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Saudi Arabia temporarily bans poultry imports from Tennessee over bird flu
DUBAI | Sunday, Mar 26 2017 IST
Saudi Arabia has temporarily banned imports of live birds, hatching eggs and chicks from Tennessee after a form of bird flu that is highly lethal for poultry was found in the US state, the Saudi ministry of agriculture said today. The Tennessee Department ... read..


Military helicopter crashes in Ukraine, crew died
KIEV | Sunday, Mar 26 2017 IST
A small Ukrainian military helicopter crashed in the east of the country today, killing all crew members, Ukraine's defence ministry said. The aircraft, a Soviet-designed Mi-2, crashed near Kramatorsk, the headquarter of Ukrainian government forces that o ... read..


North Korea warns of preemptive attack against U.S., South Korea
Pyongyang [North Korea] | March 26, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
The North Korean military on Sunday warned the United States and South Korea against any attempt to stage a "special operation" to hit its leadership and military installations, including the nuclear arms base. ... read..


Spanish Socialist heavyweight Diaz to run in divisive primaries
By Inmaculada Sanz MADRID | Sunday, Mar 26 2017 IST
An influential regional leader in Spain's Socialist party, Susana Diaz, threw her hat in the ring today to lead the centre-left force before a primary that could hold the key for the country's political stability. Diaz, seen as more amenable to striking d ... read..


Ivory Coast boosts port security over attack threat
ABIDJAN | Sunday, Mar 26 2017 IST
Ivory Coast has ordered an increase of security levels at its ports of Abidjan and San Pedro due to information indicating "probable terrorist attacks" on its national territory, according to a transportation ministry document. The document, which was see ... read..


France's Fillon 'very likely' wiretapped, ally says
PARIS | Sunday, Mar 26 2017 IST
It is \"extremely likely\" that French conservative presidential candidate Francois Fillon has been the subject of wiretapping in the course of a judicial investigation, a campaign aide said today, in the latest accusations to be made by the Fillon camp ... read..


US Republican Meadows says not given up on healthcare overhaul
WASHINGTON | Sunday, Mar 26 2017 IST
US Representative Mark Meadows, chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, said today that he had not given up on reviving a Republican plan to repeal Obamacare before moving on to tax reform. "I fully expect that what we're going to see is not on ... read..


US House Ways and Means Chairman aims to move tax bill through committee in spring
WASHINGTON | Sunday, Mar 26 2017 IST
US House of Representative Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady said he aims to move a tax reform bill through his committee this spring. Brady told Fox News's "Sunday Morning Futures with Maria Bartiromo" that his committee had been working on t ... read..


China stops Australian academic from flying home
Beijing | Sunday, 2017 8:45:05 PM IST
China has prevented an academic critical of its growing influence in Australia from travelling home to Sydney, casting a shadow over Chinese Premier Li Keqiangs state visit to the country. ... read..


UN urges guarantor states to uphold Syria ceasefire
Geneva [Switzerland] | March 26, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
United Nations envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura has sent a letter to the three guarantor states of the Syria cease-fire - Russia, Turkey and Iran - urging them to undertake urgent efforts to uphold the cease-fire regime during the ongoing peace talks in ... read..


Russia 'disappointed' over new U.S. sanctions against eight more companies: Foreign Ministry
Moscow [Russia] | March 26, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
The Russian Foreign Ministry has expressed disappointment over the U.S. authorities' decision to introduce sanctions against eight more Russian companies. ... read..


Trump hits out at Freedom Caucus, conservatives for nixing ObamaCare overhaul
Washington D. C. [USA] | March 26, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday criticized conservative Republicans for nixing the party's ObamaCare overhaul plan, saying, "Democrats are smiling" because the conservatives saved the struggling health care law and Planned Parenthood. ... read..


Laptop ban on planes came after terrorist's plot to put explosives in electronic device
London [UK] | March 26, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
The ban on carrying some selected electronic devices by the passengers in cabins of flights from certain countries in the Middle East and Africa by the United States and United Kingdom was put considering a previously undisclosed terrorists' plot involvin ... read..


Islamic State warns Syrian dam at risk of collapse
BEIRUT | Sunday, Mar 26 2017 IST
Islamic State has warned that the Tabqa dam, which a US-backed Kurdish and Arab militia is trying to capture from the militant group, is at imminent risk of collapse because of airstrikes and increased water levels. It also said in messages carried on its ... read..


