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155 killed in Egypt mosque attack (Lead)
Cairo | Friday, 2017 7:45:04 PM IST
At least 155 people were killed in a bomb attack on a mosque in Egypt's Sinai peninsula on Friday, Egyptian state media reported. ... read..


US Navy calls off search for 3 missing sailors
Tokyo | Friday, 2017 7:15:04 PM IST
The US Navy on Friday called off its search for three sailors missing since two days when a transport plane crashed in the Pacific Ocean on its way to the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier. ... read..


Rajnath Singh to embark on 4-day visit to Russia
New Delhi [India] | November 24, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh will embark on a four-day visit to Russia from November 26. ... read..


50 killed, 150 wounded in Egypt mosque attack
Cairo [Egypt] | November 24, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
At least 50 people were killed and 150 others injured on Friday after terrorists stormed a packed mosque in the Bir al-Abd region of north Sinai, said the local media reports. ... read..


54 killed in Egypt mosque attack
Cairo | Friday, 2017 6:45:04 PM IST
At least 54 people were killed in a bomb attack on a mosque in Egypt's Sinai peninsula on Friday, Egyptian state media reported. ... read..


Saudi crown prince calls Iran's supreme leader 'new Hitler'
Riyadh | Friday, 2017 6:45:04 PM IST
Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has called Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei as the "new Hitler of the Middle East" amid heightened tensions between the two countries. ... read..


Three UN peacekeepers, one Malian soldier killed in joint operation
BAMAKO | Friday, Nov 24 2017 IST
Three United Nations peacekeepers and one Malian soldier were killed and several others were wounded on Friday in an attack by unidentified assailants in northeastern Mali, the U.N. mission there said. The mission (MINUSMA) said the soldiers came under fi ... read..


Japanese politician brings baby to assembly
Tokyo | Friday, 2017 6:15:04 PM IST
A Japanese politician created a stir by bringing her baby to a municipal council session. ... read..


Mumbai assault accused Saeed calls Sharif traitor
Islamabad | Friday, Nov 24 2017 IST
Hafiz Saeed, a firebrand Pakistani militant accused of masterminding a bloody 2008 assault in Mumbai of India having $10-miilion US bounty on his head, on Friday termed the ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif a "traitor" for seeking peace with neighbour an ... read..


Three U.N. peacekeepers, one Malian soldier killed during joint operation
BAMAKO | Friday, Nov 24 2017 IST
Three United Nations peacekeepers and one Malian soldier were killed and several others were wounded on Friday in an attack by unidentified assailants in northeastern Mali, the U.N. mission there said in a statement. The mission said the soldiers came und ... read..


South Sudan cannot issue passports after failing to pay tech fees
NAIROBI | Friday, Nov 24 2017 IST
Cash-strapped South Sudan can no longer issue passports after its German technology provider shut down its system because the country failed to pay its bills, the government has said. South Sudan's economy has been ruined by a civil war, now in its fourth ... read..


Merkel, SPD leader to meet German president jointly next week-Bild
BERLIN | Friday, Nov 24 2017 IST
German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier wants to hold a joint meeting with Chancellor Angela Merkel and the leader of the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) next week, mass-selling Bild newspaper reported on Friday, citing presidential sources. Bild said ... read..


Ireland trying to force NIreland to stay in customs union after Brexit- DUP
LONDON | Friday, Nov 24 2017 IST
Ireland is trying to force the United Kingdom, or at least Northern Ireland, to remain in the customs union after Brexit as it suits their national interest, the deputy leader of the province's Democratic Unionist Party said on Friday. "Their real aim is ... read..


Russia and Japan agree to speed up work on economic cooperation on disputed islands
MOSCOW | Friday, Nov 24 2017 IST
Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono said on Friday he agreed with his Russian counterpart to speed up work on economic cooperation on disputed islands in the Pacific, and on easing travel restrictions to the islands. His Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov ... read..


