Friday, October 30, 2020Muslims have ‘right to kill millions of French', says Malaysian ex-PM; Twitter deletes tweet

In rest of his Twitter thread, he expressed disdain for Western culture

Paris: Twitter has removed former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad's controversial tweet glorifying violence even though France is demanding suspension of his account on the social media platform.

The former Malaysian PM sparked an uproar when he said on Thursday that Muslims have a "right to be angry and to kill millions of French people".

Twitter has removed the tweet saying that


Friday, October 30, 2020Tens of thousands of Muslims protest over Macron remarks after killings in France

Marches, rallies in Bangladesh, Pakistan, Palestinian areas; Bangladesh protesters call Macron 'world's biggest terrorist; police tear-gas Pakistanis marching to French embassy; thousands of Palestinians rally in E.Jerusalem, West Bank, Gaza; condemnations of France dominate Friday prayers in Somalia

Singapore: Tens of thousands of Muslims protested in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Palestinian territories on Friday after killings in a French church prompted a vow from President Emmanuel Macron to stand firm against attacks on French values and freedom of belief.

French Interior Minister Gerald Damarnin said France--- home to Europe's largest Muslim community and hit by a string of militant atta


Friday, October 30, 2020Britain again touts 'tiered' approach to COVIBritain again touts 'tiered' approach to COVID as neighbours lock downD as neighbours lock down

US, Europe at epicentre of new wave of infections; ‘We need to pull through this,’ said EU health commissioner; ‘We're going in the wrong direction,’ said White House advisor

London: Britain's "tiered" approach to reining in the coronavirus appears to be working, the foreign minister said on Friday, as EU neighbours France and Germany slapped new controls on movement almost as strict as their original spring lockdowns.

Europe and the United States have emerged as the current danger zones for COVID-19, which was first identified in China in December, in a global cri


Friday, October 30, 2020Moscow plans vaccinations as Russia’s COVID-19 cases hit record amid doctor shortage

Moscow residents may be able to get vaccinated as early as next month if large volumes of doses are supplied by then, Deputy Mayor says

Moscow: Authorities in Moscow were preparing for mass vaccinations against COVID-19 and Russia’s daily tally of infections rose past 18,000 to a record high, amid a shortage of doctors across the country, the Kremlin said on Friday.

Moscow residents who want to be vaccinated against COVID-19 may be able to do so as early as next month if large volumes of doses are supplied by then, Deputy Mayo


Friday, October 30, 2020Nice residents mourn church attack dead as official warns of more militant attacks

France at war with Islamist ideology, says Interior Minister; country on high-security alert after church attack

Paris/Nice (France): France’s Interior Minister on Friday said more militant attacks on its soil were likely and the country was engaged in a war against Islamist ideology following the second deadly knife attack in its cities in two weeks.

Minister Gerald Damarnin was speaking a day after an assailant shouting “Allahu Akbar” (God is Greatest) beheaded a woman and killed two other people in a


Friday, October 30, 2020"Congress Must Apologise": Union Minister On Pak Leader's Pulwama Boast

New Delhi: A day after a Pakistan minister suggested his country was behind the Pulwama terror attack - in which 40 CPRF personnel were killed - Union Minister Prakash Javadekar has demanded that the Congress "apologise to the country" for "conspiracy theories" and remarks about the incident.
"Pakistan has admitted its hand behind Pulwama terror attack. Now, Congress and others who talked of con


Friday, October 30, 2020Lashkar, TRF militants behind killing of three BJP men in Kulgam: IGP Kashmir Vijay Kumar

‘Vehicle used by militants seized, attackers identified, search Ops on at 8 places in South Kashmir, will get those involved in act soon’

SRINAGAR: Inspector General of Police Kashmir range, Vijay Kumar Friday said that Lashkar-e-Toiba and TRF militants are involved in the killing of three BJP men including a youth leader at South Kashmir’s Kulgam district and the police has seized the vehicle used by militants while all attackers have been identified.

Talking to reporters at the site of the incident, the IGP said yesterday at a


Friday, October 30, 2020PM, LG, leaders condemn killing

Jammu: The Prime Minister Narendra Modi Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha and several other politicians on Thursday strongly condemned the killing of three political workers in Qazigund area of Kulgam district.