Ohio nightclub shooting leaves 1 dead, 14 wounded; shooter at large
By Caleb Hughes CINCINNATI | Sunday, Mar 26 2017 IST
Gunfire erupted inside a packed nightclub in Cincinnati, Ohio, today morning, killing at least one person and injuring 14, and police said they were still looking for the shooter. The motive was unclear, but Cincinnati Assistant Police Chief Paul Neudigat ... read..


Russian police detain opposition leader Navalny at Moscow protest
MOSCOW | Sunday, Mar 26 2017 IST
Russian police detained opposition leader Alexei Navalny in central Moscow today at a rally which Navalny had called to protest against corruption. A Reuters reporter saw police detain Navalny on Moscow's Tverskaya Street and put him in a police truck. Hu ... read..


Egyptian court jails 56 over migrant boat shipwreck -judicial sources
CAIRO | Sunday, Mar 26 2017 IST
An Egyptian court sentenced 56 people to prison today over the capsizing of a migrant boat that left over 200 people dead last year, judicial sources said. The defendants were sentenced to jail terms ranging from seven to 13 years, the sources said, and o ... read..


Teenager gangraped on Facebook Live relocated to safe place (Lead)
New York | Sunday, 2017 5:15:04 PM IST
A 15-year-old girl whose gangrape was streamed live on Facebook, and her family have been relocated to a "safe space", a media report said. ... read..


US-backed Syrian militia makes gains against Islamic State
BEIRUT | Sunday, Mar 26 2017 IST
A Kurdish and Arab Syrian militia backed by the United States has captured the town of Karama as it prepares for an assault on the Islamic State stronghold of Raqqa that it expects to take place in early April, it said today. The Syrian Democratic Forces ... read..


France's Le Pen says euro exit "wouldn't be chaos"
* Says would wait until after German election for euro talks * Says euro bad for French purchasing power | Sunday, Mar 26 2017 IST
French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen sought today to reassure voters concerned over her plans to withdraw the country from the euro zone, saying it "wouldn't be chaos" and she would seek "well-prepared" talks with other European Union countries. Op ... read..


Dozens detained in anti-corruption protests across Russia
VLADIVOSTOK/YEKATERINBURG | Sunday, Mar 26 2017 IST
Several dozen people were detained in protests across Russia today, after the opposition urged people to take to the streets to demonstrate against corruption and demand the resignation of Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. Russian opposition leader Alexei N ... read..


Snap election to test Bulgaria's divided loyalties
* Centre-right GERB party and leftist Socialists neck-and-neck * Socialists pledge to improve ties with Russia * Election likely to result in fragile coalition By Tsvetelia Tsolova and Angel Krasimirov SOFIA | Sunday, Mar 26 2017 IST
Bulgarians were voting in a snap general election today, with the centre-right GERB party challenged for power by Socialists who say they will improve ties with Russia even if it means upsetting the country's European Union partners. Many Bulgarians feel ... read..


Ohio nightclub shooting leaves 1 dead, 14 wounded, police say
Undated | Sunday, Mar 26 2017 IST
Fifteen people were shot, one fatally, at a nightclub in Cincinnati, Ohio, early today, and police said they believed at least two shooters may have been involved. The shooting took place around 1 a.m. when hundreds of people were reported at the Cameo Ni ... read..


Iraqi military says 61 bodies found in collapsed Mosul building
BAGHDAD | Sunday, Mar 26 2017 IST
Iraqi's military said today 61 bodies were recovered from a collapsed building that Islamic State boobytrapped in west Mosul, but there was no sign it had been hit by a coalition strike although a large vehicle bomb was discovered nearby. The military sta ... read..


One killed, at least 14 wounded in Ohio nightclub shooting - police
Undated | Sunday, Mar 26 2017 IST
One person was killed and at least 14 people were wounded in a shooting at a nightclub in Cincinnati, Ohio, early today, police said. The shooting took place at Cameo Night Club, the Cincinnati Police Department said on Twitter. A spokeswoman for the depa ... read..


Cost of wide access to EU single market not yet clear - UK minister
LONDON | Sunday, Mar 26 2017 IST
Interior minister Amber Rudd said today the British government did not yet know what kind of cost there may be for trying to get the "widest possible access" to the European Union's single market. Prime Minister Theresa May will trigger Article 50 of the ... read..


