Over 2 Dozen Killed In Multiple Blasts In Pakistan

PESHAWAR, Jun 23 (AFP): Multiple blasts killed at least 26 people and wounded dozens in two Pakistani cities on the last Friday of Ramadan, Islam's holiest month, as officials warned the toll could rise. Authorities said 13 people were killed and 124 wounded when twin blasts tore through a...

India only country with maximum opportunity to invest, says G P Hinduja

London, Jun 23 (PTI): India is the only country in the world which has maximum opportunity to invest, leading NRI entrepreneur G P Hinduja has said as he sought a tripartite co-operation among China, India and the UK for the investment. "Chinese have money, British have the expertise, competency and...

PM Modi’s gains from US visit on H1B, climate issues to benefit China: Chinese...

BEIJING, Jun 23 (AFP): Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to the US, the Chinese official media said on Friday any gains made by him in his talks with President Donald Trump, on immigration and climate change will also benefit China. "It will be interesting to see how Modi's...

US Will Need India To Counter China’s Growing Influence In The World: Think Tank

WASHINGTON, Jun 23 (PTI): Even as the Trump administration is cosying up to the Chinese, the US will need India to counter Beijing's growing influence in the world, a top American think-tank has said. Describing India as a "key piece in the jigsaw" for the US, the Atlantic Council,...

China still says no to India’s NSG membership

Beijing, Jun 23 (PTI): China again on Friday said that there is no change in its stance on the admission of non-NPT states into the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), spoiling India's chances of entering the elite club at its crucial meeting currently underway in Bern. "As for non-NPT countries being...

50 Indians, mostly children, rescued from brick kiln in Nepal

Kathmandu, Jun 23 (PTI): About 50 Indians, mostly children who were allegedly taken hostage at a brick kiln in southern Nepal, have been rescued after a police raid, a media report said on Friday. The 48 abducted Indians from Bihar were held hostage at a brick kiln in Saptari district.Earlier,...

Myanmar Releases Nearly 70 More Child Soldiers: Reports

YANGON, MYANMAR, Jun 23 (AFP): Myanmar's military released 67 child soldiers on Friday, its first discharge this year as part of a slow process to end decades of forced recruitment of underage fighters that began under the former junta. There are no concrete figures on how many children are still...

Iran Nuclear Chief Ali Akbar Salehi Urges West To Save Historic Deal

LONDON, Jun 23 (AFP): Iran's nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi is urging the West to change course in the Middle East in order to save the historic atomic deal, saying "the moment of truth has arrived". The accord, reached between Tehran and world powers in Vienna in July 2015, saw...

China asks India, US not to disturb peace in South China Sea

Beijing, Jun 23 (PTI): China today asked India and the US not to disturb peace in the strategic South China Sea and play a “constructive role” in the disputes there, as the issue was likely to be discussed during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s meeting with President Donald Trump. Modi...

Hindus facing persecution in Pakistan, Bangladesh, says Hindu America Foundation reports

Washington, Jun 23 (PTI): Hindus are facing violence, social persecution and marginalisation in countries like Pakistan and Bangladesh where they are in minority, according to a report by a top Hindu-American body. The Hindu America Foundation (HAF), in its annual report on Hindus in South Asia and The Diaspora,...

EU leaders agree to roll over Russia economic sanctions

Brussels, Jun 23 (AFP): EU leaders agreed today to roll over damaging economic sanctions against Russia for another six months because Moscow has failed to meet its Ukraine ceasefire commitments, EU president Donald Tusk said. “Agreed. EU will extend economic sanctions against Russia for their lack of implementing the...

472 civilians dead in month of US-led Syria strikes: Monitor

ISBEIRUT, Jun 23 (AFP): US-led coalition air strikes on two Syrian provinces targeting jihadists have killed 472 civilians over the past month, a monitor said Friday, more than double a previous 30-day toll. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the period between May 23 and June 23 saw the...

India’s population to surpass that of China’s around 2024: UN

UNITED NATIONS/New Delhi, Jul 21 (PTI): India's population could surpass that of China's around 2024, two years later than previously estimated, and is projected to touch 1.5 billion in 2030, according to a UN forecast. The World Population Prospects: The 2017 Revision, published by the UN Department of Economic and...

UN chief says he is engaged in bringing about India-Pak dialogue

UNITED NATIONS, Jul 21 (PTI): UN chief Antonio Guterres has said he is engaged in bringing about a dialogue between India and Pakistan to resolve the Kashmir issue through his meetings with the prime ministers of the two countries. "Why do you think I met three times the Prime Minister...

China should contribute more to fight terror: US

Washington, Jun 21 (PTI) China needs to be more involved in the global efforts to combat terrorism as it is being increasingly affected by the menace due to its growing overseas interests, a top US official has said. Susan Thornton, the US acting assistant secretary of state for East Asia,...

