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  • Ex-U.K. model recounts her near-brush with IS

    21 June, 2018 3:56 PM 54

    ‘I was groomed to become white widow’ Former U.K. model Kimberley Miners has claimed that she was groomed by a Pakistani-origin Islamic State (IS) recruiter to become the next “white widow” in Syria. Ms. Miners told The Sun that she was brainwashed by Naweed Hussain, a Briton who joined the IS in June 2015 and was killed last year, on Facebook. “I was totally

  • Global refugee count highest ever in 2017: UN report

    21 June, 2018 10:49 AM 81

    The number of refugees worldwide registered an annual increase of 13% to reach 25.4 million in 2017, the highest known total to date, according to a UNHCR report. Most of the refugees were from Syria and Afghanistan, while neighbouring Turkey and Pakistan hosted the most number of refugees. If internal displacement figures were considered, one person

  • Iran allows entry of women into stadium

    20 June, 2018 7:25 PM 54

    Tehran’s largest football stadium was to admit thousands of women together with men on Wedesday for the first time since the the Islamic Revolution of 1979. The decision to throw open the gates of the capital’s 1,00,000 capacity Azadi Stadium for came ahead of Iran’s match against Spain. The U-turn by Tehran provincial council came after the 1-0 win over Morocco

  • Senate passes defence bill without CAATSA waiver

    20 June, 2018 1:36 PM 43

    The U.S Senate has ignored the Donald Trump administration’s request for powers to waiver provisions of the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA), which requires it to impose sanctions on countries that have “significant” defence relations with Russia. The Senate version of the National Defence Authorisation Act (NDAA) for 2019 passed

  • Taliban strikes Afghan army checkpoints, killing 30 troops

    20 June, 2018 11:12 AM 53

    The Taliban had observed a cease-fire over Eid al-Fitr last weekend but rejected the government’s request for an extension. Taliban fighters have killed at least 30 Afghan soldiers in an attack on two checkpoints in western Badghis province, a provincial official said. Abdul Aziz Beg, head of the provincial council in Badghis, said the fighters first

  • Canada Senate approves recreational use of marijuana

    20 June, 2018 2:28 AM 50

    The country is set to become the first Group of Seven nation to legalize cannabis Canada's upper house of parliament on Tuesday approved a revised bill to legalize recreational marijuana, setting the stage for the country to become the first Group of Seven nation to legalize cannabis. The Senate voted 52-29 in favor of the revised bill from the elected

  • Dozens missing after ferry sinking at Indonesia’s Lake Toba

    19 June, 2018 2:22 AM 46

    Dozens of people are missing after a ferry sank on Indonesia’s Lake Toba, casting a tragic pall over holidays marking the end of the Muslim holy month. Cellphone video released on Tuesday by the National Disaster Mitigation Agency shows the crew of another ferry attempting to rescue people struggling in the waters shortly after the sinking on Monday

  • Trump orders Pentagon to create US ‘Space Force’

    18 June, 2018 6:12 PM 60

    President Donald Trump on Monday ordered the Pentagon to create a new US “Space Force,” which would become the sixth branch of the American military but which requires Congressional approval to take effect. “I'm hereby directing the Department of Defense and Pentagon to immediately begin the process necessary to establish a Space Force as the sixth branch

  • UAE urges Houthis to withdraw

    18 June, 2018 5:10 PM 79

    Arab coalition aircraft bombarded Houthi fighters holed up at the airport of Yemen’s main port Hodeidah on Monday as a senior alliance official said he hoped UN diplomacy could coax the movement to cede the city. Apache helicopter gunships fired at Houthi snipers and other fighters positioned on the rooftops of schools and homes in the Manzar neighbourhood

  • Exclusion of Indian students from visa reform amounts to self-harm: British think tank

    18 June, 2018 5:08 PM 63

    Think tanks, lawmakers condemn discriminatory measure Britain’s decision to exclude India from reform of its international student visa application process has been widely condemned in Britain, including by the Labour Party, with one think tank describing it as an “act of self-harm” that threatened to push even more Indian students away from British