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Rain, snowfall wreak havoc in Pakistan, claim 14 lives in Balochistan

Islamabad, Jan. 13 (PTI): Heavy snowfall and incessant rain have left at least 14 people, including women and children, dead and over a dozen injured in several parts of Balochistan, Pakistan’s largest province, a media report said on Monday. T...

13 Jan 2020

Japan’s Abe warns conflict with Iran impacts entire world

Riyadh, Jan. 13 (PTI/AFP): Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has warned that military confrontation with Iran will impact global peace and stability, as he visits the Middle East hoping to ease tensions spiked by the US killing a top Iranian general...

13 Jan 2020

Biden most preferred Democratic presidential candidate

Washington, Jan. 12 (IANS): Former US Vice President Joe Biden is the most preferred Democratic presidential candidate among the African-American voters, according to a new poll. The Washington Post/Ipsos national poll released on Saturday revealed t...

12 Jan 2020

Top Iran Guard briefs parliament over downed jet after protest

Tehran, Jan. 12 (PTI/AFP): Iran’s top Guards commander briefed parliament on Sunday, a day after the armed forces said a Ukrainian airliner was shot down in error in an admission that sparked an angry demonstration. His closed-session testimony com...

12 Jan 2020

UK ‘must be prepared to fight wars without US’

London, Jan. 12 (IANS): British Foreign Secretary Ben Wallace has warned that the UK must be prepared to fight wars without the US as its key ally, it was reported on Sunday. “I worry if the US withdraws from its leadership around the world… That...

12 Jan 2020

Australia turns from defense to offense in wildfire battle

Bodalla, Australia, Jan. 12 (PTI/AP): Crews battling Australia’s wildfires said Sunday that they have been able to turn from defense to offense for the first time in weeks thanks to a break in the weather. Dale McLean, who is helping manage the res...

12 Jan 2020

Iran brought down Ukrainian plane, says it was human error

Tehran, Jan. 11 (IANS): Iran on Saturday admitted that its armed forces had downed the Ukrainian passenger plane near Tehran killing all 176 people on board, adding that it was an “involuntary human error” and those responsible would “immediate...

11 Jan 2020

Longest-reigning leader of modern Arab dies; Oman sultan sworn-in as new ruler

Muscat, Jan 11 (PTI/AFP): Sultan Qaboos, the longest-reigning leader of the modern Arab world, has died at the age of 79, the royal court said on Saturday. “With great sorrow and deep sadness… the royal court mourns His Majesty Sultan Qab...

11 Jan 2020

Imran demands immediate report on Quetta mosque blast

Islamabad, Jan. 11 (IANS): Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday said that he had directed authorities to submit an “immediate report on the condemnable, cowardly terrorist attack” inside a mosque in Quetta, which killed 15 people, includ...

11 Jan 2020

Thousands of Iraqis rally against government, Iran and US

Baghdad, Jan. 10 (PTI/AFP): Thousands of Iraqis rallied across the country on Friday, reviving a months-long protest movement against the government and adding criticisms of both the US and Iran to their chants. The anti-regime demonstrations had bee...

10 Jan 2020

Queen orders workable solutions over Harry-Meghan crisis

London, Jan. 10 (IANS): Queen Elizabeth II has ordered all four royal households of the UK to find “workable solutions” to the crisis with Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle “within days not weeks”, following the announce...

10 Jan 2020

Tensions rise in Gulf as Iran strikes US airbase

Tehran/Baghdad, Jan. 8 (IANS): Tensions in the Middle East reached a new high on Wednesday after Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) said it launched a missile attack on the US airbase of Ain al-Asad in Iraq in retaliation against the d...

08 Jan 2020

Trump puts India in a bind over Iran

New Delhi/Washington, Jan. 4 (IANS): US President Donald Trump’s claim that the slain Iranian military commander and intelligence chief Major General Qassem Soleimani was responsible for terror plots in New Delhi has cornered India that shares a de...

04 Jan 2020

US attack kills Iranian General; Khamenei vows revenge

Washington, Jan. 3 (PTI): The US military killed General Qasem Soleimani, the powerful commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, in a drone strike in Iraq on Friday to protect American personnel abroad, dramatically escalating hostilities between t...

03 Jan 2020

Australia orders evacuation as bushfire worsens

Melbourne, Jan. 2 (PTI): Australian authorities on Thursday declared a state of emergency and forced evacuation of residents, tourists and closure of roads in the bushfire zones in the states of New South Wales and Victoria ahead of Saturday’s fore...

02 Jan 2020

Massive car bomb kills at least 76 in Mogadishu

Mogadishu, Dec. 28 (PTI): A massive car bomb exploded in a busy area of Mogadishu on Saturday, leaving at least 76 people dead, many of them university students, officials said. The blast occurred at a busy intersection southwest of the Somali capita...

28 Dec 2019

Pakistan tight-lipped about its ISIS operatives in Afghanistan

New Delhi, Dec. 28 (IANS): Even as the majority of over 600 ISIS Khorasan operatives, who along with hundreds of their family members surrendered in Afghanistan the previous month, are from Pakistan, the Imran Khan government has remained tight-lippe...

28 Dec 2019

12 killed as plane crashes in Kazakhstan

Almaty, Dec. 27 (PTI/AFP): Twelve people died when a plane carrying 100 passengers and crew crashed shortly after takeoff in Kazakhstan on Friday and collided with a house, but many onboard survived without serious injury. The 23-year-old plane opera...

28 Dec 2019

Iraq Prez ready to quit after rejecting prime minister candidate

Baghdad, Dec. 27 (IANS): Iraqi President Barham Salih said that he was ready to resign after refusing to endorse a candidate of an Iran-backed Parliamentary bloc as Prime Minister. “Since my position about this current candidacy is considered u...

28 Dec 2019

Netanyahu wins in Likud party leadership primary

Jerusalem, Dec. 27 (IANS): Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has secured a landside victory in his ruling Likud party’s leadership primary election by gaining about 72 per cent of the votes, official results revealed on Friday. Netanyah...

28 Dec 2019

Hong Kongers mark half a year of protest with mammoth rally

Hong Kong, Dec. 8 (AFP): Democracy protesters took part in the largest mass rally through Hong Kong’s streets in months on Sunday in a forceful display of support for the movement, with a leading activist warning the city’s pro-Beijing le...

22 Dec 2019

Netanyahu calls for direct PM election

Jerusalem, Dec. 8 (IANS): Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday called for a head-to-head runoff vote between him and his main rival Benny Gantz, as a political stalemate threatens to dissolve Parliament. The Israeli parliament, or Knes...

22 Dec 2019

80 HK teachers arrested over anti-govt. protests

Hong Kong, Dec. 21 (IANS): At least 80 teachers in Hong Kong have been arrested over their involvement in the anti-government protests, while at least four have resigned or were suspended, the city’s Education Minister has revealed. Addressing ...

21 Dec 2019

Brexit coins ordered again for new Jan 2020 deadline

London, Dec. 21 (PTI): The UK government has ordered a new set of commemorative coins to mark the latest Brexit deadline of January 31, 2020 after having to melt down thousands with missed deadlines this year. The Royal Mint had commissioned special ...

21 Dec 2019

Trump says he wants ‘immediate’ impeachment trial

Washington, Dec. 20 (IANS): US President Donald Trump has said that he wants “an immediate trial” in the Senate, after the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives voted to pass two articles of impeachment against him. “So after...

21 Dec 2019