China says it will make efforts on Syria reconstruction
BEIJING | Friday, Nov 24 2017 IST
China hopes Syria can show "flexibility" in promoting peace talks, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Friday in a meeting with an adviser to Syria's president, adding that China would help with its reconstruction. Syria's six-year-old civil war has ... read..


Afghan air strike kills about 20 Taliban at religious school - officials
KABUL | Friday, Nov 24 2017 IST
A rocket attack on an Afghan religious school killed about 20 Taliban insurgents exchanging fire with security forces, officials said on Friday, adding that no children were among the victims. The insurgents had taken shelter at the school compound in the ... read..


In western Moscow, Putin allies lose an election but cling to power
MOSCOW | Friday, Nov 24 2017 IST
More than 10 weeks after losing a local council election in western Moscow, Vladimir Putin's party is clinging to power there - by fair means or foul. The standoff over control of Filyovsky Park Council came to a head when opposition councillor Vadim Kor ... read..


Philippines' Duterte ditches peace process with Maoist rebels
MANILA | Friday, Nov 24 2017 IST
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Friday he has terminated intermittent peace talks with Maoist-led rebels and would consider them "terrorists" because hostilities had continued during negotiations. Ending the nearly half-century long conflict ... read..


Mnangagwa, the "Crocodile," sworn in as Zimbabwe president
HARARE | Friday, Nov 24 2017 IST
Emmerson Mnangagwa was sworn in on Friday as President of Zimbabwe in front of thousands of cheering supporters at Harare's national stadium, bringing the final curtain down on the 37-year rule of Robert Mugabe. Taking his oath of office, the 75-year-old ... read..


Former Nigerian VP, leading ally of president, quits ruling party
ABUJA | Friday, Nov 24 2017 IST
Nigerian former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, a leading ally of President Muhammadu Buhari, quit the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) party on Friday, he said in a statement, a blow to government unity ahead of elections in early 2019. Abubakar sa ... read..


UN Environment awards for late minister, CSE official
New Delhi | Friday, 2017 5:15:05 PM IST
Late Union Environment Minister Anil Dave and Centre for Science and Environment's (CSE) Deputy Director Chandra Bhushan have been conferred with awards by the United Nations Environment. ... read..


Zimbabwe's ex-VP Mnangagwa sworn in as President
Harare [Zimbabwe] | November 24, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
Zimbabwe's former vice-president Emmerson Mnangagwa was sworn-in as the president of the country, on Friday, thus beginning a new era for the long-troubled nation. ... read..


Rohingya repatriation to begin in 2 mths: B'desh
Dhaka [Bangladesh] | November 24, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
The Bangladesh Foreign Ministry has said that the Rohingya repatriation process will "commence within two months". ... read..


Looking forward to next chapter in strengthening India-US relations: Ambassador
New Delhi | Friday, 2017 4:45:04 PM IST
The new US Ambassador to India, Kenneth I. Juster, has said that he looks forward to the next chapter in strengthening of relations between the two countries. ... read..


Emmerson Mnangagwa sworn in as Zimbabwe President (Lead)
Harare | Friday, 2017 4:45:04 PM IST
Emmerson Mnangagwa was sworn in as Zimbabwe's new President on Friday in a ceremony at a packed stadium here, marking the end of Robert Mugabe's 37-year reign. ... read..


Nepal to build Budhi Gandaki hyd-pro with own investment
Kathmandu | Friday, Nov 24 2017 IST
Deputy Prime Minister and Energy Minister Kamal Thapa on Friday said the government would construct the Budhi Gandaki Hydropower project with domestic investment. A Cabinet meeting on Friday made the decision to build the storage type project under En ... read..


NK reportedly fortifies border after soldier's defection
Seoul | Friday, Nov 24 2017 IST
After a North Korean soldier defected to South Korea last week, North Korea has reportedly replaced guards and fortified a section of its border, while South Korean and US soldiers have been decorated for their role in his rescue, the ABC News reported. ... read..


