China on Monday said it had evacuated more than 60,000 people in the nation’s southwest after torrential rain triggered floods that killed one and left another 15 missing. The floods in Guizhou…
At least 24 people were killed in Nowshera and Peshawar on Sunday as two separate bombings ripped through a bakery and a bazaar in two of the most populous cities of Khyber…
A sense of calm returned to Yemen’s embattled capital on Sunday hours after armed tribesman and President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s forces reached a truce to halt clashes threatening to plunge the state…
Flames and thick smoke caused by an accidental blast killed one person and wounded 25 Tuesday as President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad inaugurated a unit in Iran’s Abadan oil refinery, officials and media said.…
Historic flooding along the Mississippi River turned deadly Thursday when an elderly man died despite being pulled from floodwaters and resuscitated by firefighters. The worst floods to hit the central US in…
KANO – A new outbreak of deadly post-poll riots hit northern Nigeria overnight as soldiers patrolled the streets Tuesday after President Goodluck Jonathan and his defeated rival called for calm. Authorities have not given a death toll for the rioting that began sporadically over the weekend over allegations of vote rigging and quickly spread to some 14 states on Monday. An estimated 15,000 have been displaced and more than 360 wounded, according to the Red Cross. Police said dozens of
KANO – Christian youths burnt a mosque in Nigeria’s north early Tuesday after deadly rioting that followed presidential elections, prompting Muslims to destroy shops in response, residents said.
The reprisal attacks occurred in Nigeria’s main northern city of Kano, where an unspecified number of people were killed the previous day as post-election rioting spread to some 14 states over President Goodluck Jonathan’s election win.
Kano police spokesman Magaji Majia confirmed
MINSK – Police in Belarus carried out spot checks on roads and at stations and airports on Tuesday after a bomb blast tore through a crowded metro station in the capital Minsk on Monday evening, killing at least 12 people.
As police hunted those responsible for what appeared to have been a bomb activated by remote control, a top official from the prosecutor general’s office described the attack as an act of “terrorism”, unprecedented in Belarus. The ex-Soviet state of 10 million
CAIRO – More than 1,000 Egyptian protested in Cairo’s Tahrir Square on Sunday after an overnight sit-in demonstration when the army backed down on a threat to disperse them. The protesters, who blocked the square with a charred army truck, barbed wire and beams, chanted against military chief Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, who has been in charge since president Hosni Mubarak’s ouster in February.
“The people demand the toppling of the field marshal,” they chanted, after spending
ATHENS – Greek police clashed with protesters on Wednesday as around 100,000 workers, pensioners and students marched to parliament in protest at austerity policies aimed at helping Greece cope with a huge debt crisis. Riot police fired scores of rounds of teargas and flash bombs at protesters hurling petrol bombs, choking the main Syndagma square with smoke and sending crowds of striking protesters running for cover.
Public and private sector employees’ 24-hour strike grounded
TEHRAN – Furious Iranian lawmakers on Tuesday demanded the hanging of opposition leaders who had called anti-government protests which left one person dead, saying they had been “misled” by Iran’s arch-foes.
MPs singled out Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi, who had called for protests in Tehran on Monday in support of Arab uprisings that quickly turned into anti-government demonstrations and ended in clashes with police in which several people were hurt, including nine
ISLAMABAD/KARACHI – The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) on Sunday finally pulled out of the ruling coalition as it decided to sit on the opposition benches in the Centre, forcing the already number-weak government into a minority with 160 members on its side in a House of 342.
A minimum of 172 members are required to form a simple majority in the National Assembly. The MQM decision came after its coordination committee, which simultaneously met in Karachi and London, chose to sit
KARACHI – The year 2010 was the worst year for the wildlife in Sindh, which has always been a low priority of the provincial or the federal government. In the past the wildlife faced threats from the humans but this year it was the nature’s fury that took the flora and fauna of Sindh literally by storm -in the form of devastating floods.
The year began as usual with the man-made threats to the wildlife. In February last, former prime minister and PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif made
KABUL – The NATO-led force in Afghanistan disputed on Monday an Afghan government accusation that foreign troops had violated a security deal by conducting a night raid in Kabul in which two guards were killed.
Under the 2008 deal, Afghan authorities have to approve and lead all security operations in the capital. But the Ministry of Interior (MOI) has said that foreign forces ignored the security rules and it was unaware of Friday’s operation.
Raids by foreign forces,
ISLAMABAD: To end insurgency, the federal government needs to take concrete measures to restore its credibility in Balochistan, prominent Baloch leaders said on Sunday.
“The hopes of peace which emerged after the revival of democracy have died and the distance between the province and the center is the greatest,” Lashkari Raisani, Pakistan People’s Party senator, said while talking to Pakistan Today.
“Some ministers have sabotaged the reconciliation process initiated by the
BAGHDAD: A string of anti-Christian bombings has cost six more lives in the wake of the Baghdad church bloodbath, sowing panic in Iraq’s 2,000-year-old minority on Wednesday, many of whom now want to flee.
“Since Tuesday evening, there have been 13 bombs and two mortar attacks on homes and shops of Christians in which a total of six people were killed and 33 injured,” a defence ministry official said. “A church was also damaged.”
An interior ministry official earlier gave a
GROZNY: Militants on Tuesday stormed parliament in Russia’s conflict-torn region of Chechnya, holding deputies and gunning down three people, before being killed in a bloody standoff with security forces.
The group of up to four militants broke into the parliament building in the Chechen capital Grozny early in the morning, sparking fears of a major hostage crisis before security forces moved in. The dramatic raid was a major blow to Kremlin claims that stability has returned to