Aug 05

20 Afghan Taliban militants killed in infighting

Kabul: At least 20 Afghan Taliban insurgents were killed in clashes that have erupted between supporters of leader Mawlawi Haibatullah Akhundzada and his opponents in Herat province over the past four days, an official said on Friday. The clash erupted between the armed men of Mullah Samad, a commander loyal to Taliban leader Akhundzada, and

Former Istanbul governor arrested over coup link

Istanbul: Former Istanbul governor Huseyin Avni Mutlu was arrested on Friday over his link to the July 15 coup attempt in Turkey. Along with Mutlu, 11 other suspects — including seven governors, a deputy governor and three district governors — were detained for being members of the Fethullah Terror Organisation, Xinhua news agency reported. Fethullah

Gulf Air flight lands safely in Manila after engine failure

Manila: A Gulf Air flight carrying 219 people to Bahrain landed safely in the Philippine capital today after turning back because of a heat-damaged engine, officials said. The Airbus 330-200 ignited a grass fire at the edge of the runway as it took off and smoke was seen inside the cabin after the plane was

China opens S China Sea website

Beijing: China on Wednesday opened a website on the South China Sea, complete with historical maps, articles and research, according to the State Oceanic Administration (SOA). Run by the National Marine Data & Information Service, the Chinese language site has 10 sections that cover basic information, news, historical archives, development and management, expert opinion, law

China tests heavy motor for space rockets

Beijing: China has tested its largestsolid-fuel motor that will be used in heavy space rockets for future deep space missions. Chinese engineers have completed the test ignition of its largest solid-fuel rocket motor in the northwest city of Xian yesterday, state-run China Radio International reported. With a diameter of three meters, the solid-fuel rocket motor ran

UK’s oldest dog dies at 26

London: A 26-year-old Yorkshire Terrier, who was declared as the country’s oldest dog last year, died after being attacked by another canine while he was on his morning walk with his owner. Jack, who had lived equivalent to 117 human years, died yesterday when his owner Ray Bunn was taking him for a walk close

Donald Trump calls Hillary Clinton ‘devil’

Washington: Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has called his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton “the devil”, taking name calling a step further, media reports said. At a campaign rally in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, Trump on Monday night told the crowd that Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders “made a deal with the devil” when he agreed to back Clinton

Ex-husband of killed Pak-British woman had criminal record

Islamabad: The first husband of a Pakistani-origin British woman who is accused of killing her for allegedly converting to Shia Islam, was previously jailed for his involvement in a gun attack over a land dispute. Samia Shahid, 28, was killed in July 20 in Pandoori village of Mangla area of Jhelum in Punjab district. Chaudhry

Pokemon Go fans shocked after update resets their progress

London: Hundreds of Pokemon Go fans were leftin disbelief after an update reset the widely popular augmented reality game, wiping out three weeks worth of Pokemon catching. After realising that downloading an update for the game had led to the application resetting itself, fans of the game took to social media to express their sadness.

Seoul to expand no-smoking zones at subway entrances

Seoul: The Seoul municipal government on Sunday said it planned to expand no-smoking zones at subway entrances in an effort to address public health concerns. Under the changes that will go into effect as of September 1, people caught smoking within 10 metres of a subway entrance in the South Korean capital can be fined

Trump’s campaign reflects negativity: Clinton

Washington: Asserting that the US is the”best-placed” country in the world to seize the future, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has attacked her Republican rival Donald Trump for running a negative campaign as she embarked on a bus tour with her running mate. “Donald Trump says America is weak, that we’re in decline. Well, all

US faces ‘moment of reckoning’: Hillary Clinton

Philadelphia (US): Warning that the US isfacing a “moment of reckoning”, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton today asked Americans to unite against the divisive policies of her Republican rival Donald Trump as she promised to build a country where everyone has a job and millions of undocumented workers get a path to citizenship. “America is

Massive IS bomb attack kills 44 in Syrian Kurdish city

Qamishli (Syria): A massive bomb blast claimed by the Islamic State group killed at least 44 people and wounded dozens today in the Kurdish-majority Syrian city of Qamishli. It was the largest and deadliest attack to hit the city since the beginning of Syria’s conflict in March 2011. Syrian state media gave a toll of

Trump has already damaged national security: Albright

Philadelphia: Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has already damaged US’ national security as he has undermined the fight against ISIS by alienating Muslim partners and weakened America’s standing in the world, former secretary of state Madeline Albright said here today. Noting that safeguarding freedom and security is not like hosting a TV reality show, Albright,

Hillary Clinton formally nominated for US president

Washington: Hillary Clinton has been formally anointed Democratic presidential candidate, becoming the first woman to run for the White House on behalf of a major US political party. “Are we ready to make some history?” asked Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, secretary of the on-going Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Philadelphia when a roll call vote by delegates

Michelle Obama endorses Hillary Clinton at Democratic Convention

Philadelphia: US First Lady Michelle Obama on Monday addressed the opening night of the Democratic National Convention (DNC) with a message of hope and unity for the party while endorsing presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton, saying she “trusts Hillary to lead the country”. “Hillary Clinton has never quit on anything in her life,” Michelle Obama said

Munich police arrest friend of dead shooter

Berlin: Munich police on Sunday arrested a friend of the gunmen who opened fire near Olympia-Einkaufszentrum shopping mall in the Moosach district of Munich on Friday evening and killed nine people before committing suicide. The 16-year-old Afghan, arrested at his home in Munich, is being investigated because he is suspected to act as a possible

Warrants issued in Turkey for arrest of 300 Presidential Guards

Ankara: Turkey has issued arrest warrants for 300 members of the Presidential Guards after a failed coup attempt, CNNTurk reported Friday. It said 283 of the guards have already been arrested and that the operation is ongoing, Xinhua news agency reported. Meanwhile, over 10,000 passports have been reportedly cancelled “due to flight risk”. Latest figures

Fox News president resigns after accusations of sexual harassment

Washington: The president of Fox News, Roger Ailes, resigned as the network’s chief after a number of female employees accused him of sexual harassment. The network’s parent company, 21st Century Fox, announced his resignation on Thursday. “Roger Ailes has made a remarkable contribution to our company and our country. Roger shared my vision of a great

US to join Facebook data protection case in EU

Dublin: The Irish High Court on Tuesday allowed the US government to take part in a case against Facebook on data transfer from Europe to the US. Max Schrems, an Austrian law student and privacy activist, brought the case questioning whether Facebook data was protected properly, CNET reported. “The fact that the US government intervenes