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Don't like our rules? Then leave, China newspaper says after journal censored
SHANGHAI | Monday, Aug 21 2017 IST
The censorship in China of hundreds of academic papers from a prominent journal will have little impact because readership is so small, but if Western institutions don't like the way things are done in China they can leave, the state-run Global Times news ... read..


The victor, the spoils? Trump eyes Afghanistan's elusive mineral riches
By James Mackenzie KABUL | Monday, Aug 21 2017 IST
US President Donald Trump is eyeing Afghanistan's mineral wealth to help pay for a 16-year war and reconstruction efforts that have already cost 117 billion dollars. Investors who have studied the country, one of the world's most dangerous, say that is a ... read..


Ten sailors missing from USS John S. McCain after collision
SINGAPORE | Monday, Aug 21 2017 IST
Ten sailors are missing and five injured after a US warship collided with a merchant vessel east of Singapore today, the US Navy said. The US Navy said in an earlier statement the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain was damaged after it collided ... read..


Tens of thousands protest in Hong Kong over jailing of democracy activists
By Venus Wu HONG KONG | Monday, Aug 21 2017 IST
Tens of thousands of people took to the streets of Hong Kong yesterday to protest against the jailing of three young democracy activists, with many questioning the independence of the Chinese-ruled city's judiciary. Joshua Wong, 20, Nathan Law, 24 and Al ... read..


US warship collides with merchant vessel east of Singapore
WASHINGTON | Monday, Aug 21 2017 IST
A US warship was damaged after colliding with a merchant vessel east of Singapore today, the US Navy said. The Navy said in a statement the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain collided with the Alnic MC vessel while "the ship was transiting to a ... read..


Trump to lay out US strategy for Afghanistan on tonight
By Steve Holland and John Walcott BRIDGEWATER | Monday, Aug 21 2017 IST
President Donald Trump will lay out his long-awaited US strategy for the war in Afghanistan in a prime-time television address to the American people on tonight, the White House said yesterday, with a modest increase in US troops possible. A White House ... read..


Sudanese children of Islamic State militants released in Libya
MISRATA | Monday, Aug 21 2017 IST
Four children from Sudan whose parents are believed to have been killed fighting for Islamic State in the Libyan city of Sirte last year were handed over to the Sudanese consul yesterday for return to their country. Sirte was a stronghold for Islamic Stat ... read..


Initial NAFTA talks conclude amid signs schedule could slip
By David Lawder and Anthony Esposito WASHINGTON | Monday, Aug 21 2017 IST
The United States, Canada and Mexico wrapped up their first round of talks to revamp the NAFTA trade pact, vowing to keep up a blistering pace of negotiations that some involved in the process said may be too fast to bridge deep differences. In a joint ... read..


Millions of Americans await awe-inspiring total solar eclipse
By Steve Gorman and Irene Klotz SALMON | Monday, Aug 21 2017 IST
Millions of Americans armed with protective glasses are taking positions along a slender ribbon of land cutting diagonally across the United States to marvel at the first total solar eclipse to unfold from coast to coast in nearly a century. After weeks o ... read..


New Zealand opposition leader embroiled in second sexism row
By Charlotte Greenfield WELLINGTON | Monday, Aug 21 2017 IST
New Zealand's new opposition leader Jacinda Ardern is at the centre of a second sexism row not even a month after taking the reins of the Labour Party and almost single-handedly reigniting its chances at a national election in September. A minority party ... read..


No oil pollution reported after US warship, tanker collide off Singapore
SINGAPORE | Monday, Aug 21 2017 IST
No oil spill was reported after a collision between a US guided-missile destroyer and a merchant vessel in Singapore waters, authorities in the city-state said today. Ten sailors from the USS John S. McCain were missing after the collision with the oil ta ... read..


Trump to present vision for US strategy in Afghanistan war
By Steve Holland and John Walcott WASHINGTON | Monday, Aug 21 2017 IST
It will be President Donald Trump's turn today to address a problem that vexed his two predecessors when he details his strategy for the war in Afghanistan, America's longest military conflict. In a prime-time speech to the nation, Trump may announce a mo ... read..


