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Israeli warplanes hit Gaza after new rocket attack

Israeli warplanes hit Gaza after new rocket attack

GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories – Israeli warplanes hit Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip early on Monday after a rocket fired by Palestinians slammed into southern Israel, the army said, reports BSS. It did not elaborate on the targets but Palestinian security sources said several missiles were fired at farmland east of Rafah in the […]


Relief turns to horror in Mexico helicopter crash

SANTIAGO JAMILTEPEC, M‚xico – They thought the worst was over. The 7.2-magnitude earthquake that shook Mexico on Friday evening hit right near their hometown, the southern city of Santiago Jamiltepec, but the damage was minor, reports BSS. No one died. People’s houses were still standing. In fact, the entire country was breathing a sigh of relief. Unlike […]


Bad weather hampers search for missing Iranian plane

TEHRAN – Iranian rescue teams battled severe weather Monday as they searched for the wreckage of a passenger plane that disappeared high in the Zagros mountains the previous day with 66 people on board, reports BSS. Several helicopters that had deployed at dawn to hunt for Aseman Airlines flight EP3704 were forced to return to […]

Ethiopia declares national state of emergency

A national state of emergency has been declared in Ethiopia just one day after the unexpected resignation of Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, A statement by the state broadcaster said the move was necessary to stem a wave of anti-government protests. Hundreds of people have died in three years of unrest in the country. A 10-month […]


Guantanamo trial of Cole bombing suspect halted

WASHINGTON- The Guantanamo trial of the chief suspect in the deadly 2000 bombing of the USS Cole in Yemen was shut down Friday as defense lawyers refused to return to the case, Pentagon officials said, reports BSS. Military commissions judge Air Force Colonel Vance Spath halted the case, which could lead to the death penalty […]


5 killed in gas cylinder blast in India

NEW DELHI – At least five persons were killed and over 20 injured in a cooking gas cylinder blast in India’s western state of Rajasthan, local media reported on Saturday, reports BSS. The incident happened in the state’s Beawar area in Ajmer district when a wedding party was going on Friday night. Six of the […]


Oxfam pulls out of UK government bids as chief hits out

LONDON – The head of Oxfam on Friday hit back at criticism over a prostitution scandal that he said was “out of proportion”, as the British charity agreed not to bid for more government funds until it cleans up its act, reports BSS. Chief executive Mark Goldring has repeatedly apologised for failings in the way […]


US indicts 13 Russians for election interference

WASHINGTON – The US special prosecutor investigating Moscow’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election on Friday indicted 13 Russians for allegedly running a secret campaign to tilt the vote, prompting claims of vindication from President Donald Trump, reports BSS. The indictment — which includes the first charges laid by special counsel Robert Mueller for election […]


No programme, no debate but Putin cruising to poll win

MOSCOW – Running with a lacklustre slogan, no programme and refusing to debate his opponents, it sometimes seems like Russian President Vladimir Putin is not campaigning for re-election at all, reports BSS. But it is unlikely to matter for the 65-year-old strongman who is cruising towards victory and a historic fourth Kremlin term in next […]


All quiet as Beijing muzzles Year of the Dog celebrations

BEIJING – Beijing began the Year of the Dog Friday with eerily silent streets, as the usual thunderous bursts of firecrackers and fireworks were silenced by a strict ban that sacrifices tradition in the name of an anti-pollution campaign, reports BSS. Overnight, police patrolled deserted neighbourhoods in the Chinese capital — normally abuzz with excitement […]


Pakistan to deploy troops in Saudi Arabia: army

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan has decided to deploy troops in Saudi Arabia for “training and advise mission,” the military said late Thursday, reports BSS. “In continuation of ongoing Pak-KSA (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia) bilateral security cooperation, Pakistan Army contingent is being sent to KSA on training and advise mission,” a statement from the army’s media wing […]

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Government says American detainee worked for IS in Syria

WASHINGTON : An American detained by U.S. forces was carrying thumb drives containing files on how to make bombs plus administrative spreadsheets describing work he did for the Islamic State group at the time he surrendered in Syria last year, according to documents the U.S. government filed in federal court, reports UNB. The government’s justification […]

