New York, United States (AFP) Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday started a visit to the United States which is rolling out the red carpet after shunning him for a decade, but a lawsuit revived past grievances.
The Hindu nationalist -- who was refused a visa in 2005 over anti-Muslim riots when he was leader of Gujarat -- pressed his hands together
New York, United States (AFP) Chelsea Clinton announced Saturday the birth of her first-born child, daughter Charlotte, in comments promptly retweeted by her parents and fellow White House occupants.
“Marc and I are full of love, awe and gratitude as we celebrate the birth of our daughter, Charlotte Clinton Mezvinsky,” Chelsea Clinton wrote on Facebook. The message was also posted on
Washington, United States (AFP)- US aircraft were flying “near continuous” bombing raids against Islamic State militants in Syria, officials said late Friday, after Britain and two more EU nations agreed to join the US-led air armada.
The mission is now similar to US-led air raids undertaken in Iraq, with “near continuous” combat flight operations over Syria, a senior US defense
Geneva, Switzerland (AFP) The UN Human Rights Council on Friday urged countries to step up efforts to stem the string of sea tragedies that claim the lives of thousands of desperate migrants.
The top UN watchdog called on governments “individually and collectively, to protect the human rights of migrants and address the root causes that drive people to make such
New York, United States (AFP)- Iranian leader Hassan Rouhani downplayed Friday his no contact with US President Barack Obama on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, calling instead for both countries to rebuild trust.
The two leaders spoke by telephone at the end of Rouhani’s visit to the world’s largest diplomatic gathering last year, but neither side said a call or meeting had been scheduled this time.
Banda Aceh, Indonesia (AFP) Indonesia’s conservative Aceh province passed a law Saturday making gay sex punishable by 100 lashes of the cane, in a decision described by rights activists as “an enormous step backwards”.Aceh, the only part of the world’s most populous Muslim-majority nation that is allowed to implement Islamic sharia law, already carries out public canings for gambling, drinking
(BBC) Cambodia’s government has signed a deal with Australia to accept some of its rejected asylum seekers in exchange for money.Australia’s Immigration Minister Scott Morrison signed the deal on Friday with Cambodia’s Interior Minister Sar Kheng.Australia will pay A$40m (£22m, $35m) to the South East Asian nation over four years, and resettlement costs.
Hong Kong, China (AFP) - More than 50 protesters held out at Hong Kong government headquarters Saturday after storming the complex overnight as a week-long protest against Beijing’s refusal to grant the city unfettered democracy turned angry.Riot police using pepper spray cleared out more than 100 demonstrators in the early hours of Saturday, dragging many away
London, United Kingdom (AFP) - Britain’s press on Saturday heaved a sigh of relief over Scotland’s decision to stay in the United Kingdom, but any thoughts of triumphalism were extinguished by concerns about the upcoming constitutional battle triggered by the campaign.While Scotland’s papers carried front-page photographs of Scottish National Party boss and independence
Five years ago, the environment movement was in its heyday as politicians, actors, rock stars and protestors demanded a looming UN summit brake the juggernaut of climate change.Then came crushing, disappointment.Over-burdened with demands, its draft agreement a minefield of discord, the ballyhooed Copenhagen summit of December 2009 turned out a flop.
Manila, Philippines (AFP) - Thousands of people displaced by floods triggered by tropical storm Fung-Wong returned to their mud-caked homes in the Philippine capital Saturday, as the death toll from the disaster rose to five, officials said.
Heavy rains paralysed the sprawling metropolis of more than 12 million people and nearby regions on Friday, with roof-high floods chasing 83,000 people from their homes,
Quetta, Pakistan (AFP) -Baluch separatist leaders on Friday called on Pakistan to follow in Britain’s footsteps by holding a referendum similar to Scotland’s on granting independence to the insurgency-wracked province.
Scots rejected independence in a vote that left the centuries-old United Kingdom intact despite a surge in nationalist support in the final fortnight of the campaign.
Minsk, Belarus (AFP) - Kiev and pro-Russian separatists on Saturday signed a deal creating a demilitarised zone in conflict-torn eastern Ukraine after fresh talks aimed at ending a brutal five-month war.
Face-to-face talks began on Friday evening in the Belarussian capital of Minsk and ended seven hours later with an agreement to create the buffer zone and withdraw all foreign fighters and weapons from the area.
Dhaka, Bangladesh (AFP)-Police in Bangladesh said Friday they had arrested the head of a banned Islamist group suspected of planning attacks in the country, and that he had made contact with the Islamic State organisation. A police spokesman said the leader of the Jamayetul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) group, Abdullah Al Tasnim, and six others were arrested early Friday in raids in Dhaka.