US has dealt crushing blows on ISIS, says Trump

Washington: More than 10 months after coming to power, President Donald Trump has said the US has “dealt Islamic State one crushing defeat after another”. Earlier this year in Saudi Arabia, Trump said he spoke to the leaders of more than 50 Arab and Muslim nations about his strategy to defeat terrorists by stripping them of financing, territory, and ideological support. “I urged the leaders to drive out the terrorists

US official to defend Trump stance at UN climate talks

Bonn: An American official will address the UN climate meeting in Bonn today, where envoys have battled to make progress in the shadow of President Donald Trump’s rejection of a global action plan. On the penultimate day of the annual climate huddle, most countries will be represented by heads of state or cabinet ministers at a “high-level segment”, but Washington sent an acting assistant secretary of State, Judith Garber. She

Indian student shot dead by robbers at grocery store

Washington: A 21-year-old Indian student has been shot dead allegedly by four armed robbers, including an Indian-origin man, at a grocery store in the US state of California, according to a media report. Dharampreet Singh Jasser was on duty at a grocery store next to a gas station in Fresno city in California on Tuesday night when four armed robbers, including an Indian-origin man, barged in to loot the store,

Rohingya women gangraped by Myanmar troops

United Nations: Myanmar troops gangraped countless Rohingya women and girls during a military campaign that sent hundreds of thousands fleeing across the border to Bangladesh, Human Rights Watch said today. The US-based rights group said in a report that the sexual violence, along with other atrocities committed by Myanmar security forces, amount to crimes against humanity. Based on interviews with rape survivors, aid organisations and Bangladeshi health officials, the report details

Another woman says George H W Bush groped her

Houston: Another woman has stepped forward to accuse former President George H W Bush of inappropriately touching her. Roslyn Corrigan tells Time magazine that she posed for a photo with Bush in 2003 at a gathering of CIA officers north of Houston. She was 16 at the time and attended the event with her mother and father, who was an intelligence analyst. Corrigan says as the photo was being taken,

Qatar emir puts on brave face against boycott

Doha: Months into a dispute that has seen Doha cut off from Saudi Arabia and the UAE, Qatar’s emir said today his country was “a thousand times better off” without them. In a speech to the Shura Council, the Upper House of Parliament, Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani said his government had nonetheless put in place contingency plans as he expected the bitter political dispute with his neighbours and

Trump ignores rights groups; bonds with Duterte

Manila: Donald Trump shook hands today with a smiling Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, a man who boasts about personally killing people and who is waging a drug war that rights groups say involves mass murder. The US leader is in Manila with leaders of 18 other nations for two days of summits, the final leg of a headline- grabbing Asian tour dominated by the North Korean nuclear crisis. Allegations of

ASEAN Summit: Ramayana musical is star attraction

Manila: A musical version of the epic Ramayana was one of key attractions at the grand opening ceremony of the two-day-long ASEAN summit here today, reflecting India’s cultural linkages with the Philippines and several member countries of the 10-member bloc. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, US President Donald Trump, Chinese premier Li Keqiang, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and several other leaders from ASEAN’s partner countries attended the opening ceremony at

Peru fire destroys 2,000-year-old site

Lima: A fire destroyed a 2,000-year-old mural and much of the vestiges of an archaeological site in northern Peru, the director of the Tumbas Reales de Sipan Museum said. “I have received the lamentable and tragic news of a fire that has destroyed the archaeological monument of Ventarron,” museum head Walter Alva said in a statement yesterday. The temple of Ventarron dates back 4,500 years and is considered the oldest

Up to 33 killed as DR Congo train carrying fuel derails

Lubumbashi:  Up to 33 people were feared dead in the Democratic Republic of Congo after a freight train carrying fuel plunged into a ravine. The UN’s radio Okapi spoke of 33 fatalities with others injured or burned in the accident that occurred in the sprawling mineral-rich province of Katanga, which is the size of Spain. “Up until now the toll is eight dead and several injured. The toll could be

'Venezuela will never default on its massive debt'

Caracas: Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has insisted that his cash-strapped country would “never” default, as he prepared to meet with creditors in Caracas to discuss rescheduling part of the country’s massive $150 billion debt. “Never, default will never reach Venezuela,” he declared on his weekly television show. “Our strategy is to renegotiate and refinance all the debt.” Maduro pointed to ongoing negotiations with his allies China and Russia, to which