'Europe could die,' Macron warns, as he calls for stronger defences

PARIS, Apr 25 : President Emmanuel Macron appealed on Thursday for stronger, more integrated European defences and said the continent must not become a vassal of the United States, as he outlined his vision for a more assertive European Union on the globa..

Iraq executes 11 people convicted of "terrorism"

Nasiriyah, Apr 25 : Iraqi authorities have executed at least 11 people convicted of "terrorism" this week, security and health sources said Wednesday, with rights group Amnesty International condemning an "alarming lack of transparency".Under Iraqi law, t..

The Lyrid meteor shower peaks this weekend, but it may be hard to see it

WASHINGTON, Apr 23The Lyrid meteor shower is underway. But with a nearly full moon in the sky during the peak, it might be tough to see clearly.The Lyrids occur every year in mid-to-late April. This year's peak activity happens Sunday into Monday, with 10..

Hundreds of Philippine schools suspend classes over heat danger

MANILA, Apr 2Hundreds of schools in the Philippines, including dozens in the capital Manila, suspended in-person classes on Tuesday due to dangerous levels of heat, education officials said.The country's heat index measures what a temperature feels like, ..

Terror attack in Russia kills 115

MOSCOW, Mar 23 Russian authorities detained 11 people, State media reported Saturday, after gunmen stormed a concert hall in Moscow in a grisly attack that left at least 115 people dead.Russia’s Investigative Committee said four of those detained we..

Maldives President seeks debt relief from India amid strained ties

Male, Mar 22 : Maldives President Mohamed Muizzu has struck a reconciliatory tone after his anti-India rhetoric, saying India will continue to remain his country's “closest ally” as he sought a debt relief from New Delhi. The Maldives owed app..

Documents reveal Abraham Lincoln, Joe Biden's 160-year old Civil War connection

WASHINGTON, Feb 19Abraham Lincoln pardoned Joe Biden's great-great-grandfather after a late-night Civil War-era brawl, documents reportedly show, linking the two US presidents across the centuries.The court martial records in the US National Archives, rep..

January was world's warmest on record, say scientists

Brussels, Feb 12The world just experienced its hottest January on record, continuing a run of exceptional heat fuelled by climate change, the European Union's Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) said on Thursday. Last month surpassed the previous warm..

Conscription law enforced in Myanmar

Naypyidaw, Feb 11The Government in Myanmar has announced compulsory military service for all young men and women as the country's turmoil continues.The army seized power from the civilian Government in a coup in February 2021.But in recent months it has b..

"I am so scared": 6-year-old Gaza girl found dead weeks after pleading for help

Gaza City, Feb 10 : Six-year-old Hind Rajab pleaded to be rescued, after her family's car came under fire in war-ravaged Gaza City, leaving her alone, frightened and injured, surrounded by the bodies of her dead relatives."I am so scared," she had said in..

Both Imran Khan, Nawaz Sharif declare victory as Pak elections results drag on

Islamabad, Feb 10 : Former Pakistani prime ministers and bitter rivals Nawaz Sharif and Imran Khan on Friday both declared victory in elections marred by delayed results and militant attacks, throwing the country into further political turmoil.Sharif's pa..

25 killed in twin blasts outside Pak candidates' offices in Balochistan

Karachi, Feb 7At least 25 people were killed and 42 others injured on Wednesday in two devastating bomb blasts targeting election offices in Pakistan's restive Balochistan province, a day before the general elections in the coup-prone country.In the first..

US lawmakers reject proposal for $17.6 billion military aid to Israel

Washington, Feb 7US lawmakers voted Tuesday to reject a standalone Israel aid bill denounced by critics as a "cynical" bid to thwart a cross-party border security and foreign assistance package that would include cash for war-torn Ukraine.Republicans in t..

Myanmar border guards flee to Bangladesh amid clashes with rebels

Dhaka, Feb 5At least 95 Myanmar border guards, some of them wounded, have fled to Bangladesh over the last few days as fighting intensifies between rebel forces in Myanmar and the junta regime, officials in Bangladesh said on Monday.Since mounting a coup ..

At least 19 dead in Chile forest fires, toll likely to increase: Government

SANTIAGO, Feb 3At least 19 people have died in forest fires raging near Chile’s coast, Interior Minister Carolina Toha said Saturday, warning the toll was likely to climb higher.Fifteen of the 19 victims “have already been identified,” T..

Pakistan ex-PM Imran Khan, wife get 14 years jail in corruption case

Islamabad, Jan 31Former Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan and his wife were sentenced Wednesday to 14 years in jail after being found guilty of graft in a case involving gifts he received while premier.The verdict, a week before national elections, comes..

Ukraine carries out drone attack

Kyiv, Jan 31: Ukraine carried out another drone attack on an oil facility deep inside Russian territory, a military intelligence source in Kyiv told AFP on Wednesday.Kyiv has ramped up strikes on Russian oil and gas facilities over the past two months, pa..

