10 killed in stabbing spree in Iran’s south: media reports

TEHRAN: An attacker stabbed 10 people to death in Kerman province in southern Iran due to “personal differences”, before being arrested by police, media reported on Monday. On Sunday, “an Afghan national killed ten people due to personal differences in Rafsanjan,” Hossein Rezai, acting governor of the city, was quoted as saying by the media. […]

China seeks meeting with Sri Lanka as Colombo seeks postponement of research ship’s visit

China seeks meeting with Sri Lanka as Colombo seeks postponement of research ship’s visit

COLOMBO: China’s embassy here has sought an urgent meeting with senior Sri Lankan authorities after Colombo sought a deferment of the planned docking of a high-tech Chinese research vessel at the strategic Hambantota port over which India raised concerns, sources said. The Chinese space and satellite tracking research vessel ‘Yuan Wang 5’ was scheduled to […]

Bangladesh seeks China help to repatriate Rohingya refugees

Bangladesh seeks China help to repatriate Rohingya refugees

DHAKA: Bangladesh on Sunday sought cooperation from China to repatriate Rohingya refugees to Myanmar during a visit by Foreign Minister Wang Yi, who promised better trade ties, investment and support for infrastructure development in the South Asian nation. China had used its influence in Myanmar to broker a November 2017 agreement to repatriate about 700,000 […]

China keeps up pressure on Taiwan with fourth day of drills; Taipei to conduct live-fire artillery drills

China keeps up pressure on Taiwan with fourth day of drills; Taipei to conduct live-fire artillery drills

BEIJING: China said Sunday it carried out its fourth consecutive day of military drills in the air and sea around Taiwan in the wake of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to the self-ruled island, despite international calls to calm the tensions. The People’s Liberation Army said the exercises focused on testing its long-range air […]

Introduction of wild cheetahs to Indian reserves involves risks and opportunities: top South African expert

JOHANNESBURG: The planned introduction of South African and Namibian cheetahs into Indian wildlife reserves, said to be the first-of-its-kind project in the world to move a large carnivore from one continent to another and put it in the wild, poses both challenges and unique research opportunities, according to a leading South African expert. Professor Adrian […]

China should not hold global concerns ‘hostage’: Blinken

China should not hold global concerns ‘hostage’: Blinken

MANILA: US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Saturday that China should not hold hostage talks on important global matters such as the climate crisis, after Beijing cut off contacts with Washington in retaliation for US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan earlier this week. Blinken spoke in an online news conference with his […]

Military drills by China reveal plans for Taiwan blockade in case of war: Experts

Military drills by China reveal plans for Taiwan blockade in case of war: Experts

BEIJING: China’s largest-ever exercises around Taiwan have offered key clues into its plans for a gruelling blockade in the event of a war to take the self-ruled island, and revealed an increasingly emboldened Chinese military, experts told AFP. The visit to Taiwan by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi — second in line to the presidency […]

Blast hits Afghan capital Kabul, many feared injured

Blast hits Afghan capital Kabul, many feared injured

KABUL: A bomb blast hit Afghanistan’s capital Kabul on Saturday and many people were feared injured, witnesses said. The blast hit a busy shopping street in the western part of the city where members of the Shi’ite Muslim community regularly meet. Video footage posted online showed ambulances rushing to the scene which is also near […]

UN experts: Malian military and ”white” soldiers killed 33

United Nations: UN experts said in a new report that Malian armed forces allegedly carried out an operation with white-skinned soldiers near the border with Mauritania in March, shooting and burning at least 33 civilians in one of several operations where the country’s ruling military appeared to work closely with likely Russian mercenaries. In the […]

Ex-Pakistan PM’s party to give one-month ultimatum to Shehbaz govt to announce dates for elections

ISLAMABAD: Former Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan’s party has issued a one-month ultimatum to the coalition government led by Shehbaz Sharif to announce the dates for fresh general elections, saying giving the current dispensation more time will destroy the country’s economy. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Senior Vice-President and former federal Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said on […]