Myanmar men appeal against death sentences over British murders in Thailand
BANGKOK | Monday, Aug 21 2017 IST
Two men from Myanmar convicted of killing two British backpackers on a Thai holiday island in 2014 submitted their final appeal today against the death sentence. The murder of tourists Hannah Witheridge, 23, and David Miller, 24, sent shockwaves around Th ... read..


US, S Korea begin computer-simulated drills amid N Korea tensions
* US-S Korea computer-simulated military drills to begin Monday * S Korean leader says annual drills are defensive in nature * Tensions remain over North's nuclear | Monday, Aug 21 2017 IST
South Korean and US forces began computer-simulated military exercises today amid tensions over North Korea's missile and nuclear programmes, amid reports that Pyongyang has generated at least 270 million dollars since February despite UN sanctions. South ... read..


Australian citizenship crisis erodes support for government
By Colin Packham SYDNEY | Monday, Aug 21 2017 IST
Australia's government hit a six-month low in a widely-watched opinion poll today, with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's one-seat majority in jeopardy over a citizenship crisis which could see three cabinet ministers thrown out of parliament. Australia's ... read..


Ten sailors missing after US warship collides with tanker near Singapore
* USS John S McCain collides with Alnic MC near Strait of Malacca * Ten US sailors missing | Monday, Aug 21 2017 IST
Ten sailors are missing after a US warship collided with an oil tanker east of Singapore today, the US Navy said, the second accident involving US Navy destroyers in Asian waters in little more than two months. The guided-missile destroyer USS John S McCa ... read..


Oil tanker hit by US warship laden with fuel oil; no spill
SINGAPORE | Monday, Aug 21 2017 IST
An oil tanker involved in a collision with a U.S. warship to the east of Singapore early today was carrying nearly 12,000 tonnes of fuel oil, but there was no oil spill, a crew member told Reuters via phone. "We are carrying 11,987 tonnes of fuel oil. The ... read..


S Korea's Moon says military exercises with US not meant to raise tensions
SEOUL | Monday, Aug 21 2017 IST
South Korean President Moon Jae-in said today joint military exercises starting with US forces are purely of a defensive nature and do not aim to raise tensions on the Korean peninsula. South Korean and US forces will conduct military exercises from Monda ... read..


Taliban and IS attacks in Afghanistan claimed 36 lives between August 3 & 5
Kabul | Monday, Aug 21 2017 IST
At least 36 people, including civilians, were killed by Taliban and Islamic State (IS) attacks in Mirza Olang district of Sari Pul province between August 3 and 5, United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has said. "UNAMA verified allega ... read..


Three killed in Switzerland tourist plane crash
Geneva | Monday, Aug 21 2017 IST
Three people were killed when their small tourist aircraft crashed near the Sanetsch mountain pass in Switzerland. The plane caught fire after the crash. While the skies were clear at the time, there was some wind, but the real cause of the accident remai ... read..


Protest in Hong Kong against jailing of pro-democracy leaders
Hong Kong | Monday, 2017 10:45:04 AM IST
Thousands of people took to the streets of Hong Kong to protest against the jailing of three pro-democracy leaders for their involvement in the 2014 anti-government occupation known as the umbrella movement, the media reported. ... read..


Ahead of Trump's Afghan policy, Commander of U.S. forces in Kabul says winning war is critical
Kabul [Afghanistan] | August 21, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
The commander of United States and the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) forces in Afghanistan, General John Nicholson, has said that winning the war in Afghanistan is critical both for the county and for the entire world. ... read..


PLA conducts military drills amid Doklam tensions
Beijing [China] | August 21, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
The People's Liberation Army's Western Theatre Command has conducted military exercises involving armoured forces and aviation units amid the military standoff with Indian troops at Doklam, near the Sikkim-Tibet-Bhutan trijunction. ... read..


S.Korea, US begin annual military drills
Seoul | Monday, 2017 10:15:04 AM IST
The South Korean and US militaries on Monday began their first major annual military exercise amid threats from North Korea. ... read..


Coolpad Cool Play 6 smartphone to be available online from Sep 4
Dubai | Monday, 2017 9:45:04 AM IST
The 6GB RAM Coolpad Cool Play 6 smartphone launched for the Indian market at Rs 14,999 will be available exclusively on Amazon from September 4, the company has said. ... read..