PM Modi said, "I condemn the killing of 3 of our young Karyakartas. They were bright youngsters doing excellent work in J&K. My thoughts are with their families in this


Friday, October 30, 2020Pulwama attack Pak minister takes u-turn after accepting govt’s role

Islamabad: After admitting that the Pakistan was responsible for the Pulwama terrorist attack in Jammu and Kashmir in 2019 that killed 40 CRPF personnel and brought the two countries to the brink of a war, the Science & Technology Minister of Pakistan Fawad Chaudhry said that his remarks had been misinterpreted.
"My statement is very clear. It was about Operation Swift Resort that we under


Friday, October 30, 2020Whole world knows Pakistan''s role in supporting terrorism: India

New Delhi: The whole world knows about Pakistan''s role in supporting terrorism and no amount of denial can hide this truth, India said on Thursday in a sharp reaction to Islamabad's objection to references to it and cross-border terrorism in the Indo-US joint statement after their 2+2 dialogue.
External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said the country that provides shelter to "m


Thursday, October 29, 20203 dead as woman beheaded in knife attack at French church

Attacker shouts ‘Allahu Akbar’; incident described as terror act

Nice: A knife-wielding attacker shouting "Allahu Akbar" beheaded a woman and killed two other people in a suspected terrorist attack at a church in the French city of Nice on Thursday, police and officials said.

Nice's mayor, Christian Estrosi, who described the attack as terrorism, said on Twitter it had happened in or near the city's Notre Dame church and that police had detained the attacke


Thursday, October 29, 2020Pak minister admits to Imran Khan govt’s role in Pulwama terrorist attack

‘You and us are all part of that success’, Fawad Chaudhry tells National Assembly

Islamabad: In a sensational admission, a senior Pakistani minister on Thursday admitted that Pakistan was responsible for the deadly Pulwama terrorist attack in Jammu and Kashmir in 2019 that brought the two countries to the brink of a war.

“Humne Hindustan ko ghus ke maara (We hit India in their home). Our success in Pulwama, is a success of this nation under the leadership of Imran Khan. You


Thursday, October 29, 2020China setting up world's highest-altitude data centre in Tibet

The centre is situated in a high-tech zone of the Tibetan regional capital city of Lhasa and located at an altitude of around 3,656 metres

Beijing: China is building the world's highest-altitude cloud computing data centre in Tibet that will meet the data storage needs of the country and South Asian nations like Nepal, Bangladesh and Pakistan, official media reported On Thursday.

The data centre is situated in a high-tech zone of the Tibetan regional capital city of Lhasa and located at an altitude of around 3,656 metres, making


Thursday, October 29, 2020Pakistan anti-terrorism court acquits PM Imran Khan in 2014 Parliament attack case

According to a report in the Dawn newspaper, the PM’s acquittal comes after he urged the court to acquit him as the prosecution was no longer interested in pursuing the case

Islamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan was acquitted by an anti-terrorism court on Thursday in the 2014 Parliament attack case but other senior ministers, including Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, were summoned for indictment, according to media reports.

Anti-Terrorism Court Judge Raja Jawad Abbas Hassan, however, halted proceedings against President Arif Alvi due to the presiden


Thursday, October 29, 2020Former leader of Hong Kong pro-independence group charged with secession

Tony Chung, 19, was arrested on Tuesday under a new national security law

Hong Kong: A former leader of Hong Kong pro-independence group Studentlocalism was charged on Thursday with secession, money laundering and conspiracy to publish seditious material, the latest person to be targeted under a new national security law.

Tony Chung, 19, who was denied bail, was arrested on Tuesday under the contentious legislation that punishes what Beijing broadly defines as seces


Thursday, October 29, 2020'Pak Army chief's 'legs were shaking' as Qureshi said India would attack if Abhinandan not freed'

Islamabad, Oct 29: Pakistan Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa was perspiring and his "legs were shaking" as Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said during a meeting that if Indian Air Force Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman was not released, India would attack Pakistan at 9 PM , a top Opposition leader has said.

Recalling the tension in Islamabad after India bombed a terror training ca


Tuesday, October 27, 2020Russia issues nationwide mask requirement amid rapid COVID-19 resurgence

Russia has the world's fourth largest tally of over 1.5 million confirmed coronavirus cases

Moscow: Russian authorities on Tuesday have issued a nationwide mask requirement amid a rapid resurgence of the coronavirus outbreak.

Health authorities registered 16,550 new cases and 320 new deaths on Tuesday, the highest daily death toll since the beginning of the pandemic.

