Ukraine passenger jet crashes in Iran killing 176 on board

Tehran: A Ukrainian airliner crashed shortly after take-off from Tehran on Wednesday, killing all 176 people on board, mainly Iranians and Canadians.Search-and-rescue teams were combing through the smoking wreckage of the Boeing 737 flight from Tehran to Kiev but officials said there was no hope of finding anyone alive. The vast majority of the passengers […]

Two missiles hit US base in Iraq

BAGHDAD: Two mortar rounds hit the Iraqi capital’s Green Zone Saturday and two rockets slammed into a base housing US troops, security sources said, a day after a deadly American strike. The precision drone strike outside the Baghdad airport on Friday killed Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani, top Iraqi paramilitary chief Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis and a […]

Pak PM condemns Nankana Sahib incident

Islamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday condemned the recent incident of vandalism at the Nankana Sahib, saying it goes against his “vision” and the government will show “zero tolerance” against those involved in it. Gurdwara Nankana Sahib, also known as Gurdwara Janam Asthan, is a site near Lahore where the first Guru of […]

US kills Iranian General in Baghdad drone strike

Washington: The US military killed General Qasem Soleimani, the powerful commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, in a drone strike in Iraq on Friday to protect American personnel abroad, dramatically escalating hostilities between the arch-rivals and spiking tensions in the already volatile Persian Gulf region. Gen Soleimani, the head of Iran’s elite al-Quds force and architect […]

Iran threatens revenge

Tehran: Iran warned of “severe revenge” and said arch-enemy the United States bore responsibility for the consequences after killing one of its top commanders, Qasem Soleimani, in a strike Friday outside Baghdad airport. The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps confirmed the commander of its Quds Force foreign operations arm had been killed by US forces in […]

China backed efforts to defuse Indo-Pak tensions post-Pulwama attack: Wang

Beijing: China had supported the efforts of India and Pakistan to defuse tensions and manage their differences through dialogue following the deadly Pulwama attack, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said, highlighting behind-the-scenes role played by Beijing. At the height of the Indo-Pak tensions, China sent its Vice Foreign Minister Kong Xuanyou to Pakistan to counsel […]

CAA, NRC ‘worrisome’: Bangladesh

Dhaka: The CAA and the NRC are India’s “internal issues”, Bangladesh Foreign Minister A K Abdul Momen has said, but voiced concern that any “uncertainty” in the country is likely to affect its neighbours. Amid raging protests over the controversial citizenship law across India, Momen hoped that the situation “cools down” and the neighbouring country […]

49 journalists murdered in 2019

PARIS: Forty-nine journalists were killed across the world in 2019, Reporters Without Borders said Tuesday, the lowest death toll in 16 years. The “historically low” number mostly died covering conflicts in Yemen, Syria and Afghanistan, the Paris-based watchdog said, which warned that “journalism remains a dangerous profession”. Some 80 journalists a year have lost their […]

US concerned over prolonged detentions in Kashmir

WASHINGTON: Voicing concern over the prolonged detentions of political leaders as well as other residents in Kashmir, the US said that it has discussed with India its concerns over New Delhi’s roadmap to bring economic and political normalcy in the Valley. The remarks by a senior State Department official came on Wednesday in response to […]

Jaishankar shares India’s perspective with US

NEW DELHI: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, who is in the US, has shared India’s perspective on the amended citizenship law with members of American Congress, the ministry said on Thursday. Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar also asserted that outreach to foreign government on the contentious issue will continue. He downplayed the decision of some Bangladesh […]