NEWS OF THE DAYThe Pakistan government on Friday handed over federal capital Islamabad’s security to the army for three months. The move is seen in light of opposition Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan’s call for “decisive” march to Islamabad on the eve of the country’s independence day on August 14.
GAZA CITY: Renewed Israeli raids on Gaza, which followed a 24-hour lull, killed nine Palestinians on Sunday, raising the overall toll from the 20-day operation to more than 1,050. Following a 24-hour period in which Israel held its fire, the strikes resumed at 0700 GMT on Sunday with an initial three people killed by shelling, two of them in central Gaza and a third near Khan Yunis in the south, emergency services spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra said. Six more were killed in the following few hours, including an elderly Christian woman who was killed in an air strike on... more ›
GAZA CITY: The world has reacted in disgust to pictures of the indiscriminate slaughter of civilians in Gaza, including women and children, since Israel launched an offensive against Hamas 20 days ago. In France, several hundred people also flouted a ban to protest after an attempt to halt yesterday’s demonstration following an attack on a synagogue and Jewish-owned shops in a Paris suburb. The demonstrators ignored calls from Bernard Cazeneuve, the interior minister, for the ban to be observed, after he claimed chatter on social networks had indicated a risk it could become a “cortège of violence”. Other pro-Gaza demonstrations were also mounted in cities around the globe, including Dublin, Singapore, Washington DC,... more ›
KATHMANDU: Describing her three-day visit to Nepal as very successful, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Sunday said the two countries have resolved to extend their cooperation in a number of areas to strengthen bilateral ties. “It was a very successful trip and the results were more than my expectations,” Swaraj said at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu before leaving for New Delhi. During her visit, Swaraj met Nepal’s top leaders including President Ram Baran Yadav and Prime Minister Sushil Koirala. She also met UCPN-Maoist chief and Leader of the Opposition Prachanda. Sushma Swaraj was in Nepal... more ›
KUALA LUMPUR: Any airline would struggle with the devastating impact of losing one jet full of passengers, especially if it had already been bleeding money for years. But losing another just months later is pushing crisis-hit Malaysia Airlines to the brink of financial collapse, airline experts said, spotlighting whether it can steer its way out of extended turmoil as once-troubled carriers such as Korean Air and Garuda Indonesia did before. The flag carrier needs an immediate intervention from the Malaysian government investment fund that controls its purse strings, and likely deep restructuring, to survive the twin tragedies of flights MH370 and MH17, analysts added. Malaysia Airlines (MAS) was already struggling with years... more ›
Algiers: Algerian prime minister Abdelmalek Sellal has said the Air Algerie flight AH5017 crashed probably due to bad weather. The aircraft encountered complicated weather conditions, including thick clouds, strong wind and a sand storm, soon after takeoff, Xinhua quoted Sellal as saying Saturday. There is no information to indicate that rebels in northern Mali, where the airliner crashed, were equipped with weapons capable of hitting the aircraft flying at an altitude of 10,000 metres, Sellal added. An analysis of the black boxes and the crash site could determine further causes leading to the crash. Both the black boxes... more ›
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