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British PM Theresa May to step down as prime minister on June 7

LONDON: Prime Minister Theresa May said on Friday she would step down on June 7, succumbing to calls in her governing Conservative Party to make way for a new leader to try to break an impasse over Britain’s departure from the European Union. “It is now clear to me that it is in the best interests of the country for...

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Indian student hacked to death for intercaste marriage

MUMBAI: An Indian student from the lowest Dalit caste was hacked to death and his wife critically injured in southern India in a suspected "honour killing" by relatives angered by their marriage, police said Monday. Three men armed with sickles and sharp weapons attacked the 22-year-old student and his wife, who is from a higher caste, on a crowded street...

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Al Qaeda gunmen kill 16 in Ivory Coast beach attack

GRAND BASSAM, Ivory Coast: Gunmen from al Qaeda's North African branch killed 16 people, including four Europeans, at a beach resort town in Ivory Coast on Sunday, the latest in a string of deadly attacks that have confirmed the Islamists' growing reach in West Africa. Six shooters targeted hotels on a beach at Grand Bassam, a weekend retreat popular with...

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China pledges new push against ‘hostile forces,’ separatists

BEIJING: China's chief prosecutor said Sunday that battling "infiltration, subversion and sabotage by hostile forces" is a key priority this year, with terrorists, ethnic separatists and religious extremists all in his crosshairs. In a speech to the annual session of China's national legislature, Cao Jianmin also listed combating cybercrime and ensuring national sovereignty in cyberspace as items topping the list...

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Iraq PM vows retaliation after IS chemical attack

Baghdad: Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi vowed on Saturday to retaliate against the Islamic State group after it launched a chemical attack on a town near Kirkuk. The suspected mustard gas attack on Taza that left a three-year-old girl dead "will not go unpunished", the premier said in a statement. A large number of rockets were fired at Taza on...

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Four injured in shooting at Muslim cemetery in Canada

COCHRANE: The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said four men were shot at a Muslim cemetery just outside of Calgary on Friday afternoon. Sgt. Jack Poitras said the shooting happened near Cochrane and the injured people were being treated at Calgary hospitals. A police spokeswoman at the scene said all suffered non-life-threatening injuries. Police said there was a funeral at the...

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Saudis walk out of Arab League meeting after Iraqi minister’s comments

CAIRO: The Saudi delegation at the Arab League stormed out of a meeting after Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari defended the Shi'ite Hashd Shaabi militia grouping, an Iraqi foreign ministry source told Reuters on Friday. Tensions between Sunni and Shi'ite Muslim powers have been on the rise as sectarian wars rage in Syria, Yemen and Iraq, and the Arab League...

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US Senate rejects move to block F-16 sale to Pakistan

WASHINGTON: The US Senate on Thursday blocked an effort to prevent the $700 million sale of Lockheed Martin Corp F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan, although a key lawmaker said he would not allow the use of US funds to finance it. Lawmakers voted 71 to 24 against an attempt introduced by Republican Senator Rand Paul to prevent the sale under...

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“Kashmir is illegally occupied by India”: Indian professor

NEW DELHI: The protests by a large number of students at an elite Indian alma mater Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) against the Indian government continues to grow with each passing day. Now, a new video has surfaced showing a professor of the university saying Kashmir is not a part of India and that pro-azaadi slogans are justified. “Everyone knows that...

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Five dead, three wounded in Pennsylvania mass shooting

PITTSBURGH: Two gunmen ambushed a backyard party near Pittsburgh on Wednesday, killing at least five people and injuring several, media and police said. Four women and one man were shot and killed, and three more were wounded in the attack at a residential neighborhood in Wilkinsburg, about 8 miles (13 km) east of the city, news station WPXI said. "I...

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North Korea’s Kim says country has miniaturized nuclear warheads

SEOUL: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said the country has miniaturized nuclear warheads to mount on ballistic missiles and ordered improvements in the power and precision of its arsenal, state media reported on Wednesday. Kim has called for his military to be prepared to mount pre-emptive attacks against the United States and South Korea and stand ready to use...

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15-year-old Indian girl dies after being raped, set on fire

NEW DELHI: A 15-year-old girl who was raped and set on fire this week died Wednesday in the New Delhi hospital where she had been undergoing treatment for severe burns, police said. Police have arrested a 20-year-old man and charged him with raping and burning the girl to death Monday in a village outside of New Delhi, one of several...

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Total solar eclipse sweeps across Indonesia

JAKARTA: A total solar eclipse swept across the vast Indonesian archipelago on Wednesday, marked by ecstatic sky gazers cheering the spectacle, devout Muslims kneeling in prayer and tribes people performing rituals. The moon began to move between the Earth and sun at 6:19 am (2319 GMT Tuesday), and about an hour later a total eclipse became visible in western parts...

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Chinese couple sold their 18-day-old baby daughter to buy an iPhone

BEIJING: A Chinese man who sold his baby online when he was 19 years old has been handed a 3 year jail term. Their baby daughter was 18 days old when she was sold, after her parents sought out buyers on social media. 'A Duan' (not his real name) from Tong'an, Fujian province, south eastern China wanted to buy an...

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Women’s Day in India: Girl raped and set on fire near Delhi

NOIDA: A 15-year-old girl was hospitalised in critical condition after she was allegedly raped and set on fire near Delhi on Monday, reported Indian media. The girl suffered 95 per cent burns and her deteriorating condition is proving a challenge for doctors. "She is on a high dose of antibiotics and is being administered fluids. We are trying to control...

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US strike kills at least 150 Shebab fighters in Somalia

Washington: An American air strike on a Shebab training camp in Somalia killed more than 150 fighters planning an imminent attack on forces from the United States and its regional allies, the Pentagon said Monday. While the US military regularly conducts operations targeting the Al-Qaeda-linked fighters in Somalia, Saturday's raid had a greater toll than all previous such US strikes...

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Islamic State truck bomb kills at least 60 people south of Baghdad

BAGHDAD:HILLA, Iraq: A truck bomb at an Iraqi checkpoint south of Baghdad killed at least 60 people and wounded more than 70 on Sunday, medical and security officials said, and Islamic State claimed responsibility for the blast. The suicide attack, involving an explosive-laden fuel tanker, is the second deadliest this year after one on Feb. 28 that killed 78 people...

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