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30 Afghan security forces killed in Taliban attacks: Officials
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attacks in a WhatsApp message to journalists. Reuters file

30 Afghan security forces killed in Taliban attacks: Officials

20 Jun 2018 | 6:39 PM

HERAT: Taliban fighters killed around 30 Afghan security forces in multiple attacks in western Afghanistan, officials said Wednesday, days after the group ended its ceasefire.

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Herat, June 20

Taliban fighters killed around 30 Afghan security forces in multiple attacks in western Afghanistan, officials said Wednesday, days after the group ended its ceasefire.

“More than half of the fatalities came from the ambush and roadside bomb blasts that hit a reinforcement convoy,” Badghis provincial governor Abdul Qhafoor Malikzai told AFP.

The other soldiers and police were killed when militants stormed their bases overnight, Qhafoor added.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attacks in a WhatsApp message to journalists.

Provincial council chief Abdul Aziz Bek confirmed the death toll.

“During the ceasefire the Taliban had sent informants to collect information about the bases and plan the attack,” he said. — AFP

US withdraws from UN Human Rights Council

US withdraws from UN Human Rights Council

20 Jun 2018 | 12:39 PM

WASHINGTON: The US withdrew on Wednesday from the UN Human Rights Council and condemned its "shameless hypocrisy" in absolving wrongdoers through silence and falsely condemning those committing no offence, saying America will not take lectures from hypocritical institutions.

Canada becomes second nation to legalise marijuana

Canada becomes second nation to legalise marijuana

20 Jun 2018 | 5:25 PM

OTTAWA: Canadian Parliament has passed a "historic" bill legalising the recreational use of marijuana nationwide, becoming the second country in the world to do so.

European states meet to tackle growing migration rifts

20 Jun 2018 | 7:48 PM

BRUSSELS: Several European leaders including those of France, Germany, Italy and Austria will hold talks on Sunday on migration, an issue bringing bitter political divisions to a head in Europe and increasingly in the United States.

In Mexico, Trump's child separations trigger wrenching decisions

In Mexico, Trump's child separations trigger wrenching decisions

20 Jun 2018 | 7:30 PM

CIUDAD JUAREZ/TIJUANA: Epigmenio Centeno had hoped to cross the Mexican border into the United States in the coming months, but he and his wife have shelved their plans for fear of being separated from their two sons under US President Donald Trump's “zero tolerance” immigration policy.

UK PM calls US images of migrant children 'deeply disturbing'

20 Jun 2018 | 7:29 PM

LONDON: British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Wednesday that images from the United States of migrant children kept in cages were "deeply disturbing" and that she would press President Donald Trump on the issue.

10 killed in Zambia copper mine dump collapse: Police

20 Jun 2018 | 6:40 PM

LUSAKA: Ten people were killed and another 10 injured after a dumping site for copper mining waste collapsed in the town of Kitwe in Zambia’s Copperbelt province, police said on Wednesday.

178 missing in Indonesia ferry disaster

20 Jun 2018 | 1:40 PM

SIMALUNGUN (INDONESIA): Nearly 180 passengers are missing after a ferry sank into the depths of a volcanic lake in Indonesia, police said today, almost tripling initial estimates - but the search-and-rescue agency cautioned it was still unclear how many people were aboard the vessel when it capsized.

Nepal, China sign 8 deals worth $2.24 bn

20 Jun 2018 | 10:44 AM

BEIJING: Nepal and China on Wednesday signed eight agreements worth $2.4 billion on the second day of Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli’s visit.

North Korea's Kim thanks China for support with Trump summit

North Korea's Kim thanks China for support with Trump summit

20 Jun 2018 | 12:13 PM

BEIJING: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un thanked Chinese President Xi Jinping for his support in last week's groundbreaking summit with President Donald Trump, the North's official media reported on Wednesday.

Trump threatens new tariffs on Chinese goods worth $200 bnTrade war

Trump threatens new tariffs on Chinese goods worth $200 bn

20 Jun 2018 | 12:58 AM

WASHINGTON/BEIJING: US President Donald Trump has threatened to impose tariffs on an additional $200 billion worth of Chinese goods unless Beijing ceases its “unfair practices”, escalating a trade war between the world’s two largest economies that jolted the global stock markets.

India, France ties in new phase: Sushma

20 Jun 2018 | 12:58 AM

PARIS: India's External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has credited the special chemistry between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Emmanuel Macron for the new dynamism in the Indo-French relationship.

Pak poll: Musharraf’s nomination rejected

20 Jun 2018 | 12:58 AM

ISLAMABAD: The nomination papers of Pakistan's former military ruler Pervez Musharraf for the July 25 general elections were rejected on Tuesday by the returning officer on the ground that he was barred for life from contesting elections by the Peshawar High Court in 2013.

