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California rocked by strongest earthquake in two decades

LOS ANGELES: A powerful earthquake jolted Southern California on Thursday, touching off fires, damaging buildings and forcing the evacuation of a hospital in a desert town northeast of Los Angeles, but there were only minor injuries. The 6.4 magnitude quake, the most powerful in Southern California in 25 years, struck …

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Reconsider Saudi G20 after Khashoggi killing, UN expert says

WASHINGTON: World powers should reconsider holding the next Group of 20 summit in Saudi Arabia without accountability over the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, a UN expert who probed his death said Tuesday. Agnes Callamard, the UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, in a report last month found …

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Majority of voters back Trump’s decision not to strike Iran: Poll

WASHINGTON: A new opinion poll shows that a vast majority of American voters oppose a military conflict with Iran and express support for US President Donald Trump’s decision last month not to launch a military strike against the Islamic Republic. The Harvard CAPS/Harris poll, released to The Hill newspaper on …

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US Army to equip 1st contingent of Afghanistan-bound troops with mini drones

WASHINGTON: American forces in Afghanistan tied to the 82nd US Airborne Division will become the first infantry Army battalion to employ pocket-sized drones on their impending deployment to the war-torn country. Soldiers with the Division’s 3rd Brigade Combat team were issued Black Hornet Personal Reconnaissance System in the spring and …

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US Senate rejects bid to limit Trump’s Iran war power

WASHINGTON: Republican senators have blocked a largely Democratic-led amendment that aimed to restrict President Donald Trump’s authority to militarily strike Iran without first obtaining congressional approval. During a voting session on Friday, the proposal by Democratic Sens. Tim Kaine and Tom Udall was rejected 50 to 40, but for the …

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US to hit Iran with ‘major’ new sanctions on Monday: Trump

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump said on Saturday that the United States would impose “major” new sanctions on Iran in two days, just hours after saying he would be the Islamic republic’s new “best friend” if they were to renounce nuclear arms. Tensions between the United States and Iran have soared …

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