Tuesday, 26 Sep, 2023


US slaps new sanctions on North Korea

WASHINGTON: The US government on Monday slapped sanctions on four people and eight organizations accused of aiding North Korea`s government through illicit trade, the Treasury Department said.President Barack Obama issued an order freezing assets and imposing travel bans, as Washington

Mexico arrests drug kingpin Edgar `the Barbie` Valdez

MEXICO CITY: Mexican authorities on Monday announced the capture of one of the country`s most sought after drug kingpins, US-born Edgar Valdez Villarreal, known as "the Barbie" for his fair complexion.Valdez was detained in a police operation in central Mexico, following intelligence work

Obama marks the symbolic end of Iraq combat operations

WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama marks the symbolic date of the end of US combat operations in Iraq on Tuesday, seven years after an invasion he opposed and at a time when the country still seems far from being stabilized.Speaking from the Oval Office, Obama will address Americans in a

Indian parliament passes n-liability bill

New Delhi: The civil nuclear liability bill was passed by Indian parliament Monday, marking the culmination of one of the most contentious and widely debated pieces of legislation that saw prolonged discussions between the government and the opposition to ensure its smooth passage.The

Libyan leader`s visit to Italy stumbles into controversy

ROME: Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi`s visit to Rome to mark the second anniversary of a friendship treaty with former coloniser Italy stumbled into controversy Monday after he said Europe should convert to Islam.Kadhafi made the comments on Sunday during a lecture to a group of 500 young

Venezuela exhumes Bolivar`s sisters for DNA testing

CARACAS: Venezuela on Monday exhumed the remains of two sisters of independence hero Simon Bolivar, hoping to compare DNA samples obtained from them to remains believed to belong to the Latin American leader. The country exhumed what is believed to be Bolivar`s body in July, with

Britain wants ethical foreign policy

LONDON:  Britain must have a foreign policy "with a conscience" and try to inspire other countries with "our values", Foreign Secretary William Hague said Tuesday.In an article in The Daily Telegraph newspaper, he said Britain should lobby its "oldest and staunchest allies", as well as

Australian PM rejects new elections after hung parliament

SYDNEY: Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard pledged on Tuesday to work towards a minority government and rejected a quick return to the polls after national elections failed to produce a clear winner.Gillard, in her first major speech since the August 21 election weekend, outlined a

Beijing asks parents to register second child

Beijing: Beijing has urged parents to register the birth of their second child before Nov 1 -- if they don`t, they will be liable to pay fines, a media report said Monday.China`s family planning policies encourages urban residents to limit their family size to one child.Families who

Sri Lanka cabinet backs constitution change for president

COLOMBO:  Sri Lanka`s cabinet on Monday backed changing the constitution to allow President Mahinda Rajapakse to run for office for a third term, opening the way for a vote in parliament.Rajapakse, who oversaw the defeat of the Tamil Tiger rebels last year after decades of civil war, has

Senator Kerry warns of instability if Pakistan unaided

ISLAMABAD: Flood-striken Pakistan urgently needs more international aid to combat potential instability and extremism, a U.S. official said, as hunger and disease threaten millions of victims.In an commentary published in Monday`s International Herald Tribune, Senator John Kerry wrote

Trapped Chile miners speak to loved ones

COPIAPO: Chile`s 33 trapped miners spoke for the first time with their loved ones, reassuring each other in brief but moving conversations by radio-telephone after 24 days underground."To hear his voice was a balm to my heart," said Jessica Chille after speaking to her husband, Dario

Maoists kill six Indian police

PATNA: Maoist guerrillas killed six policemen in a gunfight in India`s eastern state of Bihar, police said on Monday, in the latest of a series of rebel attacks on security forces.More than 150 Maoists battled with the police, who were on patrol in forests about 150 kilometres (100 miles)

Child health at risk from non-prescription drugs

LISBON: Many parents give their children too large or frequent doses of non-prescription medicines for fever, coughs and colds, putting their health at risk, according to an Australian study released Monday."Many children are being put at risk by parents’ over-use of widely-available

42 killed in Ecuador bus accident

Quito: At least 42 people were killed and 11 injured Sunday in Ecuador when a bus carrying 53 passengers fell off a cliff, the Ecuadorian Red Cross said.The accident occurred Sunday morning in the Andean region of Ecuador, Xinhua reported.Most of the injured were in serious conditions and

Nine dead in Russian retirement home blaze

MOSCOW: Nine elderly people died and one was injured Monday when flames swept through a retirement home in the Tver region northwest of Moscow, a local official of the emergencies ministry said, quoted by Russian news agencies.The fire broke out at 0105 GMT in the retirement home in the

N.Korean leader`s China tour takes in Harbin: report

SEOUL: A convoy believed to be carrying North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il arrived at a train station in the Chinese industrial city of Harbin on Monday during his prolonged surprise trip to China, a report said.A convoy of 35 cars believed to be carrying Kim and his entourage left Tai Yang

Israel to blame if talks fail over settlements issue: Abbas

RAMALLAH:  Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas said on television on Sunday Israel would be to blame if resumed direct talks with Israel failed over the Jewish settlements issue."I have to say, and we told all parties including the United States before accepting renewed talks, that the

Core issues at heart of Israeli-Palestinian conflict

JERUSALEM: Israel and the Palestinians are set to resume direct peace talks in Washington on September 2. Seventeen years after the Oslo peace accords were signed, the two sides remain far apart on these key issues.PALESTINIAN STATE AND POWERSThe Palestinians want an independent and fully

Would-be PM in Belgium keeps striving for new govt

BRUSSELS: The man who would be Belgium`s next prime minister agreed Sunday to keep trying to form a coalition government, despite an ongoing deadlock between Flemish and francophone political parties.Socialist leader Elio Di Rupo, asked by King Albert II on July 9 to cobble together a