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Turkey searches Saudi Arabian consulate again

ISTANBUL: Turkey searched the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul for a second time overnight as part of a probe into the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, while the French and Dutch finance ministers pulled out of a Riyadh investment summit amid global criticism of the kingdom. US President Donald Trump said he was awaiting a full report on what had happened to Khashoggi from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo after the envoy met with Saudi Arabian and Turkish leaders, and said he did not want to abandon his Saudi…

Europe bakes again in near-record temperatures

Europe baked in near-record temperatures on Monday but hopes were for some respite after weeks of non-stop sunshine as people come to terms with what may prove to be the new normal in climate change Europe. Here is a roundup of recent developments: France, adapt to change Temperatures were expected to peak in southern France on Monday and further north on Tuesday. On Saturday, they hit their highest levels since a deadly 2003 heatwave killed thousands of mainly elderly people. Health Minister Agnes Buzyn said people…

Karachi becoming city of lights again, says Marriyum

ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for Information Marriyum Aurangzeb said on Sunday successful staging of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) in Karachi was an evidence of its becoming the city of lights again. "The enthusiasm of people of Karachi is worth watching as the city has come out of the reign of fear and is back on its lively galore," she said in a statement. She said due to the incumbent government's efforts the country had become a cradle of peace. Read More: Star-studded closing ceremony of PSL 3 held in Karachi…

Sussanne, Hrithik Roshan to marry again: Indian media

Sussanne Khan tied the knot with Hrithik Roshan in 2000 and this was known as the most beautiful couple of B-town. However, the relation could not come through some hard times and ended up in a divorce in 2014. It has been quite a time since the couple have started sharing quality time along. Now there are reports that the duo is mulling over remarrying.  According to a report published in Indian local media, Hrithik Roshan's friend has revealed that "Hrithik and Sussanne are working it out. They identified the…

Messi’s statue vandalised again

BUENOS AIRES: The statue of Lionel Messi in Buenos Aires has been vandalised again -- this time the Argentine hero was cut off at the ankles between Sunday night and Monday morning. Messi's boots still chased a ball on the plinth while the severed body was pushed to the ground and left lying there. The statue was erected in June 2016 after Messi had announced his retirement, brief as it turned out, from the national team. Read More: Messi maturing with age as he picks up fourth Golden Shoe It was first attacked in…

Palestinian grandfather, 81, sits high school exams (again)

RAMALLAH: A year into his ninth decade, Abdel-Qader Abu Ajameyah is studying hard and hoping for the best as he sits exams for his high school diploma. The 81-year-old, a retired food salesman from Hebron in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, took the national test for the first time last year but failed. So he's having another go. A father of 14 children, he has been studying five hours a day and doing his best to concentrate despite the attempts of some of his 36 grandchildren to get him to play. "I like…

Ronaldo and Messi go head-to-head for Ballon d’Or again

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi will resume their perennial battle to be crowned the world's best footballer after they headed the shortlist of 30 players for the 2016 Ballon d'Or announced on Monday. Barcelona's Argentine great Messi, who took the honour for a record fifth time last year, or Real Madrid's Portuguese three-time winner Ronaldo have taken the coveted accolade every year since 2007, when AC Milan's Kaka won. Despite a dip in form this season, Ronaldo, who inspired Portugal to the Euro 2016 title and Real…