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  • Pakistan defends Hafiz Saeed’s participation in rally

    31 December, 2017 4:05 PM 9

    No restriction on his freedom of speech Pakistan on Saturday defended Hafiz Saeed’s participation in a pro-Palestine rally, saying that the Jamaat-ud-Dawah chief’s UN proscription does not place any restrictions on his freedom of expression. Saeed and Palestinian Ambassador to Pakistan Walid Abu Ali participated in the rally in Rawalpindi on Friday

  • Australia welcomes 2018 with spectacular fireworks in Sydney

    31 December, 2017 1:38 PM 114

    Samoa, Tonga and Christmas Island/Kiribati became the first places in the world on Sunday to welcome in 2018.  New Delhi: Australia welcomed the New Year with a spectacular firework display over the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House. Lazer lights were used from on top of the bridge to light up the scene. The Australian fireworks came two hours

  • Pakistan hands over 145 Indian fishermen to authorities

    29 December, 2017 1:18 PM 20

    They were previously released from a Karachi prison and transported to Lahore. A Pakistani official said on Friday that 145 Indian fishermen were handed over to Indian authorities at a border crossing near Lahore. Maj. Azam Sher said the fishermen were previously released from a Karachi prison and transported to Lahore. They were imprisoned in the past year for illegally

  • Tibetan film-maker flees China, arrives in the U.S

    28 December, 2017 4:56 PM 35

    Wangchen was jailed in 2009 after he made a documentary A Tibetan film-maker jailed in China for making a film about the Olympics and Tibet has escaped from China and arrived in the United States, according to an activist group which campaigned for his release. Dhondup Wangchen was jailed for six years in late 2009 in the western province of Qinghai

  • Turkey detains 38 Islamic State suspects: Agency

    28 December, 2017 11:10 AM 74

    Counter-terrorism police carried out simultaneous raids on homes in various districts of Bursa, smashing doors open with battering rams and searching the properties. ISTANBUL: Turkish police detained 38 people, some of them Syrian citizens, over suspected links to Islamic State in an operation on Thursday in the northwestern province of Bursa, the state-run

  • Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton most admired among Americans: Gallup poll

    28 December, 2017 2:47 AM 73

    WASHINGTON: Former US president Barack Obama is the most admired man in the United States and former secretary of state Hillary Clinton the most admired woman, according to a poll published on Wednesday. Obama came out on top of the annual Gallup survey for the 10th year in a row while Clinton, who lost last year's presidential election to Donald Trump

  • Blogger held on blasphemy charges

    26 December, 2017 3:20 PM 40

    Bangladesh police arrested a blogger from the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka on charge of making derogatory remarks about Prophet Muhammad. Asaduzzaman Noor, also known as Asad Noor, was detained at the airport on Monday night when he was leaving for Nepal, police said. In January, Mufti Omar Faruque, a cleric, had filed a case against

  • Kremlin: Navalny’s calls for vote boycott might be illegal

    26 December, 2017 10:22 AM 42

    Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov on Tuesday would not comment on the Election Commission’s decision to bar Mr. Navalny. The Kremlin says officials should review opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s calls for an election boycott to see if they might be breaking the law. In a widely anticipated decision, Russia’s top election body voted on Monday to formally

  • U.S. ‘tracks’ Santa’s path

    25 December, 2017 4:21 PM 33

    As it has done every year since 1955, a Canadian and American defence agency tracked Santa’s path around the globe this Christmas as part of a fun tradition. A 3-D, interactive website at www.noradsanta.org shows Santa on his delivery route, allowing users to click and learn more about the various cities along the way. U.S. President Donald Trump and First

  • Iran approves death penalty for researcher accused of spying

    25 December, 2017 10:54 AM 36

    Iran’s Supreme Court has approved the death sentence of an Iranian researcher accused of spying for Israel. Ahmad Reza Jalali, who has been jailed since April 2016, was shown on state TV earlier this month confessing to providing information to Israel’s Mossad spy agency about Iranian military and nuclear scientists, including two who were assassinated