Thursday, 30 Mar, 2023


Hundreds of British Muslims attend anti-terror summer camp

COVENTRY: "Follow the Prophet Mohammed, don`t follow bin Laden!" That was the message from an anti-terrorism summer camp led by a top scholar which attracted hundreds of young British Muslims this week.Al-Hidayah (The Guidance) was led by Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri, who earlier this year

Make drugs legal, says Mexican ex-president

MEXICO CITY: Conservative Mexican ex-president Vicente Fox has spoken out in favor of legalizing the production, sale and distribution of illegal drugs, as his country sinks ever deeper into bloody drug wars."What has to be made legal are the production, sale and distribution" of illegal

Moderate earthquake hits India`s Andaman Islands

NEW DELHI: A moderate 5.4-magnitude earthquake struck the Andaman Islands on Tuesday, seismologists said, but there were no immediate reports of damage and a tsunami warning was not issued.The quake hit 208 kilometres (130 miles) north of Port Blair, the capital of the islands, at 3:51 am

Colombia to reestablish ties with Venezuela: Brazil

RIO DE JANEIRO: Colombia will shortly reestablish ties with Venezuela amid a long row over alleged harboring of rebels that sparked concerns of a wider conflict, a Brazilian presidential spokesman said Monday.Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos told his Brazilian counterpart by phone

Abbas sets terms for resuming direct talks with Israel

RAMALLAH: Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas said Monday he is ready to resume direct talks with Israel but only based on a freeze of Jewish settlement activity as called for by the Middle East peace Quartet."We are ready to begin direct negotiations with Israel if the Quartet asks for

China mudslide death toll more than doubles to 702

ZHOUQU: The death toll from devastating mudslides in northwest China more than doubled to 702, officials said Tuesday, as hopes faded that rescuers would find many of the 1,000 people still missing. At least three villages were levelled by an avalanche of mud and rocks triggered by heavy

N.Korea holds talks with UN Command amid military tensions

SEOUL: Army officers from North Korea and the US-led United Nations Command held talks Tuesday, amid high tensions on the Korean peninsula following the South`s war games and the North`s artillery fire.The North fired some 130 shells into waters near the disputed inter-Korean sea border

N.Korea fires artillery into Yellow Sea: Seoul

SEOUL - North Korea fired artillery shells Monday into waters near the disputed border in the Yellow Sea amid high tensions with South Korea, Seoul`s defence ministry said."A North Korean battery opened fire today in waters off the west coast," a spokesman told AFP, declining to give

Insurgents attack three NATO posts in Afghan east

KABUL - Insurgents attacked three NATO combat posts in southeastern Afghanistan, sparking clashes on Monday, NATO`s International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said.The troops came under attack in the rural province of Paktika, which shares a long, porous border with Pakistani areas

Curfew reimposed in Indian Kashmir after protester`s death

SRINAGAR: Police and paramilitary forces on Monday reimposed a curfew in Srinagar, the main town in the disputed region of Indian Kashmir, after the overnight death of a protester.Shops and businesses had opened on Sunday for the first time in two weeks after the Muslim-majority Kashmir

S.Korea urges N.Korea to release fishing boat

SEOUL: Seoul`s government urged North Korea Monday to free a South Korean fishing boat and its crew as soon as possible, after the seizure heightened months of tensions between the two sides.The South accuses the North of sinking one of its warships earlier this year and is staging a

11 killed, dozens missing in Indonesia boat sinking: govt

KUPANG: At least 11 people were killed and more than 30 are missing after a passenger boat went down in waters off eastern Indonesia on Monday, the country`s search and rescue agency said."We have found 11 dead bodies and still look for about 32 people that went missing," National Search

Rwanda presidential election begins

KIGALI - Rwandans began voting Monday in a presidential election which incumbent Paul Kagame is expected to win by a landslide.Polling stations in the capital Kigali opened at 6:00 am (0400 GMT) sharp, an AFP correspondent reported.Kagame, 52, has ruled the small central African country

Netanyahu testifies before Israel`s Gaza boat raid inquiry

JERUSALEM - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is set to appear before an Israeli commission of inquiry on Monday to explain a commando raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla which killed nine Turkish activists.He will be the first of three top officials to give sworn testimony about the May 31

Nagasaki remembers A-bomb after 65 years

TOKYO - The Japanese city of Nagasaki on Monday commemorated the 65th anniversary of its destruction by a US atomic bomb, with representatives from Britain and France attending for the first time.Nagasaki was flattened in an atomic inferno three days after Hiroshima, twin nuclear attacks

Libya frees Israel spy supect: reports

JERUSALEM - An Israeli man held in Libya since March on suspicion of spying has been released and has arrived in Vienna, Israeli media reported early on Monday.The website of the daily Haaretz said Rafael Hadad, who holds Israeli and Tunisian nationality, had been taking photographs of

Hungarian town celebrates watermelon festival

MEDGYESEGYHAZA: A father and son were crowned kings of the watermelon at a festival dedicated to the fruit in a small Hungarian town Sunday.Tens of thousands of people descended on the town of Medgyesegyhaza near the Romanian border for a three-day watermelon festival featuring concerts,

Couple from Britain murdered in Pakistan `in wedding row`

LONDON: A couple from Birmingham in central England have been murdered in Pakistan, police said, after getting caught up in what was thought to be a row over a wedding.The Foreign Office confirmed that a British man had been killed in Pakistan and they were in contact with his family.The

Briton detained in Bangladesh over double murder: police

LONDON: Authorities in Bangladesh have arrested a British man sought in connection with the shooting deaths of two people in London seven years ago, British police said Sunday.Ayub Khan, 27, who had been on the most wanted listed of London`s Metropolitan Police, was detained in Dhaka on

Blasts kill three NATO troops in southern Afghanistan

KABUL: Three NATO troops were killed in attacks Afghanistan on Sunday, the alliance force said, taking to eight the number of international troops to die in the insurgency-hit country over the weekend.The latest deaths were in two separate bomb attacks in the south of the country, NATO`s