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Bomb hits tourist bus near Giza Pyramids, wounds 17

Cairo, May 20 A roadside bomb hit a tourist bus on Sunday near the Giza Pyramids, wounding at least 17 people including tourists, Egyptian officials said. The officials said the bus was travelling on a road close to the under-construction Grand Egyptian Museum, which is located adjacent to the Giza Pyramids but is not yet open to tourists...

Indonesia Court sentences Frenchman to death for drug smuggling

JAKARTA, May 20 An Indonesian court has sentenced Frenchman Felix Dorfin to death for drug smuggling - a surprise verdict after prosecutors asked for a 20-year jail term...

ISIL inmates instigate deadly riot in Tajik prison, 32 killed

Dushanbe, May 20: At least 32 people, including three prison guards and 29 inmates, have been killed in a high-security prison in Tajikistan after convicted Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS) fighters started a riot...

Gunmen hit Kabul checkpoint, kill three police officers

Kabul, May 20 An Afghan official says gunmen stormed a checkpoint in Kabul, killing at least three police officers..

Over 250,000 Rohingyas given first ID cards in B'desh: UN

GENEVA, May 19 The UN said Friday it has registered more than 250,000 Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, providing many with their first ever identification cards and proof of their right to return to Myanmar in the future...

Australia’s ruling coalition elected to surprise third term

Canberra, May 19 Australia’s ruling conser-vative coalition won a sur- prise victory in the country’s general election on Saturday, defying opinion polls that had tipped the center-left opposition party to oust it from power and promising an end to the revolving door of national leaders...

Pak airspace to stay shut for Indian flights till May 30

Lahore, May 17 Pakistan on Wednesday decided not to lift its airspace ban for Indian flights till May 30, as Islamabad is awaiting the outcome of the Lok Sabha polls in India. Pakistan fully closed its airspace after an Indian Air Force strike on a Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terror camp in Balakot on February 26. ..

3 British crew killed in Dubai plane crash

DUBAI, May 17 Three British people and a South African were killed Thursday in a plane crash close to Dubai airport, the United Arab Emirates' state news agency reported. The UK-registered Diamond Aircraft went down five kilometres (three miles) south of the international hub, WAM said, citing civil aviation authorities...

Afghanistan: Air attack kills 17 policemen 'by mistake'

KABUL, May 17: An air attack has killed 17 policemen by mistake during a battle with the Taliban just outside the provincial capital of Lashkar Gah in Afghanistan's southern Helmand province, officials said. Attaullah Afghan, the head of the provincial council, said the attack took place on Thursday while Afghan police were fighting the Taliban near the city. Fourteen policemen were wounded in the attack, he added. A spokesperson for the provincial governor said the strike was carried out by NATO ..

Kremlin protests after US arrests Russian accused of smuggling fighter jet manuals

Reuters MOSCOW, May 15 : The Kremlin protested on Wednesday over the extradition from ex-Soviet Georgia to the United States of a Russian man accused of smuggling F-16 fighter jet manuals into Russia in breach of U.S. arms export law...

Malaysian teen takes own life after Instagram poll

AFP KUALA LUMPUR, May 15 : A Malaysian teenager who posted an Instagram poll asking if she should live or die took her life after a majority of respondents said yes, sparking calls for an investigation...

Lanka police lift Nationwide curfew, arrest 60 people for anti-Muslim riots

COLOMBO, May 15 : Sri Lankan authorities said they have arrested 60 people linked to the communal riots as a nationwide curfew was lifted on Wednesday in the island nation, which witnessed Sinhalese mob attacks on Muslim-owned shops and businesses in the aftermath of the deadly Easter blasts...

US Catholic abuse victims sue Vatican to name predatory Priests

WASHINGTON, May 15 : Five Americans who say they were sexually molested by Catholic priests have filed a lawsuit against the Vatican to compel the church to open its archives and hand over the names and details of abusive clergy...

4 cops killed, 11 injured in blast in Balochistan

Karachi, May 14 A powerful remote-controlled bomb blast near a mosque in Pakistan’s Balochistan province has killed four policemen and injured 11 others, the second major attack to rock the restive region in the last three days...