Kansas shooting: Indian-Americans honour Ian Grillot for his heroism with USD 1,00,000 cheque
Houstan [USA] | March 26, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
Ian Grillot, who was injured while trying to intervene during the Kansas shooting incident that killed Indian engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla, was felicitated by Indian-Americans community in Houston. ... read..


N. Korea warns US, S. Korea against targeting leadership
Seoul | Sunday, 2017 4:15:04 PM IST
North Korea on Sunday warned South Korea and the US against any attempt to stage a "special operation" to hit the Pyongyang leadership and military installations, including the nuclear arms base. ... read..


Israel-Gaza border crossing closed
Gaza | Sunday, 2017 4:15:04 PM IST
The Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas on Sunday shut down the only passageway between the Gaza Strip and Israel following the assassination of one of the group's senior commanders. ... read..


Uber suspends self-driving cars after crash (Lead)
Washington | Sunday, 2017 3:45:04 PM IST
US ride-hailing company Uber has suspended its self-driving cars from the roads after one such vehicle crashed in Arizona, the media reported on Sunday. ... read..


$100,000 given to American who tried saving Indians
Washington | Sunday, 2017 3:45:04 PM IST
The Indian American community in Houston has presented $100,000 to Ian Grillot, a 24-year-old American who was shot while trying to save Indian techies Srinivas Kuchibotla and Alok Madasani during a shooting in Kansas. ... read..


U.S.: One killed, 14 injured after gunman opens fire at Ohio nightclub
Cincinnati [United States] | March 26, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
At least one person has reportedly been killed and several others injured after a gunman opened fire at Cameo Night Club in Cincinnati, Ohio, local U.S. media reported. ... read..


Iraqi military says 61 bodies pulled from collapsed Mosul site
BAGHDAD | Sunday, Mar 26 2017 IST
Iraqi's military said today 61 bodies had been recovered from a collapsed building that was boobytrapped by Islamic State in Western Mosul, but there was no sign it had been hit by a coalition strike though a large vehicle bomb was discovered nearby. The ... read..


One killed, at least 14 wounded in Ohio nightclub shooting - CNN
Undated | Sunday, Mar 26 2017 IST
One person was killed and at least 14 people were wounded in a shooting at a nightclub in Cincinnati, Ohio, early today, CNN reported, citing police. The shooting took place at Cameo Night Club, police said. REUTERS JW BD1458 ... read..


Germans in tiny Saarland vote in big test for Merkel
* Vote is first of three German regional elections this year * National election follows in September * Polls show left-leaning alliance could win in Saarland * Saarland could be harbinger of national vote By Paul Carrel and Hakan Erdem BERLIN/SAARBRUECKEN | Sunday, Mar 26 2017 IST
Germans in the small western state of Saarland voted today in a regional election that could deliver an upset to Chancellor Angela Merkel and hurt her prospects of winning a fourth term in September's national election. The election carries significance a ... read..


End-to-end encryption on messaging services is unacceptable-UK minister
LONDON | Sunday, Mar 26 2017 IST
British interior minister Amber Rudd said today end-to-end encryption of messages offered by services like Whatsapp are "completely unacceptable" and there should be no "secret place for terrorists to communicate". Local media have reported that shortly b ... read..


One killed, at least 13 wounded in Ohio nightclub shooting - CNN
Undated | Sunday, Mar 26 2017 IST
One person was killed and at least 13 people were wounded in a shooting at a nightclub in Cincinnati, Ohio, early today, CNN reported, citing police. The shooting took place at Cameo Night Club, police said. REUTERS JW BD1450 ... read..


Stalling Indo-Pak dialogue only helps terrorists: Pak Envoy
Washington [United States] | March 26, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
Pakistan Ambassador to the United States Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry has reiterated that Islamabad wants good relations with India, but every time the dialogue process is halted, it eventually helps the terrorists to have their way. ... read..


One killed in US nightclub shooting
Washington | Sunday, 2017 2:15:04 PM IST
At least one person was killed and 13 others were injured in a shooting early on Sunday at a nightclub in the US, police said. ... read..


NEC, Netcracker contribute to NTT's Network Slice Trial
Tokyo [Japan] | March 26, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
NEC Corporation and Netcracker Technology have announced their participation in a trial with Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT) to realize the "NetroSphere Concept" for developing future communication networks. ... read..


