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Saudi coalition downs Yemen rebel missil...

Saudi coalition downs Yemen rebel missile near Mecca

A ballistic missile fired by Yemen’s Houthi rebels toward the Muslim holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia was shot down late on Thursday, said the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen. Air defence forces downed the missile over the Wasaliyah area of Taif province, 69 km from Mecca,... read more »

Panama Papers Verdict updates: It is a h...

Panama Papers Verdict updates: It is a historic day which marks the end of ...

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif resigned after his family was named in Panama papers case. Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif resigned today after Supreme Court judgment. Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was disqualified by the Supreme Court today. Following is the chronology of the... read more »

China may have quietly moved tonnes of w...

China may have quietly moved tonnes of war gear into northern Tibet, claims...

may have quietly moved tonnes of military gear while it was conducting military exercises in the remote mountainous Tibet region, the PLA Daily, the official mouthpiece of Chinese military, has claimed. The PLA had conducted 11-hour long live-fire exercises at an altitude of 5,000 meters on the... read more »

President Donald Trump lets Iran nuclear...

President Donald Trump lets Iran nuclear deal live, but signals he may not ...

President Donald Trump agreed Monday night to let the issue go, but only for a few more months and only after last-minute changes to distance Trump further from the deal. President Donald Trump was eager to declare Iran in breach of the nuclear deal but was talked out of it by national security... read more »

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Mandela’s funeral begins with military procession

Mandela memorial translator branded `fake`

Johannesburg – South African Translators’ Institute (Sati) has claimed that the African National Congress (ANC) was aware about the “dodgy” behavior of the sign language interpreter,... read more »

South Africa mourns as Mandela lies in state for second day

South Africa mourns as Mandela lies in state for s...

Pretoria –  South Africans will get a second chance Thursday to pay their last respects to Nelson Mandela, a day after his distraught widow... read more »

Mandela’s body taken to presidential inauguration...

Mandela's body taken to presidential inauguration site

Pretoria – The body of former South African president and anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela was Wednesday brought back to the Union Buildings here after... read more »

Nelson Mandela ceremony interpreter was ‘fakeR...

Nelson Mandela ceremony interpreter was 'fake'

The national director of the Deaf Federation of South Africa says a man who provided sign language interpretation on stage for Nelson Mandela’s memorial... read more »

Tears and tributes as Nelson Mandela lies in state

Tears and tributes as Nelson Mandela lies in state

Pretoria – Nelson Mandela’s tearful widow was among scores of family and dignitaries who stopped to pay their last respects before his open casket... read more »

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Indian Among 22 Missing After Boat Sinks in China: Media Report

SHANGHAI: More than 20 people were missing today after a tugboat sank on a trial voyage on the Yangtze, China’s longest river, state media and authorities said. The newly built vessel was... read more »

Pak Court Declares Taliban Chief ‘Proclaimed...

Pakistani Taliban chief Mullah Fazlullah and the outfit’s former spokesman Shahidullah Shahid were today declared “proclaimed... read more »

US drone strike kills seven in South Waziristan

PESHAWAR – At least seven suspected militants have been killed while four others injured in a US drone strike near the Pak-Afghan border in South Waziristan... read more »

Iran to build two more nuclear plants: Rouhani

TEHRAN: Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said the country would build two more nuclear plants in the southern city of Bushehr in line with the peaceful... read more »

Pope Francis lands in Sri Lanka for ‘mission of m...

