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  • 7.2 magnitude earthquake jolts Iran-Iraq border area; 61 killed

    13 November, 2017 1:31 AM 36

    The U.S. Geological Survey placed its epicenter at around 32km outside the Iraqi city of Halabja A powerful magnitude 7.2 earthquake hit the region along the border between Iran and Iraq on Sunday, killing at least 61 people and injuring 300 in Iran, an Iranian official said. Iranian state TV said Iraqi officials had reported six deaths and 200 injuries

  • Beirut seeks explanation from Riyadh

    12 November, 2017 4:24 PM 32

    Lebanon’s President Michel Aoun urged Saudi Arabia on Saturday to explain why Saad Hariri had not returned to Beirut since his surprise resignation as Prime Minister a week ago. Mr. Aoun on Saturday called on the kingdom to “clarify the reasons that have prevented the return of PM Hariri to Lebanon to be among his people and supporters”. The Lebanese

  • Turkey denies report of plan to kidnap cleric Fethullah Gulen from U.S

    12 November, 2017 12:40 PM 50

    Turkey has dismissed as “ludicrous and groundless” a report that Turkish officials may have discussed kidnapping a U.S.-based Muslim cleric in exchange for millions of dollars. On November 10, The Wall Street Journal reported that Special Counsel Robert Mueller was investigating an alleged plot involving former U.S. National Security Adviser Michael

  • Indian girl trying to sing songs in 85 languages to break Guinness World Record

    12 November, 2017 11:46 AM 53

    DUBAI: A 12-year-old Indian girl, who can sing songs in 80 languages, is trying to break the Guinness World Record in singing in most languages in one concert. Suchetha Satish, a grade seven student of The Indian High School in Dubai, will attempt to sing songs in 85 languages during the attempt scheduled for December 29, the Gulf News reported

  • Chinese spend billions shopping online on 'Singles Day'

    12 November, 2017 6:21 AM 34

    Chinese consumers have spent billions of dollars shopping online for anything from diapers to diamonds on “Singles Day,” a day of promotions that has grown into the world’s biggest e-commerce event. China’s largest e-commerce giant, Alibaba Group, said on Sunday sales by the thousands of retailers on its platforms for the 24-hour period on Saturday amounted

  • Assault on last IS-held Iraq pocket

    11 November, 2017 2:42 PM 47

    Iraqi forces launched an offensive on Saturday to retake the last pocket of territory in the country still held by the Islamic State, the operation’s commander said. The Euphrates valley town of Rawa and nearby villages were bypassed by government troops and allied militia when they retook the Syrian border town of Al-Qaim last week. Troops backed by militia

  • Israel downs Syrian drone over Golan

    11 November, 2017 2:01 PM 50

    ‘It was on a reconnaissance mission’ The Israeli Army said it had shot down a Russian-made Syrian drone carrying out a reconnaissance mission over the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on Saturday. The drone was intercepted by a Patriot missile in the demilitarised zone between the Israeli-and Syrian-controlled parts of the Golan, a military spokeswoman

  • China faces historic corruption battle, says ruling party's new graft buster

    11 November, 2017 3:35 AM 58

    SHANGHAI: China must win its battle against corruption or face being erased by history, its new top graft-buster said in an editorial on Saturday, underscoring the ruling Communist Party`s focus on eliminating the corrupt behaviour. Zhao Leji, appointed to the new seven-member Politburo Standing Committee last month and tasked to lead President Xi Jinping

  • Pakistan offers a meeting of Commander Jadhav with his wife on humanitarian grounds

    10 November, 2017 2:59 PM 53

    "The Government of Pakistan has decided to arrange a meeting of Commander Kulbhushan Jhadav with his wife, in Pakistan, purely on humanitarian grounds. A Note Verbale to this effect has been sent to the Indian High Commission in Islamabad, today'" a foreign office statement said. Kulbushan Jhadav which India claimed was a its former Naval official was apprehended

  • IS leader Baghdadi reported in Syrian town: Hezbollah media unit

    10 November, 2017 12:55 PM 39

    A Hezbollah-run media unit said on Friday Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was reported to have been in the Syrian town of Albu Kamal during the Syrian army and its allies' operation to clear it. The military unit did not say what had happened to Baghdadi, give further details or identify its sources. The U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State