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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 »

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 »

UAE Behind Hacking of Qatari Media that ...

UAE Behind Hacking of Qatari Media that Begins New Middle-East Crisis

WASHINGTON — The United Arab Emirates orchestrated the hacking of a Qatari government news site in May, planting a false story that was used as a pretext for the current crisis between Qatar and several Arab countries, according to a Sunday report by The Washington Post. The Emirati Embassy in... read more »

10 gunned down near China ‘Belt an...

10 gunned down near China ‘Belt and Road’ projects in Pakistan

HIGHLIGHTS The attack on the Pakistani labourers took place some 20 kilometres from the emerging port city of Gwadar Gwadar’s deep-water port is the exit point for a planned route from China’s far-western Xinjiang region to the Arabian Sea. QUETTA: Ten labourers were gunned down in... read more »

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China gives former general suspended death sentence for bribery

BEIJING – A top Chinese military officer has been given a suspended death sentence for corruption, state media said Monday, in a case where he was exposed as owning dozens of homes, gold statues... read more »

China’s migrant population to reach 310 mn b...

China’s migrant population, the workforce behind its massive development in the last few decades, will touch 310 million by 2030, almost the same... read more »

China aggressively building islands on reefs claimed by...

China is reportedly proceeding with the construction of artificial islands on at least two reefs, which are claimed by the Philippines, despite Beijing... read more »

China mulls 7,000 km bullet train to connect Beijing an...

China is planning to build a 7,000 km-long high-speed railway line, costing $250 billion, between Moscow and Beijing through Central Asia to provide a fast... read more »

Chinese react to stampede deaths: Thought this happened...

China on Friday mourned the 36 dead from New Year festivities at its financial capital Shanghai, as the city government revealed the victims of the deadly... read more »

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Thai army chief says coup could happen

Thai army chief says coup could happen

Bangkok – Thai army chief Prayuth Chan-ocha Friday said a military coup could happen, depending on the situation, media reported. “The door to a coup is neither shut nor open, but a... read more »

Thai govt rejects call to delay elections after clashes

Thai govt rejects call to delay elections after cl...

Johannesburg – The Thailand Government has rejected calls by the election commission to postpone February elections. The decision by the... read more »

South Korea develops air defence vehicle

South Korea develops air defence vehicle

Seoul – South Korea’s arms procurement agency said Friday that it completed development of a multi-purpose air defence vehicle with guided missiles... read more »

Thailand election body urges delay in polls amid clash

Thailand election body urges delay in polls amid clash

 Thailand’s election commission on Thursday urged the government to delay the upcoming polls as clashes between security forces and anti-government... read more »

Kim Jong-Un warns war can break out without any prior n...

Kim Jong-Un warns war can break out without any prior notice

Melbourne – North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has urged the country’s military to bolster its combat readiness, saying a war could break out... read more »

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Two Turkish police killed in gun attack blamed on PKK: reports

ISTANBUL: Two Turkish police were killed Friday in a gun attack on police headquarters in the southern region of Adana blamed on Kurdish militants, the official Anatolia news agency reported. The... read more »

World leaders head to Saudi to meet new King Salma...

RIYADH: Dignitaries and leaders from around the world were to arrive in Saudi Arabia Saturday to offer their condolences to its new King Salman, a... read more »

Yemen thrown into turmoil as its president resigns

SANAA: Yemeni leader Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi has offered to resign following a standoff with a powerful Shiite militia in control of the capital, throwing his... read more »

ISIS executing ‘educated women’ in new wave...

GENEVA: The UN on Tuesday decried numerous executions of civilians in Iraq by the Islamic State group, warning that educated women appeared to be especially at... read more »

1,000 lash sentence for Saudi blogger postponed

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia postponed until next week Friday’s flogging of a blogger jailed for insulting Islam, citing medical reasons, a week after he received... read more »

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23 people killed in Afghanistan crash

KABUL: An Afghan spokesman says 23 people were killed when a passenger van and a fuel tanker collided in western Afghanistan. Raouf Ahmadi, a spokesman for the provincial police chief in western... read more »

Gunmen kill 15 civilians travelling in central Afg...

 Suspected Taliban gunmen stopped two vehicles in central Afghanistan and shot dead 15 passengers at the side of the road, officials said on Friday,... read more »

More cameras on Bahrain’s main roads

MANAMA: Roadway surveillance is to be stepped up in a bid to ensure safety and reduce accidents. More cameras will be installed on main roads across Bahrain to... read more »

“no way” he’ll recognize Israel as a Jewish state ̵...

West Bank – The Palestinian President says there’s “no way” he’ll recognize Israel as a Jewish state and accept just a portion of... read more »

Nepal poll panel prepares final election results

Kathmandu – After one-and-a-half-months, Nepal’s Election Commission has prepared the final results of the Nov 19 Constituent Assembly election,... read more »

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Nepal in turmoil, protest against new Constitution rages on; 1 person commits suicide, bom...

Protests against the new Constitution in Nepal have intensified with one member of Sadbhavana Party even committing suicide. Nepal Police has also increased its presence along the... read more »

Nepal gets its new constitution, but here’s why it has got India worried

India has reasons to be perturbed about the volatile situation in Nepal, a country with which India shares an open and contiguous 1751-km-long border. India’s biggest concern is that... read more »

Pak Senate chief warns against another military takeover

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s Senate chief has warned that constitutional checks to prevent yet another military takeover have become redundant in the country which has seen army rule for... read more »

Pakistan’s first indigenous drone kills 3 militants

PESHAWAR: Pakistan for the first time on Monday used an indigenous drone to attack a terrorist compound in restive North Waziristan, killing at least three high-profile militants.... read more »

Four killed, 56 injured in suicide bomb attack in Pakistan

Peshawar: At least four persons were killed and 56 others injured today when a suicide bomber targeted a vehicle of a line officer in Pakistan’s restive northwestern tribal region, officials... read more »