In Gulf Crisis, Qatar Blinks First, Says Let’s Talk

In his first speech since four Arab countries severed ties with Doha, a defiant Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani said life was continuing as normal despite what he described as an unjust “siege”. Qatar’s emir called on Friday for dialogue to resolve a political crisis pitting his country against four Arab states, saying any talks […]

Russia Not Reason For US Ending CIA Arms To Syria Rebels

A U.S. decision to halt a CIA programme equipping and training certain rebel groups fighting the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was not done as a concession to Assad ally Russia, a top U.S. general said on Friday. Earlier this week a U.S. official said the decision was part of an effort by the […]

US House Passes Bills to Address Human Trafficking

WASHINGTON: The US House of Representatives has voted to reauthorise three bills to address the issue of human trafficking both inside and outside the US. The development was hailed by US President Donald Trump and rights activists. “My administration is focused on ending the horrific practice of human trafficking, and the three bills the House […]

Soldiers Thrash JK cops after Vehicles Stopped at Checkpost

Seven policemen were injured when they were allegedly thrashed by Army personnel after the cops stopped private vehicles carrying the soldiers in civil dress last evening at a checkpost in central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district, police said. The police registered a case against the personnel attached to the 24 Rashtriya Rifles (RR) unit of the Army […]

Vladimir Putin offers James Comey asylum: Russia taking Potshots

James Comey’s testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee did not reach any conclusion. It was yet another building block in a situation which increasingly looks bleaker. It remains to be seen whether this will end with President Donald Trump’s impeachment but until we reach that tipping point, newer incidents keep pushing the United States towards […]

Russia will struggle to turn on Siemens turbines in sanctions-bound Crimea

MOSCOW – Russia outfoxed European Union sanctions by delivering gas turbines made by Germany’s Siemens to the annexed Ukrainian region of Crimea. Now for the hard part, switching them on.No Russian company, according to Reuters data, has ever got a Siemens turbine working without the help of the manufacturer.In this case, Siemens said the turbines […]

Clashes in West Bank; Palestinian teen killed in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM: Thousands of Muslims prayed Friday in the streets near a contested shrine in Jerusalem’s Old City, kneeling on mats spread on cobble stone to protest Israel’s installation of metal detectors at the holy site following a deadly attack there last week. After the prayers, Palestinian stone-throwers clashes with Israeli security forces near the Old […]

China slams US after bombers fly over disputed South China Sea

BEIJING: China on Friday accused the US of trying to “flaunt military force” to harm its sovereignty in name of freedom of navigation after two American bombers flew over the disputed South China Sea disregarding Beijing’s claims over the area. The B-1B Lancer bombers from Guam airbase flew over South China Sea on late Thursday […]

 British PM May tells her Party: stop squabbling or risk letting Labour into power

After she lost her majority in a botched election gamble, some senior ministers have resorted to public bickering over Brexit. London: British Prime Minister Theresa May told Conservative Party lawmakers that they should stop backbiting or risk letting Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn into power, Sky News reported. After she lost her majority in a botched […]

 Abu Sayed, head of ISIS in Afghanistan, killed, US Says

The head of Islamic State in Afghanistan, Abu Sayed, was killed in a strike on the group’s headquarters in Kunar province earlier this week, the Pentagon said on Friday. Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White said in a statement that other members of the Islamic State group were also killed in the strike on Tuesday.U.S. Defense Secretary […]