Donald Trump

Trump turns his back on Ramadan

WASHINGTON. – United States president Donald Trump has broken with a two-decade old tradition of hosting an iftar meal at the White House during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

$1bn seized drugs torched

YANGON. – Myanmar and Thailand started torching nearly $1 billion worth of seized narcotics yesterday, a defiant show of force as law enforcement struggles to stem the rising flow of drugs in t...
China landslide

15 dead in China landslide

MAOXIAN/UNITED NATIONS. —Fifteen people have been confirmed dead in a landslide in southwest China’s Sichuan Province early Saturday that buried more than 120 people from 62 homes.
Up to 70 people were feared dead after a fuel tanker exploded in Onitsha yesterday. —

148 killed in oil tanker explosion

ISLAMABAD. — An overturned oil tanker burst into flames in Pakistan yesterday, killing 148 people who had rushed to the scene of the highway accident to gather leaking fuel, an official said.
Minister Haider al-Abadi

IS destroys Mosul

BAGHDAD. – Mosul’s trademark leaning minaret was missing from its skyline for the first time in centuries yesterday after desperate jihadists blew it up as Iraqi forces advanced on an ancient m...
Rex Tillerson

Iran slams US for interference

TEHRAN. — Iran has accused the United States of interfering in its domestic affairs after calls by the US Secretary of State to support “elements” that would ensure a “peaceful transition” in the Isl...
Donald Trump

US-Russia tensions rise

WASHINGTON. — With US-Russia tensions on the rise especially over disagreements involving the war in Syria, US experts said that though not as hostile as they were in the Cold War, ties are certainly...
John Varley

Barclays bank charged over Qatar funding

LONDON. – Britain’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has charged Barclays bank and four former managers, including a chief executive, with “conspiracy to commit fraud” when they sought investment fro...

China proposes blue economic passages

BEIJING. – China has put forward plans for three ocean-based “blue economic passages” that will connect Asia with Africa, Oceania, Europe and beyond, in a bid to advance maritime cooperation un...

CAR, armed groups sign deal in Rome

ROME. – Representatives of most of the armed groups in Central African Republic on Monday signed an agreement to honour an immediate ceasefire, after more than three years of sectarian conflict...