UK school wants Govt to ban hijab, fasting for children

Monday, 15 Jan 2018 | PTI | London

One of the UK’s leading State-funded schools has called on the government to take a firm stand on children wearing hijab and fasting during Ramadan. St Stephen’s School in Newham, east London, became one of the first schools in the country to ban the hijab for girls under eight in 2016...

Japan’s Abe seeks Baltic support against North Korea

Monday, 15 Jan 2018 | AFP | Vilnius

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has urged Baltic NATO states to support pressure on North Korea, as he hammered home his hawkish message that Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile programmes pose a global threat. Despite a recent cooling of tensions in the run-up to the Winter Olympics in South Korea, Shinzo Abe...

Hawaii panics after inbound missile alert goes off in error

Monday, 15 Jan 2018 | PTI | Washington/Honolulu

A false alert warning of a ballistic missile aimed at Hawaii today triggered panic in the US territory, forcing authorities to apologise for the ‘human error’, amidst fears of an attack by North Korea. At around 8.07 am local Hawaii time, an emergency alert was sent to all cell phones...

7.3-magnitude earthquake strikes off Peru; tsunami threat

Monday, 15 Jan 2018 | AP | Lima

A powerful earthquake struck off Peru’s coast early on Sunday, prompting a US agency to issue a tsunami threat message for parts of the country and neighbouring Chile. The US Geological Survey reported that the temblor had a preliminary magnitude of 7.3. There have been no immediate reports of casualties or...

Pak court: Nab culprit behind child’s rape, murder in 36 hrs

Saturday, 13 Jan 2018 | PTI | Lahore

The Lahore High Court (LHC) has ordered the police chief of Pakistan’s Punjab province to arrest within 36 hours the culprit behind the brutal rape and murder of a seven-year-old girl that shook the country. The LHC Chief Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah, hearing a petition filed by an advocate to...

Trump uses slur against Haiti, Africans

Saturday, 13 Jan 2018 | S Rajagopalan | Washington

Amid an international backlash over his reported use of a ‘crude slur’ against immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and some African countries, President Donald Trump on Friday denied using the sort of language attributed to him at a meeting where he rejected a tentative deal for 8,00,000 young illegal immigrants. “The...

Trump: Will soon take decision on Iran sanctions

Saturday, 13 Jan 2018 | PTI | Washington

US President Donald Trump today said that he will soon take a decision whether or not to re- impose sanctions on Iran which was lifted in 2015 under the landmark nuclear deal signed between th Islamic Republic and six world powers. The nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers -...

Haiti: We are deeply shocked and outraged

Saturday, 13 Jan 2018 | AP | Johannesburg

Haiti says it is “deeply shocked and outraged” by President Donald Trump’s reported vulgar remark on immigration, calling it “racist.” The Haitian Government says in a statement that “these insulting and reprehensible statements in no way reflect the virtues of wisdom, restraint and discernment that must be cultivated by any...

African Union: Trump’s remark is hurtful, upsetting

Saturday, 13 Jan 2018 | AFP | Addis Ababa

The African Union said on Friday that President Donald Trump’s reported description of African nations as “shithole countries” broke with “accepted behaviour” and was upsetting. Ebba Kalondo, spokeswoman for AU Chairperson Moussa Faki, told AFP that Trump’s statement “truly flies in the face of accepted behaviour and practice.” “This is not only...

India is a heaven for photographers, say Egyptian shutterbugs

Saturday, 13 Jan 2018 | PTI | Cairo

It was in 2001 that Egyptian photographer Ashraf Talaat visited India for the first time, and since then, he has made 16 trips to the country, making it almost an annual ritual. Having visited and taken pictures in 52 countries, Talaat says no country “inspired” him more than India. “India is...


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Myanmar Army’s admission of killings a ‘positive step’: Suu

14 Jan 2018 | AFP | Yangon

Myanmar’s civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi has welcomed an unprecedented army admission that security forces carried out extra-judicial killings of Rohingya Muslims as a “positive step”, state-backed media reported on Saturday. After months of staunch denials of abuse, the army on Wednesday said a probe found four members of the security forces helped kill 10 Rohingya militant suspects at Inn Din village on September 2, leaving their bodies in a...

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State in dilemma over SC orders on Padmaavat release

19 Jan 2018 | Staff Reporter | Bhopal

With the decision of the Supreme Court setting aside notification issued by the Madhya Pradesh Government banning the release of Hindi movie ‘Padmaavat’, the State Government is in dilemma.The Government does not know what to do in the new scenario...

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