Friday, 30 Sep, 2022


Pakistan starts IMF talks, seeks help from floods

SUKKUR, Pakistan: Pakistan braced for more flooding in the south as officials began talks in Washington on Monday with the International Monetary Fund on how to shore up the battered economy to maintain stability.The IMF said it would review Pakistan`s budget and economic prospects due to

`Titanic` mapping expedition to set out Monday

MONTREAL: Organizers delayed until later Monday a high-tech expedition that aims to create a detailed map of the wreckage of the Titanic, nearly a hundred years after the fabled ship sank in the Atlantic.Postponed by one day, the mission is now readying to leave at 2230 GMT Monday "after

US drone strike kills 12 people in Pakistan: officials

MIRANSHAH: A US drone strike on Monday killed 12 people including five militants in Pakistan`s northwestern tribal belt near the Afghan border, security officials said.The strike hit the Dandey Darpa Khel area, about five kilometres (three miles) from Miranshah, the main town in North

US `mindful` of Palestinian stand on settlements

WASHINGTON: The United States said Monday it is "mindful" of the Palestinian call for Israel to halt settlements, but stopped short of saying it will back such a demand at new peace talks here next month.In the West Bank town of Ramallah, Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erakat warned

Too soon to call US-led war in Afghanistan a failure: Biden

WASHINGTON: Vice President Joe Biden on Monday insisted the US-led war effort in Afghanistan showed promise and that it was too soon to judge it a failure.Biden, speaking to military veterans, also said a July 2011 deadline for the start of a troop withdrawal would not signal a US

Eight Hong Kong tourists killed in Philippine bus hijacking

MANILA : Philippine security forces stormed a bus packed with Hong Kong tourists on Monday to end a dramatic hostage crisis that unfolded live on global television, leaving eight people and the gunman dead.The day-long ordeal began when a disgruntled ex-policeman armed with an M-16

Mother, daughter shot by militants in Indian Kashmir: police

SRINAGAR: Suspected militants have shot dead three people in Indian-administered Kashmir, including a mother and her teenage daughter, a police statement said Monday.It said four masked militants barged into a house in southern Kulgam district late Sunday evening and shot dead a 40-year

Bus crash kills 20 in flood-hit Pakistan

SUKKUR: At least 20 people were killed Monday when a bus overturned in strong water currents in flood-hit Pakistan, officials said.The accident took place near Khad Buzdar village in the centre of the country. The bus, which had 50 people on board, was bound for the northwestern city of

Nepal`s parliament holds fifth vote for new leader

KATHMANDU: Nepal`s parliament was due to hold its fifth vote Monday to try to elect a new prime minister for the troubled nation amid little hope of an end to the long leadership vacuum.Nepal has been without a government since June, when former prime minister Madhav Kumar Nepal stood

25 militants escape prison in Tajikistan: official

DUSHANBE: Twenty-five Islamic militants serving long jail terms have escaped from a prison in the Central Asian state of Tajikistan that borders Afghanistan, killing five guards, authorities said on Monday.The inmates broke free late Sunday from a detention centre of Tajikistan`s State

US, NATO soldier killed in Afghan attacks

KABUL: Two NATO soldiers, one of them American, were killed in attacks on Monday in volatile regions of Afghanistan, the alliance said, a day after four US troops died in violence.NATO`s International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said in a statement that two of its soldiers had died

Gunman hijacks tourist bus in Philippines

MANILA: An ex-policeman armed with a high-powered assault rifle took hostage a tourist bus carrying adults and children including 22 South Koreans in the Philippine capital on Monday, police said.The circumstances or the motive behind the hostage-taking remained unclear, but negotiations

US looks to Iraq strategy for Afghanistan

KABUL: With the withdrawal of the final American combat brigade from Iraq, US commanders in Afghanistan are hoping to emulate a strategy used there as they step up the war against insurgents.The number of US and NATO soldiers in Afghanistan is set to peak at 150,000 in coming weeks

WikiLeaks founder points at Pentagon over rape claims

STOCKHOLM: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said in an interview published Sunday he believed the Pentagon could be behind a rape allegation against him that was swiftly dropped by Swedish authorities.His comments came as prosecutors justified their treatment of the 39-year-old

Solar System older than thought

PARIS: The Solar System could be nearly two million years older than thought, according to a study published on Sunday by the journal Nature Geoscience.The evidence comes from a 1.49-kilo (3.2-pound) meteorite, found in the Moroccan desert in 2004, that contains a "relict" mineral, which

Seven Qaeda fighters killed in new Yemen clashes: ministry

ADEN: Seven Al-Qaeda members were killed in clashes on Sunday with the Yemeni army in the south of the country after an ultimatum for the militants to surrender expired, the defence ministry said."Seven members of Al-Qaeda were killed during clashes with the security forces," in the city

Odierno says Iraq failure could see US combat role resume

WASHINGTON: The top US commander in Iraq admitted Sunday that a "complete failure" of Iraqi security forces could oblige the United States to resume combat operations there, but he called this an unlikely scenario.The last US combat brigade withdrew from Iraq on Thursday. On August 31

No formal peace process with the Taliban: Karzai

WASHINGTON: Afghanistan`s President Hamid Karzai said Sunday there are no formal peace talks between his government and the Taliban, although he admitted to "individual contacts" with the hardline Islamic group."Of course, there are individual contacts with some Taliban elements -- that`s

Ahmadinejad rules out US or Israeli attack on Iran

DUBAI: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad ruled out an Israeli or US attack against the Islamic republic, in an interview broadcast on Sunday by the Qatar-based Al-Jazeera satellite television channel."I reject the possibility of an attack by Israel. Israel is too weak to face up to

Tens of thousands evacuated after floods in China, N.Korea

BEIJING: More than 120,000 people have been evacuated in northeast China following serious floods that have already left four dead and forced the relocation of thousands in neighbouring North Korea.Heavy summer downpours have dangerously swollen the Yalu river, which forms the border