10 kidnapped on Nigeria oil exploration mission

10 kidnapped on Nigeria oil exploration mission
KANO, Nigeria - Gunmen believed to be Boko Haram Islamists have kidnapped 10 members of an oil exploration team in northeast Nigeria, colleagues and the state-run oil firm said on Wednesday. The abduction of the high-profile targets is the latest in the restive region, which security experts said was a clear sign the jihadists are cash-strapped and...

Bus crash kills 28 in northern India: police

Bus crash kills 28 in northern India: police
SHIMLA, India: (AFP) - At least 28 people were killed Thursday after a bus plunged into a deep gorge in a Himalayan region of northern India popular with tourists, police said. The accident occurred around 100 kilometres (62 miles) from the hill resort of Shimla in Himachal Pradesh state, said police superintendent Soumiya Sambasivan. "28 people h...

7.7-magnitude quake hits off Russia: US scientists

7.7-magnitude quake hits off Russia: US scientists
WASHINGTON: (AFP) - An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.7 struck Monday off the eastern coast of Russia, according to the US Geological Survey, causing officials to initially warn of a tsunami threat in parts of the Pacific. But the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center lifted that forecast a short time later, saying it did not expect "a destructive Pacif...

India votes for next president from lowest Dalit caste

India votes for next president from lowest Dalit caste
NEW DELHI- Indian lawmakers voted Monday to pick the country's president, who is certain to come from the lowest Dalit caste, in an election seen as strengthening Prime Minister Narendra Modi's grip on power. Some 4,900 legislators nationwide voted in what Modi termed a "historic" election to choose the titular head of state. Modi's right-wing B...

Trump heads to Paris but Russia scandal travels with him

Trump heads to Paris but Russia scandal travels with him
PARIS (AFP) - US President Donald Trump was Thursday headed to Paris, hoping to find respite from the deepening scandal over alleged Russian efforts to secure his White House victory that has ensnared his eldest son. During a lightning visit full of pomp and ceremony, Trump will be the guest of honour at France's Bastille Day festivities after a tr...

Philippine military declares Eid truce in war-torn city

Philippine military declares Eid truce in war-torn city
MARAWI, Philippines: (AFP) - The Philippine military declared an eight-hour ceasefire Sunday in its offensive against Islamist militants occupying parts of the war-torn city of Marawi, to allow residents to celebrate the end of Ramadan. Assaults backed by air and artillery bombardment stopped at the start of Islamic prayers at 6am but gunfire erup...

UN lauds peacekeepers for response in South Sudan’s crisis situation

UN lauds peacekeepers for response in South Sudan’s crisis situation
JUBA: (Xinhua) -- A senior UN envoy for South Sudan on Wednesday praised the UN peacekeepers for a "nimble and pro-active" response in support of humanitarians dealing with an emergency in the country. Head of the UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) David Shearer said such peacekeeping response will be replicated in other crisis situati...

Yoga connecting world, says Modi as millions celebrate

Yoga connecting world, says Modi as millions celebrate
LUCKNOW, India: (AFP) - Yoga has connected the world with India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Wednesday, as he rolled out his mat along with millions of others across the globe to celebrate the traditional practice. In the western city of Ahmedabad around 125,000 enthusiasts gathered at an open-air ground to try to set a new record Guinness W...

One dead as van rams pedestrians near London mosque

One dead as van rams pedestrians near London mosque
LONDON, June 19, (AFP) - A van ploughed into pedestrians near a London mosque in early Monday, killing one man and injuring eight other people in what Prime Minister Theresa May said was "a potential terrorist attack".The 48-year-old driver of the van was detained by members of the public and then arrested by police. Muslim leaders said worshipp...

North Korea says US student released ‘on humanitarian grounds’

North Korea says US student released ‘on humanitarian grounds’
SEOUL: (AFP) - North Korea released US student Otto Warmbier "on humanitarian grounds", state media said Thursday, two days after he was evacuated from Pyongyang after falling into a coma while imprisoned in a labour camp. The 22-year-old University of Virginia student from Cincinnati spent more than a year in North Korean detention after being ar...