Lanka’s Minister to challenge Prez Rajapaksa

Colombo: In another jolt to Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, his Health Minister defected on Friday to become the opposition’s main candidate to challenge his bid to secure a record third term in office. “I thank the UNP (United National Party) for choosing me as the common opposition candidate,” Maithripala Sirisena, the No 2 in the Rajapaksa government, told a packed press conference, a [Full Article...]

IS executes six Syrians

Beirut: The Islamic State (IS) Sunni radical group has executed six Syrians in the northern province of al-Raqaa after charging them with belonging to rebel factions, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) announced Friday. The SOHR said that these people have been murdered on al-Saqeyi street in al-Rmeleh area of al-Raqaa, the IS main stronghold in Syria. Clashes between the radicals and other [Full Article...]

SKorea conducts live-fire drill near maritime border

Seoul: South Korea’s military Friday conducted a live-fire drill on islands near the disputed inter-Korean maritime border despite North Korea’s condemnation of the exercise. The Northwest Islands Defence Command, Seoul’s military command defending the five West Sea border islands, carried out the drill for about two hours from 3 p.m., Xinhua reported citing Seoul’s defence ministry. It mobilised K-9 self-propelled howitzers with a range [Full Article...]

61 Indian fishermen arrested in Pak

Karachi: At least 61 Indian fishermen have been arrested and their 11 boats seized by Pakistani authorities for allegedly violating the country’s territorial waters. The fishermen were arrested yesterday by the Maritime Security Agency, a police official said. “They were fishing inside Pakistan’s territorial waters and were presented in court today,” the official said. ]All of arrested fishermen have been charged under Foreign Act [Full Article...]

Court orders to include co-accused in Mush’s treason case

Islamabad: A special court trying embattled former Pakistani dictator Pervez Musharraf on Friday partially accepted his request to include alleged co-conspirators in a high treason case slapped on him and directed the government to resubmit its complaint against the co-accused. The 71-year-old former president had repeatedly asked the three-member special tribunal that he was not alone to decide the implementation of emergency in 2007 [Full Article...]

US drone strike kills eight militants in Pak

PESHAWAR: At least eight militants have been killed in a US drone strike on a compound in Pakistan’s restive tribal region near the Afghan border. The CIA operated drone fired two missiles at the compound in Datta Khel area of North Waziristan Agency on Thursday killing eight terrorists, officials said. The drone strikes had been temporarily halted earlier this year to provide the Pakistani [Full Article...]

North Korea threatens nuke test

SEOUL: North Korea on Thursday threatened to bolster its war capability and conduct a fourth nuclear test to cope with what it calls US hostility that led to the approval of a landmark UN resolution on its human rights violations. A UN committee on Tuesday adopted the resolution urging the Security Council to refer the North’s rights situation to the International Criminal Court. It’s [Full Article...]

Bus accident kills 6 in Nepal

Kathmandu: At least six people were killed on Thursday when a passenger bus they were travelling in plunged into a river in western Nepal. The incident took place when the ill-fated bus, carrying over 45 passengers, veered off a narrow stretch in Jajarkot district’s mountainous region and fell in Bheri river this morning, Himalayan Times reported. Several divers swung into action for the rescue [Full Article...]