NEWS OF THE DAYJapan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday left on a five-nation tour of Latin America and the Caribbean that will reportedly see a major Japanese bank extend a $500 million oil exploration loan to Brazil. The visit comes as Chinese President Xi Jinping wrapped up a nine-day Latin American tour, as the Asian powers eye the region’s fast-growing economies and vast natural resources.
BANKOK: Like many other countries in Southeast Asia, Thailand is historically and culturally an inherently unequal society. The Thai language, for example, serves as a linguistic medium imbued with hierarchical indicators and class-based insinuation. Before addressing someone correctly, you are expected to determine first and foremost the person’s age. Then, the correct prefix can be placed in front of the name. Other linguistic and colloquial additives are used to connote the speaker’s positioning, chosen, preferred, or congenital, in the country’s social pyramid. And this is not to mention the continued, albeit waning, existence of royal and aristocratic titles and surnames among the populace. Many other nations, you might argue, also have their share of... more ›
HERAT: Suspected Taliban gunmen stopped two vehicles in central Afghanistan and shot dead 15 passengers at the side of the road, officials said Friday, in the latest attack to highlight the growing civilian toll from violence. Only one man escaped the execution-style killing in Ghor province when the armed attackers gunned down 11 men, three women and one child. “They ordered all passengers to stand in one line, and then they shot them dead one by one,” Abdul Hai Khatibi, spokesman for the governor of Ghor province, told AFP. “One man managed to flee. All of the others were shot in the head and chest.” Fahim Qaiem, Ghor provincial police chief, confirmed the... more ›
NEW DELHI: A seven-year-old girl was found hanging from a tree Thursday in a village in eastern India after locals suspect she was raped, police said, the latest in a string of reported attacks against children. Angry villagers sought revenge after discovering the body in West Bengal state, hunting down and attacking three men they accused of kidnapping, raping and murdering the girl, a police officer said. “I am at a local hospital for the girl’s post-mortem while those three suspects are also admitted at another hospital with serious injuries,” sub-inspector Shankar Das told AFP by phone. “The situation in the local area where the incident happened is tense,” Das said, referring... more ›
NEW DELHI: India summoned a top Pakistani diplomat on Friday, two days after announcing resumption of foreign-secretary-level talks, to voice unhappiness over repeated delays in the trial of seven men accused in the deadly 2008 Mumbai attacks. “We asked them to ensure a mechanism whereby Indian diplomats in their country get regular briefings about the Mumbai terror trial and related investigations,” a foreign ministry official told AFP. The trial, which began in 2012 and is being conducted by a Pakistani anti-terrorism court, was adjourned for the seventh time on Wednesday, according to the Press Trust of India. India blames the three-day rampage in November 2008 on the outlawed Pakistan-based group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT). The... more ›
NEW DELHI: The Congress party of India is not entitled to the post of Leader of the Opposition, according to the government’s top lawyer, Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi. Sources say he has shared that opinion in writing on Friday. The Congress has 44 members in the Lok Sabha. The new BJP government has said it is following guidelines that the single largest Opposition party must have a tenth of the 543 seats in the House to claim the post of Leader of the Opposition. The Congress has fiercely contested that view, but has not, despite some leaders’ threats, taken its case to court. Mallikarjun Kharge is the leader of the Congress in the... more ›
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