Hijab-clad toon in road safety books sparks row

Hijab-clad toon in road safety books sparks row

LONDON: A road safety campaign in the UK that uses images of a young cartoon character wearing a hijab has dropped the pictures after it was accused of “sexualising” children. The 2 million pounds campaign, promoted by Transport for London, includes childrens books distributed in nurseries as well as an interactive website. The stories are […]

Trump studying options for new South Asia strategy: White House

Trump studying options for new South Asia strategy: White House

WASHINGTON: Donald Trump is weighing his options on formulating a new US strategy in South Asia with the focus on Afghanistan, the White House has said, after the President held a key meeting with his national security team. Trump would take a final decision on this at an appropriate time, the White House said, without […]

Will act if N Korea launches missile: US

Will act if N Korea launches missile: US

WASHINGTON: The US has warned North Korea that it was prepared to meet any eventuality and will take “immediate specific actions” if Pyongyang launches a missile attack against it or its allies. The US’ strong assertion comes days after President Donald Trump pledged to answer further aggression from North Korea with “fire and fury”. Speaking […]

Pak court issues notices to Sharif, others for insulting judges

Pak court issues notices to Sharif, others for insulting judges

LAHORE: A Pakistani court on Tuesday issued notices to ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif and 13 senior leaders of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, including federal ministers, for “insulting” the Supreme Court judges. The petitioner’s lawyer Azhar Siddique filed the plea in the Lahore High Court, saying that Sharif during his four-day homecoming rally from […]

China warns it ‘won’t sit idle’ if US harms trade ties

China warns it ‘won’t sit idle’ if US harms trade ties

BEIJING: China warned on Tuesday that it “will not sit idle” if the United States takes actions that impair trade ties after President Donald Trump launched a probe into Beijing’s intellectual property practices. The commerce ministry issued a statement voicing “serious concern” and warning that any US trade protectionism “will definitely harm bilateral trade relations”. […]

27 killed in floods in Bangladesh, nearly 6 lakh affected

27 killed in floods in Bangladesh, nearly 6 lakh affected

DHAKA: Flash floods trig­gered by incessant rains have left at least 27 people dead and nearly six lakh others ma­rooned in nearly two dozen districts in Bangladesh, offi­cials said on Monday. The unrelenting flow of wa­ter from upstream regions cou­pled with monsoon rains has flooded as many as 20 districts with the flooding spreading to […]

Death toll in Nepal floods and landslide reaches 78

Death toll in Nepal floods and landslide reaches 78

KATHMANDU: At least 12 people were killed in a landslide in Nepal on Monday, taking the death toll in floods and rain-related calamities to 78, while thousands remained dis­placed across the Himalayan nation, officials said. Heavy rainfall has lashed Nepal for the past four days, swelling several Himalayan rivers beyond the danger mark and causing […]

Saudi expects to receive 2 mn pilgrims

Saudi expects to receive 2 mn pilgrims

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia expects to receive around two million pilgrims this Haj season, including 1.7 million foreigners, the media reported on Sunday. More than 1.8 million people performed Haj last year, and most of them were foreigners, Xinhua news agency reported. The Ministry of Haj will assign more than 95,000 employees, in addition to volunteers […]

Powerful blast kills 15 in Pak

Powerful blast kills 15 in Pak

KARACHI: A powerful blast targeting a military truck on Sunday killed at least 15 people, including eight soldiers, and injured over two dozen others in Pakistan’s southwestern restive province of Balochistan. The high intensity blast occurred in a parking lot near Pishin bus stop which is in a high security area in the provincial capital […]