Afghan-oriented militants getting support from elements of Pakistan govt: Pentagon

Washington , Jul 21 (PTI): In a damning report, the Pentagon has said Afghan-oriented militant groups, including the Taliban and Haqqani Network, benefit from “support” from elements of the Pakistan government. “Pakistan views the outcome of Afghanistan to be in its vital national interest and thus remains driven by its...

Islamic militants take hostages at Philippine school: Army

Marawi, Jul 21 (AFP): Islamic militants occupied a primary school and took hostages in a southern Philippine village on Wednesday, a few hours drive from a city where other jihadists were fighting a month-long war, authorities said. Hundreds of gunmen initially attacked a lightly guarded military outpost at dawn,...

Pakistan can’t recall Gen Sharif from Riyadh: Sartaj Aziz

Islamabad, Jul 21 (PTI): Pakistan cannot recall former Army chief Gen Raheel Sharif from Riyadh as he has taken the command of the 41-nation Saudi-led military alliance against the Islamic State in his “personal capacity”, the country’s top diplomat said today. Sartaj Aziz, Pakistan Prime minister’s adviser on foreign...

China hints at blocking India’s move on JeM chief in UN again

BEIJING, Jun 20 (PTI): China today hinted at blocking a UN ban on Pakistan-based JeM leader Masood Azhar once again, saying that disagreements continue to prevail in the UN Committee related to terrorism issues in this particular case. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang's comments came in response to a...

Personal details of nearly 200 million US citizens leaked: Media report

Washington, Jun 20 (PTI): Sensitive information of nearly 200 million people in the US was accidentally leaked by a marketing firm contracted by the Republican National Committee, the country’s largest breach of electoral data to date, according to a media report. The data leak by Deep Root Analytics contains...

US student’s death reminder of North Korea’s barbaric regime, says Nikki Haley

New York, Jun 20 (PTI): US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley today lashed out at North Korea over the death of a 22- year-old American student after he was freed by Pyongyang, saying his memory will serve as an “indelible reminder” of the “barbaric nature” of the regime’s...

Afghan official: Gunmen killed 8 Afghan guards of a US base

Kabul, Jun 20 (AP): An Afghan official says that eight Afghan security guards have been killed by gunmen who opened fire on them in northern Parwan province. The spokeswoman for the provincial governor in Parwan said today that two other guards were wounded in the attack that happened late...

US urges bigger Chinese role to combat global terrorism

WASHINGTON, Jun 20 (PTI): The United States wants China to become more involved in supporting the global fight against terrorism and efforts to defeat Islamic State, including in Iraq, a senior US official said on Monday ahead of high-level security talks with Beijing. Susan Thornton, the US acting assistant secretary...

Lightning Kills 22 In Bangladesh; rains trigger landslides

DHAKA, Jun 20 (AFP): Lightning strikes have killed at least 22 people in Bangladesh in the last 48 hours, authorities said today, a week after monsoon rains triggered a series of deadly landslides in the country. The deaths came as storms swept the country on Sunday and Monday, the...

US group wants to ban sale of smartphones for kids under 13

Washington , Jun 20 (PTI): In a first, a group in the US state of Colorado has sought a ban on the sale of smartphones for children younger than 13 years to prevent them from getting addicted to the device. Tim Fasrnum, founder of the non-profit group Parents Against Underage...

India pitches for greater engagement with BRICS nations

Beijing, Jun 19 (PTI): India today pitched for a greater engagement with BRICS nations which have steadily expanded its agenda from financial matters to security and counter-terrorism issues facing the international community. Addressing the BRICS Foreign Ministers meeting here, Minister of State for External Affairs General Y K Singh...

Hafiz Saeed’s outfit JuD to launch Kashmir solidarity campaign

Lahore, Jun 19 (PTI): Hafeez Saeed-led Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD) said it will launch a campaign in “solidarity” with the people of Kashmir on July 8, the day when Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani was killed last year. “The drive will continue till July 19 during which big gatherings, conferences and...

New Ebola Vaccine Found To Be Safe In Humans: Study

TORONTO, Jun 19 (PTI): Scientists have developed a new Ebola vaccine that has been found to be safe for use in humans in a clinical trial. Researchers, including those from Canadian Immunisation Research Network (CIRN), found that antibodies are present in participants up to six months after immunisation with the...

Britain, European Union To Start Historic Brexit Talks

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM, Jun 19 (AFP): Britain starts formal talks to leave the EU today, seeking a deal "like no other in history" despite entering fiendishly difficult negotiations with a badly weakened government. A year after Britain's seismic referendum, Brexit minister David Davis and the European Union's French chief negotiator Michel...

Weapons Found After Shots Fired In Oil Field In Saudi Arabia: Reports

RIYADH, Jun 19 (AFP): Saudi Arabia said on Monday it had seized weapons from a boat captured after shots were fired by security forces near an oil platform in the Arabian Gulf, at a time of tension with Iran and Qatar. The incident happened at about 8:30 pm on Friday...
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