UN: Record 68.5 m displaced last yearWorld Refugee Day today

UN: Record 68.5 m displaced last year

20 Jun 2018 | 12:58 AM

GENEVA: The UN refugee agency on Tuesday reported that nearly 69 million people who have fled war, violence and persecution were forcibly displaced last year, a record for the fifth straight year.

US rappers shot dead

20 Jun 2018 | 12:58 AM

WASHINGTON: Two US rappers, XXXTentacion and Jimmy Wopo, were killed on Monday in shootings near Miami and in Pittsburgh.

Nepal bats for greater trade ties with China

20 Jun 2018 | 12:58 AM

KATHMANDU: Land-locked Nepal is keen to enhance cross-border rail-road connectivity, infrastructure development, trade and tourism cooperation with China under its ambitious Belt and Road Initiative, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has said.

Kim in China

Kim in China

20 Jun 2018 | 12:58 AM

Chinese President Xi Jinping praised visiting North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, lauding the “positive” outcome of his summit with Trump.

Oldest Sumatran orangutan dies aged 62By the way...

Oldest Sumatran orangutan dies aged 62

20 Jun 2018 | 12:58 AM

PERTH: World's oldest Sumatran orangutan, which had 11 children and 54 descendants spread across the globe, has died aged 62, Australian zoo officials said.

Stock markets plunge on brewing China-US trade war fears

Stock markets plunge on brewing China-US trade war fears

19 Jun 2018 | 8:28 PM

LONDON: Asian and European stock markets tumbled today on rising fears of a trade war after US President Donald Trump threatened fresh tariffs on Chinese imports and Beijing warned of countermeasures.

Shells hit south Syria city for first time in three years

19 Jun 2018 | 7:34 PM

BEIRUT: Rebel shellfire slammed into the southern Syrian city of Sweida on Tuesday for the first time in three years, a monitor said, as fresh regime reinforcements arrived in the area.

Taliban assault kills 4 security personnel, says Afghan official

19 Jun 2018 | 1:13 PM

KABUL: An Afghan official says at least four security forces were killed when Taliban fighters targeted army and local police checkpoints in northern Kunduz province.

2 of 6 men wounded in southern Sweden drive-by shooting die

19 Jun 2018 | 1:11 PM

COPENHAGEN: Swedish police say two of the six men who were injured in a drive-by shooting in the centre of Sweden’s third-largest city, have died.

Nepal PM Oli in China to enhance bilateral cooperation

19 Jun 2018 | 1:08 PM

KATHMANDU: Nepal Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli on Tuesday left for China where he will hold talks with his Chinese counterpart Li Keqiang, and is expected to sign major infrastructure projects to further deepen bilateral ties.

Trump admin defends 'zero tolerance' border policy; blames Democrats for crisis

19 Jun 2018 | 11:41 AM

WASHINGTON: The Trump administration today defended its controversial "zero tolerance" border policy of separating immigrant parents and their children on the US border, and alleged that Democrats do not want to have a comprehensive solution to the current immigration crisis.

Facebook helps couple raise $3.4mn for reuniting immigrants

Facebook helps couple raise $3.4mn for reuniting immigrants

19 Jun 2018 | 2:10 PM

SAN FRANCISCO: A couple in the US has seen outpouring of support from thousands of people when they set out to raise money on Facebook for reuniting immigrant parents with their children, helping them raise $3.4 million in a matter of three days, the media reported.

World's oldest Sumatran orangutan dead

World's oldest Sumatran orangutan dead

19 Jun 2018 | 11:15 AM

CANBERRA: The world's oldest known Sumatran orangutan has died in an Australian zoo aged 62, leaving behind 54 descendants, authorities said on Tuesday.

Trump escalates China trade war, threatens tariffs worth $200bn

Trump escalates China trade war, threatens tariffs worth $200bn

19 Jun 2018 | 10:56 AM

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump has threatened to impose tariffs on an additional $200 billion worth of Chinese goods shipped to Washington unless Beijing agrees to a host of sweeping trade concessions, media reports said.

Record 68.5 million people displaced worldwide: UN

Record 68.5 million people displaced worldwide: UN

19 Jun 2018 | 10:53 AM

GENEVA: A record 68.5 million people have been forced flee their homes due to war, violence and persecution, notably in places like Myanmar and Syria, the UN said on Tuesday.

Thailand carries out first execution since 2009: Government

Thailand carries out first execution since 2009: Government

19 Jun 2018 | 10:51 AM

BANGKOK: Thailand has carried out its first execution since 2009, the Department of Corrections said, killing a 26-year-old convicted murderer in a move condemned by Amnesty International as "deplorable".

North Korea’s Kim visiting China on Tuesday and Wednesday: state media

North Korea’s Kim visiting China on Tuesday and Wednesday: state media

19 Jun 2018 | 9:57 AM

BEIJING: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is visiting China on Tuesday and Wednesday, state broadcaster CCTV said, a week after his unprecedented summit with US President Donald Trump.

