Aug 14

Fidel Castro attends gala for his 90th birthday in Havana

Havana: Cuba’s revolutionary leader Fidel Castro made a rare public appearance on Saturday alongside his brother, President Raul Castro, during a gala in honour of his 90th birthday at the Karl Marx theatre in Havana. The leader appeared just after 6 p.m. local time, dressed in his usual tracksuit, Xinhua quoted the official daily Granma

Pakistan celebrates Independence Day

Islamabad: Pakistan on Sunday commemorated its Independence Day with national zeal and fervour.The day dawned with 31 gun salute in the federal and 21 gun salute in the provincial capitals, Radio Pakistan reported. The main ceremony of Independence Day was held at the Convention Centre in Islamabad where President Mamnoon Hussain along with Prime Minister

Sweden’s youngest ever minister resigns over drink driving

Stockholm: Sweden’s youngest ever cabinet minister, who came to the country as a refugee from Bosnia, announced her resignation today after being caught driving under the influence of alcohol. Aida Hadzialic (29) minister for secondary and adult education, revealed that she had been stopped by police in the southern city of Malmo and tests showed

Sisi says will not balk at Egypt economic reforms

Cairo: Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said today he would not shy from tough economic reforms he said previous rulers had avoided fearing unrest. Sisi’s comments come after an initial agreement with the International Monetary Fund for USD 12 billion in financing that hinges on a reform package slashing state spending and the devaluation of

Fridge triggers bomb scare in Italy

Rome: Police evacuated holiday makers at the exclusive Italian resort of Porto Cervo after an abandoned camping fridge sparked a bomb scare. A bomb disposal squad on Friday destroyed the fridge, which had been left on a jetty metres from luxury yachts moored at the port. Italy’s billionaire media mogul Silvio Berlusconi and Russian oligarch

New Mexico police officer shot, killed during traffic stop

Hatch: Authorities say a police officer has died after being shot in the neck during a traffic stop. Three suspects are in custody. The Dona Ana County Sheriff’s Department released a statement late yesterday saying Hatch Police Officer Jose Chavez died yesterday after being airlifted to a hospital in El Paso, Texas. Authorities say the

US urges Ukraine to avoid escalating tension with Russia

Washington: US Vice President Joe Biden has urged Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko “do his part to avoid escalating tensions” with Russia in the Crimean peninsula, the White House said. Speaking over phone, Biden on Friday assured Poroshenko that the US had urged Russia to do the same, EFE news reported. “Both leaders reiterated their strong

Court upholds Venezuela opposition leader’s 14-year sentence

Caracas:A Venezuelan court upheld the 14-year sentence of jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, in a move likely to increase tension in the crisis-hit South American country. Lopez has repeatedly declared himself innocent of the charge of inciting violence at anti-government protests in 2014, calling himself a political prisoner. “This is certainly a political trial. Unfortunately,

Will bring jobs back to US: Trump

US: Republican presidential nomineeDonald Trump today said that he would bring jobs back to the US from countries like China by taking several strong steps and economic measures. “We’re going to bring back our jobs to Pennsylvania. We’re going to bring back our jobs to the United States. Going to bring back our jobs, folks,”

US declares health emergency in Puerto Rico due to Zika

San Juan: The US government today declared a public health emergency in Puerto Rico as a result of a Zika epidemic.The declaration allows the US Department of Health and Human Services to award grants, access emergency funds and temporarily appoint personnel where needed, among other things.”This administration is committed to meeting the Zika outbreak in

Afghanistan IS leader killed in US drone strike

Washington: The head of Islamic State (IS) terrorist group in Afghanistan was killed in a US drone strike last month, the Pentagon said on Friday.Hafiz Saeed Khan was killed on July 26 in the Achin district of Afghanistan’s eastern Nangarhar province, Xinhua quoted Pentagon Deputy Press Secretary Gordon Trowbridge as saying. According to a US

Turkey says 32 diplomats recalled after coup still missing

Ankara: Turkey today said 32 Turkish diplomats were still missing despite being recalled by Ankara in the wake of last month’s failed coup seeking to oust President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. “Thirty-two of the 208 diplomats recalled to Turkey did not come back to Turkey,” Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told reporters during a press conference with

London school girl feared killed in ISIS territory

London: A London school girl who had fled her home in Britain to join Islamic State (ISIS) in Syria is feared to have been killed in a Russian air strike on the terrorist-held region. Kadiza Sultana’s family lawyer Tasnime Akunjee told BBC last night that they heard a report of her death in Raqqa, an

Rare dinosaur fossil found in China    

Beijing: A rare well-preserved hadrosaur also known as duck-billed dinosaurs has been unearthed in the Inner Mongolia autonomous region and is expected to be of huge value for research into how the species evolved. More than 90 per cent of the bones of the animal were intact, including the head, cervical vertebrae, limbs and a complete tail-bone. It

Mismatch of needs and job demands may cause burnout

London: Burnout is caused as a result of a mismatch between an individual’s unconscious needs and the opportunities and demands at the workplace, says a study with implications for the prevention of job burnout. Burnout is a state of physical, emotional, and mental exhaustion from work, which results in lack of motivation, low efficiency, and helpless

Ex-Twitter CEO censored abusive tweets to Obama

New York: Former Twitter CEO Dick Costolo had secretly ordered employees to filter out abusive and hateful replies to US President Barack Obama during the May 2015 #AskPOTUS town hall meeting, the media reported on Friday. According to Buzzfeed, Costolo asked employees to deploy an algorithm which was built in-house to filter out abusive language

Australia accuses immigrants of lying for asylum

Canberra: Australian Immigration Minister Peter Dutton on Thursday claimed that immigrants in detention centres in Nauru and Papua New Guinea often lodge false complaints to secure asylum in the country. Dutton’s comments follow the release of over 2,000 reports detailing incidents of sexual violence and threats against women and of self-harm among immigrants detained at the

China opposes UN experts’ call for release of jailed activist

Beijing: China today voiced its resolute opposition to a call by UN human rights experts to release a Chinese jailed activist, describing it is “gross interference” in its domestic affairs and judicial sovereignty. UN human rights experts expressed concern about Yang Maodong, a jailed rights activist whose health is reportedly “deteriorating” after a hunger strike,

Russia and Germany exchange views on Syria, Ukraine crises

Moscow: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier have exchanged views on Syria and Ukraine, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday. The two ministers spoke on phone and discussed the situation in Syria and international efforts to settle the country’s conflict, Xinhua news agency reported. The ministry said on Tuesday

Sri Lanka approves establishment of China-funded financial city

Colombo: The Sri Lankan Cabinet on Wednesday approved a proposal to draft the required legislation to establish a financial city in Colombo as part of a Chinese-funded port city project, an official said. The government said the key objective of the proposed financial city is to become the prominent financial hub in the region to