28 killed in Portugal island accident

Lisbon, April 18 (IANS) At least 28 people were killed and another 28 injured when a bus crashed on Portugal’s Madeira Island, authorities said. Most of the casualties were German tourists, Carmo Silva,... Read more »

14 bus passengers shot dead in Pakistan

Islamabad, April 18 (IANS) At least 14 passengers were offloaded from a bus on a highway in Pakistan’s Balochistan province and shot dead by unidentified gunmen on Thursday, officials said. Around 15-20 armed... Read more »

US targets Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua with new sanctions

Washington, April 18 (IANS) US President Donald Trump’s administration has targeted Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua with a wave of new sanctions that also further restricted travel and remittances to the three countries. On... Read more »

Construction workers questioned over Notre Dame fire

Paris, April 18 (IANS) Prosecutors investigating the causes of the inferno that ripped through the 850-year-old Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris have questioned construction workers and security staff, as more details have emerged... Read more »

N. Korea tests tactical weapon

Pyongyang, April 18 (IANS) North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has supervised the test-firing of a new tactical guided weapon, calling its development an “event of very weighty significance” in beefing up its military... Read more »

Myanmar grants amnesty to 9,535 prisoners

Yangon, April 17 (IANS) The Myanmar government on Wednesday granted unconditional amnesty to 9,535 prisoners on the first day of the traditional New Year, according to an order of the President’s Office. The... Read more »

Toppled Sudanese ex-President Bashir shifted to jail

Khartoum, April 17 (IANS) Sudan’s former President Omar al-Bashir has been moved from the presidential residence to the Kobar maximum security prison in Khartoum, days after he was deposed in a military coup,... Read more »

Trump vetoes resolution to end US role in Yemen war

Washington, April 17 (IANS) US President Donald Trump has vetoed a resolution passed by Congress to end support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen, describing the congressional measure as an “unnecessary” and “dangerous”... Read more »

Masood Azhar issue heading towards settlement: China

BY GAURAV SHARMA  Beijing, April 17 (IANS) China on Wednesday said the issue of blacklisting Pakistan-based terrorist Masood Azhar at the UN panel was heading towards a settlement and asked the US not... Read more »

Amid crisis, US-Turkey discuss defence, security

Washington, April 17 (IANS) US Acting Secretary of Defence Patrick Shanahan has met Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar and discussed bilateral issues related to defence, security and economy, Pentagon said. A statement released... Read more »

Indonesia votes to elect president, parliamentarians

Jakarta, April 17 (IANS) Voters in Indonesia began voting on Wednesday as polling stations opened in the east of the vast archipelagic country to select a new president and members of the parliament.... Read more »

Macron pledges to respond to ‘Yellow Vest’ movement

Paris, April 17 (IANS) “This is not a time for politics,” French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday told the nation in a short televised speech in the wake of Notre Dame Cathedral fire,... Read more »

Iraqi PM to visit Saudi Arabia to boost ties

Baghdad, April 17 (IANS) Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi on Tuesday said he will visit Saudi Arabia on Wednesday to promote bilateral relations. “I will go to Saudi Arabia with a large... Read more »

Jihadists could enter Italy as refugees from Libya

Rome, April 16 (IANS/AKI) The risk of foreign fighters arriving in Italy among an influx of refugees from Libya is alarming the populist government, which is seeking to halt the escalating warfare in... Read more »

Notre Dame fire under control, main structure saved

Paris, April 16 (IANS) A devastating fire that engulfed the Notre Dame, the 850-year-old Unesco world heritage landmark in Paris, was brought under control on Tuesday, while the Cathedral’s main structure as well... Read more »

UN seeks access to Syria’s Rukban for evacuation

United Nations, April 16 (IANS) The UN has said it wants to do more to help the people of Rukban in Syria — those who fled and those are still there — if... Read more »

UN owes India $38mn for peacekeeping operations

BY ARUL LOUIS  United Nations, April 16 (IANS) The UN owes India $30 million for its contributions to the peacekeeping operations, according to Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. Peacekeeping operations “face frequent cash constraints that... Read more »

Redacted Russia probe report to add to collusion controversy

BY ARUL LOUIS  New York, April 16 (IANS) The release of the report of the investigation into allegations that Russia colluded with President Donald Trump’s campaign in the 2016 election that is scheduled... Read more »

Ex-Republican Governor announces presidential bid

Washington, April 16 (IANS) Bill Weld, the former Governor of the US state of Massachusetts, has announced that he was officially entering the 2020 presidential race, becoming the first Republican to challenge President... Read more »

At least 16 people were killed by stray bullets from police at protests in Sudan

April 13, At least 16 people were killed and 20 others injured by stray bullets at protests and sit-ins on Thursday and Friday, a Sudanese police spokesman said in a statement on... Read more »