Tue May 24, 2016
Shaban 16, 1437 A.H.
UN envoy launches $4 bln fund for schools in war zones
ISTANBUL: A crisis fund has been launched to raise $3.8 billion to help millions of children missing out on school because of war or natural disasters, UN special envoy Gordon...
Everest safety under scrutiny as third climber dies in as many days
KATHMANDU/SYDNEY: A 43-year-old Indian mountaineer has died while descending from the summit of Mount Everest, in the third fatality on the world’s tallest mountain in as many days since climbing...
Zika looms but El Salvador stands firm on abortion ban
SAN SALVADOR: Six months pregnant with her first child, teenager Estefanie Esmeralda is well aware of the dangers the mosquito-borne Zika virus may pose to her unborn baby. Yet she like...
Arms embargo in the balance as Obama visits Vietnam
HANOI: US President Barack Obama began his first visit to Vietnam on Monday, part of his strategic "rebalance" towards Asia that could bring more overtures to a former enemy to...
Slow response to past crashes could hinder EgyptAir search
PARIS/CAIRO: Teams searching for the black box flight recorders of a missing EgyptAir jet that crashed with 66 people aboard face technical constraints that aviation experts increasingly blame on a...
German anti-immigration party breaks off talks with Muslims
BERLIN: The anti-immigration Alternative for Germany (AfD) broke off talks on Monday with representatives of the Muslim community that had been intended to ease tensions after the party declared Islam...
80pc of Indian women face public harassment
NEW DELHI: Nearly four out of five women in India have faced public harassment ranging from staring, insults and wolf-whistling to being followed, groped or even raped, said a survey...
Rohingya Muslim killed in mass escape from Thai detention centre
BANGKOK: Thai police shot dead a Rohingya Muslim from Myanmar on Monday during a dramatic mass escape of detainees from an immigration camp in southern Thailand, police said. Police Lieutenant Colonel...
S Korea rejects N Korea talks proposal as ‘bogus’
SEOUL: South Korea dismissed on Monday a North Korean proposal for military talks as "a bogus peace offensive" and said it was formally rejecting the overture because it lacked a...
Blaze at Thai school for girls kills 17
WIANG PA PAO DISTRICT, Chiang Rai, Thailand: Fire swept through a school for girls from poor hill-tribe families in Thailand, killing at least 17 in their dormitory, police said on...
With Gandhis at rock bottom, opposition comeback a daunting task
NEW DELHI: Prashant Kishor, the election campaign manager brought in by India’s opposition Congress party to reverse its declining fortunes, knew his real work would begin when the party hit...
Bombs kill 145 in Syrian government-held cities
BEIRUT: Bomb blasts killed scores of people in Jableh and Tartous on Syria’s Mediterranean coast on Monday and wounded many others in the government-controlled territory that hosts Russian military bases,...
Turkey shifts to presidential system
ANKARA: As Turkey’s incoming prime minister prepares to name his new cabinet, there is little doubt that its primary role will be to rubber-stamp what has already become reality: a...
Britain grants refugee status to ex-president of Maldives
COLOMBO: Britain has granted refugee status to Mohamed Nasheed, the former president of the Maldives who was jailed in 2015 after a trial that drew international criticism, his lawyer said...
European border closures ‘inhumane’
ISTANBUL: The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said on Monday border closures in Europe to stop migrants were inhumane and government efforts to stem the flow had averted the crisis only...
Germany registers surge in crimes
BERLIN: Germany registered a record surge in crimes by right-wing activists last year, with attacks on refugee centres rising more than five-fold, Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said on Monday. Presenting...
IS suicide bombing kills 40 army recruits in Aden
ADEN: A suicide car bombing claimed by Islamic State killed at least 40 army recruits and injured 60 others in the Yemeni city of Aden on Monday, medics said, in...
Far right narrowly defeated in Austrian presidential vote
VIENNA: Austria narrowly avoided becoming the first EU country to elect a far-right candidate as head of state, as postal ballots decided a knife-edge presidential run-off vote in favour of...
North Korean envoy rejects Trump overture to meet leader
Rain claims the lives of 7 Orange Line workers in Lahore
Drake holds off Beyonce for top spot on U.S. Billboard album...
Scotland Yard team meets Shahid Hayat
Egypt prosecutor seeks data from France, Greece on crashed plane
Afghan Taliban leader frequently travelled to Dubai
Pakistan summons US envoy, expresses concern over drone...
Mullah Mansour’s killing: US says will carry out strikes...
Sharifs get richer, masses poorer, says Imran
Rough waters ahead
The raiszadas of Pakistani politics
Higher education reforms
Dr Javaid Laghari
Fallout of Mansour’s death
Raashid Wali Janjua
States on Zika's frontline see big gaps in funding, expertise
FIFA fires deputy secretary general Kattner
Irfan Pathan famed mosque claims to have world’s largest Quran
Who was Mullah Akhtar Mansour?
Kashmiri freedom fighters wage selfie war against Indian crackdown