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Townsville, 27 Mar 2017/--/Thousands of people including tourists were evacuated today as northeast Australia braced for a powerful cyclone packing destructive winds, with warnings of major structural damage and surging tides. Cyclone Debbie has been forming off the coast of Queensland state over...

United Nations, 27 Mar 2017/--/More than 100 countries are set to launch the first UN talks on a global nuclear weapons ban today over objections from the major nuclear powers. Some 123 UN members announced in October that they would launch the UN conference to negotiate a legally binding nuclear...

Brussels, 27 Mar 2017/--/The European Union today urged Russia "to release without delay" what it said in a statement were peaceful demonstrators detained a day earlier during nationwide protests against corruption. Top Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, who has announced plans to run for president in...

London, 27 Mar 2017/--/A motion has been tabled in the UK parliament condemning Pakistans "arbitrary" move to declare the strategic Gilgit-Baltistan region, bordering disputed PoK, as its fifth province. Bob Blackman, a Conservative Party MP, who regularly speaks out in support of the rights of...

Washington, 26 Mar 2017/--/The Pentagon under President Donald Trump is enjoying greater freedom to run its wars the way it wants -- and not constantly seek White House approval on important decisions. Many in the military appreciate this increased autonomy, but critics charge it is raising...

New York, 26 Mar 2017/--/Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been named among the probable contenders for Time magazine's annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. Time will next month announce the list, comprising a number of leading artists, politicians, lawmakers, scientists and...

Washington, 26 Mar 2017/--/NASA is planning to launch a balloon-based observatory that will measure emissions from the interstellar medium - the cosmic material found between stars. The data from the mission will help scientists determine the life cycle of interstellar gas in our Milky Way galaxy...

Houston, 26 Mar 2017/--/A 24-year-old American, who took a bullet for an Indian, has been honoured as 'A True American Hero' by the Indian-American community in Houston which raised USD 100,000 to help him buy a house in his hometown Kansas. Ian Grillot, who was injured when he tried to intervene...

Washington, 26 Mar 2017/--/US President Donald Trump's counter-terrorism adviser has compared ISIS militants fleeing the Middle East for America to scurrying "cockroaches," vowing to wipe them off the face of the Earth, a media report said. "We're going to obliterate ISIS. We're going to wipe them...

SINGAPORE, 26 Mar 2017/--/French President Francois Hollande arrived today in Singapore, the first leg in the final foreign tour of his five-year term, and will go on to Malaysia and Indonesia. The tour ending Wednesday in Jakarta is dominated by economic and defence issues and is aimed mainly at...

London, 26 Mar 2017/--/At least 34 people were injured, including two critically, after a massive gas explosion flattened several buildings, in Merseyside area of north-west England last night. A Chinese restaurant, which had about 15 people inside, and a dance studio for children, which was...

Baghdad, 26 Mar 2017/--/Iraq is investigating air strikes in west Mosul that reportedly killed large numbers of civilians in recent days, a military spokesman said today. Iraqi officials and witnesses said that air strikes killed civilians in the Mosul al-Jadida area in recent days, but the number...

London, 26 Mar 2017/--/The brazen terror attack on British parliament which killed four people ended within 82 seconds and was carried out by Khalid Masood who acted alone, Scotland Yard confirmed today, conceding they may "never understand" the 52-year-old attacker's motive. Detectives from the...

Sydney, 26 Mar 2017/--/Sydney's Opera House and Harbour Bridge plunged into darkness today to mark Earth Hour, as global landmarks began dimming their lights to draw attention to climate change. Millions of people from some 170 countries and territories are expected to take part in the annual bid...

Dhaka, 26 Mar 2017/--/Six people were killed and nearly 40 others injured, including a top intelligence officer, in two powerful blasts outside a building occupied by the Islamist militants as commandos prepared for a final assault to flush them out in Sylhet city in Bangladesh, police said today....

Colombo, 26 Mar 2017/--/Sri Lankan soldiers, who fought against the LTTE during the civil war, would not be dragged before courts just because the Tamil diaspora keeps demanding, former President Chandrika Kumaratunga has said. Addressing a gathering in the Northern capital of Jaffna, Kumaratunga...

Wellington, 26 Mar 2017/--/China's premier has arrived in New Zealand for high-level talks at a time that both countries are pushing to expand free trade. Premier Li Keqiang arrived at Wellington Airport on Sunday, where he was greeted at the military terminal by New Zealand Prime Minister Bill...

Hong Kong, 26 Mar 2017/--/Beijing favourite Carrie Lam was selected as Hong Kong's new leader today by a mainly pro-China committee, in an election dismissed as a sham by democracy activists who fear the loss of the city's cherished freedoms. It is the first leadership vote since mass "Umbrella...

Dhaka, 26 Mar 2017/--/At least 12 labourers were killed today when a truck collided head-on with a mini van on a highway connecting Dhaka and southern Khulna town in Bangladesh's Chuadanga district, police said. The labourers were killed when the truck collided head-on with the mini van, carrying...

Washington, 26 Mar 2017/--/Top al Qaeda leader Qari Yasin, who was involved in multiple deadly attacks in Pakistan which claimed dozens of innocent lives, has been killed in a US drone strike in eastern Afghanistan, the Pentagon has said. Yasin, who is said to be responsible for plotting the...

Dhaka, 26 Mar 2017/--/The Bangladeshi suicide bomber who blew himself up at the international airport here in an attack claimed by the ISIS had strapped explosives to his body, doctors said today, disputing the police's stand that it was not a suicide bombing. Dhaka Medical College (DMC) Forensic...

Dhaka, 26 Mar 2017/--/A holiday at home in Bangladesh turned tragic for a student studying in Malaysia when he was killed by a crocodile today after he poked at it. Asaduzzaman Rony, 29, a student at a Malaysian university, had come to the Tengragiri Eco-Park in Barguna's Taltoli Upazila, about 330...

Islamabad, 25 Mar 2017/--/Pakistan has agreed to allow former army chief Gen Raheel Sharif to head a Saudi Arabia-led 39-nation Islamic military coalition formed to combat terrorism, according to a media report. This was disclosed by defence minister Khawaja Asif in a programme of private Geo TV....

London, 25 Mar 2017/--/Two of the 11 people arrested after the brazen terror attack on British parliament are still in custody for questioning with police trying to establish whether the attacker acted alone or had associates. The Metropolitan Police said two men, aged 27 and 58, both from...

Jakarta, 25 Mar 2017/--/An American military plane made an emergency landing at an airport in Indonesia's Aceh province, an Indonesian air force spokesman said today. There were no injuries. The US Air Force Boeing 707 requested permission to land yesterday after one of its four engines failed,...