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TUNIS: Tunisia’s president has admitted security services were not prepared for last week’s Jihadist beach massacre, as authorities warned the country is likely to lose more than half-a-billion dollars in tourism revenues.
Friday’s carnage — ...
 
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GENEVA: Nearly 10,000 Burundians fled the country over the weekend before Burundi closed its borders ahead of controversial and violence-wracked elections in the troubled central African nation, the United Nations said on Tuesday.
Since ...
 
 

BANGKOK: The European Union hit out at Thailand’s junta on Tuesday for pursuing sedition charges against a group of anti-coup student activists, describing their arrest and prosecution in a military court as a “disturbing development”.
The 14 ...
 
 

SINGAPORE: Singapore’s population is ageing faster than nearly any other society in the world, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said on Tuesday, warning this could have a serious impact on the economy and defence.
Lee, 63, said he was worried that ...
 
 

YANGON: Angry crowds scuffled with police in downtown Yangon on Tuesday in a protest against the Myanmar army’s veto on constitutional change, blamed for the defeat last week of a charter reform bill backed by Aung San Suu Kyi.
A few hundred ...
 
 

KUWAIT CITY: Kuwait’s interior minister said on Tuesday that the Gulf state has busted a “terror cell” responsible for the suicide bombing at a mosque and is hunting for others.
“We are in a state of war. Yes, we have busted this terror cell but ...
 
 

JUBA: South Sudan’s army raped then torched girls alive inside their homes during a recent campaign marked by “new brutality and intensity”, a UN rights report said on Tuesday.
Rights investigators from the UN mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) ...
 
 

VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis will attend an inter-faith event in September at New York’s “Ground Zero” site, to commemorate the victims of the 9/11 attacks, the Vatican announced on Tuesday.
The visit to the former site of the iconic World Trade ...
 
 

KABUL: Suicide attackers on Tuesday targeted foreign troops in Kabul and a police headquarters in restive southern Afghanistan, killing two people and wounding nearly 60, as the Taliban’s bloody summer offensive showed no signs of letting up.
A ...
 
 

Iran’s foreign minister kept his cards close to his chest on Tuesday as he met with US top diplomat John Kerry for the next stage of marathon nuclear talks, while saying a final deal was possible.
As Iranian minister Mohammed Javad Zarif ...
 
 

­CAIRO: A visibly angry Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi pledged tougher laws against militants and suggested fast track executions at the funeral on Tuesday of the state prosecutor assassinated in a car bombing.
Hisham Barakat died in ...
 
 

BEIRUT: At least 33 people were killed on Tuesday in Syrian government air strikes on a village in northwestern Idlib province and a suburb of Damascus, a monitor said.
At least 22 people died in government raids on the village of Ehsim in ...
 
 

TOKYO: A conservative lawmaker from Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling party on Tuesday restated controversial views suggesting newspapers hostile to his hawkish military policy should be punished.
Hideo Onishi, a member of the Liberal ...
 
 

LONDON: Scientists have documented for the first time the DNA damage which can occur to the skin from the full range of ultraviolet radiation from the sun, leading to skin cancer.
Testing on human skin cell lines, this study shows the action ...
 
 

CHENNAI: The All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) chief and Chief Minister of the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu, Jayalalithaa scored a landslide victory on Tuesday winning by a record margin of over 1.5 lakh votes, as ruling parties ...
 
 

KUALA LUMPUR: A Malaysian who fought alongside the Islamic State group in Syria was jailed for 18 years on Tuesday for planning terror attacks aimed at installing an Islamic regime in his home country, a prosecutor said.
Murad Halimmuddin, 49, ...
 
 

TOKYO: A man set himself ablaze on board a moving bullet train in Japan on Tuesday, killing himself and a woman, in an unprecedented incident on a network with an enviable safety record.
Several other passengers were hurt after the man doused ...
 
 

PARIS: A French prosecutor confirmed on Tuesday that the man who beheaded his boss and tried to blow up a gas factory had a “terrorist motive” and links to the Islamic State group in Syria.
Yassin Salhi, 35, confessed to the crime but has ...
 
 

WASHINGTON: Some 3,000 pages of Hillary Clinton’s emails from her time as top US diplomat will be made public online late on Tuesday by the State Department, following the orders of a federal judge.
Clinton’s electronic correspondence has been ...
 
 

SANAA: An attack on Huthi rebel leaders in Yemen’s capital claimed by the Islamic State group killed at least 28 people, medics said on Tuesday.
Yemen was previously the preserve of IS’s Jihadist rival al-Qaeda, which controls swathes of the ...
 
 

SEOUL: A South Korean naval ship fired warning shots on Tuesday to chase off a North Korean patrol boat which crossed their disputed western sea border, military officials ...
 
 

OTTAWA: Hackers shut down the Canadian intelligence agency’s website on Tuesday, officials said.
The intrusion came two weeks after several Canadian government websites were disrupted by the hacker collective Anonymous in protest of a new ...
 
 

BERLIN: Far-right crime in Germany soared 24 percent last year to the highest level in six years, with a “shameful” surge in attacks on refugee centres, an official report released on Tuesday showed.
As the number of asylum seekers in Germany ...
 
 

ANKARA: Turkey sought to calm speculation on Tuesday it was planning to invade Syria, saying it would not act unilaterally but has a right to protect its borders.
“To interpret our border security measures as ‘Turkey is going to war’... is not ...