Aug 20

Mexico on alert for Tropical Storm Kay

Mexico City: Mexican officials warned northwestern communities to be on alert today as Tropical Storm Kay churns off the Pacific coast. At 0900 GMT (local time) the centre of Kay was located some 495 kilometres southwest of the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula, the US National Hurricane Center (NHC) reported. The storm, which

India pledges Rs 39.97 mln for upgrading school in Nepal

Kathmandu: India has pledged financialassistance worth Nepali Rs 39.97 million for the construction of a new building and a hostel facility at a Sanskrit school in eastern Nepal. A tripartite agreement between the Indian Embassy, the Local Development Officer, Ilam District, and Principal of Shree Saptmai Gurukul Sanskrit Vidhyashram Secondary School was signed in this

Taliban captures Khan Abad district in Afghanistan

Kabul: Taliban militants on Saturday seized control of Khan Abad district in Afghanistan’s Kunduz province as sporadic clashes continued around the district centre, officials said. “Dozens of armed militants overran the district bazaar early Saturday morning. They also stormed the district centre and seized government office buildings after security forces made a tactical retreat to

Japan hit by 6.0 magnitude quake, no tsunami warning

Tokyo: Japan was hit by a strong earthquake for the second straight day today, though there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries, officials said. A shallow magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck off the coast of northern Japan today, 167 kilometres from Miyako city, the US Geological Survey said. There was no threat of a

US, Ukraine urge end to soaring tensions with Russia

Washington: US Vice President Joe Biden and Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko in a phonecall urged a speedy resolution to the conflict with pro-Russian separatists amid a spike in tensions with Moscow, the White House has said. Biden and Poroshenko “expressed concern over the recent surge in fighting in eastern Ukraine, where ceasefire violations by combined

US Navy Secretary meets S Korean Defence Minister

Seoul: South Korea’s Defence Minister held a meeting with the US Secretary of Navy here to discuss potential threats from the North Korea and ways to increase countermeasures, according to the Ministry of National Defence. Defence Minister Han Min-koo met US Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus at the headquarters of the Defence Ministry in

Regime planes over Syria’s Hasakeh despite US warning: monitor

Beirut: Syrian government warplanes were again in the air over the mainly Kurdish-held city of Hasakeh early today despite a US warning against any new strikes that might endanger its military advisers, a monitor said. It was not immediately clear whether the aircraft, which were in the skies throughout the night, had carried out any

177 Indonesians bound for Haj detained in Manila with fake passports

Jakarta: A group of 177 Indonesians were detained in the Philippines on Saturday after attempting to board a flight to Saudi Arabia for the annual Haj pilgrimage using fake Philippine passports. The Indonesians were reportedly about to board an early morning flight on Friday to Medina when they were apprehended by immigration personnel at Manila

No compromise on Karachi peace efforts: Pakistan PM

Islamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said that the Karachi operation, which will complete its three years next month, was not going to end any time soon and there would be no compromise on efforts aimed at restoring peace to the city. He promised that there would be no delays in the release of

Border shut after Afghans burn Pakistani flag

Islamabad: Pakistan has closed its border with Afghanistan indefinitely after a group of Afghan demonstrators attacked the Friendship Gate at Chaman and set the Pakistani flag on fire. The incident that took place on Thursday evening has resulted in suspension in the movement of trucks involved in trade shipments between the two countries and carrying

96 houses destroyed by massive California wildfire

Los Angeles: At least 96 houses were destroyed in the huge ongoing Southern California wildfire, while firefighters made more progress containing the blaze. The Blue Cut Fire started near an exit off Interstate 15 in San Bernardino County, which is a major artery from Los Angeles to Las Vegas on Tuesday and exploded in size,

Trump makes direct appeal to African-American voters

Washington: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has made a direct appeal to African-American voters, saying “What do you have to lose?” Speaking on Friday night in Dimondale, Michigan — a predominantly white suburb — Trump lamented the collapse of American manufacturing and criticised free trade deals as he laced into rival Hillary Clinton and the

Putin arrives in Crimea for security briefing

Simferopol: Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday arrived in Crimea for a briefing with members of the Russian Security Council, media reported on Friday. Putin is also scheduled to visit the Tavrida international youth forum, Sputnik news agency reported. The schedule of Putin’s visit to Crimea, his fifth in the past two years, also involves

Hijab-clad Muslim woman evicted from Trump rally

Washington: A hijab-clad Muslim woman, whowas evicted from a Donald Trump rally in January, has been booted out of his campaign event again after handing out pens inscribed with the word ‘salam’ which means ‘peace’. Rose Hamid said a member of the Republican Presidential candidate’s security staff removed her from the event in Charlotte, North

China developing next generation flexible missile based on AI

Beijing: China will develop its next-generation cruise missiles based on a modular design, allowing them to be tailor-made for specific combat situations with high level of artificial intelligence (AI), a senior missile designer said. “We plan to adopt a ‘plug and play’ approach in the development of new cruise missiles, which will enable our military

Russia carries out military exercise in Crimea

Moscow: Russian Armed Forces have carried out a military exercise, transferring troops and equipment to the Crimean peninsula from the mainland, authorities said on Friday. The exercise involved vessels of the Black Sea Fleet, including the large landing ship Tsezar Kunikov, diesel-electric submarine Stary Oskol, several minesweeping ships and missile cruisers, as well as railway

Turkey academics sought in post-coup crackdown

Istanbul: Turkish prosecutors have issued arrest warrants for 84 university academics suspected of links with US-based Muslim preacher Fethullah Gulen, blamed by authorities for last month’s failed coup, media reported today. Police launched an operation in 17 provinces including Konya in central Anatolia, a conservative bastion of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), the

Four dead as Palestinian police clash with gunmen Nablus

Palestinian Territories: Palestinian police searching for weapons clashed with gunmen in the West Bank city of Nablus today, leaving four people dead, Palestinian officials said. The firefight erupted last evening after officers entered Nablus’s Old City, a densely populated warren of alleyways that was one of the flash points of the second Palestinian uprising between

Ukraine releases details of alleged payments to Trump’s aide

Moscow: Ukraine’s anti-corruption body has released entries from once-secret accounting documents that purport to show payments from a pro-Russian political party earmarked for Donald Trump’s campaign chairman. The Associated Press reported earlier this week that Paul Manafort helped Ukraine’s Party of Regions secretly route at least USD 2.2 million to two Washington lobbying firms. Manafort told

Two girls die after circumcisions in S Leone, Guinea

Freetown: A teenage girl died after undergoing a botched female circumcision in Sierra Leone, police said, just days after the death of a 10-year-old girl in Guinea. Female genital mutilation (FGM) is widespread in the neighbouring west African countries, with about 90 per cent of women in both countries undergoing circumcision. Teenager Fatmata Turay died