Pak releases 26/11 assault accused Saeed from house arrest
Islamabad | Friday, Nov 24 2017 IST
Hafiz Saeed, a firebrand Pakistani militant accused of masterminding a bloody 2008 assault in Mumbai of India having $10-miilion US bounty on his head, was released from house arrest on Friday. Saeed claimed that his freedom was vindication of his denial ... read..


Irish government fighting for survival ahead of key EU summit
DUBLIN | Friday, Nov 24 2017 IST
Ireland's government was fighting for its survival on Friday after the party propping it up announced plans to break their agreement because of the handling of a policing scandal. The domestic crisis has hit just weeks ahead of a key European Union summi ... read..


UNHCR decries PNG police removal of refugees, demands protection
GENEVA | Friday, Nov 24 2017 IST
The United Nations refugee agency UNHCR on Friday denounced the use of force by Papua New Guinean police to remove refugees and asylum seekers from a centre on Manus island and called for them to be protected. Papua New Guinean police cleared the remaini ... read..


Nigerian ex-Vice President Atiku Abubakar quits ruling party
Undated | Friday, Nov 24 2017 IST
Nigerian former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, a leading ally of President Muhammadu Buhari, quit the ruling All Progressives Congress party on Friday, he said in a statement. Abubakar said the ruling party had instituted "a regime of a draconian clampdow ... read..


Irish foreign minister says opposition vote would bring down government
DUBLIN | Friday, Nov 24 2017 IST
Ireland's government will collapse if the opposition Fianna Fail party proceeds with its plan to vote for the resignation of the Deputy Prime Minister Frances Fitzgerald on Tuesday, Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said. "If they move ahead with the motion ... read..


NKorea replaces soldiers, SKorea awards medals after defector's border dash
SEOUL | Friday, Nov 24 2017 IST
North Korea has reportedly replaced guards and fortified a section of its border with South Korea where a North Korean soldier defected last week, while South Korean and US soldiers have been decorated for their role in the defector's rescue. The North K ... read..


Ireland does not need election amid crucial Brexit talks-Coveney
BRUSSELS | Friday, Nov 24 2017 IST
Ireland does not need an election now that talks on the terms of Britain's exit from the European Union are entering a crucial phase on how to avoid a physical border between Ireland and Northern Ireland, Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said on Frida ... read..


Turkey to detain 79 former teachers in post-coup probe - Anadolu
ANKARA | Friday, Nov 24 2017 IST
Turkish authorities issued detention warrants on Friday for 79 former teachers, the state-run Anadolu news agency said, as part of a widening crackdown since last year's failed coup attempt. The teachers were formerly employed at schools allegedly linked ... read..


Debate stifled in Cambodia as crackdown spreads fear
By Prak Chan Thul and Matthew Tostevin PHNOM PENH | Friday, Nov 24 2017 IST
"We speak our mind", says the website of a group of young Cambodians who have met at weekends for the past six years to discuss politics over mugs of coffee. But discussions by the Politikoffee group were postponed indefinitely by the organisers after th ... read..


Mnangagwa, the "Crocodile," to be sworn in as Zimbabwe president
HARARE | Friday, Nov 24 2017 IST
Emmerson Mnangagwa will cap a stunning political comeback on Friday when he is sworn in as Zimbabwe's president, bringing the final curtain down on the 37-year rule of Robert Mugabe. Even though most Zimbabweans are jubilant at the exit of 93-year-old Mu ... read..


Germany's SPD says open to coalition talks with other parties
BERLIN | Friday, Nov 24 2017 IST
Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) are ready to hold talks with other parties on breaking political deadlock created by Chancellor Angela Merkel's failure to form a coalition government, a senior member of the centre-left party said. The decision by the SP ... read..


Global terrorist Hafiz Saeed walks free
Lahore [Pakistan] | November 24, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed, whom India acknowledges as the mastermind behind the terror strikes that took place in Mumbai in November 2008, claiming the lives of 166 people and maiming over 300 others, has been released from house arrest in L ... read..