Sniper shoots dead top Myanmar Army official in chopper

Naypyidaw, Jan 30 Four members of the Myanmar security services including a Brigadier General were shot dead by sniper fire on Monday as their helicopter prepared to land, a military source told AFP.Brigadier General Aye Min Naung, his personal security o..

Ex Pak PM Imran Khan gets 10-year jail for exposing official secrets

Islamabad, Jan 30Former Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan was sentenced Tuesday to 10 years in prison, less than two weeks before the country votes in an election his party has been hamstrung from contesting.Khan's sentence was handed down inside Adiala ..

Israeli agents, disguised as medical staff, kill 3 Palestinians in hospital

Jenin, Jan 30Israeli undercover agents, some disguised as medical staff, raided a West Bank hospital Tuesday and shot dead three Palestinian militants, in the first such operation in eight years.An AFP photographer saw a bullet hole on a pillow covered in..

Japan's precision moon lander has hit its target, but it appears to be upside-down

TOKYO, Jan 28Japan's space agency said Thursday that its first lunar mission hit the tiny patch of the moon's surface it was aiming for, in a successful demonstration of its pinpoint landing system—although the probe appears to be lying upside-down...

Amid war with Russia, Ukraine uncovers $40 million fraud in weapons procurement

Kyiv, Jan 28Ukraine's SBU security service said on Saturday it had uncovered a corruption scheme in the purchase of arms by the country's military totalling the equivalent of about $40 million.The announcement of mass procurement fraud, confirmed by Ukrai..

Myanmar armed group says captured town near India, Bangladesh border

Yangon, Jan 16An armed ethnic minority group in Myanmar has said it captured a town and several junta outposts near the border with Bangladesh and India, in the latest setback for the embattled military.Clashes have rocked Myanmar's western Rakhine and Ch..

Defiant Netanyahu says no one can halt Israel’s war to crush Hamas, including World Court

GAZA, Jan 14Israel will pursue its war against Hamas until victory and will not be stopped by anyone, including the world court, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a defiant speech on Saturday, as the fighting in Gaza approached the 100-day mark.Ne..

'We lost hope': Ravaged Gaza nears 100 days of war

KHAN YOUNIS, Jan 11 : Bombed-out neighbourhoods, mass graves dug in the sand, spreading hunger and disease -- as the bloodiest ever Gaza war nears 100 days, besieged Palestinians have endured ever new horrors.More than three months of relentless Israeli b..

Airstrike on PDF stronghold in Myanmar kills 15

OSR/Agencies (AFP)IMPHAL/TAMU, Jan 7 : At least 15 people, including children, have been killed in an air strike on a village in northwestern Myanmar on the Indo (Manipur)-Myanmar border, local media said Sunday.The country has been engulfed by increasing..

Netanyahu says Gaza-Egypt border zone should be under Israeli control

GAZA, Dec 31The border zone between the Gaza Strip and Egypt should be under Israel’s control, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said, as he predicted the war in the Palestinian enclave and on other regional fronts would last many months..

WHO Chief "very concerned" by Gaza infectious disease threat

Geneva, Dec 30World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Friday he was "very concerned" about the growing threat of infectious diseases in the Gaza Strip."As people continue to be massively displaced across the south of Gaza, with som..

Israeli troops killed hostages, mistaking their cries for help as ambush

Jerusalem, Dec 29 : Israeli soldiers ignored cries for "help" when they entered a Gaza building holding three hostages just days before killing them by mistake, said a military investigation published on Thursday.The soldiers also heard "hostages" shouted..

'Not appropriate': Argentina formally rejects invitation to join BRICS

BUENOS AIRES, Dec 29 : Argentine President Javier Milei has sent letters to BRICS leaders to formalize his decision to reject an invitation to join the grouping of major emerging economies, the presidency said Friday.The bloc -- made up of Brazil, Russia,..

Myanmar junta accused of war crimes

YANGON, Dec 21 Myanmar’s military has likely perpetrated indiscriminate attacks on civilians and used banned cluster munitions in its fight against ethnic minority insurgents, Amnesty International said on Dec 21, calling for an investigation of sus..

Israel keeps pounding Gaza, Houthis vow more Red Sea attacks

CAIRO/GAZA, Dec 19Israel kept pounding the shattered Gaza Strip on Tuesday while Yemen’s pro-Palestinian Houthi movement vowed to defy a U.S.-led naval mission and keep hitting Israeli targets in the Red Sea.Israel’s campaign to eradicate Hama..

127 people killed, over 700 injured in China’s worst earthquake in nine years

Beijing, Dec 19At least 127 people were killed and over 700 others injured when a powerful 6.2-magnitude earthquake jolted a mountainous region of northwestern China late Monday night, the deadliest quake in the quake-prone region in nine years.The quake,..

Kuwait Emir Sheikh Nawaf dies at 86

Kuwait, Dec 16: The emir of oil-rich Kuwait, Sheikh Nawaf al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, died on Saturday, the royal court said, after three years in power. He was 86."With great sadness and sorrow, we mourn... the death of Sheikh Nawaf al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, Emir of the..

