Thursday, 08 Jun, 2023


42 dead in mudslides in Guatemala

Guatemala City: At least 42 people have died in mudslides that followed heavy rains in Guatemala, local media reported Sunday.Fifteen people were killed in one mudslide alone on the Pan-American Highway near Guatemala City. According to eyewitness reports Sunday, numerous other people had

Emergency extended in quake-hit New Zealand city

CHRISTCHURCH: New Zealand extended a state of emergency in earthquake-hit Christchurch Monday as troops enforced a no-go zone amid reports of looting in the country`s second-biggest city.Authorities said strong aftershocks continued to rock Christchurch following the 7.0-magnitude quake

Netanyahu seeks `new solutions` to Palestinian conflict

JERUSALEM: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday that creative thinking was needed to end the decades-old conflict with the Palestinians.Washington meanwhile announced that US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would travel to the region later this month for the first

N.Korea finishes preparing for key party meeting: official

SEOUL: North Korea has finished preparing for a key meeting of its ruling communist party, a South Korean official said Monday, but there was still no indication when it would get under way.  The conference, the first of its type since 1966, is widely expected to confirm the youngest

Most Japanese want Kan to stay as Japan PM: polls

TOKYO: More than six in ten Japanese want Prime Minister Naoto Kan to win his party leadership battle with powerbroker Ichiro Ozawa, polls showed Monday. In a survey conducted at the weekend by the Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper, 66 percent of voters said Kan would be a better choice than

Maoists free three abducted Bihar policemen

Patna: Maoist guerrillas released three Bihar policemen Monday, seven days after they were abducted from Lakhisarai district, said state police chief Neelmani who added that they were safe and healthy."The three policemen have been freed by the Maoists. They are safe and healthy. They

Iraqi troops in the spotlight as Baghdad bombers kill 12

BAGHDAD: Iraqi security forces were under the spotlight Monday after a coordinated suicide attack on an army complex killed 12 people, with US troops among those who fired back in a bid to repel the operation.American involvement in the response to Sunday`s attack was the first reported

Taiwan refutes communist claims over Sino-Japan war

TAIPEI: Taiwan has rejected a claim by the Chinese communist party that it played the major role in defending China from Japan`s invasion during the Second World War, it was reported Sunday.Taipei says the Kuomintang was the ruling party of China during the eight-year Sino-Japan War,

Nepal`s parliament again fails to elect new PM

KATHMANDU: Nepal`s parliament failed for the sixth time to elect a prime minister on Sunday, as the house speaker warned of a "serious crisis" if a new government is not in place soon.The country has been without a government since June 30, when former prime minister Madhav Kumar Nepal

Floodwaters sweep towards another Pakistan town

KARACHI: Pakistani authorities were Sunday trying to protect another town from floodwaters in southern Sindh province, as the nation continues to grapple with its worst natural disaster in living memory.A month after monsoons caused devastating floods throughout the country, submerging an

A month on, Chile miners face uncertain rescue date

COPIAPO, Chile: Chilean miners trapped deep below ground mark a grim milestone Sunday -- a full month since a cave-in cut off their escape route to the surface.But officials warned it may take even longer to rescue them.On Saturday, the 33 men for the first time got to speak to their

Nepal`s parliament to hold sixth vote for new leader

KATHMANDU: Nepal`s parliament will on Sunday hold its sixth vote to try to elect a new prime minister and end a two-month leadership vacuum in the troubled Himalayan nation.Nepal has been without a government since June 30, when former prime minister Madhav Kumar Nepal stood down under

14 killed in Guatemala floods, Colom declares emergency

GUATEMALA CITY: President Alvaro Colom declared a national emergency in Guatemala after weeks of driving rains triggered landslides Saturday that killed 10 people on a bus and four inside a home."Top priority at present is dealing with this emergency. There are no funds left to deal with

New Zealand city braces for more destruction after quake

CHRISTCHURCH: New Zealand braced for more destruction Sunday as aftershocks and an approaching storm threatened an area of the country hit by the most devastating earthquake in decades.Prime Minister John Key said it was "a miracle" no one had died when the major 7.0 magnitude quake

14 Al Qaeda men held in Yemen

 Sana`a (Yemen): Security forces have arrested 14 suspected members of the terrorist network Al Qaeda in a massive crackdown on the group in the restive southern town of Loudar, the Interior Ministry said early Sunday."Fourteen suspected Al Qaeda affiliates have been captured during a

Palestinian Authority lashes out at Ahmadinejad over remarks

RAMALLAH:  The Palestinian Authority lashed out Saturday at Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad over his remarks about the relaunching of direct Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.The Iranian president, "who does not represent the Iranian people, who falsified elections and took power by

Mother Teresa`s death aniversary this Sunday

Calcutta: This Sunday is the 13th death anniversary of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, more popularly known as Mother Teresa, considered “the most admired person of the 20th century.”Thousands of pilgrims and devotees are expected to gather at the Mother House of the Missionaries of

Myanmar democracy icon wants to sue junta

Yangon: Myanmar`s democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi has advised her now defunct political party to sue the ruling junta for forcing its dissolution, opposition sources said Sunday.Suu Kyi, who is serving an 18-month sentence under house arrest, gave her legal advice to her team of lawyers,

US drone strike kills eight militants in Pakistan: officials

MIRANSHAH, Pakistan:  A US drone strike on Saturday killed eight militants including three foreign fighters in Pakistan`s northwestern tribal belt near the Afghan border, security officials said.The strike targeted a militant compound in Datta Khel village in North Waziristan district, a

Blair pelted with eggs at Dublin book signing

DUBLIN: Three people were arrested after protesters threw eggs and shoes at former British Prime Minister Tony Blair when he arrived to sign copies of his memoir at a bookshop in Dublin on Saturday, national broadcaster RTE said.No injuries were reported and the missiles did not hit