Aug 26

One killed in blast at Belgian sports centre: Reports

Brussels: At least one person was killed and four other injured in an explosion at a sports centre in the southern Belgian city of Chimay early on Friday, local media reported. Part of the building at the “Le Chalon” sports centre was destroyed by the blast, which occurred shortly after midnight, Xinhua quoted L’Avenir newspaper

White House officials meet Trump, Clinton teams

Washington: Top White House officials met representatives of the Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton campaigns to “ensure a smooth transition to the next administration” which will take office on January 20, 2017. This is the first time that the President Barack Obama government has held a meeting with members of both campaigns to discuss the

Lost in translation: Pakistani ‘bangle protest’ fails as insult at UN

United Nations: With the UN committed to empowering women and Secretary General Ban Ki-moon proudly declaring “I am HeForShe”, a protest by women in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir offering him bangles as an insult was lost in translation here and failed to ignite ire. Ban’s spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said nonchalantly, “We are fully supportive of everyone’s right

US warns EU ahead of Apple tax evasion ruling

Washington/London: As Brussels is slated to deliver a verdict next month on Apple and other US companies for evading billions of pounds in taxes, the US Treasury Department has warned the European Commission (EU) about taking such action. In a white paper commissioned by US Treasury secretary Jack Lew, the Obama administration warned that Brussels

Six killed, 25 injured in bus-truck collusion in China

Beijing: Six persons were killed and 25 others injured when a bus collided with a truck in east China’s Jiangxi Province. The bus carrying 59 people collided with a truck yesterday between the cities of Jingdezhen and Jiujian, state- run Xinhua news agency reported today.

Facebook, Twitter, Google failed to tackle terrorism: British panel

London: In the first-ever widespread criticism of US technology giants and social media platforms, the British Home Affairs select committee has slammed the internet behemoths of becoming a “recruiting platform for terrorism” and “passing the buck”. Led by Keith Vaz, the British parliament’s longest-serving Indian-origin MP, the panel rapped Facebook, Twitter, Google and YouTube, saying

Woman survives month in New Zealand mountains

Wellington: A Czech woman was found alive in a remote mountain cabin in New Zealand after spending a month there alone following her partner death on a hiking trail, a media report said on Thursday. The woman was found on Wednesday in a hut on the Routeburn track which winds through a gorge in the

Rebels capture last IS stronghold near Turkey

Damascus: The Turkey-backed Syrian rebels captured the city of Jarablus in northern Syria on Wednesday, dislodging the Islamic State (IS) from their last stronghold on the Syrian-Turkish borders, a monitor group reported. The Syrian rebels backed by Turkish tanks and special forces, as well as air cover by the US-led anti-terror coalition, stormed Jarablus, after

Brexit backer tells Trump to ‘get campaigning’

Washington: Outgoing UK Independence Party (UKIP) leader and Brexit backer Nigel Farage has urged Republicans to “get your walking boots on” and drum up support for presidential nominee Donald Trump. Farage, joined Trump on stage at a rally in Jackson, Mississippi on Wednesday night to draw similarities between the UK’s vote to leave the European

US Secretary of Commerce to visit India

Washington: US Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker is slated to visit New Delhi to attend the second US-India Strategic and Commercial Dialogue and the US-India CEO Forum scheduled to be held from August 29 to 31. According to an official statement, Secretary Pritzker will co-chair the Strategic and Commercial Dialogue with US Secretary of State

Powerful 6.8 magnitude quake hits Myanmar: USGS

Kolkata: An earthquake of 6.8 magnitude struck central Myanmar today, The epicenter was reportedly located more than the 500 kilometers from the Indian border. Tremors were felt in parts of West Bengal, Jharkhand, Bihar and Assam. Metro services were briefly stopped in Kolkata after tremors were felt in the West Bengal capital. Many offices too

At least three dead as Italy hit by powerful quake

Rome: Central Italy was struck by a powerful, 6.2-magnitude earthquake in the early hours today, leaving at least three people dead and devastating dozens of mountain villages. Numerous buildings had collapsed in communities close to the epicentre of the quake near the town of Norcia in the region of Umbria, witnesses told Italian media, with

Magnitude 6.1 quake rattles Rome, central Italy

Rome: An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude estimated at 6.1 has rattled Rome and central Italy in the middle of the night. There were no immediate reports of damage early today, but state-run RAI radio said people ran into the streets in central Umbria and Le Marche regions shortly after the quake struck just after

Moroccan tourism down amid rise of terrorism threat

Rabat: After more than a decade of steady growth, tourism in Morocco is experiencing a significant drop amid the rise of terrorist threat. While the country’s tourism industry got a wake-up call last year following a series of terrorist attacks in the region, the latest data on arrivals and bookings in the first half of

Pakistani official visiting Belarus, Kazakhstan over NSG membership

Islamabad: A top Pakistani official on Tuesday began a five-day visit to Belarus and Kazakhstan for their support for Islamabad’s membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), officials said. Special Assistant on Foreign Affairs, Syed Tariq Fatemi, is visiting as the special envoy of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from August 23 to 27, Xinhua news

Iran parliament pushes back on military for Russian base use

Tehran: Iran’s parliament today pushed back against the military over it dismissing civilian oversight following Russia’s use of an Iranian air base to launch airstrikes on Syria. The rare parliamentary response is part of the larger give-and-take between civilians and the country’s powerful security services since Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution. It also highlights the public

Thai military court opens trial in Bangkok shrine blast

Bangkok: A Thai military court has started the trial of two foreigners charged with the bombing of a popular shrine in Bangkok’s center a year ago that killed 20 people and injured more than 120. The defendants two ethnic Uighurs of Chinese nationality – were driven straight into the military court building Tuesday. The bombing

B’desh proposes life term for defaming 1971 War, ‘Bangabandhu’

Dhaka: Bangladesh’s Cabinet today approved adraft law with a provision of life imprisonment and Tk 1 crore compensation for defaming the 1971 Liberation War against Pakistan and the country’s founder Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. “The proposed law suggests that if anybody conducts propaganda against the War of Liberation and its spirit, Father of the Nation ‘Bangabandhu’

US, Ukraine to conduct observation flights over Russia

Moscow: The US and Ukraine will carry out from August 22 to 27 observation flights over Russian territory using a US observation plane monitored by Russian experts, authorities said on Monday. The flights will be conducted in accordance with the Treaty on Open Skies signed in March 1992, Sputnik news agency quoted Sergei Zabello, the

European leaders hold preliminary meeting ahead of EU summit

Rome: French, German and Italian leaders on Monday gathered on the Italian island of Ventotene for a preliminary meeting ahead of the European Union (EU) summit in September to discuss counter-terrorism operations, immigration levels as well as Britains’s future exit from the EU. French President Francois Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Italian Prime Minister