Trump says will meet Putin, Xi Jinping at G20 Summit in Japan

WASHINGTON, May 14: President Donald Trump said Monday he expects to meet with the presidents of Russia and China next month at the Group of 20 summit in Japan. As the trade conflict with China escalates, Trump said of the expected encounter with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping, "we'll be meeting at the G20 in Japan. And that will be I think probably a very fruitful meeting."..

Chinese navy launches two new guided missile destroyers: Report

Chinese navy launches two new guided missile destroyers: Report..

IMF bails out Pakistan, to pay $6 bn over next 3 yrs

Islamabad, May 13 Pakistan and the IMF have reached a new agreement securing a $6 billion bailout for the cash-strapped country, officials said on Sunday, following months of painstaking negotiations between the two sides...

B'desh ‘worried’ over arms flow from NE

DHAKA , May 12 : Bangladesh’s security apparatus is worried over flow of illicit arms entering its territory from India’s North East and West Bengal State. Senior intelligence officials told Northeast Now that Chinese designed weapons enter the North Eastern Indian States from Myanmar and are then finding their way to the hilly border of Mizoram with Bangladesh’s Chittagong Hill Tracts...

Gunmen kill female ex-Afghan journalist Mina Mangal in Kabul

KABUL, May 12: Gunmen shot dead a former television journalist and adviser to the Afghan parliament in Kabul on Saturday, underlining threats to women and drawing widespread condemnation...

Nigeria: ISIL claims killing 11 soldiers in Borno State

ABUJA, May 12: ISIL fighters killed 11 Nigerian soldiers in an attack on the northeastern town of Gajiganna, the group has claimed through its news agency AMAQ...

Iran may attack Israel if US standoff escalates, says Israeli Minister

Jerusalem, May 12: An Israeli cabinet minister warned on Sunday of possible direct or proxy Iranian attacks on Israel should the stand-off between Tehran and Washington escalate. The United States has increased economic and military pressure on Iran, with President Donald Trump on Thursday urging its leaders to talk to him about giving up their nuclear programme and saying he could not rule out an armed confrontation...

Christchurch Mosque death count rises to 51

WELLINGTON, May 3 The death toll from the Christchurch mosque attacks has risen to 51 after a 46-year-old Turkish man succumbed to injuries sustained in the March 15 shootings, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Friday. "This sad news will be felt across Turkey, as well as New Zealand," Ardern said. "This man has been in intensive care since the attack. We have all been hoping for the best. However, he has now succumbed to the injuries sustained in the shooting at the Al Noor mosque."..

Thai king marries bodyguard

BANGKOK, May 2 Just days before his official coronation, Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn on Wednesday married the deputy head of his personal guard force and gave her the title Queen Suthida. The surprise announcement was carried in the Royal Gazette, and footage from Wednesday's wedding ceremony was later shown on the nightly Royal News segment aired on all Thai television channels...

Ex-CIA agent Jerry Chun Shing Lee admits spying for China

WASHINGTON, May 2 An ex-CIA agent has pleaded guilty to spying for China, the US justice department says, in a case believed to be linked to the dismantling of a US espionage network. Jerry Chun Shing Lee, 54, left the CIA in 2007 to live in Hong Kong, where he was recruited by Chinese agents. Prosecutors say the naturalised US citizen was then paid to divulge information on US covert assets. This led China to bring down a network of informants between 2010 and 2012...

Venezuelan protests peter out as Maduro hangs on; US, Russia squabble

Caracas, May 2 Venezuelans heeded opposition leader Juan Guaido’s call to take to the streets on Wednesday in a bid to force President Nicolas Maduro from power, but there was little concrete sign of change in a crisis that increasingly looks like a political stalemate. The standoff increased tensions between the United States and Russia, who accused each other of interf- erence in the OPEC-member nation’s affairs, however...

Islamic State alert sounded in Bangladesh, India

DHAKA, Apr 27 Bangladesh and Indian intelligence have been duly alerted about a pro-Islamic State telegram in Bengali doing the rounds in Internet that promises militant action soon. Top Bangladesh intelligence officials say they have interacted with their Indian counterparts and decided to sound a nationwide alert over the poster in Bengali that says ‘Shigroi Asche Inshallah’ (God, willing, coming soon)...