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Lesotho’s exiled prime minister is heading home, and aide told AFP on Monday, as regional mediators sought to reinstall him to power days after an apparent coup. “We are going home now, most probably we will be in Lesotho tomorrow,” Samonyane ...
 
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BEIJING: A knifeman stabbed three children to death and wounded five more plus a teacher in a rampage at a Chinese primary school on Monday, reports said, in the country’s latest attack against youngsters.
The attacker killed himself by jumping ...
 
 

Boko Haram militants on Monday launched a pre-dawn raid on Nigerian troops as they prepared for a major offensive to retake a town that the group’s leader declared part of his Islamic caliphate.
Scores of Boko Haram fighters stormed the town of ...
 
 

KABUL: Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah on Monday issued another ultimatum over the disputed election result, threatening to withdraw from all efforts to negotiate a solution to the deepening political crisis.
Abdullah claims that ...
 
 

WASHINGTON: Three US citizens held in North Korea pleaded on Monday for help to secure their release, urging Washington to send an envoy to the hardline communist country.
As government minders looked on, the three, who appeared tense, also said ...
 
 

MOSCOW: Representatives of pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine are seeking a special status for the region, a report said on Monday, in what would constitute a de facto division of the country.
Spokesmen for the groups based in the eastern ...
 
 

HONG KONG: Hong Kong pro-democracy activists heckled a top Chinese official on Monday, setting the stage for disruptive protests against the mainland’s landmark decision to limit voting reforms, but Beijing insisted that there would be no turning ...
 
 
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The image of a Spanish policeman’s hand pushing Naghemeh King’s head down into the police car to stop her saying anything to reporters, is truly alarming.
She looks utterly exhausted and in shock. Indeed we know she has been sleeping in a ...
 
 

BEIJING: Three top Chinese universities have vowed to tighten “ideological” control over students and teachers, as a wider clampdown on free expression in the country intensifies.
The comments came from the Communist Party committees of Peking ...
 
 

YANGON: Myanmar launched an online visa application on Monday promising an end to painful waits for permits to visit the once secretive nation as it tries to lure five million tourists a year by 2015.
The e-visa is open to tourists from 41 ...
 
 

BENGHAZI, Libya: Libya’s toothless outgoing government admitted on Monday from its safe refuge in the east of the country that it has in effect lost control of Tripoli to armed militias.
The interim government led by prime minister Abdullah ...
 
 

MOSCOW: Up to 15,000 Russian soldiers have been sent to Ukraine over the past two months, and at least several hundred have apparently died in combat there, rights groups exposing army abuses told AFP on Monday.
Moscow denies that it has ...
 
 

NEW YORK: Nude photos purportedly showing many top stars, including Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence and pop star Rihanna were circulated on social media on Sunday, in an apparent massive hacking leak, US media reported.
Word of the images began ...
 
 

The revived Nalanda University, an ancient international centre for learning in Bihar which has attracted over 1,000 applications from around the world, began its first academic session on September 1 with 15 students, including five women, and 10 ...
 
 

TOKYO: Conservative soulmates Narendra Modi and Shinzo Abe declared on Monday ties between India and Japan were moving to a “new level”, during a summit pregnant with promise for a relationship they hope will offer a counterweight to ...
 
 

ISTANBUL: Turkish authorities on Monday detained some two dozen police officers in new nationwide raids over an alleged plot to overthrow the Islamic-rooted government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Police conducted early morning raids in 16 ...
 
 

LONDON: The researchers found that coffee drinkers had a higher CV risk profile than non-coffee drinkers. If you have to choose between tea or coffee, it is probably better to drink tea for its antioxidant benefits.
According to a large study, ...
 
 

ISTANBUL: Turkey on Monday said it had summoned the US charge d’affaires in Ankara to demand an explanation over a report that Washington has spied intensively on Turkish leaders since 2006.
Der Spiegel reported that as well as sharing ...
 
 

GOLAN HEIGHTS: Syrian troops and Islamist rebels battled close to the armistice line with Israel in the Golan Heights on Monday, as the UN pressed efforts to free 44 peacekeepers held by the insurgents.
The unrest on Israel’s doorstep followed a ...
 
 

GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories: Still in shock weeks after an Israel shell blast shredded his arm and killed four members of his family, Ahmed Ayyad is one of many wounded Gazans now needing long-term care.
But many of the organisations ...
 
 

TEHRAN: Mohammad Reza Rahimi, Iran’s first vice president under former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has been sentenced to prison and fined, it was reported on Monday.
Appointed by Ahmadinejad after a controversial election win in 2009, Rahimi ...