'Trump hit my wife', claims actor Billy Baldwin
New York | Friday, Nov 24 2017 IST
William Joseph "Billy" Baldwin -- an American actor, producer and writer and a member of the Baldwin family -- has accused US President Donald Trump of hitting on his wife after gate crashing a party two decades ago, the HuffPost reported. Baldwin jumped ... read..


Jailing Mugabe would bring Zimbabwe bad luck, says torture survivor
Johannesburg | Friday, Nov 24 2017 IST
A survivor of atrocities committed by former Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's regime, has called for a truth and reconciliation commission instead of jailing the former long time ruler. Chairperson of Global Zimbabwe Forum Sox Chikowero told the News2 ... read..


Pakistan releases from house arrest Islamist blamed for 2008 Mumbai attacks
LAHORE/ISLAMABAD | Friday, Nov 24 2017 IST
A firebrand Pakistani Islamist accused of masterminding a bloody 2008 assault in the Indian city of Mumbai was released from house arrest on Friday and told his cheering supporters his freedom was vindication of his denial of guilt. Hafiz Saeed, who has ... read..


Suicide attack kills a top Pakistani police officer - official
PESHAWAR | Friday, Nov 24 2017 IST
A suicide bomber on a motorcycle killed a top Pakistani police officer and one of his guards on Friday in the city of Peshawar, police said. Additional Inspector General Ashraf Noor was leaving his home for work when the bomber rammed into his vehicle, c ... read..


Ousted Zimbabwe finance minister hospitalised - lawyer
JOHANNESBURG | Friday, Nov 24 2017 IST
Former Zimbabwean finance minister Ignatius Chombo was admitted to hospital on Friday with injuries sustained from beatings he received in military custody after the army's intervention against Robert Mugabe a week ago, his lawyer said. Lovemore Madhuku ... read..


Nepal to elect new parliament after years of instability
KATHMANDU | Friday, Nov 24 2017 IST
Nepalis vote on Sunday to choose a new parliament and seven state assemblies hoping to end years of fickle coalitions and complete a tumultuous transition, more than a decade after the end of a civil war. The two-phase election is also expected to determ ... read..


Vast majority of suspects in graft probe agreeing to settle, crown prince says
DUBAI | Friday, Nov 24 2017 IST
The vast majority of about 200 businessmen and officials implicated in a sweeping crackdown on corruption are agreeing to settlements under which they hand over assets to the government, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman told the New York Times. "We show ... read..


Mexico ruling party leans to outside candidate to save presidency
MEXICO CITY | Friday, Nov 24 2017 IST
The threat of losing power to a fierce leftwing rival next year is tempting Mexico's ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) to enlist outside help for the first time in its nine- decade history. Corruption scandals, sluggish growth, failure to cu ... read..


Zimbabwe army hands ex-finance minister to police - relative
JOHANNESBURG | Friday, Nov 24 2017 IST
Former Zimbabwe finance minister Ignatius Chombo, who was among those detained by the military in an operation against "criminals" around ousted president Robert Mugabe last week, has been handed over to the police, a relative said on Friday. The relativ ... read..


Rights groups say outside monitors needed for Rohingya return to Myanmar
YANGON | Friday, Nov 24 2017 IST
Human rights groups called on Friday for international agencies to be allowed to monitor the planned repatriation of hundreds of thousands Rohingya Muslim from Bangladesh to the homes they fled in Myanmar during the past three months. The two governments ... read..


Regional African body says ready to work closely with Zimbabwe's Mnangagwa
JOHANNESBURG | Friday, Nov 24 2017 IST
The Southern African Development Community (SADC), an intergovernmental organisation, said on Friday that it was ready to work closely with Zimbabwe's incoming leader Emmerson Mnangagwa and his government. Mnangagwa is due to be sworn in as Zimbabwean pr ... read..


Five Ukrainian servicemen killed in eastern Ukraine - military
KIEV | Friday, Nov 24 2017 IST
Five Ukrainian servicemen were killed when pro-Russian rebels attacked government positions mostly in the Luhansk region on Thursday, the Ukrainian military said. An almost three-year-old peace agreement has failed to stop fighting in eastern Ukraine with ... read..


