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North Korea says Trump has declared war on his country

NEW YORK: North Korea’s foreign minister said on Monday that US President Donald Trump had declared war on North Korea and that Pyongyang reserves the right to take countermeasures, including shooting down US strategic bombers even if they are not in the country’s air space. “The whole world should clearly remember it was the US who first declared war on our country,” Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho told reporters in New York. “Since the United States declared war on our country, we will have every right to make…

Egypt’s Al-Azhar university head replaced over declaring another scholar ‘apostate’

CAIRO: The head of Egypt’s Al-Azhar university, one of the world’s leading Islamic seats of learning, has been replaced after labelling a controversial Muslim reformer an apostate, the institution said. The development came as Al-Azhar is pressured by critics who say the authority has not done enough to counter extremism. Ahmed Hosni Taha, the acting university president, had been forced to apologize on Thursday after saying reformer Islam Al-Behairy was an “apostate” for attacking some of the founding scholars of…