10 US sailors missing after destroyer collision (Lead)
Singapore | Monday, 2017 9:15:05 AM IST
Guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain collided with a merchant vessel near here on Monday leaving 10 Navy sailors missing and five injured, a statement said. ... read..


U S Terror listed person to contest Nawaz Sharif's National Assembly seat in Pakistan
Lahore [Pakistan] | August 21, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
Global terrorists hiding in Pakistan are making an easy foray into country's mainstream politics. ... read..


Warship Collision: 10 sailors missing, five injured, confirms US Navy
Washington [USA] | August 21, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
At least ten US sailors were missing and five injured after the US Navy guided-missile destroyer USS John S McCain on Monday collided with a merchant vessel in Alnic MC in waters east of Singapore and the Straits of Malacca, reports CNN quoting US Navy. ... read..


US destroyer collides with merchant ship near Strait of Malacca
Singapore | Monday, 2017 7:15:04 AM IST
The guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain collided with the merchant vessel Alnic MC near the east of Singapore and the Straits of Malacca on Monday morning. ... read..


Relations with Trump more important than condemning Nazis: Israel's communications minister
Jerusalem [Israel] | August 21, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
Israel's communications minister Ayoub Kara has said that the government must condemn Nazism, but that the country's bond with U.S. President Donald Trump is more important. ... read..


US destroyer collides with merchant vessel near Singapore
Washington [USA] | August 21, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
The US Navy guided-missile destroyer USS John S McCain on Monday collided with a merchant ship Alnic MC in waters east of Singapore and the Straits of Malacca. ... read..


Trump to unveil new Afghanistan strategy on Monday night
Washington | Monday, 2017 6:45:04 AM IST
The White House said on Sunday that US President Donald Trump would address the nation on his Afghanistan strategy on Monday night. ... read..


Nepal Parliament divides during deliberation over amendment bill
Kathmandu [Nepal] | August 21, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
The deliberation over the amendment, set to be presented on Monday for voting, has divided the Nepal Parliament into twofactions. ... read..


President Trump has made military strategy decision on Afghanistan, confirms Defence Secy
Washington [US] | August 21, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
United States Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has confirmed that a decision has been made on a military strategy in Afghanistan. ... read..


Three labourers found dead in Balochistan
Balochistan [Pakistan] | August 21, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
Three labourers from Pakistan's Punjab area, Rahim Yar Khan have been found dead in Balochistan's Kech district. ... read..


Trump administration to disband advisory panel on climate change
Washington [USA] | August 21, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
The administration of United States President Donald Trump has decided to disband a federal advisory panel on climate change, a move advocating that White House does not give a stern heed to the climate change. ... read..


Trump brands news media 'worst', 'fake' post working vacation
Washington [USA] | August 21, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
United States President Donald Trump on Monday branded the news media as 'fake', 'worst' and the 'most dishonest' one, ahead of his return to Washington after a 17-day working vacation. ... read..


President Trump will address nation on Afghanistan, South Asia: White House
Washington D.C. [U.S.A.] | August 21, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
The White House has announced that U.S. President Donald Trump will address the nation on Monday night in a primetime address on his plans for Afghanistan and South Asia. ... read..


British Royal Navy warships seize drugs worth $515 million
London | Monday, 2017 5:45:04 AM IST
Britain's Royal Navy sailors have completed a five-month drug-smuggling operation in the Gulf region and Indian Ocean during which narcotics worth $515 million were captured, the Ministry of Defense announced on Sunday. ... read..


Tourist plane crash in Switzerland kills three
Geneva | Monday, 2017 4:15:04 AM IST
A small tourist plane crashed in Switzerland on Sunday, killing all the three people on board, police said. ... read..


Lebanese army advances in battle against IS
Beirut | Monday, 2017 2:45:04 AM IST
The Lebanese Army's "Dawn of the Outskirts" offensive entered its second day on Sunday as it advanced on positions held by Islamic State (IS) terrorists in two towns. ... read..


'China won't share hydrological data until India withdraws from Doklam'
Beijing | Sunday, 2017 11:45:04 PM IST
China will not share hydrological data with India until it withdraws its troops from Doklam, an expert at a Chinese think tank has said. ... read..


