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  • Hillary Clinton would be a great president: Obama 1 hour 19 minutes ago

    Washington: US President Barack Obama today said Hillary Clinton would be a formidable Democratic candidate and a great president if she decided to run for the 2016 election. Clinton, the former Secretary of State and the former First Lady, is widely expected to run for the 2016 presidential election, but hasn't...
  • SAARC Standing Committee discusses terrorism, energy, poverty 3 hours 6 minutes ago

    Kathmandu: Top diplomats of the eight-member SAARC grouping on Sunday discussed cooperation on a range of issues like combating terrorism, poverty alleviation, energy security and climate change. Foreign Secretary Sujata Singh and other top diplomats met at the 41st meeting of SAARC Standing Committee ahead of the 18th SAARC Summit...
  • Pakistan to have 200 nuclear weapons by 2020: US think tank 3 hours 51 minutes ago

    Washington: Pakistan has the fastest growing nuclear weapons programme in the world and by 2020 it could have enough fissile material to produce more than 200 nuclear devices, a top American think tank has said. "Though many states are downsising their stockpiles, Asia is witnessing a buildup. Pakistan has the fastest-growing...
  • Suicide bomber kills at least 45 in Afghanistan during volleyball match 5 hours 22 minutes ago

    Kabul: Afghan officials say that a suicide bomber has killed "at least 45" people in an attack on a volleyball tournament in the country's east. Mokhis Afghan, spokesman for the provincial governor of Paktika province, bordering Pakistan, says the attack happened during an inter-district tournament attended by a large crowed in...
  • Muslim clerics meet in Iran to counter extremists 5 hours 47 minutes ago

    QOM, Iran: Shiite and Sunni clerics from about 80 countries are gathering in Iran's holy city of Qom to develop a strategy to combat extremists including the Islamic State group that has captured large parts of Iraq and Syria. Ayatollah Nasser Makarem Shirazi, the chief organizer of the conference, appealed for...
  • Iraq court sentences Sunni ex-MP to death for murder 5 hours 51 minutes ago

    Baghdad: An Iraqi court sentenced former Sunni MP Ahmed al-Alwani to death today for murder, a spokesman said, a verdict that could damage Baghdad's relationship with a powerful tribe battling jihadists. Alwani is a member of the Albu Alwan tribe, members of which are fighting against the Islamic State (IS) jihadist...
  • Vladimir Putin mulling re-election bid in 2018 5 hours 56 minutes ago

    Moscow: Russian President Vladimir Putin is considering running for a fourth Kremlin term in 2018, which would see him stay in power until 2024, the TASS news agency reported on Sunday. "Yes, the possibility exists of my standing as a candidate again. Whether or not it will happen, I don't know...
  • Israel cabinet votes on enshrining 'Jewish state' in law 6 hours 2 minutes ago

    Jerusalem: Ministers were to vote on Sunday on a controversial proposal to anchor in law Israel's status as the national homeland of the Jewish people, at the expense of its democratic character. The proposal would mean Israel would no longer be defined in its Basic Laws as "Jewish and democratic" but...
  • Egypt could send forces to stabilise Palestinian state: Sisi 6 hours 7 minutes ago

    Rome: Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said in an interview published on Sunday that he would be prepared to send troops to a future Palestinian state to help stabilise it. Sisi, who begins his first European trip on Monday since ousting his Islamist predecessor, made the comments in an interview with...
  • Gordon Brown 'to stand down' as MP 6 hours 41 minutes ago

    London: Former British prime minister Gordon Brown is poised to announce that he will quit as an MP at the next election after 32 years in the House of Commons, media reports said on Sunday. The 63-year-old Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath MP will announce his decision "within days", an ally told the...
  • New world record for Corto Maltese comic book art 6 hours 42 minutes ago

    Paris: A watercolour of the graphic novel hero Corto Maltese has sold at auction for a record 391,800 euros ( USD 485,500), just months after a Tintin strip set a new world high for a comic of 2.65 million euros. The artwork for a 1979 French edition of Corto Maltese in...
  • Australia: Police find mom of baby abandoned in Sydney drain 6 hours 50 minutes ago

    Sydney: Police in Australia questioned but have not charged a 30-year-old woman whose newborn baby boy was found Sunday abandoned in a drain near a Sydney freeway. The baby, who is only a few days old, was in serious but stable condition in Sydney's Westmead Children's Hospital, police said in a...
  • 60 extremist backers from Germany dead 6 hours 51 minutes ago

    Berlin: The head of Germany's domestic intelligence agency says authorities now know of 550 people from the country who have traveled to Syria and Iraq to join extremist groups, and about 60 of them have died. The number of extremists given by Hans-Georg Maassen in an interview with Sunday's Welt am...
  • Tunisians hold first fair presidential election 6 hours 54 minutes ago

    Tunis: Tunisia took another step forward in its peaceful transition to democracy on Sunday by holding its first free presidential election, with voters hoping for more stability and a better economy. Many Tunisians weighed security against the freedoms brought by their revolution and by its democratic transition, which has remained on...
  • Detained Portugal ex-premier awaits fraud ruling 6 hours 57 minutes ago

    Lisbon, Portugal: Former Portuguese Prime Minister Jose Socrates remains in police detention while an investigating magistrate decides whether he should answer charges of corruption, money-laundering and tax fraud. Socrates, who was Portugal's center-left Socialist prime minister from 2005 to 2011, was due in a Lisbon court Sunday for a closed-door interrogation. Socrates,...
  • Islamic State group recruits, exploits children 6 hours 59 minutes ago

