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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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Suspect charged over Kenya mall massacre rejects killing

Suspect charged over Kenya mall massacre rejects killing

Nairobi – One of four men facing trial in connection with Kenya’s Westgate mall massacre in September fiercely denied the charges in court today, describing himself as a deeply religious... read more »

Nelson Mandela still unable to speak, says ex-wife

Nelson Mandela still unable to speak, says ex-wife

London – Former South African president Nelson Mandela is still unable to speak, but he is not on life-support machine, his ex-wife... read more »

29 killed, 30 injured in Egypt train collision

29 killed, 30 injured in Egypt train collision

Cairo – At least 29 people! were killed and 30 injured when a freight train crashed into a number of vehicles near the Egyptian capital of Cairo in the... read more »

31 killed in attack on anti-militia protesters in Libya...

31 killed in attack on anti-militia protesters in Libya capital

TRIPOLI – A group of militiamen opened fire here on Friday at hundreds of protesters, killing at least 31 people and wounding 230 others, the Libyan... read more »

Nine Boko Haram killed in military offensive in Nigeria

40 killed in fresh Nigeria attacks

Lagos – Nine Boko Haram insurgents were kill! ed in an offensive on a camp in the Nigeria northeast Borno State, military authorities said... read more »

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Imran Khan dares Pakistan government to arrest him

Islamabad: Pakistan`s Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) party chairman Imran Khan has refused to seek bail after being charged with attacks on the parliament and PTV buildings in Islamabad, media reported... read more »

Bus mishap: 56 killed after passenger bus collides...

At least 56 people, including 21 women and 18 children, were killed and several others injured today when a passenger bus collided with a truck in... read more »

Angry Arabs march in north Israel after shooting

KFAR KANA, Israel: Angry Arab-Israeli protesters took to the streets across the country on Sunday and police raised alert levels nationwide amid shock waves... read more »

US-led air strikes hit Qaida branch in Syria: Monitor

BEIRUT: US-led coalition air strikes hit al-Qaida’s Syrian branch overnight, expanding the raids to jihadists outside the Islamic State group for only... read more »

Pakistani police officer kills man suspected of blasphe...

ISLAMABAD: Pakistani police say an axe-wielding officer killed a Shia man in police custody, claiming he had committed blasphemy by insulting companions of... read more »

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China, EU to enhance cooperation on urbanisation

China, EU to enhance cooperation on urbanisation

Beijing – China is willing to learn from the European Union (EU) in i! ts push towards urbanisation, Premier Li Keqiang said Thursday. Addressing the closing ceremony of Thursday’s 2013... read more »

China has 1.22 bn cellphone users

China has 1.22 bn cellphone users!

Beijing – The number of cellphone users in China reached 1.22 billion till October end, the Chinese government has revealed. According to the... read more »

China appoints spokesmen to boost military transparency

China allegedly withholds residence visas for NYT, Bloomberg reporters

Beijing –  China has appointed spokesmen for its seven military branches in a bid to boost up the country’s military transparency. The branches... read more »

First Chinese-American US ambassador to China to quit

First Chinese-American US ambassador to China to quit

Beijing – US Ambassador to China Gary Locke said Wednesday he will step down from his position early next year to rejoin his family. “When I met... read more »

10 killed in Beijing blaze

China urges personnel's safety in South Sudan

Beijing – At least 10 people were killed in Beijing when a fire engulfed a storehouse Tuesday, police said. The incident, which occurred in the capital... read more »

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US Secretary of State John Kerry struggles to keep Middle East peace talks on track

Kerry in Kurdistan to urge leaders to be part of national govt

ARBIL: US Secretary of State John Kerry was in Iraqi Kurdistan on Tuesday to urge its leaders not to withdraw from the political process in Baghdad after their forces took control of the northern... read more »

John Kerry lands in Baghdad to press Iraqi leaders...

BAGHDAD: US secretary of state John Kerry landed in Baghdad on Monday to press Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki to form a more inclusive government in... read more »

Israel kills Palestinian teen in escalating West Bank a...

HEBRON, West Bank: Israeli troops killed a Palestinian teenager in the occupied West Bank on Friday and arrested 25 people, pursuing a weeklong crackdown... read more »

Militants launch attack on north Baghdad

BAGHDAD: Iraqi officials say militants have launched an attack on a Sunni-dominated city north of Baghdad, killing seven members of the security forces and... read more »

Iraq attacks and shelling kill 35

BAGHDAD: Violence across Iraq, including shelling of the conflict-hit city of Fallujah, killed 35 people today, as politicians haggle over forming a new... read more »

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Bangladesh: Does it really matter that Khaleda Zia is not contesting elections

Bangladesh: Does it really matter that Khaleda Zia is not contest...