Death sentence for 10 over attempt to kill B'desh PM Hasina
Dhaka [Bangladesh] | August 20, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
Ten persons were awarded death penalty by a Dhaka court in a case filed over the attempted murder of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina 17 years ago. ... read..


NAB summons ex-PM Sharif, family members to appear on Sunday
Lahore [Pakistan] | August 20, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
Pakistan's top graft organisation National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has summoned deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his family to appear before it in Lahore on Sunday in a reference related to the Sharifs' Avenfield properties. ... read..


Will 'hurt' party if reason for not joining federal cabinet is disclosed: Former Pak interior minister
Karachi [Pakistan] | August 20, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
Former Pakistan interior minister Nisar Ali Khan on Sunday said it would "hurt" the ruling party, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), if he discloses the reason for not being a part of the federal cabinet. ... read..


Pilot killed as helicopter crashes while fighting Portugal blaze
LISBON | Sunday, Aug 20 2017 IST
A light helicopter that was taking part in firefighting efforts in northern Portugal crashed and exploded today, killing its pilot and further raising the death toll from the country's deadliest summer of wildfires, officials said. "The helicopter hit hig ... read..


British-Australian 7-year-old among dead in Barcelona attack
MADRID/LONDON | Sunday, Aug 20 2017 IST
A seven-year-old British-Australian boy was among the 13 people killed when a van driven by a suspected Islamist militant mowed down pedestrians in Barcelona on Thursday, emergency services in the northeastern Spanish region said today. The boy, named as ... read..


Vietnam's president calls for tougher internet controls
HANOI | Sunday, Aug 20 2017 IST
Vietnam's president called today for tougher controls on the internet in the face of dissidents who are using it to criticise the ruling Communist Party, and to combat threats to cybersecurity. Vietnam's government has stepped up a crackdown on activists ... read..


Iraqi forces recapture 3 IS-held villages in Tel Afar (Lead)
Erbil (Iraq) | Sunday, 2017 10:15:04 PM IST
The Iraqi federal police has recaptured three villages in the west of Tel Afar from the Islamic State terror organisation as an offensive that was launched on Sunday began to deliver results. ... read..


Copter combating forest fire crashes in Portugal
Lisbon | Sunday, 2017 10:15:04 PM IST
A helicopter combating forest fires in Portugal crashed on Sunday and the pilot was most likely killed, media reports said. ... read..


Missing British boy confirmed dead in Barcelona attack
Barcelona | Sunday, 2017 9:45:04 PM IST
The body of a seven-year-old boy with dual British-Australian nationality, who had been missing since the terror attacks, has been identified by his father, Spanish authorities said on Sunday. ... read..


Monkey-faced piglet born in Cuba
Havana | Sunday, 2017 9:15:05 PM IST
A dark-skinned piglet with a face similar to that of a monkey was born last week in a town in western Cuba, state media reported. ... read..


Qatar files complaint over Saudi threat to passenger flights
Doha | Sunday, 2017 7:45:04 PM IST
Qatar has filed a complaint with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) against Saudi Arabia's threat of shooting down Qatari passenger flights, the media reported on Sunday. ... read..


Spain mourns terror victims as manhunt continues (Lead)
Barcelona | Sunday, 2017 7:45:04 PM IST
Spain held a solemn religious ceremony attended by heads of state and government in Barcelona's monumental Sagrada Familia basilica on Sunday to mourn the 14 persons killed in two terror attacks in the wealthy northeastern region of Catalonia. ... read..


RJP-Nepal to participate in local polls
Dhanusa [Nepal] | August 20, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
Nepal's agitating party Rastriya Janata Party- Nepal (RJP-N), which has been demanding a constitutional amendment for long, will participate in the third round of local-level elections. ... read..


Koktebel Jazz Party opens with music from New Orleans
Koktebel (Crimea) | Sunday, 2017 6:15:04 PM IST
The unexpected heavy rain that resulted in Koktabel Jazz Party being postponed by a day was replaced by a splendid moderate weather by the shores of the Black Sea here as musicians from various countries took to the stage to enthrall the audience. ... read..


