyon over the throwing of objects and the setting off of fireworks, crowd disturbances, racist behaviour and blocking stairways. L’Equipe, the French sports newspaper, reported that UEFA specified that the charges related to Nazi symbols displayed inside the stadium, Nazi salutes and an attack on a non-white spectator. The Russian side won 3-2 on the night to progress to the quarter-finals where they meet Londoners Arsenal.--AFP
March 19, 2018 15:33 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: A report that missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 has been found is unfounded and baseless, said the MH370 response team. Its head Datuk Seri Azharuddin Abdul Rahman said the team was aware of a widely circulated report titled "MH370 found on Google Earth". “As such, the MH370 response team wishes to note that this report is unfounded and baseless,” said Azharuddin, who is also Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia (CAAM) chairman, in a statement Monday. “The team feels that it's unethical to issue such a report,” Azharuddin said, adding that the feelings of the families and loved ones of those on board MH370 should be respected. The Boeing 777 with 239 people on board vanished during its journey from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8, 2014.
March 19, 2018 15:01 UTC
MIAMI: An aerialist fell to his death while performing in a Cirque du Soleil show in Tampa, Florida, the Montreal-based company said Sunday. Yann Arnaud was suspended by straps above the stage during a performance of its VOLTA show on Saturday night when he fell, according to a statement. “The entire Cirque du Soleil family is in shock and devastated by this tragedy. In 2013 French acrobat Sarah Guillot-Guyard died after plunging from a high-wire in front of a horrified crowd at a Las Vegas show. In 2009, Ukrainian acrobat Olexandre Jourov, 24, died from a fall during a rehearsal in Montreal.-AFP
March 19, 2018 15:00 UTC
GEORGE TOWN: Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng is being investigated for dancing along to a song mocking the Goods and Services Tax (GST) at an event attended by children. George Town OCPD Asst Comm Anuar Omar said after three police reports were lodged against Lim on Sunday (May 18), police have begun investigations by getting statements from the complainants. Lim opened a free tuition centre at an apartment block in Mutiara Idaman, Jelutong, on Saturday (March 17) and many kids were present at the ceremony. During the event, the anti-GST song, which is a parody of the children’s alphabet song popularised by the television show Sesame Street, was played and Lim began a dance on stage, urging everyone present to sing along. Many people have since criticised the song and dance for getting children involved in politics.
March 19, 2018 14:15 UTC
BEIRUT: A British woman fighting alongside Kurdish forces in the Syrian region of Afrin was killed in the Turkish-led offensive on the area, a spokeswoman for the forces said Monday. Anna Campbell was killed last week in the Afrin enclave, said Nisrin Abdallah, a spokeswoman for the Kurdish Women's Protection Units (YPJ). "She died on March 15, 2018 in Turkish shelling" on frontlines around Afrin city, Abdallah told AFP, adding that Campbell was 27 at the time of her death. At least two other foreign fighters have been killed in the Afrin assault, according to the YPG. French national Olivier Francois Jean Le Clainche, 41, and Spanish national Samuel Prada Leon, 25, were killed fighting in the Afrin enclave in February.
March 19, 2018 14:03 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: The Dewan Negara sitting has been brought forward by two weeks, in a hint that Parliament may be dissolved early. Originally, the Dewan Negara was scheduled to sit from April 16 to 30. According to Parliament sources, it is understood that the Senate will begin its sitting concurrently with the Dewan Rakyat. Sources told The Star Monday (March 19) that the proposal would enable both the Houses to pass the Supplementary Supply (2017) Bill 2018 and other Bills. The Finance Ministry had tabled the Supplementary Supply (2017) Bill 2018 at the Dewan Rakyat for its first reading.
March 19, 2018 13:41 UTC
KOTA KINABALU: A student died after being dragged about 50m following a fall from a train near Beaufort, some 95km from here on Monday afternoon. In the 1.40pm incident, the girl identified as Siti Intan Suraya Ambran, a Form Three student of SMK Entabuan Tenom, had gone up the train with her 19-year-old cousin from Beaufort to Tenom. As they went up the train, they found that it was too full and had no choice except to stand near the carriage door. The other passengers then screamed for the train driver to stop as the victim was being dragged. "When the train stopped, they went to check on the girl but she was already in critical condition," DSP Azmir said.
March 19, 2018 12:59 UTC
PARIS: British designer Kim Jones said Monday that he was taking the reins at Dior Homme two months after quitting Louis Vuitton. “I am deeply honoured to join the house of Dior, a symbol of the ultimate elegance,” he said in a statement. Jones made headlines with a series of eye-catching hook-ups with hip New York streetwear brand Supreme and the iconoclastic British artists Jake and Dinos Chapman during his time at Vuitton. Van Assche’s departure comes only weeks after the arrival of new Christian Dior Couture chairman Pietro Beccari, who had worked with Jones at Louis Vuitton. Women’s Wear Daily, the fashion industry bible, had reported that Jones was in talks with Versace in September.
March 19, 2018 12:45 UTC
MOSCOW: Russia’s World Cup team doctor claimed on Monday that his country’s domestic football leagues were cleaner than any other sport on the planet. He became closely associated with the scandal and stepped away from World Cup preparations in December. “There is no such thing anywhere else in the world,” Bezuglov told the RIA Novosti state news agency. But Russian football does not have this problem.”The world football governing body FIFA is still investigation allegations about past or present violations in the Russian game. FIFA has thus far been unable to confirm Rodchenkov’s claims that past Russian World Cup teams doped or that current national players were involved.
March 19, 2018 12:33 UTC