Saudi Crown Prince calls Iran leader "new Hitler" - NYT
DUBAI | Friday, Nov 24 2017 IST
Saudi Arabia's powerful Crown Prince called the Supreme Leader of Iran "the new Hitler of the Middle East" in an interview with the New York Times published on Thursday, sharply escalating the war of words between the arch-rivals. The Sunni Muslim kingdo ... read..


Mnangagwa told Mugabe he will be safe in Zimbabwe - state media
HARARE | Friday, Nov 24 2017 IST
Incoming Zimbabwe leader Emmerson Mnangagwa assured former president Robert Mugabe he and his family would be safe in the country when the two men spoke for the first time since Mnangagwa returned home this week, state media said on Friday. The State-own ... read..


Ex-US NSA's lawyers not sharing information with Trump team
Washington | Friday, 2017 2:15:04 PM IST
Former US National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's lawyers have told other defence lawyers in the ongoing Russia probe, including President Donald Trump's legal team, that they were no longer able to share information, the media reported. ... read..


Emmerson Mnangagwa to be sworn in as Zimbabwe President
Harare | Friday, 2017 2:15:04 PM IST
Emmerson Mnangagwa is set to be sworn in as Zimbabwe's President on Friday, marking the end of Robert Mugabe's 37-year reign. ... read..


Eight 'N.korean' men found in Japan coast
Tokyo | Friday, 2017 1:45:14 PM IST
Eight men claiming to be from N.Korea and a boat was found on the coast of Japan's Akita prefecture, police said on Friday. ... read..


Asylum seekers removed from former Australian detention centre
Canberra | Friday, 2017 1:45:14 PM IST
Asylum seekers who were refusing to leave a former Australian-run detention centre in Papua New Guinea (PNG) have been moved to alternative accommodation, the government in Canberra confirmed on Friday. ... read..


US to send six F-22 fighters to S.Korea
Seoul | Friday, 2017 1:45:10 PM IST
The US will send six F-22 Raptor fighters for joint air force maneuvers with South Korea in December, a defence spokesperson said here on Friday. ... read..


Sunken ancient castle discovered in Turkey
Ankara | Friday, 2017 1:45:10 PM IST
An ancient sunken castle has been discovered in Turkey's Lake Van, according to a team archaeologists. ... read..


Trump praises US troops in Thanksgiving message (Lead)
Washington | Friday, 2017 1:45:05 PM IST
President Donald Trump highlighted how the US military was "really winning" since he took office as he spoke to five branches of the military serving overseas via satellite on the occasion of Thanksgiving Day, the media reported. ... read..


Pak police AIG killed in suicide blast in Peshawar
Peshawar [Pakistan] | November 24, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
A top Pakistan police official was killed in a suspected suicide blast in Peshawar's Hayatabad area on Friday. ... read..


Zimbabwe: Mnangagwa to succeed Mugabe as President
Harare | Friday, Nov 24 2017 IST
Emmerson Mnangagwa is to be sworn in as Zimbabwe's President, following the dramatic departure of Robert Mugabe after 37 years of authoritarian rule, the BBC News has reported. The former Vice-President, who returned from exile on Wednesday, will be inau ... read..


Key Haqqani network leader among dozens killed in Afghanistan
Kabul [Afghanistan] | November 24, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
A key leader of the Haqqani terrorist network was killed, along with dozens of other terrorists, by Afghan special forces in central Maidan Wardak province of Afghanistan. ... read..


Vietnam prosecutes bank officials in corruption crackdown
HANOI | Friday, Nov 24 2017 IST
Vietnam has prosecuted five former officials of the unlisted Dong A Bank for violating rules that "lead to serious consequences", police said on Friday, part of a widening investigation involving the Ho Chi Minh City-based lender. Energy and banking firms ... read..