Ousted Pak PM Sharif to leave for London on Aug 24
Islamabad [Pakistan] | August 20, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
Former Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif will leave for his first London trip after his removal from power by the country's Supreme Court in Panama case. ... read..


Personal details of 2mn Chicago voters exposed online
New York | Sunday, 2017 5:15:04 PM IST
Personal information, including names, addresses, and dates of birth, of nearly two million registered voters in Chicago was leaked online on an Amazon cloud-computing server, officials said. ... read..


South African Minister resigns over women assault claims
Pretoria [South Africa] | August 20, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
South African Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Training Mduduzi Manana has resigned amid claims that he physically assaulted two women after an argument at a Johannesburg nightclub last weekend. ... read..


Stories with human characters influence children more
New York | Sunday, 2017 4:45:04 PM IST
Children learn moral lessons more effectively from stories with human characters than with "cute" human-like animals, a new study has revealed. ... read..


N.Korea slams Seoul-Washington joint drill
Pyongyang | Sunday, 2017 4:15:04 PM IST
North Korea on Sunday slammed the upcoming joint US-South Korea military exercise as an act of "adding fuel to the fire" on the tense situation on the Korean Peninsula. ... read..


Hate crime rampant in US: Google's AI-based site
San Francisco | Sunday, 2017 4:15:04 PM IST
Violence that erupted at a white supremacist rally in Virginia may have shocked many but hate crime is actually rampant in the US, Google's new website using artificial intelligence (AI) to track hate crime has revealed. ... read..


Aussie PM's strategy to protect crowded places from terror
Canberra | Sunday, 2017 3:45:04 PM IST
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Sunday released details of the "strategy for protecting crowded places" to stay one step ahead of the ever-changing threat of global terrorism. ... read..


Large wildfire burns in Greenland for two weeks
Nuuk (Greenland) | Sunday, 2017 3:45:04 PM IST
A huge wildfire has been burning in Greenland for two weeks now, the media reported on Sunday. ... read..


Indian-origin boy wins UK Child Genius show
London | Sunday, 2017 3:45:04 PM IST
An 12-year-old Indian-origin boy from north London has won the Child Genius show broadcast by UK's Channel 4, the media reported on Sunday. ... read..


New Zealand opposition leader launches campaign for 'brave' tackling of inequality
WELLINGTON | Sunday, Aug 20 2017 IST
New Zealand's 37-year-old opposition leader, Jacinda Ardern, officially launched her election campaign today, pledging her government would be "bold", "brave" and tackle rising inequality should it win next month's election. Ardern is riding a surge in th ... read..


Barcelona attack: Royals to attend special Mass for victims
Madrid | Sunday, 2017 3:15:04 PM IST
Spain's King Felipe and Queen Letizia will attend a special Mass at Barcelona's Sagrada Familia church to mourn the 14 people killed in vehicle attacks, the media reported. ... read..


Govt. will not hold back media under any circumstances: Nepal PM
Kathmandu [Nepal] | August 20, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
Nepal Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba has said that his government will not hold back media under any circumstances. ... read..


Nawaz refrains Hamza from campaigning for Kulsoom
Lahore [Pakistan] | August 20, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
Differences have emerged in Nawaz Sharif's extended family as the founder of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has refrained his nephew Hamza Shahbaz to participate in the campaigning process of NA-120 by-elections, from where his wife Kulsoom Nawaz wi ... read..


Wreckage of US warship found after 72 years
Washington | Sunday, 2017 2:45:04 PM IST
The wreckage of a lost US warship has been found 72 years after a Japanese submarine torpedoed it towards the end of World War II, the media reported on Sunday. ... read..


Comedian, civil rights activist Dick Gregory dies at 84
By Alex Dobuzinskis Undated | Sunday, Aug 20 2017 IST
Dick Gregory, a comedian who lambasted racism and played a prominent role in the 1960s civil rights movement after becoming one of the first black comics to perform for white audiences, died at age 84, his son has said. "It is with enormous sadness that t ... read..


