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...

Qatar, in regional crisis, hires former US attorney general

Qatar, in regional crisis, hires former US attorney general
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Qatar has paid $2.5 million to the law firm of a former attorney general under U.S. President George W. Bush to audit its efforts at stopping terrorism funding, a matter at the heart of the Gulf diplomatic crisis that erupted last week. John Ashcroft personally will lead his Washington-based firm's efforts "to ev...

Trump says to decide position on Paris climate deal next week

Trump says to decide position on Paris climate deal next week
TAORMINA, Italy, May 27, 2017 (AFP) - President Donald Trump announced Saturday that he will make a decision next week on whether the United States will abide by the 2015 Paris agreement on cutting global carbon emissions. "I will make my final decision on the Paris Accord next week!" Trump tweeted from the G7 summit in Sicily, where he had been...

25 people including 18 soldiers killed in attack on army base in Afghanistan

25 people including 18 soldiers killed in attack on army base in Afghanistan
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan, May 26: (Xinhua) -- Up to 25 people including 18 soldiers and seven Taliban fighters were confirmed dead as the anti-government militant group attacked an army in Afghanistan's Kandahar province on Friday, a local official said on the condition of anonymity. "A Taliban terrorist group launched a coordinated attack on the arm...

Asian markets gain after Fed minutes, OPEC meeting in focus

Asian markets gain after Fed minutes, OPEC meeting in focus
HONG KONG, May 25 : (AFP) - Asian markets rose Thursday as traders welcomed indications from the Federal Reserve that interest rates could rise next month, while oil prices rallied ahead of an expected extension to output cuts. Minutes from the Fed's May policy meeting showed board members thought that if jobs growth remains healthy with a rebound...

‘Too early’ to say if N. Korea behind cyberattacks: Europol

‘Too early’ to say if N. Korea behind cyberattacks: Europol
THE HAGUE, May 16:(AFP) - The European police agency said Tuesday it was still too early to say whether North Korea was linked to a massive cyberattack which has caused global computer chaos. "We are open to investigate in all directions, but we don't speculate and we cannot confirm this. It's still too early to say anything," said senior spokesman...