Thailand plans to host first World Ganja Fest

Bangkok, Oct 17 Thailand plans to host the first World Ganja Festival at the beginning of next year in a bid to promote the kingdom as a developer of the stickiest of icky, while also stimulating the country’s economic growth. ..

Islamic State rears its head, adding to chaos as Turkey battles Kurds

Ceylanpinar, Oct 12 The Turkish invasion of Kurdish-held territory in northern Syria raised new fears of a resurgence of the Islamic State on Friday, as five militants escaped from a Kurdish-run prison and the extremist group claimed responsibility ..

Trump orders troops and weapons to Saudi Arabia

Washington, Oct 12 The United States is sending about 3,000 additional troops to Saudi Arabia in the latest military response by the Trump administration after it accused Iran of attacks last month on Saudi oil facilities, the Pentagon said Friday...

Ethiopian PM Abiy Ahmed Ali wins Nobel Peace Prize

STOCKHOLM, Oct 12 Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali of Ethiopia has won the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize, the awards committee announced in Norway on Friday...

Concerned about stress in financial sector, Govt to bring NBFCs under insolvency code

The government is set to bring non-banking finance companies within the ambit of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy ..

World’s first space trader scopes out a $43 billion industry

The business of manufacturing and launching small satellites is projected to grow almost fourfold over the coming ..

PMC Bank fraud: ED looks for details of 18 companies linked to HDIL in alleged Rs 4,355 Cr scam

New Delhi, Oct 5 : After registering a money laundering case against Housing Development and Infrastructure Ltd ..

Pakistan PM warns of 'bloodbath' in Kashmir, India's Modi silent

UNITED NATIONS, Sep 28 While Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi avoided any mention of Kashmir in his speech at the United Nations General Assembly, Pakistan's Imran Khan launched an extraordinary attack on his Indian counterpart..

14 US Congressmen urge PM Modi to restore communication in Kashmir

Washington, Sep 28 Indian-American lawmaker Pramila Jayapal along with 13 other US Congressmen have urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to address concerns over the human rights situation in Kashmir and lift the communications blackout. ..

Afghan voters head to polls amid deadly violence

KABUL, Sep 28 Afghans voted in presidential elections amid tight security Saturday, even as insurgents attacked polling centres in a series of blasts across the country that left at least one person dead. ..

Trump now willing to ‘help’ resolve Kashmir issue, not ‘mediate’

Washington, Sep 10 US President Donald Trump on Monday said he is willing to “help” India and Pakistan resolve the Kashmir issue if “they want” but did not, significantly, use words such as “mediate” or “intervene”..

At UNHRC, Pakistan demands intl probe into Kashmir situation

Pakistan Tuesday raked up the issue of Jammu and Kashmir at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, asking it not to remain “indifferent” to the situation and demanded an international investigation by the rights body..

Beijing reiterates its opposition to J&K move

Islamabad/Beijing, Sep 10 China has again opposed “any unilateral actions” in Kashmir that “complicate the situation” , backing its all-weather ally Pakistan against the backdrop of its tensions with India over the revocation of J&K’s special status...

Suicide claims one life every 40 seconds, deadlier than war, homicide and breast cancer:WHO

Geneva, Sep 10 Nearly 800,000 people commit suicide each year -- more than those killed by war and homicide or breast cancer, the World Health Organization said Monday, urging action to avert the tragedies...

Pakistan, China discuss Kashmir issue; underline dialogue

Pakistan and China on Sunday discussed the Kashmir issue and underlined the need to settle disputes in the region through dialogue on the basis of mutual respect and equality, as Beijing reaffirmed its support for its all-weather ..

British Airways says nearly all flights cancelled

LONDON, Sep 9 British Airways pilots began a 48-hour strike on Monday, grounding nearly all its flights and disrupting the plans of thousands travellers in unprecedented industrial action over a pay dispute...

Protesters besiege Hong Kong after rally near US Consulate

A pro-democracy demons-tration Sunday near the US Consulate in Hong Kong quickly devolved into van-dalism and street chaos, sug- gesting that protesters were not mollified by a recent concession from the city’s leader..

Hong Kong protesters march to US consulate calling for support

Hong Kong, Sep 8 In their 14th straight weekend of anti-government protests, Hong Kong's demonstrators have taken their case to the US consulate, their latest attempt to bring an international spotlight to the political crisis in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory...

India, Pak should hold ‘direct’ talks on Kashmir: US

The United States has reiterated its support for “direct dialogue” between India and Pakistan to resolve Kashmir and all other issues rebuffing once again Islamabad’s continuing efforts to seek American mediation..