China brokers temporary truce in Myanmar

BEIJING, Dec 14China has mediated peace talks between Myanmar’s ruling military and rebel groups, and the parties agreed on a temporary ceasefire and to maintain dialogue, Beijing said on Thursday.“China hopes that concerned parties will exerc..

Price of poppy flower pegged at 355 US Dollars per Kg Myanmar is now world's largest source of opium : UN

BANGKOK, Dec 12 Myanmar has become the world's largest source of opium, thanks to domestic instability and a decline in cultivation in Afghanistan, the United Nations said in a report on Tuesday.The 95% decline in opium cultivation in Afghanistan after a ..

Suicide attack on Pakistan army base kills 23: Official

PESHAWAR, Dec 12 : At least 23 people were killed in a suicide bombing at a Pakistan army base on Tuesday, an official said, in an attack claimed by militants affiliated with the Pakistani Taliban.The early-morning attack targeted a base in Dera Ismail Kh..

Israeli tanks reach centre of Khan Younis in new storm of southern Gaza

GAZA/CAIRO, Dec 10Israeli tanks battled their way to the centre of Khan Younis on Sunday in a major new push into the heart of the main city in the southern Gaza Strip.Residents said tanks had reached the main north-south road through the middle of Khan Y..

Nawaz Sharif says he was ousted in 1999 for opposing Kargil plan

Lahore, Dec 10Pakistan's former prime minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday said he was ousted from the government in 1999 by (late) Gen Pervez Musharraf for opposing the Kargil misadventure, as he underlined the importance of having good relations with India..

PARIS, Dec 8 : Rich countries need to stop using coal by 2030 and oil and gas by 2040, with poorer nations following a decade behind, to give the world a chance of limiting warming to 1.5C, climate scientists told the UN Friday.In a note to the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and UN Climate

PARIS, Dec 8 : Rich countries need to stop using coal by 2030 and oil and gas by 2040, with poorer nations following a decade behind, to give the world a chance of limiting warming to 1.5C, climate scientists told the UN Friday.In a note to the UN Secreta..

Putin moves a step closer to a fifth term as President after Russia sets 2024 election date

MOSCOW, Dec 7 : Russian lawmakers on Thursday set the date of the country’s 2024 presidential election for March 17, moving Vladimir Putin a step closer to a fifth term in office.Members of the Federation Council, Russia’s upper house of parli..

Putin moves a step closer to a fifth term as President after Russia sets 2024 election date

MOSCOW, Dec 7 : Russian lawmakers on Thursday set the date of the country’s 2024 presidential election for March 17, moving Vladimir Putin a step closer to a fifth term in office.Members of the Federation Council, Russia’s upper house of parli..

Death count in Indonesia volcano rises to 22 after 9 more bodies recovered

Agam, Dec 5The death count from a volcano eruption in Indonesia has risen to 22 after nine more bodies were discovered, a search and rescue agency official said Tuesday.Mount Marapi on the island of Sumatra spewed an ash tower 3,000 metres (9,800 feet) --..

Myanmar rebels on the offensive

NEW DELHI, Nov 14 Anti-junta fighters in Myanmar's Chin state were aiming to gain control of part of a porous border with India, after tasting early success with the takeover of two military outposts on the remote mountainous frontier, a senior rebel comm..

Myanmar military airstrikes rebel camp near Mizoram

Waari Singbul Network Aizawl, Nov 13 : In a dramatic escalation of tensions, Champhai district in Mizoram is on red alert as the Myanmar Army engaged in a fierce clash with the pro-democratic force, Chinland Defence Force (CDF). On Monday, Myanmar Army je..

China on alert over likely Covid relapse ahead of winter: Report

Beijing, Nov 13Chinese experts have sounded an alert about the relapse of COVID-19 infections during the current winter season and asked elderly and vulnerable populations to get vaccinated.The Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (Chinese CD..

Baby dies as Gaza's largest hospital runs out of fuel, operations suspended

Gaza, Nov 11A baby died in an incubator at Gaza's largest hospital after the facility lost power, and another person was killed by an Israeli shell in intensive care, a spokesperson for the Palestinian health ministry said on Saturday.Israel's military, w..

Who will rule Gaza after Israel ends war against Hamas? Netanyahu says...

Tel Aviv, Nov 11Who will govern Gaza when Israel's military offensive against Hamas ends? After five weeks of fighting, the answer remains shrouded in confusion.Hamas, a Palestinian group with an armed wing, has governed the coastal territory of about 2.4..

Deadly strike at Gaza's largest hospital kills 13

JERUSALEM, Nov 10 : Palestinians said Friday a deadly strike hit Gaza's largest hospital compound as heavy fighting between Hamas and Israel has sent tens of thousands of civilians fleeing their homes.Gaza's Hamas government, which reported a toll of 13, ..

At least 157 dead in Nepal earthquake

NEPALGUNJ, Nov 4 At least 157 people were killed in an overnight earth-quake that struck a remote pocket of Nepal, officials said Saturday, as security forces rushed to assist with rescue efforts.The 6.4 magnitude quake hit isolated western districts of t..