Middle East

Two-child policy showing ‘notable results’, Chinese official

Two-child policy showing ‘notable results’, Chinese official

Two-child policy showing ‘notable results’, Chinese official REUTERS China’s two-child policy is showing “notable results” with the fertility rate expected to rise through to 2020, a senior health official said on Saturday. Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of China’s annual meeting of parliament, Wang Peian, vice-minister of the National Health and Family Planning Commission […]

Gunmen attack military airport in eastern Afghanistan

Gunmen attack military airport in eastern Afghanistan

Gunmen attack military airport in eastern Afghanistan REUTERS Gunmen attacked a military air base in the eastern Afghan province of Khost, officials said on Saturday. Khost police spokesman Faizullah Ghairat said that three militants had attacked the base, close to the border with Pakistan. One had been killed, while two others were still holding out, […]

Mona Lisa’s smile decoded: science says she’s happy

Mona Lisa’s smile decoded: science says she’s happy

Mona Lisa’s smile decoded: science says she’s happy AFP PARIS: The subject of centuries of scrutiny and debate, Mona Lisa’s famous smile is routinely described as ambiguous. But is it really that hard to read? Apparently not. In an unusual trial, close to 100 per cent of people described her expression as unequivocally “happy”, researchers […]

South Korean president sacked by top court

South Korean president sacked by top court

South Korean president sacked by top court AFP South Korean acting Constitutional Court’s Chief Judge Lee Jung-mi, top centre, speaks during the final ruling of South Korean President Park Geun-hye’s impeachment at the Constitutional Court in Seoul, South Korea Friday, March 10. South Korean President Park Geun-Hye was fired by the country’s top court on […]

Xinjiang separatists are China’s ‘most prominent’ challenge: official

Xinjiang separatists are China’s ‘most prominent’ challenge: official

Xinjiang separatists are China’s ‘most prominent’ challenge: official REUTERS Separatists in western China pose the “most prominent” challenge to the country’s security, economy and social stability, the China Daily newspaper quoted a top security official on Friday as saying. Beijing has long said it faces a determined campaign by a group known as the East […]

Assange accuses CIA of ‘devastating incompetence’ over leaks

Assange accuses CIA of ‘devastating incompetence’ over leaks

Assange accuses CIA of ‘devastating incompetence’ over leaks AAFP LONDON: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Thursday accused the CIA of “devastating incompetence” for keeping hacking secrets in one place and said he would work with tech giants to develop fixes after he leaked them. “This is a historic act of devastating incompetence, to have created […]

Lawyer, lawyer pants on fire

Lawyer, lawyer pants on fire

Lawyer, lawyer pants on fire By News Desk PHOTO: REUTERS Things often proverbially get heated in courts of law, but in a courtroom in Miami, it is safe to say that the heat of the moment literally got to a defence lawyer. Stephen Gutierrez’s pants burst into flames on Wednesday afternoon as he began his […]

3rd Migration Forum stresses EU countries share migrant responsibility

3rd Migration Forum stresses EU countries share migrant responsibility

3rd Migration Forum stresses EU countries share migrant responsibility Khalid Hameed Farooqi A change in the narrative on migrants is the need of the hour, besides disseminating the many good stories as an antidote to the fears and worries spread by right-wing populists. Efforts towards integration need to be accelerated—the city of Mechelen could be […]

‘100 Years of Hollywood in 200Sec. Sand Art’ by Rahul Arya

‘100 Years of Hollywood in 200Sec. Sand Art’ by Rahul Arya

‘100 Years of Hollywood in 200Sec. Sand Art’ by Rahul Arya A small Sand Art Tribute to 100 years of Hollywood from an Indian fan. to see the video click: ‘100 Years of Hollywood in 200Sec. Sand Art’ by RahulArya to see the video click: ‘100 Years of Hollywood in 200Sec. Sand Art’ by RahulArya

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 […]