Devolution gives Kenyans a taste of power as they vote governors out
* Kenyans voted out 25 of 47 county governors * Anti-corruption campaigners see progress * New constitution devolves to counties By Katharine Houreld NAIROBI | Sunday, Aug 20 2017 IST
As disputes raged over the presidential results from Kenya's election last week, a little-noticed democratic revolution blossomed in the layer of government directly underneath. Kenyans sent home 25 out of 47 county governors, upholding a strong anti-incu ... read..


Four killed in explosion at a South Korean shipyard
SEOUL | Sunday, Aug 20 2017 IST
An explosion at a shipyard in South Korea owned by STX Offshore and Shipbuilding killed four workers today, the country's fire department said. The department did not give the cause of the blast. Korean media reports said a tank exploded in a ship under c ... read..


Malaysia apologises to Indonesia over flag blunder at regional games
KUALA LUMPUR/JAKARTA | Sunday, Aug 20 2017 IST
Malaysia has apologised to Indonesia over the upside down printing of the Indonesian flag in a souvenir guidebook handed out at the opening of the Southeast Asian Games. The mistake, spotted at the opening of the games in the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lump ... read..


WWII warship USS Indianapolis wreckage found 18,000 feet below Pacific surface
New York [U.S.] | August 20, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
The wreckage of the Second World War cruiser USS Indianapolis has been found 18,000 feet below the surface of the Pacific Ocean, seven decades after it was torpedoed by the Imperial Japanese Navy submarine. ... read..


Boston Rally: 33 Arrested as thousands show up in protest of Charlottesville violence
Boston [U.S.A] | August 20, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
As many as 33 left-wing counter protesters were arrested as clashes erupted when thousands took to the streets in Boston to protest a right-wing 'Free Speech' rally one week after racially motivated protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, turned deadly. ... read..


Japan preparing for 'cyberspace war':North Korea
Beijing [China] | August 20, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
North Korea has accused Japan of building a cyberspace attack force in its military for attacking the computer systems of rival countries, under the pretext of self-defense. ... read..


Twitter trolls Trump on 'heel'
New York | Sunday, 2017 12:15:04 PM IST
US President Donald Trump's "covfefe" nightmare recurred when he commented on the anti-fascist protest rally, saying the country will "heel" instead of "heal". ... read..


Iraq forces launch fresh offensive to retake Tal Afar from ISIS
Baghdad [Iraq] | August 20, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Sunday announced the launch of a ground offensive by Iraqi forces to retake town of Tal Afar , a key Northern Iraqi bastion of the ISIS. ... read..


Iraq launches offensive to retake Tal Afar
Baghdad | Sunday, 2017 11:45:04 AM IST
Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi on Sunday announced the launch of a military offensive to recover the Tal Afar city from the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group. ... read..


Facebook community rescues woman from swimming pool
New York | Sunday, 2017 11:45:04 AM IST
A US woman stuck in a swimming pool was rescued by a Facebook group after she asked for help on the social media platform last week. ... read..


Fake news needs the competition: Trump to Bannon
Washington | Sunday, 2017 11:45:04 AM IST
US President Donald Trump wished his former chief strategist Steve Bannon well upon his return to the far-right Breitbart News website, tweeting "Fake News needs the competition", the media reported. ... read..


Australian men charged with terrorism over mosque fires
By Joseph Hinchliffe MELBOURNE | Sunday, Aug 20 2017 IST
Australian police have charged three men with committing terrorist acts on suspicion of starting fires at a Shiite Muslim mosque in Melbourne last year, inspired by Islamic State and intending to divide the Muslim community. Two of the men are already in ... read..


Iraqi forces start offensive to take back IS-held city of Tal Afar
BAGHDAD | Sunday, Aug 20 2017 IST
Iraqi security forces launched today an offensive to take back the city of Tal Afar, their next objective in the US-backed campaign to defeat Islamic State militants, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said. "You either surrender, or die," Abadi said in a te ... read..


US warship Indianapolis found 18,000 feet deep in Pacific Ocean
Undated | Sunday, Aug 20 2017 IST
Researchers have found the wreckage of the US warship Indianapolis, which was sunk by a Japanese torpedo in the final days of World War Two, more than 18,000 feet (5.5 kilometers) below the surface of the Pacific Ocean, the Navy said. The cruiser was ret ... read..


