Bilawal Bhutto announces return of Zardari in Pakistan

Bilawal Bhutto announces return of Zardari in Pakistan

KARACHI: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Sunday announced that former president Asif Ali Zardari will return to Pakistan on Dec 23. Bilawal Bhutto was speaking to media, where he said that now his party has started to play the role of ‘real opposition’. Over the subject of former president Zardari’s return, Bilawal […]

South Sudan refugee crisis: The wooden bridge between death and safety

South Sudan refugee crisis: The wooden bridge between death and safety

For three years South Sudan has tumbled deeper into self-inflicted chaos, and it now finds itself on the brink of something even more terrifying. United Nations officials rarely use the words “genocide” and “ethnic cleansing,” but they now say potentially both could envelop the world’s youngest country. Since violence flared in Juba in July and […]

Philippines: Duterte killing claim ‘should not be taken literally’

Philippines: Duterte killing claim ‘should not be taken literally’

An apparent admission by the president of the Philippines that he had killed criminal suspects when he was mayor of Davao should not be “taken literally”, his spokesman has said. The president’s admission sparked calls for his impeachment from opposition leaders and rights groups. It was the latest in a series of controversial claims by […]

Vintage aircraft complete adventure-filled Africa rally

Vintage aircraft complete adventure-filled Africa rally

Vintage aeroplanes mostly dating from the 1920s and 1930s are shortly due to finish a 13,000km (8,000 miles) rally flying from the Greek island of Crete to Cape Town in South Africa. The rally began in November and pilots have had adventure-filled journeys. The planes have mostly open cockpits and are equipped with only rudimentary […]

Obama vows action against Russia over election hacks

Obama vows action against Russia over election hacks

US President Barack Obama has vowed to take action against Russia for its alleged interference in the US presidential election campaign. “We need to take action and we will,” he told US public radio network NPR. Russia stands accused by the US of hacking the emails of the Democratic Party and a key Hillary Clinton […]

Syria suspends Aleppo evacuations, blaming rebels

Syria suspends Aleppo evacuations, blaming rebels

The Syrian government has suspended the evacuation of civilians and fighters from eastern Aleppo, accusing rebels of breaking terms of the deal. Government sources said rebels had blocked the evacuation of civilians from two pro-government towns elsewhere in Syria, agreed under the truce. Meanwhile buses carrying people from eastern Aleppo were fired upon. At least […]

Notable deaths of 2016

Notable deaths of 2016

PARIS (AFP) – From legendary British singer David Bowie to Cuban leader Fidel Castro and American boxer Muhammad Ali, here are some of the notable figures who died in 2016. January  5: PIERRE BOULEZ, 90, French conductor-composer. 7: ANDRE COURREGES, 92 French fashion designer known for his 1960s futuristic styles. 10: DAVID BOWIE, 69, legendary […]

Saudi king rejects interference in Yemen

Saudi king rejects interference in Yemen

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia is determined to prevent external “interference” in neighbouring war-torn Yemen, King Salman said in an annual address on Wednesday. He did not explicitly refer to the kingdom’s regional rival Iran but Saudi officials have accused Tehran and the Lebanese Shia militant group Hezbollah of aiding rebels in Yemen. Since March 2015, Saudi […]

Mexico villagers free gang boss’s mother in ‘kidnap deal’

Mexico villagers free gang boss’s mother in ‘kidnap deal’

Villagers in the Mexican state of Guerrero have freed the mother of a gang leader they were holding captive in exchange for the release of a local man the gang had kidnapped. The villagers formed a vigilante group on Sunday after local engineer Isauro de Paz Duque was taken by the gang. Mr de Paz’s […]

Egyptair crash: Explosives found in investigation

Egyptair crash: Explosives found in investigation

Traces of explosives have been found on victims of the Egyptair crash over the Mediterranean in May, investigators say. A statement by Egypt’s civil aviation ministry said a criminal investigation would now begin into the crash. Flight MS804 from Paris to Cairo plunged into the sea on 19 May killing all 66 people on board. […]