Indonesia quake death toll tops 400 as more bodies recovered

JAKARTA: The death toll from an earthquake on the Indonesian island of Lombok has topped 400, authorities said Monday, as bodies were still being recovered from the ruins of destroyed buildings. The shallow 6.9-magnitude quake on August 5 levelled tens of thousands of homes, mosques and businesses across Lombok, just a week after another tremor […]

Lira extends slide as Turkey heads toward a financial crisis

Singapore: Turkey’s lira extended its precipitous slide Monday, with the selloff spreading to other emerging-market currencies, after the nation’s president showed no signs of backing down in a standoff with the US. The lira weakened past 7.23 per dollar amid thin volume before paring losses after the nation’s Banking Regulation and Supervision Agency stepped in […]

Pakistan Releases 26 Indian Fishermen From Jail As Goodwill Gesture

KARACHI: Pakistan today released 26 Indian fishermen from jail as a goodwill gesture, a day before newly-elected Parliament’s maiden meeting to start the process of handing over powers to the new government, media reports said. The fishermen had been arrested by the authorities for allegedly trespassing into Pakistan’s territorial waters. They were shifted to Cantt […]

Pakistan releases 30 Indian prisoners ahead of I-Day

Islamabad, Aug 13: Pakistan Monday released 30 Indian prisoners, including 27 fishermen, from jail as a goodwill gesture ahead of the country’s I-Day Tuesday. The release of the prisoners “is in line with Pakistan’s consistent policy of not politicising humanitarian issues,” Foreign Office Spokesperson Mohammad Faisal said in a statement. The 30 prisoners being set […]

Syrian rebels build an army with Turkish help, face challenges

AZAZ (SYRIA): A “National Army” being set up by Syrian rebels with Turkey’s help could become a long-term obstacle to President Bashar al-Assad’s recovery of the northwest – if they can end factional rivalries that have long blighted the opposition. The effort is at the heart of plans by the Turkish-backed opposition to secure and […]

PoK residents accuse Pakistan of waging water war on them

PoK residents accuse Pakistan of waging water war on them

London: India’s Independence Day celebrations have been planned in the UK to counter a pro-Khalistan rally at London’s Trafalgar Square on 12 August. The organisers of the event, ‘We Stand With India’, accused the group behind the pro-Khalistan rally, ‘London Declaration for a Referendum 2020’, of spreading lies about the event being cancelled. “Why is […]

Top US Lawyer Calls Murdered Hyderabad Techie “Sikh” By Mistake

NEW YORK: US Attorney General Jeff Sessions has erroneously referred to Indian engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla, who was shot dead in a hate crime at a suburban Kansas City bar last year, as Sikh. A US Navy veteran was last week awarded three consecutive life sentences on federal hate crime charges for killing Mr Kuchibhotla and […]