Pakistani Islamist blamed for 2008 attacks in Mumbai released from house arrest
ISLAMABAD | Friday, Nov 24 2017 IST
Pakistani Islamist Hafiz Saeed, seen as the mastermind of a 2008 militant assault in the Indian financial hub of Mumbai in which 166 people were killed, has been released from house arrest, his religious charity said on Friday. "He is free, we are happy. ... read..


N.Korea sacks soldiers, S.Korea awards medals after defector's border dash
By James Pearson and Christine Kim SEOUL | Friday, Nov 24 2017 IST
- North Korea has reportedly replaced guards and fortified a section of its border with South Korea where a North Korean soldier staged a daring defection last week, while South Korean and U.S. soldiers have been decorated for their role in his rescue. Th ... read..


Berkshire pub is Britain's most dog-friendly
LONDON | Friday, Nov 24 2017 IST
A French bulldog walks into a bar and orders a pint... That's no joke at the Fox and Hounds pub in southeast England, where Rodney the canine hops on to a stool to have a pint of bitter poured and set before him. The "Fox and Hounds" in Theale, Berkshire ... read..


A Texas state trooper was shot and killed -Update
UNDATED | Friday, Nov 24 2017 IST
A Texas state trooper was shot and killed during a Thanksgiving Day traffic stop in a rural county south of Dallas on Thursday, and officers arrested a suspect after a manhunt, officials said. The fatal shooting took place in Fairfield, about 90 miles (1 ... read..


US Navy halts search for three sailors lost in Philippine Sea air crash
TOKYO | Friday, Nov 24 2017 IST
A US Navy said it has called off a search for three sailors missing since a transport plane crashed in the Philippines Sea south of Japan on Wednesday enroute to the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier. "During the course of two days, eight US Navy and Jap ... read..


Irish government on verge of collapse ahead of EU Brexit summit
By Conor Humphries and Padraic Halpin DUBLIN | Friday, Nov 24 2017 IST
The Irish government was on the verge of collapse on Thursday after the party whose votes Prime Minister Leo Varadkar depends on to pass legislation said it would seek to remove the deputy prime minister in a breach of their cooperation agreement. The cri ... read..


Mnangagwa the "Crocodile" to be sworn in as Zimbabwe's president
By MacDonald Dzirutwe HARARE | Friday, Nov 24 2017 IST
Emmerson Mnangagwa will cap a stunning political comeback when he is sworn in as Zimbabwe's president on Friday, bringing the final curtain down on the 37-year rule of Robert Mugabe. Mugabe, 93, who had led Zimbabwe from independence in 1980, stepped down ... read..


A Texas state trooper was shot and killed
Undated | Friday, Nov 24 2017 IST
A Texas state trooper was shot and killed during a Thanksgiving traffic stop in a rural county south of Dallas on Thursday, leading to a manhunt and further gunfire after officers encountered the suspect near Houston, officials said. The shooting took pl ... read..


UN rights team to visit Mexico after journalist murders
MEXICO CITY | Friday, Nov 24 2017 IST
The United Nations said on Thursday a group of experts on freedom of expression will visit Mexico at the end of November to assess the safety of journalists in the country, one of the most dangerous in the world for reporters. David Kaye, UN Special Rapp ... read..


China, Djibouti to establish strategic partnership
Beijing | Thursday, Nov 23 2017 IST
China and Djibouti on Thursday agreed to establish strategic partnership to strengthen all-round cooperation. The announcement came as President Xi Jinping held talks with Djibouti President Ismail Omar Guelleh at the Great Hall of the People in downtown ... read..


Myanmar, Bangladesh ink Rohingiya repatriation deal
Naypyitaw | Thursday, Nov 23 2017 IST
Myanmar and Bangladesh have struck a deal on the repatriation of Rohingyas with hopes that the displaced will start returning to their homeland within the next two months. The two neighbours hammered out the deal following two days of talks. It was inked ... read..


