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Eighteen killed in massage parlour fire in China

Eighteen killed in massage parlour fire in China

BEIJING: Police detained one person Monday in connection with a fire at a foot massage parlour in China that killed at least 18 people and injured another 18, media said. The fire broke out at around 5:26 PM (9:26 AM GMT) Sunday in eastern Zhejiang province, the official Xinhua news agency reported. It was extinguished […]

Bangladesh teen dies after angry batsman hurls stump

Bangladesh teen dies after angry batsman hurls stump

DHAKA: A 14-year-old cricketer has died in Bangladesh after he was hit by a stump thrown by an angry batsman during a friendly game between neighbourhood teams, police said Monday. Faisal Hossain was fielding in the southeastern port city of Chittagong when the batsman was given out, assistant police commissioner Jahangir Alam told AFP. “The […]

UNHCR chief says safe zones would not work in Syria

UNHCR chief says safe zones would not work in Syria

ZURICH: The head of the United Nations refugee agency said on Friday that safe zones would not work inside Syria for people fleeing the country’s nearly six-year-old war. US President Donald Trump said last week he would “absolutely do safe zones in Syria” for refugees escaping violence and that Europe had made a mistake by […]

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi vows to investigate crimes against Rohingya: UN

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi vows to investigate crimes against Rohingya: UN

GENEVA: The top United Nations human rights official said Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi promised on Friday to investigate U.N. allegations of atrocities against Rohingya Muslims. Security forces and police have committed mass killings and gang rapes and burned villages in northern Rakhine state, a U.N. investigation published on Friday found. “I did speak […]

Russia says Damascus embassy came under shell attack

Russia says Damascus embassy came under shell attack

MOSCOW: The Russian embassy in Damascus came under shell fire on Thursday and Friday, the foreign ministry in Moscow said, blaming an attack by “terrorists.” One shell fell about 20 metres (yards) from the embassy´s main entrance and the other hit the ground inside the compound, between offices and a residential building, it said in […]

EU leaders unite over Trump concerns

EU leaders unite over Trump concerns

VALLETTA: European Union leaders voiced concerns about US President Donald Trump at a summit in Malta on Friday, saying they needed to stick together to face an increasingly uncertain global future. The 28 countries showed a flash of unity by backing a plan to curb mass migration from Libya by helping the north African state´s […]

Indian textbook preaches families of ‘ugly girls’ pay more dowry

Indian textbook preaches families of ‘ugly girls’ pay more dowry

If a girl is ugly her family has to pay a higher dowry, is what a textbook in western Indian state of Maharashtra has been reportedly preaching. The snapshot of the text were widely circulated on social media. However, Times of India reported on Saturday that teachers in Pune, Maharashtra have refused to teach a chapter […]

10 times Sonam Kapoor proved herself as the ultimate Instagram queen

10 times Sonam Kapoor proved herself as the ultimate Instagram queen

The Raanjhanaa actress sets new fashion trends every time she steps out. Whether it’s a demure fusion ensemble or trendy jacketish style, Sonam Kapoor never ceases to amaze her fans with her classy fashion sense. Due to her chic style, Sonam has earned herself the title of fashion icon of Bollywood, which is totally justified. […]

Iran rejects Trump missile warning as relations sour

Iran rejects Trump missile warning as relations sour

TEHRAN: Iran on Thursday rejected a warning from President Donald Trump over its latest missile test as unfounded and “provocative”, reflecting growing tensions between Tehran and the new US administration. Trump is a strident critic of the Islamic republic and a vocal opponent of an international deal that saw Iran curb its nuclear programme in […]

UAE, Saudi Arabia defends Trump visa ban

UAE, Saudi Arabia defends Trump visa ban

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates’ top diplomat on Wednesday came out in defense of President Donald Trump’s order temporarily barring citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States. The comments by Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Gulf federation’s foreign minister, could help bolster the administration’s […]

Israel says will build 3,000 new homes in West Bank settlements

Israel says will build 3,000 new homes in West Bank settlements

Israel announced plans on Tuesday for 3,000 more settlement homes in the occupied West Bank, the third such declaration in eleven days since U.S. President Donald Trump took office. Trump has signaled he could be more accommodating toward such projects than his predecessor Barack Obama. A statement from the Israeli Defence Ministry, which administers lands […]

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