Russia's public health agency, Rospotrebnadzor, ordered all Russians to wear masks in crowded public spaces, on pub


Tuesday, October 27, 2020Iran reports record 6,968 new coronavirus cases and 346 deaths in past 24 hours

Country’s total number of cases 581,824

Dubai: Iran on Tuesday reported 6,968 new coronavirus cases and 346 deaths in the past 24 hours, its highest daily tally, pushing the death toll in the hardest-hit Middle Eastern country to 33,299.

Health ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari told state media that the new cases brought the country’s total number of identified cases to 581,824.


Tuesday, October 27, 2020Turkey's Erdogan sues Dutch anti-Islam lawmaker for insults

Geert Wilders posted a cartoon depicting Erdogan wearing a bomb-resembling hat on his head, with the comment: ‘terrorist’

Ankara :Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is suing Dutch lawmaker Geert Wilders after the anti-Islam politician posted a series of tweets against the Turkish leader, including one that described him as a “terrorist”.

The state-run Anadolu Agency said Erdogan's lawyer on Tuesday filed a criminal complaint against Wilders at the Ankara Chief Prosecutor's office for “insulting the president”


Tuesday, October 27, 2020200-pound tortoise is back home after escaping Alabama pen

A motorist who spotted the animal on the side of the road took it to his 200-acre (81-hectare) spread in Marshall County, owner Ty Harris told The Gadsden Times in a story Monday

Sardis City: A 200-pound tortoise named Sparkplug that escaped from a pen in Alabama is back home after a journey across two counties and at least one soybean field.

Sparkplug, a 60-year-old African spurred tortoise that lived in an enclosure in Etowah County, pushed its way out of the fenced pen on Thursday. A motorist who spotted the animal on the side of the road took it to his 200-acre (81


Tuesday, October 27, 2020Saudi Arabia condemns cartoons offending Prophet Mohammad

In Saudi Arabia, calls for a boycott of French supermarket chain Carrefour were trending on social media

Dubai: Saudi Arabia, the birthplace of Islam, on Tuesday condemned cartoons offending the Prophet Mohammad and any attempts to link Islam with terrorism but did not echo calls by other Muslim states for action against images being displayed in France of the Prophet.

A Foreign Ministry official also said in a statement that the Gulf state condemned all acts of terrorism, in an apparent referen


Tuesday, October 27, 2020Amid China stand-off along LAC, NSA Doval meets Pompeo in Delhi

New Delhi: Amid the ongoing stand-off with China along the Line of Actual Control in Ladakh, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval on Tuesday met US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who is in New Delhi for the third India-US 2+2 ministerial dialogue.

Pompeo landed in India on Monday along with his wife Susan, and US Secretary of Defence Mark T. Esper, even as the campaigning for the US president


Tuesday, October 27, 2020Blast hits mosque in Pakistan's Peshawar; 5 dead, 55 injured

Islamabad, Oct 27 : At least five people were killed and 55 others injured in a powerful explosion at a mosque in Peshawar, the capital city of Pakistan's northwest Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on Tuesday morning.

The blast which occurred around 0800 hrs was heard in the vicinity of 500 metres. There was a large number of students inside the seminary, and routine morning classes were being comm


Tuesday, October 27, 2020One militant Killed in valley

Srinagar: A militant was killed while another surrendered before the forces in an encounter that broke out in Noorpora village of Awantipora belt in South Kashmir's Pulwama district on Monday.
An official said that one militant was killed in an initial exchange of fire while as the other surrendered before the forces.
He said his family was taken to the spot, who along with Police and Army re


Sunday, October 25, 2020Trump is seeking second term to help himself and his wealthy friends: Obama

Obama said that Biden was not a socialist

Washington: US President Donald Trump is seeking a second term to help himself and his wealthy friends, Barack Obama has alleged, as he tore into his successor for not having a plan to combat the COVID-19 pandemic and walking out of an interview.

Seeking support for former vice president Joe Biden, who is the presidential candidate of the Democratic Party, and his running mate Senator Kamala H


Sunday, October 25, 202018 arrests as police officers hurt in London’s anti-lockdown protests

Demonstrators could be seen demanding an end to the 'tyranny' of the new rules

London: Scotland Yard said that its officers policing anti-lockdown demonstrations in central London have made 18 arrests, with three officers receiving minor injuries following clashes with the protesters.

