Day: February 24, 2019

India top court orders an end to assaults against Kashmiris

NEW DELHI — India’s top court on Friday ordered state authorities to stop threats, assaults and social boycotts of thousands of Kashmiri students, traders and professionals in an apparent retaliation for the killing of 40 paramilitary soldiers in a suicide attack in the Indian portion of Kashmir last […]

At least 133 die from tainted liquor in India’s northeast

GAUHATI, India — At least 133 people have died and about 225 people have been hospitalized after drinking tainted liquor in two separate incidents in India’s remote northeast, authorities said Sunday. The victims of one of the most deadly bootleg liquor-related incidents in India were mostly tea plantation […]

Iran’s president faces calls to resign over economic crisis

TEHRAN, Iran — As Iran marked the 40th anniversary of its Islamic Revolution, a white-turbaned Shiite cleric at one commemoration targeted President Hassan Rouhani, a fellow clergyman, with this sign: “You who are the cause of inflation; we hope you won’t last until spring.” Already lashed by criticism […]

China’s Huawei unveils 5G phone with folding screen

BARCELONA, Spain — China’s Huawei unveiled a new folding-screen phone on Sunday, joining the latest trend for bendable devices as it challenges the global smartphone market’s dominant players, Apple and Samsung. Huawei revealed its Mate X phone on the eve of MWC Barcelona, a four-day showcase of mobile […]

Hijacking foiled on Bangladesh-Dubai flight, suspect killed

DHAKA, Bangladesh — A flight bound for Dubai from Bangladesh’s capital, Dhaka, made an emergency landing Sunday in Chittagong, Bangladesh, after a man attempted to hijack the plane, officials said. The suspect, a Bangladeshi, asked to speak to the country’s prime minister before dying from injuries in an […]

‘Beauty boot camps’ key to Philippine pageant dominance

Rodgil Flores casts a stern taskmaster’s glance as grimacing young women in bikinis stride across one of the mirror-walled studios that is central to making the Philippines a beauty pageant juggernaut. In 17-centimetre (seven-inch) stiletto heels, the students sway their hips between long slow strides, a brutal drill […]

EU, Arabs tackle troubled Middle East at first summit

European and Arab leaders gather Sunday for their first summit aimed at stepping up cooperation on trade, security and migration while the EU-Brexit stalemate looms on the sidelines. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi hosted last-minute preparatory meetings with the European Union before he opens the two-day summit at […]

Discrimination against women disturbs me: Bachchan

Mumbai, Feb 24: Megastar Amitabh Bachchan on Sunday said he is pained that women who carry hepatitis B virus face discrimination in the society, something he will continue to fight for.  Bachchan, who is the World Health Organization’s Goodwill Ambassador for Hepatitis in South-East Asia Region, said women must […]

Pakistan violates ceasefire in J&K’s Rajouri

Jammu, Feb 24: Pakistan violated ceasefire by targeting forward posts and villages along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri district on Sunday, officials said. “At about 1715 hours (5.15 pm), Pakistan initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation by shelling with mortars and firing of small arms along […]