May 15

Officials: 8 dead, 44 hurt, in South Texas bus crash

Laredo (US): A charter bus headed to a casino has crashed in far South Texas, killing eight people and injuring 44 others in a one-vehicle rollover, officials said. Seven people died at the scene on US Highway 83 about 46 miles north of Laredo and another died later at a Laredo hospital, Texas Department of

World’s oldest person, born in 1899, is dead

New York: Susannah Mushatt Jones, the granddaughter of slaves who held the title of “world’s oldest living person” and “the last American born in the 19th century”, has died at the age of 116, it was reported on Friday. Born in July 6, 1899, she passed away on Thursday in a Brooklyn nursing home where

Pakistan closes border with Afghanistan

Islamabad: Pakistan said on Thursday that it has closed its border with Afghanistan “to implement border control measures”. Pakistani authorities closed the border on Tuesday after the Afghan forces prevented Pakistan’s plan to fence the border to stop illegal cross-border movement, Xinhua reported. Afghan ambassador in Islamabad, Omar Zakhilwal, also confirmed border closure at Torkham

Facebook at Work launched in Dubai-based conglomerate

Dubai: A Dubai-based retail and hospitality conglomerate owned by an Indian-origin entrepreneur has started using Facebook at Work to connect its 10,000 employees across different departments in 11 countries. Landmark Group’s move aims to encourage collaboration and greater cohesiveness at the work place through helping 10,000 employees communicate in real-time via the rich social media

Italy approves same-sex marriage

Rome: The Italian parliament has approved same-sex marriages in a confidence vote, ensuring that the civil unions bill will become law. After the approval on Wednesday, landmarks across Rome from the Colosseum to the Trevi Fountain lit up in colours of the rainbow, representing the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender – LGBT community, to celebrate the

12 militants killed in Afghanistan

Kabul: Twelve militants were killed in military operations launched by the Afghan army, the defence ministry said on Wednesday. “The Afghan National Army, in collaboration with police and intelligence agency personnel, carried out several military operations in separate provinces killing 12 armed militants, wounding five and detaining seven armed suspects on Tuesday,” Xinhua news agency

Twitter blocks US intelligence agencies from security alert service

Washington: Amid the growing concerns over terrorism, security and users’ privacy, micro-blogging website Twitter has barred US intelligence agencies from accessing a service that sends alerts about unfolding terror attacks and political unrest, the Wall Street Journal reported. The service is provided by New York-based Dataminr, a company that analyses tweets and other information streams

‘Sikh Captain America’ takes on hate, intolerance and Trump

Washington: Donald Trump wants to make America great again but ‘Sikh Captain America’ feels the presumptive Republican presidential nominee is making America hate again. “Donald Trump has certainly been a candidate whose words have been alarming for someone like me, who happens to be at the front lines of bigotry in post-9/11 America,” said Vishavjit

Pakistan rejects US conditions over F-16 sale

Islamabad: Pakistan Foreign Secretary Aizaz Chaudhry said that the country needs modern F-16 fighter jets for its ongoing war against terrorism but rejects the conditions the US has attached over their sale. Speaking to journalists, scholars and corporate leaders at a meeting in Islamabad on Saturday, the foreign secretary said no conditions should be attached

Human rights activist killed by unknown assailants in Pak

Karachi: Akram Zaki, a social media campaigner and human rights activist known for his strong stance against religious extremism in Pakistan was killed by unknown assailants in the country’s financial capital of Karachi. Zakir, 40, was killed last night by four armed assailants who came on two motorcycles while he was having dinner at a

3rd suspect admits role in Gurudwara attack in Germany

Berlin: A third teenager, who was arrested in connection with the bombing of a gurudwara by Islamist militants in the German city of Essen, has admitted to the authorities that he was part of a group which carried out the terror attack, according to a media report. Tolga I, who is known in his circle

17 injured as Hong Kong Airline plane hits turbulence

Beijing: Seventeen Chinese nationals were injured on Saturday when a Hong Kong Airlines plane hit severe turbulence over Borneo island after taking off from Indonesia’s Bali island, officials said. The incident occurred above Banjarmacin city, the capital of South Kalimantan province, about one hour after the Hong Kong-bound flight HX6704 took off from the Bali

Gucci quits US anti-counterfeiting group after Alibaba joins

Shanghai: Gucci America has quit the International Anti-Counterfeiting Coalition, the second defection since the Washington, DC-based group allowed Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba to become a member in April. Michael Kors walked out of the IACC last month, calling Alibaba “our most dangerous and damaging adversary.” The outrage over Alibaba’s membership raises fresh questions about how

Aus university to provide medical technology to India

Melbourne: Australian state of Victoria on Saturday announced two agreements with India in the area of medical technology to address major health challenges in India. During the government-led Neuroscience Victoria trade mission to India this week, Swinburne University signed two memorandums of understanding to partner with major Indian healthcare providers. Neuroscience leaders from Swinburne signed

Canadian convoy begins, hoping to flee wildfire zone

Edmonton (Canada): A massive convoy was under to move evacuees stranded at oil field camps north of Fort McMurray, Alberta amid a massive wildfire that officials fear could double in size by the end of Friday. As police and military oversaw the procession of at least 500 vehicles, a mass airlift of evacuees resumed. A

FBI interviews Hillary Clinton aides on emails

Washington: The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has interviewed several of Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton’s closest aides, including her long time adviser Huma Abedin, about her secret email server, the media reported on Friday. The probe is still ongoing, but so far investigators have not found evidence to prove that Clinton willfully violated the

US wants increased India, Pak dialogue on counter terrorism

Washington: The US has said that it wantsincreased dialogue between India and Pakistan on counter terrorism co-operation. “We have said many times that there is a level of counterterrorism cooperation between India and Pakistan. There is some dialogue there,” State Department Deputy Spokesman, Mark Toner told reporters at his daily news conference. “We want to

Debris from missing helicopter found in Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur: Some parts of debris from the missing helicopter carrying senior government officials were found in Malaysia’s Sarawak state, Prime Minister Najib Razak said on Friday. The helicopter carrying six people lost contact with air controls around 20 minutes after taking off from Betong on Thursday. Search and rescue operations were subsequently launched, Xinhua

London may elect first Muslim mayor, opponent uses Modi card

London: With Pakistani-origin Sadiq Khan likely to become London’s new mayor, his Conservative foe Zac Goldsmith is using Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s name to woo Hindu and Sikh votes. Balloting is taking place on Thursday in England, Scotland and Wales to elect mayors and fill up assembly and parliamentary seats. The battle for London’s

Hong Kong beauty salon raided over ‘bogus’ treatments

Hong Kong: Hong Kong police on Thursday said they raided a beauty salon and arrested 11 women, after customers accused it of offering fraudulent medical treatments. Police said seven people suffering from cancer, skin disease and depression were allegedly cheated out of 5 million Hong Kong dollars ($645,000) on treatments reportedly involving oxygen inhalation and