May 05

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

Judge orders questioning of Hillary Clinton’s aides about emails

Washington: A federal judge has ordered questioning of Democrat front-runner Hillary Clinton’s top aides about her secret email server. Top Clinton aides Huma Abedin and Cheryl D. Mills will be deposed, as will Bryan Pagliano, who reportedly maintained the server and Clinton’s email account tied to the secret system, The Washington Times reported. Clinton

Bangladesh SC upholds Jamaat chief’s death sentence

Dhaka: Bangladesh’s Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the death sentence it handed down to chief of fundamentalist Jamaat-e-Islami Motiur Rahman Nizami over crimes against humanity during the 1971 Liberation War with Pakistan. The four-member Appellate Division bench headed by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha pronounced the single-word judgment. “Rejected,” said the top judge about the

Sydney Australia’s most unaffordable city: Moody’s

Sydney: Australia’s housing affordability worsened over the past 12 months to March 31, 2016, according to Moody’s Investors Service. Moody’s said on Thursday homeowners were required to spend a larger proportion of their income on monthly mortgage repayments, Xinhua news agency reported. Moody’s Analyst Natsumi Matsuda noted housing affordability deteriorated in all capital cities except

Once a fierce rival, Bobby Jindal says he will vote for Trump

Washington: Once a fieriest critic of Donald Trump and a former presidential contender, Indian-American Bobby Jindal has said he would vote for the New York billionaire if he were to be the Republican party’s pick. “I do think he’ll be better than Hillary Clinton, I don’t think it’s a great set of choices. If he

Trump wins big in Indiana as Cruz drops out of presidential race

Washington: New York billionaire Donald Trump on Tuesday won the crucial Republican primary held in the mid-western US state of Indiana, while Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz bowed out of the race after his defeat in the GOP’s primary. Trump’s big win has increased his likelihood of clinching the party’s presidential nomination outright, while Cruz’s

More violence kills 9 in contested Syrian city of Aleppo

Beirut: Syrian rebels and government forces on Tuesday shelled each other’s neighbourhoods in Aleppo, leaving at least nine dead and scores wounded on both sides as the diplomatic focus moved to Moscow where the UN envoy for Syria was to hold talks in efforts to restore a piecemeal cease-fire that would also include the contested

Pak leaders knew Osama’s location but US has no proof: Clinton

Washington: Senior Pakistani leadership knew that Osama bin Laden was hiding at a compound in Abbottabad but US has not been able to get any proof of it so far, Republican presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton has said. Clinton, 68, the then US secretary of state, was the top adviser to President Barack Obama on the

Pakistan has one month’s time to grab US F16 deal

Washington: Pakistan has time till May end to avail the American offer to procure eight F-16s at an estimated cost of USD 700 million after Obama administration told Islamabad that it should put forward national funds to buy these fighter jets. On Monday the State Department told reporters that it has told the Pakistani leadership

Blasphemy case for ‘desecrating’ Sikh man’s turban in Pakistan

Islamabad: Five employees of a transport company and the owner of a bus terminal were booked under blasphemy law for desecrating a Sikh passenger’s turban in Pakistan’s Punjab province, the media reported on Monday. The complainant, Mahinder Paal Singh (29), a resident of Multan, told Dawn online that he was travelling from Faisalabad to Multan

British charities announce biggest donations against dementia

London: Two of Britain’s leading charities have announced their biggest ever donations for research to curb dementia. The Alzheimer’s Society and Alzheimer’s Research UK on Sunday announced their biggest ever financial commitments to the cause, each pledging 50 million pounds ($73 million), Xinhua news agency reported. The 100 million pounds will be added to the

Trump says may seek India’s help on ‘unstable’ Pak’s nukes

Washington: Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump today hinted at seeking help from India and other nations to address the “problem” of what he described as a “semi-unstable” nuclear-armed Pakistan. Trump’s such a remarks came during a town-hall in Indianapolis in response to a question on how he would deal with countries like Pakistan which has

UN condemns killing of 12 Egyptians, 3 others in Libya

Tripoli: The United Nations’ Libya envoy has condemned the killing of 12 Egyptians and three Libyan nationals in a string of incidents in the central town of Bani Walid. “I strongly deplore these terrible killings and call on those with authority on the ground in Bani Walid to ensure that the incidents are investigated and

2 killed, 9 coal miners missing in China

Beijing: At least two persons were killed and nine others missing days after a coal mine they were working in was flooded in the country’s northwest Shaanxi Province. The accident took place on Monday at Zhaojin Coal Mine in Yaozhou District when 67 workers were in the shaft, 56 of them managed to escape and

Trump delivers ‘America first’ foreign policy speech

Washington: Republican frontrunner for the 2016 presidential campaign Donald Trump vowed to pursue an “America first” foreign policy in a speech delivered here. “My foreign policy will always put the interests of the American people and American security above all else,” Trump said on Wednesday, Xinhua news agency reported. “America first will be the major

Gurudwara terror suspect was a repeated offender: German police

Berlin: A teenager arrested for his alleged involvement in a terror strike at a gurudwara in the German city of Essen ten days ago was a “repeated offender”, police has said. The 16-year-old youth was also arrested for an attempted burglary at a shop in the city a day before the attack, a police spokesman

US university students protest kirtan singing by white woman

New York: Singing of kirtans at an Ivy League university has drawn protests from a multi-racial group of students there. Unlike in the protests against yoga, the demonstrators this time were not religious fundamentalists, but students spewing leftist rhetoric at Brown University. They protested a non-Indian white woman singing kirtans, asserting that only those born

Indian-Origin Appointed Dean At Calgary University In Canada

Toronto: An Indian-origin veterinary medical expert has been appointed as the Dean of the prestigious University of Calgary’s Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Canada. Baljit Singh, will take over the position of Dean on September 1, Provost and Vice-President (Academic) of the university Dru Marshall said in a statement. Mr Singh is a highly accomplished

Michelle Obama targets ‘religious freedom’ bill

Washington: US First Lady Michelle Obama has targeted Mississippi’s recent controversial “religious freedom” bill that has come under attack from rights groups. “We see it right here in Mississippi how swiftly progress can hurtle backward,” Michelle said at the Jackson State University on Saturday. “How easy it is to single out a small group and