Evidence of Rohingya mass graves uncovered in Myanmar

Evidence of Rohingya mass graves uncovered in Myanmar

  Naypyidaw, Feb 1: Scores of Rohingya villagers in Myanmar have been massacred and buried in 5 mass graves, according to an exclusive investigation by the Associated Press news agency. The report by the news agency on Thursday includes witness testimony from two dozen survivors and relatives of victims, as well as time-stamped mobile phone […]

Pakistan extends Afghan refugees’ stay for only 60 days

  Islamabad, Feb 1: Pakistan’s government has extended the stay of Afghan refugees in the country for 60 days, a shorter-than-recommended time that revives fears Islamabad is preparing a forced return of hundreds of thousands to violence-plagued Afghanistan. About 2.5 million Afghans live in Pakistan, home to the world’s second-largest refugee population. For years, the […]

WWII bomb defused in Hong Kong after thousands evacuated

WWII bomb defused in Hong Kong after thousands evacuated

  Hong Kong, Feb 1: A wartime bomb was defused in Hong Kong on Thursday after forcing a busy commercial district into lockdown, with roads closed and thousands evacuated from surrounding shops, hotels and offices. It was the second time within a week that an American bomb dropped during WWII had been discovered at a […]

Namibia bans foreign travel for govt officials

Namibia bans foreign travel for govt officials

  Windhoek, Feb 1: Namibia has banned all foreign travel by public officials as the southern African country tries to rein in government expenditure. The ban will be in place until at least February, the country’s presidency said in a statement. “No request for outbound travel by ministers, deputy ministers and other political office bearers […]

Petrol bomb thrown at Suu Kyi’s lakeside villa

  Yangon, Feb 1: A petrol bomb was thrown at the lakeside Yangon compound of Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Thursday while she was away from her home, a government spokesman said. “It was a petrol bomb,” spokesman Zaw Htay confirmed to AFP, without giving further details on a possible motive for a […]

US ready to work with Qatar to ‘deter’ external threats

US ready to work with Qatar to ‘deter’ external threats

  Washington, Jan 31: Senior US officials have said Washington was ready to ‘deter and confront’ external threats to Qatar’s territorial integrity at a meeting between leading representatives from the two countries. Officials including US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Defence James Mattis met their Qatari counterparts Foreign Minister Mohammed Al-Thani and […]

UN appeals for emergency funds for Palestine, Syria

  United Nations, Jan 31: The United Nations has launched an urgent financial appeal for its emergency programmes in Syria and the occupied Palestinian territories. UN’s Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) said on Tuesday it needs $800m to provide life-saving aid including food, water, shelter and medical assistance. Pierre Krahenbuhl, UNRWA’s commissioner-general, said the funds […]

‘North Korea’s nuke weapons could ‘very soon’ threaten US’

‘North Korea’s nuke weapons could ‘very soon’ threaten US’

  Washington, Jan 31: President Donald Trump today warned that North Korea’s “reckless pursuit” of nuclear missile could threaten American cities, asserting that he will not “repeat the mistakes” of past administrations that got the US into “dangerous position”. Trump, in his first State of the Union Address, said no regime has oppressed its own […]

Saudi Arabia says it has seized over $100 billion in corruption purge

  Riyadh, Jan 31: Saudi Arabia`s government has arranged to seize more than $100 billion through financial settlements with businessmen and officials detained in its crackdown on corruption, the attorney general said. The announcement appeared to represent a politicalvictory for Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who launched thepurge last November and predicted at the time […]

UK lawyers to seek Saudi suspension from UN rights body

  London, Jan 31: Two British human rights lawyers are to ask today for Saudi Arabia to be suspended from the UN Human Rights Council over 61 people “arbitrarily detained or disappeared” by the country’s authorities. Ken Macdonald and Rodney Dixon are due to submit their report to the Council in Geneva, claiming that the […]