Nepal’s communist party leader named next prime minister

KATHMANDU : The leader of Nepal’s communist party was named the Himalayan nation’s new prime minister Thursday, a day after the results of parliamentary elections were finalized, reports UNB. Khadga Prasad Oli, who also served as prime minister in 2015, was to take the oath of office later Thursday, a spokesman for the president’s office […]

Australia’s scandal-hit deputy PM to take leave

SYDNEY – Australia’s scandal-hit deputy prime minister will take leave next week, it was announced Thursday, avoiding him assuming the role of acting leader while Malcolm Turnbull is in the United States, reports BSS. Barnaby Joyce has been under immense pressure over an affair with a younger former staffer, who is now pregnant with their […]

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson gestures during a news conference with Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi in Amman

Tillerson heads to Ankara to ease Turkey tensions

ANKARA – US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrives in Turkey on Thursday seeking to ease tensions with its NATO ally that have reached fresh heights over Ankara’s ongoing operation inside Syria, reports BSS. During his two-day trip to the Turkish capital, Tillerson — who last visited in July 2017 — will hold talks with […]


Nepal gets new Communist prime minister after landmark polls

KATHMANDU – The leader of Nepal’s largest Communist party was named prime minister Thursday, two months after leading his party to a thumping victory in landmark elections billed as a turning point for the impoverished Himalayan nation, reports BSS. K.P. Sharma Oli will head the first government elected under a new national constitution that cements […]

South African Deputy-President Cyril Ramaphosa addresses a rally to commemorate Nelson Mandela's centenary year in Cape Town, South Africa, February 11, 2018. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings     TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

S.African lawmakers elect Ramaphosa as president: chief justice

CAPE TOWN – South African lawmakers on Thursday elected Cyril Ramaphosa as the country’s new president after scandal-tainted Jacob Zuma resigned under pressure from his own ANC ruling party, reports BSS. Ramaphosa was elected without a vote after being the only candidate nominated in the parliament in Cape Town, chief justice Mogoeng Mogoeng told assembled […]

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S African police raid business family linked to Zuma

JOHANNESBURG : South African police on Wednesday raided the home of a business family linked to President Jacob Zuma as the nation awaited word from the embattled leader on whether he will obey a ruling party order to quit, reports UNB. Agents from the Hawks, an elite police investigative unit, entered the compound of the […]

NOLA Police: 2 killed, 3 injured in Lower 9th Ward shooting

NEW ORLEANS : The New Orleans Police Department was investigating the shooting deaths of two men Tuesday night just a couple of miles from Mardi Gras activities earlier in the day, reports UNB. Police spokeswoman Ambria Washington said Tuesday night that five people were shot before driving to a gas station in the 5100 block […]


Valentine’s Day brings sparkle to Belgian diamond hub

ANTWERP, Belgium, Feb 14, 2018 (BSS/AFP) – Sparkling new diamond rings will grace many fingers around the world on Valentine’s Day — and most of those gems will have passed through a drab district in the Belgian port city of Antwerp. A diamond hub for nearly 600 years, Antwerp is holding its own as the […]


Haiti merchants fear for livelihood after market blaze

PORT-AU-PRINCE – Fire ravaged a historic market in the Haitian capital early Tuesday, leaving burned-out merchants fearing for their livelihoods in the impoverished nation, reports BSS. Citizens joined firefighters still working around midday to extinguish the blaze that destroyed one of two halls at the 19th century Iron Market. Dozens of vendors lost their inventories in […]


Dutch FM resigns triggering vote of no-confidence

THE HAGUE – Dutch Foreign Minister Halbe Zijlstra resigned Tuesday after admitting lying, triggering a political bombshell and a vote of no-confidence in the country’s prime minister, reports BSS. Prime Minister Mark Rutte overwhelmingly survived the vote brought by his arch-foe far-right politician Geert Wilders, with 101 MPs against and only 43 in favour. But the […]