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Oil hits four-month high


LONDON: Brent crude prices rose to a four-month high on Monday as a rally in wider commodities markets encouraged buying ahead of a meeting of oil producers in Doha next Sunday, aimed at freezing current output levels. Brent crude futures, the global benchmark, were up 92 cents at $42.86 a barrel by 1405 GMT, having touched a session high of ... Read More »

Obama calls Libya his ‘worst mistake’


WASHINGTON: Barack Obama says the biggest mistake of his presidency was the lack of planning for the aftermath of the fall of late Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi, with the country spiraling into chaos and grappling with violent extremists. Reflecting on his legacy in a Fox News interview aired Sunday, Obama said his “worst mistake” was “probably failing to plan for ... Read More »

Israeli court clearance to killer soldier denounced


JERUSALEM: An Israeli colonel has been cleared of any criminal charges after shooting dead a Palestinian teen, who allegedly stoned his jeep in the West Bank last year, the military said Monday. A rights group that distributed a video showing the shooting denounced the decision, which comes amid controversy over a separate killing of a Palestinian by an Israeli soldier ... Read More »

Strong earthquake shakes cities across South Asia


KABUL/ISLAMABAD: A powerful earthquake with a magnitude of 6.6 struck South Asia on Sunday, shaking buildings in Pakistan, Afghanistan and India, witnesses and the US Geological Survey (USGS) said, although there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties. In Islamabad and other cities across Pakistan, terrified residents fled their homes and offices as buildings swayed. Television footage showed people ... Read More »

Police tear-gas migrants on border; dozens hurt


IDOMENI/ATHENS: Dozens of people were hurt Sunday when police fired tear gas at hundreds of migrants as they tried to break through the Greek-Macedonia frontier, where over 11,000 people are stranded. It was the latest violence to erupt at the flashpoint Idomeni crossing, where huge numbers of migrants and refugees have been camped out since mid-February after Balkan states closed ... Read More »

Air raids kill 24 Daesh terrorists in Syrian city


BEIRUT: At least 24 Daesh terrorists and eight civilians were killed in airstrikes Sunday on Syria's Raqa, the de facto capital of the militant movement, a monitor said. It was unclear whether the raids were carried out by Syrian, Russian or US-led coalition warplanes, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. "At least 24 Daesh members, among them three commanders, ... Read More »

UN: Muslims are biggest victims of terror


GENEVA: The vast majority of victims of violent extremism worldwide are Muslims and the objective of extremists “is for us to turn on each other (and) our unity is the ultimate rebuke for that bankrupt strategy,” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said. He underscored that the action plan he presented to the UN General Assembly in January contains concrete recommendations and ... Read More »

Syria ‘heart-eating’ rebel killed


Beirut — A Syrian fighter who appeared in a gruesome video cutting out the heart of a regime soldier and eating it has been shot dead by rival rebels, a monitoring group said. Known by his nom de guerre Abu Sakkar, the rebel reportedly joined the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Al-Nusra Front about a year ago, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. Rival ... Read More »

Banned militant group claims Bangladesh student’s killing


NEW DELHI — A banned Islamist group in Bangladesh tied to the Al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent has claimed responsibility for the killing of a student opponent of radical Islam. The killing of 28-year-old Nazimuddin Samad on Wednesday night follows a string of similar attacks last year, when at least five secular bloggers and publishers were killed allegedly by radical Islamists. ... Read More »

Massive fire kills more than 100 in south India temple fire


THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, INDIA — A massive fire broke out during a fireworks display in a Hindu temple in south India early Sunday, killing more than 100 people and injuring at least 200 others, officials said. The fire started when a spark from the unauthorized fireworks show ignited a separate batch of fireworks that were being stored at the Puttingal temple complex in ... Read More »

An ‘exploding watermelon’ takes the Internet by storm


WASHINGTON: In an online world where viral trends can shift in an instant, the “exploding watermelon” video may have set a high-water mark. The digital news site BuzzFeed on Friday showed just how quickly a mindless act can gain notoriety, using Facebook’s new live video service for an event in which its team placed elastic bands around the melon until ... Read More »

British PM Cameron admits mishandling offshore revelations


LONDON: British Prime Minister David Cameron said Saturday he had mishandled the controversy over his shares in his father’s offshore business interests, which were exposed by the “Panama Papers” revelations. Cameron said he would publish his tax rerue turns and shouldered the blame for the row over his financial affairs. “It has not been a great week. I know that ... Read More »

Austria to seize Hitler’s birth house


VIENNA: Austria said Saturday it wants to seize Adolf Hitler’s birthplace from its private owner in a bid to end a bitter legal battle and stop the house from becoming a neo-Nazi shrine. “We are currently examining the creation of a law, which would force a change of ownership and pass the property to the Republic of Austria,” Interior Ministry ... Read More »

Moody heaps praise on Mustafiz


Sunrisers Hyderabad coach Tom Moody is confident that their new Bangladeshi recruit Mustafizur Rahman will adapt to the forthcoming Indian Premier League in no time. The former Australian all-rounder also praised the exciting 20-year-old southpaw’s ability to stay calm under pressure, reports Indian Premier League official website. Though Bangladesh were crashed out of the World Twenty20 after four successive Super ... Read More »

12 new faces in BNP executive committee


Twelve new faces have joined the national executive committee of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP). The 12 are among 15 joint secretary generals and organising secretaries whose names were announced today. With the 15, BNP so far announced names of 18 leaders of the national executive committee. BNP senior joint secretary general Rizvi Ahmed announced the names at a press conference ... Read More »

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