Sunday, 28 May, 2023


Australia tightens sanctions on Iran

SYDNEY - Australia Thursday tightened its sanctions on Iran in a fresh bid to convince Tehran to allay international concerns over its nuclear drive.Foreign Minister Stephen Smith said the new measures target more than 100 Iranian groups and companies, and restrict Australian business

Russian president signs law to expand ex-KGB powers

MOSCOW - Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Thursday signed into a law a bill expanding the powers of the successor to the Soviet-era KGB security service, the Kremlin said in a statement. The bill, criticised by rights groups, would allow the Federal Security Service (FSB) to issue

US hopes for nuclear talks with Iran, other powers

WASHINGTON: The United States said Wednesday it hoped for high-level talks soon with Iran and five other world powers that like Washington are seeking to curb Tehran`s nuclear ambitions.State Department spokesman Philip Crowley said "we hope to have the same kind of meeting in the coming

French police arrest couple after eight dead babies found

VILLERS-AU-TERTRE: French police detained a couple after the bodies of eight new-born babies were found in a house and in the garden of another home in a northern village, officials said Wednesday.Police with sniffer dogs were continuing their search in Villers-au-Tertre after arresting

Heavy rain, floods kills 34 in Pakistan: officials

PESHAWAR: Flash floods and building collapses brought on by heavy rains killed 34 people in northwest Pakistan on Wednesday, officials said.Heavy monsoon rain has fallen since Monday, inundating several villages in parts of the northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, officials said.In

UN chief extends condolences over deadly Pakistani air crash

UNITED NATIONS: UN chief Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday sent his condolences to Pakistan`s prime minister over the deadly crash of a Pakistani airliner with 152 people on board."The Secretary General is deeply saddened by the tragic air crash today near Islamabad in which many people lost their

British PM to push Indian leaders on open trade

NEW DELHI: British Prime Minister David Cameron will push Indian leaders Thursday to strengthen trade ties on the second leg of a visit marked by his warning to Pakistan about promoting the "export of terror."Cameron was to hold talks in New Delhi with top officials including Prime

Judge blocks key parts of Arizona immigration law

PHOENIX: A federal judge Wednesday blocked the most controversial parts of Arizona`s new immigration law which would have given police the power to check the immigration status of anyone stopped on suspicion of any crime.The ruling came hours before the law had been due to go into effect,

Delhi: Radar stops functioning at the international airport

New Delhi:  All radars stopped functioning at Delhi`s international airport, as the systems there crashed at 5:54 pm this evening. Systems have now been restored, but Air Traffic Control had to resort to manually guiding aircraft for about twenty minutes.Air Traffic Control had reverted

Pakistan declares national mourning over plane crash

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan declared a day of national mourning and called off a cabinet meeting after a passenger jet with 150 on board crashed into hills outside the capital Islamabad on Wednesday.Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and the cabinet "expressed grief and sorrow over the tragic

Pakistani plane crashes, 152 dead

  ISLAMABAD: A Pakistani airliner carrying 152 people crashed in a ball of flames Wednesday into densely wooded hills outside Islamabad amid heavy rain and poor visibility, killing everyone on board. Rescue officials said pieces of charred flesh and body parts were littered around the

Five shot dead in troubled Thai south: police

NARATHIWAT: Suspected Islamist insurgents have shot dead four Muslim men while one militant was killed by security officials in Thailand`s restive southern provinces, police said Wednesday.A 50-year-old villager was shot dead at his home late Tuesday in Narathiwat province while in

S.Korea, US hold drills as N.Korea hails war

SEOUL: North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il has attended a concert marking "victory" in the Korean War, official media said Wednesday, as US and South Korean forces pressed on with a military exercise to deter Pyongyang.Kim hailed his country`s "shining victory" during a concert marking

Afghan bus hits roadside bomb, 20 dead: governor

HERAT: Twenty civilians were killed and another 27 injured when a crowded bus hit a Taliban-style roadside bomb in southwestern Afghanistan early Wednesday, an official said.The bus was travelling on a highway in the Delaram district of Nimroz province when the blast occured, provincial

At least 6 dead in blast at China factory

ING: At least six people died and dozens were seriously injured on Wednesday after an explosion at an abandoned plastics and chemicals factory in the eastern Chinese city of Nanjing, state media said.   The official Xinhua news agency said its reporters sawburnt corpses being carried

Sarkozy telephones Abbas, Netanyahu

PARIS: French President Nicolas Sarkozy telephoned Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday evening to discuss the peace process, a statement from his office said.The French leader stressed two both men "the urgency of relaunching the peace

Eight human heads found near northern Mexico roadsides

TORREON: Eight human heads were found early Tuesday in four separate places near roadsides outside the northern Mexico city of Durango, the local prosecutor`s office said.Police found the heads within the space of two and a half hours due to anonymous tip-offs, "but had not identified the

Facebook sleuthing leads to arrest of killer in Philippines

MANILA: Philippine police on Wednesday said they used Facebook to track down a Filipino computer technician blamed for the gruesome murders of nine people, three of them foreigners.The suspect, Mark Dizon, 28, was captured by police Tuesday in San Fernando City north of Manila after his

France `at war` with Al-Qaeda in North Africa: PM

PARIS: France is "at war" with Al-Qaeda and will step up military involvement in North Africa after the regional branch of the jidahist group killed a French aid worker, the prime minister said Tuesday."We are at war with Al-Qaeda," Francois Fillion said in a radio interview."The fight

8.7 billion dollars in Iraq funds not accounted for

WASHINGTON: The Pentagon cannot properly account for nearly nine billion dollars in Iraqi oil revenues and other funds received for reconstruction programs after the 2003 US invasion, a US audit found Tuesday."The breakdown in controls left the funds vulnerable to inappropriate uses and