Pope Francis has called for respect for human rights, inclusivity, and the “pursuit of truth” as he started a six-day Asian tour in Sri Lanka. The... read more »

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US disappointed over Shinzo Abe's visit to war shrine

China flays Abe’s Yasukuni visit

Beijing – China Thursday condemned Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to the Yasukuni shrine, saying the gesture is “a major new political obstacle” to already... read more »

China to strengthen supervision of officials' assets reports

China sets five-year plan to check corruption

Beijing – The Communist Party of China (CPC) has vowed to fight corruption and maintain its “high-handed posture” in the next five... read more »

China exposes corrupt disciplinary officials

China to strengthen supervision of officials' assets reports

Beijing – The top disciplinary arm of the Communist Partyof China (CPC) Wednesday detailed four corruption cases involving disciplinary officials as part... read more »

China launches communication satellite for Bolivia

China launches communication satellite for Bolivia

Beijing – China successfully sent a Bolivian communications satellite into orbit with its Long March-3B carrier rocket from southwest Xichang Satellite... read more »

China urges personnel’s safety in South Sudan

China urges personnel's safety in South Sudan

United Nations – China has called on all parties of South Sudan to take effective measures to stop violence, protect civilians, and ensure... read more »

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Japan sets up new panel for national security

Japan sets up new panel for national security

Japan on Wednesday created a National Security Council, giving the prime minister’s office greater authority over security matters. The law approved by parliament would give Premier Shinzo Abe more... read more »

Thai opposition kicks off no-trust debate as street protests continue

Thai opposition kicks off no-trust debate as stree...

Thailand’s main opposition party on Tuesday kicked off a censure debate on the performance of embattled Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatara and two... read more »

Anti-government protesters occupy Thai finance ministry

Thai opposition kicks off no-trust debate as street protests continue

BANGKOK – Thousands of anti-government protesters broke barricades and police lines on Monday to get inside the premises of the Finance Ministry in the... read more »

Volcano erupts to form new islet in Japan

Volcano erupts to form new islet in Japan

Tokyo – A volcano eruption has formed a new islet about 1,000 km south of Tokyo in the Ogasawara chain. The islet is about 200 meters in diameter and has... read more »

Fukushima nuke disaster `warning to world`, Tepco head ...

Fukushima nuke disaster `warning to world`, Tepco head tells UK

London – The crippled Fukushima nuclear plant head has said that the catastrophic triple meltdown at the Daiichi nuclear plant in March 2011 was “a... read more »

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US jets again strike jihadists around Iraqi dam

WASHINGTON: The United States carried out another round of air strikes on Monday against militants from the so-called Islamic States battling Iraqi and Kurdish forces near a major dam in northern... read more »

Israel claims nearly 1,000 acres of West Bank land...

JERUSALEM: Israel laid claim on Sunday to nearly 1,000 acres of West Bank land in a Jewish settlement bloc near Bethlehem — a step that could... read more »

Egyptian court sentences Brotherhood leader Badie to li...

CAIRO: An Egyptian court sentenced Mohamed Badie, general guide of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, and seven others to life in prison on Saturday for inciting... read more »

UN chief welcomes Gaza truce deal

“A brighter future for Gaza and Israel depends on a sustainable ceasefire. It is up to the parties to live up to this responsibility,” Ban’s... read more »

Netanyahu warns Gaza civilians after Israel destroys ap...

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Palestinian civilians on Sunday to leave immediately any site where militants are operating, one day after Israel took... read more »

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'Pyar kiya to darna kya': Karzai on ties with India!

‘Pyar kiya to darna kya’: Karzai on ties with India!

Pune – Afghan President Hamid Karzai, acknowledging the “love affair” between India and Afghanistan, has said if India continues with its current levels of support to his government for the... read more »

Pakistan, Sri Lanka discuss naval cooperation

Pakistan, Sri Lanka discuss naval cooperation

Colombo – Visiting Pakistani Naval Chief Admiral Mohammad Asif Sandila discussed ways to boost military cooperation with Sri Lanka, the... read more »

Court reserves judgment on Musharraf travel ban

Court reserves judgment on Musharraf travel ban

Islamabad – The Sindh High Court Monday reserved its judgment on former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf’s plea for removing his name from the... read more »

Former president Hassan returns to Maldives

Former president Hassan returns to Maldives

Male – Former Maldives president Mohamed Waheed Hassan, who left for Hong Kong on the eve of the Nov 16 presidential elections, returned to the Maldives,... read more »

Nepal’s CPN-Maoist party demands roundtable confe...