Over 30 injured, houses collapse in UK gas explosion
London | Sunday, 2017 1:45:04 PM IST
More than 30 persons were injured when several houses collapsed in a suspected gas explosion in Britain, the media reported on Sunday. ... read..


'Snapchat' most-searched app on App Store
New York | Sunday, 2017 1:45:04 PM IST
Although Snap's stock price was a bit down this week, Snapchat is the top searched app on the iOS App Store, a media report said. ... read..


Teenager gangraped on Facebook Live relocated to safe place
New York | Sunday, 2017 1:15:04 PM IST
A 15-year-old girl whose gangrape was streamed live on Facebook, and her family have been relocated to a "safe space", a media report said. ... read..


Islamabad's ties with China will not impact partnership with Washington: Pak envoy
Washington [United States] | March 26, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
Pakistan's Ambassador in the United States Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry has said that Islamabad's historic ties with China and its efforts to forge close ties with Russia will not have an adverse effect on its traditional partnership with the United States. ... read..


NEC contributes to INTERPOL's DSC training for cybercrime investigations
Tokyo [Japan] | March 26, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
NEC Corporation has announced its contribution to INTERPOL's Digital Security Challenge (DSC) cybercrime investigation training held at the INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation in Singapore. ... read..


Hong Kong chooses new Beijing-backed leader amid political tension
* Beijing-backed Carrie Lam becomes first female leader of HK * Activists decry China "interference" in leadership race * Political tension roils public | Sunday, Mar 26 2017 IST
A Beijing-backed civil servant, Carrie Lam, was chosen to be Hong Kong's next leader today amid accusations that Beijing is meddling and denying the financial hub a more populist leader perhaps better able to defuse political tension. The majority of the ... read..


Carrie Lam selected as Hong Kong's next leader
HONG KONG | Sunday, Mar 26 2017 IST
Former senior Hong Kong government official Carrie Lam has been elected as the city's next leader by a 1,200-election committee stacked with Beijing loyalists, the Electoral Affairs Commission said today. Most of Hong Kong's 7.3 million voters have no say ... read..


Carrie Lam selected as Hong Kong's next leader - Cable TV
HONG KONG | Sunday, Mar 26 2017 IST
Former senior Hong Kong government official Carrie Lam was today elected the city's next leader by a 1,200-election committee stacked with Beijing loyalists, according to broadcaster Cable TV. Most of Hong Kong's 7.3 million voters have no say in the choi ... read..


Carrie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds lauded at public memorial service
Undated | Sunday, Mar 26 2017 IST
Mother-daughter-mother actresses Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher, who died in December just a day apart, were remembered by fans and friends at a public memorial service in the Hollywood Hills, where they were laid to rest side-by-side in January. Comed ... read..


Chinese authorities block Sydney academic from boarding flight home
By Philip Wen and Peter Gosnell BEIJING/SYDNEY | Sunday, Mar 26 2017 IST
Chinese authorities have blocked an Australia-based academic from boarding a flight home, Australia said today, after what sources said was repeated interrogation over his links to liberal intellectuals in mainland China. The case of long-serving Universi ... read..


Hong Kong chooses new leader amid accusations of China meddling
* 1 | Sunday, Mar 26 2017 IST
A small electoral college began voting for a new Hong Kong leader today amid accusations that Beijing is meddling and denying the Chinese-ruled financial hub a more populist leader perhaps better suited to defuse political tension. The majority of the cit ... read..


Vietnamese detainee dies in Japan's immigration centre - sources
By Minami Funakoshi TOKYO | Sunday, Mar 26 2017 IST
A Vietnamese man held in a Japanese immigration detention centre died, six people told Reuters, drawing fresh attention to conditions in the country's detention system. The man died at the East Japan Immigration Center in Ibaraki prefecture, northeast of ... read..


Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor wins Hong Kong chief executive election
Hong Kong | Sunday, 2017 11:45:04 AM IST
Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor on Sunday won the election of the fifth-term chief executive of China's Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR). ... read..


Rajini cancels Lanka visit: True nature of 'Tamil Nadu' politicians revealed, says Namal Rajapaksa
New Delhi [India] | March 26, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
After superstar Rajinikanth called off his proposed visit to Sri Lanka after facing opposition from Tamil fringe groups, Lankan politician Namal Rajapaksa, who happens to be the son of former president Mahinda Rajapaksa, has expressed his displeasure towa ... read..


