Woman gets the boot for racist Markle remarks

London: The UK Independence Party has suspended the membership of the girlfriend of the party’s leader after she reportedly made racist remarks about Prince Harry’s fiancee, American actress Meghan Markle. In a statement, Jo Marney apologised for the shocking language she used in a series of text messages to a friend, but said her words had been taken out of context. The Mail on Sunday newspaper reported that the 25-year-

Sri Lanka lifts 39-year ban on women buying alcohal

Colombo: Sri Lanka has lifted a 39-year ban on women buying alcohol or working in places that sell or manufacture liquor, an official said yesterday. The 1979 law prohibiting the sale of any type of alcohol to women on the island of 21 million people was overturned in an effort to strike sexist bills from the statute books, said a spokesman for the finance ministry. “The idea was to restore

Two dead in Peru after 7.3 magnitude quake

Lima: A 7.3 magnitude earthquake shook southern Peru yesterday, killing at least two people and injuring 65 others, the South American country’s civil defence agency said. Local authorities said homes made of adobe collapsed in coastal areas most directly affected by the quake, which struck in the Pacific, 31 kilometers (19 miles) from the seaside town of Acari in the region of Arequipa, according to the US Geological Survey. “There

Golden Globe winner denies sexual misconduct

Los Angeles: Indian-origin actor Aziz Ansari, who has been accused of sexual misconduct by a woman with whom he went on a date last year, has responded to the claims saying the two engaged in “sexual activity, which by all indications was completely consensual”. The 34-year-old actor’s statement comes after a 23-year-old Brooklyn-based photographer recounted a date with him that she called “the worst night of my life” in an

Trump says report on his relations with Kim is fake

Washington: US President Donald Trump today denied having told a leading US daily that he shared a “good relationship” with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, asserting that he was “falsely” quoted in the “fake news” story. In an interview on Thursday, The Wall Street Journal reported that Trump had developed a positive relationship with the North Korea’s leader despite their differences. “I probably have a very good relationship with Kim

California mudslides death toll to 20

Montecito: The death toll at the scene of devastating mudslides in a Southern California community rose to 20 today as the list of those still missing shrunk to four. Santa Barbara County spokesman Justin Cooper said authorities located a body but did not give any other information, only saying the coroner’s office would identify the latest victim. Recovery crews continue to slowly make progress digging away masses of mud, boulders

'UN convention won't rid world of nuclear arms'

Stockholm: NATO supports the idea of a world without nuclear weapons, but doesn’t believe it can be achieved by imposing a ban through the United Nations convention on nuclear weapons, the military alliance’s top official said today. Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said during a speech at a security conference in Sweden that ridding the world of nuclear weapons requires a period of “painful disarmament” that the Treaty on the Prohibition

Palestinian Prez turns down Trump peace offer

Ramallah (Palestinian Territories): Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas denounced US President Donald Trump’s Middle East peace efforts as the “slap of the century” today after the White House recognised Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Abbas also said Israel had “ended” the landmark Oslo peace accords of the 1990s with its actions, while branding the US ambassadors to the UN and to Israel, Nikki Haley and David Friedman, a “disgrace”. “We said ‘no’

I am not a racist, says Trump

Washington: US President Donald Trump today said he is not a racist as he sought to steer clear of the controversy surrounding his reported remarks against immigrants from certain countries. During a meeting with a bipartisan group of lawmakers last week, Trump had expressed frustration over some participants pushing for immigrants from certain “shithole” countries. The alleged slur, for which Trump is at the receiving end of a widespread condemnation,

12,000 flees as Philippines warns of volcano eruption

Legazpi: The crater of a rumbling Philippine volcano was glowing bright red, with vulcanologists warning it could erupt within days, sending thousands fleeing from their homes. Volcanic earthquakes and rockfalls have shaken the summit of Mayon over the last 24 hours, after a number of steam- driven eruptions, scientists said. More than 12,000 people have been ordered to leave a seven-kilometre (four-mile) evacuation zone, and there are warnings of destructive

Saudi women attend football game for the first time

Jeddah: Saudi Arabia allowed women to enter a football stadium for the first time to watch a match yesterday, as the ultra-conservative kingdom eases strict decades-old rules separating the sexes. The new measure comes after Riyadh, long known for imposing harsh restrictions on women, announced it was lifting a ban prohibiting them from driving, as well as reopening cinemas. Women supporters, all wearing the traditional black abaya robe, arrived well