Newly-elected Pak Parl to meet for 1st time today

Monday, 13 Aug 2018 | PTI | Islamabad

Pakistan’s newly-elected parliament is meeting on Monday for the first time to start the process of transition and handing over powers to the new Government. President Mamnoon Hussain has already summoned the maiden Session of National Assembly, the lower house, at 10 am in Parliament House here. According to law, the speaker...

Children among 39 civilians dead in Syria arms depot

Monday, 13 Aug 2018 | AFP | BEIRUT

An explosion at a weapons depot in a rebel-held town in northwest Syria killed at least 39 civilians, including a dozen children on Sunday, a monitor said. An AFP correspondent at the site in Sarmada in Idlib province near the Turkish border said the explosion of unknown origin caused two buildings...

Globe trotting

Monday, 13 Aug 2018 | PNS

1,800 evacuated as WWII bomb defused Rennes (France): Some 1,800 people were ordered to evacuate their homes in northwest France today as a bomb squad defused a British bomb from World War II, officials said. The 220-kilogramme bomb was found in late June during construction work near the centre...

4 Jordanian troops, 3 suspected terrorists die in clash

Monday, 13 Aug 2018 | AP | Jordan

Jordanian search teams pulled the bodies of three suspected terrorists from the rubble of their hideout, a Government official said on Sunday, hours after assailants opened fire and set off explosions that killed four members of the security forces trying to storm the building. The clash late on Saturday was among...

Malians vote in Prez runoff amid security concerns

Monday, 13 Aug 2018 | AP | Mali

Malians voted Sunday in a second round presidential election between incumbent Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and Opposition leader Soumaila Cissewill in this sprawling West African nation threatened by rising extremist violence. Sunday’s polls opened to light rain and light turnout. Many worry that the vote could be marred by violence. In the July...

600 take plunge in unusual St Petersburg swim

Monday, 13 Aug 2018 | AP | St Peterburg

More than 600 swimmers from 13 countries have stroked their way through one of Russia’s most scenic and historic settings, circling the St Petersburg island that holds the Peter and Paul Fortress. The 2.3-kilometre circuit — which some swam twice on Sunday — took them around the iconic site noted for...

No room in US for ‘neo-nazism’, says Ivanka Trump

Monday, 13 Aug 2018 | AFP | Washington

Ivanka Trump, President Donald Trump’s daughter and a White House adviser, has explicitly condemned “white supremacy, racism and neo-nazism” in a manner her father seems reluctant to do. The tweets posted last night come on the anniversary of deadly unrest triggered by a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. A similar far-right...

Doubled metals’ tariffs on Turkey: Trump

Saturday, 11 Aug 2018 | AFP | WASHINGTON

US President Donald Trump said on Friday he had doubled steel and aluminum tariffs on Turkey, adding to pressure on that nation’s troubled economy amid a diplomatic row with Washington. “I have just authorised a doubling of Tariffs on Steel and Aluminum with respect to Turkey as their currency, the Turkish...

Erdogan urges Turks to sell foreign currency in ‘economic war’

Saturday, 11 Aug 2018 | AFP | Istanbul

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called on Turks on Friday to support the struggling the lira by exchanging any foreign money, saying Turkey faced “an economic war”. “If you have dollars, euros or gold under your pillow, go to banks to exchange them for Turkish lira. It is a national fight,”...

‘Large protests by Hui Muslims halts demolition of mosque in China’

Saturday, 11 Aug 2018 | PTI | Beijing

Chinese officials have delayed the plan to demolish a newly-built mosque in the country’s North West after hundreds of ethnic Hui Muslims held sit-in protests in what is said to be the largest standoff in Beijing’s efforts to clampdown on Islamisation, a media report said on Friday. A huge crowd of...


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K’taka CM plants paddy saplings in solidarity with agriculturists

12 Aug 2018 | Kestur Vasuki | Bengaluru

Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy who is facing wrath from the farmers in the State, in an appealing gesture planted paddy saplings in solidarity on Saturday. He chose Aralukuppe village in Mandya district the heart land of vokkaliga politics sowed paddy saplings in a muddied agriculture field amidst a large gathering...

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Cooperation of all necessary to achieve target: Ramsheela Sahu

15 Aug 2018 | Staff Reporter | Raipur

State of Chhattisgarh is moving faster from malnutrition to normal. But on the path, to achieve the target cooperation of all is required, said women and child development minister Ramsheela Sahu...

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