UN rights chief fears Myanmar heading towards ‘fullblown conflict’

GENEVA: The UN rights chief warned Tuesday of possible crimes against humanity in Myanmar, and said it seemed to be heading towards a massive conflict like the one ravaging Syria. “I fear the situation in Myanmar is heading towards a full-blown conflict. States must not allow the deadly mistakes of the past in Syria and […]

China’s plans for Himalayan super dam stoke worries in India

China’s plans for Himalayan super dam stoke worries in India

BEIJING: China is planning a mega dam in Tibet able to produce triple the electricity generated by the Three Gorges- the world’s largest power station- stoking fears among environmentalists and in neighbouring India. The structure will span the Brahmaputra River before the waterway leaves the Himalayas and flows into India, straddling the world’s longest and […]

Iran reports ‘power failure’ accident at Natanz nuclear site

Iran reports ‘power failure’ accident at Natanz nuclear site

TEHRAN: Iran reported an accident caused by a “power failure” Sunday at its uranium enrichment plant in Natanz, with one lawmaker blaming the outage on an act of “sabotage”. No one was injured and there was no radioactive release, the official Fars news agency reported, citing the spokesman of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran […]

Pentagon defends US Navy ship asserting navigational rights inside India’s EEZ without permission

Pentagon defends US Navy ship asserting navigational rights inside India’s EEZ without permission

Washington: The Pentagon has defended its Navy asserting its navigational rights within India’s exclusive economic zone without taking New Delhi’s permission, calling the move “consistent with international law”. In an unusual move, the US Navy announced that on Wednesday it conducted a freedom of navigation operation in Indian waters without prior consent to challenge India’s […]

Abu Dhabi Crown Prince honours Indian business tycoon Yusuffali with top civilian award

DUBAI: Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan has honoured Indian-origin businessman Yusuffali MA and 11 other individuals with Abu Dhabi’s top civilian award for their noble and charitable contributions to the community. Yusuffali, 65, the Chairman and Managing Director of Abu […]

Pakistan to approach IMF for second bailout package: Report

Pakistan to approach IMF for second bailout package: Report

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has indicated that he would approach the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for a second relief package to help the cash-strapped government reach the needy people amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to a media report. Dawn newspaper reported that Khan’s remarks came during his address at the launch of the […]

Lavrov to visit Pak, first by a Russian Foreign Minister in 9 years

Lavrov to visit Pak, first by a Russian Foreign Minister in 9 years

ISLAMABAD: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will reach Pakistan on Tuesday on a two-day visit to hold important talks with the country’s top leadership and the Army chief on bilateral ties as well as on the situation in Afghanistan. Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said Lavrov’s visit will be the first by any Russian […]

China holds aircraft carrier drills in waters near Taiwan

China holds aircraft carrier drills in waters near Taiwan

Beijing: China is holding naval drills involving an aircraft carrier battlegroup near Taiwan it said were aimed at safeguarding Chinese sovereignty, an apparent allusion to Beijing’s claim to the self-governed island. The navy said the exercises involving the Liaoning, one of its two aircraft carriers, were routine and assigned under an annual schedule. China has […]

Minorities in Myanmar borderlands face fresh fear since coup

Minorities in Myanmar borderlands face fresh fear since coup

JAKARTA: Before each rainy season Lu Lu Aung and other farmers living in a camp for internally displaced people in Myanmar’s far northern Kachin state would return to the village they fled and plant crops that would help keep them fed for the coming year. But this year in the wake of February’s military coup, […]

Experts examine bottom of big ship that was stuck in Suez Canal

CAIRO: Experts dived under a colossal container ship that had been stuck for nearly a week in the Suez Canal before it was freed, to examine the vessel’s underside, officials said Wednesday. The dives were part of a continuing investigation into what caused the grounding of the Ever Given, now anchored in the Great Bitter […]