Nepal's Maoist party not to join government

Kathmandu – The Communist Party of Nepal, Maoist (CPN-Maoist), which boycotted the Nov 19 national elections, has reiterated its demand for holding a... read more »

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Britain’s SAS not involved in Diana’s death: Police

French cops open new inquiry in Princess Diana’s `murder plot`

London – Mere days after the Met Police announced that they had finished looking into Princess Diana’s supposed ‘murder plot’, French cops have declared a new inquiry in the allegations... read more »

Matteo Renzi elected Italian left's new leader

Matteo Renzi elected Italian left’s new lead...

Rome – Florence Mayor Matteo Renzi won a resounding victory in the race to lead Italy’s centre-left Democratic Party, part of the... read more »

Sweden partner in NSA snoop-op on Russia, documents rev...

Snowden denies wanting asylum in exchange for information

Wellington – Sweden has been reportedly collaborating with the US in spying on Russia, documents leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden revealed. The... read more »

Pope Francis sets up Vatican committee to fight child s...

Pope Francis sets up Vatican committee to fight child sex abuse

London – Pope Francis is setting up a Vatican committee to fight sexual abuse of children in the Catholic Church. The announcement was made by the... read more »

Berlusconi’s girlfriend appeals to Pope Francis to salv...

Berlusconi’s girlfriend appeals to Pope Francis to salvage his name

London – Silvio Berlusconi’s girlfriend has requested Pope Francis to grant her an audience so she can fight to clear the expelled senator’s... read more »

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US defies Chinese restrictions by flying bombers over Senkaku islands

US defies Chinese restrictions by flying bombers over Senkaku isl...

Washington – The United States has reportedly flown two B-52 bombers over the disputed Senkaku Islands as part of a training exercise amid increased tensions in the sensitive region. The two... read more »

US school shooter obsessed with mass murders

US school shooter obsessed with mass murders

Washington – A report on the December 2012 “massacre of the innocents” at a US elementary school says that the gunman had an... read more »

Obama defends Iranian nuclear deal against ‘tough...

Obama defends Iranian nuclear deal against 'tough talk and bluster'

London – President Barack Obama has defended the breakthrough deal between Iran and world powers on Tehran’s nuclear programme. Obama however... read more »

Obama assuages Netanyahu on Iran post ‘historic b...

Obama assuages Netanyahu on Iran post 'historic blunder' remarks

Washington – President Barack Obama has reaffirmed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on working out a comprehensive solution for preventing Iran... read more »

Historic deal limits Iran’s ability to make a bom...

Historic deal limits Iran's ability to make a bomb: Obama

Washington – As ! Iran and six world powers struck a historic deal early Sunday over Tehran’s nuclear programme, US President Barack Obama said it... read more »

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Donald Trump Arrives For Talks With Palestinian Leader Mahmud Abbas In Bethlehem

US President Donald Trump’s visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories is part of his first trip abroad as president, and follows an initial leg in Saudi Arabia, where he urged... read more »

Brazil’s Michel Temer Refuses to Resign in Face of Investigation

Brasilia: Brazil’s President Michel Temer on Thursday defiantly said he would not resign after the Supreme Court authorized an investigation into allegations he condoned bribes to a... read more »

At least 141 Haftar Loyalist Killed in South Libya Airbase Attack

Tripoli: An attack on an airbase in south Libya has killed 141 people, mostly soldiers loyal to military strongman Khalifa Haftar, a spokesman for his forces said on Saturday. Members of... read more »

In Saudi Arabia, Donald Trump to use softer language about Islam

President Donald Trump will use his first visit to the Middle East to call for unity in the fight against radicalism in the Muslim world, casting the challenge as a “battle between good... read more »

North Korea confirms ballistic missile launch, says aimed at test...

Pyongang on Monday confirmed that it had indeed carried out a test missile launch on Sunday. The missile test, North Korea said, was aimed at testing the capacity to carry a large scale heavy nuclear... read more »