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Beirut, 6 Nov 2017/--/Saad Hariri's resignation from Lebanon's premiership has raised fears that regional tensions were about to escalate and that the small country would once again pay a heavy price. Analysts said the Saudi-backed Sunni politician's move yesterday to step down from the helm less...

Sanaa (Yemen), 6 Nov 2017/--/The Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen closed off the land, sea and air ports to the Arab world's poorest country early today after a rebel- fired ballistic missile targeted Riyadh, blaming the launch on Iran and warning it could be "considered as an act of war."...

Beijing, 6 Nov 2017/--/The Chinese military, the world's largest, has pledged absolute loyalty to President Xi Jinping, further consolidating his hold on power after the recent key Congress of the ruling Communist Party conferred on him a leadership status akin to the party founder, Mao Zedong. Xi...

YOKOTA AIR BASE (JAPAN), 5 Nov 2017/--/President Donald Trump today warned that "no dictator" should underestimate the United States, in a thinly veiled reference to North Korea, which is likely to dominate his Asian tour. Speaking to cheering servicemen at Yokota Air Base just west of Tokyo,...

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOUR-, 5 Nov 2017/--/President Donald Trump paid a solemn visit to Pearl Harbor and its memorial to the USS Arizona, a hallowed place he said he had read about, discussed and studied but had never visited until just before opening his first official visit to Asia. Trump saluted...

Madrid, 5 Nov 2017/--/A Spanish judge issued an EU arrest warrant for Catalonia's deposed separatist leader Carles Puigdemont, a day after he failed to appear for questioning over his role in the region's tumultuous independence drive. The announcement added to anger and dismay in a second straight...

Aden, 5 Nov 2017/--/Two suicide attacks hit security buildings in the Yemeni government bastion of Aden today, killing five members of the security forces and sparking clashes, officials in the war-torn country said. The official, a high-ranking member of the security forces, said an explosives-...

Washington, 5 Nov 2017/--/The US has conducted a pair of drone strikes against Islamic State fighters in Somalia, the first time America has hit the jihadists in the Horn of Africa nation, officials said. The strikes occurred in northeastern Somalia and killed "several terrorists," the US military'...

Beijing, 5 Nov 2017/--/China today reacted cautiously over a proposal by the Trump administration for a working-level quadrilateral meeting with India, Japan and Australia, saying Beijing hopes that it would not target or damage a "third party's interest". The US was looking at a "working-level"...

Washington, 5 Nov 2017/--/Two influential Congressional sub-committees will hold a joint hearing on Pakistan's commitment in the fight against terrorism, and the review of the US' aid to it even as a Congressman expressed doubts over its commitment to denying terrorists safe harbour. An...

Islamabad, 5 Nov 2017/--/Refuting Pakistani officials' claim that stubble burning and coal-fired power plants in India are to be blamed for the deadly smog in Punjab, the country's top scientists have asserted that its source is in the Middle East. Citing the Space and Upper Atmosphere Research...

Kabul, 5 Nov 2017/--/Afghanistan`s first graduates in women`s studies donned caps and gowns on Sunday to collect their unusual qualifications in the patriarchal country. Kabul University is the country`s first higher education institute to offer a degree focused on gender and women`s issues,...

Lahore, 5 Nov 2017/--/Pakistan's ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif today met senior PML-N leaders and discussed a strategy for countering groupings within the ruling party, according to a media report. The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) is currently facing political uncertainty in the wake...

Islamabad, 5 Nov 2017/--/Leading Pakistani TV journalist Hamid Mir has been booked for his alleged involvement in the kidnapping and murder case of a top-ranked ISI officer in 2010, police said today. Mir, 50, a popular news anchor, terrorism expert and security analyst on Geo TV, had survived an...

Washington, 5 Nov 2017/--/The global toll of chronic kidney disease (CKD) attributable to air pollution is significant, according to a recent analysis. Benjamin Bowe from the VA Saint Louis Health Care System and his colleagues previously described an association between increased levels of fine...

Bern, 5 Nov 2017/--/A bottle of 'rare' whiskey, with a price tag of $10,000 and sold to a Chinese customer at a Swiss resort hotel, has turned out to be fake, it has emerged. The prized tipple, claimed to be an 1878 bottle of Macallan Single Malt, was bought in August at the exclusive St Moritz...

Beijing, 5 Nov 2017/--/China on Saturday adopted a new law stipulating a three-year punishment for disrespecting the national anthem, which would be enforced in the specially administered provinces of Hong Kong and Macau. China's national legislature, the National People's Congress (NPC) often...

Karachi, 5 Nov 2017/--/Pakistan's Balochistan province government has released the recently detained wife and children of a top Baloch militant commander who is accused of targeting security forces in the restive southwestern state. Balochistan Home Minister Mir Sarfaraz Bugti said three women and...

Washington, 31 Oct 2017/--/President Donald Trump dressed up as himself, complete with his trademark red tie, for his first Halloween in the White House. Trump and first lady Melania Trump greeted some of the 6,000 children and adults who were invited for trick-or- treating at the White House on...

Houston, 31 Oct 2017/--/An Indian-origin woman, whose name closely resembles to that of Sherin Mathews's mom, has received a barrage of unwanted attention on social media in a case of mistaken identity after the 3-year-old Indian girl was found dead. Sherin, who went missing on October 7, was found...

Washington, 31 Oct 2017/--/US special forces have captured a second key militant linked to the deadly attack on the US Consulate in Benghazi in 2012 which killed the US ambassador to Libya and three other American personnel. President Donald Trump, who made the announcement, said US special forces...

Beijing, 31 Oct 2017/--/China's top legislature is considering tougher penalties for those who disrespect the national anthem with up to three-year jail term instead of the current 15-day detention, official media said today. In September, China's rubber stamp parliament passed a national anthem...

Washington, 30 Oct 2017/--/President Donald Trump expressed renewed frustration over the investigations into alleged ties between his campaign associates and Russian government officials, saying on Twitter that the "facts are pouring out" about links to Russia by his former presidential opponent,...

Tokyo, 30 Oct 2017/--/Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said someone should talk to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and reassure him that nobody is out to remove him or destroy his country. Duterte made the comments yesterday, a day ahead of a visit to Japan, where he hopes to get help with...

SEOUL, 30 Oct 2017/--/North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un took his stylish wife and powerful sister to a make-up plant for a "field guidance trip" amid the country's nuclear standoff with the US. During a visit to the Pyongyang Cosmetics Factory in the capital, Kim hailed its "world-level" products...