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Nine Afghan forces killed in Taliban insider attack: official

KABUL: The Taliban have killed nine Afghan soldiers in an insider attack in central Afghanistan, the military said on Saturday, underscoring the dangers Afghan forces face from within their own ranks. The Afghan National Army troops “were martyred by Taliban terrorists in Qarabagh district of Ghazni province” on Friday night, …

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Factbox: Donald Trump impeachment trial – What happens next?

The US House of Representatives will take up impeachment charges against President Donald Trump next week after the House Judiciary Committee on Friday recommended two charges, abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, to the full chamber. Here is what happened on Friday and likely will happen in coming days: …

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France storms leave two dead, thousands homes with electricity

PEYREHORADE: Two pensioners have been killed and tens of thousand of homes left without electricity as gale force winds and flooding hit southwestern France. Eleven departments remained on orange alert weather warnings late Saturday. A 70-year-old man died in the Pyrenees-Atlantique in the Basque Country on Friday when his vehicle …

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Genocide of Muslims a step away in IOK, Assam: Dr Stanton

WASHINGTON: The world’s best-known expert on genocide has said Muslims in occupied Kashmir and Assam are just one step away from genocide. At a briefing at the US Congress in Washington, President of the Genocide Watch, Dr Gregory Stanton said preparation for genocide is definitely under way in India. He …

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Saudi Arabia quietly trying to mend ties with Iran: Wall Street Journal

WASHINGTON: Saudi Arabia is quietly seeking to improve relations with Iran and other players in the region amid economic concerns and doubts about Washington’s backing for Riyadh, The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reports. According to the report published on Friday, Saudi officials have grown more worried about the risks that …

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London doctors consider Nawaz’s toxicology screening for poisoning

LONDON: A leading University College Hospital and Harley Street Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon and Hematologists at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital have hinted that former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s toxicology screening for poisoning will be ordered in London if no cause or cure is found of his unstable platelets. In a …

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Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party wins majority in UK Election

LONDON: United Kingdom’s (UK) Prime Minister Boris Johnson won a resounding election victory on Friday that will allow him to take Britain out of the European Union (EU) in matter of weeks. For Johnson, whose 20-week tenure in power has been marked by chaotic scenes in parliament and stark division …

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Japan PM planning to cancel trip to India over security fears: reports

NEW DELHI: Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is planning to scrap a visit to northeast India as the security situation there deteriorates following the passage of a controversial citizenship bill, media reported on Friday. Abe had announced plans to visit India from Sunday to Tuesday for talks with Prime Minister …

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Modi gets clean chit in Gujarat massacre

NEW DELHI: A commission of inquiry on Wednesday absolved Prime Minister Narendra Modi of any responsibility in the 2002 pogrom of Muslims. The Nanavati-Mehta Commission also absolved the state administration, ministers and police officers from any complicity, direct or indirect, and also ruled out any conspiracy to organise the large-scale …

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