Amber Rudd quits in new Brexit blow to UK PM Boris Johnson

LONDON, Sep 8 Embattled UK Prime Minis-ter Boris Johnson has received a new blow after Work and Pensions Secretary Am-ber Rudd resigned from the government and left the Conservative Party in protest at his handling of the Brexit crisis...

Trump calls off secret meeting with Taliban, Afghan leaders after Kabul blasts

US President Donald Trump said on Saturday he had cancelled a secret meeting with the Taliban leaders and the Afghanistan president at a presidential retreat outside the American capital city and called off peace negotiations..

Brexit: London Court rejects bid to stop suspension of Parliament

London's High Court has thrown out a legal challenge against Prime Minister Boris Johnson's plan to suspend Parliament just before Britain is due to leave the European Union, but said the case could be taken to the UK Supreme Court for a final appeal...

Zimbabwe ex-President Robert Mugabe dies aged 95

Former Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe has died at the age of 95, President Emmerson Mnangagwa said. "It is with the utmost sadness that I announce the passing on of Zimbabwe's founding father and former President..

Baby in bag: US woman charged with trafficking at Manila airport

A female US national has been charged with human trafficking and kidnapping after she was caught at the international airport in the Philippine capital of Manila with a six-day-old baby hidden inside a bag...

Iran set to begin 'unlimited' nuclear research and development

Iran is set to begin on Friday unlimited nuclear research and development work, as part of what it describes as a "measured step" to scale back its commitment to the 2015 nuclear deal, without declaring an outright withdrawal...

Bangladesh may ‘force’ 100,000 Rohingya to resettle on uninhabited island

DHAKA, Sep 3 On an early morning in late August, the sun had yet to burn through the clouds that spanned the horizon, heavy with the monsoon rains that batter Bangladesh every summer...

Pak won't initiate military conflict with India: Imran

Islamabad, Sep 3 Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan has pledged that his country would not initiate any military conflict with India, warning of the risk to the world of nuclear war breaking out between the South Asian neighbours as tensions..

At least 25 confirmed dead in California boat fire

SACRAMENTO, Sep 3 At least 25 people have died and nine are still missing after a fire raged through a boat carrying recreational scuba divers anchored near an island off the southern California coast...

5 killed as hurricane Dorian hits Bahamas

PORT SAINT LUCIE, Sep 3 Monster storm Dorian stalled over the Bahamas Monday as surging seawaters and ferocious winds sowed chaos in low-lying island communities, claiming at least five lives and spurring mass evacuations on the US east coast...

Whole world will suffer if India and Pakistan go to war: Imran Khan

ISLAMABAD, Aug 30 Raking up the Kashmir issue again, Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday warned that the entire world will suffer if two nuclear-powered countries go to war...

Kashmir solidarity rallies held across Pakistan

Pakistan's prime minister has vowed to raise the issue of rights violations allegedly perpetrated by India in the disputed region of Kashmir at the United Nations next month, as tens of thousands held protests across the country expressing solidarity with the Kashmiris...

Ebola death toll in east Congo outbreak climbs above 2,000

Goma (DR Congo), Aug 30 The death toll from Democratic Republic of Congo’s year-long Ebola outbreak has climbed above 2,000, government data showed on Friday, as responders battle to overcome community mistrust and widespread security problems...

Trump launches US Space Command in counter to Russia, China threats

WASHINGTON, Aug 30 President Donald Trump on Thursday took a key step toward reorganizing the nation's armed forces to focus more on the threats posed in space, formally establishing the United States Space Command, the first new combatant..

Tehran deploys warships to Gulf after accusing US Navy of ‘harassment’

TEHRAN, Aug 27 Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said a destroyer and a helicopter-carrying support had been deployed “to provide security for Islamic Republic vessels in international waters”...

Helping reduce Indo-Pak tension one of five takeaways from G-7 Summit: White House

Washington, Aug 27 The White House on Monday claimed helping reduce India-Pakistan tension is one of the five big takeaways from the just-concluded G7 Summit...

Hong Kong violence becoming more serious, but Govt in control, says Lam

Hong Kong, Aug 27 Violence in Hong Kong’s anti-government protests is becoming more serious but the government is confident it can handle the crisis itself, the city’s embattled leader said on Tuesday...

Amazon fires: Brazil Govt rejects US$20 m in G7 aid

SAU PAULO, Aug 27 Brazil rejected aid from G7 countries to fight wildfires in the Amazon, with a top official telling French Pre-sident Emmanuel Macron to take care of “his home and his colonies”...