    Beirut: Teenagers carrying weapons stand at checkpoints and busy intersections in Iraq's second-largest city, Mosul. Patched onto the left arms of their black uniforms are the logos of the Islamic Police. In Raqqa, the Islamic State group's de facto capital in Syria, boys attend training camp and religious courses before heading...
  • Iran: Nuclear talks may focus on extension soon 7 hours 1 minutes ago

    Vienna: Iran says that if obstacles remain in the talks about its nuclear program, the discussion will have to shift to extending them beyond Monday's deadline. A member of the Iranian delegation said if that is the case Sunday night, the negotiations will focus on reaching a "general political agreement" on...
  • Migrants rescued off Cyprus' north coast 7 hours 5 minutes ago

    Nicosia, Cyprus: About 228 migrants, apparently refugees from Syria, have been rescued after their damaged ship drifted for hours in rough seas off Cyprus' northern coast, an official said on Sunday. Hasan Tacoy, transport minister of the Turkish Cypriot breakaway state in Cyprus' north, told The Associated Press that the migrants,...
  • 2009 massacre haunts Philippines as trial slows 7 hours 12 minutes ago

    Manila, Philippines: Five years after gunmen flagged down a convoy of cars in a southern Philippine province and massacred all 58 occupants, including scores of journalists, the body count continues to rise. Just days before the Philippines marked Sunday's anniversary of the carnage with prayers and calls to end impunity, another...
  • Israel mulls hard-line legislation after attacks 7 hours 12 minutes ago

    Jerusalem: Israeli lawmakers on Sunday called for a series of hard-line measures, including a proposal to strip Palestinian attackers of their residency rights, in response to a wave of deadly violence. The measures are billed as a deterrent, but critics view them as racist policies that could further escalate tensions. In Gaza,...
  • Vladimir Putin says he will not be Russia's president for life 7 hours 17 minutes ago

    Moscow: Vladimir Putin says he will not remain Russia's president for life, but will step down in line with the Russian constitution. Putin did not rule out running for a fourth term in 2018, which would extend his time in office through 2024. He said staying beyond that, however, would be...
  • Polish opposition questions election results 7 hours 17 minutes ago

    Warsaw, Poland: Poland's main opposition leader suggested on Sunday that local election results were falsified and said he will ask his supporters to protest them at a rally December 13. "We consider (the results) not true and unreliable, simply not to use the word 'falsified," Jaroslaw Kaczynski said. He spoke a day...
  • US plans to arm Iraq's Sunni tribesmen with AK-47s, RPGs, mortars 7 hours 36 minutes ago

    Washington: The United States plans to buy arms for Sunni tribesmen in Iraq including AK-47s, rocket-propelled grenades and mortar rounds to help bolster the battle against Islamic State militants in Anbar province, according to a Pentagon document prepared for Congress. The plan to spend $24.1 million represents a small fraction of...
  • Brazilian teen breaks his own speed-texting world record 8 hours 54 minutes ago

    Washington: A 17-year-old Brazilian boy has broken his own Guinness World record for the fastest texting on a smartphone touch screen, typing a 25-word message in just 17 seconds. Marcel Fernandes Filho had broken the world record for the fastest time to type a text message on a touch screen mobile...
  • Pope Francis confers sainthood on Father Kuriakose Chavara and Sister Euphrasia 9 hours 25 minutes ago

    Vatican City: In a jubilant moment for the Christian community in India, two beatified candidates from Kerala Father Kuriakose Elias Chavara and Sister Euphrasia have been conferred sainthood by Pope Francis at Vatican on Sunday. With their canonisation, as the finale of the long-drawn stage-by-stage process is known in Catholic parlance,...
  • Live: Father Kuriakose Chavara and Sister Euphrasia have been congregated as saints 11 hours 12 minutes ago

    In a jubilant moment for the Christian community in India, two beatified candidates from Kerala Father Kuriakose Elias Chavara and Sister Euphrasia will be conferred sainthood by Pope Francis at Vatican. With their canonisation, as the finale of the long-drawn stage-by-stage process is known in Catholic parlance, the centuries-old Syro...
  • 37 homes collapse, dozens injured in Japan earthquake 12 hours 4 minutes ago

    Tokyo: Helicopter surveys on Sunday showed more extensive damage than earlier thought from an overnight earthquake in the mountainous central Japan area that hosted the 1998 Winter Olympics. At least 37 homes were destroyed in two villages, and 39 people were injured across the region, including seven seriously, mostly with broken...
  • China building South China Sea island big enough for airstrip: Report Yesterday

    Washington: Satellite images show China is building an island on a reef in the disputed Spratly Islands large enough to accommodate what could be its first offshore airstrip in the South China Sea, a leading defense publication said on Friday. The construction has stoked concern that China may be converting disputed...
  • 6.3-magnitude earthquake strikes China Yesterday

    Beijing: A strong 6.3-magnitude earthquake jolted China's southwest Sichuan Province early this morning, though there were no reports of any casualty or damage to property. The China Earthquake Networks Center said the earthquake hit at a depth of 18 kilometres in Kangding County of Ganzi Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, state-run Xinhua News...
  • Snow storm in western New York kills 13 people Yesterday

    The city of Buffalo was estimated to have received as much snow in three days as it normally gets in a year. In parts of the city the snow was estimated to be as much as 2.4m (8ft) deep. The storms have been blamed for at least 13 deaths in...