4 killed, 19 feared trapped in Philippine hotel fire

4 killed, 19 feared trapped in Philippine hotel fire

Manila: Four people were killed and 19 feared trapped by a major hotel fire in the Philippine capital Manila on Sunday, with others plucked from the rooftop by helicopter, authorities said. The blaze at the Waterfront Manila Pavilion, a hotel and casino complex, was still raging six hours after it began on Sunday morning, prompting […]

China’s missile man is new Defence Minister

China’s missile man is new Defence Minister

Beijing: China appointed a former missile unit commander as its new Defence Minister on Monday, whose first guest of honour could be his Indian counterpart Nirmala Sitharaman. Lieutenant General Wei Fenghe, 63, a close confidant of President Xi Jinping, was the last commander of China’s missile unit, the Second Artillery Corps, before it was split […]

Trump to unveil opioid plan seeking death penalty for drug dealers: WH

Washington: President Donald Trump will unveil a plan on Monday to combat the opioid addiction crisis that includes seeking the death penalty for drug dealers and urging Congress to toughen sentencing laws for drug traffickers, White House officials said on Sunday. The White House plan will also seek to cut opioid prescriptions by a third […]

China unveils brand new Cabinet to run revamped govt under President Xi

China unveils brand new Cabinet to run revamped govt under President Xi

Beijing: China on Monday appointed a whole new set of top officials, including a Defence Minister, to head a revamped government, days after President Xi Jinping began his second five-year tenure following the removal of the two-term limit. The new line-up approved by the rubber-stamp Parliament, the National People’s Congress, includes four Vice-Premiers, Han Zheng, […]

Yet again, Vladimir Putin wins another 6 years as Russian leader

Moscow: Russian President Vladimir Putin won a landslide re-election victory on Sunday, extending his rule over the world’s largest country for another six years at a time when his ties with the West are on a hostile trajectory. Putin’s thumping victory will extend his total time in office to nearly a quarter of a century, […]

Putin eyes fourth term as Russia goes to the polls

  Moscow: Russians voted on Sunday in an election set to hand President Vladimir Putin a fourth Kremlin term, as the country is embroiled in a crisis with Britain and its allies over a spy poisoning. With the vast country stretching across 11 time zones, polls opened in the Russian Far East at 2000 GMT […]

Suu Kyi pressed on Rohingya crisis at ASEAN summit

  Sydney: Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi was pressed about the Rohingya crisis at an ASEAN summit in Sydney Sunday, but the regional bloc stressed it could not intervene and “force an outcome”. Suu Kyi has been under intense global criticism for her public silence amid a brutal military crackdown that has […]

Israeli planes raid Gaza after explosion

  Jerusalem: Israeli military aircraft carried out a raid against a Hamas target in the Gaza Strip overnight after an explosive device detonated near the border with Israel, the military said on Sunday. “The Hamas terror organisation is held accountable for all occurrences in and from the Gaza Strip,” the Israel Defence Forces said. Hamas […]

7 militants sentenced to death for killing Sufi shrine caretaker

  Dhaka: Seven militants, including neo-JMB terror group’s regional chief, were sentenced to death on Sunday in Bangladesh for killing a Sufi shrine caretaker in 2015. The militants hacked Rahmat Ali, the caretaker of a shrine, and slit his throat on November 10, 2015. The militant group is ideologically opposed to the moderate Sufi philosophy, […]