Trump: Setting up US space force

Trump: Setting up US space force

19 Jun 2018 | 1:54 AM

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump on Monday said he was ordering the establishment of a sixth branch of the military to clear the way for American dominance of space.

May suffers fresh Brexit defeat

May suffers fresh Brexit defeat

19 Jun 2018 | 1:54 AM

LONDON: Britain’s House of Lords inflicted another defeat on the government on Monday over its flagship Brexit Bill, sending it back to MPs and setting up a fresh showdown between Prime Minister Theresa May and her pro-European rebels.

Audi boss held in ‘dieselgate’ emissions case

Audi boss held in ‘dieselgate’ emissions case

19 Jun 2018 | 11:56 AM

FRANKFURT:Audi chief executive Rupert Stadler was arrested on Monday in connection with parent company Volkswagen’s “dieselgate” emissions cheating scandal, with prosecutors saying they feared he might try to destroy evidence.

Strong tremor jolts Japan’s Osaka; 3 dead, 150 injured

Strong tremor jolts Japan’s Osaka; 3 dead, 150 injured

19 Jun 2018 | 12:47 AM

TOKYO: A magnitude 6.1 earthquake shook Osaka, Japan’s second-biggest metropolis, early on Monday, killing three persons, halting factory lines in an industrial area and bursting water mains, government and company officials said.

Joint Korean team for Asian Games

Joint Korean team for Asian Games

19 Jun 2018 | 12:47 AM

SEOUL: The two Koreas agreed on Monday to march together under a unified peninsula flag and form combined teams to compete in the next Asian Games, they said in a joint statement, in the latest sign of a thaw between the old rivals.

Conservative Duque wins Colombian presidency

Conservative Duque wins Colombian presidency

19 Jun 2018 | 12:47 AM

BOGATA: Conservative Ivan Duque won Colombia’s presidential election today after a campaign that turned into a referendum on a landmark 2016 peace deal with FARC rebels that he pledged to overhaul.

Spain king’s brother-in-law starts jail termGlobe Trot

Spain king’s brother-in-law starts jail term

19 Jun 2018 | 12:47 AM

MADRID: The Spanish king’s brother-in-law began a six-year jail sentence on Monday, drawing a line under a long-running corruption scandal that enraged the public and brought shame on the royal family.

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Most powerful supercomputer unveiled

19 Jun 2018 | 12:47 AM

WASHINGTON: US scientists have unveiled the world's most powerful and smart scientific supercomputer that can complete over 200,000 trillion calculations per second, providing unprecedented computing power for research in energy, advanced materials and artificial intelligence.

Arab coalition bombs Houthis around Hodeidah airport, urges them to withdraw

Arab coalition bombs Houthis around Hodeidah airport, urges them to withdraw

18 Jun 2018 | 9:40 PM

ADEN: Arab coalition aircraft bombarded Houthi fighters holed up at the airport of Yemen's main port Hodeidah on Monday as a senior alliance official said he hoped UN diplomacy could coax the Iran-aligned movement to cede the city to "save the population".

UN rights chief condemns migrant family separations at US border

UN rights chief condemns migrant family separations at US border

18 Jun 2018 | 8:02 PM

WASHINGTON: The UN rights chief on Monday condemned the "unconscionable" separation of migrant children from their parents at the US border, as First Lady Melania Trump made a rare political plea to end the deeply controversial practice.

Merkel gets ultimatum from hardline ally over migrants

18 Jun 2018 | 7:53 PM

MUNICH: Hardliners in Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative bloc on Monday gave her a two-week ultimatum to tighten asylum rules or risk pitching Germany into a political crisis that would also rattle Europe.

Over 50 pro-regime fighters killed in east Syria air strike

Over 50 pro-regime fighters killed in east Syria air strike

18 Jun 2018 | 6:55 PM

BEIRUT: An air strike has killed more than 50 pro-regime fighters in eastern Syria, most of them foreigners, with the US-led coalition denying accusations from Damascus that it was behind the attack.

Iran hangs Sufi over killing of 3 policemen

18 Jun 2018 | 1:48 PM

TEHRAN: Iran has executed a member of a Sufi order who rammed a bus into police as they tried to disperse a rally, killing three of them.

Former Bangladesh PM Zia critical, not able to walk on her own: BNP leader

18 Jun 2018 | 1:44 PM

DHAKA: Bangladesh’s imprisoned former prime minister Khaleda Zia is critically ill and not able to walk on her own, a senior leader of the main opposition BNP has said.

Spanish king’s brother-in-law jailed over graft conviction

Spanish king’s brother-in-law jailed over graft conviction

18 Jun 2018 | 1:39 PM

MADRID: The Spanish king’s brother-in-law was jailed on Monday after losing an appeal against a graft conviction, the prison authorities said.

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