Briefly World: China aircraft carrier to dock at Qingdao

China aircraft carrier to dock at Qingdao

Published:February 28, 2013 12:52 am

China aircraft carrier to dock at Qingdao

BEIJING: China’s first aircraft carrier — Liaoning — has docked at its new permanent base in the northern port of Qingdao,where it will be responsible for operations in waters surrounding Japan and the Korean Peninsula,official Xinhua News Agency and the Global Times reports said Wednesday. AP

Grillo rules out vote to centre-left govt in Italy

ROME: Populist leader Beppe Grillo,who won the most votes in Italy’s election,on Wednesday tweeted that his party 5-Star Movement “will not give any vote of confidence in the (centre- left ) Democratic Party or anybody else but will vote in the chamber for laws which reflect its programme”.

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3 dead,6 critical in Swiss factory shooting

MENZNAU: An employee opened fire at a wood-processing company in central Switzerland on Wednesday,leaving three people dead,police said. Six of the seven people injured incident the Kronospan premises,Menznau,were serious,Lucerne police chief Daniel Bussmann said. AP

Cameron’s ancestors owned slaves: Study

London: A research conducted by University College London documented that British Prime Minister David Cameron’s ancestors were among the slave-owners who were compensated for freeing slaves in 1833 when slavery was abolished in Britain. PTI

Sanctions list: UNSC deletes Osama name

United Nations: Nearly two years after the killing of al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden,the UN Security Council has deleted his name from its sanctions list. PTI

Ahead of budget cuts,Hagel take charge as Defence Secretary

Washington: Former Republican Senator Chuck Hagel took charge of the US Defence Department on Wednesday after a deeply divided chamber voted Tuesday to confirm him. Hagel’s appointment comes two days before budget cuts are scheduled to hit the military.

Hagel now faces $46 billion in automatic,across-the-board budget cuts that will hit the Pentagon on Friday unless a deal is struck between the Obama administration and Congress.

The White House on Wednesday said President Barack Obama would meet congressional leaders on Friday,hours after the budget cuts take effect. AP

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