Dhaka – December 2, 2013 was the last date for the filing of nominations for the tenth parliamentary elections being held on January 5, 2014. The BNP, which had declared its intention of not... read more »

Indian dam will affect Neelum-Jhelum project: Pakistan

Don’t talk of war with India: Pakistani dail...

Islamabad – With tension along the Indian border abating, “all talks of war” should! be avoided, said a Pakistani daily... read more »

Nelson Mandela’s funeral to be held Dec 15

Mukherjee, 52 other leaders to attend Mandela-linked memorial events

Johannesburg – The South African government announced Fri! day that the country’s former president Nelson Mandela’s funeral will be held Dec... read more »

Nepal to deploy security force at customs points

Nepal to allow private investment in power transmission

Kathmandu – Amid rising complaints from the private sector about feeble security situation and cases of anomalies at customs points, the Nepal... read more »

Pak’s new army chief Gen Raheel has no presence o...

Pak's new army chief Gen Raheel has no presence on Facebook, Twitter

Islamabad – Pakistan’s new Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif does not maintain any account on Facebook and Twitter. Director... read more »

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No knowledge of Damascus hiding chemical stockpiles: Russia

Moscow – Moscow denied Friday having any information about Damascus hiding some of its chemical arsenals. “For over a month a joint mission of the UN and Organisation for Prohibition of... read more »

Swiss scientists confirm abnormal presence of polonium in samples of Arafat's body

Swiss scientists confirm abnormal presence of polo...

LAUSANNE – Swiss scientists who analyzed samples from the corpse of Yasser Arafat Thursday confirmed the abnormal presence of radioactive... read more »

Cameron wants to cement ties with India

Cameron wants to cement ties with India

London – British Prime Minister David Cameron has lauded India’s role in global economy and said that a close relationship with New Delhi is... read more »

General strike against austerity hits Greece

General strike against austerity hits Greece

Athens – Greece was hit Wednesday by a fresh 24-hour strike over austerity measures and reforms introduced to tackle the country’s three-year debt... read more »

Time for nuclear talks ‘not unlimited’: Fra...

Time for nuclear talks 'not unlimited': France tells Iran

Paris – France warned Iran that negotiations over Tehran’s controversial nuclear programme could not go on forever, ahead of a fresh round of... read more »

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Merkel insists German-U.S. ties should not be put at risk

Merkel insists German-U.S. ties should not be put at risk

BERLIN – German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday stressed the importance of the German-U.S. alliance, adding that an ongoing debate on whether to grant Edward Snowden asylum must not hamper... read more »

Multiple gun fired outside Garden State Plaza in New Jersey shopping centre .

Multiple gun fired outside Garden State Plaza in N...

A shopping centre in the US state of New Jersey has been evacuated after multiple shots were heard, with some people locked down inside stores. Some... read more »

US to continue support Egypt’s regime: Kerry

US to continue support Egypt's regime: Kerry

Cairo – US Secretary of State John Kerry, during his first visit to Egypt since the ouster of former president Mohamed Morsi, confirmed Sunday that his... read more »

For Edward Snowden, no clemency: Top US lawmakers

U.S. spied on Netherlands from 1946 to 1968: Snowden documents

Washington – Senior American lawmakers said today that intelligence leaker Edward Snowden should not be given clemency by the United States following... read more »

John Kerry arrives in Middle East to fix ties

John Kerry arrives in Middle East to fix ties

London – US Secretary of State John Kerry has reportedly arrived in the Middle East to repair ties with the nation’s long-standing ally. The US... read more »

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Pak International Airlines to suspend Mumbai-Karachi flight from May 11

MUMBAI: Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), which operates a weekly flight between Mumbai and Karachi, will suspend its service from May 11. The national flag carrier of Pakistan... read more »

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World Facing ‘Largest Humanitarian Crisis’ Since 1945: United Nations

The world is facing its “largest humanitarian crisis” since 1945, said the United Nations (UN), further issuing a plea for help to avoid “a catastrophe”. read more »

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7 Dead As Iran Teen Botches Homemade Fireworks

An Iranian teenager, who was making fireworks at home for a festival ahead of the Persian New Year blew up his home, killing himself and six other family members, a prosecutor said on... read more »

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Suspend Premium Processing Of Work Visas For Foreign Doctors: US Senators

Three influential American Senators have sought lifting of the suspension of premium processing of work visas of foreign doctors, including from India, who commit to work in rural areas in... read more »

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Chinese President Xi Jinping Wants ‘Great Wall Of SteelR...

Xi issued the traditional military rallying call on Friday, during a session of the National People’s Congress, China’s annual parliament in Beijing, The Guardian reported. read more »