Trump aide compares IS militants to cockroaches
Washington | Sunday, 2017 11:15:04 AM IST
US President Donald Trump's counter-terrorism adviser compared Islamic State militants fleeing the Middle East to "cockroaches", vowing to "obliterate" the extremist group, the media reported. ... read..


Trump press official leaving White House: Report
Washington | Sunday, 2017 11:15:04 AM IST
An staffer in the White House press office who had a contentious relationship with television producers, is leaving his job, a media report said. ... read..


Afghanistan: 'High-profile' Al-Qaeda leader Qari Yasin killed in U.S. airstrike
New York [U.S.] | March 26, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
The U.S. Department of Defense has confirmed that a well-known Al-Qaeda terrorist leader, responsible for several attacks in Pakistan, was killed in a U.S. counter-terrorism airstrike conducted in Paktika Province, Afghanistan. ... read..


1 killed in Las Vegas shooting
Las Vegas | Sunday, 2017 9:45:04 AM IST
One person was killed and another was injured in a shooting on a bus in Las Vegas, police said. ... read..


London attacker acted alone: Police
London | Sunday, 2017 9:45:04 AM IST
Terrorist Khalid Masood who killed four persons in an attack at the Westminster Bridge here, acted alone and there is no information suggesting further attacks are planned, police said. ... read..


6 killed, scores injured in blasts in Bangladesh
Dhaka | Sunday, 2017 8:15:04 AM IST
At least six persons, including two police officials, were killed and over 40 were injured in two explosions on Saturday near a militant hideout in Sylhet city, some 240 km from capital Dhaka, local police said. ... read..


Gen. Sharif's appointment as chief of 39-nation military alliance 'approved': Defence Minister Asif
Islamabad [Pakistan] | March 26, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
The Pakistan Government has given its green signal for retired Gen. Raheel Sharif to take charge as head of a 39-nation military alliance of Muslim states. ... read..


U.S. Secretary of State Tillerson to attend rescheduled NATO meeting
Washington D.C. [U.S.A.] | March 26, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) has rescheduled its upcoming foreign-ministers meeting to accommodate Secretary of State Rex Tillerson after he expressed his inability to attend on the original April 5 date, as reported by The Washington Pos ... read..


U.S.-led airstrikes hit ISIS in area where civilian deaths were alleged
London [U.K.] | March 26, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
London [U.K.], Mar. 26: The U.S. military conducted airstrikes at a location in western Mosul more than a week ago where there were allegations of civilian casualties, U.S. Central Command has said. ... read..


Bangalesh to celebrate its Independence Day today
Dhaka [Bangladesh] | March 26, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
The ruling Awami League, which had led the Liberation War that caused Bangladesh to gain freedom from Pakistani occupancy in 1971, is all set to mark the 46th anniversary of the country's independence. ... read..


Trump not alone: Fans rally after blow to health care bill
London [U.K.] | March 26, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
United States President Donald Trump hasn't had the best week as it saw him pulling the disputed health care bill and facing FBI charges of a collusion between his White House campaign and Russia. ... read..


Pak terror groups thriving on crime, money laundering: Report
Islamabad [Pakistan] | March 26, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
A new government report obtained by the Pakistani media has revealed that the major source of funding for terror and extremist groups in the country is crime including extortion, smuggling and kidnapping for ransom. ... read..


European leaders mark 60th anniversary of Treaty of Rome
London [U.K.] | March 26, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
European Union (EU) leaders renewed their vows on the 60th anniversary of the bloc's founding treaties at a special summit in Rome designed to show unity despite Britain's looming split from the union. ... read..


Brexit negotiations on course to fail: European Commission former president
London [U.K.] | March 26, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
Brexit negotiations are on course to fail unless both Britain and the European Union ditch their winner-takes-all approach to the coming talks, the former president of the European commission Jose Manuel Barroso has said. ... read..


Kandahar attack plotted by Taliban on other side of Durand Line: Governor
Kabul [Afghanistan] | March 26, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
Kandahar Governor Humayun Azizi, who recently returned home after treatment of his injuries that he sustained in an attack at a guesthouse in the province, has claimed the aforementioned attack was plotted by the Taliban on the other side of the Durand Li ... read..


Voting for Hong Kong's fifth-term Chief Executive starts
Hong Kong | Sunday, 2017 7:45:04 AM IST
The voting for the fifth-term Chief Executive of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) started on Sunday. ... read..


