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  • Saudi Arabia, UAE pledge $130m for Sahel anti-terror force

    December 14, 2017 12:00 AM 1

    PARIS: Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates put forward $130 million Wednesday towards fighting jihadists in West Africa’s Sahel region, as France’s Emmanuel Macron hosted leaders to an effort to boost a fledgling five-nation military force. The force brings together troops from Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger — some of the poorest

  • EU Parliament fails to skewer kebab meat phosphates

    December 14, 2017 12:00 AM 1

    STRASBOURG, France: The European Parliament on Wednesday narrowly failed to block a proposal to allow the use of phosphates in kebab meat, an additive which critics say is linked to heart disease. As a result, the European Commission, the bloc’s executive arm, can now authorise the addition of phosphates to “vertical meat spits” — the official EU term for the rotating

  • Wanted Sudan leader Bashir attends Turkey’s Islamic summit

    December 14, 2017 12:00 AM 1

    ISTANBUL: Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, who is wanted on charges of genocide and war crimes, attended Wednesday an emergency summit of the world’s main pan-Islamic group in Istanbul. Bashir was among leaders who responded to a call by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to attend the meeting after US President Donald Trump outraged the Islamic

  • Indonesia court indicts ex-parliament speaker after delays

    December 14, 2017 12:00 AM 1

    JAKARTA: Indonesian prosecutors charged a former parliament speaker on Wednesday in connection with a $170m graft scandal after he held up proceedings for hours at the opening of his trial, saying he was ill. Setya Novanto has been brought to trial by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), which suspects extensive pilfering of public funds linked

  • Saudi King says determined to confront corruption

    December 14, 2017 12:00 AM 1

    RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz said on Wednesday his government was determined to confront corruption with “justice and decisiveness”, signalling continued support for a crackdown on sleaze involving mass arrests of top Saudis including royals. In a televised speech to the country’s consultative Shura council, Salman also said the world’s

  • Afghan women officers train at Indian military academy

    December 14, 2017 12:00 AM 1

    NEW DELHI: From shooting an AK-47 to dealing with computer-simulated sieges, 20 Afghan women officers are being put through their paces at a military training academy in India. They are the first Afghan women to attend the academy in the south Indian city of Chennai, which has been training men from the country’s military for several years. The women

  • Geo TV reporter injured in house robbery

    December 13, 2017 12:00 AM 2

    KARACHI: Geo TV reporter Kamran Razi sustained injures on resisting a robbery bid at his house in DHA Phase-I on Monday night. Defence police SHO Liaquat Hayat said three to four armed robbers entered Razi’s house for robbery. He added Razi who was present in the house tried to block the mugging attempt of suspects, but they opened fire on Razi and escaped

  • Present system has failed to deliver: Qadri

    December 13, 2017 12:00 AM 1

    LAHORE: Pakistan Awami Tehrik (PAT) Chief Dr Tahirul Qadri has said the rule of aristocracy has left all state institutions destroyed, the Constitution trivial, law powerless and the masses without resources. Nobody could get rights without coming to the streets and the masses had left with no option but to block roads for seeking justice, the PAT chief

  • 4 brothers killed in house collapse

    December 13, 2017 12:00 AM 2

    LAHORE: As many as four brothers died when a roof of their house situated in the Shahkot area of Nankana Sahib collapsed due to heavy rain during wee hours on Tuesday. According to the Rescue, the mother and sister of the deceased were also injured in the tragic incident. The local administration along with the local rescue officials immediately shifted

  • ANP awards six more tickets to candidates

    December 13, 2017 12:00 AM 2

    PESHAWAR: The Awami National Party (ANP) awarded six more party tickets to the candidates for the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly in the next general election. The ANP Parliamentary Board nominated former lawmaker Saqibullah Chamkani for PK-11 and Ibrar Khalil for PK-5 in Peshawar. The parliamentary board selected Pervez Ahmed Khan, a former MPA, to contest