UK to release tranche of Brexit position papers
LONDON | Sunday, Aug 20 2017 IST
Britain will issue a cluster of new papers this week to outline its strategy positions in divorce talks with the European Union, ranging from regulation of goods to data protection, the UK's Brexit department said today. Prime Minister Theresa May's gove ... read..


Spain hunts for driver in van rampage, says Islamist cell dismantled
By Angus Berwick and Andrs Gonzlez RIPOLL/BARCELONA | Sunday, Aug 20 2017 IST
Police were searching today for the driver of a van that killed 13 people when it ploughed into a crowd in Barcelona and were trying to determine whether two other suspected Islamist militants linked to the attack had died or were at large. The Spanish g ... read..


Palestinian foreign minister welcomes Egypt's warmer ties with Hamas
(Rpting correcting date) CAIRO | Sunday, Aug 20 2017 IST
Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad Al-Maliki welcomed Egypt's closer ties with Hamas, calling on the Islamist group to bring an end to the rift between the Palestinian factions. Speaking at a joint press conference with his Jordanian and Egyptian counterp ... read..


Australian PM urges developers to design protection from vehicle attacks
By Joseph Hinchliffe Melbourne | Sunday, Aug 20 2017 IST
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull called today for developers to incorporate safety features into their projects to prevent militant attacks with vehicles and other weapons as he announced new plans to protect the public. Turnbull unveiled Austra ... read..


Comedian Dick Gregory, active in US civil rights movement, dies at age 84
Undated | Sunday, Aug 20 2017 IST
Comedian Dick Gregory, who took an active role in the civil rights movement in the United States in the 1960s, has died at age 84, his son has said on social media. "It is with enormous sadness that the Gregory family confirms that their father, comedic l ... read..


S. African minister resigns after assaulting woman
Pretoria | Sunday, 2017 11:15:04 AM IST
South African Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Training Mduduzi Manana has resigned after allegations that he beat a woman at a Johannesburg nightclub last weekend, media reported on Sunday. ... read..


Trump to skip annual Kennedy Centre Honours
Washington | Sunday, 2017 11:15:04 AM IST
US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump will not attend the annual Kennedy Centre Honours in December, the White House has announced. ... read..


Neo-Nazis march in Berlin
Berlin | Sunday, 2017 10:45:04 AM IST
Neo-Nazis marched in the streets of the German capital to mark the 30th anniversary of the death of Rudolf Hess, Adolf Hitler's deputy, US, the media reported. ... read..


Miami: Mall in lockdown amid reports of 'active shooter'
New York [U.S.] | August 20, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
The Dolphin Mall in Florida, United States has been on lockdown after reports of an active shooter. ... read..


Imran Khan opposes fencing of Durand Line, favours European style ties with Afghanistan
Lahore [Pakistan] | August 20, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf Chief Imran Khan has opposed the fencing along the disputed 2,500km Durand Line with Afghanistan and favoured having an open border between the two neighbours like European Union type of relationship. ... read..


Gilgit locals continue to vehemently oppose land grabbing by Pak ISI
Gilgit [POK] | August 20, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
Residents of Gilgit in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK), took to the streets to protest against thousands of acres of land worth billions being illegally acquired by the Pakistan army and the Pakistani government in their region. ... read..


Venezuela invites regional governments for high-level talks
Caracas | Sunday, 2017 10:15:04 AM IST
Venezuela has invited governments from across the Americas that have taken a position on its political processes to gather for high-level talks. ... read..


US approves $500 mn grant for Nepal
Kathmandu [Nepal] | August 20, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
United States will be granting an assistance of USD 500 million to Nepal as the board of the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), an independent US government agency, has approved the proposal to extend financial support to the country. ... read..


Five PKK terrorists killed in Turkey
Ankara [Turkey] | August 20, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
Turkey security forces have killed at least five PKK terrorists in eastern and southeastern Turkey. ... read..


We will 'heel' and be stronger: Trump roasted for embarrassing typo-filled tweets
New York [U.S.] | August 20, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
It took U.S. President Donald Trump a whopping three tries to correctly spell a particularly innocuous word in a set of tweets, which has now resulted in the world tapping into their creative juices and generating humor from the snafus. ... read..


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