Morocco's PM forms coalition government
Rabat | Sunday, 2017 6:45:04 AM IST
Morocco's Prime Minister Saadeddine El Othmani said here on Saturday that he had agreed to form a coalition government with five other parties. ... read..


EU leaders celebrate anniversary of Treaty of Rome
Rome | Sunday, 2017 5:45:04 AM IST
The European Union (EU) on Saturday celebrated the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome here amid concerns over challenges. ... read..


Turkey may hold referendum on EU accession process: Erdogan
Ankara | Sunday, 2017 4:45:05 AM IST
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday that Turkey may have a Brexit-style referendum on whether to continue European Union membership process after the April 16 constitutional referendum. ... read..


Thousands take part in London protest to say no to Brexit
London | Sunday, 2017 3:15:04 AM IST
Tens of thousands of European Union supporters gathered in London on Saturday to show their rejection of Brexit and demand a second referendum. ... read..


Trump promises new healthcare plan once Obamacare 'explodes'
Washington | Sunday, 2017 1:45:05 AM IST
US President Donald Trump promised on Saturday to promote a new healthcare plan once former President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act "explodes", a day after the Republican bill to replace that plan was withdrawn before it could be put to the vote by t ... read..


US presidential envoy to attend Arab Summit in Jordan
Amman | Sunday, 2017 1:45:05 AM IST
Jordan's Minister of State for Media Affairs Mohammad Momani said on Saturday that a US presidential envoy will attend the 28th Arab Summit to be hosted in Jordan between March 23 and 29. ... read..


Erdogan says Turkey may hold referendum on EU accession bid
ISTANBUL | Saturday, Mar 25 2017 IST
President Tayyip Erdogan said today that Turkey may hold a second referendum on whether to continue with European Union accession talks following a planned vote on April 16 that could give him sweeping new powers. "Right now we are holding a referendum on ... read..


Bangladesh bomb blasts kills three, scores injured
DHAKA | Saturday, Mar 25 2017 IST
At least three people, including a policeman, were killed and scores wounded in two separate bomb blasts today near a militant hideout that was raided by commandos in northeastern Bangladesh, police said. The explosions in the Sylhet district came a day a ... read..


Kyrgyz police disperse protest over ex-lawmaker's detention
BISHKEK | Saturday, Mar 25 2017 IST
Kyrgyz police used stun grenades today to disperse hundreds of people attending a protest rally against the detention of a former parliamentary deputy and detained dozens of demonstrators. The confrontation underscored growing political tensions in the fo ... read..


UN envoy urges Russia, Iran, Turkey to help uphold Syria ceasefire
GENEVA | Saturday, Mar 25 2017 IST
UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura has written to the foreign ministers of Russia, Turkey and Iran to urge them to "undertake urgent efforts to uphold the ceasefire regime" in Syria and to smooth the way for peace talks, a statement said today. "The Specia ... read..


Trump hosts decorated veterans on 'Medal of Honor Day'
Washington D. C. [USA] | March 25, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
U.S. President Donald Trump invited several decorated veterans to the White House on Friday to celebrate Medal of Honor Day. ... read..


Thousands of anti-Brexit protestors march in London
London [UK] | March 25, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
Thousands of Brexit protestors gathered for Saturday's Unite for Europe protest, which began at London's exclusive Park Lane next to Hyde Park before marching to parliament. ... read..


Bangladesh bomb blast kills one, scores injured
DHAKA | Saturday, Mar 25 2017 IST
At least one person was killed and scores wounded in a bomb blast today near a militant hideout being raided by commandoes in northeastern Bangladesh, police said. The explosion in Sylhet district came just a day after a suicide bomber blew himself up at ... read..


Four Egyptian soldiers killed by explosion in Sinai
CAIRO | Saturday, Mar 25 2017 IST
Four Egyptian soldiers were killed in an explosion that hit their armoured vehicle today in the northern Sinai peninsula, where the government is battling an Islamic State-led insurgency, security sources said. The incident occurred about 20 km (12 miles) ... read..


Chinese court rules in favour of Apple in local design patent disputes
BEIJING | Saturday, Mar 25 2017 IST
A Chinese court has ruled in favour of Apple in design patent disputes between the Cupertino, California company and a domestic phone-maker, overturning a ban on selling iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus phones in China, Xinhua news agency reported. Last May, a ... read..


