US expels 60 Russian diplomats, shudders Seattle consulate

US expels 60 Russian diplomats, shudders Seattle consulate
WASHINGTON / The Trump administration expelled 60 Russian diplomats on Monday and ordered Russia's consulate in Seattle to close, as the United States and European nations sought to jointly punish Moscow for its alleged role in poisoning an ex-spy in Britain.  Senior Trump administration officials said all 60 Russians were spies working in the U.S....

23 killed as vehicle ploughs into Mozambique party: police

23 killed as vehicle ploughs into Mozambique party: police
MAPUTO / Mozambique police said on Monday that a pick-up truck ploughed into a crowd of party-goers at the weekend killing 23 people, many of whom were teenagers.  The speeding vehicle ignored orders from traffic police, hit an obstacle and veered into the local carnival in the working-class Luis Cabral neighbourhood of Maputo in the early hours of...

India to sack 13,000 railway employees

India to sack 13,000 railway employees
NEW DELHI / India has for the first time decided to sack in one go some 13,000 railway employees who are on "unauthorized" leave for a long time.  The state-owned Indian Railways said that it has already identified and also initiated disciplinary action against those absentee employees to terminate their services, a move aimed at sprucing up its pe...

Israel launches large scale attack against Syria

Israel launches large scale attack against Syria
JERUSALEM / The Israeli army launched a large-scale attack against the Syrian aerial defense system and Iranian targets in Syria in response to an Israeli F-16 fighter shot down by missiles from Syria on Saturday morning. Twelve targets, including three aerial defense batteries and four Iranian targets that are part of Iran's military establishm...

Somali journalist killed in front of children

Somali journalist killed in front of children
MOGADISHU / A Somali television journalist was killed by a car bomb in front of his children, relatives said, the fifth murder of a journalist in the war-torn country this year.  Mohamed Ibrahim Gabow, a journalist working for Kalsan TV, had taken a break from work to spend time with his children. He had just left his home on Monday afternoo...

Pakistan minister resigns after violent Islamist protests: state media

Pakistan minister resigns after violent Islamist protests: state media
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan's law minister Zahid Hamid has resigned, state media reported Monday, meeting a key demand of Islamist protesters who have clashed violently with security forces and blockaded the capital Islamabad for weeks. Hamid "has submitted his resignation to Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi to steer the country out of crisis," the stat...

Air strikes kill 11 IS militants in E. Afghan province

Air strikes kill 11 IS militants in E. Afghan province
JALALABAD, Afghanistan:  At least 11 Islamic States (IS) militants have been killed during air strikes by Afghan security forces in eastern Nangarhar province on Tuesday, the provincial governor's spokesman said Wednesday. "Aircraft of security forces targeted the hideouts of IS militants in Nargosi and Khamon areas of Achin district in Nangarhar ...

At least 34 killed in train crash in southeast DRC

At least 34 killed in train crash in southeast DRC
KINSHASA: A 13-car train crashed in the southeast Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on Sunday, killing at least 34 people and injuring 26 others, a provincial governor said. The number of casualties is likely to rise because some cars remain on fire and some are carrying fuel, according to Lualaba governor Richard Muyej Mangez. Radio Okapi repo...

Spain to seek Catalan leader’s arrest

Spain to seek Catalan leader’s arrest
MADRID, Nov. 3:  A Spanish judge was set Friday to issue an arrest warrant for Catalonia's deposed leader Carles Puigdemont over his region's contested independence drive, in a move likely to further escalate tensions in Spain's worst political crisis in decades. The European arrest warrant was due a day after a large chunk of Puigdemont's governme...

Bomb attack against oil tanker leaves 15 dead in Afghan town

Bomb attack against oil tanker leaves 15 dead in Afghan town
CHARIKAR, Afghanistan:At least 15 people were killed and nearly 30 others wounded in an oil tanker explosion in Charikar, capital of eastern Afghan province of Parwan overnight, a local official said Thursday. The incident occurred late Wednesday night in central neighborhood of the city after a sticky bomb attached to the fuel truck exploded, caus...