Addressing the suffering of Kashmiris is UNSC’s responsibility: Pak PM

New Delhi, Aug 17 Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan Saturday welcomed the United Nations Security Council’s (UNSC) closed-door meeting held on Friday to discuss the Jammu and Kashmir issue...

Syria: At least 13 killed in Idlib air raid

DAMASCUS, Aug 17 France has called for an immediate end to fighting in the Syrian city of Idlib after an air attack killed at least 13 people in a nearby town. ..

US issues warrant to seize Iranian oil tanker Grace 1

WASHINGTON, Aug 17 The United States has issued a warrant for the seizure of an Iranian oil tanker captured by British Royal Marines in Gibraltar last month for allegedly violating international sanctions. ..

China flexes muscle near Hong Kong amid more weekend rallies

Members of China’s para-military People’s Armed Police marched and prac-ticed crowd control tactics at a sports complex in Shenzhen across from Hong Kong in what some interpreted as a threat against pro-democracy..

China gets UNSC to talk Kashmir in informal, closed-door meeting

UNITED NATIONS, Aug 16 In a partial victory for the China-Pakistan axis, the United Nations Security Council has agreed to hold a closed-door consultative meeting on the Kashmir issue tonight...

Myanmar rebels kill over a dozen in attack in Shan State

NAYPYIDAW, Aug 16 Ethnic armed fighters in Myanmar have killed at least 15 people, most of them members of the country's security forces, in attacks on an elite military college and other government targets in the country's north..

China intervention not needed: Hong Kong Police on pro-democracy protests

HONG KONG, Aug 16 Hong Kong's police are confident they have the resources to continue battling pro-democracy protesters, even if violence escalates further, pouring cold water on concerns that the authoritarian mainland..

Myanmar, Bangladesh to start sending back thousands of Rohingya

DHAKA, Aug 16 Myanmar and Bangladesh are to make a fresh attempt to begin repatriating the Rohingya Muslims who fled ethnic cleansing in Rahkine state in 2017, though the community say they have not been consulted...

Myanmar Army denies helping Indian Govt wipe out NE militants

Inside NE - Yangon, Jun 18 : The Myanmar military has denied reports media reports that the armed forces of the two countries have been conducting joint military operations North Eastern rebel groups, reports The Irrawady...

Eight in the fray to replace Theresa May as British PM

London, May 26 At least eight candidates have joined the fray to battle it out to take over the reins from British Prime Minister Theresa May as the UK’s ruling Conservative Party leadership contest gets underway. May had announced her resignation earlier this week and is set to formally step down as Tory leader and PM on June 7, after a three-day state visit to the UK by US President Donald Trump. The formal segment of the party leadership contest will then kick off on June 10, but prospective candidates ..

Ten dead in eastern China after ship leaks gas

BEIJING, May 26 At least ten people died and 19 were injured after carbon dioxide leaked from a cargo ship’s fire prevention system in eastern China, local officials said Sunday. The gas leak occurred at 4:00 pm (0800 GMT) Saturday at Longyan Port in Weihai, eastern Shandong province, the local government said through its official Twitter-like Weibo account...

No talks with US 'under any circumstances': Iran

TEHRAN, May 24 Iran will not hold talks with the United States "under any circumstances" while the rights of the Islamic republic are not respected, said an official quoted Thursday by state media...

Bangladesh halts visas for Pakistanis

DHAKA, May 21 Bangladesh high commission in Islamabad has stopped issuing visas to Pakistani nationals for one week over a fresh diplomatic row, a Bangladeshi official said Tuesday, amid strained bilateral ties since 2013 when Dhaka decided to hang several of the 1971 war criminals...

Iran quadruples production of enriched uranium: Officials

Tehran, May 21 Iran quadrupled its uranium-enrichment production capacity amid tensions with the U.S. over Tehran’s atomic program, nuclear officials said on Monday, just after President Donald Trump and Iran’s foreign minister traded threats and taunts on Twitter...

Indonesia President Joko Widodo wins re-election amid claims of cheating

JAKARTA, May 21: Incumbent President Joko Widodo won last month's Indonesian election with 55.5% of votes against 44.5% for his challenger, retired General Prabowo Subianto, the election commission's official count said early on Tuesday...

Christchurch attacker Brenton Tarrant charged with terrorism: Police

WELLINGTON, May 21: The man accused of shooting dead 51 Muslim worshippers in the Christchurch mosque attacks was formally charged with terrorism for the first time on Tuesday, New Zealand police said...

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...