US, UK electronics ban on Middle East flights takes off
London | Saturday, 2017 9:15:05 PM IST
A ban on laptops and tablets in cabin baggage on flights from Turkey and some countries in the Middle East and North Africa to the US and Britain came into effect on Saturday, the media reported. ... read..


Pak-Afghan border fencing has commenced: Army Chief
Islamabad [Pakistan] | March 25, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
Pakistan Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Saturday said that fencing on the Pak-Afghan border has commenced. ... read..


B'desh: Two killed in blast outside 'militant den'
Dhaka [Bangladesh] | March 25, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
At least two people were killed and 28 others including two policemen and a journalist injured in blasts outside a suspected militant den in Shibbari area of Sylhet city on Saturday evening. ... read..


Central Congo militia decapitates 40 police officers in ambush
KINSHASA | Saturday, Mar 25 2017 IST
Militia fighters in central Democratic Republic of Congo decapitated about 40 police officers in an ambush, local officials saidtoday, the deadliest attack on security forces since an insurrection in the region began last August. The Kamuina Nsapu militan ... read..


Thousands demonstrate in London against leaving the EU
LONDON | Saturday, Mar 25 2017 IST
Thousands of people marched through London today to protest against Britain leaving the European Union, just four days before Prime Minister Theresa May launches the start of the formal divorce process from the bloc it joined 44 years ago. The Unite for E ... read..


London attacker was not lone wolf
London | Saturday, 2017 8:15:04 PM IST
The Westminster attacker Khalid Masood was not a "lone wolf" and others had played a key part in indoctrinating him and helping to carry out deadly attacks in London, a media report said. ... read..


Pak terror groups thriving on crime, money laundering: Report
Islamabad [Pakistan] | March 25, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
A new government report obtained by the Pakistani media has revealed that the major source of funding for terror and extremist groups in the country is crime including extortion, smuggling and kidnapping for ransom. ... read..


Nine killed in equipment collapse at China power plant
Guangzhou [China] | March 25, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
As many as nine people were killed and two others injured after an operation platform collapsed at a power plant in south China's Guangdong Province on Saturday. ... read..


16 killed in Syria airstrikes
Damascus | Saturday, 2017 7:15:04 PM IST
At least 16 civilians were killed and 50 injured in airstrikes on a Syrian town on the outskirts of the country's capital, according to a war monitoring group. ... read..


Ivan Abadzhiev, the "Pope of Weightlifting," dies at 85
SOFIA | Saturday, Mar 25 2017 IST
Former Bulgarian weightlifting coach Ivan Abadzhiev, one of the sport's most successful and prominent figures, has died aged 85, officials said today. Widely known as "The Pope of Weightlifting," Abadzhiev led Bulgaria to 10 Olympic, 57 world and 64 Europ ... read..


Syrian rebels resume evacuation of Homs - governor
BEIRUT | Saturday, Mar 25 2017 IST
Syrian rebels in Homs resumed their evacuation as part of a deal to surrender the city's last insurgent pocket of al-Waer to the government, a senior official and a war monitor said today. Homs Province governor Talal Barazi was cited by city officials in ... read..


EU leaders renew fraying Union's vows on 60th anniversary
* Summit marks 60th birthday of founding Rome Treaty * Heavy security due to protests | Saturday, Mar 25 2017 IST
Europeans must contain their squabbling and carping about the EU if the Union is to survive, leaders warned today as they marked the 60th anniversary of its founding in Rome by signing a formal declaration of unity. Four days before Prime Minister Theresa ... read..


Egyptian court suspends jail sentence against journalists
CAIRO | Saturday, Mar 25 2017 IST
An Egyptian appeals court suspended a jail sentence today against the former head of the journalists' union for harbouring colleagues wanted by authorities and for spreading false news, judicial sources and a lawyer said. Yehia Qalash and two colleagues w ... read..


Legendary Soviet test pilot Mikoyan dies at 94
Moscow | Saturday, Mar 25 2017 IST
Legendary Soviet test pilot and Hero of the Soviet Union Stepan Mikoyan died today at the age of 94, the MiG Aircraft Corporation press office reported. "On March 24, 2016, Hero of the Soviet Union, merited test pilot of the USSR Aviation Lieutenant-Gene ... read..


US Senators push Trump on defence deals with India
Washington | Saturday, 2017 6:15:05 PM IST
Two senators have written letters to the Trump administration to push for the sale of F-16 fighter jets to India as well as to approve a drone sale to the country, a media report said. ... read..


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