International

Afghanistan’s all-girl robotics team wins top European award

Afghanistan’s all-girl robotics team wins top European award

Back in July, Afghanistan’s all-girl robotics team made the headlines when their attempt to participate in the First Global robotics competition in the US was hampered by Trump’s travel restrictions. The team’s visas were rejected twice with the girls’ plight attracting international attention which resulted in an intervention from Trump’s administration to grant them admission to the US. […]

Indian court rejects bid to stop world release of ‘Padmavati’

Indian court rejects bid to stop world release of ‘Padmavati’

India’s top court Tuesday rejected a legal attempt to block the global release of a Bollywood film that has sparked violent protests, warning against pre-judging the controversial historical epic. Caste-based groups have been staging violent demonstrations against Padmavati amid rumours that it will depict a romance between a Hindu queen and a Muslim ruler. The epic was […]

Indian court slaps Nestle India with fine over substandard noodles

Indian court slaps Nestle India with fine over substandard noodles

NEW DELHI: An Indian court on Tuesday imposed a fine of 4.5 million rupees ($70,000) on Nestle India in a 2015 case for selling substandard instant noodles after a laboratory test found high ash content in its popular Maggi brand. The court also slapped a 2.6 million rupee fine on the distributors of Nestle India, a […]

I am the ‘greatest supporter of LeT’, says Musharraf

I am the ‘greatest supporter of LeT’, says Musharraf

In a surprise revelation, former president Pervez Musharraf on Tuesday declared himself as the biggest supporter of the banned Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT). The statement was made during a televised interview related to Musharraf’s recently announced 23-party grand alliance and the aftermath of the botched Faizabad operation. The presenter of the show said that it would be […]

Abominable news: Purported yeti evidence came from bears, dog

Abominable news: Purported yeti evidence came from bears, dog

WASHINGTON: For fans of the yeti, newly published genetic research on purported specimens of the legendary apelike beast said to dwell in the Himalayan region may be too much to bear – literally. Scientists said on Tuesday that genetic analysis of nine bone, tooth, skin, hair and fecal samples from museum and private collections attributed to […]

Four Cameroon soldiers killed in restive anglophone region

Four Cameroon soldiers killed in restive anglophone region

YAOUNDé: Four Cameroonian soldiers were killed by suspected separatists in a restive English-speaking region early Wednesday, army and government sources said. “Four soldiers were killed around 2am around Mamfe,” a city in the country’s Southwest Region, according to an army source.”They murdered our soldiers. If that’s not terrorism, what is it?” the source said angrily. The […]

Cyclone Cempaka kills at least 19 in Indonesia

Cyclone Cempaka kills at least 19 in Indonesia

  JAKARTA: A tropical cyclone which hit Indonesia’s main island of  Java has triggered severe flooding and landslides which left 19 dead, an official said Wednesday. Landslides claimed 15 lives in east and central Java, while four others perished in floods unleashed by Cyclone Cempaka. “Thousands of homes, hectares of agricultural land and public facilities are […]

Two human rights campaigners killed in Philippines

Two human rights campaigners killed in Philippines

MANILA: Two campaigners investigating alleged human rights abuses have been shot dead in the Philippines, authorities said Wednesday, deepening concerns that a “climate of impunity” is threatening rights activists. The pair, who were looking into accusations of land-grabbing by a mayor on the central island of Negros, were riding a motorcycle when gunmen on two other […]

Ivanka Trump a ‘rockstar’ in India, despite criticism

Ivanka Trump a ‘rockstar’ in India, despite criticism

  HYDERABAD: Ivanka Trump on Wednesday pushed business leaders to change their attitudes toward women at an Indian summit where she has drawn mixed reviews amid criticism over her White House role and clothes brand. US President Donald Trump’s eldest daughter stole the show at the summit in Hyderabad, where Indian officials feted the 36-year-old presidential […]

North Korea claims it has joined ranks of nuclear-powered states after recent missile test

North Korea claims it has joined ranks of nuclear-powered states after recent missile test

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un said on Wednesday that his country had achieved full nuclear statehood after what he said was the successful test of a new missile capable of striking anywhere in the United States (US). The intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) launch snapped a two-month pause in testing by the North and poses a […]

Britain’s May to visit Saudi Arabia to discuss Yemen war with crown prince

Britain’s May to visit Saudi Arabia to discuss Yemen war with crown prince

British Prime Minister Theresa May is to visit Saudi Arabia for talks on Wednesday with its assertive crown prince over the kingdom-led war in Yemen, the second European leader to specifically seek him out as he amasses power. May’s visit is expected to include her asking Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to allow humanitarian aid […]