Large groups of protesters were seen marching through the city on Saturday with banners and placards calling for “freedom” and an end to COVID-19 restrictions, which has currently placed th


Sunday, October 25, 2020At least 14 civilians killed by booby traps in Egypt’s Sinai

Islamic State militants in July attacked several villages in the town of Bir al-Abd

El-Arish (Egypt): More than a dozen civilians, including women and children, were killed in Egypt’s restive northern Sinai Peninsula over the past two weeks from explosive devices laid down in their homes by militants, security and medical officials said Sunday.

Islamic State militants in July attacked several villages in the town of Bir al-Abd, forcing people to flee their homes.


Sunday, October 25, 2020Malaysia's king rejects PM Muhyiddin's request to impose emergency rule

Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia's king Al Sultan-Abdullah on Sunday rejected a proposal by Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin for a state of emergency to be imposed because of the coronavirus crisis.

The king believes the government has handled the pandemic well and is capable of continuing to manage the crisis under Muhyiddin, the palace said in a statement.

Muhyiddin had made the request following a


Sunday, October 25, 2020Seychelles opposition wins presidency for first time in 43 years

Ramkalawan, a former Anglican priest, defeated President Danny Faure after three decades of unsuccessful runs for the presidency

Victoria (Seychelles): The Seychelles elected an opposition candidate as president for the first time since 1977, authorities announced on Sunday, and winner Wavel Ramkalawan reaffirmed a pledge to hike the minimum wage after COVID-19 stifled the tourism-dependent economy.

Seychelles State House said in a statement on its website that Ramkalawan and his vice-president Ahmed Afif would be inaug


Sunday, October 25, 2020'Our values are shared by majority of American people': Kamala Harri

Washington, Oct 25: Democratic vice presidential candidate Senator Kamala Harris has said her party's views on issues like healthcare and the coronavirus pandemic are shared by a majority of Americans, flaying President Donald Trump for an "utter failure" of leadership and refusing to condemn white supremacy.

Deflecting President Trump's remarks, who described her as a "female socialist", Harr


Saturday, October 24, 2020US Navy: 2 onboard training plane killed in Alabama crash

The plane had flown out of Naval Air Station Whiting Field, about 48.28 kilometers northeast of Pensacola, Florida

Foley (US): A US Navy training plane that took off from Florida crashed Friday in an Alabama residential neighbourhood near the Gulf Coast, killing both people in the plane, authorities said.

Zach Harrell, a spokesperson for Commander, Naval Air Forces, said both people in the T-6B Texan II training plane died, but they weren't immediately releasing their names. No injuries were reported on th


Saturday, October 24, 2020Roadside bomb kills 9 in eastern Afghanistan: Official

No one claimed responsibility for attacks

Kabul: A roadside bomb killed nine people in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday, after it struck a minivan full of civilians, a local official said.

Ghazni province police spokesman Ahmad Khan Sirat said that a second roadside bomb killed two policemen, after it struck their vehicle that was making its way to the victims of the first explosion.

Sirat added that the bombings had wounded several


Saturday, October 24, 2020'Yellow dust from China could spread Covid'; North Korea warns people to stay inside

Seoul: North Korea has warned its citizens to stay indoors, saying seasonal yellow dust blowing in from China might carry the new coronavirus into the country.

"As the new coronavirus infections continue to spread around the world, the need to deal with the yellow dust and take thorough measures has become more critical," North Korea's official party newspaper Rodong Sinmun said on Thursday.


Saturday, October 24, 2020France’s COVID-19 cases top 1 million as daily tally hits new high

The overall caseload currently stands at 1,084,659. The death toll increased to 34,508

Paris: After Spain, France has become the second country in Europe to pass the grim milestone of one million coronavirus cases after new single-day infections surged by over 40,000 for the second day in a row, according to the health authorities.

In the past 24 hours, the country confirmed 42,032 new cases on Friday, beating Thursday’s record of 41,661, Xinhua news agency reported.

The over


Saturday, October 24, 2020Govt nods to WB aided projects of Rs 347 cr to improve health care

Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir government has accorded sanction of implementation of World Bank assisted project for strengthening of Health Care institutions as a part of the Jhelum Tawi Flood Recovery Project JTFRP.
The development comes days after the World Bank (WB) approved 367.48 Crores (approximately US$ 50 million) fund for strengthening the healthcare system in Jammu and Kashmir Union