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  • Iran tells UN it will hike uranium enrichment capacity

    5 June, 2018 10:48 AM 18

    Iran has notified the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) that it has launched a plan to increase its uranium enrichment capacity, nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi said on Tuesday. “A letter was submitted to the agency regarding the start of certain activities,” said Mr. Salehi, a vice-president and head of the Iranian Atomic Energy Organisation

  • 48 migrants killed in Tunisia boat capsize

    4 June, 2018 3:07 AM 56

    At least 48 migrants died after their boat capsized off the eastern coast of Tunisia, the Tunisian government said. Sixty-seven others — from Tunisia and elsewhere — were rescued by the coastguard, BBC reported on Sunday. The country has become an important new route for migrants trying to make the crossing to Europe in the past year. This comes after

  • Assad to visit North Korea, meet Kim

    3 June, 2018 4:50 PM 35

    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said he plans to visit North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, North Korean state media reported on Sunday, potentially the first meeting between Mr. Kim and another head of state in Pyongyang. “I am going to visit the DPRK and meet HE Kim Jong Un,” Mr. Assad said on May 30, North Korea’s KCNA news agency reported. Mr. Assad

  • 44% of Afghan children are out of school: report

    3 June, 2018 4:49 PM 101

    Increase in violence is the main reason Nearly half all children in Afghanistan are out of school due to conflict, poverty, child marriage and discrimination against girls, the number rising for the first time since 2002, humanitarian organisations said in a report on Sunday. Spreading violence has forced many schools to close, undermining fragile gains

  • Death toll in Oman, Yemen from Cyclone Mekunu rises to 30

    3 June, 2018 12:02 PM 44

    Authorities say Cyclone Mekunu killed at least 30 people when it barreled across Oman and Yemen last month. The International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said in a statement that the majority of the fatalities happened on the Yemeni island of Socotra, where 20 were killed. The federation said in a statement Thursday another

  • Nine migrants drown as speedboat sinks off Turkey

    3 June, 2018 8:21 AM 44

    The boat hit trouble off the Demre district of the Mediterranean Antalya province, a popular holiday spot. Nine migrants seeking to head to Europe in a speedboat drowned on Sunday when the vessel sank off Turkey’s Mediterranean coast, state media reports said. The boat hit trouble off the Demre district of Turkey’s Mediterranean Antalya province, a popular

  • Indian in UAE hits jackpot, wins Rs. 18 crore in lottery

    3 June, 2018 7:59 AM 42

    Winner Dickson Kattithara Abraham, who lives in Nigeria, had purchased the ticket in Big Ticket Abu Dhabi. An Indian in the United Arab Emirates has hit a jackpot by winning a whopping 10 million dirham in a raffle in Abu Dhabi, the latest addition to the long list of lucky winners from India. Dickson Kattithara Abraham, who lives in Nigeria, had purchased

  • Israeli strikes Hamas in Gaza after rocket fire resumes

    3 June, 2018 6:47 AM 41

    The Israeli military struck Hamas militant sites in Gaza early Sunday in response to the resumption of rocket fire toward Israel, which threatened to unravel an informal cease-fire that had held since a flare-up of violence last week. The military said it hit 15 Hamas targets, including military compounds, munition factories and naval forces. The strikes

  • Pope to meet 5 abused priests

    2 June, 2018 2:55 PM 19

    Pope Francis will on Saturday meet five Chilean priests who were sexually abused by another priest, Fernando Karadima, in an effort to heal their wounds and those of the church, the Vatican said. In a letter to Chileans issued last week, the pope had voiced his “shame” that the Catholic church had failed “to listen and react in time” to allegations of sexual

  • Catalonia government sworn in, ending Madrid direct rule

    2 June, 2018 2:39 PM 15

    Nationalists regained control of Catalonia’s regional government on Saturday as a new Cabinet was sworn in, automatically ending just over seven months of direct rule from Madrid by Spain’s Central government. The Cabinet led by Quim Torra, a close aide to former Catalonia leader Carles Puigdemont, took over on the day Socialist Pedro Sanchez, who has said he wants