NK denounces US terror listing as serious provocation
Pyongyang | Thursday, Nov 23 2017 IST
North Korea has loudly denounced the decision by the United States to relist North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism, with a Foreign Ministry spokesman warning it was a "serious provocation." In a report published on state media KCNA, the spokesman sa ... read..


Zardari not to join hands with Sharif
Islamabad | Thursday, Nov 23 2017 IST
Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari has once again refused to meet Nawaz Sharif, saying the deposed Prime Minister was responsible for the current political situation in the country. According to Express News, the former President h ... read..


Big parties draw flak for not giving tickets to women
Kathmandu | Thursday, Nov 23 2017 IST
Women leaders have expressed their dissatisfaction over the act of major political parties in limiting the space of women in the parliamentary and provincial elections in Nepal. Though the Nepal Constitution has guaranteed 33 per cent reservation for wome ... read..


$2-bn pledged to help Caribbean nations
United Nations | Thursday, Nov 23 2017 IST
The international community mobilised over $1.3 billion in pledges and more than $1 billion in loans and debt relief to help Caribbean nations recover from the strong hurricanes that pummelled the region a few months ago, during a meeting at United Nation ... read..


Hafiz Saeed's new video on Kashmir
Islamabad | Thursday, Nov 23 2017 IST
After his release from house arrest, Hafiz Saeeed, the 26/11 Mumbai attacks' mastermind, vowed to work for the so-called freedom of Kashmir, the media reports here said. Saeed was put under house arrest in January after years of living freely in Pakista ... read..


Poorer countries look to power ahead through innovation
Geneva | Thursday, Nov 23 2017 IST
Energy is key to global development, but the world's poorest and most vulnerable nations fare up to six times worse than their more industrialised counterparts when it comes to accessing the vital resource, the United Nations has warned. In its 2017 repor ... read..


Adopt common line, UN appeals to Syrian opposition
United Nations | Thursday, Nov 23 2017 IST
Syrian opposition groups meeting in Saudi Arabia should do all they can to unify ahead of a fresh round of United Nations-facilitated talks in Geneva, UN Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura has said. The veteran negotiator was speaking to reporters in the S ... read..


Stolen babies: MEPs urge Spain to solve all alleged cases
Brussels | Thursday, Nov 23 2017 IST
Spain should take immediate measures to solve all alleged cases of babies' thefts and illegal adoptions and help families reunite, says the Petitions Committee of European Parliament. The Committee on Petitions approved on Wednesday a series of recommend ... read..


New rules on funding European political parties
Brussels | Thursday, Nov 23 2017 IST
The Constitutional Affairs Committee of the European Parliament has agreed to reform the current regulation on the funding of European political parties with an aim to improve transparency and ensure proper use of the funds. According to a press release b ... read..


Lack of medical services in Syria's eastern Ghouta
United Nations | Thursday, Nov 23 2017 IST
Despite escalating violence and increasing humanitarian needs, life-saving medicines, medical equipment, and surgical supplies are being prevented from entering eastern Ghouta in Syria and the plan to transfer critically ill patients to hospitals elsewher ... read..


ISIL 'down but not out' in Iraq: UN envoy
United Nations | Thursday, Nov 23 2017 IST
The military victory against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da'esh) is only one component of a complex battle that addresses the root causes of extremist ideology, the United Nations envoy for Iraq has said. "Da'esh remains able and deter ... read..


Let women and girls live free from all forms of violence: UN
United Nations | Thursday, Nov 23 2017 IST
Achieving gender equality and the full empowerment of women is the answer to ending violence against women, United Nations Secretary-General Antnio Guterres has said, calling for collective global action on this cause. "Violence against women is fundam ... read..


UN hails conviction of Mladic, the 'epitome of evil'
United Nations | Thursday, Nov 23 2017 IST
Welcoming conviction of former Bosnian Serb army commander Ratko Mladic on multiple counts of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes by an international tribunal, the United Nations top human rights official has said that the verdict was "a warn ... read..


