6 children among 19 killed in shelling near Damascus

Douma: Shelling by the Syrian regime on the rebel-held area of Eastern Ghouta near Damascus killed at least 19 civilians, among them six children, a monitor said today. The deaths came amid an escalating cycle of tit-for-tat attacks between regime forces and rebels holding the enclave on the Syrian capital’s eastern outskirts. Rebel shelling yesterday killed three civilians. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, 52 civilians have been

Zimbabweans to march against Mugabe

Harare: Zimbabwe was set for more political turmoil today with protests planned as veterans of the independence war, activists and ruling party leaders called publicly for President Robert Mugabe to be forced from office. The marches will cap an unprecedented week in which generals seized power and put Mugabe under house arrest in a stunning turnaround for the president who has ruled since 1980. The 93-year-old autocrat did not resign

Plane, helicopter collide in England; four killed

London: Four people have been killed in a mid-air collision between a light Cessna aircraft and a helicopter in south-east England. Local daily London Evening Standard quoted Thames Valley police superintendent Rebecca Mears confirming the death toll in yesterday’s incident. Police officers at the crash site in the village of Waddesdon, near Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire, are yet to identify the deceased. “We are aware of a number of casualties following

Top Chinese envoy lands in North Korea for talks

Beijing: A top Chinese envoy landed in North Korea today in a trip hailed as a “big move” by US President Donald Trump, who has urged Beijing to pile pressure on its nuclear-armed ally. Diplomat Song Tao is visiting the North on behalf of President Xi Jinping to brief officials on the recent Chinese Communist Party congress and other “issues of mutual interest”, foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said. He

Russia again vetoes Syria gas attack probe by UN

United Nations: Russia today cast a second veto in as many days at the UN Security Council to block the renewal of a UN-led investigation to identify the perpetrators of chemical weapons attacks in Syria. A draft resolution put forward by Japan would have extended the Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM) for 30 days to allow time for negotiations on a wider compromise. But Russia used its veto power to prevent

Quake measuring 6.9 on Richter Scale rocks Tibet

Beijing: A strong intensity earthquake, measuring 6.9 on the Richter Scale, hit Tibet’s Nyingchi prefecture, located close to Arunachal Pradesh border, in the early hours of today. The quake struck at 6.34 am (Beijing time), according to the China Earthquake Networks Center (CENC). The quake struck at a depth of about 10 km, State-run Xinhua news agency reported. It was followed by 5-magnitude earthquake at 8.31 a.m (Beijing time) around

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,