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Trump keeps world dangling on Paris climate pact

PARIS: (Web Desk) President Donald Trump’s plan for gutting domestic climate change policies is now on the table, but his administration left open Wednesday the question of whether it will turn its back on the landmark Paris Agreement.The suspense could last for some time, perhaps until the G7 meeting of world …

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Boko Haram faction seeks grassroots support in northeast Nigeria

KANO, NIGERIA: (Web Desk) A Boko Haram faction led by the son of the group’s founder is trying to win over civilians by shunning the indiscriminate violence of its longtime figurehead that has alienated locals. Eyewitnesses to a spate of recent raids attributed to fighters loyal to Abu Musab Al-Barnawi in …

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Arab leaders denounce ‘foreign interference’

IBLAGH : (Web Desk) Arab leaders meeting Wednesday at a summit in Jordan denounced “foreign interference” in their affairs, in reference to Iran, and called for the settlement of conflicts that are tearing the region apart.As at previous summits, the leaders of the 22-member Arab League criticised Iran, but without naming the …

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Three arrested over suspected terror plot in Venice

ROME: (Web Desk) Three men from Kosovo have been arrested on suspicion of plotting a militant attack in Venice, Italian police said on Thursday.A fourth person, a minor, was also detained in overnight raids carried out after it was established that the suspects had undergone “religious radicalisation”, a police statement said. …

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No evidence of London attacker’s links with IS: British police

LONDON: (Web Desk) British police said on Monday they had found no evidence that Khalid Masood, who killed four people in an attack on Britain’s parliament last week, had any association with Islamic State or al Qaeda. Neil Basu, senior national coordinator for UK counter-terrorism policing, also said there was …

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UN to kick off talks on global nuclear weapons ban

WASHINGTON: (Web Desk) More than 100 countries are set to launch the first UN talks on a global nuclear weapons ban on Monday 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 ban treaty, …

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Eight feared dead as avalanche hits Japanese students

TOKYO: (Web Desk) Eight people are feared dead and two were in critical condition on Monday after an avalanche hit a group of high school students and teachers climbing in central Japan.It was not immediately clear how many of the victims were students, an official said. The avalanche occurred on Monday …

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Muslim world to raise online sacrilege at UN

ISLAMABAD: (Web Desk) Diplomats from Muslim nations decided on Friday to raise their voice at all international forums — including the UN — against online sacrilege against the Islamic faith on the internet. Interior Minister Nisar Ali Khan hosted the ambassadors of Islamic countries at the Punjab House in Islamabad …

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