Saturday, 03 Dec, 2022

International

U.S. hunts for leaker of Afghan war documents

WASHINGTON - The Pentagon said on Monday it was launching a manhunt to find whoever leaked tens of thousands of classified documents on the war in Afghanistan, one of the largest security breaches in U.S. military history.U.S. defense officials said the person behind the release of some

S.Korea loans Jordan 70 million dollars for nuclear reactor

AMMAN - South Korea on Monday loaned energy-poor Jordan 70 million dollars to help build the kingdom`s first nuclear research reactor, a project worth 130 million dollars."Building the reactor is key to Jordan`s peaceful nuclear programme," planning minister Jaafar Hassan told reporters

Suicide bomber targets Al-Arabiya TV`s Baghdad office: interior ministry

At least five people were wounded in Baghdad on Monday when a suicide bomber blew up a vehicle by the offices of the Saudi-funded Al-Arabiya television channel, the interior ministry said.The bomber struck during the morning near the television`s bureau in the city centre, wounding five

Kings of Leon abandon US concert due to pigeon poop

LOS ANGELES - American rock band Kings of Leon said they were forced to abandon a concert in St. Louis at the weekend after three songs because pigeons kept pooping on them from the rafters. The band left the stage at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater on Friday after bass player Jared

Aquino to unveil blueprint for Philippines

MANILA: Philippine President Benigno Aquino is set to outline a broad blueprint for solving his nation`s economic and graft problems on Monday when he delivers his first State of the Nation address. Aquino, who took over from the highly unpopular Gloria Arroyo last month, was also

Cambodia awaits KRouge jail chief verdict

PHNOM PENH: Cambodia`s UN-backed war crimes court on Monday gives its verdict on the Khmer Rouge prison chief, in a step towards justice for the "Killing Fields" atrocities more than three decades ago. Kaing Guek Eav, better known as Duch, used his trial to apologise for his role in the

Chavez threatens to cut off US oil in Colombia crisis

CARACAS: Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez threatened on Sunday to cut off oil supplies to the United States if it supports a Colombian military attack on Venezuela and warned Washington to stay out of the crisis. Chavez broke off diplomatic relations with Bogota on Thursday in response

New Zealand teen survives 16-storey fall

WELLINGTON: A New Zealand teenager has survived a 16-storey fall from his family`s Auckland apartment and is expected to make a full recovery, the New Zealand Herald reported Monday. The 15-year-old was in a stable condition in hospital with a broken wrist, broken rib, gouged leg and

Furious Love Parade survivors slam organisers

DUISBURG: Angry survivors demanded answers on Sunday and prosecutors launched an inquiry after a panicked stampede at a techno music festival in Germany killed 19 people and left hundreds hurt. The German-born Pope Benedict XVI and Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed their horror over

S.Korea, US plan anti-submarine drill

SEOUL: South Korea and the United States plan to stage anti-submarine drills Monday on the second day of a major naval exercise aimed at deterring North Korea, an official said. About 20 ships including a US aircraft carrier, 200 aircraft and 8,000 military personnel launched the

US drone strikes kill eight militants in Pakistan

PESHAWAR: Two separate US drone attacks on Sunday killed at least eight militants in Pakistan`s lawless tribal belt known as a headquarters of Al-Qaeda, officials said. The first attack hit a compound in Shaktoi area in South Waziristan, followed hours later by another in neighbouring

More and more Asian men forced to marry foreigners

PARIS: Increasing numbers of southeast Asian men, particularly in Japan, South Korea and Taiwan are marrying foreigners because fewer women in their homelands are willing to wed, a new study said Monday. The phenomenon, which dates back more than a decade, has even created a detectable

US condemns massive leak of Afghan war files

WASHINGTON: The White House denounced a massive leak of secret military files Sunday that allegedly describe how Pakistan`s spy service aids the Afghan insurgency, but said the information was no surprise. In all, some 92,000 documents were released by the web whistleblower Wikileaks,

Taliban say they`re holding U.S. soldier and second killed

KABUL - The Taliban said on Sunday they were holding prisoner one of two U.S. soldiers who strayed into territory controlled by the insurgents, and that the other had been killed.The Taliban leadership would decide later on the fate of the captive, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid

Suspected bomb blast injures nine at Bangkok bus stop

BANGKOK - A suspected bomb blast ripped through a bus stop in central Bangkok Sunday, leaving at least nine people injured and reigniting tensions two months after the end of deadly opposition protests.The explosion came hours after polls closed in a closely watched by-election in the

Hundreds evacuated as huge fire rages in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM - Hundreds of people were evacuated from their homes in Jerusalem on Sunday as a massive blaze tore through a forest near a hospital on the outskirts of the Holy City, police said.Scores of fire engines rushed to the scene of the blaze which broke out in woodlands near the

Australian opposition promises fewer migrants

SYDNEY: Australia`s opposition leader Tony Abbott Sunday vowed to slash the nation`s migrant intake if elected prime minister, but said he wanted citizens to have more babies to boost the birth rate.Abbott, who is standing against the country`s first woman leader, Labor Prime Minister

Four Gaza rockets hit southern Israel: army

JERUSALEM: Gaza-based militants fired four rockets into southern Israel over the weekend, a military spokesman said on Sunday.None of them caused any casualties or damage, the spokesman said, adding that since the start of the year around 90 rockets or mortar rounds had been fired into

Iraq arrests three suspected Qaeda leaders: ministry

BAGHDAD:  Authorities have arrested three suspected senior leaders of Al-Qaeda`s front group in Iraq, including its self-styled minister of defence, a spokesman said on Sunday.Also among the group detained were two brothers suspected of masterminding major attacks in the central Iraqi

Putin `sings songs` with deported Russian spies

MOSCOW - Prime Minister Vladimir Putin revealed he met and even sang patriotic Soviet songs with the group of Russian spies deported from the United States in the biggest espionage swap since the Cold War.Putin, who himself served as a KGB agent in the ex-East Germany in the dying years