CEC hardens position on int'l poll observers
Kathmandu | Thursday, Nov 23 2017 IST
Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Ayodhee Prasad Yadav has hardened position on international observers following some "questionable activities" on the part of some representatives in Kanchanpur district, The Kathmandu Post reported on Thursday. Rajendra ... read..


PM approves three-month sick leave of Finance Minister
Islamabad | Thursday, Nov 23 2017 IST
Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has approved the three-month sick leave sought by Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, the Dunya News reported. Dar had requested the premier to allow him a sick leave as he has been feeling sick and undergoing medical treatment ... read..


Zimbabwe: Mnangagwa promises jobs in 'new democracy'
Harare | Thursday, Nov 23 2017 IST
Zimbabwe's incoming leader Emmerson Mnangagwa has hailed a "new and unfolding democracy" after returning from exile to replace Robert Mugabe. He also vowed to create jobs in a country where some estimates say 90% of people are unemployed, the BBC has said ... read..


Three Georgian military personnel wounded in Afghanistan
KABUL | Thursday, Nov 23 2017 IST
Three Georgian military personnel serving with the NATO-led Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan were lightly wounded when their vehicle was attacked near an airbase north of the capital Kabul, officials said. None of their injuries was considered life ... read..


Russia to decide on new arms-procurement bank by year-end -official
SOCHI | Thursday, Nov 23 2017 IST
Russia is considering setting up a bank to finance state military procurements and will make a decision by the end of the year, Deputy Defence Minister Tatyana Shevtsova said on Thursday. Shevtsova said the bank could be established as a new bank or on th ... read..


Zimbabwe's Mnangagwa says against any form of "vengeful retribution"
HARARE | Thursday, Nov 23 2017 IST
Zimbabwe's incoming president Emmerson Mnangagwa has called on citizens to remain peaceful and desist from any form of "vengeful retribution", days after Robert Mugabe resigned from power. Mnangagwa's supporters were angered by his dismissal early this mo ... read..


Nuclear test ban body heard noise near Argentine sub's last position
VIENNA | Thursday, Nov 23 2017 IST
An international nuclear test-ban body that runs a global network of listening posts designed to check for secret atomic blasts detected an "unusual signal" last week near where an Argentine submarine went missing, it said on Thursday. The Vienna-based Co ... read..


Ireland says Brexit progress still insufficient on border
DUBLIN | Thursday, Nov 23 2017 IST
Ireland has not yet seen sufficient progress on the issue of the border with Northern Ireland to allow Brexit talks to move on to the second phase on trade next month, Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said on Thursday. "We need a lot more clarity and a lot ... read..


Aid agencies say Yemen blockade remains, Egeland calls it "collective punishment"
By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA | Thursday, Nov 23 2017 IST
The Saudi-led coalition's blockade of Yemen, which has cut off food imports to a population where 7 million people are on the brink of famine, is "illegal collective punishment" of civilians, a prominent aid official said on Thursday. Major agencies said ... read..


Event 'consistent with an explosion' detected near missing Argentine sub -navy
By Magali Cervantes BAHIA BLANCA | Thursday, Nov 23 2017 IST
An abnormal sound detected in the South Atlantic ocean around the time that an Argentine navy submarine sent its last signal last week was "consistent with an explosion," a navy spokesman said on Thursday. Spokesman Enrique Balbi described the blast in th ... read..


Ireland says hopeful of Brexit deal next month but work to do
DUBLIN | Thursday, Nov 23 2017 IST
Ireland is hopeful agreement can be reached on Irish-related issues by mid-December to move Brexit talks onto the next phase but much work remains to be done, Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said on Thursday. "I am hopeful this can be reached in December, ... read..


Event 'consistent with an explosion' detected near missing Argentine sub-navy
BUENOS AIRES | Thursday, Nov 23 2017 IST
An abnormal sound detected in the South Atlantic ocean around the time that an Argentine navy submarine sent its last signal last week was "consistent with an explosion," a navy spokesman said on Thursday. Spokesman Enrique Balbi described the blast in th ... read..


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