Houston woman booked for mailing explosives to Obama, Texas governor

Houston woman booked for mailing explosives to Obama, Texas governor

  Houston, Nov 24: A Houston-area woman has been charged with mailing booby-trapped packages designed to explode to former U.S. President Barack Obama, Texas Governor Greg Abbott and a federal office in Maryland. Julia Poff, 46, was ordered held in jail last week ahead of trial after she was indicted on charges of mailing packages […]

13 passengers killed after van collided with truck in Thailand: Police

13 passengers killed after van collided with truck in Thailand: Police

  Bangkok, Nov 24: Thirteen Burmese people were killed Friday when their van collided with a truck in central Thailand and burst into flames, police said, the latest gruesome accident on the kingdom`s notoriously dangerous roads. The van was travelling from the border town of Mae Sot, a common entry point for Myanmar migrant workers, […]

UN rights team to visit Mexico after journalist murders

UN rights team to visit Mexico after journalist murders

  Mexico, Nov 24: The United Nations said on Thursday a group of experts on freedom of expression will visit Mexico at the end of November to assess the safety of journalists in the country, one of the most dangerous in the world for reporters. David Kaye, U.N. Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression, and […]

Saudi Arabia, allies expand Qatar blacklist

Saudi Arabia, allies expand Qatar blacklist

  Riyadh, Nov 23: Two Islamic organisations and 11 individuals have been added to an existing “terror list” drawn up by four Arab nations that are blockading Qatar, claiming the entities and individuals are supported by Doha. State-run Saudi Press Agency issued a joint statement by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates […]

Russia, Iran and Turkey agree to hold ‘Syrian congress’

Russia, Iran and Turkey agree to hold ‘Syrian congress’

Sochi, Nov 23: Russian President Vladimir Putin has said his Iranian and Turkish counterparts have supported a proposal to hold a “Syrian people’s congress” that will bring together government and opposition figures. The Russian leader hosted Hassan Rouhani and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, just as some Syrian opposition groups met in Saudi Arabia’s capital, Riyadh, ahead […]

Myanmar, Bangladesh sign deal for return of thousands of Rohingyas

Myanmar, Bangladesh sign deal for return of thousands of Rohingyas

Yangon, Nov 23: Myanmar and Bangladesh signed a memorandum of understanding on Thursday, a senior Myanmar official told Reuters, for the return home of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees who fled to the neighbouring country to escape a Myanmar army crackdown. “We are ready to take them back as soon as possible after Bangladesh […]

Australia urges strong, sustained US engagement in Asia

Australia urges strong, sustained US engagement in Asia

  Sydney, Nov 23: Australia called on Thursday on the United States to build a strong presence in Asia and bolster ties with “like-minded” partners while warning against China’s rising influence. A more insular United States would be detrimental to the liberal nature of the world’s “rules-based order”, the government said in a 115-page foreign […]

Malaysia arrests Uighur escapee from Thailand

Malaysia arrests Uighur escapee from Thailand

Kuala Lumpur, Nov 23: Malaysian authorities have arrested a Uighur Muslim man from China who was part of a group who made a dramatic escape from an immigration detention centre in Thailand, police said today. Asri Yusoff, police chief in the northern Malaysian state of Kedah, said the fugitive was picked up near the border […]

Robert Mugabe resigns as Zimbabwe president

Robert Mugabe resigns as Zimbabwe president

Harare, Nov 22: Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe has submitted his resignation after nearly four decades as the country’s leader. Mugabe defied demands to step down for almost a week after a military takeover and expulsion from his own ruling ZANU-PF party but stepped down on Tuesday, just as parliament started proceedings to impeach him. Cheers […]

‘US wants PLO’s Washington office to stay open’

‘US wants PLO’s Washington office to stay open’

  Washington, Nov 22: The United States wants the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) to keep its Washington office open and is in talks with Palestinian officials about the issue despite a U.S. decision that could trigger its closure, the State Department said. A State Department official on Saturday said under U.S. law, Secretary of State […]