Texas set to execute serial killer
Texas was set Wednesday to execute a confessed serial killer who raped, tortured and murdered three girls and a...
Imam’s debut 100, Hasan’s five propel Pakistan to series-clinching win
A century on debut by opener Imam-ul-Haq helped Pakistan beat Sri Lanka by seven wickets in the third one-day...
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau weeps as he pays tribute to Tragically Hip singe
The death of Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie, a music superstar beloved for songs about culture, small towns and...
Rescued US-Canadian family arrives in Canada
A kidnapped US-Canadian couple freed in Pakistan this week, nearly five years after being abducted in neighbouring Afghanistan, has returned to Canada, the Canadian government said on Friday. American Caitlan Coleman and her Canadian husband, Joshua Boyle, were kidnapped while backpacking in Afghanistan in 2012 by the Taliban. They... Read more
Trump lauds recovery of kidnapped couple, says positive moment for Pak-US relations
President Donald Trump announced that US and Pakistani officials had secured the release of an American woman, her Canadian husband and their three children from Taliban captivity. On Thursday, the Army’s media wing confirmed the rescue and recovery of five foreign nationals in an intelligence-based operation. The US leader... Read more
Spanish Eurofighter crashes after national day parade, pilot dead
A Spanish Eurofighter jet crashed on Thursday after taking part in a military display in Madrid for Spain’s national day, killing its pilot, the defence ministry said. “As a result of the accident, the pilot of the plane that crashed on its approach to landing has died,” the ministry... Read more
Afghan civilian casualties from airstrikes rise more than 50pc, says UN
Civilian casualties from Afghan and American airstrikes have risen more than 50 per cent since last year, the United Nations said on Thursday, as troops increase attacks on militants under a new strategy announced by US President Donald Trump in August. As of the end of September, at least... Read more
Catalan leader suspends declaration of independence
Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont on Tuesday proclaimed the region’s independence from Spain but said its effects would be suspended to allow for talks with the Madrid government. “I assume the mandate that Catalonia should become an independent state in the form of a republic … I propose suspending the... Read more
Japan launches fourth satellite for high-precision GPS
Japan on Tuesday launched a fourth satellite for a new high-precision global positioning system (GPS) it hopes will encourage new businesses and help spur economic growth. The fourth Michibiki satellite lifted off from Japan’s southern Tanegashima spaceport aboard an H-2A rocket taking just over 28 minutes to reach orbit,... Read more
Israel to advance plans for nearly 4,000 settler homes: official
Israel is to advance plans for nearly 4,000 settler homes in the occupied West Bank as part of a push to greatly boost settlement growth, an Israeli official said Tuesday. The approvals are to include units in the flashpoint West Bank city of Hebron for the first time in... Read more
North Korean missiles will be able to reach US after modernization: Ifax cites Russian lawmaker
North Korea’s leadership has told Russian lawmakers that it possesses a ballistic missile with a range of 3,000 kilometres (1864.11 miles) that will be able to reach US territory after modernisation, the Interfax news agency reported on Tuesday. Interfax cited Anton Morozov, a lawmaker and member of the lower... Read more
Residents in northern California evacuated amid fast-spreading fires
Buildings in California’s Napa and Sonoma counties were being evacuated early on Monday morning after multiple, fast-spreading wildfires engulfed the area with thick smoke and large flames, according to fire officials and local media. Firefighters were battling a 200-acre (80.9-hectare) wildfire in Napa County, an area nearly 70 miles... Read more
US Vice President exits NFL game after anthem protest
US Vice President Mike Pence walked out of an NFL game Sunday after some players kneeled for the national anthem, the latest twist in a running saga over the controversial protests against racial injustice. Pence said that he departed after seeing players kneel during a rendition of “The Star-Spangled... Read more
Three journalists arrested over Venezuela prison report
An Italian, a Swiss and a Venezuelan journalist have been arrested as they prepared a report on a prison in northern Venezuela, human rights and press freedom groups said. Roberto Di Matteo of Italy, Filippo Rossi of Switzerland and Jesus Medina of Venezuela were arrested Friday after entering Tocoron... Read more
Chinese watchdog says 1.34 million officials punished for graft since 2013
China’s anti-graft watchdog said roughly 1.34 million lower-ranking officials have been punished since 2013 under President Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption drive. Xi, who is preparing for a major Communist Party leadership conference later this month, has made an anti-graft campaign targeting “tigers and flies”, both high and low ranking officials,... Read more
Catalonian independence: Key points of the plan
Catalonia’s separatist leaders have threatened to declare independence after pressing ahead with a banned referendum on secession which they say they won. The following are the key points of their independence plan: When will it be declared? The referendum law passed on September 6 by Catalonia’s regional parliament, where... Read more
CPEC passes through disputed territory: James Mattis
US Defence Secretary James Mattis said that the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) passes through disputed territory. James Mattis appeared before the Senate Armed Services Committee earlier this week and said “The One Belt, One Road also goes through the disputed territory, and I think that in itself shows the vulnerability... Read more